411 Games Fact or Fiction 08.28.12: GTA V, Diablo 3, Ubisoft, and More
Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s edition of Fact or Fiction. I’m Daniel Anderson, and I hope everyone had a good week. This week is a big week for football fans. College games start on Thursday and then we are into our weekly dose of football until the Super Bowl. Anyway, this week we have 411’s Stephen Randle going up against Todd Vote. Let’s see what they had to say.
1.) You agree with Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot that 93% to 95% of Ubisoft games are pirated on the PC.
Stephen Randle – Fiction: I’m a little unclear on the language he used, though. If he’s saying that 93-95% of their library has been pirated at least once, then that’s a no-brainer, and probably more likely 100%. If he’s saying that nearly all of the people who have their games on the PC have a pirate version, which I believe is what he’s actually trying to say, then that’s 100% bullshit. I’m sure that Ubisoft’s piracy numbers are higher than the average company simply because they’ve been so confrontational about the whole issue, and doing so has motivated pirates to focus on their games because that’s what happens. But if the percentage of legitimate-pirated PC games was that high, why in the hell would they even bother continuing to release PC versions of their games, given that most of their PC library is late ports of their console games anyway?
Todd Vote – Fact: He would know, wouldn’t he? Can they track pirated copies of the game, or is this just a number he throws out there to cover for bad sales? That number does seem a bit high, though I suppose. Surely nobody wants to pirate the Grey’s Anatomy, or James Cameron’s Avatar, could they? Anyways. They have people who research this stuff, so I see no reason not to take Ubisoft’s word for it.
Score: 0 for 1 - I would not be surprised at all to hear that Ubisoft‘s CEO is making up the 93-95% number of pirated games. If 93-95% of Ubisoft games online are pirated then, like Randle says, why even bother with making PC ports of their games? I would like to see some documentation of that number before I believe it given the source.
2.) You are sad to hear that Nintendo Power will be ending.
Stephen Randle – Fact: Magazines are pretty much a dying industry so this was inevitable, but I did always have a soft spot for Nintendo Power, if only because their status as Nintendo’s official magazine meant that their coverage often included (at least in the old days) full, detailed walkthroughs for their games, which was invaluable back in the days of the original Nintendo where it was a choice between “read a walkthrough” (and remember, this was pre-Internet, so it was magazines or nothing) or “die a whole lot”. Plus, I’m just old-school and I love magazines, so every time one that I used to read goes under, I feel a little older.
Todd Vote – Fact: Indeed, a sad day for all. But at the same time not really surprising. I’m sure most gamers, like myself, just look online when they are in need of a quick tip or hint to get past a certain area. The same really goes for new game news and updates, along with screens, videos, and everything else you can watch about the developments of the games.
Score: 1 for 2 - I was sad to hear this. Nintendo Power was what let me beat Battletoads one weekend. I learned the placement of obstacles from their maps and was able to beat all of the jet ski type levels. I feel just like I did watch the second Transformers movie, a part of my childhood just died.
3.) Diablo 3‘s Paragon update will answer some of the endgame content complaints for Diablo 3.
Stephen Randle – Fact: It will answer some, but for people like me, it’s way too late because I’ve moved on and don’t plan to return, which is something I never thought would happen when I anticipated Diablo 3. The real question is, if they had an idea like this all ready in their back pocket, why didn’t they put it in at release? A child could have figured out that the initial game needed more end-game content. And if they didn’t have this idea planned out and this was a quick, “Oh shit, we’ve got to have more end-game content before everyone leaves”, then what are the chances that it’s a slapdash system that doesn’t get fully implemented for months at the very least? Blizzard may have impeccable standards for putting out a finished product at release, but ask any WoW player about the early days of the PVP system and see how confident you are in the Paragon system afterwards.
Todd Vote – Cannot Answer: Take it away, Quizmaster. (Can’t answer, haven’t ever played Diablo.).
