•••• Bethesda released their trailer for the “Dawnguard” expansion to “Skyrim,” and like everything in the last three years, it’s about vampires. Anything that breathes new life into “Skyrim” is welcome, because even fantastic games get stale when you play them for 250 hours. Not that they have a way to keep track of that. Do they? [YouTube]
•••• EA has confirmed “Dead Space 3” is real and will be announced next week at E3. This is kind of one of those “everyone already knew this but it’s still exciting nonetheless” tidbits. In the age of leaks and 24-hour speculation, it seems like this is more and more what E3 has become. [IGN]
•••• Activision reached settlement before having to go to court over wrongful termination of the original developers of the “Call of Duty” franchise. The trio of lawsuits threatening the publisher by over 40 employees totaled to $2 billion. That’s a hefty price tag to pay someone for making the same game over and over again. [LATimes]
•••• Also on the slate for announcement next week is a new “Gears of War” title, which GameInformer knows all about, because it will be the magazine’s July cover. Fine, be that way guys. [GameInformer]
•••• G4TV mainstay Kevin Pereira said goodbye to “Attack of the Show” last night after a long run at the network and as the show’s host. Pereira will cover E3 for the network before saying his farewell. With Adam Sessler leaving “X-Play” earlier this year, it has been a landmark year for departing game culture television personalities. I hate when that happens. [G4TV]
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The “thing to get bent out of shape” du jour in video games is the E3 trailer for “Hitman: Absolution.” Plenty of people have waxed poetic about how this is the worst thing commited to video since this.
I’ll admit that I don’t really enjoy the “Hitman” games or anything that strays into pulp-style violence. This particular trailer, which has caught so much heat for the so-called “sexy nuns,” bothers me for its violence a lot more than for some leather and fishnets.
This always makes a person sound like some creep from the '70s (a decade which I was not alive for, thank you), but why is everyone so uptight about the sex and not upset about the violence?
And maybe that’s not a fair summation, because there are people who’ve written about how it’s more about one dude murdering a group of scantily-clad women, and there’s certainly something to that.
Still, it’s hard for me to drop the idea that everyone except Justin Bieber and the Pope will hopefully experience sex at some point in their lives. A much smaller percentage of us is going to murder somebody. So why are we so freaked out about the former and so blase’ about the latter? Perhaps it’s just the uncomfortable the intersection of the two in this clip that has people so disturbed.
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I know it’s some cardinal sin not to love and revere the recently wrapped-up “House,” but the show never did it for me. However, if “House” had been a little bit more like “Dr. Mario,” it would have been a different story. “It’s not my problem, send the White Mage.” That’s gold.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun