Weird Gaming News, November 2020 - ArticlePatrick Day-Childs , posted on 01 December 2020 / 2,643 Views
As November comes to a close we take a look back on what has been one of the weirder months for gaming news. Although we had the new console launches, which obviously caused some commotion (remember, don’t vape into your new toys kids!), nothing related to those managed to make this article. So while we let the new consoles mature a little, let's take a look at the oddest gaming news from November.
Budweiser Launches its Own Console
The games industry was always going to create a buzz in November with the launch of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S, and some companies from outside the industry picked up on that and tried to take advantage of the opportunity for some publicity of their own. Perhaps most notable was Bud’s BL6.
Over at Budweiser, some plucky marketing folks came up with the first ever 6 pack cooler that also plays video games, and actually, the titles chosen were excellent choices: Tekken 7, SoulCalibur VI, RBI Baseball 2020, and BroForce.
There are a couple of exclusives too: Flashlight: Freeze Tag and Six Puck.
The console boasts 16GB of memory, a pair of controllers, and a projector built in.
Budweiser auctioned off the console and donated money to a charity that cares for people that work in hospitality and lost their jobs in the wake of the response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The Comma Crisis
Many gamers chose to grab a copy of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla when it launched last month - there is a lot of joy to be found trekking through snow and smacking people in the face with two shields at once, after all. The game itself garnered a lot of praise, and it also ended up having the biggest Assassin’s Creed series launch.
But how much did you pay for the game? £40/$50? If you went for the Ultimate Edition you might have paid over £100/$120. But if you live in Norway, you could have bagged it for around £9/$12.
Ubisoft offered a 10 Euro discount in some territories, including Norway, but a misplaced comma when listing the price in Norwegian Krone meant that the Norwegians enjoyed a much larger discount.
Sonic the Crime Boss
November saw the release of the much-anticipated Yakuza: Like a Dragon in the west. It takes a new approach to the Yakuza series by introducing some JRPG-styled gameplay, as well as a new protagonist.
The game's producer, Daisuke Sato, said in an interview publicising the game that he would quite like to be involved in at least one Sonic the Hedgehog game before he retires (to be fair, who wouldn't?), and hinted at a very different take on the iconic character:
“It's an IP that I haven't come to before. In the sense that I want to try it... well, Sonic. After all, when you hear SEGA you think Sonic. I'd like to get involved once at least...
But for me, the so-called Sonic is, well, if I were to do it, I wouldn't do Sonic as it was. I would like to make a completely different Sonic."
Also interesting is that Yakuza: Like a Dragon was not actually meant to be a JRPG; an April Fool’s a trailer leaked showcasing the gameplay in an RPG style and the reception was so positive that the development team just kind of ran with it.
Doom Running on Yet More Crap
It seems every time I look around the internet someone has managed to run Doom on yet another strange, new device. Back in September we saw it running (kind of) on a pregnancy test. This month we can it see it running on the slightly less weird Game & Watch device.
Modder and YouTuber StackSmashing had to remove the sound and textures to get it running, but it does at least work. Certainly better than if I'd tried to do it myself at any rate.
This marks the first time that I hope the conspiracies are right and Bill Gates does plant a chip in my brain, because then it’ll only be a matter of time before I can play Doom on myself.
And that concludes this month’s weird news, but if you’re itching for even more unusual stuff then check out Yakuza: Like a Dragon; I just managed to fight a monkey on a digger, and I’m currently scanning dancing rubbish bags into a bad guy Pokedex. That or you can read last month’s Weird Gaming News here.