No Man’s Sky: Update: False Advertising?

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image source: technopat.net

UPDATED: Since the release of this article No Man’s Sky has been brought into the spotlight once again by the Advertising Standards Authority in the UK. When first publishing this article we mentioned the deceitful marketing by Sony. Now it seems others have taken issue with what many have seen all along. To clarify this is just a probe and no wrong doing has been found yet. Let this be a lesson to game companies and publishers to have better dialogue with fans of what their product actually is. Fancy trailers are nice but in the end gamers want a good game. Who knew. 

Original post: published sept 13, 2016

No Man’s Sky is a direct result of marketing gone wrong. Doing his best Peter Molyneux impression, Sean Murray co founder of Hello Games buried his game from the start. The marketing was deceitful and did not represent the game accurately. Now that’s not to say it deserves all the backlash, but they do deserve some. I don’t know Sean Murray but I believe that he never intentionally exaggerated the scope of what No Man’s Sky would be. Games are complicated endeavors with millions of lines of code not to mention art work, production costs etc. The marketing by Sony also contributed heavily to players disdain. Though everything seen in that trailer is possible the intersecting cuts made the game appear to be far more action oriented. Whereas those moments are spread out considerably. 

Some of the most recent memories of over promising and under delivering have been at the hands of the aforementioned Peter Molyneux. Promising grandiose claims in Fable and then issuing an apology to fans when those visions could not come to fruition. The core of the issue comes down to marketing a game long before it is actually available. Sean Murray at the time most likely believed he would be able to incorporate all the features he was stating. But nowhere was it a written contract that these features would be final. The best way to determine a product is through peer reviews and if you can, rent a game and for pete’s sake stop pre ordering games!!!! Publishers do everything they can to incentivize gamers to purchase a product that is sometimes years away from release. Many of those who pre-ordered No Man’s Sky were disappointed because the product they got was not the one they had pre ordered months, perhaps a year before. Misleading trailers before launch exacerbated the issue. Showing a universe filled with life when you spend much of the game wandering alone. My problem with the game was not being alone, it was the utter crushing repetition. 

Despite the issues with Fable and No Man’s Sky we should not want people like Sean Murray and Peter Molyneux to change. People like them create amazing experiences and pour their heart and souls into projects. They truly want to deliver revolutionary experiences. In the days of samey shooters, developers; especially indie developers need to explore their creative freedoms and not be held back for fear of backlash. No Man’s Sky is not a bad game. Their were some truly awe inspiring moments, like fixing your ship and leaving orbit for the first time, or fighting space pirates hot on your tail. Was it what we all wanted it to be? No. But that a liar does not make. Just an over ambitious guy who wanted to make a killer game for people to enjoy. The Fable games were not bad games, and if you’ve never played them definitely try them out if you can. With less marketing hype, revealing games closer to launch (like Fallout 4) and open dialogue from developers it can help create more positive experiences.

 

Galaxy note 7 recall

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image source: samsung

Samsung has stated that about half of Galaxy note 7’s with a potential battery cell problem have been returned. As you may now some devices have been known to catch fire, explode or swell upon charging. Though these statements have not all been verified. Never the less it is imperative if you are one of the consumers affected with this problem that you return the phone to place you bought it from and get an exchange or refund etc… Replacement phones have been in stores starting September 21st. 

Samsung has been doing damage control ever since the defect was discovered. It’s too early to see how it will affect Samsung long term. Shame on Samsung for taking so long to get replacement devices back to consumers with reports of customers having a hard time returning them. With airlines warning passengers not to use note 7’s and reports of passengers being warned to turn on any Samsung phones, Samsung has a way to go to restore its image. Not to mention the goliath that has just been released the iPhone 7 and 7 plus. Needless to say you would not want to be the CEO of Samsung in its current state. 

Microsoft Releases Minecraft Xbox One S Favorites Bundle

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image source: Microsoftstore.com

Today Microsoft announced its latest Xbox One S bundle featuring Minecraft. Despite everyone already playing Minecraft the game continually sells well every month. This Xbox One S bundle is a great way to get those still waiting to upgrade to the new console. The bundle includes a downloadable copy of not only Minecraft for Xbox One but also a downloadable copy of Minecraft beta for Windows 10. The system itself has a 500gb hard drive. Not great but at least it’s priced correctly at $299. Considering the target audience for a Minecraft console the price had to be low in order to incentivize parents to get it for their kids come holiday season. The bundle also includes 13 favorite community packs including Halo Mash up and Festive Mash up. While not the “sexiest” of bundles be sure it’ll move a decent amount of xbox one s’ come holiday season. 

Destiny: Rise of Iron available now

Today, Tuesday September 20th 2016 marks the latest and last expandable content for Destiny. We will be having a review up soon. The expansion comes with all the regular trappings. New gear, new raid and an improved storytelling campaign in the vain of The Taken King expansion. The Taken King went a long way to rectify the sins of vanilla Destiny’s story, or lack there of. Have you had a chance to check out the game? What are your first impressions? Let us know in the comments section. In the meantime we’ll see you starside. 

Cool new apps: Grammar Snob #grammared

Have you ever found yourself reading over a friends message wishing you could correct their grammar and punctuation? Now you can with grammar snob! The app was developed by John Haney. Thanks to him you can now correct your friends mistakes the old fashioned way with red ink. For instance your friend sends you a message stating “What time should I meet you their” You can then tap the right arrow key to access your stickers then hold and drag an x or squiggly line  directly on top of the error. Then drag “there” right below your correction. It’s an ingenious method that may cause you to lose friends or not have any at all. But for the sake of grammar we must prevail. 

Check out this video by Jane Jones demonstrating the app in action. As well as other cool stickers she likes to liven up your experience in iMessage. Also be sure to check out developer John Haney’s other apps. You can download Grammar Snob for .99 cents on the app store and it is well worth the price. 

South Park: The Fractured But Whole Delayed to 2017

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image source: Ubisoft.com

The eagerly anticipated new south park game which was scheduled to come out sometime in December has now been delayed to Q1 2017 according to the Ubisoft blog. The reasoning behind it was for quality purposes. The usual “the team needs more time, to meet expectations of fans.” 

In the end it may not be a bad thing the game is delayed. With so many big titles (Titanfall 2, Battlefield 1, Gears of War 4) coming out this holiday season competing for customers wallets the game may fair better in the early months of 2017. Best to have a well polished game and take the hit of a delay, than release a sub par title during the holidays that quickly gets forgotten. South Park fans will just have to wait a little longer to get their hands on the Fractured But Whole.