March 25, 2009
Bethesda is currently working with Microsoft to remove Fallout 3’s new expansion, The Pitt. Players of both the PC and Xbox versions are reporting rainbow textured raiders, and an abundance of floating exclamation points in the new DLC. Bethesda is blaming the screwups on “corrupted” files, but my guess is that they simply rushed the product and didn’t think anyone would notice.
I wasn’t really looking forward to The Pitt anyways, as the last DLC to be released for Fallout 3 was Operation Anchorage, which took place inside a virtual reality simulator. Now, to me, placing your expansion inside a VR world just screams “I’m too lazy to actually write a storyline that will actually impact the game world,” and I passed on that, but The Pitt is supposed to take place in the real Fallout 3 world. I hoped that maybe this expansion wouldn’t be a rushed piece of shit, too, but I will be avoiding this, and probably any further Fallout 3 expansions like the plague.
I don’t know why I came to expect anything else from the same people that brought us all horse armor.
March 20, 2009
Sometimes I read a news story that just really annoys me. This is one of them. Not only are people getting upset about human on human violence in videogames, it is now too much to have violence against animals in a game. Fake violence, with fake animals.
Also, let it be known that I will gladly commit acts of violence against any dog named Winnie the Pooh. Honestly, are these people sane? Do they really think that people cannot tell the difference between shooting a dog in a game and acting violently towards animals in real life?
March 19, 2009
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March 9, 2009
There has recently been a flurry of activity in the used games sector, as it has been announced that Amazon, Best Buy, and Toys R us will all be offering some sort of used game program. Used games, as anyone who is familiar with the industry knows, are a point of controversy right now, as Gamestop is making a mint off having a virtual monopoly over the used game business. There is a lot of money here, and it seems that some other big players are stepping up to the plate in an attempt to cash in, as well.
Now, of course publishers and developers have a common enemy here, as the used market is a direct competitor to the standard retail market, the main revenue stream for most AAA games. Take-Two has already expressed discontent, and this isn’t surprising. The used games business model threatens the business model that most publishers and developers depend on to survive, so why shouldn’t they be pissed off?
I have no problem with a corporation clinging to an antiquated business model in an attempt to stay solvent, because THAT’S WHAT CORPORATIONS DO. Businesses exist to make money, and there’s nothing we can do to change that. My gripe is with the employees of these businesses that are now adding their voices to the maelstrom that is the used games argument. Recently, David Jaffe, the God of War guy, posted a Youtube video about his thoughts on used games, and now others are following suit. For instance, David Perry of Acclaim recently posted a barely intelligible post on his blog on the subject.
Now, here’s why this annoys me…If you willingly work for a big developer or publisher, I don’t think you should get a say. Your personal opinion is trumped by the fact that you are but a wage slave to the mainstream games industry. By being employed in the industry, you are automatically supporting whatever stance AAA publishers and developers end up taking in the used games debate. So, please, just shut up and continue making big budget games for those who care. I’m tired of seeing every two-bit game designer’s thoughts on the subject, especially since it’s blatantly clear that most of them don’t have a fucking clue as to what is going on.
March 8, 2009
I agree 100% with everything in this post at Eegra. Here’s a snippet.
The point is, don’t worry about those fucking expensive games. Fuck ‘em. They’re probably shit, and even if they aren’t, fuck ‘em – spend that money on a trip overseas.
March 6, 2009
I have been following the sad saga of Midway Games, a pioneer in the video game world, which coincidentally has offices a few blocks away from me. We all know they have been having some financial troubles, and have had some rather craptastic games lined up for release, but this bit of news sheds a whole new light on the situation.
Midway has set aside about $3 million in bonuses for certain employees. This is a last ditch effort for the top-tier of employees to scrape up as much cash as they can before Midway implodes. Kotaku also reports that Midway is denying paid-time off benefits to lower level employees, as well.
It is blatantly obvious, that this is nothing but an attempt by Midway’s management to personally profit as much from a dying company as they can, while shafting the lower levels of their workforce. These practices are something I would expect to see out of old-school EA, rather than Midway.
I would suggest a boycott of Midway, but nobody is interested in the garbage they have to offer anyways. It’s really a sad sight to see such a respectable company turn into such a pit of corporate greed.
March 5, 2009
I recently read this article about F2P Asian MMO ZT Online. ZT Online is heavily focused on getting players to spend real money on in-game stuff, to the point where it is virtually unplayable without paying. The original article was written in Chinese, and has been taken down from its original posting and many other websites, due to pressure from the operators of ZT Online.
It’s a rather long read, but it provides some great insight into a direction that Western MMOs could possibly take, seeing as the whole “microtransaction” thing is starting to really take root here. If microtransactions as used in ZT Online are the future of MMOs, then count me out.