This week has seen some interesting stories pop up throughout the gaming world. Today I’ll focus on a few that I found interesting. So without further ado, welcome to the first official Parallax Media Weekly Wrap Up (Editor’s note: boy, that’s a mouthful)! This will be a weekly column that gives you a nice summary of video game related news and we chose this format because it can be hard to try and capture all the news every day. We wanted a way that allowed us to digest the information, then serve it up to you in a nice little summary. So let’s jump in.

The Good

Red Dead Redemption 2 Review Scores

Rockstar’s new open-world cowboy game has seen a pile of positive reviews, and this comes to no one’s surprise. Red Dead Redemption 2 sports some incredible attention to detail in its environments– such as weather effects, a living breathing world around the player and superb voice acting has really bolstered Rockstar’s game into greatness. Although the game has not come without controversy. In the weeks before launch, Rockstar admitted that some of the workers pulled off 100 hour work weeks in preparation for the game’s launch. Some employees have come forward saying that they do not do this and neither does Rockstar force them to, while others have spoken of instances where QA workers registered long hours and bad working conditions.

All of this hard work is very apparent in the game itself but definitely put a bad taste in many people’s’ mouths before the game even came out. Still, the glowing reviews are pouring in and it seems everyone’s long hours have paid off.

The Bad

Playstation Name Changes Come With Consequences

Yes. Yes. YES! Sony has recently revealed that PlayStation players will be able to change their PSN names. Finally, you can get rid of that stupid name you thought of years ago and stick with something more not so stupid. But, it has been revealed that changing your name could come with some very risky consequences.

By changing your name you risk losing some game progression, in-game purchases, and purchased content. The fine people over at The Playstation Brahs found the fine print and it is not great. Check it out:

“Not all games and applications for PS4™, PS3™, PS Vita, and other PlayStation® systems support the Online ID change feature. If you change your Online ID: You may lose access to content (including paid-for content) that you have acquired for your games, including content like add-ons and virtual currency. You may lose your progress within games, including game saved data, leaderboard data, and progress toward trophies. Parts of your games and applications might not function properly, both online and offline. Your previous Online ID(s) may remain visible to you and other players in some places.”


The fact that you may lose content you bought and progression in games is not okay. There have been some users that are in the beta program that have changed their names and recorded no issues yet. We will continue to monitor the situation.

The Interesting

It’s Alive! Weird Soul Calibur Creations

With the recent release of Soul Calibur 6, many players saw an opportunity to recreate their favorite characters from movies, anime, and tv. They could finally play as their most watched hero. And some…some just want to watch the world burn. Alongside the cooler creations, we have had the pleasure of seeing some uh… interesting monstrosities? Yes, monstrosities is the word.

I think my favorite so far is buff Pikachu. Don’t believe me? Look at this.

It’s pretty cool to see the creativity throughout the gaming community. Gameinformer has put together a really good list of some of the more interesting fantasies come to life.

That’s going to do it for this week’s weekly news wrap up. Be sure to check out our latest content: Indie Incursion Podcast Episode 3, Super Mario Party Review, and our Soulblight First Impressions. We hope you have a great weekend!

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