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The 50 Biggest Gaming Events of 2007

Zonk posted more than 6 years ago | from the big-year-for-games dept.

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The Next Generation site has up an article looking back on the 50 biggest gaming events of 2007. From the launch of Burning Crusade in January all the way through to 'Gerstmann-gate', the list is highly eventful ... it's been a big year for games. "The removal of Super Columbine Massacre RPG from the Slamdance Guerilla Gamemaker competition sent shockwaves through the independent game community, but the event did bring two very important things to light. Firstly, it showed that even the independent art community has a clear delineation between how it treats games and how it treats other mediums. But even more importantly, the voluntary withdrawal of many other entrants in the competition showed the solidarity of the independent community, and emphasized their dedication to the progression of the medium."

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Game Events Local to you (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21754242)

I found quite a good lan party club using Google [google.com]

(I know, I'm being lazy, sorry)

Only 50? (1, Troll)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 6 years ago | (#21754310)

Why limit yourself? Man!

Howzabout the 10,000 most important events in gaming for 2007?

Re:Only 50? (1)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | more than 6 years ago | (#21754332)

I'll start off. I got a wii for my son in October - for the advertised list price!!!!!

Re:Only 50? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21757934)

I don't know why the GP was a "troll". Seriously, were there even 50 "big" gaming events this year?

It's like the "50 biggest songs of the year", and by the time you get to #50, you're at some Country hit that peaked at #87 on the country chart.

And then... (4, Insightful)

Dr. Eggman (932300) | more than 6 years ago | (#21754424)

As if to justify all those people who claim these lists come too early to include all the big events of 2007, 3D Realms had to go and release a Duke Nukem Forever Teaser [3drealms.com] . I certainly think this qualifies to be on a revised version of the list.

Re:And then... (2, Funny)

oahazmatt (868057) | more than 6 years ago | (#21754608)

Duke Nukem Forever?

I'm tempted to get it for the 360, but I'll wait for the Phantom port.

Re:And then... (1)

Macthorpe (960048) | more than 6 years ago | (#21754676)

I never thought I'd see the day... *wipes away a single tear*

Re:And then... (1)

lonesome_coder (1166023) | more than 6 years ago | (#21754722)

Games for Windows: Duke Nukem Forever

Requires Windows Vista

Re:And then... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21755102)

Duke Nukem Forever has been ANNOUNCED!!!!! [tinyurl.com]

Missing - sales figures for Crysis and Unreal T3 (3, Informative)

G3ckoG33k (647276) | more than 6 years ago | (#21754444)

Sorely missing - the abyssmal sales figures for Crysis and Unreal Tournament 3. Neither game managed to sell 100,000 copies the first month, November 2007. THAT was a big, unexpected news item considering the hype.

Read, e.g. "Crysis and UTIII sales bomb" at http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=177667 [computeran...ogames.com]

Most speculations on why concern too demanding graphics.

Re:Missing - sales figures for Crysis and Unreal T (1)

GrayCalx (597428) | more than 6 years ago | (#21754674)

System requirements that are too demanding could definitely be an issue. Though what about the holidays right around the corner? I'd like to try crysis and UT3, but I didn't buy them because I figured I'd ask for them for Christmas, see if I get them and if I don't buy them later.

Re:Missing - sales figures for Crysis and Unreal T (3, Insightful)

MistrBlank (1183469) | more than 6 years ago | (#21755196)

The system requirements on PC games are getting out of hand. Basically nvidia hands XYZ a system with the top tier next generation graphics card and tells them to go at it. The company then expects everyone that buys it to have that card. Then doesn't realize that graphics card generations are basically 3-4 months apart and people aren't willing to pay $500-600 that frequently to upgrade systems. Game never quite catches on. If the game developers would just do what console developers are required to do most of the time and develop on outdated gear once in awhile, we might get an optimized game that runs well. Instead we get crap.

Re:Missing - sales figures for Crysis and Unreal T (1)

Creepy (93888) | more than 6 years ago | (#21756658)

The system requirements for UTIII aren't too bad - it will run on my 3 year old mid-tier machine with an upgraded graphics card and I consider 2-3 years a necessity if you want high volume sales. The problem is I don't think it generated a lot of buzz, and the demo didn't wow me like the 2004 demo did (a demo of the new mode or at least would have helped). The significantly higher retail price doesn't help, either (UT2004 released at about $20-$25, III at $50+).

