Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Link roundup

1. "A 10,000 square kilometer (3,861 sq. mile) island sank beneath the waves long ago, in the frigid waters of the Atlantic north of Scotland."

2. Last chance to enter my iPad game giveaway. I'll pick a winner tonight.

3. Smog miniature-painting contest announced.

4. This is a positive review of Captain America: Super Soldier, and it's still only a 6.5 out of 10. You know, when I was a kid, we really didn't know any better. There was no internet, and Gamepro was brand new. Mostly, you bought a game based on the packaging and then realized your mistake almost as soon as you turned on the NES. But now, with games costing $60 each, and online reviews being so quick and easy to find, how do video game publishers keep getting away with selling garbage?

1 comment:

  1. How do game publishers keep getting away with it?

    Look at the Wii library. It is full of shovelware, that sells because the people buying don't bother with reviews or just don't care.

    Look at franchise games that sell based on name regardless of quality. How much of Call of Duty's sales are from people who like Call of Duty's gameplay? And how much are from people who are buying it because it is called "Call of Duty" and because everyone else is buying it?

    Also, look at kids who want a game because of its name or license. And look at parents who will buy a game for a kid because of its license, without knowing anything about the game. Both of those situations will rack up sales.

    Then there are the fans of the license who want a game to be good, or at least "good enough", and will buy titles with hope in their heart.