We’ve got even more news from the world of games, geeks and the internet for you this week. From Runescape to Medal of Honor, Star Wars to Magic :the Gathering We’ve scoured the internet for some of the most bizarre, crazy, and down right interesting stories of the past week. Maybe you’ve heard about some of them, maybe you haven’t, but regardless, it is time to become educated!
Remember Runescap, that grand-daddy of all fantasy MMO’s? Well, if you are like me, then you remember spending many an hour lighting fires, fishing and chopping down trees iduring your Junior High years. Now, no doubt you remember Minecraft, since you are likely still playing it, with the Pretty Scary Update having recently been released. Now, I’m going to say something that’ll blow your mind.
Runescape +Minecraft +Guns.
Runescape Developers Jagex have recently announced they will creating a game titled Ace of Spades, which, form what we have seen so far, looks to be a minecraft style shooter. The game is set to be released on Steam in December of this year, and has been said to be “MineCraft meets Team Fortress, as it allows 32 players to battle it out in a sandbox environment where bunkers, tunnels and entire fortresses can all be constructed in real-time.”
The news of the Week that you have probably already heard is that Disney has acquired both Lucasfilms and LucasArts for $4.05 billions dollars. The number of mash up comics, videos and pictures depicting battles between Mickey Mouse and Darth Vader has skyrocketed across the internet, and more the a few people have been saying that this is a bigger blow to the Star Wars franchise than the atrocity that was Episode II.
Me, I’m not so sure. Disney has made some pretty great action films, including Indiana Jones, the Pirates of the Caribbean, and let’s not forget, The Avengers’. Disney has announced that Star Wars:Episode 7 not only exists, but is being slated for a 2015 release, and I think a lot of my faith in the series will rest on what they produce with that film. Lucas is still serving as creative consultant, but I can’t wait to see who they get for a director.
The latest title in the medal of Honor series, Warfighter, did less then well. EA’s CEO, John Riccitiello has stated that low sales expectations are giving upcoming earnings figures a beating, and critical reception has been pretty negative. The big news however isn’t that this one bad game exists in an otherwise pretty respectable series, but that this could have major implications for the future of Medal of Honor.
Michael Pathcer, and Industry analyst, has voiced his opinion that Warfighter’s bad review scores and poor reception may be the death blow for the series, which has been attempting to compete with Activision in the FPS market.
“Given the impairment to the Medal of Honor brand, we think EA is unlikely to take Activision’s mantle as the leading developer of first-person shooters for several years,” he continues. “It may be too late for the Medal of Honor brand, as a score as low as this one received may be fatal.”
Okay, so this story isn’t related to Video Games, but I’m sure more than a few of our readers play the Magic: The Gathering (My Black-Red Grislebrand Deck is sitting on my shelf next to me right now!), and I couldn’t let a ridiculous, and frankly incredibly sad story like this slip by.
As reported on October 31st, Sean Dugas was killed in Pesacola, Florida by two men who wanted his magic cards. William Cormier beat Dugas to death on August 27th, and later moved his body to cover up the robbery.
And it is not as if this was for a few rare cards. Dugas’ collection was valued between $25,000 and $100,00, and included one of the most rare and pricest cards in the game’s history, the Black Lotus card, which was estimated by police to have a value of 10,000, but has sold on eBay for as much as $100,000. My heart goes out to Dugas, his family, and the community of magic players in Pensicola.
They’ve finally done it. We’ve wondered if it was possible for many years, even dreamed of the day that they would utter the word, but it has finally come. Valve has said the word “Three”
Unfortunately, this isn’t in relation to the long awaited Half-Life 3, but rather a boast by Greg Coomer that any Three Valve employess in the company could ship any game. Valve has a very interesting employee organization, described here by The Escapists Greg Tito:
Valve’s flat internal employment structure means that its employees are able to take on multiple different tasks, with no one person specializing in a single area. “Nobody is checking your work,” notes Coomer, emphasizing how the company trusts each employee to be at the top of their game. “Every single person is responsible for deciding what they do every day.”
Of course, this hasn’t helped Half-Life 3 come out any quicker, but I’ve got faith in Valve. Ecspecially now that I know they know the number 3 does exist…
Peter Molyneux, visionary and creator of the Fable Series, is releasing a news game that, as a fan of the BBC’s Doctor Who, makes me more than a little uncomfortable. In the episode “ The Power of Three”, which aired on the 22nd of September, the world was invaded slowly by a massive number of small balck cubes. These cubes ended up being a form of Pest control for Planet earth, and nearly wiped out a third of the population of the world.
So, knowing that, you may understand why I was a little concerned with the recent add for 22 Cans’ new game Curiosity, which features a number of black cubes and the catch phrase “What’s inside the Cube?”
I’m not saying this is a plot to rule the world, but if it is, I called it. Also, I am a little intrigued…
Yes, Yes, I know. Cheesy Internet/DBZ reference is cheesy, but I just could not resist. A recent report told us the number of apps available from both the Apple App Store and the Google equivalent Google Play. Apple still remains dominate with over 700,000 apps available on their platform, but Google is certainly catching up with the 675,000 apps that they have in the Google Play store. Who do you support?