411 Games Fact or Fiction 12.27.12: THQ, Mega Man, Bioshock Infinite and More
Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s edition of Fact or Fiction. As always, I am Daniel Anderson, and I hope everyone has had a good week and had a good Christmas. Just a small note, I sent the questions for this edition out last week right after posting last week’s article. If I didn’t do it that soon (and post this the Thursday before Christmas) I wouldn’t have been able to get this in on time since I am traveling all next week. If any major news stories broke between last Wednesday and today, it will probably get covered next week. Anyway, this week we have 411’s Adam Larck going up against Dan Watson (who both were kind enough to answer these questions on very short notice). Let’s see what they have to say, shall we?
1.) THQ declaring bankruptcy was a surprise.
Dan Watson – Fact: I honestly thought they would survive until 2013 without having to fold. I am surprised with how they are doing it as well. This isn’t a Midway type deal, this is an opportunity for them to pay their debts, get rid of their concerns, but not lay off anyone as of now. There are some interesting issues that could arrise out of this, like what happens to WWE, what about Saints Row, and will we see an old franchise like Red Faction make a return. Not to mention the unnamed titles being outted in this whole deal.
Adam Larck – Fiction: Unfortunately, the writing was on the walls. THQ has been struggling since the uDraw failed tremendously for them, and no amount of good games seemed to be helping them. You knew it was getting bad when THQ put up quite a few games in a Humble Bundle a few weeks ago. Hopefully, the studios can find new owners and THQ can restructure before they go completely out of existence.
Score: 0 for 1 - I think most people expected the bankruptcy to happen later down the road. Hopefully this allows THQ to reform and continue on as a company, although it will all depend on what happens to their major franchises.
2.) You would consider checking out The Old Republic’s expansion next spring.
Dan Watson – Fiction: I am not a big PC gamer and not really interested in the Old Republic to start out with. I have yet to download the free version even though a buddy keeps hassling me to do so. I will check that version out, but not the expansion as of now. I would much rather a PC MMO be brought to a console without charge but that is also highly doubtful.
Adam Larck – Fact: It may actually get me to play the game more. I downloaded it when it went free to play, but played maybe a few hours and just never have gotten back into it. With a new expansion, I may be interested to get back in and see more of the story the game has to offer. It just depends on what other games are out at the time.
Score: 0 for 2 - The Old Republic has lost me as a player. Most MMO’s (DCU Online for example) has me interested in coming back and checking it out when they release new content, but, for several reasons, I just have no desire to check out The Old Republic’s expansion.
3.) You would be interested in getting a Mega Man 1-6 for the 3DS.
Dan Watson – Fiction: I am going to take a beating on this but I was never a huge Mega Man fan. I don’t understand how this series has survived for so long. Clearly the fan base is there but why is it there? What is the appeal of this series to people? Someone in the comments section try to explain this to me. In all seriousness, I just don’t get it and would love to hear someone who does like the series give a honest, non-hateful, thought to me on that. The reason I do not care for it is that the story never really interested me.
Adam Larck – Fiction: As I’ve said before, I’m not a huge Mega Man fan. There are way too many games out there to keep me from being interested in picking up some older titles. I’m sure this interests a lot of fans, but count me out here..
Score: 1 for 3 - I am willing to give the explanation a shot. I think for most people it is nostalgia. Mega Man was a NES game that stood above the crowd at the time for difficulty and good controls. The story was never great (few NES game had stories that were really), but the gameplay made up for it. Sadly Mega Man did not transfer well to the SNES and a lot of people didn’t get to play the good NES games, and the series started losing popularity.
4.) The Steam/War Z incident is going to end up hurting the reputation of both products.
Adam Larck – Fiction: Only because you stated it would damage both products. Steam will come out of this fine. After all, they pulled the game to re-evaluate after complaints and are looking into the forum complaints. However, War Z and its developer will have an uphill struggle getting back into the good graces of fans. Whether it was the misleading statements on the Steam description, forum bans or game itself, players aren’t happy, and the developer did nothing to try and help the situation.
Dan Watson – Fact: This hurts Steam just as much as anyone else. Why would the company not follow up on concerns about the description being off base or other problems. Steam should have been set to go and also they should know who they employ and how that affects the community and forums. I cannot sell insurance for one company and then at the same time work as a repair shop that I send all my business to.
Score: 1 for 4 - I think Steam will take more of a hit then people think. This incident will put the idea in people’s minds that they could be getting an incomplete game. Doubt will hurt Steam eventually.
5.) You enjoyed the first 5 minutes of Bioshock Infinite.
Adam Larck – Fact: It reminded me of the first game, and that’s not bad at all. The intro intrigues me, and there’s a lot of signs and things in the lighthouse I want to look at closer. I can’t wait to check this game out in March and explore the lighthouse and the rest of the world.
Dan Watson – Fact: It definitely has me intrigued in the game. Hopefully we will see it on time with its current projection date to be released. The series has been a major success and I would like to see more games come out similar to this. The idea of a darker civilization with so much going on buried within current society is interesting enough.
Score: 2 for 5 - I enjoyed the video, but I am still holding back on my excitement until I know for sure the game will make its new release date.
6.) People are overreacting to the Bioshock Infinite cover.
Adam Larck – Fact: It’s just a cover. Irrational Games is giving an alternate cover, which is nice, along with plenty of others you can download and print out for your game as well. Sure, it may not be as interesting as the cover of the first game, but it’s just a cover. As long as the game inside is great, who cares?
Dan Watson – Fact: Its a cover for a video game. It isn’t like its Madden’s cover and it is going to affect real life. This is about a game and has won’t change anything. There are plenty of game covers that look terrible or boring or just plain ridiculous.
Score: 3 for 6 - I can’t believe so many people complained about the game cover. It just seems like some people making something out of nothing.
Bonus Question: As a late Christmas gift feel free to talk about whatever you want.
Adam Larck – If you haven’t checked it out yet, why not pick up the latest Humble Bundle? It comes with a movie, Binding of Isaac and expansion, Dungeon Defenders and DLC, Legend of Grimrock and more. It’s a great bundle that anyone that plays PC games should check out.
Dan Watson – By the time this goes live, I better be sitting in New Orleans, LA. I’ve never been before but I am picturing great food, tons of drinks, and watching the Carolina Panthers pummel the New Orleans Saints. It’s been a good solid year. I wish everyone a safe, happy, and prosperous 2013. Hopefully we can hold off on new consoles until 2014 and this is the year of one last awesome run of the current gen.
That wraps up this week’s edition of Fact or Fiction. Adam and Dan went 3 for 6 agreeing as much as disagreeing. I hope everyone has a good week, and until next week, happy gaming.