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  • GameSpy: Zachary Quinto on Arcades, Gaming, and Violence - Page 1
    comes with being unable to keep up with all this newfangled technology I feel like Chuck E Cheese was responsible for giving me a place to go and play games There were a couple arcades around town and we used to hang out at them sometimes after school They were a place to go and hang out with your friends a place to chill and have something to do As time went on I started playing more at home I was a big Nintendo kid of that generation Now I have a PS3 and turn it on every now and again GameSpy Do you play PS3 games or is it just your Blu ray player Zachary Quinto It was initially my Blu ray player but then somebody gave me Guitar Hero Then I was like Wait a minute what s this thing But the kind of person I am I ll be really into something for a minute and then I ll move on to something else GameSpy So you were a Nintendo kid growing up What s your fondest Nintendo memory Zachary Quinto I think it was beating Metroid That was incredible That was a great game GameSpy If you loved Metroid you should check out Shadow Complex for the Xbox 360 it s Metroid tastic So would you say that the PS3 is your gaming system of choice Zachary Quinto Yeah I had a Wii before I dunno I feel like a peripheral gamer though The reason I m here is because it s rooted in my childhood rooted in what that meant to me growing up That s how I m more connected to games GameSpy You mentioned that Chuck E Cheese was responsible for getting you into games as a kid and the Dave Busters model is sort of like Chuck E Cheese for grown ups Do you think these restaurant arcade hybrids are more viable for the future of arcades than something like this arcade essentially just a small room lined with arcade cabinets Zachary Quinto Well I think places like this are very special and just as viable and places like this are really important for local economies These arcades are owned by families and small business owners that are struggling to keep up with the ever growing conglomeratization of our country For me these places are just as viable because they provide an outlet in a different way also for adults Chuck E Cheese is really kid based but I just saw this documentary King of Kong and it was totally revelatory to me There are people that are really into this stuff It s nice that they have a place to go that s a good thing GameSpy So your two latest and most popular roles Spock and Sylar are characters that would both do well in videogames Zachary Quinto Right Yeah GameSpy Which of the two would you rather see star in a videogame Spock or Sylar Zachary Quinto I dunno

    Original URL path: http://www.gamespy.com/articles/101/1018185p1.html (2016-02-16)
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  • GameSpy: Cliff Bleszinski Talks Comic-Con - Page 1
    a lot of hard work a lot of talent and a boat load of luck GameSpy Can you elaborate on what kind of talent will help get you in Cliff Bleszinski You have to be honest about the level of talent that you have Whether you re a programmer or an artist you need to get on websites like CGtalk com and you need to start posting some of your images for critiques You have to be willing to throw away the first thousand images you do Your portfolio is only as strong as your weakest link You need to network on the Internet and eventually get to GDC show up with copies of your work run into people like me Molyneux whoever This industry is a lot more open than a lot of other ones you could come to events like this and see us hanging out and say hello and kick and scream and claw your way in I think it s kind of a self regulating thing If you re that determined and you re that hard working you ll get in GameSpy Let s get to the movie What sort of details are you prepared to spill Cliff Bleszinski Not to spoil too much but there s always that perception that there will be wrestlers or MMA fighters There s plenty of them they re all very charismatic badass guys right but we re big fans of actual actors who are actors Robert Downey Jr in Iron Man Edward Norton in The Incredible Hulk Johnny Depp in Pirates that kind of thing GameSpy But wouldn t you agree that their physical nature is a large part of what makes these Gears of War characters who they are That these characters are defined by their physicality Cliff

    Original URL path: http://www.gamespy.com/articles/100/1007484p1.html (2016-02-16)
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  • GameSpy: A Difficult Topic - Page 1
    I did allow myself one gaming luxury though My Nintendo DS came along for the ride during the extended break Snuggled into the cartridge slot was my copy of Castlevania Order of Ecclesia which I d saved for just this occasion I got the game in November and left it unopened until vacation THIS bad boy is for the Holidays I told myself My plan was to play it during downtime throughout the break as I d done a couple years earlier with the fantastic Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow But instead of the enjoyable leisurely beat em up rpg hybrid I was expecting Dracula s minions kicked me in the junk until I wept blood The Difficulty Dead End It s not that I couldn t clear through Ecclesia it s just the punishing boss fights felt more like work than play I died usually a dozen times before finding the right combination of safe places to move and effective attacks to allow me to beat a baddie And not just the later bosses The early giant skeleton encounter really works you over A new movement gimmick allows you to latch on to parts of the map and fling yourself in a particular direction but to do so requires that you first move in the opposite direction and let go It s a nifty game element for maneuvering around the map but in the context of a boss fight it s remarkably counter intuitive Want to get away from a monster You have to leap toward an attach point near the monster immediately switch direction the moment you attach then let go Miss the point move too soon or let go at the wrong time and you drop onto the monster and take colossal damage With patience you can master

