Witcher 3. Half-Life 3. Civilization: Beyond Earth. World of Warcraft. Call of Duty Some of PC gaming's biggest games were making headlines this week, for matters ranging from awesome to utterly bizarre. Let's dive in!
How do you measure a year?
A famous musical says we should measure time in "love." Seeing as that makes no sense, I'm sticking to my current method of measuring time with NPD sales data — specifically, the fact that the PlayStation 4 has now outsold the Xbox One for nine months straight.
Three-hundred ninety-four thousand, four-hundred sixty-two minutes.
Make war, not love
In anticipation of its upcoming November 13 expansion Warlords of Draenor, Blizzard is currently selling a bundle that includes the base World of WarCraft game plus all four expansions for $20. In terms of "dollars per hours of content" that might be one of the best deals ever. On the other hand, I have no idea how it feels to play content from something like the nearly eight-year-old expansion The Burning Crusade by yourself these days.
Also in anticipation of the expansion we're seeing some familiar news: World of WarCraftadded 600,000 subscribers since June.
I almost see something
Look! It's a picture of an empty field!
Apparently we'll get to see The Witcher 3's opening cinematic next week, and to whet our appetites we get this picture. Of an empty field. With some fancy letterboxing.
You know what? I'll just go ahead and repost The Witcher 2's opening cinematic instead because it's fantastic:
If you want to speak out, speak out
It turns out Rudy Guiliani has some very strong opinions regarding former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, who is currently suing Guiliani's client Activision regarding use of his image in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.
Opinions like (as quoted by The Hollywood Reporter):
"If creative rights have to be sacrificed, they shouldn't be sacrificed for someone like Noriega, nor should anyone have to send millions of dollars down to a Panamanian jail because this madman is making absurd claims."
"I think a man that engaged in selling $200 million of cocaine in the United States, who knows how many children he killed, a man who was a dictator of his country in which he tortured people for nine years, a man who laundered money in France, a man who chopped the head off of one of his allies and then was convicted in three countries, who is sitting in jail in Panama, trying to recover because he is a minor, minor figure in a very excellent game, Call of Duty by Activision, is an outrage."
Two things: 1) I find it a little disturbing that Guiliani used the words "If creative rights have to be sacrificed," as if there will come a time when we'd need to do that and 2) Do you think Guiliani ever played "Call of Duty by Activision"?
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