Weekly Link Round Up
- China has strict rules on video games. We know this. Mature and AO games are almost non-existent without extensive edits at the behest of the Chinese government. So how do people in China get access to games like Resident Evil 2, which will not be sold in the country in it's current form? By changing the box art. Several websites have outted a few Tabao sellers that are attempting to get around China's censors by creating new box art and changing the name of the game. "Capcom Remake 2" with child-like drawings that do not depict blood, gore, and have an arbitrary bar code on the front. It's a cleaver way to trick the system, both mechanical and human-based. This isn't the first time sellers have tried to work around the system. In China, Diablo is similar to the word 'pineapple.' Thumbnails of the product would utilize a Pineapple instead of the game art. You have to appreciate people's ingenuity when trying to skirt the rules.
- VG 24/7 took a page from one of my posts and asked the important question of why actors cant realistically play video games. Acting with a keyboard or a controller leads to 1 of 2 results: The actors bang on the equipment like it has killed their dog, or they lazily thumb the joystick while the game character moves in the opposite direction. Dialogue in these scenes is also very unrealistic. If someone is playing an RPG, they would say "Hold up. I need to get to a save point," before leaving the game. And Mortal Kombat is more than button mashing. There are set buttons and arrows you need to press to accomplish a move, and pressing all the things isn't going to accomplish what you want. VG 24/7 rounded out their article with a few videos for all of us to laugh at the silly antics of actors pretending to play video games.
- Team Fortress 2 player Sketchek has returned to YouTube to once again upload videos of his "high level" of playing and funny moments after a 3 year hiatus from a terminal illness. One problem: he wasn't sick. He made it up thinking it would be funny to trick people that cared about him. Sketchek originally left YouTube November 2015 in a now-deleted video where he informed his subscribers that he had an illness. He didn't divulge any details or what he had, but he kept quiet for about 3 years. Valve was moved by the player that they added a move in the game in his honor. A few days ago he created a new Twitter account and posted an update on February 6th to apologize for the "prank." He wants to come back and keep making videos. For those who follow him, you can choose if you wish to support this person or not. To me, this was not a prank or a joke. This was disturbing. To have the mentality of "I should fake being sick so people can love me" are warning signs. This is a person who needs professional medical help. Knowing people who have terminal illnesses and suffer daily, this was not a joke. This was disgusting and he should not be forgiven so quickly.
- WhatCulture is back on the Round Up with an okay-ish list. This time it's 10 game villains that we didn't want to kill. The fact that they listed Handsome Jack from the Borderlands series at all, in the #1 spot no less, shows that at least this particular writer was willing to go outside of the box and introduce us to distinguishable characters who had more below the surface. It's not the best list, but the attempt at improving the quality of WhatCulture content was appreciated.