GF Podcast 25: Oculus and Zenimax, and Easy Games
The biggest news item this week (apart from Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, which we happened after we recorded this episode) has to be the fact that Bethesda parent company Zenimax has accused id Co-founder John Carmack of stealing its technology when he left id for Oculus VR.
We dive into the subject on the latest episode of the GameFront Podcast, outlining what Zenimax says, what Carmack and Oculus say, and how interesting it is that none of this came to light until after Facebook flashed a $2 billion wad of cash and stock in the direction of the virtual reality company.
Also on the docket are discussions of Daylight and Child of Light, both of which hit this week to mixed reviews. Child of Light also touched off a bit of a discussion about difficulty in games — when a difficulty has the name “normal,” does that mean it’s the way it’s intended to be played? Do reviewers have a responsibility to amp up the difficulty if a game seems shallow or dull?
Finally, we touch on some (now slightly dated) info about Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, where the series seems to be going from here now that Sledgehammer has entered the rotation as developing its first full game of the series, and fish AI. Oh, and there’s also those weird Wolfenstein: The New Order PC requirements to discuss, as well.
Here are all the relevant links you should be up on this week:
“Zenimax Accuses Carmack of Stealing Tech For Oculus VR”
“Daylight Review: Once More into the Dark”
“Child of Light Review: A Beautiful, Somewhat Empty World”
“Child of Light Review: About a Girl,” Polygon
“A Review of Arthur Gies’ Review of Child of Light,” Robert Boyd
“Call of Duty 2014 to Focus on Private Military Companies”
“Sounds Like Kevin Spacey is Villain in New Call of Duty (VIDEO)”
“Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Revealed in New Trailer”
“Wolfenstein: The New Order Requires Core i7 CPU on PC”
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