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Re: General Game News
« Reply #135 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.

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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.
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Re: General Game News
« Reply #136 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.


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Re: General Game News
« Reply #137 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.



That'll be split three ways, correct? It is team based, right?


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Re: General Game News
« Reply #138 on: August 02, 2011, 11:12:43 AM »
And Limbo is on Steam now. Glorious day.


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Re: General Game News
« Reply #139 on: August 03, 2011, 08:19:12 AM »
Just announced:


Sweet. And nice to see that DNF didn't sink Gearbox.


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Re: General Game News
« Reply #140 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.


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Re: General Game News
« Reply #141 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.


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Re: General Game News
« Reply #142 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.



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Re: General Game News
« Reply #143 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.

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Re: General Game News
« Reply #144 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.
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Re: General Game News
« Reply #145 on: August 16, 2011, 11:44:29 AM »
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Re: General Game News
« Reply #146 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?


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Re: General Game News
« Reply #147 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.


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Re: General Game News
« Reply #148 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.
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Re: General Game News
« Reply #149 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.

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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.