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Oh the troubles of a poor student gamer…

Tomb Raider and Gears of War: Judgment both came out these past few weeks and I have had no money to buy them. However, I did manage to save up to pre-order BioShock Infinite (I had an Amazon gift card to spend!), so that will be one new game I’ll be getting soon.

As for the other two games I had been anticipating, can anyone tell me (here or in a message): how are they?

Treyarch Annoyed At Campaign Only CoD Players

Hey, people should be allowed to play games however they want!

Let’s face it: Call of Duty has some really great campaigns, but the series is most famous for its multiplayer experience complete with a totally obnoxious online fanbase. I love playing both the campaign and multiplayer (and I can’t wait for Zombies!), but lately as I’ve been playing Modern Warfare 3’s multiplayer I’m starting to get sick of it all. Sure I pre-ordered the game just so I could get the Nuketown 2024 MP map (I loved Nuketown back in Black Ops - when they would have the 24/7 playlist, I was the happiest little gamer ever) and I know I will play it, but COD’s MP community is just getting to be too much to deal even while playing with friends.

Treyarch seems to have taken notice that I’m not the only person who feels this way, and many gamers are opting out of MP all together…and they don’t seem to be too happy about it. Understandable, considering they put a lot of work into it AND will lose a lot of money because more and more people won’t buy more MP maps. Here’s what game-design director David Vonderhaar had to say:

"As popular as COD is, there are a lot of people who don’t play multiplayer. And quite frankly, this bugs the s—- out of us. They should all play MP. And Combat Training helps us get there.”

The amazing thing about the new and improved Combat Training mode is that experience that you earn while you play is integrated into your MP career instead of it having its own separate leveling system (like the first Black Ops). Combat Training includes match types designed to train players in all aspects of COD’s MP, not just in learning how to blast down opponents. For instance, you can play objective-based matches with both human players and bots. This will help teach you how to perform well as a team, come up with strategies for multiple game types, and you can learn the maps.

So, perfect. This is a great addition. And does this fix why most people don’t want to play the MP?

Listen, experienced COD players know this - we have a very aggravating online community. Between cheap deaths from campers, being easily spawn killed, people who mod the hell out of the game…not to mention if you don’t mute everyone in the lobby, odds are someone is going to be screaming in your ear. I couldn’t believe how mature Battlefield 3’s lobbies were (first time I ever played a BF game) - hardly anyone yells and for the most part, people are playing fair and square. It is wonderful, even when I get my ass handed to me by some REALLY good players.

Maybe Treyarch should find a way to fix these issues, or maybe they should come out with some single-player DLCs to make some extra money. Who knows. What do you guys think?

(Source: oneofswords.com)

Mass Effect 3 DLC Allegations?

Fuming fans? Defensive developers? Seems like a bit too much drama for a DLC download that costs only $10. So what’s the scandalous story with Mass Effect 3’s latest downloadable content?

A fan claims that he has proof that the squad member unlocked in the From Ashes DLC was on the disc from the start. All you would have to do is change one line of code (this is the PC version, mind you) and voilà, you would have the DLC already there and playable. No need to download anything. You can check out his rant video on YouTube here. Is this true? Hard to say - I don’t know if this man is telling the truth, nor to do I know anything about coding.

What’s got people so angry is that Ea and BioWare had said that From Ashes was not worked on until after Mass Effect 3 was completed, so it would not be possible that it would be on the disc. However, if “lljkceski” (the YouTube account name of the fan) and his accusation are valid, then that would mean the companies lied. A bit disappointing since I’m a huge lover of their work, but again it is their word against some random guy - who really knows what the actual story is?

According to Game Informer, EA released an official statement in response to these allegations:

"From Ashes is a 600 MB+ download with all new content, including the mission on Eden Prime, new dialogue options and conversations with Javik, new cinematics, the Prothean weapon, and new appearances for all squad members. All of the above content was completed while the main game was in certification and are not available on the disc.
 
"As stated previously, in order to seamlessly integrate Javik into the core campaign, certain framework elements and character models needed to be put on disc. We did something similar with Zaeed and Kasumi in Mass Effect 2."

I honestly don’t care about spending a few extra dollars for a franchise that I love - I’m a fan of Mass Effect, and I want to support the companies. That’s why I got the N7 Collector’s Edition - I don’t mind shelling out a little more money for extra content that I think is worth it. And honestly, it is BioWare and EA’s business if they want to make some more money - cause in the end, that’s what they’re trying to do. Sure they want to make quality video games, but they also want to walk away with a lot of profit. Either you get the DLC or don’t, no point in really complaining about it from that standpoint.

However, I would understand that some fans may hate the possibility that they may have been lied to. That would really disappoint me, as well. Again though, it all boils down to the company making bank.

What do you guys think?

(Source: gameinformer.com)

To answer your question:

Spoiler warning: stop reading if you don’t want to know anything about the plot of Skyrim!

So anyway…

I got a few people asking me which side I’m going to choose in Skyrim, Imperial or Stormcloak. After a little debate in my head, I decided on…

*drum roll*

STORMCLOAKS!

Nah, jaykay!

IMPERIALS!

