Last week we asked our readers which console system would sell the best this holiday season. Around 423 votes were cast and the majority of you believe that the PlayStation 4 will rise to the occasion, beating out Microsoft's Xbox One and Nintendo's Wii U.
Are you ready for another round of console wars? Boy howdy, I am! So let's do the fanboy/armchair analyst thing and predict which console will sell the most units this holiday.
Let's see, Sony's Playstation 4 launches on Friday, Nov. 15 and Microsoft's Xbox One launches the following Friday on Nov. 22. Will the extra week give Sony a leg up? Both consoles are out before the all-important Black Friday.
To the surprise of... well, probably not too many, Nintendo announced that it will drop the price of its Deluxe Wii U console from $349.99 to $299.99 on Sept. 20th.
The Basic set, which has less memory and no game packed in, will stay at $299.99 but any retailer who still has some (we hear Nintendo stopped manufacturing them a while ago) will probably drop its price too.
Last week we asked our readers if they thought adding a female solider into Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer was a good call on Infinity Ward's part. Overwhelmingly, our readers thought that giving players a female option in multiplayer is a good idea.
Around 297 votes were casts in the poll, with the majority of those votes - 89 percent (264 votes) - agreeing that the new option is a good thing. Around 11 percent (33 votes) thought that adding a female soldier to multiplayer was not a good idea.
Despite the fact that a fair number of its games take place in the modern day, the Call of Duty series has never included women as playable characters in its main multiplayer mode. Hell, so far as I know, Tanya Pavelovna from the single player campaign of 2004's Call of Duty: Finest Hour is the only playable female character in the history of the entire series!
Until now, that is.
In last week's poll we asked you "Should MMOs limit the amount of time gamers can play them to stem pathological addiction?" Around 431 votes were cast with the lion's share going towards personal responsibility on the part of gamers.
One percent of voters (5 votes) said that limits on MMOs should be mandated by the government. Seven percent (30 votes) that developers should voluntarily added controls that limit gameplay. But a whopping 92 percent (396 votes) said that gamers should be responsible for their own actions.
When Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate came out a few months ago, I played it like a man obsessed! The minute I came home from work I would fire up the game and play it for hours on end. There was no time to eat, I dutifully sat in front of my TV and hunted monsters until I had to go to bed. The next day I would do it all again.
You may have noticed that video game prices in Australia are much higher than most everywhere else. If you haven't noticed...
Video game prices in Australia are much higher than most everywhere else.
It's true, so long as they weren't banned, your favorite titles can run you 50 to 100 percent more Down Under than Up Over and that sucks. Well, it sucks for Australians. I live in America, but I am nothing if not empathetic so I feel for my gaming brethren with the funny accents.
Earlier this week, Ready at Dawn Studios boss Ru Weerasuriya opined that retailers not sharing the profits generated from used game sales with the publisher/developer is not fair.
The results of a new survey released today by the Newseum Institute shows that roughly 34 percent of Americans think that the First Amendment goes too far in the rights it guarantees, up from 13 percent in last year's survey. This is the largest single-year increase in the history of the State of the First Amendment national survey. The survey has been conducted since 1997 to determine public opinion about First Amendment rights and issues. The results were released today by First Amendment Center President Ken Paulson and Newseum Institute Chief Operating Officer Gene Policinski.
Does the Xbox One Kinect camera make you nervous? Sure, the console is switched off but the Kinect is still listening, isn't it? And the Xbox One is connected to the internet. Oh sure, Microsoft says it won't violate your privacy or share info without your consent but do you trust the big M to keep its word?
Nobody likes them. Always hiding under bridges and eating sheep. If that weren't bad enough, they also like to acquire generic and incredibly broad patents and spam every business within earshot of infringement in an attempt to collect settlement monies. They typically have nothing to do with the patent they own and often don't make or sell anything. Other than the bridge/sheep thing, they pretty much just try to take advantage of small companies that don't have the bank to fight it out in court.
If you're a huge video game dork like me, you may have noticed that a few classic video game protagonists are getting new voice actors for the next installments in their respective franchises.
