Welcome to our very first installment of Trending Tuesday! This is where we’ll take a look at recent stories that have made a splash and generated a rise in conversation across the Internet over the week. While we’re at it, we’ll share some insightful glimpses into how people really feel about each story, too.
This week we are exploring audience reactions to a legendary Nintendo designer who retired, how Hitman 3 went head-to-head with the latest consoles, and a delightfully disturbing look into the world of Resident Evil Village.
Nintendo Designer Takaya Imamura Retires After 3 Decades
Twitter lit up on the 20th when it was announced that graphic artist and character design legend Takaya Imamura was going to retire. Overall sentiment by fans was generally positive (with a score of 62) as they went down memory lane reminiscing about some of their favorite characters designed by Imamura since 1989.
These, of course, included rupee-obsessed Tingle, who was originally part of the Legend of Zelda series, as well as mysterious bounty hunter Captain Falcon, who originally debuted in F-ZERO in 1991, and has appeared in every Super Smash Bros. installment since. Clearly, the legend will continue to live on.
Xbox Series X Outperforms Playstation 5 in the Ultimate Hitman 3 Test, But Audiences Weren’t Swayed
Infamous contract killer Agent 47 is back, and now he’s stealthier, deadlier, and more mind-blowingly HD than ever. YouTube review channel Digital Foundry released a video comparing the performance of the freshly launched Hitman 3 game across the latest and greatest consoles: Playstation 5, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S.
Despite all the buzz that typically surrounds coverage of the console wars and the notable conversation volume this story generated, audiences weren’t particularly impressed. Indeed, overall reaction sentiment fell at a neutral 51 once the performance results came in and revealed that the Xbox Series X outperformed the Playstation 5.
While fans of each console debated how much of a difference it really all makes, much of the conversation actually centered on the fact that it doesn’t. Many agreed that the slight difference in resolution will barely be distinguishable to the human eye – making the test result headlines more hype than anything else.
It just begs the question: how will content creators continue to drive engagement and fan the console war flames, particularly in an era where minor performance differences no longer sway audiences?
‘Maiden’ Demo Welcomes Gamers to Resident Evil Village… If They Dare
Werewolves, witches, gore, and lore, oh my! Resident Evil fans rejoiced on Twitter as the first demo for Resident Evil Village (set for release on May 7, 2021) dropped for the PS5 on Friday.
Conversation sentiment leaned positive at a 68 score, as fans praised the graphics, sound, and creepy atmosphere. The tall vampire, Lady Dimitrescu, also took center stage of the convos as fans learned more about her back story, and as these things go, the fan art started flying.
This generated plenty of buzz for the highly anticipated survival horror game, which will follow the events of Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, as protagonist Ethan finds himself in an ominous village full of teeth-gritting suspense and a cast of diversely disturbing characters.
The demo showcases mind blowing details of a damp, underground dungeon and a meticulously detailed mansion — all amazingly displayed on the PS5. These carefully thought-out details and depth of sound add an element of realism , elevating the Resident Evil experience fans had come to expect, and generating significant positive conversation as a result.