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Title: General Game News
Post by: Destin on September 12, 2009, 12:16:30 PM
A forum topic for everyone to put in General Game news that wouldnt normaly pertain to specific game subject.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Destin on September 12, 2009, 12:16:52 PM
All Jedi Knight Games to Steam and D2D [Sep 12, 2009, 12:24 pm ET] - Share - 14 Comments

Lucasartsgames tweets a clarification of the news that the Jedi Knight series of Star Wars first-person shooters (and slicers) is coming to Steam with a confirmation that this will include the entire series, saying simply: "What games from the Jedi Knight series? All of em!" In another Tweet they also indicate the series will be also coming to Direct2Drive when it is released next Wednesday.

Call of Duty: World at War Patch Next Week [Sep 12, 2009, 12:24 pm ET] - Share - 4 Comments

The Call of Duty Forums have a status report on the promised version 1.6 patch for the PC edition of Call of Duty: World at War, Treyarch's World War II shooter sequel. The patch will include tweaks and bug fixes, and the maps contained in Map Pack #3 for the game. Word is: "Additionally, we do expect a concurrent release of the Mod Tools 1.4 package, Linux dedicated 1.6 bins, and the Steam 1.6 day-of-date with this patch. More details on those will be made available once they get cleared through testing." Thanks ClanBase.

Trademarking [Sep 12, 2009, 12:24 pm ET] - Share - Post a Comment

As noted on superannuation, ZeniMax has filed a trademark registration for Deathmark. Not content with that, the trademark hounds also note that HBO has filed a game-related trademark for True Blood, and that Activision has filed a trademark registration for Sledgehammer Games. But wait, there's more: as they also report that Ubisoft has filed a trademark registration for Treasure Mania and that a French job listing indicates this is a new Facebook game. Last, and likely least, they conclude by reporting a Nashville based company called Digital Hero Games has filed a trademark registration for Cowbell Hero. I've got a fever... and the prescription is more cowbell!

Galaxies to get Zombies [Sep 12, 2009, 12:24 pm ET] - Share - 4 Comments

There are apparently plans to add a zombie-themed quest in an upcoming update for Star Wars Galaxies, SOE's undead Star Wars MMORG. This was discovered by Big Download in an update on the Random House Website, of all places, as this ties in with an upcoming Star Wars novel. Word is:
Star Wars Galaxies, the popular massively-multiplayer online game from Sony Online Entertainment and LucasArts, is introducing a quest series into the game this Fall based on the recently announced Random House novel Death Troopers. (Read more about the book here). The Death Troopers series of adventures will mark the first time that the Star Wars Galaxies game has introduced content inspired by a current novel and given gamers and Star Wars fans the chance to live out these adventures together online. Players will be able to join together to fight horrific new enemies with a frightening affliction.


Fallout Legal Fallout [Sep 12, 2009, 12:23 pm ET] - Share - 9 Comments

Gamasutra follows up on previous indications that a legal battle is brewing over the Fallout IP. This is not actually over the rights to create a Fallout MMOG that Interplay retained when they sold the Fallout rights to Bethesda, but rather over recent bundles and other deals concerning the original Fallout games. Bethesda is seeking preliminary and permanent injunctions against manufacture, sale, and distribution of the Fallout Trilogy, which includes the classic PC games Fallout, Fallout 2 and Fallout Tactics, saying "while Interplay was permitted to sell pre-existing Fallout games, it was required to submit to Bethesda all relevant packaging, advertising, and promotional material prior to bringing the catalog titles to market." Word is:
But Bethesda claimed that Interplay never sought pre-approval for those materials. The plaintiff said because of the alleged trademark infringement, consumers have become confused between the makers of the pre-existing Fallout games and Bethesda's more recent Fallout 3 -- a situation that Bethesda wanted to avoid.

Bethesda also accused Interplay of breaching the trademark agreement by signing licensing agreements with digital distribution sites like Steam, GOG.com, and GameTap to sell older Fallout games. The company claimed Interplay's alleged actions have caused the studio "immediate, substantial, and irreparable harm."

Bethesda is also asking the court for a declaration stating a trademark licensing agreement between the two companies is terminated. In 2007, Bethesda purchased the Fallout franchise from Interplay in full for $5.75 million. Within that purchase agreement was a trademark licensing agreement, the complaint said, that allowed Interplay to license back the rights to develop an MMO based on the Fallout series.


Champions Online Patch Notes [Sep 12, 2009, 12:23 pm ET] - Share - 2 Comments

The Champions Online Website outlines a number of issues that will be addressed in a patch to be released for Cryptic's MMORPG this evening.

New X-Motor Racing [Sep 12, 2009, 12:23 pm ET] - Share - Post a Comment

The X-Motor Racing Downloads Page announces a new version 1.15 of this indie racing simulation is automatically available from within the game. The new version includes improved tire modeling, sound code changes, OpenAL support, engine load changes, and more. As always, an updated playable demo is also available, reflecting these changes.

Aion Video Interview [Sep 12, 2009, 12:23 pm ET] - Share - Post a Comment

The Aion Video Podcast Episode 3 on IncGamers corners NCsoft's Lani Blazier to discuss the upcoming western launch of Aion after almost a year of operation in Korea. Word is: "The video gives us plenty of impressive footage that shows various mobs, environments and encounters. We also get to see what the number one ranked player in the abyss gets as a reward; The ability to look like a raid boss, and cause a lot of damage while being able to take a lot too seems a fitting reward for such a task." As they highlight separately, the podcast offers New Content Hints and news that the Western Release Will See Brand New Features.

Jumpgate Evolution Video Interview [Sep 12, 2009, 12:23 pm ET] - Share - Post a Comment

NetDevils Scott Brown Takes Us on a Tour of Jumpgate Evolution on Ten Ton Hammer is a video interview with NetDevils Scott Brown at PAX where he talks about Jumpgate Evolution, the upcoming MMO space combat revival. Topics include AI improvements, PvP, and how recycling centers can help you make use of items. The clip also includes some narrated gameplay footage, but this is blurry ShakyCam that's blocked at various points by arms and the microphone.

New RailWorks DLC [Sep 12, 2009, 12:23 pm ET] - Share - Post a Comment


Steam News announces the runaway train of RailWorks DLC continues. The new additional content for the transport sim is the GWR Hall 4-6-0 Locomotive, described like so: "The Great Western Railway 4900 Hall Class is a mixed traffic steam locomotives designed by Charles Collett. Their range of duties fully justified this classification with them being found on almost any passenger and freight services, with the exception of small branch lines. "

Ultima Online: Stygian Abyss Interview [Sep 12, 2009, 12:22 pm ET] - Share - Post a Comment


The Ultima Online: Stygian Abyss Interview on Ten Ton Hammer talks with producer Cal Crowner about the just-launched expansion to the granddaddy of all MMOGs. They discuss attracting former players back, PvP vs. PvE, Gargoyles, Ultima lore, and more.

Gatherings & Competitions [Sep 12, 2009, 12:22 pm ET] - Share - 3 Comments

Play Wolfenstein against the developers.
2009 GDC China Announces Jordan Mechner Keynote.
Win one of three Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme Coolers on Overclocker Cafe.

On Sale [Sep 12, 2009, 12:22 pm ET] - Share - 2 Comments

Direct2Drive's 5 Year Anniversary will offer 10 games a week for five weeks at $5.00 each.

Postal Pack on GOG.com. Save 25%.
Resident Evil 5 Preorders on GamersGate, Impulse, and Steam. Save 10%.

Still on sale (previously reported)
 
All Strategy First Games on Steam. Save 50% off each individual title.
All SEGA Games on GamersGate. Save 50% on all games (except preorders).
Braid on Steam. Save 66% this weekend.
Call of Juarez on Direct2Drive. $5.00.
Civilization 4 on Direct2Drive. $5.00.
Dark Void Preorders on GameStop. Outlines the preorder bonus.
Darkest of Days on Steam. Save 10%.
Dawn of Magic 2 Pre-Purchase on Steam. Save 10%. Not in North America.
Empire Earth Gold on Direct2Drive. $5.00.
Fallen Earth Preorders on the Fallen Earth Store. Save 10% on multiple keys.
Far Cry on Direct2Drive. $5.00.
Knights of the Old Republic on Direct2Drive. Save 25% this week if you register for The Old Republic community.
Majesty 2 Pre-purchase on Steam. Get Majesty Gold Edition for free.
Majesty 2 Preorder on GamersGate. Save 20%, get Majesty Gold, plus new GG bonuses.
Nation Red on Steam. Save 25% for the first week of availability and get features exclusive to Steam.
The Settlers: Heritage of Kings on Direct2Drive. $5.00.
Section 8 on Direct2Drive. Save $5.00 with code 5OFFSECTION8 at checkout.
Sid Meier's Railroads! on Direct2Drive. $5.00.
Simon the Sorcerer on GOG.com. Save $1.00 this week (discount not reflected on the page).
Strategy First Complete Pack 2009 on Steam. Save 50% off the package price.
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2 on Direct2Drive. $5.00.
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory on Direct2Drive. $5.00.
Ubisoft Games on Ubisoft European E-Shop. Games as low as 9.99.
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War - Game of the Year Edition on Direct2Drive. $5.00.
X-Com Complete Bundle on Direct2Drive. $5.00.
Time of Shadows Pre-Purchase on Steam. Save 10%. North America only.
Zuma'a Revenge Pre-purchase on Steam. Save 10%.

Saturday Previews [Sep 12, 2009, 12:22 pm ET] - Share - Post a Comment

Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures on MMORPG.COM.
Need For Speed SHIFT on Bitmob.

Saturday Consolidation [Sep 12, 2009, 12:22 pm ET] - Share - 1 Comment


The Ballad of Gay Tony will be released on XBL Marketplace on 10.29 for 1600 MS points.
22 brilliant Dreamcast games doomed to die.
Former Sega President on Dreamcast's Failure, Pranks Against Sony, His Ouster....

Saturday Tech Bits [Sep 12, 2009, 12:22 pm ET] - Share - 3 Comments

Blade Runner meets Cryengine 2- Amazing Sci-Fi images. Thanks Kxmode.
AMD's new VISION for PCs doesn't go by the numbers.

Saturday Mobilization [Sep 12, 2009, 12:22 pm ET] - Share - Post a Comment

The Palm Pixi is official, headed to Sprint this holiday season. Thanks Ant.

Metaverse [Sep 12, 2009, 12:21 pm ET] - Share - Post a Comment

Google plans to offer micropayments service to media owners. Thanks Slashdot.
Hands on- iTunes 9 refinements cool, but hard to find.

Legal Briefs [Sep 12, 2009, 12:21 pm ET] - Share - Post a Comment

Why Rap, Klingons, and Jailhouse-Rape-by-Broomstick Aren't the Best Way To Teach Kids About Piracy. Thanks Mike Martinez.
DoJ decides that Microsoft-Yahoo deal deserves more scrutiny.
Award to Alcatel-Lucent Overturned in Microsoft Patent Case. Thanks Neutronbeam. For links go to http://www.bluesnews.com/
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on September 12, 2009, 12:20:37 PM
While it's nice that LucasArts are making their back catalogue available, dumping it out in big blobs like they've been doing recently, and how much they're putting out, feels a little whorish.  Still, the Jedi Knights games were pretty cool.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on September 12, 2009, 05:34:32 PM

 Last, and likely least, they conclude by reporting a Nashville based company called Digital Hero Games has filed a trademark registration for Cowbell Hero. I've got a fever... and the prescription is more cowbell!

Let's see. A quick google search shows that Split Reason sells Cowbell Hero Apparel, Gamespot announced Cowbell hero as an April Fool's Day joke in 2006, and there's this bit from AMV Hell4:

http://www.youtube.com/v/QlqLLZQLNiA&hl=en&fs=1

Yeah, good luck with that trademark, guys. (Even assuming that Activision's lawyers don't get involved.)

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Galaxies to get Zombies [Sep 12, 2009, 12:24 pm ET] - Share - 4 Comments

There are apparently plans to add a zombie-themed quest in an upcoming update for Star Wars Galaxies, SOE's undead Star Wars MMORG.

Sigh.

I'll toss in this one:

There's a vocal opposition (but numerically very small) to valve's upcoming Left 4 Dead 2 game. So, Valve flew out two of the biggest critics to Valve HQ to take a look at the game. Then things take a strange turn. (http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2009/09/11/the-boycott-joes-l4d-map-campaign/) (Oh, and the critics are now supportive of the game. Go fig.)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Destin on September 18, 2009, 05:47:47 PM
Check out this website for General Game news. Very informative. Shows all the sells going on aswell. So check it out!

http://www.bluesnews.com/
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on September 23, 2009, 09:11:00 PM
I did hear today that rumours were going around that Microsoft were putting in a bid for EA.  That would be massive news, not just sports related.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: carlobee on September 23, 2009, 09:41:26 PM
this is really going to be a nice thread! lots of gaming info here.  :clap:

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Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on September 24, 2009, 10:41:14 AM
Sony officially announces their new "Motion Controller."

http://ps3.ign.com/articles/102/1028178p1.html
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on September 24, 2009, 06:57:23 PM
Sony officially announces their new "Motion Controller."

http://ps3.ign.com/articles/102/1028178p1.html

Strange bit of news regarding that...

http://ps3.ign.com/articles/102/1027961p1.html (http://ps3.ign.com/articles/102/1027961p1.html)
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TGS 09: Resident Evil 5 Alternative Edition Revealed
New edition makes full use of Sony's Motion Wand controller.
by Jim Reilly

September 23, 2009 - During Sony Computer Entertainment Japan's press conference at the Tokyo Game Show this evening, Capcom producer Jun Takeuchi took the stage and announced Resident Evil 5: Alternative Edition.

The new edition makes use of Sony's latest Motion Wand controller. Graphically it looks the same as the original Resident Evil 5, except for an added cursor on screen reflecting your motion control movements. You play with one hand holding the Wand and the other a Dual Shock 3.

Besides motion controls, the game has additional content as requested by fans, Takeuchi said.

There will also be a teaser trailer shown later.

It's scheduled ship date is Spring 2010 in Japan, the same time as the expected shipping date for the Motion Wand, meaning this could be a launch title. No word on if this game is exclusive to the PlayStation 3 due to the control scheme. We'll keep you updated.

I added my own emphasis.  That seems a bit... strange, no?  As I've heard some people say, it's fine if you want to take a crack at what Nintendo has been successful at and see if you can improve, but if you are going to copy it then why not just copy all of it?  Holding a dual shock 3 with one hand seems incredibly awkward, and limits your hand to resting in your lap.  Thoughts?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on September 24, 2009, 07:39:00 PM
I want to see it in action, but my initial reaction is: That's just stupid.  Especially for a hardcore game like Resi 5.  Everyone's who already bought it, won't want to play with motion controls, and anyone who wants motion controls doesn't seem like the type of person who'd play Resi 5. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: SJP on September 24, 2009, 08:20:34 PM
Wouldn't say it's official 'news' news, but if anyone's like me that ended up buying Fallout 3 for full price 20 seconds before reading about the full GOTY edition coming out soon, the 'Broken Steel' add-on for PS3 is now available, with the rest of the add-ons that the XBox and PC now have coming out in early October.  And even if you haven't bought the new content, the game's been updated as well to include the new trophies, to make you want it even more.  It's $9.99, which isn't bad, but overall a bit more expensive than how I got screwed on Force Unleashed as well (bought it for $16, new, found out that day they were adding trophy support because an uber-edition was coming out with all the downloadable content included).

Which reminds me, the Force Unleashed "Tatooine" expansion came out in August.  Better late than never, right?

As for the motion controller, it's a decent gamble; it probably didn't take too much time to develop it, and unlike Nintendo, Sony built it as a 'rip-off' afterthought, not the official controller for the console, so it's not hurting the library of available games as much.  I don't own the camera, but I think pairing the two sounds like a much better approach to motion control gaming than an infrared sensor (though, to defend Nintendo, the Wii controller is a light years ahead of that damn SixAxiS nonsense).
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on September 30, 2009, 09:54:32 AM
Well, bad news just keeps coming.

Movie Gallery Shuttering 200 Game Crazy Stores  (http://www.homemediamagazine.com/movie-gallery/movie-gallery-shuttering-200-game-crazy-stores-17165)

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Movie Gallery Shuttering 200 Game Crazy Stores

Movie Gallery is shuttering about 200 Game Crazy store-within-a-store locations in October, underscoring the plummeting fortunes of the video game industry.

I always liked Game Crazy as they weren't as scumbaggy as the local Gamestops.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on September 30, 2009, 10:08:52 AM
Anybody who likes comedy and computer games should check out Charlie Brooker's gameswipe.  It aired on the BBC a couple of days ago and if you're a fan of Brooker's brand of humour (like me) then you'll enjoy his program.  You can see it on iplayer here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00n1j8q/Charlie_Brookers_Gameswipe/ (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00n1j8q/Charlie_Brookers_Gameswipe/)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on November 18, 2009, 07:35:43 PM
Coolness.

Coming to the 360/PS3: 

No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise

That's right, one of the best Wii games gets a port to the other consoles. Obviously, you won't recharge your weapon in the same way, but who cares?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on November 18, 2009, 07:42:19 PM
Coolness.

Coming to the 360/PS3: 

No More Heroes: Heroes' Paradise

That's right, one of the best Wii games gets a port to the other consoles. Obviously, you won't recharge your weapon in the same way, but who cares?

Well, it could work similarly on the PS3, but the charging always seemed pointless to me. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on November 19, 2009, 05:15:31 PM

Heh.  From Joystiq:

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We don't live in Brazil, but from what we hear, it's not one of the most gamer-friendly places out there. Piracy runs rampant and whenever any kind of controversial game releases, citizens usually find their government won't let 'em play it. But, hey, things are kinda looking up!

Reader Renato wrote in to us saying the PS2 has finally officially released in Brazil and that consumers can get it from the Sony Style store now ... for the low, low price of 799 BRL (about 461 USD). That's right, Brazilians no longer need secure safe passage for emigrating consoles or pay ridiculous sums of money to third-party distributors and can instead pay ridiculous sums of money directly to Sony for a locally-supported PS2! Isn't that awesome?

$461 for a PS2?!?!  Holy Toledo!
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: iv3rdawG on November 19, 2009, 05:33:14 PM
The Bayonetta demo is really fun. Very old school hack and slash game made by Sega, lots of fun combos to pull off. Should be a good time.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: iv3rdawG on December 02, 2009, 01:04:58 PM
Silent Hill composer departs Konami - Report

By Tom Magrino, GameSpotPosted Dec 2, 2009 11:59 am PT
Notable musician and producer Akira Yamaoka said to have left publisher after 16 years following completion of Shattered Memories.

Next week, Konami will try its hand at the tepid M-for-Mature market on the Wii with Silent Hill: Shattered Memories. Billed as a reimagining of the 1999 original, Shattered Memories picks back up with Harry Mason as he searches the eerie town of Silent Hill in an effort to find his daughter. Aptly enough, the remake will apparently be the last installment in the franchise helmed by longtime Silent Hill producer and composer Akira Yamaoka.

http://www.gamespot.com/news/6241873.html
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: jewishcarpenter on December 02, 2009, 01:11:10 PM
Boo! All the good things about Silent Hill have been slowly drifting away the past few years. Another nail in the coffin.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on December 02, 2009, 01:13:09 PM
Yeah, the sound design on those games is tremendous, although seeing as he became a producer on the series when it started to go downhill, maybe it's for the best? *shrug*  I still actually like SH3 and SH4 though.  I haven't even seen Homecoming or Origins.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on December 03, 2009, 09:33:17 PM
Huh.

Hellgate Tokyo is on the way.

For those who don't remember it, Hellgate London was an FPS/RPG done by the folks behind Diablo set in a London invaded by demons. (Think of Borderlands, except not quite as well done. ) It's best remembered because of an insane subscription model for the multiplayer game which just didn't work. Flagship went under. The developer griped. time passed. And now it's unexpectedly back, resurrected by the Koreans. (Where apparently the game  still has active servers.)

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On November 12th 2009, Korean-based game developer HanbitSoft announced the re-development of Hellgate: London (authorized by the former Flagship Studio) had been completed.[39] The new project, entitled Hellgate: Resurrection, was slated for beta testing on November 17, with an official launch date of December 8th. Monthly Subscription and Free Basic Content will be the two business models adopted in the game.

Hellgate: Resurrection will be operated via new servers, offering players wholly new services. Though the games source code does come from Hellgate: London, many changes have actually been made in its gameplay, e.g. the cancellation of the level cap 50, the addition of the character advancement system and the improved class balance.

Hellgate: Resurrection will also introduce the updated content Abyss Chronicle unfinished in the original work. Details about the new content were not unveiled at the press conference, but from the planned addition of 10 regions and 3 bosses, it will certainly be a large-scale update.

Part of Hellgate: Resurrection includes the new expansion Hellgate: Tokyo. Said to have a graphic style similar to that of Hellgate: London, the new add-on is set in the future within a destroyed Tokyo, as well as Osaka and Yokohama. The add-on is slated for release on March 2010.

HanbitSoft has revealed that it has plans for a new server located in North America. It is rumored that HanbitSoft has managed to secure a deal to the North American distribution rights to Hellgate for the total of 50,000,000 KRW (approximately $43,081 USD).


Huh. This is almost as unexpected to me as a sudden announcement of Duke Nukem Forever's imminent release would be. I hope it hits US shores as I did like the single player bits of Hellgate.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MWolf on December 03, 2009, 09:54:14 PM
I remember playing Hellgate London! I remember Paying the subscription for it -grumble grumble- It was a good game but it didnt have much replay value. And online only consisted of a single player game (no duels) with more people...
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on December 12, 2009, 07:24:02 PM
So the Spike Video Game awards just happened, and some games got announced!   Some were obvious - Halo: Reach, Medal of Honor - but there was one surprise (in terms of how soon it is, at least) - Arkham Asylum 2!  Apparently the teaser shows the streets of Gotham, so....a city-wide thing next time?

Oh, and Uncharted 2 won Game of the Year.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MWolf on January 01, 2010, 10:05:39 AM
I just received a promotional Chocobo Avatar Pet for the Xbox360 =) Its not as cool as I thought but hell its a Chocobo!
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: iv3rdawG on February 12, 2010, 12:47:59 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/splwp7h85OE&hl=en_US&fs=1&
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Vent on February 12, 2010, 04:58:08 PM
Gawwhhd, I really don't miss those enormous hitboxes.

In other news, 20 years ago to the day marks the release of the best game ever created for the NES, and one of the best and most iconic games of all time, Super Mario Bros 3.

(http://static.gamesradar.com/images/mb/GamesRadar/us/Features/2010/02/Mario%203%20Anniversary/Art/Finished/Main_cast_scene_SMB3--article_image.jpg)

http://www.gamesradar.com/f/super-mario-bros-3-20-years-later/a-2010021210412332034 (http://www.gamesradar.com/f/super-mario-bros-3-20-years-later/a-2010021210412332034)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MWolf on February 13, 2010, 10:20:02 AM
And you can still buy it on Nintendo Wii! Along with Super Mario World.  ;D
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on February 14, 2010, 01:12:45 AM
For everyone who, like me, spends a lot of downtime at work playing old NES games at http://www.virtualnes.com, they just unrolled the virtual gameboy! http://www.virtualgbx.com
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: spaceforarent on March 08, 2010, 03:48:27 PM
Steam is coming to Mac, with Half-Life, Left4Dead, and supposedly Portal 2 being available.
http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2010/03/steam-mac/

There's a lot of information in that article, too much for me to outline right now.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 15, 2010, 06:45:11 PM
I don't know if this counts as game news and someone might have pointed this out already, but I found this on the Dark Horse solicitations.  For all you Yahtzee fans out there:

MOGWORLD

Yahtzee Croshaw (W)

On sale Aug 18
350 pages
$7.99
Novel, 4" x 7"

In a world full to bursting with would-be heroes, Jim couldnt be less interested in saving the day. His fireballs fizzle. Hes awfully grumpy. Plus, hes been dead for about sixty years. When a renegade necromancer wrenches him from eternal slumber and into a world gone terribly, bizarrely wrong, all Jim wants is to find a way to die properly, once and for all.
On his side, hes got a few shambling corpses, an inept thief, and a powerful death wish. But hes up against tough odds: angry mobs of adventurers, a body falling apart at the seamsand a team of programmers racing a deadline to hammer out the last few bugs in their AI.

Mogworld is the debut novel from video-game icon Yahtzee Croshaw (Zero Punctuation)!

Ben Yahtzee Croshaws video review site, Zero Punctuation, receives over 2,500,000 unique hits a month, and has been licensed by G4 Television.

Yahtzees blog receives about 150,000 hits per day.

The first legitimate breakout hit from the gaming community in recent memory.
Boing Boing
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on March 18, 2010, 04:51:55 PM
Hey! No more memory cards for the 360! (http://www.joystiq.com/2010/03/18/xbox-360-gaining-usb-storage-support-in-2010-update/)

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Documentation obtained by Joystiq and subsequently confirmed with two separate sources reveals that "USB Mass Storage Device Support on Xbox 360" will soon be a reality. The document, authored by a senior software development engineer at Microsoft, states that due to "increased market penetration of high-capacity, high throughput USB mass storage devices, a 2010 Xbox 360 system update" will allow consumers to save and load game data from USB devices. The update is purportedly coming in Spring 2010.

Once the update occurs, Xbox 360 owners will be able to download Xbox Live Arcade games, Xbox Live Indie games, Games on Demand, DLC and Title Updates to the storage device. "USB storage devices may, however, have far greater memory capacity than MUs (at the date of writing, the largest MU is 512 MB), and may therefore support previously infeasible operations-such as installation of a full disc-based title." That's right, you can also store disc-based games to the USB device; however, it will require the disc to be in the tray for authentication, identical to the current functionality.

Woot! Need more space? Slap in an (Up to 16 GB) flash drive. Yeah, you can do it on the PS3 too, but it's never been as necessary there. It'll also make it a lot easier to transfer files next time I upgrade my system.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on April 15, 2010, 12:42:38 PM
BTW: This is the last day of operation for the Xbox Live service for the original Xbox. The servers will be shutting off at some point today, but until then, play and all Xbox DLC is free. That's Halo 2 maps, Kotor expansions, all of that stuff.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on April 16, 2010, 06:06:11 PM
Currently seen on Good Old Games:

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Hmmm... Will I be able to blast Klackons again soon? One can only hope.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Doctor Who? on April 16, 2010, 08:04:14 PM
I just read about that site in Game Informer!  does it work as well as they claim?  Is it really DRM free?  If so I think i will end up blowing about $40 of my tax return on it.  I hope at some point they get the Wing Commander games.  Those just will not work with any of the systems I have owned in the past 8 years and i would really like to play them again.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on April 16, 2010, 08:23:30 PM
I buy from them a lot. Totally DRM free and everything I've purchased from there works like a charm.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Doctor Who? on April 16, 2010, 08:39:01 PM
YES! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D :D :D :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive:

A SITE MADE FOR ME!  I LOVE OLDER GAMES BUT MOST OF THEM WILL NOT WORK WITH MY NEWER COMPUTERS,THIS IS A GODSENT! :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive: :highfive:
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: SJP on April 16, 2010, 09:23:42 PM
They have some REALLY old games on there, too, which are real gems.  I downloaded Waxworks from them, but I haven't gotten too far in it (did the Jack the Ripper level first, figured it would be the least interesting, and the police just keep finding me and sending me off to the gallows), but another old PC adventure I played once or twice, Personal Nightmare, is up.  If you can get past the ancient, barely EGA graphics, that one's not bad, either.

EDIT: They do seem to gain and lose licenses a bit, though...I purchased a racing game from them that they would no longer be able to sell after a certain date, so if you bought it already you had to hang onto your download because you couldn't get it from them after the date passed.  Also, I can still apparently download one game I bought, but it's no longer on the site for sale (it was a Resident Evil-type game called ObsCure, pretty fun, actually).

But, they added Psychonauts when I wasn't looking, and damn if I haven't heard good things about THAT...
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MWolf on April 17, 2010, 12:28:25 AM
Make sure to look up the upgrade patches for old games to work on your newer OS.... :P
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Doctor Who? on April 17, 2010, 12:16:21 PM
Make sure to look up the upgrade patches for old games to work on your newer OS.... :P

Looks like most of them work with W7 and XP!

(http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss52/DoctorWho99/SnoopyHappyDance.jpg)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on April 17, 2010, 12:46:21 PM
They also give out nice goodies with every purchase. Soundtracks, wallpapers, icons...
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Doctor Who? on April 17, 2010, 01:17:06 PM
WHAT?! :o

(http://i561.photobucket.com/albums/ss52/DoctorWho99/SnoopyHappyDance.jpg)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MWolf on April 17, 2010, 02:11:45 PM
They also give out nice goodies with every purchase. Soundtracks, wallpapers, icons...

Yeah i bought Fallout1 and 2 and I think it came with a guide and abunch of forum icons i can download and use (Which I will never). Its goodstuff.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on April 20, 2010, 08:21:52 AM
And the announcement from GoG is...

The action adventure game Outcast. Well, that was worth waiting for.

(Oh, and the Moo 1 & 2 bundle is hidden further down the page. $6 for the pair is well, well worth it.)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on April 20, 2010, 08:48:10 AM
I always wanted to play that game.  I remember it getting a lot of hype over its "voxel" technology, which meant even shitty computers like mine could run the game decently.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on April 20, 2010, 01:57:14 PM
Strong, strong rumors that GoG will have Master of Magic available soon. (And by strong rumor, I mean look here:
http://www.gog.com/en/gamecard/master_of_magic)  Huzzah! It looks like the Microprose back catalog is rapidly returning.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: SJP on April 20, 2010, 09:44:33 PM
Strong, strong rumors that GoG will have Master of Magic available soon. (And by strong rumor, I mean look here:
http://www.gog.com/en/gamecard/master_of_magic)  Huzzah! It looks like the Microprose back catalog is rapidly returning.

Damn!  Thought you were talking about the old, old, OLD Master of Magic that came out on the Commodore 64.  I was thinking that one was a little TOO old, even for GoG...good game, if it only takes about 15 minutes to beat it if you know what you're doing.  Actually, I think that describes 95% of all the C-64 titles, now that I think about it.

Never heard of this one, though.  Looks like Civ 1 mixed with Castles.

Speaking games that should be on GoG, they need to get the old SSI D&D games on there.  Ravenloft: Stone Prophet is one of the best 1st-Person RPGs I've ever played, and to my knowledge it NEVER did well in terms of sales.  I've still got a copy and I'm still trying to beat it, but it's far and away the best one of the 3 they made (Ravenloft: Strahd's Possession and Menzoberranzan).  Great puzzles, good story, and the ancient Egyptian setting is a nice touch.

Of what IS on there to recommend, Lords of Magic, if you like strategy games.  It's the patched-up, much better Special Edition they sell on there, and it is fantastic (I'm not good strategy games, but this one is great fun, and even has multiplayer (if you have 3 friends and about 12 hours to burn, that is).

Oh, and I was right about ObsCure...it's still on their servers, but they've run into a rights issue they need to clear up.  Thankfully, it's of the "We'll get this sorted out, people who bought it can still download it" and not the "Sorry, Volume 10 of MST3K no longer can contain that Godzilla movie we know the kids all love" sort of thing.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: RoninFox on April 20, 2010, 09:51:25 PM
Damn!  Thought you were talking about the old, old, OLD Master of Magic that came out on the Commodore 64.  I was thinking that one was a little TOO old, even for GoG...good game, if it only takes about 15 minutes to beat it if you know what you're doing.  Actually, I think that describes 95% of all the C-64 titles, now that I think about it.

Well, more like two hours and fifteen minutes.  Fifteen minutes playing the game, two hours waiting for the damn thing to load the next screen.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MWolf on April 20, 2010, 10:49:03 PM
Strong, strong rumors that GoG will have Master of Magic available soon. (And by strong rumor, I mean look here:
http://www.gog.com/en/gamecard/master_of_magic)  Huzzah! It looks like the Microprose back catalog is rapidly returning.

I effing love that game..... or used to.... They should make it in 3d =P
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on April 21, 2010, 05:39:33 PM

Never heard of this one, though.  Looks like Civ 1 mixed with Castles.


(twitch)

Okay, in 1993-4, Microprose managed to release a quartet of games, one after another, that all became widely regarded as classics - Master of Orion, Master of Magic, Colonization and X-Com. Master of Magic was a fantasy version of Civ - but it was also a game that introduced or at least perfected many, many concepts that later appeared in other strategy games. Leader units that could level up, gain gear and appear on the map to fight. Units moving on a strategic map and then fighting on a tactical map. (Granted, it earlier appeared in King's Bounty and Moo, but it became a staple in other strategy games - Age of Wonders and the entire Total War series.) The role playing aspect of your wizard, gaining skills and spells as the game progresses has shown up in dozens of games since then. The multi-map aspect of the game, where your units could cross from one world to another has also shown up in other games, including the not-really approved by MPS Civ II Test of Time. Each color of magic had widely different spells. Each city had a race and produced much different units. Units could be enchanted so that a paladin unit might become a Flying, Fire Breathing, Wraith form  Paladin...

Basically, almost every fantasy strategy game from the last 20 years and many non-fantasy ones as well, owes many of its basic concepts to MoM- that's why we're excited. Despite the 16 year old graphics and the sometimes less than impressive AI, MoM was one of those games that created the "Just one more turn" syndrome.  It had game play that grabbed you and didn't let go.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on April 21, 2010, 06:38:00 PM
Well that sold me! I think I will discover Master of Magic this weekend. :^)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on April 21, 2010, 07:17:28 PM
Well that sold me! I think I will discover Master of Magic this weekend. :^)

Well, you have to wait for them to release it first. It's still "Coming soon."
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on April 21, 2010, 10:00:34 PM
I'm hoping it's gonna be released before then. If it's not, maybe I'll check out Masters of Orion...
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MWolf on April 21, 2010, 10:28:19 PM

Never heard of this one, though.  Looks like Civ 1 mixed with Castles.


(twitch)
Basically, almost every fantasy strategy game from the last 20 years and many non-fantasy ones as well, owes many of its basic concepts to MoM- that's why we're excited. Despite the 16 year old graphics and the sometimes less than impressive AI, MoM was one of those games that created the "Just one more turn" syndrome.  It had game play that grabbed you and didn't let go.

very very very True
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on April 28, 2010, 08:22:58 AM
And just to update - Masters of Magic is now available. Woot.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on April 29, 2010, 11:24:43 AM
Quote
As the drama surrounding Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward continues to unfold, Activision has dropped a new bombshell: the company has signed a 10-year publishing agreement with Bungie to bring its "next big action game universe to market."

Activision will have the rights to publish the new intellectual property "on multiple platforms and devices." Does this extend outside Xbox 360? The press release doesn't say, but it seems likely, and in a video released to the press, Activision COO Thompas Tippl said the partnership was about bringing Bungie's next universe to "the platform of your choice."

So, Bungie may be coming to the Wii or PS3.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Doctor Who? on April 29, 2010, 11:47:14 AM
Well Microsoft just lost a lot of sales :D  I few years ago this would have killed the Xbox but now I think they have enough other hits that this will only mean a hit in sales.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on August 12, 2010, 02:29:18 PM
News!

(http://www.starwars.com/games/videogames/news20100209lego/lego_cw_sm.jpg)

Allegedly a fall release. They announced this in February. How did I miss this?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on September 16, 2010, 05:36:34 PM
More news, this time MMORPG-based!

Quote
On 16 September 2010, 2 months and 17 days after the release of APB, Realtime Worlds announced the shutdown of APB with this message:

    APB has been a fantastic journey, but unfortunately that journey has come to a premature end. Today we are sad to announce that despite everyone's best efforts to keep the service running; APB is coming to a close. It's been a pleasure working on APB and with all its players. Together we were building an absolutely amazing game, and for that, we thank you. You guys are awesome!

    From all of the Realtime World staff we thank you for your continued support.
    Ben Bateman, APB.com[24]

The servers were shut down at 20.30 GMT September 16, 2010

(APB was a Cops vs. Robbers FPS MMORPG.)

Ow. A two month life span for a MMORPG is not good. (And I am very thankful that I resisted the very strong urge to buy it when it was released.) Note though- APB is still being sold in stores, so it's probably for the best if you don't buy a copy, unless you like really expensive DVD cases.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on September 16, 2010, 08:03:34 PM
More news!

Apparently, Sony's far enough along with their "Not even announced yet" PSP2 that they've been giving development kits to developers. They forgot to tell them to keep it a secret though. Whoops.

And also in the category of "Oh. Were we not supposed to tell folks?" A Japanese electronics chain let people know that Disgaea 4 in en route. It's due Feb 24 in Japan, here later on.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on September 17, 2010, 09:44:33 AM
Oh, and the Playstation Move is out. Er, yay?

Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on September 19, 2010, 01:31:46 PM
Well, I'm not sure if this is real news or not.

From Good Old Games:
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   Dear GOG users,

We have recently had to give serious thought to whether we could really keep GOG.com the way it is. We've debated on it for quite some time and, unfortunately, we've decided that GOG.com simply cannot remain in its current form.

We're very grateful for all support we've received from all of you in the past two years. Working on GOG.com was a great adventure for all of us and an unforgettable journey to the past, through the long and wonderful history of PC gaming.

This doesn't mean the idea behind GOG.com is gone forever. We're closing down the service and putting this era behind us as new challenges await.

On a technical note, this week we'll put in place a solution to allow everyone to re-download their games. Stay tuned to this page and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

All the best,
GOG.com Team

(Good Old Games was a website where you could purchase and download old games that had been optimized for more modern computers.)

There is speculation that GoG is finally moving out of Beta and/or getting a standalone client so it's just changing a bit, but there's still the very real case that a bunch of weasels abused the hell out of the system and spoiled it for the rest of us. And if the latter, why Master of Orion suddenly showed up on Impulse this week suddenly makes more sense.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on September 19, 2010, 05:04:10 PM
It doesn't sound like a very positive note.  I browsed GOG a few times and got close to buying some stuff, but I was never really a PC gamer in the past, so nostalgia never played much of a part in buying those games. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: SJP on September 19, 2010, 05:39:57 PM
All I can say is, they'd better put the downloads back up, like they said.  I bought about $200 of stuff from them, and barely downloaded a handful of it.  I don't normally get mad about stuff like this, but this seems to be a real slap in the face.  I did my part; everything I bought, I did honestly, and didn't go sharing it with every Tom, Dick, and Harry I've ever met.  If it is an abuse thing that happened, why is it bit-torrenting morons always get away with it, and the honest people are the ones who end up getting screwed?

I liked them, too; the stuff I liked best from them was the REALLY old games, like Waxworks and Personal Nightmare, stuff Steam and the others wouldn't bother to carry.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on September 19, 2010, 06:20:45 PM
Argh! I just replaced my hard drive and I don't have ANYTHING from that account. If only I'd gone on that install-spree last night like I was going to...

EDIT: Just read the last sentence of that announcement. As long as they give me a swing at redownloading my games, I'll be cool.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on September 19, 2010, 09:00:42 PM
It looks like GoG will be making an announcement tomorrow about the situation. IIRC, they're a Polish company, so we'll probably see it tomorrow morning. Well, except for Basehart.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: TTYT on September 20, 2010, 09:26:46 AM
Oh, dammit...I was gonna buy Shogo: Mobile Armor Division from GoG in the near future...Christ, they better come back.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on September 21, 2010, 11:56:50 PM
Well popular opinion now is that the GOG closing was a marketing stunt. If you pause their announcement video:

http://www.youtube.com/v/BDRvuKjissQ?fs=1&hl=en_US

and move it to the 13 second mark, you can see an image of what looks like a product page for Baulder's Gate, which had never been available on GOG. The speculation is that they're about to come out of their perpetual beta. That all adds up, except for one thing: Why'd they shut down in the middle of a weekend promo? They sure seem to be hinting at a big comeback (I've wanted Baulder's Gate on that site for forever) but if I were GOG, I'd have grabbed me some more weekend sales before closing the hatch.

UPDATE: Well the heads of GOG are giving a press conference here: http://www.transmisjeonline.pl/gogconference (Dressed as repentant monks?) introducing the new GOG. It will still be independant and still be DRM free. They just had to take down the site to upload the new code.

UPDATE 2: And the new, non-beta GOG should be up tomorrow at 1 PM GMT (Which is like 9 AM Eastern if I have my math right.) Baulders gate will be available for $10, and that includes Tales of the Sword Coast, and more Atari RPGs to come. There's a section now where you can create custom lists, kinda like on Amazon, and you can "Like" any game on Facebook. Nothing else huge. I'm just glad it's coming back. :^)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on September 22, 2010, 11:06:30 AM
Huh.  Way to annoy or confuse most of your customer base, GOG. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: TTYT on September 22, 2010, 11:12:45 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATNd4qbNTf8

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First of all we would like to apologize everyone who felt deceived or harmed in any way by us closing down GOG.com without any warning and without giving access to your games. We apologize for that from the bottom of our hearts!

Now it's time we put an end to all the speculations once and for all. Its true that we decided that we couldn't keep GOG.com the way it was so we wont. As you probably know by now, GOG.com is entering its new era with an end of the two-years beta stage and we're launching a brand new GOG.com with new, huge releases.

The new GOG.com will launch at 8.00 a.m. EDT (2 p.m. CET). Later today we'll provide you here with 4 videos where you'll find all needed information about the current events, as well as news on the new GOG.com, the upcoming big releases and the summary of the last two years.

According to the counter on the site at the time of this post, there's 17 hours and 40 minutes to go until the relaunch.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: SJP on September 22, 2010, 01:37:35 PM
So basically...

"GOG.com will now close...to make way for this FABULOUS USO SHOW!"

*cue South Park "April Fools" sign*

Yeah...very odd publicity stunt.  They could've been very up front, saying, "Sorry, but we're going to be migrating to a new site and a complete makeover, which necessitates temporary loss of access to your purchased merchandise (emphasis quit emphatically mine).  We know it's inconvenient, but we think you'll like what we've done with the place."  What with Steam and all the other downloadable places available, you have to be careful with the way you try to get name recognition, since a lot of customers are likely to shrug and go somewhere else.  It's one thing to pull a practical joke on something like South Park, where tweaking people on cable television doesn't really hurt anybody...fiddling with people who've invested money in your company is incredibly risky.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: TTYT on September 25, 2010, 07:43:00 PM
In general funny game news: http://kotaku.com/5647832/check-out-kirbys-epic--uh- (http://kotaku.com/5647832/check-out-kirbys-epic--uh-)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: spaceforarent on September 29, 2010, 08:22:31 PM
Uncharted 2: Game of the Year edition will be released October 12th. So if you're one of the 2 people that haven't played it yet, get it then.
Nothing too special included really. Basically just the stuff you can already buy, plus the golden guns and early access to the Revenge Booster in multiplayer (ya know, if you want to play like an asshole). Also gives you a currency multiplier up til level 10 in multiplayer, which really doesn't add up to much.
http://ps3.ign.com/articles/112/1123604p1.html

There's also talk that "The Lab" in multiplayer is just tests for Uncharted 3.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: spaceforarent on October 06, 2010, 03:03:55 PM
Oh look, a double post.
Despite all the videos claiming a November 16th release date, LittlebigPlanet 2 has been pushed back until January 18th.  :angry:
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: TTYT on October 13, 2010, 03:19:20 PM
Valve's next project: Defense of the Ancients 2 - http://kotaku.com/5663018/valves-new-game-is-dota2
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on October 19, 2010, 05:42:15 PM
Coming soon...

Professor Layton Vs Ace Attorney

(http://cache.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/9/2010/10/laytonaceattorney.jpg)

No, it's not a joke. It is for the 3DS though.

Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on April 12, 2011, 09:23:26 AM
Released today: Magika : Vietnam.

No, really.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/42918/

This may be one of the strangest DLC packs to ever get released.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: TTYT on April 12, 2011, 10:33:17 AM
Also, both Bioshock games are $4.99 on Steam today as part of a 2K Games sale.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: TTYT on April 14, 2011, 12:32:24 PM
Apparently Nintendo's next console will be officially announced at E3 this year: http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2011/04/14/new-nintendo-console-at-e3.aspx
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Doctor Who? on April 14, 2011, 06:44:15 PM
I can't wait to see what they have come up with.  I really like my Wii because it is the only one of the consoles that i feel offers something that you can't get on a good PC.

I wonder if this means Sony and Microsoft will be announcing anything before the end of the year.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Scribblesense on April 14, 2011, 08:08:21 PM
I'll guess that, if this rumor is true, it will be a standard console that won't support Wii games or controls. Since Nintendo owns the motion-control niche, they could support the Wii until kingdom come and still make money. It would be pretty cool if they continued to make games for the Wii actually built with its unique controls in mind, instead of shoehorning motion controls into the games they were already developing.

If Nintendo wants to capture the hardcore market, they'll have to step up their game and make this console as powerful as the 360 and PS3, plain and simple, if they want multi-platform titles. Also decent online play - the internet's been around for twenty years, guys, get with the program. And a hard drive would be nice.

If they can get the hardware, they would still need the titles to back them up. It won't be enough to just get what everyone else already has (though it will steal some of the sales away from Sony and MS, but ultimately that's a drop in the bucket). Exclusives are Nintendo's big strengths, so they'll probably play it safe since anything with the word "Mario" in the title is guaranteed to sell quicker than chocolate cupcakes baked by Jesus himself. But, I think, this is an opportunity to really push some innovative gameplay, to update some of their tired franchises for the new generation.

I just hope that Nintendo realizes that HD graphics are not the only thing that the PS3 and 360 have going for them.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on April 14, 2011, 11:44:51 PM
Well the 3DS is a sign that they finally get the whole online thing. Once friend codes have been exchanged, I can see whta my brothers and friends are playing real-time (As long as we're both in range of Wi-Fi) and challenge to games real-time and all the other stuff that the big systems do. It SEEMS like a system update would be all it would take for the Wii to get those same capabilities, but what do I know? :^)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Edward J Grug III on April 16, 2011, 02:23:04 AM
I'll guess that, if this rumor is true, it will be a standard console that won't support Wii games or controls. Since Nintendo owns the motion-control niche, they could support the Wii until kingdom come and still make money. It would be pretty cool if they continued to make games for the Wii actually built with its unique controls in mind, instead of shoehorning motion controls into the games they were already developing.

Obviously none of the reports yet are official, but the rumours seem to say that it will be backwards compatible, and weirdly that the control might be touchscreen based? I'm not sure I understand why they'd do that.

Of course there were tons of reports that the Wii was going to be mostly helmet based, so...

http://www.joystiq.com/2011/04/14/rumor-multiple-sources-claim-new-nintendo-console-reveal-at-o/

http://www.joystiq.com/2011/04/15/rumor-wii-2-codenamed-project-cafe-controller-includes-built-i/
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Rainbow Dash on April 16, 2011, 06:51:03 AM
Seems like Nintendo usually has a better lock on their info than other companies, and web sites just scatter gun predict what they're going to do and when a few things hit the mark they claim "Insider Info!"
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Scribblesense on April 16, 2011, 04:22:29 PM
I'll guess that, if this rumor is true, it will be a standard console that won't support Wii games or controls. Since Nintendo owns the motion-control niche, they could support the Wii until kingdom come and still make money. It would be pretty cool if they continued to make games for the Wii actually built with its unique controls in mind, instead of shoehorning motion controls into the games they were already developing.

Obviously none of the reports yet are official, but the rumours seem to say that it will be backwards compatible, and weirdly that the control might be touchscreen based? I'm not sure I understand why they'd do that.

Of course there were tons of reports that the Wii was going to be mostly helmet based, so...

http://www.joystiq.com/2011/04/14/rumor-multiple-sources-claim-new-nintendo-console-reveal-at-o/

http://www.joystiq.com/2011/04/15/rumor-wii-2-codenamed-project-cafe-controller-includes-built-i/

Hmm. Touchscreen could be interesting, and again it would be something that Nintendo has but its competitors don't. And considering that all those iPod/iPhone games are freaking ridiculously popular, it could be another draw for the more casual player of video games. But would it be possible to control a game on a touchscreen while looking at the action on-screen? I don't think I'm that coordinated.

It would be awesome if the touchscreen acted like a custom controller for every game, but without physical feedback I could see it being frustrating.

But a front-mounted camera? What purpose could that possible serve (in a gaming context)?

Also, I could see these controllers being damned expensive, if they've got all the special tech inside them that Nintendo shoved in their DSi.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: TTYT on April 18, 2011, 11:22:49 AM
Let the nerdgasms begin:

http://www.g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/711926/half-life-2-episode-3-clues-revealed-in-portal-arg-puzzle/
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Rainbow Dash on April 18, 2011, 01:19:11 PM
Half Life 2:  Episode 3/3 is the new Duke Nukem Forever
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Rainbow Dash on April 18, 2011, 01:22:43 PM
ooops
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Scribblesense on May 02, 2011, 09:18:40 PM
Nintendo's New Console is Official.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/109522-Nintendo-Officially-Confirms-New-Console-for-2012

No new information, but it will be playable at this year's E3. Hooray!

In the rumors department, it will be more powerful than the 360 and the PS3, the touchscreen on the controller will be capable of simulating textures (meaning it could feel rugged, smooth, soft, bumpy, etc; called "haptic technology"), and it will have toaster slots large enough to toast bagels (I made one of those up myself).

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/109722-Rumor-Nintendos-New-Console-Will-Make-You-Feel
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/109445-Rumor-Concept-Designs-for-Nintendos-Project-Cafe-Surface
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/109507-Rumor-Nintendos-Project-Cafe-to-Cost-400

Of course, I remember distinctly the rumors that the Wii (at the time code-named "Revolution", which is a much awesome-r sounding name) would include a 3D projector the size of a cell phone capable of turning a whole room into a holodeck. I haven't been this excited for E3 since... well, since the Wii was about to be announced.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: TTYT on May 04, 2011, 01:41:35 PM
Mass Effect 3 has been delayed to 2012: http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/116/1166006p1.html (http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/116/1166006p1.html)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Rainbow Dash on May 04, 2011, 02:06:29 PM
Not surprising that the Wii successor will be powerful, with the exception of this generation, Nintendo has always been pretty high on the technology level.  N64 and Gamecube both putting out some of the best graphics of their generation.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: TTYT on May 09, 2011, 12:27:25 PM
Duke Nukem Forever and Deus EX: Human Revolution are now up for pre-order on Steam!

Duke: http://store.steampowered.com/app/57900/

Deus Ex - HR: http://store.steampowered.com/app/39170/

Deus Ex - HR Augmented Edition: http://store.steampowered.com/app/901655/
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Steve-O on May 09, 2011, 01:42:07 PM
Duke Nukem Forever and Deus EX: Human Revolution are now up for pre-order on Steam!

Keep in mind, if you invested the $45 it costs to pre-order Duke Nukem, you would have $137,000 by the time the game actually comes out.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Scribblesense on May 09, 2011, 02:12:29 PM
Video Games are now legally recognized as art by the NEA, Roger Ebert told to suck grapes:

http://gaming.icrontic.com/article/nea-video-games-are-an-art-form/

Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: TTYT on May 10, 2011, 06:53:20 PM
Got an email from the Duke Nukem First Access Club (if you have Borderlands on Steam, check your CD keys, you probably have a First Access Club code - enter it here (http://www.dukenukemforever.com/access)) today - they wanted me to re-confirm my platform preference for the demo by May 15th. Methinks the demo is imminent...
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on May 26, 2011, 04:18:07 PM
Well, some stealth news here-

Yesterday, Direct2drive, one of the larger digital download sites, announced that they had been acquired by game rental place Gamefly. Hmmm. I wonder if some European outlet might snag Gamersgate next.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: SJP on May 29, 2011, 11:36:17 AM
In anticipation of releasing Skyrim soon, there's going to be a special version of Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion released June 28th called the "5th Anniversary Edition," which will have a $10 off coupon for Skyrim included.

Basically, I'm assuming if you have the PC version with all the add-ons, all you'll really get is a nice Steelbook case and maps of the explorable area, but if you have the consoles it may (but not necessarily) mean that they'll fix that damn vampire bug once and for all.

And if the box on Amazon is to be believed, PS3 owners rejoice...the back cover art shown there says it adds trophy support.  If that is, in fact, the official artwork for the box and not some mock-up crap, that's pretty nice.  If they also include Vile Lair and all the other $1.99 apiece silliness (horse armor, anyone?) that everyone else got, that might mean PS3 owners finally don't get the shaft when it comes to Oblivion.  Only took 'em five years, right?   ;D

Now, if Ubisoft gets around to re-releasing Assassin's Creed for the consoles with the Director's Cut edition the PC got with all the attendant bells and whistles, we'll be in business.  And yes, I'm fully aware that it's, like, 3 additional missions or something, but hey, getting to play that again for any reason would be nice.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: TTYT on June 01, 2011, 12:08:22 PM
OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG: http://www.sega.com/alienscolonialmarines/

No Predators in sight, it's being developed by Gearbox - and is a "true sequel" to Aliens (in other words, it ignores Alien 3. Whoo!):

http://kotaku.com/5807389/aliens-colonial-marines-a-true-sequel-to-james-camerons-classic-aliens-out-in-2012 (http://kotaku.com/5807389/aliens-colonial-marines-a-true-sequel-to-james-camerons-classic-aliens-out-in-2012)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: SJP on June 01, 2011, 01:00:17 PM
Nice.  I'd heard that this had been in limbo for a long time with little hope it'd see the light of day.

One problem, though: considering the colony was, well, sort of NUKED in the second movie when the reactor blew up, wouldn't it be a little hard to go back to it and walk around?  I'm just saying they could've more believably set up shop someplace else and it would've been just as much fun.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on June 01, 2011, 01:16:23 PM
Nice.  I'd heard that this had been in limbo for a long time with little hope it'd see the light of day.

One problem, though: considering the colony was, well, sort of NUKED in the second movie when the reactor blew up, wouldn't it be a little hard to go back to it and walk around?  I'm just saying they could've more believably set up shop someplace else and it would've been just as much fun.

Or they could've just done a sort of remake of Aliens.  I think the story for that would provide a great backbone for a game.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: TTYT on June 01, 2011, 05:25:59 PM
Nice.  I'd heard that this had been in limbo for a long time with little hope it'd see the light of day.

One problem, though: considering the colony was, well, sort of NUKED in the second movie when the reactor blew up, wouldn't it be a little hard to go back to it and walk around?  I'm just saying they could've more believably set up shop someplace else and it would've been just as much fun.

The trailer seemed to imply it takes place on the Sulaco - or at least starts there. Dunno, exactly. Although I'd assume there'd be hazard suits involved if it went back to LV-426.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Doctor Who? on June 01, 2011, 06:06:27 PM
Video Games are now legally recognized as art by the NEA, Roger Ebert told to suck grapes:

http://gaming.icrontic.com/article/nea-video-games-are-an-art-form/



Why is everyone always hating on Ebert?

He doesn't think video games are art,so what?

I am not sure if they art are not myself,and I am a die hard gamer.

He still does his job well,I think he is still the second best critic out there.

The way some people act you would think he had murdered their mothers or something.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: SJP on June 01, 2011, 07:37:11 PM
Video Games are now legally recognized as art by the NEA, Roger Ebert told to suck grapes:

http://gaming.icrontic.com/article/nea-video-games-are-an-art-form/



Why is everyone always hating on Ebert?

He doesn't think video games are art,so what?

I am not sure if they art are not myself,and I am a die hard gamer.

He still does his job well,I think he is still the second best critic out there.

The way some people act you would think he had murdered their mothers or something.

I've got nothing against Ebert...I often don't agree with him (and when we do agree, it's always on the weirdest movies), but the main reason people have a beef with Ebert is that he has gone on record defending movies as art.  People see it as a little odd, then, that he'd say such harsh, negative things about video games, when his own beloved media of choice has gone through roughly the same thing in its lifetime.

To compare, it'd be like Michael Crichton telling people how movie adaptations, especially say, video games to movies, are horrible, pointless things to do, when he made millions on adapting his own books to film for years.

Michael Crichton never did anything of the sort in real life, mind you; I'm just pointing out how Ebert's position seems so odd and confusing considering the business he's in.  Heck, it's almost like a video game murdered HIS mother, when you get right down to it.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Doctor Who? on June 01, 2011, 07:55:16 PM
Video Games are now legally recognized as art by the NEA, Roger Ebert told to suck grapes:

http://gaming.icrontic.com/article/nea-video-games-are-an-art-form/



Why is everyone always hating on Ebert?

He doesn't think video games are art,so what?

I am not sure if they art are not myself,and I am a die hard gamer.

He still does his job well,I think he is still the second best critic out there.

The way some people act you would think he had murdered their mothers or something.

I've got nothing against Ebert...I often don't agree with him (and when we do agree, it's always on the weirdest movies), but the main reason people have a beef with Ebert is that he has gone on record defending movies as art.  People see it as a little odd, then, that he'd say such harsh, negative things about video games, when his own beloved media of choice has gone through roughly the same thing in its lifetime.

To compare, it'd be like Michael Crichton telling people how movie adaptations, especially say, video games to movies, are horrible, pointless things to do, when he made millions on adapting his own books to film for years.

Michael Crichton never did anything of the sort in real life, mind you; I'm just pointing out how Ebert's position seems so odd and confusing considering the business he's in.  Heck, it's almost like a video game murdered HIS mother, when you get right down to it.

Look I like games but I will be the first to admit they have not reached anywhere near the level of story telling that films have.  I mean even the best video games feature characters that are barely 2d and plots that if they were films would be Micheal Bay movies.

There has yet to be a video game Citizen Kane or even The King's Speech.  Once games have produced something with that level of character depth and amount to say then you can complain about people saying they are not as good as films until then I do not know what the big deal is. 

He doesn't think they are as good as films he has that right.  It doesn't make him a bad person and I sure don't think he should be personally attacked.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 01, 2011, 08:06:39 PM
Look I like games but I will be the first to admit they have not reached anywhere near the level of story telling that films have. 

But I bet you know the difference between have not and can not, right? Because he claimed can not. And that is dumb.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Scribblesense on June 01, 2011, 09:09:25 PM
Video Games are now legally recognized as art by the NEA, Roger Ebert told to suck grapes:

http://gaming.icrontic.com/article/nea-video-games-are-an-art-form/



Why is everyone always hating on Ebert?

He doesn't think video games are art,so what?

I am not sure if they art are not myself,and I am a die hard gamer.

He still does his job well,I think he is still the second best critic out there.

The way some people act you would think he had murdered their mothers or something.

He does his job well, and has made a very good career for himself, I'll give him that.

The problem is people listen to him, even when he is obviously running his ignorant mouth about subjects he himself claims he knows nothing about (re: video games). When he makes claims like that, the thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) of people working in the video game industry, who have devoted their careers to making video games, have their work and passion completely invalidated. These people are invested in the industry and moving the industry forward - innovating outwards and upwards to create truly compelling and emotionally involving games.

There's a thing about art - when it's great, the people who have experienced it immediately want to share it. Art unifies people and cultures through shared experiences, and when somebody as high-profile and well-educated as Ebert makes methodically picks apart a medium to conclusively prove it is not art, people are going to listen and it will halt the progress and innovation the video game industry is trying to advance.

The man has never played a video game for more than fifteen minutes. To claim you can know every goddamn thing about a rapidly growing medium through outside observation is just pure arrogance.

Look I like games but I will be the first to admit they have not reached anywhere near the level of story telling that films have.  I mean even the best video games feature characters that are barely 2d and plots that if they were films would be Micheal Bay movies.

There has yet to be a video game Citizen Kane or even The King's Speech.  Once games have produced something with that level of character depth and amount to say then you can complain about people saying they are not as good as films until then I do not know what the big deal is. 

He doesn't think they are as good as films he has that right.  It doesn't make him a bad person and I sure don't think he should be personally attacked.

What's amazing about games is they can tell a story and reveal character without consciously doing either. I got more attached to Yorda, Epona, Leliana and the fucking Companion Cube more than any character in any movie ever. Silent Hill 2 has plot elements more psychologically compelling and disturbing than Black Swan (or at least just as so). And Metal Gear Solid - well, it certainly has tons upon tons to say about everything.

Nobody is above criticism, especially when it's their job to know better and their opinion can be so damaging.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: TTYT on June 01, 2011, 10:47:10 PM
http://kotaku.com/5807694/

PSN and Playstation Store are back.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: SJP on June 01, 2011, 10:52:34 PM
Look I like games but I will be the first to admit they have not reached anywhere near the level of story telling that films have.  I mean even the best video games feature characters that are barely 2d and plots that if they were films would be Micheal Bay movies.

There has yet to be a video game Citizen Kane or even The King's Speech.  Once games have produced something with that level of character depth and amount to say then you can complain about people saying they are not as good as films until then I do not know what the big deal is. 

He doesn't think they are as good as films he has that right.  It doesn't make him a bad person and I sure don't think he should be personally attacked.

I know this is a big digression from General Game News, but just to quickly state some things:
1. Citizen Kane was innovative not because it told a new tale, or even one that some would find compelling on its face.  It's that Welles used the medium to tell his story very well.  Camera angles, special effects shots, circular narrative...these things were not new innovations, he just managed to combine them to incredible effect (while of course contributing his own bag of tricks as well).  You'd be hard pressed not to find games that also use the medium to great effect, regardless of genre.  Hell, all Infocom used for years was words, and look at the near stuff they could do with just an excellent English language parser (like flat out asking the game questions, and it would answer them).  Like his work or not, Hideo Kojima has been breaking the fourth wall for years.  The Psycho Mantis fight in MGS alone is every which kind of wacky in using the game system itself against you.

2. There are so many games, for so many different systems, that coming up with a definitive Citizen Kane is ridiculously hard.  Do you reward The Secret of Monkey Island for being one of the funniest things ever made, let alone funniest game?  Fallout (or Elder Scrolls) or Myst for the lush worlds they created?  Mortal Kombat (and GTA, Custer's Revenge) for the sort of shock controversy than even artists that smear "not peanut butter" on things can't seem to evoke these days?  And remember, I mentioned Infocom...story and plot have been in games as long as computers have been around, so they've had plenty of time to stew.

3. As for emotional reactions...Floyd the Robot.  If you haven't played Planetfall, well...
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
For the younger of you out there, think Aeris, FFVII.  That should do the trick.  For anyone younger than that...what are you doing playing videogames?  Go and play some stickball in the yard, ya whippersnapper.
And don't tell me Amnesia: The Dark Descent can't be just as pantswetting as seeing Halloween in a theater for the first time.  Or seeing a Star Destroyer explode is any less thrilling when it's YOU dragging the thing into a planet all by yourself.  Or that music from games isn't inspiring all by itself (I'm looking at you, Square, and Psygnosis...damn those Lemmings tunes were catchy).

I'm not attacking Ebert personally.  I don't think the man is stupid, or his opinions don't matter.  But it doesn't mean I don't think he's wrong.  And to say games are equivalent to Michael Bay films...chalk up another text adventure I talk about in the "WHOOOO!" thread called Photopia.  It's not a long game, or really much in the way of puzzle solving.  But it uses the genre very well (in fact, it is apparently responsible in moving the direction of Interactive Fiction in a more literary direction than it used to be), and if you're looking for depth, it's there.  It may not be Finnegan's Wake, but then, Citizen Kane ain't no Finnegan's Wake, either, and I think a lot of people appreciate that. ;D  And that's all I'll say on the issue.

Oh, to get back on target: I was going to say the store was back, but I was beaten to it.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: RoninFox on June 01, 2011, 10:59:33 PM
PS store back, but not the "Welcome Back" deal.  That's still coming soon.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on June 02, 2011, 12:48:42 PM
Gog.com signs up EA Games, and starts by putting up Wing Commander: Privateer, Dungeon Keeper and Ultima Underworld 1 & 2. It's not the LucasArts announcement we were all hoping for, but I've been wanting to dig back into a Wing Commander game for years now.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on June 02, 2011, 12:52:04 PM
Gog.com signs up EA Games, and starts by putting up Wing Commander: Privateer, Dungeon Keeper and Ultima Underworld 1 & 2. It's not the LucasArts announcement we were all hoping for, but I've been wanting to dig back into a Wing Commander game for years now.

Was just about to announce this too. Wow! This is a huge note. (And hopefully, I'll soon be able to play the Crusader titles again soon.)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: TTYT on June 03, 2011, 12:36:17 AM
Shit...Aliens: Colonial Marines won't turn back the clock on the events of Alien 3....FUCK.

http://kotaku.com/5808041/clearing-up++sort-of++where-colonial-marines-fits-in-aliens-canon
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Scribblesense on June 03, 2011, 01:51:44 PM
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/110643-Japanese-Newspaper-Confirms-Wii-2-Controller-Details

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Japanese Newspaper "Confirms" Wii 2 Controller Details

Nintendo's next console will feature controllers that function as handheld gaming systems and sport 6-inch touchscreens, if a report in Japan's Nikkei newspaper is to be believed.

Before we get into the details, I should warn you all to take this with a grain of salt. Though similar Nikkei reports have been uncannily accurate in the past -- as Joystiq notes, the paper successfully predicted the Nintendo DSi, DSi XL and 3DS -- there are no official guarantees that the paper's claims about the Wii's successor (dubbed "Project Cafe") are accurate.

That said, the recent Nikkei report is very interesting. In it the paper claims that Project Cafe's controllers will feature a 6-inch tablet-style touchscreen, camera and on-board power supply. Each can be uncoupled (whether this denotes a physical connection or not is unclear) from the main console and used as a separate handheld system.

Adding credence to Nikkei's claims are the months of rumor and speculation in this very vein. If nothing else, it seems suspicious that all the rumors would agree on the idea of touchscreen controllers.

Finally, the paper claims the new console will see release in the latter half of 2012.

It would be irresponsible of me to wildly speculate on what this sort of technological paradigm shift might mean for Nintendo as a company, let alone its next console, so instead I'll let you guys do it. Anyone want to be the first to prophesize doom for the entire industry?

Source: Nikkei, via Andriasang

Gulp. Controllers that can be used as a handheld? That's damn interesting. The rest is the same old rumors we've been hearing.

Damnit, E3 can't come soon enough (Nintendo's press conference is Tuesday at 9am PT).
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Rainbow Dash on June 03, 2011, 02:07:20 PM
This has been making the rounds of the internet.

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v247/DrForester/The5thNintendoElement.gif)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on June 03, 2011, 04:11:29 PM
Wait. Eternal Darkness 2? Want! Want!
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Scribblesense on June 03, 2011, 04:16:25 PM
Also, it makes waffles, will kill your rivals in their sleep, and cures cancer with handjobs.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on June 03, 2011, 05:40:14 PM
Also, it makes waffles, will kill your rivals in their sleep, and cures cancer with handjobs.

http://www.youtube.com/v/WOArkrjVoiw?version=3&
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on June 03, 2011, 07:36:04 PM
Oh hey. Actual news.

EA just announced their own digital delivery service called "Origin."
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

This morning seems to mean "someday other than today" right now.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: TTYT on June 07, 2011, 08:19:20 PM
Some Valve news - no, it's not what you think: http://steelseries.com/blog/press/steelseries-and-valve-corporation-announce-multi-title-agreement-for-co-branded-gaming-surfaces

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SteelSeries, the leading global manufacturer of gaming peripherals, today announced a new partnership with Valve Corporation, entertainment software and technology company and creator of the popular Steam platform and award-winning properties such as Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Team Fortress, Portal and Left 4 Dead. Through a multi-title agreement, SteelSeries will work closely with Valve to design co-branded gaming surfaces, specific for Valve’s most recognized game titles.

For more information in the upcoming weeks regarding this partnership, and when the co-branded gaming surfaces will be launched, please visit SteelSeries online at http://SteelSeries.com and on Facebook at http://facebook.com/steelseries. You can also find more information about Valve at http://www.valvesoftware.com.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on June 14, 2011, 09:04:17 PM
Okay, EA news.

A) They're setting up retail stores in a few areas now, mostly for sports related games.

b) Crysis 2 is now an Origin store exclusive. If you bought it on Steam or elsewhere, you might want to make a backup.

Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on June 15, 2011, 11:02:16 PM
Steam news:

1) Beat Hazard Ultra, which was supposed to be released at the end of the month, goes live tomorrow instead.

2) I'm getting the strangest issue with Magic :The Gathering 2012. At a certain point in the game, my monitor dies. I have no idea why, but it's repeatedly happening at the same boss in the game. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on June 21, 2011, 01:47:11 PM
And more game news:

City of Heroes is going Free to Play. When? Sometime soon.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on June 22, 2011, 03:47:55 AM
And more game news:

City of Heroes is going Free to Play. When? Sometime soon.

I wonder if my character is still in their server somewhere from the free trial I had years back.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on June 22, 2011, 10:50:19 AM
Cool. I always wanted to try out City of Heroes. I just started playing the free to play version of Champions Online. Is it fair to assume City of Heroes, being the gold standard that it is, is better?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on June 22, 2011, 11:03:11 AM
I liked it, though it's the first and only MMO I've played to date. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on June 22, 2011, 12:01:38 PM
CoH is a lot grindier. I've gotten CO characters to max level. With CoH, I still have never gotten a character to the maximum level, and I was in the beta. There's an area in the 30s where you either have to run a gazillion solo missions, fewer group missions (which are difficult to get running these days) or do special "farming" missions to get you enough XP to get past those levels.

In CO terms, imagine if for five levels, all you had for leveling were the "defeat 150 Canadian Patriot" type missions. (And early CO did have that type of gap for a level of two where there just weren't any quests to do. You'd done almost everything below your current level and weren't high enough level yet to get the next set of quests.)

With free play, that'll get a lot better because there will be other players in those levels, making grouping easier. But it's been a hurdle for several years.

Otherwise, yeah, CoH does have 5 more years of history behind it so there's more content. More zones too. But it also lacks the blessed early travel powers that CO and DCUO have, making getting around Galaxy City a pain. And the naming issues make character creation a pain. Unlike CO, only one character per server can have a certain name, making creating a character name a bit tricky.

When  it goes F2P, I'd definitely give it a shot. Some people just absolutely love the setting and gameplay. And I do enjoy the early levels where I'm hunting and killing Skuls, even with my complaints.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on June 29, 2011, 12:38:59 PM
And Blizz hops aboard the F2P train: (http://us.blizzard.com/support/article.xml?locale=en_US&articleId=20590&pageNumber=1&searchQuery=world+of+warcraft+trial+account)

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The most popular MMORPG of all time, World of Warcraft, will be free to play — at least until your in-game character reaches level 20 — Blizzard Entertainment has announced.

Blizzard, a video game developer and publisher, has considered the option for years, and it dabbled with a number of free trial programs, all of which were time-limited.

Now, under the new program called World of Warcraft Starter Edition, new players can play at their own pace without having to worry that the free trial will expire. When they reach level 20, they can continue playing but will stop earning experience, making it impossible to level up. To play past level 20, new players will need to upgrade to the full version of the game, which can be done online here.

Although there’s no time limit for trial players, there’s a great deal of other restrictions besides the 20-level limit: Trial players can have a maximum of 100 gold; their trade skills are capped at 100 ranks; they are unable to trade in the Auction House or join guilds; their chat options are limited; and they cannot invite other players into a party and so on.

In short, the game itself may be free, but it’s a far cry from the full World of Warcraft experience.

Whoa. Blizz must be a bit panicky about the current subscription numbers.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Sideswipe on June 29, 2011, 12:46:28 PM
I haven't  played WoW in almost 3 years.  I'm guessing Cataclysm didn't do for the game what they were hoping?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on June 29, 2011, 01:28:10 PM
Subscription numbers went up for the launch but they're allegedly below where they were last year at the time. Cat got a lot of criticism for being rather short.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Scribblesense on June 29, 2011, 01:44:57 PM
I haven't  played WoW in almost 3 years.  I'm guessing Cataclysm didn't do for the game what they were hoping?

From what I can gather, their subscription numbers have pretty much levelled out at about 12 million.

They accomplished a lot of cool things with Cataclysm, but most of it was just improving on what they already had - putting on a fresh coat of paint, knocking out a wall to build one big sitting room, cleaning the dead ferrets out of the insulation - and there wasn't any big "draw" for new and old players alike.

Telling new players "Our game now sucks less!" isn't a very effective business strategy. And providing new content with little interconnecting story to veteran players just feels eclectic, especially when that content (while impressive from a technical POV) is kinda half-assed.

The game has never been better, honestly, but players such as I usually expect "new and improved" rather than just "improved" when we drop cash on an expansion.

Though they did just release their first major old-school content patch, and Blizzcon is coming in October which should get the hype rolling again.

Subscription numbers went up for the launch but they're allegedly below where they were last year at the time. Cat got a lot of criticism for being rather short.

I wish I could express my thoughts succinctly. Heh. This was exactly what I was trying to say.

Only five new high-level zones and five new levels didn't cut it, I'm sad to say. I blew through them way too quickly, and there was nothing to cap it off like Storm Peaks and Icecrown in WotLK. Twilight Highlands was lame (Alliance-side, I heard Horde got some pretty epic quests though), and Uldum was just pathetic. I didn't think it was possible to drag out a pop-culture reference for half a zone - it felt like one of the "Movie" Movies. And the Worgen storyline just fucking stops after level 20.

So much wasted potential with Cataclysm.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on June 29, 2011, 07:14:52 PM
And the Worgen storyline just fucking stops after level 20.


Actually, there is a wrapup for the Worgen story... on the Horde side.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Scribblesense on June 30, 2011, 10:48:31 AM
And the Worgen storyline just fucking stops after level 20.


Actually, there is a wrapup for the Worgen story... on the Horde side.

Oh yeah, forgot about Silverpine, and Crowley being a total badass, which the Alliance doesn't get to see (and then Crowley just disappears again). Then there's Surwich in Blasted Lands, which goes into some more Worgen Druid lore, but it's all of four quests, and those quests are annoying to boot. I enjoyed the Blasted Lands filler quest where you had to drag the chest full of baby murlocs to the ocean much, much more.

Of course, my complaint is only about inter-game politics, which a player would only be invested in if they had been playing the game since before Cataclysm - it shouldn't deter a new player from enjoying what the new expansion has to offer.

Oh! And every player who had previously bought the original game gets upgraded to Burning Crusade for free now.

http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/2743724623

So yeah, looks like they're in full recruitment mode, trying to shrug off the slump.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on June 30, 2011, 12:57:28 PM
In different news.... It's summer camp time at Steam. Play games. Get achieves. Get stuff. Stuff being DLC for your games.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Raefire on July 04, 2011, 08:36:01 PM
Limbo coming to PC: http://kotaku.com/5817850/limbo-is-coming-to-the-pc
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Scribblesense on July 12, 2011, 07:13:51 PM
EA just bought PopCap for a cool three-quarters of a billion:

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2388421,00.asp

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Electronic Arts said Tuesday that it will acquire PopCap Games, the maker of such hits as "Peggle" and "Plants vs. Zombies," for a total of $750 million in cash and stock.

EA's purchase confirms an an earlier report by TechCrunch, although the paper's purchase price - over $1 billion - turned out not to be true. EA will pay $650 million in cash, plus $100 million in stock and earnouts.

EA said that PopCap had recorded over $100 million in revenue in 2010, growing at a 30 percent compound annual growth rate. About 80 percent of the company's revenue comes from smartphone, social, and casual PC platforms, in line with where EA wants to be, executives said.

"PopCap has proven they have the right people and creative culture to sustain this success," John Riccitiello, EA's chief executive, said in prepared remarks announcing the deal on Tuesday. "While other companies have built a business on just one hit, PopCap has made lightning strike five times with bankable, evergreen franchises: Bejeweled, Zuma, Peggle, Bookworm and Plants vs. Zombies. These franchises have demonstrated predictable revenues and strong growth on emerging platforms.

"And unlike other companies trapped on a single platform, PopCap IP has achieved success in crossing platforms to smartphones, tablets, PC and social networks," Riccitiello added.

PopCap said that it had 150 million games installed and played worldwide on game platforms like the iPad, Android phones and tablet, and oter platforms. ""We picked EA because they have recast their culture around making great digital games," said David Roberts, chief executive of PopCap, in a statement. "By working with EA, we'll scale our games and services to deliver more social, mobile, casual fun to an even bigger, global audience."

In May, EA announced a shift toward a digital model, away from a multitude of packaged games for retail to a smaller number of franchise that the company could develop across the Web, mobile, and social properties. Those strategies will include intellectual properties, such as the "EA Sports" and "Battlefield" franchises; platforms, including its own Nucleus registration system, which slightly less than doubled its membership from a year ago to 112 million consumers; and talent, with teams working across social, mobile, and console development, Riccitiello said at the time.

With PopCap, EA is acquiring the "proven leader" in casual games, Riccitiello said Tuesday. Today, about a quarter of the industry's revenue comes from mobile, social, and tablet and casual PCs; he said that EA expects that percentage to rise to above 50 percent in the next five years.

Both EA and PopCap were scheduled to appear at the GamesBeat conference in San Francisco, but pulled out unexpectedly - the reason, of course, was that they had signed their acquisition deal, said Dean Takahashi, an editor for VentureBeat, which hosted the show.

I know we all love to hate EA, but all of this could prove beneficial to PopCap, as access to EA's vast resources are the only thing that could possibly make PopCap a household name and monumental success. We can only expect their creative quality to skyrocket as their benign corporate overlords milk them for every cent they're worth. [/sarcasm]
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Raefire on July 29, 2011, 09:58:53 AM
Apparently part of the upcoming DLC for Duke Nukem Forever on the PC will include a patch that allows Duke to carry four weapons. Good move, Gearbox.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: RoninFox on July 30, 2011, 07:33:57 PM
Flipping through my last Game Informer before my GameStop membership expires I caught a screen shot of Sly Cooper 4.

Why the hell didn't I hear about that before?  Apparently there's a hidden teaser to it on the Sly Collection, though I never saw it on there.  I'd given up hope for a new Sly game since Sucker Punch seemed to be putting all their time and effort toward the InFamous series, but from what I've read Sanzaru games was the group that ported the old games to the PS3, and kinda proved themselves with that enough to get the green light on their own original Sly game.

http://www.youtube.com/v/o1bb_JRkAOk

The Thieves in Time title could be a sign of a good or a horrible idea, but I'm optimistic.  I'm just curious how they're going to work past the end of Sly 3 to get Cooper back into action.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Raefire on August 01, 2011, 03:04:59 PM
Holy shit:

http://kotaku.com/5826678/valves-bringing-dota-2-and-a-1-million-prize-to-gamescom

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Valve's Dota 2 will be officially shown to the public for the first time at this month's Gamescom convention in Cologne, Germany—the same location that will host the game maker's first Dota 2 tournament featuring a million dollar prize.

That's right. One. Million. Dollars.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on August 01, 2011, 03:39:44 PM
Holy shit:

http://kotaku.com/5826678/valves-bringing-dota-2-and-a-1-million-prize-to-gamescom

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Valve's Dota 2 will be officially shown to the public for the first time at this month's Gamescom convention in Cologne, Germany—the same location that will host the game maker's first Dota 2 tournament featuring a million dollar prize.

That's right. One. Million. Dollars.

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-m3CuZLWIsQM/TgkZIjCr8rI/AAAAAAAANv0/YLE1oLbmyvw/s200/dr_evil_one_million_dollars.jpg)

That'll be split three ways, correct? It is team based, right?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Raefire on August 02, 2011, 11:12:43 AM
And Limbo is on Steam now. Glorious day.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on August 03, 2011, 08:19:12 AM
Just announced:
(http://downloads.2kgames.com/2kgames/uploads/images/community/blog_logo-jpg-12251-cropped.jpg)

Sweet. And nice to see that DNF didn't sink Gearbox.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Raefire on August 04, 2011, 03:23:06 PM
MASSIVE Quakcon pack on Sale at Steam now - 31 games for  - including Quake 4, the purchase of which by August 8th will get you the Original Rocket Launcher from Quake for TF2's soldier (yes, it's in the center of the screen, just like the original game.)

More details on the QuakeCon stuff here:

http://store.steampowered.com/sale/quakecon_doom

The TF2 stuff is detailed here: http://tf2.com/post.php?id=5992

Also, Skyrim and RAGE are available for pre-order on Steam now.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on August 07, 2011, 01:14:20 AM
News to make Doc cry:

Diablo III, in addition to having an auction house powered by real money, will also require a persistent online connection and will not support mods.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Doctor Who? on August 07, 2011, 04:53:36 AM
Is it just me or are big companies taking all the fun out of gaming?

I miss the days when people didn't mind if you modded there games.  I miss being able to go up against an inter army of Homer Simpson's in Quake 2.  I miss being able to play single player.  I am started to feel old because Dag nab it! Games were more fun when I was a kid.

Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Raefire on August 07, 2011, 10:54:53 AM
I miss the days when people didn't mind if you modded there games.  I miss being able to go up against an inter army of Homer Simpson's in Quake 2.  I miss being able to play single player.  I am started to feel old because Dag nab it! Games were more fun when I was a kid.

*cough*Valve*cough*
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Scribblesense on August 10, 2011, 06:07:08 PM
Australia Gets An 18+ Rating For Video Games

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/112184-Australia-Finally-Getting-an-R18-Rating-for-Games

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The Australian government is finally giving the go ahead for Mature and Adults Only game ratings.

According to the Australian legal system, at least right now, if a game isn't suitable for anyone fifteen or younger, then it isn't suitable for anyone. The country's lack of an R18+ rating essentially legally enforced the idea that videogames are not for adults, as any title that wasn't suitable for fifteen-year-olds had no avenue for a legal release, much to the chagrin of the majority of the country. However, Minister for Justice Brendan O'Connor announced that after years of public demand, proposal for the oft-demanded classification has received unanimous support from all voting jurisdictions.

Hopes for a shake-up in Australian classification law have been running high since outspoken anti-videogames demagogue Michael Atkinson retired from the front bench back in March of last year, but legislators have been dragging their heels. Just last month a proposal to introduce an R18+ classification was derailed by the Attorney General of New South Wales who chose to abstain from the vote. Every other jurisdiction had pledged support for the proposal. Something, perhaps a subtly placed horse head, seems to have changed the Attorney General's mind however, New South Wales now officially supports the new classification.

Though the Australian Government previously announced that it hoped the new classification would be available by the end of the year, the draft guidelines for the proposal have now been amended, requiring some jurisdiction representatives to seek approval from their respective cabinets, which is going to slow things down a little. This is great news for Australian gamers, nonetheless.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on August 16, 2011, 11:44:29 AM
http://www.youtube.com/v/nNaNK1Pp1g4?version=3

Ooooh. Snow.

BTW- That would be the Gunzerker.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on August 16, 2011, 03:19:11 PM
I can't be the only one a little worried that Duke Nukem may have tainted Gearbox a little, right?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on August 19, 2011, 06:59:34 PM
Yeah, I think you might be.  DNF basically had no downside for its release. If it was good, wow, Gearbox salvaged it. If bad, well, the thing was a trainwreck anyway. At least Gearbox got the thing out the door. That's more than what got done in the ten years prior.

Anyway, different news. Cryptic, who were behind the Champions MMORPG and the Star Trek MMORPG, were owned by Atari. But they've just been sold (complete with the MMORPGs they run) to Perfect World. Yep. The Free to Play folks.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Scribblesense on August 19, 2011, 09:49:21 PM
PostalGamer Startup Could Revolutionize Used Game Sales — If It Works

http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2011/08/postal-gamer-used-games/

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A new online videogame store will give publishers a percentage of sales on used games, a move that could drastically change the way gamemakers look at the $2 billion market for secondhand products — assuming they’re willing to sign on.

PostalGamer.com, scheduled to launch this fall, will let gamers buy used games and trade in old ones by shipping them to the site’s warehouse in prepaid envelopes, not unlike Netflix or GameFly. In exchange for stuffing PostalGamer’s envelopes into packaging for new games, participating publishers will receive a 10 percent cut of sales generated by their titles from their catalogs.

Co-founder Mike Kennedy says PostalGamer will not only help out publishers, it will offer better rates than more prominent used game dealers like GameStop. While GameStop usually buys recently released games for $20 to $25 and sells them for $55, PostalGamer will likely buy them for around $35 and sell them for $50, Kennedy said in a phone interview with Wired.com.

In order to combat used game sales, which many publishers see as a threat to the industry, companies like Electronic Arts and Ubisoft have started announcing “online pass” programs — one-time-use codes for multiplayer or online gameplay. If customers buy games with used codes, they must dish out an additional $10 for online access.

By giving publishers a piece of the gargantuan secondhand pie, which NPD said last year hit the $2 billion range, a site like PostalGamer could change gamemakers’ attitudes, eliminate the need for online passes and potentially ease tensions between publishers and consumers.

“Right now, gamers are kind of at war with publishers,” Kennedy said. “It really shouldn’t be that way.”

Kennedy says no publishers have agreed to work with PostalGamer yet, though he’s had several fruitful conversations with the bigger ones. Wired.com asked several publishers to comment on the upcoming service, but none responded by press time.

However, some analysts said they are skeptical that publishers would be willing to give up the fight against used games.

“Do you think there is any situation where publishers would gladly accept $8 instead of $60?” asked Dubious Quality analyst Bill Harris in an e-mail to Wired.com. “If they endorse this idea, then they are endorsing used game sales. If game publishers admit there is a used game scenario that they would consider acceptable, then all their righteous indignation over used game sales would have to end, wouldn’t it?”

While Harris said he didn’t expect gamemakers to abandon their all-or-nothing position, “even when it seems reasonable to do so,” he remains curious to see if any publishers sign on to PostalGamer.

Kennedy says that whether or not publishers agree to work with his startup, he still plans to launch this fall. The website will “most likely” sell new games in addition to used ones, but will only deal in physical media.

Though some major publishers believe that the future of the industry is all digital, Kennedy considers himself more of a traditionalist.

“I hate to see the day when digital is your only option,” Kennedy said, lamenting the idea that one day people will no longer be able to borrow games from their friends or crack open the plastic wrap on boxes. He hopes that with a website like PostalGamer, which bears lower overhead costs than brick-and-mortar stores, physical media can continue to thrive.

Ugh, I just came up with this idea like two days ago! Damnit! I WAS GOING TO BE RICH!

I'm in the camp that doesn't see this working though. The big wigs at EA, Ubisoft, and Activision especially won't pull their heads out of their asses long enough to see that until they go 100% digital (which won't be happening until I get an iPhone that shoots photon lasers surgically embedded in my skull) used game sales are here to stay. Really, this is such an easy solution - want money from used game sales? And there's already a thriving market for used games? Then sell the used games yourselves! Hell, open up a thousand fresh cases at the factory, scratch up the discs a little and throw them in flimsy envelopes and sell them used.

But no, they'd rather screw over the consumer that isn't doing anything wrong by buying a used game. If they want to take the risk of their game not working to save five bucks, let them! I, and most of your customers, will buy a game new unless there's no other choice because of the guarantee that the game will actually work.

I really hope this succeeds. I understand that game sales are the only real revenue stream in the video game market (as merchandising, DLC, and microtransactions aren't utilized by every developer), and they currently see zilch from the sale of a used game. They'd be one of the first markets to actually see revenue from the sales of used products. And on top of that, they'd stop punishing the consumer for not buying new. Honestly, making out honest customers to be thieves for buying something used is a terrible way to act and it needs to stop.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on August 22, 2011, 09:24:33 PM
So, some former Blizzard/Cryptic Employees over at NCSoft have been working on a "hush-hush" MMORPG for a while now. Well, it just got revealed at Gamescom over in Germany.

http://www.youtube.com/v/ZF7FC43U_vo?version=3&amp

Gameplay trailer over here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4fIruA4fxo&feature=related

First, holy cow. That cinematic is gorgeous. Just wow. (And I'm pretty sure that's Tara Strong doing bunny-girl's voice there.)

Science fantasy in background, it seems. Might be a nice change of pace from Wow or a bit less serious than Old Republic.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on August 24, 2011, 04:48:33 PM
Whoo-boy.

GameStop opens Deus Ex boxes, discards free online game coupon (http://money.cnn.com/2011/08/24/technology/gamestop_coupons/)

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Video game retailer GameStop is under fire for opening boxes of the just-released PC game Deus Ex: Human Revolution and removing a coupon from the publisher that would have given buyers a free copy of the game's online version.

Square Enix, which publishes DXHR (as the fans call it), announced the launch promotion on Tuesday. The coupon code was meant to give all buyers free access to the game on OnLive, a Web-based platform that enables gameplay on TVs, computers and, soon, on tablets. OnLive's cloud-based version of the game is priced at $49.99, the same price as a physical copy.

But on Wednesday, the blog GameSpy posted a story saying it had received complaints from consumers claiming their new DXHR boxes were opened and the OnLive codes were missing.

The article also included a photo of an e-mail sent by GameStop management instructing employees to "immediately remove and discard" the coupon. GameStop -- which also sells its own digital version of DXHR -- views OnLive as a rival.

GameStop (GME, Fortune 500) spokesman Matt Hodges confirmed the coupon-clipping to CNNMoney.

"Square Enix packed a competitor's coupon within the PC version of the game without our knowledge or consent and therefore we did pull these coupons," Hodges said in an e-mail. "GameStop's policy is that we do not promote competitive services without a formal partnership."

Square Enix declined to comment.

After the news broke, message board commenters on an OnLive fan site began speculating about the legality of breaking a game box's seal and selling it as new.

"The big issue here is that if GS is allowed to get away with this, what's to stop other retailers from doing the same thing[?]" wrote commenter Punkduck2064. "What if Amazon and Walmart removed the digital copy codes from the DVDs [they sold] simply because their competitors were the ones providing the digital copy."

GameStop initially stood by its approach, saying in a prepared statement that while game boxes "may have been opened to remove the coupon, we fully guarantee the condition of the disc to be new."

But late Thursday, company spokesman Hodges said GameStop had changed its policy after talking with Square Enix.

Now, GameStop says it will not sell the opened DXHR packages -- in fact, it won't sell any physical copies of the game at all until Square Enix ships GameStop a version without the OnLive coupon. GameSpot will continue to sell its own digital version of the game in its stores and online.

Yeah, this will end well.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Doctor Who? on August 24, 2011, 05:03:02 PM
This is why I don't use Gamestop any more. Since the merger they have had no competition so they treat their costumers like dirt. I order off of amazon where if the service is bad I can at least give the seller a bad review.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Sideswipe on August 24, 2011, 05:08:33 PM
I'd be furious if some one tried to pass off an open copy of a game as new.  That is fucked up!
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Doctor Who? on August 24, 2011, 05:14:49 PM
You think that's bad two years ago my brother picked up five Xbox games on sale there and when he got home three of the sealed cases were empty and they refused to give him his money back on give him copies of the games.

A few months after that I bought a copy of the PC version of Battle for Middle Earth 2 from a different gamestop store and when I got home disc one was missing I went back to the store because they told me they would give me a new copy of the game,when I got there(after driving 40 minutes)they refused to give me a copy or my money back.

I have not spent a dime at Gamestop since.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on August 24, 2011, 05:31:23 PM
I'd be furious if some one tried to pass off an open copy of a game as new.  That is fucked up!

That part isn't new. GS has done that for years. If you go in and buy a copy of, say, Madden, that they've got a gazillion copies of, you'll likely get a sealed copy. But if you see something marked "New" on the shelf, chances are pretty good that it's a gutted copy and the stuff that's supposed to be inside and sealed is actually in those bins behind the counter. It drives a lot of folks nuts (myself included) and it's one of the reasons why I don't buy new from the B&M side of GS unless it's a last choice.

But the new part is the "opening it and then tossing out parts of the package." That's a new one and not a good precedent.

Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Scribblesense on August 24, 2011, 06:22:58 PM
I'm not buying from Gamestop anymore. I wouldn't be surprised if video game companies stopped dealing with Gamestop altogether, either. That would be the logical next step if they're seriously pissed about this behavior.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Doctor Who? on August 24, 2011, 06:26:28 PM
I'd be furious if some one tried to pass off an open copy of a game as new.  That is fucked up!

That part isn't new. GS has done that for years. If you go in and buy a copy of, say, Madden, that they've got a gazillion copies of, you'll likely get a sealed copy. But if you see something marked "New" on the shelf, chances are pretty good that it's a gutted copy and the stuff that's supposed to be inside and sealed is actually in those bins behind the counter. It drives a lot of folks nuts (myself included) and it's one of the reasons why I don't buy new from the B&M side of GS unless it's a last choice.

But the new part is the "opening it and then tossing out parts of the package." That's a new one and not a good precedent.



Isn't it fraud if the box says the code is inside and Gamestop sells it to you with out telling you they removed the code?  If it is then the people who bought this game may have grounds for a class action suit against gamestop.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Rainbow Dash on August 24, 2011, 08:32:22 PM
Tried to make a new thread for this Deus Ex thing, seems important enough to warrant it's own thread, if for nothing else but to get the word out.  But it's marked as spam till a mod approves it...  Might have put in too many source links.

Anyways, SE has made an official response and it's pretty classy.

http://worthplaying.com/article/2011/8/24/news/83002/

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    "As part of Deus Ex: Human Revolution's boxed offering on PC, Square Enix included a third party coupon. GameStop was not made aware of this inclusion and Square Enix respects the right of GameStop to have final say over the contents of products it sells and to adjust them where they see fit in accordance with their policies.

    Square Enix invites gamers who want to purchase the PC version of Deus Ex: Human Revolution without additional coupons to buy the game at any one of over 4000 GameStop stores in North America or purchase a digital download copy online from www.gamestop.com."

Subtle digs are best digs.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Scribblesense on August 24, 2011, 09:02:54 PM
Does Gamestop have naked pictures of every CEO in the industry? Or do they just sacrifice the defiled bodies of a dozen black goats to their dark god whenever they want to pull bullcrap like this and get away with it?

Is Gamestop really this big and powerful to be able to bully publishers around?

To be absolutely fair, selling your competitor's merchandise for them isn't an attractive option to any retailer, but buying a product a retailer has tampered with and removed the contents from isn't an attractive option for the consumer. The fact that Gamestop didn't seem to negotiate with Square Enix on this and instead took matters into their own hands without informing the customer about their actions and policies says to me that they simply don't respect their customers, and wanted to get as much money out of the customer's pocket before they realized what had happened. I think I would have been less disgusted if Gamestop managers were instructed to open up every case of DXHR and spit inside before sealing it up again, and I would have been less shocked if Gamestop managers were instructed to hire a team of street children to steal wallets from customers walking in and out of Gamestop. Because those would have made Gamestop's mission statement much clearer: "Fuck you and give us your money."

This has got me pretty upset. Not "Let's start a Simpsons-esque riot and burn down a Gamestop" upset, more "Mumbling under my breath and sighing" upset.

This is a completely unethical business practice and should not be tolerated by the consumer or the publishers who sell their merchandise through Gamestop's stores.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on August 24, 2011, 10:35:38 PM

Is Gamestop really this big and powerful to be able to bully publishers around?


Yes. Yes they are.

Remember Squeenix's little note? 4000 stores in the US. (There are 8 or 9 within a half hour of me.) For a reference- Bestbuy? 1100 stores in North America. Target? 1700 stores.  Gamestop's the second biggest game seller in the US. (#1 is still Walmart. )

Granted, a lot of places are aimed at taking a chunk of GS's money. Best Buy's trying to start trading and selling used games, as are some Toys R Us and Hastings does the same in the markets it operates in. (Including here in Denver now.) And K-Mart, of all places, has been aggressively trying to grab a bigger chunk of the new game market this year. Plus there are a number of mom and pop video game places too. But yeah, they're an 800 pound gorilla. Squeenix may be seething at this, but there's not much they can do at the moment.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Doctor Who? on August 25, 2011, 04:37:49 AM

Is Gamestop really this big and powerful to be able to bully publishers around?


Yes. Yes they are.

Remember Squeenix's little note? 4000 stores in the US. (There are 8 or 9 within a half hour of me.) For a reference- Bestbuy? 1100 stores in North America. Target? 1700 stores.  Gamestop's the second biggest game seller in the US. (#1 is still Walmart. )

Granted, a lot of places are aimed at taking a chunk of GS's money. Best Buy's trying to start trading and selling used games, as are some Toys R Us and Hastings does the same in the markets it operates in. (Including here in Denver now.) And K-Mart, of all places, has been aggressively trying to grab a bigger chunk of the new game market this year. Plus there are a number of mom and pop video game places too. But yeah, they're an 800 pound gorilla. Squeenix may be seething at this, but there's not much they can do at the moment.

Am I the only one who thinks GameStop's used games are ripp off?  First they give the person who brought in the game $5-$10 in store credit then they sell the used games for only $5 less then the new version.  Amazon has  better selection of games in their market place and the games are a lot cheaper so I don't see the point of Gamestop.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on August 25, 2011, 06:57:57 AM
That's their bread and butter. They don't even care about selling the new stuff that much. They want to buy and sell the used stuff for pretty much infinite profit. That's why the digital revolution has them running scared. You can't trade in a digital game.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Doctor Who? on August 25, 2011, 07:02:40 AM
Well the sooner gamestop goes away the better if you ask me.  Why should Square need to ask permission of gamestop to include a coupon for a game that Square made?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on August 25, 2011, 08:46:37 AM
That's their bread and butter. They don't even care about selling the new stuff that much. They want to buy and sell the used stuff for pretty much infinite profit. That's why the digital revolution has them running scared. You can't trade in a digital game.

Yeah, they make roughly half their money from used games, if I remember correctly.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Bob on August 25, 2011, 08:54:44 AM
Another reason why i love Amazon.com......
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Doctor Who? on August 25, 2011, 09:02:29 AM
Yeah at least there if you get ripped off you can do something about it.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on August 30, 2011, 09:19:02 PM
Huh.

According to Max Shaefer, Torchlight 2 should be out by Thanksgiving; and it will be definitely priced at a mere $19.99 and DRM free.

That's damn fast. And if you're annoyed at Blizz for Diablo III, well, here you go. A year earlier, $40 less and mod-friendly. And there will probably be a retail release for the internet impaired.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Invader_quirk on September 07, 2011, 06:09:26 AM
3DS expansion slide pad... I haven't found the need for something like this, but apparently the creators of Monster Hunter have. Spoilered for size.

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Rainbow Dash on September 07, 2011, 08:44:03 PM
Wonder how wide-spread Nintendo expects that to be used.  Monster Hunter is a massive force in Japan, so I would not put it past them to make it just for MH, but then I wonder if we should just expect to see the 2nd analog pad on the 3DS lite.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on September 15, 2011, 03:02:40 PM
Woooo-hoooooo!!!!!!

Next month's Dead Rising 2 : Off the Record will indeed be available on the PC. I enjoyed playing DR2 with a mouse and keyboard and hard drive much, much more than I did with the consoles, so this is welcome news for me.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on September 22, 2011, 10:28:17 AM
Okay, Steam's DotD is a game called Lucid, which is a casual matching game. It looks interesting, but I went looking for a demo and so I found the developer's website:
http://www.yeaboing.com/

Er, I certainly hope they designed it that way on purpose. (For those who don't follow the link, think Geocities homepage.)

Oh, and BigFish had a demo for those who want to try it.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Sideswipe on September 23, 2011, 07:09:42 AM
Haha, that certianly is some old school "web design".  I even like the guestbook.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on September 23, 2011, 03:45:20 PM
They're indie developers.  I think that means everything they have to do is ironic.  It's a pretty cool recreation of 1998's internet though.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Invader_quirk on September 27, 2011, 07:40:11 PM
Ah, they don't make webpages like this anymore.  ;D
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on October 10, 2011, 06:35:27 PM
Tim Schafer of Double Fine pitches his latest game:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RfI-14UV-M
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: shodan on October 10, 2011, 06:45:28 PM
Tim Schafer of Double Fine pitches his latest game:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RfI-14UV-M
ive played hundreds of games and psychonauts is my favorite and brutal legend was awesome. cant wait to see this.
Edit : one of my favorites anyone, my other favorite just came to mind. also just got Rage, pretty good game so far.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on October 15, 2011, 06:17:36 PM
Speaking of Double Fine- Costume Quest is now available for PC via Steam and presumably other download services soon. If you didn't play it on PSN or XBL, you might want to pick it up. It's pretty good.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on October 19, 2011, 11:49:45 AM
The Sony Vita now has a release date: 2/22/12. (That's Feb 22, 2012 for our EU friends. Presuming you get it on that date too.)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on October 28, 2011, 10:20:33 AM
And in other game news- my copy of Sword of the Stars 2 stubbornly refuses to unlock. grr...

Scratch that. These aren't the droids you're looking for. Move along.

...and then again, someone uploaded the beta instead of the final build so yay.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on November 06, 2011, 08:00:33 PM
Heh.

Report: French delivery truck hijacked, 6,000 copies of Modern Warfare 3 stolen (http://www.joystiq.com/2011/11/06/report-french-delivery-truck-hijacked-6-000-copies-of-modern-w)

No further comment.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Scribblesense on December 07, 2011, 01:13:04 PM
Hey, jerks, get over to this website and weigh in on the "Are Video Games Art?" debate:

https://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/preview/form/american-public-media/bee5f56c5e7f/are-video-games-art

Unless you want to be a jaded, over-the-hill, obsolete dinosaur like Roger Ebert. Is that what you want? I explode the corpses of dinosaurs to make my car go faster.

Because clearly the way to show that you are a modern, forward-thinking individual is to send your thoughts to a public radio show. Every little bit counts, though, and really I'm surprised that this debate still exists at all.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Scribblesense on December 09, 2011, 09:03:47 PM
http://uk.xbox360.ign.com/articles/121/1214337p1.html

In a completely unexpected move, Warner Brothers has announced they have other studios working on DC Comics video games, inspired by the success of Batman: Arkham City.

The most popular prediction is a Superman game, who could use at least a half-decent video game to his name. If true, I hope they don't try for "dark and gritty" that Arkham City went with, because Superman works so much better when it's hyperreal and ridiculous.

Though I'm really hoping for a game involving some characters with less exposure, say, a Teen Titans game, heh. Something with a fun ensemble cast that isn't so dark. A Justice League game (not related to the Arkhamverse) would be pretty cool too.

Completely off the wall, I'd like to see a DC Universe fighting game not related to Mortal Kombat, with tons of obscure characters to fight with. Awesome!

It'll be Superman though.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on December 09, 2011, 09:54:31 PM
Eh, maybe. If you've got a two year lead time on this, a Superman game would be out a year after the Cavill flick hits the theater. And while AA arrived a year after Dark Knight, Dark Knight was also a much better film than anyone's expecting the next Superman film to be. Personally, I'd bet on a Green Lantern game, either tying into the sequel film or the Animated show (although how they'd tie a spacegoing hero into an Arkham City environment is beyond me.) Or they might tie it into the ongoing DC nation stuff they're going to start with Cartoon Network. A Young Justice or Doom Patrol game would tie into the "City" type environment much better than Supes or GL would. (And they seem to be working on a Blue Beetle live action film too, and that'd be quite in line with Bat's power level.) And DC Nation keeps showing images of the Legion in their trailer, but that's not going to happen. Ooooh. A Suikoden type RPG though where you could switch Legionnaires in and out of your party... Yeah, that won't happen either.

Then again, they may instead use this as an opportunity to make that Atom or Amethyst of Gemworld game that we've all been asking for. Who knows?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: shodan on December 09, 2011, 10:29:30 PM
the only superman game that comes to mind is superman 64. literally the worst game ever produced.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Scribblesense on December 10, 2011, 10:48:39 AM
I was under the impression that they didn't want to make a movie tie-in game.

Because movie tie-in games always suck. Especially compared to Arkham City.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Scribblesense on December 12, 2011, 08:20:21 PM
Just some brain dribble:

http://www.gamepolitics.com/2011/12/05/eff-asks-us-copyright-office-exempt-jailbreaking-fair-use-dmca

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is asking the US Government to protect modding consoles under US Copyright Law. Also fair use of copyrighted material needs better protection, apparently. Where else can we get YouTube remixes of video game cutscenes with hilarious fart noises added in at random?

Anyhow, from reading an article on Wikipedia I get the impression that both are already protected:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derivative_work

So what the heck's the problem?

On another note...

http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2011/12/05/ea-origin-bans-update-edition/

EA and others seem to have the mindset that we only "borrow" or "pay for access" to games we legitimately buy, and they can ban us at any time from accessing the games installed on our hard drives. That's a bit like me "lending" my car to a friend for sixty bucks, then sitting in the passenger seat the entire time so I can, at random, yank the steering wheel out of his hands and say "tough luck".

Point being, if they think that they have the right to take away the games they "provided" us at any time, then I'm of the opinion that it's only fair if we, as consumers, have the right to take away the money we "provided" them at any time. Makes as much sense as their bullcrap.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: shodan on December 12, 2011, 08:29:05 PM
thats why i say screw EA they've done a lot of stuff recently like perma-banning people from playing their games (multi and single player) for forum violations (cursing or even having their account name name appear in a post with cursing). i now go out of my way to pirate their games. i dont even play them i just download them illegally to say f*ck you. the last time i tried to play a game of theirs was battlefield 3 which i rented. i get to playing only for a screen to come up saying that i need too pay 10$ for the privilege of playing online. once again, f*ck EA. they've come a long way from Futurecop LAPD which is one of my favorite games, and they've gone in the direction of greed, completely flipping off the players that helped them build their company.

on the other note, that's why i like PC games modding is not only usually allowed, but actually encouraged. look at star trek legacy, or the elder scrolls games.

EDIT: and i look back and realize how much of a rant that first part is, but i've been playing videogames ever since i was old enough to grip the controller and its a large part of my life, so stuff like this pisses me off and i get pretty opinionated.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on December 12, 2011, 11:28:44 PM
(shrug) Software makers have been claiming we lease software from them for years.  I'm pretty sure AutoCAD claimed that too the last time I looked at their license.

But no, "Therefore we have the right to steal from them" still isn't a moral justification for doing so. If you don't like the way they do business, then don't do business with them. They're games, not insulin. You can live without them.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: shodan on December 12, 2011, 11:41:32 PM
in the middle of writing a lengthy argument for this i realized it was better not to. im just going to say i disagree on personal principals.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Scribblesense on December 13, 2011, 06:03:37 PM
(shrug) Software makers have been claiming we lease software from them for years.  I'm pretty sure AutoCAD claimed that too the last time I looked at their license.

But no, "Therefore we have the right to steal from them" still isn't a moral justification for doing so. If you don't like the way they do business, then don't do business with them. They're games, not insulin. You can live without them.

I'll admit what I said was said in haste and the heat of passion, heh. I'll take back what I said if it was interpreted as support for theft and piracy. Normally, I'm a bull-with-brass-balls capitalist, and will defend a corporation's right to protect its product to the limit of reason and beyond.

But I'm also a consumer, and what gets me hot under the collar is when a corporation treats its customers like a resource to be controlled. As important as the rights of corporations are, consumer rights are just as, if not more, important. Only acknowledging the rights of consumers if not doing so causes a PR nightmare is not only bad business, it's socially repugnant in a capitalist society.

Corporations should be competing for the business of the consumer, not milking them for every dollar by rigidly regulating the use of their product. It stifles creativity and destroys the value in their purchase. Value is the point of my argument, not so much piracy.

The wealth of an individual is determined by what they own, and the accumulation of wealth is the right of every member of a capitalist society. I can sell my house as it is, or I can fix it up, build a pool, etc, to increase its value and then sell it for a profit. I can do this with everything that I own, but buying a PS3 I make a pact that it is essentially worthless to me despite how much money I put into it, in DLC and downloaded games and secondhand software and so forth. I can't upgrade it, I can't make it more attractive when I want to sell it. This isn't a business relationship the way I see it.

And I agree that not doing business with them is the moral choice. It makes me feel better not to buy used games (though I have every right to) and to not buy games from publishers who pull this kind of crap. But it accomplishes nothing. They have a product that I want, but their business practices make me not want to buy it. If I'm not their customer, they have no obligation to me. It only makes sense to bring the problem to their attention and give them a reason to change their minds. I live in the land of capitalism; its principles apply to every facet of my life, from the entertainment I enjoy to the essential services I need to survive, and I am entitled to all of it if I can afford it. That system is what has allowed these corporations their profits, and despite their hypocrisy, continuing to participate is the quickest way to bring about a change. Voting with your wallet doesn't mean not using it, it means using it to send a message.

Piracy is not my problem. What it is, is competition for the publishers. Piracy offers consumers a product they feel has superior value, and publishers try to prevent this competition by punishing the consumer for participating in it. It is illegal, should remain illegal, and publishers have every right to protect their product. But there is a middle ground between "doing nothing" and "trampling on consumer rights" that they choose not to take.

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Point being, if they think that they have the right to take away the games they "provided" us at any time, then I'm of the opinion that it's only fair if we, as consumers, have the right to take away the money we "provided" them at any time. Makes as much sense as their bullcrap.

This still stands, but not as a justification for piracy. Justification for modifying video game consoles, video games, removing DRM and backing up your purchases? Yes, definitely. I have no problem with that.

If I'm going to be buying a "license" to operate a video game console and its software, and my investment can be rendered completely worthless to me on a whim, then I feel I am entitled to some compensation for the loss. A refund at least. I realize that I have no right to that after agreeing to the EULA or TOU or TOS or the rest of their BS. That needs to change.

I feel like a self-entitled prick after all that, heh.  ;D I hope no one takes this too harshly. I really don't mean any offense.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on December 16, 2011, 06:50:04 PM
Heh, heh.

The Lego game folks just got the rights to do Lego: Hobbit and Lego: Lord of the Rings games.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: shodan on December 16, 2011, 06:54:18 PM
Heh, heh.

The Lego game folks just got the rights to do Lego: Hobbit and Lego: Lord of the Rings games.
the reforging of the sword of narsil: *click*
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MSTJedi on December 16, 2011, 08:22:33 PM
Heh, heh.

The Lego game folks just got the rights to do Lego: Hobbit and Lego: Lord of the Rings games.
I haven't really been into Lego games since the first two Star Wars ones. These might get me back into it.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Scribblesense on January 02, 2012, 12:59:27 PM
Hallelujah?

http://www.destructoid.com/ea-nintendo-sony-reduce-sopa-support-by-50--218742.phtml

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It would appear that the three largest gaming companies supporting SOPA have quietly retracted their backing. Sony Electronics, Electronic Arts and Nintendo were all listed as supporters of the bill when it first came into being, but their names have since disappeared from the updated document of allies.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Sony Music Entertainment and Sony Music Nashville are still listed, but anything related to the company's electronics endeavors have disappeared.

However, all three companies are members of the Entertainment Software Association, a group that still remains aligned to SOPA. Although their individual express support of the bill has been removed, these companies still back it by virtue of their association with the ESA. Until the ESA backs off, these companies are still in. They ostensibly went from backing it twice to backing it once.

While it's great to see that companies are realizing SOPA support looks bad for them, simply hiding that support isn't quite as good as actively removing it. These three companies, along with every single publisher on this list, are still culpable for SOPA, and if they respect their audiences, they'd do well to stop.

Is it too much for me to ask for this bill to die in a fire?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Scribblesense on January 03, 2012, 02:44:18 PM
Well, this is somewhat interesting:

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/115003-TorrentFreak-Reveals-Top-Pirated-Games-of-2011

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Most Pirated PC Games (by download)
1. Crysis 2 (3,920,000)
2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (3,650,000)
3. Battlefield 3 (3,510,000)
4. FIFA 12 (3,390,000)
5. Portal 2 (3,240,000)

Most Pirated Wii Games (by download)
1. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (1,280,000)
2. Mario Sports Mix (1,090,000)
3. Xenoblade Chronicles (950,000)
4. Lego Pirates of the Caribbean (870,000)
5. FIFA 12 (860,000)

Most Pirated Xbox 360 Games (by download)
1. Gears of War 3 (890,000)
2. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (830,000)
3. Battlefield 3 (760,000)
4. Forza Motorsport 4 (720,000)
5. Kinect Sports: Season Two (690,000)

The PS3 was most excluded because of relatively low numbers or unreliable data. The PC was hardest hit, probably because I could open up a new tab in Firefox and in 36 hours have every single game made between 1980-2000 on my hard drive at absolutely no cost to me. I've heard that pirates often download games just to see if they will run on their PC, which would explain Crysis 2's (a notorious resource hog) huge numbers. MW3 is freaking amazing, because it came out what, 2 months ago? That's about $200 million in lost revenue in 60 days. Yeesh. But MW3 is the fastest-selling game in history and the biggest-selling ANYTHING in recorded time, so while Activision certainly deserves the sales I don't think they'll be crying about it. Battlefield 3, on the other hand, requires EA's Origin service to run online, which would make pirated copies a bit more risky especially since the online mode is the only reason people play it (though pirates are most likely running private servers).

The presence of Portal 2 saddens me. It should not be on this list. I can understand feeling callous towards big companies like EA and Activision, but Valve are pioneers in the video game industry and have great rapport with their fans and customers. They have made their games available worldwide, in regions that don't typically have these services, and don't try to screw over their customers to make an extra buck. I've heard pirates make excuses that they only download games as demos, or because they have greater freedom with a pirated copy, and they seem like legitimate problems within the gaming industry. But Valve tries their best to serve the industry and improve it, and Portal 2 is one of their efforts to do just that. It seems to me the only reason you would pirate Portal 2 is because you're a total bag of dicks.

On to the Wii! You may be surprised to hear, but it is incredible how easy it is to play pirated games on the Wii. I'm not at all surprised their numbers are higher than the 360 and PS3; they have the largest number of consoles on the market and have little to no active security to combat piracy. I would count Xenoblade Chronicles's high numbers towards the fact that it was not a worldwide release despite being a desired and acclaimed product. It's seeing a limited release in America in the coming months due to popular demand, and I'm afraid that its high rate of piracy will hurt those sales and prove to NOA that localizing it was a terrible idea. But the fact that Wii games are easy to pirate, readily available and has little chance of getting caught, and these factors do not hurt its rampant success, says to me that maybe piracy isn't as big of a problem as it is presented.

The top 4 X360 games are all online titles, which suggests to me that pirates are more than willing to risk a XBL ban for $60. Or people really just wanted to play through the 3-hour campaigns in BF3, MW3 and GoW3 and didn't feel like paying $20 an hour to do so.

What these lists represent is billions of dollars in lost (read:potential) revenue throughout the industry, which is clearly a problem. It makes me wonder if not fixing the problems circumvented with pirate games is worth losing billions of dollars a year, or if providing a product that is more appealing to "potential" customers would make them lose less in the long run. Then I look at Portal 2's numbers and realize it probably wouldn't make a difference.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on January 05, 2012, 01:20:57 PM
X-Com!!!!!!

X-Com! X-Com! X-Com!

No, not the shooter, a frigging turn based strategy game from Sid Meier's place.

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-01-05-firaxis-xcom-enemy-unknown-announced

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Civilization developer Firaxis is making XCOM: Enemy Unknown, a re-imagination of the classic turn-based strategy game.

US magazine Game Informer revealed Enemy Unknown, saying it "introduces a wider console audience to what made the storied franchise great in the first place". It launches on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 this autumn.

"Unlike 2K Marin's previously announced XCOM shooter, which sparked tempers among longtime fans for turning its back on the series' cerebral roots, this title is a full-on strategy game that puts players in command of a global anti-alien defense force," Game Informer said.

"XCOM's leader needs a worldwide perspective where threats are identified, populations reassured, and national leaders mollified - but a tactical mind is just as critical considering every shot XCOM's soldiers fire on the battlefield is under the player's turn-based control."

Firaxis boss Steve Martin added: "It's been a dream of ours to recreate X-COM with our unique creative vision. We're huge fans of the original game and it's a once in a lifetime opportunity to re-envision a game that is as beloved as X-COM.

"We were careful to keep XCOM: Enemy Unknown true to the elements that made X-COM such a revered game while delivering an entirely new story and gameplay experience for both die-hard X-COM fans and newcomers to the franchise."

Firaxis' XCOM has destructible tactical environments, and fuses a real-time strategic view with turn-based combat.


And here's Noah again:
(http://www.blisteredthumbs.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/XCOM_Interview_02.jpg)

Just because I love that shot.

And while I'm still going to play the hyphen-less XCom, this is great, great news for me.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Scribblesense on January 11, 2012, 10:44:13 AM
http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/retail-stop-online-codes-and-we-will-share-pre-owned-revenue/089603?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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Retail: Stop online codes and we will share pre-owned revenue

Publishers can get a bigger slice of pre-owned game sales at retail – if they’re willing to reach a compromise with stores.

Several games retailers have told MCV they’d be happy to share revenues from used game sales if publishers scrapped Online Pass codes or gave them a better deal on new stock.

A number of publishers such as EA, Ubisoft, THQ and more recently Warner Bros currently include one-time digital pass codes in certain new releases. These give customers free access to part of the in-game content which buyers of second hand versions must pay extra for.

Gordon Crawford from indie Gamespod told MCV: “As a retail store we would happily share part of the sale from a used game if we get something in return. Perhaps new games at better prices and no more online codes.”

In a statement sent to MCV, HMV said: “We all know how the business model in the industry is changing. So if there is any merit in this idea then it may be worth looking into.”

Julian Slater from Bits and Pieces added: “If you want to stop these one-time codes then yeah, fair enough, we’ll share revenues. If publishers gave me a better deal, then maybe. The publishers are not the poor man here.”

Other retailers are less confident publishers will stike a deal at all.

”We’d definitely like to do this, but I don’t see it being something publishers would implement,” said Chris Muckell from Xpress Games. “With new releases dropping in price after just the second week, I’d have thought their investments would be better in making money from DLC.”

Can somebody provide me a spit-take smiley? Thanks.

This isn't really a major development, and is only talk from a few small (compared to Wal-Mart, Best Buy, and freaking Gamestop) retailers in one small European (compared to the US and Europe as a whole) market, but it's a nice start on the road to beating online passes to death.

Though the only thing I can see coming out of this is higher-priced games. And frankly I'd prefer the online passes.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: shodan on January 11, 2012, 10:53:07 AM
http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/retail-stop-online-codes-and-we-will-share-pre-owned-revenue/089603?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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Retail: Stop online codes and we will share pre-owned revenue

Publishers can get a bigger slice of pre-owned game sales at retail – if they’re willing to reach a compromise with stores.

Several games retailers have told MCV they’d be happy to share revenues from used game sales if publishers scrapped Online Pass codes or gave them a better deal on new stock.

A number of publishers such as EA, Ubisoft, THQ and more recently Warner Bros currently include one-time digital pass codes in certain new releases. These give customers free access to part of the in-game content which buyers of second hand versions must pay extra for.

Gordon Crawford from indie Gamespod told MCV: “As a retail store we would happily share part of the sale from a used game if we get something in return. Perhaps new games at better prices and no more online codes.”

In a statement sent to MCV, HMV said: “We all know how the business model in the industry is changing. So if there is any merit in this idea then it may be worth looking into.”

Julian Slater from Bits and Pieces added: “If you want to stop these one-time codes then yeah, fair enough, we’ll share revenues. If publishers gave me a better deal, then maybe. The publishers are not the poor man here.”

Other retailers are less confident publishers will stike a deal at all.

”We’d definitely like to do this, but I don’t see it being something publishers would implement,” said Chris Muckell from Xpress Games. “With new releases dropping in price after just the second week, I’d have thought their investments would be better in making money from DLC.”

Can somebody provide me a spit-take smiley? Thanks.

This isn't really a major development, and is only talk from a few small (compared to Wal-Mart, Best Buy, and freaking Gamestop) retailers in one small European (compared to the US and Europe as a whole) market, but it's a nice start on the road to beating online passes to death.

Though the only thing I can see coming out of this is higher-priced games. And frankly I'd prefer the online passes.
you see the online passes aggravate me because i rent games or buy them used usually because i dont have the money for brand new games.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on January 30, 2012, 03:20:02 PM
Er...

Gamestop now offers Valve games in their online D/L shop. Which all use steam to play.

Um, I guess this is good news if you've got some GS credit and want to use it to buy, say, Portal 2 for the PC.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Smith Dr John Smith on February 06, 2012, 03:36:15 PM
http://ingame.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/06/10332890-lawmaker-seeks-extra-tax-on-violent-video-games (http://ingame.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/06/10332890-lawmaker-seeks-extra-tax-on-violent-video-games)

So why aren't they taxing movies,TV shows,and books as well?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on February 07, 2012, 01:22:12 AM
http://ingame.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/06/10332890-lawmaker-seeks-extra-tax-on-violent-video-games (http://ingame.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/06/10332890-lawmaker-seeks-extra-tax-on-violent-video-games)

So why aren't they taxing movies,TV shows,and books as well?

Not gonna happen.  Those lawmakers are about 20 years behind the times and don't actually realise that the video game business is bigger than TV, Film, and Books.  The political strength that holds will make things like this go away.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: shodan on February 07, 2012, 08:20:24 AM
http://ingame.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/06/10332890-lawmaker-seeks-extra-tax-on-violent-video-games (http://ingame.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/06/10332890-lawmaker-seeks-extra-tax-on-violent-video-games)

So why aren't they taxing movies,TV shows,and books as well?

Not gonna happen.  Those lawmakers are about 20 years behind the times and don't actually realise that the video game business is bigger than TV, Film, and Books.  The political strength that holds will make things like this go away.
yea they tried something similar in california, to try and treat violent video games as porn and put heavy restrictions on it but it was taken down by the Supreme Court on the basis of a First Amendment violation. id be very surprised if this went through.'
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on February 08, 2012, 02:12:05 AM
Holy cow!

(http://i.imgur.com/dUeXZ.png)
(http://i.imgur.com/OD4OE.png)

Notch is, of course, the Minecraft Guy. Tim is Tim Schafer of, well, Psychonauts fame. (And other stuff.) If this goes through, wow. Just wow.

Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Raefire on February 08, 2012, 07:19:39 PM
 :o

http://www.doublefine.com/news/comments/the_double_fine_adventure-adventure_is_here/

Way to go, Notch!
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Russell on February 08, 2012, 07:39:08 PM
I am not for rubbing out the used video game market. Seems like there's not much choice though the way the industry seems to be talking. However, if they are going to screw people over on jipping them out of discount prices for used games, why not make EVERY title available either online at a BIG discount, or all the features of a particular game available through third party vendors, like maybe Redbox? You know, like dispensing a code and a disc and permanent access in case a person is unlucky enough to have shitty or no internet connection? Hell, no matter how desolate your location, most people have a redbox within a few miles of them. Just allow people to copy the game to their console's HDD with a one time useable code.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on February 08, 2012, 09:07:08 PM
:o

http://www.doublefine.com/news/comments/the_double_fine_adventure-adventure_is_here/

Way to go, Notch!

Crazy. It's already at $170,000 of the proposed $400,000 budget and it's been up for exactly 3 hours. Got me to sign up for kick starter. I hope more games are funded this way. It puts the risk on the consumer, but it allows the company more leeway to do what it thinks needs to be done.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on February 08, 2012, 10:23:22 PM
Crazy. It's already at $170,000 of the proposed $400,000 budget and it's been up for exactly 3 hours. Got me to sign up for kick starter. I hope more games are funded this way. It puts the risk on the consumer, but it allows the company more leeway to do what it thinks needs to be done.

An hour later, it's at $235k. I think this just might get funded. Just a hunch.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on February 09, 2012, 12:16:45 AM
It warms my Adventure-Gaming heart. I knew we were out there. There's still a market for a well-made adventure game.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on February 09, 2012, 06:47:44 AM
And now it's almost $600,000. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on February 09, 2012, 09:11:41 AM
It'd be awesome if this thing ended up with a multi-million dollar budget. I wonder how they'd spend it all. :^)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on February 09, 2012, 09:16:39 AM
It'd be awesome if this thing ended up with a multi-million dollar budget. I wonder how they'd spend it all. :^)

Considering it's now almost 700,000, I don't think a million plus is that difficult to achieve any more.  This could be a really viable way for smaller studios to finance their games beforehand.  All Double Fine have to do is make sure the game doesn't suck and make people feel ripped off.  :)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on February 09, 2012, 09:17:58 AM
So now it's $667,144 after 15 hours of being up.  And it's currently going up at a rate of $830 a minute.  If that holds, and it has been for quite a while, that puts it over a million in 24 hrs.  I'm not quite convinced it'll do it, but it's possible, especially if a few more website do a story on it.  

I'm fascinated by the psychology behind this.  This couldn't work for a big blockbuster game, like a sports game, but for a smaller company who has very loyal fans it seems to be working well.  And if you read the comments people love the opportunity to be a part in it, myself included.  But we have no idea what the game is going to be!  We have even less information than a normal independent funding proposal which requires at least a synopsis of the game.  This game could be horrible.  But people have given money very quickly based on the company's track record for creating great games.  

From my brief research, the title holder for most money made on kickstarter is $988,464 for the elevated iphone dock,  http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hop/elevation-dock-the-best-dock-for-iphone (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hop/elevation-dock-the-best-dock-for-iphone)  which has 50 hrs left.  Double Fine has 33 days left.  I am positive that double fine will hold the new title for most money made.  And it'd be awesome if they could print that they did it in a day.  

Though I do find it interesting that the most successful items on a site based on altruism and giving are very much based in consumerism and the promise of receiving a product in return.  

EDIT: Took me a little while to write that, so now it's $694,402

I also find it interesting that after subtracting whatever they decide to spend on advertising, everything they make in sales will be profit.  Must be a very strange feeling to have a product that is a success before it's even started to be made. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on February 09, 2012, 11:19:09 AM
Well they're nearly at $800,000 as of now. If they keep it up (They won't, but let's dream) and make a million a day, they could have double the budget of The Witcher 2. That'd be quite the adventure game. :^)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Smith Dr John Smith on February 09, 2012, 11:26:55 AM
I wish someone would put up a website like this to fund a new Wing Commander game.  I would give $50 to see that happen.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Raefire on February 09, 2012, 12:04:52 PM
Pledged $30. Feel real good right now.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on February 09, 2012, 03:53:40 PM
And there it is. Hit a million in under 22 hours, and the site pretty much crashed from all the F5ing.

Though I don't know if we'll see 2 million.  But still, over 1 is awesome.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Russell on February 09, 2012, 03:59:20 PM
I'm sticking with SNES games for now on. I just don't like the way the industry is going.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Raefire on February 14, 2012, 11:17:06 AM
The remake of the HL2 mod Dear Esther into a standalone game is out now on Steam, for those interested. Supposedly less frustrating in terms of figuring out where to go now.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on February 23, 2012, 05:56:55 PM
Coming soon to XBL/PSN - Jet Set Radio.

Oh hell yes.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on February 23, 2012, 09:53:35 PM
Hey! Look who's guest-starring in Street Fighter X Tekken!

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on February 23, 2012, 10:37:28 PM
Hey! Look who's guest-starring in Street Fighter X Tekken!

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Yeah, there's some controversy about the second guy's appearance in the game. IIRC, Capcom isn't too friendly with his creator and his appearances in various Capcom games tends to be rather unflattering or they refer to everyone else but him.  Dead Rising, for example, refers gives a costume of a similar character rather than the title one. It seems there's a fairly large number of fans who think that capcom is purposefully messing up the series. Or then again, it might just be the internet over reacting again. Because that never, ever happens.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on February 24, 2012, 12:46:18 AM
Hmm. The Blue Bomber has been oddly omitted lately, and I know the creator left in something of a huff, but I never thought to string together the conspiracy theory.

But would Capcom be so peeved at the guy that they decided to sabotage their own flagship title? Sounds like bad business to me.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Invader_quirk on February 25, 2012, 10:35:57 PM
Pokemon Black/White 2 was just announced, which is the first time a Pokemon game set has had a direct sequel. That's about all anybody knows right now except that it'll be on DS and the covers feature two new forms for Kyurem, which makes the pokemon look somewhat like Reshiram and Zekrom, like it's mimicking them.

Strange...
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Smith Dr John Smith on February 26, 2012, 04:21:43 AM
Pokemon Black/White 2 was just announced, which is the first time a Pokemon game set has had a direct sequel. That's about all anybody knows right now except that it'll be on DS and the covers feature two new forms for Kyurem, which makes the pokemon look somewhat like Reshiram and Zekrom, like it's mimicking them.

Strange...

They finally ran out of new colours to name their games after.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Invader_quirk on February 26, 2012, 11:33:51 AM

They finally ran out of new colours to name their games after.

Seems that way.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on February 26, 2012, 12:11:58 PM
IGN was predicting Grey, but this is interesting.

I'm not SUPER interested in the B&W sequels because right now I have over 500 Pokemon on my Pokemon Black card and it took me nearly a year to get this far. Unless they start implementing some sort of Pokedex Import system where you get to keep your Pokedex (Without getting the Pokemon) , this is gonna be a hard sell for me.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Invader_quirk on February 26, 2012, 12:19:52 PM
I haven't gotten a Pokemon game since Diamond because I'm still nowhere near done with all there is in that game. I'm starting to feel left behind.  :(
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on March 08, 2012, 10:50:20 AM
Quantic Dream (Makers of Heavy Rain and Indigo Prophecy/Farenheit) released this (It's probably safe for work, but there's a lot of digital flesh):

http://www.youtube.com/v/j-pF56-ZYkY?version=3&hl=en_US

I think they've stepped on juuuust this side of the uncanny valley. Realistic and not quite creepy. This is just them showing what they can do. It's not (necessarily) connected to their next game. I'd love to see what they could do if they went with this premise, though.

EDIT TO ADD: And BTW, that is not pre-rendered cut scene there. If it were a game, this would be in-game graphics running on the PS3.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on March 08, 2012, 11:31:00 AM
I've always liked the look of Quantric Dreams' games, but damn, if the writing isn't utterly awful.  And they'd do well to get actual native English speakers in, too.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Raefire on March 11, 2012, 01:16:34 PM
EA's apparently trademarked "Full Contact Bingo."

http://kotaku.com/5892226/whatever-the-hell-full-contact-bingo-is-eas-trademarked-it (http://kotaku.com/5892226/whatever-the-hell-full-contact-bingo-is-eas-trademarked-it)

As long as it's not a Facebook game, I'm in.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: SJP on March 11, 2012, 02:01:12 PM
 ;D
I've always liked the look of Quantric Dreams' games, but damn, if the writing isn't utterly awful.  And they'd do well to get actual native English speakers in, too.

Still trying to get through Heavy Rain, and while it seems good, I'd have to agree about the dialogue being a li--JASON!  JAY-SON!   ;D
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on March 13, 2012, 12:09:05 AM
16 hours left and the Double Fine Kickstarter is almost at 3 million.  $2,960,130 at the time of writing.  If you haven't donated yet, now's your last chance.   They have new rewards too.  The T Shirt was too enticing for me, I had to change my donation to get it.  Help us get a nice round 3 million for the newspapers.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/66710809/double-fine-adventure (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/66710809/double-fine-adventure)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: RoninFox on March 13, 2012, 11:17:33 AM
;D
I've always liked the look of Quantric Dreams' games, but damn, if the writing isn't utterly awful.  And they'd do well to get actual native English speakers in, too.

Still trying to get through Heavy Rain, and while it seems good, I'd have to agree about the dialogue being a li--JASON!  JAY-SON!   ;D

I liked Heavy Rain as I played, but enjoy the ride while you can. I found zero replay value. After you see the ending you'll never get yourself to go through all the showering and helicopter rides in the yard and pizza microwaving again.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on March 13, 2012, 12:41:38 PM
16 hours left and the Double Fine Kickstarter is almost at 3 million.  $2,960,130 at the time of writing.  If you haven't donated yet, now's your last chance.   They have new rewards too.  The T Shirt was too enticing for me, I had to change my donation to get it.  Help us get a nice round 3 million for the newspapers.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/66710809/double-fine-adventure (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/66710809/double-fine-adventure)

Speaking of Kickstarter...

Inspired by DoubleFine's campaign, Brian Fargo (Formerly of Interplay) has announced a campaign to get a sequel to an old time CRPG- Wasteland. For those not in the know, Wasteland was a post-apocalypse RPG that later inspired the Fallout series. And it's one of the best RPGs of all time. No fooling. The kickstarter page is here:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/inxile/wasteland-2

Seriously, it was a hell of a game and this might be the only way to ever see a sequel.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MSTJedi on March 13, 2012, 09:39:28 PM
The Old Republic Offers Free Weekend (http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/116307-The-Old-Republic-Offers-Free-Weekend)

Apparently, from midnight March 15 to 2am March 19, TOR will be offering free access to try it out. With a few restrictions, of course.

My reaction: Why?!!!! Couldn't they have done this on a weekend when I won't be away from home? Damn the luck . . .
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on March 15, 2012, 12:23:22 AM
16 hours left and the Double Fine Kickstarter is almost at 3 million.  $2,960,130 at the time of writing.  If you haven't donated yet, now's your last chance.   They have new rewards too.  The T Shirt was too enticing for me, I had to change my donation to get it.  Help us get a nice round 3 million for the newspapers.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/66710809/double-fine-adventure (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/66710809/double-fine-adventure)

Speaking of Kickstarter...

Inspired by DoubleFine's campaign, Brian Fargo (Formerly of Interplay) has announced a campaign to get a sequel to an old time CRPG- Wasteland. For those not in the know, Wasteland was a post-apocalypse RPG that later inspired the Fallout series. And it's one of the best RPGs of all time. No fooling. The kickstarter page is here:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/inxile/wasteland-2 (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/inxile/wasteland-2)

Seriously, it was a hell of a game and this might be the only way to ever see a sequel.

Well, two days into the project and it hit its goal. Woot. I've been waiting 20 years for a sequel to this...
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Smith Dr John Smith on March 15, 2012, 05:26:26 AM
The Old Republic Offers Free Weekend (http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/116307-The-Old-Republic-Offers-Free-Weekend)

Apparently, from midnight March 15 to 2am March 19, TOR will be offering free access to try it out. With a few restrictions, of course.

My reaction: Why?!!!! Couldn't they have done this on a weekend when I won't be away from home? Damn the luck . . .

Well the rumor going around is that a lot of Bioware fans have canceled their account in protest over the Mass Effect 3 ending so they are trying to get new people signed up.  This may sound a bit pie in the sky but already GS is reporting that they have so many used copies of ME3 that they lowered the price to $43 and EA's stock has taken a 5% hit so it could be true.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on March 15, 2012, 08:47:41 AM
The Old Republic Offers Free Weekend (http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/116307-The-Old-Republic-Offers-Free-Weekend)

Apparently, from midnight March 15 to 2am March 19, TOR will be offering free access to try it out. With a few restrictions, of course.

My reaction: Why?!!!! Couldn't they have done this on a weekend when I won't be away from home? Damn the luck . . .

Well the rumor going around is that a lot of Bioware fans have canceled their account in protest over the Mass Effect 3 ending so they are trying to get new people signed up.  This may sound a bit pie in the sky but already GS is reporting that they have so many used copies of ME3 that they lowered the price to $43 and EA's stock has taken a 5% hit so it could be true.

Really?  Good news for me!  I haven't bought it yet and now I'm curious to see how it ends. I've been ignoring those threads for spoilers but I can't imagine what would make it that bad for people to get angry. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on March 15, 2012, 09:04:08 AM
The Old Republic Offers Free Weekend (http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/116307-The-Old-Republic-Offers-Free-Weekend)

Apparently, from midnight March 15 to 2am March 19, TOR will be offering free access to try it out. With a few restrictions, of course.

My reaction: Why?!!!! Couldn't they have done this on a weekend when I won't be away from home? Damn the luck . . .

Well the rumor going around is that a lot of Bioware fans have canceled their account in protest over the Mass Effect 3 ending so they are trying to get new people signed up. 

I suspect that the number of Bioware fans playing SWTOR are dwarfed by the number of people playing who are Star Wars fans and that any such protest would be just mere background noise against the general subscription rate. (Which 5 days ago was around 1.7 million.)


Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on March 15, 2012, 09:04:47 AM
Oh, and what I came here to post.

Diablo III Release date
May 15, 2012
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Smith Dr John Smith on March 15, 2012, 09:12:21 AM
The Old Republic Offers Free Weekend (http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/116307-The-Old-Republic-Offers-Free-Weekend)

Apparently, from midnight March 15 to 2am March 19, TOR will be offering free access to try it out. With a few restrictions, of course.

