Living LIVE News Report 09.25.11
Posted by Trace Aber on 09.26.2011
News and thoughts on Homefront getting a sequel and new developers, cable TV coming to Xbox Live, Microsoft reinstating wrongfully banned LIVE accounts, Forza 4 getting a season pass, Gun Game mode coming to Counter Strike: GO and more!
I picked up Dead Island and apart from a couple of graphical glitches, I havent encountered any game breaking bugs, and I had it from Day 1.
Posted By: el_pieablo (Guest) on September 23, 2011 at 12:09 PM
I've also had Dead Island since day one, and the most "game-breaking" bug I've run into is THE LIGHTNING STORM FROM HELL! It typically happens during multiplayer, as the screen will go all white, and you'll be killed over and over again until you back out of the multiplayer game. Annoying, but not exactly "erase/corrupt your save" level annoyance.
Posted By: Blottie (Guest) on September 25, 2011 at 02:34 AM
I'm sure the common player doesn't find too many glitches on their own and it's likely the number is exaggerated due to the power of the internet. I remember being scared to purchase Fallout: New Vegas due to all the talk about how glitchy it was. Completed the entire game and the biggest glitch I ran into was a few radscorpions who got stuck in the ground. Every game has glitches, especially open world games, but the typical user will only see a few and rarely gets a gamebreaking one. This isn't the case for some people, and when you think about 2 million copies getting shipped, that means there's around 2 million people playing the game in entirely different ways – glitches will be discovered. Whatever the real number is I'm just happy that they're trying their best to fix the game up, as having a reputation of glitchy games can prevent people from purchasing future titles.
Welcome everyone to another issue of the Living LIVE News Report, and as always, I'm your host for the evening, Trace Aber.
Cable Television? On my Xbox 360?
As many of you are aware, Microsoft has big dreams of making the Xbox 360 the "all-in-one" entertainment center. Already you can access social media websites, watch TVs and movies with Zune, Netflix and Hulu, and listen to music from Zune or Last.fm. They've recently added ESPN and plan on bringing a UFC "channel" to the service as well, and it looks like they might be bringing in new channels in the upcoming future. Channels as in an entire cable TV package.
Digiday reports that Microsoft has been talking to Comcast and Verizon Fios. According to one source it's highly likely that the deals are going to happen, and happen soon. The idea would be that customers could subscribe to either Comcast of Fios TV packages straight from their 360 without needing a separate box.
Verizon's director of media relations Bobbi Henson only added fuel to the fire. Henson, in an article entitled "A Borderless Entertainment Future," talks about how Verizon's Fios service would work great on a console and they hope to create a "borderless world where work, play and home become one virtual reality." Officially, he said they don't comment on rumors or speculation, but that they "have a very strong point of view on the future of entertainment to offer you today."
Everything is still early speculation, but it makes sense. What I wonder is how the packages will be done. If they truly want to create a "borderless world" they should focus on letting people pick and choose the channels they want. I understand that doing this will probably cause some headaches for the bigger companies, but doing a smaller-scale test on consoles may be the perfect way to see if it's feasible. I think there's a lot of potential with this idea, though I'm not sure if we'll be seeing it on the current Xbox 360. I would imagine we would see this implemented in the next generation, where it can be touted as the "next big thing."
Microsoft Unbanning Banned Accounts
Microsoft recently went through and went on a banning spree on those who used modded consoles. Unfortunately, a "very small percentage" of those banned hadn't done anything wrong. The bans took place from August 29 and September 9. Xbox Live's online cop, Stephen Toulouse, aka Stepto, apologized for the mistake and gave those affected some swag to make nice.
The bans resulted from "a software issue, not an error on the part of the enforcement team's normal actions." Microsoft has quit using the software and is currently trying to figure out what went wrong, as they don't want something like this to happen again.
Those who were banned will be getting three months of Xbox Live free and 1,600MP, with the effects taking place immediately. If you got banned all you need to do is log into Xbox LIVE.
"I'd like to take a moment to personally apologize for the inconvenience this has almost certainly caused to the affected customers. You have my assurance that we are investigating how this error occurred and have since discontinued use of the software that was used. The Xbox LIVE community is the best out there and we regret the inconvenience this may have caused for our loyal members."
I think it's pretty cool that they're giving those affected a little something to reimburse them for their lost time. While it sucks that they lost that time, it's hard to be upset with $20 worth of free points and three free months, over triple of what the maximum time lost would have been. Accidents happen and at least this time Microsoft was willing to admit it and, more importantly, fix it.
Homefront Getting Sequel, New Developers Homefront, a game that received mixed reviews but at the very least tried to take a different perspective on the FPS genre, is getting a sequel made by the same people who brought us Crysis and Far Cry. THQ said they expect the game to be released within the next year to one and a half years.
Crytek founder, CEO and President, Cevat Yerli, seems pretty excited about the announcement.
"We see Homefront as a really strong universe that has a lot of potential and that has been expertly created and marketed by THQ. We believe that bringing our level of quality, creativity and production values to the next Homefront title creates an opportunity for both THQ and Crytek to deliver a truly blockbuster game. It's really important to us that THQ has the faith in giving us a lot of creative freedom over one of its most important properties to allow us to bring the Homefront world to life in a new and innovative way."
THQ reports that the original Homefront was a commercial success despite the reviews, even though they shut down the original developer earlier this summer. The plan was to have THQ's Montreal studio take over the series, but according to Danny Bilson, EVP Core Games of THQ, they want the next Homefront to stand out as a AAA title:
"Selecting Crytek to take Homefront forward underscores our strategy of working with the industry's best talent. Homefront's unique setting and storyline captivated gamers the world over. With Crytek's industry leading technology and legendary experience in the FPS genre, we're supremely confident that the next Homefront will deliver that AAA-quality experience that players demand."
My question is why settle for AAA when you can make the first AAAA game?
Forza 4 Getting Season Pass, Saves Money
The ultimate car simulator for the 360 is getting season pass service that is somewhat similar in nature of Call of Duty: Elite. It'll set you back an additional $30, but according to Microsoft you'd be wiser in getting it as it saves you money. Plus, all of your friends will think you're cool!
The season pass gives you access to seven pieces of DLC released sometime between November to April 2012. We do know that the first pack will be released on launch day and feature American muscle cars, which includes 10 new cars. This supposedly saves you 30% off retail price, or about $13. In total it'll add up to about sixty new cars on top of the 500+ already confirmed for the core game.
560+ cars not enough for you? Then pre-order the game now to get five more cars, including a 1965 Ford Mustang GT Coupe, in the "limited quantity ‘Launch Bonus' car pack." I'm not sure how digital content can be limited, but I'm sure Microsoft knows better than I do.
I'm not a hardcore car guy, though I did enjoy my time with the last Forza game. 500+ cars should be more than enough for the casual fan, but for hardcore Forza fans this seems like a must-have. I'm really starting to like this trend of "passes" to access all DLC, as it really makes sense. It gives people incentive to keep their games and it drums up DLC sales as things are seen as more reasonably priced.
Gun Game Coming to CS: GO Under New Name
More details are coming out about the upcoming downloadable Counter-Strike Game, Global Offensive. It's not so much a new game as it is a retooling of the FPS, and one of those retoolings is the new "Arsenal Mode," which is based on the popular "Gun Game" mod.
For those worried about the integrity of the mode, you have nothing to fear as the original creators of the mod are working on the new mode. "We are excited that Valve reached out and is working with us to ensure Arsenal Mode is the best version of Gun Game", Michael Barr project lead of Gun Game said in an official release. Gun Game has players starting out with a basic pistol and then earning better weapons by killing people. Just like in real life.
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