Last Week in Gaming – August 20, 2019

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Ever wonder what you missed in the world of gaming last week? No worries – we’ve got you covered!

We read a ton of video game articles each week and wanted to share some of our favorites with the Average Gamer community. We’ll feature everything from previews to reviews and everything in between.

The articles we share will be from a combination of well-known sources (like IGN) and more niche blogs that you may not have heard of. In the previous TAG Roundup post, we talked about Decay of Logos, The Last of Us 2, City Builder Foundation and more!

Last week was dominated by Apex Legends solo mode, but we’ll probably do an entire post to cover that topic later.

Here we go!

All the Games – Daily Mail

We once again see that not all heroes wear capes. Joel Hopkins (AKA ‘The Last Gamer‘) has thousands of video games from the last half-century. The article states he has over 40k titles and this collection was sparked in the 90s when he owned a video game store.

I like how well organized everything in the rooms are and the care he puts into making things look like a showroom. More importantly, I’m glad that he looks for deals on games instead of just paying for everything at MSRP.

Joel will be able to share the collection with his son and probably has enough hours of gaming ahead of him to last several lifetimes. This makes me feel slightly less bad about my backlog, but I’m also curious about what games he has put the most time into!

A New Platformer on Switch – Nintendo Life

A Hat in Time isn’t your average platformer. You’ll swap between 3-D worlds and Temple Run style levels as you collect magic hats. The ‘cute’ factor is high and it will likely appeal to the casual gamer who enjoyed the Crash Bandicoot series.

If you opt to buy the physical cartridge, you’ll get the included DLC. On the other hand, you can get a digital copy + DLC for $5 cheaper, while saving space on your gaming shelf. 

A Hat in Time hits the Switch on October 18th.

Beat ‘Em Up to Save Boyfriends – Gamespot

Do you remember River City Ransom? If not, this should job your memory.

Kick Kick Kick Punch Punch Punch

The game’s protagonists have been kidnapped and it’s not up to their girlfriends to rescue them. In River City Girls, you’ll punch and kick your way through some overly mean streets.

Graphics look great and the game manages to maintain a retro feel with its pixelated characters. RCG is set for a September 5 on current-gen consoles.

$100k for Pokemon Cards – IGN

Like many 80s babies, I still have some Pokemon cards in my parents’ attic. Mine are probably dusty, crumbled, torn, etc.

If I had been smart, I could have kept them in “Gem Mint 10” condition so that I could sell them for $107,010 in 2019. Fortunately for someone else, this is exactly what happened on Goldin Auctions!

The impressive collection included all 103 first-edition cards, including the 1st edition holographic Charizard (which I picked up for $3 at a flea market…it ended up being fake…I was really sad when my friends later pointed this out…I didn’t cry though).

Shout out to Goldin Auctions for having the pictures of every laminated card in the collection:


Xbox Scarlett News – Gamespot

When will the next generation of consoles actually ship? Who knows for sure, but many people are guessing some time within the next 12 months.

Last week, Microsoft let out specs on two consoles:

​Supposedly, we’ve got price points of $500 and $250 for the Anaconda and Lockhart, respectively. I’ll likely go with Sony’s next console, but these Microsoft specs do look pretty juicy!

Apex Legends Tournament Pulled – Gamespot

Following the mass shootings on the weekend of August 3, ESPN pulled an Apex tournament out of respect for those affected. In lieu of the original showing, the tournament will air sometime in October on ESPN2.

Video games continue to be linked to mass violence even though there’s no real evidence to support the claims that video games lead to gun deaths. This has reignited the public conversation around pointing blame at the gaming industry, with everyone from politics to corporate executives.

Without getting too political, it’s still shocking to me that video games get the bulk of the blame without more legislation against guns. Until this changes, I think the conversation will continue to run in circles without any significant, positive change.

ESPN and ABC has made the decision not to air the TV broadcast of the XGames Apex Legends EXP Invitational that was scheduled for this weekend, in response to the recent mass shootings, according to an ABC Affiliate TV station source

— Rod Breslau (@Slasher) August 8, 2019

That’s All For Now

There were plenty of other highlights from last week but these ones really stood out. Be sure to check in next time to read about video game current events. 

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