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Gaming News Weekly Recap – March 16 – 22, 2014

vgs-weekly-news-march-16-22We can’t easily cover all the news each week with our small team, so instead, we’ll bring you a Gaming News Weekly Recap for the previous week each Sunday or Monday – sometimes earlier, sometimes later on Sunday or early Monday morning, depending on what I’ve got going on….or in this case, a Tuesday posting because I got swamped and had no time to write.

A lot of things happened this week and some of these will link to other articles on other sites in addition to our quick rundown or comments on them. Most of the articles will link to official websites where you can find more information on the game; only a few articles will link to original sources that are not official sites.

So, here’s this past week’s recap.

DLC Being Pulled for Guitar Hero, DJ Hero, Band Hero

last-chance-guitar-hero-other-dlcWhile I don’t own Guitar Hero or the other games, I’ve played them a bit here and there and found them to be enjoyable.  Unfortunately, it didn’t come as a surprise when I saw an article on Joystick regarding the fact that Activision is pulling DLC for the games at the end of the month.  Seeing as they haven’t created any new games in that franchise, it was only a matter of time before they’d remove the DLC.

The good news, if you were wanting to purchase some tracks, many of them are available till the end of the month at half price.  But if you don’t pick them up now, you’re going to be out of luck.

From the official Facebook page for Guitar Hero:

Sad to say that the downloadable songs for the Guitar HeroDJ Hero andBand Hero games, and the Guitar Hero mobile game will no longer be available after March 31, 2014. The Guitar Hero servers will stay online and any previously purchased downloadable content is unaffected by this change.

We want to thank all of you for supporting Guitar Hero over the last nine years. To celebrate this great community, selected songs and tracks will be available for as much as a 50% discount on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii from now until the end of the month.

For more information, please visit the store on your console.

I wonder when Rockband will follow suite.

Source 1: http://www.joystiq.com/2014/03/19/activision-pulling-all-dlc-for-guitar-hero-dj-hero-and-band-her/

Source 2: https://www.facebook.com/GuitarHero/photos/a.88575948619.84770.29438478619/10152295986523620/?type=1

walmart-logoWal-mart Joins the Trade-in-Games Market

Surprising news came from the super-store giant, Wal-mart, this past week.  They announced that they were joining the used-game exchange, allowing gamers to trade in their games for store credit to buy other games or other products in-store.

Some people may like this idea, for me it’s one less stop to take my kid to trade in his games and get new ones.  If they keep prices reasonable, it might not be a bad thing.

You can start trading in games at Wal-mart March 26.

Official site:  http://walmart.cexchange.com/online/home/index.rails
Original Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/03/18/wal-mart-video-games-trade-ins-gaming/6555895/

UE4_ishere_noLogo-770x250-603108303Unreal Engine 4 for the Public at $19 a Month

Perhaps one of the biggest pieces of news to come out of GDC 2014 was the information released that Unreal Engine 4 would be available to the public at the cost of $19 a month.  Of course, I base this off the fact that my Twitter feed about exploded from it – all I saw was Unreal Engine 4 this and that.

Check out this part of the announcement from their official blog:

Epic’s goal is to put the engine within reach of everyone interested in building games and 3D content, from indies to large triple-A development teams, and Minecraft creators as well. For $19/month you can have access to everything, including the Unreal Editor in ready-to-run form, and the engine’s complete C++ source code hosted on GitHub for collaborative development.

This is the complete technology we at Epic use when building our own games, forged by years of experience shipping games like Gears of War for Xbox and Infinity Blade for iOS, and now reinvented for a new generation.

Of course, shortly after this announcement, Crytek undercuts the monthly fee, selling it’s CryEngine for $9.90 a month.  So it’s nice to see there’s at least some competition and choices out there for developers.

Are you an Indie Developer?  Do you use either of these products?  And if not, now that they are cheaper, are you considering using them?  We’d like to talk with you for an article no matter your answer!

Official info:  https://www.unrealengine.com/blog/welcome-to-unreal-engine-4
Other news source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57620571-93/epic-games-opens-unreal-engine-4-to-public-for-$19-a-month/
Other source: http://www.gamespot.com/articles/crytek-undercuts-unreal-engine-4-with-10-cryengine-subscription/1100-6418427/

GDC Concludes after 3 days of Game Developer Spoilers

I wish I could have gone to GDC, but I didn’t and I can’t really post a lot about it, so, instead, I give you this quick look from Joystiq where they cover all the news and features in a quick bulleted list.  Check it out:   http://www.joystiq.com/2014/03/20/gdc-2014-round-up-all-the-news-features-and-hands-on-all-here/

smiteSmite: Road to Release

I’ve been following this game ever since Tribes Ascend was prepping to be released and even got to play a bit at either PAX East 2011 or PAX Prime 2011 (I can’t remember which).  The game is similar to League of Legends except you get to play all powerful gods on the map.

Smite is a free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena produced by Hi-rez studios and launched March 25 (today).

Hi-Rez Studios announced there will be a $100,000 Smite tournament in Atlanta where the top four European and top four U.S. Teams will battle to determine a winner.

More than 2.5 million players have registered during it’s open beta and they’re expecting more players to join after launch.

Source:  http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2013-11-26-smite-release-date-announced

Official site: http://www2.hirezstudios.com/smite

I ended up cutting this article short so I can get it out the door – too many things happening!  Tune in next week for our next week in review grab bag of mentions.

About Grace "Kayhynn" Snoke

Grace Snoke is a corporate journalist and author who enjoys gaming, reading, writing and jewelry making. Outside of her day job, she writes for a number of sites including: Video Game Scoreboard.com, Obsolete Gamer, SciTech Nerds and for a couple blogs and sites she owns. You can learn more about her adventures as an author here.

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