Hart & Usagi #67: SFV Freemium DLCmium

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In this grand episode of the Hart & Usagi Podcast we talk about Capcom’s idea to essentially do the free-to-play model with their DLC for Street Fighter V. Matt talks about his history with the Twisted Metal series. Also listen for the rage on Randy Pitchford and former ESPN “personality,” Crunch Buttsteak.

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NEWS/TOPICS:
* Sonic vs. Gametrailers.com
* Street Fighter V free-to-play DLC
* Pre-orders
* Twisted Metal series
* Nintendo Addresses Rumor It’s Distancing Itself From New Wii U Exclusive
* No, Tekken X Street Fighter Is Not Canceled
* See Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 Gameplay in New Video
* “Head-Turning” New Duke Nukem Game Teased, But Don’t Expect it Soon
* Alien Colonial Marines Cost CEO Randy Pitchford $10 Million Of His Own Money
* Street Fighter 2 Soundtrack Remastered for CD and Vinyl
* Gamers Still Prefer to Buy Physical Over Digital, Study Finds
* Google Fiber brings free Internet to the poor
* Mistakes were made with the Shenmue 3 Kickstarter
* Uncharted Collection Adds New Difficulty, Drops Forced Motion Controls
* ESPN Personality Who Criticized Gaming Departs Company

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Aliens: Colonial Mess

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After all of the reviews saying to stay away from Aliens: Colonial Marines, the United Kingdom purchased it in droves. You’d think nobody living there read up on the game and I’d find myself wondering the same thing. It’s quite disheartening.

More upsetting than that is how Randy Pitchford of Gearbox Software continues to act innocent after all of the negative reviews came out. Usually the gaming community is split on games based on beloved IPs, but not this time. All were in agreeance that this kind of fuck up was not by accident.

In ProJared’s extended thoughts video he mentioned how everytime he saw the game previewed at an event (about four times) they’d never allow for any press to play the single player and in multiplayer it was only as the marines. As we found out it’s because those things sucked.

When it comes down to it this is a problem with Gearbox and less so of the game itself. Randy Pitchford is always out there in public being the main person showing off their games. When you see how excited he is you, in turn, are more interested in the game. I saw it with Duke Nukem Forever and since it wasn’t their game until the end of development I’ll give him a pass.

However, Aliens: Colonial Marines is all on him. Randy can’t be out there showing off the game and not be knowingly lying about what’s being promised for the final product. If he wasn’t involved with the preview events then he’s ignorant to what’s going on in his own company and should fire himself, at the very least.

But that’s not the case since he’s there showing the game off himself. I’d categorize Randy as a habitual liar and he should still fire himself, but we all know nothing will happen.

No longer will I see his smile as excitement. It’ll always look as it is: a con-artist who’s looking for any way to ripoff his customers.

Don’t worry, though. I’ll definitely be buying Borderlands 2 in the future, but I shall buy it used so I can legally hit ’em where it really hurts!

New Releases 2013: February

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The big games this month are Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time for myself. I’d also be likely to get Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus if I had a Vita. Which release in February are you gearing up for?

WEEK of 2/3
Dead Space 3 (PS3, X360, PC)
Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS)
Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2 (PS3, X360, WU)
Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time (PS3, PSV)

WEEK of 2/10
Aliens: Colonial Marines (PS3, X360, PC)
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed (3DS)

WEEK of 2/17
Crysis 3 (PS3, X360, PC)
Hakuoki: Warriors of the Shinsengumi (PSP)
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (PS3, X360)
Serious Sam Double D XXL (X360)

WEEK of 2/24
Dynasty Warriors 7 Empires (PS3)
Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan (3DS)
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus (PSV)
Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee HD (PC, PSV)
Rayman Legends (WU)

New Releases 2010: Feb. 7-20

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NEW GAMES FOR THE WEEK OF 2/7
BioShock 2 (PC, PS3, X360)
Dante’s Inferno (X360, PS3)
Darwinia+ (XBL)
Star Ocean The Last Hope: International (PS3)
Stargate Resistance (PC)
Super Monkey Ball: Step & Roll (WII)

NEW GAMES FOR THE WEEK OF 2/14
Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth (DS)
Aliens vs. Predator (PS3, PC, X360)
Data East Arcade Classics (WII)
Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce (X360, PS3)
Everquest II: Sentinel’s Fate (PC)
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice for All (WII)
Ragnarok DS (DS)
Resident Evil 5 Alternative Edition (PS3, X360)
SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3 (PSP)