Strange things happen all the time in gaming, which is a weird world. Every month, Gameranx finds the strangest and weirdest things, puts them all together, and laughs. Hello, everyone! I’m Falcon, and today on Gameranx, we’ll look at the strange gaming news from October 2022.
Starting with number 10, a Silent Hill artist disproved something from “Silent Hill 2.” There has been a long-held belief, or “head canon,” that James is looking at the player when he looks in the mirror. It’s amazing how Masahiro Ito got to this point. He says, “I’m so sick of this.” First of all, why does he see the player who doesn’t belong to the story? He is there now to look for his wife. “Think about the story as a whole.” Our man is just about done. This bothers him a lot, and he has kept it together for this long. The game “Silent Hill 2” is not new. It is being made over. I mean, there are remakes of newer games, but “Silent Hill 2” hasn’t been updated in a long time, so let’s respect this man’s sanity and never ask him again.
And at number nine, someone made a gaming chair that, in technical terms, uses haptics to give you a real-time tactical experience. This should make you feel completely immersed in the game. Yeah. So it’s a chair that uses sound waves from your game to send vibrations to your back and buttocks. I’ll tell you what a press release from the company said. “Designed to feel the tension in a battle game, get into the action of a movie, or groove to the beats of music, Synk X gives users a new way to get into the imaginary world for a better experience.” I’m not going to say it’s bad. I’m not sure. I’m not sure if I would buy it. And I’m sure there are people who love it when their butt shakes. I won’t try to get around that. I’m sure there are a lot of people who really like doing that. I’m not sure if that really makes the game, movie, or whatever more real. It seems like that would just be something that vibrates your bottom. “I can tell you this: when I’m actually doing something, it doesn’t make my buttocks vibrate. Yeah, like when you’re on a train or in a car, there’s some shaking, but it’s not like a motor is starting up under my buttocks. I apologize. I just don’t think that sounds or feels like those times. I don’t think I need to try to change your mind. But this one is strange.
At number eight, you can now smell things in VR. So, a new machine called an olfactometer has been made. This machine lets you smell in virtual reality. They gave as an example a game where you smell wine in a virtual cellar and try to guess what it smells like. I don’t understand why anyone would want this. Yeah, I guess everyone is different, but I can’t imagine wanting to smell things in games. One of the researchers said, “The ability to move from a passive to a more active sense of smell in the game opens the door for the development of completely new smell-based game mechanics based on the players’ movements and decisions.” I’ve been skeptical of VR in the past, but this has finally convinced me that it’s a good way to play games. This is a different kind of doubt. A game where you try different wines will get old in five seconds. And if I’m being totally honest, I don’t want to smell anything in “Half-Life,” okay? So it’s a strange idea.
It’s October at number seven. People told us about their Halloween costumes. I’m not saying it’s strange that this kid dressed up like this, but they’re so cute that we have to talk about it. This child’s “Elder Ring” costume won a Halloween costume contest. It was made by the child himself. The costume is great, and that kid looks like he’s having the time of his life. Look at how he looks. I don’t know what else to say about this one besides that it’s awesome. It’s great, and you’re a great parent to be so involved. That’s great.
In the “Cyberpunk” expansion, number six, Sasha Grey, is a DJ. Now, I’m not sure why this is such a big deal in 2022, and most of the feedback was positive, but it seems that some people really don’t like or don’t want to admit they like the fact that a former adult film star has a major role in a video game. I’m not sure. Again, they aren’t most of the people. Most people liked it, and a lot of people can’t believe she’s in it. I just thought it was strange that there was a fight in the first place. She is a writer, a musician, and an actress who is as plain as day. She has done many things. I found out about her through other work. It took me a while to figure out that she used to be a star in adult movies. So maybe that is why it doesn’t surprise me as much. She broadcasts on Twitch, and a million other people do the same thing. So, yeah, I find it strange that there was even a debate. Basically, it’s just an actress getting a part.
