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PIXEL COUNT: Video Game News Roundup for November 21st, 2011

A game news article

 

 

Hey there, kids! It's Monday. Yes, you weekend is over, but it's Thanksgiving week! Not only does that mean that it is a short week, but Black Friday is immediately after! Some stores are even opening on Thanksgiving night (I am unfortunately employed by such a store), so you can get to your spending extravagant amounts of cash on cheap games early! So, don't worry if you're stuck at work. It is for but a brief period before your 4-day gaming weekend commences!

 

But let's get to the news that has happened over the last couple of days in the only thing that would have you leave the land of Skyrim for a few minutes: Comics Bulletin's own video game news roundup that we like to call...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEWS BYTES

 

 

25th Anniversary Edition Zelda 3DS is Coming to America!

A while back, I posted a look at the 25th Anniversary Edition Zelda 3DS that was being released in Europe. I may have also, in some way, said some mean things about Europe out of pure jealousy.

 

It has now been officially announced that the bundle set -- which includes a limited edition black 3DS with Zelda designs and a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D -- will be released in North America! Huzzah!

 

Gwarsh, is it a pretty thing...

 

(bit from GameSpot)

 

 

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Beta Has an Official Drop Date

With the beta for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive not quite making their October window, Valve had to announce that there were still a few bugs to squash in the game before they put it out there for fanboys to break. Well, Valve now has an official date for when you kids could start tea-bagging your friends to no end: November 30.

 

So, to all you beta key holders: keep cool. In just a few days, you will all get to kill (or play) terrorists in some circa-2004 fun!

 

(bit from EGM)

 

 

It is OFFICIAL: Jak and Daxter Collection is Hitting PS3 in February!

 

 

A while back, I had discussed some leaked content that referred to the Jak and Daxter trilogy being released on PS3. We now have gotten official confirmation from Evan Wells, Co-President of Naughty Dog, who says the trilogy -- titled Jak and Daxter Collection -- will be released on PS3 sometime in February!

 

As someone who missed this series when it was originally released, I'm so excited!

 

(bit from PlayStation.Blog)

 

 

Skyrim Getting Patched After Turkey Day!

 

I know a whole lot of you are playing The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim and while it may be the least buggy release that Bethesda has had in the last 5 years (courtesy of their new engine, which fucking ROCKS!), the game is still all sorts of buggy. Not as broken as the Fallout releases, but it has had its share of blunders. Perfect example: we have been told not to install the game to our Xbox 360 hard drives due to texturing issues. Meaning I can barely hear my game because my Xbox 360 sounds like I turned a lawnmower on next to my television.

 

But Bethesda says the patch is coming soon! Bethesda's VP of PR Pete Hines (I wonder if his business card is nothing but acronyms) tweets that the patches will be available to us all the week after Thanksgiving (a.k.a. next week). Let's hope this fixes the minor issues that have arisen for us in the game. Also, I don't want to hear my Xbox 360 anymore...

 

(bit from IGN)

 

 

EA Getting Sued by Angry PS3 Gamers for Lack of Free Game

 

Months back, EA had promised PS3 gamers that they would receive a free copy of the awesome downloadable title, Battlefield 1943, along with their copies of Battlefield 3. But, when they opened up their game boxes, no download code was had. EA later stated that they were giving PS3 players early access to the game's DLC before PC and Xbox 360 gamers, but some did not find that to be satisfactory. Mainly because this early DLC was already announced by EA and was not said to be a compensation for not including Battlefield 3.

 

Well, now PS3 gamers are suing EA for “[misleading] and [profiting] from thousands of their customers by making a promise that they could not, and never intended, to keep”.

 

I don't really know what to think when it comes to this story. While I completely disagree with what EA did, I also want to say that this may just be a group of gamers doing what gamers do best: bitching. Now, I include myself in this group. I know that I bitch about things pretty often If you've read this column, you have been witness to quite a few. But I don't believe that this caused many gamers to choose PS3 over another console. Mainly because I know so few people that own more than one video game console. I do and know a couple of people that do, but most do not. And whenever a game includes free content, it will say something on the cover like "ONLY ON PS3: This Thing You Get for Freesies!" It did not say this on the cover, so gamers would have known better. There are so many games that do not come with free content and I feel that the only reason that gamers are pissed off is because the game did not deliver on many other promises (i.e. a single-player experience that rivals the Modern Warfare series).

