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?

Players have agency, and they’re not afraid to use it

This week, a piece written by Alfie Bown, author of The PlayStation Dreamworld, was published in The Guardian. The core argument of the piece was that video games inherently, and particularly recently, project far-right tendencies onto players. Through playing the games, players are effectively given an interactive experience of right-wing ideologies, which acts to indoctrinate them and is feeding the swing towards a lack of compassion in the politics of young people nowadays. I’d advise you to read it in full, because while it is a bold argument that I don’t really agree with, it makes for interesting reading.

So, as I’ve just said, the argument didn’t quite gel with me. I have to start by saying that I absolutely believe there is a problem with right-wing, xenophobic, and misogynist tendencies in video games, as there is in many parts of society. Many people are living in a state of fear because the world as it stands is quite a hostile place, which only encourages “every man for himself” thoughts and a disgust for anything labelled as “other.” Some people don’t even need that existential fear to feel hatred for others. The thing is, I don’t feel like it is video games stoking the fires of hostile politics. If anything, I feel like people with those politics project their feelings onto games.

The topic is way too large to cover in a single weekend editorial, but I want to give a few responses to specific points made in Bown’s article. Some parts of it seemed to jump the gun a little or be too selective in its examples. The points that stuck out for me as not quite right were the following:

  • “Games are ideological constructions which push a set of values on the user.”
  • “Right-wing ideologies have been overrepresented and dominant throughout the history of video games.”
  • “Video games put the user to work on an instinctual level, making the gamer feel impulsive agreement with these ideologies.”
  • “The rationale of gaming is to unite pleasurable impulse with political ideology, a process which renders gamers susceptible to discourses that urge people to follow their instincts while also prescribing what those instincts ought to be.”
  • “…games can have a concrete ideological effect on us – and make us desire politically charged things on a personal level.”

Right – let’s get started on unpacking this.

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Rear View Spy Sunglasses Look Like Ordinary Glasses but Have a Mirror on Side Ends to See Behind You – Novelty Toy Goggles for Spying on Followers

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  • UNISEX STYLE SUITABLE FOR MEN, WOMEN AND TEENAGERS. The classic design and style of these spying sunglasses are made to be used by men, women, adults, teens, boys, girls, seniors and almost anyone else. One Size fits almost anyone.
  • FEEL SAFER WHEN WALKING OR JOGGING ALONE IN THE PARK OR IN LONELY PLACES. For extra safety and security wear the spy sunglasses secret eyewear when you are walking or jogging in the park or in lonely places by being able to see behind you discretely and secretly. Will help to let view your rear and know what is behind you.
  • BLOW AWAY YOUR FRIENDS WITH PYSCHIC SKILLS WITH THE REAR VISION SUNGLASSES. Show off to your friends and make believe that you a psychic and that you can see what is behind you, and everyone will be laughing at this gag gift spy gadget sunglasses.
  • THE CLASSIC SPYING GAG GIFT MAKE IT IDEAL FOR PARTY SPY SUNGLASSES. The hilarious spy sunglasses will bring loads and loads of laughter at your next adult, birthday party, get together eve at any time at home making it the best funny gag joke spy toy that you can gift to your friends and family.

SpyX/ Lite Hand -Cool light device for your hands&fingers to navigate the dark. Must have gear for a spy collection. Lite beams attach to fingers to distract your target or stealthly see in the dark!

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Legends Series LG-EX Grand Maximus Will Be Made, But TakaraTomy Can't Pretend To Have Met Its Stretch Goals

The Grand Maximus preorder period is over, and TakaraTomy have announced the results. While the recolor of Titans Return Fortress Maximus did meet its prerequisite of 2000 preorders and will be made, it couldn’t quite reach the goal of 3000 that was necessary for TakaraTomy to manufacture the special Pretender shell for the smaller Headmaster figure. It’s a pity, but focus on the positive: for the first time since we got Titan Class figures, there is an exclusive recolor available of one. Keep reading for the announcement from TakaraTomy.

Do you have enough coins for Monogram’s latest bank busts?

Monogram International, makers of some of my favorite paperweights, has released images and details for some of its recently released and upcoming bank busts.

