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Mario Fans Get Upset at a Jimquisition Review that Doesn’t Exist

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I have a couple of op-eds to write about gaming journalism today. One where I’ll “Attack” game Journalism and one where I’ll “Defend” game journalism. This is the Defending sort of article/news story. And it’s a really juicy one considering that Jim Sterling is getting attacked over a review of Super Mario Odyssey that doesn’t even exist.

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So, the screenshot you see above is that of a supposed review by The Jimquisition. (Which, for the record, has retired written reviews since Zelda: Breath of the Wild.) Which classifies the game as “The most boring Mario game I’ve ever played”.

I’m as late to the party as Jim Sterling is in this regard. In fact, I didn’t realize that he had this huge “Backlash against his article” until he made a video about it which you can see below. But the basic gist of it is that a poorly Photoshopped image became viral and people were upset at the “Review”. And here I am laughing along Mr. Sterling, while questioning my faith in humanity as well.

This is how utterly awful the gaming community can get, people. Let alone the fact that a person playing video games badly is apparently worth lynching for some people. Nah, the people who got upset about the 7/10 back when he wrote the Breath of the Wild review are back at it. More upset than ever.

Of course, I have to say #NotAll gamers are like this. As some quickly picked up the hint and made sarcastic jokes about the whole ordeal. Mainly the fact that there’s people with actual enough common sense to check on the website to corroborate this review. Or at the very least the Super Mario Odyssey metacritic page to find this review.

However, it seems like some people are actually taking this very seriously. And that’s kind of disturbing, especially because this “Screenshot” was made as a joke rather than something to be taken out of context.

I always wanted to be a journalist who listens. The Voice of the Unspoken and someone heavily involved in the gaming community. From playing as a leader of a competitive multi-branch team to organizing tournaments for the competitive scene to being involved in a lot of gaming communities. I want to keep moving forward as a journalist.

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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Bandai Namco and Nike designed Tekken 8 sneakers with tag-team designs

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Nike, the maker of high-quality shoes, is working with Bandai Namco, the company that makes the Tekken series, to make a pair of sneakers. The fun competition is part of the franchise’s 30th anniversary celebrations. You can get your own pair for $250 or the equivalent in your country, though they’ll probably be worth a lot more on the sneakerhead black market.

Two pairs of Tekken 8 x Nike Air Foamposite One Fist sneakers are set to come out in September 2024, according to shoe fan Sole Retriever (thanks, VGC). The designs are based on Kazuya and Jin, two main characters in the series. You can get them at Nike and some other stores. People who like hypebeasts and fighting games are likely to buy these quickly, so if you like Tekken and shoes that make people talk, you should probably act fast.

Should Bandai Namco and Nike work together? What do you think? Are you going to fight for your own pair? Make sure to take good care of your shoes and keep their value in the comments section below.

 

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