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Video Game News : : Metal Gear Mobile and Activision Succeed?!

Favela removed from MW2 due to offensive imagery

One of the fan favourite maps from Modern Warfare Two has been removed from the multiplayer rotation. ‘  Favela’ is a map set in the slums of Brazil. It showcases fast paced gameplay on multiple levels, an ideal Call of Duty map.

Two in-game paintings featuring a representation of a quote attributed to the Prophet Muhammad were hung in a bathroom, something that can be offensive to those of Islamic faith. Activision tried to worm their way out by saying,

 “We apologise to anyone who found this image offensive. Please be assured we were unaware of this issue and that there was no intent to offend. We are working as quickly as possible to remove this image and any other similar ones we may find from our various game libraries.”

     Oh so it was a mistake? I assume that whole ‘No Russian’ level also turned out a bit more extreme than you originally planned? (I’m obviously joking everyone…)

“Activision and our development studios are respectful of diverse cultures and religious beliefs, and sensitive to concerns raised by its loyal game players. We thank our fans for bringing this to our attention.”

      You know what I’m respectful of? Soap bloody Mactavish. Yup, I still haven’t forgiven you for (SPOILER) killing him Activision.


   In all seriousness it is rather impressive at the speed in which is matter was dealt with. After the whole No Russian fiasco I’m sure this is the last thing Activision wanted. Given the game is now almost 3 years old, I doubt this news was even on most UAV’s out there.

 Metal Gear Solid on iPhone

     With all MGS talk related to the upcoming open world game (you don’t know what I’m talking about?!) it has been relatively easy to miss the new iPhone game, ‘MGS Social Ops’. Watch footage online and you’ll realise it’s a blend of Peace Walker and MGAcid, that horrible card based MGS game. Still, most people who have spent hands on time with the game have expressed nothing but positivity.

Metal Gear Solid has always had a silly sense of humor buried under the layers of serious storytelling, but it looks like Social Ops is going to crank that up to 11. There’s one scene in the demo where three or four guards all cram their way inside the same cardboard box, then the box starts shaking around for a bit and explodes into dust. Amazing.”

The game brings together characters from all eras of MGS. Old Snake and Big Boss are finally working together. Let’s just hope MGS2 Raiden didn’t get the memo….

The iPhone has already been lucky enough to make Snake’s acquaintance. A game that played similarly to Time Crisis that took you through different stages from the MGS4 storyline. This was a huge success so you can bet this new project will be just as popular.

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Are video games too violent?

 I was playing Modern Warfare 3 the other day in the presence of my girlfriend’s Dad. The violence of the online world was something very shocking to him, so much so, that I had to stop playing. It made me start thinking – what would people who have never seen a Call of Duty game in action think of it? I have been playing violent video games since the legendary Goldeneye on the Nintendo 64. Never have I ever thought to take my gaming persona into the real world. At the same time, I love playing these games because they allow me to do something I could never do in real life – kill someone. Now I’m not saying that I want to kill someone – I’m merely stating that it’s human interest to be fascinated in things unknown to us, like death, war, superhero powers, playing in the NBA, surviving a zombie apocalypse, saving Princess Zelda and being Solid Snake. This is why people love video games, they allow a normal person to do things they never could. However, over the years, the majority of gamers have invested their time in violent titles such as Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty and Battlefield. This blog will concentrate on two main aspects; if these games too violent and if these games are socially destructing to the person playing.

Violence

“F**k you edpenn!”

I am not a violent person, like all of my friends, like 95% of the people I meet online when playing Call of Duty or Battlefield. I won’t go and steal a car after playing Grand Theft Auto. Parents and people who have no knowledge of these games find it hard to form an opinion when all they see is 30 seconds of playtime. Their view? Why is my son smiling and laughing as he is shooting someone in the face? What have I done wrong as a parent?!
Nothing. The bottom line is that you have to already be severely messed up to take this games literally. Any normal person would not kill their mother after playing Grand Theft Auto (true story). It isn’t the violence in the games that brings about this sort of behaviour, it is the sheer insanity that already existed in the person. Also, any violent game today has a ‘mature rating’ similar to movies. With Call of Duty I believe it is 16. So if a kid is playing Cod- you can bet his parents bought it for him since he just enjoys video games and was a good boy in December. If an old teenager or adult is playing – then there is nothing to fear.
Just as with all paths of life, there will be dicks. Dicks that ruin your experiences and make the stereotype ever more easy to accept (are telling me your work place is full of genuine, down to earth people?!). This is no different in the online world. There will be people who constantly yell obscenities at you whilst you play, shouting they will find and kill you after you just said “hello” in a ‘posh’ accent. Believe me, after playing online games for 5 years now, I’ve met my fair share of these morons.

