The Midagedgamer Report for 3-1-2013
This Week: EA wants to nickel and dime you, Stand up for your Video game rights! and perfect hair forever!
Ok, you know how much I hate the money machine that is gaming by subscription. It's not enough to overpay for a game now the EA's and Activisions of the world want to keep charging you for what you should already have. Now comes a bald faced admission from EA's CFO and Executive Vice president Blake J. Jorgensen that this is indeed the new revenue model. His quote...
“The next and much bigger piece is microtransactions within games. ... we’re building into all of our games the ability to pay for things along the way, either to get to a higher level to buy a new character, to buy a truck, a gun, whatever it might be, and consumers are enjoying and embracing that way of the business,”
That's nice but if the EA and Activisions of the world want to make it work then the next Battlefield or Call of Duty better start out Free to Play. Free to Play's not a bad model when its done correctly. In games like Star Trek Online I've actually bought upgrades I didn't need just to support what I felt was a great game. Free to Play and Microtransactions are synonymous what isn't is charging me an inflated price up front and expecting me to pay for the game twice.
This isn't gaming related which is exactly the point. Checking my twitter feed found a story about the upcoming sequel to Will Ferrell's Anchorman , Anchorman 2 on IGN. Why am I getting movie news on a gaming site? It's not even a movie based on a game! Stop it!
It seems there's an active gamers lobby to keep the politicians out of our chosen pastime. The Video Game Voters Network is out to stop Washington from painting video games with a broad brush. It looks to be a growing grassroots lobby backed up by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Check them out at the link below and give yourself a voice louder than any forum post.
HardOCP did a review of the new 140MM Corsair Hydro H90 and H110 CPU coolers. The big difference? no frills, no blinkin' lights, no colored coolant and 140mm radiator instead of the H50/H70's 120MM size. The H90 has a singlewide (like a mobile home) 140mm radiator while the H110 has a 280mm radiator. These new coolers are single core radiators roughly half the thickness of an H70. Check them out at HardOCP
Kotaku decided to let us all know what the next Assassin's Creed game will be called and even gave a few shots of the box art. Apparently the game is called Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag. Due out, who knows, price? nothing yet. In spite of the misleading title the game will not have you running around dispatching unruly household pests armed only with a blade and can of Raid. No, it's all about pirates! Check out the link to Kotaku to keep up with the unfolding tale of AssCreed 4...
What? It's a contraction...really..
AMD is bragging about hair. Specifically Lara Croft's hair in the new Tomb Raider scheduled for release on Tuesday March 5th. Apparently TresFX is a physics implementation that makes items that are difficult to realistically render, like hair, look more natural in video games.
Which makes perfect sense since Tomb Raider only allows a third person view and all of us will naturally be looking at Lara's...hair.
Finally, Battlefield 4 is coming out next year not late this year. EA Boss Frank Gibeau says it'll stay in a modern setting. Hmm, we've already went after the Russians, spent most of our BF time ripping up the middle east so I guess it's China's turn?
It's also being developed for next gen consoles like the PS4 and new Xbox. In other words, there's a very real possibility that Battlefield is about to enter the trap of Call of Duty's Modern Warfare series. That means It'll look good but basically be a collection of new DLC following a copycat BF3 storyline. I hope I'm wrong but I wasn't about MW3! Talk about milking a franchise!