The bank busts, which seem to retail for around US$20, include a really nice Spider-Gwen, Doctor Strange (comic version), movie Batman, Joker (Suicide Squad), Harley Quinn (Suicide Squad), Black Panther (MCU), Deadpool, and Sally (Nightmare Before Christmas). All things considered, it’s a pretty neat assortment of busts which, at around US$20, won’t break the bank.

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Never Have I Ever, the Game of Poor Life Decisions – Only Get this Card Game if You Want Tears Running Down Your Face from Gut Busting Laughs, Outrageous Fun and to Be The Hit of Every Party From This Day Forward. Not for the Faint of Heart. Played on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

This is an Adult Card Game

Every game of Never Have I Ever presents a chance to relive life’s funny, embarrassing and awkward moments with your friends and family members. Still feeling weird about that time you called 
someone the wrong name during sex? How 
about when you got arrested for public 
urination? Well, don’t worry, all your poor life decision-making has finally paid off. We’ve thought of hundreds of things you may or may not want to admit, and added rules to spice things up.

Game Overview

Everyone gets 10 Play Cards to start and takes a turn reading a Red Rule Card. During each round players have a chance to admit whether they’re ‘guilty’ or ‘not guilty’ of a Play Card. If you’re guilty, you have to keep the card. If you’re not guilty, you have to discard it. The first person to collect 10 Play Cards wins (or losses depending on how you look at life).

To Play

Each round, a new person will pick a Red Rule Card from the pile, read the directions aloud, and place it face up on the table. Then, all the players (including the player that drew the rule card) does what the card says. For example: One rule card is called “Awkward Moment,” which reads: “Everyone passes a play card to you. Once you have everyone’s play card, you must answer them all. If you are guilty of the play card, you have to keep it. If you are not guilty of the play card, you discard it.”

Here Are Some Play Card Examples

Never Have I Ever Dated My Sibling’s Ex. Never Have I Ever Done Something Illegal With A Family Member. Never Have I Ever Shown Up To Thanksgiving High. Never Have I Ever Rocked A Muffin Top.

Game Contents

Includes 550 Cards (485 Play Cards and 65 Rule Cards with 10 Variations) + instructions.

Product Features

  • This is the famous game that Ellen DeGeneres has been playing with her guests like Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna and Justin Bieber.
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  • Don’t worry, what may have seemed like a terrible idea at the time now earns you points and makes you a winner.
  • This is the game of poor life decisions and there’s only one real rule to the game – no judgment.
  • Includes 550 cards (485 Never Have I Ever Play Cards and 65 Rule Cards) + instructions in a shiny, new box. Fast shipping directly from Amazon warehouse. But you have to hurry, last shipment sold out in two weeks.

The Gamer’s Pub – Episode 169: We Have Returned

Welcome to yet another amazing episode of The Gamers Pub with Steven Artlip (Steve519), and GUI J! Join us as we take you on an adventure full of Love, Beer, Games, and life lessons.

This weeks brews were: Pumking Imperial Rum Barrel Aged by Southern Tier Brewing Company and Dino S’mores by Off Color Brewing.

Next Weeks New Releases Are:

What We’re Playing:
Steve: Destiny
Gui: Destiny

Our topics this week include: Destiny, and so much more!

We hope you guys enjoy the show, do us a favor and leave plenty of feedback, email us at beer@thegamerspub.com and tell us what you thought, shoot us any questions, or just shoot the shit with us!

Now sit back and enjoy the show!

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And this weeks song: Motherfucker.

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The Dollfie Dream Macross F Collaboration items have been priced!

If you’ve been following the Dollfie Dream twitter feed, you will have noticed that several additional costumes have been announced for the Macross F x Dollfie Dream collaboration but rather than bore you with multiple posts when each costume was announced, I felt that it would be better to collate them all once prices were revealed. And, well, prices have been revealed!

Just to recap, The pre-order window for the two will be from the 22nd November to the 18th January, with their release and shipping being penciled in for Fall/Autumn 2015. Like the other open pre-order releases (KOS-MOS, Hatsune Miku), there’s a long gap between pre-order and purchase but that just gives you time to save up! 

Hit the jump for a complete shopping list!

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