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October 07, 2012

Sunday Gaming Thread - SCOAMF Empty Chair Debate Version (David)

David here. Since Zakn is taking the weekend off, it falls to some of us second-stringers to bring the video game post. Unlike Zakn, I am not involved in EVE online. I prefer to waste my gaming time with Star Wars: The Old Republic and Guild Wars 2, although Borderlands 2 has been sucking up a lot of my disposable time. In any case, here is what has been going on recently in the gaming world.

Mists of Pandaria, the latest expansion to World of Warcraft, has sold at least 2.7 million copies in the first week, pushing the subscribed fanbase for the game back over 10 million worldwide. Blizzard claims that they have seen growth across all geographical areas and all demographic categories.

Star Wars: The Old Republic's lead designer has quit Bioware and is looking for work, at least according to a series of tweets that came to light last week on Twitter. This follows a lot of other high profile defections from Bioware in the wake of their acquisition a couple of years ago by Electronic Arts, continuing EAs perfect record of acquiring the world's most talented game developers and sucking the life from them, leaving their dried, desiccated corpses by the side of the road in the middle of the desert.

Unfinished Swan, the world's premiere "first person painting" (looks like first person paintball game, personally) will debut October 23 on Playstation 3. The game involves revealing the world around the player by throwing balls of paint at the empty landscape around them.

Despite the runaway success of Borderlands 2, Gearbox Games is not currently developing Borderlands 3. The good news is that their development efforts are currently focused on more Borderlands 2 content, so we may see a lot more stuff over the coming months, rather than having to wait 2 or 3 years for more Pandora-y goodness. However, Gearbox also promised that Borderlands 3 development should start up by the beginning of 2013.

Resident Evil 6 shipped 4.5 million copies in its initial shipments, according to publisher Capcom. If true, this would be the highest number of units shipped for any Capcom game ever. However, the numbers provided by Capcom include units shipped to retailers and don't actually indicate the amount of sell-through to individual consumers.

In other "Electronics Arts is the devil and must DIE DIE DIE DIE" news, Skyrim publisher Bethesda Softworks has opened a new studio in Austin headed by former BioWarer Rich Vogel. The new studio, named Battlecry Studios, joins Arkane Studios, run by Bethesda parent Zenimax, as being based in Austin, giving this media group quite a presence in this area.

Recently Released: (shamelessly stolen from GameFAQs)
09/25 Dead or Alive 5 - PS3
           Dead or Alive 5 - X360
           FIFA Soccer 13 - X360
           FIFA Soccer 13 - PS3
           Final Fantasy III - PSP
           One Piece: Pirate Warriors - PS3
           Tokyo Jungle - PS3
09/27 The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave - 3DS
10/02 NBA 2K13 - PS3
           NBA 2K13 - X360
           NBA 2K13 - PC
           New Little King's Story - VITA
           Resident Evil 6 - X360
           Resident Evil 6 - PS3
           Sonic Adventure 2 - PS3
10/05 NiGHTS into Dreams... - X360
           Sonic Adventure 2 - X360
           Trials Evolution: Origin of Pain - X360
10/07 Pokemon Black Version 2 - DS
           Pokemon White Version 2 - DS

Coming Soon: (shamelessly stolen from GameFAQs)
10/08 Naughty Bear: Double Trouble - PS3
10/09 Code of Princess - 3DS
           Dishonored - X360
           Dishonored - PC
           Dishonored - PS3
           Dragon Ball Z for Kinect - X360
           Fable: The Journey - X360            Mass Effect 3: Retaliation - X360
           Retro City Rampage - VITA
           XCOM: Enemy Unknown - PS3
           XCOM: Enemy Unknown - X360
           XCOM: Enemy Unknown - PC
10/10 Mass Effect 3: Retaliation - PC
           Mass Effect 3: Retaliation - PS3
10/12 Happy Wars - X360
10/16 007 Legends - X360
           Doom 3 BFG Edition - X360
           Doom 3 BFG Edition - PS3
           Mugen Souls - PS3
           Silent Hill: Book of Memories - VITA

And that is it for this week. Hopefully, Zakn will be back next week to do his usual fabulous job, and we can quit the amateur hour stuff. Good gaming, morons and 'ettes.

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