It Came From The Web! Weekly Gaming News — Nov. 4, 2012

It Came From The Web

Official PlayStation Magazine sails off into the sunset, Diablo 3 Expansion Pack incoming, and now taking suggestions for the next Mass Effect.

Good day, gentle peeps! Well, this has been an interesting week. Been trying to write a story for NaNoWriMo, but it isn’t going as well as I thought it would be. I doubt I’d make it to the 50,000 word mark by the end of the month, but I’ll certainly make the most of it. Plus, the whole point of NaNoWriMo is to encourage people to just write more (like I don’t do enough of that by running VSOG!), so that’s what’s important.

Anyhoo, how about we all take a look at what happened over the last week? Unfortunately, we’re starting off this week’s gaming news round-up with some bad news…

From The Intarwebs & Blogosphere

R.I.P. Official PlayStation Magazine — Future US publishing put Nintendo Power to rest, and now they are closing another gaming publication: Official PlayStation Magazine.

Many people (myself included) might remember the publication in its first iteration, PlayStation Magazine (PSM). I still have all my PSM issues and flip through them occasionally. The magazine got rebranded as Official PlayStation Magazine, and has been going strong… until now.

It’s been a rough time for print media, and I have fond memories of PSM (and OPM). It’s sad to see the mag die.

Good night, sweet Prince…

Source: PlayStation: The Official Magazine to cease publication, [Destructoid]


More Diablo 3 Isn’t A Bad Thing — Activision CEO Bobby Kotick announced this week that Blizzard’s insanely-popular game, Diablo 3, was a money maker. I mean, we knew that already, right? But Kotick just told us how big a money maker: The game has sold over 10 million copies to date (both physical and digital sales). 3.5 million copies were, in fact, sold withing the first 24 hours of the game’s release.

And, on top of that, there’s an Expansion Pack in the works. No other details as of yet, though. “I think the most important thing for us always comes down to the quality of the expansion and the gameplay,” Blizzard president Mike Morhaime said in Activision’s latest conference call. “So that will be a big factor in terms of driving our schedule.”

So when do you guys think we’ll hear more news about the D3 Expansion?

Source: Diablo 3 surpasses 10 million sold [Update: Expansion incoming, date unknown], [Joystiq]


You Get A Say In The Next Mass Effect — Remember how much flak Bioware took for Mass Effect 3? Remember how many of ME fans started their own campaigns to get Bioware’s attention; trying to convince them to do something about the ending? Well, seems like Bioware is hoping to avoid that altogether.

Mass Effect Executive Producer Casey Hudson wrote this on Twitter:

Did ya read that? They want fan input on what to add in the new Mass Effect game. It will be interesting to see how they will incorporate all the fan feedback. I just hope Bioware doesn’t go overboard in trying to meet the demands of the fans (can’t please 100% of the people 100% of the time).

Source: BioWare asks for feedback in next Mass Effect installment, [Destructoid]


From Facebook

Creating Maps… In The Sand! — I <3 Japanese Games posted this on their Facebook Page. And it is awesome.

8-bit sandcastles



From Twitter

Choice Tweets of the Week





Vid of the Week

I quite like the Angry Video Game Nerd; he had some pretty funny videos. Well, he’s in the process of making a movie, and he recently released a new trailer for it. And it looks bonkers.

That’s all for It Came From The Web! If you hear of any news shenanigans, give me a shout!