With the State of Emergency (Available on
GameFly) that has been declared on the economy, some companies have packed up their toys and gone home, but not GameFly. They got their best minds assembled in a think tank and let the Gears of War (Available on Gamefly) turn. In this climate of turmoil and empty pockets, GameFly is somewhat InFamous (Available on GameFly) for giving gamers The Conduit (Available on GameFly) to gaming satisfaction. Who would have ever thought that this Prototype (Available on GameFly) rental company would blossom into a service with more fanatical support than the Ghostbusters (Available on Gamefly)?
When Sony announced the future release of MAG, a 256 live person massive action game, at E3, they had a vague date slated for Fall 2009, just in time to sit around the yule log and annihilate 255 of your friends and family. Apparently retailers like GameStop and GameFly have happier holiday thoughts, as they have pushed release dates on their website back to January 2010. Retailers have been expecting this title for November 24th up until a week ago.
Sony had pegged MAG, as well as God of War III, as titles that could be shipped during the fiscal 2009, which runs through March 2010.
Why should everyone have subtitles and thought clouds? Because it's easier to follow the narrative that way of course. With this topic I am wading ankle deep into the pool of raging disparity that is the "Games are Art" argument. Personally I firmly believe that games are indeed an art form and, for once, a gaming big-wig agrees with my philosophy! Denis Dyack of Silicon Knights at the recent developers conference stated,
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People are no strangers to warning labels, especially in present times when everything seems to be bad for you one way or the other. We see them on anything from artist albums with explicit content to giant tanker trucks on the highway filled with toxic chemicals. Even in the world of video games there are ESRB ratings on every game but some don't think it should stop there. Fitness bloggers from Winston Salem Fitness have turned their attention on the poor, defenseless
Wii Fit. They state that there are some problems with the Wii Fit's text. The way the Wii Fit incorporates BMI (Body Mass Index) into your overall health score is misleading because BMI is not necessarily related to your health. Also, there are a variety of exercises in the game that are not good exercises as agreed upon by a majority of "fitness professionals."
Don't take my word for it. Here is the end of their post:
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Blizzard has another rumor fresh out of the mill and no, it's actually not about WOW... we hope. As recently as June 26th Blizzard hired Rob A. Rigole for legal console and purchased trademark applications under the category of computer games and online entertainment. The new title is "Cataclysm" and at this point no one is really sure what it is.
There is speculation of a next generation MMO or possible WOW expansion (no please) but Blizzard has many projects in the works and there is no guarantee that Cataclysm is actually anything. This could wind up like
StarCraft: Ghost, Duke Nukem Forever and Half Life 2 Episode 3. Not familiar with them? That's because they don't exist yet and probably never will. What do you think?
Harry Potter movies have been a midnight favorite since the first movie got started. Thousands of people all over the country stay up way past their bedtimes to get the first look at the Boy Wizard. This week,
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince had what can only be described as an epic win, bringing in $22.2 million for midnight alone.
This number is pretty amazing. Let's compare. The previous top midnight release was
The Dark Knight with $18 million. Before that, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith with $17 million. The last HP movie, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix took in $12 million.
Seeing as this is the 6th film in the series, it is certainly not being plagued with Star Wars style momentum loss. Quite the contrary, considering its almost double midnight numbers. I can't wait to see where this goes (to space).