Welcome to EGM‘s Weekly Wrap. Each Friday, we round up the biggest news stories from the past seven days, along with some of the smaller but still interesting developments that may have flown under the radar, all in one convenient place for you, our dear readers.
This week, EA won at being hated, Nintendo went to Hollywood, and Capcom finally disassociated from reality.
Here’s a rundown of this week’s top stories and others you may have missed:
This Week’s Top Stories
EA was named the fifth most hated company in the U.S. by USA Today due to Star Wars Battlefront II‘s pay-to-win controversy. You know American priorities are in order when a company that tried to sell loot boxes can be hated more than a company whose products might literally gave people cancer.
EA delayed Anthem from fall 2018 to early 2019, supposedly because it didn’t want the release of its new property to interfere with the next Battlefield game’s release. A day later, Take-Two delayed Red Dead Redemption 2‘s release until October. It’s almost as if EA knew about the Red Dead delay all along…
Nintendo Switch sales officially passed the Wii U‘s lifetime sales within its first 10 months on the market. In other obvious news, people like good things and they don’t like bad things.
Nintendo announced that it’s partnering with the studio behind Minions to make a “movie starring Mario” because everyone knows that the only thing that’s better than a Minions movie is a video game adaptation.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds disabled a feature on Steam in an attempt to curb cheating, and for some reason the feature they disabled was something other than the ability for Chinese users to log-on.
In Other News…
People have been using a technology called “deepfakes” to stitch characters’ faces from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt onto real-life porn stars, which seems like a waste of effort since The Witcher 3 is basically already a porno with dragons.
Someone paid $61,000 for a weapon skin from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. In other news, there is literally someone sleeping on a park bench because they can’t afford housing right now.
Capcom announced that it’s offering $70,000 for conclusive evidence of monsters like Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster. I knew my completely verifiable photo of a chupacabra would come in handy one day!
GDC rescinded its Pioneer Award for Atari founder Nolan Bushnell following outcry about past sexist actions and for creating a hostile work environments after it was discovered that Bushnell was a rich nerd in the 1970s.