Once upon a time, I used to do a similar news piece called Treasure Chest, but it was too much to keep up with as the articles were hard to find. I was focusing on Christian gaming pieces, instead of gaming as a whole. Also, for Beneath The Tangles, I once headed the Something More column, which also dropped off.
Since the industry is getting larger and it’s harder to find out news of what might interest you, I decided to try again with a monthly post and highlight gaming coverage that I hope you enjoy. I might publish it bi-weekly, but for now I’ll try monthly to see how it goes. I don’t want to make it a long and wordy post, just a short update on what is happening in the gaming world.
I’m calling it Sidequest News, as it’s a mish-mash of different gaming articles or links. I’m not going to limit it to news, so it could be a video that I found interesting from a Christian streamer, a new video game music album I discovered or something else. The only rule would be that it has to have been released in the month of the post, in this case November.
I will also share Christian gaming news, new videogame music albums (generally from Spotify), and other information that I find interesting. There are lots of streamers, podcasts, and other media that gamers are producing so I will also share some of that. Anyways, let’s get right into it! Let me know what you think of the new column, good or bad feedback, and if you felt I missed a certain news piece, share it in the comments!
I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge—1 Corinthians 1:4-5 (ESV)
- Kotaku: Did you know there’s a Nintendo theme park in Japan? Once this whole virus situation is over, visitors can be taken to the world of Super Mario and other fan favorites 🙂
- Be sure to check Best Buy, GameStop and other stores for Black Friday deals! Even online stores like PSN, eShop, etc. because now is the time to grab those deals!
- Limited Run Games: Shenmue III has some real nice merch out! Check it out, and let us know if you have played the series before.
- A new Legend of Zelda game released on November 20th for the Switch. It’s a mix of Dynasty Warriors and LoZ. If you’ve never played this style of game, it’s a ton of fun! Try the Switch demo if your on the fence.
- Nintendo Life: Sonic Movie Sequel Scheduled To Start Production In March Next Year
- GameSpot: PS5 Launch Week Sales In Japan Were Five Times Higher Than Xbox Series X/S
- GameRadar: Yakuza livestream for 15 hours on December 8th with the voice actors of the series!
- Videogame Remix album of the month: Lofi Lia – Season One
New games being released this month that we recommend:
- Katamari Damacy Reroll | PS4, Xbox One
- Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity | Switch
- Educational Games for Kids | Switch
- Destiny 2: Beyond Light | PS4, Xbox One, PC
- No Man’s Sky | Xbox Series X
- Assassin’s Creed Valhalla | PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC
- NBA 2k21 | Xbox Series X
- Just Dance 2021 | PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Switch
- Sackboy: A Big Adventure | PS5, PS4
- Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales | PS5, PS4
- Bugsnax | PS5, PS4, PC
- Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory | PS4, Xbox One, Switch
- Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered | Switch
Christian Gaming News
- One Zero: This was very interesting! God Mode Activated was highlighted in an article from Medium. It garnered enough views to be mentioned on the Stephen Colbert show!
- Game Pass, Getting Answers to Prayer, and The Benefits of Belonging (John 15)
- This isn’t exactly new, but I did find a Christian game based on the Old Testament. You can find it here on the Logos website, it’s a free PC game. Not for Steam, just a download 🙂 Let me know what you thought.
Don’t forget to check out our Video Game Resources page, and we will be back next month with more news!