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Lgndary Thoughts - When is it okay to be angry with a developer?


Another Friday, another thought! I decided to go with a a heavier topic today, but I did my best to keep it short so it would be a chore to read. Welcome to Lgndary Thoughts!

I had the idea for this Thought a few months ago. Paragon, Epic’s MOBA title, had launched. A highly anticipated update that drastically changed how people played the game. Unfortunately, Epic did not prepare for the influx in players, and the servers promptly crashed and were down for almost the entire day. As you might expect, a lot of people became very angry when they couldn’t play their favorite game. Some of them had even taken the day off of work to play the update. 

At the same time, many other fans of Paragon were arguing that no one had anything to be upset about, as it was “just a game” and non of it mattered in the grand scheme of things. They even pointed to the fact that Paragon is technically free to play, and that nobody can get upset when Epic is providing the game at no cost upfront. 

So is it okay to get upset at developers in situations like these? I can only offer my personal opinion, but I believe that gamers absolutely have the right to be angry or disappointed in a game. There is, or course, a limit to that. People sending death threats and the like have no place in any sort of discussion. But overall, I not only believe gamers have a right to be angry, I also believe it is important that they express that anger. Just as long as it is done in a respectful way. 

This is even true for free to play games. For starters, many people spend hundreds of dollars playing these games. Just because they didn’t “have” to spend any money to play doesn’t make their purchase any less valid. And second, imagine a friend of yours promises to help you move one day, but then they don’t show up. Are you not going to be mad at them just because they were going to do it for free? Of course not! They made a promise to you, and they should keep that whether an exchange of cash happened or not. The same should hold true for video games as well. 

But like I said, this is just my personal opinion. So now its time for you to tell me what you think. Do gamers have a right to be upset when a developer makes a poor decision, or acts out of greed? Or should all of it be ignored since “it’s just video games”? Be sure to let me know in the comments below. And be sure to have a great weekend everyone!

Final Fantasy XV: Comrades Expansion Delayed


Trademark for Horizon: Zero Dawn The Frozen Wilds Suspended


The trademark for Horizon: Zero Dawn's upcoming DLC, The Frozen Wilds, has been suspended. Huuuge Global Limited, the makers of the Frozen Wild mobile game, are arguing that consumers may get confused due to the similarity in the names. You can read the suspension notice here:

The trademark examining attorney is suspending action on the application for the reason(s) stated below. See 37 C.F.R. §2.67; TMEP §§716 et seq. 

The effective filing date of the pending application(s) identified below precedes the filing date of applicant’s application. If the mark in the referenced application(s) registers, applicant’s mark may be refused registration under Section 2(d) because of a likelihood of confusion with that registered mark(s). See 15 U.S.C. §1052(d); 37 C.F.R. §2.83; TMEP §§1208 et seq. Therefore, action on this application is suspended until the earlier-filed referenced application(s) is either registered or abandoned. 37 C.F.R. §2.83(c).


I personally wouldn't be worried, however, as the suspension actually happened in September and Sony has not backed down in the marketing for The Frozen Wilds. And if they are not worried, I don't think we should be.

