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This Week in Gaming: Sonic falls flat

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Sonic crossed the border(lands) into the world of movies, and it went about as well as could have been expected - read all about the blue hedgehog's dreadful trailer release, and new details on Borderlands 3 in ‘This week in Gaming’.

There’s no point wasting any time, so let’s dive straight into what was far the biggest gaming story of the week - that Sonic The Hedgehog trailer. The reception to it was quite frankly awful, as the iconic video game character was butchered by whoever was responsible for designing the character. It looked very little like the little blue speedster we know and love, and got its fully justified treatment of becoming an internet meme.

Image Credit: Slash Gear

In fact, the backlash was so severe that director Jeff Fowler tweeted "Thank you for the support. And the criticism. The message is loud and clear... you aren't happy with the design & you want changes. It's going to happen.” We’ll have to wait and see what the new Sonic will look like... but they’ll have to try extremely hard to make it look any worse.

Borderlands 3 producers Gearbox Software gave us a first look at the gameplay for the upcoming game, which you can see here. They also promised that the game will be free of microtransactions - however, it’s yet another game that will be an Epic Games exclusive, a platform which some fans have criticised for their pursuit of building up the number of their store exclusives.

The Strong Museum, New York, host of the World Video Game Hall of Fame, inducted four new members into its ranks this week: Windows Solitaire, Mortal Kombat, Super Mario Kart, and Colossal Cave Adventure. Personally, I’m thrilled the old Microsoft card game has made it in - if Minesweeper could make it next year they’ll have both the classics.

Image Credit: The Strong Museum

Finally, qualification for the finals of the Fortnite World Cup continues, with a huge $40 million up for grabs. Epic Games hasadded the handy feature of being able to watch your favourite competitors in the game - just log in, click on the 'Competitive' tab and choose who you want to watch!

That’s it for this week, keep your eyes peeled to the Gaming section every week for your dose of gaming and esports news, and if you see anything that you think should make the cut, tweet at us.




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