222w ago - Guitar Hero 5 has featured a posthumous Kurt Cobain on their list of characters that are in the game, and apparently not only are other people not happy about it... Courtney Love isn't either, so she is suing Activision.
To quote: In a Twitter tirade for the ages, the former Hole frontwoman announced plans to sue Guitar Hero 5 publisher Activision over the way her late husband was represented in the game, reports The Guardian.
"For the record this Guitar Hero [expletive] is breach of contract on a Bullys part and there will be a proper addressing of this and retraction," she posted on her Twitter account. "WE are going to sue the [expletive] out of Activision we being the Trust the Estate the LLC the various LLCs Cobain Enterprises."
Cobain appears as one of five exclusive in-game artists in Guitar Hero 5, joining the likes of Carlos Santana and Johnny Cash as playable characters.
In particular, Love is incensed over the look of Cobain's avatar, which can be used by gamers to play non-Nirvana songs with Cobain lip-synching along. Love insisted she "never...
226w ago - With the recent (very understandable) anger with Activision and their CEO Bobby Kotick over the company's seemingly callous and arrogant stance lately toward gamers, and even other companies, gamers are in the process of figuring out how to make their statement.
The obvious choice would be the boycott that is beginning to make headway. But such things are only as reliable as the honor of the person who agrees. Someone who is angry now, might not be as angry a few months from now when his buddies are playing Modern Warfare 2 or Guitar Hero 5 and he isn't.
For those who are angry but plan to play Activision's games anyway, it seems that their plan of attack is piracy. Below are some things to keep in mind if your plans include going this route, to quote:
All over the message boards of the gaming community, in private conversations, and the like, apparently this is the intent of many.
Activision is a business, and a business as its bottom line is to make as much profit as possible.
Part of making as much profit as possible obviously includes not enraging your customers to stand against you. And obviously...
230w ago - Modern Warfare 2 has once more been renamed, shifting back to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 after ditching the franchise name for a few months.
Why the back and forth? It's not really clear. But this is what Activision has to say about the name game, to quote:
"Infinity Ward's Modern Warfare 2 is the direct sequel to Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare," a spokesperson told Kotaku.
"We have focused our attention on Modern Warfare in order to most effectively communicate the fact that this is the first true sequel in the Call of Duty series. Infinity Ward, the original creators of the Call of Duty franchise, has said from the beginning Modern Warfare 2 resides in the Call of Duty universe. This is reflected in the title's package."
What this doesn't answer is why the game initially ditched the Call of Duty moniker for the title, calling it just Modern Warfare 2, only to put the franchise name back on the box.
Stranger still, why did the world find out about this latest change through a tweet by Infinity Ward? Could this latest move be concerns over brand awareness?
234w ago - Update: According to Kotaku PlayStation spokesman Patrick Seybold has now stated:
"PlayStation has tremendous momentum coming out of E3, and we are seeing positive growth with more than 350 titles slated to hit across all our platforms, including many anticipated games from our publishing partners."
According to VG247 (linked above), Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has just issued a statement on Bobby Kotick's threat earlier today to drop PS3 and PSP support.
To quote: "We respect our third-parties' opinions and their right to express those opinions but we will not be commenting on this story," said an SCEE rep.
The Activision boss said this morning that his company may drop support for Sony hardware in 2010 or 2011 unless PS3's price is cut.
Additionally, Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter has already branded Kotick's comments as "bluffing".
234w ago - Activision CEO Bobby Kotick has threatened that the company may drop support for the PS3 console in 2010 and 2011 if things don't pick up for Sony's platform.
Apparently he wants a price cut now because the attach rate of games is very low.
To quote: "They have to cut the price, because if they don't, the attach rates [the number of games each console owner buys] are likely to slow. If we are being realistic, we might have to stop supporting Sony."
Ask when and he says: "When we look at 2010 and 2011, we might want to consider if we support the console – and the PSP [portable] too."
Sounds like Sir Howard Stringer, Sony's chief executive, is going to have to call Mr Kotick pretty fast.