Missing Pieces: Oculus overload, Titanfall cheater island, and COD meets Ahnold
Apologies, devout readers, for the lack of Missing Pieces last week. Who knew that writing about Game Developers Conference would leave my face all battered and bruised by the end, rendering me incapable of picking up news-related puzzle pieces off the ground?
But in the immortal words of Jake LaMotta, "I never went down. You never got me down, GDC."
Here's all the gaming news fit to print from the week of March 24.
Facebook purchased Oculus for $2 billion
Maybe you heard?
If you missed any gaming news on the site this week, chances are it was probably Oculus-related. We've got a rundown on what Facebook's acquisition means to you, a piece busting the 5 most inaccurate Oculus myths, non-Facebook-filled Oculus alternatives, a piece hating on all the misguided post-Oculus Kickstarter hate, and missing Minecrafts. Whew!
Call of Duty: Ghosts gets Predator DLC?
What the heck is happening over in Call of Duty land? First we got Mike Myers DLC, and now Predator?
That's certainly what this video indicates, featuring the Predator's infamous clicking noise and a brief view of a cloaked enemy. Damn it, Infinity Ward, stop tickling my "all-things-dumb" bone and making me want to play your game.
Though let's be honest, no DLC can match the majesty of this video:
GameStop forced to compete by Wal-Mart
I haven't traded a game back to a store for a long time now—it's kind of hard when your whole collection is stored as a bundle of 1s and 0s in Steam. But for those of you looking to get a few dollars back after completing a physical game, Wal-Mart launched a video game trade-in program to compete with GameStop earlier this week.
It's amazing what a little competition can accomplish. Mere days after Wal-Mart's plan launched, GameStop revised its notoriously low trade-in prices to be a bit more market-friendly. I'm sure some free-market capitalist video game fan is out there cheering right now.
Remember that incredible pre-release trailer for Dead Island that got everyone excited for a game that turned out to be a relatively rote and silly zombie killer instead of a heartfelt examination of humanity's foibles? No, of course I'm not still bitter. That would be crazy.
This week Goat Simulator put out its launch trailer and it's a bit...familiar. Oh Goat Simulator, you're so funny. Even when you're dousing people in kerosene and lighting them on fire.
Battlefield 4 having problems? My word.
I enjoyed my time with Battlefield 4's Naval Strike DLC recently—at least, as much as you can enjoy a slower-paced shooter after three weeks of Titanfall. I enjoyed Naval Strike so much I even recommended people buy it.
Silly me. I should've known nothing could be so easy. Naval Strike has now been delayed on the PC until April. Maybe...maybe put your credit card away until we know whether it runs. Fool me once, Battlefield...
Killer Instinct moves to Divekick developer Iron Galaxy
When Amazon announced its acquisition of Double Helix, all the legions of people who care about Killer Instinct were like, "Hey, what happens to Killer Instinct?"
Well stop asking your simplistic and direct questions, legions of fans. The answer is that Divekick developer Iron Galaxy Studios will take over Killer Instinct development. I don't want to stir up any controversy in the fighting game community, so I'll just let you decide how you feel about this news.
Cheaters sometimes win
Companies seem to have caught on that simply banning cheaters from play is an ineffective and somewhat tedious way to go about cleaning up multiplayer. Titanfall is the latest to enter the "Creative Approaches to Cheaters" crowd, quarantining any players of ill-repute into their own matchmaking playlists in what Respawn calls the "Wimbledon of aimbot contests."
"Hopefully the aimbot cheat you paid for really is the best, or these all-cheater matches could be frustrating for you," Respawn wrote in a news post.
Sweet, sweet justice.
Sick of Oculus news? Here's details on the new Lego game that might bankrupt every parent, a new Kinect for Windows, the latest Nvidia Shield update (two words: remote streaming), and Nvidia's shiny Titan Z graphics card—yours for only $3,000.
That seems like plenty to keep you occupied through the weekend. We'll see you back here next week.