For those of you coming to the blog for the first time, I have ranted and raved about this brave little title from Telltale Games, on quite a few occasions. The final episode of season one comes out on Tuesday/Wednesday, and will conclude the story for Lee and Clementine. Jim Rossignol over at RPS claims that most players that play the game are good guys, since they tend to make the “right decisions”. I cannot speak to the validity of the truth of said statement, simply because I think there is a critical factor at play here that Jim may have overlooked.
This season of the Walking Dead is a poignant, emotional story, with Lee and Clementine at its very core. Increasingly, I have found myself making decisions that benefit these two (and largely the group when the interests coincide). This is a real achievement for the studio, where they give you the choice to do something, but through the tale they compel you to the point that almost don’t have a choice. I think part of the reason that the statistics trailer for Episode 4 shows most TWD players to be the good guys is because most of them have been compelled by the game to do so.
Unfortunately, I never played the original XCOM. I have played the sequel though, and I am about to embark on my second playthrough (on classic difficulty this time).
It got me thinking: what classic game I would love to play again. One of them is Earth and Beyond, a short-lived MMO that came out in the early 21st century. Another would have to be the original Fallout in an isometric perspective.
What game would you like to see revived? And when I say revived, I mean in the same vein as the excellent rendition of XCOM that has resulted in the acute lack of sleep in my UFO-raiding-filled nights.
Welcome to a brand new monthly segment here on Are We New At This called “This Month in Gaming”, where I will discuss why this is a great time to be a gamer, the games I was privileged enough to enjoy the month prior, and what I am currently playing.
October 2012 holds the dubious honor of being the first month since at least August 2004, when I did not play an MMO. Not a single one. I even sought public opinion on whether I should play Guild Wars 2 or The Secret World, which garnered a very large number of opinions. The Secret World won in the end, but for some strange reason, even though the installer sits in my downloads folder, I cannot quite bring myself to play it just yet. It is an odd feeling. I have this inkling to get my grubby paws on whatever MMO I can find and play it, just to satisfy the itch. But then I look at the list of everything else I was able to play and enjoy this month, and I realize that maybe this is a good thing!
First, just the list:
- Faster Than Light
- Of Orcs and Men
- The Walking Dead: Episode 4
- League of Legends
- The WarZ (alpha)
- ARMA II: Army of the Czech Republic
- Mark of the Ninja
- XCOM: Enemy Unknown
Aside from XCOM and Mark of the Ninja, I “finished” every other game on that list. To put a long story short, October 2012 was an amazing month for gaming, with some of the best, original and refreshing titles I have had the pleasure of playing in recent years. Check after the jump to see what rocked, almost rocked and flopped altogether!
I have been playing a lot of XCOM: Enemy Unknown lately. If the following is happening to you, you’re doing it wrong! (Via Nerf Now).
Color me unimpressed. It looks just like more of Skyrim.
Man, have you heard of this latest EA fiasco? Let’s see if you can point out the number of ways EA screwed the pooch on this one.
1: Origin users, by filling out a survey, were promised a $20 coupon to spend on whatever game of their choosing that cost $19.99 or more.
2: The coupon was open-ended, so you could continue to buy games after its intended one-time use.
3: The coupon was global, so anyone could use it.
4: Then Reddit found out. Let that one sink in for a moment. For those of you that don’t know the Reddit community, the word “wildfire” comes to mind.
5: EA found out, and completely shut down all coupons. Including those that were given to legitimate players with no intention of ripping EA off.
6: Other players, who had filled out the survey legitimately, were stiffed on the coupons.
7: EA then said that they will honor all the “stolen” games over the weekend. Thus implying that people who filled out surveys after the lock-down are not getting coupons, but people who looted the store with their Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Golden Ticket get to keep their purchases of questionable legality.
Kotaku reported some irked customers venting on the forums. Here is one example:
Allow me to put this into perspective for those who don’t seem to get it.
A service was rendered, here. The agreement was that we take a survey and the payment would be $20 off of one game purchase of $19.99 or more, with some restrictions. That was a fair deal, as many people agree.
The code offered was a universal code, one that could be obtained without completing the survey, and used multiple times. This is the fault of EA who obviously does not understand the internet at all.
Upon realizing their mistake, EA immediately broke the code so no one else could abuse it, but they left the survey up. While the survey was still offering the $20 coupon as payment, EA was not. As such, they are now getting free information by offering a bogus payment. This is known as scamming people.
When confronted on this issue, EA has chosen to respond by honoring the purchases of those who abused the system and not the coupons obtained by those wanting to use it properly after the fact. They have rewarded the abusers and punished their customers.
Believe me, for some of these people, it is no idle threat to take this to court. The e-mail clearly states that there is a payment offered for completing the survey, a payment that has yet to be given to those of us completing it on the second day and after. $20 is not the only thing at stake here. That is merely payment for services rendered. There is also the ability to have them pay the court costs and to force them to offer compensation to those who did work for them and have yet to receive their payment.
If a payment is not given in some fashion to the amount of $20 to spend on an item of our choice, then this survey is a scam, something not tolerated by the BBB or the internet at large. EA is in for a world of hurt if it doesn’t get its act together. While I, personally, will not be doing anything, I know how the internet works.
EA will feel the burn on this one.
Oooooh, burn dude. Burn. See why Origin is better (it’s really not)?