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InGames: This Week's Videogame News


THQ Humble Bundle, Bioshock Infinite and #1ReasonWhy; another summary of this week's gaming news.


1. THQ Humble Bundle


The latest Humble Bundle has been launched, much to indie developers' dismay - the latest promotion features a selection of games from long time publisher THQ, developed by big name studios, rather than small time in-your-bedroom developers. This has stirred up some negativity towards the once prosperous Humble Bundle, leaving some developers wondering the direction the promotion is taking. It is well known that THQ have recently been having major financial difficulties after a long period of economic uncertainty, and rumour has it that Electronic Arts are poised to snap up many of THQ's IP titles and franchises in the event they go bankrupt.

This being said, from a consumer point of view, this is a great deal on some of THQ's more popular titles, the bundle is made up of the following:

  1. Saints Row The Third
  2. Darksiders
  3. Metro 2033
  4. Red Faction Armageddon
  5. Company of Heroes
  6. Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
  7. Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor


Again, as with all Humble Bundle deals, you also receive the soundtracks to all these titles when you pay over the average amount, which as it stands is currently £3.53. This line up of games would cost a phenomenal £106.93 on Steam as of right now, meaning that you can pick up all these games for less than 5% of their asking price. And it's for charity, so everybody wins!


2. Bioshock Infinite Cover Released, Will Not Feature Multiplayer


The cover art for the much anticipated Bioshock Infinite has been revealed, it shows protagonist Booker DeWitt looking rather glum and forlorn in front of a burning US flag. Fans have expressed their disappointment at the seemingly uninspired design, especially given how it seems to emulate the trend of moody-looking-lead-characters-walking-towards-you-while-shit-goes-down-in-the-background (see: Battlefield 3, Deus Ex Human Revolution, Skyrim, Assassins Creed 2, every Modern Warfare title to date.)


In other news, Ken Levine stated on his Twitter account that there will not be any multiplayer mode for the game included, there has been a mixed reception to this news, with some claiming that it will drastically shorten the games lifespan while others point to Bioshock 2's lacklustre multiplayer as an indicator that the developers should focus their attention on the single player aspect.

3. #1ReasonWhy Twitter Campaign Highlights Sexism In Games Industry


One of the trending topics recently has been the subject of sexism within the games industry. This has culminated in the #1ReasonWhy movement, which sees prominent female members of the game industry speaking out about gender inequality and their treatment by their peers. Some supporters of the movement point to what they claim is the most recent example of gamer misogyny in the recent Kotaku article "How Diablo III Told Me My Marriage Was Over" by Tiffany Claiborne, a female video games writer.

The article itself describes how she recognised faults within her relationship while playing Diablo III with her husband. She begins by stating that on their first date, how she proceeded to pull out her Nintendo DS and it was then at that moment that her husband supposedly "fell in love" with her - but goes on to say how his indifference towards her dying during their Diablo III session was a monumental breaking point in their relationship to such an extent that she claims "It wasn't just that He Let Me Die, it's that he was so nonchalant about it, even while tears ran down my face."

However, after an extensive tirade against her former parter, Claiborne then reveals her unfaithfulness in the relationship with her now current partner, effectively invalidating her entire argument by showing much greater social issues at work.

(As an aside, as someone who is actively seeking to get into the games industry, I find it pretty insulting that the work of promising self starters is often overlooked in favour of Cosmo-grade pseudo-journalism and petty gender-based attention seeking. YOU HEARD ME.)

4. GTAV PC Petition Hits Over 100,000


The ever-growing petition to bring Rockstar's upcoming GTAV to PC has hit a major mile-stone with over 100,000 signatures to date. Fans were dismayed when it was announced earlier last month that the game would only be available on consoles at release, fearing a repeat of Red Dead Redemption, which has yet to see a PC adaptation.

However Rockstar North, the sub-studio behind the development the GTA series, has successfully ported every one of their releases to date, whereas Rockstar San Diego, the team behind Red Dead Redemption, haven't ported a title to PC since 2003. With this in mind, and with demand from fans growing daily, it looks likely that we will see a PC port in the upcoming future.

You can sign the petition to support the movement here.

5. Hotline Miami DLC Expanded Into Full Sequel


The popular indie title Hotline Miami will receive a sequel in the near future, it has been revealed. Creator Jonatan "Cactus" Söderström stated on his Twitter account "Working while listening to the sweet tunes of a preliminary Hotline Miami 2 soundtrack that we've put together during the weekend", effectively confirming a sequel is in the works.

During an earlier interview with Eurogamer, Jonatan was asked about the previously planned Hotline Miami DLC, Jonatan said "Yeah, it seems like it will end up bigger (in terms of the number of levels we've got planned) than the first, so it feels reasonable to release it as a full game rather than a DLC." He added that the game will not be released in the near future as they have "barely begun" working on it and are focusing on patches for the first game as opposed to the next instalment.


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