The biggest news this week is the recent sale of Oculus VR to Facebook for $2 Billion. It shocked the world and the gaming community to hear that the social networking giant scooped up the company responsible for the technology that has recently made virtual reality a very serious topic of discussion. While there have been a few positive notions about the potential of the purchase, many people have responded poorly to the news – even going to far as to issue death threats to Oculus employees and their families.
Sony announced that is has licensed more than 1,000 developers worldwide to self-publish PS4 games. 20% of those developers were North American based and have been licensed since the PS4 was first unveiled in February of last year, meaning so far they’ve had a year to work on a PS4 game.
One of the biggest reasons I’m looking to pick up a PS4 in the next month or so is Sony’s commitment to free-to-play gaming. They recognized the impact it has had on the PC gaming community, and the potential impact it could have on consoles as well, and were one of the first to start making moves in the right direction to help get free-to-play on consoles.
A while back I reported on a story that broke about J. K. Rowling, the writer of the infinitely popular Harry Potter series, agreeing to work with Warner Bros. on a movie spinoff entitled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The New York Times recently confirmed that the spinoff is going to end up a trilogy and that J.K. Rowling has written the first movie script herself.
For those who didn’t catch my report about Ghost Recon Online a couple weeks ago, it was recently renamed Ghost Recon Phantom and given a visual makeover in an effort to reinvent itself. This past week the game continued to do just that by revamping their matchmaking system and lowering weapon prices.
Players who take part in Sony’s free-to-play MMOFPS Planetside 2 have been rudely interrupted recently by in-game pop-up windows asking them to subscribe to the game’s premium membership option. These pop-ups, which appear on the lower right-hand portion of the screen, are apparently easy to agree to by mistake.
Sony responded to the pop-up problem on the Planetside 2 forums, stating that the notifications were popping up frequently because they were running two separate promotions at the same time and because they experienced a server issue that reset who had and had not received the notifications already.
When Minecraft first appeared on the gaming scene, I thought it was going to be a gimmick. Yea, the game was genre defining and was clearly going to leave a lasting mark on the gaming industry, but I didn’t think the game itself would thrive for as long as it has. Part of its continued success is the creative community of gamers that continue to churn out wonders like the steampunk tortoise named Atropos.
In case you haven’t already heard, a new Alien game is headed to consoles and PC this year. It’s called Alien: Isolation and a release date of October 7th was recently made official. Alien fans can pick up their copy for any of the major systems still being supported, except for Nintendo-based systems.
Newegg has decided to take a more active approach to its gaming consumer-base by creating a new gaming news site called GameCrate. It’s essentially your typical IGN or Gamespot, but it’s funded entirely through Newegg.
Why the hell would Newegg all of a sudden jump into the gaming media scene? Their Chief Marketing Officer in North America, Soren Mills, stated “We want to be more than a shopping destination for our customers and GameCrate is an innovative addition to our community.”
EA announced that its Origin service will no longer offer physical copies of its products next month starting on April 4th. The decision for this change occurred after EA noticed that only 1% of their customers bought physical copies.
EA’s official statement said, “If you’re among 99% of our users, absolutely nothing [will change]. Your shopping experience hasn’t changed one single bit, but if you’re that 1% who still desires a physical collection, we want to let you know that Origin won’t be able to fulfill that need.”
The Elder Scrolls Online has been herald as one of the most anticipated MMORPGs coming out this year, despite a plethora of mediocre reviews that are warning people not to expect a whole hell of a lot at launch. It comes out April 4th on PC, and Zenimax Online Studios recently announced the launch times on Reddit.
The PC version of Minecraft is incredibly far ahead of the console versions, but the console versions are set to close that gap by a large margin soon. The next update for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 versions, known fondly as Title Update 14 right now, will include a host of new items and additions to the game.