EA decided to change the conference hall set up by having what could only be described as a wedding reception. I’m not sure how to feel about this set up but then again that’s not what we came for, we want games and EA is a publisher so will provide. I say provide, but in all fairness EA opened with a documentary which I’ll get on to in a moment. The man EA sent out on stage to quote Jim Sterling, looked like an evil wax figure brought to life. What made this even more surreal is that it said EA was putting the gamers first, which as well as being another check on the E3 bingo card is laughable. Continue Reading
This year I was hoping Microsoft would open with a well thought out apology. They would apologies for all the issues they have had to correct, issues that were of their own doing, the latest of which was selling the Xbox One without Kinect. To my infinite sadness this did not occur. Continue Reading
It would appear that Bobby Kotic’s wallet has gotten too full as of late. In a recent announcement, Activision has revealed that they are spending $500 million on Bungie Studios next game, Destiny, for development and promotion.
This being Activision, the amount of money being spent here seems less extreme. Taking a logical look at the situation suggests that this move is less of a risk than initially appears. For one, Bungie isn’t a new studio. They have over a decade of experience behind them and as such know what they are doing. Activision’s relationship with the studio is as classic as it comes. Activision provides the money and publishes the game and Bungie are left to their own devices to makes said game, and so Activision clearly trusts Bungie enough to invest so much in them. Continue Reading
It is news like this that sits perfectly in my cross hairs of cynicism. Whilst Facebook’s purchase of Snap chat seemed like a strange move, their purchase of Oculus and the Rift project caused many in the industry to turn around a say ‘hang on a minute. From a games industry angle the purchase of the Rift seems like a horrible event. A company that is responsible for some of the worst games in the industry, purchasing a project that is touted as changing how we play games, looks like a recipe for disaster, and while I do agree that Facebook’s portfolio in the industry is worth nothing more than the dumpster outside of my apartment, I am not so blinded by cynicism to see the advantages that such a business partnership can offer. So from there let us actually look at the situation we now stand in. Continue Reading
As I have been playing a lot of Planetside 2 lately, I felt it was only fitting to write a somewhat satirical war coverage story of last nights engagements in the style of my faction of choice, the Terran Republic.
Greetings loyal citizens of the Terran Republic. I am pleased to report that the ongoing war on Auraxis continues to go well for our devote Terran forces.
Last night, Terran high command issued orders to capture and control all 9 Bio Labs across the surface of Auraxis. The squad I was stationed with began their operation on the continent of Indar, where their objective was to seize control of the Alatum Bio Lab from the Rebel forces of the New Conglomerate. Needless to say the NC were ill prepared for the arrival of our elite forces and were forced to retreat within a matter of minutes. Yes it would appear clearing this Bio Lab was more an act of pest control than assaulting an enemy military confirming the rumours our spies had curated whilst infiltrating the NC ranks. From there it was a simple matter of securing the surrounding area, as to ensure the rebels could not enter the Bio Lab without alerting us to their presence. Continue Reading
The end of 2013 may comes as a relief to some in the games industry, the chance to start again with a clean slate and put the past years mishaps behind them. But before we gain any momentum in this new year let us host the customary award ceremony that not only awards games and developers for their achievements in the past year, but also their mishaps, in this regard we shall present the awards in the sandwich method so as to cushion the the blow of those who receive their just desserts and finish off with the usual coveted awards of worst and best game of the year. Continue Reading
If it wasn’t for WordPress notifying me about the fact, I would have completely forgotten that it has been a year since I started A Cynical View, a year filled with EA creating a PR nightmare for themselves, a year where having a press conference for the sake of having a press conference was all the rage and a year where Borderlands 2 finally tipped me over the edge. Yes it has been an interesting time. Continue Reading
It has been kind of a slow month in terms of gaming news and as such I have had little to write about. As a result I have put my sarcastic and cynical wit to rest for a short while and enjoyed the summer weather as any gamer would, by staying inside playing video games. In hindsight this is causing a few problems, key of which is that my room occasionally heats up to uncomfortable levels thanks to my computer tower and the fact I’m running Planetside 2 on it, which is rather CPU intensive. Alex assures me that he has it worse in this matter with his system running at a toasty 80 degrees C, the downside here is that we are out of bacon and the ice for the beverages has most assuredly melted. Continue Reading
Well that’s what you may be led to believe. Me being as cynical as I am like to think there was a more consistent reason for why Microsoft decided to change their policies on DRM in regard to the Xbox One, rather then the insentient shouts from forums and angry tweeters. Yes after what can only be described as a PR train wreck Microsoft has finally realized that people are not yet ready for an always online future, Leave us with our disc based media it gives us a sense of ownership, even if it seems somewhat outdated in this future world Microsoft envisioned for us. Continue Reading
The EA press conference can be considered a fresh start for EA. They had to do a similar job to Microsoft this year, which was to recover from a PR nightmare from earlier in the year. Yes, just because you decided to be quiet about the whole fiasco, doesn’t mean we forgot about it. Whilst I do consider EA to be somewhat evil they do have some good IP in their library and that showed this year with the announcement of some good games to look forward to in 2014. Continue Reading