Micro transactions, the sort that make mobile games free-to-play nightmares, are a great way for companies to extract huge wads of cash from people who barely realise how much they’re actually spending. Digital money is an ethereal, intangible thing, and it’s easy to spend a lot of it if you’re not rather careful. That’s a hard lesson that an 11 year old boy just learned, after clearing out his mum’s bank account on in-app purchases.
The Witcher 3 is, by all accounts, an incredible game. It’s expansive; the sort of thing that will take you hours and hours to play through, to explore, and to wholly consume. Losing any amount of progress would be heart-breaking. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what’s happening to many Xbox One owners who’re finding their copies of The Witcher 3 not saving games – and in some instances, corrupting saved games completely. There’s also another Xbox One bug that prevents the game from even loading up.
Desura is digital distribution storefront that caters to indie gamers, giving them an easy way to sell their games. They handle content control, sales control, multiple platforms, mods, beta testing, widgets and all sorts of things to make selling indie games a simple process for developers. One thing they don’t seem to be able to do though, is pay developers for the games they’ve sold. According to numerous developers, the company’s been stiffing them for the last few months. Here’s why.
Tychus Findlay, the big bad space Marine who stands as the poster boy for StarCraft is known for two things; being a larcenous bad-ass, and perpetually smoking a cigar. Like many of Blizzard’s characters, he’s in their all-stars Heroes of the Storm Moba – only without his trademark cigar. Because vocal gamers on the internet are some of the whiniest people on this, or any other planet, many have taken umbrage with the rolled up, stuffed fermented tobacco leaf sticking out of his mouth.
There’s been a great big debate over whether or not consoles are dead, or perhaps dying. Gaming, says some analytical people in suits, is going mobile, and those platforms will soon supersede dedicated gaming platforms in the hearts and minds of the average consumer. The professional conjecture would have us believe that this current generation of set-top consoles will be the last, as tech heads towards some sort of unholy convergence, giving us one handheld mega device to replace everything else. Not so fast.
Welcome to our weekly post of featured downloadable content available for different gaming platforms sponsored by www.evopoints.co.za. Hit the jump for this week’s list of fresh downloadable games and content. Downloadable content has become a pretty big thing. More and more people are opting to get their games and add-ons through digital distribution. instead of the traditional Brick-and-mortar method. Some games and software; like XBLA games, PSN shorts and iOS games are available through the internet only – something that can be daunting for a lot of folk. Confused about what new games are available for your platform of choice? Don’t fret – we’ve got you covered.
Desktop Dungeons, the maths with a GUI game from local developers QCF is game that we’ve always felt would be perfect for tablets. At Gamescom last year, we got to fiddle with an early version of the tablet-bound game. Back then it still had some control and UI issues resulting from its port from Desktop to mobile. That has all, presumably, been sorted, because the tablet version of the game now has a release date.
People who’ve data mined the latest Steam beta build have discovered something that’s rather pertinent to those of us here at the bottom of Africa. It looks like Steam’s going to officially support the South African Rand – so you’ll be able to buy your games in ZAR. That may not be a good thing.
What’s the very best thing about The Witcher 3? It’s not the expansive world, or the interesting-interlinking side-quests. It’s not the fact that there are consequences to your actions, or even the Unicorn sex. No, the very best thing about The Witcher 3 is Geralt’s customisable beard – and that fact that it grows in real-time. And though I’ve just recently shaved my own, real-life one off, I have to admit that beards are awesome. Who though, has the best beard in videogames?
The BBC is busy making a docu-drama that tells of GTA developer Rockstar’s rise to fame and their battles with disbarred anti-game lawyer Jack Thompson. Called “Game Changer” the TV movie stars Danielle Radcliff as Rockstar’s Sam Houser, and Pill Paxton as the GTA-hating lawyer. Take Two wants none of that. They’re suing the BBC over what they believe could be trademark infringement.
Unlike many of you, I’m not having a single issue with The Witcher 3. That’s mostly because I’m not playing The Witcher 3, as I’m caught up in other games for review at the moment. Essentially, my only issue with the game is the intense FOMO I’m suffering. That said, many have been having issues. Despite the game’s stellar critical and user reception, many have been having serious enough issues that they’re unable to progress in the game. They’re issues CD Projekt has promised they’d fix. And they have! On PC.
There have been some terribly scary headlines in the media lately, linking video games with neurological diseases like Alzheimer's. Some have even gone so far as to say stuff like “Call of Duty increases risk of Alzheimer's disease.” It’s all stemming from a study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, that claims that people who play games use a specific part of the brain, which in turn causes another part to shrink, which could lead to neurological disorders. Is it true? Could playing games gives you Alzheimer’s? Maybe. I’ve read through all of the research, but I’ve forgotten.
PC gamers hate any sort publisher-mandated DRM solution that isn’t Steam, and they generally hate using other launchers and digital shops – especially uPlay and Origin. There’s a pretty compelling reason to buy The Witcher 3 from uPlay if you haven’t got the game yet though; Ubisoft is giving gamers a few extras.
The Witcher 3 looks pretty good. But as many, particularly those on the PC side of the fence, think it could have, and should have looked better. They say that the game’s been downgraded, and that the blasted consoles are to blame. They’re right on both counts. CD Projekt RED has admitted that yes, the games visuals have taken a knock, and yes, the consoles might be responsible for some of that – but there’s far more to it than that.
Who really decides what “Game of the Year” is? Each publication seems to have its own awards, giving the mostly worthless award to different games. Sure, some awards are a little more official than others – but they all come down to the opinions of a select few judges. Game of the Year is a silly, pointless accolade that does little more than make marketing and PR people happy, and then let publishers re-release games with all of the game’s DLC stapled on. How meaningless is it? Well, apparently Deck 13’s action RPG Lords of the Fallen is getting a Game of the year edition.