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Rockstar's Family-Friendly Shocker

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the someone-finally-thought-of-the-children dept.

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kleptonin writes "IGN is running an article about a new game being developed by Rockstar San Diego. Unlike their previous releases, the game will feature no guns, no violence, and no swearing. The game, Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis, will be exclusive to the Xbox 360, and will cost $39.99." Chris Morris, over at the CNN Game Over column, has some commentary on Grand Theft Ping Pong.

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An interesting Idea (1)

nb caffeine (448698) | more than 8 years ago | (#14867083)

Too bad they couldn't release it on XBLA. I am a BIG fan of the arcade games on there. I dont think it would meet the size requirements, and I find it unlikely that too many people will buy this, aside from it being "from rockstar! OMG!"

Re:An interesting Idea (4, Funny)

bigman2003 (671309) | more than 8 years ago | (#14868459)

When I heard about this, I thought, "Wow, THIS sounds like an awesome game."

Really- I'm damn excited about this.

I *loved* Top Spin on the Xbox. Tennis makes a pretty decent video game. But Ping Pong is FAST. It's like tennis, but with much quicker response times.

And the fact that Rockstar is making the game, tells me that it should have *some* decent level of quality.

Yes, I was excited when I heard about it. And I'm even happier now, knowing that there is a real street date already identified.

Re:An interesting Idea (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14868490)

God it must suck to be a 360 owner.

I guess this is the type of garbage one would get excited about if the big game for you system is Geometry Wars.

Image Enhancement (5, Insightful)

cheezus_es_lard (557559) | more than 8 years ago | (#14867099)

What's a little money on a ping-pong game if it gives you the ability to say "My company doesn't make SOLELY violent games, Senator..."

Re:Image Enhancement (4, Insightful)

SomeoneGotMyNick (200685) | more than 8 years ago | (#14867122)

No, it'll help them "prove" that family friendly games don't sell well. Especially for $40.

Re:Image Enhancement (4, Insightful)

VJ42 (860241) | more than 8 years ago | (#14867271)

I don't know about that, there's nothng wrong with family friendly games per se: look at Nintendo; games like Mariocart, Super Monkey Ball and Nintendogs havn't done too badly.

No, but (4, Funny)

thepotoo (829391) | more than 8 years ago | (#14867412)

But they haven't done all that great, either.
I mean, you can run into the middle of the road stark naked and scream "GRAND THEFT AUTO!" at the top of your lungs and people will just look at you and say, "It's another one of those video game freaks".

Try the same thing but scream "NINTENDOGS!" and people will call the cops.

Try it sometime, you'll see what I mean.

Re:No, but (1)

VJ42 (860241) | more than 8 years ago | (#14867580)

Despite the fact that public nudity is illegal here in the UK, the amount Nintendogs has been advertised here, combined with the fact that no one gave a damn about the GTA hot coffee patch (or even knew what it was), or indeed about nudity in computer games generally (as long as it's given an 18 rating) I think that I'd be probably sectioned by the mental health authorities whatever I screamed.

Funny (2, Informative)

LWATCDR (28044) | more than 8 years ago | (#14868069)

That isn't what this bbc story says. Okay maybe not the nudity but the violence seems to be an issue that is up for debate in the UK.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4118270.stm [bbc.co.uk]

Re:Funny (3, Interesting)

VJ42 (860241) | more than 8 years ago | (#14868447)

You're right, many more people complain about violence than sex or nudity (though oddly GTA is still only recognised by non-gamers because of it's huge sales figures more than it's content); I think that's a big difference between the UK and the US, you seem to worry more about nudity and less about violence, where as we could hardly care less about nudity, but are appalled gratious violence. This latter point is not so much about games, but more about the entertainment industry as a whole; particularly TV and Film (Hollywood in particular; indie films are usually allowed to get away with anything as it's considered art)

Mario Kart is nonviolent? who knew? (2, Insightful)

raygundan (16760) | more than 8 years ago | (#14868277)

games like Mariocart, Super Monkey Ball and Nintendogs

I'll give you the last two, but what is it about mario kart's guided missiles, fireballs, running over and crushing your shrunken enemies, and generally dealing death and destruction to those all around you that somehow makes it not the same as quake?

Is it just the lack of gibs?

