Mass Effect 3 in a mass balloon, a community starts to face its demons, and staying bound to something else. Shenanigans!
Wow. Just wow. There was so much drama happenin’ this week. Some kinda odd, others really disappointing. All in need of a quick rundown. Well, not all of it. There’s too much so as usual, we’re gonna take a glance at a small handful of ’em. Without further delay: gaming news SHENANIGANS!
From The Intarwebs & Blogosphere
Mass Effect 3’s Full of Hot Air. And These Dudes Be In Hot Water — So EA decided that they wanted to make their Mass Effect 3 promo campaign to be the awesomest thing ever. So someone thought, “Hey! Let’s put some early copies of the game in weather balloons and send them off into the world! Our fans can risk life and limb to hunt them down! It’d be fun!”
And that’s what they did.
So two fans, Michael Davis and Miguel Droz, found a copy of the game in the Arizona desert and decided to auction it off. For $5 you can buy a raffle ticket, and 30 percent of the proceeds would go to Penny Arcade’s charity, Child’s Play. The rest of the money will go towards the video game company they want to open.
Here’s the problem: it’s illegal.
“You can pretty much never rely on a charitable gaming exemption unless 100% of the money goes to a charity (though you can often use part of the funds to cover event costs, ie dealers at a charity casino night),” says attorney Mark Methenitis. “Diverting the funds here is about as clear cut as you can get; they’re using the funds for personal gain.”
Though they were going to change things and donate all profits to charity, David and Droz ultimately decided that the whole idea was a bad one and have cancelled the lottery. I hope that this doesn’t deter them from possibly doing something for Child’s Play in the future. Just make sure to do the your homework first!
Time To Air Our Dirty Lil’ Secret — We all know there are asshats online throwing out insults, sexist, racist and homophobic comments. Most hit the ‘Mute’ button to avoid the childishness, others choose not to venture into online gaming at all. The fighting game community is no different; with crass comments coming from some coloured commentators and chat participants alike on various events streamed on sites like twitch.tv. But a spotlight has been shone on how far their behaviour can go. And they’re now forced to face the dirty lil’ secret.
Capcom held their own promotional reality show, Cross Assault, to show off Street Fighter X Tekken. They invited a bunch of talented fighters and divided them into two teams — Team Tekken and Team Street Fighter — and had them compete for prizes and such. Seems like it was going well… on Team Street Fighter, at least. Not so much with Team Tekken.
Tekken team leader Aris “Aris” Bakhtanians directed a of shocking comments to his teammate, Miranda “Super_Yan” Pakozdi (the only woman on their team). When Aris was called out on his crass behaviour, Aris shrugged it off, saying that sexism is all a part of the fighting game community and if someone didn’t like it, they could GTFO.
I don’t think I can do this issue justice in such a small post snippet (… forshadow of things to come?), so please check out the coverage on Destructoid and Giant Bomb, as well as what some in the FGC think over at Shoryuken. I will say this (and some are a bit of a rehash on what I said on Twitter): I know there’s a lot of decent folks out there in the FGC, so I’m not going to condemn them as a whole for it. However, if they want to call themselves a welcoming, accepting community, they need to take another look at what is acceptable behaviour and what isn’t.
Street Fighter Monopoly.
Yep, what better way to celebrate the series’ 25th Anniversary than to turn it into a game the entire family can play on Wednesday Game Night.
And if you’re thinking that this is too far out: if there can be a Nintendo Monopoly and several other board games based on other games, then there’s room for Street Fighter. I just hope that the currency is Arcade Tokens.
Perhaps It Shall Bind To Sony — You may recall earlier this week, I wrote that Nintendo decided that it didn’t want to put up indie game The Binding of Isaac on the 3DS eShop. As a bit of a follow-up, it seems as though Team Meat now has their sights set on bringing their Zelda-esque game to a PlayStation platform. I say make it a Transfarring-title: allow Vita owners to continue their game to their PS3 and vice versa.
Oh, and in case you were wondering: “FYI everyone, we are not at all on bad terms with Nintendo,” tweeted Isaac co-creator Edmund McMillen. Yays! I hope they’re successful.
Source: Team Meat looking to bring Binding of Isaac to PlayStation, [Eurogamer]
As see on IGN’s Wall:
Some lovely tweets for your enjoyment:
At some level, praising a human being for being able to use a language is kind of like praising a dog for being able to bark.
— Khatzumoto (@ajatt) March 3, 2012
There comes a time in every man’s life when he stops tweaking his GDC presentation and starts playing Dota 2.
— Greg Kasavin (@kasavin) March 3, 2012
Vid of the Week
A list of the worst PC games ever. And some of them look really… REALLY… bad….
Geez, what a week! That’s all for It Came From The Web! If you hear of any game industry shenanigans, give me a shout!