‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year!’ chimes the classic holiday tune over the in-store speakers, but you know better. You have a mottled bruise on the left side of your ribcage that says that shoppers at this time of the year are rabid, vicious and will gladly shove you in the side to get the last copy of Battlefield 4 and you’ve had painful shin splints for the last 48 hours from making a mad dash around the aisle in a last ditch attempt to get a half decent gift for your gamer friend who probably has it already anyway. But you don’t want to go through all of that do you? We thought not, which is why we’ve put together this 2013 holiday gift guide for the gamer who has it all.
‘EA are the most gay friendly place to work in all of the games industry’, a bold statement? Absolutely. Is it one that can be backed up with real, actual, verifiable statistics? Again, yes. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), who like to keep tabs on companies doing good, non-discriminatory things to their employees and treating them like plain old human beings, no matter how they identify, have rated EA a 100 out of 100 for equality in the workplace. But what does the publisher’s gay friendly status mean for their games?
With new console generations brings new specs, the new scent of ‘fresh console’ (that they really do need to consider making an air freshener out of) and more new types of games than we can shake an upgraded processor at.
The PS4 and the Xbox One are now upon us and we’re all eager to see what’s changed. Specifically, have the cries for diversity in our games paid off? Or are we still subject to straight, white, male protagonists? Thankfully, those shouts have been of use and you can find our list of 8 diverse PS4 and Xbox One launch games after the break.
In London, on the evening of Thursday the 21st of November, excitement was high as impatient gamers stood anxious and cold, awaiting the release of the Xbox One. Microsoft executives stood to the side of the stage they’d set up in the country’s capital, watching as a host of performers and presenters pumped up the eager crowd. But during the event, a known misogynist made his way onto the stage, with the strangest thing being that Microsoft paid him to be there.
In 2012, bad news rang in the ears of card gaming and RPG fans, as, after 10 years, the original Ateil was being switched off, shut down and packaged up, along with its battle grids, ranged fighting and addictive gameplay. Now, in 2013, a star-studded group of the original game’s developers are teaming up to make Alteil: Horizons, the next best card-based RPG.
Sometimes, you just want a change. You want fresh, new, original takes on genres that you love while the publisher wants reskinned sequels like a plucked chicken with a coat on. But we’ve had 7 whole years of that and the time is now to throw the system out the window attached to a giant lead balloon, and Sony’s upcoming PS4, could be the very console to start that revolution.
Those ruddy feminists love to muck things up don’t they? They storm in with their man-hating ideals and feminine wiles muttering about how ‘every gender deserves to be equal’ and other nonsensical claims such as ‘women should be allowed the right to vote’. Oh, what’s that you say, women have been voting and wearing trousers and putting their children into daycare to swan off and get jobs for some time now? Well I’ll be damned.
But of course for as long as those feminists have come along to level the playing field (I, including myself in that category of equal rights hooligans, also known as the Daily Mail’s favourite bogeyman) people are still far too quick to chalk down the sudden surge of ‘women in games’ discussion as another en-Vogue response to the PC vitriol that those darned feminist hippies have been spouting. And, while I could invite naysayers to the kumbaya, feminist peace picnic, that’s not taking place until next week, so for those who’ve stumbled across this post before then, I present to you, 11 responses to the common ‘women in games’ arguments.
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If the endless slew of cookie-cutter sequels and recycled gameplay and story ideas are the poison, then consider Disney Infinity as the fast-acting, family friendly antidote.
Disney’s upcoming figuring based video game brings life to the many Disney characters that we know and love and lets us run wild with the animated characterisations of our favourite cartoon cohorts.
While spin-off titles are almost never done correctly (E.T The Extra Terrestrial we’re looking at you), Disney Infinity will no doubt be packing that Disney perfectionism that we’ve come to know and love. It’s this Disney promise to be great that could see Disney Infinity setting your love for gaming alight once more.
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Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag is nigh. We have five Assassin’s Creed games’ worth of gameplay and timelines and three individual protagonists each with their own backstories to take into consideration. We’ve visited nearly every continent and taken a look at 5 different eras in time, so for Ubisoft to announce yet another AC game, that has to be just as unique and fresh-faced as the first day we were introduced to Ezio Auditore da Firenze’s brilliant adventures (his games are critically the best in the series), it’s a move that is just as bold as the font of their logo.
But have they succeeded? It’s a good question, and with the Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag release date over 7 months away, we won’t know how the full game reviews for a while, but does that stop us from speculating? Of course not, and we can make up our minds on the plot points and promised gameplay now as Ubisoft have released Assassin’s Creed 4 : Black Flag info in the shedloads, all collected here for you to peruse.
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Ask a PS3 user what they’re go to racing sim is and they’ll likely tell you Gran Turismo 5, an Xbox 360 user might tell you Forza Motorsport 4 or even the original GRID that hit consoles way back in 2008. Now, the developer and publisher of that critically acclaimed game (who are also the team behind both DIRT games and no fewer than five F1 video games), Codemasters are back again with GRID 2, the sequel to one of their many stellar drivers.
The question on everyone’s keyboards is ”will GRID 2 be better than Gran Turismo 5?”, the latter of which is regarded as one of the best (if not the most-delayed) racing sim in history and while none of us can really answer that question until the GRID 2 release date of May 31st, 2013, there are some other questions that can help give you an idea as to whether or not Codemasters’ next best racing game should get a much-deserved look in.
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