Psyonix VP is ‘really happy’ about Sony’s cross-play decision, but ‘doesn’t have any updates’ on Rocket League at the moment

This morning Sony did the unthinkable. After over a year of denying requests for cross-play between the PS4 and other console competitors like Xbox One and Switch, even going so far as to justify the lack of a feature because “PlayStation is the best place to play,” they kicked off a Fortnite beta, opening up the potential for full cross-platform unity. The key word is “potential,” as the flood gates aren’t completely open yet.

Given that Psyonix has been one of the biggest champions of PS4/Xbox One cross-play since the very start of the conversation, Destructoid reached out to them for comment and received the following response from Jeremy Dunham, Vice President of Publishing at Psyonix:

“We are really happy for the PlayStation and Fortnite communities and think that this is a great step forward. We know that Rocket League players and our own community want to know what this means for them as well, but we don’t have any updates at the moment. In the meantime, we recommend reaching out to PlayStation directly for any further comment.”

In other words, more conversations need to happen, and it’s clear that Sony isn’t allowing cross-play for everything like Microsoft has. Time will tell if Rocket League gets the Gladiator thumbs up, and right now all eyes are on Minecraft, which supports cross-play between PC, Xbox One, Switch, and mobile platforms. Will it be the next wall to crumble? Or will Sony still remain adamantly against cross-play given that Microsoft owns the IP?

LEGO Star Wars VIII BB-8 75187 Building Kit (1106 Piece)

This faithfully reproduced LEGO Star Wars incarnation of the diminutive BB-8 droid from the new Star Wars movie trilogy makes the perfect gift for any Star Wars or LEGO fan. Turn one wheel at the side to rotate the detailed head, and another to open the access hatch and extend the ‘welding torch’. This faithfully reproduced model also comes with a display stand, decorative fact plaque and small BB-8 figure, making it a great display piece for any bedroom or office.

Product Features

  • Features authentic detailing, and wheel-activated rotating head and opening hatch with non-functioning welding torch
  • Also includes a display stand, decorative fact plaque and a small BB-8 figure
  • BB-8 model does not roll
  • B-8 without stand measures over 9in (25cm) high and 5in (15cm) wide
  • Display stand measures over 10in (26cm) long

The Thing About Rain World

I have not finished Rain World. It’s entirely unlikely I’m ever going to finish it either. Most people push back from getting to the end of something because it’s bad. Take, for example, Weeds or Jupiter Ascending.

That’s not the crux here with Rain World, though. It’s not a great game—not even close—but it’s also not bad. The real problem is that it’s just so goddamn brutal. The Thing is that it’s not deliberate in its difficulty. It is instead wantonly putting you into the grinder just for the sake of doing it, like a kid frying ants on the sidewalk with a magnifying glass.

In some ways, it should be expected given the premise. You are a slugcat, a creature that is exactly what it sounds like, and you must survive a bleak and deadly world. If it’s not the hunger that gets you, it’ll be the randomly spawning enemies. If it’s not the randomly spawning enemies, it’ll be the crushing and eponymous rain. And if it’s not that, it’ll full and completely psychological assault that is simply playing and dying in this game that eventually convinces you that you are Prometheus and that damn eagle found a book on programming.

There are games that do this sort of thing well, this Soulsian torment that feels good even as it is happening to you. You could throw in with the combat-centric lessons of said Souls games where death is a teacher and your education is in not being an idiot. Or you could go the way of Ninja Gaiden where technical mastery should only be matched by your quick reflexes. There’s even Don’t Starve, which isn’t exceptionally hard but it does let you learn how to survive.

Those sorts of games (of a certain threshold of quality) have something in common, though. You can even see it in that one little paragraph: you are accruing knowledge. If there’s a certain arrangement of enemies, you can eventually figure out how to overcome it. Or if there’s a particular hard opponent, you can slam your head against a wall until you gain the dexterity to win. Or you can learn how to simply exist.

Rain World isn’t interested in any of that, though. To its credit, it is uncompromising in its vision, and that’s an unfortunate rarity in the industry. But in refusing to bend, it has instead cultivated a series of systems and mechanics that make playing it impossible. Instead, you suffer for it.

Rain World

The randomly placed enemies, for instance, can be fine. It gives you a chance to hone your ability to think on your feet and gives you the opportunity to further explore what is possible within the game. But so many of them only have one-hit kills to offer you in return, which teaches you nothing except to avoid them.

And that’s fine, too, since avoidance can be its own intrigue as shown by the immense stealth genre. But the slugcat moves almost exactly as what you think a slugcat would move like, especially with physics-based procedural animations. Making jumps between poles isn’t about dexterity or skill; it’s about overcoming the innate imprecision of the character, which makes sneaking around a more time-consuming prospect.

