This Week in Games - November 3, 2012

Cash back for playing Halo 4, Nintendo's confidence, Sony's denial, a GTA V release window, Lucas' billions, and more on that Lauren Wainwright unpleasantness.

While Hurricane Sandy battered the east coast, and left millions without power, it was one of the first truly huge weeks for game releases; Assassin's Creed 3 (and it's lacklustre Vita sibling Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation,) Need for Speed: Most Wanted, and WWE 13 were all released on Tuesday, plus the reviews for Halo 4 started to hit by Thursday. Spoiler Alert: It's pretty good, and rocking a Metascore of 90 (so far.) Given all that has been going on, you'd be entirely forgiven for not noticing any of the video game news that happened over the past seven days. Fortunately, you don't have to go rummaging through our news index, or through your RSS reader; the most important stuff is right here. 

More Modern Warfare Coming?

There was a new Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 trailer this week. In-keeping with last year's celebrity-studded live action launch trailer for Modern Warfare 3, the new 60 second spot features Iron Man Robert Downey Jr., French actor Omar Sy, and YouTube celebs iJustine, and FPSRussia. Here it is, in case you've not seen it yet.

Black Ops 2 is still two weeks away, but this Tuesday it seemed that there may already be another game in the series being readied, at least if voice actor Bill Murray (no, not that one) was to be believed. The actor, who has played Captain Price in the previous two Modern Warfare games, told This is Xbox that he is set to reprise his role soon. He said, “Yeah, on Monday I am off to meet Infinity Ward about the next game, Modern Warfare 4, I’m doing work on the sequel to Modern Warfare 3, it carries straight on and I only ever appear in the Modern Warfare games…” The possibility of another Modern Warfare title should come as no surprise, we suppose. Traditionally, development duties on the Call Of Duty series are split between Infinity Ward and Treyarch, with each studio producing a game every two years.

However…

Infinity Ward subsequently shot down the speculation, denying any contact with Murray or of the rumor. "Interesting news today, but it's not true," read a response from the official company Twitter account. 

What do you believe? Do you think there will be an MW4? 

Sony Remains Defiant About Vita

Sony is "confident" (almost the point of being in complete denial) that its PlayStation Vita line will be a success. Speaking to GamesIndustry International, marketing manager John Koller said he is "pleased" with the device's price positioning amidst a market stuffed with competition from Nintendo's 3DS, and the increasing number of smartphones and tablets. He would not comment on the possibility of a price cut in the immediate future, adding that Sony is in it for the long haul. "I don't want to get into anything specifically, but I do want to say, as we've said multiple times, it's a marathon, not a sprint," he said. "And it's certainly going to be a marathon for Vita. It's going to be a very good, solid platform for us, one that performs very well."

Meanwhile, the overall health of Sony's games unit continued to show signs of deterioration this week. The company reported sales for the quarter ended September 30 on Thursday, revealing that revenue had slipped by 15.8 percent year-on-year from ¥176 billion ($2.2 billion) to ¥148.2 billion ($1.9 billion), with operating income also falling from ¥3 billion ($37.5 million) to ¥2.3 billion ($29 million). The company attributed the downturn to "lower" sales of PlayStation 3 and PSP hardware and software, though this was partially offset by contributions from Vita. Additionally, profits were down due to the slower sales, as well as "unfavorable" foreign exchange rates.

As for specific sales figures, Sony sold 3.5 million combined units of the PS3 and PS2 compared to 4.9 million during this time last year. The PSP and Vita moved 1.6 million units during the three-month period, down slightly from the 1.7 sold year-over-year. Of note, this time last year, the Vita had not yet gone on sale.

Despite keeping very quiet on the subject of its next-generation consoles, we learned this week that the electronics giant is currently conducting briefing sessions with select US software developers on the capabilities of the PlayStation 4, which is being referred to only by its codename: Orbis. Some game publishers are believed to be taking delivery of an enhanced version of the console’s development kit now, with v1.0 understood to have been little more than a graphics card. The current "modified PC" update, and January’s upcoming third refresh, is believed to be indicative of the final specs, before the unit is provided "next summer" (in the US), ahead of a predicted pre-E3 reveal of the device to the public. 

