COVID-19 Postpones More Events
Game Developer Conference cancelled
Organiser Informa has decided to postpone the conference after a significant number of major companies cancelled their appearances at Game Developers Conference over COVID-19 fears.
Informa made an official announcement following Microsoft, Sony, Facebook, Amazon and many more announced cancellations. The conference was originally scheduled for March 16th to 20th, and no new date has been announced yet.
GDC this summer: “Having spent the past year preparing for the show with our advisory boards, speakers, exhibitors, and event partners, we’re genuinely upset and disappointed not to be able to host you at this time,” said the announcement, which also added that they “fully intend to host a GDC event later in the summer.”
More cancellations: EVE Fanfest 2020, an annual event for MMO EVE Online has also been cancelled by their organisers over the outbreak: “In light of the recent and ongoing global developments surrounding the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel EVE Fanfest 2020,” said the organisers. EVE Fanfest was scheduled for April.
Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?
Which Doom developer worked on classic tabletop RPG Call of Cthulhu?
- Sandy Peterson
- John Romero
- John Cormack
- Shawn Green
A young child’s illustrated primer
The 1998 point-and-click adventure Skipper & Skeeto: The Shadow of Mr. Shade from Ivanoff Interactive is based on a Danish ‘edutainment’ cartoon, and features four chapters with over 200 tasks and puzzles for a younger audience. Somewhat incongruously, it’s also chock-full of mature sci-fi references.
There’s fortunately nothing untoward in there, but it’s hard to imagine an audience of 6 to 10 year-olds catching references to HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey, the Voight-Kampff test from Bladerunner, Cyberdyne from Terminor or Shodan from System Shock.
They’re probably there to delight the parents playing the game with their kids.
The Week Ahead in Gaming
Go to Xen, or become a Pokémon
PAX East has wrapped up, so this week is going to be a little bit more quiet – but still quite exciting: Fan-made Half-Life remake Black Mesa is finally complete and the last part will launch this week. Adorable rogue-like Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX where you play as the Pokémon is coming to Switch.
Thursday – March 05
- Black Mesa launches for PC
- Ibb and Obb launches for Switch
- Murder by Numbers launches for Switch
Friday – March 06
- Murder by Numbers launches for PC
- Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX launches for Switch