2010 September

September 30, 2010

Gamecrush is Now Open for You… To Play With Girls

In March a service launched called GameCrush.  This service would allow you to play with a girl in flirty or dirty chat for a small fee.  The service has currently left closed beta and is now open for those of us lacking serious social skills or lots of spare bills in our wallets to play with a girl online. 

Six-minute sessions involve real face-to-face time over webcam with the girl over a casual game of checkers, pool or Battleship. Those looking for more hardcore action can game time over Xbox Live and PlayStation Network.

The service provides for zones for gamers to participate in as if one wasn’t enough.  These zones include:

* The Arcade – Fun is the name of the game. Nice and chill.

* The Arena – For serious gamers. Butt-kickings handed out left and right.

*The Academy – Learn tips and tricks from experienced PlayDates.

* The Edge – Not for the faint of heart. This could get interesting. * I don’t even want to know*

“Since our initial launch earlier this year, we’ve seen continued and strong demand for a service that gives gamers the ability to meet, interact and play games with new people,” said Annes Iqbal, co-founder and CEO of GameCrush. “To meet this demand, it was important that we focus on the build-out of our community while improving our ability to scale to meet user demand and adding support for nearly any multiplayer game or console.  All of these features are now part of GameCrush.”

The service is not cheap either.   A play date which funny enough just like a real date will set you back at least 20 dollars an hour and the girls involved with the service get to take home 60% of the pot which isn’t bad money for sitting around and playing games with nerdy guys. 

I can’t see how this will take off but I have the sad feeling it will.  Perhaps I should sign my wife up for this on the weekends.  This would provide us with some much needed dispensable income and give me and my wife something to laugh at.  In all seriousness it slightly saddens me that our society has fallen so far that we provide a service where socially inept people can meet those of the opposite sex via a video game and fee.  Would it be that much harder to just go out and ask a girl on a date?  For the price of a flirty or dirty play date on gamecrush you could take out a girl in real life 😛 

I do wonder what is expected of the girls who provide this service… If one of our readers is part of this service I would be most interested to hear more about it. 

BTW… while you may think you are playing with a hottie like up above… the chances are you are most likely playing with this girl below! 

September 28, 2010

Can’t go to Blizzcon this year? Well Watch it Pay-Per-View style…

I recieved an email from one of our readers, Scotuskilmyster, and was really shocked at what I found inside.

Now you can watch Blizzcon in the comfort of your own home for the great price of $39.99, oh but wait there is more! You also get a exclusive World of Warcraft pet Deathy the Murlock, access to an exclusive sale of Blizzcon merchandise, 4 live channels of HD video programming that has video playback and DVR features, and all the coverage of every panel, tournament, and even the most epic of epic closing ceremonies. Again this is all for the low price of $39.99, thats cheaper than watching a UFC or Wrestlemania! So instead of watching  a bunch of sweaty men wrestle each other to the ground in complete non homophobic ways, you can watch how Blizzard takes a snails pace at making games, or watch some South Korean dominate everyone at the convention in StarCraft! 

Ok enough with the humor but is this really what we are coming to? I can watch Comicon, and E3 coverage for free and I have to pay for this? I understand that Blizzard is now under the terror reign that is Activision, but when will companies stop nickel and diming us? First Activision wants us to pay to watch StarCraft 2 cutscenes now we have to pay the price of a game just to watch some panels discuss how the create the game and the decisions they made for that game. There is no way I am paying for something I can find later on YouTube or any gaming site for that matter. What do you guys think? This is thrown out to the general pulic to see if this will catch on and I have no doubts that if enough people watch this, the price goes up next year with less content, because that is Activisions operating procedure, hike up the price and give less content.

September 27, 2010

NBA Elite 11 delayed indefinitly….

Peter Moore posted on his personal blog tonight that NBA Elite 11 will be delayed and did not set a date to when the game will be released. This news just came one week before the game was to be launched. The NBA Jam token for the free download now will be it’s own stand alone game that will be out this fall on it’s own. Here is what Moore had to say in his blog,

“This year, we set extremely ambitious goals for our new franchise, NBA ELITE.  We are creating a game that will introduce several breakthrough features that have been missing from the basketball genre.   Unfortunately, NBA ELITE 11 is not yet ready and we have made a decision to delay next month’s launch.  We are going to keep working until we’re certain we can deliver a breakthrough basketball experience.

