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Orange Lounge Radio 891 - 11/14/2021

The Remastered Editions of Grand Theft Auto from the Playstation 2 era landed this week on PC and next gen consoles and boy has the release been messy. From crazy rain to hidden coding to misspellings and much more, it's very clear shortcuts were taken to get these games released on time. Who might be to blame for these issues? How do we think they will impact the sales of the game? Why does this trend seem to show up every year and big companies haven't seemed to learn? We discuss all of this and much more on another episode of the world's longest running gaming podcast, Orange Lounge Radio!
 Also in the news:

* Steam Deck and Playdate Delayed
* Dead by Daylight Streamers getting DDOSed and Swatted
* Big Rumor on a 1 vs 100 Revival for Xbox
* Twitch Music Collective
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11/16/2021 5:08 PM

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Topic for next week: Video Game Awards nominees announced.

My personal picks/commentary based on nominees selected:

1. Game of the Year
Recognizing a game that delivers the absolute best experience across all creative and technical fields.

It Takes Two
Metroid Dread
Psychonauts 2
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Resident Evil Village

I'd go with Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart.

No idea why 'It Takes Two' is on there. Game is only good when you have a couch co-op buddy to play with. If the game wins should have a huge asterisk (*) on it

Didn't personally enjoy Deathloop. Don't think it's GOTY material. Don't understand why critics are raving over it

Monster Hunter Rise, Forza 5, and Lost Judgement should be nominated

2. Best Game Direction

Awarded for outstanding creative vision and innovation in game direction and design.

It Takes Two
Psychonauts 2
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart

I'd go with 'It Takes Two' only if you have someone to play with, otherwise it shouldn't be on the list

Otherwise Returnal or Deathloop has the best game direction
Remaining two we seen them before.

3. Best Narrative

For outstanding storytelling and narrative development in a game.

It Takes Two
Life is Strange: True Colors
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
Psychonauts 2

No JRPGs on the list. 'Tale of Arise' should have been nominated and hands down beat all other games on the list. The game awards Jury must not play mainstream JRPGs

4. Best Art Direction

For outstanding creative and/or technical achievement in artistic design and animation.

Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Psychonauts 2
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
The Artful Escape

Subjective but i'd say a coin toss between Kena and Ratchet & Clank. Artistic vs technical

5. Best Score/Music

For outstanding music, inclusive of score, original song and/or licensed soundtrack.

Cyberpunk 2077
Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
The Artful Escape

Best score is Nier. I can see GotG winning if audiences like 80s music

6. Best Audio Design

Recognizing the best in-game audio and sound design.

Forza Horizon 5
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Resident Evil Village

Ratchet & Clank with use of 3D audio tech on compatible headphones.

7. Best Performance

Awarded to an individual for voice-over acting, motion and/or performance capture.

Erika Mori, Life is Strange
Giancarlo Esposito, Far Cry 6
Jason E. Kelley, Deathloop
Maggie Robertson, Resident Evil Village
Ozioama Akagha, Deathloop

El Presidente wins

8. Games for Impact

For a thought-provoking game with a pro-social meaning or message.

Before Your Eyes
Boyfriend Dungeon
Chicory: A Colorful Tale
Life is Strange: True Colors
No Longer Home

Only played Life is Strange True Colors. Ending chapter was sorta deep, but went with a cop-out ending. Wondering which one will win so i can try it out

9. Best Ongoing Game

Awarded to a game for outstanding development of ongoing content that evolves the player experience over time.

Apex Legends
Call of Duty: War Zone
Final Fantasy XIV Online
Genshin Impact

No Animal Crossing and Smash Bros Ultimate?? I'd go with Fortnite due to all the character costume DLCs

10. Best Indie Game

For outstanding creative and technical achievement in a game made outside the traditional publisher system.

12 Minutes
Death's Door
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Loop Hero

Only played two (12 minutes, and Kena). I'd go with Kena
11/16/2021 5:12 PM

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11. Best Debut Indie Game

For the best debut game created by a new independent studio.

Kena: Bridge of Spirits
The Artful Escape
The Forgotten City

Only played Kena on the list

12. Best Mobile Game

For the best game playable on a mobile device.

Genshin Impact
League of Legends
MARVEL Future Revolution
Pokemon Unite

Only tried Genshin Impact and Pokemon Unite. Go with Genshin

13. Best Community Support

Recognizing a game for outstanding community support, transparency and responsiveness, inclusive of social media activity and game updates/patches.

Apex Legends: Escape
Destiny 2: Beyond Light
Final Fantasy XIV Online
No Man's Sky

Personally don't play on-going community based games. But from chatting with friends/co-workers throughout the year i'd say it's either Fornite or FFXIV

14. Best VR/AR Game

For the best game experience playable in virtual or augmented reality, irrespective of platform.

