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Evening Reading - December 9, 2022 (Post-Game Awards edition)

The Game Awards show is over. Let's digest what we saw in this Friday edition of Evening Reading.


Hello, Shacknews readers! The Game Awards took place last night and it was an epic evening of celebrations and new reveals. We're a full night removed, but for tonight, we're taking some time to reflect with a new round of news, memes, and entertainment. This is an all-Game Awards 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

Path of Exile: The Forbidden Sanctum is now live on PC!

Happy 8th anniversary to Marvel Contest of Champions!

Salmon Run players, your moment is here. The Big Run is underway in Splatoon 3.

And here's a new look at the story for Forspoken. Remember that the newest demo is up and running only on PS5 this weekend!

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

A celebration of Flute Guy

After last night, there was only one person who captured the internet's imagination. That's right, I'm talking about Flute Guy. And we have not heard the last of him.

Here's the moment where Flute Guy had one of his greatest moments of glory.

I say "one of," because this man has been around for a long time. Here is a news report from 2009, which first introduced us to Pedro Eustache, who we now know as Flute Guy. Here, he shares his talents across a variety of instruments.

Let's fast-forward to this Vanity Fair interview earlier this year with Hans Zimmer. Here's Zimmer with Eustache, who brought his musical contributions to the Dune soundtrack.

Like the rest of us, show host Geoff Keighley was enraptured by Eustache's musical talent. We'll be seeing him again as part of The Game Awards' 10 year celebration at the Hollywood Bowl in June.

Finally, a message from Eustache himself.

¡Viva Chile!

Pedro Pascal was an absolute hoot when he was presenting last night.

It's begun

Give it time. The Tumblr community is only just getting started.

Scarface meets Kratos

Geoff took a minute to stop riffing on Christopher Judge's long speech in time to show off this amazing sight of Kratos voice actor Christopher Judge and the great Al Pacino.

Have it your way!

This is for a Japan-exclusive promotion coming to Burger Kings in that region, which will celebrate the upcoming release of Diablo 4. The Lilith Spicy Tomato Double Whopper with Cheese takes two flame-broiled patties, adds four slices of cheese, and hellacious hot sauce. It will make you want to eat like snake.

Death Stranding 2: I'm Still Stranding

Norman Reedus is already hard at work on the Death Stranding sequel, which was first unveiled last night As for Hideo Kojima...?

Out here celebrating with beloved figure Reggie Fils-Aime.

Nothing but the Hotfix

To keep the Game Awards theme going, for this week's Hotfix show, let's take a look at Kirby and the Forgotten Land and one of GDQ's first looks at a blindfolded run.

GDQ's Hotfix shows air every week and you can catch them all at the Games Done Quick Twitch account.

Under the learning tree with Masahiro Sakurai

Masahiro Sakurai started a YouTube channel! Let's learn from his decades of experience together by looking at one of his latest videos. This week, fresh off Street Fighter 6 and Tekken 8 being shown off at The Game Awards, Sakurai explains the concept of "hit stop" and using it in fighting game design.

This week in Shaqnews

The Inside the NBA crew looks at the viral video with Steph Curry and his full court shots. Shaq attempts the same thing. He's not quite as good.


Ricky Starks makes himself into a superstar with a single promo. Just unreal.

Tonight in video game music

Let's wrap up this special Game Awards edition of Evening Reading by going back to the Game of the Year award. Take it home, Game Awards Orchestra.

That's your Evening Reading to send you into the second weekend of December! Be sure to 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!

Senior Editor

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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