Gaming News: GLV Daily Digest for September 1, 2014


Happy Labor Day! Playstation 4 will finally be getting custom themes in its upcoming autumn update. The League of Legends World Championship, taking place in Seoul, is expected to use up all 45,000 seats at the stadium. Telltale has revealed new information about the setting and characters of their next Game of Thrones adventure title. Finally, the Tekken team is tackling a fight-less virtual reality game about communicating with a schoolgirl. Here is the gaming news daily digest from Guardian Liberty Voice for Sept. 1, 2014.

Playstation 4 getting custom themes

GamingNearly a year after its release, Sony’s current-gen console will be adding the ability to customize the main dashboard and menus with various themes. These features will be bundled with the upcoming 2.0 firmware update. The full list of themes has not been announced, but the short video Sony demoed during their press conference showed the themes will be animated and, perhaps even somewhat interactive. The video showed changing backgrounds between different menus and characters acting out different actions on screen. Similar features have been available for the previous generation of consoles, albeit neither Playstation 4 nor Xbox One have implemented them just yet.

League of Legends World Championship expected to sell out 45,000 seats

GamingCompetitive eSports have been a growing phenomenon in the recent years, between universities beginning to offer athletic scholarships to top players and the Dota 2 International tournament awarding whopping $5 million to the winners. The next League of Legends 2014 World Championship, taking place at the Sangam Stadium in Seoul, is expected to fill all 45,000 seats according to Dustin Beck, Riot Games’ EVP of eSports. Last year’s tournament also sold out the Staples Center in Los Angeles, albeit limited to about 12,000 seats. The physical limitation did not prevent some 32 million fans from tuning into the live broadcast online, however.

Game of Thrones adventure game details revealed

GamingTelltale games has recently won a lot of acclaim for its story-driven and thought-provoking adventure series based on the Walking Dead franchise. This time, they are sinking into the world of Game of Thrones. Their latest tweet contained a quote from the books, hinting the game will focus on House Forrester, which is a minor clan only briefly mentioned in the books and TV show. This means Telltale will have plenty of flexibility to craft their own world and characters in an existing lore, something they have done formidably with Walking Dead. The story is supposed to run concurrent to the books’ main plot, so there is still potential that player actions could affect the overarching narrative. Telltale boss Dan Conner expressed great enthusiasm for having such a great world to explore.

Virtual Reality schoolgirl from the makers of Tekken

GamingPerhaps ingenious, perhaps crazy, the virtual reality technology is definitely pushing some interesting barriers. Katsuhiro Harada, the director behind the popular fighting series Tekken, has just announced Summer Lesson at the Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia press conference. Unlike the team’s pedigree of games sporting various characters punching and slamming each other until one passes out, the newest title features an entirely peaceful schoolgirl in what appears to be a dorm room. The game will utilize the Sony’s Project Morpheus headset, focusing on observation of the 3D space and interacting with the character via various gestures such as nodding or shaking one’s head. Not much is known about the project yet, but if the team manages to craft a truly believable and responsive virtual character, it could prove quite a novel experience. Provided it does not succumb to the uncanny valley, that is.

Gaming New Digest From Guardian Liberty Voice Commentary by Jakub Kasztalski

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