Big release this week was Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. All right then…Oh, and a certain CIA Director turned real-life soap opera star has a rather prominent cameo (WSJ) …And struggling MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic went free-to-play up to level 50. Is this the end of subscription MMOs? … EA announced Mass Effect 4 will use the Frostbite 2 engine instead of the Unreal 3, though devs promise it’ll be “respectful” of previous games (VG24) … And here’s a blurry photo of Dragon Age 3. Spoiler warning: there are no discernable spoilers (Kotaku) … And the second trailer for Grand Theft Auto 5 has graced the world with its presence … Despite rumors that the WiiU, which releases next week, would use XBox-like achievements, Nintendo’s new game system’s accomplishments won’t be system-wide (TechnologyTell) … Time Magazine released a list of the 100 best videogames of all time, including titles from Zork to Braid to Shadow of the Colossus (TimeTech) … Spike TV announced the nominees for its annual Video Game Awards, so go vote! … And finally, there were two more instances of internet-based dude-nerd-rage at all the “so-called geek girls” who are clearly just ugly sluts trying to take advantage of poor defenseless dude geeks by pretending to like dude geek stuff. Links here and here, but I can’t be held responsible for any injuries resulting from emphatic facepalming, loss of brain cells, or depression. Here’s a good riposte to one, and another good riposte to the other.
- Here’s a cool article about how videogames are getting one writer through a long hospital stay (BitCreature).
- Far Cry 3 developers talked to Gamasutra about the intersection of videogames and performance art, and how they want their players to consider themselves method actors (Gamasutra).
- And for your weekly dose of theory, ponder the definition of the word ‘game’ with Gamasutra’s Brandon Boyer (Gamasutra).
- This video is awesome. But don’t read the comments.Never read YouTube comments.
- Videogame critique website Nightmare Mode recently ended its hiatus, and there are quite a few interesting articles there this week, including pieces by Border House’s own Mattie Brice and Jill Scharr (full disclosure: that’s me).
Additional reporting and blog-scouring by Twyst. Don’t forget to add your own news and links in the comments!