Evening Reading - February 18, 2022

Aloy statues, KOF bosses, Shaqnews, a box of chocolates, and more await in this Friday edition of Evening Reading.


Hello, once again, to everyone here at Shacknews! It's been yet another exciting week across the gaming world, but at least this time it's because of games coming out and not so much because of the business side of things. Before getting into this slam dunk of an NBA All-Star Weekend, let's jam into this Friday edition of Evening Reading.

In case you missed it at Shacknews:

And, because it's the weekend, go find yourself something to play!

Around the gaming horn

If you haven't jumped into Pokemon Legends: Arceus yet, here's a look at the various Hisuian forms of the starters. You know, in case you haven't seen them yet.

If you're still on mobile Mario Kart, the new Sky Tour is on its way. You might want to pay attention to whatever courses they introduce, because at this point, you never know if they'll wind up in the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Booster Course Pass.

FIFA 22 is following along with the UEFA Champions League knockout stages and offering some new goodies in the FIFA 22 Ultimate Team mode. Don't forget that the full game is free to play on Steam this weekend.

And speaking of microtransction-fueled sports game modes, new Dark Matter cards are live in All-Star Packs this weekend over in NBA 2K22. They're only out in the wild for a week, so search them out, if you're interested.

And now... Other Stuff From The Internet!!!


There are no mechanical wildlife hiding in Italy.

None that we know of, anyway.


You call that a beard? This is a beard!

Academic probation

To be clear, you can write college essays about Mario. Just don't write any that look like this.

Bored ape

Yeah, it's not like you have Retro Studios doing anything impor-- ohhhhhhhhhhhhh...


For tonight's edition of Shaqnews, Shaq rapping just like old times. I'll leave it up to you to decide whether that's a good thing or not.

Chocolate burn

For context, content creators were recently sent this care package from the team at Bandai Namco for Elden Ring:

Meanwhile, over at the Maximilian Cave, Maximilian Dood's box says something a little bit different.

Speaking of Maximilian...

Checking back in with King of Fighters XV

Now that King of Fighters XV is out in the wild (not sure why I thought it was already out last week), Maximilian Dood takes on Otama in a brand new Boss Rage video.


This has been a weird, weird week in the world of professional wrestling. Let's check in with a now Cody Rhodes-less All Elite Wrestling and start like I often like to do with the latest from "Platinum" Max Caster.

We go from that to WWE, where HOLY CRAP, STEVE AUSTIN MIGHT BE COMING BACK! But for now, he's still a podcast host and here's a look at Stone Cold with WCW's first Black world champion, Ron Simmons.

Back when he was more than the guy who just made cameos saying, "DAMN!"

Tonight in video game music

FTL has historically been one of Chatty's most beloved games. So let's share the FTL Remix Project, a full album worth of fantastic mixes of the FTL soundtrack.

That's your Evening Reading to send you into this NBA All-Star Saturday weekend. Keep the spirit of the classic Evening Reading alive by jumping into the comments about whatever you see here or whatever randomness you'd like to discuss. Join the conversation and dive into the Shacknews Chatty comment thread below. I'll see you all next week!

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Ozzie has been playing video games since picking up his first NES controller at age 5. He has been into games ever since, only briefly stepping away during his college years. But he was pulled back in after spending years in QA circles for both THQ and Activision, mostly spending time helping to push forward the Guitar Hero series at its peak. Ozzie has become a big fan of platformers, puzzle games, shooters, and RPGs, just to name a few genres, but he’s also a huge sucker for anything with a good, compelling narrative behind it. Because what are video games if you can't enjoy a good story with a fresh Cherry Coke?

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