3 years ago
Editor's Note: FYI, on Best Buy's overflow warehouse, CowBoom, you can get a WiFi Vita (only the system) for $130. - See for yourself.
Hot on the heels of Japan getting a price drop, many gamers were wondering if such a move was going to happen in the west anytime soon. Right after the PS4 announcement, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida came out and said that we would NOT be getting a price drop anytime soon.
Fast forward to today, and a price drop is happening... Our good friends at Joystiq report that this price drop is happening at select Sony stores in the LA area, but only if you sign up for their data plan, which includes a free PSN game. Yes, that means this is for the 3G model, which comes with that data plan, that free PSN game, and a 8GB memory card (which I would like to see a price drop of, if not the system itself).
Now, what's the deal with this, you may ask? Well, there are various stories going around. Some Sony store employees are claiming that there is be a discontinuation of the 3G model. Some stores claim that this will only last until Sunday, and other stores had no idea this was happening.
No other stores are making such a move right now, but if this turns out to be true, could other retailers (like Best Buy or GameStop) follow suit? I really hope so! Sony really needs to sell some Vitas if more games (like Soul Sacrifice) are to be made by third party developers. Not to mention it'll take down one of the barriers that are keeping developers from making Vita games right now, should more people buy it at this price.
Regardless, I want to hear your thoughts, g1s! Do you think a PS Vita price drop will happen after all? Or will Sony not drop the price of the system, but drop the price of the memory cards (which IMO also needs to happan ASAP)? Let me know in the comments section below!
3 years ago
I want you to look at the picture above. Do you know what that is? That is my Rock Band 3 Keytar. It doesn't get much use anymore, as I stopped playing Rock Band many years ago.
Harmonix recently announced that it too will be stopping its Rock Band performances on April 2nd. They've been going for 275 weeks (!) producing over 4,000 songs (!) for the Rock Band franchise. The reason they're stopping DLC support is because 1. It's about damn time, and 2. They have other projects they need to focus on. What projects? We don't know, but none of them are Rock Band-related, though.
Unfortunately, this also means the end of user-submitted (via Rock Band Network) tracks on platforms that aren't Xbox 360, because the content must be submitted to Sony and Nintendo in the same way as DLC. They will continue to support submissions on the Xbox 360 version, but this also depends on Microsoft's own indie development platform, dubbed XNA, which will retire in 2014.
This does NOT, however, mean that the online servers are going down. The Rock Central servers will continue to be operational for the forseeable future.
So what do you think, g1s? Does this not come as a surprise to you? Or will you miss getting new Rock Band DLC every week? Sound off in the comments section below, g1s!
4 years ago
How many years has it been since Call of Duty was first place on Major Nelson's LIVE Activity List? It's been... uh... longer than I can count. But this week's list (linked below) brought us 2 surprises: One, that Call of Duty was finally no longer ranked the most played game while connected to Xbox Live, and also that the new game is Minecraft. An XBL ARCADE game!! (Note that this was from the week of October 15th)
Mojang, I just have to say... Congratulations! Lifting Call of Duty from that seat is NOT an easy task due to its sheer popularity (which, along with the "Call of Duty virus", is why I think the series needs to die).
Now if only MW3 would just go lower in ranking, (and if devs stop trying to rip it off) I'd be happy.....
4 years ago
Editor's Note: Our thoughts are with everyone at G4 who's being laid off. Here's hoping they can continue to do what they love elsewhere.
Over the past year (actually, a lot longer than that), G4 has been slowly dying. There were the endless marathons of Cops and Cheaters that many people got sick and tired of, with the only good gaming/tech-related shows left being Attack of the Show and X-Play.
But.....many key people at G4 have since left, including Kevin Pereira, Olivia Munn, and Adam Sessler. They were the ones keeping the ship afloat. But now, that ship has officially sunk, because AOTS and X-Play will be canceled in December. This tells me that NBC no longer wants a tech/gaming channel (or show) on its network.
For instance, I recently watched the iPod Touch 5 review on AOTS on G4TV.com. I'm used to seeing Kevin and 1 other person. Then I forgot that they left, and they were replaced with two random people. I was like "WTF G4?!?!?"
