This Weekly Dish was written a couple days earlier than usual, as your faithful columnist is moving and is about to drop off the Internet for several days. Still, there's plenty to talk about this week, from Valve + Apple rumors to one franchise's stand against DLC characters. If we miss anything big, we'll make sure to cover it next time!
Valve Pumping Out Cider?
Despite debunking the recent Steambox rumors, Valve keeps dropping little hints about working on next-generation hardware. When Apple CEO Tim Cook paid a visit to Valve HQ recently, the rumors began to fly. Some sources believe that Apple intends to enter the console market with a Kinect-style device developed in conjunction with Valve, which continues to hire hardware experts. Others simply wonder if Apple might begin to support Steam, which is already available on Mac, on more Apple devices.
Neither Apple nor Valve is talking, so the meeting's true purpose remains a mystery. Perhaps Tim Cook is a passionate fan of Gordon Freeman, and decided to pay a personal visit to implore Valve to complete Half-Life 3? Stranger things have happened.
EA's Copycat Bungle
It's very difficult to put anything past nerds on the Internet—and I say that with pride, being one of them. Thus, it was recently noted that posted designs for tanks in EA's browser-based Command & Conquer Tiberium Alliances were nearly identical to tanks found in Warhammer 40k. When approached for comment on the matter, EA stated that the designs were meant to be internal concept art that were mistakenly made available to the public, and noted that EA and Games Workshop had spoken on the matter. The copied tanks will not be showing up in C&C, and it appears that nobody will be suing anybody. The only question that remains is why somebody at EA was bothering to copy old Warhammer tank designs for "inspiration" when they could simply have looked at pictures of the old designs instead?
It's Never A Good Bug When Hitler Shows Up
Speaking of bungles, there's been a doozy of a boo boo on Call of Duty Elite recently. The "Elite TV" segment of the service shows off various game-related videos. Lately, though, a couple videos starring Adolf Hitler and white supremacist propaganda began showing up as "staff picks" on the service. After about a week of repeated complaints from viewers, Activision finally responded to a press inquiry about the issue. The videos appeared as the result of a linking problem that has since been fixed, Activision obviously knows that such filth doesn't belong on Call of Duty Elite, and the company is working to make sure the problem doesn't happen again. Nothing to see here, folks, except for the fact that perhaps next time Activision should think about being faster at removing accidental Nazi propaganda.
Pikmin fans have been waiting a very long time for this one. Nintendo has confirmed that it will be showing a Pikmin game for the Wii U at E3 this year. The Wii U's tablet controller should be the perfect fit for the series, which is tailor-made for touchscreen or stylus controls. There will also be a new Super Mario Brothers game shown off at E3, though that seems like a bit of a given these days. Mario certainly has been getting around these past few years.
Tekken Takes a Stand
There's been quite the controversy in the fighting game community lately, as gamers have been up in arms about paid DLC characters that were found on-disc in Street Fighter X Tekken. Capcom, which produced the title, has taken a lot of heat for what some gamers see as an underhanded money-grab. In light of the Tekken series being associated with the controversy, Takken producer Katsuhiro Harada has decided to speak up on the issue.
Harada believes that fighting game characters are like chess pieces, and that holding any of the characters back via a pay gate would be denying players an essential part of the game. He stated that the Tekken series proper would never offer paid DLC characters, though it might be willing to offer vanity DLC items in the future. Harada was quick to note that he wasn't attempting to call out Capcom, and that he understood that company's business decision. He simply disagrees with DLC characters from a game design perspective. Thus, I offer three cheers to Harada for putting game design over pure profit motive and for being a classy fellow.
Date: April 20, 2012
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