Apparently, this is dangerous week to live on the East Coast of the United States. On Tuesday, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Virginia and sent ripples across a large chunk of the coast. On Sunday, we’re expected to be dealing with one of the largest hurricanes to strike the East Coast in years, Irene. It seems that nature has it out for us; however, no amount of natural phenomena can keep me from delivering some gaming news to all of you. A major controversy rocked the industry this week, so we’ll start there.
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution released this week to overwhelmingly positive reviews. Unfortunately, the critical success of the game has been overshadowed by some dubious behavior from retailer GameStop. Inside the PC edition of DXHR, Square-Enix included a voucher for a free digital coupon redeemable through the OnLive digital distribution service. This didn’t sit well with GameStop, who acquired a digital distribution service of their own earlier in the year. In light of this, a Field Operations manager instructed employees to open the new copies of DXHR and remove the OnLive voucher. GameSpy contacted a GameStop PR rep who confirmed the practice. Gaming media outlets and gamers alike exploded with outrage over the controversial move. Since then, GameStop has further instructed employees to hold all copies of DXHR on PC and wait for replenishment (presumably with boxes that will not contain the OnLive code).
- In an interview with Eurogamer, Gabe Newell, head of Valve, talked about his company’s plans to bring Steamworks, a console version of Steam, to XBOX Live. He noted the success of bringing Steamworks to PS3, but said there are many difficulties in dealing with Microsoft’s restrictions on XBL content, saying:
“The main thing is having Microsoft get comfortable with it and let us do it. Right now, there’s a huge amount of updates and free content we’ve been able to deliver to people who have The Orange Box that we haven’t been able to deliver to the Xbox because of the restrictions that have been placed on us on Xbox Live.
We’d love to see those relaxed. Other developers on the PS3 are starting to benefit from Sony’s more open approach. Hopefully that will help Microsoft see that’s a good strategy for making customers happy, that the barbarians won’t tear down the walls of Xbox and turn it into some chaotic wasteland.”
You can check out the entire interview here.
- Get ready to fight. The anticipated Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection, which bundles together the original Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat II, and Ultimate Mortal Kombat III, will be arriving on PSN and XBLA next week. Each title in the bundle includes online combat, leaderboards, achievements/trophies, and the original arcade mode. The bundle, which will sell for 800 MSP/$9.99 PSN, arrives on the PSN on August 30th. The XBLA version will be available the next day.
- SEGA’s long-awaited Aliens: Colonial Marines, a game that has been in development for nearly five years, is set to release next year. Joystiq managed to leak a trailer for the game during the week. As a fan of the Alien franchise, I can’t wait to get my hands on this game. Check out the trailer below:[viddler id=69afb8de&w=545&h=307]
- Finally, in keeping with supporting my undying love for all things Portal, I’m pleased to share this short, live-action film: Portal: No Escape. This brilliant short film presents the gritty, bleak life of an Aperture test subject. Check out the film below:[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4drucg1A6Xk[/youtube]