Hitman III
I Expect You to Die 2
Lone Echo II
Resident Evil 4
Sniper Elite VR

Don't own VR headset or play AR games

15. Innovation in Accessibility

Recognizing software and/or hardware that is pushing the medium forward by adding features, technology and content to help games be played and enjoyed by an even wider audience.

Far Cry 6
Forza Horizon 5
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
The Vale: Shadow of the Crown

Sony first party been doing excellent job on accessibility. This one is no different, Ratchet & Clank for the win

16. Best Action Game

For the best game in the action genre focused primarily on combat.

Back 4 Blood
Chivalry II
Far Cry 6

Although similar to past games, Far Cry 6 is a fun action game

17. Best Action/Adventure Game
For the best action/adventure game, combining combat with traversal and puzzle solving.

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy
Metroid Dread
Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
Resident Evil Village
Psychonauts 2

If GotG had better gameplay i'd go with that. I choose Ratchet & Clank for this one

18. Best RPG

For the best game designed with rich player character customization and progression, including massively multiplayer experiences.

Cyberpunk 2077
Monster Hunter Rise
Scarlet Nexus
Shin Megami Tensei V
Tales of Arise

Tales of Arise for the story/narrative (as mentioned before). For overall experience i'd go with Monster Hunter Rise
11/16/2021 5:18 PM

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21. Best Sports/Racing Game

For the best traditional and non-traditional sports and racing game.

F1 2021
Fifa 22
Hot Wheels Unleashed
Forza Horizon 5
Riders Republic

Forza probably going to win. Only one close to that is Fifa which has a bad rep for lootboxes

Surprised they combined sports and racing. Guess gamers are tired of EA lootboxes for their sports titles

22. Best SIM/Strategy Game

Best game focused on real time or turn-based simulation or strategy gameplay, irrespective of platform.

Age of Empires IV
Evil Genius 2: World Domination
Microsoft Flight Simulator

I'd go with MS Flight Simulator

23. Best Multiplayer Game

For outstanding online multiplayer gameplay and design, including co-op and massively multiplayer experiences, irrespective of game genre or platform.

Back 4 Blood
It Takes Two
Knockout City
Monster Hunter Rise
New World

Knockout City. Very fun fast reacation type game

24-29: I personally don't follow streamers or esports. If it involves a person/personality; I don't know them or heard of them before.

24. Content Creator of the Year
For a streamer or content creator who has made an important and positive impact on the community in 2021.


25. Best Esports Athlete
The esports athlete judged to be the most outstanding for performance and conduct in 2021, irrespective of game.

Chris "Simp" Lehr
Heo "ShowMaker" Su
Magomed "Collapse" Khalilov
Oleksandr "s1mple" Kostyliev
Tyson "TenZ" Ngo

26. Best Esports Coach
The esports coach judged to be the most outstanding for performance and conduct in 2021.

Airat "Silent" Gaziev
Andrey "ENGH" Sholokhov
Andrii "B1ad3" Horodenskyi
James "Crowder" Crowder
Kim "kkOma" Jeong-gyun

27. Best Esports Event
Recognizing an event (across single or multiple days) that delivered a best-of-class experience for participants and the broadcast audience.

The International 2021
2021 League of Legends World Championship
Valorant Champions Tour: Stage 2 Masters
PGL Major Stockholm 2021
PUBG Mobile Global Championship 2020

28. Best Esports Game
For the game that has delivered the best overall esports experience to players (inclusive of tournaments, community support and content updates), irrespective of genre or platform.

Call of Duty
League of Legends

29. Best Esports Team
Recognizing a specific esports team (not the full organization) judged the most outstanding for performance and conduct in 2021.

Atlanta FaZe, Call of Duty
DWG KIA, League of Legends
Team Spirit, DOTA2
Sentinels, Valorant

30. Most Anticipated Game
Recognizing an announced game that has demonstrably illustrated potential to push the gaming medium forward.

Elden Ring
God of War: Ragnarok
Horizon Forbidden West
The Sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The sequel to BotW. Hope there's a trailer/name drop at the game awards
11/17/2021 12:29 AM

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[Missing #19/20]
19. Best Fighting Game
Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles
Guilty Gear -Strive-
Melty Blood: Type Lumina
Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl
Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown

Nickelodeon Smash game is okay, feels unfinished. Probably going to win due to widespread appeal.
I'd go with Melty Blood for the gameplay.

20. Best Family Game
It Takes Two
Mario Party Superstars
New Pokémon Snap
Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury
WarioWare: Get It Together!

WarioWare: Get It Together!. Mario Party probably going to win. I'd say it could have been better. Could have included ALL past mini-games and boards. Instead we get 5 boards and mini-games with button controls only (to cater to Switch Lite audience)
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