As always in the world of games news, there was a little bit of jackassery, a little dash of evil genius and a dash of rehash. Let's take a look at the best bits of news from this week! Via IGN
- In our first bit of crossover news, Riot Games has a bit of a cross-promotion deal going on with HBO's hit show Game of Thrones. Details are sketchy at this point, but it doesn't look like as of now there will be any Game of Thrones Characters in the wildly popular League of Legends.
- Apple and Comcast are in talks for a streaming television service. I'm sure Apple has the coin to provide the massive down payment on Comcast bandwith in light of what Netflix has been saying.
- Microsoft has hinted at plans to bring back elements of digital sharing on the Xbox One. Provided they take a less intrusive approach I'm sure it would be welcome in light of Steam's new sharing plan but this is Microsoft we're talking about here.
- Microsoft has begun to roll out it's new punishment guidelines for griefers and trolls on Xbox Live. They say it can't be manipulated but we'll see. Honestly, aside from all the bad decisions they made over the last year, this is a welcome change. I think all multiplayer platforms should have similar systems of punishment to put all the shitheads in a room to play with other shitheads and let the people who want to play the game well and right actually play the damn game.
- A new study in Singapore links violent video games to violent behavior in children. Which goes to show you can find what you want to find since studies in the United States and England proved the opposite.
- For those that care, my Most Overrated Game of 2013 (The Last of Us) will be getting a PS4 port. Just like the movie, because money.
- Apparently, Microsoft has said their upcoming E3 presentation will only be 90 minutes long and feature a lot less executives than last year's outing. Because THAT was the problem. They will also be making an appearance at PAX East whereas Sony and Nintendo will be absent, which I find interesting.
- I wept for the game industry this week as news broke that microtransactions raked in $352 million on consoles last year. That's 352. Followed by a "million". In American dollars. It truly isn't a wonder why so many AAA game publishers are jumping on board with this fad. However, it is just that. A fad. This, too, shall pass.
- Gaming's second favorite big-headed jackass opened his mouth again as Peter Molyneux said that "the indie craze won't last". This is coming from the head of an independent studio that he left Microsoft to found. He along with Cliff Bleszinski, Koji Igarashi, Keiji Inafune and a myriad of others have left AAA gaming in the last couple years for indie studios. Hardcore gamers are sick of the homogenized crap getting shit out by AAA gaming every month and want something new and it seems most developers are following suit. I highly doubt Telltale, Mojang and many other small studios will be blowing up to the size of an Activision or EA in the next few years but I could be wrong.
- A development studio called Twinbeard (who apparently made a game called Frog Factions 2, whatever that is) has a 2 billion dollar stretch goal on Kickstarter to buy back the Oculus Rift from Facebook. Not only will they not be able to raise the money, Facebook sure as hell won't sell it to them. They'll likely make up a number like 4 zindrillion and tell them "Seller's market."
- In a shocking twist, EA was knocked out of this year's Worst Company in America bracket in the first round! They were bumped by...oh, Time Warner Cable. That's not so shocking.
- There is a neat Deadmau5 themed Easter Egg in the recently released Diablo III: Reaper of Souls that makes enemies dance.
- Sega is working on a Legend of Zelda crossover DLC for Sonic: The Lost World. Because the world needed more slash fics in an official fashion.
- Ubisoft announced another Assassin's Creed game. In other news, sky is blue, water is wet, fire is hot.
- Nosgoth is now available on Steam Early Access. I'm not sold on a game set in the Legacy of Kain universe being an all PvP multiplayer game. Especially not for $20.
- The little Android machine that could, the Nvidia Shield, is getting a price cut and PC streaming support next month.
- The Diablo III expansion Reaper of Souls launched this week and Blizzard seems to have more in store for the franchise but as of now Diablo IV is still just an idea .
- All of the PlayStation Plus freebies lineup is now out there due to a leaked advertisement.
- McDonalds will be adding Skylander toys to Happy Meals. First America, then they TAKE OVER THE WORLD!
Via Escapist Magazine
- Hasbro, the makers of the classic bored...er...board game Monopoly, are crowdsourcing a "House Rules" edition of the game. I didn't even know people still played Monopoly, let alone board games.