In the meantime, the NBA season is just around the corner and we have a plan to keep our consumers close to the action:

-NBA JAM will launch on the Wii, as scheduled, on October 5. NBA JAM won recognition this summer as the best sports game at E3 and it’s a blast to play. In addition to the Wii version, we’re going to ship NBA JAM as a standalone product on the Xbox360 and PS3 in time for the holidays. Watch for more news soon on the exact timing of that release.

-For NBA LIVE 10 players, we will continue to offer free content and services throughout the 2010-11 season. We will start with a new roster update so you get all the players for the new season, free of charge. We will also provide free Dynamic DNA updates, daily, for the entire season. That’s a full season of basketball with new rosters and updates, free.

The decision to delay NBA ELITE was hard because the game has great promise.  But ultimately we feel this is the right thing to do.  We’ve been making steady progress on basketball for the past few years and it’s going to take extra time to make the game.

Why make this decision now?  As with all of our titles, we continue to evaluate and improve the code right up until launch.  Feedback from consumers is a very important part of the process .  NBA ELITE had the benefit of play-testing, a demo and a lot of our own research.  All that feedback revealed some concerns about gameplay polish, so we’ve listened to your feedback, and made a judgment that the game would benefit from more time in development.”

I have not played the demo yet but I might now just to see if this recall of the game is that important to putting out a quality product. I am really excited to now be given the oppertunity to buy NBA Jam with out having to buy Elite.

The reason I wanted to post this article knowing that most of our readers aren’t really the biggest sports fan’s is this is a bold move for any company to pull a game a week from launch to give it more time. EA is trying to justify their mismangement of time with this title with the offering of free DLC. Could this start the trend of yearly games coming after their normal street dates to make sure their games are at a certain level or will this be the straw that breaks the camels back and pushes yearly releases to every other year? What do you think about this and the way EA is handling the situation? In the mean time I am going to pop my copy of NBA Jam T.E. into my SNES and get some practice in.

September 25, 2010

The Names Bond, James Bond

It appears bond is set to return in a remake of ever popular Goldeneye 64.   This is great news indeed for those waiting for a new bond game and those waiting for a shooter for the WII.   The plethora of James Bond games since Goldeneye 64 have been disappointing at best so one might wonder what one should expect for this WII exclusive release

Unlike the it’s predecessor it will not be developed by Rare and Nintendo instead it is being developed by a Eurocom and Activision.  Having Activision involved in the mix may scare some people but this shouldn’t automatically discredit the game.  Activison and Eurocom can and do make good games. 

It appears all the original weapons are set to return including the Klobb which has apparently now been renamed as the Klebb and the game is supposed to contain most if not all of the original levels that it’s predacessor had.   While it is supposed to have all the original levels the developer has said that the levels will not be rehashes of the originals and that several changes have been made.

Multiplayer is presented in four-player splitscreen or eight-player online, with an experience points system that unlocks perks and this tends to be consistent with how Activison creates multiplayer games now days. Maps will be drawn from familiar locations, but the layouts will be changed from the way they were in the Nintendo 64 version.  You will be able to use both the motion sensor to play the game or you can play the old fashioned way.

This remake has me intrigued but I have the uneasy feeling that this game is going to be a simple rehash of the original  with a few changes that make it different enough justify it but similar enough that it won’t require much in the way of creative process.  However, I have been wrong before and I hope I am in this case as Goldeneye 64 and the James Bond Franchise are one of my old time favorites.  Here’s to hoping that Goldeneye WII is a remake the does the original Justice. 

September 23, 2010

Bioshock Infinite gameplay!

Irrational Games have finally shed some light on their newest title Bioshock Infinite. This is Ken Levine and his teams first effort since the original Bioshock. The game takes place in the floating city of Columbia, during the 1910’s. You are a Pinkerton Detective Booker DeWitt, searching for a missing woman in this floating city that was produced for the worlds fair. The game play is very much the original Bioshock, weapon in your right hand, powers in your left, but there seems to be more a cinematic approach to the combat and to the game as a whole. The vibe and play on American Idiologies are really peaking my interest for this game. I love how Levine tries to make the thinking man’s shooter, and it’s not just another romp through some war torn country shooting everything in site and the man with the biggest gun wins, a game that rhymes with fall of tudy (cough). But, check out the amazing 10 minute trailer for the game play for Bioshock Infinite. Bioshock Infinite will be on Xbox 360, Ps3, and PC in 2012.  

