GotGame Daily News Update: Day Z Creator Blames Journalists and Gamers, Region Locking, And More
Welcome to the GotGame Daily News Update. Today is January 17th, 2013
Will region locking ever become a thing of the past?
Apparently Germers Jernerlerzum is partially to blame for all the backlash for The War Z
And which will have MORE POWAH? The XBOX 720 or the PS4?
Find out soon! But first a few quick news bytes.
The Far Cry 3 Deluxe bundle DLC pack is now out in all territories.
The Hidden Secrets and Battle Hardened DLC are now available for the Wii U
A white version of the super-slim PS3 in bundle form will ship on January 27th. It comes with a 500 GB hard drive and one year of PS Plus.
Trials Evolution: Gold Edition will be coming to PC on March 21st, 2013.
And President Obama will be giving $10 million to study video game violence and how it affects gun violence.
Now back to your regularly scheduled news post.
Region locking has been the bane of my gamers existences for the longest time. Some games only come out in certain countries *ahem*Kingdom Hearts Final Mix*ahem*. A one Cheesemeister of NeoGAF has launched a petition asking the White House to ban region-locking. You can check out more, or sign the petition, at the link below.
The War Z just can’t catch a break. First fan outrage and now the man in charge of the Day Z, the game the War Z allegedly ripped off, is expressing his opinion about the whole mess. He’s not putting the blame entirely on Hammerpoint Interactive, no, he’s saying that gamers and the media are to blame for taking everything that Hammerpoint said about the game for granted.
“To an extent I think yes you are right. I need to be clearer about what I mean, I don’t blame consumersindividually for the decisions they are making – but I do challenge them to consider the impact of their decisions. The people I would lob criticism at would be some in the gaming media who take fairly dubious claims from a developer at face value without saying “is that really correct?” and asking for backup claims. There are many media who were saying how great the game was they “played” in pre-alpha, only to say something completely different a few months later about how terrible the game was. I think that’s the absolute worst.
I don’t think I’ve ever said they weren’t competition. But I have said, as I did above, that competition doesn’t necessarily mean lower prices or better quality for the consumer (automatically). It can actually mean that companies get carried away competing for something that isn’t important (such as perception, or marketing).
I am angry about the WarZ. I’m very angry. I’m quite hurt personally because anyone can see how similar the words are, and while the average gamer knows the difference individual people don’t. I’ve had family members/close friends mistake the difference and confront me about what they believed was unethical behavior they thought I was making. I really don’t think anyone can understand just quite how exasperated that can make you feel when you’ve gambled everything on something, put your whole self and reputation on the line. So it hasn’t made my life very pleasant and I disagree entirely with the conduct and how consumers have been treated.
I think the word “scam” is such a loaded word that isn’t really relevant in the discussion, much like the word “terrorist” is a very loaded word and very much dependent on point of view.”
And finally, the battle against Sony and Microsoft fan boys is a neverending bitch fight. I personally think that the XBOX system is ridiculous due to the fact that paying for XBOX Live Gold is absurd. Many rumors have been floating about pertaining to both systems, but things have been pretty even handed…that is until today. It’s rumored that the PS4 will have a run capability of 1.84 teraflops, while the XBOX 720 will only be able to get up to 1.23 teraflops. If the rumor is true, the PS4 will have a significant advantage against the XBOX 720. In the end though, it’s highly doubtful that Microsoft will let performance lag behind their competitor.