Hey! Welcome to the first-ever 40 Bit Gaming newsletter! (This is the web version, you should totally sign up though!)
The best (and possibly only) newsletter devoted to people over 40 who still play videogames.
Why do the olds need their own videogame newsletter, don’t they have enough? Well, sure, probably. But like some animal featured on Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, us olds are a peculiar breed with our own idiosyncracies: We like games, don’t have a lot of time to play them, probably don’t care too much about processor speeds, and at this point, we’d just like to get through five minutes of Overwatch without being mowed down repeatedly by someone one-third our age.
So this newsletter is for us (though we welcome everyone). Each week you’ll get a curated selection of stories about videogames. That’s it. No listicles. No autoplay ads. No overwritten story packed with keywords to game SEO.
It’ll be quick, fun and filled with antiquated references like Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. Plus, maybe you’ll be able to impress your kids with newfound videogame knowledge (ha ha, just kidding, they’ll still ignore you).
Hopefully you’ll like it, and if you do, forward it to a friend!
But enough of my yakkin’. Whaddya say, let’s boogie.
Sony Playstation 5 games announcement next week?
You do realize that you’ll be spending $500 (at least) this holiday season, right? Both the Xbox X and the PlayStation 5 are slated to launch then. Bloomberg reports that “Sony Corp. is planning a digital event to showcase games” for the forthcoming console on June 3, though it could slip because pandemic, but still, something to (possibly) look forward to.
X marks the (backwards) spot
As we noted, the next-gen Xbox X (a phrase that’s fun to say out loud), is scheduled to be out in time for the holidays. But it looks like the Xbox X will give you plenty of bang-bang/pew-pew for your x-buck, because of its backwards compatibility. According to the Xbox Wire blog, thousands of games from previous Xbox consoles will be playable on the X. Microsoft says the games should also play better, given the POWER OF X.
Free games and games on sale
I saw Faith No More when I was in college (mark your old guy reference bingo card if you’re playing at home). Anyway, throughout the show, frontman Mike Patton kept saying to the crowd “Are you good? Because if you’re good… you get stuff!” Well, I think you’re pretty good — nay, great! — for signing up for my li’l newsletter, so you should get stuff.
- The free games for PlayStation Plus members for the month of June are Star Wars Battlefront II and Call of Duty: WWII.
- The free games of the month for Xbox Gold members for the Xbox One are Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse (June 1-30) Coffee Talk (June 16-July 15).
- Sony is also running a big games sale (think: old Assassin’s Creeds and Batman: Arkhams), and PlayStation Plus members actually get a double discount from now through June 10.
It’s a Last of Us Festivus
If you’ve got 24 minutes to spare, Sony State of Play showed off a ton of gameplay footage for the upcoming The Last of Us Part II. It looks intense, brutal and yet another reminder that if society breaks down in real life, I am screwed.
LMNO-my, this lost Steven Spielberg game looked interesting
Steven Spielberg (Hook, Always) worked on a number of videogames in the early 2000s. One of them, codenamed LMNO, was about protecting a sentient AI. Polygon has a story up complete with a video packed with interviews about the project as well as video gameplay footage. The look was a little reminiscent of that time Mr. Burns got irradiated (to bring you love), but more interesting was that Spielberg didn’t want guns in the game, so all the action was parkour and ole fashioned fisticuffs, which was harder to create than you’d think.
Mrs. America on the Borderlands
Speaking of movies, Cate Blanchett of Thor: Ragnarok and Mrs. America will be starring as Lilith in the movie adaptation of Borderlands. Eli Roth of Hostel is directing, so hopefully she won’t lose an eyeball, but more interesting, is that Craig Maizin of Chernobyl wrote the script. Anyhoo, movie adaptations of videogames always work, so be sure to mark your calendar, for when we ever start going to the movies again. (via Polygon)
Amazin’ Mythic Quest episode
Speaking of Craig Mazin, this is tangential to videogames, but have you watched Mythic Quest on Apple TV yet? (Yeah, yeah, I know Apple TV. Sign up for the free trial and binge it.) The show is about a videogame company and it’s actually funny and sweet and Mazin is great and OMG the quarantine episode it released last week was the best episode of TV to come out of this horrible pandemic. F@st Company thinks so too.
That’s it for this week. Stay cool. Have a good summer. And subscribe.