I've been so busy writing the LB Mass Effect Walkthrough that I haven't had a chance to point out this story to you.
Jeff Gertsmann, until recently the editorial director at GameSpot, was fired for a not-so-kind review of Eidos' Kane and Lynch, or at least that's what most people are speculating.
What's most interesting to me is that this is bringing out the long held notion that game reviewers are under pressure to write favorable reviews for games so that the game companies will then advertise (or continue to advertise) on/in said reviewers site/magazine.
While it's still unclear what really happened the fallout from this story is far more important than any truth. The notion of biased game reviewers is instilled in gaming culture and this story, fact or fiction, only serves to perpetuate that notion.
It then goes further and brings in a giant parent company, CNet, who perhaps undeservedly so, is being cast as the evil villain squashing the independent, gamer-centric reviews of Gertsmann for the all-important advertising dollars.
I'll continue to keep my eye on this story as it is one of those situations where the perceived notions are, most likeyly, worse than reality, but that simply doesn't matter.
The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) yesterday released a study titled, Politically Determined Entertainment Ratings and How to Avoid Them.
The authors conclude that the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) provides the most comprehensive and useful ratings of any major media ratings system. While I agree with this, I have to wonder if it's a predetermined conclusion based upon the fact that the ESRB is the least regulated ratings system.
The CEI, afterall, "is a non-profit public policy organization dedicated to advancing the principles of free enterprise and limited government."
To further this suspicion of mine, the CEI sets up a supposed "apples to apples" comparison between the ESRB and radio saying:
On the other hand, in the radio market, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) imposes vague but sweeping content guidelines over almost all broadcasts. The threat of FCC-imposed fines has done nothing to give parents greater control over their children’s radio listening habits—they have virtually no way to protect their children from adult material like explicitly sexual “shock jocks” and violent hip-hop lyrics. Heavy regulation and the absence of a private ratings system have made radio worse for parenting.Continue reading "CEI rates ESRB the best...but why the report?"
The auction will finish at an absurdly high price due to uncontrolled bidding, and the high bidder will be a newly registered user who with no intention of paying.. Several bidders seem to have registered just to bid on this auction. I am fully expecting the bidding to skyrocket near the end of the auction. There are nearly 400 people watching the auction. Instead of canceling bids, we have decided on something else. If the seemingly LIKELY situation of a non-paying bidder winning the auction is realized, that will be the end of it. I will not beg or plea someone to pay, nor will I give out second chance offers. My son will get the guitar hero game.
Last week Nintendo and Gamestop announced an agreement to sell rain checks for the Nintendo Wii which would guarantee the holder of said rain check a Wii by the end of January.
Well get your galoshes ready because you can get a Wii rain check tomorrow and Friday, the 20th and 21st of December (although my local Gamestop says they won't do it until Friday).
If you are looking for a Wii for that special someone (you) for Christmas my advice is to get the rain check at Gamestop and then go hunting. If you don't find a Wii, well at least you have the rain check. If you do find a Wii you can get a full refund for your rain check (again, according to my local Gamestop...you'll want to double check when you buy it).
As always, let your fingers do the walking. Call around see who has what. Your best bet is Sunday morning. Good luck!
It's been over 10 years since 3D Realms announced Duke Nukem Forever. So long ago, in fact, that when it was announced, I couldn't legally drink!
The teaser was made by some 3D Realms employees to surprise the other employees at their Christmas party. Management thought the teaser so great that they went ahead and released it to the world. Thanks, I guess.
For a little history on the game, and everything that has happened in the game-o-sphere/world since, you should check out this break down.
For the 2001 official trailer (a mere 6 years ago), go here. You know, that would've been a great game in '01 and they could've put out another one by now!
Besides the egg nog, Grandma's candied yams, and useless stocking stuffers (seriously, do I really need another go-pack of reindeer Kleenex?), the Holidays mean one thing: Gaming!
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It makes for the perfect last minute gift to your gamer friend or family member!
Hey, look at that box shaped like a PS3 box! Is that the present I've been asking for? I think I'll rip it open. Yay!!! Thanks for the PS3 mom and dad! *opens box*
WTF, yo! It's a friggin phone book!
Yes, this actually happened to a California teen. The parents are working with EB Games to replace the phone book.
You can watch the news report here.
CNN is reporting that the Hollywood writers' strike could mean good things for the games industry.
Of course, the article is essentially speculating that the lack of good TV could mean that people will put down their remotes and pick up a controller. There is no real data to support this, but it does make some sense.
I think that all alternate forms of entertainment will do well due to the strike. Video rentals are sure to go up. Movie going may also see a spike (plus there are a ton of good movies out there right now). It would only follow that video games would also benefit.