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Press Start: Incompetence, corruption and business as usual

Owen S. Good is a longtime veteran of video games writing, well known for his coverage of sports and racing games.

Football, soccer, the Beautiful Game — whatever you prefer to call it, it fairly dominated the news in all sectors this past week, so deeply does it touch world culture. The stunning arrests of several FIFA figures came a day before previews of its namesake video game, which itself delivered major news: Women's teams will be included in this year's edition, for the first time. Splatoon also launched, on the same day there was a run on a line of new amiibo. Leaks from retailers pointed to a new Xbox One controller and a new Need for Speed. Twitch banned the streaming of AO games, as if there are any out there that people play. That false-advertising lawsuit over the fiasco that was Aliens: Colonial Marines lost both its class-action status and Gearbox as a defendant. And DC Comics got its act together with all of its storylines, before going on summer vacation.

That's just a slice of the week that was in video gaming and pop culture. Below you will find some of the week's must-read stories, a mix of original reporting and long reads. Welcome to Press Start, a recap of the week in games and gaming culture to get you ready for the one ahead.

Last Week in Five Stories

  1. Konami apologizes for causing anxiety, says it's not giving up on consoles, PC

    Konami apologized to fans today for causing anxiety about its games and how they do business, in a letter sent to Polygon. In it, the company explains when and why the company underwent a major structural reorganization and that consoles remain an important part of its future.


  2. FIFA doesn't need FIFA, and EA Sports should sever ties

    FIFA is not really a league, even if its name is on a video game just like the NFL, the NBA or the NHL. It's simply a bureaucracy, one that stages a tournament every four years among national teams, not professional clubs. Except in World Cup years, FIFA's presence is nearly as irrelevant to EA Sports' soccer video game as the NCAA was to EA's now-defunct college football title..

  3. Batman: Arkham Knight is the latest release to give the finger to people who buy at launch

    There is, as far I can tell, no complete edition of a game anymore at launch, the question is more about what you're willing to give up instead of what you're willing to get.

  4. Mad Max is melee car combat in an open wasteland

    Avalanche's Mad Max fixes a determined grapple hook to certain open-world conventions. The game comes from the developer of the Just Cause games. It also hails from the publisher of Batman's Arkham series and of last year's smash hit Shadow of Mordor.

  5. What it's like gaming with chronic pain, and why I fear the future

    I have a condition called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. EDS has throws obstacles between me and my enjoyment of games. The ever-shifting trends in game design, and the introduction of new hardware, constantly threaten to push me out of a hobby I love. I want to both shed some light on the problems I face, and also share resources of those aiming to improve mine and others’ gaming experience.

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