News came thick and fast this week, making it difficult to decide what to write about. In the end I settled on these little morsels.
This week I reported on an internet leak, the changes to the MMO business model, the return of an old hero and a look at two of this year’s top upcoming games.
We already have web-based TV show The Guild, featuring geekdom’s favourite redhead Felicia Day. Do we need a full-on movie inspired by playing massively multiplayer online role-playing games (thankfully, and more commonly, known as MMORPGs or even better, just MMOs).
The folks who made The Fellows Hip: Rise of the Gamers thought we did. The movie is about a band of friends who embark on journey to a convention in order to participate in a Lord of the Rings Online competition. Along the way the heroes find themselves in many situations mirroring those found in Tolkien’s tales. The film-makers sought, and gained, approval from both Middle-Earth Enterprises and Turbine, the original developers of the LoTRO game. The movie actually features footage taken directly from the game.
Codemasters has released the first in a series of developer diaries for F1 2011, the follow up to the BAFTA award-winning F1 2010. The Developer Diary features work in progress gameplay footage and stars Chief Games Designer Stephen Hood, Executive Producer Paul Jeal and Formula One test driver Anthony Davidson who serves as the game’s technical consultant.
I love free stuff. I especially love free games. Bohemia Interactive have launched the public beta of Arma 2: Free. If you have never played Arma and are even remotely interested in PC shooters then you should check out Arma 2: Free. Be warned, the Arma experience is a no holds barred combat simulation that takes no prisoners.
The first DLC for Codemasters’ Operation Flashpoint: Red River, entitled The Valley of Death Pack, has hit the ANZ PlayStation Network for download from today. The DLC will be available from the Xbox Live Marketplace and the Games for Windows Marketplace from 30th June.