Nintendo Confident of Wii U Success

Apparently claiming to be "confident" is this year's chosen marketing expression, because - whaddya know? Nintendo is "confident" too. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, said during a financial presentation that preorder figures for the Wii U make it clear the system will hit the ground running. "If you look at how preorders are doing at the moment, it is not an exaggeration to say that Wii U is sure to sell well in this holiday season," he said. Iwata claimed last week that preorders for the Wii U had sold out at many retailers, with a waitlist for the console at GameStop numbering more than a quarter of a million people. The executive cautioned that though Wii U sales may get off to a quick start, keeping sales strong into next year is the real task.

To maximize the prospect of sales longevity for the Wii U, Iwata revealed that several games that were being readied to be among the 23 launch titles for the system were pushed to 2013 to keep gamers interested. He did not name any of these, and all 23 previously announced launch titles remain on-schedule. "Nintendo tends to release too many titles at the launch of a hardware system and as a result suffers a drop in new games for quite some time after launch, and for the Wii U launch, we are being very careful not to let it happen," he said. "Fortunately, third-party publishers overseas are launching many titles for us this time, and we were able to push back the release of some of the titles that we had originally intended to release as launch titles until next year."

Bleszinski Offers to "Fix" Resident Evil

Former Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski has offered to help Capcom "fix" the Resident Evil franchise. "Hey, Capcom. Call me," he said on Twitter. "We can fix Resident Evil. Together." He didn't go into any further detail regarding why he believes the Resident Evil franchise would need fixing. but if you've played Resident Evil 6 - you probably have a pretty good idea of where he's coming from.

What do you think? Given that the original Gears of War was strongly inspired by mechanics from Resident Evil 4, do you think Cliff could be the right man for the job? 

Disney Now Pretty Much Owns Your Childhood

Disney announced on Tuesday that it had purchased Lucasfilm (and all of its subsidiaries, including LucasArts) for $4.05 billion in cash and stock shares. In conjunction with the news, the company also revealed that plans for a seventh Star Wars movie, are in motion with an anticipated theatrical release in 2015. "It's now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I've always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime," said George Lucas in a statement. "I'm confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come. Disney's reach and experience give Lucasfilm the opportunity to blaze new trails in film, television, interactive media, theme parks, live entertainment, and consumer products."

Disney chairman and CEO officer Bob Iger stated, "This transaction combines a world-class portfolio of content including Star Wars, one of the greatest family entertainment franchises of all time, with Disney's unique and unparalleled creativity across multiple platforms, businesses, and markets to generate sustained growth and drive significant long-term value."

This is Disney's third major brand and studio acquisition in the last ten years. In 2006, the company acquired Pixar for $7.4 billion, then in 2009, Disney acquired Marvel for $4 billion.

The big emphasis during Disney’s Tuesday conference call discussing its acquisition was the (obviously) enormous earnings potential of the Star Wars franchise, including gaming. One of the analysts on the call asked what kind of Star Wars games Disney will be focusing on. Iger responded, saying that they are “likely to focus more on social and mobile than we are on console.” However, he added that Disney will look at console games “opportunistically,” using licensing deals to allow other companies to create Star Wars games for consoles.

Later, LucasArts issued a statement that it's "business as usual" for internal projects at the studio, which led to a number of emphatic (but possibly misguided) headlines on a number of sites declaring that existing projects are "safe." No specifics were stated by anyone at Disney, but you'd be forgiven for maintaining a cynical belief that rumored-but-lots-of-people-have-seen-it XBLA multiplayer shooter Star Wars First Assault (which the rumor-mill would have us believe is a bit crap) may end up being iced, and that E3-darling Star Wars: 1313 could be put on indefinite hold. Despite generating plenty of buzz, rumor has it that the realtime demo's of the game were running on PC rigs with multiple--possibly up to four, depending on who you believe--GTX 690's ($1,000 graphics cards) chugging away together to make those gorgeous graphics possible. The smart money is on that project being farmed out to a third party publisher, if it's to survive at all. LucasArts and Disney will no doubt vehemently deny this, right up until the point that they inevitably announce it sometime next year.

Later in the week, further news emerged regarding George Lucas' plans for the proceeds from the sale of his company. The creator of the Star Wars franchise, already worth approximately $3.3 billion before the deal, is said to have ambitious plans for "a major, Bill Gates-style philanthropic initiative," with the money. In 2010, Lucas signed The Giving Pledge, the effort by Gates and Warren Buffett to get America's wealthiest individuals and families "to commit to giving the majority of their wealth to the philanthropic causes and charitable organizations of their choice either during their lifetime or after their death." At the time, Lucas said in a public letter: "I am dedicating the majority of my wealth to improving education. It is the key to the survival of the human race. We have to plan for our collective future--and the first step begins with the social, emotional and intellectual tools we provide to our children." 

