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 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.

Editor’s Picks

  • 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!

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10 Responses to News Roundup: Thanksgiving Eve

  1. Twyst says:

    High-fives to Jill – she made most-to-all of these words!

  2. Kimiko says:

    Thank you for another news post :)

    Could you make the first part of the article a list too, like the second part? The “…” between items looks strange, like it’s all one run-on sentence or something.

    • KA101 says:

      Support.

      The initial ellipsis-separated column was difficult for me to parse, especially since I’ve been up since 6 AM today. The links make it visually very busy and it’s not always easy to tell which link goes with what. Bulleted list is clearer.

      Thanks for the update, in any event.

    • prezzey says:

      I was about to comment with this myself but you beat me to it!

  3. Alex says:

    SO excited for Nightmare Mode’s return! Yay!! The contributor list is quite fantastic. If you are interested in smart game criticism you owe it to yourself to check it out. Also check out Brendan Keogh’s upcoming ebook that is a close reading of Spec Ops: The Line: http://critdamage.blogspot.com/2012/11/announcing-killing-is-harmless-critical.html

  4. Matt says:

    That OXM vid is gold. A+ will lol again

  5. Laurentius says:

    I went to see how SWTOR fare as a F2P in comparison for example with GW2 and oh boy, subscription/itemshop model is really astonishing. You have to pay to be able to turn on/off visibility of headgear. Wow, even though i bought game at full price when it was realaesed and had like 3 months of subscription, i have to pay to see my character’s face. You’ve got to be kidding me, oh ok my vibe is totally gone, back to GW2…

  6. idvo says:

    I’m not sure if anyone on here already reported this, but in some rather sad news, it seems that the F2P browser based MMO Glitch is closing down. I know that some people here at The Borderhouse liked it, and I was planning on checking it out sometime myself. :-( There’s more information at Gamasutra:

    (I hope this link comes out right; it’s my first time using HTML here.)

  7. Ari says:

    Speaking of big releases… I am halfway through the Black Ops 2 campaign and still trying to figure out if they’re really still trying to play this straight, or if this is all elaborate self-parody, like the Delta half of MW3 seemed to be.

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