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There's been a lot of Star Citizen drama this past week. A scathing report about the game and its developer was published and then followed by an equally scathing rebuttal by director Chris Roberts. In my mind, this is a natural result of the game's open development.
Once a developer starts accepting consumers' money, there's a new level of scrutiny. Gamers - and ultimately the press - are going to wonder how the public's cash is being spent and whether it's being mishandled. On the other hand, because there are so many consumers who are financially invested in the project, some of them are going to go the extra mile to defend it. In the case of Star Citizen, there are backers devoting time to picking apart the initial report about the game's development. The debate around the game is crowd-sourced just like the funding.
I really hope that Cloud Imperium Games delivers on its huge promises for Star Citizen. We can expect plenty more arguments and accusations until that happens, though.
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Activision Responds To Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 Complaints - "On the bright side, at least we didn't ask you to buy a fake-ass hoverboard for this game."
Assassin's Creed Syndicate Will Have Microtransactions - Because it's a game released in 2015.
Why Call Of Duty: Black Ops 3's Latest Publicity Stunt Ticked People Off - In truth, they could've pissed people off by just saying the words "Call of Duty."
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided's Crappy Pre-Order Campaign Has Been Cancelled - Give Square Enix some credit, though: it takes a lot of creativity to make pre-order bonuses worse than usual.
Halo 5 TV Commercial Claims Master Chief Is Dead - I've got this weird feeling he's not dead, though.
Halo 6 Already In The Works - Yep, not dead.
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8's Weird Name Explained By Director - Square Enix is probably the first company to use math to come up with a video game title.
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Why Sony Probably Won't Make PlayStation Vita 2 - "Turns out there's not much of a market for handheld gaming devices that we don't make games for."
Video Of The WeekMetal Gear Solid 5 finds a car flying through the mountains of Afghanistan:
Quote Of The Week"Disc-based games will be around forever. The market has seen physical music sales down 50% from its peak and physical movie sales down 60% from its peak, but even in a doomsday scenario, disc-based games will be around for a long time. I see a complimentary business where we sell discs plus download like the current console mode. Virtual reality games will also likely follow this model." - GameStop CEO Paul Raines, discussing the rise of digital distribution with Fortune.