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Why does it feel like it’s been at least a month since I last wrote one of these columns? Oh yes, because so much has happened! One of the drawbacks of writing on Fridays is that I was unable to cover the weekend’s news in last week’s column. Let me tell you, things went wrong this weekend. This week it went wrong. My head is still spinning.

Here’s a quick rundown of the biggest announcements at the various shows (other than the Summer Game Fest, which I covered last week):

I think that’s about the big stuff, but needless to say there’s a lot of other stories in there. In non-show news, Activision Blizzard has apparently closed its own internal investigation into its own harassment issues. A choice part of their report says: “While the board of directors and management have taken the steps above to continue to improve the workplace, it must be said that the company has been the subject of a relentless barrage of media criticism that has swept the entire company ( and many innocent employees) tries to paint with the taint of a very small part of our employee population who were guilty of bad behavior and were disciplined for it”

Incidentally, on a completely related note, the company has a shareholder meeting coming up where it will encourage shareholders to vote against preparing a report on its efforts to prevent such abuse. It also encourages them to vote for the executive pay package, which would increase CEO Bobby Kotick’s salary.

Since it’s been such a big week, I must confess that I haven’t had that much time for games (except more of the Three Hopes demo, which I’m still excited about). But now that I have a three-day weekend ahead of me, I might give Neon White a try. But after Xbox revealed a new gameplay trailer for Slime Rancher 2, the sequel to the twisty sim title I love with all my heart, I decided to reinstall it and have been playing a lot over the past few days. If there’s one thing that can keep me from burning out, it’s my cute, agile kids.

What to play this week?

What’s new:

Neon WhiteTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s RevengeLumbearjackRedout 2Zorro: The ChroniclesStarship Troopers: Terran Command

New on subscription services:

Project Highrise: Architect’s Edition (Xbox Games with Gold)Raskulls (Xbox Games with Gold)Kirby Super Star (Nintendo Switch Online*)Kirby’s Dream Land 3 (Nintendo Switch Online*)Kirby’s Dream Course (Nintendo Switch Online*)Chivalry 2 (GeForce Now)Builder Simulator (GeForce Now)Supraland (GeForce Now)The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II (GeForce Now)Post: Brain Damaged (GeForce Now)

*These games actually launched on NSO last week, but I forgot to mention it in last week’s column.

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