Crysis is all about system requirements. My 7 month old $1500 laptop with a Dual Core 2.0GHz processor and an 8600M GS doesn't even meet them because it has Vista (requiring a minimum of a 2.2GHz Core 2 Duo). Yes, if I loaded XP I should meet minimum, but I lose the ability to use DX10, and I expect most gamers with 8600 or 8800 cards are running Vista just for DX10. Since the 2.0GHz part is one of the most common, they probably lost a lot of sales right there. If a fairly high end 7 month old machine can't meet minimum specs, you're not going to sell much. I spec'd out a laptop on a couple sites and one that meets minimum requirements is still around $2000 (so I expect a desktop to be about $1400-1600). Again MINIMUM specs.

Re:Missing - sales figures for Crysis and Unreal T (2, Interesting)

edremy (36408) | more than 6 years ago | (#21755428)

I honestly wonder how much of the success of World of Warcraft is due to this. WoW isn't the best looking game out there by a long shot, but it runs on junky hardware just fine if you turn down the graphics a bit. It doesn't require any funky OS version or patch level either, nor DX10. Couple that with the "I don't need to find a CD and stuff it in the drive" insta-play and perhaps the eye candy just isn't worth the hassle.

Re:Missing - sales figures for Crysis and Unreal T (2, Interesting)

Tink2000 (524407) | more than 6 years ago | (#21759464)

If you don't think that WoW is one of the best looking games out there, you should really play it on a nice machine with everything cranked up. I play it on my late-2006 20" iMac with everything maxed out except for antialiasing and still manage framerates of 30fps ... and it's gorgeous. Simply stunning.

Well, it's a long way from Asheron's Call, anyway.

Re:Missing - sales figures for Crysis and Unreal T (1)

ucblockhead (63650) | more than 6 years ago | (#21755280)

I suspect it has more to do with the huge number of good FPSes that were just released, from Halo 3 to Orange Box.

Re:Missing - sales figures for Crysis and Unreal T (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21755900)

good FPSes that were just released, from Halo 3

does... not... compute...

The Halo series sucks and always has.

Re:Missing - sales figures for Crysis and Unreal T (1)

ucblockhead (63650) | more than 6 years ago | (#21757070)

Maybe you're right. I don't buy Microsoft products so I'll never play it. I assumed it was good given the sales. No accounting for taste, I suppose.

Re:Missing - sales figures for Crysis and Unreal T (1)

bigman2003 (671309) | more than 6 years ago | (#21758638)

No, he's not right. He's a retard. (And an anonymous coward, so I can call him whatever I want.)

Halo is a good series. Not fantastic. Sometimes great, but always at least good.

If it weren't for Call of Duty 4 being a better game, Halo 3 would be the best console online-shooter available.

Re:Missing - sales figures for Crysis and Unreal T (2, Interesting)

Serge_Tomiko (1178965) | more than 6 years ago | (#21757148)

I think the FPS is a dying breed of game personally. I haven't played a single one since Battlefield 1942 that came out 5 yeas ago that I thought was truly revolutionary. Many have even regressed, in terms of having a truly sandbox like experience (CoD 4 I'm looking at you).

It's been years since GTA III came out - I want open worlds with lots of vehicles and toys dammit.

Re:Missing - sales figures for Crysis and Unreal T (1)

bigman2003 (671309) | more than 6 years ago | (#21758672)

Not discounting your opinion...because you are right, a lot of FPS are not sandboxy.

But I for one do not like sandbox games. I would much rather have a shooter with a *few* options, but a lot of set-piece battles. Rainbow Six Vegas was a perfect example of this. It could not be done as a sandbox game, yet it was an incredible single player experience.

To me, saying that every game should be a sandbox game is like saying every game should be first person. A lot of RTS players would disagree very strongly with that.

Re:Missing - sales figures for Crysis and Unreal T (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21755324)

Considering the torrent traffic Crysis generated I would 'speculate' that piracy hit them hard. Of course PC gamers will never admit that.

Re:Missing - sales figures for Crysis and Unreal T (1)

MMaestro (585010) | more than 6 years ago | (#21758196)

Well Crysis was kinda of expected to "fail" at launch if you knew anything about the company's history. The only other game the company has released was Far Cry and when that came out, people still complained about its high system requirements. Furthermore, although Far Cry "failed" in its first month, the game sold relatively well over its lifetime.

