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EA defends Dragon Age II self-love

March 16, 2011 News No Comments

Image: Dragon Age II boxart. EA/BioWare.

Remember when you were a child and nothing mattered more than your favourite game being better than someone else’s favourite game? Well, the nerdlingers who used to have those fights have grown up to make games of their own, and are now brawling online to ensure their work is counted as the best.

Internet detective GatoFiasco has discovered that an engineer at BioWare actually bothered to give Dragon Age II a perfect 10 on Metacritic’s user reviews. The numerical praise was accompanied with some flowery text, including:

Anything negative you’ll see about this game is an overreaction of personal preference. For what it is, it is flawlessly executed and endlessly entertaining.

A rogue employee getting a little too excited about his or her work is understandable, but EA has remarkably defended the review. The company likened the act to Obama voting for himself in an election. That comparison doesn’t quite stand up to FTC guidelines, which note that user reviews of this nature are likely to be influenced by employment and should include disclosure of the relationship to the product’s maker in order for readers to determine the credibility of the review.

Source: Kotaku

February 2011 numbers tell us nothing is happening

March 15, 2011 News No Comments

Come on, 3DS!

The NPD Group has once again given us an anorexic view of video game sales in the United States, this time for February 2011.

The three consoles all sold similarly, with the 360 kinecting with 535,000 purchasers. The Wii waggled 454,000, while the PS3 moved 403,000. In other news, my jokes are pathetic.

An absence of handheld numbers for another month probably indicates that the DS’s sales have slowed to “middling” ahead of the 3DS launch, and the PSP is languishing in defeat. Nintendo will presumably be proud enough of 3DS’s sales that we’ll get those in the months ahead.

On the software side, Call of Duty: Black Ops took top spot. The title has now moved 13.7 million units across all of its various console iterations. That’s good enough to give it the title of best selling game in the United States ever, sort of. The numbers only work if you don’t include pack-ins (Nintendo has sold 35 million Wiis in the US, and therefore 35 million copies of Wii Sports) and insist on counting the sometimes vary different versions of the game for different systems as the same thing.

Source: NeoGAF

Cap’n Crunch sails the internet ocean

March 10, 2011 News No Comments

Image: Quaker.

Authority figure for generations Cap’n Crunch will no longer order children to do his nautical bidding, maybe. Word recently broke that Quaker was pulling away from marketing the crunchy stuff to kids.

Soon afterward, the world was greeted with news that the Cap’n was alive and well, sailing the high seas of the internet on Facebook and Twitter.

It’s not clear if Quaker really is easing marketing, or if this was all a hoax to promote the more internet-savvy Cap’n. Word is that the great roof-of-mouth cutter isn’t selling as well as it used to thanks to a bad reputation for containing grossly too much sugar.

Quaker may be trying to switch direction, keeping adult fans happy while not pursuing the children’s market.

Source: Life Inc., twice

Felicia Day Brings Dragon Age To Life

March 9, 2011 News No Comments

Image: BioWare

With yesterday’s launch of Bioware’s Dragon Age II in mind, I thought I would bring up something I’ve been meaning to report on. Felicia Day, the internet’s second hottest redhead, has put together a live-action webseries based on the Dragon Age universe titled Dragon Age: Redemption. She’s well known for her roles in the popular webseries The Guild and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. The trailer for Dragon Age: Redemption can be viewed here.

Felicia Day stars as Tallis, an elven assassin, on a quest to capture a renegade wizard, gathering companions as she goes. This six-part webseries is set to launch in Summer 2011, and promises to turn Dragon Age and fantasy nerds everywhere into drooling messes. I think I’ll preemptively start drooling all over myself about now. Might as well get it out of the way, right?

Source: USA Today

Jiffy’s Lazy Links: More Hannah Minx Edition

Skyward Sword isn’t the only Zelda title Nintendo will be providing us with this year. The Ocarina of Time remake for 3DS is also well on its way, as these screenshots reveal.

Nintendo’s revamped eShop that will eventually be coming to 3DS will include titles from the Game Gear and TurboGrafx-16 libraries. Game Gear doesn’t come as much of a surprise, but this is the first indication we’ve had that the 3DS’s shop won’ tbe limited to previously handheld games.

Rumour has it that The Hobbit‘s two parts have two names, those being The Hobbit: There and Back Again, and The Hobbit: The/An Unexpected Journey.

Resident Evil 5 (the movie) is bound for theatres September 14, 2012. Everything between now and then is a waiting game for the cinematic treasure.

Nathan Fillion makes an offhand remark about wanting to restart Firefly if only he had the money, and crazy people start sending him cash until he asks them to stop. I wish I had that problem.

Blade Runner, the movie that gets good once you’ve seen it about six times, is getting a sequel and/or prequel. This likely ends my enjoyment of quoting the original.

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