Re:Image Enhancement (5, Funny)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 8 years ago | (#14867207)

Apparently no one here is aware of the sex, drugs and violence that underlies the international ping pong circuit. Anyone who buys this as a "family friendly" game will be in for a *BIG* surprise.

Re:Image Enhancement (3, Funny)

PFI_Optix (936301) | more than 8 years ago | (#14867518)

I'm just waiting for the first mod that gives us hot paddle-on-paddle action.

Re:Image Enhancement (5, Funny)

Golias (176380) | more than 8 years ago | (#14867563)

hot paddle-on-paddle action.

If you are just hitting the paddles against each other, you are doing it wrong, and your partner is simply too nice to tell you so.

Dude, did you hear what Winona Ryder's doing? (2, Funny)

dstewart (853530) | more than 8 years ago | (#14868431)

Wow. War. Y'know? Wow. Okay! And now for your enjoyment, here's my famous ping-pong ball trick!

Re:Image Enhancement (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14867366)

This is from Rockstar San Diego, not Rockstar North. It is a totally different studio that just happens to be owned by the same corporate entity.

Rockstar North were originally called DMA Design. They are based in Edinburgh, Scotland, and made Lemmings before going on to make the GTA games. Rockstar San Diego were originally called Angel Studios, and made Midnight Club and Midtown Madness, as well as Red Dead Revolver.

Re:Image Enhancement (3, Insightful)

drmarcj (807884) | more than 8 years ago | (#14868275)

Clever tactic: create a product for the sole purpose of showing that not everything you do/produce is antisocial (or construed as such). Wal-Mart does the same thing with its charities - "sure we pay minimum wage and no benefits, but we gave a couple of high school kids $500 scholarships too!" Is there an English word for such a product? Cause there should be.

Re:Image Enhancement (1)

erac3rx (832099) | more than 8 years ago | (#14868390)

This game will do a bit to improve their image, certainly. And it actually looks as though it will be an excellent game.

Really though, am I the only one that sees this as a potential slap in the face to Microsoft? They get _Table Tennis_ as an exclusive and a few months from now when it is ready for release Rockstar happens to announce GTA 6 as a PS3 exclusive launch title. Ouch. Few events could look worse for Microsoft than that.

"Should I get a 360 now so I can play Table Tennis? Or wait a little longer for a PS3 for the new GTA..."

hmm.... (2, Funny)

smaerd (954708) | more than 8 years ago | (#14867102)

....the game will feature no guns, no violence, and no swearing...
...So it's NUDY tennis! Those crazy Rockstar developers!
It's defnately Love-Love, in my book.

__
Bow chicka wow wow.

Re:hmm.... (3, Funny)

Pharmboy (216950) | more than 8 years ago | (#14867173)

So it's NUDY tennis!

As soon as I saw that, I was thinking Leisure Suit Larry Table Tennis. Still no guns, violence or swearing, just jiggly girls playing table tennis. As you get better and move up the ranks, you get to play against girls that are dressed even skimpier. Of course, it would have side games and adventures, too, but the main goal is to make it to "The World's Table Tennis Championship" where everyone plays nude.

I am serious about this. Look at how many LSL games have already sold for PC.

Re:hmm.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14867476)

So... DoA Extreme Beach Volleyball, with American characters and extra fart jokes?

...

...

...where do I sign up?

Re:hmm.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14867197)

No, you're thinking of Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Ping Pong

The best part of that game is smacking the ball way out of bounds so the girl has to turn around to pick it up off the ground.

I mean.

No swearing, eh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14867112)

"..Rockstar San Diego. Unlike their previous releases, the game will feature no guns, no violence, and no swearing. The game, Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis, will be exclusive to the Xbox 360, and will cost $39.99."

40 bucks for Table Tennis..... WHAT...THE...FUCK....

overkill? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14867114)

Three processors, monster graphics chip, millions in research and development...

For 3D pong?

Re:overkill? (3, Insightful)

joshsisk (161347) | more than 8 years ago | (#14867216)

That's true for the 360, but the game itself probably took Rockstar very little to develop, compared to their other games. Not that many models, textures, or levels, and not very much AI type code, compared to a GTA game.

It's even possible they built a rough version of it, in-house, just to learn the Xbox 360 development environment, and someone said "hey why don't we polish this and release it?"

Plus, they love controversy... and what better way for a "bad boy" company to get it than releasing a family game?

