Ubisoft Massive Planning to Take “Full Advantage” of PS4 for The Division

the-division-headerI’d give up writing about Ubisoft but their constant corporate about-faces about graphics and framerates and the console wars is just an absolute gold mine of laughs and punditry and page views. After three different explanations for the framerate and resolution of Assassin’s Creed Unity being 900p and 30 FPS from Ubisoft Montreal, Ubisoft Massive is singing a completely different tune when it comes to Tom Clancy’s The Division.

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Paranautical Activity Pulled From Steam After Dev Threatens Gabe Newell

paranautical-activity-steam-bannerWith all the focus on death threats as part of the ongoing #GamerGate drama, the most prominent death threat we’ll be talking about this week isn’t part of that saga but from an indie dev who was unhappy with Steam. Mike Maulbeck, one of the developers behind the procedurally-generated FPS Paranautical Activity, tweeted what he called a sarcastic death threat towards Valve boss Gabe Newell on Monday night.

This resulted in Steam pulling Paranautical Activity from Steam and ending their relationship with Code Avarice.

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Comic Book Pull List for October 22, 2014

the-multiversity-the-just-1Is it just me or does this week seem pretty quiet in terms of new comic releases. Maybe everyone’s waiting until the week before Halloween and I just didn’t pay attention to that being a popular time for comic releases. Anyway, I have a couple of recommendations for the week. After a five decade absence (in the story), Edward Scissorhands is back and getting a comic book sequel (until the inevitable far too late cash-in revival [because I'm not a cynic or anything like that]) in Edward Scissorhands #1.

And I’ve never heard of the self-obsessed Earth-16 in the DC multiverse (there are 52 worlds in it so I can’t know it all) but it seems like something that would be oddly appropriate as a substitute for our Earth-0. Anyway, The Multiversity: The Just #1 sees the children of Earth-16 unprepared for the threat that faces them because they’re too interested in themselves to be at the ready for action. See, take out superheroes and it’s our actual Earth-0.

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Samsung White Win League of Legends World Championship

league-of-legends-2014-world-championship-headerIt might not have been for $5 million but that doesn’t make any less sweeter for the champions. Korean team Samsung White capped off a spectacular run through the 2014 League of Legends World Championship with a dominant 3-1 victory over Chinese team Star Horn Royal Club to win the championship and a $1 million prize.

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Haven: The Old Switcheroo Part 2 Review

haven-bannerI’m starting to wonder how hard it is to write episodes in pairs. The first six episodes of this season of Haven have been presented in two-episode pairs and each pairing has had one episode that was quite clearly better than the other. The Old Switcheroo Part One was funny but it also explored the relationships between the characters from a different perspective.

This week, whether the novelty was gone after one week or the writers were done with the novelty, ended up being much more straight forward. It was all about Troubles and Mara.

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Game Trailers Roundup for October 20, 2014

Well, after missing last week’s Monday weekly post thanks to Canadian Thanksgiving, there are a lot of trailers for us to catch up on from the last two weeks and probably more that I skipped over on Reddit. In total, there are twelve trailers for you to watch.

As we near or have reached their releases, we have launch trailers for F1 2014, Dragon Age: Inquisition and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. There are also trailers for Football Manager 2015, LittleBigPlanet 3, Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. And we close with a whole host of Ubisoft trailers for Far Cry 4, both Assassin’s Creed games and The Crew (whenever that comes out).

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Et Geekera’s Stance on GamerGate

gamergate-headerWell, since the rest of the games “media” happened to all release letters from the editor within hours of each other about GamerGate (I guess GameJournoPros is still just a discussion group), I shall follow suit.

Our official position shall be kept simple and is as follows:

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Doctor Who: Flatline Review

doctor-who-flatline-headerHow many times has science fiction explored other dimensions? We’ve explored alternate dimensions with revised histories, good people turned evil and more. However, how many time have we explored the second dimension? Well, not only do The Doctor and Clara have to deal with creatures from the second dimension but The Doctor has to deal with a shrinking TARDIS. All in a day’s work.

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Geek Links of the Week

The next campaign to protect the internet will likely be focused on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Its intellectual property agreement is going to tighten up intellectual property laws to US levels. [Open Media]

Polygon created another controversy over the content of a game that the reviewer felt compelled to focus on over every other aspect of a game. The problem is that many reviewers are using reviews as makeshift opinion columns and are harming consumers and developers by standing on their soapbox. [DualShockers]

I get a feeling that people don’t like big corporations. Often, though, they do something to deserve it. For example, Microsoft won’t get love for declaring itself the sheriff of the internet. [Wired]

Halo: The Master Chief Collection on the Xbox One is going to take up 45 GB on the Blu-Ray disc and require an additional 20 GB update download on release day. Yes, that’s a 65 GB game collection. Hope you weren’t planning to download this game. [Xbox Wire]

The PlayStation TV hit North America this week. It’s not exactly going over too well. [Gizmodo]

Crimes and Punishments: Sherlock Holmes Review: Elementary

crimes-and-punishments-sherlock-holmes-headerThere are many licenses that I wouldn’t want to be put in charge of but Sherlock Holmes would likely be at the top of the list. There is a great disconnect between the cognitive abilities of Sherlock Holmes and me, for example. He can look at a person and some clues and quickly deduce what happened as new evidence arises. Translating that ability to video games has apparently been quite a challenge for developers who have only seen mixed reviews, at best, for their Sherlock Holmes adventures.

For their latest trip to 221B Baker Street, Frogwares takes mysteries in the style of the classic Conan Doyle adventures and updates them with some of the tricks that have become popular on BBC’s Sherlock. Is that enough to make Sherlock Holmes a hit in the video game space to go with the recent explosion of popularity on TV and the silver screen?

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