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January 26, 2014

Gaming Thread 1/26/2014

Philip Scholz, marketing manager for Nvidia passed away on Monday trying to rescue a man who trying to kill himself on some traintracks.


more under the fat flap


NEWS

16 years after his last non-liscensed table, No Good Gofers (which is a really good table), Pat Lawlor is designing a new one for Jersey Jack Pinball

Who doesn't want to shoot AKB48 should be a real question? Bandai Namco is gonna give it to ya with a zombie based light gun game "Thrill of the Night". This is an old news article but it got lost in my bookmark folder :(

• Monolith showing off their upcoming Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor. It actually looks like it could be interesting, lore be damned

Have to admit, I was surprised to find out that League of Legends wasn't the top mark for revenue from online games last year. And it wasn't even close by a magnitude of almost a third of a billion dollars.

People who don't know anything about marketing are upset about standard marketing stuff. I personally have never done this at my last job in 07-09 so here are my expense reports from 03 to prove it.

So yeah, King.com (owners of Candy Crush Saga) has been approved with a trademark for the word "Candy". Okay......
2K trolls Vita owners by getting the hopes up that Borderlands 2 is actually coming out for the handheld.

As much as I don't think I need or want a sequel to it, NIGORO and Playism threw up a kickstarter for a sequel to La-Mulana. At the current rate, wouldn't expect it to get anywhere on their stretch goals outside of Mac and Linux verisons as they're asking for a wee bit too much money on the majority of stuff.

• Hasn't been a good Spider-Man game since Spider-Man 2 (which was 10 years ago) but a new movie means a new game

On one hand, Monster Monpiece is coming to the States. And on the other, it's being censored. Considering the game is supposed to be a pretty decent CCG, both of these are good things. I won't link to the card art but yeah, some of that stuff sure as hell won't fly here. Don't matter how you try getting around it by saying they're 1000 year old witches, they still look pre-teen. Throw in the mechanic where you jerk off your Vita that not only powers up the cards but also strips them down to wearing barely anything and I'm kinda surprised they targeted this to come out over here.

And speaking of the Vita, the dungeon crawler Demon Gaze got a US release date and a collector's edition. April 22.

• Though I personally have no hopes for this, it's always nice to get more golf games, especially with the current state of this specific sport and video gaming (Links was the last good sim based Golf series and it's last entry was 10 years ago)

• Can't say that I've been impressed with what I've seen of Shovel Knight so far but this new trailer had gotten me curious.

The Star Citizen gravy train still rolls as they announced that they've raised over $37 million.

SOE announced the shuttering of four MMOs: Vanguard, Wizardry Online, Star Wars: Clone Wars and Free Realms. Nothing of value was lost.

SOE also announced an all you can eat monthly plan. For $15 a month, you get sub benefits for all of their games. Not a bad deal per say, will look better when the upcoming EverQuest game comes out.

Since it's release last month, Minecraft on the PS3 has sold a million copies.

Microsoft reported a good second quarter profit of $6.56 billion. Moved 3.5 million units of the 360 and a good uptick in their overall devices division.

• Paradox announced Hearts of Iron 4. Hopefully they learned from the misstep of the third game

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New Releases

Broken Age (PC) - The first part was released last week to the Kickstarter backers but this week it's released to public. Though it's been heaped with a ton of praise, I'll be interested in seeing how this is looked at by the people who didn't back this.

Call of Duty: Ghosts Onslaught (360, XBox One) - First expansion pack for the new Call of Duty. Never been a big fan of COD but the Fog map looks interesting.

DC Universe: The War of the Light Part 1 (PC, PS3 and PS4) - New expansion pack for the game, this time the story line is based around the Red Lantern Corps. Not a big fan of the game and haven't cared for the Red Lanterns in the comics (really haven't cared much about the DC universe in general lately) but it's a new expansion.

Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (PS4 & Xbox One)- Square Enix trying to actually make money on this game (it finally broke even) by releasing a better and last gen but still a down port of the PC release for a full $60. Don't get me wrong, I really liked this game but I don't see the point of this, especially at full price. It's been $10 and under on the PC quite a few times and I would recommend that (outside of tress, the specs aren't high) but if you want to get bent over, the PS4 is the way to go. Gamestop broke streetdate and the early impressions is that both are variable FPS (which is bad in any case) with the PS4 running between 45-60 and the XBox One running between 30-45. And no, none of the DLC was worth buying.

Tomb Raider Game of the Year Edition (360, PS3)- Just buy a new copy, there have been plenty of times to get it for $20 or so and none of the DLC was worth the cash.

Octodad: Dadliest Catch (PC) - I thought the first game sucked and this one looks worse IMO. But people have been looking forward to this for some reason.

Rymdkapsel (PC)- I really dug this game on my ipad. It's a nice quirky abstract base building & resource management game. That being said, spend more than the $4 I spent for it on the iOS and I don't think it's worth the money as there just wasn't enough content there.


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What I've been playing this week

Been slow going in Assassin's Creed 4 (I just got the boat so yeah, very slow) as my attention has been on a few different things (and real life stuff).

Apparently Aksys released a English version of the seminal visual novel Banshee's Last Cry aka Kamaitachi no Yoru on the iOS store. It's the first official English release of Chunsoft's popular "sound novel". It's based on the Playstation re-release of the novel. It's "free" in that it gives you a teaser but it costs $4 and worth the cash.

Also been replaying XCOM: The Bureau, this time on the PC for some reason (Amazon stacked my Editor's Choice credits and only cost me $2.50). Still have my misgivings about it but still an interesting romp.

When I went to see Jack Ryan (I liked it), I got to play the new Batman arcade game again, though it wouldn't work for a console port, that game is a lot of fun and just feels really tight. They also had a copy of Big Buck HD, eh, its more of the same when it comes to the series.

Bandai Namco also released a free touch version of Tales of Phantasia and wow does that port really suck. It's kinda appalling that it got through Q&A.

Other than that, it's just boring regular non-videogaming crap filling my life (reading and designing new furniture for the year).

That's it, I'm done
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