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From "Gay Space Marines" to Demon's Souls II? - News Roundup 18th September 2010

Jonathan Lester
Demon's Souls, From Software, Games news, Gay Space Marines, immigration, Project Dark

Industry Obsessed By "Gay Space Marines"

From "Gay Space Marines" to Demon's Souls II? - News Roundup 18th September 2010

Today's games industry is plagued by many pitfalls and problems, including the global economy, shifting trends and Japan's apparent atrophy. However, when asked by MTV Multiplayer, Mafia II's executive producer Denby Grace has a definitive theory about the biggest current problem with gaming.

"It's a very good question and maybe a little general for a concise answer. An obsession with gay space marines."

So there, apparently. There's no doubt that burly power-armoured soldiers play a major role in many games... but I'm afraid that this trend won't change until we stop buying them. Plus, considering the quality of the Halo, Killzone and Gears of War franchises, I'm not sure it's necessarily a bad thing.

When asked about where he sees gaming going in the next five years, Denby replied:

Bigger, shinier... and hopefully more innovative with better and better writers and narrative in our medium.

Denby Grace went on to make a number of other interesting points in the interview... but it's a little odd to see Mafia II's senior producer blaming other games for being derivative. It's not as if the industry is obsessed with open-world sandbox crime games, after all... [thanks, MTV Multiplayer Blog]

TIGA: UK Immigration Cap Will Hurt Games Industry

From "Gay Space Marines" to Demon's Souls II? - News Roundup 18th September 2010

Immigration was one of the key issues of this year's general election, and our current coalition government plans to limit the number of non EU workers that are allowed into the country per year. Since Dealspwn is a games blog, this would usually be out of my juristiction... but British trade association TIGA now claims that this measure will actually hurt our homegrown developers in the long run.

"Our research shows that 39 per cent of developers suffered from skill shortages in 2009,"

"If skilled personnel are not available in the UK then games businesses must be free to recruit them from elsewhere. These arbitrary limits could prevent development studios from completing projects on time, stymie expansion plans and limit the ability of studios to win new contracts."

"This would simply damage the ability of studios to complete their projects on time and impair the quality of game development." - TIGA boss Dr Richard Wilson

TIGA also believes that the proposed immigration cap will force potential investors to pour their money into competing nations. Combined with the Coalition Government's decision to scrap the UK gaming tax breaks, our current leadership isn't exactly making things easier for our gaming industry in these harsh financial climes. [Gamesindustry]

What could the government be doing to make things easy for our British developers. Does our games industry deserve special treatment? Have your say in the comments!

Project Dark Trailer... Is It Demon's Souls II?

From "Gay Space Marines" to Demon's Souls II? - News Roundup 18th September 2010

Most of us expected From Software to announce a direct sequel to surprise PS3  sleeper hit Demon's Souls at this year's Tokyo Game Show... but instead, they've revealed that their current upcoming IP is entitled Project Dark. Don't despair just yet, though, because we have a trailer for your eager delectation. Have a look and see if any of it seems familiar (courtesy of Gamespot).

Everything from the art style from the perspective is jarringly reminiscent of Demon's Souls... and it's therefore likely that Project Dark is just a working title. It's referred to as a "project", after all. Regardless of the name, From Software's newest action RPG is headed both to the PS3 and Xbox 360 next year. We'll keep you posted. [via Kotaku]

Add a comment5 comments
Matt Gardner  Sep. 18, 2010 at 16:13

Considering Mafia II was exactly the same as Mafia I only a bit more shit I'm not sure Denby Grace has a leg to stand on.

Frankly I'd just like to see a next gen big gay space game. One where you can be a big gay space marine, or a big gay smuggler or a big gay trader or a big gay fleet admiral or a big gay explorer...

...or you know, Infinite Space 2....in HD!

Not sure using a playground epithet helps Grace's case either.

Jerec  Sep. 18, 2010 at 18:12

Demon's Souls is one of my all time favourite games, such an amazing experience, I hope even if Project Dark is not No.2, then at least it plays just as well as it.

Villa  Sep. 18, 2010 at 23:47

burn the heretic, kill the mutant, purge the unclean.

Anonymous  Sep. 19, 2010 at 01:29

Big gay space marines? Homosocial doesn't have to mean homosexual.

It just sounds like bitterness from someone who made a shoddy game.

Rubisco  Sep. 19, 2010 at 04:37

True, out of the guys who I went to school with who played Warhammer, only half of them turned out to be gay.

So space marines aren't strictly gay but they do have a 10x gay multiplier :D

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