 

That said, EA did promise this free game and it was not in the box. No matter what, they are in the wrong on this one.

 

(bit from Kotaku.Au)

 

 

Activision Says Call of Duty Elite to be Fully Functional by December 1

 

Here is another example of a big game company fucking over its clientele. Activision spent a ton of marketing dollars promoting the fuck out of their Call of Duty Elite service. They were then surprised when many gamers shelled out $50 for the service. So surprised that their servers could not handle the waters when the floodgates opened. The service that thousands had paid for immediately went down.

 

They are now saying to all the fans and customers that they will be up-and-running on December 1.

 

While I didn't shill out any cash for the service and was surprised that so many did, I do not work for Activision. The way it makes me feel is that even they did not feel this product so important to make sure that it was working right out of the gate. I will be surprised if any people decide to put money into the service after this setback. But, then again, CoD gamers are a dedicated bunch of bros...

 

(bit from G4)

 

 

Square Enix to Create 150 Jobs for their new Montreal Studio!

 

 

In recent days, I have been writing about so many layoffs in the industry. Honestly, I have been getting depressed. It seems as if the industry is booming, but so many jobs are lost everyday in this industry. Luckily, some companies are still thriving.

 

Square Enix has announced that they will be making a new Hitman game (not to be confused with the upcoming Hitman: Absolution, being developed by IO Interactive) and will opening a new AAA development studio in Montreal. Square will be hiring 150 new staff members just for that studio!

 

Square Enix also says that Eidos Montreal, developers of the recent hit Deus Ex: Human Revolution, will also be hiring 100 new staff members.

 

I love when it appears that an industry that creates new artistic intellectual properties grows. 250 jobs in one company is a great thing!

 

(bit from GamesIndustry.biz)

 

 

Microsoft Offering Ten Developers $20,000 To Create Kinect Mods

 

 

 

I really love this story, so pardon my glee! Microsoft has started the Kinect Accelerator -- a program that will choose ten development/engineering companies and give them a $20,000 investment, an Xbox devkit, a Windows Kinect SDK, office space in Seattle, all resources from BizSpark, training and support from Microsoft and mentorship from entrepreneurs, investors and Microsoft execs for three months to develop something special for Kinect.

 

This is what Microsoft says qualifies for the Kinect Accelerator project:

 

  • Any Kinect-enabled application on Windows or Xbox that can be a commercial business

  • Manufacturing to retail, education to healthcare, art installations to gaming, social to interactive play…hmmm, the possibilities

  • Can be cloud-hosted, on any platform, but needs to be an application

  • Could be one view of an application that may also have a web UI, mobile UI, etc

  • Kinect-controlled applications, like what you have on your phone, but on a big screen or a computer screen

  • Content you might expect to consume in your living room or in an operating room

  • Go ahead, surprise us!


 

Usually, Microsoft is pretty against the modding community on all their products, but they have been pretty open and responsive to all the great Kinect stuff that has come out in the year since the device's release. I think the Kinect is a phenomenal piece of hardware that has the capability to do so much more than the trash that has been released for it on Xbox LIVE. I think Microsoft may agree with this, as well. I am excited to see what becomes of this.


 

(bit from Microsoft)

 

  • Any Kinect-enabled application on Windows or Xbox that can be a commercial business

  • Manufacturing to retail, education to healthcare, art installations to gaming, social to interactive play…hmmm, the possibilities

  • Can be cloud-hosted, on any platform, but needs to be an application

  • Could be one view of an application that may also have a web UI, mobile UI, etc

  • Kinect-controlled applications, like what you have on your phone, but on a big screen or a computer screen

  • Content you might expect to consume in your living room or in an operating room

  • Go ahead, surprise us!

