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  • Have a look at the game that became Puyo Puyo [06.13.17]
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    Last week Japanese game dev Moo Niitani reportedly announced that two old MSX games developed by his now-defunct studio Compile will soon be released on Project Egg, a digital Japanese platform for vintage games.

    The news comes courtesy of the old game enthusiasts at Retronauts, and is worth paying attention to because the games in question -- Dominon and Dominon X -- are early versions of Puyo Puyo, the mega-popular Japanese puzzle game franchise.

  • Sony exec offers an answer for PS4's absence from Minecraft cross-platform play [06.13.17]
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    "We have a contract with the people who go online with us, that we look after them and they are within the PlayStation curated universe."

    - Sony exec Jim Ryan, explaining to Eurogamer why some PlayStation 4 games don't support full cross-platform play.

    Today a Sony exec offered an explanation for why the PS4 is absent from some recent announcements of online games adding cross-platform play, citing a "responsibility to our install base."

    This is somewhat notable in light of the fact that developers on both Minecraft and Rocket League announced expanded cross-platform play features at E3 this week, and the list of supported platforms includes the Xbox One, PC, Nintendo's Switch.

    However, in neither case can people who own the PlayStation 4 version of a game play with people who own an Xbox One copy, even though a Minecraft representative publicly stated the game's dev team would prefer it if Minecraft players on PlayStation 4 could play with everyone else.

    When Eurogamer recently asked PlayStation head of global marketing and sales Jim Ryan why this was the case, he responded by citing a desire to control the experience of Minecraft players online.

    "Minecraft - the demographic playing that, you know as well as I do, it's all ages but it's also very young," Ryan said. "We have a contract with the people who go online with us, that we look after them and they are within the PlayStation curated universe.

 

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