Hey, guys! So I hear tell you want to kill Steam.
Well, okay, that’s overly harsh; you just want a sweet piece of that digital distribution pie. And who can blame you? There’s a lot of money going through Steam, and if I were a big company I’d be looking for a way to pick up a few extra bucks down that road. You’ve made a good opening move by cutting ties with Steam and putting both Star Wars: The Old Republic and Mass Effect 3 exclusively on Origin. It’s really a good start toward getting a foot in the digital distribution market, and considering how much I like having some healthy competition here, I’m all in favor of it.
In the beginning, the designers didn’t know what they had. Well, okay, they knew what they had: a game that you played with a computer. They just weren’t sure what to do with it.
Pong wasn’t really the first video game, nor was it the first one to answer the question of “how do we make money off of this?” It was just the first one to do so in a successful fashion. You fed the game a coin, you got to play. When one of the two sides reached a predetermined score, the match was over, and if you wanted to play again you had to feed the machine another quarter.
First of all, I want to state for the record that I am unexpectedly sad about the fact that Star Wars Galaxies is closing down. In every respect, I can understand why the players of the game would be sad and unhappy with this turn of events. I have nothing but sympathy for the feelings of those affected by this shutdown, because really, there’s no way to frame this as anything less than sucking.
That having been said? It’s done.
Sony has told you guys that you are not going to win this. There’s no question, there’s no last-ditch rally to save the beach from Evil Mr. Shutdownington or whatever. Sony stepped up and said “guys, the petition thing, it’s sweet, but it is also totally pointless.” And yet the desperate requests to spread the word continue, as if somehow if you just got enough signatures it would somehow alter the space-time continuum and the companies would change their minds.
I’m really late for a hard-hitting review of LA Noire, a fact I freely admit. Worse yet, at least from my perspective, Chris over at Game By Night hit one of the really big failings of the game right off, which is one of the two major things that’s been going through my head recently as I’ve been playing the darn game. But, hey, it’s still set to come out later this year for the PC, so I can at least get in some reasonable lead time to advise most players that it might not be all that and a bag of chips.
The problems with the game, however, don’t stop where the aforementioned post stops discussing them. It’s kind of ironic that one of the first DLC cases for the game makes reference to electroplating, since the entire game feels like it’s been coated with a thin layer of awesome. But a solid scratch makes it clear that there’s nothing underneath.