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  • GameSpy: BioWare's Doctors Are In: An Interview with Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk - Page 3
    Awakening expansion Mass Effect 2 is the highest rated game we ve ever released It went out with a bang Some of the sales figures we heard it s apparently the biggest January launch of all time that s pretty cool Dr Greg Zeschuk It was still on the charts in February in the middle of the chart positions It s still chugging along pretty well Dr Ray Muzyka And we have a lot more stuff planned throughout the year to continue that long tail Our games typically sell well for a long time Especially when we support them and we re really going to support our fans on both Dragon Age and Mass Effect as well Dr Greg Zeschuk They have the richest follow on content plans of anything we ve done I think we re getting to the point where with something like Dragon Age over its lifetime there may be more content available for sale than in the original game People of course will make their decisions personally about what they want to buy what they don t want to buy But we ve talked about this a lot before the concept of the games as platforms You really have to think beyond just the retail event I think that the initial retail event is the start of the relationship but then you really have to cultivate it in a meaningful way after that That s been one of the interesting challenges because historically we ve been in that sphere Certainly with Neverwinter that was in our thinking But to really embrace it is a bit of a shift for your typical game developer They want to put that game in the box and move on It s interesting seeing all the indie stuff and everything else and of course all the free to play stuff happening The world is just seeing this huge shift in what people are spending their money and their time on So we have to adapt and continue to adapt which is another reason why this is still pretty interesting and challenging GameSpy Speaking of adapting a lot of people at GDC are talking about new distribution models Do you have any predictions or guesses as to whether these will be what we re going to see in the next few years Dr Ray Muzyka Well we re part of the OnLive announcement Dragon Age and Mass Effect 2 will be available through OnLive when it launches this June So we re planning to look pretty closely at those and try our best to support that service We ll see how it goes It s about adapting to the needs of the customers The content we build will adapt as well but so will business models how we sell things how the fans view them and how they purchase them how we distribute them will change too That s all good it s all adapting to what the market needs It s

    Original URL path: http://www.gamespy.com/articles/107/1077742p3.html (2016-02-16)
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  • GameSpy: BioWare's Doctors Are In: An Interview with Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk - Page 4
    buy that version the loaded edition give me some extra content give me something cool that I can put on a desk I ve got a whole bunch of collector s edition stuff kind of my Hall of Favorite Games in my study You know the bobblehead from Fallout all kinds of maps from our games in the past signed copies from my favorite developers when I ve had the pleasure of meeting them I ve gotten them to sign boxes like a fanboy I do that pretty often For me I just love doing that and I think there are a lot of fans who enjoy having physical copies I also enjoy downloading games I also try to play online I think it s really cool streaming games I think all of them are viable paths Dr Greg Zeschuk I think there s another interesting dimension too that at least right now we haven t been able to reliably prove like a retail event the hype event as much as a retail launch That seems to still be the vehicle by which you launch a successful game Maybe there s always going to be a segment which is in the retail store if anything just to let people know that it s there Obviously online ads and everything else should be just as effective but up until now it s still been that retail event that launch in the store the flyers that go up Dr Ray Muzyka People lining up down the block to get their copy Dr Greg Zeschuk Yeah It becomes a physical event That s I think for me I actually believe that stores are sticking around practically indefinitely They may actually be different from the stores we conceive of now in the sense that back to your point they may be a place where you hang out and you chat about games and then maybe put your card in a kiosk and get something on there and bring it home Dr Ray Muzyka Or maybe get a card that you take a code in get some cool items for having bought it at the store There s a variety of ways this could work Dr Greg Zeschuk Yeah I don t think that the store event is going to go away because we still actually need it It s still beneficial to us collectively So it s very interesting because I think obviously so much stuff is going to be free to play micro transactions we re very interested in that looking at that very closely as well It s such a tumultous time right now but it s very interesting in that opportunities are huge Dr Ray Muzyka We view the launch of our games sort of as a platform by which we engage a community long term and then launch that service idea So how are we going to launch the platform It could be digitally or through streaming or through a

