57: Bethesda Media Policy and Good Games We Just Can’t Get Into

Show Notes

57: Bethesda and Good Games we can’t get into

IGN gives Infinite Warfare a 7.7

Tom Holland signed on as Spider-Man for four more times.

Nintendo confirms production stops for Wii U (read link update)

Bethesda Review Syndrome:

Dishonored 2 (2016) 89 on Metacritic

Skyrim: Special Edition (2016) 80 (Average) Skyrim (2011) 94 Average

Doom (2016) 86 (Average)

Fallout 4 (2015) 86 (Average)

Wolfenstein: The New Order (2014) 80 (Average)

Battlefield 1 (2016) 88 Average

Titanfall 2 (2016) 88 Average

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (2016) 76

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (2016) 83

Madden NFL 17 (2016) 82

NBA 2K17 (2016) 89

Bioshock: The Collection (2016) 84

Forza Horizon 3 (2016) 88

No Man’s Sky (2016) 65

Sid Meier’s Civilization VI (2016) 88

Watch Dogs 2 (2016) ??

Final Fantasy 15 (2016?) ??

The Last of Us (2014) 95

Ratchet and Clank (2016) 85

Uncharted 4 (2016) 93

The Witcher 3 (2015) 92

Overwatch (2016) 91

The Division (2016) 80

Dark Souls III (2016) 88

55: Asemblance and Star Wars Fan Theories

Show Notes

Youtube getting live TV?

Titanfall 2 has dropped to mostly positive reviews

Skyrim special edition has released with mods. Mods are limited on PS4 no “Original” mods. PS4 has two thirds fewer mods than microsoft platforms. Sony doesn’t allow mods that add or drastically change gameplay. They have limited the file size for mods to 1GB and do not allow scripts, audio files, or textures.   You’ll need to create a bethesda.net account to access mods.

Kingdom Hearts 3 screenshots are dropped to show mt. Olympus. They probably heard our predictions and are trying to suppress our theory.

Revisiting Episode 8 Fan-Theories

  1. Rey Kenobi
  2. Rey Solo?
  3. Snoke is Darth Plagueis
  4. Rey was created by Snoke
  5. Finn is Mace Windu’s son
  6. Why did Luke exile himself? Dark Side?
  7. Knights of Ren are some of Luke’s old students

54: The Nintendo Switch

54: The Nintendo Switch

Logan Trailer

Tim Miller leaves Deadpool 2 after “creative differences with Ryan Reynolds”

Red Dead Redemption 2 Trailer

  • Releasing Fall 2017, could be prequel to Red Dead Redemption 1, which took place in 1911 and dealt with the ending of the West.
  • Playstation Exclusivity with early access to select online features.

Large DDos attack on US Friday

Taking out popular services like Netflix, Etsy, Reddit, Twitter, and PSN, one of the largest DDoS attacks on the US and Europe happen on Friday, October 21. Also affected was Amazon Web Service which is used by over 1 million companies, including GE, Newscorp, and Capital One. As far as I can tell, no responsibility as been claimed, but the White House and Department of Homeland Security is looking into it. Could be PoodleCorp, Lizard Squad, or even Russia, however, PoodleCorp did say in September that they would be taking down the Battlefield 1 servers on October 21, but this was much larger than that.

Voice actors on strike

On October 21, 2016 the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists or SAG-AFTRA has gone on strike after nearly 2 years of negotiations with video game companies. SAG- AFTRA is a union consisting of about 25% of all voice actors for video games. The strike is set to target large video game companies such as: Activision, Disney Character Voices, EA, Insomniac, Take-Two and WB Games. Union workers have gone on strike against any game that was started after February 17, 2015, anything before that was protected under a No Strike Clause.

During negotiations, SAG-AFTRA was looking for a pay increases from $100/hr to around $200/hr, No more than 2 continuous hours of “vocally stressful” recordings, a lack of secrecy from gaming companies (actors have complained that they don’t know what roles or games they are even auditioning for) and an increase in overall pay based on specific sales figures of games. The union workers would like to receive additional full scale payments for every 500,000 copies of the game sold, maxing out at 4 payments at 2 million copies sold.  

Video Game Companies offered a 9% wage increase and a maximum of $950 per game based on number of voice acting sessions. This can equate up to a 23% increase in wage for some actors. Gaming companies are also requesting a fine against SAG-AFTRA if there is not an agent representing the union worker during all auditions, fines can range to “tens of thousands of dollars.” They also want the ability to fine the actors themselves $1,000 if they do not show up on time or are not fully invested in the voice work.