My reaction: Why?!!!! Couldn't they have done this on a weekend when I won't be away from home? Damn the luck . . .

Well the rumor going around is that a lot of Bioware fans have canceled their account in protest over the Mass Effect 3 ending so they are trying to get new people signed up. 

I suspect that the number of Bioware fans playing SWTOR are dwarfed by the number of people playing who are Star Wars fans and that any such protest would be just mere background noise against the general subscription rate. (Which 5 days ago was around 1.7 million.)




Still Bioware has responded by saying they are listening to fans and looking into what can be done about the ending.  Assuming this is not all smoke and mirrors then it means we are making an impact of some kind some how,and even if it is a PR stunt the fact that they felt the need to pull it fill me with hope because if we were not effecting their sales why would they feel the need to respond?

If you haven't played the other Mass effect 2 games I can see how the ending wouldn't bother you but it bothers me because none of the choices I made in the last two games seem to have any impact on the final and that is just sad.

Also i am kind of upset that just because I can't play multiplayer I can't get enough EMS points to unlock all the endings,I am hoping they will fix that with a patch.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MSTJedi on March 15, 2012, 10:10:28 AM
Funny enough, I went to sign up for it anyway, since I might be able to get a little time this weekend around the time I'm away, and I found out that I had a 7-day trial available to me because I was already signed up in the SWTOR community (due to the beta weekend I participated in). Score!
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on March 16, 2012, 04:40:55 PM
Not massive news, but this happened with almost no fanfare, and I want to blow the trumpets. If you're one of the few people who dig the original Majesty, and you have a copy on Steam, Paradox just rejiggered it so you can play it at modern resolutions (Looks good on my wide-screen), and it has 2 download-only quests that have been lost to the ages until now. If you already have Majesty Gold, you now also have Majesty Gold HD (Restart Steam if you don't see it.) If you don't have Majesty Gold, it's one of my favorite games ever and it's totally worth the ten-spot.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on March 23, 2012, 01:04:08 AM
Some fans went and made a new Wing Commander game! And it's free!

http://www.wcsaga.com/

I don't know if it's good or not (Downloading now), but maybe if a bunch of people play it and it gains a lot of attention. someone out there will take notice and realize this is a genre people might want more of.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MSTJedi on March 23, 2012, 02:18:01 AM
Some fans went and made a new Wing Commander game! And it's free!

http://www.wcsaga.com/

I don't know if it's good or not (Downloading now), but maybe if a bunch of people play it and it gains a lot of attention. someone out there will take notice and realize this is a genre people might want more of.

I'm also in the process of downloading it via torrent now. I really liked WC III and IV, but I never played any of the earlier games. Very interested to see how this turns out.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on March 23, 2012, 06:15:35 AM
Some fans went and made a new Wing Commander game! And it's free!

http://www.wcsaga.com/

I don't know if it's good or not (Downloading now), but maybe if a bunch of people play it and it gains a lot of attention. someone out there will take notice and realize this is a genre people might want more of.

I'm also in the process of downloading it via torrent now. I really liked WC III and IV, but I never played any of the earlier games. Very interested to see how this turns out.

Downloaded and installed last night. Once I get out of bed I'll be playing. Excited to have another game to justify my impulse joystick purchase. Never played a wing commander before. Looking forward to it.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: NRRork on March 23, 2012, 10:26:26 AM
Well, it looks like Sony is presenting their most original idea since Playstation Move:

LittleBigPlanet Karting.

I have two opposing thoughts on this. I love the hell out of LittleBigPlanet, so one side of me is saying "AWWWW! They put him in a little car!"

The trailer (http://www.gametrailers.com/video/debut-trailer-littlebigplanet-karting/728397) makes it look really fun, and I can't watch them little sackfolk gettin' into all their adorable little sacky hijinx without beaming. But my cynical side just screams "GIMMICK! THIS IS A GIMMICK! THIS IS GIMMICKY! THEY'RE GIMMICKALLY MILKING THE CASH COW IN A GIMMICKAL MANNER TO MAKE A GIMMICKY GIMMICK!"

I bought LittleBigPlanet 2 right away, I hadn't been that excited for a new release since GTA: Vice City. But for this one I'll have to wait for the reviews to come in. It could either be really fun with lots of new things brought to the table, or the latest in a long, long line of half-assed Mario Kart clones.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on March 23, 2012, 10:35:09 AM
I always felt like Modnation Racers was kind of a spiritual LittleBigPlanet Kart Racer. That position has been filled. I'll keep my eye on this, though. Media Molecule does have a way of making my inner child squeal. :^)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on March 24, 2012, 08:54:01 PM
So did anyone else fire up the new fan made wing commander?  I've been playing it a bit.  It's fun, but it's also quite hard once I got past the first couple levels.  Starting to get the hang of it though.  The ability to re-route your shields and put more power into guns or engines is cool, brings a different level of strategy rather than just gravity-less dog fighting, which would get boring pretty quickly. 

How does it compare to the actual wing commander games?  I'm new to the series so I don't know.  You can tell it was made by a bunch of nerds fans because they sure put a lot of work into writing story.  It's just a shame that they didn't have the budget to get decent voice actors or someone to compose the cut scenes a little better... or better writers.  The jokes are bearable at best the first time~~ but as I said, it's hard, so I get to hear those jokes many many times~ it's starting to wear on me.  The music is quite passable though.  Ramps up with the situation, very appropriate star-wars-esque fare.

It's free, but if you do decide to try it and it's your first time like me, make sure you use auto pilot to get to the nav points (alt-A) or else you're going to be spending a good 10 minutes between each fight just slowly traveling through empty space. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on April 02, 2012, 03:15:18 PM
Heh.

Coming soon to Dungeon Defender:
(http://dungeondefenders.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/PAXpic.png)

Yeah, that'll get bought very quickly by me. (Coming this Friday, BTW.)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Henry88 on April 02, 2012, 03:26:24 PM
speaking of wing commander i wonder if there are plans to re release 3 and 4 any tine soon?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on April 02, 2012, 03:52:10 PM
speaking of wing commander i wonder if there are plans to re release 3 and 4 any tine soon?

WC 3's available right now at Good Old Games. (http://www.gog.com/gamecard/wing_commander_3_heart_of_the_tiger) It goes on sale fairly often though, so you can probably buy it for $3 if you wait a while.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MSTJedi on April 03, 2012, 10:29:35 AM
speaking of wing commander i wonder if there are plans to re release 3 and 4 any tine soon?

WC 3's available right now at Good Old Games. (http://www.gog.com/gamecard/wing_commander_3_heart_of_the_tiger) It goes on sale fairly often though, so you can probably buy it for $3 if you wait a while.

They now have WC 4 for $5.99. WC 3 is available for the same price.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: SJP on April 03, 2012, 05:00:28 PM
Well, thanks to a Facebook game I played once, I'm somehow on the mailing list of Ken Williams, the former head honcho of Sierra On-Line (you know, the good years of the company).  Apparently Al Lowe is coming out of retirement to remake Leisure Suit Larry 1 for any and all modern systems, including touch-enabled devices.  He's funding it through Kickstarter here. (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1451923705/make-leisure-suit-larry-come-again)

Funny thing is, the video clip of him selling the project was written by Josh Mandel, who was a major player at Sierra throughout the 90s AND working on the Space Quest VII project.  Considering how Vivendi didn't care about SQVII until it was 95% done and then demanded either the rights to distribute it or the project to be terminated (and terminated it was), the "wasteland" gag in the middle of the video is definitely understandable.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on April 03, 2012, 05:03:09 PM
Just announced from Harmonix:

Rock Band Blitz (http://www.g4tv.com/videos/57996/rock-band-blitz-announcement-trailer/)

For XBL and PSN- And it uses all the DLC you already have for RB. And its songs can be played in RB3 and the songs in the trailer included Pumped Up Kicks, Jesse’s Girl, Bang Your Head, and Always.

It looks very Amplitude-ish, game-play wise.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on April 07, 2012, 02:18:18 PM
More fun in kickstarter-land:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1005365109/jane-jensens-pinkerton-road-2012-2013-csg

Jane Jensen is the person behind the Gabriel Knight series, among others. A third of the way funded already, so this one looks like it'll go.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Raefire on April 07, 2012, 04:17:11 PM
So Epic Games has a PC-exclusive game in the works: http://www.joystiq.com/2012/04/07/epic-games-has-a-pc-exclusive-in-the-works/
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Space version 2.0 on April 12, 2012, 11:10:29 AM
Finally (http://www.amazon.com/Ratchet-Clank-Collection-Playstation-3/dp/B0050SXI6K/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1334253961&sr=8-4) (for the non-clicky types, it's the Ratchet and Clank HD collection)

No Deadlocked which is a disappointment, but the delay on the NA version is due to a "surprise". I hope it's a downloadable version of Deadlocked, but expect it to be an exclusive beta of  Overstrike (http://www.insomniacgames.com/games/overstrike/)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Raefire on April 12, 2012, 12:08:46 PM
...and the Dark Souls PC version (Auguest 24th) will use Games for Windows Live. Well, I guess us PC players got what we asked for, all right.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on April 12, 2012, 12:29:52 PM
Speaking of the Souls franchise..

The US multiplayer servers for Demon Souls will be going down on May 31st. This is pretty unfortunate, since the game is only 3 years old and apparently that's a lifetime in console terms, but you'll have all May to finish up your MP stuff.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: SJP on April 12, 2012, 07:26:27 PM
So Epic Games has a PC-exclusive game in the works: http://www.joystiq.com/2012/04/07/epic-games-has-a-pc-exclusive-in-the-works/

If only it were Bulletstorm 2...it could be a Mac exclusive and I'd probably still buy it.  I'd still like to know what they spent on that game, considering it sold decently well and still lost money.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on April 13, 2012, 08:32:51 AM
So this is coming on iOS this summer:

http://www.youtube.com/v/MBXT6-eYneo?

Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on April 26, 2012, 10:59:57 PM
Coming this winter to the PS3:

(http://playstationlifestyle.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/PlayStationAllStars_feature.jpg)

Play Station AllStars Battle Royale

It's a fighting game with Sony characters, and a few others. Yes, you've seen games like this before, although I don't know where. (cough) But since PS3 players can't play that one, well, here's one for you.

Announced characters so far include Kratos, Radec from Killzone, PaRappa the Rapper, Sly Cooper, Sweet Tooth and a Fat Princess. The above pic also shows Cole from inFamous, What'shername from Heavenly Sword, and I think that's Daxter & Jax, Ratchet and I guess that's supposed to be Nathan Drake on the left bottom. No idea who the far left guy is though. Levels include ones based on Little Big Planet, Patapon, Buzz and God of War.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Space version 2.0 on April 27, 2012, 12:05:17 AM
The guy on the left is a chimera, the aliens from the Resistance series.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Rainbow Dash on April 27, 2012, 05:57:19 AM
Coming this winter to the PS3:

(http://playstationlifestyle.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/PlayStationAllStars_feature.jpg)

Play Station AllStars Battle Royale

It's a fighting game with Sony characters, and a few others. Yes, you've seen games like this before, although I don't know where. (cough) But since PS3 players can't play that one, well, here's one for you.

Announced characters so far include Kratos, Radec from Killzone, PaRappa the Rapper, Sly Cooper, Sweet Tooth and a Fat Princess. The above pic also shows Cole from inFamous, What'shername from Heavenly Sword, and I think that's Daxter & Jax, Ratchet and I guess that's supposed to be Nathan Drake on the left bottom. No idea who the far left guy is though. Levels include ones based on Little Big Planet, Patapon, Buzz and God of War.

I knew they were making something that was like Smash Brothers, but then I saw the video.  I had no clue they were doing a shameless carbon copy.

http://www.youtube.com/v/vhNlolp8U6g
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Smith Dr John Smith on April 27, 2012, 08:03:20 AM
I have to say I would rather have a new PaRappa the Rapper or Jak and Daxter game.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Invader_quirk on April 27, 2012, 08:31:36 AM
Wow. For all the Nintendo-dissing they do, Sony sure wants to be them.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Smith Dr John Smith on April 27, 2012, 08:40:24 AM
Wow. For all the Nintendo-dissing they do, Sony sure wants to be them.

of course they do.  There are more Wiis out there then PS3s.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Space version 2.0 on April 27, 2012, 11:52:37 AM
Wow. For all the Nintendo-dissing they do, Sony sure wants to be them.
Everyone wants to be Nintendo. No one wants to admit it.

I have to say I would rather have a new PaRappa the Rapper or Jak and Daxter game.
Naughty Dog almost made one, but decided on making The Last of Us instead. Everything I've seen about TLOU makes me think this was a good decision.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Smith Dr John Smith on April 28, 2012, 10:05:42 AM
Still it would be nice to have a new PaRappa and I would love more Jak and Daxter.  Then again I would also like to see a new Crash Bandicoot game so there are a lot of series out there I would like to see make a come back.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Space version 2.0 on May 04, 2012, 09:08:40 PM
So, this is a thing that is happening

http://www.youtube.com/v/QyqUpS9zZAk?version=3&hl=en_US
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on May 09, 2012, 11:20:43 PM
Probably the most important game news of the year...

What dances the Wow Pandaren will be doing.

http://www.youtube.com/v/4UbuYfTiIYo?version=3

What? Some folks choose what race to play because of this.

Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on May 09, 2012, 11:57:36 PM
Okay, more interesting news.

A few years ago, after yet another attempted relaunch of X-Com crashed and burned, some indiefolks decided to do a "sorta" remake of it. Then Firaxis came along and actually did a remake. (Still enroute on Sept 1. The shooter version is new year now. Awww.) Anyway, they've been in Alpha for a while (and been over on Desura) but they've now announced that they, like many other places, are doing the Kickstart thing in an effort to get it finished sooner.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/69341191/xenonauts

The good news? With 30+ days to go, they're 2/3 of the way to funding. And they've got a demo. So, hey. $20 for a X-Com ish game.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Henry88 on May 10, 2012, 07:00:41 PM
Quote
Casual gamers are to blame for a significant fall in Star Wars: The Old Republic subscriptions, according to EA.

Subscribers to the BioWare-developed MMO dropped from 1.7 million in February to 1.3 million last month.

EA Games label boss Frank Gibeau told investors last night that the 400,000 drop was due to casual gamers, perhaps enticed in by the Star Wars brand, neglecting to subscribe after the game passed through a billing cycle.

Those left were core MMO users, resulting in a solid user base, he argued.

"So the percentage of paying subscribers from our peak until now has actually gone up, and the folks that we have are as engaged as they were when they first bought the product."

"Make no mistake, BioWare intends to grow subscribers," he added.

EA boss John Riccitiello agreed, and claimed The Old Republic's numbers were "very much in line with our original assumptions".

"So it's a business contributor, [and] while important, is not as important as Medal of Honor or Battlefield or FIFA or Madden or The Sims or SimCity, but it's more important than Tiger Woods PGA Golf," he said.

"So while I understand there's an enormous amount of interest, I don't know that it warrants as much as what we're seeing right now. But we love the franchise, we're going to grow the franchise and just like we want to see Tiger Woods Golf grow or SSX grow, or Madden for that matter, we're going to drive this one for growth."

Neither man was worried about competition from upcoming MMO Guild Wars 2 or impending World of Warcraft expansion Mists of Pandaria.

"We are cognizant of competitors coming, but none of them quite fit in the same competitive category as Star Wars," said Gibeau.

"They're just different fantasies. They're not the Star Wars fantasy. And as you know with MMOs, every day you're in operation to get better and better and better. You continually perfect the experience. You continually improve the acquisition component.

"And so building from a base that we're at right now, we feel very confident that this business is going to continue to stay competitive throughout the remainder of the year."

Planned expansion content which focused on "elder" gameplay as well as a continuation of BioWare's free-to-play weekends and buddy key promotions were some of the ways the company hoped to keep current subscribers engaged while attracting new ones.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/games/6889498/EA-blames-casual-gamers-for-drop-off
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Smith Dr John Smith on May 10, 2012, 08:01:10 PM
Quote
Casual gamers are to blame for a significant fall in Star Wars: The Old Republic subscriptions, according to EA.

Subscribers to the BioWare-developed MMO dropped from 1.7 million in February to 1.3 million last month.

EA Games label boss Frank Gibeau told investors last night that the 400,000 drop was due to casual gamers, perhaps enticed in by the Star Wars brand, neglecting to subscribe after the game passed through a billing cycle.

Those left were core MMO users, resulting in a solid user base, he argued.

"So the percentage of paying subscribers from our peak until now has actually gone up, and the folks that we have are as engaged as they were when they first bought the product."

"Make no mistake, BioWare intends to grow subscribers," he added.

EA boss John Riccitiello agreed, and claimed The Old Republic's numbers were "very much in line with our original assumptions".

"So it's a business contributor, [and] while important, is not as important as Medal of Honor or Battlefield or FIFA or Madden or The Sims or SimCity, but it's more important than Tiger Woods PGA Golf," he said.

"So while I understand there's an enormous amount of interest, I don't know that it warrants as much as what we're seeing right now. But we love the franchise, we're going to grow the franchise and just like we want to see Tiger Woods Golf grow or SSX grow, or Madden for that matter, we're going to drive this one for growth."

Neither man was worried about competition from upcoming MMO Guild Wars 2 or impending World of Warcraft expansion Mists of Pandaria.

"We are cognizant of competitors coming, but none of them quite fit in the same competitive category as Star Wars," said Gibeau.

"They're just different fantasies. They're not the Star Wars fantasy. And as you know with MMOs, every day you're in operation to get better and better and better. You continually perfect the experience. You continually improve the acquisition component.

"And so building from a base that we're at right now, we feel very confident that this business is going to continue to stay competitive throughout the remainder of the year."

Planned expansion content which focused on "elder" gameplay as well as a continuation of BioWare's free-to-play weekends and buddy key promotions were some of the ways the company hoped to keep current subscribers engaged while attracting new ones.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/games/6889498/EA-blames-casual-gamers-for-drop-off

It could also have something to do with the fact that everyone I have talked to has said that it is not as good as other MMOs and it is full of bugs that have not been fixed yet.  It seems some of the testers have complained that their list of bugs they found in the game was completely ignored by Bioware,I bet that doesn't help.  It seems to me if you are going to ask people to pay $15 every month to play a game you have to deliver a quality product that they want to keep playing and from what I have heard TOR was not that.

Sadly it seems Bioware's new model is all about hitting release dates no matter what and in the age of the internet word gets around,I am afraid that if they don't star focusing on quality control this could be the end of them.  With how much games cost these days there is no excuse for releasing one that is full of bugs and it seems a lot of people agree with me.  I really hope Bioware gets their act together and doesn't go down the tubes:(
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Invader_quirk on May 10, 2012, 08:05:04 PM
My thoughts exactly, Doc.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Henry88 on May 10, 2012, 08:14:03 PM
one day a phoenix will rise and take Biowares place as top RPG maker
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Smith Dr John Smith on May 10, 2012, 08:17:30 PM
My thoughts exactly, Doc.

Yeah I have been playing some games in the last few years and it seems that they are more and more buggy.  It's like the companies think they have a right to our $60 and if they patch the game latter that means they are going beyond the call of duty.  When it should be the other way around,for $60 a game should work out of the box.  I know that there will always be bugs that slip through the cracks and I am fine with that but lately I feel like for $60-$80 we are all just beta testers.  If video games sale start to slide I think it will be because of three things.  1)The games today get released with bugs because hitting the release date in more important 2)Games seem to be getting shorter and yet they cost more and 3)at between $60-$100 a piece a games cost a lot compared to other form of entertainment.  Those are all reasons that I have heard people give for not gaming as much as they used to and I think as long as the gaming companies turn a blind eye to this they risk their sales.  I mean take this for an example for what I spent on ME3 I could have gotten all four seasons of Burn Notice.  That is the sort of thing a lot of people think about when buying games and when it gets to the point where you are not even sure the game will work completely out of the box you can't tell me that does not hurt sales.  I mean for that same $15 for TOR you can get out two Blu Rays at a time on Netflix. I think the cost of games is going up while the quality goes down.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Invader_quirk on May 10, 2012, 08:30:10 PM
I think that's why Nintendo largely doesn't have a way to patch things. They want developers to FINISH making their games before releasing them. If they can patch it later, they can release a shoddy product.

Now, I think game consoles NEED patch-ability (because even the best teams can miss obscure glitches), and Nintendo's actually moving towards that, but I respect the level of quality they expected from their developers.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Smith Dr John Smith on May 11, 2012, 08:51:51 AM
I think that's why Nintendo largely doesn't have a way to patch things. They want developers to FINISH making their games before releasing them. If they can patch it later, they can release a shoddy product.

Now, I think game consoles NEED patch-ability (because even the best teams can miss obscure glitches), and Nintendo's actually moving towards that, but I respect the level of quality they expected from their developers.

Yeah as I said I don't mind patches for little things that they could not see coming but when it's something big like face import that gives me the impression that they didn't care about finishing the game.  That is one thing I like about Nintendo and think every company could learn from them,sure there have been Nintendo developed games I didn't like but I have never thought a Nintendo make game was released unfinished with bugs that they knew about.  I think the fact that they are willing to delay games is one of the keys to them being so popular for so long.  Heck a few years ago my NES started giving me trouble and I contacted them just to see if there was something they could do and they sent me a cleaning kit.  We are talking them sending a kit to keep a system from 1986 working in 2009 or 2010,now that is the kind of company I trust when I buy a game and gets my money over and over again.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Raefire on May 14, 2012, 07:18:34 AM
So, this is happening now: http://kotaku.com/5910028/steam-codes-are-now-officially-coming-to-gamestop
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on May 24, 2012, 03:57:54 PM
Well, crap.


Quote
38 Studios and Big Huge Games Shutting Down [UPDATE]

Reports are circulating that Kingdoms of Amalur creators 38 Studios has shut down Big Huge Games, the developers who helped build the hit action RPG that came out earlier this year. If this is true, the shuttering of an entire studio would be the biggest bit of fallout yet from the 38 Studios/Rhode Island financial imbroglio.

Big Huge Games dodged death once before two years ago after they were acquired by 38 Studios, which was started by all-star Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling. Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning was the first game in a planned multiplatform universe and the first glimpses of 38's in-development online game Copernicus surfaced rececently, even as the outcry surrounding the controversial loans Rhode Island issued to the company swells. The Maryland-based developer also made the Rise of Nations games and the Settlers of Catan adaptation for Xbox Live.

Kotaku has reached out to 38 Studios for comment and will update this story once we hear back.

Update
Further reports indicate that it's not just Big Huge Games that's shutting down but all of 38 Studios. An anonymous source formerly employed at 38 sent Kotaku the following details:

    38 Studios just laid off its entire staff, both Providence and BHG studios are being shuttered.

    We have not received a paycheck since April 30th.

    On May 15th, we found out we were not getting paid when our checks did not hit our accounts.

    Our medical insurance runs out tonight at midnight.

    We found this out when an employee's pregnant wife was told by her doctor, this was on Tuesday 22nd May this week.

    The company has not communicated anything concrete to the team throughout this process, leaving team members to figure out insurance stop-gaps (where people could afford it), etc. on their own.

We'll keep updating this story as we hear more details.

Update 2
Gamasutra got a copy of the layoff letter that was sent to all employees. It says:

    The Company is experiencing an economic downturn. To avoid further losses and possibility of retrenchment, the Company has decided that a companywide lay off is absolutely necessary.

    These layoffs are non-voluntary and non-disciplinary.

    This is your official notice of lay off, effective today, Thursday, May 24th, 2012.

As mentioned above, Big Huge Games was the creator of the Rise of Nations/Legends series, which was a great RTS/Civ-ish game created by Brian Reynolds, who was a mover and shaker behind Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri as well. I loved all three of those titles.  Shoot.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Smith Dr John Smith on May 24, 2012, 04:17:19 PM
Well, crap.


Quote
38 Studios and Big Huge Games Shutting Down [UPDATE]

Reports are circulating that Kingdoms of Amalur creators 38 Studios has shut down Big Huge Games, the developers who helped build the hit action RPG that came out earlier this year. If this is true, the shuttering of an entire studio would be the biggest bit of fallout yet from the 38 Studios/Rhode Island financial imbroglio.

Big Huge Games dodged death once before two years ago after they were acquired by 38 Studios, which was started by all-star Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling. Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning was the first game in a planned multiplatform universe and the first glimpses of 38's in-development online game Copernicus surfaced rececently, even as the outcry surrounding the controversial loans Rhode Island issued to the company swells. The Maryland-based developer also made the Rise of Nations games and the Settlers of Catan adaptation for Xbox Live.

Kotaku has reached out to 38 Studios for comment and will update this story once we hear back.

Update
Further reports indicate that it's not just Big Huge Games that's shutting down but all of 38 Studios. An anonymous source formerly employed at 38 sent Kotaku the following details:

    38 Studios just laid off its entire staff, both Providence and BHG studios are being shuttered.

    We have not received a paycheck since April 30th.

    On May 15th, we found out we were not getting paid when our checks did not hit our accounts.

    Our medical insurance runs out tonight at midnight.

    We found this out when an employee's pregnant wife was told by her doctor, this was on Tuesday 22nd May this week.

    The company has not communicated anything concrete to the team throughout this process, leaving team members to figure out insurance stop-gaps (where people could afford it), etc. on their own.

We'll keep updating this story as we hear more details.

Update 2
Gamasutra got a copy of the layoff letter that was sent to all employees. It says:

    The Company is experiencing an economic downturn. To avoid further losses and possibility of retrenchment, the Company has decided that a companywide lay off is absolutely necessary.

    These layoffs are non-voluntary and non-disciplinary.

    This is your official notice of lay off, effective today, Thursday, May 24th, 2012.

As mentioned above, Big Huge Games was the creator of the Rise of Nations/Legends series, which was a great RTS/Civ-ish game created by Brian Reynolds, who was a mover and shaker behind Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri as well. I loved all three of those titles.  Shoot.

That is just wrong,I love Rise of Nations.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on May 25, 2012, 12:03:48 AM
Oh, in brighter news- Guess what's free to play this weekend?

(http://storefront.steampowered.com/v/gfx/apps/8930/extras/page_banner_english.png)

And it's 75% off too. Come on. Play. The expansion set arrives next month. (Play me, the game says, play me.)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Smith Dr John Smith on May 25, 2012, 06:25:14 AM
If I had highspeed I would go for it.  I am kind of afraid that when PC gaming dies it will take RTSes,TBSes,and FPSes with keyboard and mouse controls with it:(
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on May 25, 2012, 07:59:45 AM
PC gaming is dying huh?  Well Blizzard sure knows how to shake down a corpse then.

I don't see it dying. Especially not with inde games becoming easier to make and sell. Much cheaper to sell on a PC.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Smith Dr John Smith on May 25, 2012, 08:57:28 AM
I don't know the impression I get is that it is dieing. Most stores don't even seem to sell PC games any more and the PC game section in Gamestop has become just one tiny shelf in the back of the store.  From what I can see it seems to be dying,at least when compared to consoles and how big it was in the 90s.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on May 25, 2012, 09:16:17 AM
I don't know the impression I get is that it is dieing. Most stores don't even seem to sell PC games any more and the PC game section in Gamestop has become just one tiny shelf in the back of the store.  From what I can see it seems to be dying,at least when compared to consoles and how big it was in the 90s.

I've heard people say similar things.  And yes, it's true that you don't see PC games in stores any more.  But that's partly because digital distribution is much more popular now days.  And if not digital, then online stores like Amazon and what have you are much better than the overpriced gamestop anyway.  Gamestops are even carrying Steam coupons now, in an attempt to dip a finger back in that market. 

I can't claim that it's as popular as it used to be, but I think claiming that it's dying out is a large overstatement.  It's smaller, but it's definitely still profitable.  Diablo III just made a killing.  MMOs are very profitable and popular.  Free to Play games are becoming a viable strategy not only regulated to crappy gimmicks (for example, Mechwarrior Online looks awesome and will be Free to Play)   Small inde developers have found their place online.  There is definitely money to be made with PC gaming.   
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Smith Dr John Smith on May 25, 2012, 09:25:44 AM
Well since I am not online I didn't know that,it's good to hear.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Raefire on May 29, 2012, 02:47:15 PM
So Crysis 2- at least, the Maximum Edition, not the normal version - just popped up on Steam. Wonder if the normal edition will reappear.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Henry88 on May 30, 2012, 10:29:51 PM
sony must really love there ads to  do this
 
http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2012-05-25-sony-patents-ads-that-can-pause-games
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Invader_quirk on May 30, 2012, 11:14:06 PM
Sony... you are so stupid.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on May 30, 2012, 11:32:41 PM
Oooooh.

Id announces Doom 3: BFG Edition which includes Doom, Doom 2, Doom 3 , the Doom3 expansion and 7 additional "lost levels" for Doom 3 plus it adds graphical/gameplay tweaks, support for head mounted displays and a frigging a armor-mounted flashlight.

And CD Projekt just announced their follow-up to Witcher 2... and it's Cyberpunk. Yep, game fans, the pen and paper RPG from R. Talsorian. The one that first placed  the cyberpunk era as starting in, well, 2013.

Yeah, Pondsmith got that one a bit wrong.

Still, Cyberpunk. Cy-ber-punk. Netrunning. Rock and Roll stars. Cybernetically enhanced assassins with wolverine claws. An RPG that Robin Williams has been known to play. Heck, it's like someone went to my RPG shelf, grabbed a copy of Teenagers from Outer Space, said "Eh, no" and then grabbed the copy of Cyberpunk 2020 next to it and said "This'll work!"

Sweeeet.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Smith Dr John Smith on May 31, 2012, 05:41:39 AM
Sony... you are so stupid.

Yeah we didn't put up with it from the Gizmodo why do they think we would put up with it from them.  Look Sony's image is already hurting from dropping from being well in first place last gen to battling for distant second place this gen,the last thing they need is to give gamers a reason to avoid them.  People have been complaining and finding ways to stop pop ups on websites since the mid 90s,what makes sony think people want them in their games?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on May 31, 2012, 03:22:14 PM
Two bits o' news:


Aliens: Colonial Marines Collector's edition announced:
(http://www.justpushstart.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/120531015103_ACMCE.jpg)

Oooooh. Powerloader statue.

And Lucasarts is announcing a new game tonight on GTTV. Maybe someone had a stroke and greenlit a sequel to Full throttle or a remake of X-Wing/Tie Fighter. Or a sequel to Bombad Racing. Could go either way really.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Sideswipe on May 31, 2012, 03:39:54 PM
Xwing vs Tie Fighter was lame.  Stick to either X wing or the superior TIE Fighter.  X Wing Alliance was pretty fun.  TIE Fighter was awesome as hell the best game hands down, great story.  I loved doing the secret missions and getting the sweet tatoos.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on May 31, 2012, 07:47:21 PM
Counter-Point to those outraged by the Sony Ad Patent:

http://www.cracked.com/blog/4-video-game-complaints-were-just-going-to-have-to-get-over/
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on May 31, 2012, 11:56:34 PM
Okay, looks like the Lucasarts announcement is currently titled "Star Wars 1313" a game set during the movies,where you play a bounty hunter. And it's tied into the upcoming live action series. Interesting.

Xwing vs Tie Fighter was lame. 

Yes, but that's not what I suggested. Read "/" as "or" not as "vs." A slash saves 3 spaces over writing spaceorspace. We must conserve our valuable bits and data or future generations will have no space for typing on the net due to our overuse of the internet! kthnx!
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Smith Dr John Smith on June 01, 2012, 04:03:04 AM
Counter-Point to those outraged by the Sony Ad Patent:

http://www.cracked.com/blog/4-video-game-complaints-were-just-going-to-have-to-get-over/

with all due respect when he starts saying that there is nothing wrong with always online copy protection because of piracy he proves he really doesn't know what he is talking about.  Piracy of tittles with it sill happens. All that does is punish people who paid for the game and force people like me or people who's ISP has a cap to get the pirated version that doesn't have the copy protection if we want to play the game.

Also what sony is doing is like if the Blu Ray for the Avengers stopped every 30 minutes to show you 3 minutes of adds,do you really think anyone would put up with that.  This is yet another thing that will encourage people to get pirated versions of games instead of pay for them.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on June 01, 2012, 05:02:36 AM
He didn't say it works. He said with at least half of all games played being pirated, you can't blame them for trying. And I agree with him about the in-game ads. I don't think they'll be doing it with the premium titles that we already paid for. It's going to be tacked onto all the free-to-play games out there. Probably with an option to pay for the game to get rid of the ads. So it's really more like watching The Avengers on TV, and they stop it every 10 minutes for 3 minutes of commercials. :^)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Smith Dr John Smith on June 01, 2012, 06:12:34 AM
He didn't say it works. He said with at least half of all games played being pirated, you can't blame them for trying. And I agree with him about the in-game ads. I don't think they'll be doing it with the premium titles that we already paid for. It's going to be tacked onto all the free-to-play games out there. Probably with an option to pay for the game to get rid of the ads. So it's really more like watching The Avengers on TV, and they stop it every 10 minutes for 3 minutes of commercials. :^)

Yes I can blame them for trying when it is such a stupid idea to begin with and when they go out of their way to make it hard to find out if you have to be online to play the game's single player mode.  They rarely include it in the product info,and so people like me are left trying to figure out if the latest game will be something we are allowed to enjoy after paying for it or if it will just be a paper weight.  They are punishing the people who pay for the games and making sure that anyone on dial or an ISP with a cap will get a pirated version.  Also it costs them sales in another way.  All my life I have been a die hard Command and Conquer fan,I started playing the first game in 97 and since then I have been the type who has to buy each new game the week it was released but ever since they started including the always online copy protection I have not been buying the games. They in fact lost the sales of three games and their expansion packs and there are still plenty of pirated versions out there.  Look they have been trying this since 2007 and it hasn't worked yet and it only punishes people who pay for the games,so yeah I think after five years of it being a proven failure I can blame them for sticking with it.

I am mean it's one thing not to blame some one for trying something,but after it has been proven not to work and just make it harder for people to use the product then I feel we can blame them.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Raefire on June 01, 2012, 08:41:48 AM
In far better news, DOTA 2 will be F2P - as in, all heroes will be free immediately and the only items in the store (which just went live in the beta) will be cosmetic.

Valve, this is why I goddamn love you more than any other company...
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on June 01, 2012, 07:58:30 PM
Huh.

CBS' interactive division just signed a deal allowing them the rights to broadcast all the NASL events. (That's the North American Starcraft League, for those not in the know.) Interesting.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Sideswipe on June 01, 2012, 08:00:37 PM
Not really
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Henry88 on June 02, 2012, 05:29:23 PM
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“Subscriber numbers are funny things. How you count them — the maths you use — really matters and there are lots of variables to consider.” I’ve heard my fair share of PR deflections in my day — heck, in a former life I conjured a few — but this pearler, from Emmanuel Lusinchi, the lead designer on Star Wars: The Old Republic, is a doozy.

Lusinchi gave the answer during an interview with Sponge during London’s Comic Con. That’s not the whole of it though — the designer did attempt to elaborate:

    “All games of this nature, have a set of variables that are constantly changing. You will have a certain number of people that buy the box and never install it. I know it sounds strange, but it happens. There are people that play it, and then decide after ten minutes that it’s not for them -– that’s a small percentage, but every game has them. Finally you have people who play for a couple of months, finish the story, and then be done with it.”

To be fair, there’s a decent point in there — how do you count subscribers? We know Blizzard touts figures like 10 and 11 million when talking about World of Warcraft, but it has never really expanded on what this count includes. The most obvious would be active subscribers, but someone with an active subscription might only play an hour a day. Average players per server could be a better metric, but this would need to take into account the total number of servers to be accurate.

What we do know is that SW:TOR could be doing better — just last month, EA announced a drop of 400,000 subscribers in its latest earnings report. It also gave a number of BioWare employees their marching orders, though this could have just been natural staff contraction.

Lusinchi didn’t comment on reports that the SW:TOR‘s servers are averaging a measly 350 players, though the methods used to calculate this number are hardly solid.

Regardless, the designer’s answer does not reflect confidence. It feels more like an excuse — if the game is doing well, the numbers should speak for themselves.

http://www.kotaku.com.au/2012/06/bioware-unable-to-give-straight-answer-on-swtor-subscriber-numbers/

that is the Price you pay
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Smith Dr John Smith on June 03, 2012, 02:11:29 AM
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“Subscriber numbers are funny things. How you count them — the maths you use — really matters and there are lots of variables to consider.” I’ve heard my fair share of PR deflections in my day — heck, in a former life I conjured a few — but this pearler, from Emmanuel Lusinchi, the lead designer on Star Wars: The Old Republic, is a doozy.

Lusinchi gave the answer during an interview with Sponge during London’s Comic Con. That’s not the whole of it though — the designer did attempt to elaborate:

    “All games of this nature, have a set of variables that are constantly changing. You will have a certain number of people that buy the box and never install it. I know it sounds strange, but it happens. There are people that play it, and then decide after ten minutes that it’s not for them -– that’s a small percentage, but every game has them. Finally you have people who play for a couple of months, finish the story, and then be done with it.”

To be fair, there’s a decent point in there — how do you count subscribers? We know Blizzard touts figures like 10 and 11 million when talking about World of Warcraft, but it has never really expanded on what this count includes. The most obvious would be active subscribers, but someone with an active subscription might only play an hour a day. Average players per server could be a better metric, but this would need to take into account the total number of servers to be accurate.

What we do know is that SW:TOR could be doing better — just last month, EA announced a drop of 400,000 subscribers in its latest earnings report. It also gave a number of BioWare employees their marching orders, though this could have just been natural staff contraction.

Lusinchi didn’t comment on reports that the SW:TOR‘s servers are averaging a measly 350 players, though the methods used to calculate this number are hardly solid.

Regardless, the designer’s answer does not reflect confidence. It feels more like an excuse — if the game is doing well, the numbers should speak for themselves.

http://www.kotaku.com.au/2012/06/bioware-unable-to-give-straight-answer-on-swtor-subscriber-numbers/

that is the Price you pay

Yeah...I don't think anyone will be shocked if Bioware isn't around or has been absorbed into EA proper in a couple of years time.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on June 06, 2012, 11:44:14 PM
Resident Evil 6 News:
The Capcom Store is showing Two anthology/archive sets, one for PS3, one for 360, both for $89.99. Both have different stuff. No word yet on whether this is a Capcom store exclusive for will be available in stores as well.

PS3 (http://send.onenetworkdirect.net/z/29534/CD152762/&lnkurl=http://shop.capcom.com/store/capcomus/en_US/pd/ThemeID.1944700/productID.244375000)
 
 Celebrate the upcoming release of Resident Evil® 6 with the complete library of Resident Evil 1-6! Included in this PlayStation® 3 exclusive package is the latest installation of the blockbuster series, Resident Evil® 6, along with digital copies of Resident Evil® Director’s Cut, Resident Evil® 2, Resident Evil® 3: Nemesis, Resident Evil® 4 HD, and Resident Evil® 5 Gold Edition redeemable on the PlayStation® Network.
Xbox 360 (http://send.onenetworkdirect.net/z/29534/CD152762/&lnkurl=http://shop.capcom.com/store/capcomus/en_US/pd/ThemeID.1944700/productID.244374600)
 
 Celebrate the upcoming release of Resident Evil® 6 with the best of the Resident Evil® franchise. Included in this Xbox 360® exclusive package is the latest installation of the blockbuster series, Resident Evil® 6, the feature film Resident Evil® Degeneration, and downloadable copies of Resident Evil® 4 HD, Resident Evil® CODE Veronica X HD and Resident Evil® 5 (with bonus Gold Edition content) redeemable on Xbox LIVE®.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on June 15, 2012, 12:27:18 AM
Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs is on the way. Yep, a sequel to the uber scary game with a very silly name.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Henry88 on June 15, 2012, 07:57:52 AM
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God of War and Twisted Metal creator David Jaffe has told Games Industry International that the next generation of consoles – namely the Xbox 720, PlayStation 4 and Wii U – will be the last.

Before you throw your gamepads down in anger, we should point out that Jaffe doesn't think that gaming will die off completely. Rather, he reckons that consoles will die off within ten years, to be replaced by streaming services such as OnLive or Gaikai – running on Smart TVs.

Jaffe's predictions are based on the success of casual gaming on tablets and smartphones – and with current consoles like the Xbox 360 filling a media streaming role as much as a gaming one, the thought of a smarter-than-Smart TV with inbuilt game streaming capabilities doesn't sound so far fetched to us.
http://www.stuff.tv/news/computers-and-consoles/rumour-mill/the-xbox-720-playstation-4-and-wii-u-will-be-the-last-consol

booooo! >:(
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Smith Dr John Smith on June 15, 2012, 08:01:07 AM
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God of War and Twisted Metal creator David Jaffe has told Games Industry International that the next generation of consoles – namely the Xbox 720, PlayStation 4 and Wii U – will be the last.

Before you throw your gamepads down in anger, we should point out that Jaffe doesn't think that gaming will die off completely. Rather, he reckons that consoles will die off within ten years, to be replaced by streaming services such as OnLive or Gaikai – running on Smart TVs.

Jaffe's predictions are based on the success of casual gaming on tablets and smartphones – and with current consoles like the Xbox 360 filling a media streaming role as much as a gaming one, the thought of a smarter-than-Smart TV with inbuilt game streaming capabilities doesn't sound so far fetched to us.
http://www.stuff.tv/news/computers-and-consoles/rumour-mill/the-xbox-720-playstation-4-and-wii-u-will-be-the-last-consol

booooo! >:(

Oh great.  I don't want to have to go online to play games,I want to just put a disc in a console and be able to take my console to a friend's house.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Invader_quirk on June 15, 2012, 08:15:26 AM
Jaffe's an idiot. Don't worry about him.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Raefire on June 15, 2012, 10:04:53 AM
http://www.youtube.com/v/4CagMNLxa9M
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Smith Dr John Smith on June 20, 2012, 01:50:00 AM
http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-reasons-diablo-iii-represents-gamings-annoying-future/?wa_user1=5&wa_user2=Video+Games&wa_user3=blog&wa_user4=companion (http://www.cracked.com/blog/5-reasons-diablo-iii-represents-gamings-annoying-future/?wa_user1=5&wa_user2=Video+Games&wa_user3=blog&wa_user4=companion)

All I can say is well said. Number 3 really bugs me.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on June 21, 2012, 02:23:58 PM
There's a strong rumor that the long MIA PC version of Final Fantasy VII might be available again soon via Steam or other gaming download places.

Yes, there was a PC version of it and VIII too. And yes, the PS version is available on PSN right now, but the PC version isn't.


Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on June 21, 2012, 10:40:43 PM
Nintendo has confirmed the 3DS XL (And it doesn't have that second circle pad all the waiters were waiting for. :^)).

http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/06/22/nintendo-reveals-3ds-xl

I honestly don't get the XL thing. The 3DS screen is plenty big for me, and since my 3DS lives in my pocket, I'd want the upgrade to take up less space.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on June 22, 2012, 12:44:15 AM
More Nintendo news, and Pak? You may want to pay attention:

Reports coming in that Nintendo will be working with Namco Bandai on the next Super Smash Brothers game. (http://www.computerandvideogames.com/354884/nintendo-partners-with-namco-bandai-for-smash-bros-wii-u-3ds/)

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Nintendo has revealed that the Wii U and 3DS versions of Super Smash Bros. will be co-developed by Namco Bandai.

Project Sora and series lead Masahiro Sakurai are still heading up the project, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata confirmed during a Nintendo Direct broadcast this morning, but Namco Bandai will be handling development.

Nacmo talent includes Masaya Kobayashi (Ridge Racer) acting as producer and Yoshito Higuchi (SoulCalibur) as director.

Smash Bros. lead Sakurai said in a written statement that keeping the project under wraps for so long - it was announced at E3 2011 - was creating "more and more speculation", which is why he decided to announce Namco Bandai's announcement now.

"I would love to provide more information, but for now, I'm going to stay quiet until I have something solid to show you," he said.

"The project has just gotten started. Bear in mind that not only are we developing two titles simultaneously, but we announced the project before we even started actual development, so I'm afraid we will likely have to keep you waiting for quite a while. Please be patient."

Namco Bandai's current prototype "looks pretty good" and is "working great," Sakurai said.

Kobayashi said of his introduction to the project: "I'm so honored to be able to join the Super Smash Bros. team - that globally popular series of which Japan is particularly proud - and work alongside Mr. Sakurai.

"All the top creators from Namco Bandai are gathered here to create a never-before-seen dream team for this project.

"We will fully utilise our experience and knowledge in action/fighting game development, technical capability, and organisation strength, and we hereby promise you that we will developer the best and most powerful "Super Smash Bros." titles ever!
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on June 22, 2012, 12:51:31 AM
*DROOOL* Yeah I can predict a guest character from that team-up. :^)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Invader_quirk on June 22, 2012, 05:36:05 AM
Starfox Assault immediately springs to mind, and I'm panicking. :(
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on June 22, 2012, 10:11:38 AM
*DROOOL* Yeah I can predict a guest character from that team-up. :^)

Yes, I'm looking forward to see the Panda from Tekken too.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on June 22, 2012, 05:18:43 PM
Geez. Busy day.

TF2 fans? It looks like Valve and Adult Swim are going to announce something on Monday. And there's an ARG going on as well. Is it Meet the Pyro? A TF cartoon? Something that no one has even dreamed of yet? Find out more on Monday.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Raefire on June 22, 2012, 05:39:35 PM
The ARG was a bunch of hidden codes that translated to QR files - which translated to pictures of text - which , when arranged correctly, produced two pages of a script/"transcript" of a Senate Hearing with Saxton Hale on the discussion of the "Poopy Joe" incident mentioned in the WAR! Update files - where... oh, blarg.. here. (http://wiki.teamfortress.com/wiki/ARG)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on June 25, 2012, 02:00:41 PM
The PS Vita Little Big Planet Beta seems to be ending and the pre-order bonuses (Which are not tied to any specific retailer for once) are being shown. It looks like you get two:

(http://www.justpushstart.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Screen-Shot-2012-06-25-at-10.37.10-AM-251x300.png) (http://www.justpushstart.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Screen-Shot-2012-06-25-at-10.36.38-AM-263x300.png)

Oooh. Big Daddy sackboy.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on June 25, 2012, 03:31:01 PM
Well, we still don't know what the Adult Swim tie-in is but Valve confirmed that Meet the Pyro is imminent, with a release in the next few days. And the first bit of news is a new games mode:
http://www.teamfortress.com/pyromania/doomsday/ (http://www.teamfortress.com/pyromania/doomsday/)

Which involves sending supplies via a rocket to poor Poopy Joe.


Oh, the AS tie-in? A hat. Signup for AS's newsletter and get one.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on June 25, 2012, 03:35:11 PM
SimCity Social has just launched on Facebook.  I gave a try and it seems okay, though nothing spectacularly different from the other Facebook games I've played before.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on June 28, 2012, 09:26:58 AM
And the most important news of the day- Guild Wars 2 gets a release date- August 28.

Now, back to worrying about fires.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on July 04, 2012, 03:53:33 PM
Quote from: Compound link=topic=15472.msg730835#ms, MP anddg730835 date=1340313838
There's a strong rumor that the long MIA PC version of Final Fantasy VII might be available again soon via Steam or other gaming download places.

Hey, lookie here:
http://finalfantasyviipc.com/en

That looks suspiciously like a confirmation that it's enroute. New features include achievements ,  Cloud saves (aren't all saves in FFVIII Cloud saves?), and a "booster" function to instantly increase your HP, MP and Gil to Max. So, if you just want to do the story and/or grind countless hours Chocobo racing, there you go. However, it looks like it'll be available from SE's store only.

Minimum System Requirements:

Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7 (32/64-bit) • 2GHz Processor or faster • 1GB RAM •
DirectX 9-compatible graphic card
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Thrashalla on July 05, 2012, 02:27:24 PM
Rome II: Total War has been announced.
http://www.creative-assembly.com/total-war-rome-ii-announced/

"Sequel announced to the 92% Metacritic-rated classic.
Encompassing one of the best-known periods in world history, Total War: Rome II will combine the most expansive turn-based campaign and the largest, most cinematic real-time battles yet seen in any game.
Total War: Rome II will sink players into the dangerous political machinations of Rome’s senate, while asking them to struggle with family dilemmas and question the loyalty of ‘friends’ and allies. Leading the greatest army ever seen into battle will be just one challenge players will face at the head of the world’s first superpower.
Will they help forge an empire? Restore the Republic? Or grasp the reins of power for themselves, and assume the hated title of tyrant? Who will they conquer? Who will they betray? Who will they sacrifice?
How far will you go for Rome?
“Our games have always encompassed a grand vision,” said Mike Simpson, Creative Director. “But we’re now pushing that vision at both ends of the spectrum. From the immense reach of the sandbox campaign right down to the human-level drama of a single warrior on the battlefield, we’re aiming for an unprecedented level of detail and scale.”
“In our 25th year of games development, it feels fitting to return to our most critically acclaimed era,” continued Rob Bartholomew, Brand Director. “There’s been a multi-generational leap in technology since the original game and we are ready to set another benchmark in gaming.”"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2tycIeIDUbw
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on July 06, 2012, 08:11:41 AM
Final Fantasy VII confirmed to be re released for PC.

http://www.youtube.com/v/GkXxQEe4c34?version=3&feature=player_detailpage

Bummer.  Seems to be exactly the same as it was.  I probably would have purchased it if they would have updated the graphics.  But I fear it'll feel a little too dated, especially with the dated combat system. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MSTJedi on July 06, 2012, 08:16:43 AM
Yeah, I still have my PS1 copy, but when I tried to play it on my PS2 a while back the graphics hurt my eyes so bad that I gave up on it. I'm not looking for FF-XIII graphics, just smooth out all the pixels for crying out loud. Apparently all they did was make the original PC port work on Windows 7.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on July 06, 2012, 08:35:05 AM
Looks like it.  And even though the video claims I'll get to play Final Fantasy VII like never before... considering I played the PC port when it first came out, I'm going to have to challenge you on that one.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on July 06, 2012, 11:56:41 AM
Final Fantasy VII confirmed to be re released for PC.

Two posts above you! Hey listen! Hey listen!

Oh well. In other older name news (Doc? You still there?)...

The Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic Collection is apparently on the way on July 17. You'll get KOTOR 1 & 2 in a single package. And no, 2 hasn't been finished. PC only release, but $20 for the pair. It's a good way for the high speed deficient to get a copy of these still great games. Well, one great one and one slightly unfinished one.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on July 06, 2012, 03:27:04 PM
Terribly sorry.  Thought it was still at the rumor stage when you posted that.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Henry88 on July 08, 2012, 08:09:58 PM
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And no, 2 hasn't been finished.

lazy slobs  >:(
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MSTJedi on July 08, 2012, 09:23:32 PM
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And no, 2 hasn't been finished.

lazy slobs  >:(

There is a mod (http://www.gamefront.com/kotor-2-mod-tsl-restored-content/) that does it, though.   8)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Henry88 on July 08, 2012, 09:33:05 PM
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And no, 2 hasn't been finished.

lazy slobs  >:(

There is a mod (http://www.gamefront.com/kotor-2-mod-tsl-restored-content/) that does it, though.   8)

that dose not excuse them for not fixing it them self's
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on July 10, 2012, 12:38:05 PM
Two bits of game news today.

One, a popular webcomic is running a KS to keep them ad free for a year. I'll let them do their own promotion for this though. (Hint- It's Grug.)

(Another hint- Well, no it's not.)

And two- A new console also got an announcement/Kickstarter today- The Ouya (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ouya/ouya-a-new-kind-of-video-game-console)

It's basically an Android phone/table tablet turned into a console. It's an interesting idea especially given the recent influx of games for the mobile systems, but it's also collecting donations like mad- about $100k per hour so far today. And they expect to sell it at around $100 per unit. (Maybe slightly higher after the KS ends.) Unlike the Phantom, this one looks like it'll actually hit the market.

Edit- Gah! Funded already. 1.1 million in about 12 hours.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Space version 2.0 on July 10, 2012, 01:13:57 PM
Well, I just reserved my Ouya.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on July 11, 2012, 03:25:03 PM
Anyone familiar with Defense Grid? You know, the tower defense game on Steam that approximately 30% of all Steam users have played (No joke) and is currently on sale? Well, they're trying to KS a sequel: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hiddenpath/defense-grid-2

It's one of my favorite tower defense games and if you like the game or the genre, you might want to back this.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on July 12, 2012, 11:01:33 AM
Reuters is reporting that Vivendi, which is pretty deep in debt at the moment,  is thinking about selling and/or spinning off some of its divisions. And the division that's getting named the most is Activision/Blizzard. And here's a note from a game industry website:
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The idea is that by selling Activision Blizzard the French media conglomerate could raise about $10 billion. Those who may be interested include cash-rich firms like China's Tencent, media giant Time Warner, Microsoft, as well as private-equity heavyweights KKR, Providence and Blackstone, according to banking sources.

Microsoft buying Actiblizz would likely be a huge boon for the 360 and sequel box, but with the new hardware on the way , Microsoft might be loathe to spend that cash right now. And the thought of Tencent buying them... ugh, no.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: SJP on July 12, 2012, 12:19:24 PM
Wait a minute...Vivendi purchased Sierra way back, and it got absorbed into Activision/Blizzard.  Vivendi has been holding onto all the adventure game assets, not with any intent to release new games, but simply to hold the licenses in the off-chance they want to use them.  And as the last few years have proven, those have been a massive boon, what with all the original game designers getting their own Kickstart projects off the ground and Vivendi not doing crap with any of them since the early 2000s (or earlier...when did Gabriel Knight 3 come out?).

Maybe if they sell off components, Telltale might be willing to pick up a few extra licenses?  And we'll finally get the Guybrush Threepwood/Roger Wilco crossover we've all been...well, probably never have been waiting for!

Hey, if Mario & Sonic can face-off at the Olympics, anything can happen.  And I like to dream. ;)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on July 12, 2012, 01:30:51 PM
They're going to sell off Activision/Blizzard? Don't those companies make a ginormous amount of money? I guess you'd have to be seriously hard up to want to let go of the Starcraft/World of Warcraft/Call of Duty franchises.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: SJP on July 12, 2012, 01:57:37 PM
Well, if it's anything like Hollywood book-cooking, you have to remember the multi-million franchises like World of Warcraft and Call of Duty make no money.  Doesn't matter if the game cost $15 million to make and sold 500 billion copies at $60 apiece...it didn't make money.  That's what the accountants say, and therefore they are unable to pay a bunch of people responsible for making the game (or film, as the case may be) because of all sorts of issues involving "runovers" and "distribution" and "marketing" that they simply can't pay out as much as they originally thought.

I didn't want to use smileys above as I normally do, because the sarcasm required for this would make the forum explode.  I've been doing box office reviews for a website for some time, and the first real question about the accounting shenanigans came from when I saw the third Narnia movie made $400+ million in worldwide sales.  It cost about a third of that, about $150 million.  The previous film was more expensive, but also made almost $500 million.  They genuinely had discussions about making the fourth Narnia movie (which I guess isn't happening since there's been no word as far as I know in two years) because neither film "made any money."  I'm sorry, but when you make 3 times the film's budget and place your movie worldwide in the top 100 grossers of all-time list, there's no way you can tell me the movie didn't make money.  The key word here is not if the movie made money, but if it made "enough" money.  That's a very subjective term, and when some analyst says you should make $300 million personally on a movie and it only makes $299 million for you, you could technically say it didn't meet expectations, even though you got 99% of what the guy told you you would make.

I'm guessing it's the same thing for Vivendi.  They may be making millions on Call of Duty, but they're putting an investment in it and hoping they make back billions.  When they don't, they're not happy with the huge sums of money they've made and think it would be better if someone else carried the load.

Of course, it could be a "diminishing returns" effect, meaning even though they made a boatload with MW3, it was a slightly smaller boatload than for MW2, so better to sell it before MW4 comes out and makes only enough money to fill a swimming pool instead of the yacht.  On a pure bottom line viewing, it makes sense.  In terms of rationality and common sense, it's idiotic.  Every artistic endeavor from video games to film, regardless of franchise or freshness, is a crapshoot.  Duke Nukem was the hottest thing until 3D Realms let ego get in the way of actual product.  And who knows, Modern Warfare 4 could be "the greatest thing we've ever seen" or "the Batman & Robin of videogame entries."  Thing is, you don't know until it comes out, ever.  Winners and losers come from everywhere, and previous success is no guarantee, no matter how you hedge your bets.

Long story short (too late), I can understand them wanting to sell it because of future projections, but at the same time moneycrunchers never seem to realize you can't predict creativity.  It's a very odd business.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on July 12, 2012, 03:45:47 PM
I'll disagree here with SJP on why Vivendi is trying to sell. Firstly, game companies tend to not work the same way as movie studios do.  Game studios are quite vocal about making money. There's seldom someone involved who make a share of the gross, ala the movies, so when Call of Duty MW3 makes a billion in sales in 16 days, Activision is rather vocal about it. Ditto for Wow subscription numbers. ActiBlizz happily notes that it made a billion in profits last year.

What is instead going on is two things- One, Vivendi has a huge debt right now, about 15 billion dollars. They've lost their CEO and the banks, especially in Europe, are getting antsy. They need cash and they need it soon, so they're shopping around their most valuable assets- their share in Activision. (Some reports also say that SFR, a French telecom, is also on the bloc, but that's less likely.)

And two, they may be trying to dump Activision while it's still valuable. There's a lot of unease in computer/console land lately. Console sales numbers were down last year (Businessweek says that they fell 6% last year.) There's a huge push in MMORPG-land right now towards free to play over subscription, which would be a huge hit to Blizz's numbers. And a lot of the growth in computer gaming seems to be coming in the phone/tablet market, rather than in consoles. Spending $300 million to do the next CoD isn't a good idea if you think the potential buyer is just going to spend his or her time playing Farmville or Angry Birds instead.  It's the business equivalent of "Apple's coming out with a new model of iPad soon. I better sell my old one now while it's still worth something."

And, just for the curious, Vivendi also owns:
Studio Canal (Film/TV)
Universal Music Group
3 Telecom companies

Honestly, if they expect growth in the telecoms (and trends certainly seem to point that way), you'd want to get rid of the entertainment companies, and Activision would get you most of the way of your the cash hole.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: SJP on July 12, 2012, 04:19:52 PM
That sounds reasonable, and more informed about Vivendi's holdings than I am.  But yeah, thinking about it, European entertainment companies are definitely a flat part of the economy right now.  And following trends like that DO make sense, when it comes to "Free-to-play to a certain point" versus "paid subscription."  But is the budget for Call of Duty really $300 mil?  I'd think it'd be high but not "bigger than John Carter" high.  I do know that Bulletstorm sold quite a few copies and Epic said they lost money on it, but that would really only be about the $20-$30 million range, wouldn't it?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on July 12, 2012, 06:18:32 PM
But is the budget for Call of Duty really $300 mil?

Pulled that number out of thin air actually as a hypothetical number for a future game. 2009's MW2 cost about 50 million to make and another 150 million for advertising so when combined a $300 million number wouldn't be too out of line for a release in the next year or two.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Henry88 on July 12, 2012, 06:59:32 PM
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This is a tale of fans with a tremendous affection for the slightly less appreciated of Link’s Nintendo 64 adventures and, perhaps, a little too much time on their hands.

Pablo Belmonte and Paco Martinez are two men who ostensibly work in the gaming industry and have fond memories of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. So fond, in fact, that they desire to see an HD remake on the Wii U and, if Nintendo itself is amenable, are willing to do it themselves. To this end, they’ve put up a sizable chunk of trailer.

(http://www.cheatcc.com/images/news/majorahd.jpg)

Clocking in at almost two minutes, the trailer features familiar settings and characters from the game with redone model and texture work, extremely impressive lighting and shading effects that make it look like something one would expect to find on a console as powerful as the Wii U.

Nintendo is famously stingy about giving out licenses to produce content for its hardware, and exponentially more so when it comes to handing off their trademark franchises to other developers, but this trailer at least does its part to whet the appetite for a Zelda title in full HD.

http://news.cheatcc.com/Article.aspx?PostID=380717
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on July 14, 2012, 03:58:51 PM
Just announced at SDCC- Activision's releasing a new Marvel game video game in 2013.

http://www.youtube.com/v/smJAiOFM2AY?version=3

That sounds suspiciously like Nolan North too.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on July 14, 2012, 04:27:52 PM
It was Nolan North in Marvel Vs. Capcom 3...

OK, so that actually looks really, really awesome. Since it's not tied to the movie, and it looks like Marvel's letting 'pool get a little M-Rated, this has a lot of potential. :^)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Sideswipe on July 16, 2012, 03:22:50 PM
Nolan North is in every game!
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Space version 2.0 on July 16, 2012, 03:32:34 PM
Nolan North is in every game!
Except Skyrim...unless you have the Fall of the Space Core mod
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: SJP on July 19, 2012, 01:21:04 PM
Actually, something funny I found out about Nolan North, love 'im or hate 'im...ever hear of this game?

(http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/bestselling-games-2006/788-1.jpg)

No, he's not pictured on the cover...before he was leading man Nathan Drake, Deadpool, Raph in the TMNT movie, and dozens of other roles from small to large, he played a sidekick who claims he's actually a dragon.  You should believe him, because he said it, and that's clearly the truth.  He's not lying or anything...honest.

The game itself is too many Myst-like puzzles with a decent enough story and environment to explore, but it's one of those things where you go back and think, "so this is what he was doing before he was getting a steady paycheck."  He actually does a pretty good job in it, all things considered, though thinking back on it he's one of those people that when you see them act, you see the actor, not the character.  You know, the Christopher Walken syndrome.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Sideswipe on July 19, 2012, 02:01:06 PM
Nolan North does an awesome Walken impression too.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on July 19, 2012, 04:21:45 PM
Actually, something funny I found out about Nolan North, love 'im or hate 'im...ever hear of this game?

(http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/bestselling-games-2006/788-1.jpg)

No, he's not pictured on the cover...before he was leading man Nathan Drake, Deadpool, Raph in the TMNT movie, and dozens of other roles from small to large, he played a sidekick who claims he's actually a dragon.  You should believe him, because he said it, and that's clearly the truth.  He's not lying or anything...honest.

The game itself is too many Myst-like puzzles with a decent enough story and environment to explore, but it's one of those things where you go back and think, "so this is what he was doing before he was getting a steady paycheck."  He actually does a pretty good job in it, all things considered, though thinking back on it he's one of those people that when you see them act, you see the actor, not the character.  You know, the Christopher Walken syndrome.

Just played the demo for that.  Wow, horrible voice acting. Nice background graphics but the characters and interface are not what you would expect from a game that came out in 2006, seems about 10 years older than that.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Henry88 on July 20, 2012, 09:43:10 AM
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Bioware finds itself in hot water after their Star Wars MMO fails to take the throne from Activision/Blizzard’s World of Warcraft.

Once fan favourites and creators of popular games such as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (KOTR), Jade Empire and the Mass Effect series have slowly fallen from the good graces of gamers after they were acquired by the popular publishing giant Electronic Arts (EA).

EA put Bioware incharge of creating Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR), a subscription based Massively Multiplayer Online game (MMO) which was planned to be EA’s World of Warcraft killer.

The Warcraft franchise is owned by Activision/Blizzard and World of Warcraft is the most popular MMO to date. EA claims that it invested around $200 million into the project but analysts estimate that EA’s stake in the project might be as much as over half a billion dollars. If that’s the case then TOR is one of the most expensive games ever developed.

“I think it’s safe to say that the total all-in investment in ‘Star Wars’ is probably approaching half a billion dollars, EA has minimized its risks as much as it can on this bet, but it’s still a risky bet. To the extent that any one game defines his tenure, it’s going to be how ‘Star Wars’ performs.” said Doug Creutz who is an analyst at Cowen & Co.

The game launched for America and Europe in December 2011 and three months later in Australia. Initially the game was met with a favourable reception from fans and broke MMO records with the number of subscriptions at launch. It was received well with critics having an average Meta score of 85 on Metacritic.

“We previously described to folks that 500,000 subscribers saw the game as substantially profitable, but it's not the kind of thing that we would write home about,[But] anything north of 1 million subscribers is a very profitable business." said EA CEO John Riccitiello in an interview on February 2, 2011.

Things were looking good for EA post launch as SWTOR had reached over two million subscription count and was on its way to becoming a well established MMO in the market. Things took an ugly turn as the early adopters of the MMO soon discovered that not only was SWTOR full of game-breaking bugs and lacking polish that should’ve been there because of the long development time and the large budget.

However, Bioware was not remedying the situation quickly enough. Gamers who complained on the official forums were either ignored or banned by the SWTOR community manager. The online hate for the game sprouted new internet memes such as ‘Bioware’s Tortanic’ and ‘Titanic the 2nd’.

This escalated to a point where the fans got sick and tired of waiting for game update patches that would fix or incorporate features that were promised to them by Bioware and EA on day one. As a result there has been a significant drop in subscriptions. It is estimated that there are only around 60,000 subscribers left out of the two million.

This has resulted in Bioware to merge game servers, a usually simple operation, which also did not go according to plan as it has been reported that many users have lost their created character in the game after the server merge or are being forced to create new ones if they want to continue playing on the new merger servers.

Bioware announced on EA’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) show that the game will be going free to play up until Level 15 in the game. Never a good sign for a subscription based MMO so early in its life. Judging by other failed MMOs, SWTOR can be expected to go fully free to play after three or four months if the decreasing subscription trends continue.

http://blogs.bettor.com/Star-Wars-The-Old-Republic-EAs-very-own-Titanic-a166103
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Henry88 on July 21, 2012, 07:02:33 PM
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A Bioware Austin employee has lashed out at fans regarding the state of the recently launched massively multiplayer online (MMO) Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR) according to GamerTechTv.

SWTOR or ‘Tortanic’ is being called one of the biggest blunders of this generation as Electronic Arts (EA) has thrown away over $500 million of development and marketing funds for the project and will now have to make it free to play because of the rapidly decreasing player count.

The failure of the MMO has caused a significant drop in EA’s share price and has lead to major layoffs at Bioware Austin. The Bioware employee, who wishes to remain anonymous, has stated that fans are in part responsible for how the MMO turned out.

“EA blames us and to some extent they’re right to. But it was fan feedback from the day we opened the forums that encouraged us to design it for the fans the way it is and that included making it more like Kotor then an MMO like Wow,” he stated mentioning that gamers actually wanted SWTOR to be more like Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR), a single player role playing game by Bioware before it was acquired by EA, rather than World of Warcraft (WoW).

Fans have called him out and claim that Bioware is just pointing fingers for their own failure as they opened the official forums on September 12, 2011 where as the game came out three months later on December 20, 2011. It is hard to believe that three months worth of fan feedback could influence the game that was in development since 2006.

This news has also confirmed what every gamer could see coming a mile away. EA is finally about to swallow the bitter pill and make Star Wars: The Old Republic completely free to play. It’s either that or let the game die and be forgotten as the user base dwindles until there is no one left.

The employee also commented on the current situation at Bioware Austin as the layoffs mean that the remaining team is short handed and is having problems coping with the major changes required to make the game free to play. There has been no official announcement regarding SWTOR going free to play from EA so far but gamers can be certain that it is coming soon.

http://blogs.bettor.com/Anonymous-Bioware-Insider-blames-fans-for-SWTOR-Video-Games-Update-a173317


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Electronic Arts (EA) CEO John Riccitiello believes that Microsoft and Sony will be rolling out their new hardware by next year following the Nintendo Wii-U which will arrive first this holiday.

The majority of the publishers and developers have been against the decision by Microsoft and Sony to extend the current generation console life cycle by adding motion controls. The reason behind this is that most of the top publishers have already started developing or already completed next generation intellectual properties and games but because of the delay they are unable to get a return on their investment.

Crytek, DICE, IO Interactive, Ubisoft, Epic Games and Square Enix already have their next generation graphics engines ready but right now there are no consoles to fully support them and releasing games on PC exclusively is not that profitable. Thus, the majority of the developers and publishers are not considering it and just want to wait it out.

