PIXEL COUNT: Video Game News Roundup for November 28th, 2011

A game news article


Happy Cyber Monday, all! I know I've been absent for a week. The Wednesday post fell when I was stuck at work for far too long. I planned on posting "A Very Special Thanksgiving" edition, but Drupal crashed as I was posting it and I needed to run to my day job because I was posting it as under the wire as one could post it. As for Friday, also stuck at work. That's the trouble with working retail during the holidays: every once in a while, you no longer have "a while" to do anything.


But, we're back! I hope you all grabbed a few games during Black Friday, Steam's Autumn Sale and Cyber Monday, but I'd like to take some time to thank you all for your continued readership and welcome you once again to Comics Bulletin's very own video game news roundup that we all like to call...











Skyrim 1.2 Update Reaches PS3 and Out for PC and Xbox 360 This Week!

Bethesda has just begun rolling out the new update to the game that is currently stealing all of our lives right out from under us: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The new 1.2 patch will fix a lot of the issues that many have been harping on since the game's release.


The release is currently available to all PS3 gamers and will be out for Xbox 360 and PC this Wednesday (11/30/2011)!


Here are Bethesda's notes on the release:


UPDATE 1.2 NOTES (all platforms unless specified)

  • Improved occasional performance issues resulting from long term play (PlayStation 3)

  • Fixed issue where textures would not properly upgrade when installed to drive (Xbox 360)

  • Fixed crash on startup when audio is set to sample rate other than 44100Hz (PC)

  • Fixed issue where projectiles did not properly fade away

  • Fixed occasional issue where a guest would arrive to the player’s wedding dead

  • Dragon corpses now clean up properly

  • Fixed rare issue where dragons would not attack

  • Fixed rare NPC sleeping animation bug

  • Fixed rare issue with dead corpses being cleared up prematurely

  • Skeleton Key will now work properly if player has no lockpicks in their inventory

  • Fixed rare issue with renaming enchanted weapons and armor

  • Fixed rare issue with dragons not properly giving souls after death

  • ESC button can now be used to exit menus (PC)

  • Fixed occasional mouse sensitivity issues (PC)

  • General functionality fixes related to remapping buttons and controls (PC)


I don't know about you but I am just in love with the wording on some of these fixes. My personal favorite: "Fixed occasional issue where a guest would arrive to the player’s wedding dead". That's just brilliant! I'm almost sad that I have yet to get married in the game. I would love for a zombie buddy to make an appearance. Frankly, that's true friendship in the best way...


(bit from Bethesda Blog)



Skyward Sword Deemed Fastest-Selling Zelda Game of All Time!

Nintendo has just revealed that The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword has sold over 535,000 copies in the United States since its launch on November 20. This makes Skyward Sword the fastest-selling Zelda title in the franchise's history!


The numbers are said to have been made possible thanks to strong Black Friday sales, where 500,000 Wii systems were sold.


I hope you all are enjoying the title! If you did pick it up, let us know your impressions in the comments.


(bit from IGN)



LEGO Batman 2 to Feature DC Superheroes (other than the Batman)!

BrickTuts has found an image for the sequel to the 2008 hit, LEGO Batman. According to the image, the game will be titled LEGO Batman 2: DC Superheroes! If the image is any indication, we will be seeing Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern joining the Dark (Brick) Knight.


If you are a fan of Traveller's Tales' building brick titles, then this should make you all the more excited for next year's game to hit!


(bit from BrickTut)


LA Noire Creator's Next Title to be Called Whore of the Orient

The writer/director of one of this year's surprise hits -- LA Noire -- has sold a new game to KNM, which is making the upcoming tie-in game for Mad Max: Fury Road and developed the Happy Feet films and games. Brendan McNamara -- whose Team Bondi studio folded earlier this year -- has brought his new game over to KNM and revealed the title to be Whore of the Orient.


Now, this game could be about any number of things. The term "whore of the Orient" once referred to the city of Shanghai. It could be a game that takes place in China's great city. Or, Cole Phelps could have hit some rough times and has taken to China's population of sex workers to feel better about himself.


Either way, I'm down!


Also, I do not know why I thought it funny to include an image of Battlestar Galactica's Grace Park to this story. I'm fairly certain that she is not Chinese. That said, I needed an image of a sexy Asian and she popped into my head. On another note, do not type in "Asian whore" into Google Images.


(bit from VideoGamer)



Gabe Newell: Piracy "non-issue" for Valve and Steam


In a recent interview with a Cambridge student, managing director of Valve and man-with-a-mouth-that-just-won't-quit Gabe Newell says that piracy is a "non-issue" for Valve's Steam platform and that piracy is not driven by prices, but by availability and service.


Newell says:


"For example, if a pirate offers a product anywhere in the world, 24/7, purchasable from the convenience of your personal computer, and the legal provider says the product is region-locked, will come to your country 3 months after the US release, and can only be purchased at a brick and mortar store, then the pirate's service is more valuable. ... Our goal is to create greater service value than pirates, and this has been successful enough for us that piracy is basically a non-issue for our company. For example, prior to entering the Russian market, we were told that Russia was a waste of time because everyone would pirate our products. Russia is now about to become our largest market in Europe."


