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From Our Identity Crisis to LittleBigDelays - News Roundup 23rd September 2010

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Birthday, gamers, Games news, Good Old Games, Identity Crisis, Nintendo, Shadow of the Colossus

60% of Gamers... Deny It

From Our Identity Crisis to LittleBigDelays - News Roundup 23rd September 2010

Our favourite pastime is becoming more and more ubiquitous these days, with a third of Brits claiming to be gamers and a whopping 74% of the 18-24 audience gaming regularly. However, many of us seem to be having an identity crisis. According to a new survey of over 2000 subjects (commissioned by developer/publisher PlayFirst), only 40% of males 'strongly' identify themselves as gamers, despite two in every three subjects playing games on a daily basis (including casual games or iPhone apps) on a daily basis.

60% of females who play games regularly also refuse to identify themselves as gamers. While the entertainment medium is becoming as common as reading, music or even reading in some age groups, there still appears to be a stigma attached to the label. [Gamesindustry]

I'm a gamer. Are you? Does the term 'gamer' still have a derogatory connotations... or have we grown beyond the need for the word altogether? Have your say in the comments!

LittleBigPlanet 2 Delayed Into 2011

From Our Identity Crisis to LittleBigDelays - News Roundup 23rd September 2010

A quick look at the comprehensive creation suite suggests that LBP2 might well be the last game we'll ever need to buy. However, every games company in the world has now been given a few months of extra breathing space as the release date has been been pushed back into January 2011.

Media Molecule will apparently be using the time to polish LBP2 in order to ensure that it "gives you the best experience imaginable". Which, in devspeak, means that it isn't anywhere near ready yet. [Media Molecule]

Shadow of the Colossus Movie Producer Seeks Constant Ueda Feedback...

From Our Identity Crisis to LittleBigDelays - News Roundup 23rd September 2010

We all know that godawful movie adaptations of videogames far outnumber the few half-decent attempts out there. Seriously, we're spoiled for choice. This has made us more than a little suspicious about Misher Films' upcoming take on Shadow of the Colossus... but executive producer Kevin Ping Chang has updated us on the current progress of the project. Surprisingly, it appears to be shaping up rather well.

Chang has reassured us that the colossi battles will be momentous affairs that won't use montages to shorten the action, and that series creator Fumito Ueda is being kept in the loop at every stage.

“I think people realize the value of having the creator’s involvement more nowadays. They obviously know the material the best. We want Ueda’s feedback as much as possible, especially in terms of knowing certain character’s motivations for what they’re doing, where the character is born, etc. With that information we can begin to build the movie.”

It's always great to see directors actively seek out the creator's feedback... and as one last reassurance, Chang has revealed that he's an avid fan of the game and has completed it several times. Team ICO fans can sleep a little easier. [Play Till Doomsday]

GoG Relaunches. Shame on you.

From Our Identity Crisis to LittleBigDelays - News Roundup 23rd September 2010

We reported that some odd shenanigans were happening over at Good Old Games earlier this week, with the online distribution company claiming to have shut down. However, we correctly identified this as a PR stunt... and it's now out of Beta and open for business once again. Account access is now back to normal.

Listen up, GOG: A publicity stunt is no excuse for denying your members access to their accounts and games portfolios. Shame on you.

And Finally... Happy 121st Birthday, Nintendo!

From Our Identity Crisis to LittleBigDelays - News Roundup 23rd September 2010

Happy 121st Birthday, Nintendo! [thanks, Kotaku]

Add a comment 1 comment
StauntonLick  Sep. 25, 2010 at 12:17

Re: 60% of Gamers… Deny It

I read a letter in Edge magazine where the writer pointed out that we need to move away from the label of "Gamers" before the medium can be truly accepted, in the same way that you would not classify yourself as a "music listener" or "film watcher".

The concept of being a "Gamer" has certain connotations about it (mostly harking back to the days of the lone hobbyist programming spectrum games in his bedroom) that mean a lot of people naturally wouldn't admit to being one.

At the end of the day, hanging on to the concept of the "Gamer" does the industry as a whole far more harm than good, and holds us back from the time when videogames can truly exist alongside films, music and art.

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