EA boss Riccitiello claims that the delay of next generation is one of the main reasons why EA’s stock price has been taking a hit since the publisher has already invested in new next generation IPs, which it chose not to reveal at electronic entertainment expo (E3). However, since there are no consoles out to launch the games on, the publisher can’t get a return on their investment.

"I think a major catalyst coming forward and the most important catalyst coming forward is visibility on next-gen consoles because that NPD data…that can and should be reversed out at some point probably starting next year," stated Riccitiello when discussing the NPD data which shows that game sales have decreased overall when compared to last year.

According to the NPD reports, video games sales have decreased by 29 percent where as total hardware sales have taken a much larger hit and are down by 45 percent when compared to those of last year. Riccitiello believes that the decreasing sales trend will force Sony and Microsoft to launch their next generation consoles by 2013.

Another possible reason is that Nintendo will be bringing its console first to the market, as the Wii-U is slated for release this holiday. It is likely that Microsoft and Sony, not wanting Nintendo to take a significant lead and capture a lot of the market share, will also work on rushing their consoles out and according to Riccitiello that will be in 2013.

http://blogs.bettor.com/Electronic-Arts-predicts-Next-Gen-arrival-in-2013-Video-Games-Update-a173178
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on July 21, 2012, 08:26:50 PM
SWTOR is actually an awesome game. If there's a flaw, it's that a good story needs a good resolution. It's hard to provide resolution when the goal is to keep the player playing forever. To put it crudely, just like sex, no matter how awesomely mindblowing it is, a good story needs a climax or everyone just ends up frustrated...
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MSTJedi on July 21, 2012, 09:20:28 PM
I'm looking forward to SWtoR going free-to-play. I'll gladly pay full price for the game to "authenticate" the copy I have installed on my computer for the current 15 level trial. I just have an intense hatred of the subscription model of online games. I don't even bother with XBL Gold unless I can get it for free or $1/month.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on July 25, 2012, 10:16:50 AM
Mists of Pandaria gets a release date: September 25. Which is about two months before I expected it to be released.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Lembach on July 25, 2012, 10:41:28 PM
SWTOR is actually an awesome game. If there's a flaw, it's that a good story needs a good resolution. It's hard to provide resolution when the goal is to keep the player playing forever. To put it crudely, just like sex, no matter how awesomely mindblowing it is, a good story needs a climax or everyone just ends up frustrated...

I think it's more like dating a real hot chick. She's gorgeous. You have a blast wining and dining her for weeks. Then when you get to "end game" and get the panties off, she has no vagina.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on July 31, 2012, 02:07:39 PM
It's official: The Old Republic is going free-to-play:

http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/07/31/star-wars-the-old-republic-going-free-to-play

Free to play nets you up to level 50 access to all class and race combinations.

Really, playing through the different class stories (Which is pretty much what you do up to level 50) is the part of the game I'm enjoying most. They'll have to offer up some pretty awesome expanded content if they want to keep my $15 a month...
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MSTJedi on July 31, 2012, 03:22:00 PM
It's official: The Old Republic is going free-to-play:

http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/07/31/star-wars-the-old-republic-going-free-to-play

Free to play nets you up to level 50 access to all class and race combinations.

Really, playing through the different class stories (Which is pretty much what you do up to level 50) is the part of the game I'm enjoying most. They'll have to offer up some pretty awesome expanded content if they want to keep my $15 a month...

Woo! I'll be glad to pay for the game itself when the time comes.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on August 04, 2012, 05:17:08 PM
So, EA is suing Zynga over Zynga's new "The Ville" game.

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EA have announced (http://www.scribd.com/mobile/doc/101954002?width=1280) tonight they’re planning to sue Zynga, over the similarities between the recently released The Ville, and Maxis’ The Sims Social. It’s not the first time that Zynga has released a game that looks astonishingly similar to another company’s game, but it’s the first time they’ve met an opponent big enough to fight back. We’ve seen an internal EA memo that tells staff that while they are pursuing this because they believe they’re legally in the right, they’re also doing it because they believe it’s time to be “taking a stand”. It says that even if they were to lose, “we will have made a point.”

Earlier today an email was sent around to EA employees explaining the plans to take a stand against this mimicry, emphasising that it was a matter of principle. A fact they repeat in their public statement on the matter. While they believe there’s a strong legal case to demonstrate that the Ville, in their words, “copied the original and distinctive expressive elements of The Sims Social”, they are saying they want to take it on for emotional reasons too. Zynga, however, have responded by saying that The Sims Social bears a great deal of resemblance to their older game, CityVille.

In the email sent to staff, they outlined their motivations.
“This is a case of principle. Maxis isn’t the first studio to claim that Zynga copied its creative product. But we are the studio that has the financial and corporate resources to stand up and do something about it. Infringing a developer’s copyright is not an acceptable practice in game development. By calling Zynga out on this illegal practice, we hope to have a secondary effect of protecting the rights of other creative studios who don’t have the resources to protect themselves.”

 Another passage that emphasises this. “I’m certain there will be a response. Some will say The Ville simply iterates; some will tell us to get over it and move on. We are confident in our position, and that we will prevail. But even if we do not, we will have made a point.”

While EA may be disliked by some (and I'll take a sec to note that I hope Doc's doing better these days), Zynga does to tend to hew a lot closer to "being a direct copy of a game" than they do of "being inspired by a game." It'll be interesting to see who wins, especially with EA's attitude of "even if we lose, it'll still be worth doing." So, go evil empire.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on August 04, 2012, 05:44:02 PM
Let me continue talking here.

This is Nimblebit (http://www.nimblebit.com/).

Nimblebit is a three person company who make games for the iPhone.  They made a little game called Tiny Tower (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tiny-tower/id422667065?mt=8) where you're building a little office tower and manage the tenants who move in. (There's a droid version too.) And last year, Apple declared it to be their game of the year. This January, Zynga announced a game called "Dream Heights" which played almost exactly like Tiny Tower except DH's graphics were much better since Zynga has an actual art department.

Nimblebit was not amused.

But, at the same time, the three person team couldn't realistically sue Zynga, who made over a billion dollars last year. Just paying the lawyers after a court delay or two would likely sink the company. So, they did this.  (http://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2012/01/25/everything-wrong-with-zynga-in-one-image/)

That's why I'm on EA's side here.

BTW, here's their reaction to the news today: https://twitter.com/NimbleBit/status/231453042875195392
(I'd give whomever is manning EA's tweet feed a raise, BTW.)


Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MSTJedi on August 04, 2012, 06:27:25 PM
While I don't like some of EA's more profit-driven practices, I'm behind them on this, especially since they're acknowledging the smaller outfits that can't fight back.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Invader_quirk on August 04, 2012, 08:13:48 PM
According to a former employee of Zynga, if you suggest making a game that isn't a direct ripoff, the boss gets really mad. They've earned none of their money in my opinion, so let EA take it.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on August 07, 2012, 10:35:45 PM

And two- A new console also got an announcement/Kickstarter today- The Ouya (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ouya/ouya-a-new-kind-of-video-game-console)

It's basically an Android phone/table tablet turned into a console. It's an interesting idea especially given the recent influx of games for the mobile systems, but it's also collecting donations like mad- about $100k per hour so far today. And they expect to sell it at around $100 per unit. (Maybe slightly higher after the KS ends.) Unlike the Phantom, this one looks like it'll actually hit the market.

Edit- Gah! Funded already. 1.1 million in about 12 hours.

An update.  24 hours to go in the campaign and they've raised... $7.5 million. Yeah, this might have been a moderately successful campaign.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Space version 2.0 on August 08, 2012, 12:14:14 PM

And two- A new console also got an announcement/Kickstarter today- The Ouya (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ouya/ouya-a-new-kind-of-video-game-console)

It's basically an Android phone/table tablet turned into a console. It's an interesting idea especially given the recent influx of games for the mobile systems, but it's also collecting donations like mad- about $100k per hour so far today. And they expect to sell it at around $100 per unit. (Maybe slightly higher after the KS ends.) Unlike the Phantom, this one looks like it'll actually hit the market.

Edit- Gah! Funded already. 1.1 million in about 12 hours.

An update.  24 hours to go in the campaign and they've raised... $7.5 million. Yeah, this might have been a moderately successful campaign.
Over $8 million now.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on August 08, 2012, 06:27:39 PM
Coming Soon to Farsight Studio's "Pinball Arcade"
http://www.youtube.com/v/unMzOfo1NKg

http://www.youtube.com/v/u3VuDGxOnv8

No word on when they plan on releasing the Twilight Zone or Star Trek TNG table yet. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on August 09, 2012, 11:22:38 PM
So, did you buy Silent Hill HD for the 360?

Yeah, that was probably a mistake for you. Konami has announced that they're not going to patch the 360 version. The patch would have resolved issues with screen tearing, audio, sync, and general performance issues. For some odd reason, folks reacted badly to that news.

But Konami is offering a free game in return for the issue, with the following caveats: (Text from Cheapassgamer)

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For those of you who are like me and purchased the Xbox 360 version of the
Silent Hill HD Collection (http://www.examiner.com/topic/silent-hill-hd-collection/articles) NEW and still have a receipt to prove it, if you send an email to customersupport@kde-us.com (http://customersupport@kde-us.com) expressing your displeasure about the lack of further patches, you will be presented with a list of select games to choose a free copy from. The list is below. While not a great selection, it’s still better than nothing.
NDS:
 
  • BEYBLADE: METAL FUSION (Hudson)
  • BEYBLADE: METAL MASTERS (Hudson)
  • Deca Sports (Hudson)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship 2007
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's World Championship 2011 Over the Nexus
3DS:
 
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3DS (PES 2011)
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 3DS (PES 2012)
  • Frogger 3DS
  • Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights
  • Metal Gear Solid 3DS
  • Nikolis Pencil Puzzle
  • Deca Sports Freedom
Wii:
 
  • BEYBLADE: METAL FUSION (Hudson)
  • Castlevania Judgement
  • Dance Dance Revolution (2010)
  • Dance Dance Revolution II (2011)
  • Dance Dance Revolution II (2011) Bundle
  • Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 2
  • Deca Sports (Hudson)
  • Deca Sports 2 (Hudson)
  • Deca Sports 3 (Hudson)
  • Def Jam Rapstar
  • Dewy's Adventure
  • Fishing Master (Hudson)
  • Karaoke Revolution Glee
  • Karaoke Revolution Glee vol. 2
  • Karaoke Revolution Glee vol. 3
  • Marble Saga Kororinpa (Hudson)
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 (PES 2008)
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 (PES 2012)
  • Rooms: The Main Building (Hudson)
  • The Cages: Pro Style Batting Practice
  • Wing Island (Hudson)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh 5D's: Wheelie Breakers
PS2:
 
  • Contra: Shattered Soldier
  • Frogger: The Great Quest
  • Karaoke Revolution Party
  • Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
  • Metal Gear Solid 2 Substance
  • Metal Gear Solid Essential Collection
  • Silent Hill: Shattered Memories
  • SLAI: Steel Lancer Arena International
  • Suikoden III
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Yu Gi Oh! Duelists of the Roses
PS3:
 
  • Birds of Steel
  • Blades of Time
  • Castlevania Lords of Shadow
  • Castlevania Lords of Shadow LE
  • Dance Dance Revolution (2010) Bundle
  • Hellboy The Science of Evil
  • Karaoke Revolution Bundle (2009) Bundle
  • Lucha Libre AAA Heroes Del Ring
  • Metal Gear Solid HD
  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (MGS4)
  • Neverdead
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 (PES 2009)
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 (PES 2011)
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 (PES 2012)
  • Silent Hill HD
  • Silent Hill Downpour
PSP:
 
  • Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops Plus
  • Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2012
  • Rengoku
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Tag Force 5
XBOX 360:
 
  • Adrenalin Misfits
  • Birds of Steel
  • Blades of Time
  • Castlevania Lords of Shadow
  • Castlevania Lords of Shadow LE
  • Dance Masters (Kinect)
  • DDR Universe 3 bundle
  • DDR (2010) Bundle
  • Deca Sports Freedom (Kinect)
  • Jimmy Johnson
  • Karaoke Revolution (2009) Bundle
  • KR Glee vol. 3
  • Lucha Libre AAA Heroes Del Ring
  • Metal Gear Solid HD
  • Neverdead
  • Otomedius Excellent
  • Otomedius Excellent LE
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 (Latin America - 30101 )
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 (Canada/US)
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 (Latin America - 30126)
  • Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 (Canada/US)
  • Rock Revolution
  • Rumble Roses
  • Silent Hill Downpour
XBOX:
 
  • AirForce Delta Storm
  • Bloody Roar Extreme
  • Castlevania:Curse of Darkness
  • DDR Ultramix
  • DDR Ultramix 2
  • DDR Ultramix 3 bundle
  • DDR Ultramix 4 bundle
  • ESPN International Sports 2002
  • Frogger Beyond
  • Karaoke Revolution Party Game
  • King Arthur
  • Konami Classics vol1
  • Konami Classics vol2
  • Metal Gear Solid 2 Substance
  • Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2
  • TMNT Nightmare
  • Whiteout
  • Winning Eleven 9
  • WTA Tour Tennis
  • Xiaolin Showdown

Paid $40 for Silent Hill? Here, have this copy of King Arthur for the first Xbox in return.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Henry88 on August 10, 2012, 12:11:59 PM
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The Ouya Android console will come packed with support for XBMC, iHeartRadio, VEVO and TuneIn Radio.

The Ouya team is working with XBMC to bring the open source media player and entertainment hub to the Android device. XBMC Community Manager Nathan Betzen says the marriage was inevitable thanks to the hundreds -- if not thousands -- of demands on Twitter, in blogs, on Facebook, in Reddit, and in Kickstarter comments.

"We are delighted to announce that XBMC will be working with Ouya to ensure that XBMC works well on the Ouya platform. Ouya's Android underpinnings and XBMC's work on Android (soon to be merged into master, pending final sign-offs!) will dramatically speed up that effort, as will early XBMC dev access to Ouya prototypes," Betzen said.

In addition to the XBMC negotiations, the Ouya team has also partnered with TuneIn Radio, a free service that pipes in over 60,000 radio stations and two million on-demand programs. This will be a handy service for Ouya owners who want to listen to their local radio stations without having to worry about spotty reception. Typically TuneIn offers two Android apps on Google Play: the free version and the $0.99 Pro version which allows users to record stations and on-demand content to a smartphone or tablet.

Previously the Ouya team announced a partnership with iHeartRadio which also streams local radio stations in addition to stations scattered across the nation.

"iHeartRadio brings users the only 'all-in-one' free digital radio experience – the best live radio stations from all over America, PLUS user-created Custom Stations, like a playlist, inspired by favorite artists and songs. And the iHeartRadio HTML 5 App is a perfect fit for OUYA because it’s built for a large screen format and provides an intuitive and engaging audio and visual experience," Clear Channel Media said last week.

Finally, the Ouya team has partnered with VEVO to bring the "world's leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform" to the Android console. Users will have access to favorite artists like JAY Z, Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber, Shakira, Kings of Leon, The Killers, Big K.R.I.T., Florence + The Machine, John Mayer, P!nk and more on their HDTV.

"At VEVO, our mission is to bring high quality music experiences to users wherever and whenever. We have always strived to embrace new platforms that developers, creative communities and consumers are excited about. Ouya is just that—it’s one of the most exciting new entertainment platforms we’ve seen and we think it’s a natural fit for VEVO’s premium music videos and original music programming," VEVO said.

Of course, we can't talk about an Android gaming console without actually covering a few games. That said, here's a list of titles currently slated to launch on the gadget:

AR-K: A Dark Acid Adventure Comedy
Armored Tank Assault 2
Aura Tactics
Auro
Castle Conflict 2
Echoes of Eternea
Final Fantasy III
Gish (and more!)
Gravestompers
Gunblitz
Heroes Call and Ski Safari
Ittle Dew
Kaiju Combat
Kitaru
Legends of Aethereus
MANOS: The Hands of Fate
Megatroid
Mutant Mudds
OnLive's Streaming Service
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Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on August 13, 2012, 10:31:10 PM

TF2 announces a Gray Team - which is a co-op Horde mode of 5 players versus streams of killer robots. Make it to the end and you get loot. Which probably means hats, since it's TF2. It hits August 15.

Now, go destroy some robots in memory of Rae, okay?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on August 17, 2012, 05:23:29 PM
Oooh boy.

Okay, video game streaming place OnLive is busily denying rumors that they are in fact shutting down. But at the same time, Kotaku is saying that they've filed for bankruptcy protection, Gamasutra is saying they have reports of mass layoffs and there's a stream of employees carrying boxes out to their cars.

If the rumors are true, I hope no one spent too much money at that site. (I'm out a buck, IIRC.)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on August 21, 2012, 01:11:25 PM
Well, RIP Nintendo Power:
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Gamers of a certain age likely remember the days when their main fix of information about new and upcoming video games came in the form of the monthly Nintendo Power magazine that was delivered directly to their mailbox. That experience is set to become yet another relic of a past era, as Ars Technica has learned that Future Publishing is planning to stop publishing the magazine.


Nintendo Power is one of the longest-running game magazines in the country, having been published continuously since the summer of 1988, when it started as a bi-monthly outgrowth of the previous Nintendo Fun Club newsletter. Nintendo produced and distributed the magazine (with articles that were often just thinly veiled marketing copy) from 1989 through late 2007, when it started contracting the brand out for a more independent angle from tech-and-game-focused Future Publishing.


But our source says that Nintendo, which was always "difficult to work with," was uninterested in renewing that contract or in taking part in a number of digital initiatives that Future saw as necessary for the long-term health of the brand. He added that Nintendo doesn't seem interested in taking over direct control of the magazine again (Nintendo and Future representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment for this story).


Nintendo Power editors and staffers were told of the magazine's impending shuttering last week, the source said, and are currently being transitioned to work on other Future properties, including GamesRadar and MacLife magazine. The move should not affect Future's other gaming magazines, which include official periodicals for the PlayStation and Xbox brands, as well as Best Buy's @Gamer.


It's unclear exactly how many more issues of Nintendo Power are planned after the recently published August issue (its 281st), or how current subscribers will be compensated. Nintendo Power enjoys a total monthly readership of 475,000, according to Future press materials.


Nintendo Power's shuttering comes during a time of continuing struggles for the US magazine industry, which saw overall circulation numbers decline 10 percent (http://www.usatoday.com/money/media/story/2012-08-07/magazine-circulation-ytd/56857920/1) in the first half of 2012. Gamers have increasingly come to rely on online sources for more timely and less space-limited gaming coverage, leading the venerable GamePro magazine to stop publishing late last year (http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2011/11/gamepro-magazine-and-website-to-shutter-next-month-1/) after 23 years in print.


There is at least one bright spot in the world of printed game magazines. Game Informer rose to become the third most popular magazine in the country (http://accessabc.wordpress.com/2012/08/07/the-top-25-u-s-consumer-magazines-for-the-first-half-of-2012/) this year, with nearly 6 million subscribers that were mostly gained through its point-of-sale relationship with mega-retailer GameStop.

UPDATE: Nintendo Power senior editor Chris Hoffman seemed to confirm our source's information on Twitter, saying that he was "sad to see it go (https://twitter.com/ChrisTheHoff/status/237976991603777538)" and that the editorial team would "try to make the last issues memorable (https://twitter.com/ChrisTheHoff/status/237969922137927681)." Nintendo Power writer Phil Theobald, meanwhile, promised on Twitter that they had "something pretty sweet planned for the final issue (https://twitter.com/WhimsicalPhil/status/237966173856206848)." [Further update: It seems the tweets in question have been deleted after publication.]
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on August 21, 2012, 03:12:45 PM
NOOOO! Nintendo Power is one of the highlights of my every month! I KNOW it's thinly veiled marketing material, and I KNOW I can get the information faster online, but I like thumbing through it and checking out things I probably wouldn't bother clicking online.

RIP Magazine industry. You no longer have anything I want or need.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on August 21, 2012, 03:30:04 PM
Grrrr....

Mega Bloks announces World of Warcraft line.

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/81eert1V58L._AA1500_.jpg)

If this were a Lego set I'd be all over it.  But Mega Bloks are just so... "meh."

Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on August 21, 2012, 05:06:51 PM
If it were Lego, it'd probably be 5 times the price.   :)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on August 21, 2012, 06:52:49 PM
If it were Lego, it'd probably be 5 times the price.   :)

Not really. The Stormwind Set above is about 900 pieces and runs $99. The Lego Moria set is about 800 and $80 and Helm's Deep is 1350 pieces for $130.

Meh. I'll just find a Murloc hat or something to sate my need for WoW stuff.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on August 22, 2012, 01:37:34 PM
Reports are surfacing that Nintendo will be revealing a lot of stuff about the Wii U on the 13th of September. In addition, that seems to be the first day you'll be able to preorder them as well.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on August 28, 2012, 10:07:45 AM
More Skyrim DLC on the way!

http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/08/28/the-elder-scrolls-v-skyrim-hearthfire-announced

Buy some real-estate! Build a house! Settle down and Raise a family! Join the PTA! Buy some sensible shoes and a Chevrolet!
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on August 29, 2012, 10:24:46 AM
Im in. Whenever they decide to randomly release it for the PC. I'm guessing they aren't in a rush though, because of you really want to build a house you already can with the creation kit.

EDIT:  Here's the trailer. 

http://www.youtube.com/v/TvhQZoyZn1g?version=3&hl=en_US

It's funny how if you had no idea what Skyrim was, this trailer would make it seem pretty boring.  But considering all this stuff is added into this already huge game, it sounds awesome.  I'm actually quite excited for it.  Having a nice place to display all the stuff I've collected will be cool.  My stone shelf in Markarth piled high with centurion dynamo cores is well... it's a little messy.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: bigheadtodd82 on August 31, 2012, 07:56:36 AM
And I just traded my Skyrim after finishing Dawnguard:(  (sad trombone)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: SJP on August 31, 2012, 08:19:10 PM
Speaking of Skyrim...for the life of me, I can't remember what site I got this from (it's one of the many game*insert word here*.com websites, and from what I gather it's generally reputable) that apparently the good people at Bethesda view the PS3 as some sort of alien artifact beyond their comprehension...as in, there's a good chance the bugs in Dawnguard are so insurmountable that they may never release it for the PS3.

So, here's Bethesda's RPG track record for the past ten years or so:
Elder Scrolls IV: 360, PC, PS3.  DLC breaks the main game's vampire side quest; you own the GOTY edition, you're screwed.  Only bypassable by not getting GOTY edition or buying it for PC and hacking.  This elephant in the room, fixable by reportedly moving a quotation mark back to where it should have gone, was never patched, not even for 5th anniversary re-release.  However, horse armor can be purchased for $1.99.

Fallout 3: 360, PC, PS3.  Random crashes across the board, but PS3 notable for ridiculous frame-rate stutters in PS3 DLC content.  Was patched to fix minor bugs, but stutter was never fixed.

Fallout New Vegas: 360, PC, PS3.  First time Bethesda was called out by the industry at large by releasing a game that was unplayable on ALL platforms upon release.  Quite possibly the most work Bethesda has ever done to actually fix buggy code.

Skyrim: 360, PC, PS3.  Bugs across the board once again, but PS3 version stutters like Fallout 3 used to.  360 and PC get problems fixed and DLC as promised, Bethesda finally admits they have no one on-staff that understands how a PS3 operates despite the system existing for 5+ years.  Bioware finally gets to laugh that, despite outcry against the ending of Mass Effect 3, at least PS3 owners can PLAY to the end without trouble.

Maybe Sony is partially to blame for having what is apparently very stringent policies on hardware access, but really, Bethesda really needs to get somebody in charge who knows what they're doing.  I mean, the Silent Hill HD Collection at least has a variety of damn good excuses as to why they released a broken product (despite the fact that it probably should never have come out at all, considering the factors).  But this is an age where most games released are cross-platform titles...hell, even Valve, who are best known for their work in the PC market, figured out how to get a PS3 and PC to game with each other on Portal 2, and STILL have a working game released for the 360 despite Microsoft disallowing cross-platform play.  For Bethesda, a company that releases games that have good stories and otherwise good gameplay, to not be able to hire anyone who knows how a PS3 works is an embarrassment.  That, AND they have a long and undistinguished track record of releasing titles that are half-finished, beyond even the ones I mentioned.  Call of Cthulhu, anyone?

But then, this might be why getting those exclusivity deals with Microsoft might be a detriment.  They've spent so much time with the 360 and PC that they know all the tricks and shortcuts to making stuff work on those systems, and never bothered to learn the secrets of the PS3.  I can only imagine whose brains would be exploding if they ever tried to tackle the Wii or WiiU one of these days...
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Henry88 on August 31, 2012, 08:53:50 PM
you know we need a thread just for game bugs
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on August 31, 2012, 09:43:47 PM
Here's Bethesda saying they just don't know if they can get Dawnguard to work on PS3:

http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/08/31/skyrim-dlc-on-playstation-3-may-never-happen
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on August 31, 2012, 10:19:10 PM
Aw, son of a...

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City Of Heroes Shutting Down, Paragon Studio Closing

NCSoft has decided to pull the plug on City of Heroes once and for all. The game and the studio working on the game, Paragon Studio, will be no more. In case it wasn't made clear enough, imagine NCSoft is Bane and Paragon Studio/City of Heroes is Batman...now imagine Bane just breaks Batman's back. Eh, only this time Batman stays broke.

Despite going free-to-play during the late-middle of 2011, Paragon sent out the sad words earlier today notifying gamers and the community at large that they will no longer be employed to work on City of Heroes. Community manager Andy Belford makes it clear that gamers shouldn't be sad, but should be happy about the great experiences and time afford in City of Heroes, saying...

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    Thank you. Thank you for your years of support. You've been with us every step of the way, sharing in our challenges, encouraging us to make City of Heroes better, more than everyone else thought it could be. We couldn't have come this far without you. I implore you all, focus on the good things of CoH and Paragon Studios. Don't dwell on the "how" or the "why", but rather join us in celebrating the legacy of an amazing partnership between the players and the development team.


Belford explains further up in the goodbye letter that effectively immediately the cash shop for City of Heroes will be closing and all subscription fees and billing will come to cessation. The game and its services are expected to come to a full end before the year is out and Paragon has stopped developing content for the game.

Shoot. CoH was a great little game and despite my best efforts, I never got the chance to fully explore it.  You'll be missed. Now, I'm off to kil a few more skuls.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Henry88 on September 05, 2012, 10:20:46 AM
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Recent reports indicate that the launch of Microsoft's next-gen Xbox 720 may be delayed due to chip shortages.

According to Silicon Valley tech guru Charlie Demerjian, the Xbox 720 "Oban" processor is being run through multiple fabs in high quantities. However, chip yields have been described as being "painfully low."

Report: Xbox 720 may be delayed by chip shortage

"Given the sheer number of wafers Microsoft contracted for, this seems to be both an anticipated problem, and one they have plans to work through," Demerjian explained in a detailed analysis posted on SemiAccurate.

 "That said, SemiAccurate's sources are still reporting there is much work to be done, yields are not even up to 'horrid' yet."



As such, says Demerjian, Redmond is attempting to dual or triple source the parts, hoping that one foundry will manage to fix things ahead of the rest.



"If production wafers are really going in this year, the last time a foundry can run a test wafer is about November 1," Demerjian noted. 

"Anything after that day will not come out of the fab in time for the results to be fed back in to the production chips. That is the technical term for ‘[yes], the XBox Next is going to be delayed.’"


Nevertheless, it appears as if there may be "some slack" in the production schedule, meaning approximately six to eight weeks of delay is possible before the launch would have to be pushed back.



"That meshes well with what SemiAccurate knows about silicon production times and ODM capabilities. Microsoft insiders tell us that the planned launch date is September 2013, and that is not changing without heads rolling internally," he added.



In related news, EA exec Frank Gibeau recently told GamesIndustry.biz that Microsoft's Xbox 720 and Sony's Playstation 4 (PS4) are shaping up to be "spectacular" consoles. 


"I've seen the machines that we're building games for, and they're spectacular. Gen 4 hardware is a huge opportunity, and it's going to lead to a huge growth spurt for the industry.

"The only thing that could really displace that is really high-end tablets and IPTV and IPTV is further out than just a couple of years. But those are the only two places I see that kind of risk occurring, and the good news for EA is that we're going to publish across all of them. We might ultimately find that to our advantage."



Although Microsoft and Sony have decline to name a launch date for their respected systems, Gibeau believes both next-gen consoles will launch "in about a year's time."



http://www.tgdaily.com/games-and-entertainment-features/65915-report-xbox-720-launch-may-be-delayed-by-chip-shortages

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Star Wars is more than just a series of movies or your typical franchise.

Indeed, the expansive Star Wars universe has become modern folklore for fans all over the world, alongside a virtual industry of merchandise, especially games and toys. The Star Wars video games have been especially impressive, and The Force Unleashed got major press for being, as the cliché goes, a game changer way back in 2008.

Can Free to Play save Star Wars: The Old Republic?
 
At the same time, all has not been well in the Empire. As we recently reported here on TG, "No gamer is likely to forget all the buzz and hoopla surround Star Wars: the Old Republic [which] kicked off with over 1.7 million subscribers, yet slowly lost a significant number of players as time went by." 



How significant? According to reports, it went from 1.7 million to less than a million in a nine-month period.
 
In an effort to try and save the game, Star Wars: The Old Republic is switching to a free-to-play model. BioWare is a division of Electronic Arts, who released The Old Republic, and their new general manager Matt Bromberg told CVG, "My primary intention to to make as many people play this beautiful game that we've made... A lot of other games that have moved from subscription to hybrid haven't lost as many customers as you might think, in fact a lot of them have gained subscribers."
 
While no one can predict the impact of having a free to play model and if it will help revive the game, Bromberg added, "We do think the numbers will grow steadily, but we're not looking for some enormous surge on day one."
 
Now could also be a good time to try and resurrect the game because there's a big gaming season coming up this fall with Halo 4, Call of Duty, and many other long awaited games about to hit the market. As we've previously discussed, the gaming industry is also trying to embrace free to play as a way to try and combat piracy, and the Old Republic could benefit from this, as well as the next big surge in the market.
 
As Bromberg told CVG: "We looked at where the market opportunity was, and it seemed clear to us that a game as big and broad as Star Wars was well suited for the free-to-play model... We looked at it and thought, what is the size of opportunity for your brand?



"There are tens of millions of Star Wars fans, how many have tried our game? How many would like to try it? The awareness of the brand is really high so what's standing in the way? We found that people who gave it a try but left found the subscription to be the biggest barrier. So it was a pretty straightforward decision for us."

http://www.tgdaily.com/games-and-entertainment-features/65888-can-free-to-play-save-star-wars-the-old-republic
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Henry88 on September 07, 2012, 05:14:22 PM
http://kotaku.com/5941179/its-time-for-jrpgs-to-get-rid-of-voice-acting

the only people i want to shut up is the complainers. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on September 10, 2012, 03:01:20 PM
Well, here's something cool and infuriating at the same time.

Popcap, in association with the American Dental Association, is offering something special this Halloween. They're out to stop zombie mouth!So instead of giving out boring old candy, give out FUN instead! Fun in this case means copies of Plants vs. Zombies.

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Ask if your local dentist has the limited-edition, collectible Plants vs. Zombies™ trading cards with the code for a free Plants vs. Zombies download game. Or, download printable free-game coupons here (http://www.stopzombiemouth.com/).

While this is a rather infuriating (to me) nannyistic whining from the ADA, (It's Halloween. Let the kids have candy a few times a year. Concentrate on, oh say, the amount of soda they're drinking before you tackle the once or twice a year things) if you'd like to give out candy to the little ones along with a copy of PvZ, well, here you go. But don't just hand out coupons for a copy of the game. That's just cheap.

And that's at http://www.stopzombiemouth.com/ BTW. Which is not the same site as www.stopcowboymouth.com or www.stopsmashmouth.com or www.stoplemonademouth.com
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on September 10, 2012, 05:57:25 PM
Well, here's something cool and infuriating at the same time.

Popcap, in association with the American Dental Association, is offering something special this Halloween. They're out to stop zombie mouth!So instead of giving out boring old candy, give out FUN instead! Fun in this case means copies of Plants vs. Zombies.

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Ask if your local dentist has the limited-edition, collectible Plants vs. Zombies™ trading cards with the code for a free Plants vs. Zombies download game. Or, download printable free-game coupons here (http://www.stopzombiemouth.com/).

While this is a rather infuriating (to me) nannyistic whining from the ADA, (It's Halloween. Let the kids have candy a few times a year. Concentrate on, oh say, the amount of soda they're drinking before you tackle the once or twice a year things) if you'd like to give out candy to the little ones along with a copy of PvZ, well, here you go. But don't just hand out coupons for a copy of the game. That's just cheap.

And that's at http://www.stopzombiemouth.com/ BTW. Which is not the same site as www.stopcowboymouth.com or www.stopsmashmouth.com or www.stoplemonademouth.com

The nations optometrists, after hearing of this, were quoted as saying "What the fuck guys?  I mean come on, kids strain their eyes enough as it is.  I thought we were on the same team."  They then proceeded to give their patients sugar filled mouth guards. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on September 12, 2012, 02:07:55 PM
Hmmm.

Chris "Wing Commander" Roberts just announced a new company "Cloud Imperium Games" and his website http://robertsspaceindustries.com/start/ seems to be counting down to something. (The access code, BTW, is 42.)

It won't be Wing Commander (That's owned by EA) but it might be Wing Commander-ish. In any case, we'll see what's up on October 10th.

 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on September 12, 2012, 10:56:07 PM
Srean just announced the first batch of Greenlight games to be Greenlit!

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September 11, 2012 -- Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Counter-Strike, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Portal, and Team Fortress) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced the first set of titles submitted through Steam Greenlight have earned critical mass and been picked up for worldwide distribution.

The first set of titles to launch via Greenlight will be released independently in the months ahead (as they are varying stages of completion).

“The Steam community rallied around these titles and made them the clear choice for the first set of titles to launch out of Greenlight,” said Anna Sweet of Valve. “Since launch, hundreds of titles have been submitted, with more coming in every day. We expect to be announcing more titles coming to Steam via Greenlight soon.”

The first 10 titles coming to Steam from Greenlight are:
Black Mesa
Cry of Fear
Dream
Heroes & Generals
Kenshi
McPixel
No More Room in Hell
Project Zomboid
Routine
Towns

Steam Greenlight is a new platform feature that enlists the community’s help in selecting some of the next games to be released on Steam. Launched on August 30, Greenlight allows developers and publishers to post information and media about their game in an effort to convince Community members that their game should be released on Steam.

For more information, please visit steamcommunity.com/greenlight/

THRILLED that Towns made it. I got it in an Indie Bundle a while back and have been playing it since it was an itty bitty beta. Kind of a Minecraft/City Builder/RTS mash-up. I can't get enough of it.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on September 13, 2012, 09:09:23 AM
WiiU Pricing time

Basic Unit $299
Deluxe unit w/ Marioland and 32 GB of Memory  $349

November 18th release date (Nov 30 in EU and Dec 4 in Japan. Huh. We get it before the Japanese? That's unusual.)
And TVii, which is Tivo-ish was also mentioned.

Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on September 13, 2012, 11:09:15 AM
No price for Europe? That means we'll probably get screwed again.  I wouldn't be surprised if it was £300.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on September 13, 2012, 11:35:30 AM
From IGN:

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Nintendo never announces prices for Europe due to previous issues with the EU, so it'll be up to retailers to decide. Early listings ranged from £210 to £320. Tesco currently has it at £249 for Basic and £299 for Premium.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Space version 2.0 on September 13, 2012, 11:44:25 AM
Yeesh. Pass, for now. I'll wait for a new Zelda game or a price drop.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Edward J Grug III on September 13, 2012, 02:19:40 PM
Pikmin 3 is enough to sell me! :D
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on September 14, 2012, 05:49:40 PM
More Kickstarter news-

Obsidian, makers of Fallout New Vegas, South Park: Stick of Truth (and a lot of stuff when they were at Black Isle) are doing a Kickstarter of their own for Project Eternity, a RPG inspired by their prior creations. You know. Baldur's Gate. Icewind Dale. Stuff like that. You can find it here. (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/obsidian/project-eternity?ref=home_popular) They launched today and are halfway to their goal already.

Edit: And 24 hours later, it's funded. It's amazing what can happen after 30,000 people toss some money at a project.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on September 14, 2012, 10:12:03 PM
Saw that on the escapist and donated. Sounds like a pretty sure deal.

Now I just need to work on forgetting about the kickstarters I've donated to so I don't spend the next two years in eager anticipation.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Henry88 on September 16, 2012, 05:20:39 PM
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Remember that isometric PC dungeon crawler called Project Eternity that Obsidian Entertainment sought funding for on Kickstarter? The one we told you about, oh, yesterday? Well, not only has the $1.1 million funding goal been reached, but Obsidian revealed the project's initial set of stretch goals for the next month of fundraising.

Should the team raise just over $100K more, the game will receive a new playable race, class and companion each in addition to the three races, five classes and five companions included in the game. At the $1.6 million goal, Obsidian will make a Mac version of the game and add a "new major storyline" with added quests and locations. Hitting the $1.8 million mark nets the same result as the first goal, with another new race, class and companion created for the game.

Players will receive their own houses in the game if the project reaches $2 million in funding, and will see Linux support and a new region, faction and companion if it hits $2.2 million. At the rate Obsidian is moving in its Kickstarter campaign, it is already working on $2.4 million and above stretch goals. If money keeps moving its way, we'd give it another day or so.

http://www.joystiq.com/2012/09/16/obsidians-project-eternity-fully-funded-stretch-goals-revealed/
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on September 16, 2012, 05:55:18 PM
I backed it.  Partly through the guilt of never actually beating any of the Black Isle games in the 90s.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on September 16, 2012, 07:29:45 PM
Hmm. On the one hand, the minimum pledge to get the game is higher than average, but on the other, the minimum pledge to get a boxed copy is way lower than average..
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on September 16, 2012, 11:29:52 PM
Just a reminder: Borderline 2 is released on Tuesday. I'm not sure why they made a Madonna-themed video game in the first place, let alone how it got a sequel, but if you're a fan of the Material Girl, here you go.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on September 17, 2012, 08:24:27 PM
...huh.

Bayonetta 2 is now a Wii U exclusive. For some reason, Nintendo, not Sega, is now the publisher.

So, good news on a Bayonetta sequel. Bad news that it's on a console I have no interest in.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Sideswipe on September 17, 2012, 08:35:25 PM
Just a reminder: Borderline 2 is released on Tuesday

Do you mean Borderlands 2?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on September 18, 2012, 09:58:27 AM
So, the latest expansion to DC Universe Online is titled Hand of Fate.

Yeah, I'll just leave it at that.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on September 18, 2012, 10:23:41 AM
Hmm. Wonder if I could make a magic-using villain and style him after The Master...
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Henry88 on September 30, 2012, 01:16:38 PM
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Bioware’s co-founders recently announced their departure from the video game industry.  After a long run of hit titles with the Mass Effect and Dragon Age franchises, Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk pointed to personal reasons as to how the two came to the decision.  Although recently, an ex-Bioware founder and creator of Baldur’s Gate explained that he spoke with Zeschuk prior to the departure and fan negativity played a huge role in his decision.

“The last time I met up with Greg, I felt his exhaustion,” Trent Oster revealed in a recent interview.  ”I think the Mass Effect 3 fan reaction and the Old Republic fans negativity was just too much… You have to love games and you put your heart into them to create them.  To have the fans creating petitions against the work is pretty hard to take, especially when you’ve spent the last few years crunching overtime to try and ship a game.  It can be hard to shut off the overwhelming negativity the internet spews forth, especially when it has your name or the name of your company in it.”

The recent departure of the Bioware executives came as a shock to many in the gaming industry, but Bioware will indeed live on as an EA company, which the developer outlined in a recent statement.  The company outlined more from the Mass Effect franchise, and the announcement of Dragon Age III.

Ray Muzyka responded to the comments in the interview by issuing some clarification.  ”I respect/revere fans, because they speak with deep, honest passion.  Journalists speculating on ill-founded rumors should reassess approach.”  While he didn’t come right out and say it, it doesn’t look like Muzyka agrees with the speculation that the interview with Oster generated.
http://attackofthefanboy.com/news/mass-effect-3-hatred-weighed-heavily-franchise-creators/
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on October 05, 2012, 01:39:41 PM
So.... Lego Minecraft is apparently real (http://shop.lego.com/en-US/Minecraft-21102).

(http://imageshack.us/a/img338/811/legomine.png)

$34.99 at the Lego store.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on October 05, 2012, 06:53:17 PM
Looks like one of the creators of Wizardry and one of the creators of Doom are trying to kick start an "Old School RPG."


http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lootdrop/an-old-school-rpg-by-brenda-brathwaite-and-tom-hal
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on October 16, 2012, 07:11:27 AM
So Project Eternity, the old school Bauldur's Gate esque RPG Kickstarter from Obsidian, is almost over with 10 hours left to go. It long ago reached its first goal and has since reached many stretch goals that add a lot of content to the game, like new companions and races and a new faction along with player owned houses, Mac and Linux versions and a few different languages.

As I type it's at 3,491,000. At 3,500,000 they add another big city to the scheduled 1 (big like the city of Bauldur's Gate). It looks like the goal will be made, but there's still time to throw in if you're interested. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/obsidian/project-eternity (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/obsidian/project-eternity)

Oh and it's now the most funded game on Kickstarter.

EDIT: Never mind. They reached 3,500,000 like ten minutes later. Hurray!  Should be a fun game.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on October 16, 2012, 07:28:57 PM
Aw. $14,000 short of forcing Chris Avellone to play Arcanum. Shoot.

(I was an early backer of Project Eternity, BTW.)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Lembach on October 23, 2012, 01:53:24 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/GQpDh.jpg)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on November 06, 2012, 05:45:32 PM
Well, earlier this year, Nintendo Power announced that it was ended. Today, the Official Playstation Magazine announced the the Holiday 2012 issue would be their last as well.

For those curious, yes the Official Xbox Magazine is still around.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on November 10, 2012, 11:23:54 AM
So...

The Japanese made a porno out of Lollipop Chainsaw.

Okay, technically it's a cosplay porno where she's just dressing in the same costumes as used in Chainsaw, but that's close enough. Plus I'm pretty sure most porn films don't have the budget to include a talking decapitated head.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on November 13, 2012, 07:48:12 PM
So, Lego Lord of the Rings came out today...

...and promptly got recalled.

See, on the 360 version many, many copies got printed with a "Demo Disc" label on them. The full game seems to be there, but the actual printing on the disc is wrong.

That's not the only issue for games released today. Call of Duty Black Ops II? It turns out that the second DVD included with the retail copies doesn't actually have Bops II on it.  It's got Mass Effect II on it.  Whoops.

(And note, Activision doesn't make Mass Effect, so that's an even bigger "whoops.")


Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on November 14, 2012, 10:21:09 AM
That's not the only issue for games released today. Call of Duty Black Ops II? It turns out that the second DVD included with the retail copies doesn't actually have Bops II on it.  It's got Mass Effect II on it.  Whoops.

(And note, Activision doesn't make Mass Effect, so that's an even bigger "whoops.")

Bioware responds to the blunder:

Quote from: Bioware
"Rumor has it that about a thousand customers who purchased Call of Duty: Black Ops II for PC today were also treated to a surprise copy of Mass Effect 2. If you were one of the affected, chances are you thought it was a mistake, but we prefer to think that it was an omen, and when the universe talks, you should listen.

If the universe thinks that you should be playing Mass Effect right now, who are we to argue? In fact, we want to help! The first fifty fans affected by this phenomenon to send us a picture holding their special disc 2 will receive a code for a FREE PC copy of Mass Effect Trilogy.

Remember, in order to qualify, YOU must be in the picture, and disc 2 of your Call of Duty: Black Ops II must be visible. Got it? Then send your photo to community@bioware.com and you could be playing your very own Mass Effect Trilogy in time for the weekend!"

Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MSTJedi on November 14, 2012, 02:29:28 PM
Hey, I would much rather play ME2 any day. Of course, I'm not getting BOps II, anyway.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on November 14, 2012, 02:31:32 PM
Hey, I would much rather play ME2 any day. Of course, I'm not getting BOps II, anyway.

Same here.  It's one of the best games of the generation.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 14, 2012, 08:26:27 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/Vzue74y7A84

San Andreas was my favourite of the games.  Nice to make a return trip...
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on November 16, 2012, 07:29:24 PM
Good News!
http://www.youtube.com/v/dJSljt9thtg
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on November 16, 2012, 08:21:57 PM
Good News!
http://www.youtube.com/v/dJSljt9thtg

Awesome!  Wonder when it comes out.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Johnny Unusual on November 17, 2012, 02:28:29 PM
Good News!
http://www.youtube.com/v/dJSljt9thtg

Nice.  Twilight Zone is probably my all time favourite pinball games.  Still, video pinball will never be as good as the real deal, but it still looks fun.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on December 12, 2012, 09:51:43 AM
The MMO Secret World, the conspiracy-laden modern RPG, is going subscription-less! It's not free to play; you'll still need to buy a copy of the game, but after that, you're good to go. You can still subscribe to get some bennies, but otherwise it's the Guild Wars model.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on December 19, 2012, 01:36:00 PM
Two bits of news for today:

THQ, much to the surprise of no one, filed for bankruptcy today. Darklanders II severely underperformed sales-wise and the company took an absolute bath with their uDraw tablets which can now be found for $10 at some retailers.

Secondly, did you pick up War Z yesterday when Steam offered it for sale? Well, it's gone now. There's a huge maelstrom of conversations about it on Steam and elsewhere as to the reasons why, but it's still gone.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on December 19, 2012, 01:48:21 PM
Here's a fascinating interview with Hammerpoint about the whole War Z thing where the guy pretty much says, "We said 'up to' 100 players! 50 is less than 100. We're sorry so many people misinterpreted what we said!" Seriously, read it. It's jaw-dropping stuff. :^)

http://pc.gamespy.com/pc/the-war-z/1226980p1.html
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on December 21, 2012, 05:42:32 PM
!!!!  New program released that lets you play Grim Fandango on modern PCs or Mac!!!!

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/121253-Residual-VM-Stable-Release-Brings-Grim-Fandango-to-Modern-PCs?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=news

Now who wants to let me borrow their copy?  I've been dying to play it but compatibility issues made it seem like a lost hope.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: BiteMe316 on December 22, 2012, 06:34:18 AM
War Z pulled from Steam amid allegations of fraud

http://www.gameranx.com/updates/id/11570/article/the-war-z-pulled-from-steam-amid-allegations-of-fraud/ (http://www.gameranx.com/updates/id/11570/article/the-war-z-pulled-from-steam-amid-allegations-of-fraud/)

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The War Z has been pulled from Steam by Valve, in the wake of their investigation into allegations of fraud by the game's developers Hammerpoint Interactive.

Hundreds, if not thousands of reports were made by customers who complained that the developer had mislead them when it launched an incomplete game that boasted features which had yet to be implemented within the game.

Late last night, we reported that the War Z's developers had made attempts to conceal the game's problems by banning anyone who complained on the official Steam forums about the problems they were having. Many users vocalized their dissatisfaction with the fact that the studio had added a lengthy 4-hour respawn timer and had begun to charge players to respawn their characters upon their deaths.

A bizarre interview on GameSpy also went up last night with the game's lead producer, Sergei Titov, who appeared unsympathetic to the problems his customers were facing. He seemed to believe that lying to his customers was not only acceptable, but an action to be praised.

"I can assure you that based on what we're seeing and number of people who post bad comments are small percentage," he said in response to one of the many hard questions about the game's problems. He also placed the responsibility of refunding players on Steam.

The game's store page remains online on Steam, but the link to purchase the game has been removed. Valve has since issued a statement about the retraction of the game and is offering full refunds to anyone who purchased the game:

Valve: From time to time a mistake can be made and one was made by prematurely issuing a copy of War Z for sale via Steam. We apologize for this and have temporary removed the sale offering of the title until we have time to work with the developer and have confidence in a new build. Those who purchased the game and wish to continue playing it via Steam may do so. Those who purchased the title via Steam and are unhappy with what they received may seek a refund by creating a ticket at our support site here: https://support.steampowered.com/newticket.php

Again, we apologize any inconvenience.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 22, 2012, 09:17:25 AM
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Many users vocalized their dissatisfaction with the fact that the studio had added a lengthy 4-hour respawn timer and had begun to charge players to respawn their characters upon their deaths.

Wow, now there's a developer truly acting like a drug pusher.  How's that 4 hour wait feel?  Oh, you want to keep playing right after you die, well pay up sucker. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on December 22, 2012, 04:28:25 PM
Good News!
http://www.youtube.com/v/-QKCMPLUDIA
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on December 22, 2012, 08:24:02 PM
 Wow, I played the crap out of the few good versions of STTNG that people have made for Visual Pinball, but no one was ever able to get the cannons to fire reliably.  This looks pretty good, wonder how good the physics engine is, hate pinball games where the ball acts like it's made of plastic.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on December 22, 2012, 08:32:39 PM
Wow, I played the crap out of the few good versions of STTNG that people have made for Visual Pinball, but no one was ever able to get the cannons to fire reliably.  This looks pretty good, wonder how good the physics engine is, hate pinball games where the ball acts like it's made of plastic.
So far Pinball Arcade is the most accurate one with real pinball tables, though it is flawed. They do release patches whenever a new pack is released, though.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on December 23, 2012, 02:07:40 AM
So Shigesato Itoi, Nintendo Big-Wig and Earthbound helmer has been talking about "repubication" of Earthbound and "making it playable." Speculation is that Earthbound might see a 3DS rerelease or at least e-shop release of one or more of the "Mother" series (What Earthbound was called in Japan). He also gave a shout-out to starmen.net (The American Earthbound fan community) recently, thanking them and talking about how he's heard "enjoyable rumors." It's not much, but it's more than Earthbound fans have had to go on for the last decade or so. 


Source: http://www.earthboundcentral.com
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on December 29, 2012, 03:42:11 PM
More Good News! Also, they finally found a new publisher for the XBOX 360 versions of the tables, since the previous one went bankrupt.
http://www.youtube.com/v/AiKPMA1bk9k
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on December 29, 2012, 06:21:43 PM
Very cool. I played that table at a place in PA once.  And I downloaded the Star Trek table. I like it a lot. Feels pretty good to me. Does it feel floaty to others?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on January 02, 2013, 09:58:24 PM
So, remember a few months ago when Star Wars The Old Republic became free to play? According to Bioware (http://www.swtor.com/info/news/blog/20130102) the number of people playing are way up and EA is pretty happy with the way things are going. So it looks like SWTOR is one of the success stories there.

Oh, and there's an expansion going out in Spring. It's $19.99 if you preorder by the 7th and $9.99 for subscribers who preorder by that date.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on January 02, 2013, 10:44:42 PM
Hey! They kickstarted a new Elite! I thought I was the only person who remembered Elite!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1461411552/elite-dangerous

It's successful too. Still time to get a pledge in if you want some nifty kickstarter swag.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on January 02, 2013, 11:48:27 PM
Are there any completed games that were kick starter funded post Tim Schafer's very sucsesful run?  I am guessing not considering game development takes a while. I'm very interested to see if kick starter funding will remain viable once the slew of Tim Schafer inspired projects start nearing completion... and missing deadlines, and going over budget.

Technically there are no deadlines because there's no contract, but people on the Internet get real pissy if they feel like they aren't getting what was promised. I'm especially worried about projects with specific 'stretch goals' being able to be that accurate in predicting their budget. Games go over budget all the time, but they have studios to give them more money. I don't know how well people on the Internet will take to a second kickstarter for a project, but I'm sure we'll see some of those considering a lot of these projects don't have the financial experience of a studio, many of them being small passion projects.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on January 03, 2013, 12:14:50 AM
FTL was kickstarted and is a darn good time. So far all the kickstarters have an estimated date that the game will come out (With the caveat that it is estimated).
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on January 03, 2013, 04:13:47 PM
Are there any completed games that were kick starter funded post Tim Schafer's very sucsesful run?  I am guessing not considering game development takes a while. I'm very interested to see if kick starter funding will remain viable once the slew of Tim Schafer inspired projects start nearing completion... and missing deadlines, and going over budget.

Technically there are no deadlines because there's no contract, but people on the Internet get real pissy if they feel like they aren't getting what was promised. I'm especially worried about projects with specific 'stretch goals' being able to be that accurate in predicting their budget. Games go over budget all the time, but they have studios to give them more money. I don't know how well people on the Internet will take to a second kickstarter for a project, but I'm sure we'll see some of those considering a lot of these projects don't have the financial experience of a studio, many of them being small passion projects.

FTL was mentioned by Pak. I'll also mention Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams, which is currently part of Steam and GoG's holiday sales and was also a kickstarted project. (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/project-giana/project-giana)  And I've seen a few Android and small indie games get funded and already be available as well. (I had one game that I funded to help push it over that shipped less than a week after the kickstarter ended.)

In addition, there are a number of board games which were almost as successful. Zombicide got its funding a month or two after double fine and shipped in September. Sedition Wars ships in the next few weeks. The Bones miniatures, which also got more funding than Double Fine, are being manufactured as we speak and ship in March. (They've got to produce 6 million little plastic figure first though. That number isn't an exaggeration. They're making 6 million figures.) And I've had a number of other games that have been funded and and already been shipped to me since last March.

That being said, yeah. The delays are a big deal. Let me point to another project I funded, Haunts. (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2066438441/haunts-the-manse-macabre?ref=live) Haunts was a much, much smaller project than Tim Schafer's and was a rather modest strategy game. It crashed and burned, rather spectacularly. (http://www.joystiq.com/2012/10/24/haunts-anatomy-of-a-kickstarter-collapse/) They're still trying to make the game, but it's going slowly. And sadly, it's not alone. I got a notice in my email today about a game that was funded back in November, but it's suffering under a series of production delays that the designer is clearly wanting to talk about, but can't. Sadly, that's pretty common.  I've backed 59 projects. 8 never succeeded. A quick look at the remaining projects shows roughly 14 of them were delayed past the expected date. That's roughly a quarter of them.

Look, if Wasteland or Shadowrun or Planetary Annihilation gets delayed, meh. I've waited this long for them (two decades in Wasteland's case). I can certainly wait an extra couple of months. But if you're really concerned about it, keep an eye on the Ouya.  It was a bigger and more public project than Tim's and it's also supposed to ship in March. The developer models just shipped a week or so ago. If it goes smoothly, it'll probably smother any bad feelings over delayed smaller projects. But if there are problems, well, how folks react to them will probably show how they'll react to a DF delay.

Side note- I did back one project that I later realized had Nathalie from Birdemic as one of the models. It's delayed.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on January 05, 2013, 02:17:38 AM
Hey, speak of the devil:

Why 84% of Kickstarter's top projects shipped late  (http://money.cnn.com/2012/12/18/technology/innovation/kickstarter-ship-delay/index.html)

Top 50 projects- 8 shipped on time, 26 shipped late with the median delay of 2 months and 16 haven't shipped yet.

(http://img442.imageshack.us/img442/6370/kschart.png)

I've got 3 backed things in the "Where the Hell is it?" category.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on January 05, 2013, 02:34:08 AM
My two kickstarts, the Tex Murphy adventure and the Guys from Andromeda Spaceventure both set goals that were over a year off, so they're not late yet. I figured Double-fine would have too, but I just checked and they said October '12. They probably should have set the estimate further out.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on January 05, 2013, 03:59:13 AM
I get regular updates from the Obsidian guys over their kickstarter, so they're at least communicative about the development of the game.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on January 08, 2013, 10:53:47 PM
So, I was in Gamestop today picking up a game and half paying attention to the Gamestop TV playing in the background and there's a car racing game being promoted in the background and I hear this:

"Featuring Danica Patrick"

I look up and there's a digitized Danica Patrick there and I hear the next line "...and Wreck It Ralph."

Okay, what? A Disney game? No. It's some Sonic Racing game. Because if there's one character that the Sonic fan community has embraced throughout the years, it's Danica Patrick.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on January 15, 2013, 01:44:50 PM
Bioshock Infinite PC specs are out.  And here they are:

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Minimum:

    OS: Windows Vista Service Pack 2 32-bit
    Processor: Intel Core 2 DUO 2.4 GHz / AMD Athlon X2 2.7 GHz
    Memory: 2 GB
    Hard Drive: 20 GB free
    Video Card: DirectX10 Compatible ATI Radeon HD 3870 / NVIDIA 8800 GT / Intel HD 3000 Integrated Graphics
    Video Card Memory: 512 MB
    Sound Card: DirectX Compatible


Recommended:

    OS: Windows 7 Service Pack 1 64-bit
    Processor: Quad Core Processor
    Memory: 4 GB
    Hard Drive: 30 GB free
    Video Card: DirectX11 Compatible, AMD Radeon HD 6950 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560
    Video Card Memory: 1024 MB
    Sound Card: DirectX Compatible


http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/121531-Irrational-Reveals-BioShock-Infinite-PC-Details?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=news

And I am particularly excited about the benchmark tool:

Quote
"For many people, the benchmark mode will be a way of testing out the impact of various graphics options, finding a good settings level for their system, testing out new hardware, or maybe just a fun curiosity. But for the enthusiasts, this tool lets them gather data in a controlled way so they can analyze the results and tweak their rig to its fullest potential. And maybe even brag a little," Irrational Technical Director Christopher Kline told PC Gamer. "Does this mean Irrational is trying to cater to a niche PC enthusiast crowd and make special features for the PC gamer? Well, guilty."

I do love a good game that can justify all the money I've wasted on my computer.

EDIT:  Though I am not looking forward to freeing up 30 gigs on my SSD.  Not an easy task.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on January 15, 2013, 04:40:32 PM
Disney just announced Disney Infinite.  It's basically Skylanders, but with Disney properties. In the promo video, there's references to the Incredibles, Pirates of the Caribbean, Monsters University, Toy Story 3, Phineas & Ferb, Cars, The Nightmare before Christmas and a good chunk of other properties as well.

Yeah, this might sell a couple of copies.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on January 15, 2013, 07:00:05 PM
Yikes. Collectable Disney Figurines + Video Game completism. That's a lethal combo.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on January 23, 2013, 09:51:09 AM
Well, Nintendo's gone crossover crazy.

First up for the Wii-U is a strategy game from Atlus that crosses over the characters from the Fire Emblem series with the Shin Megami Tensei series. It's imaginatively titled Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem.

And then for the 3DS comes the Super Robot War-esque Project X Zone, a turn based strategy fighting game,  which brings together 200 characters from 29 different series including Street fighter, Megaman, Resident Evil, Darkstalkers, Devil May Cry, Dead Rising, Valkyria Chronicles, Tekken, .hack, Tales of Vesperia, Space Channel 5 and Super Robot Wars.

So, yeah. this is a thing.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on January 23, 2013, 09:55:43 AM
FINALLY, Tyrant and I can settle our age-long debate about whether Ulala could take down Jill Valentine. :^)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on January 23, 2013, 01:42:21 PM
I'll just note that both characters are indeed in the game there Pak.

In other news, THQ has indeed been sold. Or at least parts of it have. Unfortunately, it seems that THQ is worth more money in chunks than it is as a whole company so, here's where things are going:

South Park Studios, BTW, is trying to stop the SoT sale as they feel that they should be allowed to buy the game rights themselves.

Vigil, who made Darksiders, got no bids and THQ has a few other orphan properties that they're still trying to sell.

Koch, BTW, is better known as Deep Silver. As a fan of the Saint's Row series, that's not good news. Plus, it's a shame this just happened. Sega could have slipped some Ultramarines into Project X Zero with more lead time.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on January 28, 2013, 11:39:44 AM
Excited?  Oh yes, yes I am.

http://www.youtube.com/v/9tMjyGJdzwk?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0

Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Sideswipe on January 28, 2013, 03:07:58 PM
That should have been an "In Search of" clip narrated by Leonard Nimoy!
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on February 05, 2013, 06:48:58 AM
Hell yes!  The Witcher 3 is in the works!  Count me as very excited.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/121900-The-White-Wolf-Returns-in-The-Witcher-3-Wild-Hunt
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on February 05, 2013, 09:08:30 AM
The Ouya, everyone's favorite Kickstarted android-based console, is now available for pre-order at retailers. $99 for the console and a controller. $49 for an additional controller. Expected June 2013.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on February 05, 2013, 01:41:01 PM
BTW: Saint's Row 4? Due this September, just a few weeks before GTA V's release.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Space version 2.0 on February 05, 2013, 03:11:58 PM
The Ouya, everyone's favorite Kickstarted android-based console, is now available for pre-order at retailers. $99 for the console and a controller. $49 for an additional controller. Expected June 2013.
I've already got mine ordered from the Kickstarter. Sprung for the special Kickstarter Edition too. Because I like to feel special.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on February 10, 2013, 08:51:32 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/wDnoUGE2oWY
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on February 11, 2013, 07:37:17 AM
Meh. I think that'll be the first table I pass on in a while. I bought the last 4 or 5. Attack from Mars was great.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on February 13, 2013, 08:48:07 PM
Bwah?

System Shock 2 is coming to GoG and Steam.

System Shock, if unfamiliar to you, was a horror based sci-fi game that basically paved the way for Dead Space, Bioshock and the like. (Resident Evil as well, since it predated it by a few years.) It's also been tied up in  legal nightmare for many, many years. But the legal battle seems to have been resolved almost overnight and it'll be released on GOG at 6 AM on Valentine's day. (Steam gets it eventually)

Go! Buy it! It's worth it!

Oh, and Assassin's Creed 4 will be out sometime between April 2013 and March 2014 and will be set in a non-Revolutionary War era. But System Shock 2 is more important.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on February 17, 2013, 06:00:50 PM
Two things-

Sony is promoting some sort of Playstation announcement on the 20th. The PS4? A new Vita unit? The return of the Walkman? Probably not the latter, but you'll find out what the deal is on the 20th at 4 PM MST.

No, I won't tell you when that is on the East coast. Figure it out. It's what the rest of the country does when they get something in EST.

The other news- Bungie has announced their multi-platform Halo follow-up will be called Destiny. It's an online persistent shooter with social features. And it's always online, so Doc will be screaming about it from somewhere out in the wilds of wherever he is these days.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Henry88 on February 19, 2013, 02:36:55 PM
http://kotaku.com/5982097/report-the-next-xbox-will-require-an-internet-connection-block-used-games

well cant say i saw that coming
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on February 19, 2013, 03:48:03 PM
An open letter to video game big-wigs:

I am of a generation that likes to HAVE. I like to buy things like CDs, DVDs and Video Games so that I can keep them lined up on my shelf and thumb through their inserts and wrap them and give them to people as gifts if need be. I like getting thin rectangular packages on my birthday a LOT. I understand that this notion is becoming something of a relic and eventually, things will be all digital. For now, the only reason I might buy a product on Steam rather than picking up one of my coveted boxes from a retail store is that they can offer them to me DIRT CHEAP. This is an important distinction. I may pay $70 for a video game, but I have never, WILL never pay $70 for a file. The sense of "thingliness" I get from a file is significantly reduced, and its value to me is lessened. If you're going to try to be like Steam, and offer digital content and DRM to verify my purchases and block me from playing used content, understand that you are going to need to offer insane sales. You'll need to offer top tier titles that came out mere months ago for $10 - $20. If you want to be like Steam, you're going to have to embrace the whole business model.

You have 2 choices. Try to be like Steam, with everything else that entails, or give me the physical euphoria that is true ownership and cater to my shrinking demographic. We'll be here, ready to buy things from you, if you can make things worth buying from a retail store. Don't try to mix and match, though. We're not stupid.

Thank you.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on February 20, 2013, 03:02:58 PM
Sony Press Conference live blogging!

Right now we're getting two decades of commercials.

Okay, the actual press conference begins. "We're strengthening the Playstation ecosystem." OOoh. Not pretentious at all. "The gamer is the focal point of the Playstation system." Okay, cross of the pandering to the gamer box from the Sony conference bingo card.

First thingee- we're expanding Vita to the living room... put we'll tell you more about that later this year. Gee. Thanks.

And the stream dies just as they announce the PS4. Boy, not a good omen there.

Okay, found a working stream again. Using x86 architecture, just like a PC. 8 Gigs of memory. (Matching my 3 year old laptop. Sigh.) Hard drive, so the stream only rumors weren't true. Dual shock 4 controller. Looks like the old dual shocks, but with touch pad, ala a notebook, light bar, share button and headphone jack. Plus some other thing that I missed.

"Easy conversion from PC to PS4." Hallelujah. Shows off some Unreal 4 footage.

Showing off a new title, "Knack" with a robot that gets bigger by absorbing destroyed stuff. He's fighting some very 40k looking "Goblins." More well spoken than Orks though in cutscenes.

Back to the console- suspend function, ala the Vita. Hit power button, current game will be frozen to be resumed until the new time you hit the power button. Also, games need to be playable as you download them.

And now the "social aspects of gaming." Allow me to doze off for a sec. Hit share button on controller and the system will upload a few minutes of gameplay to the cloud. Your friends will be real world friends, with real names and pictures gathered from your social network! (The ones that I specifically try not to upload photos and my real name to?) Tablet and Vita connectivity. Showing off friend gaming info wall, ala Steam. "We'll try to predict the next game you buy and download it to your console so that you can play it in an instant!"

Wow. Okay, that's a neat trick, but I really don't want you downloading crap to my console without me asking. Your system updates are annoying enough, but to have my connection tied up and to have my hard drive space eaten up just because you think I might want Madden loaded up, just in case, is pretty damn annoying.

Ugh. PSN network time.  Faster speeds, fine. "We'll let you know when your friends buy a new game!" I hope it's the Steam way of doing that rather than a popup, like I suspect it might be. Trying to have all title downloadable day 1. Tie-ins with Ustream and Facebook. Again, ick. Also demos for most every game. "Friends can comment while you're playing!" Wow. That won't be annoying.

Whoops. "PS3 titles not natively supported on the PS4." But then a brag that the cloud service will allow all PS1, 2, 3, Vita, etc. games could be played on  the PS4.  So, the water is wet and dry? Also, Rockstar not having GTA V on the PS4 might suck.

Developer time. Quantic, Double Fine, Worldwide,  Harmonix. "Your system will be aware of what is in the room." Okay, once again, stop with the creepy intrusions into my life. I try to avoid data mining already and for you to be bragging about doing it... not cool.

Oh, hey. Games. A new Killzone: Shadowfall. My tweets are comparing it to Crysis 3, graphics-wise, and not in a positive sense. I'm not the biggest graphics-guy myself, but I'm not seeing anything here that looks better than Black Ops 2 or Halo 4.

Ooh. Cars. Gran Turismo? No. Drive Club. New IP. "Team based racing." And fitting our "permanently connecting social lives." Whimper. Seriously, I want to be left alone while I drive suckily.

Sucker Punch time. Showing a world (Seattle) where cameras are everywhere. Hey, it's PS4-land! Anyway, it's inFamous: Second Son. Cole doesn't seem to be the lead in it. (I think he's dead in at least some of the inFamous2 endings, so it makes sense.)

Stream is stuttering heavily now.

The guy who made Braid is up now. "The Witness." You explore an abandoned island. But it's also about epiphanies! Yeah, it's the Braid guy alright.

Quantic is here, babbling about polygon counts ad how expressive a character can look on a PS4. The character shown does look remarkably lifelike. Very low uncanny valley feelings there.

Oy, every stream seems to be getting hammered now. Almost slide-showish in quality.

Media Molecule- can't really tell what the hell is being discussed. I'm getting 1 sentence in ten. Sony's apologizing for the stream on Twitter. Anyway, it's something move-based and seems to be the PS4's Wii Music title. Yeah, remember that? It's something with puppets.

"Every major third party developer will be supporting the PS4."

Capcom. Huh. 3d animation in Japanese is "3d animation." Who knew? "Long history with Sony." Ooh. Onimusha sighting. I miss that series. "Code Name: Panta Rhei" New engine for game design. Showing off new IP using the engine. Fantasy based. Swordsman fighting a dragon in a cavern. "Deep Down" is title. (Still stuttering madly in the stream.)

