News Roundup: Black Friday Weekend

Today in BEST NEWS: Rumor has it Mirror’s Edge 2 is in production at DICE, the EA subsidiary that developed the first game. ngMoco‘s Ben Cousins tweeted as much this week, and he is a former executive producer at DICE, so fingers crossed! (GameInformer) … Hide your wallets, friends, because ’tis the season for ridiculous Steam sales… Mass Effect fans, would you rather have a prequel or a sequel next? Casey Hudson wants to know! But if they haven’t decided this yet then I guess it’s going to be a while before any such game comes out. So in the meanwhile, have some FemShep…. Valve‘s Gabe Newell was inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame. He is the 17th to do so, joining folks like Shigeru Miyamoto and John Carmack (Joystiq) …An influential credit rating agency has dropped Sony‘s ranking to “junk” (Eurogamer)… This week a British critic critiqued videogame critiques, and videogame critics were critical of her critiques (The New Statesman) … And apparently some dude played CoD: Blops for 135 hours straight. Dude. (GameInformer) … The Guild Wars 2 team dropped some hints about what’s coming in their next update (VG24/7) … You can play a prototype of Brazen, a new game from Double Fine that was inspired by stop-motion movies, by participating in a game jam hosted by  Humble Bundle! (Eurogamer) … And the Mary Sue has called it: from graphic artist Jemma Salume, here is the best response to the “Fake Geek Girl” controversy (The Mary-Sue)

Editor’s Picks

  • David Gaider, lead writer of Dragon Age and known cool person, wrote on his Tumblr about the importance of having a diverse writing team. (Tumblr) Here’s a clip:

As it happened, most of the guys went first. Typical stuff— some stuff was good, some stuff needed work, etc. etc. Then one of the female writers went, and she brought up an issue. A big issue. It had to do with a sexual situation in the plot, which she explained could easily be interpreted as a form of rape.

  • Game designer Eddy Léja-Six talks about creative game-playing, and how designers can foster creativity among their players (Gamasutra).
  • Fans of Peter Molyneux will want to check out this interview, in which he talks about his app Curiosity and his new Kickstarter project, called GODUS (RockPaperShotgun).
  • Meet Jane in this awesome PSA from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media!
  • Here, Eurogamer takes a look at Steam Greenlight 3  months after the project, intended to help indie games get support and attention on Steam, first launched on Valve’s popular distribution platform (Eurogamer).
  • Did you play the recent game War of the Roses? BBC has just announced plans to launch a new drama based on this actual occurrence in British History, and The Mary Sue has a few reasons why we should be excited about it (The Mary Sue).

19 thoughts on “News Roundup: Black Friday Weekend”

      1. I and most of the other CoD players I know have been calling it “blops” since the first one came out, yes.

        1. Hence disproportionately!
          (Never followed the CoD games much so this really was the first time I’ve seen it, but the pedigree of this abbreviation comes as no surprise whatsoever.)

  1. I see you’re still using ‘…’ to separate news items, instead of bulleting them. Is there an important reason to to it that way? It doesn’t improve readability.

    What is the difference between ‘Editor’s Picks’ and regular news items? To me they both look like selections from this week’s gaming news.

    1. Re editors’ picks: previous weeks sometimes featured things that TBH had posted an article on themselves. Not sure what, if any, objective criteria exist.

      Re ellipses: it kinda reminds me of a gossip column’s format.

      Item! The Border House News Roundup is tough for some TBH readers to parse!”

  2. Ugh. No female game developers in double fine’s amnesia fortnight that I saw. Did I miss one? I think I saw one man of colour in that whole segment.

    *shuffles off to support something else*

    1. http://www.doublefine.com/about/ — Looks like any other video game company to me: mostly white, a few asian.

      Hard to say about the gender ratios since it’s from a picnic–given that children are present, presumably some of the adults are spouses and not employees.

  3. Now I’m curious what exactly the situation David describes in his post was.

    And I wonder if the intended updates for GW2, including to existing content, will include some tweaking of the ridiculously disjointed “story” to give it a basic sense of continuity. The lack of that is one primary reason I stopped playing it.

  4. Just wanted to make a note that Jill writes these up, i just contriubte some of the links — credit where it is due!

  5. There were some interesting conversations on David Gaider’s tumblr post regarding the lack of racial diversity in the Dragon Age franchise that he flat-out refused to engage. Maybe not quite so cool.

    1. I think lack of racial diversity is less of an issue than the (sometimes incredibly) offensive racial and ethnic stereotyping that is typical of the DA franchise. If that’s the way they are doing diversity, I’m sad to say I’d rather see them not try to tackle these issues altogether. X[

      BTW did David Gaider ever disavow his “militant Islamic Borg” comment?

      1. Heh, I think he “clarified” it by saying he didn’t mean Islam-the-religion but rather Islam-the-worldview, whatever that means. So no.

        1. I can only speak for myself, but DAII has been the most personally hurtful thing I’ve played this console generation, and that includes many AAA games. I’ve been meaning to write an article about this since forever… *sigh*

  6. From The Bittersweetest Thing tumblr:

    “If having such a large number of women on my team has taught me anything, it’s that you can’t lump them into one category of preferences any more than you could the guys. Yes, there are those among my female writers who are more averse to combat and more attracted to the romance plots… but, you know what? That’s equally true for the male writers.”

    I find it depressing that this even needs to be pointed out.

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