GF365 Mailbag: PlayStation State of Play, Xbox Games with Gold, and more

GF365 Mailbag: PlayStation State of Play, Xbox Games with Gold, and more

Greetings, readers! This is your friendly neighborhood Mailbag Man at the GF365 Department of Fan Mail. From time to time, we get emails and messages from fans on social media. So we thought: why not put together a feature with some of the more interesting questions and comments?

Sony’s latest State of Play was awesome! I can’t wait for Final Fantasy XVI! What would you guys rate the show?

For those who missed it, Sony broadcast their latest State of Play this past week. Final Fantasy XVI gameplay was shown. The Resident Evil 4 Remake was confirmed and The Callisto Protocol made a strong impression. It was also a good show for those who are interested in PSVR2.

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Overall, it was a solid presentation. It gets a B+ from us. What do you think? What game from the latest State of Play has you most excited?

April’s Xbox Live Games with Gold lineup is bad. So very bad. It includes a repeated game as well. May wasn’t much better. If the program went away, I honestly wouldn’t even notice since it’s been bad for so long.

For anyone wondering, April’s Xbox Live Games with Gold lineup includes Another Sight, Hue, Outpost Kaloki X, and MX vs ATV Alive. Games with Gold has leaned heavily on indie games over the past year or so. Plus, the Xbox and Xbox 360 games are underwhelming.

That said, it is nice that you get to keep these games (as long as you remain subscribed). That’s as opposed to Xbox Game Pass where the games leave after a few months. So that is one perk.

Why does it always have to be about sex preferences? Why doesnt the handicapped, people who struggle with outward appearance because of birth defects and so on who NEVER gets included in society, you never even mention them! My friend committed suicide because he looked different. You should be ashamed of yourself!

This message is in reference to our story Humble Store’s Season of Pride Sale benefits The Trevor Project.

First off, supporting charities and non-profits is not a zero-sum game. Game Freaks 365 and Game Deals 365 support countless charities. In fact, we’ve helped raise hundreds of dollars for charities through Humble Bundle alone and thousands through direct donations from our readers. We will continue to highlight worthy causes including The Trevor Project.

Second, we have reported on mental health struggles among streamers and gamers. We’ve mentioned the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. We’ve reported on a charity bundle supporting AbleGamers. We also regularly report on accessibility features. So saying that we never mention anything it patently false.

We want to make gaming a more inclusive space for people with disabilities, for people of color, for women, for the LGBT community – for everyone. That’s a big reason why we created a positive gaming community to welcome gamers who may feel unwelcome in other communities.

Furthermore, highlighting the LGBT community during Pride Month is hardly inappropriate, and promoting suicide prevention is never inappropriate. We won’t apologize for that, and there’s nothing to be ashamed of. We’re proud of what we do, actually.

Needless to say, it’s odd to receive this kind of message for a story about a charity dedicated to suicide prevention. We have only received negative feedback for supporting a charity on two occassions: LGBT suicide prevention and supporting civil rights organizations during the BLM protests in 2020. Readers can draw their own conclusions on that.

I joined the forums in 2004. Thanks for bringing them back!

You’re welcome! We’re happy to see the forums back for the first time in over ten years.

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