With the recent news of Microsoft paying a very tidy sum for the company that develops Minecraft, it only makes sense that some people who’ve never heard of it before are now wondering what exactly is worth all that money. Although, in this case it could just really be that Buzzfeed wanted to watch a bunch of newbies try to figure out a game that seems pretty simple to so many of us now that we’ve been playing it as long as we have.
In the public contract Bungie made with Activision, the developer would receive a $2.5 million bonus from Activision if Destiny received at least a 90 rating on GameRanking.com 30 days after release. Let’s see how that’s doing… no where close. Currently, Destiny has received 76.29.
“Activision shall pay to Licensor a quality bonus (the “Quality Bonus”) in the amount of Two Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($2,500,000) should Destiny Game #1 achieve a rating of at least 90 as determined by gamerankings.com (or equivalent reputable services if gamerankings.com is no longer in sen/ice) as of thirty (30) days following the commercial release of Destiny Game #1 on Xbox 360.”
Two things are possible at this point, Bungie can miss this bonus despite being one of the best selling games ever, or it’s possible that the contract was renegotiated since the public release. Let’s hope for Bungie employees that it was the latter.
According to Popular Science magazine, DIRTT (Doing It Right This Time) Environmental Solutions is pulling ideas from the DOOM engine, id Tech 1, to construct actual blueprints for buildings.
The basic idea is that DOOM’s engine constructs a 3D model based on a 2D design. DIRTT’s ICE software — which is based on id Tech 1 — does the same thing. Using AutoCAD ICE can construct a 3D rendering from a 2D design allows for everything to be done at once. This cut the overall cost of everything.
“Because of ICE, we don’t have separate teams of manufacturers trying to coordinate with ordered engineering. You’d have to build the materials separately and then put them together later. That’s all electronic for us.”
Scott Jenkins, the DIRTT president, said that they are even exploring Oculus Rift integration.
“Imagine, if you slapped on those Oculus glasses, you could view what changes to make as if you were in the room.”
Players really want Grand Theft Auto V on their PC, even though the game won’t hit PC until January 2015. However, in an effort to appease fans, Rockstar made a comment on the official announcement post.
“We are also incredibly excited to be bringing GTAV to the PC, but the game requires a little more development time in order to ensure that it is as amazing and polished as possible.
“Please do stay tuned as we reveal new features and information about all the new versions in the weeks ahead.”
Hopefully, this video isn’t a reflection of how big the next Star Wars: The Old Republic expansion actually is. However, the huge reveal is the person who is likely the big bad for the whole expansion. I’ll let you watch the video to find out who it is, but it is someone we’ve seen before.
Unfortunately, we don’t have a name for the expansion yet, unless it’s “A Deadly Force Returns,” nor do we have a release date. We’ll keep you posted.