There is a picket scheduled on Monday, October 24 at EA’s California offices.

Nintendo Switch info

  • Nintendo Stock down after announcement of Switch
  • Concept? Console and mobile
  • Is there a battery that will be able to support this vision?
  • Internet connectivity?
  • What does the 3rd party support look like? Bethesda, squareenix, EA, Activision, havok, Konami, SEGA, oppsiesoft, Capcom etc.
  • Wii u had similar support when launched and slipped away with low sales numbers.
  • https://www.destructoid.com/nintendo
  • Switch will not be compatible with wiiu and 3ds physical games.
  • The switch will support Amiibos

52: Luke Cage

52: Luke Cage

Luke Cage Spoilers

Episodes 1 & 2:

Timeline: Takes place after Jessica Jones but not sure if before or after Daredevil season 2

Mention of the “Incident” (Avengers 2012)

Reference to Jessica Jones

Pop calls Luke “Power Man”

Turk is a recurring character in all Netflix Marvel properties (tells Cottonmouth where Chico is) Gunrunner in Daredevil

Music in Cottonmouth’s club is FANTASTIC

Episode 3:
Luke assaults Crispus Attucks, fighting choreography is kinda lame

  • Big action set piece but Luke isn’t ever in danger
  • Big sweeping motions where Luke hits multiple guys at once instead of just dominating person after person. Would have preferred to see a larger show of force

When in the hospital room with Chico, the show has a very soap opera feel

  • Not sure if I like the director

Woman detective and white detective argue about vigilantism, call back to Civil War

White detective is shown to be on Cottonmouth’s payroll

At the end of the episode, Cottonmouth shoots an RPG at Luke at Genghis Connie’s

  • Completely destroys all credibility of the show to this point
  • Too cartoony

Episode 4: Origin episodes

Prison cell fight (shades and someone else) was way better than Crispus Attucks fight

The end of episode 3 and the middle of 4 show that the only way to hurt Cage is to hurt his friends

Episode 5:

Cottonmouths’ club music changes to hip hop/ rap/ Drake

Confirmed to take place after Season 2 of Daredevil by Clair talking to her mom

Thor gets mentioned the most of all Avengers, would he be the most noticeable?

50: The Impact of Game Delays

50: Effect of Game Delays

Founder of Oculus Rift runs an anti-clinton meme foundation

Great Games that have been delayed

Half-Life 2  (as of February 9, 2011, Half-Life 2 had sold over 12 million copies.)

We’re here to talk about Half-Life 2, a title in development for at least five years. Granted, the prolonged development cycle can mostly be attributed to Valve building a completely new engine, Source, from scratch for the project. It also didn’t help that a large chunk of the game’s source code was leaked shortly after being officially unveiled at E3 in 2003.

The combination of perfecting the game’s engine for launch and dealing with the gaping hole in security led Half-Life 2 to be delayed another year, making fans all the more anxious for the title.

Thankfully, the excruciating wait was worth it. Half-Life 2 is widely considered one of the greatest games ever made, on a technical, narrative and gameplay level. It’s a true gem of this industry, with its influence still being felt today. Now imagine if it was rushed to shelves instead? We could have a completely different gaming climate today if that were the case.

Grand Theft Auto IV (25 million (November 2012))

Grand Theft Auto IV was originally announced back at E3 2006, when Peter Moore, who was Microsoft’s Corporate VP of the Interactive Entertainment Business division at the time, rolled up his sleeve to reveal a mock GTA IV tattoo on his arm, signaling the game’s planned release for Xbox 360. Rockstar was gunning for an October 2007 release.

Unfortunately, neither Rockstar nor their parent company, Take-Two, believed they could hit that mark. GTA IV was then pushed back to April 2008, which is when the game finally did release for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 (a PC version followed shortly thereafter in December 2008).

When all was said and done, it took over 3 years, 1000 people and $100 million to create Rockstar’s most ambitious Grand Theft Auto to date (not counting the upcoming GTA V). The extra development time seemed to pay off, though, as GTA IV set two entertainment industry records upon release – best single-day and seven-day totals for a video game (both have been smashed by the Call of Duty juggernaut since).

Disasters

Richard Garriott’s Tabula Rasa (75K subs)

Development Began: 2001

Release Date: November 2nd, 2007

Reasoning: Richard Garritt boldly claimed that Tabula Rasa would be the be-all, end-all MMO that brought the Eastern and Western audiences together. Unfortunately, the game underwent a huge overhaul, lost 20% of its original team and 75% of its code had to be rewritten.