Square-Enix arrives. Heh. A Japanese guy saying "without further adieu" in halting English amuses me. English. Mugging other languages and taking their words. And it's the same trailer as the one they showed off at E3. Yeah, we've seen that one. Last year. "PS4 is a game developer's dream!" And someone from the Final Fantasy team  steps up to talk. (Dear lord this stream sucks. It's like I'm back on dialup.) They'll show off more stuff at E3 this year. Wow. Thanks Square. (Facepalm)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on February 20, 2013, 04:54:53 PM
(Continued)

Ubisoft. I wonder if they'll bring Jay Mohr along this time. Nope. I guess not. Watch Dogs being shown. Saw that at E3 as well, but it looked good then. "Everything about you is stored on your phone." And on your PS4 too! The irony of talking about invading everyone's privacy is not lost on me here. Game still looks very impressive though.

Chris Metzen from Blzzard now. Blizz? Really? And Diablo 3 will be on the PS4. (I'd still like to see Starcraft:Ghost, but hey, I guess the PS4 folks might play D3 since we PC gamers aren't keen on it.)

Last partner: Activision. Quelle surprise, especially since Blizz just showed up. And Bungie pops in as well. This would be a Destiny promo then. And with exclusive PS4 content!

And it's all coming "Holiday 2013."

Well, it looks interesting, but the forced social connectivity is a huge turnoff, especially since neither my 360 or PS3 tends to be connected to the net unless I need to download something. We'll see whether it's Steam level social annoyance or whether it's Facebook game level social annoyance later this year as the release date approaches.

Oh, and Square? "We'll show up and remind you to watch E3 to hear more about Final Fantasy news." Not cool.

E3 is mid-June, BTW.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on February 20, 2013, 05:19:50 PM
Oh, and BTW, Sony never did show the actual console.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Rainbow Dash on February 20, 2013, 08:07:57 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/HzLkrtS.jpg)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on February 21, 2013, 02:47:06 AM
I don't think that actually showing the console is a big deal.  It'll be a black box about the same size as any other Playstation.  The controller promised much more innovation, and they showed that off. 

Watch_Dogs looks awesome.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Edward J Grug III on February 21, 2013, 02:30:57 PM
I enjoyed this take on it: http://gameological.com/2013/02/more-more-morehow-do-you-like-it/
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on February 21, 2013, 06:32:44 PM
Very well said.  Especially the portion about film.  Horrible analogy, trying to say that early film was unable to express emotion because of technical limitations.  Try saying that after watching The Passion of Joan of Arc.  More emotion in that film than a majority of modern films, and pretty much any video game.

More power is good news for me, because as I've said, it means my computer will start to actually be pushed.  But the article is right, power isn't everything. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on February 21, 2013, 10:15:27 PM
Different game news: Over the years, Ziff-Davis has accumulated a number of game news sites; IGN, 1Up, Gamespy. *And UGO, kinda) Well, they're laying off the staff of three of those sites today. Instead they'll be concentrating on IGN (which is heading towards more eSports coverage) and AskMen.

I haven't read much Gamespy since the era when Gabe still worked there (illoing the Daily Victim, IIRC) but it's always sad news when yet another company slips beneath the waves.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: lassieface on February 22, 2013, 09:02:56 PM
It's probably telling that the most interesting thing they showed was Watchdogs, and that's going to be on all consoles.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on February 25, 2013, 11:11:01 AM
Hey, there's a new Kingdom Hearts game enroute later this year!

Well, okay, it's actually an HD version of the first Kingdom Hearts and Chain of Memories, with some extra stuff tossed in. But, hey, it's on a console, rather than the handhelds that the series has been on for the last 8 years.

So to keep up to date, Square won't do an HD version of Final Fantasy VII and won't make a Kingdom Hearts 3 yet. Yeah, hard to see why Square's been underperforming.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MSTJedi on February 25, 2013, 11:37:13 AM
Hey, there's a new Kingdom Hearts game enroute later this year!

Well, okay, it's actually an HD version of the first Kingdom Hearts and Chain of Memories, with some extra stuff tossed in. But, hey, it's on a console, rather than the handhelds that the series has been on for the last 8 years.

So to keep up to date, Square won't do an HD version of Final Fantasy VII and won't make a Kingdom Hearts 3 yet. Yeah, hard to see why Square's been underperforming.


Not to mention their ridiculous pricing for mobile games.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on February 25, 2013, 11:51:14 AM
Hey, there's a new Kingdom Hearts game enroute later this year!

Well, okay, it's actually an HD version of the first Kingdom Hearts and Chain of Memories, with some extra stuff tossed in. But, hey, it's on a console, rather than the handhelds that the series has been on for the last 8 years.

So to keep up to date, Square won't do an HD version of Final Fantasy VII and won't make a Kingdom Hearts 3 yet. Yeah, hard to see why Square's been underperforming.

Kingdom Hearts has travelled so far into its own navel, I wonder if they can even spit out a third in the main franchise.  It seems like such a simple thing to do, and Square have made it the most ridiculous thing ever.  Think what someone like Nintendo could do with Kingdom Hearts.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: SJP on February 26, 2013, 04:35:28 PM
They did.  I think it's called Epic Mickey. ;)

Anyways, my game time has been incredibly budgeted lately, as I'm moving and it's a rocky road to get everything settled and taken care of in the next two weeks, but I have been trying to pick up the Skyrim DLC before they jack up the prices on them.

Currently downloading Dawnguard, and noticed something unusual.  Is it...is it 666 megs to download for the XBox and PC too, by chance?  ;D
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on February 26, 2013, 04:40:50 PM
They did.  I think it's called Epic Mickey. ;)

That was Disney, not Nintendo.  Apparently there was all sorts of rumours about the making of Epic Mickey too, with Disney rejecting a whole bunch of interesting ideas from Warren Spector in favour of the game it eventually was. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Henry88 on February 28, 2013, 10:19:57 AM
why don't they Wait and put Kingdom Hearts  on the PS4?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Space version 2.0 on February 28, 2013, 10:35:21 AM
Kickstarter backed Ouyas will begin shipping March 28th. Everyone else can get them in June.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on March 05, 2013, 08:01:18 AM
The Omni.  A 'treadmill' that translates your footsteps as key strokes for movement. 

http://www.youtube.com/v/FxwknXZ_fR0?hl=en_US&version=3&rel=0

Treadmill was in quotes because there are no moving parts, it's just a low friction surface with special shoes.  It's just a prototype at the moment, but mixed with the Oculus Rift and you'd have a pretty convincing VR experience. 

Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Lembach on March 09, 2013, 02:23:37 AM
(http://i.minus.com/ib06v42JcZdKmH.jpg)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Sideswipe on March 09, 2013, 05:29:23 AM
So Sim City is pretty bad?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on March 09, 2013, 05:33:38 AM
From what I've read, it's just really different from what people want from a Sim City game.  The city areas are small and there's an emphasis on multi-player.  Add that to the fiasco of the DRM servers and you have some fans who are pretty pissed off.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on March 09, 2013, 05:37:26 AM
There are some complaints, but I've heard that people think its pretty good for the most part, which is why they are so mad they can't play it.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on March 09, 2013, 10:38:09 AM
Yeah, Lem I can not roll my eyes hard enough at that image. Geez, gamers. Learn the difference between "I'm pissed off because the game I bought isn't working" and "OMG! Everyone involved should die in a fire! DIE!" Because the latter makes you sound like idiots.

Swipe, the game has to be connected to the internet to be played, and the servers hosting the game have been rather overwhelmed at launch. Meaning that a lot of folks had queue times for playing a single player game. And then sometimes got knocked offline when that queue time ended and forced to rejoin. And those problems were still going on yesterday, several days after the launch. There were other issues as well, such as pre-ordered versions not being unlocked until after everyone else's copies were.

However, in news that I thought I posted last night, but apparently didn't, on March 18th EA is giving everyone who has registered a copy  of SimCity a free game as a bit of an apology for the downtime.  I suspect that EA will probably give the affected parties something that they might actually want to play, rather than starting off a whole new round of people bitching "I wasn't able to play Sim City when it launched, and you gave me a copy of The Saboteur to make up for it?"

And I didn't buy Sim City. I played the beta and decided that I wouldn't be getting $60 of enjoyment out of it. But GoG is having a city builder sale this weekend, so those who feel the urge to build something might want to go there.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on March 09, 2013, 02:42:38 PM
I actually enjoyed the beta and I'm holding out for my birthday to get the game. They should have it all ironed out by then. The early adopters haven't been kind, though. The user metacritic rating has been teetering ever closer to 1 in the last few days.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Lembach on March 09, 2013, 02:53:56 PM
Yeah, Lem I can not roll my eyes hard enough at that image. Geez, gamers. Learn the difference between "I'm pissed off because the game I bought isn't working" and "OMG! Everyone involved should die in a fire! DIE!" Because the latter makes you sound like idiots.

Swipe, the game has to be connected to the internet to be played, and the servers hosting the game have been rather overwhelmed at launch. Meaning that a lot of folks had queue times for playing a single player game. And then sometimes got knocked offline when that queue time ended and forced to rejoin. And those problems were still going on yesterday, several days after the launch. There were other issues as well, such as pre-ordered versions not being unlocked until after everyone else's copies were.

However, in news that I thought I posted last night, but apparently didn't, on March 18th EA is giving everyone who has registered a copy  of SimCity a free game as a bit of an apology for the downtime.  I suspect that EA will probably give the affected parties something that they might actually want to play, rather than starting off a whole new round of people bitching "I wasn't able to play Sim City when it launched, and you gave me a copy of The Saboteur to make up for it?"

And I didn't buy Sim City. I played the beta and decided that I wouldn't be getting $60 of enjoyment out of it. But GoG is having a city builder sale this weekend, so those who feel the urge to build something might want to go there.

I never bought the game. I would rather attack my own junk with a rusty hand drill than purchase another EA game after what they did to Mass Effect 3. Hence the jibe in the picture. It was a reproduction of Bane blowing the bridges into Gotham set in the cheery SimCity world. If you can't see the correlation between Bane fulfilling Ra's al Ghul's revenge on Gotham for being rotten and decadent to that of EA games, then I don't know how to explain it any clearer.  I assume you are jumping to conclusions with the whole "die in a fire" accusation just because there are two explosions depicted.

Additionally, I will not support Always On DRM and will not purchase a game that enforces it for solo play. That is punishing the legitimate player, not the pirates. Has no one learned anything from Diablo 3? Unlike a lot of these people with goldfish memory, I do let my wallet express my opinion. And it just fills me with an extreme sense of schadenfreude to see myself proven right.

EA throws a free game at the masses. Big deal. Has anyone seen what they were offering in the catalog? But now people will roll over and forget it ever happened, because hey! Free game! And then they'll go and and get screwed the next time, but hey! Free game! EA and anyone familiar with the industry knows that these practices generally always work, because people tend to be easily sated by "Hey I got something and it cost nothing? Cool!" gestures, regardless to what they actually end up being given.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 09, 2013, 08:27:38 PM
This might have come up but I don't come on to the game board that often.  Anyone hear about Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons?  It looks cool.

http://kotaku.com/5989508/in-this-lovely-fairy-tale-game-your-right-thumb-is-your-little-brother
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: lassieface on March 10, 2013, 12:09:55 PM
I didn't buy Sim City and don't understand why anyone who knew about the always on DRM did. It doesn't make any logical sense, but then, we are talking about EA. Hopefully people will chose a game they plan to release this year and absolutely bomb it. Money is the only thing that will actually change the DRM situation.

I also found this excellent illustration.

(http://ebookfriendly.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/drm.gif)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Lembach on March 11, 2013, 05:50:22 AM
(http://i.minus.com/iK0UIbNpJNyGh.jpg)

If EA published Solitaire.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on March 11, 2013, 06:38:48 AM
Penny Arcade takes a stab:

(http://art.penny-arcade.com/photos/i-9cXZC54/0/950x10000/i-9cXZC54-950x10000.jpg)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on March 11, 2013, 08:39:17 AM
What I think is interesting is that this fiasco puts in jeopardy the new business model that the video game industry is pushing toward, which is to have the customer pay for the game before it's released, and in some cases before it's even made. 

Pre orders are a huge thing now.  Steam is offering crazy pre order bonuses for many AAA games, including entire other games for free.  There's a lot of pressure to get the money before reviews come out, and before things like this have a chance to happen. 

And then there's Kickstarter, where people are spending a lot of money, often far more than retail price, on games that are only concepts.  If big games are going to fail this hard at launch, what is that going to do to the confidence of fans who so recently were shelling out money on hopes and dreams?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on March 11, 2013, 09:01:02 AM
Kickstarter has done something fascinating to the market. I don't think anyone was on-board with donating their money to teeny developers with a glimmer in their eye of a cool idea, but then Tim Schafer showed everyone the potential when he said, "Hey! You know that cool game that everyone's always wanted me to make? If enough of you give us money, we can make that game!"

NOW Kickstarter has become a place of dream-fulfillment, with all the old dusty genres that have been ignored getting some recognition from the many fans that have been patiently waiting for something new. New Wing Commanderesque games, new adventure games, old school RPGs. Stuff that the people wanted, but the market was pretty sure we didn't.

That puts big companies like EA at a disadvantage, because if they say, "We want to do a Kickstarter for The Sims 4!" everyone's going to laugh at them and say, "Do it yourself!"

The market is shifting. Companies like EA and Ubisoft can put millions into their games, but they're going to play it safe since that's what big companies do. If you're a tiny indie developer, you're going to get overlooked in a sea of tiny developers. All the excitement is happening with proven developers from days' past who are finally able to get the funding to make that game they always wanted to make, and middle-of-the-road type companies like Telltale Games and Doublefine.

It makes me wonder if people aren't going to start seeing through the mega-corporate smoke-and-mirrors and start looking for innovation, which is where it should always have looked...
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: NashaWriter on March 15, 2013, 03:26:08 PM
Civ 5 is getting a new expansion pack in the summer!

http://www.joystiq.com/2013/03/15/civilization-5-expansion-brave-new-world/

JUST PUT IT IN MY VEINS!
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on March 16, 2013, 06:16:19 PM
Well, Capcom's doing another crossover.

A few pages back, I mentioned the Project X Zone game, well not being content with that, Capcom's doing another one. This time with Valve.

It seems that characters from Left 4 Dead 2 will be available for play in the upcoming PC version of Resident Evil 6's "No Mercy" mode. In addition, some of L4D2's zombie breeds will also be showing up in that mode as well. And returning the favor, some of the Resident Evil zombies will be showing up in Left 4 Dead 2 as well. I'm not sure if they'll be in a special scenario or just popping up alongside the Jockeys and the like.

All of this will pop up on April 5th. PC only.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on March 17, 2013, 05:39:24 PM
So hey, the 30 year old Missile Command world record was broken today. 

http://kotaku.com/5990979/missile-commands-31+year+old-record-is-in-danger-of-falling (http://kotaku.com/5990979/missile-commands-31+year+old-record-is-in-danger-of-falling)

(The story was updated shortly afterward)

You can actually watch the record be broken over on Twitch, though I must warn you - It's 56 hours long.  I watched about 30 minutes and it's very impressive.  Also kind of hypnotic.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on March 17, 2013, 06:16:40 PM
So hey, the 30 year old Missile Command world record was broken today. 

http://kotaku.com/5990979/missile-commands-31+year+old-record-is-in-danger-of-falling (http://kotaku.com/5990979/missile-commands-31+year+old-record-is-in-danger-of-falling)

(The story was updated shortly afterward)

You can actually watch the record be broken over on Twitch, though I must warn you - It's 56 hours long.  I watched about 30 minutes and it's very impressive.  Also kind of hypnotic.

I guess I don't understand missile command that well.  For a whole lot of the levels he doesn't do anything.  Is he just resting because he has to do it for so long?  Wouldn't you get the high score faster if you actually tried each level?  I understand taking a break to eat but his hands are still on the controls, they just don't move.  Still cool though.

The sad part is the guy who has to watch the entire tape to make sure he wasn't cheating. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on March 18, 2013, 10:41:59 AM

However, in news that I thought I posted last night, but apparently didn't, on March 18th EA is giving everyone who has registered a copy  of SimCity a free game as a bit of an apology for the downtime.  I suspect that EA will probably give the affected parties something that they might actually want to play, rather than starting off a whole new round of people bitching "I wasn't able to play Sim City when it launched, and you gave me a copy of The Saboteur to make up for it?"


And here's the list of games they're offering:
So, an older Simcity game for those who just want to wash their hands of the whole affair and 3-4 games that are still selling at retail price. (And 2 popcap games. If you choose to pick up those, well, it's your own fault there.)

For the handful that aren't raging about the DRM, Bestbuy is selling Simcity at $20 off next week. ($39.99) That's not a bad price for Dead Space 3 (and a copy of SimCity.) You'll need to activate and buy it on Sunday, but hey, it still counts.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on March 22, 2013, 11:53:16 PM
So... Capcom is making a Duck Tales game.

Huh.

And Firaxis is making an iOS game. Just weird.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on March 23, 2013, 01:50:43 AM
Correction: Capcom is REMAKING the ORIGINAL Ducktales game. Wayforward is working with them to bring the ol' NES classic into the realm of HD graphics.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Space version 2.0 on March 23, 2013, 05:20:32 AM
Correction: Capcom is REMAKING the ORIGINAL Ducktales game. Wayforward is working with them to bring the ol' NES classic into the realm of HD graphics.
So, the guys at Wayforward, everyday they're out their making Ducktales?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on March 23, 2013, 07:35:22 PM
Okay, someone at Capcom must be on a nostalgia binge because this is also on the way:

http://www.youtube.com/v/nQQ3zq4x4Kw?hl=en_US&version=3&

I really didn't ever expect to see the D&D brawler games again. Wow.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on March 23, 2013, 09:53:39 PM
Huh, interesting. I remember those games back when I had a huge MAME collection. They were pretty fun quarter eaters.  Might be kinda cool on an iPhone.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on March 23, 2013, 11:57:28 PM
Hmm. If Capcom wants to take a year or two off from the zombies and focus on remaking games from their glory days, I'd be OK with that. (Don't tell Tyrant.) :^)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Space version 2.0 on March 24, 2013, 05:44:18 AM
I'll take a MegaMan 11. Or Chip & Dale 2, because I never played the first one.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on March 24, 2013, 08:17:12 PM
Yep. Pac-Man is correct.
http://www.youtube.com/v/6N0PzqF9gWY
Not sure why it took so long for the DND game, though, considering its popularity.  The only previous port was for the Japan-region Sega Saturn.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on March 24, 2013, 08:31:08 PM
Also, the game will have the voice actors reprise their roles from the show. http://kotaku.com/5992081/this-keeps-getting-better-ducktales-remastered-has-all-the-voice-actors-from-the-show (http://kotaku.com/5992081/this-keeps-getting-better-ducktales-remastered-has-all-the-voice-actors-from-the-show)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 25, 2013, 03:29:14 AM
Wow, that is fucking gorgeous and great news about the voice actors!  And Alan Young is still alive?  HOLY CRAP!
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Lembach on March 25, 2013, 03:53:42 PM
(http://i.minus.com/ibhM2mpBP2JP7c.jpg)

Specifically, he was a concept artist.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on March 26, 2013, 07:47:58 AM
Soooooo... Telltale Games is holding a "key party!" It looks like Sam and Max are the first to show up.

http://www.thekeyparty.com/

All will be revealed April 1st (Suspicious date...). Prepare yourselves for Sex Party at the Inventory!

EDIT: Looks like Brock Samson is throwing in:

EDIT 2: And now Ash?

(http://www.thekeyparty.com/img/keys-3.jpg)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on March 27, 2013, 06:45:28 PM
I'm 80 feet in the air in a JLG lift right now so I can't embed a video, but has anyone seen the trailer for the new metal gear solid game?  It's kind of awesome. If the whole game was as surreal and crazy with the same mood as the trailer, I'd almost consider buying a ps4 to play it. But I have a feeling a majority of the game play will be standar metal gear fare, and so therefore I remain skeptical.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Johnny Unusual on March 29, 2013, 10:11:23 PM
(http://www.thekeyparty.com/img/keys-5.jpg)

And GLaDOS!  I don't recognize the robot eye though.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on March 30, 2013, 01:10:46 AM
I do.

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on March 30, 2013, 05:31:11 AM
I'm going to guess it's a sequel to the poker thing, with new characters.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on April 01, 2013, 10:40:31 AM
And the news is.... well, what everyone expected.

http://www.ign.com/videos/2013/04/01/telltale-games-poker-night-2-teaser-trailer?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ign%2Fvideos+%28IGN+All+Videos%29

(Yeah, can't embed those.)

Sadly...

Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on April 01, 2013, 03:55:28 PM
Weird that they used Ash but couldn't get Bruce Campbell.  Otherwise I love the line-up.  I guess it would've been a little out of character to see Lee or Clementine in the game.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 03, 2013, 03:42:16 AM
Maybe he was signed up and things fell through Back to the Future style.  Otherwise, it seems like an odd choice.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on April 03, 2013, 03:05:35 PM
Several sources are reporting that Disney has closed LucasArts' game division and cancelled all upcoming games that LucasArts was working on (primely the Star wars 1313 game.)

Several of my favorite games from the 90s PC era were LucasArts releases (Dark Forces, Tie Fighter and/or X-Wing, Sam & Max, Full Throttle, Day of the Tentacle) so it's sad to see them go, even if the more recent releases have been "meh." Except for the Lego games, which rocked but weren't really done in house.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on April 03, 2013, 03:17:38 PM
Yeah, this was mentioned over in the Star Wars thread and I'll repeat it here: I miss that company, but it's been a very long time since Lucasarts has been that company. Every good Star Wars game has been done by third parties anyway, so I guess I don't mind if they go all third-party. Shame about 1313, though. That had promise.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on April 11, 2013, 06:36:38 PM
More footage focusing on the upcoming Chronicles of Mystara Collection, this time focusing on the fighter character.
http://www.youtube.com/v/dTUkGje-Cus
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on April 15, 2013, 07:48:33 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/oib9CW-W0Zw
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on April 17, 2013, 05:10:54 AM
OK. This preview has me drooling over the Civ 5: Brave New World expansion.

http://www.gameinformer.com/games/civilization_v_brave_new_world/b/pc/archive/2013/04/12/civilization-v-brave-new-world-expansion-will-be-quintessential-civ-experience.aspx

Especially this:

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The new mechanic is fueled by the addition of “Great Works” slots to buildings like museums and opera houses. Great artists have now been divided into three categories (artists, musicians, and writers), and each can be consumed to add a piece of historically accurate visual art, music, or literature to one of your cities (provided you have room). Each building will provide a theme bonus when filled with the appropriate combination of works from different civilizations and eras. Building sets is facilitated by trading on the world market, creating a metagame that feels a bit like gin.

In the late game, archaeologists (who are completely coincidentally portrayed by a rugged, fedora-wearing gentleman) can be produced in cities with universities. At the same time, antiquity sites appear on the map. These emerge in places where important things happened in the early game. Did you lose a unit to a barbarian incursion? You might find a new artifact for one of your museums. These clever callbacks create an endearing thread that links the beginning days of players’ empires to the otherwise static endgame, infusing the sense of wonder in a period typically devoid of it.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on April 17, 2013, 12:26:48 PM
Earthbound is finally coming to the Wii-U Virtual Console in the US later this year!
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on April 17, 2013, 01:49:00 PM
Earthbound is finally coming to the Wii-U Virtual Console in the US later this year!

Lucky bastards. Not enough to make me throw down for one. If it was a new earthbound, that might be another story.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MSTJedi on April 22, 2013, 11:21:51 AM
This looks interesting.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/123440-Indie-RPG-Takes-Inspiration-From-PS1-Games (http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/123440-Indie-RPG-Takes-Inspiration-From-PS1-Games)

http://www.youtube.com/v/nKd3UbRm1hY?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0

This is an early look at an indie turn-based RPG with pre-rendered backgrounds like the games back on the PS1. I like the idea quite a bit and if they can make the gameplay and story engaging, I'm in.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on April 22, 2013, 09:25:18 PM
So, Saint's Row IV has been in the works since late last year when they cancelled a proposed expansion pack for SR3. (And then THQ went out of business and then SR was sold to another company.) Well, they're just announced the upcoming collector's version of the game.

Saint's Row IV: The Commander in Chief Edition.

Hmmm. I detect a possible plot element in that title.

On the plus side, if you preorder the game, you get the automatic upgrade to the CiC version. It'll be out sometime in August.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on April 22, 2013, 10:27:03 PM
This looks interesting.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/123440-Indie-RPG-Takes-Inspiration-From-PS1-Games (http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/123440-Indie-RPG-Takes-Inspiration-From-PS1-Games)

http://www.youtube.com/v/nKd3UbRm1hY?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0

This is an early look at an indie turn-based RPG with pre-rendered backgrounds like the games back on the PS1. I like the idea quite a bit and if they can make the gameplay and story engaging, I'm in.

Pre rendered backgrounds were great back in the day because they allowed the environments to be detailed and complex while staying within the limits of the hardware. But the pre rendered backgrounds in that video could pretty much all be created in full 3d and look even better now days if they had the budget of a AAA game. If you're going to advertise the game as having pre rendered graphics then take the time to make them spectacular, not just alright. Maybe it will improve over time. Who knows.

Now THIS is how you do modern pre rendered backgrounds. (Skip to 1:45)

http://www.youtube.com/v/AUleDEFkUtE
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on April 23, 2013, 08:11:08 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/FDDHd-reopY
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on April 24, 2013, 02:03:27 PM
I really like this story.  I'm excited for this game, and I'm really happy it's doing so well.  It also shows that the Kickstarter model might have some legs, especially if you keep the option open to help fund the game after the initial kickstarter ends as they have.  I had yet to hear words like "more profitable" thrown around when talking about kickstarter, so it's great that developers might actually be able to make money with a kickstarter game.

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Star Citizen Creator: Kickstarter Model Is Here To Stay

Chris Roberts' Star Citizen Kickstarter has raised over $8 million, and fans continue to jump in, despite the game being over a year away from release.

"I can make the same game for a fifth of the revenue [of a AAA title], a fifth of the sales, and I can be more profitable, and I can exist on lower unit sales," says Chris Roberts, speaking to gamesindustry.biz about the huge merits that Kickstarter offers developers. His own Star Citizen project has raised over $8 million in in its Kickstarter campaign, and shows no sign of stopping, with fans continuing to contribute despite the game's release being over a year away.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/123490-Star-Citizen-Creator-Kickstarter-Model-Is-Here-To-Stay?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=news
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Lembach on April 24, 2013, 04:44:24 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/R9hQWqtxXPU

Gameplay at 2:30 minutes. I cannot wait!
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on April 24, 2013, 04:50:24 PM
Hrmph. I've been waiting since '89. (And you better believe I backed this project.)

Not being snarky. I've literally been waiting over two decades for this sequel.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on April 25, 2013, 10:09:29 AM
So Nintendo's going to sit E3 out:

http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/04/25/no-nintendo-press-conference-at-e3-2013

That's surprising, since most people expected Nintendo to be tapdancing up a storm about the WiiU and all the games that are going to make people want to buy the struggling system...
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MSTJedi on April 25, 2013, 11:26:47 AM
So Nintendo's going to sit E3 out:

http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/04/25/no-nintendo-press-conference-at-e3-2013

That's surprising, since most people expected Nintendo to be tapdancing up a storm about the WiiU and all the games that are going to make people want to buy the struggling system...

Which is probably the issue - they don't have the games. Most developers don't want to bother trying to figure out how to add that gimmicky little controller of Nintendo's into the mix, so third party support just isn't there . . . again.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on April 25, 2013, 11:43:44 AM
The word is that they'll be announcing games there, but maybe they just want to sit out this year because of the hype surrounding Microsoft and Sony. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Rainbow Dash on April 25, 2013, 01:18:19 PM
Honestly, E3 isn't a big deal anymore.  None of the companies have really done a big blow out.  Sony has already revealed their system.  MS will reveal Nextbox at the end of May.  The press events have become much more an investors presentation than something to cater to the gamers.  Nintendo has the right idea by just doing their own events (and MS and SOny have already begun doing it as well).
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on April 25, 2013, 02:27:34 PM
The word is that they'll be announcing games there, but maybe they just want to sit out this year because of the hype surrounding Microsoft and Sony.

The majority of the hype I've heard surrounding sony is negative.  And Microsoft is going to have to do some major PR spinning if the always-online rumor turns out to be true.  This seems like it would have been the perfect time for Nintendo to strut their stuff and show off some new games.  But I guess they just don't have them yet.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Edward J Grug III on April 25, 2013, 03:38:42 PM
They'll probably have a Nintendo Specific conference fairly soon after it and announce a ton of stuff, I guess... Or maybe just really concentrate on these Nintendo Direct shows... But I am a bit disappointed.

The Wii U is such fun, I really want them to sell the world on it.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Lembach on April 27, 2013, 08:52:10 PM
EA Voted Worst Company in America, Again

http://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2013/04/09/ea-voted-worst-company-in-america-again/ (http://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2013/04/09/ea-voted-worst-company-in-america-again/)

(http://i.minus.com/iWtCMIALTsv8e.jpg)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on April 28, 2013, 02:16:22 AM
EA aren't particularly brilliant, but worst company in America? That just seems like silly anti-fanboyism,  The reasons given are utterly ridiculous too - they made a game with DRM and have made free-to-play games?!? That's horrifying!
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MSTJedi on April 28, 2013, 08:05:54 AM
EA aren't particularly brilliant, but worst company in America? That just seems like silly anti-fanboyism,  The reasons given are utterly ridiculous too - they made a game with DRM and have made free-to-play games?!? That's horrifying!

Yeah, I'm not sure what's wrong with f2p. For a guy on my budget, that's what works for me (SWTOR, for example). I throw them a few dollars every now and then when I can, but I don't have to worry about a subscription and feeling like I HAVE to play the game to make it worth the money. Yeah, I know that f2p isn't working for most games in the long run, but done right, I think it can work. The problem is that with a game like SWTOR, they overreached by sinking a buttload of money in a game that doesn't have the audience such an investment requires. Hell, I still think it should have been another SP RPG KotOR anyway.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Lembach on April 28, 2013, 02:08:33 PM
EA aren't particularly brilliant, but worst company in America? That just seems like silly anti-fanboyism,  The reasons given are utterly ridiculous too - they made a game with DRM and have made free-to-play games?!? That's horrifying!

Whereas I can turn this around and label this fanboyism. The people voting are obviously unhappy with the company. People who spent $60 on SimCity just straight-up couldn't play it. They couldn't play online because the servers were down, and they couldn't play offline because there's no offline mode. Then they lied about the reasons for it requiring always online connection.

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Kotaku editor Stephen Totilo found that he could play offline for almost 20 minutes without a problem. There appears to be some sort of code in the game that prevents people from playing offline for more than those 20 minutes.

On top of that, Rock Paper Shotgun's John Walker says he spoke to a Maxis source who said that SimCity doesn't require server-side computing at all, and that in fact it could be played offline.

"I have no idea why they're claiming otherwise," Walker's source said. "It's possible that Bradshaw misunderstood or was misinformed, but otherwise I'm clueless."

I could care less about the f2p issue. That's just them trying to salvage a buck off an MMO that failed due to lack of end game content. It's not altruism. They didn't do it out of the goodness of their hearts.

They have treated their customers with nothing but contempt and they deserve every bit of fallout that results from this.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on April 28, 2013, 02:33:01 PM
Nah, it's not fanboyism.  I don't like EA's practices over the years, but to label them the worst company in the US is silly.  There are plenty worse.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MSTJedi on April 28, 2013, 03:12:05 PM
Nah, it's not fanboyism.  I don't like EA's practices over the years, but to label them the worst company in the US is silly.  There are plenty worse.

As someone who's worked for Walmart for way too damn long, I can attest to that.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Lembach on April 28, 2013, 03:22:07 PM
Touché.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Snape on April 28, 2013, 09:34:51 PM
(http://img1.joyreactor.com/pics/post/comics-nerfnow-EA-money-647641.png)

Hate to have re post this after enumerating on this on so many other sites but I fear its been made all the more appropriate now...
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Lembach on April 29, 2013, 05:27:04 PM
A really poignant observation if I had bought any of their games, I suppose...
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on May 05, 2013, 07:04:30 PM
FYI- If you were planning on getting rid of your old PS2 games and hardware, be advised that as of June 1, 2013, Gamestop will no longer accept any PS2 stuff for trade in. I know Hastings has moved their Xbox and PS2 stuff to "please get them out of here" status as well, so your opportunites to trade stuff in will be coming to an end fairly quickly.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on May 06, 2013, 02:47:30 PM
Bwha-haha....

Disney has decided that the exclusive publisher of all Star Wars games will be... Electronic Arts.

http://www.youtube.com/v/-bzWSJG93P8?hl=en_US&

Yeah, I don't care.  But it's fun to hear the "EA is the worst company in the world" and "Why isn't this on Steam?" people complain to no effect. However, I do hope that they let Travellers' Tales make a Lego Star Wars game for the next trilogy though.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on May 06, 2013, 02:58:46 PM
By the way, Joy reactor? Thanks for borrowing Nerf Now's strip and then slapping your banner on it. Real cool there. (Not griping at you, Snape. Just at the hosting site.)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Johnny Unusual on May 06, 2013, 05:01:24 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/Bf38HiYPMiI

This looks fun.  Let's just hope it gets back the sense of humour it lost in part 4, which was a fine game, but lost much of what I love about the series.  Having 3 leads looks promising.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on May 07, 2013, 05:20:09 AM
EA Announces The Sims 4. Immediately and repeatedly assures us it's Single-Player Offline!

http://forum.thesims3.com/jforum/posts/list/675024.page
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on May 07, 2013, 12:04:02 PM
EA Announces The Sims 4. Immediately and repeatedly assures us it's Single-Player Offline!

http://forum.thesims3.com/jforum/posts/list/675024.page (http://forum.thesims3.com/jforum/posts/list/675024.page)

Which is amusing since Sims 3 has lots of "You just did something! Would you like to tweet and post this news to your wall?" moments in the recent expansions. I'm guessing the Sims fans are much, much louder than the Sim City fans are.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on May 08, 2013, 05:20:38 PM
Funny.  In a move that almost looks something like PR, EA decides to stop paying to license real world guns from manufactures for any of its upcoming games.  Is this EA trying to distance themselves from gun control politics?  Nope.  They just don't feel like paying the manufacturers anymore.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/123850-EA-Halts-Gun-Brand-Licensing?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=news
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Rainbow Dash on May 11, 2013, 04:35:29 PM
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Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: goflyblind on May 15, 2013, 12:16:57 PM
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Rejoice, PS3 racing fans, Polyphony Digital has some news for you. That’s right—there’s a new installment of Gran Turismo, the world’s most popular console-racing franchise, and it’s (allegedly) coming in time for the holidays. Earlier today at the UK’s Silverstone race circuit, Sony held a "15 years of Gran Turismo” event where it announced Gran Turismo 6 is on its way, and despite speculation that it might be a PS4 title, it’s going to be a PS3 game.
http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2013/05/gran-turismo-6-announced-for-ps3/

*sploosh*
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on May 16, 2013, 10:46:25 PM
So, EA just announced a 25th Anniversary Amazon Exclusive edition of Madden. For $100, you get:

*A Copy of Madden (duh, but it must be noted)
*17 "Ultimate Madden" teams, plus a new All-star pack each week of the season
*Oh, and a subscription to NFL Sunday ticket. Yes, that does require you to have DirectTV, and you have to sub for 2014's Sunday ticket as well, but since NFL Sunday Ticket is $300 a year... well, that's a hell of a deal if you already sub to DTV and Sunday ticket
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Henry88 on May 17, 2013, 12:50:32 PM
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EA spokesperson Jeff Brown has told Kotaku that "We have no games in development for the Wii U currently," which means that there are no new Wii U versions of FIFA, Battlefield, Madden, or any of publishing giant's other hit game franchises in the works.

This comes a mere six months after the Nintendo Wii U launched with several EA titles including FIFA 13 and Mass Effect 3, and less than two years after the company entered an "unprecedented partnership" with Nintendo to produce games for the console.

It's worth noting that Brown did not rule out possible future collaborations with Nintendo, but it appears as if there'll be no EA games on the troubled Wii U for the foreseeable future.

This confirmation follows the news earlier in the month that the Wii U was unable to handle the Frostbite 3 engine developed by Battlefield developer DICE. The company and its technology are owned by EA, and as many as 15 upcoming Electronic Arts titles will be powered by the advanced game engine.

Indeed, the company ran into severe troubles trying to get the current generation Frostbite 2 engine to run on Nintendo's latest console, let alone the next gen version.

It seems as if the Nintendo Wii U's relatively meager specs - which are much closer to the Xbox 360 and PS3 than the Xbox Infinity and PS4 - allied to disappointing sales have cost Nintendo the support of one of the biggest game publishers in the business.

It's worth remembering that EA's lack of support for the ill-fated Sega Dreamcast console was one of the key reasons for its failureEA's lack of support for the ill-fated Sega Dreamcast console was one of the key reasons for its failure at the turn of the millennium.

Of course, Nintendo is in a much stronger position now than Sega was in the late nineties, but this remains troubling news for fans of the house of Mario.

http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/has-ea-pulled-out-of-wii-u-development
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Rainbow Dash on May 18, 2013, 03:50:45 PM
The thing about Nintendo, they can live without EA, they've always thrived on their own first part offerings, but third partiers who put the effort in see success.  Look how well Ubisoft did on the Wii.

Also, apparently this was a big reason Nintendo opted not to do a big press conference at E3.  They really are trying something new (and frankly, cool if they pull it off right), in addition to a big Nintendo Direct blow out E3 week (Which for all intents and purposes, is a press conference).  They're going to showcase some of their E3 games at select Best Buy's in the USA and Canada so gamers can try it themselves.

http://kotaku.com/nintendo-re-writes-rules-of-e3-letting-the-public-play-508197374
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: CJones on May 18, 2013, 07:19:09 PM
Wait a minute, Dragon Age: Origins was published by EA?! Dang it, there goes my boycott of EA products for reasons I'm not entirely clear on. I miss the old days, back when they still went by the name Electronic Arts and used that cube-sphere-pyramid thingy logo. I have loads of C64 games by them.

On a totally unrelated note, I love the fact that PC gaming is having a huge upsurge in popularity, while console gaming is being more and more relegated to the casual gamer. No sarcasm intended. Between the high quality games that only a PC can handle, and the multitude of fantastic indie games, I think we've entered another golden age of gaming. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on May 19, 2013, 07:05:52 PM
Total Biscuit, a well known video game commentator, brings up Rifftrax during a discussion about Nintendo cracking down on Let's Plays on the internet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yX4io2O4EI&list=UUy1Ms_5qBTawC-k7PVjHXKQ

Nothing huge, just a mention of the boys and copyrights being the reason that some films have MP3s  and others have VODs before he launches into the whole Nintendo debate.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on May 20, 2013, 11:07:57 AM
Batman Arkham Origins trailer.

http://www.youtube.com/v/9pnK8akbd2M?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0

Is it just me or is there nothing that exciting in this video?  Batman doesn't seem to be just starting out as the name 'origins' wants to imply.  He seems just like the batman from the previous two games.  These enemies are pretty generic and the setting is pretty boring.  Hopefully the gameplay is still fun.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on May 21, 2013, 09:10:40 AM
Whoa.

Yeah, the Xbox reveal is in an hour but more news just hit.

Slitherine Games, a strategy game maker, just announced Warhammer 40k: Battle for Armageddon, a turn based strategy game set in the 40k universe.

It's been almost 15 years since there was a turn based 40k game (Chaos Gate? Or was it the Eldar-based Panzer General-y game?) and hey, this is welcome news for me.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on May 21, 2013, 10:06:49 AM
Okay, X-Box Reveal time.

*The Xbox employees do a little video and say the word "alive" a lot. Foreshadowing?

*"All your entertainment in one place!"  Oh, joy. Never get tired of that phrase.

*"Can we improve the living room?" Once again, as a game player, this isn't sounding good.

*"An all in one entertainment system.... X-Box One" Wow. Okay, that's not the most impressive name.

*Oh, hey! They're showing the thing. Every bit of it. There's the main unit, a controller and kinect all shown at very close range. It's almost like they heard the complaints about Sony's conference.

*Back to X-Box One, wouldn't that be the first X-Box? Meh, whatever. Still better name than Wii-U.

*Oh hey. A gaming guy."We'll tell you more at E3." And hopes dashed there because he's back to the "all in one" thing.  Hey! You can turn it on by voice! The XB1 also remembers what you were last doing, making it as current as my copy of Firefox circa 2006. And you can instantly watch TV on your XB1 by saying "XBox! Watch TV!" You can switch quickly between movies, games, tv, music and IE with gestures and vocals. Ah! The movie is Star Trek! Lens flares!!!!!

*Snap mode allows multiple windows to open, so you can watch a film and, say, web browse at the same time.

*Skype on XB1. It's windowed as well.

*And now ESPN. This is all great, but I'm a person who uses the console for, you know, gaming. I have a computer to do Skype and windows and stuff on. I guess it'll be useful for those who don't  sit on the computer all day like I do.

*Heh. Twitter: those who had "It's going to be a Swiss Army set-top box" in the pool win! That reminds me that I need to check my XB Reveal bingo card later.

*"The beginning of truly intelligent TV!" so, does your XB1 only play The Wire or something?

*Tech stats just leaked. 8 GB ram, blu-ray, 500 GB hard drive. 1080p FOV.

*Talking about Kinect now. It's paired with the unit now and can alledgedly recognize the voice of every family member. Faster too. New sensor will better recognize your movements and can read your heartrate while you exercise. Hopefully it works at shorter distances as my living room still hasn't gotten any bigger.

*New controller- better triggers, better D-pad (huzzah!) and over 30 improvements over the old controller. Looks like it interacts with the Kinect as well.

*Smart glass will be native to the platform. No signs of a smart glass-y controller though. I suspect that the Wii-U's crashing may have altered some things there.

*Even more servers are added  for XBox Live, more computer power than the world in 1999.

*More cloud talk- saves and movies saved to the cloud. Sidestepping the 'Always online" issue so far, which they've yet to say anything about. Still the big elephant in the room.

*A wild EA rep appears! EA and Microsoft are in a broad strategic partnership. Whatever that means.  Four games for XB1- FIFA, Madden, NBA Live and UFC. All powered by a new game engine, "Blurring the line between real and virtual." Pro players are talking about reading the lines of the defense in Madden. Er, guys? I'm not a pro player. I don't really want to need that level of expertise to play the game. Hopefully that's just talk, rather than a requirement. New games will have 10 times the animation depth and detail over older engine. They'll reveal exclusive stuff for FIFA 14 soon. But not now.

*Still on the sports games, they're showing them and wow, Those models do look impressive. Almost photo-realistic for the players. If the end game looks that good, then wow.

*Exclusives time. First up- Forza 5. goodie. I love my little car games, even though my driving sucks. It'll be a launch title, but "more at E3." Blah.  This guy can't pronounce Forza either, as it seems to now have a third syllable. Next, Remedy pops up with "Quantum Break." I've seen the trailer, but I'm still not sure what it's about. 15 exclusive games in the first year of XB1, 8 of which are new IPs. Well, that's good. New IPs are always nice.

*Someone who used to work at CBS arrives. She flubs some of her lines, which is always nice to see. "TV on Xbox will become social!" Great! I always love for my co-workers to know that I'm watching Bridezilla! And.... holy cow. Halo TV series. Live action. Directed by Spielberg. Wow. I guess Forward Unto Dawn was a success. More details- a premium series for XBL users. So, subscription based on top of subscription?  Eh, I'll need to see it first.

*More ways to watch live sports on X-Box. Partnership with NFL for the upcoming season. Looks nice for fantasy football fans.

*Hmmm. Microsoft's stream is about 3-4 minutes behind everyone else's. Great job, Microsoft.

*Call of Duty: Ghosts will launch first on XB1. Sony's not going to be happy. Nor are the folks with 360s who'll need to upgrade to play it. Unless they want to wait a few weeks, but that's just silly. The guy who wrote Traffic wrote the plot for the single player campaign, which sounds very Red Dawn-y in nature. Plus, you have a dog. Not joking, you get to play a dog in some levels. Frankly, that does sound entertaining. The models look very impressive too. Heh. The poor German Shepard has those little motion capture balls attached to it's fur. Awww. Poor doggie.

*Side by side comparison of graphics from MW3 to Ghosts. Once again, pretty damn impressive, although I imagine that the graphics on the PS4 will be equally advanced. Its just impressive how much changes over just a few years. And then a trailer for the new game.  Hey! A scuba level!  What? The fish are pretty. And we'll see more at E3. It's over.

*Things not covered: Price, release date and that pesky "always need to be internet connected" thing that's been floated.

Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on May 21, 2013, 11:16:45 AM
A whole lot of nothing, with only a few interesting bits.  Sony went for two hours and had more stuff to show. 

I guess E3 is where I'll actually find out about the games.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on May 22, 2013, 07:57:17 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/RKMa6dY_29s
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on May 22, 2013, 09:49:13 PM
Awesome. Reminds me of one of my favorite old tables, Xenon. Shall most likely be downloading that.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on May 23, 2013, 06:35:01 AM
With that pack, they only have one more to go and then the Pin Bot Trilogy will be complete.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on May 30, 2013, 07:25:24 PM
For those who haven't seen it, here's the first gameplay trailer (more of a playthough of the first level) of the Ducktales game.  Apparently the layout will be the same, with the secret passageways being in the same spots.
http://www.youtube.com/v/o4Wfl7Q9m3I
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on May 31, 2013, 06:34:42 AM
http://www.youtube.com/v/Rha2V96pftw
I hope they do World of Illusion next.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on May 31, 2013, 07:34:29 AM
I'd love to see them spice up Darkwing Duck. It's a nifty, oft-overlooked Megamanesque game.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on May 31, 2013, 07:49:14 AM
I'd love to see them spice up Darkwing Duck. It's a nifty, oft-overlooked Megamanesque game.

Megamanesque? It's so Megamanesque that it's basically a reskin.  Good game, though.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on May 31, 2013, 07:49:55 AM
Supposedly, if Ducktales does well enough, Capcom will tackle Chip and Dale next.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on June 01, 2013, 03:32:11 PM
New Double Fine Kickstarter: Massive Chalice. 

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/doublefine/double-fines-massive-chalice

It will be a game similar to xcom, in that the combat is turn based and there is perma death, but it will take place over a much longer time frame.  You will train soldiers, watch them grow over the years and get better, become heroes, have children, and pass on their legacy and skills to those children, who will have children of their own, and so on.  Oh, and it's set in a fantasy setting.

Sounds right up my alley.  I love turn based strategy.  And being from Double Fine is another bonus.  They aren't having the crazy immediate success that the first Double Fine Adventure had, but I think that's because it has lost a bit of novelty, so you don't get people spending money just because they got caught up in the moment.  And you also lose the people who gave money because they thought the Double Fine Adventure would lead directly to another Psychonauts.  But it's already close to meeting its goal, and by not immediately posting stretch goals I think they were prepared for this project to go a little slower.  Even with the slower start, I think I'm more excited for this one than I am for Broken Age. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: NashaWriter on June 02, 2013, 02:59:12 PM
Yeah, I'm donating so hard towards Massive Chalice....if only so my boyfriend can play it. He's so damn excited, it looks from as well from my POV (someone who loves Civ 5 type games).
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on June 04, 2013, 03:47:25 PM
Here's another video with the actual boss fight included.
http://www.youtube.com/v/JjWYsWEi9-w
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Space version 2.0 on June 04, 2013, 05:43:02 PM
The multiplayer details for The Last of Us have been revealed, and it actually sounds pretty fun

http://www.gameinformer.com/games/the_last_of_us/b/ps3/archive/2013/06/03/naughty-dog-breaks-down-the-last-of-us-multiplayer.aspx

Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on June 05, 2013, 12:37:45 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/RKMa6dY_29s

This is pretty much my favorite table for the game now. I like the simple but difficult to execute rules, which keeps me playing and trying to get just a little higher score. My high score is 3,573,150 at the moment. I also like the art. Great table.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on June 05, 2013, 01:03:00 PM
Two bits of news:

The previously mentioned Duck Tales Ooo-oo game is also coming to PC.

And Saint's Row IV announces the Wub-wub edition.

(http://www.justpushstart.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/SaintsRowIV-CollectorsEdition.jpg)

Comes with the game and a 12-inch Dub Step gun replica, featuring laser sight and the most dangerous wubs the world has even known when you pull the trigger.
 
 Also included in the package is a 8-inch Johnny Gat Memorial Statue, Dubstep Doomsday Button and in-game items like the Screaming Eagle VTOL, Uncle Sam uniform and 'Merica gun.

Yes, this is a bit restrained compared to Saint's Row III.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on June 06, 2013, 03:34:37 PM
Featuring Launchpad as your video tour guide.
http://www.youtube.com/v/tTiGWOzPyY4
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on June 07, 2013, 04:26:11 PM
So....

http://www.happyplaytime.com/

It's a game designed to teach.... hmmm, how do I say this in a PG rated manner? It teaches folks with XX chromosomes how to pleasure themselves.

Yeah, I can't see any possible controversy arising from this.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on June 10, 2013, 11:36:21 AM
Oh hey, Interplay just purchased the rights to the Freespace IP... for $7,500. No, not missing any zeroes there. And yes, Interplay still exists and published the first two Freespace games (and Baldur's Gate.) We'll see what they do with it since Interplay is rather lacking in activity right now.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on June 16, 2013, 05:20:28 PM
Someone put the SCUMM emulator into HTML!

http://clb.demon.fi/html5scummvm/

Right now, it only plays demos, for legal reasons, but it's still a neat way to kill some time. :^)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on June 17, 2013, 06:27:03 PM
Not really news but I'll stick it here anyway:

http://www.youtube.com/v/6OT5D2M6VeA?version=3&

They missed Mallrats though. And Hellworld.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on June 17, 2013, 06:50:04 PM
Chronicles of Mystara is scheduled to drop tomorrow for PSN/Steam.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on June 17, 2013, 09:11:51 PM
Oh, DotA 2 will go live this August 7th.

So, if you're one of the 3 or 4 people in North America who don't have a beta key yet, there you go.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MSTJedi on June 18, 2013, 09:03:35 AM
Sony Says They've Won a Battle, Not the War (http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/125113-Sony-Says-Theyve-Won-a-Battle-Not-the-War?utm_source=news&utm_medium=index_carousel&utm_campaign=all)
 
It's good to see that Sony learned its lesson with the PS3 launch and are actually listening to what gamers really want, not what some fratboy-filled focus group says. They also seem to be following Han Solo's advice and aren't getting cocky from one victory.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on June 18, 2013, 07:33:42 PM
Speaking of Sony...

The final PS2 was announced today. Yes, they're still making them. Or at least they were. In September, EA will release the final new full PS2 game. It'll be FIFA 14. Japan will get one more release in March, but it's an expansion for FF XI, not a full game.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on June 18, 2013, 08:19:08 PM
And speaking of Sony again...

The 4.45 update for the PS3 firmware arrived today. Much to everyone's delight, it seems to have bricked a number of PS3s. So, you might not want to update until it gets fixed.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on June 23, 2013, 05:01:26 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/j7LVm1bnI4c
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on June 23, 2013, 05:37:08 PM
Looks pretty good.  Will probably get it. Can't wait for them to release the game on Steam.  It passed Steam Greenlight.  Now all I can do is wait...
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on June 25, 2013, 05:20:24 PM
Sort of.  Final Fantasy VII Conspiracy Theory Time!
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: CJones on June 27, 2013, 04:12:13 PM
If you're one of the people who's been looking forward to Rogue Legacy, the wait is over. As of June 27, the game is now available on Steam.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on June 29, 2013, 06:49:52 PM
The full pack
http://www.youtube.com/v/i9R8LYRIQ14?hl
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on June 29, 2013, 07:05:04 PM
Whirlwind isn't that great, but Champion Pub is fun. I don't like that you HAVE to get them in packs now.  I preferred the option to get the pack or buy them individually. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on June 29, 2013, 10:12:31 PM
Aw, crap.

The folks who own Altus (Persona, Disgaea etc.) are having severe financial problems and are trying to liquidate Altus for some cash.  Stay afloat ! I need Disgaea D-2 and Persona 5!
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on June 29, 2013, 10:42:22 PM
Aww, man. Why is it always the companies that back the niche titles and put the extra TLC into game packaging? Remember Spaz/Working Designs?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on June 30, 2013, 02:58:05 PM
Whirlwind isn't that great, but Champion Pub is fun. I don't like that you HAVE to get them in packs now.  I preferred the option to get the pack or buy them individually.

I don't recall Pinball Arcade ever offering them separately.  All the pinball tables offered for Pinball Arcade have been in packs of 2, except for the default ones.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on June 30, 2013, 03:16:20 PM
Whirlwind isn't that great, but Champion Pub is fun. I don't like that you HAVE to get them in packs now.  I preferred the option to get the pack or buy them individually.

I don't recall Pinball Arcade ever offering them separately.  All the pinball tables offered for Pinball Arcade have been in packs of 2, except for the default ones.

On the Iphone's 'free' version I was able to buy most of the season one tables individually.  But this was quite a while ago.  There was an option to save money by buying them in packs, but I usually didn't choose that option.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Rainbow Dash on July 08, 2013, 02:39:05 PM
Ryan Davis of Giant Bomb has died.    :'(

http://www.giantbomb.com/articles/ryan-davis-1979-2013/1100-4685/

(http://static.giantbomb.com/uploads/scale_super/0/30/2508621-2508620-img_0002.jpg)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on July 08, 2013, 02:49:12 PM
I was wondering whether or not to post this.  I'm surprisingly affected by it.  I've been listening to the bombcast and watching their videos since the formation of the site, and Ryan was a big part of it.  34 is a ridiculous age to die, especially after he'd just got married. 

He'll be really missed.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: lassieface on July 08, 2013, 05:48:12 PM
Never listened to it, but heard nothing but good things about it.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Space version 2.0 on July 08, 2013, 06:48:37 PM
Never listened to it, but heard nothing but good things about it.
All I know about it that some people were excited when it was referenced in Archer. Twice.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on July 09, 2013, 01:57:54 AM
Well, keeping up with unfortunate news:

*Wii-U fans? Remember Zombie U? Well, it's not getting a sequel. According to Ubisoft it never became profitable on the Wii-U so no sequel for it.

*Oh, and Vivendi, who have been trying to unload their shares in Activision Blizzard, are now taking out a big loan using those shares as collateral. That's real bad  as that money will be sent over to the parent company to keep them afloat and all Blizz will be left with is a big debt that they'll need to repay with nothing to show for it.

*Looking for some remotely bright news? Well, Runner 2 is getting some DLC. Among the additions are playable versions of Raz (Psychonauts) and Quote (Cave Story).
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Edward J Grug III on July 09, 2013, 02:55:06 AM
*Wii-U fans? Remember Zombie U? Well, it's not getting a sequel. According to Ubisoft it never became profitable on the Wii-U so no sequel for it.

This is a shame - It's a really good game that could have had a great sequel.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on July 09, 2013, 07:11:50 PM
Well, apparently Dota 2 is now out of beta and officially released.

I think I've already made a joke about "so if you're one of the 3 people who didn't get a beta invite" thing, so I'll skip that.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 09, 2013, 07:23:58 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/N-xHcvug3WI

Awwwwww yeah!

Oh and GTA Online is going to be a glorious mess!
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MSTJedi on July 09, 2013, 11:12:39 PM
Yeah, I can only imagine what multiplayer in GTA will be like. Just one huge deathmatch. With cars. And planes. And helicopters.

What have they done?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on July 10, 2013, 10:54:35 AM
Miyamoto says he's working on something new!

http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/07/10/miyamoto-teases-brand-new-wii-u-franchise?zeta_id=628197843&utm_source=Targeted%20Blasts&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=New+Wii+U+Franchise_17721_958822_958829&utm_content=628197843
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: RoninFox on July 10, 2013, 04:44:55 PM
Miyamoto says he's working on something new!

http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/07/10/miyamoto-teases-brand-new-wii-u-franchise?zeta_id=628197843&utm_source=Targeted%20Blasts&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=New+Wii+U+Franchise_17721_958822_958829&utm_content=628197843

The brand new game, "Super Legend of Pikmin Fox Bros."
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on July 11, 2013, 03:36:27 PM
Just in from Capcom:
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Aug. 13th – DuckTales Remastered launches on PlayStation Network, Steam, and the Wii U eShop
Sept. 11th – DuckTales: Remastered launches on Xbox Live

Quote
f that weren’t enough, there will also be a special boxed edition of DuckTales: Remastered for PlayStation 3 available at US retailers on August 20th, which will include a download code and an exclusive DuckTales Disney collector’s pin. The physical version will go for $19.99, while the digital version remains $14.99 on all platforms.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Space version 2.0 on July 11, 2013, 04:54:06 PM
There's a new Ratchet and Clank game coming out this holiday. They're going "back to their roots", meaning it will be like the normal games in the series instead of A4O or FFA.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on July 12, 2013, 11:49:58 PM
Some Dead Rising 3 news:

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A unique Kinect feature has been included on the Xbox One exclusive Dead Rising 3.

In an interview with xboxuncut, Josh Bridge (the game’s the executive producer) has confirmed that you can physically push away zombies hounding you in Dead Rising 3. All you have to do is push the controller away from you.

Another cool Kinect feature is that loud noises in the background can attract zombies. If say a family member of yours was playing Metallica really loudly, the Kinect will pick up this sound and zombies will start advancing towards you in the game.

This won't harm me any, but this will suck for folks with kids. Or who live in slightly noisy places like, say, a dorm. But how likely is it that someone in college will have a console?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on July 13, 2013, 02:17:29 AM
Those both sound like reasons why I would never want a Kinect.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on July 13, 2013, 01:43:42 PM
Meh. This one's not Microsoft's fault, it's Capcom's.

Microsoft likely said "Hey, you're an XB1 launch title, find a way to use the Kinect in your game." Capcom could have done a "Okay, in this sequence jump around to avoid falling debris" or "manipulate the thingee using the Kinect" or even the same gimmick that Zomie-U used of "use the kinect to put someone into the game as a zombie" but instead Capcom went for the neat idea that stops being a good idea when you start considering the real world.

Not defending the existence of the Kinect. Mine is fairly worthless as my playing area isn't big enough for the sensor to work. But this particular bad idea isn't the fault of the little camera watching your every move.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on July 13, 2013, 06:21:14 PM
It just seems like Microsoft doesn't actually care about using the Kinect for anything other than a pretty clunky substitute for touch controls in their menus.   
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Raven on July 15, 2013, 10:46:13 AM
Just in from Capcom:
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Aug. 13th – DuckTales Remastered launches on PlayStation Network, Steam, and the Wii U eShop
Sept. 11th – DuckTales: Remastered launches on Xbox Live

Quote
f that weren’t enough, there will also be a special boxed edition of DuckTales: Remastered for PlayStation 3 available at US retailers on August 20th, which will include a download code and an exclusive DuckTales Disney collector’s pin. The physical version will go for $19.99, while the digital version remains $14.99 on all platforms.

Ducktales was my my favorite NES game besides the Dragon Warrior series.   Might have to actually pick this one up.  Don't think I'll be spending the extra 5 bucks for a pin though.  I hope it has trophies.   
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Henry88 on July 15, 2013, 10:49:36 AM
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Ubisoft Not Interested in Games That Aren't Franchises

"There's no more fire and forget - it's too expensive."

http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/07/15/ubisoft-not-interested-in-games-that-arent-franchises
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on July 15, 2013, 10:54:34 AM
Just in from Capcom:
Quote
Aug. 13th – DuckTales Remastered launches on PlayStation Network, Steam, and the Wii U eShop
Sept. 11th – DuckTales: Remastered launches on Xbox Live

Quote
f that weren’t enough, there will also be a special boxed edition of DuckTales: Remastered for PlayStation 3 available at US retailers on August 20th, which will include a download code and an exclusive DuckTales Disney collector’s pin. The physical version will go for $19.99, while the digital version remains $14.99 on all platforms.

Ducktales was my my favorite NES game besides the Dragon Warrior series.   Might have to actually pick this one up.  Don't think I'll be spending the extra 5 bucks for a pin though.  I hope it has trophies.
I really wish the in-store copy was a physical version and not just a code with a pin.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on July 16, 2013, 12:27:59 AM
Wondering about what titles are selling for the Wii-U in North America? Well, here are the top 10 sellers so far:

1 – New Super Luigi U
 2 – New Super Mario Bros. U
 3 – Super Mario World (eShop)
 4 – LEGO City Undercover
 5 – Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
 6 – Mega Man X (eShop)
 7 – TANK! TANK! TANK!
 8 – Injustice: Gods Among Us
 9 – Super Mario Bros. 2 (eShop)
 10 – Trine 2: Director’s Cut (eShop)


Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on July 16, 2013, 10:20:39 AM
Disgaea news! Even though I'm likely the only one who cares!

Disgaea D2- North American Release date is October 8th!

Disgaea 4 gets a Vita release in 2014. (And I've put hundreds of hours into each Disgaea game on the portables in addition to the time I put into their console versions.)

Disgaea 5 is in pre-production!
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on July 18, 2013, 06:15:36 AM
Launchpad's Travelogues continues with a look at the Himalayas stage.
http://www.youtube.com/v/xDxooTPwwLg
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on July 18, 2013, 09:21:32 AM
Earthbound hits the WiiU Eshop today!

http://earthbound.nintendo.com/
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on July 18, 2013, 10:02:31 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/RvC072O.png?1)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: RoninFox on July 18, 2013, 03:26:44 PM
So is this going to be a video game we will actually enjoy playing, or will this be a bothering people on facebook for engine parts kind of "game".
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MSTJedi on July 18, 2013, 03:35:15 PM
What annoys me is that it's only Android and iOS. I've been a fan for years and this is what I get? No PC . . . really?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on July 18, 2013, 04:54:01 PM
They said "initially".  They didn't say it wouldn't come to anything else.    Also...
http://www.youtube.com/v/0jMwcJI0pEg
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on July 18, 2013, 05:13:41 PM
They said "initially".  They didn't say it wouldn't come to anything else.    Also...
http://www.youtube.com/v/0jMwcJI0pEg

I'm a fan of the old arcade games.  But they were cool because of the level design and the focus on clinging on walls.  There's definitely some of that in the trailer, but they seemed to focus more on the combat.  We'll see if it holds up to its predecessors. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MSTJedi on July 18, 2013, 05:27:26 PM
They said "initially".  They didn't say it wouldn't come to anything else.

Just seems a weird market to open to. I'd think they'd start with PC and then move to mobile if it was popular enough. But maybe that's because I don't have a tablet and have a crappy Windows phone that doesn't have half the apps that Android or iOS have. Never again, I tell you.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on July 19, 2013, 08:33:48 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/aAQbh00CcJU
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on July 20, 2013, 12:59:45 AM
News from San Diego Comic Con:

Soulcailbur 2 HD is coming later this year to the PS3 and 360.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on July 23, 2013, 12:50:32 AM
More news!

Deadly Premonition is coming to the PC.

Yeah, it's a badly playing game, but it's one of the more unique gaming experiences out there.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on July 23, 2013, 10:54:47 AM
As some folks know, Atari is going through bankruptcy and selling off its assets.  The auctions are due to be finalized tomorrow, but we have a preliminary list of some of the winning bids.

Wargaming.net, the folks who make World of Tanks, now own the rights to the Master of Orion and Total Annihilation. On the latter title, they outbid Uber, who are making the spiritual sequel Planetary Annihilation. Wargaming also recently purchased the assets of Gas Powered Games, formerly run by Chris Taylor who was the developer of TA. Hmmm.....

Stardock, who make the Gal Civ series, now own the rights to Star Control. Well, the first two SCs at least. SC3 is still a legal mess. BTW, the folks who made Star Control now make a little thing called Skylanders, so they're doing fine.

Rebellion Interactive (the Sniper series and, er, 2000 AD) now own the rights to Moonbase Commander and Battlezone.

Tommo, who mostly distribute games and sell the current Neo Geo console, got the rights to Math Grand Prix, Fatty Bear's Birthday Surprise, Putt-Putt, Freddi Fish and the Humongous studio. Er, good for them.

And Epic Gear, who I think are a Chinese hardware group, got the rights to the Backyard Sports franchise.

And apparently, some of the bigger titles, like Test Drive or Rollercoaster Tycoon, did not have their minimum bids reached.



Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on July 24, 2013, 03:56:19 PM
Board Game Kickstarter Canceled Amidst Claims of Malfeasance

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/126293-Board-Game-Kickstarter-Canceled-Amidst-Claims-of-Malfeasance?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=news

This story is quite sad.  Being in debt with nothing to show for it is one thing; you get a job and slowly pay back your loans or credit card or whatever.  But being in debt to thousands of angry nerds is quite another thing all together.  That would be a really shitty place to be in, and I'd want to lock myself in my room for a year.  A room with no computer, mind you.

But the article does point out that he has taken money to create a game before, and failed just as horribly.  So why did he think it was a good idea to take money from strangers?  Because they were the only ones who would give it?  I wonder how common stories like this will be.  Hopefully not too common.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Lembach on July 24, 2013, 04:00:45 PM

Wargaming.net, the folks who make World of Tanks, now own the rights to the Master of Orion and Total Annihilation. On the latter title, they outbid Uber, who are making the spiritual sequel Planetary Annihilation. Wargaming also recently purchased the assets of Gas Powered Games, formerly run by Chris Taylor who was the developer of TA. Hmmm.....


Maybe if they hadn't set the price of their Planetary Annihilation alpha release at $89.99, they would have made the sales to outbid. Oh well.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Edward J Grug III on July 24, 2013, 04:55:26 PM
Board Game Kickstarter Canceled Amidst Claims of Malfeasance

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/126293-Board-Game-Kickstarter-Canceled-Amidst-Claims-of-Malfeasance?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=news

This story is quite sad.  Being in debt with nothing to show for it is one thing; you get a job and slowly pay back your loans or credit card or whatever.  But being in debt to thousands of angry nerds is quite another thing all together.  That would be a really shitty place to be in, and I'd want to lock myself in my room for a year.  A room with no computer, mind you.

But the article does point out that he has taken money to create a game before, and failed just as horribly.  So why did he think it was a good idea to take money from strangers?  Because they were the only ones who would give it?  I wonder how common stories like this will be.  Hopefully not too common.

There's a couple of big flame-outs in the boardgame-kickstarter world.

Glory to Rome took forever to get to the people that have it so far )not everyone does) and the guy that ran the campaign claims he lost his house over the deal.

Then there's this one: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1820893788/katalyka/posts

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Ever since about December, I've been harassed by a voice that is claiming to be the sun, and its been attacking me and harassing me almost every hour of the day.

This is the best way I can explain what I am going through... if anyone has any advice or can offer help with this problem, it was not really what I was hoping for and it was very much NOT what I was told making this game was going to be like last year when I started working on it:

Voice says: "The sun doesn't want you to publish Katalyka, because it wants to be almost exactly LIKE Katalyka, but it keep it all a secret.  If you publish your game, it is going to let people in on too many secrets." (paraphrasing)

My response:

The giant glowing mass of hydrogen that lights up our entire planet with heat and color wants to remain a secret?

Seems a bit like a pipe dream to me.

Besides, there have already been a few different "galactic themed" video games and at least one other board game that have all gotten rather popular, so I really don't understand why "The Sun" is supposedly obsessing over the details in this game, specifically.  The voice won't tell me what it is that I'm supposed to change or remove, because apparently that would give too much away?  This is all rather strange to me, and hard to believe.

We already demonstrated that the sun's long term goals and survival are threatened by people who manipulate elements, and that the Sun has NOTHING to lose by being honest and open, but the people who want to control it and the less educated people around them have their entire fortunes to lose if Life on Earth came together in a healthy way along with the blessing of the Sun.

Apparently, my design for the game was based on ideas that are too close to reality, and people who have a lot of influence over Life itself have been stomping on me and trying to keep me from finishing it.

