Archive for November, 2011
Available today is the latest game in the Anno series, Anno 2070. There’s been a few games in the series starting with Anno 1602, Anno 1503, Anno 1701, and Anno 1404. It’s a city-building RTS game set in the year 2070 (duh). Global warming has melted the Arctic ice cap, which has raised the global sea level so high that what used to be mountains are all that remains of land. It easily has the most comprehensive economic management system seen yet in the Anno series. For the longest time, the Anno games have been the best of the best in their genre, and Anno 2070 looks promising enough to carry on that tradition.
The game has two factions: The Eden Initiative (referred to as the ‘Ecos’) and The Global Trust (referred to as the ‘Tycoons’). Ecos are environmental and build sustainable cities but are inefficient and slow to expand. Tycoons are industrious and expand quickly but have problems with pollution and dwindling resources.
It seems like a fun game especially if you’re into the RTS type games. It’s available on Steam today for $49.99.
Zenimax has announced that Skyrim has shipped 7 million copies in the first week. They also mentioned that it is expected to generate more than $450 million in global retail sales.
With tens of thousands of fans lining up at retail outlets at midnight on 11/11/11 to purchase the game, Skyrim continued to record strong sales following its release. More than 50% of launch units were sold in the first 48 hours and Bethesda Softworks has been receiving large reorders from major retailers in the North America, and across Europe and Australia.
Online activity has been notable, with Steam reporting that in the first 24 hours of its release, Skyrim set a record with over 280,000 concurrent players, far outdistancing all other titles.
“We are grateful for the fans’ response to Skyrim,” said Robert Altman, Chairman and CEO of ZeniMax Media. “Todd Howard and his team at Bethesda Game Studios have crafted a very special game.
Anticipation for Skyrim has surpassed any game in our company’s history, and we are pleased that sales and reviews have reflected the quality and hours of amazing gameplay it provides.”
Todd Howard was pleased with the news and said that it’s their most ambitious project ever.
“Without a doubt, this has been our most ambitious project ever,” said Todd Howard, Game Director on Skyrim. “After over three years of development, we’re finally excited to get it into everyone’s hands.”
Yesterday a guy named Boomerjinks over on Reddit’s r/gaming section posted about how his Jurrasic Park Jeep look-a-like was being borrowed by Telltale. He then told everyone that Telltale had buggered up his buggy while they had it and sent it back to him and pretty much ignored his requests for help fixing it. This all painted Telltale in a pretty bad light and like the Internet hivemind tends to do, people flew off the handle pissed off at Telltale for destroying this guys pretty badass Jeep.
People flocked to Telltale’s Facebook page to leave nasty messages and threats to the company and how they’d “lost their sale” because of the way they handled this debacle (because how many of us actually knew there was a Jurassic Park game coming out today??).
Soon we find another thread reaching the frontpage of r/gaming by an ex-employee of Telltale that says she received multiple threats of assault and was even asked by one man if she knew what it was like to be raped. All of this based on one guy’s claims. Let it be known: she doesn’t even work there any more. Her information was easily available on Reddit due to her meet-ups and get-togethers she puts on. She got 83 phone calls (according to Google voice), 41 Facebook messages, and 19 emails in total. Freaking despicable.
Later last night the founder of Telltale, Kevin Bruner, stopped by and made a post that soon went fronpage on r/gaming explaining their side of the story. He explains that the Jeep was damaged on the way to Seattle, before anyone from Telltale ever saw or touched it. Telltale used the shipping company that the owner asked us to use. When it arrived we just saw an awesome, well loved, but also well used, Jeep. We had no way of knowing that anything had happened to the Jeep in transport, as it appeared in reasonable condition. He also said that he will be fast tracking getting the Jeep fixed by paying for it personally.
The guy is obviously a stand up guy and the company is a small one that cares about it’s customers and is about writing, acting and atmosphere and not about blowing shit up. I’m personally going to give the Jurassic Park game a close look now because of this circumstance and I urge all of you not to get so wound up over things and to put your pitchforks and torches in the back of the closet and keep them there.