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Today’s news regarding Microsoft’s $10 price hike for Xbox Live Gold subscriptions has expectedly hit a nerve, and while numerous readers have fallen back to the old “HAHA! And PlayStation Network costs how much? Oh, right! It’s still free” position (even though the new PSN plus does have a monthly subscription fee), DreamingDarklyRobin cut directly to the soul of the matter with this supremely pointed insight:

"Wait Microsoft, you mean to tell me that I can pay EVEN MORE money to be called gay?"

I actually have zero problem with Microsoft raising the monthly XBL fee by less than $1 a month, but DreamingDarklyRobin, well played. And the comment couldn't be more topical either given the letter our Webmaster posted this morning about raising the level of discourse online. You might say we are dreamers, but we're not the only ones.

Metroid Other M

Today, we posted a review of Metroid: Other M, and the generally negative review of the game resulted in a crap-ton of comments from readers, some questioning the review and some supporting it, but I think reader OcelotFox added the most intelligent point to the debate by pointing out the obvious: Our reviewer, X-Play's Abbie Heppe, has played the game; you have not.

"Okay people, seriously, get over it. This is her view of the game. She wasn't satisfied by the change in tone or the way the character of Samus was treated by the developers or the gameplay changes. And that's fine. If you don't agree, then how about you first GO PLAY THE GAME, and then come back and counter her arguments? Jeez, it's a review. Not gospel, not divine providence, and not a command to not play the game if the review isn't good. So read it, understand her points, and determine whether or not that view will affect your purchase decision. If it doesn't (aka, you still want to play it), then don't take exception to the review like someone just defamed your mother."

I agree completely. Although, we definitely appreciate all our commenters' passion, whether they agree or disagree. Thanks for keeping the debate lively.

Halo: Reach 'Deliver Hope' Live Action Trailer »



Our comment of the day belongs to lBloodstormI, who posted the following in response to the Halo: Reach live action short you see above. BloodstormI says:

Now that is the kind of trailer I'd expect from Bungie after Halo 3 and ODST trailers.

Where is my Halo movie?!?

A question to which I respond: Be careful what you wish for. Did you walk out of Inception and ask "Where's my Inception game?" Probably not.

Halo is perfectly suited to the video game world, and the shorts are cool, but maybe it wouldn't work as a feature film. My evidence: Twenty-five years worth of failed video game movie adaptations. Also: We never see Master Chief's face. It works in a game, but really think about how that would play onscreen. A main character we can't actually see...

What do you guys think?

 ZeniMax Acquires RAGE Publishing Rights From EA

Well, it’s the end of the week, and that means it’s time to look back at the past week’s worth of stellar reader insight, compliments of our stellar readers (That’s you!).

The week started with a classic debate: hardcore vs. casual gamers. Reader lowkevmic brought a harsh but fair perspective to the discussion when he pointed out:

People kill me with this core/serious gamer nonsense. If you guys are such core gamers, then you should be open to play anything that's fun. That's what a real gamer is. Just because all you play is Modern Warfare, God of War, Halo, or any other mainstream blockbuster game, that doesn't make you a core gamer. In fact if all you play is one particular genre, only one console, and unwilling to try new things that you really know nothing about. Then wouldn't that make you a casual gamer?

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Multiplayer Beta For Rage Doubtful, Demo More Likely

id Software may have broken a few hearts at QuakeCon 2010 today by announcing that their stunning shooter Rage won’t be released until September 2011, but thankfully readers such as DevilishBoredom have found the strength to keep a level head about having to wait another full year for one of the most anticipated games of this generation.

Id can take as long as they want to finish this one. Because I know when I go to hand over the cash to purchase it, I'm going to be 100% sure that my money was well spent. Hell even if it did release right this second it be worth every single cent. But still, I can stand to wait it out, I'll still be too busy rockin New Vegas till then to notice much.

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Daily Reacharound: (Really) Knowing Your Audience

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the ones that stick with you, and the following comment from reader Wozman23, with regards to a recent story about members of the Yakuza reviewing Sega’s Yakuza 3 is a perfect example of this concept in action:

I'd like to see this done more often, especially dogs playing Nintendogs.

Come on. How adorable does that sound? And it’s much more feasible than my plan to have Aliens and Predators review Aliens vs. Predator.

Nintendo Talks Wii Zelda, The Existence Of Wii HD And Modern Warfare 2

The Nintendo Wii has passed the 30 million-sold mark in the United States, and while you’d think any success in the video games industry would be deserving of praise and excitement by gamers everywhere (we’re all gamers after all), that’s very rarely the case, which is a shame. However, I was pleased to see a number of readers brought the positivity in congratulating Nintendo on the impressive milestone. Reader whosdavingo put it particularly well by saying:

Nintendo was able to be incredibly successful in a virtually untapped market. While I was one of those "hardcore" Nintendo fans that felt alienated by the new direction the company was taking, I appreciate their courage to separate themselves from their competitors and appeal to a larger audience of people who would normally wouldn't play games. Congrats Nintendo.
 

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Daily Reacharound: Identity Crisis

The hardcore vs. casual debate comes up pretty much daily whenever video games are the topic of discussion, and today was no different. But what made today special was that reader lowkevmic absolutely nailed why a certain section of self-described “core gamers” need to reassess how they portray themselves:

People kill me with this core/serious gamer nonsense. If you guys are such core gamers, then you should be open to play anything that's fun. That's what a real gamer is. Just because all you play is Modern Warfare, God of War, Halo, or any other mainstream blockbuster game, that doesn't make you a core gamer. In fact if all you play is one particular genre, only one console, and unwilling to try new things that you really know nothing about. Then wouldn't that make you a casual gamer?




Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days

People, we are entering the true Dog Days of summer (photo above from Kane and Lynch 2: Dog Days), when the world slows down a bit because, let's face it, it's just too damn hot to go very fast. G4's commenters (that's you guys) haven't slowed down, however. You guys have had interesting points to make about a number of topics of interest to the gaming community, including:

On Monday, EA announced a spin-off series for the Sims. The Sims Medieval will be out in 2011, and promises to transport The Sims to a different time period and add some quest-based gameplay. I asked whether "core" players were likely to be into the new series, and reader barley12 responded with this thoughtful comment

 I still play Sims 2...didn't bother getting Sims 3 since the reviews weren't so great. I have all the expansion packs for Sims 2, but only play it on occasion. This sounds interesting, but I doubt it will be as interesting as this tid bit of information makes it out to be. If you've ever played Sims you would understand that their team is more built towards well, a "safe" RPG. With safe aspects to the game... that said I don't think this will bring new "Simmers" into the franchise, of course the loyal sims fans will buy this game and most likely enjoy it and maybe some people who have never played sims before will try it; but I doubt it's going to grasp much attention from the hardcore game players. Not that Sims really has though, with my understanding.

Maybe it's a little harsh, but barley is right, hardcore gamers. The Sims doesn't need you. It's the best-selling PC game franchise in history, and it's done it all with little support from the hardcore community. Oh, well. At least we have Starcraft 2.

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Microsoft Store Lists Kinect For $149.99

Today, we learned that a patent filed by Microsoft for Kinect's technology includes the ability to understand American Sign Language and read lips. The patent gives the example of a user being able to tell another player he's been "pwned" non-verbally, just by mouthing the word.

Reader Sam00's comment highlights the often vast gulf between the possibilities for a technology and what the technology actually delivers..

I can see this now:

Kinect: Your opponent would like to let you know that you have been ponied.
Player: No PWNED!
Kinect: Phoned.
Player: PWNED!!!
Kinect: oh...table?

Okay, it probably won't work great... but a guy can dream, right?

The Sims Medieval

Today, EA announced a spin-off series for the Sims. The Sims Medieval will be out in 2011, and promises to transport The Sims to a different time period and add some quest-based gameplay. I asked whether "core" players were likely to be into the new series, and reader barley12 responded with this thoughtful comment:

 I still play Sims 2...didn't bother getting Sims 3 since the reviews weren't so great. I have all the expansion packs for Sims 2, but only play it on occasion. This sounds interesting, but I doubt it will be as interesting as this tid bit of information makes it out to be. If you've ever played Sims you would understand that their team is more built towards well, a "safe" RPG. With safe aspects to the game... that said I don't think this will bring new "Simmers" into the franchise, of course the loyal sims fans will buy this game and most likely enjoy it and maybe some people who have never played sims before will try it; but I doubt it's going to grasp much attention from the hardcore game players. Not that Sims really has though, with my understanding.

Maybe it's a little harsh, but barley is right, hardcore gamers. The Sims doesn't need you. It's the best-selling PC game franchise in history, and it's done it all with little support from the hardcore community. Oh, well. At least we have Starcraft 2.

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StarCraft II

Post Comic-Con week is always sluggish and light in the news department, and this week was no different. Thankfully, the release of StarCraft II no doubt kept a lot of you occupied enough to not really care (Don’t take that the wrong way; plenty of my coworkers were in the same position). Anyway, while this week wasn’t particularly eventful, you still managed to deliver some solid commentary, so stretch your arms and let’s get this Reacharound review started.

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Brian Leahy loves Starcraft II (2)

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty has finally been unleashed upon the savagely eager masses, and based on all the player feedback and impressions pouring in, it’s clear that Blizzard more than justified the 10 year gap between the previous game and its sequel. So much so that it’s becoming clear that even non-StarCraft fans, like reader CodyGilleyMcnugget, are finding it difficult to ignore the buzz surrounding the game:

Not much of a pc gamer but it looks like I need this game everyone says it is a masterpiece.

I also chose this comment because I would like to see more readers express this kind of positivity and open-mindedness towards games/genres/platforms that they might not be familiar with, instead of simply dismissing them in classic fanboy fashion.

Any other readers feeling the StarCraft II effect?

Daily Reacharound: Sex Education And Gaming

Despite Stephen “Friendship Killer” Johnson’s rather disturbing characterization of me in his earlier post about the University of Central Florida developing a game to give pre-teen girls +10 defenses against peer pressure to have sex, the story itself is definitely a compelling one, and worthy of discussion. But I think reader Squigglebeth put the whole situation to bed (pun sort of intended) with the following comment:

This is just another way for our society and government to avoid giving comprehensive sex education to our youth. What a waste of money... no teen is going to want to play this game. EVER. The money would have been better spent on education programs for schools, free clinics for teens, and programs that reach out to the under-served/undereducated population who are most at risk. Way to side step the real problem America. Bravo.

Well put.

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 Daily Reacharound: Avatar Clothing For A Good Cause

It isn’t often that deciding the fate of a fictional character can have a positive influence on a kid’s life, but that’s exactly what Microsoft is doing with their newly announced Gears of War 3 “Save Carmine”/”Carmine Must Die” campaign. But as reader Acerlux points out, the contest has also resulted in something rather unexpected:

Well Microsoft, you've finally done it. You've finally managed to sell me Avatar clothing. Between the contribution to charity and the need for tradition, I'll bite on this one. Carmine must die.

I haven't bought a single piece of clothing for my 360 avatar either, but, as Acerlux points out, this certainly seems like a particularly good reason to make that first purchase. Anyone else in the same boat?

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