In The Week Ahead we summarise what's coming up across the next seven days of gaming. Did we miss something? Or do you have an idea for useful info we could include in future instalments? Let us know in the comments below.
This week's key releases
- Dead Rising 3: Operation Broken Eagle DLC (Xbox One) - Jan 21
- OlliOlli (PS Vita) - Jan 22
- Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z (Xbox 360, PS3, PS Vita) - Jan 24
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The New Year malaise continues to afflict the video game industry; our fingers are eager to write exciting stories, but the newswires remain hauntingly quiet. Our thumbs yearn for exciting new games, but the release calendar offers up nothing but a cold shoulder. But still, we're making do with what we've got and doing our best to bring as much fresh gaming content as possible.
For Monday (today!) Nintendo manchild Chris Scullion is toiling away on a review for quirky Wii U title NES Remix, which should be up on the site this afternoon, and will be followed by a review of OlliOlli on Wednesday. If you missed it, and we wouldn't blame you if you did, OlliOlli is a 2D side-scrolling skateboard game that "mixes addictive one-life gameplay with over 120 tricks and grinds across 50 deviously crafted levels". It sounds pretty cool and whenever Rob plays it he has a little smile on his face, which is a little creepy for me because I can't see his Vita from over the desk divider so he just looks like a maniac on the edge.
Since I'll be out on international adventures playing Paradox games from Wednesday, we'll likely be releasing the CVG Off The Record podcast early, either on Tuesday or Wednesday. If you haven't already, please listen and subscribe to it on iTunes. Why not rate and review us while you're there so we can feel like we're loved? Go on.
On top of all that, on Thursday we'll be publishing a preview for a previously announced next-gen game we're not allowed to name because lawyers will kill us and PR will cry (that we spilled the beans early, not that we're dead, they don't care about that).
And finally, at some point this week we'll be writing up our last hands-on with Thief before its release, as well as a Broken Age review.
Game fact of the week
This week in... 2009
A US study has found that people who play games regularly are more likely to take drugs and drink alcohol than normal people. They could have saved a lot of time and money by just asking us though.
Professor Laura Walker, who led the study from Brigham Young University in Utah, said: "The most striking part is that everything we found clustered around video game use is negative." Makes you wonder if they actually tried to find anything positive.
Games are usually pinned with making idiotic (sorry... easily influenced) teens violent, but according Walker: "It appears video games are related to a host of other negative outcomes."
800 university students were questioned, and it found that students who played games regularly were 10 percent more likely to have a tipple or take drugs than their non-gaming friends.
Those who play daily are said to be three times more likely to smoke cannabis, stop talking to friends and family and, female gamers in particular, have low self esteem, according to the report published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence (via the Telegraph).
"It may be that young adults remove themselves from important social settings to play video games, or that people who already struggle with relationships are trying to find other ways to spend their time," said Walker. "My guess is that it's some of both and becomes circular."
Universities - the best place to ask a bunch of guys if they drink...