But guess what: that could be fine, too. Games like Starwhal and Human: Fall Flat are based entirely around the idea that your character is hard to control and have found success. But Rain World instead only ever delights in pushing you to move fast but never giving you the tools necessary to do so. The threat of a debilitating and fatal rain that will shred you to slugcat pieces should you take too long to get to the next hibernation spot is constant and unrelenting.

Rain World

I don’t mean to solely bash on Rain World. It’s not a bad game by any stretch. There are many moments, in fact, where it made me feel precisely the way I assume it wanted me to feel. Taking a guess I could throw spears into a wall and use them to climb up and then doing it was pretty damn cool.

There simply aren’t enough ways to get to those moments, though. Rain World seems perfectly content not giving you the proper tools to get where you and it want you to go. It has cultivated a perfect ecosystem of despair where myriad mechanics put it in a strange internal conflict of intent and execution, and you get the dubious honor of being right in the middle of it.

Wave Coroporation Maschinen Krieger Ma.K. MK-056 S.A.F.S 1/20th scale Model kit

Pre-order at KGHobby (link HERE)

Maschinen Krieger (Ma.K ZBV3000) is a science fiction universe created by Japanese artist and sculptor Kow Yokoyama in the 1980s.

The franchise originally began as the science fiction series SF3D which ran as monthly installments in the Japanese hobby magazine Hobby Japan from 1982 to 1985. To develop the storyline, Kow Yokoyama collaborated with Hiroshi Ichimura as story editor and Kunitaka Imai as graphic designer. The three creators drew visual inspiration from their combined interest in World War I and World War II armor and aircraft, the American space program and films such as Star Wars, Blade Runner and The Road Warrior. Inspired by the ILM model builders who worked on Star Wars, Yokoyama built the original models from numerous kits including armor, aircraft, and automobiles. He mostly concentrated on powered armor suits, but later included bipedal walking tanks and aircraft with anti-gravity systems.

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Related posts:
Toys McCoy 1/6th scale Super Armored Fighting Suit SAFS preview pics posted HERE

I’m glad I have the Medicom Kubrick versions (link here)

For a complete detailed breakdown, check out the following links on my toy blog:
Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3.1, Chapter 3.2

Force1 Drones with Camera – “U49C Red Heron” Camera Drone for Kids and Adults with 720p RC Drone Camera + Drone Video Camera SD Card Drone Kit

Swoop through the skies with the powerful new U49C Red Heron HD drone for beginners and pros! This drone with camera has keen vision and flight-stabilizing technology that offers unparalleled image-capture capability. The possibilities are endless with the latest updates and these amazing features:

GET AMAZING HD IMAGERY W/ RUBBER-DAMPING CAMERA TECH: The Red Heron HD video drone features a unique 120° wide-angle HD 720p rubber-damping drone camera to ensure beautiful image capture. Rubber damping helps reduce vibration, and this drone with Altitude Hold allows you to hover easily for the perfect shot.

FLY EASY WITH 1-KEY LIFT/LAND, ALTITUDE HOLD & HEADLESS MODE: Your new drone is ready to fly (RTF) right out of the box, and with these enhanced features you’ll be a pro in no time. Launch and land with the touch of a button, use altitude hold to hover trouble-free and engage headless mode for easy orientation – features that make this one of our best drones for kids.

3 SPEED MODES & 1-KEY CONTROL MAKES FLYING EASY: Low- medium- and high-speed settings plus 1-key takeoff and landing makes this one of the best drones for beginners with camera capability; take practice flights on low and work your way up to high speed once you’re comfortable

ENJOY UP TO 15 MINUTES OF CONTINUOUS FLIGHT: While lesser drones for kids and pros struggle to carry their cameras, the Red Heron drone is designed with powerful motors to stay agile with its payload – a remarkable 120° wide-angle 720p HD camera.

CONTENTS
U49C Red Heron Drone
120° Wide-Angle 720p HD Camera
2.4Ghz Remote Controller
7.4V 1000mAh LI-PO Battery (2)

USB Charger Cable
Micro USB Cable
SD Card
USB SD Card Reader
User Manual
Extra Propellers (4)
Drone Tools

Product Features

  • 720P HD CAMERA DRONE: HD drone camera captures 120° wide-angle pics/video; long range drone saves pics and images to video drone SD card; this RC drone is great for photography, video and fun
  • FLY EASY: Quadcopter drone features 1-Key Lift/Land, Headless Mode, Altitude Hold, Low-Battery Alarm and more; smart remote makes this a great RC drone for kids or adults or starter drone kit
  • LONG RANGE DRONE + LONG TIMES: The Red Heron video camera drone flies up to 15 minutes in 3 different speed modes; among the top drones for beginners
  • BONUS BATTERY: Extra battery included for more inflight video drone action! Stay in the sky longer with one of our best HD camera drones for adults and kids
  • FORCE1 DRONE QUALITY ASSURED: We want you to fly happy, and we’ll provide a full refund if you’re not 100% tickled pink with your HD camera drone

