February 12th, 2014


Shut Up And Give Us Your Money!

So, a new game is released by Warner Bros. Interactive, Batman:  Arkham Origins.  After all the stellar Batman titles we've seen, this...was a major step back.  There are game-breaking bugs in it.  It deletes your saves, it locks up forcing you to restart from the last checkpoint (assuming it wasn't deleted), NPC's getting stuck in the geometry rendering them inaccessible to your attacks, all kinds of shit that makes Superman 64 look great.

Naturally, players have been screaming about the bugs and demanding a fix.  Warner Bros. Montreal, the developer, has issued a response.

TL;DR -- go fuck yourselves.

"The team is currently working hard on the upcoming story DLC, and there currently are no plans for releasing another patch to address the issues that have been reported on the forums.  If we do move forward with creating a new patch, it will try to address the progression-blocking bugs for players, not the minor glitches that do not prevent one from continuing gameplay.  The issues that are not progression blockers will unfortunately no longer be addressed.  We apologize for any inconvenience that this has caused for some of you, and want to thank you for having been patient."

Notice the word "If" in that second sentence.  They don't even know if they will revisit this later once the current work is done.

In other words, you've spent $60 on a game that doesn't work, and they won't fix it, but they'll be happy to sell you some DLC that may or may not be playable with the broken software.

And then they wonder why people are not buying games like they used to.

M$ Does Something Right! Tomorrow -- Sun Rises In The West, Pope Discovered To Be Jewish!

Here at Sine Timore Industries, we talk a LOT of smack about M$.

But, in the interest of journalistic fairness, we have to applaud them when they do something right.

And they did something pretty damn awesome.

There's a twit pic going around.  It seems M$ is banning campers from online multiplayer.

The violation ticket in the pic reads as follows:

"CAMPING -- Consider yourself formally 'on notice' for base camping, spawn camping, resource camping, or otherwise playing like a twit.  And before you say, 'It's not against the rules,' consider this:  Neither is me wiping snot on your controller."

One of the few things I liked about the rollout for the Xbox 1 was how M$ was going to start targeting griefers in their games.

I don't care if it's M$ -- thank you, and good luck.