The Midaged Gamer Report for 10-19-2012

This week…
Money from EA!, Release information for BF3 Aftermath DLC,
ID shoots squarely at its own foot, again Valve’s privates are showing and
I got an interesting email the other day…
Apparently I’ve got a whole $1.95 coming to me.  Why?
Because EA’s trying to pull a Microsoft in sports games…
From the notice…
The lawsuit claims that Electronic Arts violated federal and
California antitrust laws, as well as California consumer protection laws, by
signing exclusive licensing agreements with the Arena Football League (“AFL”),
the Collegiate Licensing Company (“CLC”) (on behalf of the National Collegiate
Athletic Association (“NCAA”)), the National Football League (“NFL”), the
National Football League Players Association (“NFLPA”) and ESPN. The lawsuit
claims that these agreements gave Electronic Arts a monopoly over an alleged
market for league-branded, simulation football videogames, and allowed it to
charge higher prices than it would have in a competitive environment
JANUARY 1, 2005 TO JUNE 21, 2012
Get your dime store satisfaction now!
Nvidia released a new notebook video driver for their
discrete GPU’s.
A new laptop video driver update from Nvidia version 306.97
for notebook pc’s came out this week.
This driver is said to be the best option for Windows 8 compatibility
and offers updated Profiles for 3D Vision but no major enhancements over the
previous notebook driver release.  AKA,
not critical unless your 3D specs are getting dusty…
Battlefield 3 Aftermath release announced.
The newest expansion pack set in a post earthquake Iran
appears to be set in the same post-Earthquake Iran seen in the cooperative
missions.  The DLC pack introduces a new
play mode called Scavenger that starts the player out with just a knife,
sidearm and grenade.  All other equipment
has to be found on the map.
Aftermath is due out November 27th  for PS3 (premium subscription) and December
4th for PC and XBOX360 (Premium)
Everyone else has to wait till December 4th (PS3 ) and December 18th
(XBOX360, PC).   Just in time for
Christmas at only $14.99.  Now the
question is whether or not non-premium customers with the new DLC will be able
to find a server.
If you’re an Xbox360 gamer and were looking forward to
scratching your Space Marine itch with Doom 3 BFG until Doom 4 comes out don’t
expect much.  In fact, expect less.  In a release Thursday Bethesda, Id’s parent,
said that there was no performance advantage to installing BFG to the XBOX360
hard drive and in fact would disable play for the classic Doom and Doom 2.
When is ID going to stop shooting itself in the foot?
And in the dumbest move of the week department…
 Team Fortress 2 will now
punish you for abandoning a game in the cooperative Mann Vs. Machine mode.  Players who repeatedly rage quit risk being
put in a low priority queue.  Considering
the average 10 minute wait for a game and poor matchmaking  on what seems to be scores of empty servers this
is a dumb move.  Let alone the regular
game crashes and lockups that effectively knock you out of the game.  Does a crash count as a quit?
Way to overreact Valve, you’re making Team Fortress 2 and
it’s players write the proverbial check they can’t cash.
Like Burnout Paradise and the latest Need For Speed
racers?   Well Criterion has said that
another Burnout game is in the offing
“at a later date”.
Criterion has done a good job capturing the gameplay and spirit of the
classic NFS titles Hot Pursuit, and Most Wanted in their remakes but there’s a
reason Burnout has  always come up a bit
short.  One word or rather acronym,
Burnout Paradise was a great game that got ruined with
endless DLC.  It wasn’t enough to pay
triple A prices only to find out that half the game assets were only available
via DLC.  Burnout was one of the few
arcade drivers that could have given NFS a run for its money or at the least
been another NFS for EA.   if only it wasn’t so hobbled by an overly aggressive
profit motive.
With DLC and subscriptions the norm these days expect the
next Burnout to follow suit.  Gaming pay
per view has come to pass and Burnout was made for it.
Steams’s got leaks!
A security research firm has found vulnerabilities in the
Steam browser protocol used in the Steam Client that could allow “3rd
party silent Steam browser protocol calls.”  They’ve also found vulnerabilities in the
Unreal and Source engines but have not yet documented any known exploits.
Ok, whatever.
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