An open letter to Games Publishers

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As many of you may know, games piracy is becoming more and more of a problem. With hundreds if not thousands of bittorrent trackers live on the internet, people can download cracked versions of your games without paying a cent and play them to their hearts content.

However, I think I may have a solution.

I’m going to illustrate it with a little story, starring Johnny, the publishing Dinosaur.

Johnny was very excited one day, because after months of hard work and hundreds of meetings, his company’s new game, Super Blood Kill 5, was going gold. He was thrilled that the application on which he had worked so hard was about to be released.

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Resistance is Futile

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Since it came out, I’ve been glancing casually at the PS3 every now and then. While it is an awesome gaming platform, there weren’t any games that really tickled my fancy… Until now.

 

WipEoutHD is the latest in the WipEout series of combat racers, one of my favourite serieses of games. Something tells me this will be causing a very large chunk of cash to disappear from my bank account, and a PS3 and 50″ plasma to appear miraculously in my lounge room.

http://www.wipeouthd.com/en_AU/index.html

Preview: Overlord

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[image title=”overlord” size=”thumbnail” id=”318″ align=”right” linkto=”https://irrationale2.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/overlord.jpg” ]There’s something fun about games where you don’t have to be a goody two-shoes. Dungeon Keeper was a barrel of laughs as you built an evil dungeon, filled it with traps and monsters and waited for the heroes to come wandering in. Evil genius was along the same lines, but instead of a subterranean dungeon, your evil mind was pitted against stereotypical bond-esque secret agents.

Overlord explores the same lines, but comedic evil is where the similarity ends. In Overlord, expect a fast-paced third-person action game, where you charge into battle and loose hordes of minions against your enemies.

There’s a great review over at AtomicMPC.

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Fallout 3 To Be Developed And Published By Bethesda Softworks

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[image title=”fallout3″ size=”thumbnail” id=”340″ align=”right” linkto=”https://irrationale2.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/fallout3.jpg” ]Bethesda Softworks announced today that it will develop and publish Fallout 3 — a sequel to the highly popular Fallout role-playing game franchise. Bethesda licensed the rights to the Fallout franchise from Interplay Entertainment Corp. (OTC Bulletin Board: IPLY) in a deal that awards Bethesda exclusive worldwide rights to the Fallout franchise on the PC, home consoles, handhelds, and other media, with the rights to develop and publish additional sequels.

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Review: Dungeon Keeper 2 (PC)

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Back in 1999, Bullfrog released the sequel to their highly acclaimed God sim, Dungeon Keeper. Similar to the original, Dungeon Keeper 2 (DK2) is set in a dark and evil underground world. Remember all those games where you get to play a hero, questing deep into dark dungeons to destroy the forces of evil? Well, this time you are the forces of evil.

DK2 is a real-time strategy game where the aim is to build a subterranean lair, fill it with all sorts of wicked creatures and traps, and then defend it against the goodly heroes who wish to see you destroyed. It is a lot of different things, but the biggest feature of this game is the Evil Humor of every aspect of the game.

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Upcoming expansion pack for Star Wars: Empire at War

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Back in February, there was a revolution in Star Wars strategy games: one was released that wasn’t utterly horrible. Far from it, in fact. Empire at War turned out to be a cunning blend of large-scale, turn-based strategizing and up-close-and-personal tactical battles on land and in space. Forces of Corruption is Empire at War’s upcoming expansion pack, and adds a new playable faction (an interstellar crime syndicate), new units for both Imperial and Republic forces, a choice blend of multiplayer tweaks, and more.
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EverQuest II Echoes of Faydwer

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EverQuest II has been around for almost two years now and the game shows little sign of slowing down in terms of evolving both the playing experience and the challenge. Coming soon, to a PC near you, is the latest update for the game, the third expansion overall, Echoes of Faydwer.

The expansion takes part in a place that may be familiar to those who played the original EverQuest, now referred to as EverQuest Live. In the EQ II expansion, the zone has been updated and Features 20 new zones, a new race (the Fae), a new starting city Kelethin (dwarves, fae, wood elves, high elves, half elves, gnomes can start there), new adornments, player cloaks, new items – horse mounts, treasure and new armor sets will be available. And, of course, there will be lots of new quests.

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