Monthly Archives: January 2013

GS News – Battlefield 4 to be shown off by EA soon?

EA will soon show off the next Battlefield, and says it is actively developing for next-gen consoles.

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GS News – Battlefield 4 to be shown off by EA soon?” was posted by Wern on Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:42:18 -0800

Madden NFL 13 – Ray Lewis Speech

The Ravens are going to need a lot more than Ray Lewis’ speech to win the Super Bowl, but witness the inspirational words from the future Hall of Famer.

 

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Madden NFL 13 – Ray Lewis Speech” was posted by MikeTao on Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:22:41 -0800

Five Technologies That Will Change the Future of Gaming

A handful of daringly creative teams have made it their mission to reinvent the way we’ll view and play our games in the generations to come.

 

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Five Technologies That Will Change the Future of Gaming” was posted by Peter Brown on Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:18:37 -0800

EA: No link between games and violence

CEO John Riccitiello says company was “horrified” by shooting in Connecticut, industry can be part of the solution.

 

Electronic Arts has responded to the schoolhouse massacre in Newtown, Conn. last month that left 20 children and six adults dead. CEO John Riccitiello said last night in a post-earnings financial call that EA was “horrified” by the violence, but noted no link between games and real-world violence has ever been established.


“There’s no doubt, we like you, were stunned and horrified by the violence in Connecticut or Colorado or many other places over the years,” Riccitiello said. “But there has been an
enormous amount of research done in the entertainment field about looking for linkages between entertainment content and actual violence, and they haven’t found any.”

“And I could give you long stories about how people in Denmark or the UK or Ireland or Canada consume as much or more violent games and violent media as they do
in the United States, and yet they have an infinitely smaller incidence of gun violence.
But that’s not really the point. The point is that direct studies have been done, hundreds of millions of dollars of research have been done, has been unable to find a
linkage because there isn’t one.”

Despite a lack of science-based evidence linking entertainment to violence, Riccitiello admitted that there exists a “perception problem” with games, and this is something to deal with.

“We are responsible, we are mature, and we intend to
be part of the solution.”

“We understand that while there may not be an actual problem, given all the
finger-pointing going on in the press, there appears to be the perception of a problem, and we do have to wrestle with that,” he said.

Riccitiello added that the game industry is up to the challenge of fixing whatever perception problem may exist and that companies like EA can actually be part of the solution.

“Ours is an industry with an association that has risen to that call many times before and will as we move forward,” he said. “We are responsible, we are mature, and we intend to
be part of the solution. Our media reaches literally every American, and that can be used as a voice for good.”

“So a quick summary. We are horrified, like you. It’s not about games. There is a perception issue. We can be part of that solution, and we are ready to step up to do that.”

Since the Sandy Hook shooting, the gaming industry has taken heat from politicians and other groups. Just yesterday, United States senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn) said video games are a “bigger problem than guns” because they “affect people.”

Last week, democratic Connecticut senator Chris Murphy said the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting may not have happened if video games did not give the shooter a “false sense of courage.”

Previously, republican New Jersey governor Chris Christie said violent games must be examined in the wake of the shooting. Before that, and just a week after the December 14 shooting, the National Rifle Association condemned violent games, saying they were partially to blame for the mass shooting.

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EA: No link between games and violence” was posted by Eddie Makuch on Thu, 31 Jan 2013 13:17:08 -0800

Resident Evil reboot possible

Capcom producer Masachika Kawata says rebooting the long-running series is possible, but not until “a lot of decisions” are made.

 

A Resident Evil reboot is possible, according to Capcom producer Masachika Kawata. Speaking to Eurogamer, the designer was asked if Capcom would consider changing up the series formula–perhaps making it open-world–after the polarizing reception of Resident Evil 6, to which the idea of a reboot was mentioned.


“If we did [go with an open-world], we would want to preserve what Resident Evil is and what makes it appealing to fans, while also making it accessible to new players. It would almost entail having a slight reboot to get the series into a place where it would work with open-world gameplay,” he said. “That’s just a personal opinion.”

“A lot of decisions would have to be taken before something like that is done to the series, but it is something that…” he added. “There is a possibility.”

