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LeetSauced Podcast – Episode 33 – Vik has never played FFVII
In a story that has left me with my jaw literally hanging open, two parents have been apprehended by Chinese authorities after it transpired they sold their three children to fund their MMO habit.
Li Lin and Li Juan sold their baby daughter for roughly $500, their first son for around $4600, and their second son for the same price. Li Lin’s mother contacted officials after she had found out what happened, and the couple was taken into custody.
According to reports, the couple didn’t know that selling babies so they could play computer games was illegal. In a country where political prisoners are forced into MMO gold-farming labor, it’s hard to distinguish the lines, I guess.
“We don’t want to raise them, we just want to sell them for some money,” said the couple, when asked if they missed them. To be fair, you can’t fault them for their honesty.
PlayStation Vita cross-game chat, online modes detailed
PlayStation Vita has a number of online connectivity features. However, with all the buzzwords being thrown about–Near, Party, LiveArea, and Activity–it may be difficult to understand exactly what Sony’s next generation portable is really capable of. Thankfully, Sony Europe’s Phil Rogers’ clarified exactly how to use some of Vita’s online features.
Most notably, he makes it very clear that cross-game chat–currently the most requested feature on the PlayStation.Blog–”it’s there and it’s on Vita.”
Cross-game chat is part of the system’s “Party” feature. It allows up to four systems to form a party, regardless of what they’re doing on the system. As with Xbox Live, parties can quickly join games together.
The “Near” features is not unlike SpotPass on the Nintendo 3DS. Described as “a location-based gifting system,” it enables Vita owners to find other players, exchange gifts, and learn about recent games they’ve played. “This is fairly cool because it exposes users to games they might not have heard of and you can see how popular those games are and how people are rating them,” Rogers explained at the Develop Conference 2011 (via Eurogamer).
Unlike SpotPass on the 3DS, users don’t necessarily need to be physically near one another to use Near. So long as you visit a place that another Vita user has visited that day, you may be able to pick up a gift:
Imagine user A visits locations one to ten through that day, and they get home and sync with the server and it uploads to the Near server your ten locations that you’ve been to. User B comes along, does the same thing, but at some point in User B’s day they passed User A’s location five, which means they’re now able to collect gifts that that user’s dropped.
Final Fantasy XIII-2 aims to ‘rectify’ every FFXIII complaint
It has seemed obvious from the features being added to Final Fantasy XIII-2 that Square is acutely aware of the complaints against its predecessor, but now the company is just stating it outright. In an interview with Gamasutra, game director Motomu Toriyama treated the subject pretty bluntly. “Our ultimate goal is rectifying every single point in Final Fantasy XIII that has been criticized by users,” he said.
Does this really matter to anyone?
Also, Toriyama rejected the notion that the game was made from unused FFXIII content, saying that a statement from a staff member was misinterpreted. “It is true in any game, in the process of making it, that obviously you have to come up with lots of different ideas, and obviously you can’t materialize every single one of them,” he said. “You have to try them out, and eventually you’re left with the best ones for use. It’s only that because there are lots of ideas and content that we could have included in XIII where we didn’t; but we didn’t actually recycle any of them for XIII-2.”
Star Wars: The Old Republic Sets EA Pre-order Record
Electronic Arts said today its upcoming MMORPG Star Wars: The Old Republic is the fastest pre-ordered title in the company’s history through the first five days.
The publisher did not provide an update on the game’s release, however, only saying its targeted to launch in holiday 2011. Pre-orders for Star Wars: The Old Republic began last week.
Microsoft Farming Simulator 2011
Now it’s possible to breed cattle completing a variety of tasks such as feeding the cows or spreading the dung and liquid manure on the fields. By selling the produced milk to the local dairy you earn additional money for your farm.
Another big improvement is the multiplayer mode by which you can manage your farm together with friends over the Internet or local network.
In the improved career mode you take on the role of a young farmer and experience the workaday life in the countryside in a completely adapted and freely accessible farmer’s world. Through several activities such as plowing fields, seeding and baling you build up financial resources allowing you to buy better equipment. Visit the local agricultural machinery store to buy new vehicles and equipment or to sell your old machines.
Nintendo Makes Big Cut on Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo has made a major cut on the price of the Nintendo 3DS. The price will drop from $249.99 to $169.99 on August 12, 2011. This is a drop of around 32%. Kotaku used an image of a madman with an axe to represent just how steep the price drop is.
Nintendo is also offering a deal to people who already purchased the 3DS and paid $249.99 for the device. Nintendo calls these people Ambassadors. Nintendo Ambassadors who connect to the Nintendo eShop before 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on August 11 can get free games. You can find out more about the 3DS Ambassadors program here.
830,000 people in the U.S. have purchased the device in the U.S. according to Nintendo.
Sony Cuts TV Forecast, Nintendo Game Player Flops as Earnings Outlook Dims
Sony, Japan’s largest exporter of electronics, yesterday cut its profit estimate 25 percent, citing lower TV demand in Europe and the U.S. Nintendo, the world’s biggest maker of video-game players, slashed its net income forecast 82 percent to the lowest in a quarter century and lowered the price of its new 3-D portable game player by as much as 40 percent.
GameStop Brings the Convenience of Digital PC Game Delivery to Retail
It makes sense, I suppose. Since they’ve been having so much success selling codes for downloadable console game content in their retail locations, expanding that idea to encompass downloadable PC games seems like a logical step for GameStop to take, so here we are. Starting with next month’s Deus Ex: Human Revolution, PC gamers will be able to hop into their local store and purchase a voucher that allows them to download the game to their machine.
Cyanide Computerising Confrontation
Speaking of miniatures and dice, Cyanide – they of Bloodbowl and more lately the Game Of Thrones game – have announced that they are converting fantasy combat tabletop title Confrontation to the PC. Rackham, the company who made the game, went bust a while back I think, but the miniatures line has been picked up by Legacy Miniatures and it looks like Cyanide are pitching into the revival by creating a PC version. This PC version is, Cyanide explain: “an incredible real-time strategy game with the classic role playing elements.”