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLFy7P0isE0

September 23, 2010

Bobby Kotick… The Anti-Christ or Just a Solid Businessman

Bobby Kotick has been referred to as many things.  Greedy, Self Righteous, asshole, crook, arrogant prick and the list goes on.   However does this make what he runs Activision inherently wrong?

Corporations are required by law to do whatever it takes to make money and their responsibility is to their shareholders.  Activisions shareholders expect them to make money and make money they have. 

“Activision Blizzard Inc. said sales of its blockbuster Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 have exceeded $1 billion worldwide since it launched Nov. 10. 

Though the Santa Monica publisher didn’t specify how many units it had sold, that’s probably close to 15 million based on the 8 million units the game sold in its first week, generating $550 million in receipts” – Los Angeles Times

An interesting fact that I learned while I was in school is that corporations have to listen to their shareholders even if it goes against their personal convictions.  For example, say leaving the stadium lights on longer at night helps boost sales.  The owner of the stadium then finds out that leaving the lights on keeps all the surrounding neighborhoods awake because the light from the stadium shines inside their homes.  Hearing this, the stadium owner shuts the lights off earlier but then looses the additional sales revenues.  The shareholders see the loss in profits and tell him to turn the lights back on to drive the sales back up.   He promptly refuses to do so and in turn get’s sued by the shareholders and the share holders win in court.  This is based off of a real work example that happened a number of years ago and it goes to show how ruthless a corporation and shareholders can be. 

Companies are built by the consumers that support them.  In addition have having massive sales revenue from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Activison has made a stunning $37.5 million dollars from DLC for MW2 alone in the last year.  While you may hear many decree that if he doesn’t stop his “evil ways” people will stop supporting the company the truth of the matter is that sales figures don’t lie and Bobby Kotick his band of pirates made one of the most successful games to ever be released.  A game that is so successful that people are willing pay $30 dollars for 10 extra multiplayer maps, half of which are just rehashes of old maps released with it’s predecessor.

Bobby Kotick may be a greedy immoral bastard and many may consider him to be the anti-Christ of the gaming world.  You have to admit, however, that he has helped create a gaming franchise that has brought in more money with on title then most Hollywood blockbuster titles.  So long as people continue to shell out millions, nay, billions of their dollars for his games he is not likely to stop his business model. 

Personally I think Bobby Kotick is the biggest bastard to come along in a long time and the way he schemes people out of millions of dollars makes me sick to my stomach.  I do not own, nor will I ever buy Modern Warfare 2 because of my personal disgust on how he’s turned a franchise into a way to milk people of millions of dollars.  Having said all of that I have to respect the fact that he’s convinced people that it’s ok to spend top dollar on DLC, pay more for less game.  While I hate to admit it, Bobby Kotick, as a businessman, is doing a good job.

September 23, 2010

Bachelors Obtained and Back To Work

Greetings fellow readers!  Some of you may have noticed a lack of posting lately.  This has been largely due to the fact that I’ve been busy finishing my Bachelors, working full time and trying to take care of a family.  I’m happy to announce today that I have finally finished my schooling and that I have obtained my Bachelors in Computer Information System.  Having said that I should have a lot more free time to spend on the blog and should be able to bring you more exciting content.  We have a lot of new and exciting things coming to the site including a new layout.  We hope you guys stick with us and thanks for helping us grow!

September 16, 2010

The Launch of Gamerchat!

Ok so if you haven’t seen alot of my writting up on the site lately, it’s because I have been tooling around with getting this together. It is my weekly audio cast that I will be putting together every week from here on out and will be having people join me, having games of the week and questions of the week. This is what I need you for, anyone with a question about a game or the industry in general, please pass it along to me, via comments and I will be more than happy to try to answer them. But I hope you all enjoy the first episode of Gamerchat, it’s still a rough work in progress and as I get this down it will be more than it is. Thanks for the support and enjoy.

 httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ML-IBoK99Vg

September 15, 2010

Halo Reach video review……Finally!

First off I would like to say, sorry for taking so long with this video. It took more time then we thought it would but finally it is up. Alot of playtime hours, an hour of editing, and many cans of Mt. Dew later, it is finished. The quality of the video is a little rough, due to the equipment that was brought together at the last minute but our opinion is still the same. Hope you enjoy our video review. 

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6a5EhtNRhw

Look out for our video review of the multiplay, forge, and firefight.

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