GotGame Daily News Audio Update: Microsoft/Google Cat Fight, Cliffy B X Ubisoft, And More
Welcome to the GotGame Daily News Audio Update for Wednesday, November 14, 2012
We’ve got a few news bytes for your first.
Black Ops II gamers who are getting the Mass Effect 2 disc error have a chance to get a free copy of the first Mass Effect game. The first 50 to send in a picture of the error will receive their just reward. Bioware: 1 Activision: 0.
Darksiders 2 for PC on Amazon and Steam is 66% off. A coincidence considering the Wii U version is coming out this weekend?
The Wii U eShop will have playable game demos along with high definition videos. We’ll see just how abundant the demos will be in the eShop.
Heartbeat studios, developer of Dragon Quest VI and VII are starting up again early next year.
Nintendo Power magazine is now offcially shut down. Their last issue will be out on Decmeber 11 of this year.
Now to your regularly scheduled news cast.
The Wii U is days away from launch. I’ve already got mine pre-ordered along with a few games. I admit though, it was only reluctantly that I decided to go on this “wild ride” due to the high price point (in comparison to other console prices). It seems a lot of people are complaining about the price, even Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot says that Nintendo’s next gen console is overpriced. Nintendo is saying they picked the right price point, and the high demand for the console proves that they hit a sweet spot. It seems though that the clamor from critics is the same for the 3DS. The price was set too high and Nintendo dropped the price on the handheld. Only time will tell if history is due to repeat itself on this one.
In other news Cliffy B received a super secret agent-esque package from Ubisoft. Bleszinski left Epic Games last month and we haven’t heard much about his plans since. It seems now that Ubisoft has some interest in them as they sent him a fully charged phone with the Ubisoft logo as the background and only one number in it. Doubtless whatever is going on, it would probably have to be really good for Bleszinski to get back into the game so soon after leaving Epic.
Microsoft and Google are going to be at it again pretty soon. Both will be “discussing” how much Microsoft should be paying Google’s Motorola in licensing fees for such things as video and wireless connectivity. Motorola is of the opinion that Microsoft should be shelling out $4 billion a year, but Microsoft is thinking more around the range of $1 million a year. Google’s reason for the high yearly fee is to block sales of Microsoft products in the US and Germany. While Microsoft is kind of a jerk when it comes to consumers, this is kind of a low blow from Google. It’s like Dexter VS. Mandark and Dexter is pulling a cheap shot.
Finally, EA’s Origin service has been suffering from a case of security breaches. Users try to log in to their accounts and are greeted by changed passwords, mailing addresses, and e-mail addresses. Electronic Arts released a statement to Polygon saying that they “…have no reason to believe there has been any intrusion into our Origin database.” So either EA is lying or the customers are and I think it may be the former. Origin is having a hard enough time trying to compete with the popular Steam, a hiccup like this could cost them big.
That’s it for your GotGame Daily News Audio Update for Wednesday, November 14, 2012.