Michael Ironside has voiced Sam Fisher in all six Splinter Cell games since the first title debuted in 2002. In the upcoming Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Fisher will be voiced by Eric Johnson.
Microsoft has done a 180 on its universally maligned DRM policies for the upcoming Xbox One. Yes, universally maligned. Every Alpha Centaurian I've spoken to thought that 24-hour check-in requirement was crap on toast.
In case you missed the news, the Xbox One can now be used offline (after a mandatory day-one update), games are no longer region-locked, and discs can be freely lent, resold and rented.
Last week, Microsoft revealed that the Xbox One requires internet access and that used game sales are subject to the whims of publishers. You will not be able rent or loan your games at launch and there's no guarantee you ever will. You can give a game to someone else but only if the publisher allows it and even then, the recipient must have been in your friends list for at least 30 days and each game can only be given once.
Last week we asked you "Which company’s E3 press event are you most looking forward to?" and a large majority seemed apathetic about the whole thing. 389 votes were cast, with the majority (35 percent, or 137 votes) indicating that they were most interested in Sony's press conference. Twenty-five percent (or 96 votes) indicated that Nintendo's press conference at E3 next week was important, while 20 percent (79) said that you didn't care about any press conferences related to E3.
Last week after Microsoft's Xbox One press event we asked you "Are you excited for the Xbox One?" After 823 votes we have drawn the conclusion that the majority of our readers are not all that excited about Microsoft's next-generation console. Maybe it had to do with the fact that Microsoft had a hard time giving a straight answer about the console having to be always connected with the Internet, or its fee on used Xbox One games.
Last week we asked you "Will there be any female presenters at the unveiling of Microsoft’s new console?" The majority of you indicated that you think that the Microsoft event tomorrow morning will be a total sausage-fest, with a large number of you expecting just one fame presenter (which is apparently one more than Sony had at its PS4 event earlier in the year). Let's jump into the numbers:
A survey carried out by VoucherCodesPro of 1,442 men in the United Kingdom found that men who have been in relationships for six months or more would rather play a new video game than have sex with their partner. Forty-nine percent of men surveyed said that they would choose video games over sex, while 32 percent would rather have sex with their partner, and 19 percent indicated that their choice would depend on the game in question.
If the Marketplace Fairness Act that was enthusiastically passed in the Senate earlier this month were to somehow end up becoming the law of the land (through some sort of divine intervention in the House where it will likely stall for lack of support, in my opinion) then 44 percent would cut back on buying products online. This is according to data from a study sponsored by electronic postage software company Endicia and posted on Mashable.
One of the most pervasive criticisms that came out of the event where Sony unveiled the PS4 was the fact that none of the presenters were women.
To be honest, I didn't notice until someone pointed it out.
Oh, don't give me that look. I'll bet you didn't notice that not a single one of the presenters were red-heads. Now, I don't know if that's true or not but I bet you'd have to scan through footage of the entire presentation to confirm it one way or the other.
Sorry, I got off topic. Where was I?
Last week we asked you to guess what Microsoft might name its next console. From five choices, a clear majority of you took the "joke" option, saying that the Next Xbox console would be called "Xbox Steve." Some of you may have thought this option referred to Microsoft's Steve Ballmer, or perhaps you thought it was an homage to the Minecraft character of the same name. Whatever the reason, 40 percent of the votes (169 votes) decided that "Xbox Steve" was the best choice.
On Tuesday, May 21st, Microsoft is set to tell us all about the successor to the Xbox 360 and how utterly offended it is that anyone would think it's stupid enough to try and sell an always-on console. I wouldn't expect pricing or a solid release date but I'm sure we'll hear what it's going to be called.
Last week I asked if Nintendo should exit the hardware business. 571 of you chimed in with an opinion and 56% of you think Nintendo should keep producing consoles while 13% say Nintendo should drop the hardware business, go third-party and focus on outputting software.
Of course, 4% of you (25 people) think Nintendo should pack it in altogether. Man, a world without Nintendo. That sounds horrible but as Alfred Pennyworth said, "Some men just want to watch the world burn."