    Original URL path: http://www.gamespy.com/articles/107/1077742p4.html (2016-02-16)
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  • GameSpy: Epic Games
    Unreal Engine 3 Project iPhone Genre Shooter JP Release Date Role Developer Fortnite PC Genre Action US Release Date TBA Role Developer Gears of War 2 rumored PC Genre Shooter US Release Date TBA Role Developer Mercenary Ops PC Genre Shooter US Release Date TBA Role Developer Unreal Engine Samaritan Project tba Genre Other US Release Date TBA Role Developer Unreal Engine 4 Elemental Project tba Genre Other US Release Date Unreleased Role Developer Unreal Engine 4 Infiltrator Project tba Genre Other US Release Date TBA Role Developer Games Developed 2013 Gears of War Judgment X360 2012 Demon s Score iPhone 2011 Gears of War 3 Raam s Shadow X360 Gears of War 3 X360 Gears of War 3 Epic Edition X360 Gears of War 3 Limited Edition X360 Bulletstorm PS3 Bulletstorm X360 Gears of War Triple Pack X360 2010 Infinity Blade iPhone Extreme Pinball PS3 Extreme Pinball PSP 2009 Gears of War 2 Game of the Year Edition X360 Gears of War 2 All Fronts Collection X360 Unreal Tournament III Titan Pack PC Unreal Tournament III Titan Pack PS3 Unreal Tournament III Black Edition PC 2008 Gears of War 2 X360 Gears of War 2 Limited Edition X360 Unreal Tournament III X360 Gears of War Refresh X360 2007 Unreal Tournament III PS3 Unreal Tournament III PC Unreal Tournament III Collector s Edition PC Gears of War PC 2006 Gears of War X360 Gears of War Limited Collector s Edition X360 Unreal Anthology PC 2005 Unreal Championship 2 The Liandri Conflict Xbox Unreal Championship 2 The Liandri Conflict Demo Disc Xbox 2004 Unreal Tournament 2004 Editor s Choice Edition PC Unreal Tournament 2004 Demo Version PC Unreal Tournament 2004 Linux Unreal Tournament 2004 Mac Unreal Tournament 2004 PC Unreal Tournament 2004 Special Edition PC 2003 Unreal Tournament 2003 Jewel Case

    Original URL path: http://www.gamespy.com/company/025/025194.html (2016-02-16)
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  • GameSpy: Cliff Bleszinski Talks Comic-Con - Page 2
    grand test to see how much we can get away with digital distribution because as much as brick and mortar will be around people are going to go to stores and they love their tax free weekends and going to Best Buy GameSpy But at some point digital is going to take over Cliff Bleszinski Who knows I don t want to piss off all of our retail partners who do a wonderful job of putting Gears of War in stores but at the same time if we could also have a pipeline there to provide additional content to the users then why not GameSpy Do you personally buy your games digitally Cliff Bleszinski I am a member of Best Buy Rewards Zone and I go there and I get the cards so I get 20 off There s one right near work and I love to go there after work and shop I m not a big fan of buying used games that s another issue But with books and DVDs and comic books I ll just buy them on Amazon one click and I m good to go GameSpy Could you quickly nail the issue with used games What s the problem with them Cliff Bleszinski It s an industry wide concern It s a situation where some in the industry do feel that it s hurting us tremendously My opinion is that developers should positively incentivize to make sure that people purchase new games through neat little bonuses GameSpy The idea behind pre order bonuses and Golden Lancer codes Cliff Bleszinski Exactly the idea being positively reinforcing new game sales without negatively impacting our retail partners who depend on used game sales to make a profit GameSpy What s Comic Con like this year compared to last year Cliff Bleszinski It s already bigger and I ve already spent more money GameSpy Laughs You pick up anything cool Cliff Bleszinski Yeah actually an H P Lovecraft mythos statue I forget the name GameSpy Nyarlathotep Editor s note Gerald loves all things Lovecraft Cliff Bleszinski Yeah because Dagon s not ready yet and I m like I want that They re like That s next year and I m like Dammit GameSpy I love that you kind find stuff like that stuff that you can t find anywhere else in the world Cliff Bleszinski They have the actual Coraline action stop motion puppets from the film that you can actually buy GameSpy Wow and you picked one up Cliff Bleszinski I reserved one of them it s her in the little rain slicker because I thought that movie was wonderfully magical And then I bought Dr Grordbort s infernal ray machine gun that the Weta workshop Greg Broadmore guy did Last year I bought the Man Melter and this year I actually bought the giant top of the line super one that I m going to mount on my wall GameSpy Do you see stuff like that at