Re:overkill? (2, Interesting)

JungleBoy (7578) | more than 8 years ago | (#14867524)

I think it's hilarious that the first game I played on the Xbox 360 was Joust. JOUST! Damnit! The same game I played over 20 years ago on my fake wood veneer'ed Atari 2600. And it's still fun!

Electric ping pong? (0, Troll)

BecomingLumberg (949374) | more than 8 years ago | (#14867131)

Electric ping-pong? How the hell did they come up with that? [wikipedia.org]

Seriously though, do we need (another) electric ping pong? Forest Gump and the Chinese players aside, I thought ping-pong was lazy enough already.

Re:Electric ping pong? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14867227)

You've obviously never played against an asian. I thought I was good and then a mongolian kid beat me 20 to squat one day.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=4qVHpQmGyyY [youtube.com]

Re:Electric ping pong? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14868304)

Goddamn Mongorians!

Could it be a hit? (4, Interesting)

babbling (952366) | more than 8 years ago | (#14867139)

This game sounds a little silly, but I think it could be a hit.

Here's why:
- It's the first ping-pong game to have come out in years.
- It's probably also the first ping-pong game to have decent graphics.
- Whilst ping-pong isn't going to attract many gamers into GTA, it could be a hit amongst asian gamers. Ping-pong is fairly popular in Asia. (at least more so than typical western sports)
- It's different. No competition. (maybe tennis games, but that's a bit of a stretch)

Re:Could it be a hit? (2, Insightful)

Nodar (821035) | more than 8 years ago | (#14867184)

All I have to say about the issue is that Virtua Tennis on the DC was an amazingly fun single player, 2 player, and 4 player game. If they could tap into something similar to that style of gameplay, I think it could be fun.

Re:Could it be a hit? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14867246)

yes it was. i got all kinds of people to play virtua tennis (and tee off golf) that would never really play a game of another sort. there is something about a familiar style of game that will drawn new gamers to a console. rememeber the article the other day about parents gaming with their kids? i think this will sell a decent amount of copies to people like that.

Re:Could it be a hit? (1)

blueZhift (652272) | more than 8 years ago | (#14867478)

Suddenly I'm all nostalgic for those days spent playing hours and hours of ping pong at the Y in the summer time. So heck, this game could have some legs. And I agree that it could be a hit in Asia, assuming of course that MS sells enough 360s there. Wouldn't it be strangely cool if this game ended up being a system seller in Asia?

Re:Could it be a hit? (1)

badasscat (563442) | more than 8 years ago | (#14868145)

- It's the first ping-pong game to have come out in years.

Want a bet?

Here's one [psxextreme.com]

Here's another [gamespy.com]

And another [gamespy.com]

And another (it's one of the included games in Eye Toy: Play 2) [playstation.com]

There's more, and I could keep going. There was even one in Japan that I'm forgetting the name of that came with a set of ping pong paddle controllers with sensors built in so you could play in first-person (similar to the way the Eye Toy game works, but without needing an Eye Toy).

Most of these have not been released in the US, sure, but you don't think there's a reason for that? Do you think Rockstar knows something about Ping Pong that every other publisher doesn't? Maybe. But then again, maybe not.

- It's probably also the first ping-pong game to have decent graphics.

Take a look at the screenshots in the first link. All modern ping pong games look at least pretty good. The Rockstar game will probably look better just because it's on the Xbox 360, but it won't be the first ping pong game with "decent" graphics. They all have decent graphics.

- Whilst ping-pong isn't going to attract many gamers into GTA, it could be a hit amongst asian gamers.

And as you can see, this is hardly an underserved market. It's really not much different than Capcom deciding to make a basketball game and some guy in Japan says "this could be popular among Americans. Basketball is popular there." Ummm... hello? NBA Live? NBA 2K6? NBA Street? NBA Ballers? How many games in a particular genre do you need?

And anyway, Asians don't own Xbox 360's. This game is not for them. And nobody there is going to buy an Xbox 360 just to play an American-style ping pong game.

Re:Could it be a hit? (1)

kaptron (850747) | more than 8 years ago | (#14868412)

I agree, especially about the "first ping-pong game to have decent graphics" part and "first ping-pong game in years"... neither of these things lead to any indication of being a "hit" even if they happened to be true. Even if this was the first ping-pong videogame since Pong, nobody would be rushing to buy it just on principle. The only way this will be remotely a hit is if it captures the simple fun of a game like Virtua Tennis and makes for a good 2P game... that combined with Rockstar's name could potentially sell some copies. But I don't see it being much of a hit.

