Glossary: Teabagging

Viva La Revolution

Friday, August 25, 2006 | 11:56 AM | by
A couple of new demos hit XBL recently.

Just Cause is sort of like a revolutionary GTA. And not revolutionary in that it recreates the genre, but revolutionary in that you play as a revolutionary. I wasn't all that impressed. Some of the features, like stunt positions on vehicles and the acrobatics were cool, and I appreciate what they were trying to do, but it seemed too over-the-top. Too gaudy.

Though this is just my first impression, and shouldn't be taken to heart yet. I only played the game for ten minutes at 4am last night for the sole purpose of giving my first impressions in today's newspost. I owe the game more than that before I pass final judgement.

The other demo was for Test Drive Unlimited. "Racing Reinvented". Racing reinvented into what? Exactly what it's always been? I don't care how nice that Ferrari looks, this demo was bad. Why can I drive a brand new car down a cliff, hitting every tree on the way, and at the bottom there is not a single scratch on the clear coat? I know we have the technology to do damage models. Even just scratches and dents are done in most driving games now. So what gives?

I was unimpressed and it had nothing to do with it being 4am.

I also grabbed the free Texas Hold 'Em that was out this week, for a limited time. I haven't played yet, but maybe next week I'll jump online so you can all take my money.

Licensing

Saturday, August 26, 2006 | 02:58 AM | by
It has been explained to me that certain car companies will only allow video games to use their cars if their cars cannot be damaged. Seems they don't want their precious automobiles viewed as anything less than mint and perfect.

I understand, and it makes sense, but that doesn't make it any less stupid in the game.

Do they really think people will believe you can drive a car into a boulder and it won't crumple like a tin can? We know cars crash. Preventing us from seeing it in a video game isn't going to make us rush out and pay $100k for a Ferrari.