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April 26, 2015

For a limited time, buy your horse genitalia mod for the low price of $100 (Gaming Thread)

Welp, Valve and Bethesda in their glorious fashion is rocking the boat on mods by having an option for modders to be able to charge for their work. Now, on the face of it, it doesn't sound all that bad as you would be hard pressed to see why someone like SureAI (frankly, SureAI should have money thrown at them to be a proper dev) shouldn't be getting paid for their total conversion mods for Oblivion, Fallout 3 and Morrowind as they make whole new worlds with Bethesda's creation toolset. But considering the standard method of the cottage industry is free mods with tip jar links, this is quite the disruptive bomb to be throwing at a community that has been plugging along for years keeping games that are having their lives extended by these mods. All on the basis of Valve and Bethesda wanting 75% of whatever these mods can make when sold. And of course if you're looking for one of the dumber things, Valve hand waved away the ethics problem of modders being able to charge for their mods which also use other people's mods to work (a lot of Elder Scroll and Fallout mods are iterative work of older mods). Of course this lead to the expected, the modder got upset of someone profiting off his work and had the other guy pull his mod off the Workshop (he also pulled it off the giant mod repository, Nexus Mods as well). Though with this turn of trying to grab money, Valve's continued aversion to mods like Beautiful People is a bit interesting as it's far and way one of the most downloaded mods for Skyrim.


Like every thing that Valve has done over the last 7 years or so, this whole ball of wax is unneeded and not thought out. Don't get me wrong, Bethesda is scummy in wanting half the cut of revenue but Valve's gee willikers attitude (while being a monolith in PC gaming) of throwing shit at the wall is basically on the verge of killing the strongest modding community in PC gaming which neither of the two companies really seem to have any respect for with this move

And for Gabe Newell (head of Valve/Steam) who has always claimed to not be a shuckster (which people revere as Lord GabeN in misguided delusion), he comes off as quite the shuckster in the AMA he ran to quell fears.


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NEWS

• Oh and if you haven't already, make sure you download P.T. on the PS4 before the 29th as Konami is pulling it off the store. That's pretty much the last thing Konami has left to do to wipe Kojima from their memory.

• Does anyone care about Destiny anymore? If you do, that's cool but Bungie is going to get knuckle deep in you by charging $20 for a load of nothing content

Don't get me wrong, the first Gears of War actually kinda needs a "remaster" but I personally don't want more remasters. I just don't care.

Considering in how sales of Call of Duty is on the downswing, it makes sense in throwing a "beta" for Black Ops 3 out there to drum up support. Just kinda wish the trailers for Black Ops 3 did something for me. I've already played this game and it was called TitanFall

As masters of announcing games way before they should, Telltale and Marvel announced they signed a partnership for a game to be released in 2017. Still won't make them upgrade their engine or fix any of the legacy bugs.

Peak retardation of this gen's console wars. Why Microsoft was forced to apologize and they did is just ludicrous. Of course, Sony has the same vid but get nary a peep for doing the same thing is part and parcel for the industry.

Reactionary price cuts on your console will cut your revenue down. Though not having anything to play on your consoles (TitanFall last year), having flat numbers compared to last year is worrying.

While Spencer flounders, Sony revised their numbers upwards, even with a catastrophic mobile number (which is a harbinger to Sony's demise).

• Man I hope EA makes a good golf game. Though Hot Shots and Powershot Golf have been doing their best to keep the market from being a completely big pile of crap, a good "realistic" golf game would be nice.

• Look at that, we finally have something about the WAR licensed Total War games. Creative Assembly is angling to do a trilogy of the series. I'm not too well versed in the medieval Warhammer so I'm curious in how the story is going to work since they killed that part of the franchise. Is the games going to be flashbacks before The End Times or if this is the start of the reboot as Sigmar is still alive and has the ability to recreate the world in his eye.

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NEW RELEASES

This week is pretty bare bones for releases. It's even worse if you're excluding re-releases.

Broken Age: Act 2 (PC, PS4, iOS, Android & Vita) - Well, this Kickstarter project is finally coming to a close with the release of the second half of the game. Personally didn't like the first half (too easy and the story and VO was grating) but it's nice to see this one finally wrapped up.


State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition (PC & XBO) - Oh look, another remaster. Flat out, the game is good but I'm so tired of remasters. Quit it videogame industry. If you want the best non-multiplayer zombie game, this is the best one though it's let down a bit with it's real time mechanic. You can't just pick up and play this as everything is based on a real world clock. Don't play it for a few days and you're kinda screwed. I'm not a big fan of the $30 price tag. Sure, it includes the expansion packs but eh.


Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim (PC) - The PC version of this seminal series is finally getting a western release. If you want an action rpg, I still stand by this being the ultimate ARPG series which IMO is better than the Zelda series. That being said, I can't in good conscious say this is one to start off with as it has a lot of call backs to the earlier games.

Omega Quintet (PS4) - Compile Heart's new game is an RPG staring a J-Pop idol group. It's a Compile Heart game so expect some fanservice wrapped up in bad gameplay decisions to create another one of their decidedly mediocre games. Some people actually like their games that isn't the Neptunia series but I am not one of them (though Monster Monpiece isn't bad if it wasn't for the lewd ass shit).

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