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Re: General Game News
« Reply #360 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.



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Re: General Game News
« Reply #361 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 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.


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Re: General Game News
« Reply #362 on: August 04, 2012, 05:44:02 PM »
Let me continue talking here.

This is Nimblebit.

Nimblebit is a three person company who make games for the iPhone.  They made a little game called Tiny Tower 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.

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.)




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Re: General Game News
« Reply #363 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.



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Re: General Game News
« Reply #364 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.


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Re: General Game News
« Reply #365 on: August 07, 2012, 10:35:45 PM »

And two- A new console also got an announcement/Kickstarter today- The Ouya

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.


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Re: General Game News
« Reply #366 on: August 08, 2012, 12:14:14 PM »

And two- A new console also got an announcement/Kickstarter today- The Ouya

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.


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Re: General Game News
« Reply #367 on: August 08, 2012, 06:27:39 PM »
Coming Soon to Farsight Studio's "Pinball Arcade"
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No word on when they plan on releasing the Twilight Zone or Star Trek TNG table yet. 
« Last Edit: August 08, 2012, 06:34:33 PM by The Lurker »


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Re: General Game News
« Reply #368 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 NEW and still have a receipt to prove it, if you send an email to 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.


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Re: General Game News
« Reply #369 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
Orbital Blaster
Quest for Infamy
Reincarnation: The Root of All Evil
Rival Threads
Rush Bros
Saturday Morning RPG
Spinferno
Super Retro Squad
Volgarr the Viking
Xenonauts

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/OUYA-iHeartRadio-TuneIn-XBMC-VEVO,16692.html
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Re: General Game News
« Reply #370 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?


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Re: General Game News
« Reply #371 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.)


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Re: General Game News
« Reply #372 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 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 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 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" and that the editorial team would "try to make the last issues memorable." Nintendo Power writer Phil Theobald, meanwhile, promised on Twitter that they had "something pretty sweet planned for the final issue." [Further update: It seems the tweets in question have been deleted after publication.]


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Re: General Game News
« Reply #373 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.


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Re: General Game News
« Reply #374 on: August 21, 2012, 03:30:04 PM »
Grrrr....

Mega Bloks announces World of Warcraft line.



If this were a Lego set I'd be all over it.  But Mega Bloks are just so... "meh."