NicheCast Episode 78

Niche Gamer Mika

So you’re a regular visitor at Niche Gamer? The unique games, the niche games, the weird games, whatever you want to call them—we love them and we know you love them as well. We only cover these games on our regular feed, and we only cover them on our podcast, too.

Niche News of the Week

  1. Tencent Now Reportedly Owns System Shock 3 and 4 Websites and Chinese Conglomerate Tencent Takes on System Shock Franchise
  2. Dragon Ball FighterZ Ultra Instinct Goku Launch Trailer
  3. Epic Games Store Now Supports Self-Service Refunds, Keyless Third-Party Store Purchases, Allegedly Partial Refunds for Games Recently on Sale
  4. Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town Launches July 14 on Nintendo Switch in North America
  5. Phantasy Star Online 2 Heads to Windows PC in North America on May 27

You can find the recording (and download link) of our podcast below:

Topics of the Week

We talked about the recent Ghost of Tsushima gameplay, and Unreal Engine 5 being reveled on PlayStation 5; along with Tim Sweeney’s comments on the upcoming console’s storage architecture being ahead of  of anything on PC.

After dabbling in what the future of controllers and gameplay could be, we discuss the announcement of Paper Mario: The Origami King, and Denuvo Anti-Cheat being added to Doom Eternal.

We also cover the Chinese PlayStation Store being taken down to “improve security” right after Chinese gamers accessed foreign games, Evo Online, and the disastrous business model for The Culling: Origins.

We also touch on Square Enix giving away face masks with store purchases over $100, the announcement of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2, the ownership of digital games, double dipping, and how hardware ain’t built like it used to.

And much more!

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