ScattershotsShawn Drotar

Posted on August 15th, 2008 in Gaming, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, News, Opinion, Wii by Shawn Drotar

Working for the weekend…

  • Madden NFL 09 has been out for four days and it has its first patch. The patch is said to fix online and stability issues, but it’s also supposed to improve coverage of kicks and improve defensive backfield play. It’s good that the Madden team is trying to keep abreast of the game’s issues, but it’s a certainty - given the timing of the patch - that the team knew about these issues before shipping the game, which is somewhat unsettling. Nevertheless, I suppose progress is progress, and the fact is that Madden 09 is by far the best version of the next-gen console era. Now, if the team can keep providing timely roster updates, and take care of the bizarre and annoying issue of AI-controlled players inexplicably running out of bounds, we’ll really have something special.
  • NBA 09: The Inside doesn’t have the mindshare of NBA 2K9 or NBA Live 09, and in all honesty, it probably shouldn’t. But SCEA San Diego, who makes the single best sports game on the market in MLB 08: The Show, should be ignored at your own risk. The team is making strides, and while they probably won’t match the two bigger titles this year, they’re intent of making a realistic NBA product with an interesting career-based angle. To that end, their recently-unveiled cover focuses on six athletes (Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, Carlos Boozer, LeBron James, Paul Pierce and Dwyane Wade) instead of one, conveying an overarching sense of a “league” experience. Obviously, very little should be read into cover art, but it this case, the fact that Sony’s gone away from what everyone else is doing may be a sign that their differences might be more than skin deep.
  • The Godfather 2 will be released by EA next February, and they’ve released a preview site for the game that looks promising. The game, which seems to be offering the play of the original game coupled with a new overarching strategy mechanic, looks intriguing. The first Godfather, which was fairly maligned for its nickel-and-dime approach to downloadable content, was in actuality a better game than most people gave it credit for. Visitors to the site can sign up for “The Inner Circle”, which will keep you updated on the game and make you eligible for contests - the first of which will involve having an in-game character named after the winner. Whether that character will be sleeping with the fishes is still up in the air.
  • I’m trying to figure out exactly who EA’s Celebrity Sports Showdown is created for. The forthcoming mini-game fiesta for the Wii’s main feature is that you can play as one of an extraordinarily odd mix of celebrities. How odd? How about NFL player Reggie Bush, NBA player Paul Pierce, boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard, figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, soccer great Mia Hamm, pop singers Avril Lavigne, Nelly Furtado and Fergie, and country crooners Keith Urban and LeAnn Rimes. Yes, I’m serious. Expect the wackiness of playing as Canadian punk princess Lavigne against Keith “Mr. Nicole Kidman” Urban in a game of “Smash Badminton” to ensue. I guess. We’re through the looking glass here, people.
  • Idiocracy reigns supreme in America, where a survey from parental gaming website What They Play revealed that parents are more afraid of video games than… anything, it seems. Thank you, Fox News. According to the survey, parents said that a man and a woman having sex in video game was the most offensive thing (37% of respondents), two men kissing was second (27%), followed by a severed head (25%), and multiple uses of the “F-word” (9%). So, let me get this straight: kissing and sex are worse than severed heads? But it gets worse: when children are at friends’ houses, parents are more worried about them playing Grand Theft Auto (19%) than watching pornography (16%) and drinking beer (14%). Fearmongering works wonders, doesn’t it? Video games and the Iraq-Pakistan border, that’s what we should be worried about in America. Sigh.

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  1. Andrew said,

    on August 15th, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    That last item is both worrying and extremely amusing at the same time. I love the idea of the parent who is more concerned about their child playing a violent video game, hearing some profane language or watching pornography. I can understand their objections of course, everyone has their own tastes and criteria as to what’s acceptable but surely teenagers having unprotected sex themselves, drinking beer or being the victim of bullying are more pressing issues that parents should be concerned about.

  2. Fetter said,

    on August 16th, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    I don’t know how the queation was worded to paremts, but I think that the answers having Grand Theft Auto at the top of the list was because they felt like that was much more likely to happen. I don’t have kids of my own, but being a teacher I could see boys passing on alcohol, maybe even porn (most likely not though), but if a chance to play GTA came up I don’t think they would identify that as nearly as bad or as negative of a thing to be doing, so it would register as ok. Plus I would think that parents at the other house would try to stop the other things in 99% of cases if they knew what was going on, but so many would just look the other way and let them play GTA. That’s my 2 cents on that stat anyway.

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