CheckPoint 325 - Telling Tales

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Stories on: Pokemon GO, W2K19, Tomb Raider, and Telltale Games

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Date: September 24, 2018

Written and Performed by: Graham Stark, Kathleen De Vere, Paul Saunders

Story Graphics: Paul Saunders

CheckPoint Graphics: Graham Stark

Music: Bradley Rains

Produced by: Graham Stark, Paul Saunders

Today

In the new WWE2K19 you too can fulfil every wrestlers dream of attacking you boss with a chair.

Stories

  • Niantic have outdone themself and it was probably on purpose! After Saturday's Chikorita community day ended, a mysterious new Pokemon flooded the game. The -mon couldn't be caught without turning into a Ditto and was quickly nicknamed Nutto by the community, since it isn't just new to Pokemon Go, it's new to the entire Pokemon franchise.
  • The career mode trailer for WWE2K19 landed last week and with it so many questions. With more in the style of 2K's NBA titles, the career mode follows your custom superstar as they do everything that any amateur wrestler need to do to climb the ladder to the top of WWE. All the usual steps from making a name for yourself on the indie circuit, developing your craft in NXT, feuding the authority figure who could technically just fire you at any point, getting gassed by an unhinged swamp wizard, fighting a zombie version of the authority figure, and finally going to the literal space between dimensions before wining the Universal Championship.
  • Lots of games come with day 1 patches nowdays, but very few include a day 1 patch like Shadow of the Tomb Raider's - it literally changes the ending of the game. After a lot of arguing online, fans have discovered that the original, unpatched version of the game features a different ending cutscene. While the dialog is the same, the graphical treatment is very different. In the original version, Lara is in her families mansion, a place full of priceless artefacts and decorated in rich reds and browns, looking like a traditional English country home. It also contains a couple of interesting visual references: you can see Lara's twin pistols displayed on a side-table and letter from Tomb Raider's OG antagonist from the 1996 game, Jacqueline Natla. In comparison the ending Eidos patched in starts by focussing on a sunlit garden rather than a dark mansion. Lara's office is much lighter too, sporting white wood, light blue paint, and a colorful childhood painting of Lara and her late parents.
  • Checkpoint doesn't normally do stories on studio closures, but in the case of Telltale Games finding themselves in the situation of saturating their own market and mis-managing their business badly enough to suddenly lay off 225 of their 250 employees, has become somewhat of a watershed moment in discussion of working conditions in the games industry. Sinnce everyone got let go so abruptly, with no notice or severance, they're not being coy about the open secret that Telltale Games, for all of its wonderfully human storytelling, was a miserable place to work. Endless crunch, unpaid overtime, and preying on the notion of "you should feel honored to work at Telltale". All of these allegations have shone a spotlight on bad practices in the games industry and studios not respecting developers or their time.

Coming Up

Blizzard is selling a $200, illuminated replica of Gengi's sword from Overwatch. It also comes with a stand so you can place it somewhere prominent in your home and let everyone know you need healing.

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