It Came From The Web! Weekly Gaming News — April 1, 2012
The internet thinks EA sucks, Assassin’s Creed 3 Creative Director thinks our ideas for Assassin’s Creed settings suck, and R2-D2 is a vulgar lil’ bastard. Shenanigans!
Ah, the first week of April is done. My vacay is officially under way. I couldn’t be happier
And to top it off, it’s Easter! Chocolate central! While the Easter Bunny’s restraining order is still in effect (can’t be within 10 yards because of… well, harassment for more chocolate eggs is apparently frowned upon in civilized society), his helpers are still sending me stuff. Like gaming news shenanigans.
From the Intarwebs & Blogosphere
And The Winner Is… — Consumer watchdog site The Consumerist held a tournament to determine which company would win the “honour” of being “The Worst Company in America”.
Against the likes of GameStop, AT&T, and Comcast, Bank of America has made it to the final round against a formidable opponent:
Never thought a video game developer would go up against a bank in anything, let alone a contest to show who sucks more. Even more unbelievable is that the video game company won.
No really! EA is supposedly the worst company in the history of ever. Now, one should not take this seriously because… well… it’s the internet. Considering that this was all happening on the heels of the Mass Effect 3 ending controversy, and you have a bunch of angry nerds furiously voting with their mice instead of with their wallets. On top of all that, I think the folks most affected by the Bank’s greed are too busy trying to get their lives back on track to give a flying fudge about some web poll.
Ya know the sad thing? Even though all these people are saying how bad EA is, they’re still going to go out and buy their games anyway. Hell, EA already knows that and shrugged the whole thing off. EA Senior Director of Corporate Communications John Reseburg sent along this statement to Kotaku:
We’re sure that British Petroleum, AIG, Philip Morris, and Halliburton are all relieved they weren’t nominated this year. We’re going to continue making award-winning games and services played by more than 300 million people worldwide.
In other words: this poll accomplished nothing.
No New Endings For Mass Effect, So Stop Asking — BioWare announced that they’ll release a special “Extended Cut” that will elaborate what happens at the end of Mass Effect 3 and give players some form of closure. Nice, yea?
Another thought that players were bouncing around was the possibility of having new, alternative endings. Guess the idea is like having the current ending be like the “worst” ending, and the new endings would be the “normal” and “best” endings?
Anyhoo… BioWare posted on their official blog that they’re actually sticking to their guns:
Are there going to be more/different endings or ending DLCs in the future?
No. BioWare strongly believes in the team’s artistic vision for the end of this arc of the Mass Effect franchise. The extended cut DLC will expand on the existing endings, but no further ending DLC is planned.
Ya know what? I like this! I was actually worried that, from what it sounded like before, they were going to overhaul everything. Instead, they’re just going to give further explanation and that’s all. Let’s just hope the ending will satisfy the masses.
Source: There Will Be No New Mass Effect 3 Endings, Just An Extended One, [Kotaku]
We Pick The Worst Places For An Assassination — Assassin’s Creed creative director Alex Hutchison told OXM in a recent interview that the internet kids don’t know a good Assassin setting even if it bit them in the butt (okay, he didn’t say it quite like that).
“People on the internet suggest the most boring settings,” he said. “The three most wanted are WWII, feudal Japan and Egypt. They’re kind of the three worst settings for an AC game.”
I won’t lie: I thought Japan would be kinda neat 😛
So what other settings would make a good place?
“[Assassin’s Creed 3 writer Corey May] really wants to do India,” Hutchinson said. “I would too. I’d really love to do the Raj.”
Anyhoo, Assassin’s Creed 3 is lookin’ really good. Have you seen the concept art? It’s bananas! VSOG buddy Austin has a slew of Assassin’s Creed 3 concept art up on his site, Chimeric Concepts. Go check it out!
Source: Ubisoft: WW2, Japan and Egypt would make dismal Assassin’s Creed locations, [Eurogamer]
Choice Tweets of the Week
Trying to plot my new (third) novel. Plotting is hard
— Andy Gavin (@asgavin) April 6, 2012
“I know #WAKFU” – Keanu Reeves
— Matt Hilton (@mattalos) April 6, 2012
IGN bring the lulz. And it’s all true:
Vid of the Week
We have a new Crystal Conquest video. And it looks delicious. The art and animation reminds me of a Vanillaware game (like Dragon’s Crown):
That’s all for this edition of It Came From The Web! If you hear of any bizarre game news, give me a shout!