Games Meet Metal: Last Week In Video Games

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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Last Week In Video Games

Greetings all. Been a pretty slow week which is great after a month of renovations. Celebrated by doing SFA pretty much every night. Re-organized the music on my phone and computer, played some Fallout: New Vegas and watched a couple episodes of the new Spartacus season. Plus I think I've found a way to make our Facebook page a little more interesting by posting a video of the week as well as a song of the day. So Subscribe or Like us on Facebook for more Games Meet Metal amazingness! Now that the self plug is out of the way, let's get into the video game news from this past week.

An interesting rumour surfaced this week about the Next Xbox not having a disc drive. It's also rumoured that the console will instead rely on solid state media. I think this makes perfect sense, especially when you consider the costs involved. It's safe to say that disc drives are stupid cheap when you compare it to solid state. But what about the costs that gaming companies shell out for the physical media that the games are presented with?

A single game probably costs the publisher less than a couple bucks to distribute in a case with a manual on a disc. But you do that a few hundred thousand times in multiple languages across the world and those costs add up. Then the game turns out to be a bomb and you've just wasted a ton of money. So now you make the game downloadable and the money you make on the game is almost 100% profit. Sure there are server costs and such to look into, but I'd put my money on it that that system is probably already in place. We're quickly moving to a digital world where all of our media can be downloaded for a small price instead of going down to the store to buy it. If this rumour is true, Microsoft (and Valve for that matter) is looking to change the face of console gaming in 2013.

This next story is not a rumour and it will either be a big deal or insignificant. The Diablo III team has revealed that they have removed the PvP Arena Mode for the time being. Apparently the PvP isn't living up to the developers standards. Now, this could mean one of two things. Either it will be made available once(if) the game is released or it's gone for good. Personally, I don't really care. I'm not a fan of MMOs and PvP seems to be an MMO thing to me and I'm not a fan of MMOs either. I can't even remember if Diablo II had it, cause I didn't care to look for that feature. But, I can see how a lot of people would be upset by this. PvP is a huge reason why people still play/keep going back to playing WoW. Plus, if removing a feature from a game that will not effect the main portion of the game to ensure that it is actually released is something I will always support. And with Blizzard's track record, that's not entirely out of the question either.

Sticking with Blizzard; Cancelled your WoW account? Still have a friend still playing? Get them to send you a Scroll of Resurrection. If you accept you get one character auto-leveled to 80, a free upgrade to Cataclysm, seven free days of play time and a free transfer between realm and faction. And if you decide to play for at least 30 days, your friend will get a Spectral Gryphon or Spectral Wind Rider mount for free. Pretty crazy, eh? I'm sure if you were a fly on the wall when this was decided by the developers you would hear the line "If that doesn't get our subs back, I don't know what will!"

Alright, now it's time to wrap this up with a few tidbits from last week:
  • Check out this brief interview with Heavy Rain developer David Cage which focuses on revisiting the Heavy Rain "world."
  • Peter Molyneux will be leaving Microsoft and Lionhead studios after the completion of Fable: The Journey
  • Did you know that FFXII-2 has over 18,000 lines of spoken dialogue? This fact made me think about how far games have progressed since I started playing them.
  • Some EB Games stones have been seen with Smash Bros. 3DS and Donkey Kong 3DS boxes as pre-order titles. But, no one knows when they'll actually be released. Oh EB Games, you cah-razy!
  • 3DS is outselling the PS Vita 7:1 in Japan. Still no numbers for North America yet.

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