Steve started GamersNexus back when it was just a cool name, and now it's grown into an expansive website with an overwhelming amount of features. He recalls his first difficult decision with GN's direction: "I didn't know whether or not I wanted 'Gamers' to have a possessive apostrophe -- I mean, grammatically it should, but I didn't like it in the name. It was ugly. I also had people who were typing apostrophes into the address bar - sigh. It made sense to just leave it as 'Gamers.'"
First world problems, Steve. First world problems.
For those of you that are Star Wars fans, Lucas Arts just posted their newest peek at The Force Unleashed 2, sequel to the original hack 'n saber released two years ago. There's nothing wrong with some machinima, even if the cinematics are overtly fake. Just watch.
The new GG no RE (good game, no rematch) column is in the preparatory stages. The first article is about overhype in the gaming industry and how it can obliterate a solid concept. Here's an excerpt to get you interested:
"All inputs accrue an output, and the output of hype is speculation. Gamers have a powerful tool at their fingertips; actually, it's probably under them right now. At the blink of an eye, you could have your Xfire or Steam friendslist open, social networks whirring, forum topics posting, and emails sending. You have the ability to create or hear any rumor and send it to hundreds, if not thousands of target-audience people. People who want to hear these things. Gamers with an inherently piqued interest, all of them likely to repeat the rumor to at least one friend. It's the Telephone Game. That's why speculation and rumors circulating video games are equal parts drive, threat, and disappointment. I will use Will Wright's Spore as an example to explain these three key elements."
So there's your sneak peek. Gaming essays for the developer in us all, should be fun. GG no RE is focused on the bullshit in the gaming industry, and relatively anything that can be ended with "good game."
Here's a question for you guys (to which you can respond in the comments): how should the casing of "gg no re" be? All lowercase? All caps? Mixed?
The picture you are looking at (left) represents a leading contributor to Crytek's marketing expenses. If you are anywhere near the E3 convention center, you don't need us to tell you that the Crysis 2 poster spans 1/3 the height of the entire structure. That's one high-res render.
The streets of New York have been susceptible to Crytek's teaser trailers, Crysis 2's beta has been in discussion, and now we have posters the size of a house. Or two. All eyes have certainly turned to Crytek, a familiar feeling to the launch of the original Crysis, but will the sequel stand as more than just an over-used benchmarking tool?
I have my doubts. More importantly, what can we learn about industry hype through games like Crysis and Spore?
Aliens force you into a corner, gnawing at your shiny codpiece and clawing at your rifle. Your back hits the wall – that’s it, you’ve officially run out of room. Toss a ‘nade an’ look away. Coast is clear. You catch your breath and start to heal, that’s when the wall behind you explodes with slimy, crawly nasties. Nothing is more horrific than that, especially the codpiece gnawing, *shudder*.
Realtime Worlds announced today that eagerly awaited MMO Shooter, All Points Bulletin, has delayed its promised early access to the game. APB is due for release at the end of the month, but those who pre-ordered via Steam and other digital distribution outlets were informed of a 'Key to the City' event, granting them early access to the game on June 10th. The developer released a statement this morning apologizing for the delay:
"Realtime Worlds would like to announce that, due to a number of issues, we will be delaying the launch of the Key to the City event by 48 hours."
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