Posts tagged videogames
During their press conference, Sony said that they “support used games,” and “that they won’t require an online check in.” Polygon is reporting a little bit of a backpedal:
“Well, I mean, we create the platform, we’ve certainly stated that our first-party games are not going to be doing that, but we welcome publishers and their business models to our platform,”
Tretton received a standing ovation at yesterday’s Sony E3 press conference after announcing that gamers would be able to share their games as they wished without worrying about licenses or 24-hour checks — policies adopted by the Xbox One that have proven fairly unpopular for Microsoft’s platform. Today’s comments seem to walk that announcement back somewhat, giving third-party publishers leverage to use their own copy protections on the platform; though the PS4 still won’t have platform-wide restrictions like the aforementioned daily online checks.
Sony responded to the Polygon article by adding:
“Similar to PS3, we will not dictate the online used game strategy (the ability to play used games online) of its publishing partners,” a Sony representative told Polygon. “As announced last night, PS4 will not have any gating restrictions for used disc-based games. When a gamer buys a PS4 disc they have right to use that copy of the game, so they can trade-in the game at retail, sell it to another person, lend it to a friend, or keep it forever.”
It sounds like they’re being very choosy with their wording. They’re saying they “do not dictate online used game strategy of it’s publishers.” So if Activision want’s to build in a check in every 24 hours it sounds like they are at liberty to do so. Kind of a bummer. Regardless of the policy, Sony got the applause, and the initial press saying no DRM. It’s a win for Sony, maybe not so much for gamers.
PS4. 399. This holiday season.
I’m absolutely shocked that this is less than the Xbox. Wow. Good for Sony. They brought EXACTLY what gamers wanted. This plays into exactly what I said about their conference in February, they’re putting the gamer at the center.
I think Sony won the day. They were a little slow to start, and there was a lot of “we don’t have enough time to talk about this” in some places but, overall, we saw some good looking games and they appealed to gamers. And really, that’s what E3 is all about.
Sony takes a direct blow to Microsoft. Jack Tretton made sure to announce that the PS4 can play used games and that it doesn’t need to check in online. Ouch. That one is going to hurt in the morning.
Kotaku has a first look at the new Xbox One hedset. Two initial thoughts:
- I’m happy it’s wired.
- I’m VERY happy the moved the volume / mute controls back to the bottom and not inline. It’s SO much better when you don’t have to take your hand off the controller.
Microsoft Xbox Press Conference
Microsoft did what Microsoft does at E3. It brought games. The stand outs were:
- Killer Instinct
- Dead Rising 3
- Sunset Overdrive (new IP from Insomniac!)
- Quantum Break (from Remedy Entertainment)
And, most importantly the Xbox One will launch in 21 markets this year at $499 US 499€ in Europe and £429 for the U.K. Also, good news is that Microsoft has scrapped MS Points in favor of dollars and cents. Finally. Now I’m just going to try really hard to forget that 1600 MS Points is 20 dollars.
To counter Sony’s annoucement of UStream intergration, Microsoft has announced a partnership with Twitch.TV. Gold members can stream from their Xbox One directly to their channels.
The most interesting announcement was about Xbox Live Gold members. Starting July 1st Gold members can download 2 free games a month. This is kind of cool, I’m just not certain how it works. It’s been hard to find information about it. I can’t tell if there will be a back catalog or if you have to download and keep it yourself. I’ll update this when I find out more.
Curious to see what Sony brings tonight!
Mob of the Dead - Trailer
This trailer for the Call of Duty Black Ops 2 expansion is awesome. It actually looks a lot like a Left 4 Dead level, complete with an escape airplane at the end. They’ve even brought on an amazing voice cast, Ray Liotta Joe Pantoliano, Michael Madsen, and Chazz Palminteri.
I would play this as an entire game and have absolutely no regrets.
I did not want to play Blak Ops 2 until now. Now I want it really badly.
This DLC comes out April 16th.
I have a new answer to “what iPhone game are you playing right now?” The answer is Worm Run. It’s awesome and you can download it now in the App Store.
Feverishly downloding this weeks Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin show and you should too!
This week on The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show my guest is Eric Zimmerman, a professor at NYU’s Game Center. Game Center is an entire program at NYU that sits right next to the film school and offers classes in game design, production, and criticism. Not only do Game Center students have access to a library of over 7000 new and classic games - they are actually required to play many of them for class.
In this episode we discuss what games go on the syllabus, what makes a game great, and what classics students groan about having to play. As Eric repeatedly reassured me during the interview, this is 100% a real thing.
From the Game Center’s FAQ:
What will I learn during my time in the Game Center MFA program?
The Game Center offers specialized classes that will help you refine your skills in one or more areas of game development, such as game programming or game design. However, the most important things you will learn transcend these more narrow areas of expertise. Some of these larger key skills include solving problems through design and iteration, best practices for creative collaboration and teamwork, and understanding how to analyze games on multiple levels, from their mathematics and aesthetics to their history and culture.
What is a Game Center MFA thesis?
Every student’s experience culminates in the creation of a thesis project, which is the focus of the second year. In most cases, a thesis project is a group collaborating to create an original digital game. However, some students may choose to create a game off the computer (perhaps a collectable card game, or a large-scale game event) or to work on their own. Students with a criticism focus may end up creating a website, series of podcasts, game exhibition, or research paper.
This is my favorite kind of Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show - something that you probably didn’t know existed, but after hearing about it you think, “Of course! Why wouldn’t that be a thing?” I really enjoyed getting to talk to Eric, and am already cooking up excuses to get him back on the show.