Welcome, gaming lovelies! Winter temperatures have finally hit in the great Northeast, making it the perfect time to hunker down and play games. I’ll also be watching with a little envy at the fun and photos coming out of PAX South this weekend. Until then, let’s stay warm together with a spark of news!

An image from God Of War showing Kratos and Atreus looking over nature. The words "22nd annual DICE awards finalists revealed. God Of War leads with 12 nominations," are superimposed over the top.

God of War with 12 Total Nominations for 2019 D.I.C.E. Awards

Finalists for the 22nd Annual D.I.C.E. Awards have been announced. Fifty-six 2018 games received a nomination, with God of War leading the pack with 12 nominations, followed closely behind by Marvel’s Spider-Man with 11, and Red Dead Redemption 2 with eight. Best indie game nominees are Celeste, Florence, Into the Breach, Minit, and Return of the Obra Dinn. Winners will be revealed on February 13th during the 2019 D.I.C.E. Summit.

Bungie Takes Destiny in the Bungie/Activision Break-Up 

In a break-up rumored to be years in the making, game developer Bungie is splitting up with publishing partner Activision. The company is also securing the rights to the Destiny franchise and will assume full publishing rights and responsibilities for the property. While the game pundits work out what this means for the future of Destiny and whether it’s a chance for reset or a mired mess, fans are dealing with the more immediate frustrations of a messed-up in-game hint. Hopefully not a harbinger of the what’s to come, the debacle turned so fierce that Bungie gave a hint out on their forums.

A photo of Wingspin's pieces, including a dice tower, cards, board, dice, and small multicolored eggs.

Take Flight with Wingspan

After a successful company pre-order, the buzz around Wingspan, the latest game from Stonemaier Games (Scythe), continues to build. In this competitive, card-driven board game, players are bird enthusiasts trying to discover and attract the best birds to your wildlife preserve. The game is created by game designer Elizabeth Hargrave, who was a co-winner in the 2018 GenCant Design Contest for the lovely super cute and lightweight game, Tussie-Mussie. The game releases on March 9.