Anita Sarkeesian is the woman angry people who play games love to hate – because she’s out to change the games you play. What she wants, is better representation of women in games, which I think is a noble pursuit – even if I don’t necessarily agree with many of her outcomes. Still, I do agree with her that women are poorly represented in games. In a rather long lecture at New York University, media critic Anita Sarkeesian outlined how that can change.
It’s funny, the physical delay for Dying Light – and its subsequent, additional week-long delay. Quite a number of people I know are still waiting for the game to hit store shelves, so they can pick up a physical copy. They could have, if they really wanted to, played the game over a month ago – but there’s something about physical copies of games that still appeals, despite the convenience of digital delivery.
Evolve is a deep, tactical shooter that blends first person team-based play with third person player controlled boss fights. Those that love the game, absolutely adore it, while the rest of us sit wondering what exactly the fuss is all about. I know personally, that I’ve completely lost interest in the game. That’s expected though; I’m hardly a big fan of multiplayer shooters in the first place. What’s not quite as expected is just how much PC gamers seem to be abandoning the game.
I loved the heck out of Far Cry 4. It may not have had quite as crazy and overarching a story as the previous one, but it felt quite a bit more cohesive and coherent. And aside from those blasted eagles, I liked pretty much everything about it. Well, except for its last DLC, the Escape from Durgesh prison. That was a single mode, separate from the main game that added an arcade-like time trail to everything. It was not worth the asking price. Hopefully, the next DLC, Valley of the Yetis, makes up for it.
Earlier this month, Alessandro told you that Nvidia was set to reveal the “future of gaming” on March 3rd this year at GDC. Some people had been handed special invitations for the event, which mentions something “made to game.” Speculation then, suggested a VR headset or set top system. Both are looking quite plausible.
While I lost interest in Destiny months ago, I can understand why it’s repetitive, grinding nature is so appealing to many players. What I don’t really get though, is why – for all its desire to be like an MMO – it fails at the one thing that makes MMO’s an interesting, social experience; the social bit. Destiny’s singular social space, The Tower, allows for as much social behaviour as Darryn’s abrasive personality allows for real life friends. That could be changing. According to leaked images of the upcoming expansion, Destiny may have a new social space.
Oh look at that headline! You’d imagine I was homophobic reading that – but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the headline stems from the name of a brand new game, actually called No Thank You!!!, that’s the first – to my mind – fully fledged homosexual dating sim. A Japanese dating visual novel, No, Thank You!!! Was released in Nippon last year, but it’s now getting a Western, English release. And it’s out tomorrow.
I have zero love for Dragon Ball Z. I can’t say I particularly care about Goku, Gohan, Krillin, Piccolo, Vegeta or any of the other asinine characters that seemingly take days to hurl fireballs at each other. Still, a great, great many of you do – and tomorrow, there’ll be a new Dragon Ball Z game for you to play. Is it any good though?
Earlier this week, we told you that you may not need PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold to play Mortal Kombat X’s adversarial multiplayer when the game is released in April. The news came courtesy of Shaun Himmerick, the executive producer on MKX. Responding to a fan question, he said that PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live were “not needed for any feature.” Turns out that’s not the case.
Resident Evil Revelations 2 is a pretty fun, episodic action horror game. It’s built around a co-operative campaign – and yes, while the survival aspect seems to have gone out of the window – makes for some good two player action. Only local co-op, one of the game’s defining features, has been left out of the PC version.
Rumours, from another of those infamous “industry insiders” suggest that we’ll be getting another “major update” to the PlayStation 4’s firmware late next month. It’s reported to be one of those big ones, and not another of the stability updates that tease us, but leave us unfulfilled.
Virtual Reality is undoubtedly the next big thing when it comes to videogames. The Rift, from VR peddlers Oculus is approaching being consumer ready, Google and Samsung are making their own Virtual Reality plays and Valve is reported to be entering the fray with their own virtual reality device. And it seems there may be another player set to join in the VR fun: Nvidia.
Special editions of games keep becoming more lavish, more ostentatious and as a result, more expensive. Oftentimes, they border on the ridiculous. They’ve now quite convincingly jumped the shark. The latest, very limited edition of the physical edition of Dying Light costs a disconcerting £250,000. At current exchange rates, this extremely limited edition of the game would cost you R 4,442,120. Yes, that’s nearly four and a half million Rand. I think. I'm not good with numbers. It’s available exclusively from the UK’s GAME, and is called My Apocalypse. Why on earth does it cost so much?
Nvidia’s still caught in a bit of a brouhaha over alleged misrepresentation of the mighty GTX 970’s specifications. They could now be facing a class-action lawsuit as a result. Nvidia’s uberboss, Jen-Hsun Huang has released a statement to address the issue. Perhaps a little later than it ideally should have been, it does however put an end to speculation and hearsay over the card’s segmented memory.