Archive for January, 2012
Valve has announced that a Steam app is scheduled for release on mobile Android and iOS devices. The creation of the app is in response to fans’ requests to have access to what is happening on Steam on the go. The app allows users to see what is happening on Steam anytime, anywhere. Users can see who is online and what they are playing as well as browse games, chat with friends, and check out the latest media.
Steam is the leading distributor of digital media, supplying the majority of digital downloads on the internet. The most popular feature of Steam is the unbeatable sale prices on hot games. The ability to monitor the deals on the new mobile app gives fans the ability to snag sales while they’re hot.
The app is currently available in open Beta and can be downloaded free on the Android Market or the App store.
Editor’s note: I am in no way advocating Online Passes in games. In this article, I praise 38 Studios for rewarding early adopters. I do not think the Day 1 DLC should be considered an Online Pass, a huge buzzword of late. However, having Day 1 DLC means that content was ready, but not packaged with the product. How you feel about that is up to you.
You probably already know about Kingdoms of Amalur’s Online Pass and the backlash unleashed by many in the gaming community. Well, as much as I don’t like Online Passes, Kingdoms of Amalur isn’t actually using one — not really. Ars technica wrote about the implementation of an Online Pass with this game and stated that “Charging used game players for such an ‘Online Pass’ is nothing new in the game industry, of course. But implementing an Online Pass in the single-player Kingdoms of Amalur represents a continuing tumble down a slippery slope for the entire game industry.”
Part side scroller, and part rhythm-based game, Zombie Slayer Diox brings more zombie-bashing goodness to the Nintendo 3DS eShop in early 2012.
Lolz. Getting my 65 year old grandma to say “Fus Ro Dah” was almost as funny as this Simpsons/Skyrim mashup. Skyrim has had quite the viral spell these past few months, from Fus Ro Dahs to Arrows in the knee. If anything is popular these days, the internet is required to make fun of it. Thanks, Homer for joining in on the fun.
It seems that the death of Westwood has not yet killed the Command and Conquer franchise. Though Westwood became debunked after releasing several games to try their hand at more than just real time strategy games (most of which were good with the exception of Command and Conquer 4), it seems that Electronic Arts and others are willing to give the franchise a jolt to see if it can again be the amazing and successful franchise that it was.
Did you enjoy Command & Conquer: Renegade? Were you one of the people who contributed to its 8.6 rating on Metacritic? Well, you are in luck, then. Renegade X: Black Dawn is a spiritual successor to Command & Conquer: Renegade. (more…)
After publishing an admittedly poorly-titled editorial about David Jaffe and listening to the anger of many Twisted Metal fans, I would like to apologize for comments made about David Jaffe, Sony, and Twisted Metal.
GameTaffy.com is strongly opposed to Online Passes in any shape or form, as they are a way to fight piracy by attacking those who are not pirates. At the writing of the article, my intention was to draw attention to another situation where gamers are punished for trying to save money.
While it’s sad that we may never see another installment in the Chrono series (Squeenix needs to wake up and realize the money potential of many older franchises), there is plenty of fan work to enjoy. (more…)
EDITORIAL NOTE (1.30.12) – Since writing this, we have apologized to David Jaffe, both on this site and through Twitter. However, this article will remain live to serve as an example of what not to do. Name calling is not the way to get a message heard or to encourage intelligent and mature conversation. This article was meant to be an editorial opinion about the Online Pass and instead resorted to name-calling to push a point. GameTaffy will continue to report on the Online Pass debate and looks forward to your continued support as a reader.
NOTE: This was meant to appear in the WSU Signpost, but as there was no space in the paper, it was left out. Therefore, GameTaffy publishes the article for your reading pleasure!
For the past year and a half of its existence, the Online Pass has been a topic of debate amongst gamers, retailers, and game creators. Unfortunately, the majority of consumers are completely unaware of it.
As has been said on the GameTaffy.com Show on KWCR 88.1 Weber FM repeatedly for the past year, the biggest problem with the Online Pass is the lack of consumer knowledge.