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The King is Back

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Tuesday 9 December 2014Comments Off

Possibly the biggest reveal at the inaugural Video Game awards this past week was the premier trailer for a new entry in the long dormant Kings Quest franchise. The game was revealed as a part of a life time achievement award ceremony for original King’s Quest creators Ken and Roberta Williams. While Ken and Roberta have nothing to do with this new entry it apparently has their blessing and both are keen to play the final product.

From the impressive trailer it is easy to see why they are excited to play the game. A wonderful art style, interesting setting and impressive adventuring were all shown to great applause. This entry in the series is being developed by indie developers The Odd Gentlemen under the recently revived Sierra Label, which is a part of Activision. The game will be a retelling of King Graham’s early journeys but will still be independent from the original games.

Old people with fond memories of the original adventures and new fans alike seem to have a potential hit to look forward to come Australian Spring 2015, let’s hope the King’s return is an epic event and not a disappointing let down.

Microsoft bungles payments to indie devs

Posted by Erin Marcon On Friday 5 December 2014Comments Off
“The cheque’s in the mail…”

“The cheque’s in the mail…”

Well, this is embarrassing. Microsoft, recently said to have a total market value in excess of US $400b, has been falling behind in its payments to the micro-developers responsible for producing Xbox Live Indie Games content for the Xbox 360 store.

Earlier this week, an indie blogger published a community post on Destructoid calling out Microsoft for missing its payment deadlines to two developers (Freelance Games and BootDisk Revolution). As reported by Kotaku, other developers then stepped forward on NeoGAF to confirm that they were in the same boat.

According to Microsoft, it’s all a big misunderstanding, and one they’re happy to say sorry for. The platform holder has issued a statement attributing the delay to a “technical issue in out payment system”. Describing the incident as “an unfortunate error”, Microsoft apologised and anticipated that “developers will receive payment within the next two weeks.”

With Sony currently attracted the bulk of interest from indie developers and fans, this probably isn’t the kind of publicity that Microsoft was hoping for.

Petition sees major retailers pull GTAV from shelves

Posted by Erin Marcon On Thursday 4 December 2014Comments Off
The least offensive GTAV screenshot we could find.

The least offensive GTAV screenshot we could find.

Two years after the introduction of an R18+ rating in Australia, new battle lines have been drawn in the debate.

As reported by ABC, retail giants Target and K-Mart, which are both owned by Wesfarmers, this week elected to withdraw Grand Theft Auto V from sale, despite having sold some versions of the game for well over a year. The decision was seemingly prompted by a well-supported petition accusing the game of “encouraging players to commit sexual violence and kill women” and demanding its withdrawal from sale.

Target spokesperson Jim Cooper confirmed that the decision was made in light of “extensive community and customer concern” and suggested that the move was “in line with the majority view of our customers.”  Kmart claimed that its decision, which followed Target’s by mere hours, was based on a “significant review of all content in Grand Theft Auto games”.

This isn’t government-driven censorship, of course, and Target and K-Mart are entitled to determine the games offered for sale in their outlets. It’s also worth noting that the petition references only one game, not R18+ games in general. However if a sufficient percentage of major Australian retailers choose to overlook a product, it could theoretically impact the likelihood of future R18+ rated games seeing a local release.

Far Cry 4 Review

Posted by Dylan Burns On Wednesday 26 November 2014Comments Off

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Available on XBO, PS4, 360 and PS3 l Published by Ubisoft l Developed by Ubisoft Montreal l Classified MA15+ l Supports 1-10 players

REVIEW IN BRIEF > Although shaped by Ubisoft’s overgame, Far Cry 4 sidesteps, presenting a prettier, more refined version of Far Cry 3. Featuring some smart enhancements to the genre and a stronger focus on ecosystem, Far Cry 4 is an addictive popcorn shooter that offers plenty of freedom, stealth, explosions and free flying. Read the rest of this entry »