The biggest gaming news for February 19, 2022


Nintendo wrecks a few consoles, Aloy makes the cover of a mainstream magazine, and Master Chief takes off his helmet.

Biggest Gaming News February 19, 2022

We finally made it to the weekend, but since the news never sleeps, we still had a lot to do today. We found out that Nintendo had been planning to shut down the Wii U eShop for at least eight years, Microsoft offered Activision Blizzard just three days after the abuse allegations became known, and Vanity Fair featured Horizon Zero Dawn and Forbidden West as Aloy on the cover of their character this month magazine. Fans of the Halo franchise will also see Master Chief’s face for the first time in the upcoming TV show.

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Nintendo has reportedly been waiting to shut down the Wii U eShop since 2014

Nintendo has apparently been planning to leave the Wii U and 3DS behind for some time. Today it was announced that both consoles have been dead for at least eight years. The company previously announced that “from March 2023 it will no longer be possible to make purchases in the Nintendo eShop for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS family systems”. “For the foreseeable future,” sources recently mentioned that Nintendo “will announce in 2023 that after some time the server will be shut down. People will lose their games if something happens to their Wii U or the drive they have their games on.” This prompted scathing criticism from the Video Game History Foundation, saying the plans are “actively destructive to video game history.” .


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Microsoft offered Activision Blizzard three days after Bobby Kotick’s allegations of abuse became known, according to the report

Microsoft said they are closely monitoring activities at Activision Blizzard. This was generally interpreted to mean that Microsoft would distance itself from the company. The opposite turned out to be true. Microsoft announced its acquisition of Activision Blizzard in a landmark deal for $69 billion just months later. We learned today that it really didn’t take Microsoft much time to decide whether to buy it. As it turned out, it only took the company a few days to come to the conclusion that a deal should be brokered.


This anti-short male pro-gamer also doesn’t seem to like people with small boobs and no jobs

News broke that a professional Tekken player named Tanukana was booted from her team, Cyclops Athlete Gaming, after making some comments about short men. We realized today that their comments were just the tip of the iceberg. Tanukana has apparently been making derogatory remarks about all sorts of people for years. For example, she has labeled the unemployed and low-income earners “garbage” and said they should “kill themselves.” The professional gamer also said that women with small breasts “shouldn’t have human rights”. Tanukana even went so far as to label people in the LGBTQ+ community as “insane.” The most important finding seems to be that their extraordinarily narrow-minded worldview is far worse than previous reports have led us to believe.


Aloy is on the cover of Vanity Fair in February

Horizon Forbidden West has received rave reviews from pretty much every corner, but nobody expected the player character Aloy to be on the cover of mainstream magazines. We were both surprised and delighted today to find out that she’s made the cover of Vanity Fair in Italy this month. The headline is “Aloy and the Revolution,” which pretty much captures the point of the article. “With her freckled cheeks and stern demeanor, Aloy managed to redeem an industry,” said writer Ofmario Manca. “Aloy is neither a mother nor a wife, neither a supporting actor nor a helper, but a strong and courageous woman who exists in a world where gender distinctions no longer exist.”

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The TV series Halo is said to feature the Master Chief’s face

Fans of the Halo franchise have gone almost 25 years without ever seeing Master Chief’s face. But that will change when the upcoming Halo TV series finally comes out. “You’ll see his face,” noted executive producer Kiki Wolfkill, before continuing that she understands why some viewers didn’t want to see Master Chief’s performance. And for other people, it’s something that feels very difficult to imagine,” she explained. “We absolutely respect both sides of that fence – those who really want to see Chief’s face and those who really don’t want to. But for the nature of this story, it felt really important to connect with the Master Chief in other ways, and that meant showing face.”

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