Alright, I thought that I'd end the week with a couple of short, light bits of news just for a change of pace. It seems that there will be more than enough heavy shit to cover next week after all.
First of all, it's not often that you see me siding with Ubisoft on, well, any sort of issue. There are always exceptions though; for example when PETA decides that it's going to pitch a fit over the fact that whaling is something the player can do in Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag there were a couple of routes that Ubisoft could have taken. They have, incidentally, chosen to take the one that involves them being smartasses:
"History is our playground in Assassin’s Creed," Ubisoft said in a statement to the publication. "Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is a work of fiction that depicts the real events during the Golden Era of Pirates. We do not condone illegal whaling, just as we don’t condone a pirate lifestyle of poor hygiene, plundering, hijacking ships, and over-the-legal-limit drunken debauchery.
"And even if the game does glorify whaling — as it certainly glorifies the life of a pirate — I don’t think it will lead to a generation of gamers who head to the Caribbean to hunt down humpbacks. Just as I don’t think anyone who played the previous Assassin’s Creed games have found employment as a murderer for hire."
Good going Ubisoft -- wow, it feels strange to that that unironically.... -- this isn't the first time that PETA has thrown out questionable accusations and arguably made fools of themselves, but this was certainly one of the more entertaining replies that they've gotten from those they've targeted.
Electronic Arts, unfortunately, didn't have such good luck. As this week found them being the ones riffed on to, of all things, sell an older edition of a recent title. As you may have guessed, it's the release of SimCity that has been taken to task. Now, I'll have more serious commentary regarding this next week, as there have been issues that should be talked about ... to say the least. However, it would seem that Good Old Games knows how to take advantage a problematic launch. This tweet appeared a mere day after the launch of the newest iteration of the series:
"Server problems? DRM-free SimCity 2000 needs no internet to play AND it's only $5.99"
Harsh, but at the same time it's very difficult to argue against what's been represented, and to loathe what's being mocked. Truth be told I'm surprised that EA hasn't stepped in and asked this to be taken down, but since it's not really libel I think they would have a hard time getting anywhere with it.
Add to that the fact that a riff from GoG is likely going to be the least of EA's problems right now. But that is a more serious topic, and one for another day.