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  1. Blazeknyt

    War and Death on Storytelling

    Time for a different kind of post. One not just about the gaming industry, but an element of the games themselves: storytelling. There“s always this element of the audience trying to feel like they can relate to the character that they are playing. The goal is for the audience to care about the main character during their quest. This is true for most mediums, but video games take it to the next level, allowing you to control characters, so the feeling of being said character is much more pronounced. I enjoy world building, and seeing how an entire universe fits together. Darksiders, a game that is rather heavy on lore, was a game that was right up my alley. However, there was always in Darksiders that struck me as odd. It left me wanting more. The interaction between War and Samael left me wondering what the larger universe of Darksiders was like. I wanted an encyclopedia, much like what Star Ocean: Till the End of Time, or Golden Sun: Dark Dawn provided. The game gave you enough information that you could understand just enough, but it never painted a complete picture, something the game was criticized about. To understand more, go here. Death“s quest in Darksiders II provided a different feeling. Much like the player, he was lost in realms that did not necessarily concern him, or that he had no business with, so the questions he can ask (you have to pick them in a menu) are practically the same questions that the player is asking. “Who is X?†“Why do you want Y?†These questions allowed Darksiders II to explore the greater world that the game takes place in. While it was still heavy on the lore and history, both were more adequately explained. Darksiders II was able to provide the feeling of being the main character, despite the fact that it is a 3rd person game. And that is when the realization hit me. Darksiders is War“s story. As long as War was provided with the information needed, he can complete his quest. There is technically no need for the player to really know the deeper history of the world. (In the scene in question, the Old Ones and the power to control time) Honestly, I was a bit displeased that I had to go to an outside source or complementary sources (the comics) in order to figure out more of the universe of Darksiders. A game like Darksiders would have benefitted from something like an encyclopedia, but it certainly wasn“t necessary. I got immersed in Darksiders. That desire to learn more about the world of the game made me explore outside sources, but it made me displeased at something that is relatively minor about a game I really enjoy. You may want more, but sometimes you just need to take a step back and enjoy something for what it provides.
  2. Jason Clement

    Crytek USA CEO To Bid On Darksiders IP

    In late January, Vigil Games failed to find a buyer after a court decision rendered that its parent company THQ was to be dissolved and have its assets auctioned off, but thankfully Crytek swooped in and employed many of Vigil's core team in order to form a new studio, Crytek USA. Unfortunately, the Darksiders IP was not picked up by Crytek and remained unbid on, so today Crytek USA CEO David Adams tweeted his intention to bid on the Darksiders IP when THQ auctions off the rest of its properties in April, saying: "Going to bid on Darksiders IP. Put 7 years of heart and soul into that franchise, and I think it belongs at home with its creators." Since Crytek was not interested in pursuing the Darksiders IP when it was being auctioned off along with Vigil, it's unknown what effect this would have if Adams successfully won the bid. It's always possible that Crytek could change their stance on developing the IP further, but in the meantime it seems that it's not part of the agenda. Note: It's difficult to verify the validity of this Twitter account as the actual David Adams since the account only has 10 tweets so far and was started in the latter half of 2012, but many of the tweets are development-focused and mention Darksiders II, and also do seem to be in line with certain events as they happened (such as the release of Darksiders II and the dissolving of THQ). Unofficially, it would seem that everything checks out and that it really is Crytek USA's CEO, but until his identity can be proven further, you'll have to take this one with a grain of salt. Source: Twitter
  3. Marcus Estrada

