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Biggest Year Yet For The Game Awards Show, Views Rise By More Than Double

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In its fifth year, The Game Awards continues to grow thanks to big game announcements, a flurry of video game info drops and the many awards handed out throughout the night. A recent press listing let the entire industry know why video games are crushing all other forms of entertainment, boosting its numbers by a whopping 128% increase over last year’s ceremony.

The numbers come from a combined total of concurrent viewers during the streamed event, as well as re-streams and other views after the show ended. During the show, however, The Game awards clocked in a massive 4 million viewers streaming the event on applications such as Twitch and YouTube — that’s more than double the amount of viewers tuning in during 2017’s show.

Since the awards show ended its menial reign on television’s Spike TV time slot and first started it’s streaming career five years ago thanks to host Geoff Keighley, the ceremony has steadily increased in views every single year. The first year only saw a minimal 1.9 million views, but has since increased over the years to the now staggering 26.2 million views across the globe.

Perhaps the most impressive stats to take away from the ceremony is that it was the top trending topic on Twitter for the fourth straight year. With a large focus on big name game announcements from AAA publishers such as Ubisoft (Far Cry New Dawn), Activision (Crash Team Racing Remake) and Warner Bros. Interactive (Mortal Kombat 11), there definitely seems to be a winning formula for the continued success of the eventful ceremony.

Check out the speech from God of War (PS4) director, Cory Barlog, after receiving the coveted Game of the Year award, below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XO7SLoki74

If trends continue to rise for the massively glowing video game industry, we could expect to see those viewer numbers grow even further throughout the coming years.

Writer and avid gamer, Chris will put together an article to keep the reader engaged, informed and moderately happy for a solid 4 minutes. That my friend, is no easy feat.

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The new game from Danganronpa’s developers is being published by Aniplex, a Sony company, but it won’t be coming out on PS5

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The upcoming game from the creators of the Danganronpa series has found a publisher in Sony subsidiary Aniplex. However, it’s worth noting that it won’t be initially released on the PS5. It is highly likely that The Hundred Line: Last Defense Academy will be released on Sony’s system at a later date, just like Master Detective Archives: Rain Code in October. However, the development team is currently focusing on prioritizing the release of their latest title on the Nintendo Switch and PC.

Described as a strategy game, the title allows players to step into the shoes of teenager Takumi Sumino, who resides in the perpetually secure Tokyo Residential Complex. When monsters suddenly unleash chaos upon the town, Takumi finds himself thrust into the Last Defense Academy. His mission? To protect the school alongside 14 other students for a grueling 100 days.

As one would anticipate, alongside the strategic gameplay, it is crucial to foster strong relationships with your comrades. Moreover, the outcome of the game can vary greatly, with a staggering 100 possible endings contingent upon the choices you make. We will reach out to Aniplex to inquire about the possibility of a PS5 port. However, it is important to note that Aniplex operates independently from PlayStation, as it falls under the Sony Music umbrella.

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The photo mode in Alan Wake 2 on PS5 doesn’t hold many surprises

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Most new games these days have some kind of photography feature, so it’s hard to remember a time before Photo Modes. Some developers don’t think it’s important for players to be able to take pictures right away, so the feature is added later. One great example of this is Alan Wake 2, which now has Photo Mode thanks to a new update that is now available.

If you look at the trailer above, you can see that you can really get creative with your photos by adding cool borders, overlays, and filters. We always like photo modes, where you can move different lights around in the scene. As the video shows, Remedy really lets you use your imagination with the different colors and lighting props.

 

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Before the DLC comes out, the Big Elden Ring update adds new features and fixes the game’s balance

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There will be an update for Elden Ring next week that sounds pretty important. The patch will come out on June 20, right before Shadow of the Erdtree goes live on June 21. “New features” and “balance adjustments” are what FromSoftware says the update will have.

Luckily, the developer went on to give more information. We went ahead and put them all together in the patch notes below:

New parts of inventory:

  • Items that were just gained will have a “!” next to them
  • There is now a new tab called “Recent Items” that lets you look at items that you just got

What’s new in Summoning Pool?

  • Now, active summoning pools will follow you to NG+
  • The newly added Map Functions Menu now lets you turn on and off individual summoning pools
  • When you use the Small Golden Effigy, it will only choose active Summoning Pools

All new hairstyles:

  • The game now has five more hairstyles to choose from. You can choose them when you make your character, with the Clouded Mirror Stand, or with Rennala’s Rebirth feature.
    FromSoftware also says that the patch will have extra features that aren’t listed here. I hope they’re a pleasant surprise!

Would you like to see any of these changes made? Are you still excited about Shadow of the Erdtree? Get ready by reading the comments below.

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