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Episode 235: More Hate Mail

October 19th, 2011 by jonahfalcon · 4 Comments

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This week features a spirited debate between Jonah Falcon and Paul S. Nowak on the Catwoman DLC story below. There is no Gaming Flashback, but there is the following news items:

The Question of the Week is When was the last time you bought a game you knew nothing about?

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  • 1 Herr_AlienNo Gravatar // Oct 20, 2011 at 2:30 am

    @The Lund Report: September 2011 NPD:
    No surprise in terms of MSFT domination: they made sure they had a platform easy to develop software for => biggest game library => biggest sales numbers.

    @Catwoman requires online pass to play in Arkham City
    One thing needs to be remembered: people can still (and should!) vote with their wallets.
    The only way this is a bait and switch is if they advertise Catwoman and not mention the extra costs.

    @Battlefield 3 is ‘mission accomplished’:
    I guess this is bound to happen, as games become more and more complex. Testing time should be extended accordingly, but that would add delays to shipping dates.

    @EA defends cop killing in Battlefield 3
    Link changed to:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/battlefield-3-PC-gaming-FPS-cop-killing-ESRB,13667.html
    I all these kinds of controversies, people forget that players control an imaginary character, pointing an imaginary gun and shooting at other imaginary characters.
    For f|_|cks sake, we used to “shoot” each other with toy guns since we were kids, half of us being the cops, half being the robbers (thank you, Jordan). And us kids were pretty real, no anti-alias or hardware tessellation required :P.

    @Legit Forza 4 users banned for “pirated” copies:
    I always love when a DRM scheme turns to crap: legit customers get the bad user experience, while pirates get the clean one. When will they learn …

    @Xbox Live Accounts scammed for FIFA DLC
    Oh boy … he should also talk with his kids. As for phishing, well, what can I say, keep your eyes peeled.
    Jonah, excellent point in terms of phishing at the user support level, and hinting that some companies do bad support. Thumbs up, I never thought of that.

    @QOTW:
    Oh … I don’t do that. Sorry. I always try to find out something about the game.

  • 2 DynamicJulNo Gravatar // Oct 20, 2011 at 9:36 am

    @Catwoman requires online pass to play in Arkham City:
    Personally I don’t care about this because I only ever buy new games. I also don’t think it’s entirely a bad thing because it will pull people away from buying into the used games “scam” which these stores are making lots of free profit from and give more money to the developers to keep making quality content.

    @Battlefield 3 is ‘mission accomplished’:
    I worry about this because I think there will be a lot of problems on release which will never get fixed. Have you read that Battlefield review copies will not be sent early due to the Day 1 patch? I hope this isn’t as catastrophic as I think it is.

    @QOTW:
    The first and only game I ever bought a game I knew nothing about was Need For Speed Prostreet, back when I was about 11 years old and the only gaming experience I had was about 2 hours in Need for Speed Underground 2. I sigh whenever I think back to that day and I remember that I would’ve bought a crappy movie license game if it hadn’t been for my small familiarization with Need For Speed.

  • 3 Red TormanNo Gravatar // Oct 29, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    The issue with Catwoman is less that she’s DLC but that her DLC status makes her irrelevant to the main story. She was advertised as though she’d be a major player, the artwork makes it look like a Batman-Catwoman adventure, and to find her relegated to this side story with Poison ivy while Talia al Ghul is cast as a would-be love interest is where the real Bait and Switch charges are coming from. It’s not the $10, it’s simply not the story we were sold. They sold us one thing and delivered another, that’s a bait and switch.

  • 4 SarahNo Gravatar // Nov 9, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    xbox live accounts scammed! That’s kind of scary. First play station and now that. How do we know if our money and privacy are secured when playing online? And the statement Mivrosoft issued is just even more concerning. The least they can do is look into what happened instead of just denying it.

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