Brilliant (4, Funny)

Golias (176380) | more than 8 years ago | (#14867143)

At last! All the fun, drama, and thrills of table tennis without having to go outside to your local ping-pong court. For the first time ever, you can play it from the comfort of your family rec room!!!

Hey, wait...

News Worthy? (0, Flamebait)

Scott Swezey (678347) | more than 8 years ago | (#14867157)

Forgive this flame bait, but who cares? Lot's of companies make sports games, be it tennis, golf, football, etc. Surely everyone could figure out that Rockstar had games other than the GTA line, so I ask again, how is this news worthy?

Two words: Beer Pong (3, Insightful)

Amazing Proton Boy (2005) | more than 8 years ago | (#14867179)

This game is all about virtual beer pong. What is the most popular non-video game on campus? Beer pong. I bet there will be game modes that easily simulate beer pong. Maybe a secret hidden game as well.

Re:Two words: Beer Pong (1)

hal2814 (725639) | more than 8 years ago | (#14867724)

I'd argue that frisbee and pool are very much more popular on campus at my Alma Mater (and for what it's worth, I despise frisbee and am not the biggest fan of pool). I wouldn't even put beer pong as the most popular drinking game. Card-based games (Circle of Death, especially) and quarters both seem to be much more popular around here.

Re:Two words: Beer Pong (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14868445)

And it will be called the "cold beer" mod.

Re:Two words: Beer Pong (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14868458)

One word: Dork

Err - table tennis? (1)

mmalove (919245) | more than 8 years ago | (#14867210)

Okay - admittedly I haven't purchased GTA 1, 2, 3, VC, SA, or, well, anything, from Rockstar. It's not so much a boycott, this run around shooting people just wasn't enough to make such games more than a 2 night rental for me.

Now the graphics do look nice, taking advantage of all that that is the 360 - but I just can't see this being a fun game. I mean, do you really want to take the time to learn how to maneuver a table paddle with your joypad? Personally this is one of those things that if I was going to spend time on, I think I'd play real table tennis. Unlike racing cars, shooting guns, and blowing stuff up, the costs and risks of doing the real thing are so minimal - why make a game to simulate it?

An oxymoron if I ever heard one. (5, Funny)

pjp6259 (142654) | more than 8 years ago | (#14867215)

I'm sorry, but "Family Friendly" and "Shocker [urbandictionary.com] " just do not belong in the same sentence together.

Piii-kaaaa-CHUUUUUUU!!!!11 (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 8 years ago | (#14868044)

I'm sorry, but "Family Friendly" and "Shocker" just do not belong in the same sentence together.

Try telling that to Ash Ketchum, the hero of several E-rated games, and see if he doesn't send his Pikachu after you.

(Standard rhetorical disclaimer.)

Not Rockstar North (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14867219)

This is not Rockstar North of GTA and Manhunter fame, this is Rockstar San Diego, who made Midtown Madness and Red Dead Revolver. The two are totally different studios that just happen to both be under the "Rockstar" umbrella.

My god the CNN article sucks (4, Insightful)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | more than 8 years ago | (#14867230)

While other sports simulation video games - like football, baseball and auto racing - let you live vicarious dreams of doing things you likely can't do in real life, it's not real hard to find a Ping Pong table.

Ehm, baseballs and footballs are hard to find? If football is indeed the american soccer I am willing to bet a shit load of cash that more families own a football then a ping pong table. You need a bit more equipment for baseball but still. I wasn't exactly aware that amateurs playing baseball was rare.

It is, in fact, one of the very few "indoor" sports that has a video game patterned after it. (Poker's about the only other one that springs to mind.)

Well, if you consider poker a sport then how about the video game versions of the following. Chess, EVERY bloody card game every invented, checkers, darts, bowling, snooker, etc etc etc.

In fact isn't basketball often played indoors by pros AND done to dead as a videogame?

The only unusual thing here is that a 'big' name company did a weird sports title. Weird sports titles on the other hand are nothing new.

I just hate journalists who think ignorance is a good thing.