If you are worried that your son/daughter is one of these people, or that you yourself are one of these people – you should first judge what the person is like in other situations. I, along with all of my friends, sometimes get angry when we play violent video games, it’s human nature. When we aren’t playing the game, we don’t walk around acting rude to people, swearing as soon as something goes wrong or acting violently towards anyone. That is because we, like 90% of people playing are normal, level headed people with other things going on in our life.

Socially destructive

During my last two years of high school, I played Call of Duty almost every single night after school. I played into the early hours of the morning each weekend. I have no issue in saying – not much has changed since then.
In one year alone during the Modern Warfare 2 era, I figured out that on of my friends had spent 1 out of every 8 minutes playing MW2 (after you take away time spent at school and time sleeping). In 12 months he amassed over 1 month of playtime. Yes, it’s insane. But, like my friend, both of us led perfectly normal lives. We both attend great universities now. We both played a lot of school sport together and hung out with our friends a lot. I started playing in a ukulele orchestra. I went skateboarding with my brother a lot. I spent time with my family. I did all my school work.
Ask my father what he thinks of video games, he’ll probably roll his eyes and walk away from you. He probably thought I was wasting my life when I played my playstation. Honestly, I can understand why he did.
However, he had no idea of the memories that were made between me and all my friends when we played each night. The reactions I developed, how quickly I could make decisions in all aspects of life, the long lasting friendships that were made over a microphone.
For me, video games has become more than a casual hobby. I have a youtube channel and I blog regularly about all things gaming related. For my friends, they still play online with me now even though we have gone our separate ways to higher education. What has stayed the same? The fact that we are all progressing in life towards a bright future and the fact that we are growing into mature young adults. We still talk tactics when we play Cod and Battlefield, but we also talk about what we will do with our lives, why our degree’s are difficult and personal issues that we just want someone to listen to.
However, just as there are people making violent video games seem ‘violent’, there are people who also make video games appear to be socially destructive. Yes, there are people who do nothing but play video games and yes, that is unhealthy. As long as you have other things going on in your life then there is nothing to worry about. That ultimately is down to parenting and what interests your child has. If he/she is only interested in video games, then who’s fault is that?
If anything, this blog and how it covers video games, music, the environment and basketball should prove to my father that I am a well rounded adult (it definitely won’t though).

Video games are something that didn’t really exist in our parents generation. Just like modern technology (iPhones, the apple store, online shopping) it will be something that they struggle to understand.
However I must state that video games are a huge part of who I am and they have played a huge role in developing me into the person I am today. So next time, try not to be as judgemental.

Video games helped me get through depression, they helped me generate a large circle of very close friends, they helped to develop an incredible passion and they helped me to enjoy my life.

Video Game News! 4th July 2012 – Old games come back strong.

Terminal map confirmed for MW3

The map we all love from Modern Warfare 2, “Terminal”, has been confirmed as part of a future DLC package for Modern Warfare 3. Even better than this, it’s going to be free. Expect the map to hit Xbox players a month before PS3 and PC players. I think this is the first time that I don’t care about having to wait an extra month before playing it on my Playstation. Can we just have Highrise, Favela and well, all of the MW2 maps except Derail now?
I know I want to see this again. #MANZ

Playstation Vita getting PS1 support

In the upcoming 1.8 firmware for the Vita, Sony will be providing support for the “PS1 Classics”. There isn’t a definitive date yet, but fans have been told to expect this firmware update this summer. Finally, after playing Metal Gear Solid 2, 3 and 4 repeatedly, I can now go through Metal Gear Solid again with my Vita. What PS1 Classic are you most excited about?

Free to Play Call Of Duty Online announced, China only

Developed by Activision Shangai, a new free-to-play Call Of Duty Online experience is coming to the Chinese market. No release date has been given but the game will have the grass-root features of Call of Duty. It will also be tailored slightly to fit the needs of the Chinese gaming market……so it has lots of flashing neon lights and the only level will be “Chinatown” from Cod4? Maybe. There is a debut trailer online. The like/dislike bar probably represents Chinese viewers/Rest of World viewers.
So why is this not available to everyone else? Well if you think about it- everyone else pays $60 every year to play Call of Duty. China have very few Cod players (compared to the rest of the world). Activision are simply trying to expand their fan base whilst making sure 90% of people pay for their game. Clever, but very evil. 

