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).
Alan Wake, the game that has been the victim of one of the worst cases of absentee parenting that the gaming world has ever seen, will now take on the episodic approach, similar to a television show or a movie saga. Sam Lake, the game's writer, in an interview explained the benefit of his segmented approach:
We all know Sony wants to rule the world. Why else would they avoid Google the way they do? A large part of that current plan involves the PSP Go. This device is built to be a major media player, not just portable games device. PSN ops director Eric Lempel said:
What do people want next? Our devices are capable of doing a lot more than gaming. There are a lot of other things we can do. What are the other services we can offer, both digitally and wirelessly? What are the other things we can add to our devices that make them even more?