Re:My god the CNN article sucks (2, Informative)

tgd (2822) | more than 8 years ago | (#14867368)

If football is indeed the american soccer

No, no, no. Soccer is european football, not the other way around.

Most families probably have both footballs and soccer balls, or for you european types, footballs and footballs: round edition.

Re:My god the CNN article sucks (4, Interesting)

Haeleth (414428) | more than 8 years ago | (#14867537)

Soccer is european football, not the other way around. Most families probably have both footballs and soccer balls, or for you european types, footballs and footballs: round edition.

No, in Europe we have footballs and rugby balls.

Note for Americans: Rugby football is the European equivalent of American football. The main differences:
  • Rugby players don't wear body armour, helmets, or silly breeches.
  • People don't watch major rugby matches for the advertising.
  • International rugby involves more than one country.

Re:My god the CNN article sucks (0)

Golias (176380) | more than 8 years ago | (#14867994)

Rugby players don't wear body armour

Neither to (real) Football players.

A lot of non-Americans make the same mistake.

Football shoulderpads and helmets are weapons, not armor. They are hard on the outside, and mainly built up on the top of the shoulders and head. This allows you to spear the other player harder when you tackle them.

The place were you are likely to get hit in football, the abdomen, is usually completely unprotected.

The only sport with a higher rate of serious injuries than American football is cheerleading. (Because those girls are basically doing advanced gymnastics without floor pads. Lots of broken bones.)

Most American universities have co-rec rugby teams, and apart from a few bumps and bruises, hardly anybody ever gets hurt that badly, even with women and men taking the field together.

Re:My god the CNN article sucks (1)

Rev Wally (814101) | more than 8 years ago | (#14868054)

International rugby involves more than one country.

As the word international implies.

Just as National Football League implies one country.

And just so I'm a bit on topic...I just have to woder what else Rockstar will alow you to do with those paddles.

Re:My god the CNN article sucks (1)

Golias (176380) | more than 8 years ago | (#14868111)

I think he's confusing the Superbowl with baseball's "World Series."

However, there are Canadian teams in American Major League Baseball, and most of the best players from around the world play in our league, so the winner of the World Series typically is likely the be the world's best baseball team.

It's not as wholesome as it sounds. (4, Funny)

Thrakkerzog (7580) | more than 8 years ago | (#14867236)

You don't want to know where the female players keep their ping pong balls. Or how they serve, for that matter.

Jumping the Shark (-1, Troll)

Irish_Samurai (224931) | more than 8 years ago | (#14867248)

Wow, could you sell out a little more? Did Take Two eat your lunch or what? When the Big Wigs at a company start hyping a game instead of the designer, you know your in trouble.

The COO and the President. Sure Mr. Houser's title is also Executive Producer, but that is pretty far from designer. What are these guys going to do that's so innovative? Implement a virtua tennis control scheme? Oh, wait - can I get tons of Bling for winning matches against the hardest hitters in the 'hood? Yo, does it have dope tracks that I can get my table on to? Can I play against Forrest Gump?

Seriously, this is pathetic.

Re:Jumping the Shark (1)

hal2814 (725639) | more than 8 years ago | (#14867442)

Personally, I think they jumped the shark when they based a game on a lame 70's gang movie. [imdb.com] However, if done properly (big IF), I coulde certainly see a ping pong game being as intertaining as a tennis game and tennis games are pretty fun. Then again, I'd rather play Virtua Tennis than Vice City and I'm not exactly a big tennis fan. I'd also certainly NOT play the game if they added crap like "bling" and 'hoods.

Xbox 360 exclusive? (2, Insightful)

Mullinator (939148) | more than 8 years ago | (#14867380)

So they are going to release a graphicly overpowered ping pong game exclusively for the Xbox 360? Can anyone tell my why Rockstar hasn't lost it's mind for making this a 360 exclusive instead of at the very least porting it to the Nintendo Revolution? The system that it would probably fit this game like a glove?

Re:Xbox 360 exclusive? (1)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 8 years ago | (#14867565)

Because it would cost additional to dev for PS2/3, it's going to lose money anyway (most likely), so why throw good money after bad?

If it's a hit, you can bet they'll do versions for the PS3 & Revolution.

