What better than museums, lawsuits, interviews and free to play? Well, probably a million dollars, but unfortunately I can’t relay a million dollars to you through this computer screen. Instead, I can give you a selection of some of the most interesting, informative and potentially hilarious news stories from the past week!
The Smithsonian, unbeknownst to me, has been showing an exhibit on The Art of Video Games. The exhibit covers a smattering of just about everything, from Space Invaders to Flower, and looks at games from the 1970’s to Today. The exhibit’s stay at the American Art Museum in Washington D.C. just ended and it will make its next stop at the EMP Museum in Seattle. Keep your open for this superb bit of culture!
A Number of Navy Seals are in hot water after being used as consultants in Medal of Honor: War-fighter Seven Members of Seal Team Six are under investigation at this point after served as the games paid military consultants. Frankly, It’s seems a little silly to me: If nothing confidential was directly revealed, why shouldn’t these guys be able to profit from their life experiences? Whether or not these guys are going to be connected to the games poor sales remains to be seen.
World of Warcraft just got it’s mojo back. After the release of it’s latest expansion, the Mists of Pandaria, the juggernaught of MMO’s is back over 10 million subscribers This isn’t that surprising as the expansion has received good reviews and is still release it’s raiding content, but we’ll have to wait and see if Blizzard can hold on to its subscribers or it’ll return to Pre-Panda numbers within the coming months.
I’m a big fan of Dark Fantasy, and it’s therefore not very surprising I enjoy the world of the Witcher. While you may have played the first game, and more than likely have heard of it’s sequel (Both phenomenal), you may not know that the games originated from a Polish book series by Andrzej Sapkowski. I’ve read the ones that have been translated, and I can’t recommend them highly enough. In a recent interview a number of people were likely shocked to find out Sapkowski has never actually played the games, and while he has praised them, considers them, essentially non-cannon. It’s a funny example of the rift that can exist between a source and a final product, but I don’t think it’ll stop Sapkowski or CD Projekt Red from producing good stuff.
I’ll admit it, I’m not a fan of sports games. I figure you might as well play the sport if your going to sit and watch it being played. So when a recent report cam out saying that NBA 2K13 was actually the top selling video game of the most recent quarter, I think I Died a little. Only Dishonored being at spot 4, flanked by Pokemon Black and Pokemon White saved me from Cardiac Failure.
Silicon Knights isn’t having a good time. After suing Epic Games over a faulty Unreal Engine, Silicon Knights was counter-sued, lost and then had to pay Epic a butt-ton of money. To make matters worse, even if they had won their original case, it was ruled they could only receive $1. Now, in order to pay for their settlement, Silicon Knights has been ordered to destroy all copies of any of their games in circulation that used the engine, which includes Too Human, The Box/Ritualistic, The Sandman, X-Men: Destiny and Siren in the Maelstrom. How this helps the company pay the money it owes, I don’t really see…
Like LoL, Smite or DOTA? A lot of people do. Like Marvel? Even more people do! Now, what if we took those two excellent things and put them together? Well, we’d likely be sued, since it is already happening. Disney recently signed a deal to create a Marvle MOBA style game, which will release in Asia in 2014. Star Wars DOTA is expected in 2016, to coincide with the new movies….