The Week in Review

The Week in Review

In this week's edition, porn on consoles, superheroes, and disgruntled developers calling out their games.

Porn Purveyor Targets Consoles

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Steven Hirsch, co-founder of adult media studio Vivid Entertainment is trying to get one of the console makers to feature his company's content on their online service. His first port of call was Sony, but after being turned down there, he says he's moving on to Microsoft: "If we could get further than we did with Sony [on Xbox Live], we'd be very interested." I can't see him - or any other adult film maker - succeeding, but you have to admire his tenacity. (link)


First Look at Captain America's Movie Costume

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If there's one thing that cosplay has taught us, it's that getting a superhero costume to look right on an actual human being can be quite tricky, and often comic book designs end up looking silly. Rejoice then, that the suit for the titular hero in Captain America: First Avenger has been tweaked a little to make it as "real person" friendly as possible. I will admit that I kind of miss the wings on the mask, but I can live without them. Hit the link to see for yourself. (link)


Mass Effect 3 Will Be More Upbeat Than Its Predecessor

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Did Mass Effect 2 leave you feeling down in the dumps? Well have no fear, as Mass Effect 3 will be a lighter affair, according to producer Casey Hudson. "We're not talking too much about Mass Effect 3 right now, but the second story in a trilogy is where you traditionally end up in a fairly dark place. The third story is where you try and bring some fun and lightness back into it ... Mass Effect 3 is going to be the epic conclusion... so, a lot more darkness but also a lot more humor." (link)


FF7 Writer Bashes Nintendo

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Masato Kato, who wrote Final Fantasy VII and Chrono Trigger, claims that the age of Nintendo is over, and it is Apple that has killed the giant. Well, sort of, as he also claimed that the Nintendo had been digging its own grave with the Wii and the DS. I can't decide whether to take him seriously or not, because while Apple is growing into the games market, the Wii and DS have been phenomenally successful. (link)


Unnamed Obsidian Employee Disses Alpha Protocol

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Following a string of disappointing reviews for Alpha Protocol, an unnamed individual, who allegedly works for Obsidian, has lashed out at the game, saying that it should have been cancelled. The anonymous source, calling themselves a "tired dev", laid much of the blame at producer and Obsidian co-owner Chris Parker, saying that his micromanagement spoiled the game. (link)

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Steven Hirsch's picture frightens me... no comment.

Captain America movie... don't care.

I don't think BioWare understands that humor negates darkness and vice versa. To add more of both is to be rather neutral and improve nothing. Or at least I haven't seen it work before anyways, but I don't think they'll be able to pull it off in Mass Effect 3.

The FF7 writer seems disgruntled... probably ran out of coffee -- or worse! Redbull!

Alleged Obsidian Employee... I'm not sure... I wasn't behind the scenes to see it all go down and just how Chris Parker was running things, but it doesn't sound likely. However, until this person names themself or Chris Parker admits to it, I can't make a fair call on it.

Porn on Consoles idea will never fly, I cannot see it realy having a market in the eys of microsoft.

And...as for Alpha Protocol. Aimed for the stars and barely scratched the sky

Mr. Grey:
I don't think BioWare understands that humor negates darkness and vice versa. To add more of both is to be rather neutral and improve nothing. Or at least I haven't seen it work before anyways, but I don't think they'll be able to pull it off in Mass Effect 3.

A game has to have ups and downs so you can go into dark periods then once you get out, stronger then ever, and have a light moment, it can be effective

Forget about porn on the console.

I hope Mass Effect 3 remains an optimistic and heart-shattering story. The 2nd of the trilogy always suck.

Alpha Protocol was medicore as I said. A headshot should be a headshot when you got your sights trained on him. Not calculated by some dice. Seeing the bullet hit the head but counting it as a miss is Morrowind frustation.

fun-with-a-gun:

Mr. Grey:
I don't think BioWare understands that humor negates darkness and vice versa. To add more of both is to be rather neutral and improve nothing. Or at least I haven't seen it work before anyways, but I don't think they'll be able to pull it off in Mass Effect 3.

A game has to have ups and downs so you can go into dark periods then once you get out, stronger then ever, and have a light moment, it can be effective

They say it will be darker and more humourous. If they add more darkness to it and then humor, wouldn't it be the equivalent of what Mass Effect 2 was? In terms of proportions of course.

I understand the point. It's just they say they're adding a lot more darkness to it as well and that's throwing me off. It just seems to me it will probably equate to Mass Effect 2 in terms of atmosphere, aside from the pacing of course. So all that addition may end up being a fruitless endeavor.

I don't see how micromanaging could have produced a game that needed another few months in the pipes just to be passably bug-free. But, hey, it's as likely as anything. They should take a page from Blizzard's book...and BioWare...and, y'know, basically everyone else. If you can't make the launch date, don't. Better yet: don't give a launch date till it's ready.

 

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