Friday, June 02, 2017

Weekly Link Round Up

We've made it! Did it feel like this week was longer then the last one? Why is it that returning to work after a holiday it's always like that? Well, we won't drag out the day any longer then necessary. It's time for the Weekly Link Round Up! The best, worst, and oddest gaming news on the internet. Here's what we've got:

- More Far Cry 5 details have been released, and the game's setting takes place in Montana. It's a big leap from the previous games, by focusing on a more realistic location and time. The fictional town of Hope County is based off the city of Poplar in Montana. The story focuses on you, and your team, fighting against a fanatical cult that has taken over the area. Ubisoft developers visited Poplar to scout the location, take photos and video, and use it as a reference for developing their fictional landscape. The choice for the state was to give Far Cry 5 more of a "rural" feel while giving players a chance to run through mountains, hunt wildlife, and fish. So...there you go. Montana!

- 'Games As a Service.' You may have seen that phrase pop up this week thanks to a Kotaku article. As more developers move away from the traditional game model (i.e. they make a game, release it, move on to the next game) and focus on episodic and DLC content, many are starting to refer to games as  "service." The idea being that instead of a one and done deal on a game, they can provide more to consumers by providing updates and content for 1-2 years and keep customers invested in a product.

Does anyone remember the days where you could buy a game, in full, and not have to pay more? I miss those days. Most games were bug free!

The problem with this mindset that games are a "service" is that companies begin to treat gamers differently. Instead of selling more content, they look at DLC as a privilege that they are giving more to gamers. It doesn't improve the actual "service" of the game: the servers that run multiplayer, customer support, technical support, etc. More resources are shifting towards making money and not providing support to the gamers in ensuring they can play the product they paid for. It's a very slippery slope, and MMO's seem to be the only market that seems to get it.

- This just in: Video Games are still popular. Sales last month reached $7.7 billion, following $8 billion in March. Apparently the slight dip is a bad thing, but this year is already on track to outpace prior gaming years. Dumb article is dumb in pointing out the obvious, but now you know how much money was spent on games over the last 2 months. Yea.

- YouTube is one again bringing coverage of E3 with Geoff Keighley, this time offering a 4K stream to the 20 thousand or so people who actually have a television or monitor with that pixel rate. This year they will offer 2 days of streaming instead of 1, and will include keynote addresses and demos on the floor. In 4K...that most people won't be able to view.

- Here's a guy playing a video game off a microwave. I have no witty retorts to add to this. It's too random and astounding to add any more commentary.

- It's not a Round Up without a WhatCulture list! This week, it's 8 Insane Things Video Games Ask Us To Do. Games do expect us to suspend our belief when we trounce about their landscapes, so what does WhatCulture find the weirdest of the weird? Well they list GTA5 and the stock market mini-game. There's also hacking e-mails in Prey, the Psycho Mantis battle in Metal Gear Solid, and killing the stripper nuns in Hitman. While those are crazy, they are very specific to the game and not universal of all games. You don't kill strippers in Mario. When I think of "insane things games as of us" I look at arcade side-scrolling action games like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, where you have to eat pizza sitting on the ground to regain your health. Now that is insane and nasty. How long has that pizza been sitting there? What are the toppings? Has anyone stepped on it or has a car driven over it? Think of all the bugs that may have crawled on it! And you want me to eat that to regain health? This is a common aspect in a lot of video games. Food on the floor? There's your health pack. Good try WhatCulture, but you can do better.

- Finally, The Verge wants you to review your game screenshots. While I don't like the lack of insight into this article, I did find the discussion in the comments interesting. What do you think your screen capture habits say about you? What type of images do you like to photograph or record? It's interesting to read the answers from commenters while looking at your own gallery.

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