Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Toxic attitudes in gaming

YouTube commentators give their opinion on an opinion.
Recently I have finished the unexpected success of this year, Naughty Dog’s Last of Us.
However I hadn't touched the game until a few weeks ago when I purchased a PS3.
Before that my prior knowledge of the game was entirely dependent on gaming media and word of mouth.
While most reviews were quick to give the game ten out ten, singing its praises upon a roof and holding out the game disc to gamers akin to Simba at the beginning of
The Lion King.
One review dared to criticize the game.
One review had the audacity to give the game the worst of all scores… an eight.

I had always had an amusing interest in gamers reactions to game reviews, however I was simply confused at the reaction to Tom Mc Shea’s Gamespot review of
Last of Us.
The sheer anger directed towards Tom was incredible, YouTube’s “thumbs up or down” metric system at a quick glance can sum up with the downvotes over pushing upvotes 8:1.
Granted having the “yay or nay” opinions of 9294 votes verse the overall views of 149,077 is pushing it in regards to analyze.

Friday, August 16, 2013

My thoughts on the marketplace closure of GFWL

For many Games for Windows LIVE (GFWL) is a dirty word.

GFWL is Microsoft’s PC online system, in effect attempting to create a universal online service for PC games in a similar fashion as Xbox LIVE on the 360.
Not a bad idea in theory, GFWL launched in 2007 with Halo 2 and Shadowrun.

At this point in history was the “PC gaming is dying” era and the now monolithic Steam wasn't anywhere near what it is today, in fact if you brought up Steam in conversation, I can guarantee most people won't know what you're talking about.

GFWL was ambitious, achievements, in game overlay, DLC purchases, Cross platform play from 360 to PC and for a short time asking for a gold account to access special features.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Thinking of starting a game

A couple people I know are planning a zombie game, but I want to try something a little different.

This is my basic idea.

The three way war between the European Union, Chinese Syndication and United States of North America ended with no victor, only chaos for the world.
Cut off, Australian society fell, most of the population dead the remaining have split into factions or freelancing. Even those who attempt to live life as before in a non-violent way still are split into these factions, the two major factions are CBA (Custodians of the British Monarchy) and the FAR (Free Australian Republic).
Very few firearms remain in Australia and those which remain are considered resources, in this world the factions call on man, woman and child to fight.
Australia is in Tatters.