The month in gaming ne ws, put through the HYPER BS filter
Grand Theft Auto V has been withdrawn from sale at discount retail giants Target and Kmart amid controversy regarding the game’s depiction of violence against women. The decision to pull the game from shelves seemed to be in direct response to a petition hosted on change.org which garnered almost 50,000 supporters. “It’s a game that encourages players to murder women for entertainment,” said the petition, launched by three survivors of sexual violence. “The incentive is to commit sexual violence against women, then abuse or kill them to proceed or get ‘health’ points – and now Target are stocking it and promoting it for your Xmas stocking.” ... It only took an entire year and a re-release on the new 8th gen consoles (with a forthcoming release on the PC) but Grand Theft Auto V has finally, as expected, provoked moral panic and outrage amongst people who we’re assuming have never played the game first-hand. Granted, GTAV is an exceptionally violent game deserving of its R18+ rating, but the depravity is for the most part indiscriminate. But there is one thing we agree with in the petition – Target, who advertised the game in the toys selection of their catalogue alongside Peppa Pig stuffed toys, Barbie Dolls, and Spiderman action figures, should not have promoted it as a Christmas stocking stuffer. >> The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been once-again delayed until May 19, 2015. Following their previous decision to push back the release from Spring 2014 to February 2015 to allow more time to ‘fine-tune’ details, developers CD Projekt Red have postponed the release by a further three months in order to make sure the game is as polished as possible on release, citing the “sheer size and complexity” of the title as the reason for further delay. “When we release the most important game in our studio’s history we must be absolutely sure that we did everything we could to limit any bugs to a level that will allow you to enjoy the game thoroughly,” the company said in an official blog post. “We set the release date too hastily. It’s a hard lesson, one to take to heart for the future. We know what we want to do to make Wild Hunt one of the best RPGs you will ever play. And we continue to work hard to achieve just that. So, we apologize and ask for your trust. >> … We’re going to do our best to leave aside our characteristic cynicism on this one, suppress our mounting fear that the continual delays are indicative of fundamental problems with the game, and call on an oft mentioned quote from old mate Shiggy for reassurance: “a delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad.” >> Final Fantasy VII will be coming to the PlayStation 4 next Autumn, but it won’t be receiving the full-blown HD remake treatment fans have been demanding for over a decade. Instead, the release on the PS4 will be a straight port of the PC version currently available on Steam. >> … Congratulations, Square Enix – our collective disappointment (which was already so high following the gradual transformation of your once fantastic series into a 60+ hour sequence of cut-scenes) now rivals your affection for gender ambiguous heroes and derivative plotlines!