Friday, January 26, 2018

Weekly Link Round Up

It's that time again! Friday. Hopefully a less-stressful day for all. Because it's almost the weekend and I think we can all use an easy day with how crazy this week has been. So let's get going on the Weekly Link Round Up! A collection of the best, worst, and weirdest gaming news on the internet this week:

- An opinion piece on Gamasutra asks "Are Video Games Underpriced?" While a number of us may immediately respond with "no," from an economic standpoint games may be selling themselves short of their full market value in order to reach more people. This can backfire if a customer feels that the product isn't good because the price seems too low. A lower priced is sometimes equated with lower value. On the larger scale of things, video games are at a modest price. It's when companies begin adding on DLC and loot box requirements to advance the game, that's when we question if the base product is too high for it's current value.

- A study found that video games are not accurately portraying the consequences of drug use. In general, drug use is down since the 1970's, and there have been studies showing that it may be due to video games. Instead of spending money on drugs, we get hooked on video games. Hey. At least it's a healthier alternative. The study looked at a handful of M rated games, determined if the drugs used are real or fictional to the game, and how they are presented to the user. Sometimes a drug is used to provide a temporary skill boost. What does that mean to the gamer? That's hard to say. The study doesn't focus on how people view the drugs after playing. Rather, the goal of the study looks like it's a big advertising ploy. The "study" was made by the Arch Stone Recovery Center of Palm Beaches, which helps providing counseling and recovery options for alcohol and drug addicts. The last paragraph is how you can call to help yourself or a love one get over their addiction. So yeah - take this "study" with a giant grain of salt until a real medical center in a scholastic journal creates a paper about the effects of drugs in games on the human mind.

- Want to see someone play of the most difficult games ever made? Enjoy this 1:30 minute clip of Trap Adventure 2. And prepare to hate yourself.

- If you're interested in video game records, the name Todd Rogers (Mr. Activision) should be familiar to you. A superstar in the 80's, he still holds a number of speed and high-score records to this day. However a YouTuber named Apollo Legend has created a video that exposes how some of Rogers' scores are technically impossible. This isn't the first time that Rogers' has faced questions of cheating. Last year his Dragster time was brought up, even though he was able to replicate the feat multiple times by Activision. The video is worth a watch and you can come up with your own conclusions.

- WhatCulture has a list of 9 Fan-Made Mods That Make Great Video Games Even Better. On the list is the 'Brutal' mod for Doom, and recreating the 'Game of Thrones' map in Crusader Kings II. To be honest, these game choices are random. The selection of games picked range from XCOM to Just Cause 2. While they are okay titles, they are not great video games by default. Already the title of the list is incredibly misleading. The mods selected are also not the best selection. There are some incredible modders in The Sims, Fable, and Dragon Age communities that should have been mentioned. And all three franchises are solid games with a large following. This list is another fail by WhatCulture. At least it was an interesting enough premise to click on it.

- Ubisoft wants you to play games with their A.I., named Sam. No, not SAM from Mass Effect: Andromeda, but I was thinking that too when I saw the name. What's the point of playing with Sam? It'll help build better, more engaging video games in the future. It's also creepy. The machines are going to take over! >.>

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