Red herring (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 8 years ago | (#14868215)

Mullinator wrote: "Can anyone tell my why Rockstar hasn't lost it's mind for making this a 360 exclusive instead of at the very least porting it to the Nintendo Revolution?"

Red Flayer wrote: "Because it would cost additional to dev for PS2/3"

Does the "Red" in your name stand for red herring [wikipedia.org] ?

Re:Xbox 360 exclusive? (5, Funny)

smbarbour (893880) | more than 8 years ago | (#14867823)

My speculative guess envisions this conversation:

Microsoft: We would like you to make a XBox360-exclusive title.
Rockstar: No problem! (Evil grin)

Re:Xbox 360 exclusive? (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 8 years ago | (#14867838)

The system that it would probably fit this game like a glove?

I love it, it's so bad!

Re:Xbox 360 exclusive? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14868007)

This is Rockstar's polite way of telling Microsoft their dead console isn't worth their effort - and getting Microsoft to pay for it.

Harsh, but with the 360 crashing and burning it is to be expected.

Re:Xbox 360 exclusive? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14868245)

Hey hey it's Mr. Dreamcast 360! Have you stopped crying about the PS3 delay yet? Chortle!

Just wait for the patch ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14867391)

I'm waiting for the patch that let me bust a cap in the other player for smashing to hard, or that unlocks the graphics of the bitches doing things underneat the ping-pong table. You just wait those people at Rockstar just can't control themselves when it comes to nudity and violence.

Futurama (2, Funny)

Scrooge919 (188405) | more than 8 years ago | (#14867436)

Reminds me of the Futurama episode where they're in an arcade and one person is playing Skee-Ball, beside them is someone playing Virtual Skee-Ball, and beside them is someone sitting down playing Virtual Virtual Skee-Ball...

That said, I think the potential for internet beer pong could make this worthwhile... :)

On the revolution... maybe. (1)

shoptroll (544006) | more than 8 years ago | (#14867459)

If this was something on the Revolution I'd care (it'd be a great use of the controller). This is just an publicity stunt. Straight up on the rocks.

This is just a thinly veiled attempt to see if R* can sell non-GTA games. They have other franchises they could do this with. If they actually put some effort into Midnight Club maybe they could actually offer something other than GTA.

Paddle fight! (1)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 8 years ago | (#14867564)

I bet there's a way to crack your opponents over the head with your paddle, and get all the trophys back you previously lost to them.

About time (1, Troll)

schapman (703722) | more than 8 years ago | (#14867599)

Rockstar is one of the game developers out there that is at the height of whoring a franchise. It's the big developers like this that continue re-releasing the same game over and over that is leading to the stagnating gaming industry. As far as I'm concerned, they should have stopped after GTA3. Nintendo on the other hand, has it's franchise characters (Mario and such) but each time they release a game they make it a different one. Every Mario release might fall under the platformer genre, but they all play/look different. Transfering the franchise characters to other genres is also a positive. Kart, Smash Brothers, Tennis, and Strikers are all very different games with similar characters. This makes for good brand awareness while giving the diversity in gameplay that I wish more people would demand. So I give props to Rockstar on this one, but please don't make anymore GTAs... it's as tired and played out as WW2 based FPS games.

Re:About time (1)

Winterblink (575267) | more than 8 years ago | (#14868100)

GTA3 was great, but so was Vice City. It had a period (the 80's) that it could capture, in terms of clothing, music, cars, etc. San Andreas was the one that was the least enticing in terms of an innovative setting. It had some interesting apsects to the gameplay itself sure, but the overall setting wasn't one worth buying the game for.

I think they should have sat on the franchise after VC, until they could come up with a more interesting concept or setting.

Re:About time (1)

stubear (130454) | more than 8 years ago | (#14868113)

Ummm, but can't one argue that Bothers in Arms is vastly diffrerent than Call of Duty despite both being FPS shooters? Brothers in Arms adds squad based elements to the game which changes the dynamics of the playing field and the way you progress through the levels. One could also argue that Nintendo is whoring the Mario et al characters, disguisng mundane games with their well known characters in hopes of selling more copies simply because it's got Mario on the cover. Nintendo's one trick pony isn't going to last much longer with the new consoles and Link isn't going to do much to save them either.

You guys crack me up... (5, Insightful)

Retroneous (879615) | more than 8 years ago | (#14867701)

Not only is this "news" a week or more behind everyone else (you're getting faster, Zonk) - but the comments here are really ridiculously closed-minded.

