"Transitioning from current to next-gen consoles will prove more difficult than many of us thought. In recent months, many studios have been shut down as publishers attempt to tighten up their business model heading into the next generation of gaming. The latest casualty was Electronic Arts' John Riccitiello who, just yesterday, stepped down as CEO of the company."
Default Prime's official podcast - Primecast - hits Episode 50 this week.
Discussion begins with the Nintendo 3DS patent lawsuit, the God of War: Ascension "Bros before Hoes" controversy, and the announcement of Saints Row IV.
After the break, we get down and dirty on the topic of humor in video games.
It all starts with an official third party Steambox. Valve states that its not a Steambox. Xi3 states that its a box commissioned by Valve to support Steam. Valve remembers anything with an Operating System runs Steam. The universe reaches a paradox and begins to fold in upon itself...
"I’m sure by now you’ve probably heard of Kickstarter, the website where anyone can post an idea they want to bring to fruition and have the people fund the process. As it turns out, a multitude of start-up indie game developers have been utilizing Kickstarter’s crowdsourcing program to bring their games to life, and have been met largely with success."
Double Fine Production's Ron Gilbert, the man behind The Secret of Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion, has announced that he will be leaving Tim Schafer's studio. His personal blog post also discusses his current and future plans, as well as a nice gift for fans of The Cave.
The developers of Android-based OUYA announced last month that those who backed their Kickstarter campaign would start receiving their consoles after its shipping date, March 28. The developers have today unveiled the date for a thank-you party in the form of a launch event on that same day for those backers.
Investors of the video game industry and just die-hards in general (perhaps also entrepreneurship looking to enter the industry) will all need to take notice as RealGamerNewz reveals the release of Video Game Industry Investor Report 2013 which is priced and available for purchase.
PlayStation fans may soon need to worry about more than just an Xbox heading their way in terms of competition for the rival industry giants. EA seems to take the spotlight, and not in a good way, meanwhile in the shadows Microsoft and Steam make a very public gesture of good will towards each other mysteriously.
Wargaming.net has been in ongoing closed beta with World of Warplanes since last year, and I had the opportunity to check out the aerial warfare this past week. For those of you familiar with WoWP's predecessor, World of Tanks, the mechanics and controls of WoWP are essentially the same, so taking down enemy aircraft shouldn't take much getting used to.
"EA has laid down the law once again and shut down BioWare San Francisco, due to costs of producing social games being too high in Redwood Shores, CA. The layoff saw 25 to 30 employees lose their job. BioWare San Francisco is the team behind the iPad version of Mirror's Edge and Dragon Age Legends."
The one-year anniversary of Sony's most precious handheld is occurring as we speak and if you are one of the early adopters of the dedicated handheld then you will be rewarded in the form of free games as well as discounts and cash back. Check out the full list here now ***(PS Plus not required for the free games)***
"There's a first time for everything. For the Nintendo, last week -- according to Media Create -- marked the first time the Wii U's hardware sales have fallen below that of the PlayStation Vita. For week 8, 2013, spanning February 18-24, the Wii U managed to sell a dismal 9,633 units. Don't necessarily chalk this up to an increased interest in the Vita though; it still only sold a pedestrian 11,456 units."