Monday, December 13, 2010

Vacation Over?

World of Warcraft Cataclysm,
after the patch that ends the world.
When you're sick in bed, it feels like it is.

But wow, a lot of news has went down since I've been gone. So let's start with what's going on today. WoW expansion pack. Blizzard has their numbers in. Cataclysm sold 3.3 million copies within its first 24 hours of release. That's a lot. A lot a lot. The sales beat out the previous expansion, and all other WoW sales, Wrath of the Lich King at 2.8 million. Clearly WoW is still king of the Western MMO's.

Final Fantasy XIV subscribers have been given an unlimited trial period, for the time being, until the developers can work out the problems. An email was issued Friday, 12/10/10, to subscribers outlining changes in the developer lineup and what to expect. Most importantly? No fees until they clean up the mess. Not a bad trade off. It does, however, push back the PS3 release of the game until an undetermined date. And they have taken the Final Fantasy XI director (as the game has had a recent revival of activity) and moved him to XIV and removed Sage Sundi. It's an odd mess. But, for all of the crap we might give SE, at least they are being open and honest about screwing up and wanting to fix things. Good for them.

Playstation 3 owners will get a treat if they pick up the new Mortal Kombat game. Kratos! While not available in story mode, he seems like a good fit for the MK universe. Though granted, he's killed a few gods, so how they are going to dum down his power while keeping him cool is a challenge.

Media Molecule sent out another batch of LPB2 beta testing codes. However, the emails all contained the same code, which of course led to massive rage. MM is fixing the issue, but that's a big whoopsie. Someone forgot to merge the excel sheets with Outlook before sending out the emails. >.>

More Resident Evil 3DS pictures are out. And they are pretty. I don't know how they got this pretty. My little DS could never look this good. And if this is really the final outcome, I might need to cave in and upgrade.

Final Fantasy XIV
Because it wouldn't be a news roundup without a random story, a man stole several gaming systems from a hosptial on 12/10. Systems that were meant for cancer patients to play while they were recovering in the hospital. Theft at a store is one thing. But at a hospital? Are you really asking for a fastpast to hell? And the genius looked dead square in the camera while doing it. Hopefully the man will be caught. On the positive, EA and the Halo team have sent packages to the hospital to have those stolen items replaced. Which is nice and all that. But the cynical side of me is thinking that EA's PR team is loving every moment of this. Anything to make themselves look good!

Michael Washington is suing Rockstar claiming that his likeness was used in GTA San Andreas. Who is Michael Washington? He's known as Shagg from Cypress Hill. One of the other guys in the group. I can admit I didn't know who he was either. It really seems like he's grasping for attention. He's wanting 25% of the profit made by Rockstar and the publisher Take-Two, which is around the sum of $250 million. Good luck with that. Take-Two's response is a great summary of the situation:

"The Company believes the lawsuit is completely without merit and will vigorously defend itself in the matter."

Oh, and Spike's silly video game awards were on. If anyone cares. I was having more fun watching paint dry.


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