If you haven’t been paying attention to any gaming news this week, here are some things that happened that may not have been covered already on the frontpage.
A lot is going on over at G4. It appears that the company is rebranding itself as a metrosexual travel channel of sorts and getting away from gaming. They’ve already dissolved the G4 network and it will be known as the Esquire Channel. The shit didn’t come full storm until Adam Sessler went public on Twitter asking for a reason behind his recent firing.
Aliens: Colonial Marines scored a 3/10 over on Eurogamer because of it’s utterly boring gameplay and terrible framerates and engine. Multiplayer modes are also boring save for one mode called Escape and Survivor which is sort of Left-4-dead-ish. It’s rare to see even boring games score so low… if it’s a sign of anything, it should be a sign that you shouldn’t buy it. Don’t tell that to the folks at EGM though who gave it a 9 out of 10. Take that with a grain of salt and try not to click on the huge advertisement for it in the background *coughpaidfor*
Minecraft is now available for your Raspberry Pi. It’s basically a watered down version of the mobile version. What do you expect for a $35 computer though? Did we mention that the game is free? Personally this looks like a whole lot of fun and should be able to put Minecraft into a lot of hands across the globe that didn’t have access to anything other than small inexpensive computers like the Pi. Check it out at pi.minecraft.net.
If you were a fan of the keychain Tamagotchi games when you were a kid (looking at you 90′s kids), then you’ll be excited to know that Bandai is releasing an Android and iOS game based on the Tamagotchi. It will even feature a “retro mode” that offers gameplay very similar to the original. The release date is “soon”.
Wildman, an action RPG by Gas Powered Games was a highly anticipated game on Kickstarter that had reached about half of it’s lofty million dollar goal. GPG has since canned the kickstarter and it seems from the obscure wording that they’ve found funding elsewhere. Here’s to hoping they have!
Tiy, the lead developer of Starbound, has announced that you will be able to stream directly to Twitch.tv from within Starbound. That’s great news for people who stream a lot and a great way to get word out about Starbound once it’s released. There are loads of people who make decisions of whether or not to buy a game based on livestreams or lets-play videos and for every single person with Starbound to have the ability to stream it, can only go well for Tiy and the team.
In similar news, Chucklefish the publisher of Starbound, is also publishing a game called Stardew Valley which will be a must-have for any fans of the Harvest Moon game for the Super Nintendo.
From now until February 25th World of Warcraft will be 50% off. The Battlechest is now $5, Cataclysm expansion is now $10, and the latest Mists of Pandaria expansion is only $20. Grab yourself a copy or grab a copy for your friend for that recruit-a-friend bonus!
Love is in the air again on Azeroth and this time Apothecary Hummel has brought some really nice ilevel 480 necklaces with him. There’s one for every class/spec so unless you’ve picked up something better in a raid or from a rep, you’ll definitely want a shot at him. Once a day you’ll receive a satchel that has a chance to contain the Big Love Rocket, but the necklaces drop from Hummel himself so you can queue as many times as you’d like. Make it quick as you’ve only got two weeks to do it!