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.
Cable company Comcast was slammed with a class-action lawsuit in 2007 for "restricting access to file-sharing protocols." Of the protocols restricted, the widely known BitTorrent and Gnutella were two of them. According to Ars Technica, Comcast is "on the verge of settling with irate customers."
Likely in order to avoid an arduous legal campaign, Comcast proposed a $16 million settlement for users who experienced the restricted access. The proposal is "not an admission of wrongdoing by any party," as posted by the Settlement Website, but rather an expression that Comcast wants to "avoid a potentially lengthy and distracting legal dispute that would serve no useful purpose." (ArsTechnica).
Instructions are posted on the site linked above for those who wish to file a claim, should they have been one of the customers experiencing restricted access to legal video and audio files posted on BitTorrent. Class members can look forward to the following:
Comcast agrees to credit or refund some current or former High-Speed Internet service customers. Comcast agrees to pay up to $16 million dollars, less Settlement costs, to eligible Class Members. If you submit a valid Claim Form, you will receive a share of this amount, not to exceed $16.00
Ars says that a judge is still required to sign off on the agreement. There you go, $16. That should pay some of your internet bill, anyway.
Initially, a head-exploding amount of cumbersome titles were planned for release this year; StarCraft 2, Mass Effect 2, BioShock 2... some other 2's. Gaming tends to burst-fire once every two years. 2008 was mediocre, but 2009 was supposed to be (and would have been) glorious. A certain shooter placed its foot down in the Q4 launch pad, frightening would-be timesinks into the depths of 2010. Curse you, Modern Warfare 2! You have engulfed me in the anguish that is my lack of patience. Thanks to you, I won't see SC2, ME2, or even BioShock 2 until two years before the apocalypse, and damn it, I demand at least three years to play such hyped-up titles (the world does end in 2012, after all).
Despite dozens of setbacks, this year had its spotlights. The independent developers spat in the face of big names and trudged through buckets of blood, likely left behind by a certain BioWare title, to raise the indie bar. If nothing else, perhaps developers will learn that competing with titles such as the Call of Duty series is more competent than dog piling into Q1 of any year. Oh well, did anyone truly believe the 4 different release dates placed on SC2, anyway?
I thank the heavens (that's Canada, apparently its own country) for games like Dragon Age: Origins, wherein I invested 33.8 hours within the confines of a week; Runic for games like Torchlight, that reinvigorate old genres with a contagious ambition; and of course, games like Modern Warfare 2 and Left 4 Dead 2, for revealing that even the best devs can turn into carnivorous moneymongers.
Let's get to the awards. We've reported the news all year, reviewed games that you asked us to, and given away prizes like our $2,000 gaming rig. Now it's time to see what YOU have given us! GN Forumites were asked to cast their votes, here's what the community said:
Our categories for 2009, GN's first official GotY awards, are as follows: Best FPS, best RPG, best RTS, best Action/Adventure, best Indie, and Game of the Year. Let's start it off with a bang.
Infinity Ward's community manager Robert Bowling, also known as FourZeroTwo, announced recently that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 currently has a patch in test phase. He promises that it is geared toward addressing complaints from the first few weeks of launch.
FourZerTwo has revealed that the following details are what you can expect to be patched in, and noted that more may be added. The list so far:
- Akimbo 1887s balancing
- Public "private" match fixed
- Infinite Ammo fixed
- Prestige Hack on PS3 fixed
- Texture Hack on PC fixed
Infinity Ward said to expect future updates for quite some time.
~Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke
Newegg's seasonal WANFest has kicked off once again, but this time for the Winter. Compete in tournaments for games across platforms for over $20,000 in prizes. Registration is free and so is competition, unfortunately registrants must reside in the US or Canada (due to shipping). The competition will include the following games:
- Counter-Strike 1.6 - 5 vs. 5 format
- Counter-Strike: Source - 5 vs. 5 format
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - 4 vs. 4 format
- Left 4 Dead 2 - 4 vs. 4 format
- Street Fighter IV - 1 vs. 1 format
- Tekken 6 - 1 vs. 1 format
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - 4 vs. 4 format
Get your team together and sign up now, some of the prizes include:
And there are plenty more where that came from. Check it out!
Planescape Torment has been re-released on this site as a DVD edition. The classic Advanced Dungeons & Dragons (2nd Edition) game is on sale for the next 120 hours, priced at a modest $20. The RPG holds the top of the PC RPG charts to this date, and is definitely worth the investment. See where games like Dragon Age: Origins get their roots, pick up Planescape!
The description of the game, as per "GoGamer:"
"Overview - Welcome to Sigil, the City of Doors, a place with gates that lead anywhere in existence provided you have the proper key. It is a neutral ground and watering hole for races across the multiverse, all under the watchful shadow of the Lady of Pain, the enigmatic ruler of the city. It is a place where the word is mightier than the sword, where thought defines reality, and where belief has the power to reshape worlds and change the laws of physics."
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