227w 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...
229w ago - Sorry PC gamers. Dante's keeping his Inferno to himself. Speaking with Big Download, an EA PR rep shot down any hopes of a PC version of the hotly anticipated game.
To quote: "When Dante's Inferno was originally announced in December, we attached no platforms to the project. When we came out with a first look for press in February we announced 360/PS3 and then in April we announced PSP.
We never announced a PC SKU nor are there plans for any," the rep said.
Oh well. Maybe PC gamers will have better luck the next time a major publisher decides to turn a contemplative literary masterpiece into a decidedly violent hack 'n' slash.
234w ago - Square Enix has struck a deal with two of the largest game-selling retailers in the US to give away some exclusive Dissidia goodies to those who preorder the game.
Fans will only be able to get one unless they buy from both places - so they'll have to choose.
To quote: GameStop will get an exclusive slip-cover for Dissidia to give away. People who preorder and buy theg ame from their local Gamestop store will get not one but two special edition cases - Black for Chaos, and White for Cosmos.
Meanwhile, online retailer Amazon will get an exclusive limited edition soundtrack sampler CD featuring 10 tracks from the FF: Dissidia Soundtrack Album.
Both are pretty cool, though honestly we'd go for the cases - true fans are going to pick up the full-length OST anyway.
235w ago - According to Sony's CEO Kaz Hirai, it's important to start with the core audience and build out to mainstream gamers.
To quote from a recent interview at The Guardian with Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Kaz Hirai:
"We have always started with the core audience and then expanded. A console always needs a solid core of games that appeal to gamers.
Look at God of War. We launched that in the seventh year of the Playstation 2 and a lot of people wondered why we did. It's because we always wanted to keep the support of the core gaming audience.
That's not to say we're not doing anything to expand the demographics. Singstar and Buzz are obvious examples. But we need to do this in a controlled way.
If you go mainstream too quickly and don't support the core gaming audience then you lack the pillar to support your platform. Without this pillar you end up with a fickle audience that might be big but will probably move on."
241w ago - During his trip through Europe, Infinity Ward's Community Relations Manager Robert Bowling has found the time to tweet that Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare on the Xbox 360 will be getting a patch soon that will be a headache for players who like to get their kicks by cheating.
Bowling says the patch is going through certification now and that the "cheaters days are numbered."
To quote: Heads up - A patch is in the works to elminate the cheaters in COD4 on Xbox360.
Going through certification now. Cheaters days are numbered.