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Ben Joy
Ben JoyBen keeps the Play Team ticking, helps clients define their digital offering and manages the unruly team. You’ll often find him hitting the golf course too.

Welcome to the first weekly roundup of 2022. We hope you all had a great festive break and are well-rested and raring to go for the year to come. One of our New Years resolutions was to continue with our Friday roundups for you... So far, so good!

Adam

Hey there, welcome to 2022!

I wish we could say that this year there's no more COVID-19 news, but unfortunately, one week in and here we go again: E3, one of the world's biggest videogaming trade shows, has been announced as an online-only event for this year, cancelling all their in-person events.

Historically, E3 takes place in Los Angeles in the summer, and offers publishers and studios a chance to mingle and demonstrate their upcoming games to press. Many dev teams have been known to build their schedules around E3, ensuring that a playable demo can be provided to journalists and shown off on live streams that are viewed around the world.

This year will be the third in a row that E3's in-person event has been cancelled. We'll still have a selection of online E3 live streams to look forward to, which means that we still get trailers and gameplay from some interested publishers. However, many companies have begun to move away from E3, particularly during the pandemic, towards hosting their own live streams and events. Is E3 good value for money for games creators? Well, that's hard to say. Some will see this announcement as another sign that E3 as we know it could be a relic of the past.

As for what I've been up to, well, it was Christmas. I took some time off! And then I spent New Years playing Cruis'n Blast and Super Mario Party with friends, as well as reading Jason Schreier's Blood, Sweat and Pixels.

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Ben J

If you've ever followed along with the Etch Play Roundup, or our weekly live shows (if you don't, you should!), then you will likely be aware I am a massive N64 fan. So naturally, I am also one of the many many people who are huge GoldenEye fans. It's a game close to my heart and holds many happy memories from my childhood. Despite the fact that trying to play it now feels almost impossible... How did we used to manage back in the day? Modern controllers have spoilt us. Anyway, I digress.

It is widely suspected that the classic game could be on its way to Xbox, following a leak that occurred as we entered the new year. Wario64, a prominent Twitter user, posted a screenshot of an Xbox Achievement list for GoldenEye 007. On the same day the official 007 account also posted a tweet telling fans to look out for announcements, events and new content coming out across 2022 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of James Bond. So it seems likely that the leaked image could well be real. 

This isn't the first time there has been talk about GoldenEye coming to the Xbox, as back in 2007 Rare were apparently working on GoldenEye for Xbox Live Arcade. We of course also had GoldenEye 007: Reloaded in 2011.

To be honest, if this is real all I want is the N64 game exactly as it was, just with modern controls. I want the same graphics, I want Pierce Brosnan, I want that incredible multiplayer, and I want the cheat codes for paintball and tiny Bond. That would make me immensely happy. 

 

Dan

Aaaand that's week 1 of 2022 pretty much wrapped up. It's amazing how quickly the festive season disappears into a distant memory eh? Talking of memories, one of the highlights of the festive season for me was walking down memory lane with a YouTube documentary series, Power On: The Story of Xbox. The series goes all the way back to the genesis of the original Xbox and charts the evolution of the product, and most interestingly the business and people behind it.

The series does an excellent job of pulling back the curtain on the ups and especially the downs of the platform. Sharing details on internal team fights, reveal disasters, crunching on Halo, the $1bn hiccup of dealing with the dreaded "Red ring of death" and the embarrassing reveal of the Xbox One. The series shares a very open and honest account of all the mistakes and wins for team Xbox. Well worth a watch.

 

Taya

Another year and another 52-ish weeks of Etch Play's news roundabout - aren't you a lucky reader!

This week I'm closely following the PSVR 2 announcement, which happened at Sony's Press Conference at the CES 2022.

Now officially confirmed as the "PSVR 2", the highly anticipated headset will come with a host of exciting features such as haptic feedback in the Sense Controllers and the headset itself, an OLED display and even eye-tracking.

As well as all the juicy technical info, Sony have also announced one of the first games that will run on the PSVR 2: Horizon Call of the Mountain, co-developed by Guerrilla Games and Firesprite Games.

As a fan of both new game tech and the Horizon universe, I'm excited to see more information about both throughout the year.

 

Ben G 

It’s a new year and a new roundup post. So, what’s the first thing I’m going to write about in 2022? 2021!

It probably won’t surprise you to hear that the Nintendo Switch was the best selling console in Japan last year. But, you might be surprised if I told you that it outsold all of the other consoles sold in the country, combined!

Here’s the top five:

  1. Nintendo Switch - 5.3 million units

  2. PlayStation 5 - 942,798 units

  3. PlayStation 4 - 103,786 units

  4. Xbox Series X|S - 95,598 units

  5. Nintendo 3DS - 28,224 units

I know what you’re thinking: who is still buying the 3DS?!

The Nintendo Switch is doing great numbers and that is no doubt down to its price point and portability. I would guess that the majority of households that own a PlayStation or Xbox only have one, but it’s not uncommon for a household to have multiple Switches.

Being able to use your Switch when someone else is using the TV is a massive selling point for the console and one that will see it continue to do well in 2022.

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More from Etch Play

It might be a new year, but you can still find us in all the usual places:

  • LinkedIn - where we share all our latest content and things that generally catch our attention
  • Twitch - every Thursday at 4pm we have our weekly live show where we chat the latest games news, have discussion about the wider industry, play some games and have a lot of fun
  • YouTube - we've got loads of interviews with industry experts, tips for your games marketing, gameplay, and an archive of every live show we've ever done. We put out a bunch of fun content over Christmas, so if you missed that go give it a watch
  • Twitter -  we hang out here to talk about anything games related

We also recently put out a blog giving you 5 key trends for videogames marketing 2022, so if you want some top tips, give this a read.

Before you go though, why not check out our first weekly live show of 2022 that aired on Twitch yesterday 👇

 

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