Media Create Software Sales


  1. [PS4] Middle-earth: Shadow of War <RPG> (Warner Entertainment Japan) {2017.10.12} (¥7.800) - 20.144 / NEW 
  2. [NSW] Splatoon 2 # <ACT> (Nintendo) {2017.07.21} (¥5.980) - 19.622 / 1.232.523 (-12%)
  3. [NSW] Mario Kart 8 Deluxe <RCE> (Nintendo) {2017.04.28} (¥5.980) - 13.321 / 747.454 (-1%)
  4. [3DS] Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga + Bowser's Minions <RPG> (Nintendo) {2017.10.05} (¥4.980) - 12.215 / 38.003 (-53%)
  5. [NSW] Pokken Tournament DX <FTG> (Pokemon Co.) {2017.09.22} (¥5.980) - 8.367 / 97.135 (-29%)
  6. [PS4] Lost Sphear <RPG> (Square Enix) {2017.10.12} (¥5.800) - 7.363 / NEW 
  7. [PS4] FIFA 18 # <SPT> (Electronic Arts) {2017.09.29} (¥7.800) - 6.703 / 75.791 (-49%)
  8. [NSW] The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild # <ADV> (Nintendo) {2017.03.03} (¥6.980) - 6.088 / 610.953 (-2%)
  9. [NSW] Lost Sphear <RPG> (Square Enix) {2017.10.12} (¥5.800) - 5.770 / NEW 
  10. [PS4] No Heroes Allowed! VR |PlayStation VR| <SLG> (Sony Interactive Entertainment) {2017.10.14} (¥4.900) - 5.462 / NEW 
  11. [PS4] The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III # <RPG> (Nihon Falcom) {2017.09.28} (¥7.800) - 5.457 / 105.298 (-57%)
  12. [PS4] Winning Eleven 2018 <SPT> (Konami) {2017.09.14} (¥7.600) - 4.307 / 102.018 (-31%)
  13. [PS4] Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 <ACT> (Ubisoft) {2017.10.05} (¥7.980) - 4.093 / 14.919 (-62%)
  14. [NSW] Fire Emblem Warriors # <ACT> (Koei Tecmo) {2017.09.28} (¥7.800) - 4.016 / 53.531 (-50%)
  15. [NSW] Monster Hunter Double Cross: Nintendo Switch Ver. # <ACT> (Capcom) {2017.08.25} (¥5.800) - 3.966 / 155.634 (-17%)
  16. [3DS] The Snack World: TreJarers <RPG> (Level 5) {2017.08.10} (¥4.800) - 3.939 / 180.898 (-5%)
  17. [NSW] Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 for Nintendo Switch <FTG> (Bandai Namco Games) {2017.09.07} (¥6.800) - 3.815 / 44.239 (-12%)
  18. [3DS] Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age # <RPG> (Square Enix) {2017.07.29} (¥5.980) - 3.659 / 1.741.582 (-16%)
  19. [3DS] Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo <ETC> (Nintendo) {2016.11.23} (¥2.700) - 3.497 / 253.665 
  20. [PSV] Yoshiwara Higanbana Kuon no Chigiri <ADV> (Prototype) {2017.10.12} (¥6.400) - 3.396 / NEW 

Visceral Games Has Shut Down


EA has announced that they are shutting down Visceral Games, the studio best known for the Dead Space series.

They also announced that the Star Wars game that Visceral had previously been working on will move to EA Vancouver. You can read Patrick Soderlund's statement here:

Our Visceral studio has been developing an action-adventure title set in the Star Wars universe. In its current form, it was shaping up to be a story-based, linear adventure game. Throughout the development process, we have been testing the game concept with players, listening to the feedback about what and how they want to play, and closely tracking fundamental shifts in the marketplace. It has become clear that to deliver an experience that players will want to come back to and enjoy for a long time to come, we needed to pivot the design. We will maintain the stunning visuals, authenticity in the Star Wars universe, and focus on bringing a Star Wars story to life. Importantly, we are shifting the game to be a broader experience that allows for more variety and player agency, leaning into the capabilities of our Frostbite engine and reimagining central elements of the game to give players a Star Wars adventure of greater depth and breadth to explore.

This move leads to a few other changes:

A development team from across EA Worldwide Studios will take over development of this game, led by a team from EA Vancouver that has already been working on the project. Our Visceral studio will be ramping down and closing, and we’re in the midst of shifting as many of the team as possible to other projects and teams at EA.

Lastly, while we had originally expected this game to launch late in our fiscal year 2019, we’re now looking at a new timeframe that we will announce in the future.


PAL Charts - Week 41


UK:

  1. Fifa 18 (Electronic Arts)
  2. Middle-Earth: Shadow Of War (Warner Bros. Interactive)
  3. The Evil Within 2 (Bethesda Softworks)
  4. Forza Motorsport 7 (Microsoft)
  5. Forza Horizon 3 (Microsoft)

Germany:

  1. Fifa 18 (Electronic Arts)
  2. Destiny 2 (Activision Blizzard)
  3. Nba 2K18 (Take 2)
  4. Grand Theft Auto V (Take 2)
  5. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (Sony Computer Ent.)

Spain:

  1. Fifa 18 (Electronic Arts)
  2. Fifa 18 - Ronaldo Edition (Electronic Arts)
  3. Destiny 2 (Activision Blizzard)
  4. Pro Evolution Soccer 2018 (Konami)
  5. Nba 2K18 (Take 2)

Greece:

  1. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (Sony Computer Ent.)
  2. Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy (Activision Blizzard)
  3. Grand Theft Auto V (Take 2)
  4. Fifa 17 (Electronic Arts)
  5. Minecraft: Playstation Edition (Sony Computer Ent.)

