Archive for February, 2010
Heavy Rain was launched with an even in Paris this week, check out some pics of the actors as well as a fancy ice sculpture and the Heavy Rain mobile. Also after the break are 2 videos the first; showing coverage of the event and the second a short film asking the how far would you go for love? This video includes David Cage, Samuel L. Jackson and Nicholas Hoult of all people describing how far they would go. Also after the jump is a full gallery of pics.
Capcom released the box art for Lost Planet 2 today (seen above). They also announced that two exclusive multiplayer battle maps for Lost Planet 2 will be available with pre-orders at GameStop.
Lost Planet 2 adds two very welcome new features to FPS games. First is Underwater combat. You will be swimming and shooting at the same time!
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Jason Rubin is somewhat of a legend in the world of game developers. He founded the ridiculously successful Naughty Dog studios, which is now riding high on the success of Uncharted 2, and he was a key figure behind many beloved games such as the Crash Bandicoot series, the Jak series, and my all time favorite game of my childhood, Keef the Thief.
If you watch him speak on the last two episodes of the Bonus Round, it’s disappointing to see how completely burned out and bitter he has become.
His two main points (best summed on his blog):
- Even the most talented and skilled developers aren’t able to get creative independence and large industry backed funding.
- This results in the industry being in grave danger and leading towards fewer quality games and less innovation.
His second point is ridiculous. The level of quality, and innovation we are seeing in the industry has been amazing in the past few years and has been heading up.
His first point sounds like typical mid-career griping. It’s not untrue, but it’s a pessimistic perspective.
Lessons to Take Away
- Do you need a stable, predictable career path to climb? Academia and government related fields such as education and medicine are far better choices if that’s what you want. In technology careers, the rules often seem to change and many experienced, skilled, good workers sometimes feel like they get tricked and thrown down the ladder, and get burned out.
- Do you need creative independence in your career? Generally, there is always a struggle between what you want to do at a personal or intellectual level, and what the world wants from you. This struggle usually never disappears, it’s a fact of life.
- Compare Jason Rubin with his co-panelist Michael Pachter for a minute. The developers of the world work harder and get burned more, but in many ways they are drowned in the obscure details of their work. The analysts have comparatively easier careers, but they see the world from a broader perspective, and as a result, the world is more interested in what they have to say.
- Don’t give in to bitterness. In some situations, the urge to become bitter is overwhelming. Don’t do it. It only makes things worse. Find a positive angle to view your situation, and find a constructive path to follow for the future.
As many of you know, I got the dreaded blinking red light of death on my launch 60 gig PS3 last week. With FFXIII coming out in a week and a half, sending it out for repair/refurb really wasn’t an option so I decided that I was going to purchase a new PS3 Slim.
Little did I know that PS3′s don’t exist. On Best Buy’s website, you can check the stores inventory online by using the “check stores” option. THREE states, out of the entire USA actually has a Best Buy with a PS3 in stock. Those 3 states are Vermont, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and yes I did a search on all 50 states.
Gamestop is actually taking reservations for PS3′s as we speak for $25 down. No Gamestop on the East Coast has a PS3 in stock other then used ones.
I got the very last PS3 from the Pennsylvania store. It was a 45 minute drive to get to the store so I consider myself super lucky to be able to obtain that.
Sony warned us that this was coming. That the PS3 will be harder and harder to find.
What could be causing these shortages?
A massive patch has been released for MAG which looks to fix some balancing issues and allow you to swap weapons quicker by 500 milliseconds(!). A full list of changes below;
Patch v1.03 Available Now
Overhauled tuning of multiple weapons of all types (see “Weapon” section below)
Improved speed of weapon and gear swapping by approximately 500 milliseconds.
Fixed bug in SVER’s Aralkum Mechanical Acquisition map and Absheron Refinery Domination map that allowed players to defuse a charge planted on a repaired gate or door.
Added a “solid tone” sound effect near the end of a charge’s beeping detonation timer so that players know when the charge can no longer be defused and that they should vacate the area.
“Medium Improved” Armor now works as intended with the speed properties of Medium Armor and a defensive value greater than Medium, but less than Heavy Armor.
Changed resuscitated player’s camera orientation to match the last camera direction used while incapacitated instead of the pre-harm camera.
Players no longer lose XP if a teammate is killed by an objective explosion caused by a charge they planted.
Respec Point requirements in Barracks have been changed from 3K, 5K, 10K, 17K, 26K, and 26K-Repeat to 1K, 2K, 3K, and 3K-Repeat.
Lowered the amount of damage necessary to kill an incapacitated enemy.
All fired projectiles (RPGs, Turret Rockets) have been given a steadier aim.
Mines that haven’t been triggered are no longer removed from the map when the dead player that deploys them respawns unless that player changes their Loadout (note: The maximum number of mines you can plant cannot exceed the number you initially spawn with).
Fixed bug that prevented “fully-resuscitated” players with more than 100 health points from receiving their full HP.
Fixed bug that caused players to take unnecessary damage from both friendly and enemy vehicles when touching them.
Players no longer lose leadership points after entering “Veteran Mode.”
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