Greetings, travelers! Hope you had a great Valentine's Day this week. If you need more time to celebrate, there's a three-day weekend! Before we send you off to celebrate the American Presidents, let's browse through the latest news, memes, and entertainment. This is the Friday edition of Evening Reading.
In case you missed it at Shacknews:
- Octopath Traveler 2 review: Eight is a crowd
- Like a Dragon Ishin! review: Sharpening an old katana
- Honkai: Star Rail aims to deliver unique silkpunk themes & sharp combat
- Everything we saw at the Gaming at Apple Dev Showcase
- 7 Tower Thoughts: Before Light falls
- Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Version 1.2.0 patch notes address crashes and Boxes
- Firaxis Games confirms next Civilization game in development as studio leads depart
- YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki resigns after 24 years at Google
- Sega raises annual employee salaries in Japan by 15%
- Former Apex Legends game director & devs form Wildlight Entertainment
- Frogwares delays Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened following Russian attacks on Ukraine
- Sega says Sonic Frontiers sales exceeded expectations
- Retired Celtics star Paul Pierce settles with SEC over misleading promotion of EthereumMax crypto
- Wild Hearts developer says a PC performance fix is on the way
- Valheim explores Xbox waters with March release date
- Hogwarts Legacy director indicates 'no current plans' for DLC
- Bing to limit AI chat to five replies to prevent long, weird conversations
- Shack Chat: Which game's food would you cook for a romantic Valentine's Day dinner?
And, because it's the weekend, go find yourself something to play!
- Weekend Console Download Deals for Feb. 17: Xbox Anime Month continues
- Weekend PC Download Deals for Feb. 17: Marvel's Midnight Suns free weekend
Around the gaming horn
Here's a look at what to expect from Rainbow Six Siege's Year 8 reveal. We've got more to say about this here at Shacknews, so stay tuned throughout the weekend.
Here's an early look at the Cherry Blossom biome, which is coming to Minecraft with the 1.20 update.
The doctors have come to Mario Kart Tour.
Finally, Tales of Symphonia Remastered is out today.
And now... Other Stuff From The Internet!!!
Higher. Further. Faster. Together.— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) February 17, 2023
Check out the brand-new teaser poster for Marvel Studios’ The Marvels, coming to theaters November 10. pic.twitter.com/zSlozSfQrz
The Marvels has been delayed to November. Considering Guardians 3 is coming in May and this summer should see the Disney+ premieres of Loki's second season and (maybe) Secret Invasion, there should be more than enough to keep Marvel fans satisfied until then.
Meanwhile, I have thoughts on Quantumania, but that's something for another day.
This could be you, Trainers! 🐋— Pokémon (@Pokemon) February 17, 2023
Pre-order the Trainer-Sized Wailord Poké Plush now from Pokémon Center: https://t.co/CxDSIHD7Mq pic.twitter.com/oNvO4stcq9
I'm curious to see if plushies come bigger than this Wailord.
They certainly don't get more expensive.
Someone set this doll to "Evil"
Your new best friend just got even scarier.— Blumhouse (@blumhouse) February 17, 2023
The theatrical and unrated versions of @meetM3GAN are streaming Feb 24 only on @peacock. pic.twitter.com/6bJ705Ig0F
My main issue with M3GAN was that it felt like the movie could only go so far with a PG-13 rating. This should fix that nicely.
The way Jungle music had an absolute GRIP on videogames in the late 90s and early 2000s was no freakin' joke. It didn't even matter what the damn game genre was. pic.twitter.com/3ZqiHvI8yo— Del @ NaughtyDog (@TheCartelDel) February 16, 2023
Those 2000s era soundtracks used to bring it.
#family pic.twitter.com/2mSUW3iKaq— Doug Bowser (@thetruebowser) February 17, 2023
Doug Bowser takes a stroll through Bowser's Castle at Super Nintendo World.
Nothing but the Hotfix
Throughout February, Games Done Quick has been celebrating Black History Month with Unapologetically Black and Fast. Here's just a sample of what GDQ has been spotlighting, but go check out the GDQ YouTube channel for many more runs from top Black speedrunners.
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, Sakurai examines the reward system in games, how it's evolved over decades, and how important it is to give players a basic sense of satisfaction.
This week in Shaqnews
Live from the site of the NBA All-Star Game in Salt Lake City, the Inside the NBA crew goes tubing. This goes as well as you might expect for Ernie and Keny.
IT'S STILL REAL TO ME, DAMMIT!
A personal message for @MariahCarey. pic.twitter.com/nBwoy7LKu8— 🅱️ig Stoke (@StokelyHathaway) February 17, 2023
Who's going to say no to a devoted family man like Stokely Hathaway?
Tonight in video game music
FamilyJules is back with this metal rendition of the Sada & Turo battle from Pokemon Scarlet & Violet.
That's it for the third Friday Evening Reading for the month of February! 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!
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