While Newell has been known to eat his words a number of times, he has also been right a bit much. If there is one thing that publishers have hated in recent years, it is the success of Steam. EA even took their games off the platform to launch a similar service, Origin.


I personally love Steam as a platform! The fact that I have changed computers a number of time in recent years, but still have Half-Life 2, Team Fortress 2, and Half-Lfe: Blue Shift (yeah, I bought that game) on my current system is something that I feel Valve has done right. Even digitally, I feel as if I own my content. That is something I cannot say in regards to my Xbox LIVE Arcade and PSN games.


(bit from GamesIndustry.biz)



Sonic Advance on Android Devices in Japan

In 2001, back when Sonic the Hedgehog was still trying to find himself in the 3D landscape, Sega released Sonic Advance on the Game Boy Advance platform. And, much to our surprise, it was AWESOME! Sonic back to his 2D roots in a game that made us feel that the little hedgehog still had his days ahead of him. It was what Sonic Generations is today, but ten years ago.


Now, Sega has re-released the game in the Android Marketplace for 415 yen. There have been no announced plans to release the title in any other territory outside the land of the rising sun. But we can hope...



(bit from Siliconera)



The Next Kinect Will Be Able to Read Lips? [Couldn't HAL do that?!]

Eurogamer reports that the Kinect 2, which will be bundled with the next Xbox console, will be so detailed that it will be able to read the users lips. Let us pause for a minute to think of the ramifications of such an enterprise.



OK, back to the rest of this story.


Development sources have reported that the Kinect 2 will be so powerful (not a word I want to hear in regards to this device) that it can track pitch and volume of the players' voices and read facial characteristics to detect when players are angry, scared, etc.


I do not know if you have all seen 2001: A Space Odyssey, but this cannot turn out good for the rest of us...


(bit from Eurogamer)



Nintendo Giving Victini to Pokemon Gamers Next Month

When Pokemon Black and White were released earlier this year, gamers were able to download the Pokemon Victini into their game as an early-adopting bonus. Well, those of you who picked the title up a bit late are getting your shot to get him this weekend!


In honor of the release of the new film -- Pokemon the Movie: White - Victini and Zekrom -- Pokemon Black and Pokemon White players will be able to download a level 50 Victini via Nintendo Wi-Fi.


As someone who bought Pokemon Black after having not purchased a Pokemon game since Pokemon Red or watching a Pokemon TV show in over 10 years, I found the game to be a ton of fun! It plays just like the original games did, and that is not in any way a detriment. Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue were great handheld RPGs and so are Pokemon Black and White. I may not know the name of any of the Pokemon any more (there are far more than 150 now), but the games are fun nonetheless.


(bit from Destructoid)



Nintendo Releasing Pink 3DS Bundles in December for Cheap!


Nintendo of America is releasing 2 new 3DS bundles that will contain the new pink system and either Nintendogs + cats: French Bulldog and New Friends or Nintendogs + cats: Toy Poodle and New Friends for a mere $169.99. Yes, that is the same price that you could get a Nintendo 3DS without any game!


They are slated for release on December 4, 2011 (this weekend).


(bit from Siliconera)








100 Ways to Die in Skyrim



Somebody has posted a video of 100 ways to die in The Elder Scroll V: Skyrim. It's long, but it's enjoyable!



Portal 2: Behind Wheatly with Stephen Merchant



IGN talks with Stephen Merchant about his work on Portal 2. If you have yet to play the fantastic game, there are spoilers. I probably should have mentioned that before the embed. Oh well...



LittleBIGPlanet Vita Announcement Trailer



I cannot wait to get a PS Vita!



Kevin Butler's Thanksgiving



This is the video that ends the Hall of Play series that they have been doing. Finally, it ends!



Serious Sam 3: BFE Launch Trailer



Frak Duke Nukem! Sam is back!







Mario Kart 7 (Nintendo 3DS) [December 4]







Child's PlayThe last thing I wanted to let you all know was that the Child's Play charity has just kicked off its annual Holiday Season! Child's Play -- from the creators of the Penny Arcade webcomic -- is a charity dedicated to improving the lives of sick and hospitalized children with video games and toys in over 70 hospitals around the world. Since 2003, millions of dollars have been donated and used to help these kids have fun rather than just sit in a hospital room.


Child's Play works in two way: You can click on a hospital on the Child's Play donation page and pick a gift to donate from the wish list or make a cash donation through PayPal -- which Child's Play uses to buy video games, consoles, toys, books and other fun stuff for kids throughout the year.


It is a great cause and if you would care to donate, please go to the site and make a kid a little bit happier this holiday season.


Thank you.






Until next time...











Nick Boisson grew up on television, Woody Allen, video games, Hardy Boys mysteries and DC comic books, with the occasional Spider-Man issue thrown in for good measure. He currently roams the rainy streets of Miami, Florida, looking for a nice tie, a woman that gets him, and the windbreaker he lost when he was eight. He sometimes writes things down on Twitter as @nitroslick.


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