Score: 1 for 3 - I counted this as disagreeing even though Todd didn‘t answer. My main issue with Diablo 3 is that a lot of people were expecting it to have WoW levels of support and add-ons for a free game. This system will let people who keep playing the game have something to shoot for. I think the revamp of items, and item drops, will draw more people back in.
4.) Rockstar is making a mistake not releasing a release date for GTA V and instead only releasing new screens.
Todd Vote – Fiction: Why is that a mistake? If the release date is not known yet, what is wrong with giving a few screens and building anticipation? The screens look amazing, and I can’t wait for the game to release, but they will announce a release date, when the game is ready. I trust in Rockstar. Other than that crappy table tennis game, they have never really led me in the wrong direction. They know exactly what they are doing when it comes to GTA.
Stephen Randle – Fiction: Why would they bother? They could announce the release date as “Oh yeah, it’ll be out tomorrow” and still sell a hojillion copies. People don’t need to be hyped up for GTA V, they’re going to buy it anyway. Plus, I’m reasonably sure that as we get closer to release, they will actually announce the date with enough time for people to get their pre-orders in. Also, by not announcing a release date, they can focus on getting the game done without the massive external pressure of a fan base screaming “You said it would be out by this date!” Like I said in the previous question, the one thing Blizzard has always done right is have release dates of “When it’s done”, and people have always been okay with that.
Score: 2 for 4 - I can‘t help but think that teasing big news and just releasing more screenshots will burn out people on GTA V. Not saying it is at that point yet, but it can happen.
5.) You think WWE ‘13 should have focused more on gameplay issues instead of just having a large Attitude Era roster.
Todd Vote – Fact: Though I am extremely interested in the Attitude Era roster, as well as the story mode, it just seems like another band aid on a wound that is tearing open a bit more each year. WWE ’12 was a step in the right direction with the introduction of the Predator Engine, and reanimating a lot of the moves, but the gameplay is still in need of an overhaul. Something to make it fresh.
Stephen Randle – Fact: Now, at this point we don’t know that they haven’t actually paid attention to those issues, but the fact that they’re basically only promoting the massive roster is slightly worrying, given how many valid problems there were with last year’s release. I mean, it’s working out great for them because everyone’s all thrilled about the Attitude Era guys being included, but there’s still a voice in the back of my head saying “It’s the same game with a roster update! Madden Syndrome alert! Madden Syndrome alert!”
Score: 3 for 5 - Sadly, like Madden, this game will sell really well without addressing any real problems.
6.) You will play Plants vs. Zombies 2 when it comes out next spring.
Todd Vote – Fiction: Not my type of puzzle game. I’m more of a Splatters, Tetris type of a guy. I do appreciate a good puzzle game, but Plants vs. Zombies just doesn’t appeal to me all that much.
Stephen Randle – Fiction: Ahem:
I do not like tower defense games.
I think that they are all the same.
I will not play one involving plants.
I would not play one with my aunts.
For this type of game I have no time.
I spent more effort on this rhyme.
I’d rather eat a can of Spam.
I do not like them, Sam I Am.
Thank you, I’m here all week..
Score: 4 for 6 - I am looking forward to this. Plants vs. Zombies is a good way to pass time and a sequel will probably be great. Only time will tell though.
Bonus Question: What is one sequel for an existing game that you are looking forward to and why?
Todd Vote – An existing game, that a sequel is on the way for, or a sequel I am hopeful for? Screw it, I’ll do both. Resident Evil 6 is just months away, and I am very much looking forward to that game. I can’t wait to play it. As far as a sequel I wish we could get? Well duh, Killer Instinct. Get on it Rare, or I will sick Salms on you.
Stephen Randle – Screw sequels, I’m more hyped for The Last of Us and Watch Dogs. But if I must play by your rules, I’ll saying I’m waiting for Square Enix to give up on the whole Final Fantasy XIII and XIV debacles and maybe give us a return to quality with FFXV. A man can dream, after all.
That wraps up this week’s edition of Fact or Fiction. Stephen and Todd went 4 for 6 this week. Thanks for reading and I hope to see everyone next week same time and place. Until next week, happy gaming.