The highly anticipated Destiny has finally launched today, and the first patch has already been announced. In the UK, Sony has more reasons to celebrate as the Playstation 4 has just reached 1 million sales. Players of The Sims 4 have discovered that the online gallery feature blocks uploads with LGBT related words in the description, but EA is working on fixing that. Lastly, Warner Bros is gearing to release its own game publishing platform. Here is the gaming news daily digest from Guardian Liberty Voice for Sept. 9, 2014.
Destiny launches, patch already in the works
Bungie’s massively-multiplayer online shooter has finally launched this midnight, after a lot of anticipation and a highly successful public beta a month ago. However, given the persistent nature of the game, its release does not mark the end but merely the beginning of a long list of inevitable upgrades and balance tweaks. Bungie has already announced the 1.0.1 launch-day patch, altering weapons, classes and some of the available maps. For example, the damage of the assault rifle has been decreased while the zoom function of the hand cannons has been increased. Some bosses, such as the Spidertank, have also been tweaked to make them a bit more balanced or easier. The full list of changes is available in the first link at the bottom of this article.
Playstation 4 passes 1 million sales in the UK
More good news for Sony, whose console has affirmed its best-selling spot each month ever since the launch day. Today, the UK MD Fergal Gara reported that after 42 weeks, Playstation 4 has reached the 1 million sales mark in the UK. This makes it the second fastest selling console in the country; Nintendo Wii hit the same mark after just 38 weeks. Gara explained that a portion of the sales came from Playstation 3 users but also speculated that a significant number were previous Xbox owners, given their gaming preferences. Others still are newcomers, adopting the Playstation 4 as their first serious gaming console. Worldwide, the PS4 has already reached 10 million units sold last month.
The Sims 4 anti-gay filter being removed
Recent months have seen a growing awareness of gender inequality in the gaming world, particularly with the recent Zoe Quinn harassment over her release of Depression Quest on Steam and the threats Anita Sarkeesian received over her game-related video series. This time, EA is under fire for preventing the players of The Sims 4 from uploading their virtual creations to the online gallery if their names or descriptions contain words such as lesbian, homosexual, gay or queer. The company responded explaining that their system uses an automatic filtering program that bans certain words, and they are working on fixing this. This banal explanation, however, does not answer why these words were even put on the banned list in the first place. The game series itself has allowed and embraced homosexual relationships ever since the second installment.
More details about WB Play
Guardian Liberty Voice has recently reported the discovery of a new patent by Warner Bros for a game content delivery service. IGN today reveals additional details, confirming that it will indeed be a game publishing platform. According to a job listing on the Time Warner website, the game might include social features such as chat, leaderboards or matchmaking. This does make it sound like Warner Bros is gearing to release its own competitor to the Steam DRM and online store, or perhaps EA Access subscription service. The WB Play logo can also be seen on the official website for the upcoming Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor game, suggesting it could be one of the first available titles.
Gaming New Digest From Guardian Liberty Voice Commentary by Jakub Kasztalski
Guardian Liberty Voice (Gaming News: GLV Daily Digest for Sept. 8, 2014)
Guardian Liberty Voice (Gaming News: GLV Daily Digest for Sept. 6, 2014)
Guardian Liberty Voice (Gaming News: GLV Daily Digest for Sept. 3, 2014)