News Roundup: Thanksgiving Eve
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 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
, 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.
Additional reporting and blog-scouring by Twyst. Don't forget to add your own news and links in the comments!
- 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).
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