At The Opposite End of the Spectrum: This Guy

38 Studios may be off the hook for federal charges, but the state of Rhode Island is only just beginning its legal action against the company. The Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC) has filed a suit in Rhode Island superior court against some of the architects behind the controversial 2010 $75 million loan that brought 38 Studios to the Ocean State. Defendants include 38 Studios founder and former Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling and former company CEO Jennifer Maclean, as well as banks Wells Fargo and Barclays Capital, among numerous others. The entire 97-page complaint was posted to the RIEDC website, if you want to check it out.

Borderlands, Wii U, and the Cost of Next-Gen

Borderlands continued to make headlines this week. The iOS game Borderlands Legends that we mentioned last week hit the App Store on Tuesday night (unusually one day ahead of the bulk of the stuff that usually hits the games channel) and despite some initial criticisms for not being a first person shooter, has been fairly well-received. If you're looking to check it out, know that it's not a universal app; the iPad version is a separate "HD" game that sells for $6.99, whereas the iPhone and iPod Touch version is $4.99.

The shift to mobile wasn't the only news, Take-Two also revealed during it's earnings report on Wednesday that Gearbox Software's Borderlands 2 had been a roaring success. The company called the launch one of the "most successful releases" in 2K history and noted that in addition to healthy sales at retail, the game has also enjoyed "strong" digital sales. It was not announced how many copies of Borderlands 2 were actually sold, but stated that it had shipped 5 million copies.

At around the same time, Gearbox president Randy Pitchford told Joystiq that he is "a believer" in the Wii U's GamePad controller. The executive claimed Nintendo has never made a better input for first-person shooter games and other hardcore titles. "This is the best controller Nintendo's ever made for making [a first-person shooter]," Pitchford said. "This is the best controller Nintendo has ever given us for playing hardcore games."

Meanwhile, according to Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick, it may be a myth that next-generation game development will be more expensive and complicated than it currently is. Speaking during a conference call after the earnings call on Wednesday, Zelnick said that Take-Two is not expecting there to be additional expenses associated with the move to new consoles. "We don't have a ramp up of operating expenses for next-generation," Zelnick said. "Do we believe the titles to be a whole lot more expensive to make for next-gen? And the answer is we do not. In many instances we believe that it may be somewhat easier to make titles for next-gen, depending on how the technology comes together."

Brace Yourself For Halo 4

The Halo franchise is (d'uh) one of Microsoft's crown jewels, and now the company has revealed just how lucrative the series has been. Since launch in 2001, gamers have purchased more than 46 million Halo games, driving nearly $3 billion in revenue, the company announced on Wednesday. It went on to break down the launches of past entries in the franchise, stating first-day sales of Halo 2 hit $125 million, with Halo 3 notching $170 million during its first day, and Halo: Reach besting that with more than $200 million during its first 24 hours. Halo 4, as you probably realize by now, is due out next week for Xbox 360. It is the first numbered entry in the series developed outside Bungie Studios, and Microsoft spent more money developing it than any other title in the company's history.

Also on Wednesday Halo 4 executive producer Kiki Wolfkill and 343 Industries head Bonnie Ross denounced sexist behavior on Xbox Live, revealing that Microsoft does its best to monitor and ban players who abuse others over the network. Speaking to GameSpot, Ross and Wolfkill said there is zero tolerance for Xbox Live players who are found to be making sexist or discriminatory comments against others, with a lifetime ban from the network as penalty. "I've seen many of the sites that have documented some of the more gender-specific slanderous comments," Ross said. "This is behavior that is offensive and completely unacceptable. I'd like to think most of our Xbox Live players don't support this kind of behavior. It can be dangerous to give adolescents a broadcast mechanism," Wolfkill added. "There are always going to be jerks out there, and if you give them a way to express that side of their personality without being seen, you're going to see this type of behavior manifest itself." Ross and Wolfkill said that developers have a responsibility to stamp out this behavior by putting more thought into how their games will be perceived.

