40 Bit Gaming has been going for a month so let’s celebrate by checking in with the ole mailbag!
Technically, there is no bag, and more technically, one of these was just post that tagged me on Facebook. Regardless! Let’s see what our readers had to say:
Reader Andrew said he signed up for 40 Bit (ed. note: thank you!) because he grows weary of losing to his kids all. the. time.
First thing’s first, Andrew. This newsletter won’t make you a championship Fortnite player (maybe hire a coach?), but perhaps you can switch up the situation. Instead of playing against your kids, you can team up with them. Let’s face it, ten-year old trigger fingers are just faster because they are not weighted down by an all-consuming existential dread.
Depending on the age of the kids, I recommend the LEGO games like Lego Marvel or DC, or something like a Super Mario Odyssey. WIRED has a nice list of 16 such so-called couch co-op games you can check out.
Reader CD wrote to tell me that during this, our darkest timeline, he uses games to connect with friends on a weekly basis. He’s looking for a quick way to learn what games are best for that.
Without going too far down a rabbit hole, there are three co-op games I recommend for the 40+ gamer set: Destiny 2, Division 2 and Borderlands 3. Nothing groundbreaking there, but these have proven to be great because:
- All are easy to dive right into, and emphasize action, so you can pretty much always run into a situation guns-a-blazin’ (no stupid stealth missions).
- They are also forgiving with the damage you can take so you won’t die instantly or too often.
- The missions are replayable, so if a friend can’t make it one week, it’s still fun to do them over to catch everyone up.
If you’re looking for more options, check out this Games Radar list of 30 online co-op games.
Thanks to all you readers for being here at the very beginning of 40 Bit Gaming! I appreciate it and you and things will only get better.
Do you have a question for 40 Bit? What would you like to see in this newsletter? Drop me a line and tell me what you think.
Time for 60 Bit
Just a quick follow up on a news bit from last week. Looks like games for the forthcoming PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X will cost more. IGN writes that NBA 2K21 will cost $69.99, ten bucks more than the current console version of the game. Given that there probably won’t be any sports IRL this year, $70 for any basketball in your living room sounds like a steal.
So, uhhh. How’s your summer parenting during this pandemic?
As you can see. I’m nailing it:
After a sluggish start, Amazon is pulling it’s big budget, free-to-play game, Crucible, back into closed beta. It’s the Fire phone of PC shooters (Amazon-zing!).
Ars Technica says the Iron Man VR game sucks. It’s the Iron Man 2 of VR games. (Robert Downey-zing!)
Researchers say videogames can help you relax. Frankie say so too. (80s-zing!)
That’s it for this week.
You are great.
-Chris at 40 Bit