    Assorted THQ IPs Being Sold Off in April

    THQ has been on the minds of many lately as they sold off a great deal of their intellectual property in auctions earlier. However, they weren't able to sell everything at the time, as THQ actually has ownership over many IPs. Those who were surprised to see the likes of Darksiders unsold should probably wait until the upcoming auction where some team will likely pounce on it. Some of the franchises hoping to be sold off are Darksiders, Destroy All Humans!, Drawn to Life, Homeworld, Red Faction, and others. Then there are a great deal of licensed games that someone somewhere may be interested in. Initial bidding will be done by April 1st, although final approval will occur a few months later in May. Here is the rather long list which is divided into lots: Lot 1 - OWNED SOFTWARE Red Faction Red Faction Armageddon Red Faction 2 Red Faction: Guerrilla Lot 2 - OWNED SOFTWARE Homeworld Homeworld 2 Lot 3 - OWNED SOFTWARE MX Alive MX vs ATV Untamed MX Superfly featuring Ricky Carmichael MX vs. ATV Alive Tournament MX Unleashed MX vs. ATV Unleashed MX vs ATV Reflex MX vs. ATV: On The Edge Lot 4 - OWNED SOFTWARE Darksiders Darksiders 2 Lot 5 - OWNED SOFTWARE All Star Cheer Squad Elements of Destruction All Star Cheer Squad 2 Fantastic Pets All Star Karate Frontlines: Fuel of War Baja: Edge of Control Full Spectrum Warrior 1 Battle of the Bands Full Spectrum Warrior 2: Ten Hammers Beat City Juiced Big Beach Sports Juiced 2: Hot Import Nights Big Beach Sports 2 Lock's Quest: Construction Combat Big Family Games Neighborhood Games Crawler Pax Imperia de Blob Stuntman: Ignition de Blob 2 Summoner Deadly Creatures Summoner 2 Deep Six Terranium Destroy All Humans! The Outfit Destroy All Humans! 2 Titan Quest Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed Titan Quest: Immortal Throne Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furon uDraw Dood's Big Adventure World of Zoo Drawn to Life Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter Lot 6 - LICENSED SOFTWARE (buyer to pay any cure costs) Costume Quest Scripps Spelling Bee (Scripps) Daniel X (SueJack) Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Osborne House Deepak Chopra's Leela (Curious Holdings) Stacking Fancy Nancy: Tea Party Time! (Harper Collins) Supreme Commander Jeopardy Supreme Commander Forged Alliance Jeopardy 2 The Biggest Loser Journey to the Center of the Earth Truth or Lies Let's Ride Best of Breed Vampire Legends: Power of Three (dtp) Marvel Super Hero Squad: Comic Combat Wheel of Fortune Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet Wheel of Fortune 2 Marvel Super Hero Squad: The Infinity Gauntlet 2 World of Zoo Nancy Drew: The Hidden Staircase Worms 2 Nexuiz Worms Battle Islands Paws & Claws Marine Rescue Worms Open Warfare Paws & Claws Pampered Pets Resort 3D Worms: A Space Oddity PurrPals 2 Worms: Open Warfare 2 (Team 17) Rio You Don't Know Jack (Jellyvision) Rocket Riot Screwjumper (Frozen Codebase) Which THQ property are you hoping finds a new home the most?
  4. Over at Platinum Games, creator of such games as Bayonetta and the upcoming Wii U exclusive The Wonderful 101, it appears there are some staffers interested in purchasing the Darksiders license, as well as hiring some of the staff from Vigil Games - the creators of the franchise. This, of course, is due to the recent THQ auction, as THQ had owned Vigil Games prior to their bankruptcy. And without THQ, Vigil Games would be left out in the cold... Unfortunately, Vigil Games had received no bids at the THQ auction, which saw THQ's most popular assets sold off to companies such as EA, Activision, and Ubisoft. Because of this, Vigil employees had lost their jobs, and the Darksiders franchise was left in limbo. The lead combat designer of the Darksiders series Ben Cureton wrote a goodbye letter, which was posted on NeoGAF. Here is an excerpt from that farewell: "I can only say thank you to the fans of Vigil games. Your support means more than you can imagine. Your feedback (both positive and negative) gave us long-lasting insight that we will all take with us, wherever we may go. You are the reason we made Darksiders 1 &2… and you are the reason we will continue to make games." There may be some hope, however, as Platinum Games producer Atsushi Inaba expressed his interest in the franchise, stating on Twitter (as translated by Polygon), "Oh man in THQ's big sale it looks like nobody's bought Darksiders… I'd love to buy that (if it was cheap)." Coinciding with Inaba's tweet of interest, Vigil's lead designer Haydn Dalton tweeted that "there was a shimmer on a slither of hope, that at one point, there'd be a Darksiders III: 4 Player Co-Op; It rode off into the sunset today." However, this tweet was then responded to by Platinum's own writer and translator JP Kellams, who made an offer to employees of Vigil Games on behalf of his company, telling Dalton "If anyone is interested in working with/at Platinum let me know how to get ahold of you via DM." Seeing how Vigil Games has yet to find a buyer, doom seems to be on the horizon for its employees and the Darksiders franchise. But with Platinum Games showing interest in buying the series' license, as well as hiring the company's employees, there is still a chance that a Darksiders III may very well happen, and under Platinum's development no less. Sure, their producer stated that they would buy the license if it were cheap, but with the company offering jobs to Vigil's employees, and with Vigil's own CEO writing Brian Farrell "We will make every effort to find appropriate buyers" in an email to his staffers, the likelihood is certainly not that far out there. Would you like to see Platinum Games take up the Darksiders franchise? How do you feel about the series in general?
  5. THQ has been the subject of debate as a company in turmoil quite a bit over the last year and are now seeking to unload intellectual property. The company utilized Humble Bundle and a few other alternative funding sources to help birth some extra revenue. The Playstation Blog announced today that the THQ epic, Darksiders, will become the next title available for Playstation Plus subscribers“ Instant Game Collection. This news is particularly great for those who forgot to pick up the Humble THQ Bundle and do not have access to a quality gaming computer. inFamous 2 shall rejoin the Instant Game Collection in tomorrow“s update after having its availability mistakenly removed. The store update will also be offering a 50% discount on StarDrone Extreme for Plus members, costing buyers a measly $2. Do you consider Darksiders as a worthy addition to the Instant Game Collection?
  6. Here's a pretty standard Darksders 2 Giveaway: http://videogamewriters.com/win-a-ps3-copy-of-darksiders-ii-52997
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