Greetings to all of the travlers at Shacknews! We've had a wide range of emotions here in the gaming world, experiencing exciting highs and some frightening lows. We wrap it up for the week with this Friday edition of Evening Reading.
- Steam Deck review: Switch up your expectations
- The D.I.C.E. Awards 2022 winners & finalists
- FromSoftware addresses Elden Ring performance issues
- 1C Entertainment acquired by Tencent, set to rebrand in 2022
- Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii to receive Lifetime Achievement Award at GDC 2022
- CD Projekt RED donates 1 million PLN towards Ukraine humanitarian aid efforts
- Unboxing & Review: Imperial Stormtrooper Deluxe Action Figure
- Steven Spohn to be honored with Ambassador Award at GDCA 2022
- Valve's Gabe Newell shares why Steam banned NFTs
- Valve announces playable short Aperture Desk Job for Steam Deck
- Shack Chat: What is your favorite handheld portable video game device?
And, because it's the weekend, go find yourself something to play!
- Weekend Console Download Deals for Feb. 25: Free Assassin's Creed Valhalla weekend
- Weekend PC Download Deals for Feb. 25: Catch up with Destiny 2
The Steam Deck is here! Have you heard? Part of the leadup to the Steam Deck has included developers letting you know that their game is compatible. Among the latest updates is the team from Enhance letting you know that Tetris Effect: Connected can be played on the Steam Deck.
— Frame Fatales (@FrameFatales)
Frost Fatales kicks off on Games Done Quick this week. The women of speedrunning will take center stage to raise money for Malala Fund, starting this Sunday! We'll have your watch guide ready at Shacknews later in the weekend, so stay tuned.
For the next seven days, 100% of the profit from sales of @SlipwaysGame will be dedicated to the Polish Red Cross #naPomocUkrainie (help Ukraine) fund, to be used for humanitarian aid. pic.twitter.com/ROokxXJkoO
— Jakub Wasilewski (@krajzeg)
If you're shopping for a PC game, take a look at Slipways and know that 100% of proceeds from their profits will go to the Polish Red Cross.
Guild Wars 2 players, your time is almost here! End of Dragons arrives next week!
The NBA season resumes tonight, which means NBA 2K22 is picking up with its Season 5.
To the Batmobile - our Tech Test is LIVE! 🚨 If you registered on the MultiVersus website, be sure to check your email to see if you've been selected and follow the information provided for next steps! #MultiVersus pic.twitter.com/Vbekhf1XjK
— Warner Bros. Games (@wbgames)
The MultiVersus Tech Test has begun, in case you want to see the WB take on Smash Bros.
& if you hadn't seen it already ➡️
A whole new way to play with some highly-anticipated champions from all across Runeterra, a hefty PvE overhaul, and more in 2022.
After looking at the roadmap, check out this article with more info & what to expect:
↪️ https://t.co/xALPFpue9D pic.twitter.com/VULquDRDKd
— Legends of Runeterra (@PlayRuneterra)
Legends of Runeterra has a massive year planned, so check out the early roadmap for 2022.
Lastly, stop me if you've heard this one before, but we're getting a new Jackbox Party Pack! Here's a special stream detailing Roomerang, the first game in The Jackbox Party Pack 9.
I just beat Zelda 2 using My Chin. This one of the hardest NES games imo.
— HanDcapableSean (@HanDcapableSean)
I'm fully ably bodied and can't even beat Zelda 2, but here's this champion doing it with just his chin. Outstanding!
— Daily Otter (@TheDailyOtter)
I think we need more cute animal pictures this week.
Mama mia! Im'ma Transformer!
— N64th Street (@n64thstreetgifs)
So Mario was made of random electronics this whole time!
Rolling out the red carpet
Want the FedEx guy to know he’s part of something special today when he drops off Elden Ring pic.twitter.com/95apHjO7mQ
— Cody (@b_roll_b_roll)
Make your delivery person feel welcome, especially if they're braving the elements like that.
Oh, did somebody say "Elden Ring?"
Day 1 of Elden Ring
Alright, you've all waited long enough. Let's check in on the internets on this first day of Elden Ring.
— Jorge Constantini (@itotweets_)
Watch that first step, Max!
— Betty Thixx (@bettynixx)
Did we mention earlier that FromSoftware is working on those performance hitches?
— TAHK0 ☕️ (@TAHK0)
To be fair, why would anybody think they could a horse through there?
does elden ring have fall damage? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/OsWxhCCWWO
— itsYaBoiWhiskey (@Whiskey_Dingo)
Anybody else want to take the Nestea Plunge?
— KMEGA_405💯 The Mission Changed, They Always Do (@Kmega4)
Call it a tie.
— Twitch’s #1 Celebrity Guest Chef (@Drunkn_Buddha)
"Oh, why did I teach him that word?
Lastly, we wrap up with TJ (assisted by Sam) diving into Elden Ring for the first time.
Feel free to upload your own Elden Ring clips in the comments or go ahead and peruse the Chatty. You'll find Elden Ring threads soon enough.
This week in Shaqnews
"The whole dunk contest???" 🤣
— Shaqtin' a Fool (@shaqtin)
That dunk contest really sucked, you guys.
IT'S STILL REAL TO ME, DAMMIT!
In what's been a pretty exciting wrestling week, this is what the wrestling world is talking about. It's MJF with one of the greatest shades of grey promos ever delivered, talking about what CM Punk meant to him and why exactly he idolized him and eventually came to hate him.
The best analysis I've heard of it so far is that it's essentially a villain origin story. The best part of this is, nobody knows where it's going. It's going to be exciting to find out.
Tonight in video game music
We really don't have enough Shovel Knight mixes over at OC ReMix, so good to see the Shovel Knight main theme join the lineup.
That's your Evening Reading to send you into this last weekend of February. Keep the spirit of the classic Evening Reading alive by jumping into the comments about whatever you see here or whatever randomness you'd like to discuss. Join the conversation and dive into the Shacknews Chatty comment thread below. I'll see you all next week!