SavePoint: Weekly News October 19th - October 25th

Kojima is still an employee?
This picture was taken the day of Kojima's "Going away" party
Kojima apparently departed from the company on October 9th, 2015 but was never confirmed. Gamespot reached out for a comment and had yet to receive a confirmation until a Konami spokesperson said "currently, Kojima is listed as a company employee." The publisher suggest that Kojima is on an extended vacation and argue that this is often the case after console game development projects. Since console games are so long and fatigue builds up, Konami says it's common for employees to take extended periods of time off. There are a lot of questions that have yet to be answered. There were even pictures of the going away party they had for Kojima to which a Konami spokesman said "we're not sure what kind of thing this was." Could it be that Kojima is fixing it's problem with Konami and remain partners after 29 years?

Youtube has a subscription service

Well hello there Youtube Red! Yes ladies and gentlemen, Youtube has finally decided to succumb to the subscription based business model. The days of free Youtube are gone! PANIC...NOW! Okay I'm exaggerating slightly but the new subscription service will disable adds, allow the app to run in the background, and add the ability to watch videos offline. The service will also include some proprietary shows including the likes of Pewdiepie and College Humor which will only be viewable to people who have paid for the subscription. Here's the thing though, Youtube Red will NOT give you access to paid-only access and you WON'T always be able to disable advertisements. The service will become available on October 28th with a one month free membership so you can try it out. Guess you don't appreciate things till they're gone huh?

"High-Powered PS4 could be an option

Sony might be offering a "high performance" model of the Playstation 4 sometime down the road. Sony Computer Entertainment Vice President Masayasu Ito said that there are some improvements that can be made to the current model that would make it a technically superior console to it's predecessor. Sony hasn't shown an immediate interest in introducing a superior model any time soon specially with the recent momentum that PS4 has been gaining over Xbox but there is always a possibly. Not mention that this doesn't happen often so this is kind of a big deal. 

Sony isn't developing any of its own games

I just want to apologize for all those Sony fans out there who acquired a Playstation Vita right out of the gate. There was no way to tell that Sony would just throw all of it away. ANYWAY, Sony is leaving Playstation Vita game development up to third parties while it focuses on PS4 according to Sony VP Masayasu Ito. Sony's commitment to the system was never too strong. The four-year-old console has always had trouble making sales and Sony realized this early on. It's commitment is brought into question often and this further solidifies the idea that they "have better things to do with their money and time".

What is a Real World Pokemon Gym?

People in Japan will be able to visit a real world Pokemon Gym. The gym is being created by Sanoyas Interaction and is being called a "hands-on edutainment" facility. (Mix between entertainment and education?) People will be able to trade and battle each other while playing some of the arcade style "training games". Games like "Charizard's Battle Colosseum" and "Gardevoir's Control Score" will hand players rewards which people can receive in their games like Pokemon Y and Omega Ruby. There is even an app which let's you track your stats and give you a ranking within the Gym. There still no word about Gym leaders and badges to collect but fingers crossed right? This place sounds like a bunch of fun and will be opening to the public on November 19th, 2015. 

Employees post positive reviews for Rock Band 4

Harmonix, Rock Band 4 developer, has acknowledged that some of its employees posted very-positive reviews on Amazon. The company admitted this after a Reddit user, Documental38, discovered over 7 names that matched with people who work with Harmonix. Documental38 believes that this was more of an initiative to boost the game's reviews and thinks companies should not be rating their own products. A statement made to Destructoid said that it has "clarified its internal policy about posting reviews of our own products on retail sites, and we've asked existing reviews be edited to identify Harmonix employees or be removed completely." Do you think it's okay for companies to review their own products? Let us know in the comment section below!

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