Anyway, here's the official word from G4TV.com:"G4's two longest-running and defining series, Attack of the Show! and X-Play, will be ending their run at the end of 2012. Both shows will include original episodes through the end of the year, and will look back at their most memorable moments as we lead up to their final episodes. A rotating lineup of guest co-hosts including John Barrowman, Michael Ian Black, Josh Myers, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel and Horatio Sanz will join AOTS hosts Candace Bailey and Sara Underwood, and X-Play hosts Morgan Webb and Blair Herter as part of the farewell shows."With well over a thousand episodes each, Attack of the Show! and X-Play have defined gamer culture for a generation, serving as the launch pad for prominent personalities including Kevin Pereira, Olivia Munn, Chris Hardwick and Adam Sessler. Attack of the Show! debuted March 28, 2005 and from the start was the ultimate guide to everything cool and new in the world of technology, web culture, gaming and pop culture. X-Play made its debut almost two years earlier, on April 28, 2003 (on G4’s previous incarnation: TechTV), and immediately became the go-to destination for young men seeking the latest video game news, honest reviews, hands-on demos and exclusive video game trailers and footage. The year-end celebration will take you back through highlights of these landmark shows' history, including its exclusive live-from-the-floor coverage of San Diego Comic-Con and E3."Both long-running shows helped define, as well as expand, the pop culture and gaming TV experience for a generation. We hope you've had as much fun watching them as we have had making them, and sincerely hope you join us in bidding a fond farewell to Attack of the Show and X-Play as we look back over the next two months and head towards each series' finale."
G4 was dead to me (and therefore I stopped watching it) ever since they started the endless marathons of Cops and Cheaters every single day of my life. The only time I ever tuned back in was for their E3 coverage, but I think even that will end as well.
So what are your thoughts g1s? Did you like G4 when it was actually good? If so, why? And if not, when/why did you stop liking/watching it? I want to hear from you in the comments section below!
UPDATE: Joystiq reports The Feed staff (who brings us news via the network) will be laid off with their last week taking place before Thanksgiving. I'm not sure of how many jobs we're talking about here, but so far 5 editors have been booted and some may stick around after Thanksgiving. So I guess the website will be going away as we know it, huh?
4 years ago
Editor's Note: Updated with gallery and hot damn this is an incredible collection! I can only hope this would come stateside before the holiday season. Capcom should be taking notes...
Hoo boy. Over the past year or so, we’ve been seeing a lot of franchises celebrating (or planning to) their anniversaries from; Mario, Sonic, Street Fighter, and to Mega Man. Some of these celebrations are AWESOME, and some are very shitty.
Joining these franchises is Final Fantasy, celebrating its 25th Anniversary. And what is Square Enix planning to do with it? Why, they’re going to give us all 13 games (that means no Tactics, X-2, or XIII-2), some music, and some artwork to boot! Here, let me break down what the 25th anniversary set will give you:
- Final Fantasy
- Final Fantasy II
- Final Fantasy III
- Final Fantasy IV
- Final Fantasy V
- Final Fantasy VI
- Final Fantasy VII International (this version has a 4th disc with additional content)
- Final Fantasy VIII
- Final Fantasy IX
- Final Fantasy X
- Final Fantasy XI: The Vana’diel Collection
- Final Fantasy XII
- Final Fantasy XIII
- 25th Anniversary soundtrack
- 25th Anniversary video
- Visual and stand, by Final Fantasy XIII(-2) image illustrator Yoshitaka Amano
- Mogu Mogu earrings, an in-game item for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
Note that all of the games listed are the PlayStation versions and Final Fantasy III is the PSP UMD version. Sorry, Vita owners!
Sounds enticing, right? Well, it is, if 35,000 yen (about $446) is how much you’re planning to fork over to Square Enix’s Japanese e-Store. Oh, but wait, there’s more! There’s also an optional artwork box, called the Final Fantasy 25th Memorial Ultimania, sold separately from the rest of the package.
- Volume 1 covers FF1-6.
- Volume 2 covers FF7-9.
- Volume 3 covers FFX-14.
All of this can be yours for 9,765 yen (about $125), or individually for 3,255 (about $41).
Obviously, all of this is currently Japan-only for now. But when can we start celebrating the 25th anniversary of the most iconic JRPG series? We can do so on 12/18/2012. Pre-orders end September 30th. And now, here's what the thing actually looks like:
Now, if only we could do something about this guy.....
4 years ago
The game, Time Travelers, sells more copies on PSV (9,332) than on 3DS (9,054) and PSP (???) in Japan over 2 weeks. Why do I post this, you may ask?
Well, it's simple. The Vita has been lagging behind on its own soil. I saw that the game was actually selling more on the Vita, is all.
4 years ago
Microsoft made the public beta update available earlier tonight (for me, anyway) for those of you who signed up for the beta a few days ago. So what are you waiting for? Go download it already!
As a reminder, you get to try out Internet Explorer (which you have to download separately), personalized dashboard recommendations, pins, and enhanced category search and discovery features.
I don't mean to violate the NDA by posting this. And I hope you don't either, g1s. I DO have more stuff to say, but you know....I'm under NDA!
4 years ago
Capcom may have announced stuff like Remember Me and the Resident Evil 6's online additions at Gamescom, but, unless I'm wrong, there was one announcement that may have slipped under the radar: a new Mega Man RPG, titled Mega Man Xover. (Maybe it's pronounced Crossover? X-over? But I digress.)