*GASP*

Yeah I know, siding with “the man.” Believe me I’m shocked myself, because from the start I thought I was going to side with the rebels. But after getting to know their cause a little better (and encountering Ulfric, who to me is an arrogant ass), I felt it wasn’t in the best interest of my character. I’m a High Elf for crying out loud, and the Stormcloaks are blatantly racist against my people. They make the poor Dark Elves live in the slums in Windhelm. I mean I get the whole conflict in the past, but Skyrim is still home to all who were raised there and migrated over, not just the Nords. Plus I’m pretty sure Ulfric just wants power in the end…

The Imperials aren’t perfect either and are definitely corrupt in their own way. I would even trust a Stormcloak’s word before them, but I can also see their view. Sure they’re a bit oppressive, but I think in the end they have a lot of good things to contribute. And for those of you that like using the argument, “Oh they were going to execute you in the beginning of the game!” that was one corrupt official who was obviously a jerk. You could see the other officers were hesitant to obey her order because it obviously broke protocol, but they couldn’t defy her.

If you really look at it, neither side is completely right. It isn’t easy to choose because it isn’t black and white - there is a huge element of gray area. Oh well, that’s that then.

In other news, just finished most of the Dark Brotherhood’s quests (crazy plot twist in that guild!) and I’m still in the process of choosing a husband (kind of leaning toward Vilkas - I have my outfit ready, stole it off of Vittoria Vici’s corpse. The Thieves Guild would be proud. XD) Still far from actually completing the storyline, but I’ll get there eventually. I play this game rather slow.

Question Time: Do you think the Kinect and the Move made much of an impact on gaming?

Game Informer does make a good point - there haven’t been very many good games available for either accessory (rated above an 8 by GI), and when given the option to use a regular controller vs. motion controlling, most people go the traditional route. On top of that, big title games such as BioShock Infinite and Mass Effect 3 will incorporate these controls into their games, but that’s not why people are excited for those games. So the question is: will the Kinect and the Move really make much of an impact on gaming, or is this just a fad? What have your experiences been with either?

Go!

Side note: I’m finally getting a Kinect for Christmas - yes, I caved. But I’m actually really excited to use it for some games, like for giving out commands to my squad in Mass Effect 3 verbally!

Another question, gamers:

I’m still not totally into Battlefield 3. I heard the campaign was pretty bad (but I haven’t tried it myself, so I don’t really know) and while I did try the beta and thought it was interesting, I wasn’t totally sold on it, you know? Maybe I’m letting the fact that I’m so used to the way Call of Duty runs I couldn’t get into BF right away, but I’m so willing to give it a chance.

Again, if I only I had some cash to buy it…

So tell me, gamers: What do you think of Battlefield 3?

I won’t ask who wins in the rivalry of MW3 vs. BF3 because MW3 JUST came out. I’ll give you guys a chance to digest both of them before opening up that argument. ;)

Noticed I lost 6 followers in 2 days…?

What’s up, guys? Y U LEAVE ME??? :’(

I’ll admit I’ve been a little on the lazy side when it comes to posting, but I’m doing the best I can since school has been killing me lately - the semester is coming to a close after all, and that’s when professors start loading on work. Plus my weekends have even been insanely busy, so I do apologize to everyone. <3

If its anything else, like stuff I’ve been posting on not being very good or whatever, please do tell me! I won’t bite, I’m open to suggestions! Please message me with ideas on what you want to see from me! Even drop by my ask box just to say hi, I enjoy those messages too. :)

I’ll start working on some new posts now since I don’t have much work tonight.

Thanks, gamers!

~ Gossip Gamer

Gearbox Says Duke Nukem Forever Wasn’t Reviewed Fairly

Gearbox co-founder Brian Martel is not happy about the not so warm reception Duke Nukem Forever received. In the game’s defense, Martel compared DNF’s style of game design to the original Half-Life, asking, “Would Half-Life today be reviewed as highly as it is, you know, even today? As a new IP coming out with the same sort of mechanics Half-Life had.”

That may be true, and I do think he has a bit of a point. However, there were so many things about the game that were just…wrong. I won’t get into it, but I want to ask you guys: do you think Duke Nukem Forever got a fair rating?

If you want to see Game Informer’s review, click here.

Halloween Q#3: The scariest boss you’ve ever faced in a video game?

Psycho Mantis vs. Pyramid Head. Piggsy vs. the Chainsaw Zombie. Big Daddies vs. Sovereign. The Red Queen vs. Giygas. There’s been plenty of difficult, freaky, and just plain strange video game bosses. Which one was the scariest or hardest boss you ever faced and why?

Dr. Steinman from BioShock freaked me out SO much. Just seeing him operating on a LIVE splicer just stuck with me. I just see this every time I picture him:

Also the first encounter with a Berserker in Gears of War scared me, too - before I even saw it! I just remember one soldier panicking and running away, and the Berserker heard him and just pummeled him to death…gah lol.

Then there’s ReDeads, Alma, Necromorphs, Scarecrow, Nemisis, Mingy Jongo, Zero Two, Andross…so many freaky villains… o.o

Halloween Q#2: What’s your favorite scary movie? ;)

Halloween 1 & 2 still scary the living daylights out of me (have to watch both of them together) - Michael Myers has got to be one of the most terrifying murderers out there, and you don’t even get to hear him speak or see his face. And the worst part? HE NEVER STOPS.

Share some of your favorites, could use some ideas on which to watch. :D

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