As for UT3, lack of marketing, lack of hype and confusing titling definitely hurt it. Why buy UT3 for $60 when you can buy the UT collection pack for $50? And UT2004 is better than UT3 by 2001!

Missing - future growth for Crysis and UT (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21759930)

Actually I like the point Crysis is at even if I have to update my hardware. I see buying Crysis a little like buying a technical book just a bit above me. I can always grow into the book, or the game. I can even easier grow out of a "for dummies" book, or game. Plus with me being the minority that uses game engines for more than just games, the toolbox that's Crysis2 is eagerly added.

I thought Activision merged with Blizzard (1)

quanticle (843097) | more than 6 years ago | (#21754448)

I thought Activision merged with Blizzard, not Vivendi as the heading for that section indicates. Am I wrong, or is the article inaccurate?

Re:I thought Activision merged with Blizzard (3, Informative)

vecctor (935163) | more than 6 years ago | (#21754556)

Vivendi owns Blizzard. When Vivendi and Activision merged, they called the joint gaming division "Activision Blizzard".

Re:I thought Activision merged with Blizzard (2, Informative)

varcher75 (800974) | more than 6 years ago | (#21764396)

Vivendi owns Blizzard. When Vivendi and Activision merged, they called the joint gaming division "Activision Blizzard".
To be exact: Vivendi Universal owns 100% of Vivendi Universal Games who owns 100% of Blizzard Entertainment. The merger is between Vivendi Universal Games and Activision, which tacks on the Blizzard name due to brand recognition, although Blizzard Entertainment remains a quasi-autonomous entity in the new structure as well. The resulting operation is that Vivendi Universal will own 52 to 68% of the new entity, which will be publically traded.

And the merger was announced; it's not yet final (SEC may object to some of the terms, since it's a publically traded copmpany that's involved - Activision - but that's considered unlikely).

Re:I thought Activision merged with Blizzard (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21756078)

Blizzard is a part of Vivendi, so you're partially wrong.

a better list (2, Funny)

EverythingDies (1198239) | more than 6 years ago | (#21754666)

I don't trust that list. Instead I only play games endorsed by the Oprah Game Club - all the games that the big Op' plays and recommends.

Re:a better list (2, Funny)

GrayCalx (597428) | more than 6 years ago | (#21754708)

Her VaJayJay be painin'!

http://www.oprahsvajayjay.com/ [oprahsvajayjay.com]

Re:a better list (1)

wamerocity (1106155) | more than 6 years ago | (#21755050)

Is that you Mingey?

Teaser for Duke Nukem Forver Released! (2, Interesting)

Ezel (249772) | more than 6 years ago | (#21754692)

Today a new teaser was released for Duke Nukem Forver was released.
Since it's been 6 whopping years since the last one I think this could qualify as one of the 50 biggest Gaming Events this year.

You can find links to it at http://www.3drealms.com/ [3drealms.com] but beware, there is some servermelting going on right now (and a slashdotting wont help either).

Re:Teaser for Duke Nukem Forver Released! (1)

edwdig (47888) | more than 6 years ago | (#21755308)

The game has dark lighting.

There are aliens.

Duke looks like he takes more steroids than all pro sports players combined.

That's really all you can get out of the trailer. Most of the video is Duke lifting weights in a really dark room.

Re:Teaser for Duke Nukem Forver Released! (1)

magical_mystery_meat (1042950) | more than 6 years ago | (#21756588)

No, see, they got Roger Clemens to play Duke. That's why it's taking so long, he keeps retiring and coming back.

Re:Teaser for Duke Nukem Forver Released! (1)

clem (5683) | more than 6 years ago | (#21766958)

Most of the video is Duke lifting weights in a really dark room.
That would be the weight lifting mini game they've included. Just keep tapping A,B,X,Y and pretend you're having fun.

Re:Teaser for Duke Nukem Forver Released! (3, Insightful)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 6 years ago | (#21755350)

Since it's been 6 whopping years since the last one I think this could qualify as one of the 50 biggest Gaming Events this year.

Actually I'd say that it's been 6 years since the last teaser of this perpetual piece of vaporware is exactly why this isn't a significant event in gaming.

At this point, the only possible significant event that can involve DNF is the release of the actual game. Anything else is *yawn* more of the same empty promises that we've been hearing for what, a decade now?

