Microsoft announced the upcoming Games with Gold, giving their subscribers a nice mix of indie and triple-A titles. Another gaming live-stream has been a victim of the SWAT-ing prank. Fans of shooters will have a lot to look forward to with big changes to Quake Live coming soon, and the announcement of Playstation timed-exclusive content for Destiny. Here is the gaming news daily digest from Guardian Liberty Voice for Aug, 28, 2014.
Games with Gold announced
Owners of the Microsoft console and their online subscription can now rejoice, as next month will bring yet another slew of new and exciting free games. The eager Xbox One players will receive Super TIME Force, an existing and action-packed 2D platformer launched earlier this year. Xbox 360 users will get two new titles. For the first half of the month they will be able to play Monaco, a unique top-down heist game. After September 15, the offering will change to Halo: Reach, a highly acclaimed first-person shooter that needs no introduction at this point.
Another gaming livestreamer interrupted by a SWAT team
The internet and world of gaming has always had its fair share of trolls and hackers, but sometimes their little pranks can go way out of hand. Jordan “Kootra” Mathewson, the founder of a popular YouTube channel The Creatures, has been broadcasting his Counter-Strike match when suddenly a SWAT team burst into his room and ordered him to the ground. All this visible to the other spectators in real-time. The Colorado police explained they were responding to an anonymous (and fake) call of an alleged gunman who told them he has shot two people and held hostages. Sadly, this practice has been getting so commonplace that many now refer to it as “swatting.” Last year, California instituted a new law to combat the practice, charging the fake callers of up to a $10,000 fine.
Quake Live changing for a wider audience
Many modern gamers growing up on Halo and Call of Duty may have missed out on the old days of deathmatch arena shooters. Undoubtedly, one of the pioneers of the genre has been the Quake series, pitting up to 16 players in an enclosed area with a number of scattered weaponry and the goal of obliterating one another. The franchise has been recently given another life via an entirely browser-based Quake Live. However, id Software, the developer, announced significant changes to the formula by allowing player to pick loadouts at spawn rather than having to find their favorite weapon first. Additionally, a heavy machine gun is being introduced and weapon respawn times are being made more consistent across different maps. Number of other changes will be coming as well, but those reluctant to them can always opt for a classic ruleset. ID hopes to bring Quake “one step closer to being a modern shooter.”
Destiny Playstation timed-exclusives
While Quake embraces the old school, Destiny plows into the more modernized Halo-style gunplay. The upcoming massively multiplayer shooter from Bungie will ship with content exclusive to Playstation 3 and 4 owners for an initial period of time. The goodies will include Dust Palace Strike and Exodus Blue multiplayer maps, gear sets such as Titan Vanir or Hunter Argus, few unique guns including Monte Carlo or Hawkmoon, as well as custom ship designs such as Aurora Wake or Crypt Hammer. The duration of the exclusivity isn’t set but the fine print points to at least fall of 2015. No Xbox exclusive content has been announced at this time. The video below goes into more details.
Gaming New Digest From Guardian Liberty Voice Commentary by Jakub Kasztalski
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