Episode #53: Read My Lips

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Opening Music: Last Minute Adventure
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Skyrim Bugs Prompt Bethesda To Promise That ‘Greater Care’ Be Taken With Patches
Skyrim hasn’t exactly been behaving itself in the weeks since its November 11 launch, something that longtime fans of Bethesda Softworks’ open-world RPG efforts are painfully aware of. The game’s latest update seemed to cause more problems than it addressed, and while moonwalking dragons are hilarious always, they don’t exactly belong in a finished and presumably polished $60 video game. 

Bethesda is aware that many of you are dissatisfied, and has promised to be better in the future about such things. An update on the Bethesda Blog reveals that a patch will be coming to all platforms over the next week or so that will fix the issues created with this week’s patch. More fixes are promised for after the holidays, both “full title updates” and “incremental ‘gameplay updates’ to fix whatever issues come up, along with rebalancing portions of the game for difficulty or exploits.”

The publisher also promises “to treat our updates with greater care” in the future, since there’s a tendency in a game as complex as Skyrim for a single fix to create new problems, as we saw this week. The focus of the team’s bug-squashing efforts will be on “code side fixes… over data fixes” for now; for those who are wondering, “quest and balance issues” belong more on the data side.

Skyrim is first Western game to get Famitsu 40/40
Skyrim is the 17th title to receive the accolade, joining classics such as Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Final Fantasy XII and erm, Nintendogs.

A few Western titles have come close in the past, with Grand Theft Auto IV, Red Dead Redemption, LA Noire, Modern Warfare 2, Modern Warfare 3, COD: Black Ops, Gears of War 3, and FIFA 12 all nabbing 39/40 scores.

Terraria Patch 1.1 Released
The groundbreaking patch 1.1 for Terraria has released today, much to the excitement of the massive fanbase the game has gathered since its May 2011 release.  With over a million copies sold, Terraria is growing quickly and fiercely.  This patch, players can expect new mechanics, monsters, items, and encounters.

Check out the full patch notes at http://www.terrariaonline.com/threads/welcome-to-terraria-1-1.64684/.

Find out everything there is to know about the game at the Official Terraria Wiki, including a list of confirmed future additions to the game.  1.1 information is to be added as quickly as it is obtained!

The Witcher 2 Was Pirated Over 4.5 Million Times
Despite an eye-opening ratio of around five pirated copies per one legitimate purchase of The Witcher 2, the CEO of resolutely anti-DRM developer and publisher CD Projekt has reiterated that stringent copy-protection is not the way forward.

Speaking in an interview with PC Gamer, company CEO and co-founder Marcin Iwinski said that The Witcher 2 was illegally downloaded by tens of thousands of people during its first two weeks on sale. He then went on to exhibit why CD Projekt is so well regarded by gamers that purchase its games legitimately.

Kinect 2 so accurate it can lip read
Microsoft plans to release a next-generation Kinect device so accurate it can lip read, sources have told Eurogamer.

Kinect 2 will come bundled with future Xbox consoles, we understand.

The intention is that Kinect 2 will offer improved motion sensing and voice recognition.

One development source told Eurogamer that Kinect 2 will be so powerful it will enable games to lip read, detect when players are angry, and determine in which direction they are facing.

Kinect 2 can track the pitch and volume of player voices and facial characteristics to measure different emotional states.

The current Kinect is hamstrung by having to pass data to the Xbox 360 through ageing USB technology – an issue discussed by Eurogamer last year.

Kinect 2, however, can feed the next Xbox more information, and thus a higher resolution CCD [charge-coupled device].

“It can be cabled straight through on any number of technologies that just take phenomenally high res data straight to the main processor and straight to the main RAM and ask, what do you want to do with it?” our source said.

Skyward Sword is the Fastest Selling Zelda Game of All Time
I may have been a bit down on Nintendo yesterday with my critique of the 3DS, but today it’s time to spotlight how the company is starting to be on the upswing again.

After a year of almost no worthwhile titles for the Wii, The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was finally released. Since launch, 535,000 copies of the game have been sold, making it the fastest selling Zelda title in history. It’s no Skyrim or Modern Warfare, but it’s not bad, as the series has always been a big seller.

More good news for Nintendo comes in the wake of Black Friday, where 500,000 more Wiis were sold, and thanks to a price cut and Super Mario World 3D, the 3DS is finally starting to pick up after a rocky start, with sales up 325%.  For all those who informed me that the 3DS is not a failure for Nintendo, that definitely wasn’t the case early on, and the system did have a very sluggish start when it was first released. But a lower price and better first party titles have turned the system around for Nintendo, and it’s actually outpacing sales of the original DS now.

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