The continuing tradition of brainless summaries. (1)

onkelonkel (560274) | more than 6 years ago | (#21754744)

Who would have thought that a list of events would be, you know, "eventful"?

what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21754936)

no mention of the release of Rail Simulator [railsimulator.com] , game-of-the-year-in-waiting?

Quakecon??? (1)

neochubbz (937091) | more than 6 years ago | (#21755420)

What, not Quakecon?

One page! (1)

antdude (79039) | more than 6 years ago | (#21755460)

One page print copy [next-gen.biz] .

Gerstmann firing not even worthy of wikipedia (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 6 years ago | (#21758470)

this story will long stand as a grim reminder
Ha, it's not even mentioned in Wikipedia's entries for "Gamespot" [wikipedia.org] or "Kane and Lynch" [wikipedia.org] . "Long stand," my ass.

Re:Gerstmann firing not even worthy of wikipedia (1)

metroid composite (710698) | more than 6 years ago | (#21758936)

I agree it's overrated--I mean I read online about a planned CNet protest related to it, firgued "why not--I'll stop by and see who's there, since CNet is a block from my office". A total of zero people showed up. I'd estimate there's maybe 10,000 people who even know about the incident, and the majority of them either don't care that much about it, or do care...but don't want to venture out of their parent's basement.

Re:Gerstmann firing not even worthy of wikipedia (1)

Aladrin (926209) | more than 6 years ago | (#21763180)

I call bullshit.

http://davedragon.rilysi.com/2007/06/25-most-popular-blogs-of-june-2007.html [rilysi.com]

Kotaku has 372,000 RSS subscribers. Every single one of them knows about this incident.

Joystiq has 274,000 RSS subscribers. Every single one of them knows about this incident.

I know both of those carried articles about this. Even assuming every single Joystiq RSS subscriber is also in the Kotaku one, there's at least 37 times as many people as you say know about it. I told a few people that aren't even gamers, and I'd bet many gamers told other non-gamers as well.

I'd bet there are easily a million people who know about this.

And you think just because nobody showed up on their doorstep about something that only affected the web, that means they couldn't be bothered to 'step out of their parents' basement'? Maybe they're just smarter than you and know they can do more by being online and talking about it than sitting in on the pavement and staring stupidly at the building.

Let me make this very clear: They got heard.

GameSpot is -not- happy right now and it's all because of this. They will be a HELL of a lot more careful in the future to not let their marketing division influence their reviewers. I don't know the number, but they lost a lot of subscribers and a lot of the little respect they had in the gaming community.

Re:Gerstmann firing not even worthy of wikipedia (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 6 years ago | (#21764148)

Jeez, come on, no one even bothered to mention it in their wikipedia entry. It's already forgotten.

Re:Gerstmann firing not even worthy of wikipedia (1)

ShadowsHawk (916454) | more than 6 years ago | (#21764602)

I used to visit GameSpot occasionally for guides or news. I know I'm not alone in moving over to 1up or Joystiq. I voted with my (advertising) dollar.

Re:Gerstmann firing not even worthy of wikipedia (1)

geminidomino (614729) | more than 6 years ago | (#21767190)

I call bullshit.

Kotaku has 372,000 RSS subscribers. Every single one of them knows about this incident.

Joystiq has 274,000 RSS subscribers. Every single one of them knows about this incident. ...
I'd bet there are easily a million people who know about this. ...
Let me make this very clear: They got heard.
"Knowing" is orthogonal to "caring"

Where's the Jade Raymond Incident? (1)

solar_blitz (1088029) | more than 6 years ago | (#21761698)

Of all the things that were mentioned in that article, not once did I see anything on the controversy surrounding Jade Raymond and Assassin's Creed. In particular, the comic depicting Jade whoring herself out to geeks just so they would buy the game. It was a disgusting and misogynistic piece that discourages women's involvement in video game development. I can't for the life of me understand how this was ignored.

Orange Box!??!?! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#21765940)

No mention at all of the Orange Box? They have the friggin BURGER KING crap games up, and not one mention of the Orange Box? Whats up with that?!

Flip-flop (1)

8tim8 (623968) | more than 6 years ago | (#21766274)

July 24th: Activision Becomes Industry Sales Leader

November 13th: Atari Exits Production Business


While I do know these aren't the same companies as they used to be, it would be highly amusing if Activision finally bought out Atari.

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