"How can it be fun?" "I don't see this being fun!" etc. etc.

WHAT? You haven't played it, seen it moving, or done anything other than go "Hmm, ping pong...crap"

I didn't see how Virtua Tennis could be fun, but its easily one of the greatest multiplayer games of all time, and does a stand-up job of providing a solid single player experience, too.

Open your minds and close your damn mouths.

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Xbox 360 - The Desert Landfill Of Console Gaming? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14867851)

Wow, what a vote of confidence for Microsoft's beleaguered console!

I wonder what exclusive poor Sony's PS3 is going to be stuck with...

Self contradiction? (1)

chrysrobyn (106763) | more than 8 years ago | (#14867873)

Uh... I know what a "shocker" is, and I'll state here that it's explicitly not "family friendly". Suffice it to say I recommend not doing a Google Image search.

Oh bother (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14868302)

(In best Sterling Holloway voice) Uh, Christopher Robin, your comment is what they call ... a dupe [slashdot.org] .

Inside News from San Diego (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14867925)

This game is going to a major win for Rockstar, but the interview with Houser, et al doesn't give the whole story. Background: for China, ping pong is huge and for those in America with shorter memories, check out "ping pong diplomacy" which represented the first thaw in relations between U.S. & China. But what about the vital American market? Who's interested in ping-pong besides hundreds of thousands of students living in dorms? Well, an animation programmer who works in San Diego for an unnamed gamesco had a few too many shooters on Friday night, and told us to keep an eye on the characters that can be put into play (with a "top-secret" key sequence, of course). One of the wacky combos of interest to /.'s: a sweaty Ballmer takes on the team of Page and Brin, and as the game progresses the ping-pong ball evolves into a little wooden chair. If Ballmer starts to lose, pieces of the little chair fly off and bloody the faces of specators, one of which looks suspiciously like a B. Gates. Whether you find this stupid or funny, it's going to generate publicity. My friend talked about some other interesting combos of opponents, but most of them are more familiar to a younger age group, so I can't remember who Avril Lavigne plays against and what her ball morphs into.

And the next day.. (2, Funny)

Ancient_Hacker (751168) | more than 8 years ago | (#14867951)

"The game, Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis, will be exclusive to the Xbox 360, and will cost $39.99."

.... And within a week will be the featured item in the Wal-Mart $1 game bin

You're Missing the Game Story (2, Funny)

canfirman (697952) | more than 8 years ago | (#14867973)

You've forgotten the back-story and the movie clips in the middle:

So one day, you (as the hero) are walking through the 'hood, waving to the hos, and looking for your next fix. Suddenly, a van screaches up beside you and a couple of bad-asses jump out and start dissing you. It's time to defend your terretory from these a-holes! You challenge them to meet on your turf, and they agree to ... Gangsta Ping Pong!

Don't forget the "hot coffee" mod for when you win the tournament...

(Yeah, I know...it's lame...)

What will the Hot Coffee Style Mod be? (3, Insightful)

ledbetter (179623) | more than 8 years ago | (#14868099)

I'm hoping the Hot Coffee style mod will let you play a fun spanking game with the ping pong paddles and the girls ;)

This will sell well in Japan (1)

WillAffleckUW (858324) | more than 8 years ago | (#14868282)

too bad that the 360 is third place there, but I still think the few 360 owners in Japan will really take to this game, and having it made by RockStar will make it naughty enough that people will check it out.

Now if I could just unlock that secret table tennis scene in the game ...

THe real reason for the 360. (2, Funny)

MrShaggy (683273) | more than 8 years ago | (#14868287)

release, is that the 360 is te most expensive machine that will go PING

Hot Coffee anyone? (2, Funny)

Dream1979 (946688) | more than 8 years ago | (#14868319)

Please tell me there is a hot coffee mod for this game. I refuse to believe R* has gone soft on us. All the resourses to make this glorified Pong could have been put into finishing their Bully game. Honestly, what would you rather do play ping pong, or beat the crap out of classmates for no reason? I'll be taking peoples lunch money... I can play with balls any time I want.

(unintelligible) joke (1)

SEWilco (27983) | more than 8 years ago | (#14868327)

... unfortunately the translation service for Ozzy's running commentary will cost $29.99 a month.
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