I hope you can understand why I've been hoping that production would have gone smoother and just get the game done, but this harassment has gotten so persistent I can barely even think any more.

When I started working on it, I was told that it would be my opportunity to make something that would help teach, bring various levels of Life together, and would be fun and popular... but its just been roadblock after roadblock, and endless harassment for months over any minute detail or idea that I put into it... and even though its finished, then the voices started obsessing over keeping me from printing it, mostly by distracting me constantly with insane trivia, nonsense, and annoyances to the point where I can't even think.  What's kind of frustrating is that half of the stuff that it complains to me about are things I was essentially instructed to put into the game, by the same voices that are harassing me now.

I honestly don't know what to do about this.  I'm starting to feel that I've been set up by someone and I'm feeling kind of lost.

The main problem is the actual printing of the card decks.  I have all the other materials, and I have cardstock to print the cards on but it was too thick for my printer and I can't afford to take it to a second hand printer, so as soon as I can finish it I am determined to see this project done.  I looked into exchanging or returning the cardstock, and it would cost me about $500 to do that (which I don't have, since I am on disability due to an injury, I only get about $200 a month after rent and most of that goes into food.)

I put way too much time and effort into Katalyka to give up now, so if anyone has any ideas I'd love to hear them.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on July 24, 2013, 04:59:26 PM

Wargaming.net, the folks who make World of Tanks, now own the rights to the Master of Orion and Total Annihilation. On the latter title, they outbid Uber, who are making the spiritual sequel Planetary Annihilation. Wargaming also recently purchased the assets of Gas Powered Games, formerly run by Chris Taylor who was the developer of TA. Hmmm.....


Maybe if they hadn't set the price of their Planetary Annihilation alpha release at $89.99, they would have made the sales to outbid. Oh well.

Hmm. I swore that I commented on that before. Oh yeah. Here we go:

2) As for PA, Yeah, it's $90 as the bid level for Alpha access on the Kickstarter was $90. Pretty simple. If someone paid $90 for alpha access last year and someone else was able to get in for a lower price now, those folks who paid the higher price would be rather massively annoyed, and with good reason.

Is it really that hard to understand? If they had said "Hey, you can get into the alpha by playing $20, like the Kerbal folks did", do you really not get that the 8,000 people who paid $90 or more  for the same privilege might be just a little bit pissed off by that offer? "Oh, sure. You gave us money to get this started but that was almost 9 months ago. Ancient history there."   It would be a horrible decision that would burn through pretty much all the good will that they had built up. So, yes. It's $90. It'll go down when the Beta phase arrives and then go down more when the game itself hits.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on July 24, 2013, 05:28:25 PM
Back to the KS, I'll give another example: Haunts (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2066438441/haunts-the-manse-macabre). It was a strategy game where you control either a group of people or a number of spooks and they try to eliminate the other group. It raised about 28k in funds and then the months passed and no game. After about 5 months, the designer of the game posted that they'd run out of funds to finish it, breaking down exactly what the cash had been spent on. (Short version, the programmer was hired for x months and couldn't finish it in that time.) Other folks offered to help, but there's been no progress on the game since March.

Sadly, these things happen.  I'll note that "Doom" was a game that I almost backed. The only reason that I didn't do so was due to a lack of funds at the time. The Ogre and Zombicide Kickstarters had just ended (and Ogre still hasn't shipped, but it getting closer) and the Sedition Wars was going on at the time. (And Katie Tiedrich wanted money too.) I'm frankly thankful that I didn't, but folks on Kickstarter need to constantly remind themselves that there's no guarantee that you'll ever see anything for that money.

And Katalyka. Yeah, that one is a still ongoing trainwreck.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on July 24, 2013, 05:46:17 PM
Okay, one more note: This isn't the first Kickstarter boardgame this month that ended badly.

Odin's Ravens, (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/works/odins-ravens) which was to be a reprint of an already published game, got funded in March. And then the Project founder vanished. The artist hasn't gotten paid. The printer hasn't gotten paid. The original designer hasn't heard from him.  The guy who was doing an iOS version hasn't heard from him. His Facebook pages got deleted. He started buying a lot of items on ebay (He didn't delete that account) and fraud reports then started coming in from there for thousands of dollars.  And his room mates have reported that he's skipped out on them too, after owing them for a few months of expenses there as well.

Now, this guy took in about $100k less than Doom, so it's less of a financial issue than that Kickstarter, but while Doom's project leader did some rather stupid things with his money, this guy seems to have gone far, far over the "Yeah, this is a legal problem" line of malfeasance.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on July 24, 2013, 05:48:21 PM
Is it really that hard to understand? If they had said "Hey, you can get into the alpha by playing $20, like the Kerbal folks did", do you really not get that the 8,000 people who paid $90 or more  for the same privilege might be just a little bit pissed off by that offer? "Oh, sure. You gave us money to get this started but that was almost 9 months ago. Ancient history there."   It would be a horrible decision that would burn through pretty much all the good will that they had built up. So, yes. It's $90. It'll go down when the Beta phase arrives and then go down more when the game itself hits.

Yes, it doesn't make any sense to charge less than $90 now, but I would say they should have charged less than $90 during the kickstarted for alpha.  Perhaps they would have made less during the kickstarter, but there would have been a much larger influx of cash once they went to alpha with Steam's large user base if they would have charged $60 or $70.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Edward J Grug III on July 24, 2013, 05:49:42 PM
Okay, one more note: This isn't the first Kickstarter boardgame this month that ended badly.

Odin's Ravens, (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/works/odins-ravens) which was to be a reprint of an already published game, got funded in March. And then the Project founder vanished. The artist hasn't gotten paid. The printer hasn't gotten paid. The original designer hasn't heard from him.  The guy who was doing an iOS version hasn't heard from him. His Facebook pages got deleted. He started buying a lot of items on ebay (He didn't delete that account) and fraud reports then started coming in from there for thousands of dollars.  And his room mates have reported that he's skipped out on them too, after owing them for a few months of expenses there as well.

Now, this guy took in about $100k less than Doom, so it's less of a financial issue than that Kickstarter, but while Doom's project leader did some rather stupid things with his money, this guy seems to have gone far, far over the "Yeah, this is a legal problem" line of malfeasance.

Huh, I've wanted a copy of Odin's Ravens and might well have backed it if I had seen it.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on July 24, 2013, 05:54:21 PM
Yikes.  Which is why I'm glad I have only backed games from companies that already exist and have made games before.  I'm sure all the up and coming inde devs on kickstarter hate to hear people say that, but as an average Joe I don't have the ability to vet people.  All I have to go by is your kickstarter page and what works you have made public in the past. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Edward J Grug III on July 24, 2013, 06:01:50 PM
Yeah, I am pretty choosy about which ones I back too.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on July 24, 2013, 07:45:16 PM
Sad thing though- The Raven guy *had* done a successful Kickstarter before. It's a really odd situation.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Lembach on July 24, 2013, 10:06:50 PM

Wargaming.net, the folks who make World of Tanks, now own the rights to the Master of Orion and Total Annihilation. On the latter title, they outbid Uber, who are making the spiritual sequel Planetary Annihilation. Wargaming also recently purchased the assets of Gas Powered Games, formerly run by Chris Taylor who was the developer of TA. Hmmm.....


Maybe if they hadn't set the price of their Planetary Annihilation alpha release at $89.99, they would have made the sales to outbid. Oh well.

Hmm. I swore that I commented on that before. Oh yeah. Here we go:

2) As for PA, Yeah, it's $90 as the bid level for Alpha access on the Kickstarter was $90. Pretty simple. If someone paid $90 for alpha access last year and someone else was able to get in for a lower price now, those folks who paid the higher price would be rather massively annoyed, and with good reason.

Is it really that hard to understand? If they had said "Hey, you can get into the alpha by playing $20, like the Kerbal folks did", do you really not get that the 8,000 people who paid $90 or more  for the same privilege might be just a little bit pissed off by that offer? "Oh, sure. You gave us money to get this started but that was almost 9 months ago. Ancient history there."   It would be a horrible decision that would burn through pretty much all the good will that they had built up. So, yes. It's $90. It'll go down when the Beta phase arrives and then go down more when the game itself hits.



Yes, it doesn't make any sense to charge less than $90 now, but I would say they should have charged less than $90 during the kickstarted for alpha.  Perhaps they would have made less during the kickstarter, but there would have been a much larger influx of cash once they went to alpha with Steam's large user base if they would have charged $60 or $70.

I couldn't have said it better myself. If they hadn't been so greedy during the Kickstarter, and had to price this way now, they might have made up for in overall greater quantity of sales. I didn't realize I'd have to go into that level of detail with my comment.



Hmm. I swore that I commented on that before. Oh yeah. Here we go:
Is it really that hard to understand?

Do you always feel the need to lash out like a condescending douchebag? Or is it just this one subject matter?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on July 24, 2013, 11:21:00 PM

Do you always feel the need to lash out like a condescending douchebag? Or is it just this one subject matter?

Just on this particular issue.

No, I'm not going to say any more than that. I can already feel Grug and Pak itching to use the "knock it off" button, so I will and without any snarky last comment. Except for that one.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Edward J Grug III on July 24, 2013, 11:22:17 PM
BANNED
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on July 25, 2013, 11:29:27 AM
I think it was kidna inevitable that one Kickstarter project would go tits up in spectacular fashion.  This doesn't seem quite as huge as say, if Double Fine decided that all that Massive Chalice money should go on hookers and blow, but it tests the waters for the potentiality and how the backers who funded the project will react. 

On a more positive note, there's been good things said about Shadowrun Returns, one of the first big Kickstarter games to get released. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 25, 2013, 05:05:20 PM
Speaking of Kickstarter, except not really, because they aren't using kickstarter (presumably because the idea is this game will happen even if it's not "fully funded", except how could it not be), Neil Gaiman and the Odd Gentlemen are releasing a game that has the premise of Beetlejuice meets Arsenic and Old Lace type deals.

http://www.youtube.com/v/WQn-napv3zo

Does anyone know if the Odd Gentlemen games are any good?

BTW: If you love games, Pak Man is hosting a list of crap to name the top 50 Video Games of the 90's.  Do him a solid and take part.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on July 31, 2013, 06:28:27 AM
2 shirts available based on The Binding of Isaac.
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And yes, they are official.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: iv3rdawG on August 02, 2013, 03:18:29 PM
EverQuest Next information: http://cobess.com/everquest-next-enters-the-mmo-battleground-0015/
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on August 03, 2013, 05:01:14 PM
This combo pack is an odd one.
http://www.youtube.com/v/N1WJXmeUdFo
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on August 03, 2013, 06:23:38 PM
I didn't care much for either of the trials. Excited for terminator though. Wish I would have known about the kickstarter
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on August 06, 2013, 05:25:35 PM
In case you haven't already seen it.
http://www.youtube.com/v/CwSTqfrVIL4
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on August 07, 2013, 09:03:43 AM
http://www.youtube.com/v/3wihyFSQhL4
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on August 08, 2013, 12:27:50 PM
FYI: Amazon is strongly hinting that if you haven't preordered a PS4 launch day bundle, like say this one: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00DE2W5XG/
then today might be the last day to do so.  Hint, hint.

(And Dota casters? Zee-nith, not Zen-ith. I'm about ready to head to Seattle to start punching people over this.)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on August 08, 2013, 08:18:52 PM
Just heard about X-Rebirth.  A space sandbox game for the PC.  The video bellow shows the scale, which appears to be huge.  I like the concept that you aren't the center of the universe, and that everything has a purpose beyond being there for you to kill.

However, I don't like the sound of "simplified" controls.  The world is setup for some great immersion, but that is all broken by the fact that it's made to be controlled with a game pad, and I doubt it'll support Track IR.  The game seems interesting and looks pretty despite the dated character models, but I have a feeling it'll just be an appetizer to hold me over until Star Citizen comes out.

http://www.youtube.com/v/NEbL1p5vZpw&feature=player_detailpage

(Posted this in the wrong thread before.)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on August 12, 2013, 01:42:03 PM
Woooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!

Wasteland is getting a re-release on Steam and GoG!

From the Kickstarter page:
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Wasteland 1 getting a separate release!As you may know, we had a deal in place with EA to give all our Wasteland 2 backers (including late backers (http://wasteland.inxile-entertainment.com/store)) a copy of Wasteland 1, which was to be integrated and launched from the game’s menu like the original Bard’s Tale trilogy into the new Bard’s Tale. We very happy about that, as we’ve always wanted to enable people to get back to the original, and it serves as a good refresher for the sequel.
We recently went to talk with EA to try and get it out in a different, separate format, and they accommodated our idea. We’ve now inked a new deal where we’ll be able to release Wasteland 1 separately. After getting the game in our hands and ensuring it runs on modern machines, we plan to distribute it FOR FREE to all our backers before Wasteland 2’s release, as well as sell it on GOG.com (http://GOG.com) and Steam for anyone else interested in trying out this classic RPG.

Wasteland was a hell of a game and was the inspiration for the Fallout series. And congrats to EA for approving this. Say what you want about "the worst company in the world" but in recent years they've re-released a good number of games that were thought to be trapped in legal hell (Wasteland, Alpha Centauri, Starflight) . Good for them.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on August 13, 2013, 08:25:54 AM
Soooooo........

http://www.justpushstart.com/2013/08/xbox-one-does-not-require-the-kinect-to-function/ (http://www.justpushstart.com/2013/08/xbox-one-does-not-require-the-kinect-to-function/)

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Xbox One does not require the Kinect to function

As you all may remember, Xbox One is supposed to need the Kinect in order for the console to work. Well, it seems that there’s a chance of policy again as Marc Whitten, Corporate VP of Xbox says so.

In an interview from IGN with Marc Whitten, it seems that the Kinect will still work even though if it’s not plugged in. Those who decide to not connect the Kinect on their Xbox One will not be able to make use of certain features like voice commands, motion-based navigation features, or play games like Fantasia: Music Evolved. If this is indeed true, will it be possible for Microsoft to announce a Kinect-less Xbox One SKU later this Fall?

While I like the XBox One, this entire roll out campaign has been a textbook example of "how not to do a product rollout." Geez.

(Oh, and Microsoft has already said in the past few hours that, no, there won't be a bundle without the Kinect.)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on August 13, 2013, 09:13:39 AM
Now I get this part of their strategy. In the big race, the Kinect could be what seperates the XboxOne from the PS4. Microsoft doesn't want us NOT to have a Kinect. If it's an option, nobody will want to develop for it, and we'll end up with the same "Eh, that's kinda cool" Kinect games we've been getting so far. If Nintendo had offered a cheaper Wii with a classic controller instead of the Remote/Nunchuck, Wii Sports would have been as far as that control scheme would have gone.

Forcing everyone to use the Kinect has its own drawbacks, though, since it kinda requires your own gymnasium to really work. We have the couch in our living room way too far from the TV (I have to squint to read some things on my 50 inch) and I STILL have to move the coffee table out of the way to enjoy a Kinect game. But if the next generation of Kinect works a little better and requires a little less space, then it could get people hooked. It's a nice device when it works.

By allowing people to use the XboxOne without the Kinect plugged in, it at least silences the Big-Brother-Is-Watching crowd.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on August 13, 2013, 12:55:17 PM
Oh, I get the strategy and agree with the assessment. If you want folks to use the thing, make sure everyone has it.  They're just doing a horrible job promoting the damn thing.

And just as an FYI, Microsoft has claimed that the new Kinect has been tightened up and is much more precise in detecting your movements and its detection range is down from  6 feet to about 3. (And I currently have to stand on my couch to get the Kinect to detect me, so the lessened range is a great sign.)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on August 15, 2013, 09:56:20 AM
Hey, there's a new Dead Island game on the way!

It's a MOBA.

Yeah, not exactly the genre you'd expect it to be.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on August 15, 2013, 10:05:26 AM
Okay, some good news from Microsoft this time.

Microsoft and several publishers (EA, Activision, Ubi) have worked out an agreement that if you buy a title on the 360 and then buy the season pass for that title, you will also get that content on the XB1 as well. So if you buy, say, Call of Duty: Ghosts on the 360, and then upgrade later, you won't have to rebuy all that DLC.

In addition, Gamestop (and I presume others will follow) (Aug 19: Yep, Amazon's doing the same deal now)  is offering a trade in program where if you buy a copy of certain titles (Like the above mentioned Ghost) on the 360, you can then upgrade to the XB1 version for $10.

For once, this is actually a pretty good idea that should reduce the reluctance to upgrade.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on August 17, 2013, 07:48:26 PM
Castle of Illusion will drop September 3rd on PSN for $14.99.  They're going to be taking pre-orders from August 20th - September 2nd.  The following pre-order bonuses are:
Quote
Original Genesis version of the game
Pre-order exclusive dynamic theme
Three Avatars
http://blog.us.playstation.com/2013/08/16/castle-of-illusion-hits-ps3-93-pre-order-bonuses-revealed/ (http://blog.us.playstation.com/2013/08/16/castle-of-illusion-hits-ps3-93-pre-order-bonuses-revealed/)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on August 17, 2013, 08:25:18 PM
Killing monsters.

http://www.youtube.com/v/c0i88t0Kacs

So very excited.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 19, 2013, 06:02:13 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/olEGtoYs_8A
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on August 20, 2013, 11:19:13 AM
Okay, some news coming out of the German Gamescom convention.

XB1:
Microsoft is launching an Indy development service called ID@XBox.  Looks nice if you're an indy developer. Most of us aren't so I'll just skip the details.

Call of Duty Ghosts will be getting Xbox exclusive content. Surprise.

New Fable game for the XB1. They're pushing the multiplayer elements, which is of course why I played Fable. (Eye roll)

Oh, and Microsoft pushed the "Look! Soccer!" elements at Gamescom. A special mode in FIFA 14 for the XB1 version. (An all time AllStar version it seems.) Oh, and preorder the XB1 and you get a free copy of FIFA 14. (Note, that's for the EU market only. )


PS4:
GTA V PS3 bundle announced. A month before the PS4 launch. Good timing there.

Borderlands 2 will get a Vita release. (Neat!)

Vita gets a price drop tomorrow to $199 and 199 Euros. Memory cards will also be getting a (not specified) price drop.

Free Vita game- Big Fest, a "plan a music festival" game. Partnered with a music service that I've never heard of.

Sony, still pushing the whole "indy game!" concept spent about 20 minutes promoting indy games for the Vita and PS4. Rogue Legacy! Binding of Isaac Rebirth! (Free for PS+ folks, BTW.) MuraskaBaby! N++! Volume (from the Thomas Was Alone guy)! Guns of Icarus! Wasteland Kings! Hotline Miami 1 and 2! (Lots of "console exclusive debut" weasel words being used. I suspect several of these will show up elsewhere over time.) Sony? This is nice, and the BoILR folks will welcome the BoI news, but no one's buying a PS4 just for the indie games.

New Exclusives!
Everybody's Gone to the Rapture! A PS4 game set in 1984! That's what we know of it so far.

Ryme! It's a game!

Helldivers! From the Magika folks! (For PS4, 3 and Vita) Squard based sci-fi Magika-ish game. But with guns!

Resogun! A shooter! (Not a CoD shooter. A Xevious type shooter.)

Shadow of the Beast. An Amiga game  redone and ported over to the PS4. I knew some folks with Amigas who raved about this game, so they'll be happy.

Old News:
The Playroom will be preinstalled on all PS4s.

Infamous: Second Son! Still not a release title. New guy is showing a bit more diverse powers.

Drive Club! The Order! (2014 launch) Knack! Killzone Shadowfall! They ended with a segment showing off the diverse game modes in Killzone Multiplayer. Which seem nice but, meh. It's not like there aren't a gazillion shooters to play in multiplayer already.

15 new PS4 games announced, all console exclusive to PS4 at launch. Note that weasel phrase again. And I counted 9 games, so either I missed some or they forgot to announce them.

And Twitch will be on PS4 as well. I guess the Ustream deal wasn't thought out too well.

Sony announces the expansion of the EU broadband market in partnerships with various ISPs. Doc is still out of luck though.

PS+ folks, you get DriveClub and Resogun at launch, if I heard correctly. And starting tomorrow, subscribe for a year to PS+ via the PS store and they'll toss in another 90 days for free.

Some AC4 cross play demos. Play on the PS4! Then play on the vita when "your flat mate wants to watch some rubbish!" Almost all PS4 can be streamed to the Vita. Almost all. And AC4 will have a PS3/4 exclusive level featuring the character from AC: Liberation.

Watch Dogs! Sony's making a movie based on it! "It will change the world!"

Watch Dogs! It's got wubs in the soundtrack! Take that, Saint's Row IV! And an hour of extra gameplay on the PS4 and 3 and some extra gear too.

And some creepers appear on stage. Minecraft! In case you don't have it on your PC. Or Xbox. Warthunder! It has planes!

"Too many PS4 titles coming out before Christams to speak about each one!" Please try.

In the SC region, PS3 drops to $199, and the 12 GB model in the US is $199 too. Yes, a 12 GB hard drive.  Also offering a discount from some publishers on the digital version versus the physical copy. No specific discounts were given.

"We have a consistent, non-shifting gaming message." I'd appreciate the swipe at Microsoft more if it hadn't been preceeded by an hour of "console exclusive debut."

One million PS4 preorders. Launches in 32 countries. November 15th launch in US. Nov 29th in EU.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on August 20, 2013, 12:49:00 PM
Okay, after all of that I have to ask, Sony? What makes you think that people will buy the PS4 to play Rogue Legacy or the like? Yes, many indie games are great but they're side items. The number of people who bought an X-Box just to play Castle Crashers is probably in the dozens, and that was a true exclusive for years.

Look indie games are great, but they're not system sellers. I don't think that the number of people who say "Wow! This console is the home for indie games! I'll buy that!" is anywhere remotely close to the number who say "Wow. These three games are available on this console and nowhere else. I'll buy that!" Especially when many of these "exclusives" are already available on the PC, mobile devices or other platforms. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on August 20, 2013, 12:53:44 PM
Yeah, I play indie games on my PC. I play games on a console when I can't get them anywhere else, or I don't want to worry about the system requirements. It's not often that either of those things are true for indie games.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: iv3rdawG on August 20, 2013, 02:34:01 PM
I think the people watching a Gamescom press conference aren't casual gamers that they need to sell systems to. The people watching an online stream of a conference in Cologne, Germany on a Tuesday morning probably already made up their mind on whether or not they're going to purchase the system, and Sony probably knows that. I doubt you'll see them heavily advertising indie games outside of events like this. They're trying to appeal to the viewers that aren't lining up to buy the Call of Duty games.

You're right that almost all of them are already available on the PC, but PC gamers are few and far between when compared to console gamers, so it's understandable why they're doing this, even if it's most likely going to reach that same crowd. At least it's showing those gamers that, "Hey, we have what you like over here too!" They're trying to be the next best platform for indie games next to the PC and honestly, I applaud them for even acknowledging them when Microsoft rarely mentioned them at E3.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: iv3rdawG on August 22, 2013, 09:24:08 AM
Infamous: Second Son will be released in February: http://cobess.com/infamous-second-son-coming-to-the-ps4-in-february-0098/
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on August 25, 2013, 08:01:26 PM
So the Hanger Module is being released for Star Citizen next week.  All it is is walking around your ship in the hanger.  Can't fly it yet.  But I still think it's nice that they are giving something tangible to the backers.  Especially since a lot of people have continued to fund the game by purchasing more and more ships.  They just reached 16 million in total funding. 

But what I thought was interesting were the minimum specs they released. 

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Windows 7 or 8 64-bit Dual Core CPU Intel: Core2 Duo 2.4Ghz AMD: Phenom X2 8GB of RAM NVidia Geforce 460GTX AMD Radeon HD5850 DirectX 11Keep in mind that these are estimated system requirements and may change for the final release of the game.

Nice to see a game that is built for a 64-bit system.  Don't think I've played a game like that yet.  Have to admit, I'm a little excited to walk around in my hanger next week.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: SJP on August 25, 2013, 09:30:58 PM
Shadow of the Beast. An Amiga game redone and ported over to the PS4. I knew some folks with Amigas who raved about this game, so they'll be happy.

Really?  Hmm...I wonder who would be interested in that...

(http://i706.photobucket.com/albums/ww61/greypatch3/Psygnosis.jpg) (http://s706.photobucket.com/user/greypatch3/media/Psygnosis.jpg.html)

I was VERY disappointed when I heard that Reflections, the company that made these (that got bought by Sony in the late 90s and released stuff like Wipeout as an in-house developer) got disbanded last year.  The fact that there is a Beast game, and likely a Sony property only since they pretty much own the rights to the franchise, is actually a very big selling point for me.  Was already going to get a PS4, but new Beast?  Hell, I have notes I wrote in college for a fourth game in the series when I should've been studying (still graduated With Honors, thank you very much, though game programming has never been a strong suit for me).

And yes, I did get out my working Amiga copies just to take this picture.  And no, while I have three working Amigas, they are in varying states of disassembly to get hard drive data on them backed up (which, since they are SCSI, is extremely hard and expensive to do these days).  And yes, I am one of the 12 people on the planet to have beaten all three games without cheat codes (number of people who have beaten the game a rough estimate from what stories I have heard).  And no, Killing Game Show has nothing to do with Beast, but it is a damn fine game with a damn fine soundtrack and just wanted to show it off.  It and Beast I also made a guest appearance in my Atom Age Vampire VOD, but you can barely see it with the blue lighting I used.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on August 27, 2013, 07:04:26 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/aY62Pj_ZqMY
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on August 28, 2013, 10:59:55 AM
Nintendo announces the $129.99 2DS!

http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/08/28/nintendo-announces-2ds

(http://oyster.ignimgs.com/wordpress/stg.ign.com/2013/08/2ds.jpg)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MSTJedi on August 28, 2013, 11:35:46 AM
Nintendo announces the $129.99 2DS!

http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/08/28/nintendo-announces-2ds

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

So they're finally realizing what a stupid gimmick 3D is?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on August 29, 2013, 08:03:17 AM
The idea is pretty sound, making a handheld that's probably just for children but man, they really like confusing consumers with console names. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: RoninFox on August 30, 2013, 03:12:55 AM
I'll wait for the 4DS, I don't want to go backwards.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: k1 on August 30, 2013, 04:31:14 AM
Nintendo announces the $129.99 2DS!

http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/08/28/nintendo-announces-2ds

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

I like the price point & being able to play 3DS games instead of listening to my kids whining about how my wife's DSi won't play the 3DS games that they really want to play.  I don't like how it doesn't fold because I know my kids will wreck it.

If our DSi bites the big one I might consider picking one up eventually.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on August 30, 2013, 12:11:45 PM
Wayforward is kickstarting something in about 4 hours. There's a countdown timer on their website:

http://www.wayforward.com/

A new Shantae? Darkwing Duck Remastered? A new IP starring a scantily clad girl who looks just young enough to make you feel creepy? Only time will tell.

Edit. Whoops. Misread their timer. More like in about 5 days...
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on September 01, 2013, 12:02:04 PM
Star Citizen has now raised $17 million through crowd funding.  That's quite close to the $20 to $22 million they reportedly need to fully fund a AAA game.  It's quite an accomplishment, and I love that they are showing their work.  They just released the Hanger Module which lets you walk around and check out the ship you bought in the game engine.  It's full of bugs and it doesn't do much, but I like that they let me see the bugs.  They let backers in on the very beginning of the game.  And they post news and interviews and progress reports all the time.  I love that they are being so open and showing their work.  It's how a crowd funded game should be run.

Unlike the disaster that is the crowd funded Mechwarrior Online.  I was in the closed beta, and there was so much hope.  The developers would talk with the community sometimes, and they held such strong beliefs about what a free to play Mechwarrior should be: only first person view from in the cockpit and no pay-to-win items sold for cash.  Those were promises they made.

Well they back tracked on that first promise when they added coolant flushes for cash.  But now the community is in revolt after the inclusion of third person view.  They had been talking about adding it to help new players orient themselves, but would include a hardcore mode that would disable third person view to prevent seeing over and around obstacles.   But when third person was finally implemented, without so much as a word to the community, there was no hardcore mode.  A couple days later the developers claimed they had changed their minds and found that 3pv didn't effect the game that much, but needed to implement it to attract a wider audience.

Sorry this is so long, but it does make me angry.  They took players money (quite a lot of my money)  based on features that were promised before most people started playing the game.  Now that the core community funded the game's development, they have said 'fuck you' to those fans and started moving the game towards a more casual audience, implementing features just to attract more players.  They did all this two weeks before the game is to officially launch and come out of beta.  Add to that the complete lack of communication with the community and the delay / possible cancelation of many other promised features, and you have a big fucking mess.

I had so much hope for this game, and I have been waiting and waiting to come here and tell you guys about how great it has become.  But now, the best I can hope for is they pull a Microsoft and do a 180 on their recent changes.  If they don't, I really do hope the game fails.  Sad to say it, but I hope it fails hard.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on September 02, 2013, 01:00:50 AM
Anyway, the creator of Megaman is doing a Kickstarter for a game that looks rather familiar:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mightyno9/mighty-no-9


Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Johnny Unusual on September 02, 2013, 04:45:49 AM
Looks cool.  I don't mind that it is clearly just another Megaman game, though there's a character design that's clearly Cutman as reimagined by Steve Martin.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on September 02, 2013, 09:03:50 AM
Well it might be a rough road, but if they get enough publicity maybe they can- Oh it's funded already.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on September 02, 2013, 07:09:33 PM
And PS4 exclusive Warframe, if you don't count the fact that it's been on Steam since March, has an exclusivity window of 3 months. So it will likely be showing up on other consoles, like say, the Dreamcast, after that window ends.

And in brighter news, Hardware: Shipbreakers, a spiritual successor to the Homeworld series developed by some of the creators of that series has been rebranded to become... Homeworld: Shipbreakers. Gearbox, the current owners of the Homeworld franchise after the THQ firesale, are pouring a few million bucks into Shipbreakers to make sure  that the game meets the goals that the crew at Blackbird originally were aiming at. So, yay. New Homeworld game for the HW fans.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on September 04, 2013, 10:16:55 AM
Wayforward is kickstarting something in about 4 hours. There's a countdown timer on their website:

http://www.wayforward.com/

A new Shantae? Darkwing Duck Remastered? A new IP starring a scantily clad girl who looks just young enough to make you feel creepy? Only time will tell.

Edit. Whoops. Misread their timer. More like in about 5 days...

I got it in one! It's a new Shantae:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1236620800/shantae-half-genie-hero

I love the Shantae games, so I'll probably throw in, but I thought the series was doing fine and wouldn't have thought it needed kickstarter support...
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on September 04, 2013, 10:39:21 AM
XB1 news- the XBox One will support up to 8 wireless controllers. I'm not aware of anyone making 8 player games right now, but there you go.

Oh, and the release date is officially November 22nd, but that's less important. That's a Friday, BTW. That's also the worldwide release date too, so it's out one week after the PS4 in the US and one week before the PS4 in Europe.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MSTJedi on September 04, 2013, 10:45:59 AM
XB1 news- the XBox One will support up to 8 wireless controllers. I'm not aware of anyone making 8 player games right now, but there you go.

Oh, and the release date is officially November 22nd, but that's less important. That's a Friday, BTW.

You'd have to have one bigass TV to make any sense of an 8-way co-op.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on September 04, 2013, 10:53:44 AM
I could see it being put to good use for a Bomberman game, or something to that effect, but yeah, I don't think anyone's going to be playing Halo in 8 different windows.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on September 04, 2013, 01:06:49 PM
My guess is those other wireless slots will be more useful for some other peripheral, so all four people could have two controllers of some sort.  Like a normal controller and maybe something like a... heart beat monitor... yeah that sounds like a good idea...
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on September 05, 2013, 12:55:44 AM
For some reason the PS3 could apparently accept 7 controllers, although I'm not sure how.

Anyway, for those curious, here are UbiSoft's launch titles for the next gen consoles.

PS4: Watch Dogs, AC IV, Just Dance 2014

XB1: Watch Dogs, AC IV, Just Dance 2014, Fighter Within

 Watch Dogs, AC IV, and Just Dance 2014 will also be released on the Wii-U although these aren't launch titles as the Wii-U's been on sale for quite a while.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on September 05, 2013, 10:58:21 AM
More game news.

Disney Infinite has themed "Toy Box" levels to run around in, and they have officially made levels and levels created by the community which Disney looks over and then approves to release. This week's release include a "Jungle Cruise" themed level, based around the ride and this level:

(http://cf.shacknews.com/images/20130905/i-pppkzzm_27121.nphd.png)

It's called "Toy Columbia" and to quote the Disney video "It's loosely recreating the setting of another popular video game." Minus the vigors and hundreds of deaths though. But the level designer did add in jet packs, so bonus.

I also appreciate that whomever made this level put Carl's house in though.  Cute.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: RoninFox on September 07, 2013, 08:11:47 PM
For some reason the PS3 could apparently accept 7 controllers, although I'm not sure how.


I think that capability was for extra peripherals, not necessarily just regular controllers.  For example, I have the DVD/BluRay remote.  When I push the PS button on it, it defaults to controller 7. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: SJP on September 08, 2013, 08:00:11 PM
The Beast trailer is up...
http://www.youtube.com/v/vXy8UBazlO8

That's for me and the three other people waiting for the "When It's Done" release date.  I will say that it has that "This looks awesome, but damn, I'm probably going to be disappointed, aren't I?" vibe about it.  I hate that vibe and I hope it is proven wrong.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on September 08, 2013, 09:32:45 PM
Can't tell anything from a cinematic.  I was waiting for the "This was all recorded using the in game engine" tag, but nope, just a cinematic. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on September 09, 2013, 09:51:56 AM
The PS4 gets a free game! But not for most of us.

The PS4 has been pushed back to a 2014 launch date in Japan, but as compensation, they get a free game. The downside? The free game is Knack. Sorry about that, Japan.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on September 12, 2013, 02:08:30 PM
So Atlus just sent out an Email about the new Tex Murphy game they kickstarted a while back, and they listed Kevin Murphy as a cast member! I backed it, but had no idea he was going to be involved. I wonder if the Rifftrax crew are all fans of old adventure games, or if adventure game creators are fans of them...
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Lembach on September 12, 2013, 02:50:31 PM
I've taken vacation to extend my next weekend (my "weekend" being Tuesdays and Wednesdays) so I can play more GTA5.  :D
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: RoninFox on September 13, 2013, 12:12:10 AM
So Atlus just sent out an Email about the new Tex Murphy game they kickstarted a while back, and they listed Kevin Murphy as a cast member! I backed it, but had no idea he was going to be involved. I wonder if the Rifftrax crew are all fans of old adventure games, or if adventure game creators are fans of them...

Wow, I think I remember hearing about this, but it just hit me with a huge wave of nostalga.  I remember loving Under a Killing Moon and Pandora Directive.  Nothing like choppy video, 2-D looking 3-D environments, and having to swap between 4 to 8 discs to play.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on September 13, 2013, 01:17:13 AM
You know there's a couple of trailers out for the new Tex Murphy game?

http://www.youtube.com/v/HBbzzUBiUEg

Looks as awesomely cheesy as ever.


Edit - And holy shit! Richard Norton is in the movie? He had that bad-ass stick fight with Jackie Chan in City Hunter. 

A sham that Kevin is only playing a voice.  Would've loved to have seen him in some of that terrible make-up.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Johnny Unusual on September 13, 2013, 06:16:19 AM
The Black Lodge: the Video Game!

http://welcometotwinpeaks.com/inspiration/black-lodge-twin-peaks-game/
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on September 13, 2013, 08:15:01 AM
Exciting news!

Nintendo officially announced that one of the fighters in the next Smash Bros will be.... Princess Peach. I'm sure everyone is quite surprised by that news.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Johnny Unusual on September 13, 2013, 07:54:59 PM
Wait, wasn't she in the last one?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on September 13, 2013, 09:04:58 PM
Wait, wasn't she in the last one?

Compound, increase power to the sarcasm drive.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quantum Vagina on September 13, 2013, 10:39:29 PM
It doesn't matter. Wii Fit Trainer and Mega Mang are going to be my main squeezes, plus whichever of my characters are being held over from Brawl.

In other news, who the hell thought it wouldn't be broken as fuck to give Garchomp a megaevolution? Also, Froakie's second form does not disappoint, and Fennekin's is sure to please furries everywhere!
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Johnny Unusual on September 13, 2013, 11:26:54 PM
New horror game for the Oculus Rift: Breach

http://penny-arcade.com/report/article/a-machine-for-fear-ben-spends-hours-playing-oculus-rift-horror-games-and-ha

http://www.youtube.com/v/aYmUyow3cGk

Oh, not the best preview (all the excitement of turning things on!), but the article makes it sound cool.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on September 14, 2013, 01:04:52 AM
In other news, who the hell thought it wouldn't be broken as fuck to give Garchomp a megaevolution? Also, Froakie's second form does not disappoint, and Fennekin's is sure to please furries everywhere!

Ah, but now that the Dragon type has a weakness to the new fairy type, Garchomp won't be quite as invulnerable as he used to be. I'll just sick my Wigglytuff on him. It'll be fine. :^)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Johnny Unusual on September 14, 2013, 08:06:44 AM


Ah, but now that the Dragon type has a weakness to the new fairy type, Garchomp won't be quite as invulnerable as he used to be. I'll just sick my Wigglytuff on him. It'll be fine. :^)

This entire post would not seem out of place on a fetish forum.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: k1 on September 15, 2013, 01:43:32 PM
Walmart tweeted this picture this morning:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BUJS0DyCUAEXvM4.jpg)

But the link they provided doesn't take you to that particular bundle. Nor can I find it ANYWHERE on their site.  I replied asking if it was Xbox 360 only, and what the cost was.  The reply I got was just "Yes we do! Here you go:" with a link to the normal starter set for Xbox 360.  So I have no idea what the price is, if it's also available for PS3, Wii U, etc. or if it even exists.

**Update** After many emails back & forth from their support I've basically decided that it's just a photoshop of a product that doesn't actually exist.  They keep giving me "Here you go!" and a link to a general search of Disney infinity on their site.  Although I did get one reply of "It's probably out of stock".  So I asked "What was the cost?" and got another reply with the general search so I could "compare prices".  Thanks.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on September 15, 2013, 06:00:23 PM
Hmmmm.....

Back to the 2DS for a sec.

What's the release date? October 12.

And what comes out on that day? Gosh. It's Pokemon X & Y.

It's almost as if Nintendo thought that Pokemon fans still on the DS might want to upgrade on that date or something.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quantum Vagina on September 15, 2013, 11:10:04 PM
Or that they wanted to couple the release of a system with a popular game to boost both the sales. Not to mention, Pokemon is still "targeted" at younger audiences, even though they're lame and have NO idea how to train properly, and so is the 2DS. It's a clever ploy, but I'm glad I have an actual 3DS.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on September 17, 2013, 01:17:59 PM
Wayforward is kickstarting something in about 4 hours. There's a countdown timer on their website:

http://www.wayforward.com/ (http://www.wayforward.com/)

A new Shantae? Darkwing Duck Remastered? A new IP starring a scantily clad girl who looks just young enough to make you feel creepy? Only time will tell.

Edit. Whoops. Misread their timer. More like in about 5 days...

I got it in one! It's a new Shantae:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1236620800/shantae-half-genie-hero (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1236620800/shantae-half-genie-hero)

I love the Shantae games, so I'll probably throw in, but I thought the series was doing fine and wouldn't have thought it needed kickstarter support...

And an update. Inti games, who are also behind the Mighty No. 9 pseudo Mega-Man game also being Kickstarted, are also working on the Shantae game as well.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: k1 on September 18, 2013, 01:53:45 PM
Nintendo releasing Wii Sports Club (basically Wii Sports HD) with ONLINE MULTIPLAYER! Sweet.

http://wiiudaily.com/2013/09/wii-sports-club-features-online-multiplayer/
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on September 18, 2013, 05:37:44 PM
GTA V only sold $800 million worth of games on release day. Pshaw.

Now, if Capcom and Square were doing the accounting for GTA, they'd call this a "quite disappointing performance."
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on September 18, 2013, 08:07:41 PM
The creators of the Sega classic, Mutant League Football have emerged from the past to kickstart a new game! Mutant Football League!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mendheim/mutant-football-league


Not going great, so far, but I'm rooting for it!
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on September 19, 2013, 12:55:27 PM
Aw, crap.

The folks who own Altus (Persona, Disgaea etc.) are having severe financial problems and are trying to liquidate Altus for some cash.  Stay afloat ! I need Disgaea D-2 and Persona 5!

Well, this has been resolved now. The new owners of Atlus will be, as of November 1st.... Sega.

Hopefully this is good news. (crosses fingers)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Rainbow Dash on September 19, 2013, 04:05:21 PM
Hiroshi Yamauchi, President of Nintendo from 1949 - 2002 has died.  He continued to serve as a board member after his retirement.  He could pretty rightfully be called the father of modern video games having really spearheaded the revival of the game industry after Atari almost killed it.

http://www.nbcnews.com/business/nintendo-video-game-pioneer-hiroshi-yamauchi-dies-85-4B11197349

Quote
Former Nintendo Co Ltd President Hiroshi Yamauchi, who built the company into a video game giant from a maker of playing cards during more than half a century at the helm, died on Thursday of pneumonia, the company said. He was 85.

Yamauchi was the third-generation head of the family-run business, founded in the ancient Japanese capital of Kyoto in 1889 as a maker of playing cards, and served as president from 1949 until 2002. He was an executive adviser to the company at the time of his death.

Under his leadership, the company developed the Famicom home game console and the Game Boy handheld player that helped to usher in the era of home game machines, which in more recent years has been dominated by Nintendo's Wii, Sony Corp's PlayStation, Microsoft Corp's Xbox.

Yamauchi was listed by Forbes magazine as Japan's richest man just five years ago, when Nintendo was flying high with the launch of the Wii with its motion-sensing controller, although the company's fortunes have since faded as smartphones displace consoles among gamers. His net worth at that time was estimated at $7.8 billion.

He was ranked 13th on the latest Forbes Japan list released this year, with an estimated net worth of $2.1 billion.

Yamauchi bought the Seattle Mariners U.S. major league baseball team in 1992 when the franchise was struggling, although it was later taken over by Nintendo of America Inc.

IGN also brought up an article they wrote on the mans life a few years ago.

http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/05/25/hiroshi-yamauchi-nintendos-legendary-president
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MSTJedi on September 19, 2013, 04:27:06 PM
Hiroshi Yamauchi, President of Nintendo from 1949 - 2002 has died.  He continued to serve as a board member after his retirement.  He could pretty rightfully be called the father of modern video games having really spearheaded the revival of the game industry after Atari almost killed it.

http://www.nbcnews.com/business/nintendo-video-game-pioneer-hiroshi-yamauchi-dies-85-4B11197349

Quote
Former Nintendo Co Ltd President Hiroshi Yamauchi, who built the company into a video game giant from a maker of playing cards during more than half a century at the helm, died on Thursday of pneumonia, the company said. He was 85.

Yamauchi was the third-generation head of the family-run business, founded in the ancient Japanese capital of Kyoto in 1889 as a maker of playing cards, and served as president from 1949 until 2002. He was an executive adviser to the company at the time of his death.

Under his leadership, the company developed the Famicom home game console and the Game Boy handheld player that helped to usher in the era of home game machines, which in more recent years has been dominated by Nintendo's Wii, Sony Corp's PlayStation, Microsoft Corp's Xbox.

Yamauchi was listed by Forbes magazine as Japan's richest man just five years ago, when Nintendo was flying high with the launch of the Wii with its motion-sensing controller, although the company's fortunes have since faded as smartphones displace consoles among gamers. His net worth at that time was estimated at $7.8 billion.

He was ranked 13th on the latest Forbes Japan list released this year, with an estimated net worth of $2.1 billion.

Yamauchi bought the Seattle Mariners U.S. major league baseball team in 1992 when the franchise was struggling, although it was later taken over by Nintendo of America Inc.

IGN also brought up an article they wrote on the mans life a few years ago.

http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/05/25/hiroshi-yamauchi-nintendos-legendary-president

RIP, Yamauchi-sama. Your company was responsible for a lot of happiness in my childhood.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Edward J Grug III on September 19, 2013, 05:11:05 PM
RIP, Yamauchi-sama. Your company was responsible for a lot of happiness in my childhood.

And my adulthood.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MSTJedi on September 19, 2013, 06:45:19 PM
RIP, Yamauchi-sama. Your company was responsible for a lot of happiness in my childhood.

And my adulthood.

Haven't really been into Nintendo's more recent offerings, but I played the hell out of my NES and SNES back in the day.

That said, my kids love their Wii and want a Wii U now that the Wii's starting to go out.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quantum Vagina on September 19, 2013, 08:39:20 PM
RIP, Yamauchi-sama. Your company was responsible for a lot of happiness in my childhood.

And my adulthood.

Haven't really been into Nintendo's more recent offerings, but I played the hell out of my NES and SNES back in the day.

That said, my kids love their Wii and want a Wii U now that the Wii's starting to go out.

Say, shhh, children. Not until the new Smash Bros.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Edward J Grug III on September 19, 2013, 08:45:26 PM
LOVE the Wii U.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MSTJedi on September 19, 2013, 10:32:50 PM
RIP, Yamauchi-sama. Your company was responsible for a lot of happiness in my childhood.

And my adulthood.

Haven't really been into Nintendo's more recent offerings, but I played the hell out of my NES and SNES back in the day.

That said, my kids love their Wii and want a Wii U now that the Wii's starting to go out.

Say, shhh, children. Not until the new Smash Bros.

The only problem is that I mean that our Wii itself is actually going out. It doesn't play Wii discs, but it still plays Gamecube games, so at least they have those. Netflix still works, too, luckily. So instead of possibly getting a PS3 this Christmas to catch up with all those exclusives, we'll most likely get a Wii U first. It's how it happened with the Wii and Xbox 360, actually. Got the Wii to placate the kids (and wife) and eventually got a 360 once I had the money for it.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Rainbow Dash on September 20, 2013, 06:09:00 AM
There's a price drop today on the Wii U, down to $300.  There's also a nice Zelda Wind Waker bundle. If I didn't have a Wii U already, I'd get the special bundle.  And knowing Nintendo, the thing will be super limited.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MSTJedi on September 20, 2013, 06:24:32 AM
There's a price drop today on the Wii U, down to $300.  There's also a nice Zelda Wind Waker bundle. If I didn't have a Wii U already, I'd get the special bundle.  And knowing Nintendo, the thing will be super limited.

Saw that was coming out a couple weeks ago when we started looking at new consoles. We already have the GC version of Windwaker, but the graphics are pretty dated, so I'm sure the kids wouldn't mind having it again. Plus you've got the pretty controller.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: k1 on September 20, 2013, 11:27:19 AM
There's a price drop today on the Wii U, down to $300.  There's also a nice Zelda Wind Waker bundle. If I didn't have a Wii U already, I'd get the special bundle.  And knowing Nintendo, the thing will be super limited.

I thought it didn't take effect until the 22nd?  (I was looking at one today because I couldn't remember when the drop was & both the Toys R Us & Best Buy near me still had them at the $349 price.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quantum Vagina on September 23, 2013, 01:16:45 PM
*School girl squeal* (http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/escapist-news-now/8151-SteamOS-Announced?utm_source=latest&utm_medium=index_carousel&utm_campaign=all)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on September 25, 2013, 11:12:15 AM
And Valve announces a Steam Box, or to be more precise "The Steam Machine."

I'd sign up for the beta, but I'm one of those neanderthals who still doesn't have an HDTV.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: SJP on September 26, 2013, 09:36:11 PM
Well, just saw that there is the new 'Thief' game coming out.  While I love the Thief series (and the graphics for this one look REALLY good, an issue the Thief games always had against them), I do have my doubts...

1. The Eidos Montreal team that worked on Deus Ex Revolution?  Not the ones that made this.
2. While it appears to be a new story, it's still technically a reboot.  So, I guess whenever anybody makes a trilogy these days, that is where we end a series.  Anything that follows must be a reboot of some sort.
2. Rumors during development suggested they were going to 'borrow' a lot of elements from Assassin's Creed, like climbing and acrobatics.  Which leads to the third point...
3. The motion capture of Garrett did not fit the voice of Stephen Russell, so he is NOT voicing the character again.  Who is doing it now?  The guy who did Giovanni Auditore from AC:Lineage.

Now, I don't want to cast aspersions on the actor...I'm sure he did as good a job as any...but really?  This is what it's come to?  Not only are they supposedly borrowing game mechanics from Assassin's Creed, but one of the actual Assassins as well?  Needless to say, there's a LOT of petitions circulating to get Stephen Russell back and doing the voice again.  Whether they'll go anywhere is anyone's guess.

I really do want to like this game.  I do.  But it sounds like it's going to suffer from "Platinum Dune" syndrome...you know, that horrible disease where a studio gets hold of a property and doesn't understand one thing about why it was successful in the first place by Michael Bay-ing the crap out of it.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quantum Vagina on September 27, 2013, 11:38:12 AM
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/128240-Valve-Reveals-the-Steam-Controller (http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/128240-Valve-Reveals-the-Steam-Controller)

Anyone ELSE think that Valve released it's newsbursts in reverse order? This is really just underwhelming. Don't get me wrong, I'm VERY interested to see if this controller is worth anything, but I think having it all lead up to the Steam OS would've been a better way to do it. Even putting the Steambox last would've been better. But the CONTROLLER? It's not THAT impressive.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on September 27, 2013, 03:18:03 PM
Well, just saw that there is the new 'Thief' game coming out.  While I love the Thief series (and the graphics for this one look REALLY good, an issue the Thief games always had against them), I do have my doubts...

1. The Eidos Montreal team that worked on Deus Ex Revolution?  Not the ones that made this.
2. While it appears to be a new story, it's still technically a reboot.  So, I guess whenever anybody makes a trilogy these days, that is where we end a series.  Anything that follows must be a reboot of some sort.
2. Rumors during development suggested they were going to 'borrow' a lot of elements from Assassin's Creed, like climbing and acrobatics.  Which leads to the third point...
3. The motion capture of Garrett did not fit the voice of Stephen Russell, so he is NOT voicing the character again.  Who is doing it now?  The guy who did Giovanni Auditore from AC:Lineage.

Now, I don't want to cast aspersions on the actor...I'm sure he did as good a job as any...but really?  This is what it's come to?  Not only are they supposedly borrowing game mechanics from Assassin's Creed, but one of the actual Assassins as well?  Needless to say, there's a LOT of petitions circulating to get Stephen Russell back and doing the voice again.  Whether they'll go anywhere is anyone's guess.

I really do want to like this game.  I do.  But it sounds like it's going to suffer from "Platinum Dune" syndrome...you know, that horrible disease where a studio gets hold of a property and doesn't understand one thing about why it was successful in the first place by Michael Bay-ing the crap out of it.

Official release date announced as Feb 25
I have some of the same reservations as you, being an oldschool Thief, but for now I'm staying optimistic, the previews look great and we won't really know how good the game is until after release. I also tend to think most of those petitions are non sense. For me when it comes to video games, as apposed to movies, I'm much more forgiving about cast changes. I see no reason a different actor couldn't be just as good of a Garret as anyone, especially in a different continuity than the original trilogy.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on September 27, 2013, 03:41:37 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/nZNXUtThHuk
The weird thing is the glass top floor has the right dimensions in the actual game.  Not sure why it's messed up here.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Space version 2.0 on September 27, 2013, 05:33:22 PM
There's a price drop today on the Wii U, down to $300.  There's also a nice Zelda Wind Waker bundle. If I didn't have a Wii U already, I'd get the special bundle.  And knowing Nintendo, the thing will be super limited.

I thought it didn't take effect until the 22nd?  (I was looking at one today because I couldn't remember when the drop was & both the Toys R Us & Best Buy near me still had them at the $349 price.

I picked one of these up. Figure I should spread the games I'll never play across another platform. (Still working on The Last of Us)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on September 27, 2013, 06:16:58 PM
The Last of Us is amazing, I just didn't like the absurdly low FPS because it hurts my eyes. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Space version 2.0 on September 27, 2013, 06:26:19 PM
The Last of Us is amazing, I just didn't like the absurdly low FPS because it hurts my eyes.
I got it on release. It just seems that I've lost a lot of my interest in video games, or at least my interest in doing nothing but play them for a few days.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: k1 on September 27, 2013, 07:45:30 PM
There's a price drop today on the Wii U, down to $300.  There's also a nice Zelda Wind Waker bundle. If I didn't have a Wii U already, I'd get the special bundle.  And knowing Nintendo, the thing will be super limited.

I thought it didn't take effect until the 22nd?  (I was looking at one today because I couldn't remember when the drop was & both the Toys R Us & Best Buy near me still had them at the $349 price.

I picked one of these up. Figure I should spread the games I'll never play across another platform. (Still working on The Last of Us)

I should be getting mine sometime before the end of October. Plus then I can get in on the Wii Street U and Wii Fit U deals (free & free with the registration of a Fit Meter) before those are up. Will I use them a ton? Probably not but free is nice.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on September 27, 2013, 08:25:52 PM
Worst news ever:

http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/09/28/canceled-lucasarts-games-included-day-of-the-tentacle-hd

When Disney axed Lucasarts, they axed Day of the Tentacle HD!
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on September 29, 2013, 03:20:15 PM
The Last of Us is amazing, I just didn't like the absurdly low FPS because it hurts my eyes.
I got it on release. It just seems that I've lost a lot of my interest in video games, or at least my interest in doing nothing but play them for a few days.

I play allot but I have video game ADD, I play like an hour at a time two or three times a day and a different game each time. By the end of a week of doing this they all blend together in my head and I forget the controls.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: RoninFox on September 30, 2013, 01:10:05 AM
Worst news ever:

http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/09/28/canceled-lucasarts-games-included-day-of-the-tentacle-hd

When Disney axed Lucasarts, they axed Day of the Tentacle HD!

That and the cancelled X-Wing Tie Fighter like game are just plain heartbreaking.  I played the hell out of Day of the Tentacle back in the day, along with Sam and Max Hit the Road and Fate of Atlantis.  In a year when they put out the excellent Ducktails Remastered, why couldn't they see the value here?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on September 30, 2013, 10:24:12 PM
Worst news ever:

http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/09/28/canceled-lucasarts-games-included-day-of-the-tentacle-hd (http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/09/28/canceled-lucasarts-games-included-day-of-the-tentacle-hd)

When Disney axed Lucasarts, they axed Day of the Tentacle HD!

That and the cancelled X-Wing Tie Fighter like game are just plain heartbreaking.  I played the hell out of Day of the Tentacle back in the day, along with Sam and Max Hit the Road and Fate of Atlantis.  In a year when they put out the excellent Ducktails Remastered, why couldn't they see the value here?

Disney will burn for this!

(http://cdn.head-fi.org/a/ae/1000x500px-LL-aecf06b7_angry-mob.bmp)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on October 01, 2013, 02:32:08 PM
New Kirby game! ...but for the 3DS.

http://www.youtube.com/v/csXbSf9ptMs?version=3&
 
Still no joy for the Wii-U folks.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on October 02, 2013, 01:44:26 PM
The makers of City of Heroes want to kickstart a "Spiritual Successor": City of Titans:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/missingworldsmedia/the-phoenix-project-city-of-titans?ref=live
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on October 02, 2013, 09:01:33 PM
Still waiting for a Diabloesque sci-fi dungeon crawler.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on October 07, 2013, 08:51:07 PM
Ack... why do I have a level on steam now?  And why is it working?  I feel the need to gain levels... play more games... trade stupid cards... Damn you, you effective loyalty program!  I don't even get one free small coffee at the end, I just get one free bigger number.  And yet it's so effective. 

I apologize to those I annoyed on steam with posts and trade requests in an effort to get more XP. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quantum Vagina on October 07, 2013, 11:59:45 PM
Ack... why do I have a level on steam now?  And why is it working?  I feel the need to gain levels... play more games... trade stupid cards... Damn you, you effective loyalty program!  I don't even get one free small coffee at the end, I just get one free bigger number.  And yet it's so effective. 

I apologize to those I annoyed on steam with posts and trade requests in an effort to get more XP.

Steam's loyalty program is built in to the ToS, which basically say, if you stop giving us money, we'll have to shut down and all the games you purchased won't be accessible anymore. While it's kinda dickish for them to engineer their terms to FORCE you to buy things from them, it really was only the early days of Steam that I could see it being an issue. These days, You can't throw a rock without hitting a computer with Steam on it, because it's so damned convenient. I was notorious for losing discs for games.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on October 08, 2013, 02:24:51 PM
I tend to avoid Steam if possible (not as much as Origin). Now allot of games won't work without Steam and that seems like a monopoly to me.

I actually really like Steam, but healthy competition is good for us consumers.

By the way Quantum, your avatar is the greatest
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on October 08, 2013, 04:32:17 PM
The makers of City of Heroes want to kickstart a "Spiritual Successor": City of Titans:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/missingworldsmedia/the-phoenix-project-city-of-titans?ref=live (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/missingworldsmedia/the-phoenix-project-city-of-titans?ref=live)

As someone who was there when the lights went on in Paragon City and was there when the servers shut off for the last time, yeah. I've already backed this.

(And this month is murdering me on the Kickstarting front. 7 different projects I'm backing have either started or ended this month, including another set of Bones miniatures.)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quantum Vagina on October 08, 2013, 06:06:04 PM
I tend to avoid Steam if possible (not as much as Origin). Now allot of games won't work without Steam and that seems like a monopoly to me.

I actually really like Steam, but healthy competition is good for us consumers.

By the way Quantum, your avatar is the greatest

Danke. I wouldn't be against healthy competition if Origin or any of the other services would try to be something other than Steam. They don't seem to remember how damn rough Steam was in it's early years and are trying to match the(more or less) finished product, and they just can't compete. I saw a video talking about all the things they could do to compete. For one, STOP SELLING YOUR GAMES FOR 60 BUCKS! It makes sense for selling from a retailer standpoint, but EA IS the retailer on Origin. They don't have to cover manufacturing and shipping costs. It's almost complete profit. There were other ideas, too, like if someone has Mass Effect installed/purchased from Steam, or whatever, give them a a free transfer copy on Origin, since a lot of people like to have their series all in one place. If they did that, and stopped trying to duplicate what everyone already has, they'd get a lot more users.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on October 08, 2013, 06:51:01 PM
Yea I agree. The most important part, like you said, is price. I'm a big fan of GOG and Desura but they are both pretty niche. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on October 13, 2013, 09:39:20 AM
I just backed Cosmic Star Heroine, by the guys who did Breath of Death and Cthulu Saves the World.  I don't mind those games, but their pitch for the new one sold me, citing Phantasy Star IV and Chrono Trigger as inspiration.  It's not out till next year, but it already looks real nice:

(https://s3.amazonaws.com/ksr/assets/000/956/618/6200213014d5a3efb005a5f1b19a1b5a_large.gif?1380152980)

Spoilered for size:
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Their page is here:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1596638143/cosmic-star-heroine-sci-fi-spy-rpg-for-pc-mac-ps4 (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1596638143/cosmic-star-heroine-sci-fi-spy-rpg-for-pc-mac-ps4)

And $10 guarantees you the game.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Darth Geek on October 14, 2013, 05:50:35 PM
I thought a certain forum member in particular might be interested in this...

http://worldsbiggestpacman.com/ (http://worldsbiggestpacman.com/)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on October 15, 2013, 10:47:12 AM
Just announced: Galactic Civilization III

Please, please be in a better state at launch than Elemental was....
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on October 15, 2013, 11:14:56 AM
Son of a.....

Watch Dogs delayed until 2014.

Citing quality concerns, Ubi is delaying Watch Dogs until Q1 in 2014.


Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: JimJ on October 15, 2013, 01:47:15 PM
Son of a.....

Watch Dogs delayed until 2014.

Citing quality concerns, Ubi is delaying Watch Dogs until Q1 in 2014.

I'm really annoyed by this, I pre-ordered Watch Dogs with my PS4.  A delay is better than them releasing a unfinished game though.  I guess I'll change my preorder to AC4, which I'm considerably less excited for.  I should probably finally get around to playing 3 now.   
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on October 15, 2013, 02:28:12 PM
Yeah, I thought Watch_Dogs was looking really good too.  One reporter has suggested that Ubisoft has seen a lot of interest in AC4 for this holiday, and they would rather keep WD back for next quarter. 

At the very least, it'll mean that the game gets as much time as possible to be great.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on October 17, 2013, 11:28:17 AM
New Kickstarter from Cyan, the creators of Myst and Riven. It's a spiritual successor to those games called Obduction. Sounds awesome. They are asking for a lot, but I trust they know what they're doing. Hope it makes it. 

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cyaninc/obduction?ref=category
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on October 17, 2013, 11:53:43 AM
Or, if you want your kickstarter dollars to go to something more classy and refined, here's Boogerman: 20th Anniversary Edition!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/boogerman20th/boogerman-20th-anniversary-the-video-game
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on October 17, 2013, 06:45:11 PM
And there we go.  Star Citizen just passed 23 million, making it the first AAA game funded entirely by crowd funding.  If it's a success, or is even just completed without being awful, then I feel crowd funding will be with us for quite some time.  If it fails, it's going to shake a lot of people's confidence in crowd funding.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on October 22, 2013, 01:47:20 PM
New trailer for a ship in Star Citizen.  Impressive considering this:
Quote
It’s rendered 100% in-engine in real time at 4k resolution. We scale everything for the super high resolutions that will be the basis of tomorrow’s gaming experience; our assets are designed with high polycounts instead of having details baked into their textures.

http://www.youtube.com/v/g0gZES2pTWk

Looks awesome.  Do watch it full screen at 1080.  Or you can even watch it at 4k if you're rich.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on October 22, 2013, 08:12:42 PM
Star Citizen looks really ambitions, I really hope it works out because I think I would really enjoy it. I play allot of flight sims and aviation combat games (in addition to flying real planes) I hope the combat is not based on lock on missiles, my preference is machine guns like IL2 and Pacific Fighters.

I bet this game will require a very powerful machine, like 2 Titans SLI powerful.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on October 23, 2013, 07:50:43 AM
New trailer for a ship in Star Citizen.  Impressive considering this:
Quote
It’s rendered 100% in-engine in real time at 4k resolution. We scale everything for the super high resolutions that will be the basis of tomorrow’s gaming experience; our assets are designed with high polycounts instead of having details baked into their textures.

http://www.youtube.com/v/g0gZES2pTWk

Looks awesome.  Do watch it full screen at 1080.  Or you can even watch it at 4k if you're rich.

Mass Effect cut-scenes: The Game!

Seriously though, it looks really nice.  Not something I'd spend 10 thousand dollars on, though, like some crazy fools.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on October 23, 2013, 03:26:39 PM
Star Citizen looks really ambitions, I really hope it works out because I think I would really enjoy it. I play allot of flight sims and aviation combat games (in addition to flying real planes) I hope the combat is not based on lock on missiles, my preference is machine guns like IL2 and Pacific Fighters.

I bet this game will require a very powerful machine, like 2 Titans SLI powerful.

The combat is going to be much more involved than just locking missiles. Lots of weapon variation, lots of counter measures as well.  The flight mechanics are going to resemble WWII fighters more than a strict zero G realism.  The fluff reason for that being that the ship computers will compensate for the lack of resistance so that too many Gs aren't put on the pilot. But the real reason being it's more fun. Though you will be able to turn some of those computer systems off for some cool drifting maneuvers.  Also, full joystick / pedal support and trackIR:)

The game will also be a lot more than just combat, but that's what I'm looking forward to most. The dogfighting alpha is slated to be ready in December. I'll report back with how it feels once I start playing.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on October 23, 2013, 07:12:24 PM
Star Citizen looks really ambitions, I really hope it works out because I think I would really enjoy it. I play allot of flight sims and aviation combat games (in addition to flying real planes) I hope the combat is not based on lock on missiles, my preference is machine guns like IL2 and Pacific Fighters.

I bet this game will require a very powerful machine, like 2 Titans SLI powerful.

The combat is going to be much more involved than just locking missiles. Lots of weapon variation, lots of counter measures as well.  The flight mechanics are going to resemble WWII fighters more than a strict zero G realism.  The fluff reason for that being that the ship computers will compensate for the lack of resistance so that too many Gs aren't put on the pilot. But the real reason being it's more fun. Though you will be able to turn some of those computer systems off for some cool drifting maneuvers.  Also, full joystick / pedal support and trackIR:)

The game will also be a lot more than just combat, but that's what I'm looking forward to most. The dogfighting alpha is slated to be ready in December. I'll report back with how it feels once I start playing.

I just watched a video today that said I could play as a pirate, a marine, or a merchant. Definitely going to play as the merchant.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on October 23, 2013, 08:03:52 PM
Star Citizen looks really ambitions, I really hope it works out because I think I would really enjoy it. I play allot of flight sims and aviation combat games (in addition to flying real planes) I hope the combat is not based on lock on missiles, my preference is machine guns like IL2 and Pacific Fighters.

I bet this game will require a very powerful machine, like 2 Titans SLI powerful.

The combat is going to be much more involved than just locking missiles. Lots of weapon variation, lots of counter measures as well.  The flight mechanics are going to resemble WWII fighters more than a strict zero G realism.  The fluff reason for that being that the ship computers will compensate for the lack of resistance so that too many Gs aren't put on the pilot. But the real reason being it's more fun. Though you will be able to turn some of those computer systems off for some cool drifting maneuvers.  Also, full joystick / pedal support and trackIR:)

The game will also be a lot more than just combat, but that's what I'm looking forward to most. The dogfighting alpha is slated to be ready in December. I'll report back with how it feels once I start playing.

I just watched a video today that said I could play as a pirate, a marine, or a merchant. Definitely going to play as the merchant.

You won't be forced to pick one of three paths, you can do whatever you feel like.  I think those were just examples.  But a merchant is a good idea.  If you read some of the posts on the economy it gets really in depth.  Let me see if I can dig it up...

Ah, here it is.  https://robertsspaceindustries.com/comm-link/engineering/13128-The-Star-Citizen-Economy

And there's a little video that goes with it.

https://www.youtube.com/v/r0qXEAqYIH8

I do hope that they make good on all these ideas.  It's going to be an awesome game if they do.  Or it could end up like Mech Warrior Online... but I really don't think so.  CIG is being very open with the community, unlike PGI. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: RoninFox on October 23, 2013, 08:07:38 PM
I haven't really heard of this game outside of the forum.  It sounds like how I've heard Privateer described, and if that's right I'm in.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on October 23, 2013, 08:13:02 PM
I haven't really heard of this game outside of the forum.  It sounds like how I've heard Privateer described, and if that's right I'm in.

It has the potential to be something great.  A big boost for PC gaming, a big fuck you to publishers, and a big... awesome game.  But if it fails, it could mean the downfall of crowd funding.  There's a bit of weight on its shoulders. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on October 23, 2013, 08:24:21 PM
It really depends mostly on the developers fulfilling their promises, they're making a lot of promises that I hope will come to fruition.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on October 23, 2013, 08:55:58 PM
Agreed. Which is exactly what didn't happen with Mech Warrior Online. They back tracked on / failed to implement so many promises, yet still keep churning out mechs for people to spend money on.  So I'm a little nervous (especially considering the amount I've already spent on Star Citizen so far), but I do trust them a lot more than PGI.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on October 24, 2013, 08:11:16 AM
Attention 3DS users! Phoenix Wright: Dual Destinies comes out today, but it's only being sold digitally through the eshop, so you won't stumble on it at stores.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on October 25, 2013, 08:03:37 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/KAz5VnE3wMg
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on November 05, 2013, 11:33:11 AM
http://www.youtube.com/v/KAz5VnE3wMg

Pinball Arcade is out for steam now.  Not sure if you're interested in that at all.  It is annoying that you have to buy tables twice if you want to play. 

