AND IT IS AWESOME. PERIOD.
Tron Legacy, being directed by Joseph Kosinski, is being distributed by Walt Disney Pictures and looks to be the coolest live-action movie they’ve done since Pirates 1. The film is also the sequel the 1982 film TRON. The basic premise is that Sam Flynn looks into his father’s disappearance and is pulled into the dangerous world where his father has been residing for 25 years. I first saw this trailer when I was at the theaters for Alice in Wonderland (weird movie, by the way) and I’ve been searching for it ever since. Well, Disney’s finally put it out on the scene, so click the link to view the spectacular trailer.
You know that anti-gaming teacher you have? Or a certain parent that thinks spending time in front of the screen is a waste? Steer those nay-sayers towards this quite interesting article at GamesRadar. You might know that video games have an affect on your mind, but nothing past Brain Age right? Well, prepare to come away saying, “Wow. I didn’t know that!”
Click here to read the article, written by PC Gamer UK’s John Brandon.
The idea to write this only just came after discovering that a new Call of Duty game came out. The moment I read those headlines, Guitar Hero immediately came to mind. And two words associated with that franchise are: totally milked. And I’m not alone in believing that the Call of Duty franchise is being driven into the ground. So I must say my Opinion on the matter.
Only three months have passed since the release of one of the best selling games in history: Modern Warfare 2. Since November 10th, 2009, an army of players have been pouring hours of their lives online and offline in the trenches of Modern Warfare. The Call of Duty label is the biggest thing in gaming right now. But, is it wearing thin? After all, there have been countless other successful franchises that fell into a ditch and never returned. Tomb Raider, Tony Hawk, Guitar Hero, and the now-infamous Sonic the Hedgehog. All of these enjoyed strong fanbases and had genuinely fun games to offer. That is, until more and more games came out. And with each release, the quality diminished, until they became sort a joke in the industry.
So what’s really got me concerned is that Activision is going to suck Modern Warfare dry. They’ve already announced a new game for the series. And there’s a big change in Infinity Ward: the loss of studio heads Vince Zampella and Jason West. Lots of gamers are worried that Activision doesn’t care about the studio’s future; only about the money being put into their pocket. Activision has already expressed their view of game prices, with CEO Bobby Kotick stating that f it was up to him “he’d raise the prices even further.”
The new game in the Call of Duty franchise that we heard about is being released in 2011. Okay. That’s a reasonable length from last November. But then Activision recently announced that Treyarch, the developer that handled World at War , would be releasing a new COD game that will hit shelves this fall. I smell another internet petition coming on…
A game franchise is a delicate thing. If you pull it off right the first time with only a few issues left, all those can be fixed in the sequel if the game’s successful. But success with the sequel means that maybe another sequel is on the way, especially if there’s a contract in the mix. A franchise can be continued the right way with multiple sequels and still seem fresh if it’s done right (Halo, anybody?). But if you milk the cow for too long, the stuff starts to lose its original zing that brought you in in the first place. And then, sadly, the cow dies.
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The Infinity Ward has taken a heavy beating recently. Studio heads Vince Zampella and Jason West were apparently let go. A report from G4 says that early last night at the studio “a bunch of bouncer types” showed up. They declined to state why they were there. An IGN update on the whole event says that an SEC filing states that “two unnamed, senior-level employees have been part of an internal HR investigation.” Here’s a brief summary:
“The Company is concluding an internal human resources inquiry into breaches of contract and insubordination by two senior employees at Infinity Ward. This matter is expected to involve the departure of key personnel and litigation. At present, the Company does not expect this matter to have a material impact on the Company.”
The two executives’ LinkedIn profiles share that they were indeed let go. What a shame. Let’s hope that this doesn’t affect Infinity Ward all that much.
The Xbox 360 had( or, rather has) the Red Ring of Death. But Playstation owners could play their system with reckless abandon, not a care in the world. Until now. Actually, they can’t play their system very much at all. I know this is old news by now, but It was the weekend when it happened, and I don’t post on weekends.
Anyway, if you haven’t heard by now, the PS3 had a little error code of its own on February 28: Error 8001050F. Sounds ominous, I know. This malfunction caused the biggest blackout in the history of online gaming. It made Trophies corrupted, had the system clocks set to 12/31/99, and generally made the black box in your living room a paperweight. A fairly big one. It’s sort of like the Y2K scare for consoles.
Oddly enough, this system failure only affected the original PS3s and not the Slims. Curiouser and curiouser.
There’s arguably only two game developer juggernauts currently on the Xbox 360: Bungie and Infinity Ward. Each developer’s top games have been topping each other ever since Call of Duty 4 hit shelves, and with the new games comes new communities. New gamers. And there’s a big difference between the two. I’ve played both COD4, Halo 4, and Modern Warfare 2 online and off. Single player wise, Infinity Ward wipes the floor with Halo. But we’re talking about the online community here. And, in my opinion, this is where Halo outshines its mortal enemy.
Let’s start with Modern Warfare. When playing online, it’s all about the kills. Even on game sets like Domination and Search and Destroy. Supposed teammates are only focused on racking up those kills. It seems that everyone’s intent on being a lone wolf. Remember that multiplayer video IF came out with before Modern Warfare 2 released? That’s the best you’ll ever see online. And then there’s the language. You couldn’t hear more racial, sexist, and orientation slurs if you tried. This goes for all online games, of course, but it seems that Modern Warfare is a larger offender than most.
So then I went back to Halo 3, and I was surprised. The multiplayer on Halo has a completely different mood, gamers, and feeling. Halo isn’t grounded in reality, obviously, so it isn’t twoshotsboomurdead. You can get killed by a freakin’ traffic cone. So it’s really fun when crazy stuff happens, like taking down a Banshee with your battle rifle, or landing a sticky on someone’s head from across the map. And when you end up talking to one of your teammates (at least for me) it can start as a regular conversation, and encouraging words (We’re gonna own these noobs, you and me). I’ve met lots of strangers that I’ve had a blast playing with simply because we acted like a real team, calling out enemy locations, vehicles, etc.
Every game is going to have a different audience with different tastes and play styles. Nothing will be the same. But there are some that are better than others. And, in my opinion, Halo wins this round.
Hey there, you loyal readers you. I will be starting on making a game, either in Flash or Game Maker (simple name, right?) which means I might not be posting as often as I’d like. So don’t fret when you see empty days on the site. I’ll try to post at least one thing per day. Tomorrow I’m posting an Opinion editorial on the difference between gaming’s biggest juggernaut communities: Bungie and Infinity Ward. Look forward to it! As well as the game!