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April 28, 2013

Gaming Thread 4-28-13

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The breakdown of what THQ IPs sold to who came out and for he most part, Nordic Games bought everything outside Homeworld (Gearbox) and Drawn to Life (505 Games). No idea on how I feel about Gearbox getting the Homeworld as the next top two bidders were Stardock (Glactic Civ, Sins of a Solar Empire) and Paradox (pretty much every Eurojank Grand Strategy game in existance). Either way, $1.35 million is a great investment as if nothing else, you should be able to recoupe that just by re-releasing the games on Steam and GOG with minimal work.

Tatsumi Kimishima fails upwards as he gets promoted to managing director of Nintendo while Reggie Fils-Aime gets denied to be CEO as Iwata is taking that position himself. On one hand, Iwata more than likely won't hold this position for long as he's at the end of the line as CEO of Nintendo. But on the other, NOA very much needs a shake up and Iwata can't fail as hard as Nintendo has been doing here in the States. Just give me my damn 3DS Culdcept.

Especially since Nintendo seems more than willingly ready to continue their march into irrelevancy as they will not be holding a big press conference at this year's E3. No idea what the hell they are thinking about this. It's like after the launch of the Wii U being a failure, they seem hellbent on driving it further into the ditch. For admitting that they failed to educate the western public that the WiiU is in fact a new system, skipping the conference that will give the best bang for the buck on mainstream press is frigging asinine. Are they trying to be even more insular to being just a Japanese company? Sure, you might see a return of Space World but that does absolutely nothing for the west. And those Nintendo directs are nice but they're only being seen by people who are already Nintendo fanboys

Another week and another round of conflicting rumors about the new Xbox. At this point I've completely given up on reading them as I have no damn clue on what is what and of 20 years of paying attention to console launches, this is by far the most smoke screened thing that I have ever seen. Thankfully Microsoft is finally ready to show it off on the 21st so we can at least finally get something concrete on it before E3 in June

Bunch of news coming from CCP as this week was their EVE fanfest in Iceland happened. I'll let Zakn do more indepth stuff on it as he is actually there but the main news to care about is after six and a half years, the World of Darkness MMO is nowhere close to really even being started. They are thinking of creating a tv show based on EVE. Open Beta to Dust comes to a close on the 15th, a week after the big patch hits on the 6th. And as a side project, some devs on their personal time have been tinkering around with a dogfighting proof of concept used in conjunction with the Oculus Rift.

Nice to see the game that I've been pimping for awhile now, Dragon's Crown got a sidebar note a few days ago. I saw the LOLtaku post about the art when it first posted two weeks ago and honestly, thought nothing about it as I've been following George Kamitani when he was at Capcom with his work on the D&D brawlers (can't wait for their re-release later this year) and outside of those games (which he was stuck with sticking to the already established art style), this has always been his style of artwork and frankly, I've always dug it. But anyways, bring your faux-outrage as this week's trailer gives a look at the range character, Elf (make sure you notice the squirrels on her shoulder)

Grasshopper giving as a cheesecake video on some of the characters in the upcoming Killer is Dead

And a side video

YAHOO! Eclipse, the acclaimed 4x boardgame is finally coming this week to the iPad from Big Daddy's Creations for the decent price of $6.99. And they threw together a gameplay trailer to entice the nubs who never played the boardgame

Was going to write up some quick impressions on the new expansion pack for Dragon's Dogma but damn, why they gotta hit so hard? I grinded a bit at the end of Dragon's Dogma but stopping at level 50 and having good pawns was a mistake as I can barely make any headway. I'll write up about it in a week or two but man, after a somewhat easy game, the expansion threw me for a loop.

That being said, I can talk about Monaco which is really awesome with multiplayer but not so much when it comes to single player. Sure, you can get through a couple of stages by yourself but you soon realize that you really need more than one specialty to make it through a level. And multiplayer is such a hoot as most of the time it ends up akin to multiplayer Magicka where every mistake is a laugh riot especially since someone in every game will take The Mole which can bust through walls. Only real negative for me is I wish the sight cone was bigger but it's one of the funnest games I've played so far this year.

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