 

Sticking with Halo news (there's been a lot this week,) the Halo 4 soundtrack became the highest-charting game soundtrack ever this week, debuting at number 50 on the Billboard 200 list. How many copies did it need to sell to achieve that? Just 9,000 apparently, but that was enough to sandwich it between Barbara Streisand and The Killers. In charting at number 50, the soundtrack easily surpassed the previous record-holder, 2007's Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock - Companion Pack, which peaked at number 107.

Finally: have you ever been to a restaurant, checked in with Foursquare and been prompted to connect your Amex card to get money off the check? Cool concept, for sure, if a little scary for the privacy-paranoid. Well, Microsoft has partnered with American Express in a similar way as part of one of its many, many promotions around the game. Rather than "check in" as you do with Foursquare, if you connect your Amex to your Xbox Live account in the US or UK, you can receive $10 or £10 in Live credits, and receive coupons for promotional partners. Additionally, if you beat the campaign mode on Normal or above, you immediately receive $25 in statement credit. Finally, if you're one of the first 25 people to beat the game on Legendary, you will be entered into a draw to win a trip to E3 2013.

GTA V = "Spring 2013"

Surprising exactly no one, Rockstar confirmed on its Newswire blog this week that Grand Theft Auto V will be released for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in spring 2013. Pre-orders for the game will begin on Monday (November 5.) The announcement follows earlier leaks from Polish GTA fan site GTA-Five.pl and UK retailer GAME, both of which posted photos of promotional posters showing a Spring 2013 release date and the option to pre-order the game.

Lucky gamers who do pre-order the game next week will get the chance of an exclusive look at the game courtesy of special "Los Santos Viewers" (blurry picture below) being offered as incentives for early adopters. The viewers are said to come in five different colors, and will feature screenshots from new locations that "will never be released anywhere else, ever. Shots from those "extremely limited edition" viewers have already begun popping up on Instagram, showing GTA V locations including Grapeseed, Del Perro Piere, and the Vespucci Canals.

It is also expected that there will be a new Grand Theft Auto V trailer early next week, to further push the pre-order program, though it is currently running behind schedule. "We are working on a second trailer--unfortunately Hurricane Sandy has derailed our plans somewhat but we will have something to show soon," the company said in a statement on Friday. "It's hard to be precise as we have no power whatsoever in our New York office. We hope everyone else in affected areas is doing okay."

Anonymous Targets Zynga

Anonymous has chosen its next target: Zynga. In a post to the hacking group's official channel, one Anonymous member threatened the social gaming studio for its "outrageous treatment of employees and actions against many developers." The note goes on to claim that Zynga is currently planning a "massive layoff" scheme that will mark the "end of the U.S. game market as we know it." According to the post, if Zynga does not cease its plan, Anonymous will release confidential documents concerning the company. The Anonymous user gave Zynga a deadline of November 5. Additionally, the Anonymous writer claims to have lifted several Zynga games from the company's servers, and will release these titles publicly for free to make a point.

It Was Wainwright That Made the Legal Threat

In last week's This Week in Games we touched on the infuriating tale of UK games journalist Lauren Wainwright about whom comedian and sometime-games-writer Rab Florence had expressed suspicions about, due to tweets arguing that she saw nothing wrong with journalists winning free PlayStations in return for social media promotion at a recent event in London. Accusations were made, mud was thrown, legal threats were reported and then, inexplicably, denied. Originally it was thought that Wainwright's employer, the European games trade journal MCV had issued the legal threats in a misguided attempt to protect one of its reporters, but it turns out that it was actually Wainwright herself that made the potentially imprudent threat to sue Eurogamer. The site's operations director and editor-at-large Tom Bramwell wrote an editorial this Tuesday, addressing reactions to the controversy.

"… a lot of people want to know more about why I made the changes and issued an apology. The answer is that Lauren Wainwright threatened us with legal action and made it clear she would not back down, at which point we took legal advice and ultimately made the decision to remove the paragraphs. It was not a decision that I took lightly. One objection to this action that I’ve read online is that there was no libel. All I can really say is that the advice we received meant that removing the offending text and apologizing to Lauren was the right course of action to take. We also considered the fact that the article wasn’t really about her but about all of us, and I felt that the edited version did not change Rab’s meaning.

The second main reaction seems to have come mostly from people who work in the games industry--it’s all over my Twitter feed, anyway--and it’s that a lot of people want to forget about the whole thing and move on. It’s just video games, they say. It’s not as important as all this. Well, I don’t want to move on. It is important. And I don’t want to move on for the same reasons I published Rab’s column in the first place: I believe there is a lot of truth in what he says."

