Hey! Look! Listen!


Why is it that every time we have a theme week devoted to a specific game, I can’t seem to get the Tuesday edition of HLL written?

Ah well. Half is better than nothing. And it’s Final Fantasy XIII Week! You should all be playing it non-stop, just like I haven’t been doing!

Seriously, I have like twelve hours. And God of War III comes out this Tuesday. I’m fucked.

BioShock2-1Ruh Roh: 2k Released BioShock 2 DLC That Was… On the Disc Already?

2K Marin recently released the first DLC pack for BioShock 2, entitled “Sinclair Solutions Tester Pack.” It included all sorts of fun stuff for multiplayer, including new weapons, characters, trials, and so forth. Not bad for $3.99, since, as we’ve already established, BioShock 2’s multiplayer doesn’t suck. (In fact, it’s pretty darned fun.)

But wait! Sharp-eyed gamers have noted the fact that the pack is a mere 24k in size on the PC version, and 108k on the 360. So. Either 2K Marin has come up with TEH BEST COMPRESSION EVAR or… the content was already on the disc, and the “DLC pack” was merely an unlock key.

Mull that over in your head for a moment. 2K Marin wants you to pay for what’s already on the disc.

I mean, I doubt they’re breaking any laws or anything, but the ethics of the thing are pretty sketch. Remember that long article I wrote last Sunday about DRM and piracy? Yeah, this is the sort of thing that encourages that. (VG247)

uncharted2Naughty Dog Thinks Uncharted on the PSP Would Be “Fantastic”

Speaking to Joystiq, Naughty Dog’s co-president Evan Wells said he thought Uncharted on sony’s handheld would be “fantastic.”

“I think it would be fantastic to see the game (move) onto a handheld system,” said Wells.  ”If we can find a partner to work with, I’d love to do that … we definitely wouldn’t do it ourselves. We’re trying to just focus on the PS3 technology and platform right now.”

Really? Would it really be fantastic? Because I don’t think so. I hate to sound like a graphics-whore, but the last thing I want to see is Uncharted 2’s ground-breaking visuals and technology watered-down for the small screen. The fact is that the visual aspect of Uncharted is a huge, huge part of the experience – take that away, and I’m not sure I want to see what the results would be. (VG247)

QUICKIE: Splinter Cell Conviction Demo Coming

In a recent developer diary for Splinter Cell: Conviction, creative director Max Beland confirmed that a demo will be available to the public sometime before the game’s release in April.

“Yes, there will be one. I can’t tell you what map or when it’s going to be released yet, my lips are sealed.”

And… that’s all. It’s interesting to note that Ubisoft already told us back in February that there wouldn’t be one. Guess they changed their minds? (VG247)

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Valve’s Gabe Newell on DRM

Speaking at GDC, Gabe Newell had this to say about DRM:

“One thing that you hear us talk a lot about is entertainment as a service,” he said. “It’s an attitude that says ‘what have I done for my customers today?’

“It informs all the decisions we make, and once you get into that mindset it helps you avoid things like some of the Digital Rights Management problems that actually make your entertainment products worth less by wrapping those negatives around them.”

Ride on, Mr. Newell. (VG247. Again.)

That’s all. There’s no more. Goodbye now. Go play Final Fantasy XIII.

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7 Responses to “Hey! Look! Listen!”

  1. Pogo says:

    I think the bioshock 2 already on the disc thing is a complete non-story.

    It’s just like if you download a demo and then decide to buy the game. But then you pay $10 for an unlock code on the demo that you ‘already downloaded’!

    Suppose they secretly included bioshock 2 on the original bioshock disc, would it then be such a stretch to charge for the unlock code?

    Putting the supplemental content on the disc is just an effiient means of bandwidth use reduction. Not sure where any ethics considerations come into play. It’s not like you were tricked into thinking the content was suppose to be free. To argue foul here would be to imply that you’re paying for bandwidth, not content.

  2. DarthGibblet says:

    @Pogo: Yeah, I think it stems from the hate of day-1 DLC, since the content was obviously finished before the disc was pressed. I’ve always said I understand what people don’t like about it, but it certainly doesn’t bother me. If I bought Bioshock 2, I wouldn’t be enjoying it any less because there’s 500mb (or whatever) of disc space that’s not being utilized. I agree that it would be completely different if they advertised that the content is in the game, but then it turns out you need the paid unlock code in order to access it, but I don’t believe that’s the case here, is it?

    It strikes me as very similar to how everybody got all up in arms about Resident Evil 5’s paid multiplayer mode. Having the pay gate on the game mode pretty much guaranteed it would be dead in the water, but it in no way effected the single player experience (which, if I’m not mistaken, was the reason anybody played RE5).

  3. SiliconNooB says:

    Why on earth would you complain about getting an Uncharted game that you otherwise wouldn’t get?! ….. Oh right, you don’t have a PSP. I’d prefer Ready at Dawn (or whoever Naughty Dog choose as their bitch studio) to make a new Uncharted game rather than just another Jak and Daxter title …

    -I have to say I’m really starting to hate obnoxious zero day DLC, I think it’s disgusting being required to pay for content which is already on the disc!

  4. Riddles says:

    @Pogo: It’s just a part of a DLC model I don’t like. Stuff that could easily be part of the original product (so much so that’s it’s already on the disc in this case) being held back so you can make gamers pay $4 for it doesn’t sit very well with me. It’s a pure money-making gimmick, and doesn’t benefit us at all.

    @Noob: I do have a PSP, I just don’t want to see Uncharted on it.

  5. SiliconNooB says:

    Oooops, I mistakenly thought that was written by Ethos, since he tends to be the Uncharted guy …

  6. SiliconNooB says:

    Seriously though, what’s not to like about more Uncharted? It’s not going to be Uncharted 3, it will just be a side-story like Chains of Olympus. Are you seriously telling me that if Uncharted comes out on PSP you won’t get it?

  7. Riddles says:

    I’m sure I’d get it. I just have no desire to see it ever happen.

    The plain fact of the matter is that the visual experience of Uncharted is a big, big part of what makes the game. Not just the pretty pictures either, but the technical benefits such as motion-capture, and the bombastic setpieces that more than likely couldn’t be brought to the PSP.

    I’m sure it would be a fun game, but it wouldn’t be Uncharted as we know it.

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