But if you do play on steam and are experiencing flipper delay like I was, read the link bellow.  Plays much better after that fix.

http://pinballarcadefans.com/showthread.php/6365-If-you-re-experiencing-flipper-delay-in-TPA-PC-version-please-read-this
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on November 05, 2013, 06:25:44 PM
Just an FYI, Notch will be The Late, Late Show on CBS Thursday Nov 7th. That's Craig Ferguson's show IIRC.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on November 07, 2013, 10:42:45 AM
And Age of Empires II gets a new expansion pack today, 13 years after the release of it's last expansion. Wow.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Edward J Grug III on November 07, 2013, 01:20:47 PM
And Age of Empires II gets a new expansion pack today, 13 years after the release of it's last expansion. Wow.

I hadn't heard that! That's the game that made me quit gaming on my PC (Because I would just sit and play for an entire day before I realized what had happened :P)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on November 09, 2013, 08:38:27 PM
First a general warning- should you get an XBox 1 early, do not take it online. Some stores (Target, for example) shipped a few early and the consoles that have gone online since then have gotten banned. This seems to be a temporary thing, at least until the system actually goes live, but just in case, don't do it.

Secondly, Blizzcon news. A plethora of stuff.
World of Warcraft-
Next XP: Warlords of Draenor. Features include:
Level cap raised to 100
Player-run Garrisons and followers (which remind me of Trek Online's Starbases and Duty Officer system)
Gear revamping. Again.
An instant raise to 90th level for one character per account so that those who've been away from the game can get back to the new content.
And some changes to raids, UI and inventory that folks who don't play won't care about.

Diablo III
Aside from a PS4 release (probably a XB1 release too since it's also on the 360, but Blizz never mentioned the platform by name), and the new character class (Crusader) and removal of the Real Money Auction House, Blizz will be introducing an "adventure mode" in the XP where you can ignore the plot and travel around killing random mobs for bounties and exploring randomly generated dungeons.

Hearthstone
Open beta begins next month and Blizz is currently working on an iPad and Droid port of the game as well. And as an FYI- the Invitational Championships got 100k people viewing it. Wow. (Great games too.)

Starcraft 2

Not a single thing announced.

Heroes of the Storm
Blizz's "Hero Brawler" game, not to be confused with a MOBA or DOTA game, even though it totally is one. Blizz is not doing the "3 lanes"  of LoL or DOTA2 or Smite, but rather is doing a wide variety of BG maps. For example, in one map you need to gather coins to return them to a ghost pirate who when he has enough will spawn and attack the other team's city. In another, you're trying to escort Bone golems so that they can bash the other team while stopping their golems from doing the same. (So, they're Baron-sized creeps, basically.) It looks like a big shakeup of the usual MOBA formula and got a lot of traffic over the weekend.

Warcraft Movie
Starts filming in January. Director is Duncan Jones who directed "Moon" and has actually played the Warcraft games. The FX supervisor notes that while working on the first Narnia film, he was spending his off hours levelling his toon. (An Alliance Mage, BTW.) It'll apparently be set during the time frame of the first Warcraft game, rather than in the current WoW era. Other than that, they were very evasive on the plot, casting and shooting location. Although since Jones was wearing a "Canucks" jersey, Vancouver might be a good bet there. (Although one of the guys from "Vikings" seems to have nabbed the current unnamed lead role, according to rumors.) Oh, and Chuck Norris might be cast. Maybe.

And a final note- Conan O'Brien showed up at one point to do play by play for a WoW arena tournament. It'll probably be funnier when edited down to a few minutes for his show.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Darth Geek on November 09, 2013, 08:55:47 PM

Warcraft Movie
Starts filming in January. Director is Duncan Jones who directed "Moon" and has actually played the Warcraft games. The FX supervisor notes that while working on the first Narnia film, he was spending his off hours levelling his toon. (An Alliance Mage, BTW.) It'll apparently be set during the time frame of the first Warcraft game, rather than in the current WoW era. Other than that, they were very evasive on the plot, casting and shooting location. Although since Jones was wearing a "Canucks" jersey, Vancouver might be a good bet there. (Although one of the guys from "Vikings" seems to have nabbed the current unnamed lead role, according to rumors.) Oh, and Chuck Norris might be cast. Maybe.

I'm not a gamer, but I am looking forward to this. And while I didn't like Moon as a whole, it was directed well and glad to see someone who isn't known for making dumb blockbusters tackling this. I was really hoping for a Bruce Campbell cameo when Sam Raimi was going to direct. I still think he'd be perfect as a side character.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on November 10, 2013, 01:36:50 AM
They have to have a character named Leroy Jenkins, at least in the credits or background.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on November 11, 2013, 08:40:55 AM
Okay, Best Buy just revamped their "Gamer's Club" program, which used to have a free version and a $15/ year version, which game you coupons and discounts on used games. Which naturally my local BB didn't have.

The new plan gives you a 10% discount on used games, a 10% bonus to your trade-in credit, and a coupon for a 50% strategy guide. Oh, and 20% off all new game purchases for any platform.

So, what's the catch? Well, the new price for the Club is $119.99 for 2 years. However, if you're already a member, you'll get the benefits until your membership expires. Also, there seem to be coupons that will be sent out to current and recent members to extend your membership for 2 years for a more reasonable $30.

So if you buy used games, yeah, Gamestop's used program will be cheaper. But if you plan to make 10 new game purchases over the next two years, this might be worth looking into.

Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on November 13, 2013, 01:39:35 AM
So...


One lucky person in New Zealand will be the first person in the world to buy an XBox 1 console, since NZ is just past the international date line and they'll get first swing at it. So what are the Kiwis doing with that special console?


They've got it stored in an aquarium. Inside a shark tank.


(http://www.justpushstart.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/xbox-one-sharks.jpg)


Well, at least they're taking their security seriously.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: RoninFox on November 13, 2013, 02:27:56 AM
Only an insane lobster would think to look for it there.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Blasarius Yonder on November 13, 2013, 07:06:26 AM
I wouldn't mind seeing an insane lobster try to steal New Zealand's first Xbox 1 from a safe guarded by sharks.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Space version 2.0 on November 13, 2013, 08:13:06 AM
A new Ratchet and Clank game was just released. Back to the old style, meaning it's the same game you've played 10 times before with a few adjustments to keep it fun.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quantum Vagina on November 13, 2013, 08:35:26 AM
A new Ratchet and Clank game was just released. Back to the old style, meaning it's the same game you've played 10 times before with a few adjustments to keep it fun.
It works for the Pokemon Games.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Darth Geek on November 13, 2013, 09:40:20 AM
So...


One lucky person in New Zealand will be the first person in the world to buy an XBox 1 console, since NZ is just past the international date line and they'll get first swing at it. So what are the Kiwis doing with that special console?


They've got it stored in an aquarium. Inside a shark tank.


(http://www.justpushstart.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/xbox-one-sharks.jpg)


Well, at least they're taking their security seriously.
So which supervillain is that?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on November 13, 2013, 05:04:11 PM
Wasteland is now available on Steam.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quantum Vagina on November 15, 2013, 08:10:25 AM
What on EARTH could this be? (http://thesurvivor2299.com)

I'm told a couple of things about this. First, the Morse Code is for 11/12/13, which, for everyone not in the US, is the 11th of December, 2013. Secondly, the timer that's counting down ON that website is set to hit zero on that date. Third, the website is owned by Zenimax, who is responsible for publishing the Bethesda games. Finally, the script running on the website is Fallout.exe, or whatever the extension should be.

It would appear that, using deductive reasoning, the Riddler is planning to attack the telegraph station on 11/12/13 at 1:18 am using a nuclear weapon of some kind.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: RoninFox on November 15, 2013, 03:05:34 PM
What on EARTH could this be? (http://thesurvivor2299.com)

I'm told a couple of things about this. First, the Morse Code is for 11/12/13, which, for everyone not in the US, is the 11th of December, 2013. Secondly, the timer that's counting down ON that website is set to hit zero on that date. Third, the website is owned by Zenimax, who is responsible for publishing the Bethesda games. Finally, the script running on the website is Fallout.exe, or whatever the extension should be.

It would appear that, using deductive reasoning, the Riddler is planning to attack the telegraph station on 11/12/13 at 1:18 am using a nuclear weapon of some kind.

That's impossible.  Batkid just arrested the Riddler today, he can't escape before the 11th.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on November 15, 2013, 03:11:06 PM
A Fallout teaser would be great.  It's around the time that they would be hinting towards those things for next Christmas.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on November 15, 2013, 04:02:50 PM
I would give my first born child for Fallout 4.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on November 15, 2013, 04:10:02 PM
I would give my first born child for Fallout 4.

No need! They'll make one because it makes hundreds of millions of dollars.

I just hope it's not an MMO of Fallout...
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on November 19, 2013, 07:38:05 PM
From Square Enix: Tomb Raider will be getting a port to the PS4 and XB1. Not quite sure why since SE thought that the sales of the title were "disappointing" but it's on the way anyway.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on November 19, 2013, 09:53:24 PM
I would give my first born child for Fallout 4.

No need! They'll make one because it makes hundreds of millions of dollars.

I just hope it's not an MMO of Fallout...

I would give my first born child for Fallout 4 NOW!!!
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on November 21, 2013, 07:45:18 AM
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/129855-Steam-In-Home-Streaming-Monopolizes-Host-Computer?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=news

This sounds perfect for the media computer I want to build for my living room. Just a small computer to hook up to my TV that can play shows from iTunes and HBO Go and all the other stuff my Roku box can't do. The new steam controler sounds perfect to control that with, granted there's some simple text input option. But it sounds like it will do mouse emulation very well.

Being able to stream games from my gaming rig to my living room is a nice bonus.  I personally can't wait for these new Steam products.  No more setting a laptop next to the TV and messing with a bunch of cables.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on November 21, 2013, 03:17:54 PM
So Telltale is working on a Game of Thrones adventure...

http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/11/21/telltale-is-developing-a-game-of-thrones-game

This means I need to get familiar with Game of Thrones! I wish one of these streamy services I pay for would stream it. I don't get HBO and don't want to buy a Blu-ray set until I know it lives up to the hype...
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on November 21, 2013, 03:35:31 PM

This means I need to get familiar with Game of Thrones! I wish one of these streamy services I pay for would stream it. I don't get HBO and don't want to buy a Blu-ray set until I know it lives up to the hype...

(http://img14.imageshack.us/img14/2322/3ejs.png)

I'll spoiler this as Butters is a little potty mouth.

Spoiler (click to show/hide)

Seriously, pick up the first book. If you enjoy it, you'll probably like a game based on George Argh Argh Martin's series. And it can't be worse than the last two GoT games.

Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Edward J Grug III on November 21, 2013, 04:05:57 PM
So Telltale is working on a Game of Thrones adventure...

http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/11/21/telltale-is-developing-a-game-of-thrones-game

This means I need to get familiar with Game of Thrones! I wish one of these streamy services I pay for would stream it. I don't get HBO and don't want to buy a Blu-ray set until I know it lives up to the hype...

Dang, a Telltale game I'm gonna skip. I really dislike Game of Thrones.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on November 22, 2013, 10:41:50 AM
Two bits of next gen news:


One- An unbelievable bit of news- both Sony and Microsoft seem to have decided to include a frigging HDMI cable in the box with the PS4 and XB1. Huzzah. It's a little thing, like finding that the remote with your new TV has batteries included, but it's still a thing.


And two- gaze in horror at the XBox game case!


(http://media1.gameinformer.com/filestorage/CommunityServer.Components.SiteFiles/imagefeed/featured/microsoft2013/xbox-one/XboxOneCaseFlipDisc.jpg)


The disc is on the wrong side! IT'S ON THE WRONG SIDE!
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quantum Vagina on November 22, 2013, 10:53:43 AM
I saw a bit of news on IGN that Sony's bundling the Vita and the PS4. That's pretty cool. I kind of do want to get a PS4 sometime, because it looks like it's just going to be a genuinely pleasant experience.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Blasarius Yonder on November 22, 2013, 12:32:29 PM
I saw a bit of news on IGN that Sony's bundling the Vita and the PS4. That's pretty cool. I kind of do want to get a PS4 sometime, because it looks like it's just going to be a genuinely pleasant experience.
I've heard that rumor, is it confirmed?  That'll be a HUGE seller I bet, especially since it'll probably cost barely more than the XB1.   I think most people would prefer console+handheld over console+Kinect.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on November 22, 2013, 03:59:01 PM
Atlus Japan has been showing mysterious trailers at midnight over the past few days. That, along with various subtle hints (Lilke Atlus saying they'll be making a Persona announcement at midnight Tokyo Time on the 24th) has lead some to believe that a new Persona game might be enroute.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: RoninFox on November 23, 2013, 03:46:17 PM
I saw a bit of news on IGN that Sony's bundling the Vita and the PS4. That's pretty cool. I kind of do want to get a PS4 sometime, because it looks like it's just going to be a genuinely pleasant experience.
I've heard that rumor, is it confirmed?  That'll be a HUGE seller I bet, especially since it'll probably cost barely more than the XB1.   I think most people would prefer console+handheld over console+Kinect.

I know that'll make me want to wait and get that bundle.  I've been wanting to get my hands on a Vita for awhile.  Since my wife isn't a gamer at all, I get the feeling it'll be very useful for when we're both home and can't agree on what to watch.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on November 23, 2013, 06:46:21 PM
So Telltale is working on a Game of Thrones adventure...

http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/11/21/telltale-is-developing-a-game-of-thrones-game

This means I need to get familiar with Game of Thrones! I wish one of these streamy services I pay for would stream it. I don't get HBO and don't want to buy a Blu-ray set until I know it lives up to the hype...

I wonder why no one's made a MacGuyver adventure game.  It's seems like it could work in point and click format (at least the improvising part).
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on November 23, 2013, 08:19:58 PM
It's a long shot but I've been hoping Rifftrax would do a regular Riff of Macgyver episodes. A good tongue in cheek video game would be a lot of fun too. When I was a kid I would watch Macgyver everyday on the USA network.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on November 24, 2013, 10:58:26 AM
Atlus Japan has been showing mysterious trailers at midnight over the past few days. That, along with various subtle hints (Lilke Atlus saying they'll be making a Persona announcement at midnight Tokyo Time on the 24th) has lead some to believe that a new Persona game might be enroute.


Well, three announcements actually. First a sequel to Arena- [/color][/size]Persona 4 The Ultimax Ultra Super Hold. Then a spinoff on the 3ds- Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, with little chibi versions of the casts of P3 and P4. And then, yep, Persona 5 which will be a PS3 exclusive. Persona 4 came out on PS2 long after the arrival of the PS3, and they're following suit with P5 in regards to next gen. So keep the old units around.[/color]
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on November 29, 2013, 01:08:02 PM
Noooo!!!!


Ashes Cricket 2013 Has Been Canceled!


Cricket fans everywhere will be saddened!
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: RoninFox on November 29, 2013, 01:11:11 PM
I'm a little saddened, even though I didn't know it was being made to begin with. Playing that might have taught me how the game works.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on November 29, 2013, 01:13:12 PM
Ronin, I'm pretty sure that even professional cricket players aren't really sure how the game is played.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Edward J Grug III on November 29, 2013, 01:26:58 PM
It wouldn't have even got a US release, would it?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on November 29, 2013, 01:49:05 PM
It wouldn't have even got a US release, would it?


It was on Steam (it's been removed since then. Apparently it was cancelled after its release. Er, yeah.) so it looks like we could have bought it, even if we were unlikely to do so.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Edward J Grug III on November 29, 2013, 01:54:39 PM
Cancelled after release?!
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on November 29, 2013, 02:20:37 PM
Yep. Quoting RPS:

http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013/11/28/wow-ashes-cricket-2013-cancelled-after-release/

Quote

This might be a first. 505 Games have announced the cancellation of Ashes Cricket 2013 after it’s been released.

The game, a terrible mess that certainly doesn’t function as a cricket simulation, was briefly on sale via Steam, before mysteriously vanishing. We contacted Steam and publishers 505 Games to find out why at the time, but no one seemed to know. And now we do. They’re just giving up. And blaming it on the developers, Trickstar Games. This is extraordinary.


The statement is extraordinary in its frankness, so I’ll reproduce it in full:


Quote

“As most people who have followed the project closely can affirm, the development of Ashes Cricket 2013 has been fraught with challenges almost from the outset. The chosen developer, even with their many years of cricket game development experience, was unable to overcome the unexpected challenges that the chosen game engine threw up, even with multiple extensions to the development schedule. At the start of the project, 505 Games received all assurances from the developer that the engine was up to the task of creating a dynamic, cutting-edge cricket game for the modern age across multiple platforms, and unfortunately those assurances were found to be misplaced.

The net result of the challenges we have faced was a game which, despite our best efforts over the course of a 2 year development, couldn’t meet the quality benchmarks of either us, our licensors or our customers. 505 Games’ main priority right now is to protect the Ashes name and that of the ECB and Cricket Australia, and do what we can to recompense the cricket community.

As the licensee and publisher of name for Ashes Cricket 2013, 505 Games would like to apologise publicly and sincerely to our licensors, the ECB and Cricket Australia, and their respective partners/sponsors, who have been nothing but patient and supportive of us throughout the challenges this project has presented, and who, ultimately, we have let down.

Our deepest apologies, however, are reserved for the fans of cricket and cricket games worldwide. 505 Games prides itself on being a safe pair of hands on which gamers of all tastes and denominations can rely to put their best foot forward to create compelling gaming experiences. It is clear that, in this instance, we have fallen way short of our stated aims and failed to deliver. We know that the mitigating factors, as highlighted above, hold little solace to the hordes of excited cricket fans worldwide who had hoped this year to be able to play out their fantasy of playing in the Ashes series.

The people who purchased the game will be contacted very shortly with details of a full refund.”


So, yeah. It was such a mess that they pulled it from Steam and basically salted the earth where it lay.

Here's some gameplay from a Let's Player:

http://www.youtube.com/v/wsEEh5_x5Cc?version=3&

There's still a Don Bradman Cricket '14 on the way though, so you can pin your cricket hopes on that one.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Darth Geek on November 29, 2013, 02:37:24 PM
Here's some gameplay from a Let's Player:

http://www.youtube.com/v/wsEEh5_x5Cc?version=3&

There's still a Don Bradman Cricket '14 on the way though, so you can pin your cricket hopes on that one.
I'd say this had to be a parody or a joke, but we live in a world where there are GOLF video games!
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Edward J Grug III on November 29, 2013, 02:45:11 PM
I am guessing they just realised how boring cricket is.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Darth Geek on November 29, 2013, 02:48:27 PM
I think it'd be funny if they just tweaked one or two things and rereleased it as a parody. Leave the gameplay the same, but have Brian Blessed as the announcer.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on December 01, 2013, 06:16:32 PM
In case you may have missed it, Chris Huelsbeck's Turrican Soundtrack Anthology came out last month, featuring remastered tunes from the series. http://chrishuelsbeck.bandcamp.com/album/turrican-soundtrack-anthology-vol-1 (http://chrishuelsbeck.bandcamp.com/album/turrican-soundtrack-anthology-vol-1)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on December 06, 2013, 07:00:33 PM
From the Smash Bros. official site:
(http://www.smashbros.com/update/images/daily.jpg)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quantum Vagina on December 06, 2013, 08:13:40 PM
From the Smash Bros. official site:
(http://www.smashbros.com/update/images/daily.jpg)

WHAT.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on December 06, 2013, 09:46:45 PM
From the Smash Bros. official site:
(http://www.smashbros.com/update/images/daily.jpg)

WHAT.

Assist trophy.  Not a playable character.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quantum Vagina on December 06, 2013, 09:56:50 PM
From the Smash Bros. official site:
(http://www.smashbros.com/update/images/daily.jpg)

WHAT.

Assist trophy.  Not a playable character.

Yeah... made me sad when I saw that. What with them talking about redoing Majora's Mask...
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on December 07, 2013, 03:06:59 PM
Okay, Spike's VGX show is going on and we're getting a number of game announcements along with it. Such as:


*Telltale announcing their next game- Tales from the Borderlands. Yep, an adventure game series based on Gearbox's Borderlands.

*Tomb Raider gets a port to the XB1 and PS4.

*Wait a sec. Denver hosted the Donkey Kong World Championships this year? And we have a bar/arcade downtown? How did I not know this?

*Tim Schaefer appears to promote Broken Age. BTW- Elijah Woods is playing the voice of the male character in the game.  (Which he tweeted about actually, but hey, I missed it.)

*Surprise announcement- A new game based on Game of Thrones. This time from Telltale. Again. They're going to be busy next year. (And Cliffy B from Epic Games notes that the game better have interactive incest or else it'll be boycotted.)



Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on December 07, 2013, 05:34:50 PM
Oooo.  I wonder if I could get my fiancee to play that Game of Thrones game. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on December 10, 2013, 03:40:23 PM
First Project Eternity trailer, now called Pillars of Eternity.

http://www.youtube.com/v/HKoDTzea79Y?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0

Looks pretty awesome.  Baldur's Gate HD was fun, but I'm excited for a new story and the art in this game looks great.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on December 10, 2013, 08:06:12 PM
Hey Variety of Cells did you see/hear about No Mans Sky? It's a really interesting looking procedural generated space exploration game, I thought about you when I saw it because I know your into the space genre (if you can call it that). It looks extremely ambitious and if they succeed in development it will be amazing, not Star Citizen amazing but still amazing.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on December 10, 2013, 10:00:25 PM
You mean this video?

http://www.youtube.com/v/RRpDn5qPp3s

I did see that.  Looks pretty awesome.  Like a sort of minecraft meets space exploration.  I like the art style a lot too.

But I have a whole bunch of questions about it.  I hear it's supposed to be an mmo sort of deal, where once you discover something and have the game proceduraly generate it, it will be saved and explorable by other people.  But won't the amount of data expand pretty quickly?  Also, what will you be able to do in the game?  Space dogfights are obviously in the game, but what will you be able to do on planets?  Needless to say I'll be keeping an eye on it.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MSTJedi on December 11, 2013, 07:15:32 AM
http://www.youtube.com/v/PdqkhOV8gDY?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0


This game is gonna be super sweet.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on December 11, 2013, 08:04:48 AM
Has me interested.  I want to see some more gameplay but I like that it seems story driven and less action game with one liners thrown in like most games based on cartoons.  Comedy works much better when it's not repeated over and over.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on December 11, 2013, 05:35:35 PM
I hope the South Park game is great, it has been delayed many times and a lot of people quite during development, both of witch are usually bad signs. It's been years since I've been into South Park but I still appreciate the humor and i hope the game reflects that.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on December 11, 2013, 07:39:07 PM
This is probably shaping up to be the most accurate looking one so far.   The polygon based ones seemed to look off a bit.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on December 12, 2013, 07:26:24 AM
By the way, my screenshot for Smash Bros has apparently changed to this: (http://i.imgur.com/qSRzowt.jpg)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MSTJedi on December 12, 2013, 07:38:03 AM
I hope the South Park game is great, it has been delayed many times and a lot of people quite during development, both of witch are usually bad signs. It's been years since I've been into South Park but I still appreciate the humor and i hope the game reflects that.

I'm not so worried about the delays since the original publisher (THQ) went belly-up, so there's a lot to recover from there. Also, when a game gets delayed due to quality issues, I say good on them. It's a better scenario than a possibly amazing game that got rushed out and suffered for it (e.g., KotOR II, DA 2).

As for South Park itself, I stopped watching a long time ago, but still find the original episodes I watched (mostly seasons 1 and 2) really funny.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on December 12, 2013, 09:05:08 AM
I hope the South Park game is great, it has been delayed many times and a lot of people quite during development, both of witch are usually bad signs. It's been years since I've been into South Park but I still appreciate the humor and i hope the game reflects that.

I'm not so worried about the delays since the original publisher (THQ) went belly-up, so there's a lot to recover from there. Also, when a game gets delayed due to quality issues, I say good on them. It's a better scenario than a possibly amazing game that got rushed out and suffered for it (e.g., KotOR II, DA 2).

e.g. Too Human, Duke Nukem Forever.  Oh wait...

Even still, I have hope this game might be fun.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MSTJedi on December 12, 2013, 03:29:06 PM
I hope the South Park game is great, it has been delayed many times and a lot of people quite during development, both of witch are usually bad signs. It's been years since I've been into South Park but I still appreciate the humor and i hope the game reflects that.

I'm not so worried about the delays since the original publisher (THQ) went belly-up, so there's a lot to recover from there. Also, when a game gets delayed due to quality issues, I say good on them. It's a better scenario than a possibly amazing game that got rushed out and suffered for it (e.g., KotOR II, DA 2).

e.g. Too Human, Duke Nukem Forever.  Oh wait...

Even still, I have hope this game might be fun.

Okay, there are some games that no amount of time can save. And truth be told, I liked both of the games I mentioned, just not as much as I might have if they'd taken the time to fill all the plot holes (KotOR II) or make more maps/environments to play in (DA 2). The ones you mentioned I've never played because I heard they suck donkey balls and therefore steered clear of them.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: RoninFox on December 12, 2013, 03:37:09 PM
I've watched a lot of the recent South Park seasons, and they've actually done an amazing job of keeping the show fresh, relevant, and funny.  If this game is making the effort to be like the series and isn't just a cash in piece of crap like the South Park games of the past, I'll be happy.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on December 14, 2013, 09:55:50 PM
FYI: Both XBL and PSN will be removing Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 and Marvel vs Capcom 2 from their stores rather soon.  Why? No one is really sure and Capcom isn't talking. If you want either title, you might want to buy them ASAP.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on December 18, 2013, 07:46:46 AM
Roselina announced for Super Smash Bros.
(http://i.imgur.com/avWySwo.jpg)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on December 18, 2013, 09:06:13 AM
Oh good!

Sorry, that came out wrong.  I meant "Oh...good?"
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: k1 on December 18, 2013, 02:59:09 PM
They also annouced a Legend of Zelda/Dynasty Warriors game called Hyrule Warriors.  ???

http://wiiudaily.com/2013/12/hyrule-warriors-announced/


I love both of those games, so I'll definitely be picking this one up.  Dynasty Warriors is a great game after a bad day at work.  Just run around button mashing and killing THOUSANDS of enemies.



Oh, and golf is on Wii Sports Club now.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on December 18, 2013, 03:45:00 PM
I remember having a lot of fun with Dynasty Warriors on the PS2.  Kind of interested in playing the new one, but not interested enough to get a PS3. 

Is it just my eyes, or are none of the enemies actually attacking Link in that trailer?  They are just kind of wandering around waiting to get swept up in the whirlwind. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on December 18, 2013, 04:10:07 PM
I remember having a lot of fun with Dynasty Warriors on the PS2.  Kind of interested in playing the new one, but not interested enough to get a PS3. 

Is it just my eyes, or are none of the enemies actually attacking Link in that trailer?  They are just kind of wandering around waiting to get swept up in the whirlwind.

Dynasty Warriors 8 is probably the best of the current gen Dynasty titles.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Johnny Unusual on December 18, 2013, 04:49:47 PM
I always find those games fun at first, and then very quickly getting monotonous.

But speaking of mash-ups.

https://www.youtube.com/v/XxrpKoy1g0Y

Cute stuff, but it doesn't feel like they entirely committed to it.  Still, Link in Donkey Kong and a giant bullet bill in Super Mario is neat.  And it's out now, apparently.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on December 18, 2013, 04:50:45 PM
I remember having a lot of fun with Dynasty Warriors on the PS2.  Kind of interested in playing the new one, but not interested enough to get a PS3. 

Is it just my eyes, or are none of the enemies actually attacking Link in that trailer?  They are just kind of wandering around waiting to get swept up in the whirlwind.

Dynasty Warriors 8 is probably the best of the current gen Dynasty titles.

So I heard.  But I also heard there's no plans on porting it to the PC, which is a shame.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on December 18, 2013, 05:44:27 PM
Dynasty Warriors is a franchise that should probably only be played like, every 3 games.  There's so little progression in those games that missing a whole bunch to not get tired of it seems pretty much essential.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on December 26, 2013, 08:23:15 PM
(http://www.smashbros.com/images/character/zelda/screen-2.jpg)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on December 27, 2013, 12:07:50 AM
I remember having a lot of fun with Dynasty Warriors on the PS2.  Kind of interested in playing the new one, but not interested enough to get a PS3. 

Is it just my eyes, or are none of the enemies actually attacking Link in that trailer?  They are just kind of wandering around waiting to get swept up in the whirlwind.

Dynasty Warriors 8 is probably the best of the current gen Dynasty titles.

So I heard.  But I also heard there's no plans on porting it to the PC, which is a shame.

In the last few years more and more Japanese developers are porting to PC. They were probably swayed by the fact Dark Souls sold like gang busters on PC and that games port was pretty sorry until modders fixed it. I was surprised to see Metal Gear Rising coming soon to PC, we'll have to wait and see how good the port is though.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on December 31, 2013, 09:59:34 PM
FYI- Deadpool mysteriously disappeared from Steam this morning, right in the middle of a flash sale. (And XBL and PSN too.) There are strong rumors right now that Activision is losing the rights to the character at the end of the year. If you want the game, it's still available at Amazon ($9.99)  and Gamefly ($7.99) but who knows for how much longer. Console copies will still be floating around, but once again, no one knows for how long.


Yes, it activates on Steam. And, just as an FYI, in these cases, once a game is in your library, Steam will let you keep downloading it. But no one else can pick it up beyond then. You can still use the code to activate it (I just did this with the DLC) but once again, not sure for how long.


It was a decent game, if a bit repetitive. The voice work was awesome though.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on January 01, 2014, 12:44:05 AM
FYI- Deadpool mysteriously disappeared from Steam this morning, right in the middle of a flash sale. There are strong rumors right now that Activision is losing the rights to the character at the end of the year. If you want the game, it's still available at Amazon ($9.99)  and Gamefly ($7.99) but who knows for how much longer. Console copies will still be floating around, but once again, no one knows for how long.


Yes, it activates on Steam. And, just as an FYI, in these cases, once a game is in your library, Steam will let you keep downloading it. But no one else can pick it up beyond then. You can still use the code to activate it (I just did this with the DLC) but once again, not sure for how long.


It was a decent game, if a bit repetitive. The voice work was awesome though.

I played Deadpool and I strongly do not recommend it. Unless your really into Deadpool from the comics avoid this game. Deadpool himself and the dialog is reasonable accurate (I've been told by Deadpool fans) but the gameplay is tedious, graphics are horrible, and nothing about the game is new or unique.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MWolf on January 01, 2014, 03:35:58 PM
Has anyone taken a look at Yaiba's arcade mode?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCVzTWpwJE0

Tell me what you guys think. =)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on January 01, 2014, 04:58:27 PM
I think that intentionally bad dialogue seems more and more played out. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on January 01, 2014, 11:49:14 PM
I played Deadpool and I strongly do not recommend it. Unless your really into Deadpool from the comics avoid this game. Deadpool himself and the dialog is reasonable accurate (I've been told by Deadpool fans) but the gameplay is tedious, graphics are horrible, and nothing about the game is new or unique.



Eh, it's a divisive title. I've seen it on some worst of the year lists and some best of the year lists.


But just to elaborate, Activision noted today that yes, they are no longer selling digital downloads of  the Marvel titles they produced. This includes X-Men: The Official Game, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men Destiny, Spider-Man: Friend or Foe, Spider-Man: Web of Shadows, Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, and Spider-Man: Edge of Time. Oh, and Deadpool.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: RoninFox on January 05, 2014, 02:46:39 PM
Anyone catch the image released for the next Arkham Origins DLC?

(http://i1.wp.com/batman-news.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/1509851_696852390347256_1949981286_n.jpg?resize=593%2C960)

Yep, they're doing their own Heart of Ice.  If they can capture enough of the quality of that story, I'll be happy.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on January 05, 2014, 04:31:36 PM
What does the giant microphone in the background mean?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Sideswipe on January 05, 2014, 05:25:02 PM
Batman's newest arch enemy is Rush Limbaugh!
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on January 05, 2014, 06:09:15 PM
Batman's newest arch enemy is Rush Limbaugh!

That would be awesome. He would be a gun enthusiast that cries all the time with his right wing, conspiracy theory believing henchmen. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on January 05, 2014, 09:04:03 PM
Batman's newest arch enemy is Rush Limbaugh!

That would be awesome. He would be a gun enthusiast that cries all the time with his right wing, conspiracy theory believing henchmen.

Reminds me of one of my favorite boss fights ever, Bob Barbas from the new Devil May Cry. (Skip to 01:45)

http://www.youtube.com/v/7uJR9Q6uVZo?hl=en_US&version=3"
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quantum Vagina on January 05, 2014, 09:49:32 PM
Only if the absolutely atrocious Bill Mahar gets to be beaten up by Batman, too. That will be the only way that I'm OK with that outcome.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on January 05, 2014, 11:14:18 PM
The new Devil May Cry was awesome, I got to 80% and never finished it, maybe I'll go back to it some time.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on January 06, 2014, 09:13:11 AM
Old School game box cover artist, Greg Martin, has passed away.

Here's a tribute and pictures of his work:

http://nintendoage.com/forum/messageview.cfm?catid=5&threadid=117907

I have many of those boxes permanently etched in my brain. RIP.

(http://www.theoldcomputer.com/game-box-art-covers/Nintendo/NES/p/Pac%20Man-%20Tengen-E.jpg)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: RoninFox on January 06, 2014, 09:16:32 AM
Batman's newest arch enemy is Rush Limbaugh!

No, no, that's obviously a Larry King style mic, a.k.a. Ra's Al Ghul left out of the Lazarus Pit too long.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on January 06, 2014, 07:31:42 PM
A little bit late.
http://www.youtube.com/v/v80_FwbAv_s
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on January 09, 2014, 05:40:55 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/IEnoGGw8XPM
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on January 10, 2014, 01:00:12 PM
Okay, watching someone stream his playing of the Elder Scrolls Beta. Now, since there's an NDA, he can't show the gameplay or talk about it, so the stream is basically us watching him sitting in silence playing a game that we can't see.


Granted, this is from the same guy that once streamed himself cleaning his apartment, so it's not really out of character for him.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quantum Vagina on January 10, 2014, 02:14:30 PM
Okay, watching someone stream his playing of the Elder Scrolls Beta. Now, since there's an NDA, he can't show the gameplay or talk about it, so the stream is basically us watching him sitting in silence playing a game that we can't see.


Granted, this is from the same guy that once streamed himself cleaning his apartment, so it's not really out of character for him.

I personally liked the one where the streamer forgot to turn OFF his stream, and so everyone got to see his porn selection and dingly dangly ding dong.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on January 13, 2014, 04:02:16 PM
The always-online thing never bugged me much, but if it bugged you, SimCity 5 Offline mode is coming!

http://www.simcity.com/en_US/blog/article/simcity-offline-is-coming?utm_campaign=simcity-social-na-socom-fb-offlinemodeiscoming-jan13-fb&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&sourceid=simcity-social-na-socom-fb-offlinemodeiscoming-jan13-fb&cid=19405
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on January 13, 2014, 04:25:00 PM
The always-online thing never bugged me much, but if it bugged you, SimCity 5 Offline mode is coming!

http://www.simcity.com/en_US/blog/article/simcity-offline-is-coming?utm_campaign=simcity-social-na-socom-fb-offlinemodeiscoming-jan13-fb&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&sourceid=simcity-social-na-socom-fb-offlinemodeiscoming-jan13-fb&cid=19405

Do you like the game Pak?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on January 13, 2014, 04:54:34 PM
The always-online thing never bugged me much, but if it bugged you, SimCity 5 Offline mode is coming!

http://www.simcity.com/en_US/blog/article/simcity-offline-is-coming?utm_campaign=simcity-social-na-socom-fb-offlinemodeiscoming-jan13-fb&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&sourceid=simcity-social-na-socom-fb-offlinemodeiscoming-jan13-fb&cid=19405 (http://www.simcity.com/en_US/blog/article/simcity-offline-is-coming?utm_campaign=simcity-social-na-socom-fb-offlinemodeiscoming-jan13-fb&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&sourceid=simcity-social-na-socom-fb-offlinemodeiscoming-jan13-fb&cid=19405)

Do you like the game Pak?


Not Pak, but I've played it too. It's okay, but it has issues.


The maps are too small for one. The game is set up for a "zone wide" thing, so one city might be tourism based, another manufacturing, another mining, etc. In practice, this means that your city is rarely self sufficient. You'll always be getting little issues. Not enough workers for your industry? Better set up a second city just for workers. You'll run out of money quickly  if you try to have hospitals and fire  trucks and cops and garbage trucks and education all in the same city. So you'll need to keep hopping from city to city if you're solo. And you want to play it solo because a) It's SimCity, for Pete's sake and b) The few times I'm opened up my city to others, I've gotten griefers every time. Yes, griefers in  SimCity game. Plus there are either various minor issues, but bad traffic pathing where your emergency vehicles will not take alternate paths to an emergency but always instead right into the middle of a traffic jam.


Look, it's a well polished game and I get the feeling that if was "Bob's City Builder" it'd be better reviewed, but it's a Sim City game. For the current city builder games, I like it a little better than Cities in Motion (I haven't had much time with the sequel)  but you may be better off either picking up SimCity 2000 from GoG (or Theme Park, which still rocks) or SimCity 4 from somewhere or even Sim City Societies from Origin, which wasn't too bad. But the current game? Eh. It's okay. But I'd be real hesitant about paying the current $60 price for it.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on January 13, 2014, 06:17:34 PM
Hmmm.  Sounds like a good $10 purchase.  Maybe $15.  I'll wait for it to go down some more.  $40 is a bit much still.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Johnny Unusual on January 14, 2014, 06:44:22 PM
https://www.youtube.com/v/XQFPasyhF1w

This actually looks really cool.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quantum Vagina on January 15, 2014, 04:00:36 AM
So did Colonial Marines.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on January 15, 2014, 02:47:59 PM
Just an FYI - If you're an XBL Gold member, today is the last day for a free download of Sleeping Dogs, which is an awesome game.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on January 15, 2014, 11:42:02 PM
Hmmm.  Sounds like a good $10 purchase.  Maybe $15.  I'll wait for it to go down some more.  $40 is a bit much still.

I sunk over 100 hrs into Sim City, I haven't opened it in months because I'm sick of it but it is super addictive.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on January 17, 2014, 06:40:39 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/fwR99KhTWaw
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on January 17, 2014, 08:25:55 PM
Looks pretty cool.  And that video did a good job of making me feel like I was on a real pirate ship, in that I'm now seasick from the view swinging back and forth so much.  Excited to try it without the horrible camera changes on my vertical monitor on my PC.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on January 19, 2014, 05:38:25 PM
http://www.thisismyjam.com/edgarwright (http://www.thisismyjam.com/edgarwright)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on January 21, 2014, 02:03:50 PM
The Hearthstone beta is now open.


When the newcomers resurface in a week, we'll see what they think.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on January 24, 2014, 10:31:47 AM
Assassins Creed set in Middle Earth with cool mind control features and Arkham Asylum-esque combat?  Sounds pretty awesome.

http://www.youtube.com/v/ZmiF-_7PX3c?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Sideswipe on January 24, 2014, 10:47:10 AM
That game could definitely be a reskinned version of Assassin's Creed.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on January 24, 2014, 10:53:42 AM
That game could definitely be a reskinned version of Assassin's Creed.

I know one of the programmers for Assassin's Creed was complaining that it looked exactly like the code he wrote for AC 2, and he's pretty sure it is his code.  It's unclear if Ubisoft licensed out the engine or not.  I'd say they mostly likely did.

But that that doesn't make me any less interested in the game. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Sideswipe on January 24, 2014, 11:20:07 AM
Not at all.  There are plenty worse games to rip off.  Assassin's Creed 2 is a great game to play.  If they can craft an engaging story it could turn out pretty well.  The art design from the LoTR movie universe is all ready top notch.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on January 24, 2014, 08:31:13 PM
That game could definitely be a reskinned version of Assassin's Creed.

I know one of the programmers for Assassin's Creed was complaining that it looked exactly like the code he wrote for AC 2, and he's pretty sure it is his code.  It's unclear if Ubisoft licensed out the engine or not.  I'd say they mostly likely did.

But that that doesn't make me any less interested in the game.

I had Deja Vu watching this, the animations are something I'm very familiar with having played every Assassins Creed game. If the game doesn't rely on combat and free climbing too much I will still play it.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on January 28, 2014, 05:07:14 PM
Source engine 2.0 screenshots leaked
http://www.pcgamer.com/2014/01/28/these-might-be-images-of-valves-source-2-0-engine/ (http://www.pcgamer.com/2014/01/28/these-might-be-images-of-valves-source-2-0-engine/)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: RoninFox on January 28, 2014, 06:07:19 PM
Just posted this in the movie thread, but it applies here too.

https://www.youtube.com/v/oFNJW8AoYSs

A Sly Cooper movie.  If they keep the characters true to how they were in the games, I think it has a lot of potential.  Sounds like the same voices for the gang, so that's a good sign.  Really, the only thing I don't like is the wifebeater they put on Murray.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on January 31, 2014, 06:56:32 AM
Lucario announced for Smash Bros.
(http://i.imgur.com/2u31SoX.jpg)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on January 31, 2014, 07:12:28 AM
These character announcements are incredibly annoying.  I don't have a Wii U and judging by how it's going I never will, but these announcements still bother me. It's like announcing that Flanders will be in the next season of the Simpsons. Well of course!  He's not dead, so we all kind of just assumed he would be. It's not news that the same stuff you had is in the new game.

Sorry, I'll calm down.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on January 31, 2014, 07:16:30 AM
I'm just surprised that the roster will be intact for the 3DS.  Usually portable systems end up with watered down ports of fighting games, with characters missing and other issues.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quantum Vagina on January 31, 2014, 08:12:27 AM
These character announcements are incredibly annoying.  I don't have a Wii U and judging by how it's going I never will, but these announcements still bother me. It's like announcing that Flanders will be in the next season of the Simpsons. Well of course!  He's not dead, so we all kind of just assumed he would be. It's not news that the same stuff you had is in the new game.

Sorry, I'll calm down.

I believe that they actually stated that the character list will be about the same size as Brawl's, which means with them adding characters, some of the old ones are dropping. I'm actually surprised they brought Lucario back; I thought they were going to drop him to bring in Mewtwo. I'm thinking Pokemon Trainer will probably bow out, too. Ike's fate is up in the air, though. They generally pick characters from games they're planning on doing something with, though. I think Rob will drop, which is sad, because he's a fun unique character. One of the space animals that isn't Fox will probably disappear, and I think Metaknight will either get hardcore reworked or be dropped, since he's that guy everyone hates to play against. I hope Snake stays in the game, though. Nothing is more fun than watching someone's confusion when you DACUS halfway across the screen at them.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on January 31, 2014, 09:38:37 AM
Yeah, I'll admit that this round of Smash Bros. announcements isn't nearly as exciting as the last game. The roster was expanded SO MUCH for Melee, so every other week brought a new exciting character. This time around it's mostly more of the same. I'm excited for Mega Man and the Villager, of course. And the Wii Fit instructor should be a hoot (Especially since I'm committing to Wii Fit U at the moment and have a certain love-hate thing going on with the instructor as I have all videotaped or digital fitness instructors who have vowed to get me in shape). It's been a while, though, and it might be time to throw us someone new.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: k1 on January 31, 2014, 12:52:19 PM
(Especially since I'm committing to Wii Fit U at the moment and have a certain love-hate thing going on with the instructor as I have all videotaped or digital fitness instructors who have vowed to get me in shape). It's been a while, though, and it might be time to throw us someone new.

The luge game on Wii Fit U is kinda fun.

I still think we should play some Sports Club online bowling at some point. (My nintendo ID is onewallcinema)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on January 31, 2014, 01:03:19 PM
A steam leak indicates a Killing Floor 2 coming soon

http://www.pcgamer.com/2014/01/08/rumoured-steam-stats-leak-suggests-the-existence-of-killing-floor-2-arkham-origins-blackgate-hd/?ns_campaign=article-feed&ns_mchannel=ref&ns_source=steam&ns_linkname=0&ns_fee=0 (http://www.pcgamer.com/2014/01/08/rumoured-steam-stats-leak-suggests-the-existence-of-killing-floor-2-arkham-origins-blackgate-hd/?ns_campaign=article-feed&ns_mchannel=ref&ns_source=steam&ns_linkname=0&ns_fee=0)

I'm pretty sure no one on these forums likes the Killing Floor besides me but YAY non the less.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on February 04, 2014, 06:25:12 PM
Oooooo.  A rougelike with mechs and dual stick controls?  Color me interested.

http://www.youtube.com/v/RHtRDVpNV1M?version=3&hl=en_US
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Lembach on February 10, 2014, 03:23:23 PM
rougelike
   

Color me interested.

I think you mean color you red.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on February 11, 2014, 06:13:15 PM
Titanfall closed beta signup is now available. 

http://www.titanfall.com/beta
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on February 13, 2014, 02:28:22 PM
Now here's an interesting Smash Bros. announcement!

(http://www.smashbros.com/images/character/little_mac/main.png)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Johnny Unusual on February 13, 2014, 03:27:01 PM
THANK YOU!  I love Little Mac.  This is the kind of thing I want from a Smash Bros game.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quantum Vagina on February 13, 2014, 03:33:24 PM
THANK YOU!  I love Little Mac.  This is the kind of thing I want from a Smash Bros game.

I just watched the video. I'll be REALLY disappointed if Doc Louis doesn't talk during the match.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on February 13, 2014, 05:37:19 PM
Pretty cool.  My uncle has the Punchout! arcade cabinet in his basement and I would always play it as a kid. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on February 14, 2014, 06:24:12 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/setaNqGilnk
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on February 14, 2014, 06:29:37 PM
I wasted so many quarters in the original Black Knight machine back in the mid 80s.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on February 14, 2014, 07:37:00 PM
Played the free version.  Wasn't impressed.  I hate how some tables from that era sound.  They just sound cheesy. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MSTJedi on February 18, 2014, 07:28:52 AM
FTL is coming out with a free update.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/132301-FTL-Advanced-Edition-News-Update-Clone-Bays-Hacking-And-More (http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/132301-FTL-Advanced-Edition-News-Update-Clone-Bays-Hacking-And-More)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: iv3rdawG on February 18, 2014, 10:25:21 AM
Irrational Games (BioShock) shutting down: http://www.irrationalgames.com/
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on February 18, 2014, 11:24:22 AM
Anybody want Guacamelee and Dust?

Dust - https://www.humblebundle.com/gift?key=GCEnNPsuMKRfFSBG (https://www.humblebundle.com/gift?key=GCEnNPsuMKRfFSBG)

Guacamelee - https://www.humblebundle.com/gift?key=tv6W3xRM4bnD7R2K (https://www.humblebundle.com/gift?key=tv6W3xRM4bnD7R2K)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Sideswipe on February 18, 2014, 11:37:16 AM
Guacamelee might be one of the coolest names ever.  And I dont even eat guacamole.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quantum Vagina on February 18, 2014, 11:47:39 AM
I'll grab Dust, if no one else minds. :)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: RoninFox on February 18, 2014, 11:58:54 AM
Irrational Games (BioShock) shutting down: http://www.irrationalgames.com/

At least they're shutting down in order to focus on a new worthwhile goal.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on February 21, 2014, 09:30:57 AM
Irrational Games (BioShock) shutting down: http://www.irrationalgames.com/

At least they're shutting down in order to focus on a new worthwhile goal.

His Majesty, Ken Lavine, couldn't suppress his grandiose sense of self worth to allow someone else below him at Irrational to take the helm. Instead he decided to dissolve one of the most creative and talented group of developers in the gaming industry.

I think Ken is an extremely talented person, but, the act of dissolving Irrational Games implies that he thinks the rest of the team is unworthy of the company without him. He stated he wanted to do smaller more narrative driven experiences but he fails to say why he needed to dissolve the company rather then stepping down.

Could you imagine if Cormac dissolved ID Software to work on Oculus?     
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quantum Vagina on February 23, 2014, 10:56:24 AM
Twitch Plays Pokemon is one of the dumbest, most brilliant things I've ever seen. Ridiculous experiment that's having hilarious results. Firstly, it's giving Twitch problems with their chat servers. They put TPP on it's OWN server, but it's still causing issues in their chat system, just because of how much traffic it's causing. Secondly, it's spawning a religion around the Helix Fossil and  Bird Jesus(Pidgeot). It's hilarious to watch, even if it's only possible to take it for a short amount of time.

For those who don't know, Twitch Plays Pokemon is a stream of Pokemon Red where the chat controls the game. By typing the commands into the chat, they get inputted into the game via a script that the the person who started it all came up with. The results are damned hilarious, and at this point usually has anywhere between 60 and 100 thousand viewers. The made it through the Safari Zone, which is where I thought they'd be completely SOL, and they just caught Zapdos. It's an impressive achievement.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on February 24, 2014, 04:52:30 PM
Free copy of Titanfall bundled with new Xbox One. Same price of $499. I imagine that will move quite a lot of units, though I'm not quite sure it'll be enough to catch up with sony.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on February 24, 2014, 06:46:42 PM
Free copy of Titanfall bundled with new Xbox One. Same price of $499. I imagine that will move quite a lot of units, though I'm not quite sure it'll be enough to catch up with sony.

If it doesn't Microsoft will be up shit creek without a paddle.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Blasarius Yonder on February 25, 2014, 07:42:27 AM
They've earned it.

Anyone here think PS4 or XB1 are a substantial step up?  I've been comparing images of games release on next gen and current gen consoles, and for my money both next gens are really disappointing.  They're fine and all, but really don't seem like much of an improvement.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on February 25, 2014, 09:19:50 AM
That's what happens.  Early generation games are only a mild step up until the developers know the power of the consoles.  We'll probably only see the real power at the end of the year, when they've had some real time to push the systems to their limits.

Not to mention we really haven't had many AAA titles exclusive to the platforms yet.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on February 25, 2014, 09:50:26 AM
That's what happens.  Early generation games are only a mild step up until the developers know the power of the consoles.  We'll probably only see the real power at the end of the year, when they've had some real time to push the systems to their limits.

Not to mention we really haven't had many AAA titles exclusive to the platforms yet.

Also, graphics are starting to get to the point where improvements yield diminishing returns.  With increased processing power bigger advancements are going to be made in scope and scale of games.  More objects on screen, more complex AI, more content generated in real time, things that aren't readily apparent in screen shots.

Though those improvements will be minimal on consoles.  The real improvements will be seen on the PC :)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Rainbow Dash on February 25, 2014, 05:55:00 PM
Twitch Plays Pokemon will go down as a historical event in gaming lore.

https://churchofthehelixchoir.bandcamp.com/
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Lembach on February 28, 2014, 03:05:37 AM
Capcom just released "Resident Evil 4 / Biohazard 4" on Steam, an overhaul of the original game. I've never played it, but I love survival horror shooters.

Is this worth getting?

http://store.steampowered.com/app/254700/ (http://store.steampowered.com/app/254700/)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on February 28, 2014, 05:47:03 AM
I remember 4 being enjoyable. It's not amazing or anything, but it's less painful than 5.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on February 28, 2014, 08:41:37 AM
It's also like 10 gigs!! for a game that used to be less than one gig those new textures gotta be amazing.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on February 28, 2014, 01:58:12 PM
Resident Evil 4 was a big turning point in the series. They ditched the "Human Tank" style controls and turned it into something less puzzly, and more action friendly. The purists insist that it was a big mistake, but most people agree that it was just the shot in the arm that the series needed. (Enough that it became one of the few M-Rated games to actually do really well as a Nintendo exclusive when it was released.)

Personally, I think it's a solid entry into the series. There are some pretty awesome boss battles and creepy moments. There's an escort mission element to things with a girl who you have to keep safe at various points in the game, but most of the time you can make her hide in a dumpster or something while you take care of business, so it's not too annoying.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quantum Vagina on February 28, 2014, 02:44:15 PM
Resident Evil 4 was a big turning point in the series. They ditched the "Human Tank" style controls and turned it into something less puzzly, and more action friendly. The purists insist that it was a big mistake, but most people agree that it was just the shot in the arm that the series needed. (Enough that it became one of the few M-Rated games to actually do really well as a Nintendo exclusive when it was released.)

Personally, I think it's a solid entry into the series. There are some pretty awesome boss battles and creepy moments. There's an escort mission element to things with a girl who you have to keep safe at various points in the game, but most of the time you can make her hide in a dumpster or something while you take care of business, so it's not too annoying.

I personally HATED Resident Evil 4. I'm not a fan of the controls at all. Also, Ashley's a skank.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on February 28, 2014, 03:11:13 PM
Resident Evil 4 was a big turning point in the series. They ditched the "Human Tank" style controls and turned it into something less puzzly, and more action friendly. The purists insist that it was a big mistake, but most people agree that it was just the shot in the arm that the series needed. (Enough that it became one of the few M-Rated games to actually do really well as a Nintendo exclusive when it was released.)

Personally, I think it's a solid entry into the series. There are some pretty awesome boss battles and creepy moments. There's an escort mission element to things with a girl who you have to keep safe at various points in the game, but most of the time you can make her hide in a dumpster or something while you take care of business, so it's not too annoying.

I personally HATED Resident Evil 4. I'm not a fan of the controls at all. Also, Ashley's a skank.

What did you play it on?  I remember the controls working pretty well on the wii.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quantum Vagina on February 28, 2014, 05:22:29 PM
Resident Evil 4 was a big turning point in the series. They ditched the "Human Tank" style controls and turned it into something less puzzly, and more action friendly. The purists insist that it was a big mistake, but most people agree that it was just the shot in the arm that the series needed. (Enough that it became one of the few M-Rated games to actually do really well as a Nintendo exclusive when it was released.)

Personally, I think it's a solid entry into the series. There are some pretty awesome boss battles and creepy moments. There's an escort mission element to things with a girl who you have to keep safe at various points in the game, but most of the time you can make her hide in a dumpster or something while you take care of business, so it's not too annoying.

I personally HATED Resident Evil 4. I'm not a fan of the controls at all. Also, Ashley's a skank.

What did you play it on?  I remember the controls working pretty well on the wii.

I tried both. Honestly, it's probably more the mechanics of the game than the controls, although I really don't like the wii's control scheme for any game. Motion controls just don't do it for me for any game. They always end up feeling gimmicky and terrible, even if the game was made by Nintendo. Case in point: Skyward Sword. I couldn't get into that game, because I was tired of it not registering my thrust attacks, and half the time, Link would swing his sword in the wrong direction. RE4, on the other hand, suffers from the mechanics of being unable to move and shoot, combined with the third person. Everything was brown, which made it irritating for me to try and hit anything. The update on the Wii DID alleviate this somewhat, but not enough for me to change my opinion of the game. I really don't like third person shooters. I hate having half the screen blocked by a slow moving mass of cool.

I enjoy the story of the game, though. I just can't get past the annoyingness of the mechanics and controls.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Lembach on March 01, 2014, 02:05:24 PM
I enjoy the story of the game, though. I just can't get past the annoyingness of the mechanics and controls.

This is the only thing stopping me from getting it so far. When I look up reviews of this release, that's all I see: complaints about controls.

I have managed to make some older games (System Shock 2, Condemned: Criminal Origins, etc.) easier to control with Xpadder. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xpadder (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xpadder))

I wonder if I can configure that well enough to compensate.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: RoninFox on March 04, 2014, 09:40:48 AM
The good news, there will be another Arkham game this year, Batman: Arkham Knight.  It is being developed by Rocksteady again and looks like it's taking a huge leap in scope from all the previous games.

The bad news, in order to play it I'll have to buy a PS4 or probably upgrade my PC considerably.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on March 04, 2014, 03:22:13 PM
The good news, there will be another Arkham game this year, Batman: Arkham Knight.  It is being developed by Rocksteady again and looks like it's taking a huge leap in scope from all the previous games.

The bad news, in order to play it I'll have to buy a PS4 or probably upgrade my PC considerably.

If you were able to play Origins on your PC you'll probably be fine, same engine, and 2 year development usually don't mean a major graphics improvement. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: RoninFox on March 04, 2014, 03:35:40 PM
I haven't tried any of the Arkham games on PC, I've only played them on PS3 to date.  I haven't really tested this computer at all when it comes to current games.

http://www.youtube.com/v/wsf78BS9VE0
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on March 15, 2014, 10:59:11 AM
http://www.youtube.com/v/N45346e_jA8
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on March 15, 2014, 12:31:02 PM
http://www.youtube.com/v/N45346e_jA8

One would think they would record their promotional videos at a higher frame rate.  Their games look a whole lot better on my PC. 

Also, they choose the most awful angle.  Does anyone really play like that?  You can barely see any of the table.  And in an advertisement you would think you'd want to show off as much of the table as possible. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on March 21, 2014, 08:02:05 AM
Rifftrax first Video Game adaptation has been chosen!
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BjQkIsOCMAE0DzC.jpg)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quantum Vagina on March 21, 2014, 12:12:27 PM
www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/133119-Bear-Simulator-Will-Be-a-Bear-Centric-mini-Skyrim (http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/133119-Bear-Simulator-Will-Be-a-Bear-Centric-mini-Skyrim)

BEAR SIMULATOR OMGWTF
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on March 27, 2014, 11:32:19 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/RivGI0c.png)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Blasarius Yonder on March 27, 2014, 11:43:23 AM
Wow, that's great.  They catch and punish cheaters.  I wish they did this in Dark Souls.  Lots of straight up, infinite health hackers, but it also seemed like half the community used save editors and the like.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: SJP on March 27, 2014, 02:54:25 PM
While I wish Titanfall players all the best (and glad they're regulating that stuff), I do have to say that all the rampant cheating in the first place is why I don't like to play multiplayer.  Well, that, and the messages from people who get frustrated over the stupidest things.  And kids who get M-Rated games and think people take them seriously when they swear a lot.  And that trophy lists force you to play games with random strangers, who mostly happen to be the frustrated people and kids, for pointless reasons of 'Ranking' that aren't even all that impressive to begin with.

Wow.  Never thought cheating would actually be the fourth thing of online play I don't like.  I'm slipping in my old age.

But on topic, Outlast is getting prequel DLC.  If I could only get past the first damn guard in the game (who is somehow psychic in complete darkness, despite assertions to the contrary), I might pick that up, since the game has been great up until that point.

Also, while not exactly gaming news, but surprising news to me, purchasing Far Cry HD Classic showed me that Uwe Boll is not the worst thing to happen to the Far Cry series.  Far Cry 1 did that all on its own.  (Heard the later ones were better, though I wanted to play them in order, so I can't be certain.  Blood Dragon was awesome, though).
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on March 27, 2014, 08:22:01 PM
I hope it's better than Valve Anti Cheat, they don't seem to catch cheaters and I have received a false positive for manually swapping CS:GO on a hard drive instead of deleting and re installing from the cloud. They main problem with the Counter Strike series is you can buy any of the games for about $3, so cheaters make many "cheat accounts" and just re buy the game if they get banned. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on April 08, 2014, 05:04:40 PM
Smash Bros dump
(http://i.imgur.com/Ur9xq32.png)
(http://i.imgur.com/lZtbLVZ.jpg)

Mega Man's Final Smash
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quantum Vagina on April 08, 2014, 06:22:31 PM
This just in: Sakurai gets younger EVERY TIME I SEE HIM WTF

EDIT: After watching the video
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on April 08, 2014, 08:43:46 PM
Because I know some people here are interested in Star Citizen, I thought I'd give you guys a heads up.

There are 2,700 alpha slots left out of something like 260,000. On Thursday they will be doing an in depth reveal of the dogfighting alpha at PAX East, which will be available for people with an alpha slot to play in a week or so.  I expect the rest of those slots will be gobbled up quickly after PAX.

The cheapest package with alpha access is $40, which comes with a bunch of other in game stuff as well (not to mention the full game itself, once complete).  So far the game seems increadibly promising, but in the next week or so we'll finally be able to get a real feel for how it will play. The smart shopper would wait for reviews of the alpha to come out, but I fear by that time you might be out of luck on an alpha slot.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on April 12, 2014, 11:58:09 AM
Even though the game froze and cut the presentation short, the Star Citizen demo at PAX looks amazing.  Here's a video that cuts out all the crowd shots.  It's a shame it's only in 720p.  Would love to see it in higher res.

http://www.youtube.com/v/5TWQFSzQyeM?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0

I'm incredibly excited for this alpha to come out in the next few weeks.  I love how they have simulated the G forces on the pilot.  In earth based flight sims you get a feel for the weight and speed of your maneuvers by how your plane fights your control input.  You can tell if your pulling a lot of Gs if it's hard to pull up.  You don't have that in space flight sims considering there is no air resistance in space, so it's awesome that they simulate the G force effects on your body to show you how extreme your turn in. 

Can't wait!
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on April 12, 2014, 04:34:10 PM
Even though the game froze and cut the presentation short, the Star Citizen demo at PAX looks amazing.  Here's a video that cuts out all the crowd shots.  It's a shame it's only in 720p.  Would love to see it in higher res.

http://www.youtube.com/v/5TWQFSzQyeM?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0

I'm incredibly excited for this alpha to come out in the next few weeks.  I love how they have simulated the G forces on the pilot.  In earth based flight sims you get a feel for the weight and speed of your maneuvers by how your plane fights your control input.  You can tell if your pulling a lot of Gs if it's hard to pull up.  You don't have that in space flight sims considering there is no air resistance in space, so it's awesome that they simulate the G force effects on your body to show you how extreme your turn in. 

Can't wait!

That looks incredible but very broken, as a principle I decided to not buy a game before release but I'm still very excited about this.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on April 12, 2014, 08:42:23 PM
Civilization: Beyond Earth. Drops this fall:

http://www.polygon.com/2014/4/12/5600008/civilization-beyond-earth-trailer-screenshots-announcement-sid-meier

Looks very Alpha-Centauri-ish...
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: BathTub on April 12, 2014, 09:38:09 PM
Yeah it's funny the Polygon interview completely skirted around SMAC talk, but other interviews have been like 'Oh yeah this is heavily influenced by SMAC'.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Lembach on April 12, 2014, 09:39:02 PM
Civilization: Beyond Earth. Drops this fall:

http://www.polygon.com/2014/4/12/5600008/civilization-beyond-earth-trailer-screenshots-announcement-sid-meier

Looks very Alpha-Centauri-ish...

Saw the announcement on Kotaku. It made me moist.  ;D
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on April 23, 2014, 10:56:57 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/0B3fLGN.png)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on April 23, 2014, 12:46:16 PM
That's called SWATting. I'm acquainted with a few people who've had that done to them. Not for CoD, but for equally banal reasons. At some point, the cops rushing in with guns drawn are actually going to kill someone at which point it's going to stop being even remotely amusing.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on April 23, 2014, 01:58:35 PM
Oh COD, when it comes to bringing out the best in the video game community, you never fail.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on April 26, 2014, 10:25:46 AM
Poking my head in for a sec.


Microsoft is excavating the Alamgordo, NM landfill where the ET cartridges are allegedly buried right now. As in right now, right now. It's for a documentary.

Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on April 26, 2014, 11:27:08 AM
Yeah, I wish I could pop down for the festivities. It's just a few hours away...
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on April 26, 2014, 12:50:21 PM
Yeah, I wish I could pop down for the festivities. It's just a few hours away...


Take the kid! Babies love landfils!


And, BTW, success!


(http://i61.tinypic.com/2v3fqbl.png)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 27, 2014, 01:37:34 PM
Some more details
http://www.avclub.com/article/all-those-et-video-games-were-finally-dug-some-rea-203875
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on May 04, 2014, 03:27:38 PM
So, the Danish Geodata Agency decided to build a 1:1 model of Denmark in Minecraft...


...I'd gripe, but not Danish. If they want to waste their tax Euros on Minecraft Denmark, no skin off my back...


...and after placing 4 quadrillion bricks and opening it to the public, what happens?


(http://static.gamespot.com/uploads/ignore_jpg_scale_super/1535/15354745/2523681-0196079925-uLjYF.png)


Yep. People come in, blow stuff up and start putting American flags everywhere. The Danish government's response seems to be "Eh, let them have fun. It is Minecraft after all."


BTW- Flag builders? Red is always the bottom and top stripe. If you're going to troll Denmark, at least do so authentically.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Sideswipe on May 04, 2014, 06:06:29 PM
They also seemed to have forgotten there are 13 stripes.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on May 05, 2014, 02:43:36 PM
They also seemed to have forgotten there are 13 stripes.


It's the internet. You may be asking too much of folks who can't be bothered to type out the full word "thanks."
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on May 05, 2014, 02:49:12 PM
More importantly, Harmonix has a new Kickstarter project: A new version of Amplitude. (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/harmonix/amplitude)


Amplitude was Harmonix's first music game (Well, it might have been Frequency. I get them confused.) It played a lot like Rock Band Blitz later would. Hit notes in each stream for an instrument, activate that instrument, flip to next instrument. Try to have all instruments playing at the same time for the most points.


Sadly, it's only for the PS3/4 and they're looking for $750k and are quite far from their goal. But I'll try to pimp it anyway. 'cause Amplitude was a lot of fun.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Lembach on May 05, 2014, 03:05:42 PM
Oh PVP, when it comes to bringing out the best in the video game community, you never fail.

Fix't.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: BathTub on May 05, 2014, 04:18:04 PM
More importantly, Harmonix has a new Kickstarter project: A new version of Amplitude. (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/harmonix/amplitude)


Amplitude was Harmonix's first music game (Well, it might have been Frequency. I get them confused.) It played a lot like Rock Band Blitz later would. Hit notes in each stream for an instrument, activate that instrument, flip to next instrument. Try to have all instruments playing at the same time for the most points.


Sadly, it's only for the PS3/4 and they're looking for $750k and are quite far from their goal. But I'll try to pimp it anyway. 'cause Amplitude was a lot of fun.

Yeah I would be interested if it was for PC too.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on May 07, 2014, 12:09:58 PM
The Tesla Effect: Tex Murphy is out today. For some reason it is still listed as a preorder on GOG and Steam, which sucks because I want to download it and play it today.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 07, 2014, 12:49:18 PM
The Tesla Effect: Tex Murphy is out today. For some reason it is still listed as a preorder on GOG and Steam, which sucks because I want to download it and play it today.

I preordered a few days ago, hopefully will be able to get it this evening sometime...

Although it does say "approximately May 7", so I guess it depends on how big a window that means, days, weeks?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on May 07, 2014, 01:44:17 PM
Kickstarter backers got a Steam Code early this morning. (Haven't had a chance to play, yet.) Maybe they're giving backers exclusive access for a short time?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on May 07, 2014, 03:24:00 PM
On GOG Tex Murphy is now showing up at full price instead of pre-order, but in "my games" it's not there as a download option yet.

Not sure witch one to get with my code, I guess Overseer since that one doesn't ring a bell, I remember playing the 2 before it but I'm not sure if I ever played Overseer.

Update: They posted a link on the GOG forums for people that pre-ordered to refresh their accounts and it worked, so I'm downloading now, almost 16GB of stuff is going to take a while.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on May 08, 2014, 12:11:38 AM
I don't know if any of you guys are big fans of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series, but a group of talented modders got there hands on the original alpha (the one that was scraped for being to graphically intensive for it's time) and basically completed the game and are releasing it for free under the title The Lost Alpha. Check it out here http://www.moddb.com/mods/lost-alpha (http://www.moddb.com/mods/lost-alpha) I will certainly be playing the hell out of this because I love the series. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: RoninFox on May 08, 2014, 04:18:46 AM
On GOG Tex Murphy is now showing up at full price instead of pre-order, but in "my games" it's not there as a download option yet.

Not sure witch one to get with my code, I guess Overseer since that one doesn't ring a bell, I remember playing the 2 before it but I'm not sure if I ever played Overseer.

Update: They posted a link on the GOG forums for people that pre-ordered to refresh their accounts and it worked, so I'm downloading now, almost 16GB of stuff is going to take a while.

Overseer wasn't as big a hit, I didn't know about it either until I did some research.  Turns out its a remake of the original game "Mean Streets" plot wise, but done with the control scheme of Killing Moon and Pandora.  I picked it up, but haven't played yet.  I've been working my way through the whole series and am up to Pandora Directive now.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on May 08, 2014, 11:43:50 AM
Nintendo's getting into the whole Skylanders-style toy/game thing...

http://kotaku.com/nintendo-is-bringing-real-toys-to-its-video-games-1573268588?utm_campaign=Socialflow_Kotaku_Facebook&utm_source=Kotaku_Facebook&utm_medium=Socialflow

Well, disposable income was nice while it lasted. I wonder if I can just forward my paychecks over there... I have a kid. He's gotta be worth something...
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on May 09, 2014, 11:00:15 AM
Hmm. Sony's E3 plans have allegedly been leaked. Keep in mind- internet. It might be like a Canadian supermodel girlfriend. But I'll post this here just to refer back to it when E3 rolls around.


