Month: July 2013

Witcher 3 dev discusses redefining the open-world genre

By: Eddie Makuch The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt  aims to redefine the open-world genre by making “every inch” of the gameworld compelling and believable, according to to game director Konrad Tomaszkiewicz. “Think about closed-world games,” Tomaszkiewicz told Examiner . “Their storytelling is usually quite good because fewer possibilities for gamers mean that developers can plan more and concentrate solely on the finite number of locations in thegame.” “We want to take that quality and extend it to an open world,” he added. “We []

Sony showing EverQuest Next this week

By: Eddie Makuch Sony Online Entertainment will reveal first details on EverQuest Next at SOE Live on Friday beginning at 12 p.m. PDT, the company announced through theevent’s website . The August 2 debut event will be hosted by SOE president John Smedley, development director Dave Georgeson, and other members of the production team. The EverQuest Next event willlast 90 minutes and will be streamed through the SOE Twitch channel. EverQuest Next was announced in 2010 during SOE’s Fan Faire , now known []

Gays Bars’ Ban on Russian Vodka Is Going Global

By: Alexander Abad-Santos What started out as Dan Savage’s pledge against consuming Russian vodka is now a movement that has gay bars all around the world, from Vancouver to London, dumping Russian vodka to show their displeasure with the country’s treatment of gay people—even in the face of one of Russia’s prominent LGBT activists saying the whole thing is pointless.   When we last we checked in with Savage’s plea for gay people to stop drinking Russian vodka to protest the Kremlin’s []

Kingdom Hearts III Isn’t The End of The Series

By: Luke Karmali Kingdom Hearts III won’t be the last game in the series, according to the franchise’s creator. Speaking with the LA Times , Tetsuya Nomura rejected the description of Kingdom Hearts as a “trilogy”, not just because of past spin-offs like Dream Drop Distance and 358/2 Days, but also because the series will continue on beyond the release of Kingdom Hearts III. “There was never a plan,” he said. “As a core game, this is finally the third, and 10 years []

Week 30 2013 | Part 1 | Comic Reviews

Batman/Superman #2 Doubletime This was certainly a very confusing issue. Here is Batman/Superman issue two, taking up where it left off, the two heroes find themselves thrown into realities that are not their own. Instead, each reality is set in an alternate future. The cause is an entity that not only has the ability to control (as it did with Catwoman in issue one) but also the ability to warp reality itself. In the reality revolving Batman, he is married to Catwoman []

Ghostwritten |Book Review

By: David Mitchell Published: August 19, 1999 Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Genre: Drama David Mitchell’s electrifying debut novel takes readers on a mesmerizing trek across a world of human experience through a series of ingeniously linked narratives. Oblivious to the bizarre ways in which their lives intersect, nine characters-a terrorist in Okinawa, a record-shop clerk in Tokyo, a money-laundering British financier in Hong Kong, an old woman running a tea shack in China, a transmigrating “noncorpum” entity seeking a human host in []

R.I.P.D. | Movie Review

Directed By: Robert Schwentke Screenplay By: Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi Story By: David Dobkin, Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi Based on Rest in Peace Department by Peter M. Lenkov Starring: Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker & Stephanie Szoztak Fun movie to watch but it’s not stellar. Being partially biased to this movie considering I am from Boston myself, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges made a great team being a part of two separate []

Ouya devs open up on sales figures for new console

By:  Jonathan Toyad Developers for the recently launched Ouya console voiced their opinions onEdge  and Gamasutra  about how each of their various titles have sold so far. Developer Matt Thorson, whocreatedTowerFall , said that the game performed well , selling 2,000 units at $15 each. “Sales have been surprisingly high for a new game on a new console. The game has definitely proven itself on Ouya, I think there’s enough demand to warrant bringing it to PC,” he said. Developer NimbleBit’s title Nimble Quest  was []

BioWare considered charging for Mass Effect 3 Extended Cut

By: Eddie Makuch BioWare considered charging for Mass Effect 3’s Extended Cut  downloadable content, community lead Chris Priestly has revealed. “Probably shouldn’t say this; there was discussion [about] should it be charged,” Priestly said during a recent PAX Australia panel. “And [executive producer Casey Hudson] said, ‘No, we can’t do that. We have to make this better. We can do a better job finishing the game, providing clarity, answering some questions.’ And it was very important to the team toend it as best []

Microsoft reverses Xbox One indie publishing requirements

By: Eddie Makuch [UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, Microsoft confirmed that independent developers will be able to self-publish titles on Xbox One and that every system can be usedto make games. More details about the program will be shared at Gamescom next month. “Our vision is that every person can be a creator. That every Xbox One can be used for development,” Xbox corporate vice president Marc Whitten said in a statement. “That every game and experience can take advantage []