I’m writing this on November 18, 2014. I’ve just come home from work and I was excited to begin recording a new let’s play series for Clever Musings’ pertinent YouTube channel. I intended on playing a title just released today, Ubisoft’s Far Cry 4. But instead of recording a video, I’m writing a rant. Why? Because of Ubisoft’s amazing failure in its Digital Rights Management (DRM) software known as Uplay. While I was able to download and install the game prior to its release, Uplay won’t let me launch the game because “This game has not been released yet. It will be available to play on Uplay any time after the release date.” And while I’m sitting here, frustrated that I can’t play a game that I’ve obtained through legitimate means, I can’t help but think about the pirates that have been playing the game for days prior to its release.
Orborun was developed by Tiny Lab Productions. In-game, you essentially control a pinball and are tasked with navigating through a 3D maze. The maze varies in complexity from map to map and you receive points based both on how quickly you can steer through the maze and on how many collectables you manage to retrieve. I played the recently released Steam version of the game, but it has been out for mobile devices for quite some time.
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.