Capcom is no stranger to RPGs, with the Breath of Fire series, Mega Man X Command Mission, and more recently, Dragon's Dogma. They're certainly no strangers to ports, updates (ahem, Ultimate MvC3), and on-disc/data DLC (ahem, Street Fighter x Tekken), either. But this one is entirely original.
In the 25th anniversary iOS social RPG (you heard me correctly, folks - 25th anniversary... iOS... social RPG), franchise villains Dr. Wily and Sigma have locked away the Mega Man heroes (Classic, X, Zero, MM Z Zero, Volnutt, and .EXE) in a separate dimension. Dr. Light and Dr. Cossack (Mega Man 4) develop a new kind of robot to thwart Wily's evil plan. Players play as this new robot, and build up their very own Mega Man, while teaming up with players from around the world to destroy Wily (and Sigma?) once and for all.
Looking at the screenshots from the source link below, this greatly reminds me of the terrible iOS port of Mega Man X. That port was completely butchered by DLC, slow movement, and the areas being split off in parts. Oh, and the fact that it looks like a Flash game, too. If this is how Xover will be, then it's a pretty bad way of celebrating Mega Man's 25th anniversary. You're doing it RIGHT with Street Fighter's, so why butcher Mega Man's? If we can get games like Infinity Blade on iOS, why can't we get a GOOD Mega Man game? Or better yet, why can't we get ports of the best Mega Man games? Like X4, X5, X8, or Command Mission?
I think I'll be keeping my Crapcom pitchfork out until they give us a good Mega Man game. Like X9. Oh, and there's a video I posted that spells out exactly what Capcom has seriously screwed up, so go check that out!
4 years ago
Note: "Capcom" = until around Mega Man 10's release. Their last GOOD game. "Crapcom" = Capcom's new, shitty management. Also, all of this only applies to their main HQ in Osaka, Japan, so I can't imagine what life is like at Capcom USA right now. But, still. I wonder why Seth Killian left (other than to join Sony for Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale)...
Okay. I get it. You're a Capcom fan who thinks nothing of their recent actions. You're a Resident Evil fan. Youre going to buy Resident Evil 6 and think "WOW OMG THIS IS CAPCOM'S BEST GAME EVAH" (which it's not). As a result, the game will sell 10 million copies.
If that describes you, I won't stop you, but let's take a step back and remember who is making the game: Capcom, best known for it's awesome (I.e. shitty) methods of treating its fans - multiple updates, Mega Man hate, franchise killing, DLC love, and Street Fighter X Tekken Super Ultimate Arcade Mega Man Tournament TROOLOLOLOLOLOLOL edition. What you may not know, however, is how they treat their employees.
See, Capcom plans to put in a policy of halving development times, increasing product development output and limiting teams to about 100 people per project. Which basically translates to "We're going to rush out every one of our games and not give two fucks about how shitty they are." WHAT THE FUCK, CAPCOM?! You decide to kill us AND yourselves at the same time?!
So why exactly are we buying their games and SUPPORTING them? And that's not even the worst part.
A long time ago, Yoshinori Ono fell ill while promoting Street Fighter X Tekken. And when he returned:"Nobody told me to take a rest. When I returned to work, Capcom didn't even acknowledge that I had been in the hospital. There was no change in my schedule. I was at home for an entire week before the doctors allowed me to return to work. When I returned to my desk there was a ticket to Rome waiting for me. There's no mercy. Everyone in the company says: 'Ono-San we've been so worried about you.' Then they hand me a timetable and it's completely filled with things to do."
It was said by a Capcom employee (it might've been Ono, I'm not real sure) that any attempt to rally against Crapcom Management would result in their dismissal. There are also reports of bullying and attempted suicide by Capcom employees. I even read one report that said they took an employee's computer because he didn't complete his job on time because he was a LITTLE BIT LATE getting to work one morning or something. Said it was his fault (it wasn't!!). Many original creators behind hit franchises like Resident Evil, Devil May Cry, or Mega Man, have left. All because of how they were treated by Crapcom. Even more stories in the source link below. I mean, this is just SAD.
Look, guys. I don't care how well Resident Evil 6 sells. I don't care how good it is. I don't care if you buy it or not (actually, I hope you don't but I won't stop you). The fact of the matter is, NOBODY should be supporting Crapcom. I'm not, and don't intend to until the RELEASE of Mega Man X9, provided of course that 1. It surpasses, or is as good as, Mega Man X8; 2. That it's free of Disc/Data (if it's a downloadable)-Locked Content. 3. It follows up where X8 left off.
What are your thoughts on this matter, g1s? Is Crapcom worth supporting anymore? (No, they're not.) Are you going to buy Resident Evil 6 when it comes out? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
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