Evening Reading: Two Too Many

Several games made a strong showing at Microsoft's X10 showcase yesterday. The production value of what I saw around the room drove home how the baseline standards bar has risen this generation. We hear from publishers that the investment it takes to achieve these results has likewise increased and that's why they're so much more likely to greenlight a sequel to a successful game than a new project. The lineup bore that out. Fable 3, Crackdown 2, Lost Planet 2, another Splinter Cell, and another Halo; only Alan Wake braved the waters with a new original game.

A recurring undercurrent in the responses I've heard to Bioshock 2, though, is that it's "more of the same," said as a knock. Setting aside whatever bias we have based on who was or was not involved in its design, that sentiment leaves me wondering whether we could finally be tiring of the overly heavy dose of sequels being served. As much as I loved the atmosphere of Bioshock, more of the same sounds like a good thing. If anything it implies that they got it right, my biggest concern.

As the industry continues to mature, publishers need to develop an eye for recognizing when their lineups run the risk of falling into doldrums from a lack of anything new. I don't remotely expect them to not make a sequel to a successful game. Every sequel, though, doesn't have to get banged out right away like a manufacturing plant.

The Shacknews assembly line stayed busy today producing these stories and more:

From The Chatty
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    February 12, 2010 6:20 PM

    Thank you L4D2 Shackers. Now the kiddo is on the couch crying.

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      February 12, 2010 6:21 PM

      what a wimp

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      February 12, 2010 6:21 PM

      What happened?

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        February 12, 2010 6:21 PM

        She was playing the shooting gallery. They invited her to play and yet without saying " Hey stop that shit" they just kicked her.

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      February 12, 2010 6:21 PM

      oh no :(

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      February 12, 2010 6:22 PM

      I think oncewhite (or whatever his name was) started the vote. We should have kicked him when he said he wasn't a shacker.

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        February 12, 2010 6:24 PM

        Oh well. She's tired anyway. She's been playing in the snow all day.

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          February 12, 2010 6:25 PM

          When you and I played a game with your daughter and my son I felt like I bonded with you in some weird way

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          February 12, 2010 6:26 PM

          I think I played against here once - I kept trying not to hit her when I was playing infected, but whenever I pounced/smoked/charged into the group, I seemed to hit her every time. :(

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            February 12, 2010 6:40 PM

            It's not like she is not ruthless, she can and will kill you when she is Infected

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              February 12, 2010 6:44 PM

              wait wait wait... you play VS now?

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                February 12, 2010 6:45 PM

                dognose... is his daughter!

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                February 12, 2010 6:59 PM

                Yes, but I still do not like versus.

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                  February 12, 2010 7:06 PM

                  I still want to hug you

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                  February 12, 2010 7:09 PM

                  Yeah you love it.

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                  February 12, 2010 7:15 PM

                  Dognose, I wanna play versus with you! :D

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                    February 12, 2010 7:17 PM

                    Talk you know who into it and i will have no choice :/

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                      February 12, 2010 8:11 PM

                      dognose, we must have a game this weekend since you get home so late during the week

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                  February 12, 2010 9:40 PM

                  I've never tried versus yet.

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                    February 12, 2010 9:45 PM

                    You might enjoy it if you are competitive. I dislike it but I am in a very small minority.

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            February 13, 2010 12:18 AM

            Don't worry about it man, she's awesome as infected. Probably raped you more than your realized

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        February 12, 2010 6:25 PM

        You could always decline to kick.

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          February 12, 2010 6:34 PM

          If two people on your team vote to kick someone it doesn't matter what the other one voted. I was focused on playing and then I see the vote, then two green check marks appeared and I knew there was nothing I could do. I'm perfectly willing to play l4d with symphony I just think there needs to be extra consideration in balancing the teams when she plays.

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      February 12, 2010 6:25 PM

      Don't make little girls cry :(

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        February 12, 2010 11:37 PM

        The most entertaining volleyball game I ever seen was in the Army when my class played against another class.

        We had a female soldier on our team and she spiked the ball and we all went, "OMG you let a girl beat you!" and kept it up.

        When someone on the other team spiked on her we went, "Oh wow, you're so manly now you had to beat on a girl!"

        We pretty much got the other team to rage and one guy was like, "Oh fuck you assholes!" and rage quit. It was awesome.

