Anime Night Weekend Nightmare, Week of 5/1/16

Anime Night Weekend Nightmare, Week of 5/1/16

Battlefield

New Battlefield Game Will Be Set In World War I

There's a new Battlefield game on the horizon, and this time, they're changing it up: the next Battlefield game will be set in World War I. It will also be called Battlefield 1, which will no doubt get confusing. The first screenshots show things like biplanes, horses, flamethrowers, and old-fashioned tanks. I'm just waiting to see trenchfoot rendered in the stunning detail of Frostbite™ 3.

Consoles

EA Executive Says That Consoles Won't Exist In The Future

An EA executive said in an interview this week that "I'm not sure there will be consoles, as we know them anymore." Does he mean that the market will move towards PC gaming? No, that would be too easy! He means that consoles will be replaced by monitors that stream games from the cloud. This doesn't seem like the most realistic prediction, and I don't think a man whose title is "Chief Competition Officer" understands the limits of cloud-based streaming. But maybe he'll be right, and we'll be playing Battlefield 1918 without buying consoles! I wouldn't hold my breath, though.

Windows 10

Windows 10 Free Upgrade Promotion Ends In July

Have you avoided upgrading to Windows 10 because you're one of those people who hates change? Well, now's your chance to get used to it: if you don't upgrade by the 29th of July, you'll have to pay $119 to upgrade. So, whether you're worried about a more Windows 7-like interface, or privacy options you can disable at install time, or something else that's not really a real reason to not use Windows 10, you'd better get over it fast!

Squad

Kerbal Space Program Developers Might Be Treating Their Employees Terribly

A few former employees of Kerbal Space Program developer Squad have told their story about working at the company, and you know that can't mean good things. According to these two developers, the standard salary was $2,400 a year. For people living in Mexico, this is about twice the minimum wage, but for international developers, this is far less than they need to live—and, of course, Kerbal Space Program is making millions of dollars, and can probably afford to pay these guys more. They also say that international developers were expected to work more than forty hours a week, and that when people complained about the low wages and high hours, they were fired. Well, this doesn't sound great!

Dishonored

Dishonored 2 Gets Late 2016 Release Date

People who know me know that I buy games a long time after they come out. That's why I didn't get around to playing Dishonored until last November. I don't know why I didn't, though it's probably money related, but I do know that it's a pretty fun game. And now there's finally an announced release date for the second game: 11th November 2016. Yes, it's for PC too!

MWR

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered Won't Be Sold Seperately from Infinite Warfare

There's a new Call of Duty game in the works, by the way, titled Infinite Warfare. Activision also announced recently that there was a remaster of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare in the works. But, surprise! You can't get one without the other. To get the remastered edition, you have to buy the Legacy, Legacy Pro, or Digital Deluxe editions of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. This doesn't seem like the wisest business decision, considering that there's probably a lot of people who want to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare again who don't want to play the latest game.

Bethesda

Bethesda Rumored To Be Introducing Their Own Steam Competitor

You know what's not a wise decision in today's market? Trying to compete with the company that controls an estimated 75% of the global market for digital PC games. But it's not like people haven't been trying. There's Origin, of course, and Uplay, which have been pretty big failures. GOG Galaxy is the only one that doesn't seem to have become a joke, and that's because there's actually a reason to buy your games on GOG as opposed to somewhere else. But Bethesda's attempt to compete looks a lot more like the first two than the second two; in fact, it looks just like Uplay. It does seem to have built-in mod support, which could displace things like the Nexus Mod Launcher. As long as they allow you to add games you've purchased from Steam, this might not become a huge failure! Might.

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