At number five, it looks like the devoted fan from “The Elder Scrolls” is coming back for “Starfield,” which is a very interesting development. Either that, or Bethesda is totally messing with everyone. I’m not sure one way or the other, and I’d be happy either way. It’s a great way to troll, and it’s even better if it’s in the game. For anyone who has never played “Oblivion,” there are a few things you can do to get a really annoying fan who follows you around and is like… Please add a clip, editor. Yes, you big and strong grand champion! Do you want or need something? Can I bring your gun? Clean your shoes? Back rub, perhaps? – [Falcon] Do you get it? You get it, and I find it funny that he’s back in the future. I wonder if this guy is coming back for some story reason. I’d really like that. I’d like to learn more. Even though it’s one of the dumbest parts of “Oblivion,” I still laugh every time I think about it.
At number four, a package delivery person noticed that an old woman in a retirement community was using two Wii Fits as welcome mats. This is a strange sight for someone who knows what a Wii Fit is, but at the same time, you might expect that some people in a retirement community might have physical disabilities and need a small step to get up into their door easily. It’s possible, but it looks very strange to just walk around and see a gaming accessory there. Now, they’re not as expensive as they used to be. When you walk through a thrift store, most of the items cost less than $10. I saw an old woman using two Wii Fits as welcome mats, which was a strange sight for someone who knows what a Wii Fit is. On the other hand, she lived in a retirement community, where some people might have physical disabilities and need a small step to get into their door. It’s possible, but it looks very strange to just walk around and see a gaming accessory there. Now, they’re not as expensive as they used to be. When you walk through a thrift store, most of the items cost less than $10. And it’s possible that this old woman was doing just that when she thought, “Oh, that would be perfect for that little step that gives me trouble every day.”
And third, a “Overwatch 2” charm in real life costs less than it does in the game. This was a bit of a problem, though, because microtransactions are annoying. And once more, these things are at least just cosmetics that have their own debates and controversies. But if you’d like to buy this Pachimari J! In the Blizzard US store, an NX keychain costs $5. For $5, you can get a real Pachimari J! NX keychain. How much does it cost to play? 700 coins for Overwatch. A thousand coins cost $9.99, so this is about $6.99 or $7 in the game. I’m not sure. I don’t think it says anything bad about “Overwatch” itself. I think it says a lot about how multiplayer games are going in general. To be honest, getting here is strange.
And at number two, an Amsterdam hotel was upset that it was in “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” because it doesn’t like violence. So, the Conservatorium Hotel appears in “Modern Warfare 2” as the Breenbergh. Whether this is real or not, it was a brilliant marketing move on their part, because making a fuss about the Conservatorium Hotel in Amsterdam made headlines. The manager said, “We don’t support games that seem to encourage violence.” “This has nothing to do with our core values, and we regret our apparent and unwanted involvement.” To be honest, I don’t think they care. I think they thought, “Hey, we’re in a game!” But just because we’re in the game, no one will really know who we are. We are just a structure. What if we make a lot of noise? So I think they did something smart for their business, because if I’m ever in Amsterdam, I’ll at least think about it. I don’t know if I’m going to stay in a five-star hotel because, yay, that’s a lot of money, but I’ll think about it. I’ll be aware of it. Now, I only know about the Conservatorium as a hotel in Amsterdam. So, I guess it’s a smart business move, even if they look really mad.
In the same way, IKEA is threatening to sue the person who made a game where you have to survive in an infinite furniture store. So IKEA says that a new survival game called “The Store Is Closed” takes place in Styr, which is obviously a parody of IKEA. I think that’s a bunch of crap. You can’t just make a company mad by mentioning them. It doesn’t work like that. I’m sorry, but have you ever played a Grand Theft Auto game? It’s full of real-life references that aren’t exactly the same as real life but make a joke about something that happens in real life. I apologize. That’s bad. I think this guy should say, “No, that’s not how that works.” To be honest, I think an IKEA is a great place to make a joke about anything. IKEA, stop! That’s all for today.