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, Overwatch was accused of stealing from a man who steals for a living, the ESRB restated its intentions to protect children with the least amount of effort possible, and a group of students made it obvious as to why the U.S. is behind China in education.
Here’s a rundown of this week’s top stories and others you may have missed:
This Week’s Top Stories
Shenmue III‘s director confirmed that the game will have an open ending, in that players will be left wondering if Shenmue IV will have actual facial animations.
Following the reveal of Brigitte, Overwatch‘s new hero, Hi-Rez president Stewart Chisam suggested that Blizzard stole a Paladins character’s design, which is basically the video game equivalent of Carlos Mencia accusing Amy Schumer of stealing jokes.
Sega was forced to pull the demo for Yakuza 6: The Song of Life after discovering that some players were able to use the demo to unlock the full game. Instead, Sega suggested that players try any of the other Yakuza games, since they’re all essentially the same exact game.
The ESRB announced its plan to label games that include microtransactions and loot boxes, and lousy parents across the country announced their plans to continue ignoring ESRB ratings.
Bethesda won the award for Metacritic’s top-ranked major publisher in 2017. In response, Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aimé wiped its tears with several million dollar bills.
In Other News…
A Twitch streamer received threats and doxxing attempts after saying that she murdered a dog, later claiming that she was “trolling” with her comments. Still, you can’t be that good of a person if other people actually believed you killed a dog, right?
Richard La Ruina, the star of dating advice simulator and built-in punchline Super Seducer, came under fire after issuing a DMCA takedown against a YouTuber who criticized his game. Apparently, having a really fragile ego and publicly displaying that fact on the internet is a great way to meet chicks.
Students won a bet that, if they could get over 6,000 retweets, their teacher would have to make their final exam about Fortnite. Unfortunately, everyone failed when the teacher made the test about Fortnite‘s Save the World mode, since no one’s ever played it.
Facebook pulled the demo for VR shooter Bullet Train from its Oculus Rift stations at the Conservative Political Action Conference in light of recent tragic shootings. Good to know that conservatives will draw the line on gun violence somewhere.
Amazon Alexa and Google Home recently added Pikachu Talk, an app that replaces those platforms’ AI with a virtual version of everyone’s favorite electrified rat. The app is perfect for those Pokémon fans who are so socially awkward that they don’t even like talking to fake versions of people.