Jan
22
2020
3

Tencent looking to acquire Funcom.

Some details here: basically, Tencent is offering to buy out Funcom stockholders at a decent price above current closing. For those following at home, Tencent is the Chinese tech megacorp with a dubious history involving software piracy that isn’t being specifically targeted as a notorious national security risk by the US government. But I suspect that I’m being rude by pointing out that particular distinction.

So, what does that mean for The Secret World MMO? …Probably nothing, dammit. Unless they decide that they need to bring back the Chinese PvP map again. That’d be nice.

Jan
20
2020
1

People fulminating about violent video games again. Yay.

Look, I feel that there is an Understanding, or there should be. I am now in this lane. A certain segment of the population is now in that lane. I am retired, so I stay out of their lane; and they should stay out of mine. Particularly when it comes to things like video games, which are frankly a convenient whipping boy for whatever general damfool feels like being a damfool in public this week. If you don’t like ’em, don’t play ’em; and if you don’t want your kids exposed to ’em, don’t let them play ’em. Aside from that, mind your own damned business.

I have spoken.

Jan
17
2020
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Cyberpunk 2077 delayed for six months.

Me: Well, if CD Projekt Red needs more time to finish polishing the game, then it does, that’s all. Cyberpunk 2077 was and is a very ambitious project, and they’ve been working on it for years already. Six more months isn’t so bad, really.

Also me:

Jan
10
2020
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Tweet of the Day, Keanu Reeves As Revan? edition.

Rule of Headlines aside, I’m not saying no.

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Jan
07
2020
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I am curious about the Concept UFO PC gaming handheld.

OK, yeah, this does look pretty intriguing:

At CES 2020, Alienware revealed an interesting product. The Concept UFO is essentially a gaming PC turned into a Nintendo Switch copy. It’s a full Windows 10 system to play your favorite PC games on the go. It has controllers that detach from the tablet-like screen, and a USB-C port on top and on the bottom for external displays or even connecting peripherals like a mouse and keyboard.

My kid has the Nintendo Switch, and it’s a great gaming platform (I had a rant set up about how you can’t get genetic Joy Cons for it, but apparently now you can). Depending on the specs, though, I can think of a bunch of games that I wouldn’t mind being portable. Especially if you can HDMI your way onto a TV screen.

Dec
27
2019
5

Also in the Mail: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.

Although, annoyingly, the ‘hardcopy’ version of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is a digital download code in a plastic box. Admittedly, I saved five bucks that way and I didn’t have to wait for a download, but still. Highly annoying to realize I could have played it two days ago.

Still, it looks like a lot of fun. I just got out of the tutorial / run like the devil board, and am now going to… bring back the Jedi Order, apparently. Not that I can, of course. I mean, this is set just after the prequels. I know how this all ends.

Dec
19
2019
2

So, Far Cry 5 is on Steam Winter Sale.

Seventy-five percent off. Is Far Cry 5 worth it? I’m mostly interested in finding out whether the gameplay’s worth hiding it from the gaze of my children who are at the age where you have to be seriously mindful of that sort of thing. You know how that goes.

Dec
15
2019
1

I kind of want Mechwarrior 5: Mercenaries…

…(Via Ars Technica) but I kind of want it on VR. The gear that you apparently need to play MechWarrior 5 as you should is arcane, and costly. Then again, so is both the Oculus Rift and the PlayStation VR rigs. My children, by the way, are starting to be of the opinion that we really should have a VR rig in the house. I don’t disagree with them, necessarily, but: when is this stuff going to start getting cheaper?

Anyway, this looks like it’d be a lot more intuitive in VR.

Dec
10
2019
9

New BIOSHOCK title in development.

Interesting. Which in this case is me going ‘I’m not sure how I feel about this.’

The rumours were true: The next BioShock game is officially in the works from Cloud Chamber Studios, a newly established team at 2K Games made of up several developers involved in the making of the original BioShock and both of its sequels. 

Details of what this next BioShock title will look like are scarce but, in a press release announcing the news, President of 2K David Ismailer promised the game would continue in the series’ tradition of “powerful narrative and iconic, first-person shooter gameplay.”

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