It's the calm before the storm that is mid-february this week, but it's not a complete loss: Telltale are returning to Westeros for their next episode of Game of Thrones-ian shenanigans, and they're bringing everyone's favourite mumbler Jon Snow with them. Let's talk gaming in this week's Tuesday Game Room!

What have you been playing this week?

I've not actually played much this week - I'm waiting for the release of the New 3DS next week to binge on games I've been holding off on - but I did sit down and mess around with the GOG release of Battlefront II.

The Battlefront games were some of my favourites when I was younger, and I played them slavishly on the PS2, even when you had to pray to 5 different elder gods (and get a PS2 network adapter) to try and play it online. I mean, I'd already loved Battlefield 1942, that, but Star Wars? It was like a laser-focused grab at my pleasure centres, and it worked. I only putzed around for a bit with it, as the online is officially nonexistant after Gamespy shut down (I've been considering tooling around for a third party way of being able to play it thought), but I only really did it to get my fix ahead of whatever DICE reveal for their own Battlefront game in the near future. I'm incredibly excited for it, and playing BFII did nothing to abate that.

New Releases!

It's a light week before next week promptly explodes with stuff, but at least there's Game of Thrones Episode 2: Lost Lords coming to PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One today and tomorrow depending on your platform/region. Huzzah, interactive depression!

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Aside from that, there's not much else - SpongeBob HeroPants comes to the, uh, let's say eclectic mix of platforms that is the 3DS, Vita and Xbox 360, while four games come to Sony platforms: Motorcycle Club and Apotheon on PS4 (also PC for the latter), while Kick and Fennick and Criminal Girls: Invite Only land on the Vita.

And now, the News

Once again it's time for a few select picks from the last week of Gaming news, via Eurogamer:

  • Nintendo Reveals It's Bizarrely Messed Up Youtube Initiative - Oh, Nintendo, you still don't really understand the internet, do you? In yet another one step forward, two steps back move, the company revealed their new 'Creators Program' plan for people using Nintendo content on youtube. It's a step up from their previous stance of demanding all ad revenue from any video that featured their properties, but the more you read about it, the more horrifying it gets: under the program, if you want to post a video featuring Nintendo content, you have to agree to give Nintendo 40% of the ad profit from it, and also let them 'review' the content of the video, a process that could take up to 3 days (and disturbingly, seemingly applies to Reviews of Nintendo games that use footage from said game) - If you register your entire channel to Nintendo though, they only take a 30% cut, but that 30% is applied to every video you upload, even if it doesn't have Nintendo content in it at all. It's no wonder people are angry.
  • Blizzard Have Uploaded Updated Warcraft III Assets To Starcraft II - Well, if this doesn't stoke the fires of a Warcraft III remake, I don't know what will. It's not just Blizzard importing those decade+ old models too, they're brand new, HD redesigns retaining the aesthetic of the originals but shiny and new. Hell, if it doesn't lead to a new Warcraft remake, it means SCII modders can just make it themselves now.
  • The Master Chief Collection Is Still Broken - It's been nearly four months since the MCC came out, and elements of it - especially surrounding its highly-anticipated multiplayer - are still flat out broken. The situation is so dire that 343 are considering a public beta for the upcoming patch (a patch!) that fixes some of the problems that are still plaguing the game. I want the tell-all book about how this project exploded in the worst way and still got sent to retail (mainly so I could put it next to a tell-all book about what the fuck happened to Destiny too, while we're at it).
  • Evolve Isn't Even Out Yet, But It Has A Free To Play Match-3 Companion Game Already - Between this and the recent announcement of a line of Evolve action figures, I feel like I'm staring into the barrel of what is the insane, messed up future of AAA video games. And it's here already! Delightful.

We'll be back this time next Tuesday for more gaming discussion, but for now, sound off in the comments with the games you've been playing, and what you're looking forward to this week - and don't forget to join the unofficial io9 community group on Steam!


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