The larger discussion was fueled by widespread indignation and distrust expressed across social media and gaming forums along with some poorly chosen words by noted journalists. “I don’t think it’s a pretty important story,” Kotaku editor-in-chief Stephen Totilo said, initially dismissing the whole thing as another games media witch hunt. “I think it’s the same tired nonsense about games journalism that some folks love to carry on endlessly about.” He later changed his position in a lengthy post titled A Note To Readers About a Story We Have Not Yet Covered, in which he conceded, "My words were careless," before going on to promise a lengthier exploration of the story in future.

Ultimately, after all the disdain, and the lengthy forum threads (NeoGAF's is well over 150 pages at this point) about games coverage in general, the individual that is arguably most affected by this whole thing is not original scribe Rab Florence, though sadly his column is no longer being carried by Eurogamer, and it's certainly not Totilo; it's Wainwright herself. Her naive behavior, unpleasant dishonesty, and clumsy attempts to hide incriminating evidence have effectively destroyed her reputation.

If you're interested in digging into this topic further, here are some links for you to explore:

The Wainwright Profile, by Stuart Campbell

Games journalists, and the Perception of Corruption, by John Walker

Guest Post: Robert Florence on the Eurogamer incident, by Robert Florence

What Lauren Wainwright’s reported legal threats against Eurogamer show about the Gaming Press, by Ben Kuchera

Critics in the Headlights, by Jim Sterling

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SlowMotionKarma
SlowMotionKarma

I think Disney is getting a bad rap. Look what they did with Pirates of the Caribbean, and more recently the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They know how to treat an IP, especially those that are already established and well known.

What's more, a new Star Wars movie can't be as bad as Lucas' prequel trilogy. He had complete and total control over the prequels, and everyone else was too scared to disagree with his decisions so they ended up the mess they are. If you watch some Clone Wars, you'll instantly see the difference. With Clone Wars, it's like the original trilogy where Lucas had the basic idea but allowed others to add their own input and polish. With Disney "in charge" and Lucas back to his "advisory" status, I'm actually hopeful future movies will return to the feel of the originals.

jasonredemption
jasonredemption

I'm so sick and tired of reading games journalists bashing Sony for a variety of reasons...does Nintendo and Microsoft really pay them that well??

KD35RW0JH13
KD35RW0JH13

My favorite Disney character is Darth Vader.That's a thing now.

KD35RW0JH13
KD35RW0JH13

Got some rare things on sale stranger!

Lykanthropie
Lykanthropie

when gears of wars was inspiered by RE4 - it even failed more then just being one of the lamest shooters ever.

First time a saw cliffy b i just thought what a damn jerk, no wonder gears of war is that bad ...

jamesl1992
jamesl1992

Hey listen at 1st i think it's a bit crazy for getting Money for Completeting Halo 4 on Normal, 2nd I think it's good that Cliff is stepping in look at Gears Of War that's an all-round AWESOME!!! Invention.

fanaticsm
fanaticsm

Black Ops2 already leaked online and available for download......RE6 isnt as bad a game as Gamespot will have u believe......so Cliff can shove his 'fix' offer where the sun dont shine......

Vozlov
Vozlov

Yay! A news article on computer games I can READ!

 

Please keep them coming!

GreySeven
GreySeven

Can downloaded Nintendo titles on the Wii be transferred to the Wii U, or do they have to be repurchased?   Didn't see that info on the website.

deadpeasant
deadpeasant

It seems to me that if Disney have spent 4 billion to buy Star Wars, they are going to want a return on that investment. So it will be aggressive milkage ahoy! I expect to see darth vader walking around disney land with mickey mouse and donald duck. And spin offs and general whoring of the franchise from now until it becomes unprofitable.

 

Can't wait to hear more about the next PS4 and GTA aswell.

mapexlegend
mapexlegend

i would buy a vita if it wasnt for the price and that every games has to use touch and crap 

dilosan
dilosan

Zynga needs that they always charge too much money on Facebook games!!

yostryk
yostryk

WTF is Bleszinski gonna do to fix it? Put a chainsaw on the end of it and give all the characters slow stunted movement and shitty camera controls?

JamesThePrince
JamesThePrince

Disney WILL NOT RUIN STAR WARS!!Believe me I have faith in the force and so do you ;) <3 

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

I don't want RE to be like Gears, so I hope not. They need to get Shinji Mikami back.