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      February 12, 2010 6:27 PM

      oh that sucks - come on, I'm starting a new one

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      February 12, 2010 6:27 PM

      she's usually pretty good

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        February 12, 2010 6:30 PM

        Yeah, I was surprised to learn to learn about her while playing with/against you some time ago. She's going to become a FPS champion.

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          February 12, 2010 6:43 PM

          she was really good in VS as zombies... not so much as survivor but way better than some people heh

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      February 12, 2010 6:29 PM

      Internet.

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      February 12, 2010 6:33 PM

      um, how old is she?

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        February 12, 2010 6:35 PM

        Don't want to start that conversation...

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          February 12, 2010 6:40 PM

          lol

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          February 12, 2010 6:53 PM

          er, okay, we'll say youngish, then. Where taking it easy on her in a game might still be a good idea.

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        February 12, 2010 6:38 PM

        no worries she plays blind folded with no sound.

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        February 12, 2010 6:46 PM

        Old enough.

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        February 12, 2010 11:25 PM

        Old enough to play m rated games and watch intestines get blown all over the place and have nick shouting shit! tits! shit! tits! over and over again.

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      February 12, 2010 6:37 PM

      fucking assholes. I hope you punch yourselves in the dicks.

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        February 12, 2010 6:49 PM

        deject you're anatomically all over the place here

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          February 12, 2010 7:20 PM

          Dave-A, I'm blinded with nerdrage about these shenanigans!!!

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      February 12, 2010 7:22 PM

      she destroyed all four of us as a tank on the rooftop level of dark carnival one day. im still bitter about that.

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        February 12, 2010 7:53 PM

        she did it to us right out of the gate on heavy rain

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      February 12, 2010 8:09 PM

      Good games everyone.

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      February 12, 2010 8:29 PM

      I always feel bad because she invites me like 10 times to play but I never play.

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        February 12, 2010 9:33 PM

        She's not the only one to invite you and get snubbed

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        February 12, 2010 9:49 PM

        I always feel bad because I like playing with her alright except for the fact that I can't swear because it appears I am completely unable to not cuss like a sailor when I play video games and when I chop wood.

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          February 12, 2010 9:54 PM

          But doesn't intothefray swear all the time when she's playing?

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            February 12, 2010 10:00 PM

            I don't know but he tells me not to swear when she's on my team.

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              February 12, 2010 10:05 PM

              I guess the time I played with the 2 of them he was on my time while Symphony was on the other team. Whatever, if he wants to swear but still asks us not to, no problems from me. Except for the fact that I think I'm incapable of keeping a civil tongue while playing L4D.

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                February 12, 2010 10:08 PM

                especially if you're losing.

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                February 12, 2010 10:23 PM

                Except for the fact that I think I'm incapable of keeping a civil tongue while playing L4Dgetting raped in a game.

                There, fixed that for you! =P

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                February 12, 2010 10:26 PM

                I've never seen them play on the same team.

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              February 12, 2010 10:43 PM

              ^ Potty mouth.. A little bit is not a big deal. The characters themselves curse a lot. Even I cuss when she's only a few feet from me playing. Just don't want her telling her mommy that some chick named mysled taught her some new words and usages. She learned "the n word" from someone's name in L4D1 and asked her grandma what it meant (we're not very racist).

        • bld legacy 10 years
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          February 12, 2010 9:54 PM

          I have the same problem, L4D2 can send me on cussing storms when I mess up too, and forget sometimes a kid is playing :(

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          February 12, 2010 9:55 PM

          you do get a blue streak going sometimes for sure! hey what happened to lunch time TF2 games anyway? =/

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          February 12, 2010 11:27 PM

          You need a youtube channel of you chopping wood. I see big fortunes.

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        February 12, 2010 10:46 PM

        Yea I do too she always invites me because her friend list has like 10 people, but I never join.
        I like playing with Symphony (she played CS and TF2 with us some) but L4D2 brings out the worst in me :)

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        February 12, 2010 10:47 PM

        Earlier today she asked me what I was doing, and I told her homework. Then she told me I should do my homework.

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      February 12, 2010 10:21 PM

      :( thats not good at all. i would like to play a game of left4dead 2 with shackers in about an hour or so after im full of steak

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