Video games in crime-drama tv; please, just stop trying

What is is about television that insists that its viewer base is as stupid as their writers? I’m not talking about overly scientific data that might be misconstrued rather than interpreted as completely wrong; I’m talking about something as simple as every-day culture. Culture that you can witness with friends and family or even as you wait for your lunch. The title says “video games in tv,” so take a guess at where I’m going with this.

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Piracy: The Perfect Patsy

Bloody pirates, always stealing the latest version of Photoshop!

No doubt by now you’ve heard about Crysis 2 being leaked recently. The sequel to the popular series by Crytek, Crysis 2 is slated to release on March 22 for North American audiences. A full working copy was out on February 11 on torrent sites, however, a full 39 days before its actual release. This was amidst Crytek’s recent announcement that they were canning early beta releases to GameStop employees on suspicion of piracy becoming a culprit for the PC version of the game and wanting all gamers to have a “fair shot” to play the game at the same time.

Crytek hasn’t held back on the development, going full-retard, releasing the following statement to Kotaku:

“Crytek has been alerted that an early incomplete, unfinished build of Crysis 2 has appeared on Torrent sites…Crytek and EA are deeply disappointed by the news. We encourage fans to support the game and the development team by waiting and purchasing the final, polished game on March 22.”

Crysis 2 is still in development and promises to be the ultimate action blockbuster as the series’ signature Nanosuit lets you be the weapon as you defend NYC from an alien invasion. Piracy continues to damage the PC packaged goods market and the PC development community.” [Link]

This is also amidst Crytek’s previous claims that the reason the Crysis series was no longer a PC exclusive was also because of piracy. In fact, to display their new-found behavior to alienate customers that payed for their bills to survive early on in their first development cycle, Crytek went ahead and made the online beta to Crysis 2 exclusive to the Xbox 360. They’re apparently flabbergasted that PC gamers have been less than pleased with their decisions. Gee, I wonder why.

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Moral Effect 3: The decision-making compass to Mass Effect 3

So Mass Effect 3 is slated to hit sometime this holiday season. If you’re a fan like me, you probably have two or three distinct Shepard characters that you’ve been babysitting through the first and second game through various choices. In some ways, Mass Effect 2 seemed to be a bit of a sham in regards to the promises of decisions from the first game carrying over to the second in any significant way. And I’m sure no one playing their Vanilla Shepard was all too happy that they were working for Cerberus either, given the fact that they were behind the attack on Akuze that nearly killed your character.

So far there’s only been a teaser for Mass Effect 3 and even that provides little that we already know about—the Reapers are coming. Air quote all you want, we’ve known that since the ending of Mass Effect 2. Unfortunately a synopsis confirms a straight-from-the-Bioware playbook move, mentioning how it’s up to Shepard to rally the universe for allies to defeat the Big Bad. Aside from sounding like Dragon Age: Origins, it sounds like your chickens are coming home to roost. So here is my take on what I think will influence the happenings of Mass Effect 3 and whether it will help you or harm you in the long run. Oh, and as an obvious warning, spoilers out the butthole ahead.

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