    Original URL path: http://www.gamespy.com/articles/100/1007484p2.html (2016-02-16)
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  • GameSpy: A Difficult Topic - Page 2
    gamers can appreciate you relegate the audience to hardcore gamers The market shrinks rather than grows Who s Going to Fix It I m not saying that difficult games should go away entirely There will always be room for them especially on my shelf at home But a long term view of the industry demands that people can find easier games to enjoy if they d like to start getting into the hobby Nintendo has been a real champion here Realizing that your typical console controller was a specialized 20 button monstrosity that intimidated non gamers the Wii mote is as simple of a control device as you can get Nintendo sees games as just one way to have fun with consoles As we pointed out in our 2008 Game of the Year feature some of the major titles for the Wii aren t really games at all Wii Music is more or less a goofy toy that s fun to play with kids It s not something you play to win or lose The DS also has plenty of things to do that don t involve precisely timed jumps over Frankenstein s monster while geometric patterns of electricity arc across the screen The goofy music making Electroplankton game comes to mind as does Nintendogs Professor Layton was my favorite DS game this year a game I beat mostly by staring at my DS in contemplative silence As a result of these efforts Nintendo is bringing legions of new players into the gaming fold just look at the sales numbers But there are other champions out there finding gameplay in simplicity In 2007 and 2008 the indie gaming scene has really taken off Sites like Kongregate encourage Flash game development and build community around fun games Xbox Live Arcade combined

    Original URL path: http://www.gamespy.com/articles/941/941980p2.html (2016-02-16)
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  • GameSpy: Sony Wants You Playing MMOs on Your TV - Page 2
    s business and acquired titles like Vanguard dead on arrival Sony is taking a broader approach A console MMO This potentially huge audience is almost completely untapped the only exceptions being the PS2 era Final Fantasy XI and EverQuest Online Adventures Smedley even hints at MMO content for the PSP This is a new angle This is something that nobody s tried in a big way This is the perfect way to leverage PSN s free networking This is a great differentiator between the 360 and the PS3 In short it s a smart strategy DC Universe Online Now let s see if The Agency and DC Universe Online can make it pay off with solid gameplay Your Turn A few months ago I asked readers if they would ever play a console MMO which ultimately turned into an argument about the controller So let s get more specific Let s talk about action MMOs like The Agency and DC Universe Online Are you looking forward to them Will you play on your PC or on a PS3 Would you consider buying a PS3 for a good MMO Talk it out in the comments section below What Do You Think

    Original URL path: http://www.gamespy.com/articles/920/920630p2.html (2016-02-16)
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  • GameSpy: Is That Epic Really Yours? - Page 2
    world Within that game world there is a virtual currency and virtual items but all of those bits and bytes belong to the developer and can be moved around nerfed buffed or deleted at the developer s discretion You can t sell any of them because you don t own them and if you re caught trying you ll be banned Now for a virtual world like Second Life the issue is a little hairy people invest a lot of creativity into creating content for Second Life and there s actually a currency exchange rate between Second Life and the real world So ownership there is very important and players are really invested in what they create But for entertainment products like Warhammer or World of Warcraft keeping the virtual items locked away in the virtual playground is likely a huge benefit for you the gamer It prevents or attempts to prevent gold farmers from ruining the game economy It gives the developers total freedom to make sure that the game world is the most fun It keeps the government out of the world and keeps you from paying taxes Of course the result is a contract of trust You pay your monthly fee to the developer in the hopes that the game you re paying for is run equitably and that your items are safe and only nerfed for good reason If you feel that s not true you take your business elsewhere I can speak from experience When a bug in Hellgate London swallowed up a sword I d spent a couple of weeks customizing and upgrading I was done with the game they never saw another cent from me I would argue that in the case of entertainment worlds like World of Warcraft the draconian license agreement

    Original URL path: http://www.gamespy.com/articles/920/920184p2.html (2016-02-16)
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  • GameSpy: Xbox Next - Page 2
    center can only be a good thing If I can get that foot square decidedly unattractive Xbox outta there I m all for it and Xbox Next having backward compatibility would let me do that Assuming Nintendo continues its current pattern of ignoring such features it s up to Xbox Next to determine whether backwards compatibility becomes a more expected feature of game consoles or just another marketing feather in Sony s wide brimmed cap I hope Microsoft ends up supporting the idea so that it might become more common even further in the future than we re talking about now Fargo I see where you re coming from but backwards compatibility isn t a good enough reason to tack an extra 50 on to the price of the console whereas a hard drive is Especially given Christian s point about how it also helps game performance In the end I agree with Raymond There s no reason to be timid here I think with Xbox Microsoft proved that it can play in this market and it learned a lot Going in with Xbox Next it can succeed if it 1 Gets to market early 2 Lines up big titles on launch something the article in question doesn t talk about but a key part of any console strategy 3 Stuffs that box with the kinds of features that will force Sony to play catch up and will keep the hardware relevant for five years or more It can t accomplish any of that by waiting to see what Sony is up to Microsoft should be aiming for the heart and going for the KILL Christian Christian ferricide Nutt I just don t know It seems like the Xbox is taking a new direction and maybe as Ray suggests downplaying

    Original URL path: http://www.gamespy.com/articles/491/491346p2.html (2016-02-16)
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