Red Door appears on Microsoft Store
The mysterious Call of Duty-related title Red Door has now appeared on both Microsoft Store and PlayStation Store. But what is it?
The listing says: “There is more than one truth. If you go looking for answers, be ready to question everything and accept that nothing will ever be the same. The Red Door awaits, do you dare step through it?” The store page says it is a shooter from Activision weighing in at over 80 GB, but it requires a code for download.
Internal project: The PlayStation Store content ID says “COD2020INTALPHA1”, and there is speculation that it’s the codename for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War – but Activision is keeping mum.
Running with it: The deafening silence might well be intentional: Acitivision seems to want Red Door to stay mysterious. Originally developed by Raven Software and Sledgehammer Games, Treyarch is now in charge of the project.
Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?
Which Mario game introduced Waluigi to the Mushroom Kingdom?
- Mario Tennis
- Mario Golf
- Paper Mario and The Thousand Year Door
- Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix
The programmer behind SimCopter easter egg later founded The Yes Men
Whether you love or hate Simlish, you have SimCopter from 1996 to thank for it. The experimental helicopter game was originally intended for the failed Nintendo 64 Disk Drive add-on, allowing you to fly around cities built in SimCity.
SimCopter is a pretty quirky game, and featured an Easter Egg that would spawn loads of half-naked men who would surround your chopper and, well, get it on! The programmer responsible didn’t win any employee of the year awards, and was fired while the game was recalled.
The programmer in question, Jacques Servin, clearly liked messing with people’s heads, and went on to found the culture jamming group The Yes Men.
Game Industry Report
ESA report says 75% of US households have at least one video game player
The Entertainment Software Association has been compiling statistics about the games market in the United States, and made some interesting observations.
Their 2020 Essential Facts About the Video Game Industry report says: “More than 214 million people in the United States today play video games one hour or more per week. 75% of all U.S. households have at least one person who plays. In sum, 64% of U.S. adults and 70% of those under 18 regularly play video games.”
2020 Essential Facts highlights:
- Average player age is 35 to 44
- 75% of household have at last one gamer
- Approximately 46 million gamers with disabilities
- 214.4 million total video game players in US
- 70% of under-18s are playing video games
- 59% of gamers are male and 41% female
- 75% of men between 18 and 34 game on console
- 77% of women between 18 and 34 play mobile games
- Most common devices among adult players:
- 61% smartphone
- 52% game console
- 49% personal computer
Mind games: What’s the most common motivations for playing videogames in the US? “The vast majority of players say video games provide mental stimulation (80 percent) and relaxation (79 percent). Video games help to connect us, and 65 percent of players say they play with others online or in person,” reads the ESA report. Read the 2020 Essential Facts report if you want to know more.