GreenReuben
GreenReuben

"Iwata claimed last week that preorders for the Wii U had sold out at many retailers" He didn't claim it, it's a fact. And why is there something about Zygna here? They are in no way related to gaming.

bmart970
bmart970

I know this has nothing to do with games, but it is terrible that they are going to make more Star Wars movies. Lucas had made the story complete, and it was cool, but now these new ones are gonna make Star Wars look stupid.

Enforcer246
Enforcer246

Complaining about reading? Jesus, no wonder gamers get such a negative reputation.

Amster_G
Amster_G

Grand Theft Auto V.

 

That's all I'm saying.

smoothyplum26
smoothyplum26

I read all this but really wish it was on video like the good ole days. Why are gaming sites going downhill so fast lately?

Moegitto
Moegitto

Sony is like EA, they lost touch with the gaming community. There are many problems PSN and Vita wide that can be easily fixed but they continue to ignore any information given to them. I just bought the 500GB Assassins Creed 3 PS3 bundle, which came out the same day as the Assassins Creed 3 Liberation PS Vita Bundle. Damn near same price, $300 for the PS3, $250 for the Vita bundle. 500GB for the PS3, 4GB for the Vita. It's not working out anyway you think it. The Vita needs a price drop, it took them almost a year to bundle a memory card with the system. If they would listen to people then they would move more units, they are charging an asshole amount for a class 3 memory card. Sony really needs to stop being so "federal" like and actually run their departments better. Focus on gaming more than suing hackers and attempting to stop hackers but ultimately failing and wasting money developing tech that just gets overworked.

pleavitt77
pleavitt77

Dear Sony,

Please turn your Vita into a pocketable phone (all games and functionality compatible)...  aka: Xperia Play 2.

 

Signed,

Every serious gamer that only wants to carry one device. 

snakebite6x6x6
snakebite6x6x6

 @jasonredemption 

So... because he was reporting on numbers that Sony itself provided...he is bashing them?

 

At least you make zero effort to hide the fact you are a fanboy...

beavisj
beavisj

 @GreySeven You will be able to transfer items purchased on the wii/virtual console. With both systems linked I believe. I asked a manager friend at gamestop about this

jwhdavison
jwhdavison staff

 @yostryk it's an interesting possibility; when the first Gears of War came out, Bleszinski cited Resident Evil 4 as his primary influence. But, as others have mentioned elsewhere in these comments, perhaps Capcom's larger problem is trying too hard to be "Western" in the way it adapts its franchises. Perhaps better to go back to the original concept? What do you think? More "survival horror" and less "shooter"?

kkxtrouble
kkxtrouble

 @bmart970 Actually his original plan was to make a 12 part story. Let's not judge what hasn't even happened yet.

awheaten
awheaten

 @Moegitto quot, "they are charging an asshole amount for a class 3 memory card" LOL!!!!!!!!!

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

 @snakebite6x6x6  @jasonredemption Doesn't have to be a fan boy to be fair, i read about the exact same figures on IGN over the weekend but they didn't use the words 'denial', nor did they describe the exchange rates as being "unfavorable" in speech marks.  It almost comes across as sarcastic.

 

I'm quite happy to read the gaming news on here, but the truth will always be it's a biased website.  It's just how it is.

 

Microsoft's hardware figures were down on last year as were Nintendos (possibly aside from the 3DS).  It's just the state of the industry, consumers are either waiting for next gen or already own the current platforms.  Of course sales will decrease.  Branding Sony's gaming industry as deteriorating however is just preaching biased views, sales are slowing, that's all there is to it.  Considering they're still pushing out new IP's this late in the console's lifecycle shows they're willing to do what the competition won't, and that's reward it's gamers year on year for buying their console.

 

Label me with the fanboy stamp if you wish but Jason has a valid view.  Too many journalists are biased.

yostryk
yostryk

 @jwhdavison I'm partial to the old school Resident Evil. I always thought that the wonky "tankish" control scheme added to the horror aesthetic since it limited your options when fending off zombies. That same sort of control scheme is also what I hated immensely about Gears, why put that in a shooting-intense game?. My vote goes to the "survival horror" Res Evil. If they are going to keep moving towards Western-y action, then don't do it half-assed, go all-in. It's almost like thats what they wanted to do with RE6, but it scared them.

jwhdavison
jwhdavison staff

 @ahpuck  @smoothyplum26 I've been writing this thing on and off for about a year. It's never been a video thing. The show Quoted for Truth was somewhat of a companion piece. Is that what you mean?

