I’d like to discuss how not to promote a new video game by taking a look at what Overkill Software, a subsidiary of Starbreeze Studios, did with their newly announced game, OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead. Let’s begin with a bit of context for the uninitiated. Overkill Software is known for its Payday franchise which consists of Payday: The Heist, released in 2011, and Payday 2, released in 2013. The Payday series consists of four player co-op missions conducted in first person wherein players attempt to commit various heists by sneaking or shooting their way through security, lockboxes, and vaults. I came to enjoy Payday 2 quite a bit as of the most recent Steam sale.
I always hate it when my fiction turns to time travel for plot devices because it’s so rarely done properly. Blizzard recently revealed its new World of Warcraft expansion called Warlords of Draenor. In a tinfoil hat edition of Know Your Lore, Matthew Rossi delves into what he believes the expansion means for the manipulation of time we’ve seen in WoW. I have a bit of a different take on what the new storyline means and how time travel within WoW works.
In Grand Theft Auto V, Michael can seek enlightenment through the Epsilon Program, which will have Michael perform a series of missions and make a number of donations. One of those tasks involves collecting five vehicles around San Andreas: the Pegassi Vacca; the Benefactor Surano; the Dinka Double-T; the Enus Super Diamond; and the Declasse Tornado. While it’s possible to purchase some of these vehicles, all of them can be stolen for free around the game. Please note, sometimes the cars are not always where I’ve marked the map. If the car is missing, just grab a taxi to another car location and return afterwards.
The topic for this week’s Community Blog Topic is whether servers should be merged. This question hits a little close to home for me right now. Blizzard is having a sale on character services this week. Character customizations, faction changes, and server transfers are all 50% off. It was announced last night in trade chat that the top Horde raiding guild will be moving, making my guild the new number one. I was shocked.
My guild is not a progression guild. We have talented people but we only raid one night a week and we are very casual. If we truly become the realm’s top Horde guild, my apprehension for the state of my server will reach a new high. The economy is already struggling, and I fear this sale on server transfers may have far reaching consequences.
On May 23rd 2013, Robin Torres posed the following question over at WoWInsider: What three features do you wish WoW had? A few obvious choices came to mind when I saw the topic, but I tried to think outside the box a little and I’ve come up with a list that I hope causes someone to pause and go “yea, that’s a great idea!” But for the record, I too would love to have account-wide mail and class storylines akin to the green fire questline that Warlocks received.