 

Usually, Microsoft is pretty against the modding community on all their products, but they have been pretty open and responsive to all the great Kinect stuff that has come out in the year since the device's release. I think the Kinect is a phenomenal piece of hardware that has the capability to do so much more than the trash that has been released for it on Xbox LIVE. I think Microsoft may agree with this, as well. I am excited to see what becomes of this.

 

(bit from Microsoft)

 

 

New Tomb Raider Movie to be a Reboot in Every Sense of the Word

ComingSoon recently interviewed producer Graham King, who is working with Iron Man writers Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby on the new Tomb Raider reboot. It seems King wants the film to take a route like the recent game, where we see a young Lara Croft becoming the Lara Croft that we know and love. An origin story, if you will.

 

He is what King had to say:

 

"Listen, the box office, they weren't disasters but I find it interesting that the story that we're telling is really the story before she became Lara Croft, so it is a character piece. It does have a lot of really great characters, but it's a lot of action and a lot of fun, and for me, it's something very different. I've not really done a movie like that before, but I really gravitated to rebooting this franchise and we're going to give it a shot."

 

I actually liked the first Angelina Jolie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. It was fun. Not great, by any means, but it could have been a lot worse (see Lara Croft: Tomb Raider -- The Cradle of Life). I am excited to see what this reboot is as well as who they cast (please no Megan Fox, please no Megan Fox...).

 

That said, way more excited for the upcoming game! Here's the E3 2011 game footage from that:

 

 

(bit from ComingSoon.net)

 

 

 

 

VIDEOBITS

 

 

"There are 10 million people in the World of Warcraft because Chuck Norris allows them to live!"

 

 

I used to love the Mr. T WoW ads! They may have been silly, but I giggled. I am quite surprised that Chuck Norris sued the dude that wrote the book of Chuck Norris jokes, but just participated in a World of Warcraft ad that created a whole bunch of new ones. I guess Chuck Norris allows you to make fun of Chuck Norris when you give Chuck Norris a big, fat paycheck...

 

 

More Kevin Butler "Hall of Play" Ads

 

 

 

I was posting these for a while because of how bad they were (and because not a lot of trailers are coming out now that every game is released for the year). But I actually enjoy these two. They're dumb, but that's what a Kevin Butler ad is supposed to be.

 

 

Rayman Origins | 10 Ways to Beat the Game

 

 

I picked up Rayman Origins last Friday and love this game! I've actually been playing it a bit more than Skyrim lately. That is not to say it is better. Just different. And whole lot of fun!

 

 

 

 

NEW RELEASES FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 22, 2011

 

WWE '12 (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii)

The King of Fighters XIII (Xbox 360, PS3)

Batman: Arkham City (PC)

Sonic Generations (3DS)

Sid Meier's Civilization V (Mac OS X)

Karaoke Revolution Glee: Volume 3 (Xbox 360, Wii)

 

 

 

 

NOTE FROM NICK

 

Child's PlayThe last thing I wanted to let you all know was that the Child's Play charity has just kicked off its annual Holiday Season! Child's Play -- from the creators of the Penny Arcade webcomic -- is a charity dedicated to improving the lives of sick and hospitalized children with video games and toys in over 70 hospitals around the world. Since 2003, millions of dollars have been donated and used to help these kids have fun rather than just sit in a hospital room.

 

Child's Play works in two way: You can click on a hospital on the Child's Play donation page and pick a gift to donate from the wish list or make a cash donation through PayPal -- which Child's Play uses to buy video games, consoles, toys, books and other fun stuff for kids throughout the year.

 

It is a great cause and if you would care to donate, please go to the site and make a kid a little bit happier this holiday season.

 

Thank you.

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

Until next time...

 

 

 

 

 

GAME OVER

 

 

 

 


 

Nick Boisson grew up on television, Woody Allen, video games, Hardy Boys mysteries and DC comic books, with the occasional Spider-Man issue thrown in for good measure. He currently roams the rainy streets of Miami, Florida, looking for a nice tie, a woman that gets him, and the windbreaker he lost when he was eight. He sometimes writes things down on Twitter as @nitroslick.

 

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