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The 2010 Gaming Season

The Gaming Season is almost upon us. Every Fall new blockbuster games get released. The Gaming Season starts in September and then ends in Late June. Sound familiar, if it does, that is because that is also the same time school is in session. Everyone thinks the Fall is the start of Football Season, and it is, but why just watch when you can play. E3 and San Diego Comic Con are like the PreGaming Season since these are held in early Summer. These two events showcase what we can expect in the Gaming Season. The first game which officially kicks off the season, no pun intended is Madden NFL 2011. Madden sets the pace for the Gaming Season easily selling millions of copies. EA is a powerful player but has Take 2’s sports titles nipping at it’s heels and debatably, may have already overcome EA’s dominance is the Sports arena.
Quickly on its heels though is Halo: Reach which releases September 14, 2010, this game will most likely set the standard for the FPS genre and will likely hold it’s place in the record books for a few months. Unfortunately there is a powerful contender waiting in the wings which, if history repeats itself, may come off the bench to shatter every and all records. Forcing all other competitors to fight an uphill battle, and that contender is Call of Duty: Black Ops releasing November 9, 2010. Hopefully with Treyarch at the helm, they took some lessons from Infinity Ward and will blow a hole in the competition. In my book these two franchises, Halo and Call of Duty, are running neck and neck as of recently. But, and this is a huge BUT, anyone who is anyone is waiting for April 5, 2011 which is when Gears of War 3 releases. I am not sure if any shooter will be able to hold ground when this monster takes the field. Both Halo and Call of Duty will see their numbers drop at Midnight on April 5th. Will anyone be able to survive when the COG Army rolls in? Also be on the lookout for Medal of Honor releasing 10/12/2010. This may be a sleeper hit.
But don’t be fooled there is plenty in store for the start of the Gaming Season. We have the Super Bowl of competitions coming with the Playstation Move going toe to toe with Xbox Kinect. Will this be another Blu Ray vs HD DVD like death match? With the Move releasing in September about two weeks before Kinect scheduled for November 4, 2010, Playstation has the advantage of securing the Holiday Season aka the “Play Offs”. Securing the Holiday Season is crucial to winning the Gaming Season Championship. One misstep or critical bug can push consumers to the other side. Playstation Move requires about $120 worth of peripherals unless you already own an eye toy, where as Xbox Kinect requires a $150 of the Kinect sensor. This will be the matchup to watch.
Then comes the battle of the RPG’s! Fable III releasing October 26, 2010 and Fallout New Vegas on October 19, 2010 along with Two Worlds II on October 5, 2010 trying to prove it can run with the big boys. Then we have Star Wars: Force Unleashed II on October 26, 2010 trying to push it’s way to the top.
In the Racing genre the two big titles to watch are Gran Turismo 5 (11/2/2010) going against Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit (11/16/2010).
But as far as match ups go, these are the big ones. Some of the other players in the business that are trying to make their presence known is Dead Rising 2 (9/21/2010), Hawx 2 (9/7/2010), Kane and Lynch 2 (8/17/2010), Mafia 2 (8/24/2010), the re-release of Battlefield Bad Company 2: Ultimate Edition (8/30/2010).
As it is said at the start of almost every Gaming Season… It’s going to be a good year to be a gamer! Be on the lookout for not just new games but DLC for your old games as well. Developers are trying to keep the spotlight on their titles until the sequels are released so they will be trying to grab your attention. Most notable of the upcoming DLC is the The Robot Revolution for Borderlands but there are a ton more coming. So grab your controllers and secure your pre-order reservations cause this season is going to be a good one!


Well I played some games I had sitting around yesterday. I played Borderlands for a bit. I finally made it to level 15. I tend to switch between games very often which usually causes me to take a while to finish them. The games in rotation currently are Mass Effect 2, BorderLands and Assassins Creed. The latter being I need to finish it before I can start Assassins Creed 2. All of these games are very enjoyable and the stories are very compelling. I sent a twitter message to RockStar Games hoping they send me a copy of Red Dead Redemption so that I can review it and well essentially play it. As the case with everyone, the cash is pretty tight and usually tied up in other ventures like… bills. Now I would forgo paying them but I have a feeling my wife would have a few choice words for me if the phone got cut off but I had a shiny new game. But anyway, maybe they will send me a copy but chances are with the thousands of requests they get, my chances are slim to none. I have heard great things about Red Dead and I like westerns so eventually I will get this game (one way or another) and I am sure I will enjoy it.

I am trying to work on my achievements since I haven’t broken the 10k mark yet. not really sure why this matters to me but it is a challenge and I love to tackle a challenge. I will probably squeeze in some more gaming this weekend as it is supposed to rain off and on. I just got FIOS installed so I am looking forward to see how the online multiplayer is when playing Modern Warfare 2 and Halo 3.

I am also getting ready for Comic Con next week in Philly. So like I said check back and I will try to have some pics or video up from my trip there.

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 This is complete BullShit!  The game companies are making a boat load of cash off of initial sales. If a game is sold used, it WAS once sold new.  This is how every industry works. Honda does not get a cut from used Honda sales at a Ford dealership.  Dreamworks does not get a cut when blockbuster sells the movie used. If game companies want a piece of the used game sales then they need to open up their own stores that will buy and sell their used games. They are trying to double dip. When you sell a game you are selling all the rights to that game back to gamestop. Which means that the rights get passed on to the next purchaser and so on. EA is basically saying that instead of getting an online pass for all their sports titles you have to pay an extra $10 for each title. they have the right to do this but charging extra for online is absolutely wrong. We pay for internet, Xbox Live service and now we have to purchase rights to EA’s servers? I think not. I can see Microsoft and Sony both pushing back on this as it will affect their numbers. If you can’t play Madden etc online then what is the point in getting Live or the soon to be Premium PSN Network? If EA puts Gamestop out of business then they will also affect their own sales numbers. They shouldn’t mess with what is not broken.
If EA wants people to stop buying used games then they should shut down the servers to the old games, forcing users to play on the new game servers. I am all for giving freebies when buying new but don’t charge a price for online play access when we are already paying for it through Microsoft/Sony (eventually).
If everyone starts charging for online play then we the players will find other means to play together online for free and will forgo paying for Xbox live and PSN. Individuals will create their own servers and host peer to peer matches through system link. Or hack the consoles to bypass xbox live and PSN. the closer the consoles get to being PC’s the easier it is to play without paying. Remember it hasn’t been that long since we were all playing Halo together without xbox live multiplayer. The game industry needs to remember that as well.