Tony Hawk HD getting THPS-3 DLC

Remember that amazing Tony Hawk game? The last game that featured 2 minute runs and secret tapes? The one with the amazing airport level? The one with the amazing cruise level? The one with FOUNDRY.

Well, it’s going to be available on the new Tony Hawk Pro Skater HD game released for our current consoles. It will only be $5. What about the fact that it was Tony Hawk’s idea to bring the classic levels back? It makes you want it more doesn’t it?

Sony have been working on the PS4 since 2010

ps4 job - According to the resume of a former Sony employee (research and development director), Sony have been working on the PS4 since 2010. The LinkedIn profile of Attila Vass is evidence for this claim. Sony have declined to comment after being asked about this. Jack Tretton (boss of SCEA) said, “we’ve never been first, we’ve never been cheapest, it’s about being the best. If you can build a better machine and it’s going to come out a little bit later.” Do you think the PS4 has been in development since 2010? It seems very likely.

I leave you with
What would video games be like of Hitler never existed?
– You have a girlfriend that likes video games too? Firstly, kudos. Secondly, buy her this.
– A great catchup of Splinter Cell so far, in preperation for “Blacklist”.

Video Game News! 17th June 2012 – Tony Hawk, Sam Fisher, George Clooney.

1) Tony Hawk is producing the next Call of Duty.

Creator of the successful Tony Hawk and Guitar Hero games, Neversoft, are now working on the next Call of Duty title. Considering that Treyarch are hard at work with Black Ops 2, there is no information regarding what Neversoft have in mind for a future Call of Duty shooter.
There is a chance it could be the PS Vita release, Call of Duty, Black Ops: Decalssified. But why would we just be hearing about their involvement with the game scheduled to be released at the end of this year.
tonycod
2) 
 Gold Dualshock controller available for Playstation 3.

In celebration of the Olympics (supposedly), Sony is releasing a special gold dualshock controller. It will be available in Europe sometime this month. The US will have to wait a few months until October to get their hands on this pointless but sexy controller.

 

3) Splinter Cell, the movie.

Assuming that a deal can be made with a film company and Ubisoft, we could be treated to Sam Fisher on the big screen. Ubisoft require to have control over the storyline so that the series remains faithful to the games. Paramount Pictures have worked with Tom Clancy before so seem most obvious to land the deal. I don’t know about you, but I would be thrilled with a Splinter Cell movie.  I know it seems insane, but wouldn’t George Clooney make a great Sam Fisher? As long as the emotionless Daniel Craig fails to play the part, we should be ok.

4) XBOX 720 details surface.

According to a 56 page document uploaded to scribd.com (that has now been brought down due to legal reasons), the next Xbox will be released in 2013, for $299 and will feature the Kinect 2 with special AR glasses. The document’s authenticity has not been verified and many gaming blogs have reached out to Microsoft for verification but no response has been given by Microsoft, unsurprisingly. The system will operate on six to eight ARM/Intel x86 cores running at 2Ghz with 4GB of memory.
There are many more details littered all over the web, so if you seek more knowledge I suggest you hit up Google search.


5) The best way to spend Father’s Day:

An extremely funny story about a father and his son – http://kotaku.com/5919004/a-rite-of-passage-in-the-legend-of-zelda-now-shared-by-father-and-son?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Read if you – like Zelda
– have a son

Happy Father’s Day!

Video Game News : : 12th June 2012

1) Call of Duty XP 2012 will not happen.
        Activision revealed at E3 that the CoD event would not be annual. They instead explained how they would be focusing on ‘Gamescon’, a German based convention.
Whilst Activision said that they haven’t ruled out any future XP events, it will be interesting to see what happens to Black Ops 2 now players cannot demo the multiplayer pre-release. The 2011 event brought together thousands of fans to try out MW3 as Kanye West gave a life performance.
Maybe Black Ops 2 doesn’t need any more hype considering that it is the sequel to the best selling video game of all time.

2) By 2012, video game revenue will reach $70 billion.

DFC Intelligence, an accounting firm, has stated that video game revenue will rise from $50 billion (2011) to $70 billion (2017). PC gaming leads the market with 39% of the revenue whilst console gaming amounts 35%.
In America there are 64 million children alone that fall into the category of ‘core-gamers’. David Cole, the CEO of DFC explains how the main consumer remains male, aged 12-30 and will spend between $85 – $100 every 2 years.

3) Metal Gear Solid HD – PS VITA
     This week brings the release of the HD remakes: Metal Gear Solid 2, Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 3, Snake Eater to the PS Vita. I clicked onto the amazon page yesterday just to see how much it would be and almost started laughing when I saw the accolade section on the web page-

METAL GEAR SOLID 2 Accolades:

  • “PSM” February issue/PSM10 Award Ranking 1st Place
  • 5th Annual AIAS (Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences) Interactive Achievement
  • Awards /Outstanding Achievement in Sound Design
  • “Dengekiou” May issue 2001 Dengekiou Game Software Grand Prix /Heat Up Award
  • “Dengekiou” May issue 2001 Dengekiou Best Creator Award/Director Grand Prix
  • “EDGE” May issue (Awards Special Issue) / Innovation of the Year
  • (Britain) European Computer Trade Show AWARD/Console Game of the Year France
  • (Germany) GAMES CONVENTION/Game of the Year Award
  • (Germany) GAMES CONVENTION/Action Adventure Award
  • 6th Annual CESA GAME AWARDS/GAME AWARDS YEAR 2001-2002 Excellence Award
  • Electronic Entertainment Expo 2001/Console Game Grand Prix
  • Electronic Entertainment Expo 2001/Best Adventure Game
  • Electronic Entertainment Expo 2000/Best Creation
  • Electronic Entertainment Expo 2000/Best Visuals
  • Electronic Entertainment Expo 2000/Best Adventure Game
  • PS AWARD02/Best Programming Award
  • PS AWARD02/Best Design Award
  • PS AWARD02/Best Planning Award
  • PS AWARD02/Best Sound Award
  • “Dengekiou” Game Software Grand Prix 2001/Heat Up Award
  • “Dorimaga” Reader Race/ “Meiyo Meiba” Award 2001
  • 2001 E3 Game Critics Awards /Best Console Game
  • 2001 E3 Game Critics Awards /Best Action/Adventure Game
  • 2000 E3 Game Critics Awards /Special Commendation for Graphics
  • Game Developers Choice Awards /Excellence in Audio
  • Game Informer.com/ Innovation of the Year award
  • Game Spot 2001 Game of the Year Awards /Best Music
  • Game Spot 2001 Game of the Year Awards /Biggest Surprise
  • Game Spy 2001 Game Awards /Best Action/Adventure Game
  • Game Spy 2001 Game Awards /Reader’s PS2 Game of the Year
  • Game Spy 2001 Game Awards /Best In-Game Cinematics
  • Game Spy.com/Best Force Feedback
  • IGN/Editors’ Choice Award (Number 9)
  • IGN.com Best of 2001/Best Graphics
  • IGN.com Best of 2001/Best Sound
  • IGN.com Best of 2001/Best Story

METAL GEAR SOLID 3: SNAKE EATER Accolades:

  • 9th Annual CESA Game Awards/Excellence Award
  • 8th Annual CESA Game Awards/Game Awards Future award
  • Gaming Convention Germany/Best PS2 Game
  • German “Official PlayStation2 Magazine” E3Awards /Best of E3
  • US Game Site “GameSpot” Best of E3 2003 /Must See Movie #1
  • US Game Site “GameSpot” Best of E3 2003 /Best PS2 Game Award
  • 7th Annual CESA Game Awards/Game Awards Future award
  • Famitsu Award 2004/Platinum Palace Induction
  • IGN Best of 2004/Best Overall Action Game
  • IGN Best of 2004/Best Overall Story
  • IGN Best of 2004/Best PS2 Use of Sound
  • IGN Reader’s Pick/Top 100 Games of All Time (Number 10)
  • GameSpot Best of 2004/Best Story
  • GameSpot Best of 2004/Best Sound Effects
  • GameSpy Game of the Year 2004 Awards /4th Best Overall Game of 2004
  • GameSpy Game of the Year 2004 Awards /2nd Best PS2 Game of 2004
  • GameSpy Game of the Year 2004 Awards /Most Amazing Comeback
  • Game Audio Network Guild 2005/Best Original Vocal Song – Pop : “Snake Eater”

If you needed any reminder as to why this is one of the most successful gaming series ever, look no further. In about 20 minutes I’ll be on my way to pick up both these games and start collecting all the dog-tags all over again.
Finally, if you really are a Snake fan, the popular clothing brand Uniqlo (think ‘cheaper American Apparel) are now selling unique Metal Gear clothes-

http://multiplayerblog.mtv.com/2012/06/11/metal-gear-solid-hideo-kojima-uniqlo/