Weekly News We Care About Wrap Up – 6.9.06

Jaws Unleashed

Majesco makes money

I’ve written about this company a few times because they dared to take a chance on some creative games and nearly went bankrupt for it. Now they have a different direction that focuses less on making premium titles and more on making shitty games that sell. Their portable lineup is actually respectable, but with console titles like Jaws Unleashed, it won’t be hard to turn my back on Majesco and hope EA buys them out only to make them all sex slaves (they’ll be paid for 40 hours a week, but not for the overtime they put in).

Hillary Clinton’s Media Guide for Parents (complete with cute drawing of children)
Clinton basically suggests we read Common Sense Media’s take on media ratings. The Common Sense Media people are about “media sanity, not censorship.” This sounds a lot like the Islamic cartoon debacle to me. A lot of people who do lip service to the first amendment but then also say things like, “free speech must be responsible speech.” This position couldn’t be stupider. If these groups just came out and said, “Look, we are interested in censoring media and making it less accessible, but it’s because it is harming your children,” I’d respect them a lot more.

Kutaragi insists the PS3 is a computer
This insistence by Kutaragi that Sony doesn’t make game consoles is absurdly hilarious. The PS2 was supposed to be the be all end all media hub in my living room so I’m slightly skeptical about the PS3. Actually, I already own a computer that handles music, videos, email, and other software just fine. It’s a shame Sony isn’t selling game consoles because I’m very interested in buying some new ones.

I don’t get it.

Gay gamers supposedly exist
They go by “gaymer.” And by they I mean all of them as one monolithic entity, just like how everyone named Jason goes by “Jaymer.”

The editorial content of the article linked makes a good point or two then a bad point or two. Dissecting people into smaller and smaller groups does tend to drive us apart more than anything. I always found it peculiar that there is a gay section in movie stores. In my fantasy world, movies are about themes like love, hate, humor, revenge, orgies, and people being on TV without knowing it. These concepts can be done with gay, straight, black, white, or even Chinese people.

Anyway, the Kotaku argument that we keep women out of gaming by studying women gamers as a separate group is pretty silly. It’s like arguing that minority x is poor because we noticed they were a minority and then wrote a paper about how they’re poor. In fact, the chauvinistic stereotypes designers include in a majority of games may be keeping potential gay gamers away, too.

A Sony guy admits his company isn’t more infallible than the Pope
Niall O’Hanrahan from Sony Ireland reportedly said “We would never say we cannot fail.” This is in direct contrast to Sony’s Phil Harrison’s recent, “We make Jesus look like a pedophilic Charles Manson,” statement.

If all Sony suits, nay, if all PR suits across the industry were as honest and humble as I judge this Irish guy to be based of a paragraph long news quip, then the world would be a better place. Or at least much quieter.

Little of Nintendo’s profit to come from Wii
Because it’s really going to be called the Revolution! Just kidding. Nintendo seems to have a grounded idea of how well their system will sell since they expect most of their next year profits to come from the DS. They plan to sell six million Wii’s, though how you can plan how well you do is beyond me. It’s speculated that they will be selling this new console at a loss or near a loss, which is not typical for the company.

The one with arm stockings must be goth. Wait…where’s the black one? THIS MUST MEAN NO BLACK WOMEN GAME!!!

UCLA professor talks about booth babes and Frag Dolls
Does anyone else hate the Frag Dolls? How is an artificially constructed group who is paid by a corporation to exist representative of anything? I can hand pick six albino midgets who play games but it won’t be indicative of anything other than the skill of my talent scout.

PS3 rumored to have a PS2 inside of it
This is one way to make sure you new system is compatible with your old. Sony hasn’t made an official comment on the rumor but we should find out soon enough. The benefit of having a PS2 in your PS3 is that there should be zero backwards compatibility problems, something Microsoft can’t come close to saying. The down side is that it is presumably more expensive to have the additional hardware, as opposed to doing backwards compatibility through emulation.

Sony America won’t touch Rule of Rose with a ten foot pole
And just because it has some sexual undertones between prepubescent girls. Sony will publish the ultra violent God of War but not something sexually risqué. Interesting. Some argue games like Rule of Rose are bad for the industry because they give politicians ammo. I will defend the right to make stupid mini games like GTA’s “fuck your girlfriend” game, but I can understand how things like that are bad for the industry. But designers should not refuse to tackle complex, messy, and potentially offensive subject matters.

Think of the state of cinema if it only played it safe. Deliverance has man rape, Lolita has a young sexy girl, and Schindler’s List has millions of murders. Terrible things are often fascinating and are certainly a part of the world and any medium that refuses to tackle them is weaker for it.

2 thoughts on “Weekly News We Care About Wrap Up – 6.9.06”

  1. For the record, EVERYONE knows the Nyko girls are the sluttiest and not very attractive. Leave it to a bunch of feminazi’s to post the slutty, not hot booth babes, as opposed to luscious pieces of ass we ALL can appreciate. After all, all women are sexretly bisexual… let’s stick with booth babes that bring out the inner lesbo in all of us.

    Oh, and for the record, 70% of beer commercials have hot women or imply beer will let you score with hot women. And yet I still see 70% of my female friends drinking beer. What’s this prove? That women are in fact bisexual. Also, it proves that at the end of the day, people buy based on content, not marketing. Sex sells… always has, and always will.

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