I really hope the rumors about the new xbox are less than accurate. While I understand why companies would be desperate to fight against piracy what they are suggesting is a attempt against privacy and the billion dollar used game market. Anyways, just a while back I was reading about how microsoft was patenting software so that web cameras would be able to scan the area you are in and find things which infringe copyrights and count the amount of people watching a movie (so that they can restrict the movie if there are too many). At that point I realized the world was insane and also that cauterizing my laptop's web camera was not in fact insane. I barely even tolerate the fact that I can't play starcraft II without internet, I don't think I would ever buy a console that goes as far as the rumors suggest (at least until other saner options are unavailable). My biggest complain though is that standard multiplayer (as in 4 people in a room playing together) is dying at large. If the rumors are true then wii u would be the only console out there that would keep an actual normal non online multiplayer experience.
The tech is there but most companies are more concerned with getting fans to like their games and feel positive about the developer, than they are the potential problems of piracy.
I don't to much game pirating anymore but I personally find a constant internet connection as a requirement to be a huge pain in the ass anyway. Especially when things on the gaming company's end break down so damn often. Anybody else remember what a nightmare Diablo III's launch last year was because of it's online requirement? I was seething with rage that whole time. The fact that I couldn't play single player because Blizzard decided to buy used servers from some yard sale made me want to resort to physical violence. I can't even image what my reaction would be if a whole console did that.
Last edited by Jammin; February 07, 2013 at 02:30 PM.
Here is new information about the PS4's social feature. You can share opinions with your friends while playing a game. It will supposedly cost 40,000 yens ($400) when it comes out in Japan this winter. That is 10,000 yens less than the PS3 (20 GB) when it first came out.
In other news, Ouya will release a new console every year according to the company CEO.
Last and not least, Ubisoft announced that a new Assassin's Creed game will be out between April 2013 and the end of March 2014 (I'm leaning toward the latter or end of the year). The game will take place in a new time period, which means a new lead character.
starcraft II is the perfect example of this. Blizzard went well out of its way to make the game require constant internet connection to play it the way it is supposed to and they completely removed the option to have LAN games. What was the result? The game is pirated just about as much as it would be otherwise and the game was hacked so as to have LAN games anyways. Starcraft has a full blown professional league in korea and even they complain about the lack of lan feature (playing online has had negative impact on some professional matches) they still do nothing about it. You would think blizzard would care a tad more about the professional league of their game (although if I do recall they did have some good reasons to be pissed at them). seriously, how dumb is it that starcraft II does not allow for LAN parties?
Not every company works that way though. Take Gearbox for example. They designed Borderlands 2 specifically with offline multiplayer in mind that was one of their stated development priorities. So that aspect of gaming is not entirely forgotten.
Last edited by Jammin; February 08, 2013 at 05:14 PM.
Dunno, I don't see any coherent reason for them to think a game like starcraft II would benefit in any way from making it the way they did. At least my own impression is that I do not get anything of value from the game having to be consistently online to play. Removing altogether the option from lan is by all intents and purposes unrelated to their MMO.
I am not saying that the standard multiplayer is lost, all I am saying is that the trends are against it. How many games are released with no standard multiplayer nowadays and only with online multiplayer?
Blizzard became greedy, D3 turned out to be shit, most hope is lost. That's the short form of what the community thinks.
Taking LAN out of a multiplayer game can only be execused as greed. Players will always find some way around the protection, especially the pirates, so fuck Blizzard for that shitty game and fuck them for their current approach towards gamers.
Well, it is not just greed. They have a right to sell their product at whatever price they want and to not want to have it pirated however that is not the issue I am pointing out here. Its the actual damage honest and decent multiplayer is taking due to the sheer desperation to stop pirating. The measures do nothing to stop pirating at large and have a negative impact on regular gaming experience.
Look at what it lead to with Ubisoft. Of course it's okay for them to make maximum profit, but in the end, the damanged ones are for the majority, those that actually buy the games.
The majority doesn't care for your anymore once you bought the product, unless they release further DLC down the line. Look at EA killing the old multiplayer servers for two, three years old games. The ability to put two consoles together to play co-op or normal multiplayer is dead now, it worked great with the x-box/ps2 in some cases.
Would anyone want to try some Star Wars: The Old Republic? There has been a free to play option for a while now, so if you want to check it out, let's get together and kill some
campaign play and story mode play is the only option i have
I wish i could play it though
Played the beta, but I don't have the time to play it again, even for free.
Last edited by Schabrak; February 10, 2013 at 06:12 PM. Reason: missing the important verb :P
There is a piece of news though, and Obsidian(the developers of kotor 2 and Fallout: New Vegas) are trying to get in talks with Disney owned Lucasarts, to make a new Star Wars game...if that will happen...