Kawata is currently working on the recently announced Resident Evil: Revelations port for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii U, due out in May. He said the reception to this game will impact the direction Capcom heads in the future with regard to Resident Evil.

“Once we see Revelations released on consoles, we’ll be looking very carefully at how the title is received and what feedback we get,” he said. “I think we’ll get a lot of input from the fanbase and the media on what it means for Resident Evil, and what it could mean for the future of the series. We’ll definitely be looking at that as a signpost for where we need to be going next.”

One possibility for the future of Resident Evil, Kawata said, is for Capcom to place greater focus on the horror component, making “something scarier than we have already.”

Capcom has previously said a Resident Evil 2 remake is possible with enough fan support.

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Resident Evil reboot possible” was posted by Eddie Makuch on Thu, 31 Jan 2013 12:28:36 -0800

NASCAR The Game: Inside Line Screens

10 new shots posted.

     

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MLB 13: The Show – Hunter Pence

Mike Tao talks with Hunter Pence about video games, being in a video game, and puts him on blast for not picking the 49ers in the Superbowl.

 

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MLB 13: The Show – Hunter Pence” was posted by Homer on Wed, 30 Jan 2013 16:28:56 -0800

Insomniac’s Fuse delayed

Insomiac’s multiplatform co-op shooter pushed back by at least a month to a release after April 2013.

 

Resistance and Ratchet & Clank developer Insomniac Games’ first multiplatform title Fuse has slipped from its intended March 2013 release date. The third-person shooter will now be released between April and June, EA has announced.


The release slip was confirmed as part of EA’s Q3 earnings report, where EA also said that sales-conquering soccer sim FIFA 13 has scored 12 million sales and Battlefield 3 Premium had notched up almost three million subscribers.

Fuse is a third-person shooter designed around four-player co-op, and it incorporates Insomniac’s iconic fondness for innovative weaponry. The game was originally announced as the cheerily-coloured Overstrike during EA’s press conference at E3 2011, only to resurface as the aesthetically darker Fuse in August 2012.

Despite the controversial art change, Insomiac has repeatedly insisted that Fuse still retains a sense of humour and fun. Speaking to GameSpot in September 2012, CEO Ted Price said the challenge for Fuse was in “having a sense of humor that isn’t campy but isn’t so subtle that players miss it. And then integrating it into real-time gameplay so players hear emergent dialogue throughout the game that’s relevant to what they’re doing but also entertaining.”

For more information on Fuse, check out GameSpot’s previous coverage.

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Insomniac’s Fuse delayed ” was posted by Martin Gaston on Wed, 30 Jan 2013 15:13:56 -0800

GS News – Dead Space 3 permadeath mode, ‘disturbing’ DLC

Executive producer spills the beans on DLC and additional modes on the Dead Space 3’s blog.

 

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GS News – Dead Space 3 permadeath mode, ‘disturbing’ DLC” was posted by Homer on Wed, 30 Jan 2013 15:07:59 -0800

Medal of Honor franchise taking a rest

After disappointing Warfighter launch, EA confirms series will take a break while company plans new ideas.

 

The Medal of Honor franchise is taking a break. Electronic Arts announced today that after Medal of Honor: Warfighter missed sales expectations, the series is being taken “out of rotation.”


It is not clear what this means for developer Danger Close Games. An EA representative told GameSpot this afternoon that the studio has no announced projects.

“We haven’t announced a new project for the Medal of Honor development team, although there are other projects in development in Los Angeles and throughout our other EA studios,” the company said. “Medal of Honor is a great franchise with a storied past. We recognize and appreciate the value of the franchise. We’re going to give Medal of Honor a rest while we plan its return. We haven’t made any decision on how or when it will return.”

In years past, Battlefield and Medal of Honor games have traded off releasing every year. EA did not say which franchise could replace Medal of Honor in EA’s yearly shooter rotation, though the company said more details will be shared on the next financial call in 90 days. Battlefield 4 is currently in development, with a beta to arrive later this year.

Respawn Entertainment, led by former Call of Duty designers Jason West and Vince Zampella, is currently working on a big-budget unannounced game for EA.

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Medal of Honor franchise taking a rest” was posted by Eddie Makuch on Wed, 30 Jan 2013 14:51:10 -0800