Video game collector’s editions can offer some neat stuff sometimes. From Pip-Boys to night vision goggles, publishers have come up with unique incentives over the years to convince players to go the extra mile for their favorite franchises. Though this can backfire, as evidenced in the recent Fallout 76 Power Armor edition controversy, most earn a special place on fan shelves. Some can even earn a spot in a fan’s closet, garage, or backyard. The most expensive video game collector’s editions ever offered were each built to leave such an impression. See for yourself below. Expensive Collector’s Editions – Middle-Earth: Shadow of War’s Mithril Edition Middle Earth: Shadow of War is a great sequel that expands upon the Nemesis System of the first game. The title launched on August 22, 2017 with standard, gold, and Mithril editions. Inspired by the fictional metal of the same name in J. R. R. Tolkien’s Hobbit and Lord of the Rings … [Read more...] about The Most Expensive Video Game Collector’s Editions
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If you made a different turn heading toward the coastline, you’d miss Santa Marianita entirely. Wedged between Manta and the Pacific Ocean, the small, 5,000-person Ecuadorean fishing village isn’t on the map. Visitors often show up by accident after taking a wrong turn on their way from San Lorenzo to Manta, or perhaps driven by curiosity toward the sea after visiting the nearby Pacoche wildlife reserve. Santa Marianita’s roads are paved; the sidewalks aren’t. Its few, humble thatched-roof hostels have an enviable ocean view, from whose windows you can whale-watch at the right time of the year. And its windswept beaches stretch on for wide, empty kilometers. The occasional kite surfer or digital nomad drifts in, drawn by the legendary waves or the promise of fiber-optic internet, which reached the village in 2016. But most days, it’s just fishermen hauling their catches and pelicans skimming the sea. Ecuador is not a place known for its gaming culture. … [Read more...] about The video games of Ecuadorean fishing village Santa Marianita
To no one’s surprise, the new president of the National Rifle Association blamed pop culture for the mass shooting in Santa Fe, Texas that killed 10. But, interestingly, the NRA’s president is the same man who was hired to advise on and promote a Call of Duty game that’s among the biggest sellers in video gaming’s biggest-selling franchise. Oliver North, a hero of conservatives for facilitating the sale of weapons to Iran more than 30 years ago, was a spokesman and advisor for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, an M-rated game that a lot of 17-year-olds cut school to buy and play on the Tuesday it launched in 2012. Below is a video of North talking about that experience in 2012. North in 2018: “Nearly all of these perpetrators are male and they are young teenagers in most cases. And they have come through a culture where violence is commonplace.” OK. Here’s North in 2012: “There are more people playing those things at any one time than all of … [Read more...] about The NRA’s new president blames video games, and he helped make one
Have you ever seen Bioshock's Andrew Ryan hit Chell from Portal with a baseball? How about Jack from Mass Effect scratch her ass before inducing a pop-fly from Revolver Oceleot? Geralt of Rivia locking up Ghost Pirate LeChuck with a nasty curveball? I've seen those things, and more, in Super Mega Baseball 2, after I created a team of video game good guys and pitted them against a team of video game bad guys. Settle in for nine innings of the Protagonists versus the Antagonists!I started by using Super Mega Baseball 2's character customization tools to create a bunch of gaming protagonists. You can enlarge the image below by clicking on the upper-right corner:I know these aren't all fantastic realizations of the characters, but there's only a handful of head-shapes to choose from, and just a few different body types. In fact, you can kinda tell almost everyone has the exact same head, and it's only the baseball card poses that give them a little flair. Still, I did my best, and tried to … [Read more...] about I made teams of video game heroes and villains play each other in Super Mega Baseball 2
- Senior lecturer in psychology at Cardiff University Dr. Netta Weinstein on the legitimacy of "gaming disorder". In a piece published by The Guardian today, industry figures gave their opinions about the World Health Organization's decision to include "gaming disorder" in its draft of the next diagnostic manual (the International Classification of Diseases). The US-based Entertainment Software Association has already expressed their doubts over the classification, as well as the UK game industry trade body UKIE (UK Interactive Entertainment). “We are very concerned about the inconclusive nature of the research and the evidence that WHO is using to base this potential classification on,” explains UKIE’s chief executive Jo Twist. It seems that researchers also agree. Senior lecturer in psychology at Cardiff University Dr. Netta Weinstein is still unconvinced. "In our research,” she notes, “we found very … [Read more...] about Is it right to classify excessive video game play as a health disorder?