    Original URL path: http://www.gamespy.com/articles/941/941980p1.html (2016-02-16)
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  • GameSpy: Sony Wants You Playing MMOs on Your TV - Page 1
    most consoles weren t online But the current generation of console hardware is built with the connected gamer in mind Xbox Live and Sony s PlayStation Network are major components of the consoles and online gaming is huge So when are we going to see them get some console MMOs Microsoft has shied away from the topic high profile cancellations like True Fantasy Live Online have kept the Xbox MMO free But Sony has embraced the console as an MMO platform company wide First you ve got Home see our latest Home preview the virtual world that ll be integrated into PSN And now Sony Online has gone on the record stating that all forthcoming projects in development will release for both the PC and the PS3 That includes one of my most anticipated games The Agency see why I m jazzed about The Agency and the superhero favorite DC Universe Online check out my hands on at Comic Con Obviously the different control schemes for the two platforms presents a real challenge That was one of the questions put to Smedley in this EDGE Magazine interview Smedley says that SOE is treating each game as its own product We definitely will be having a different UI If you look at DC Universe Online it s a much more action oriented game and how you control with a mouse and WASD is going to be very different from a PS3 controller but we want to make sure it s a good experience for both A Shift in Strategy I think it s worth noting that Sony s upcoming MMO lineup with the possible exception of the casual game Free Realms features games that are very action oriented The Agency is primarily a first person shooter DC Universe Online plays like

    Original URL path: http://www.gamespy.com/articles/920/920630p1.html (2016-02-16)
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  • GameSpy: Is That Epic Really Yours? - Page 1
    DRM issues like the recent Spore fiasco when I see them as two very different topics Let s just focus on virtual items because I think a few things need to be addressed Cans Open Worms Everywhere If you ever bother to read the license agreement that precedes the login screen to most online games the majority of companies stress that in game items and currency have no monetary value and shouldn t be for example sold on eBay Companies aggressively act to shut this down with the possible exception of Sony Online which built its own auction system A lot of times gamers simply chalk this up to greed without really thinking about it but why do companies do this Let s run a thought experiment and say that you do own your virtual epic sword of double damage It s yours and you re allowed to sell it It has monetary value Technically a series of Bad Things TM can now happen 1 Because your sword has real world value you should technically report it as earnings come tax time Did you earn 4700 worth of lewt while raiding this year Some of that money belongs to the government 2 Wait a second acquiring the sword was based on a random drop loot table and you pay a monthly fee to play That means every time you kill a boss you re technically gambling All your local gambling laws now come into play 3 Uh oh one month later the game developer decides that swords of double damage are overpowered and ruin the game The item is nerfed to only do 20 more damage instead of 100 Suddenly it drops in value But you had 20 of those swords on the auction house You ve just taken a

    Original URL path: http://www.gamespy.com/articles/920/920184p1.html (2016-02-16)
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  • GameSpy: Xbox Next - Page 1
    in Ethernet Xbox was ready for the Internet from the get go Many would say that it was ahead of its time Microsoft did a lot a groundbreaking things for Internet console gaming Omitting a hard drive even making it optional from its upcoming system is a definite step back As for backwards compatibility I fully agree with analyst Jon Peddie in that it would be insanely stupid Hopefully Microsoft s acquisition of Connectix will help Xbox Next with some emulation Benjamin Turner You know I ve never been big on the whole Xbox having a hard drive thing as I just know I ll go to play an Xbox game ten years from now and find that the darn drive has died taking my Blinx 3 Suck and Blow Forever game saves with it But I think that time has proven that the hard drive is an important part of the Xbox package something that enhances the online aspect by providing unlimited storage allows for the popular custom soundtrack feature and mostly eliminates the need for separate memory cards Along with best in class performance it sets Microsoft s machine apart from the PS2 To hear that it might be dropped is both surprising and disappointing Microsoft s apparent wait and see what Sony does attitude seems uncharacteristically timid to me This is the same company that came from nowhere to muscle into the console scene with 500 million dollars and the most powerful hardware ever seen Removing Xbox features like hard drive support from its next gen hardware seems iffy at best Xbox s main selling point is that it s the most powerful hardware around if it loses its stake to this claim in the next gen what will it have to brag about I somehow doubt Japanese developer support is going to do a 180 and magically materialize Fargo Dave Fargo Kosak I agree that the big surprise here is the hard drive issue That would be a colossal blow to the Xbox name in my opinion I realize that the hard drive hasn t been used to a great extent in the original Xbox at least to date But it wasn t until the last few months that online multiplayer play was being used to its potential either Xbox was engineered to grow with the times and so far it has it would be a tragedy for the Xbox Next to step back A larger hard drive in the next system and a push for developers to provide downloadable online content hint give them a cut of the subscription revenues if their downloadable content is popular would keep the Xbox name at the cutting edge of entertainment Christian ferricide Nutt Guys you re forgetting uses of the hard drive that are transparent to users namely caching data on the disk to decrease loading time It helps Project Gotham 2 chuck around those cityscapes for example Maybe the technical specs of the new unit will be

