Cliff Bleszinski left Epic Games in 2012, claiming he was retiring from making games. Although he no doubt has the financial stability that could maintain retiring at 37 years of age, it appears the desire to create has returned in force. Although this is no surprise, considering he already talked about coming back to game development last December, to see him officially announce on Twitter that he will be showing off new stuff in the next week is very welcome.
Don’t hold your breath for him to return to Epic however. He has said that he would love to open his own studio in the past, and has a very specific vision for this project. It will be a first-person shooter, Cliff said on the Pointless Podcast back in late 2013. He also stated that it will feel old, “It will be a PC experience that will hearken back to a certain type of game that we cut our teeth on.” He also stated he does not want to do a scripted sequence ever again, and has already let us know it won’t feel like the more modern, Call of Duty type games, instead feeling more like the Unreal style of gameplay he is known for. In the same podcast, he is quoted as saying, “A lot of these kids playing Call of Duty– I don’t think they know what a proper arena shooter is.”
Last year, Valve hosted the DOTA2 International Tournament. It was a big deal, with a big prize pool of 2.9 million dollars. This year makes the last look like chump change though. Thanks to the crowdfunding effort based in The Compendium, an item for DOTA2 which anyone can buy, the prize pool for The International 2014 has grown to over 10 million dollars. Let us stop and think about this for a moment. The prize pool for a video game is 10 million dollars. That is actually more than The Masters Golf Tournament, according to USA Today.
If you look at the DOTA2 site, you will see for right now there are no more stretch goals for the crowdfunding portion of the prize pool. However, I would not be surprised to see Valve add more, trying to add to the already insane amount up for grabs in what has quickly become to most lucrative video game tournament in history. If you’re into watching the tournament, it may actually behoove you to go get The Compendium if you haven’t yet. For 10 dollars, you get the chance to make predictions on matches, and earn points, getting rewards for your own DOTA2 account along the way. Plus on top of that, $2.50 of your 10 dollar payment goes on top of the huge prize pool. Let’s help it climb even higher.
Source: DOTA2 Site
Satoru Iwata is not going anywhere. As Mario Kart 8 passes the 2 million units sold mark, The Annual Shareholders Meeting has decided to remain confident in its President going forward, despite slow Wii U sales and his health issues. Not able to actually attend the meeting in person due to his health concerns, Iwata said, “I have no choice but to miss the company’s very important activity, the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, to be held this month. As the president of the company, I regret that I cannot attend the meeting.”
He goes on to say that he is prioritizing his medical treatment so he can return as soon as possible. So for the time being, do not expect any big shakeups at Nintendo, and for them to continue chugging along with the Wii U. With the strong showing they put on at E3 however, that may not be the bad thing it was a year ago.
I don’t know why this is. Do I just own all the games Steam commonly puts up on these major sales? Maybe, I do have a lot of games, and Valve tends to recycle the games that come up on sale a lot it seems. Besides that however, I do see many games come up I do not own, and at very good prices. However, unlike years past I am not opening my wallet to remember the CVC number on my debit card on a near constant basis. I actually just checked my Steam history. The only two purchases I have made for this entire thing thus far has been Spelunky, and the soundtrack for Transistor, which I just bought. So really I have spent about seven dollars on the Steam Sale (I actually only paid 3.80 for the Transistor soundtrack due to me selling my spare Steam cards on the Marketplace), which is a paltry amount compared to seasonal sales past. So why am I not opening the wallet up, ready to fork piles of money over to Gabe’s waiting maw? I think the answer is that I have finally reached something of a critical mass when it comes to what I am allowing myself to purchase and own. Continue Reading