Well it's like my birthday. Eccentric RPG maker, Atlus, has decided to make a new game based off of Shin Megami Tensei 4. It seems like a direct sequel, though they're not calling it that yet, since SMT games usually have four or more alternate endings.
SMT IV: Final
Here is some art from Atlus.
Ow, the edge. Why the hell is does Navarre look like Slimer? Atlus, that's why. Also demon titties on the left make me feel better that this won't be some kid's game (I was worried when I saw Slimer Navarre) This is the most color I've seen in an SMT promo.
Okay, that wasn't the title of the article, but I liked mine better. According to this GiantBomb article, Gamestop will refuse to sell a bundle without a "packed in" physical gamedisc. Meaning, if they're selling bundles with digital downloads, they can't resell the games in the future. Ultimately, physical game media is slowly fading away, and Gamestop is using strong arming and wheelin' and dealin' to get third parties to pack in discs with console bundles. Seems like a temporary fix, especially since I highly doubt consoles will have disc drives in their future generations. Gamestop will be Blockbuster one day, goodnight.
Personally, I am not buying a physical game after Wii U. I don't have space in my house, and I love being able to bootup digital games and get to playing. Sure, there's nostalgia in boxes, box art, etc.. but I don't have a collector mentality, and I don't have attachments to my "things" so this is farewell to gamestop.
Some of you may have heard on various outlets about a Treehouse employee that appeared on a podcast and talked candidly about Nintendo. This was picked up by several news aggregators (like GoNintendo) because of how rare it is for an employee to talk openly about Nintendo. He spoke mostly positive about Nintendo, praising Sakurai and defending the Wii U's name. Another interesting little insight was that he mentioned he wasn't "supposed to say nice things about competitors", implying this is a company policy. Well, it got him fired. Pretty sad. It shows how closely Nintendo controls it's information and image. I can't help but feel bad for Mr. Pranger but I guess he broke some rules.
Imagine being proud that you have a dream job translating video games for your favorite company. Tired of hearing people bitch about your company, you decide to defend it. Then you lose your job. Feels bad man.