    Original URL path: http://www.gamespy.com/articles/491/491346p1.html (2016-02-16)
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  • GameSpy: GameSpy Talks Nintendo DS - Page 1
    saying the following We want to offer to customers a play experience that they ve never had before We re not expecting everyone to cheer following the announcement It s okay if ten percent of the people say the product is interesting and word spreads with people finding themselves wanting to try it Hmmm Not exactly an awe inspiring sales pitch eh But with all the crazy rumors that have been flying around it s cool to finally have some facts and figures to work with I think it s safe to say that the DS is not intended as a replacement for the GameCube or GBA but rather as something that might complement or enhance both consoles Psylancer Psylancer I agree that it s not a replacement for the GCN or GBA but it doesn t really solve any of Nintendo s problems Now I m not going to proclaim it the Virtual Boy 2 or anything but who exactly is this product for Nintendo fans are likely to snatch it up but that s about it The DS does nothing to expand Nintendo s audience Iwata pretty much said it himself The DS isn t for everybody but a product for everybody is precisely what Nintendo needs Iwata goes on to say that he wants to offer his customers a play experience that they ve never had before Is anyone really dying for this kind of experience It might be novel it might be innovative and some first party titles will make incredible use of it but so what I don t think the mainstream will care and really that s the market segment Nintendo needs to do better with Now just so nobody calls me a Nintendo hater there are some interesting things going on here Obviously

    Original URL path: http://www.gamespy.com/articles/491/491365p1.html (2016-02-16)
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  • GameSpy: Video Game Report Card - Page 1
    Walsh and his organization This is good because while games such as Grand Theft Auto III and Manhunt completely exasperate David Walsh his priorities are clear He does not want T and M rated games advertised in kids magazines He wants parents educated about the rating system He wants retailers to enforce the rating system not sell M and T rated games to minors unless accompanied by an adult These are goals that Douglas Lowenstein head of the Entertainment Software Association has also espoused I first became involved with the Report Card in 1997 During an interview with Senator Lieberman I decided that his pro ratings stance could have a positive effect on video games I did not believe then and still do not believe today that video game violence is the root of all evil in the United States I do however believe that it is irresponsible for parents to let young children see violent movies and play violent games This was before school shootings stole the headlines Even back then you could see that the game industry was one tragedy away from being demonized Compliance to the rating system seemed like the smartest way to demonstrate social responsibility It still does As it turns out I agree with almost all of the grades Dr Walsh has given the industry this year He gave the ESRB a B for ratings This is not a commentary on the rating system itself which he acknowledges is the finest rating system in the entertainment industry The MPAA and television ratings now use the same descriptor system the ESRB developed for games The concern and it is a fair concern is that the ESRB remains reluctant to slap an AO rating on games such as Manhunt I think Dr Walsh would like to see an AO on Grand Theft Auto games too There we disagree But on games such as BMX XXX and Manhunt we certainly agree Pat Vance the head of the Entertainment Software Ratings Board attended but did not participate in this year s Report Card Dr Walsh said efforts to educate people about the rating system graded out to a C Here we disagree Movie ratings date back to the Hays Production Code created in 1930 The current movie ratings system was created in 1968 this is its 35th anniversary It s changed a lot over the last three decades Grand Theft Auto has been a source of controversy since its release It s easy to educate people about movie ratings Hell any time Martin Sheen befriends some lame politician or Gary Coleman or Arnold Schwarzenegger run for office or Meryl Streep talks about the dangers of insecticides it gets posted on television and magazines They re stars and whatever they say lame or brilliant is big news All Jack Valenti head of the MPAA needs to do is announce a change in the ratings at a press conference attended by Tom Cruise and he gets international press And nearly

    Original URL path: http://www.gamespy.com/articles/491/491378p1.html (2016-02-16)
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