November 15, 2012

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City removed from Steam

Posted on November 15, 2012 by Broken Joysticks

For those of you  that have not yet purchased Grand Theft Auto: Vice City off of Steam, there is now an unfortunate happenstance that’s likely to prevent you from playing the role of Tommy Vercetti for an undetermined amount of time. The reported block came from none other than Sony Music Entertainment, who cited licensing misuse on Michael Jackson’s ‘Wanna Be Startin’ Something’ found on the Vice City Fever 105 station. Rockstar has claimed that they are currently in the process of making the game available once again on Steam, as soon as this problem is fixed.

Fortunately, if you have already purchased and downloaded Vice City to begin with, you can still re-download and install it at any time, this removal only prevents any future buyers of the game at this point. Needless to say, it is an utter disappointment for the RIAA to once again step up and ruin not only music licensing in video games, but digital distribution as well.


Wii U Does Not Support Achievements

Posted on November 15, 2012 by Jason Bassett

Thinking of signing up and start raking up achievements? Not so fast there. Nintendo does not currently support a universe achievement feature in the Wii U. Jeremiah Slaczka, the creative director and co-founder of the studio 5TH Cell posted on the popular video game forum NeoGAF earlier this week. In the post, he makes mention that the Nintendo Wii U will not be supporting a universal achievement system on the Wii U saying:

Scribblenauts Unlimited loosely has them in the form of ‘Global Starite Shards’ which is like a giant checklist of global things to spawn and do in the game that aren’t area specific.

What does this mean for the achievements on the Wii U? Basically, if a developer wants to have achievements in their game, they would have to code the achievements in the game itself and not via the Wii U. Some games already do this type of system like Ubisoft’s U Play where players can rake up achievements and even unlock cool stuff inside of each game that Ubisoft makes.

Will there by an achievement system soon? That’s hard to tell. Nintendo could always add the feature in later like Sony did with it’s User Trophy system. Don’t forget, however, Nintendo does reward players that do buy software for their systems with the Nintendo Club Rewards program.

Be on the lookout tomorrow for an exclusive hands-on with the Wii U and on Sunday morning, I will be unboxing the system when I get mine.


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