Sunday, June 26, 2011

Star Wars Galaxies: Shutting Down on Dec. 15th

The upcoming shutdown, taking place on December 15, 2011, will put an end to both the MMO and Trading Card Game, which was an aspect of the game released as a part of an update in 2008. The official site describes it as a "very difficult decision, but SOE and LucasArts have mutually agreed that the end of 2011 is the appropriate time to end the game."
"We are extremely grateful to all of the SWG fans. We have had the rare opportunity to host one of the most dedicated and passionate online gaming communities and we truly appreciate the support we've received from each and every one of you over the course of the past eight years."

This used to be the greatest sandbox MMO ever created until it was ruined by the New Game Experience (Enhancement) (NGE) - after which a LOT of player quit due to the extreme casualization of the game and simplification of all mechanics to cater to the, at that time, new competition - WoW.

This is also a sign that SWTOR is coming on the way! So get excited!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


So there's been some speculation on Valve making a FTP game these days, specially with the support they're giving to some FTP games.

But some user at NeoGAF just posted this, leaving people in awe:

For people who can't see it, it basically shows Valve's Registry "TestApp" with values such as: "TestApp440" Which is Team Fortress 2. And it has in "Payment method" "No cost".

Is Valve doing a good move on a game that is already (and has been selling) really well for a lot of time? Time will tell.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

RUMOR: Mass Effect 3 may actually have Multiplayer. Fans weep tears of blood.

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A friend of mine just linked me to this. It overrides the last thing Casey Hudson told us before about ME3 having no Multiplayer.

To be honest, I don't want Mass Effect 3 with multiplayer. it serves no purpose on a Single Player, Story-driven game. No purpose at all. Then might prove itself as a good thing. Or not.

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Ray Muzyka has officially changed BioWare’s stance on Mass Effect 3 having multiplayer to “we’re not saying, but stay tuned.”

For months we’ve heard rumors that Mass Effect 3 was going to get the multiplayer treatment and it looks like it really is happening.

There's also a list of possible features the ME3 Multiplayer would have:

The game will feature a Horde style multiplayer mode with “crap loads” of maps.

It will also have the regular modes such as Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and Capture the Flag.

The Horde mode will have objectives like Capture The Flag, King of the Hill, and simple shoot-to-kill ‘waves’ as well.

Up to four players can play cooperatively in the Horde mode. Maps are “fairly small” but well designed.

Players can choose from 6 different classes, or use a prebuilt one’s.

There will be a level cap of 60. Some of the enemies were confirmed as well: Geth, Marauders, Husks, and a new enemy type called Brutes.

The game will also feature a ‘multiplayer store’. The store will carry upgrades for weapons, etc. and other items.

Players will be able to buy said upgrades and items by earning in-game money based on their performance in the multiplayer.

EA Pulls Crysis 2 off Steam and gives it "Exclusive on Origin" - Start of new war?

At this year's E3, EA announced its seriousness with the new digital distribution service Origin, aiming to rival Steam - another digital distribution service operated by Valve, currently holding a huge market share.

Yesterday (June 13th/14th) - EA officially pulled Crysis 2 off steam and put it up on the Origin service, as an exclusive download. In addition to that, the latest Alice game is also strictly available on the Origin service. Some people say - "about time steam gets some competition" and "this is better for the industry". However, is it competition when a product in simply denied to be on another service leaving choice up to customer?

There is another point of view - valve isn't selling its game on any other platform (D2D, impulse drive, GOG, etc.), so why are we blaming EA for doing something to attract people to their service?

A lot of people are worried that BF3, ME3 will be Origin exclusive as well - forcing people to use 2 programs on their PC, manage 2 passwords, 2 friends lists, 2 settings, 2 of everything. Do we really want that?

I am planning to give it some time and see how this turns out - I really hope EA does not screw it up.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Saints Row: The Third shows us how to make a sandbox game.

This is one ugly logo.

Won't say a lot more, since the video is pretty self-explanatory.
But I WILL say that there's a guy punching people in the balls, who then brings out a massive flexi-dildo and starts hitting more people with it. That is all.

Additional Note from ReDDoT - By the way, for those wondering, this game's PC version is fully developed and supported, it is NOT a console port! This was confirmed by developers on E3, as well as the players trying out the demos. 

The ultimate E3 trailer - 3-minute long video game orgasm

So someone had a great idea - what if we take all E3 trailers and mash them into one? The result was extremely interesting, you must check it out! By the way, the music is by Justice - Genesis, in case you're wondering :P