Friday, May 23, 2008

1UP Yours: Indy, Haze, and a bunch of other stuff

Stopped by the 1UP offices yesterday to record this week's 1UP Yours with the guys, and the latest episode is up online now. We chit-chat about how the new Indiana Jones movie takes so much of its inspiration from video games, we talk about how crappy Haze is (well, I do) and go through all of the stuff that's been shown at the pre-E3 events these past couple of weeks. Lots of info on LittleBigPlanet, Resistance 2, Gears of War 2, Siren, Viva Pinata, Banjo, and a bunch of other stuff I don't remember. There's also the video "pre-show" that you can see here.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Epic globe trot, done

OK, so it wasn't a globe trot, but I've spent more of the last couple of weeks away from home than home. Started with a mega meeting fest in NY last Wednesday (all day Tuesday was spent flying east) then up before the birds on Thursday to catch a flight to DC at the crack of what-the-fuck-time-do-you-call-this. After another batch of meets, lunch at the Ritz it was back on a plane through NY (jetBlue, puh-leaz hurry up and finish your JFK terminal, or at least put somewhere that sells coffee in the current one) to get back to San Francisco approximately 24 hours after I got up that morning. After one day back at the office to desperately try and catch up on a bunch of stuff, it was back to SFO (where I ran into 1UP Yours fan Brian and his bride-to-be in the longest security line in living memory. Congrats Brian on your wedding this week) to get on a plane to Phoenix to bask in the blistering desert heat. 120' during the day, and still 108' at 10pm!
Back home again now...and glad to be back.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Yahtzee responds to fanboys

Wonderful. Especially the comment about the word "objective." I've lost count of the number of times some little oik has misused that word while trying to post a response to a harsh review.

Full Throttle on iPhone

This is probably old, old news that I missed ages ago, but I just saw this video of Scumm running on the iPhone, and seeing Full Throttle up and running like has me all happy and nostalgic. Wonder if they'll do "official" versions, too?
Doubt it.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Sex, Language, Drugs and Booze, and then Violence

feature_image.jpgSince we saw the results of our poll on sex and violence in games last month, I've become increasingly fascinated with how our audience responds to contentious content. Whether it's parents asking us specifically about the strong language in Assassin's Creed, or telling us that they're more offended by sex than violence, the results are always intriguing.

The latest observation in this little social experiment (I guess you'd call it) concerns the videos we posted yesterday to illustrate the ESRB descriptors on Grand Theft Auto IV. We produced four thematically focused videos based on the six descriptors that the game carries.

All of them are brief, and designed to give our audience a snapshot of what the content can be like. It's hard to show context with videos like this, so for each story we tried to set it up and explain that you don't have to have sex with hookers, and you don't have to kill everyone you meet. The point, of course, is that you can if you choose to.

Anyway, I digress. The point of this post was to tell you the order of popularity of the four videos we posted. A little snapshot of the order in which the vicarious thrills of viewing naughty content come. And here it is:

The runaway winner was, of course;

1. Partial Nudity and Strong Sexual Content

Seriously, could we really expect anything different? I don't think so. This was followed by my personal favorite (and the one I expected to "win" overall, because it's kinda funny)

2. Strong Language

then,

3. Use of Drugs and Alcohol

and a distant last place, by a significant margin...

4. Blood and Intense Violence

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

GTA sweary-mary video

feature_image.jpgOur good pal Brooks has been helping us put together some original video content for the site this past week, and hopefully it represents what we'll be able to do a lot more of in the coming months. There are four in total for GTA IV, and in keeping with the way we've been tackling games with the written word, each of our videos tackles the contentious content described by the ESRB content descriptors so parents can get a taste of what they might see (or hear) if their kids are playing. Along with each video, we are posting a reminder that the context of the content is important to consider...though admittedly, some of them are much funnier if taken completely out of context, like my favorite, the Strong Language example.

We also have a video that combines the Partial Nudity and Strong Sexual Content, one for the Blood and Intense Violence, and one for the Use of Drugs and Alcohol.

Enjoy.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Mega64 does Street Fighter

The lengths Rockstar goes to for wit

Check out Karen's blog over on 1UP about Brucie's tattoos in GTA IV. Excellent stuff.

"Brucie's exactly the type of person who would get drunk and get inked while thinking to himself, 'Man, kanji tattoos are the bomb. They're so exotic and mystical and people are going to think I'm bad-ass. I'm so going to get laid.'"