*Uncharted PS4 footage shown
*Media Molecule (Little Big Planet) doing stuff for Morpheus
*GT6 in 2015. Possibly since Drive Club is getting bad word of mouth right now.
*God of War 4 for late 2015
*Kill Strain, a Syphon Filter reboot for the PS4
*DLC for inFamous 2
*The Last Guardian is getting a PS4 release.
*Both Ninja Theory and Sony London are showing off something new.


Like I said, this may or may not be accurate.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Blasarius Yonder on May 09, 2014, 01:04:39 PM
Hmm. Sony's E3 plans have allegedly been leaked. Keep in mind- internet. It might be like a Canadian supermodel girlfriend. But I'll post this here just to refer back to it when E3 rolls around.


*Uncharted PS4 footage shown
*Media Molecule (Little Big Planet) doing stuff for Morpheus
*GT6 in 2015. Possibly since Drive Club is getting bad word of mouth right now.
*God of War 4 for late 2015
*Kill Strain, a Syphon Filter reboot for the PS4
*DLC for inFamous 2
*The Last Guardian is getting a PS4 release.
*Both Ninja Theory and Sony London are showing off something new.


Like I said, this may or may not be accurate.
Did you see anything about Fromsoftware?  I heard a rumor about a future PS4 game they referred to as a 'spiritual successor to Demon's Souls' (which is strange, because that's what the original Dark Souls was called) being in the works.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on May 09, 2014, 02:37:35 PM
From the rumor list:


*Sony Japan is developing 3 titles: Project Beast, a spiritual successor to Demon Souls, then Last Guardian then Secret Title.


No mention of From by name, but there's the spiritual successor thing.  And other sources are tying it to being made by From, so there you go.

Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on May 09, 2014, 05:56:20 PM
Killing Floor 2 is coming! I know no one here probably cares but I can't wait.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on May 13, 2014, 10:39:49 AM
And breaking news-


Microsoft announces a Kinect-less XB1 will be on sale June 9th for $399.


Cue a million critics saying "it took you long enough."
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on May 13, 2014, 04:04:48 PM
That's actually really quick, considering they're a gigantic corporation.  I wonder if Sony will respond in any way.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on May 13, 2014, 06:23:57 PM
Looks like good old fashion Microsoft desperation to me
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on May 15, 2014, 03:19:48 PM
Farcry 4 is announced for this year. Farcry 3 is my favorite game of 2013 but I'm a little worried that they're going to put it on a one year development cycle and it could end up like COD or Assassins Creed. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Lembach on May 16, 2014, 01:01:28 AM
And breaking news-


Microsoft announces a Kinect-less XB1 will be on sale June 9th for $399.


Cue a million critics saying "it took you long enough."

This amused me over at Ars Technica in the comment section of their story:

Quote
fulgu wrote:
let the bashing begin.. aimed at a company that at least seems to be listening to it's customers


It's going to be a lot harder to listen to customers without microphones in their living rooms.

Ba-dum-tssssss.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on May 20, 2014, 11:00:12 AM
Star Citizen's first gameplay alpha will be released on the 29th next week.  You can be sure that I will be reporting back with my impressions.  So far it looks like it will be quite awesome.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on May 29, 2014, 06:40:33 PM
New character announced for Sonic Boom (both TV Show and Game)

Sticks the Badger!

(http://i.imgur.com/LTnEnXb.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/tFHQ0EU.jpg)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on June 05, 2014, 02:08:25 PM
The Phoenix Wright trilogy comes to the 3DS this winter in 3D!

http://www.capcom-unity.com/gregaman/blog/2014/06/05/the-phoenix-wright-ace-attorney-trilogy-is-three-great-games-in-one
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on June 05, 2014, 02:23:21 PM
Also GOG.com announced their new online client.

http://www.geek.com/games/gog-introduces-galaxy-client-but-its-definitely-not-another-steam-1595955/
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on June 05, 2014, 03:25:28 PM
Ooooh.


Dead Rising 3 is coming to PC this summer.


http://store.steampowered.com/app/265550/


And with CPU requirements that my 8 month old computer can't hack. Sigh. Not my best purchase.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on June 07, 2014, 06:42:52 PM
EA just announced that the guy of the cover of Madden 2015 will be Jay Sherman.

So, this guy?

(http://37.media.tumblr.com/695314675163e64b5c48c641a965f076/tumblr_mf99agFrR01r39328o1_500.png)

Oooh. Richard Sherman. Nevermind. At least this means the Seahawks won't be repeating.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Rainbow Dash on June 07, 2014, 10:52:09 PM
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

(http://i.imgur.com/iycdA.gif)

http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/06/08/the-last-guardian-cancelled
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: BathTub on June 07, 2014, 10:58:00 PM
It was never a real game.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on June 08, 2014, 12:21:39 AM

http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/06/08/the-last-guardian-cancelled (http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/06/08/the-last-guardian-cancelled)

IGN May be talking through their hat here. https://twitter.com/RohdeScott/status/475515804067569664

Scott Rhode heads software development for Sony Worldwide, and @yosp is Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony's Worldwide Studios.  So those are pretty high up folks in Sony denying it.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on June 08, 2014, 08:35:20 PM
(http://i.imgur.com/jeFIyvQ.jpg)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: k1 on June 09, 2014, 06:55:20 PM
New Crash Bandicoot?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on June 10, 2014, 03:57:00 AM
My first thought was hoax when I saw this. It's too basic and not in the classic Crash style.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quantum Vagina on June 10, 2014, 06:07:27 PM
https://www.youtube.com/v/xqTW13AYniY

Well, boys and girls, it looks like I have a new Smash main...

As does Pak-Man!

https://www.youtube.com/v/dVz-2VuAYlY
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quantum Vagina on June 12, 2014, 04:14:25 PM
http://www.crushable.com/2014/06/11/other-stuff/assassins-creed-unity-female-avatars-ubisoft-scrapped-why-feminism/ (http://www.crushable.com/2014/06/11/other-stuff/assassins-creed-unity-female-avatars-ubisoft-scrapped-why-feminism/)

Ubisoft decided that putting a lady into Assassin's Creed Unity was "Too much work."
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: RoninFox on June 12, 2014, 05:12:46 PM
http://www.crushable.com/2014/06/11/other-stuff/assassins-creed-unity-female-avatars-ubisoft-scrapped-why-feminism/ (http://www.crushable.com/2014/06/11/other-stuff/assassins-creed-unity-female-avatars-ubisoft-scrapped-why-feminism/)

Ubisoft decided that putting a lady into Assassin's Creed Unity was "Too much work."

Had already mostly lost me because of the multiplayer focus, knowing that they are being that lazy just clinched my decision.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on June 12, 2014, 05:51:40 PM
Weren't there female ones in previous games?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: RoninFox on June 12, 2014, 05:54:31 PM
Weren't there female ones in previous games?

I think only once as a playable character, and that was for a handheld game.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Edward J Grug III on June 12, 2014, 05:57:56 PM
Nintendo acknowledge Metroid: http://www.kotaku.com.au/2014/06/nintendo-is-planning-a-future-for-both-2d-and-3d-metroid/
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Sideswipe on June 12, 2014, 06:36:02 PM
Weren't there female ones in previous games?

There was a female assassin in a dlc pack for AC 3.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Lembach on June 12, 2014, 09:52:28 PM
http://www.crushable.com/2014/06/11/other-stuff/assassins-creed-unity-female-avatars-ubisoft-scrapped-why-feminism/ (http://www.crushable.com/2014/06/11/other-stuff/assassins-creed-unity-female-avatars-ubisoft-scrapped-why-feminism/)

Ubisoft decided that putting a lady into Assassin's Creed Unity was "Too much work."

We're programmers! We've never SEEN boobies before!
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on June 13, 2014, 02:07:01 PM
http://www.crushable.com/2014/06/11/other-stuff/assassins-creed-unity-female-avatars-ubisoft-scrapped-why-feminism/ (http://www.crushable.com/2014/06/11/other-stuff/assassins-creed-unity-female-avatars-ubisoft-scrapped-why-feminism/)

Ubisoft decided that putting a lady into Assassin's Creed Unity was "Too much work."

We're programmers! We've never SEEN boobies before!

Except in the mirror every morning.
(https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-eszw344IOC4/URZNALfLEEI/AAAAAAAAAIc/W4lGmQ7h730/s1600/ForeverAlone.png)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quantum Vagina on June 13, 2014, 09:22:52 PM
http://www.crushable.com/2014/06/11/other-stuff/assassins-creed-unity-female-avatars-ubisoft-scrapped-why-feminism/ (http://www.crushable.com/2014/06/11/other-stuff/assassins-creed-unity-female-avatars-ubisoft-scrapped-why-feminism/)

Ubisoft decided that putting a lady into Assassin's Creed Unity was "Too much work."

We're programmers! We've never SEEN boobies before!

Except in the morning every morning.
(https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-eszw344IOC4/URZNALfLEEI/AAAAAAAAAIc/W4lGmQ7h730/s1600/ForeverAlone.png)

I'm trying to comprehend this... is it because programmers are chubby and thus have moobs?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on June 13, 2014, 09:25:53 PM
http://www.crushable.com/2014/06/11/other-stuff/assassins-creed-unity-female-avatars-ubisoft-scrapped-why-feminism/ (http://www.crushable.com/2014/06/11/other-stuff/assassins-creed-unity-female-avatars-ubisoft-scrapped-why-feminism/)

Ubisoft decided that putting a lady into Assassin's Creed Unity was "Too much work."

We're programmers! We've never SEEN boobies before!

Except in the morning every morning.
(https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-eszw344IOC4/URZNALfLEEI/AAAAAAAAAIc/W4lGmQ7h730/s1600/ForeverAlone.png)

I'm trying to comprehend this... is it because programmers are chubby and thus have moobs?

Yes, one of those mornings was supposed to be mirror. Whoops
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: JimJ on July 09, 2014, 09:31:17 PM
Well, I guess they had to do something to sucker people into pre-ordering an Aliens game after the Colonial Marines disaster: http://www.gamespot.com/articles/alien-isolation-preorder-bonus-missions-reunites-c/1100-6420995/ (http://www.gamespot.com/articles/alien-isolation-preorder-bonus-missions-reunites-c/1100-6420995/)

Hey, remember the days when games would actually come out first before they announced any DLC?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on July 09, 2014, 11:49:47 PM
Well, I guess they had to do something to sucker people into pre-ordering an Aliens game after the Colonial Marines disaster: http://www.gamespot.com/articles/alien-isolation-preorder-bonus-missions-reunites-c/1100-6420995/ (http://www.gamespot.com/articles/alien-isolation-preorder-bonus-missions-reunites-c/1100-6420995/)

Hey, remember the days when games would actually come out first before they announced any DLC?

Good way to increase piracy SEGA :clap:
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on July 10, 2014, 04:37:12 PM
Smash Bros. alternate outfit for Mario revealed... based on his Mario Golf NES outfit.
(http://i.imgur.com/HqNlBGF.jpg)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Johnny Unusual on July 11, 2014, 12:41:06 PM
Also based on Apollo Creed's golf outfit.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Lembach on July 11, 2014, 05:20:52 PM
Well, I guess they had to do something to sucker people into pre-ordering an Aliens game after the Colonial Marines disaster: http://www.gamespot.com/articles/alien-isolation-preorder-bonus-missions-reunites-c/1100-6420995/ (http://www.gamespot.com/articles/alien-isolation-preorder-bonus-missions-reunites-c/1100-6420995/)

Hey, remember the days when games would actually come out first before they announced any DLC?

I don't care if it was 1979 Ripley parading around in her panties. No way in hell am I pre-ordering this.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on July 12, 2014, 10:47:43 AM
Tried out steam's in-home-streaming. It allows you to install a game on your super powerful gaming PC, but play it on your weak little home theater PC while sitting on your couch, or even your laptop, as long as both are connected to the same network and running steam.

It works quite well actually, after I changed a couple settings. Was able to play skyrim and the new devil may cry as if my gaming rig was in my living room. Arkham Origins worked too, but it was just a little choppy, not bad though. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quantum Vagina on July 14, 2014, 10:59:13 AM
https://www.youtube.com/v/MW6TpZPYd58

LOL NO CHROM 4 U
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on July 14, 2014, 11:02:41 AM
More characters for Smash announced- Captain Falcon, to no one's surprise, and Robin and Lucinda from Fire Emblem. This prompted the following tweet:

(http://i61.tinypic.com/b7b90z.png)

On the one hand, when Nintendo is making fun of you, you're pretty much on the wrong side of an issue.

On the other hand, Ubi's one of the few companies still making WiiU games, Nintendo. When the Vita has more games in the pipeline than the WiiU does, perhaps it's not a good idea to antagonize one of your few remaining vendors.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on July 14, 2014, 12:00:32 PM
Can't really blame Nintendo for quickly darting its eyes from side to side and saying, "I'm not with that guy. Really!"
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quirk on July 14, 2014, 12:22:45 PM
Well, actually, Ubisoft has been a butt about their future Wii U support, going as far as to say that they are sitting on a finished Wii U game and telling Nintendo they won't release it until Nintendo expands the user base.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Sideswipe on July 14, 2014, 12:31:41 PM
I wonder when Ubisoft and Nintendo will be appearing together on Jerry Springer...
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on July 14, 2014, 01:03:45 PM
I say this without hyperbole: If Nintendo were the only company making games for the Wii U, I'd still consider the Wii U to be worth every penny. I know that's not the best business model, and it won't earn the trust of Nintendo's investors back, but looking back through my Wii library- even going back to my Gamecube library- it was all about the first party games.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on July 14, 2014, 04:51:17 PM
More characters for Smash announced- Captain Falcon, to no one's surprise, and Robin and Lucinda from Fire Emblem. This prompted the following tweet:

(http://i61.tinypic.com/b7b90z.png)

On the one hand, when Nintendo is making fun of you, you're pretty much on the wrong side of an issue.

On the other hand, Ubi's one of the few companies still making WiiU games, Nintendo. When the Vita has more games in the pipeline than the WiiU does, perhaps it's not a good idea to antagonize one of your few remaining vendors.

And on the other foot, this is basically Nintendo admitting that this exciting new character is just a re-skin of an old character.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quantum Vagina on July 14, 2014, 08:29:25 PM
More characters for Smash announced- Captain Falcon, to no one's surprise, and Robin and Lucinda from Fire Emblem. This prompted the following tweet:

(http://i61.tinypic.com/b7b90z.png)

On the one hand, when Nintendo is making fun of you, you're pretty much on the wrong side of an issue.

On the other hand, Ubi's one of the few companies still making WiiU games, Nintendo. When the Vita has more games in the pipeline than the WiiU does, perhaps it's not a good idea to antagonize one of your few remaining vendors.

And on the other foot, this is basically Nintendo admitting that this exciting new character is just a re-skin of an old character.

If you're referring to Lucina, considering how Marth played in the Invitational and the MASSIVE nerfs they gave him(judged from that), as long as she's got more punch, I'm perfectly fine with it. Also, SO glad that The People's Champion is back for another run.

Also, talking about the WiiU's success, Nintendo's strategy since the Wii has generally been one of let's produce a bunch of games on our system to get a bunch of developers excited to put games on our platform to boost sales. They've sunk a LOT of money into it, and it's paid off with both the Wii and the 3DS, but it's kind of flopped with the WiiU. I think Smash will prompt a HUGE number of people to purchase WiiU's, though, especially since the competitive smash scene is coming back in a big way.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: mrbasehart on July 15, 2014, 10:43:36 AM
I think Smash will prompt a HUGE number of people to purchase WiiU's, though, especially since the competitive smash scene is coming back in a big way.

The question I have is, haven't those people already bought a WiiU? If they're that die-hard into a Nintendo franchise, then surely they would have got one already. 

The WiiU seems to be a console that is only used for playing Nintendo games, with very little else coming out for it that's not indie.  It just so happens that Nintendo are the best first-party developers that ever were, so they can carry a system on the back of such a limited output.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quantum Vagina on July 15, 2014, 12:04:11 PM
I think Smash will prompt a HUGE number of people to purchase WiiU's, though, especially since the competitive smash scene is coming back in a big way.

The question I have is, haven't those people already bought a WiiU? If they're that die-hard into a Nintendo franchise, then surely they would have got one already. 

The WiiU seems to be a console that is only used for playing Nintendo games, with very little else coming out for it that's not indie.  It just so happens that Nintendo are the best first-party developers that ever were, so they can carry a system on the back of such a limited output.

I know at least 3 people who have told me they're going to get a WiiU when the new Smash happens. For me personally, I can't see myself purchasing one. I haven't seen the allure of Nintendo's franchises since the Gamecube. Neither Twilight Princess or Skyward Sword were good enough to make me want to continue playing. I've never been into the Metroid games, Mario's kind of meh for me these days, and the last decent Star Fox was 64. Not saying they're bad games(Except Skyward Sword... dem controls and pretty boring gameplay), butthey're just not my cup of tea. If I had the money to blow on a WiiU+Smash, though, I might do it.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on July 16, 2014, 08:31:42 AM
Kim Kardashian makes 85 Million from her silly freemium mobile game - Almost 3 times as much as she made from doing whatever the heck it is she did to make money as a celebrity last year...

http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/07/16/kim-kardashian-reportedly-earning-85-million-from-mobile-game

Weep for the future of gaming!
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quantum Vagina on July 16, 2014, 09:19:07 AM
Weep for the future of gaming!

I'm 95% sure that that's sarcasm, but there are enough people who think that just because bad games are making money that all games are going to be that way that I'm not sure. The Transformers movies are bad, and they make tons of money. Doesn't mean movie companies are only making action popcorn flicks.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on July 16, 2014, 09:35:04 AM
Yeah, tongue is planted firmly in cheek. I do wonder what other celebrity cash grabs are going to come from this.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Sideswipe on July 16, 2014, 09:47:25 AM
Kim Kardashian makes 85 Million from her silly freemium mobile game - Almost 3 times as much as she made from doing whatever the heck it is she did to make money as a celebrity last year...

http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/07/16/kim-kardashian-reportedly-earning-85-million-from-mobile-game

Weep for the future of gaming!

If I had the ability to weep, I would weep that people keep feeding a pompous narcissistic gas bag like Fatass Kardashian they will never go away...
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on July 16, 2014, 03:34:39 PM
http://money.msn.com/top-stocks/post--manuel-noriega-sues-activision-over-game-portrayal (http://money.msn.com/top-stocks/post--manuel-noriega-sues-activision-over-game-portrayal)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Darth Geek on July 16, 2014, 04:50:53 PM
http://money.msn.com/top-stocks/post--manuel-noriega-sues-activision-over-game-portrayal (http://money.msn.com/top-stocks/post--manuel-noriega-sues-activision-over-game-portrayal)
Call me a psychopath? I'LL KILL YOUR WHOLE FAMILY FOR THAT!
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on July 16, 2014, 05:50:40 PM
...


So, Fred Durst is streaming on Twitch right now.


Yes, the singer from Limp Biskit.


Well, now he's playing the drums while waiting for the map to spawn, but he's still gaming.


He's still better than some of the "professional" streamers though.

Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Space version 2.0 on July 17, 2014, 05:38:11 AM
I think Smash will prompt a HUGE number of people to purchase WiiU's, though, especially since the competitive smash scene is coming back in a big way.

The question I have is, haven't those people already bought a WiiU? If they're that die-hard into a Nintendo franchise, then surely they would have got one already. 


There was a huge boost in sales after Mario Kart 8 was released, so apparently not.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quantum Vagina on July 17, 2014, 06:58:54 AM
So, Fred Durst is streaming on Twitch right now.

So, Fred Durst is streaming on Twitch right now.

So, Fred Durst is streaming on Twitch right now.

https://www.youtube.com/v/SJSb7_-PHNA
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on July 17, 2014, 04:50:44 PM
Heh. Someone ported "Flappy Birds" to the Apple II.

(http://static1.gamespot.com/uploads/ignore_jpg_scale_super/1539/15391776/2598583-flappybirdgif.gif)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on July 22, 2014, 04:47:57 PM
In further Kim Kardashian news, the EPA's twitter account sent this yesterday:

(http://thisistwitchy.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/screen-shot-2014-07-21-at-11-08-39-pm.png)

Needless to say, folks were not amused. And many were confused, such as this guy (http://dingell.house.gov/):

(http://i58.tinypic.com/2d7ucz9.png)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on July 22, 2014, 04:53:18 PM
And behold the might of Stormwind! Er, Disney Infinity's PS4 Collector's Set!


(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5578/14533012778_b7e82a3674_z.jpg)


No idea of the cost, but the non-machine specific sets are $74.99 in the US, so this will likely be more.

Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: MSTJedi on July 23, 2014, 06:47:03 AM
(http://i58.tinypic.com/2d7ucz9.png)

Ah, to not know what a Kardashian is . . .
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on July 23, 2014, 09:51:15 AM
(http://i58.tinypic.com/2d7ucz9.png)

Ah, to not know what a Kardashian is . . .

Ignorance is bliss.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Sideswipe on July 23, 2014, 10:05:15 AM
I want to live in that fantastical utopia as well.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on July 23, 2014, 10:14:59 AM
More Disney Infinity stuff. A Guardians of the Galaxy set later this year:

(http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--MxpzYcsR--/c_fit,fl_progressive,q_80,w_636/weokqkq9ifcr1znb4dim.jpg)

And this too:

(http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s---mAe7604--/s1oyrnx2outccpsku2wm.gif)

And Gamora looks disturbingly Disney-Princessish in that.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: k1 on July 23, 2014, 12:37:56 PM
They also recently announced Tinker Bell & Stitch for the Toy Box 2.0
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on August 06, 2014, 01:15:53 PM
Coming later this year to the XBox 1 and PS4- Sleeping Dogs "Definitive Edition." Sleeping Dogs was an awesome game and it's nice to see a version for the new consoles (although  I'm note that if the current gen was backwards compatible, we wouldn't need this.) But it'd be nicer to see, you know, actual new games. My Vita's seeing a heck of a lot more use than my PS4 since I can actually play new stuff on it.


But still, Sleeping Dogs was great. Pick it up in some form or another. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on August 07, 2014, 11:39:10 PM
Two items of note:

One, just launched over at Twitch, the latest in interactive Pokemon games- Fish Plays Pokemon. A fish swims around a tank and its actions are then inputted to the game.  Unfortunately, the fish seems to have fallen asleep before leaving the opening room.  Whoops.  And yet 13,000 people are watching it as I type.

Two, this just appeared online:
(http://www.gamespot.com/api/image/scale_super/2620308-sierra.jpg)

Hopefully ActiBlizz will be letting them publish something good, and not, say, the Smurfs 3 game.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Darth Geek on August 08, 2014, 06:09:00 AM
Hopefully ActiBlizz will be letting them publish something good, and not, say, the Smurfs 3 game.
I'd say the same thing about the movie.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quantum Vagina on August 08, 2014, 07:38:56 AM
Speaking of Twitch, you may or may not know that Google recently acquired it. You may or may not also know that they are muting sections of VOD that MAY contain "copyrighted audio". Which means that music you were listening to while playing CoD? Yeah, all the audio where that's playing is muted. Apparently they're even doing it to ingame music, too. I'm thoroughly pissed at Google's attempts to make media streaming "better".
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on August 08, 2014, 09:19:43 AM
Yay! Sierra! Maybe the Two Guys from Andromeda can release Ace Hardway under that publisher... and then get back to making Space Quest games.. :^)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Sideswipe on August 08, 2014, 10:24:49 AM
I miss the old point and click puzzle adventure games.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: BathTub on August 08, 2014, 01:06:05 PM
Speaking of Twitch, you may or may not know that Google recently acquired it. You may or may not also know that they are muting sections of VOD that MAY contain "copyrighted audio". Which means that music you were listening to while playing CoD? Yeah, all the audio where that's playing is muted. Apparently they're even doing it to ingame music, too. I'm thoroughly pissed at Google's attempts to make media streaming "better".

I'm pretty firmly in the camp that google hasn't bought them, the changes make more sense that way.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on August 08, 2014, 02:02:10 PM
I miss the old point and click puzzle adventure games.

I don't at all. I have nostalgia for them but every time I play a new one I thoroughly don't enjoy it.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: BathTub on August 08, 2014, 02:53:05 PM
I certainly don't miss pixel hunting.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on August 11, 2014, 01:10:17 PM
So a tweet from a seemingly official twitter account for Sierra simply states:

"Thank you for following! We'll see you on Kickstarter."

Seeing as how classic adventure gaming and Kickstarter have been making beautiful music together lately, I'm gonna go ahead and get my hopes way up.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on August 11, 2014, 08:35:42 PM
Hey! RuneScape is getting an expansion! Its first expansion! In the thirteen years of the game!


That may be some kinda of record.




Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quantum Vagina on August 11, 2014, 09:00:26 PM
Hey! RuneScape is getting an expansion! Its first expansion! In the thirteen years of the game!


That may be some kinda of record.

Yeah, I know. My roommate is an addict. He got really mad at me when I tried to talk to him this morning.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on August 12, 2014, 12:55:46 PM
Gamescom is going on right now over in Europe, somewhere. Some of the announcements have included:

*Microsoft announcing a XB1 bundle for  Sunset Overdrive, FIFA 15 and the new CoD game. (Three bundles, not one with all 3 games.) Each will have a 1 TB HD and the appropriate game. The Sunset bundle is also white and all spiffy looking,

*Microsoft also announced that the Tomb Raider sequel is an Xbox exclusive. I presume that it's a timed exclusive, because Square Enix made so much noise about how badly Tomb Raider did sales-wise that I can't image them purposefully having fewer sales by denying it to the other consoles. Unless the dump truck of money that Microsoft drove up to their house was really, really big.

*Microsoft also announced "Scream Ride" another XBox exclusive about roller coasters and stuff.

*Sony's sold 10 million PS4s now.  And apparently they're not planning on selling any Vitas as they neglected to mention the Vita at all during their press conference.

*The Pixel Junk people have a new game, The Tomorrow Children.

*Day Z is coming to the PS4.  Yay.

*The same folks who did Heavenly Sword are working on a spiritual successor, Hellblade. Hopefully this one is more than 3 hours long and doesn't have a sidekick who sound like a cast member from the movie Nell.

*Destiny will get an expansion in December for all platforms. Except PC, since Bungie doesn't like our filthy money.

*Media Molecule is redoing their game Tearaway as Unfolded, which will be an expanded version of Tearaway for the PS4.

*And the person who did the Rayman games is doing a PS4 exclusive game, Wild.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on August 12, 2014, 07:38:05 PM
Sierra's back!

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/sierra-back-153100623.html;_ylt=AwrTWfzozepTIlQAozDQtDMD

They're going to be Activision's indie-game division, and they're bringing back King's Quest! Ken Williams approves! They also want to find indie developers passionate about developing Sierra IPs. I know two guys that would love to get their hands back on an old IP...

Also, I see my ex-employer, PR Newswire, has lost the Activision account to bitter rival BusinessWire. That pleases me in guilty ways. :^)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on August 12, 2014, 09:37:35 PM
This is what excites me so far: Kojima and Duillermo del Toro to reinvent Silent Hill.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/136801-Hideo-Kojima-and-Guillermo-del-Toro-Team-for-New-Silent-Hill?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=news

Unclear as to whether it's a ps4 exclusive.  If it is... well, we'll see, but it might make it tempting to get one. 

The gameplay from the demo is pretty creepy.  I like the atmosphere, as it's a little more subtle than some of more recent iterations (a little).  Haven't found a complete play through yet though.  When I do I'll post it.  It's first person, but I wonder if the whole game will be in first person. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Johnny Unusual on August 14, 2014, 11:46:53 AM
Duillermo del Toro


Guillermo's evil brother.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Sideswipe on August 14, 2014, 11:50:54 AM
Who, ironically is clean shaven. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on August 14, 2014, 06:17:37 PM
This is what excites me so far: Kojima and Duillermo del Toro to reinvent Silent Hill.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/136801-Hideo-Kojima-and-Guillermo-del-Toro-Team-for-New-Silent-Hill?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=news

Unclear as to whether it's a ps4 exclusive.  If it is... well, we'll see, but it might make it tempting to get one. 

The gameplay from the demo is pretty creepy.  I like the atmosphere, as it's a little more subtle than some of more recent iterations (a little).  Haven't found a complete play through yet though.  When I do I'll post it.  It's first person, but I wonder if the whole game will be in first person.

Looks awesome, not buy a PS4 awesome, but awesome.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on August 14, 2014, 06:23:03 PM
This is what excites me so far: Kojima and Duillermo del Toro to reinvent Silent Hill.

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/136801-Hideo-Kojima-and-Guillermo-del-Toro-Team-for-New-Silent-Hill?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=news

Unclear as to whether it's a ps4 exclusive.  If it is... well, we'll see, but it might make it tempting to get one. 

The gameplay from the demo is pretty creepy.  I like the atmosphere, as it's a little more subtle than some of more recent iterations (a little).  Haven't found a complete play through yet though.  When I do I'll post it.  It's first person, but I wonder if the whole game will be in first person.

Looks awesome, not buy a PS4 awesome, but awesome.

I hope it's buy a ps4 awesome.  I'd do it for a good silent hill game.  I don't expect it to be as good as silent hill 2, but even if it was as good as 'the room' I'd consider getting a ps4. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on August 14, 2014, 06:30:44 PM
I would buy a PS4 or XBOX if Fallout 4 was exclusive to one, and I'd be pissed about it.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quantum Vagina on August 14, 2014, 07:01:52 PM
I would buy a PS4 or XBOX if Fallout 4 was exclusive to one, and I'd be pissed about it.

No way in HELL Bethesda's stupid enough to do that. Neither Sony or Microsoft could pay them enough to undo the PR DISASTER it would be to have FO4 as a console exclusive.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on August 15, 2014, 01:35:26 AM
I would buy a PS4 or XBOX if Fallout 4 was exclusive to one, and I'd be pissed about it.

No way in HELL Bethesda's stupid enough to do that. Neither Sony or Microsoft could pay them enough to undo the PR DISASTER it would be to have FO4 as a console exclusive.

I completely agree, mostly hypothetical. That being said, IP's do change hands often and great franchisers have been destroyed by "suites".
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Lembach on August 15, 2014, 12:32:15 PM
I would buy a PS4 or XBOX if Fallout 4 was exclusive to one, and I'd be pissed about it.

I completely agree. And that is the only game, too.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on August 15, 2014, 04:28:04 PM
I would buy a PS4 or XBOX if Fallout 4 was exclusive to one, and I'd be pissed about it.

I completely agree. And that is the only game, too.

Well, you'd think so, and so would I. But than again were very much alike mister Lembach.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on August 25, 2014, 06:05:05 PM
35 minutes of Witcher 3 gameplay.  Drool.  Looks so freaking good.  I was worried that making it an open world game would take away from the best part of the Witcher 2, which was the story and characters, but nope.  If anything the story, voice acting and characters seem even better, which is something you just don't see in games very often.  And the writing is good too.  I love how Johnny had a little creepy song that he sings, and that the woman talked through the painting.  Little touches that make the world feel rich and interesting. 

Oh, and going in and out of any door without a loading screen?  In fact, going anywhere without a loading screen?  Amazing. 

http://www.youtube.com/v/xx8kQ4s5hCY?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on August 25, 2014, 09:47:08 PM
And Twitch has indeed been sold, but to Amazon, not Google/Youtube as many had been suggesting. Which is probably good as Amazon is a little less evil than Youtube has been in recent years.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on August 26, 2014, 07:18:05 AM
http://www.youtube.com/v/p7Cs4L1JALY
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on August 26, 2014, 07:20:26 PM
Nintendo is releasing DLC for Mario Kart 8 that will grant 2 new cups with 4 courses each and add content from Zelda, F-Zero and Animal Crossing.

http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/08/26/mario-kart-8-adding-racers-and-tracks-in-november
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quantum Vagina on August 26, 2014, 07:30:23 PM
There was a Smash Bros 4 character list leak. Most people wrote it off as a photoshop, but apparently it's been all but confirmed. Sakurai's apparently really pissed about it.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on August 27, 2014, 12:10:04 AM
..well,crap.

Have you ever wondered why Microprose started putting the "Sid Meier's Name of Game Here" title on their games? Well, here's a quote from Kotaku:

Quote
A few years later, as the company continued to grow—”It took three years to get to $3 million,” said Stealey—someone suggested that they make a game about pirates. Meier liked the idea, and he recalls one particularly important conversation with Stealey:

“Bill said, ‘When’s my next flight simulator coming out?’ And I said, ‘I’m not doing a flight simulator; I’m doing a pirates game.’ He said, ‘Well that’s crazy, ‘cause people want your next flight simulator... Wait a minute. Put your name on it. Maybe if they liked your flight simulator games, they’ll recognize the name and buy this crazy pirates thing.’”

Stealey has a different take: "We were at dinner at a Software Publishers Association meeting, and [actor] Robin Williams was there. And he kept us in stitches for two hours. And he turns to me and says 'Bill, you should put Sid's name on a couple of these boxes, and promote him as the star.' And that's how Sid's name got on Pirates, and Civilization."

Geez. He's still making me sad.

Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quantum Vagina on August 28, 2014, 08:49:39 AM
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/137091-Miyamoto-Explains-Nintendos-Drive-to-Focus-on-Hardcore-Demographic-Again (http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/137091-Miyamoto-Explains-Nintendos-Drive-to-Focus-on-Hardcore-Demographic-Again)

I like Nintendo, and I like Miyamoto. But this really ticks me off. I don't know why he felt that he needed to alienate an entire subsection of gamers by calling them pathetic. There's absolutely nothing wrong with casual gamers. How someone games does not make it OK to say, "You know what? You're pathetic. Go watch a movie if you don't want to be challenged." For a long time, I played games because I enjoyed the stories they presented me, not the challenge involved. Games were(and are) a way for me to relax. I get that you're huge in the world, Miyamoto, but who the hell are you to tell anyone that they're gaming wrong?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on August 28, 2014, 10:28:00 AM
Yeah, calling them pathetic is probably a bit much, but I don't think that was his point. I think he's saying that he's tired of catering to that market and he's glad the mobile market came along to fill that niche in so that he can focus on making games for core gamers again. He seems to see casual games as an entry point, and the people who never explore beyond the "Candy Crush Saga" thing are missing out on what gaming's all about.

It's kind of a slight on Casual gamers, but I think the message he's trying to convey is "Nintendo is back! We're gonna start making games for core gamers again!" which is a welcome message for those who think Nintendo's been making tepid games ever since the Wii came out.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on August 28, 2014, 10:28:20 AM
When I saw that I figured it was a lost in translation sort of thing. I doubt he meant to be as insulting as the word pathetic is in English.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on August 28, 2014, 05:44:14 PM
I don't go to The Escapist anymore since they block people who use VPN's and some add blockers. No loss, Rock, Paper, Shotgun is a superior news outlet in my mind. 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: k1 on August 28, 2014, 09:12:46 PM
Nintendo is releasing DLC for Mario Kart 8 that will grant 2 new cups with 4 courses each and add content from Zelda, F-Zero and Animal Crossing.

http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/08/26/mario-kart-8-adding-racers-and-tracks-in-november

Preordered the package. Also the Mercedes DLC pack is out now and it's free. 3 new karts.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quantum Vagina on August 29, 2014, 07:36:03 AM
When I saw that I figured it was a lost in translation sort of thing. I doubt he meant to be as insulting as the word pathetic is in English.

From what I understand, he gave that statement in English, and he's an old guy. He speaks English pretty well.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on August 29, 2014, 10:16:34 AM
Nintendo to release a new 3DS/2DS with an analog stick, amiibo support, and a little extra processing power:

http://www.ign.com/wikis/nintendo-3ds/New_Nintendo_3DS

Nintendo to also continue confusing the mass market which is never sure whether the things they put out are new systems or not...
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quantum Vagina on August 29, 2014, 10:51:31 AM
My 3DS broke a while ago. I'm planning on upgrading to an XL, because I want to play Smash on the biggest screen I can, and I can't see myself getting a WiiU JUST for Smash. 3DS seems a million times more convenient.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on August 29, 2014, 11:54:20 AM
Oh! And speaking of Amiibos, you can preorder yours here!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00N4ABT1C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00N4ABT1C&linkCode=as2&tag=editorial08-20&linkId=XKUM3HTRZLKRMWSU

$13 a pop. I really hope they do some sort of starter pack deal, because I don't see myself spending $156 to catch 'em all. Maybe if I buy one or two a week...
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on August 29, 2014, 05:19:12 PM
https://www.youtube.com/v/RpwyW6nxeZo
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on September 04, 2014, 06:50:19 PM
Also, Hatoful Boyfriend is out in US Steam Store.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on September 05, 2014, 10:28:23 AM
Here's the latest ad from Microsoft:

(http://static1.gamespot.com/uploads/ignore_jpg_scale_super/1544/15443861/2645305-454aaql.jpg)

Yes, it's a real ad. Why is it a real ad? Because due to an agreement between Sony and Activision, Microsoft isn't allowed to advertise Destiny for the XB1 in some markets. So Microsoft UK is getting around that by diversifying into perfume.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on September 05, 2014, 10:37:49 AM
Oh, hey. Actual news.


Binding of Isaac: Rebirth will be released on November 14 on PS4 and Vita.

Given the lack of a certain platform, that's going to throw a wrench into the next season of BOILr.

Yeah, nevermind. I saw a Sony press announcement, so they ignored the PC option.  Still coming to Steam on November 4.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: JimJ on September 05, 2014, 10:52:01 AM
Rebirth Trailer

https://www.youtube.com/v/1aBb0M8HRCQ
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: BathTub on September 05, 2014, 01:04:56 PM
Well they sure know how to make the least use out of YouTube video compression.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on September 09, 2014, 06:49:12 PM
And in other news- Microsoft appears to be buying Minecraft making Mojang for apparently 2 billion bucks.

Maybe Microsoft will do something about those outdated blocky graphics now. (Kidding!)



Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quantum Vagina on September 09, 2014, 07:32:56 PM
And in other news- Microsoft appears to be buying Minecraft making Mojang for apparently 2 billion bucks.

Maybe Microsoft will do something about those outdated blocky graphics now. (Kidding!)

You joke, but that's the reason I absolutely can't stand that game. I'm fine with 8bit and all that, but I think Minecraft is UGLY.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on September 12, 2014, 07:22:46 PM
https://www.youtube.com/v/G6_rt9R3YV8
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on September 19, 2014, 07:46:48 AM
It seems like the Koopalings will be in Smash Bros.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Johnny Unusual on September 21, 2014, 08:39:17 AM
Like all of them as one playable or a few of them?  I can't imagine all would be different playable characters.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quantum Vagina on September 21, 2014, 09:04:53 AM
Like all of them as one playable or a few of them?  I can't imagine all would be different playable characters.

Bowser Junior is in it, but I believe his colour variations are the Koopalings.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on September 21, 2014, 06:22:42 PM
Like all of them as one playable or a few of them?  I can't imagine all would be different playable characters.

Bowser Junior is in it, but I believe his colour variations are the Koopalings.
Yep.
(http://i.imgur.com/HfaQkgp.png)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on September 25, 2014, 12:44:23 AM
So Steam, along with the other changes in the recent patch, added a music player.


It the "Oh, that's nice" category, it looks like Steam automatically added all the soundtracks that I didn't realize that I've bought to my library.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on September 25, 2014, 04:26:18 PM
https://www.youtube.com/v/ejZmRyraq2g
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on September 25, 2014, 11:47:23 PM
So Steam, along with the other changes in the recent patch, added a music player.


It the "Oh, that's nice" category, it looks like Steam automatically added all the soundtracks that I didn't realize that I've bought to my library.

I had high hopes for the player. It's not very good at the moment. The only benefit to using it over something like Foobar is being able to switch tracks while in a game. Two brain cells and an understanding of hot keys could help you do that in any music player though.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on September 26, 2014, 07:14:51 AM
WiiU Exclusive Smash Bros stage
(http://i.imgur.com/FVqcqfD.jpg)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on September 30, 2014, 09:15:44 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/ZUVSSxE.jpg)
Quote
Sakurai: In the 3DS version, your fighter gets outlined by your team color. So, how does this work in the Wii U version? Check out this screenshot. In this picture, the outlines may seem faint, but the color intensity is consistent. This means that the farther away and smaller your fighter appears on the screen, the clearer the colors will look.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on October 08, 2014, 12:13:44 AM
Disney just dropped about 20 games onto Steam. I mention this as Pure and Split/Second are two of them. Pure is a fairly awesome racer that plays rather like SSX, but with off road bikes. And Split /Second is a racing game where parts of the racetrack will explode on you and form new raceways. Sadly, they're both a little pricey at $20, but if you see them on a sale, pick them up.


Oh, and Smash for Wii U will be on November 21. Aussies? You get it two weeks later.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Sideswipe on October 08, 2014, 09:56:05 AM
Split/Second got old to me fairly quickly.  I kind of uses up its fast and then its left an uninspired racer.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on October 08, 2014, 11:02:20 AM
Split/Second got old to me fairly quickly.  I kind of uses up its fast and then its left an uninspired racer.


Well of course you didn't like it. Everyone knows that Go-Bots don't have souls.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Sideswipe on October 08, 2014, 01:08:27 PM
How does that apply to me at all?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on October 13, 2014, 11:33:45 AM
http://www.youtube.com/v/1yxDohDb750
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on October 15, 2014, 10:48:37 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/0OmNDKJ.jpg)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on October 17, 2014, 10:24:29 AM
The Wario Land 4 site is still up.
http://welcometogreedville.com/ (http://welcometogreedville.com/)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on October 22, 2014, 08:21:00 PM
Looks like Farsight has a table of their own up on iOS and Google Play.  It's a Ghostbusters licensed pinball table modified from the old Haunted House table, with added multiball and obstacles.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on October 23, 2014, 05:55:12 PM
If the pics are true, Mewtwo is coming to Smash... in Spring 2015
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on October 27, 2014, 03:13:20 AM
A trailer for a game called Hatred came out over the weekend that is basically a super violent spree killing/massacre game similar to Postal, a game from the 90's. The game has garnered quite a bit of controversy. I think it looks like a bad game in addition to being in bad taste, at the same time I think it shouldn't necessarily be censored. I just wanted to see what your guys' thoughts were.

Trailer is spoilered for being violent and potentially offensive, as well as being NSFW!
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Lembach on October 27, 2014, 12:10:07 PM
A trailer for a game called Hatred came out over the weekend that is basically a super violent spree killing/massacre game similar to Postal, a game from the 90's. The game has garnered quite a bit of controversy. I think it looks like a bad game in addition to being in bad taste, at the same time I think it shouldn't necessarily be censored. I just wanted to see what your guys' thoughts were.

Trailer is spoilered for being violent and potentially offensive, as well as being NSFW!
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

This game and its developers can go fuck themselves. It's just bad taste attention whoring in its worst form and it just gives fuel to all the bible thumpers and conservatives that would love to pass bills restricting content.

But they should have the right to publish their game. I won't be buying it, though. Not even discounted.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Blasarius Yonder on October 27, 2014, 01:33:25 PM
Jesus Christ.  I feel sick just having seen that trailer.  I don't even believe it's real.  Seems more like something created by anti-violence/anti video game extremists to help them get their point across.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on October 27, 2014, 05:52:24 PM
In better news, GoG has just acquired the rights to a bunch of LucasArts games. 30 total are on the way, including Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, and Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis.

Oh, and Sam and Max Hit the Road.

And X-Wing and Tie Fighter. I have no idea how to play these well without a joystick though. (And believe me, I tried and tried to use keyboard controls with X-Wing in the day. I was able to do Wing Commander with the keyboard, but in X-Wing, I only got a few missions in before it became unplayable.)


Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Sideswipe on October 27, 2014, 06:08:08 PM
Yeah, you will not be able to play X-Wing/Tie Fighter without a joystick.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Darth Geek on October 27, 2014, 06:23:41 PM
Yeah, you will not be able to play X-Wing/Tie Fighter without a joystick.
(http://www.chud.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/132996_1780301432476_1387640620_1961381_2047337_o.jpg)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on October 27, 2014, 08:08:42 PM
In better news, GoG has just acquired the rights to a bunch of LucasArts games. 30 total are on the way, including Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, and Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis.

Oh, and Sam and Max Hit the Road.

And X-Wing and Tie Fighter. I have no idea how to play these well without a joystick though. (And believe me, I tried and tried to use keyboard controls with X-Wing in the day. I was able to do Wing Commander with the keyboard, but in X-Wing, I only got a few missions in before it became unplayable.)


YAY! I can play Sam & Max without endangering my 30 year old copy!
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: JimJ on October 27, 2014, 08:35:06 PM
A trailer for a game called Hatred came out over the weekend that is basically a super violent spree killing/massacre game similar to Postal, a game from the 90's. The game has garnered quite a bit of controversy. I think it looks like a bad game in addition to being in bad taste, at the same time I think it shouldn't necessarily be censored. I just wanted to see what your guys' thoughts were.

Trailer is spoilered for being violent and potentially offensive, as well as being NSFW!
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

This game and its developers can go fuck themselves. It's just bad taste attention whoring in its worst form and it just gives fuel to all the bible thumpers and conservatives that would love to pass bills restricting content.

But they should have the right to publish their game. I won't be buying it, though. Not even discounted.

The government shouldn't restrict their right to publish it, but if Steam or any other distribution channels decide not to carry it, I'm all for that.  This is exactly what gaming doesn't need right now with all the "GamerGate" nonsense recently.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on October 28, 2014, 01:50:26 AM
And adding to the news, Sega is strongly hinting a re-release of Valkyria Chronicles- for the PC.

No complaints from me. VC was one of the best games released on the PS3. *Ad maybe we'll get a NA release of VC3 at some point too.)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: RoninFox on October 28, 2014, 04:33:07 AM
In better news, GoG has just acquired the rights to a bunch of LucasArts games. 30 total are on the way, including Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, and Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis.

Oh, and Sam and Max Hit the Road.

And X-Wing and Tie Fighter. I have no idea how to play these well without a joystick though. (And believe me, I tried and tried to use keyboard controls with X-Wing in the day. I was able to do Wing Commander with the keyboard, but in X-Wing, I only got a few missions in before it became unplayable.)

I'd only heard about X-Wing and Tie Fighter, which was already good news. GOG is going to get a nice chunk of my money soon.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on October 28, 2014, 07:13:09 AM
And BOOM! The front page of http://www.gog.com looks like they reached into the fantasies I had of the site when I had just discovered it and made it real.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: RoninFox on October 28, 2014, 07:24:23 AM
Of those, the only ones I haven't played are Knights of the Old Republic and Secret of Monkey Island.

Obviously this is a problem that will need to be solved soon. Also, getting to blow up some spaceships, save a sasquatch or two and figure out those orichalcum machines all over again will be fun.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Sideswipe on October 28, 2014, 08:26:31 AM
Well, there goes 50 bucks instantaneously.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on November 03, 2014, 06:53:42 AM
https://www.youtube.com/v/buwMXfYtiNQ#t
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on November 03, 2014, 02:53:20 PM
Why Ghandi always wants to nuke you in Civilization:

http://kotaku.com/why-gandhi-is-such-an-asshole-in-civilization-1653818245
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on November 05, 2014, 04:04:39 PM
Majora's mask is headed for 3DS!


https://www.youtube.com/v/KkXmABkDlNE
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quirk on November 05, 2014, 07:16:16 PM
Majora's mask is headed for 3DS!


https://www.youtube.com/v/KkXmABkDlNE

YES! YESYESYES! We all knew it was coming but YESYESYES!

The rest of the Nintendo Direct is pretty exciting, too.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on November 05, 2014, 07:30:38 PM
Heh.


The Simpsons game just added Matt Groening into the game.


And along those lines, the latest episode of South Park takes a rather dim view of the whole "Freemium" concept in gaming. I'm guessing that "South Park: Tap for Stuff" isn't on the way anytime soon.


(And holy cow. A shoutout to Zombicide. Awesome.)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on November 07, 2014, 11:49:01 AM
Blizzcon News-


*1st Expansion for Hearthstone launches next month called Goblins and Gnomes. 100 cards. Android version soon.
*Warlords of Draenor arrives next week
*Heroes of the Storm closed beta - January 13
*Legacy of the Void- Next year. I think.


And a new IP. Overwatch. It's sci-fi. It's a team based shooter. With a bright color pallet. And cybernetic gorillas. From the early look, it looks like TF2, but with a LoL style roster. Gorgeous looking too.


http://www.youtube.com/v/hiGAYi0Qi3A?hl=en_US&


Yeah, that's a cinematic, but the gameplay trailer look purdy too.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Lembach on November 10, 2014, 07:40:27 PM
Console Living Room

Created by the Internet Archives, you can play 900 classic arcade games in your browser.

https://archive.org/details/consolelivingroom (https://archive.org/details/consolelivingroom)

Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on November 10, 2014, 09:18:55 PM
Console Living Room

Created by the Internet Archives, you can play 900 classic arcade games in your browser.

https://archive.org/details/consolelivingroom (https://archive.org/details/consolelivingroom)

"So?" - Everyone who know what MAME is.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Lembach on November 11, 2014, 12:53:11 PM
Console Living Room

Created by the Internet Archives, you can play 900 classic arcade games in your browser.

https://archive.org/details/consolelivingroom (https://archive.org/details/consolelivingroom)

"So?" - Everyone who know what MAME is.

Oh. Well then, go fuck yourself, I suppose.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on November 11, 2014, 07:52:20 PM
Console Living Room

Created by the Internet Archives, you can play 900 classic arcade games in your browser.

https://archive.org/details/consolelivingroom (https://archive.org/details/consolelivingroom)

"So?" - Everyone who know what MAME is.

Oh. Well then, go fuck yourself, I suppose.

My experience with MAME in the past was pretty negative. It was a long time ago so I presume the software has improved. I got it as a torrent and it had numerous malware in it, than when I got it working the majority of games didn't not work.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on November 12, 2014, 04:39:56 AM
Console Living Room

Created by the Internet Archives, you can play 900 classic arcade games in your browser.

https://archive.org/details/consolelivingroom (https://archive.org/details/consolelivingroom)

"So?" - Everyone who know what MAME is.

Oh. Well then, go fuck yourself, I suppose.

Did you design the website?  It's kind of neat, but something that's already readily available if you have a connection to the Internet.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: RoninFox on November 12, 2014, 04:58:06 AM
Console Living Room

Created by the Internet Archives, you can play 900 classic arcade games in your browser.

https://archive.org/details/consolelivingroom (https://archive.org/details/consolelivingroom)

"So?" - Everyone who know what MAME is.

Oh. Well then, go fuck yourself, I suppose.

Did you design the website?  It's kind of neat, but something that's already readily available if you have a connection to the Internet.

But now collected on one website that's dedicated to preserving things, made easily accessible.  I've used emulators before and I usually give up on trying to find the games I want after awhile because I get tired of clicking around a ton of websites, some of which can't really be trusted.  All of this might have been available before, but I was still excited to see it all here.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Lembach on November 12, 2014, 09:28:41 AM
Console Living Room

Created by the Internet Archives, you can play 900 classic arcade games in your browser.

https://archive.org/details/consolelivingroom (https://archive.org/details/consolelivingroom)

"So?" - Everyone who know what MAME is.

Oh. Well then, go fuck yourself, I suppose.

Did you design the website?  It's kind of neat, but something that's already readily available if you have a connection to the Internet.

*I* didn't know until I StumbledUpon it.

Whether or not it was useful to you, I submitted it in the spirit of being helpful to some of my fellow retro gamers.

Your dismissive comments come off as rude.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on November 12, 2014, 09:41:30 AM
Well I think it's cool. All the fun of emulating without any of the computer viral risks. Too bad they don't have one of my favorite obscure games from my childhood: Peter Pack Rat.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Lembach on November 12, 2014, 02:25:44 PM
Too bad they don't have one of my favorite obscure games from my childhood: Peter Pack Rat.

OH YEAH?? WELL FUCK YOU, TOO!  :grr:

Hmm. Maybe it's my caffeine intake...
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on November 13, 2014, 05:53:58 PM
Console Living Room

Created by the Internet Archives, you can play 900 classic arcade games in your browser.

https://archive.org/details/consolelivingroom (https://archive.org/details/consolelivingroom)

"So?" - Everyone who know what MAME is.

Oh. Well then, go fuck yourself, I suppose.

Did you design the website?  It's kind of neat, but something that's already readily available if you have a connection to the Internet.

*I* didn't know until I StumbledUpon it.

Whether or not it was useful to you, I submitted it in the spirit of being helpful to some of my fellow retro gamers.

Your dismissive comments come off as rude.

I can see how it could be taken as ruder than intended. Apologies. Didn't mean to discredit the find as unhelpful, but comment on it not being as unique as some news articles advertised.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on November 14, 2014, 06:55:37 AM
The original GBC Pokémon Trading Card Game is now available in the 3DS store.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on November 14, 2014, 06:58:00 AM
Oooh. That's a good buy for the price. Darn game kept me busy for hours on end back in the day.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on November 14, 2014, 12:12:24 PM
Far Cry 4 comes out next week and Gamespot has an article on how it can be beaten in about 15-20 minutes.


The short non-spoiler version- early in the game you're given a choice of options which are basically "Start the game" and "Do nothing." If you take the "do nothing" route, the game will indeed end uneventfully. In movie terms, it's like Breakfast Club if all the students just sat quietly.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on November 15, 2014, 06:09:25 PM
Nice to see that they got the rights to The Who's Pinball Wizard.
https://www.youtube.com/v/yYt9JgBOmfo
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on November 17, 2014, 07:16:53 PM
https://miiverse.nintendo.net/posts/AYMHAAACAADMUKmKGDgYTg (https://miiverse.nintendo.net/posts/AYMHAAACAADMUKmKGDgYTg)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on November 22, 2014, 07:17:07 PM
FaceRig now has Team Fortress 2 avatars to use.  Right now it's just the Spy and Heavy.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on November 24, 2014, 01:36:19 PM
www.civilizationonline.com


It's an online Civ... MMORPG?


Looks like Asia only too at the moment, which is slightly relieving.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on November 24, 2014, 02:12:33 PM
Ooh. That's dangerous...
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: k1 on November 25, 2014, 06:35:54 PM
Good thing or I'd be spending most of this week at my parents playing that instead of visiting family or paying attention to my kids!
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on December 08, 2014, 02:20:12 PM
Day of the Tentacle: Special Edition

http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/12/06/day-of-the-tentacle-special-edition-announced
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: RoninFox on December 09, 2014, 07:41:54 AM
Day of the Tentacle: Special Edition

http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/12/06/day-of-the-tentacle-special-edition-announced

Damn that Dr. Fred.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on December 18, 2014, 07:48:10 AM
Just announced- Telltale is doing another series of point and click games, but this one is set in the Minecraft setting called Minecraft: Story Mode.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Sideswipe on December 18, 2014, 09:54:48 AM
Id like to see them do some more Back to the Future stuff.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on December 18, 2014, 11:01:31 AM
I'll follow Telltale wherever they go, at this point. I never thought there was a rich story to be told in Minecraft, but I have no doubt Telltale will tell it.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: BathTub on December 18, 2014, 03:14:21 PM
Id like to see them do some more Back to the Future stuff.

Yes, I would love that.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on December 18, 2014, 03:16:39 PM
Back to the Future was the most non-game game Telltale ever made, but it was worth it to get a new dose of Back to the Future.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on December 19, 2014, 10:08:34 PM
Well, Notch  just beat out Jay-Z and Beyonce in bidding for a LA mansion, which he paid $70 million for.


Reading the TMZ comments on this is amusing as the commenters there clearly have no idea who Notch is and are mostly "Herp derp.  He has bad teeth and can't get laid" comments.

Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Edward J Grug III on December 21, 2014, 04:20:06 PM
Back to the Future was the most non-game game Telltale ever made, but it was worth it to get a new dose of Back to the Future.

Yeah, I found it a little flat.

I'd love to see more Strongbad!
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Variety of Cells on December 23, 2014, 08:20:08 PM
Back to the Future was the most non-game game Telltale ever made, but it was worth it to get a new dose of Back to the Future.

Yeah, I found it a little flat.

I'd love to see more Strongbad!

More strongbad would be great.  Anyone try Game of Thrones?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on December 23, 2014, 08:33:01 PM
Here's some news for you, Steam users are friggin morons! The community choice for this round of voting went to Orion Prelude instead of Il 2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad  :grr: The first time all this sale I saw a game I really wanted and these idiots voted for a crappy Dinosaur online FPS that no one plays anymore :grr: 
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on December 30, 2014, 08:19:21 PM
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B6Jq345CAAEnQrN.jpg)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on December 31, 2014, 10:38:22 AM
http://bulbanews.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Pok%C3%A9mon_Pinball:_Ruby_%26_Sapphire_announced_for_North_American_Virtual_Console
 (http://bulbanews.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Pok%C3%A9mon_Pinball:_Ruby_%26_Sapphire_announced_for_North_American_Virtual_Console)But why WiiU only?  3DS can handle it.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on January 05, 2015, 07:50:02 PM
The Internet Archive adds 2,400 DOS games to its online library!

https://archive.org/details/softwarelibrary_msdos_games/v2
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: The Lurker on January 09, 2015, 07:00:13 PM
New Friday the 13th game
http://nblo.gs/12Ah6y (http://nblo.gs/12Ah6y)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Miku Fan on January 10, 2015, 12:19:01 AM
The Internet Archive adds 2,400 DOS games to its online library!

https://archive.org/details/softwarelibrary_msdos_games/v2

ooh, thanks for this link!!  wow
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: RoninFox on January 10, 2015, 06:16:11 PM
New Friday the 13th game
http://nblo.gs/12Ah6y (http://nblo.gs/12Ah6y)

If it turns out well, (or badly) maybe we can get Hor-RIFF-ic Productions to do a Let's Play video on it.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Johnny Unusual on January 10, 2015, 06:30:24 PM
I don't have high hopes, but in premise it could be a really neat survival horror game.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Darth Geek on January 10, 2015, 07:13:43 PM
New Friday the 13th game
http://nblo.gs/12Ah6y (http://nblo.gs/12Ah6y)

If it turns out well, (or badly) maybe we can get Hor-RIFF-ic Productions to do a Let's Play video on it.
Ha! That would be hilarious!
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on January 11, 2015, 11:34:33 AM
I don't have high hopes, but in premise it could be a really neat survival horror game.

Yea me too. I thought it sounded great until they talked about it basically promoting a television show. Besides there was no info on the development so it could be like a flash game for all we know. Hopefully it's great but the fact that it's licensed and has a TV show tie in do not bode well for it.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on January 14, 2015, 03:21:11 PM
So the new 3DS is only coming out in XL in North America.

Ouch, Nintendo. Here, I was all excited and ready to day-one this thing, despite it just BARELY being an upgrade from my trusty 3DS, but I really, really don't want to try to jam that XL into my pocket every day. (Yes, every day. I take the thing everywhere. I play the streetpass games. :^)) I was also looking forward to the replacable faceplates. Instead I'm stuck with red or black. Now I'll have to wait and hope they change their minds down the line...

EDIT: Oh, but what's this? There's going to be a nifty gold Majora's Mask 3DS? Maybe I can deal with the bulky- Won't come with the game in North America!? Why does Nintendo hate us suddenly!?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Edward J Grug III on January 14, 2015, 03:53:45 PM
Man, Nintendo are cramming a lot of games into a short window! Gonna be busy for the next six months!
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: k1 on January 14, 2015, 05:43:45 PM
The new one also doesn't come with a power charger which might not be the best idea for new adopters who get one as a gift.

Yay! Wait I can't play it? I have to go buy a charger?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Edward J Grug III on January 14, 2015, 05:48:19 PM
The new one also doesn't come with a power charger which might not be the best idea for new adopters who get one as a gift.

Whaaa? Has that happened before? What a dumb thing to do.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: RoninFox on January 14, 2015, 06:23:46 PM
The new one also doesn't come with a power charger which might not be the best idea for new adopters who get one as a gift.

Yay! Wait I can't play it? I have to go buy a charger?

Is it a specialized charger too, or do they think they can get away with it because it's micro-usb and people can use a phone charger.  Still just have an old DS, so I don't know.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: k1 on January 14, 2015, 06:42:29 PM
I think it's the same as the regular DS one. That's the only way my brain can try to make sense of the decision to not include one.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Edward J Grug III on January 14, 2015, 06:44:37 PM
I only have the very first generation DS. I stopped playing portable games for a long time. Am considering picking up the new one.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quirk on January 14, 2015, 06:51:28 PM
The charger is the same as the other 3DS', as well as the DSi's. They're selling it separately to keep the cost down for people who don't need another one.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: k1 on January 14, 2015, 07:33:21 PM
The charger is the same as the other 3DS', as well as the DSi's. They're selling it separately to keep the cost down for people who don't need another one.

The 2DS also uses that same one.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Johnny Unusual on January 14, 2015, 08:24:09 PM
For fans of Marvel Puzzle Quest: they just added Squirrel Girl!  This is so great!
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quantum Vagina on January 14, 2015, 10:12:32 PM
The charger is the same as the other 3DS', as well as the DSi's. They're selling it separately to keep the cost down for people who don't need another one.
I'm not sure... that almost seems like bad business sense to me... For one thing, it doesn't look like it's nearly good enough for me to upgrade from my XL, even if I wanted too. Maybe the people who have the regular 3DS will buy it to upgrade... but it seems really alienating to new consumers.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on January 15, 2015, 05:21:52 AM
Amiibo support is the big draw for me. Plus the face-tracking 3D sounds pretty nifty...
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: k1 on January 15, 2015, 07:26:48 AM
For fans of Marvel Puzzle Quest: they just added Squirrel Girl!  This is so great!

You beat me to it!  Time to start grinding away on that mission!
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on January 15, 2015, 07:27:58 AM
For fans of Marvel Puzzle Quest: they just added Squirrel Girl!  This is so great!

You beat me to it!  Time to start grinding away on that mission!
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Space version 2.0 on January 15, 2015, 08:16:27 AM
EDIT: Oh, but what's this? There's going to be a nifty gold Majora's Mask 3DS? Maybe I can deal with the bulky- Won't come with the game in North America!? Why does Nintendo hate us suddenly!?

Don't worry, they're all sold out anyway. Along with the special edition that comes with the skull kid figure. Nintendo says you might be able to find them in stores, but that seems unlikely.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on January 15, 2015, 09:56:05 AM
I've had some success hitting up Wal-Mart at midnight or Best Buy first thing in the morning before with things like this. It helps that I live in a relatively dinky city, where there aren't a whole lot of collectors scavenging for things like this.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Lembach on January 16, 2015, 10:40:23 PM
Sony's new zombie MMO "H1Z1". I was considering buying it until I read this:

Quote
“Initially available as a Steam Early Access title with optional in-game RMT marketplace purchases, H1Z1 will later launch as a Free to Play. Your Way™ title with optional in-game RMT marketplace purchases.”

“We want to ensure that our players have the best experience possible at launch, so we want to take our time during Early Access to incorporate player feedback, work out any bugs, and adjust and expand features. We anticipate a full release later this year.”

So basically, we are expected to pay $20.00 for the privilege of alpha testing their game for them. A game that's going to be released Free-to-play in its finished form. How can I begin to express my level of fuck yous?
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Sideswipe on January 17, 2015, 07:11:15 AM
A simple fuck you is a good start.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Lembach on January 17, 2015, 04:29:29 PM
Real good then: fuck you, Sony.

And considering what I've seen of the game on Twitch, I'm glad I didn't buy into it.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on January 17, 2015, 10:07:41 PM
You understand early access games will change as much as the developers want? If you get an early access game expecting it to be any more than what it is when you pay for it you're destined for disappointment.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: CJones on January 18, 2015, 07:38:49 AM
I'm happy to buy early access games from developers I trust, provided it's $15 or less. I'll buy pretty much anything from Klei or Vlambeer. Don't Starve was in early access for at least a year, and it turned out great. Nuclear Throne is still in early access, but it's updated 2-3 times a month. When I bought it, half the game wasn't even playable. Now the game is fully playable. They just keep adding new features and replacing the remaining placeholder artwork. Definitely worth the money.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quantum Vagina on January 18, 2015, 08:07:26 AM
You understand early access games will change as much as the developers want? If you get an early access game expecting it to be any more than what it is when you pay for it you're destined for disappointment.

There is a certain aamount to be expected, yeah. I think everyone KNEW the game would be rough. But Sony hyped the Hell of tthat game. Thy were CRAZY with how mumuch they hyped it. And then they give out keys to streamers to hype it more... and then the inevitable problems happen, and they handled things horribly. It was missing a lot of stuff that n should be in a title even if it is early access, such as a bloody OPTIONS menu. The servers crashing was inevitable, that happens with every mmo. But it took them HORRENDOUSLY long to deal with that. Sony released a game way too early in development and convinced 90% of streamers to broadcast the fail live. Yes, early access means unpolished and unfinished. But for the love of god, release something that's PLAYABLE. This was a pr NIGHTMARE.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Lembach on January 18, 2015, 10:21:51 AM
You understand early access games will change as much as the developers want? If you get an early access game expecting it to be any more than what it is when you pay for it you're destined for disappointment.

I'm decrying the fact they charge for it at all. It's final form will be free-to-play. They are charging people to alpha test. With their micro-transactions in place!

Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: d00hickey on January 18, 2015, 03:08:26 PM
You understand early access games will change as much as the developers want? If you get an early access game expecting it to be any more than what it is when you pay for it you're destined for disappointment.

I'm decrying the fact they charge for it at all. It's final form will be free-to-play. They are charging people to alpha test. With their micro-transactions in place!

Yea that's ridiculous. But when I read what they are doing it made sense to me in the context of early access.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Pak-Man on January 20, 2015, 07:21:37 AM
GOG.com adds X-Wing Vs. TIE Fighter, the massively underrated X-Wing Alliance, Galactic Battlegrounds, Dark Forces, Battlefront II, and KOTOR II to their library!

http://www.gog.com/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=game_subject&utm_campaign=lucasfilm_second_wave
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: RoninFox on January 20, 2015, 07:24:27 AM
GOG.com adds X-Wing Vs. TIE Fighter, the massively underrated X-Wing Alliance, Galactic Battlegrounds, Dark Forces, Battlefront II, and KOTOR II to their library!

http://www.gog.com/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=game_subject&utm_campaign=lucasfilm_second_wave

EEEEEEEEEE!

I played the hell out of X-Wing.  I played the hell out of Tie Fighter.  I never had X-Wing vs. Tie Fighter though!
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Sideswipe on January 21, 2015, 06:31:24 PM
X wing vs Tie Fighter primarily emphasized multi player.  X Wing Alliance was pretty awesome though.  Dark Forces is fun as hell, too.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Quirk on January 21, 2015, 07:22:14 PM
We had Dark Forces 2, with it's hilarious live-action/cgi hybrid cutscenes. I remember at one point Kyle Katarn gets shot in the back by a TIE FIGHTER and just gets up like somebody threw a rock at him.

Edit: FOUND IT (http://youtu.be/JmD-HlPAVTw?t=7m)
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Sideswipe on January 21, 2015, 07:44:30 PM
It pissed me off they turned Kyle Katarn into a god damn jedi.  They couldnt just leave him as a badass angry mercenary with a bunch of guns, no, he has to become a fuckin boring ass jedi.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: Compound on January 22, 2015, 11:11:31 AM
Anyway, 3 more Lucasarts games just added: Rebellion, Empire at War and Rogue Squadron.


I forget if it was Rogue Squadron or Shadows of the Empire that had a mode with MST3k style commentary, including silhouettes, could be added to the game on subsequent playthroughs. Me? I'll be buying Rebellion, which was flawed but still fun.
Title: Re: General Game News
Post by: RoninFox on January 22, 2015, 11:54:05 A