Celebrities seem to be dominating today’s gaming news with Kim Kardashian bringing in huge profits from her latest mobile title and the former Panamanian dictator suing Activision Blizzard over his likeness in Call of Duty. On top of that, a Pikachu restaurant in Japan now serves burgers and curries shaped like the world’s most famous Pokemon. Sony is also pushing new features for their Playroom, turning it into a great tool for live-streaming talk-shows. Lastly, the upcoming San Diego ComicCon will showcase some new Witcher 3 content. Here is the gaming news daily digest from Guardian Liberty Voice for July 16, 2014.
Former dictator sues Call of Duty creators
Manuel Noriega, the former Panamanian despot, is now suing Activision Blizzard over his appearance in the latest Call of Duty: Black Ops II game. He claimed his portrayal as a kidnapper and murderer has caused damage to his reputation. Since Noriega is still in prison on charges of murder and money laundering, the claims of defamation are a little head-scratching. However, it is not the first time in gaming history where a popular figure has been displeased with their virtual depiction. Lindsay Lohan also sued Grand Theft Auto creators for using her likeness.
Kim Kardashian’s mobile game could bring her $85 million
While some celebrities are upset about their virtual appearances, others are trying to cash in on them. Kim Kardashian launched an Android and iOS game last month and, according to TMZ reports, it could earn her as much as $85 million by the end of the year. The game allows the players to put themselves in the shoes of an upcoming celebrity on the rise to fame, meeting other prominent figures, actors and designers. All of this is, of course, accompanied by Kardashian’s guidance and commentary via in-game audio clips.
The Witcher 3 first public debut at ComicCon
Just two days ago Guardian Liberty Voice reported that the upcoming San Diego Comic Convention will bring interesting news from Square Enix and 343 Industries about their new gaming titles. Today, CD Projekt is adding to the excitement, promising to publicly showcase the highly anticipated Witcher 3. An hour-long panel will feature the voice actors and writers behind the series and a follow-up event will kick off with a Witcher trivia and sneak-peek at an adventure game spin-off, followed, finally, by a live demo of the third installment of the main series.
Catch your Pokemon and eat them too
This is an interesting news for all foodies and fans of Pokemon. Pikachu Cafe just opened in Tokyo, featuring a number of traditional Japanese dishes with a twist. Their curries, pancakes, burgers and parfait all resemble the iconic Pikachu in both adorable and delicious forms. On top of that, they will also sell other limited goods such as postcards or t-shirts. The restaurant initiative is part of a promotion for the Pokemon the Movie XY exhibition.
Playstation 4 becoming a talk show studio?
Polygon is reporting a clever new use for The Playroom, a new service launched by Sony last year, that utilizes the Playstation camera to record and turn players into virtual robots. Initially dismissed as a gimmicky toy, it also allows users to record themselves directly to Twitch, a popular video streaming website. It also recently added a Set Maker update which lets the users insert various visual effects, objects or banners into the stream. The features can easily and quickly transform one’s bedroom into a live talk-show studio. Polygon stays optimistic of the new tool set, even despite last year’s “porn debacle” where The Playroom was illegally used to broadcast pornographic home-made movies.
Gaming New Digest From Guardian Liberty Voice Commentary by Jakub Kasztalski
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