Melissa & Doug Nesting and Sorting Blocks 6 Buildings 6 Wooden Vehicles

Take six nesting and sorting blocks, add six numbered vehicles to roll inside, and what do you have? a community full of stacking, counting, hide-and-seek, mix-and-match, imaginative play! this action-packed play set lets kids build towers or a town scene filled with buildings like a hospital, fire station, or school, with a wooden vehicle for every building. On their front panels, the blocks feature doors so the vehicles have a place to park. Kids can also pair numbers on the buildings and vehicles or match by color to put together the correct pairs, reinforcing early-learning concepts as they play.

Product Features

  • Match-and-stack set of 6 nesting buildings and 6 wooden vehicles
  • Pair the pieces by color and number for exciting first-concepts practice
  • Vehicles include fire engine, school bus, recycling truck, police car, ambulance, and Tow truck
  • Buildings nest for neat and easy storage
  • Ages 2+; 15.5″ x 6.25″ x 5.75″ pkg

Magnetic Building Blocks Toys Set – Tiles Block Toy Kit for Kids – STEM Educational Construction Stacking Shapes – Ferris Wheel and Vehicle Set – 74 pieces

WhizBuilders is one of the leading STEM toy maker in the world. It is WhizBuilder’s mission to provide every children with high quality toy to help unleash their cognitive potential.

Why choose WhizBuilders magnetic building set ?

HIGH SAFETY STANDARDS

– We observe the strictest manufacturing requirement such as ASTM and CE, ensuring each toy product is safe for children’s playing.
– Sophisticated manufacturing technique such Ultrasonic Welding is adopted to ensures each magnet is encapsulated with the utmost security.

HIGH QUALITY MATERIAL

– Each plastic shape contain rotating rare earth neodymium magnet, strongest of its kind. Your kids can now unleash their imagination and build models that are thought to be structurally impossible !
– BPA-free ABS plastic is chosen to protect children from any unsound chemicals and for its strong mechanical properties to resist impact, providing a long-lasting play experience.

What is in the box?

Triangle x 12
Square x 24
Hexagon x 2
Alphabet cards x 26
Wheel Set x 2
Ferris Component x 8
Idea Manual x 1
Alphabet sticker x 1

NOTE: There are 2 different colors on each side of magnetic tile, and the colors are random.

Add to cart now and own the this toy set in matter of days !

Product Features

  • ★【 Great Value for Money 】: 74 pieces includes 24 squares, 12 triangles, 2 hexagon , 26 alphabet cards and additional 2 wheels set and 8 Ferris Wheel components. With this combination of components, kids will be well equipped to build any thing they can imagine.
  • ★【 STRICTEST STANDARDS 】: Manufactured in accordance to ASTM and CE standards and tested in CPSC (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) accredited laboratory to ensure material safety. Ultrasonic welding is used to encapsulate the magnets firmly in the plastic casing. High quality ABS plastic is chosen as the material.
  • ★【 COMPATIBLE STANDARD SIZE 】: This is of a compatible size and shape with many magnetic building toy out there in the market.
  • ★【 SMART PLAYING with IDEA MANUAL 】: It is found that kids learn the most while playing. This STEM toy set allows children to explore the world of geometry and foster kids’ cognitive development, inventiveness , visualisation ability and fine motor skills. A manual will also be included in the set to stimulate ideas. From Monster trucks to Ferris wheel, it’s all within the reach of their mind and hands.
  • ★【 EASY TO CLEAN 】: Can be washed by running water and mild soap due to its superior plastic material.

Radio Flyer Busy Buggy Ride on Toys, Red

The busy Buggy is a new, interactive ride-on that encourages imaginative play and helps develop motor skills. It can also be used as a push walker, which allows children to build confidence and balance as they learn to walk. With 17 different sensory activities, the busy Buggy will provide endless fun! the interactive activities include interlocking gears, a clicking spare tire, twisting side view mirror, a spinning steering wheel and more!

Product Features

  • Includes 17 interactive features!
  • Provides sensory play
  • Helps develop gross and fine motor skills
  • Child Push Walker builds confidence and balance
  • Ride, walk, play: three different play modes with endless fun!
  • Product Dimensions = 22″ x 11″ x 14″
  • Weight Capacity = 42 lbs
  • For 1-3 years