Lgndary Thoughts - October's PS Plus Lineup


Another Friday, another Thought. This week I would like to, finally, talk about this month’s PS Plus games. I usually try to have a discussion the week they get announced, but I was busy writing my review for The Solus Project and had to delay it until now. But better late than never! I'm also going to try and keep things short this week, so be sure to give it a read. Welcome to Lgndary Thoughts!

For those that still haven’t seen it, here is the PS Plus lineup for October:

  • Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, PS4
  • Amnesia Collection, PS4
  • Monster Jam Battlegrounds, PS3
  • Hustle Kings, PS3
  • Hue, PS Vita (Cross Buy with PS4)
  • Sky Force Anniversary, PS Vita (Cross Buy with PS4 & PS3)

What a lineup! This is easily the best PS Plus offering in a long time, especially when you look at the two PS4 games. The past several months have been better than usual, but they usually only offered one big title accompanied by less exciting games. This month, however, we get two (technically more, since it is a collection) great games. 

Metal Gear Solid V, while not what a lot of people were hoping for, is a solid (pun intended) title that offers so much in its gameplay possibilities. 

And the Amnesia collection, which includes The Dark Descent, Justine and A Machine For Pigs, are easily some of the most highly regarded horror games in years. Pretty smart for Sony to grab these in October as well.

The other games, like usual, are mostly unexciting and not really worth discussing. Instead, I would like to talk about PS Plus as a whole. This is now the 3rd month in a row that a AAA game has been in the lineup ( Just Cause 3, Infamous: Second Son, and now Metal Gear Solid V). With each month, it seems more and more likely that Sony is taking PS Plus more seriously, and offering much better games. I'm still not ready to fully trust that Sony is planning on keeping this trend up, but things are certainly looking good.

What do you think of this month's lineup? Be sure to let me know in the comments below!

NOTE: You will notice that I did not put up a poll like I usually do for PS Plus lineup posts. I decided against it in hopes that people will opt to have an actual discussion in the comments instead of just voting and moving on. So don't forget to leave a comment. Even if it is just to tell me that you prefer the polls. Thanks everyone!

Next Week's Playstation Releases


Here is everything launching on Playstation systems next week!

  • Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden - PS4
  • Bokosuka Wars II - PS4
  • Chaos;Child - PS4, PS Vita
  • Dungeons 3 - PS4
  • Elex - PS4
  • Gran Turismo Sport - PS4
  • Hex: Card Clash - PS4
  • The Jackbox Party Pack 4 - PS4
  • Megaton Rainfull - PS VR
  • No Heroes Allowed! VR - PS VR
  • Real Farm - PS4
  • Realms of Arkania: Blade of Destiny - PS4
  • Rouge Trooper Redux - PS4
  • South Park: The Fractured But Whole - PS4
  • Spiral Splatter - PS4, PS Vita
  • Summon Night 6: Lost Borders
  • WWE 2K18 - PS4

PEGI agrees with the ESRB regarding loot boxes


The European equivalent to the ESRB has made a statement regarding loot boxes, and whether they qualify as gambling or not. As you may have guessed, they agree with the ESRB, and for the same reasons. You can read what they had to say here:

"Loot crates are currently not considered gambling: you always get something when you purchase them, even if it's not what you hoped for. For that reason, a loot crate system does not trigger the gambling content descriptor."

The ESRB won't classify loot boxes as gambling


Due to the ridiculous nature of loot boxes in many recently released titles, some fans have asked the ESRB to do something about it. Namely, to classify loot boxes as gambling. Unfortunately, that doesn't seem like it is going to happen. Here is what a representative had to say when asked:

“ESRB does not consider loot boxes to be gambling. While there’s an element of chance in these mechanics, the player is always guaranteed to receive in-game content (even if the player unfortunately receives something they don’t want). We think of it as a similar principle to collectible card games: Sometimes you’ll open a pack and get a brand new holographic card you’ve had your eye on for a while. But other times you’ll end up with a pack of cards you already have.”

While calling them gambling may not be the solution, something needs to happen. Loot boxes in single player games are unacceptable, and shouldn't even be an option for developers going forward.