Was it Worth the Wait? No. Tabula Rasa closed its servers in 2009 and wasn’t the definitive MMO experience Garriott led us to believe it would be.

Too Human ( 790K)

Development Began: 1999

Release Date: August 19th, 2008

Reasoning: Too Human was originally intended to be released on the original PlayStation on four discs, before development switched to a GameCube version in 2000, and then an Xbox 360 version in 2005. It also didn’t help when developers Silicon Knights sued the creators of the game’s Unreal Engine 3, Epic Games, in 2007 for a “breach of contract.”

Was it Worth the Wait? No. Too Human released to poor reviews and underwhelming sales. Also, due to the dispute with Epic Games (which Epic won), Silicon Knights was forced to recall all unsold copies of the game in 2012 and destroy them.

No Man’s Sky? (3.5 million copies on PC and console in its first two days)

the week two numbers for No Mans Sky physical sales have fallen 81 percent week over week in the United Kingdom – as in, it sold 81 percent fewer copies than it did the first week.

49: Fall 2016 Game Releases and our Expectations

49: Fall 2016 Releases and Expectations

PS4 4.0 Update released

Lego Harry Potter Remaster, but only for PS4

Jessica Jones wins Emmy. First of all Marvel TV series

Chris Metzen retires from Blizzard. Worked on Diablo, Warcraft, Starcraft, Overwatch

The Last Guardian DELAYED! History of Last Guardian delays

Assassin’s Creed Ezio collection Nov. 14. So much for no AC this year.

HBO is coming to PS4 (Party chat Game of Thrones?)

New Build
http://pcpartpicker.com/list/dg9TYr

48: PS4 Pro and the Greatest Gaming Soundtracks

48: Greatest Gaming Soundtracks

Leaked images of Shocker from Homecoming

Joe Maganiello (Magic Mike) cast as Deathstroke

Sony won’t allow mods for Bethesda games on PS4

PS4 Pro:

What if conference was just just a bluff to have Microsoft show its hand?

Games have to be calibrated for 2 different systems

No 4K Blu Ray player

47: Will Kingdom Hearts 3 Ever Be Released?

47: Kingdom Hearts Release Date

No Mario’s Sky

Daggerfall free download from bethesda

EVE Online has a free-to-play mode

Is the NX the perfect console for a Pokemon 1st/3rd person Open-world RPG?

 

Kingdom Hearts 3 and Final Fantasy 15 Timeline:

2002: Kingdom Hearts released

2005: Kingdom Hearts 2 released

2006:

  • March: Final Fantasy 12 released
  • Tetsuya Nomura approached by Disney to make KH3 sequel
  • KH3 concepts in motion but Nomura won’t work on KH3 because of involvement with FFversus13/FF15

2009: Final Fantasy 13 released

2010: Final Fantasy 14 released

2011:

  • Main development for FF15 begins.

2012:

  • Unreal Engine 4 is released to developers.
  • Nomura announces that KH3 will run in UR4, 6 years after KH3 announcement

2013:

  • E3 reveals of both Final Fantasy 15 and Kingdom Hearts 3
  • Nomura says 2013 reveal was too early for KH3
  • PS4 officially revealed at E3

2014:

  • Nomura no longer works on FF15 despite being director for 6 years.
  • Nomura has moved on to KH3, maybe development has officially started?

2015:

Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue announced

2016:

  • March, Official announcement of FF15 release date to be September 30
  • FF15 delayed until November 29
  • KH3 is taken off the discussion points of Square Enix’s Tokyo Game Show
  • KH3 removed from Xbox Marketplace in Japan
  • Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is set to release in December 2016
  • Official announcement of KH3 scheduled for Quarter 4 of 2016.

2017:

  • Kingdom Hearts 3 tentatively scheduled to be released

 

Final Fantasy 15:

  • Delayed to November to alleviate the need for a Day 1 Patch for players with no internet – Hajime Tabata Director
  • Been in development for 10 years
  • Change of director more than halfway (2014) through

 

Kingdom Hearts:

  • Changed engines 6 years after announcement
  • Won’t be developed by the same team that did Kingdom Hearts 1 & 2
  • Square Enix’s Product Development Division 1 Team made 1 & 2
  • 1st Production Department made Birth by Sleep, Dream Drop Distance, and HD 1.5 Remix