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

 @constantterror I'll half agree with you on the American website quote..  Folks are always going to back their native companies than foreign ones.  It's fine, but when your view can affect millions there should be limits.

 

Also, in relation to the 360 vs PS3 argument.. One simple answer.

 

We don't have to pay fees to be able to play our console online with friends.  They're labelled M$ for a reason :P

 

Nuff' said!

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

 @jasonredemption Same here pal, been on this website for many a year.  It is saddening how the industry is heading, there's always been console wars, but that was only really in the eyes of the consumer.. and it was all good natured.  More and more journalists seem to side with specific companies though now which in the long run damages sales for everyone.  Probably down to the fact that the console war kids have 'grown up' (not to be taken too literally) and have since become established in a career in journalism!

 

I want all companies to do well, no-ones wants a monopoly because then there's no competition.  A perfect example is Call of Duty.  Game sells millions every year unchallenged so the developers do sweet f all to innovate it, they're under no pressure.

 

With you all the way mate!

constantterror
constantterror

 @warhawk-geeby Oh and not to mention this is a American game site so they are going to be biased to Playstation either way I'm an American but I know crap when I see it and 360 is crap.

constantterror
constantterror

 @warhawk-geeby  People always hate on something that's better than what they have or can't get even though deep down they know Playstation is the best hint why they are not stupid enough to let all their exclusives go like pathetic M$.

jasonredemption
jasonredemption

 @warhawk-geeby  EXACTLY... and well said, I think I should point out I have used GameSpot for over a decade (since I was a teenager), just seems to me that video game journalism as a whole has become more pessimistic and negative as a whole...shouldn't we all be rooting for Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony to do well?  The hardcore video game market is OUR friend, to hear Disney say they will take LucasArts towards a more casual social-media spun market saddens me because that's a loss for US as GAMERS.  I want the 3DS and the VITA to do WELL because that's a WIN for GAMERS everywhere, I shouldn't care about the Xbox 360 or even the Nintendo Wii U because I do not own them or plan to own them, but I still want them to do well, because that's a WIN for GAMERS.

yostryk
yostryk

 @awheaten  @jwhdavison I liked it in the old Resident Evil games like Code Veronica, Nemesis, etc. Back when you still had to "Find the crank" to advance to the next part of the mansion/room/whatever in R.E. games. When it starts becoming more focused on action (like RE6 & Gears) that control scheme starts to suck a fat one.

awheaten
awheaten

 @yostryk  @jwhdavison u guy  r nuts. that old control scheme was horrid. The just need more innovative control and better camera from what I hear.

Wesleypipes777
Wesleypipes777

 @bmart970  @kkxtrouble What you mean like Lucas already did? I'm hoping disney will save the franchise which had become something other than what it should somewhere around ohhhh let's say Jar Jar Binks??

WolfBladeKK
WolfBladeKK

 @ahpuck  @bmart970  @kkxtrouble

 I agree. I have faith in Disney. They bought Marvel and left them alone. They might have creative control over Star Wars now but they won't ruin it at all. Nobody over there are stupid. Not to mention Lucas will still be around anyway.

ahpuck
ahpuck

  @bmart970  @kkxtrouble  Look at what Disney did with Marvel Comics license, you shouldn't be too worried about Star Wars. They spent 4 billion dollars on it, I'm sure is because they believe they can make a good product and make their money back.

awheaten
awheaten

 @smoothyplum26  @jwhdavison  @ahpuck The problem was that the host were too heavily opinionated and were geeked out. I kinda like what IGN is doing... with the funny personality thing. Kinda like johnny carson. I remember  when killzone 2 was being previewed on 'on the spot' this geek just blasted it before it was even reviewed. I mean this guy  was really out to get sony back n those dayz.  I dont think he works for gamespot any more but he was  a total jerk. just a lot of bad memories, havent watched it since then.

smoothyplum26
smoothyplum26

 @jwhdavison  @ahpuck Yes John, that is what I was referring to. It's just been sad seeing the shows go away on here, then G4 crumbling. I miss QFT, On the Spot, and Start/Select big time. And ahpuck, you don't even know me.