The break in the annual PlayStation Experience (PSX) tradition for 2018 comes as a bummer to the gaming community, and the absence of stellar exclusives from the industry giant certainly leaves a void to be filled. Things are, however, not to remain bleak, with popular Youtube creators Kinda Funny being tasked to fill in the shoes of PSX later this week.
We couldn't be more excited to share more than SIXTY games with you at this week's #KFGShowcase.
Watch live on Saturday, Dec 8th at 10am PT on https://t.co/OYraH7spti, follow @kindafunnyvids on Twitter for live updates, or catch the Showcase later on https://t.co/ZLVP9S1iwP! pic.twitter.com/JvUTUxFioT
— Kinda Funny (@KindaFunnyVids) December 3, 2018
Known for their podcasts (Kinda Funny Games Daily, Gamecast, GameOverGreggy Show) and gaming clout, it is fronted by a former IGN editor and producers of note, including Greg Miller, Tim Gettys, Nick Scarpino and other notable hosts like Andrea Rene, Jared Petty, and Rogue One writer Gary Whitta.
The Kinda Funny Games Showcase is set to feature more than 60 titles, with nearly “half dozen” of them being officially shown during its Twitch stream on December 9, 2018, 2 am (GMT+8).
Like PSX, the debut showcase seeks to honour and celebrate the makings of indie titles, as well as provide a medium for them to showcase their potential to mainstream gaming enthusiasts. That’s not to say that AAA publishers are being left out of the self-funded and sponsor-free programme, with co-host Miller explaining:
I’ve always loved how Geoff (Keighley)’s Game Awards dovetail with PlayStation’s PSX. The Game Awards take care of all the huge news, announcements, and trailers, and then PSX offers a lower key, fan/dev-focused event where other – often smaller – games can shine. With it taking 2018 off, we thought it would be a great opportunity to take it upon ourselves to offer game makers a platform to celebrate their work.
— Greg Miller (@GameOverGreggy) November 27, 2018
Funny Games has yet to officially announce any games for the stream, though Sega, Humble Bundle, Devolver Digital, Drinkbox Studios, and Bithell Games have all been teased. On his personal account, Miller has also hinted at a possible reveal of a new Yakuza installment, keeping fans of the series on their toes.
It’d be interesting to see just how far the Kinda Funny Games Showcase will differ from PSX, but judging by the community’s faith in the team’s well-respected, rich, and humourous presentation style, we’d say that the handover of PSX is in good hands – very good hands, in fact.
Si Jia is a casual geek at heart – or as casual as someone with Sephiroth’s theme on her Spotify playlist can get. A fan of movies, games, and Japanese culture, Si Jia’s greatest weakness is the Steam Summer Sale. Or any Steam sale, really.