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About Monique Thanks for Ruining Settlers 7
April 2nd, 2010 by Monique | Digg | Technorati | Reddit | Stumble Upon

Settlers 7: A game I won As the DRM failboat continues to capsize at Ubisoft, and gamers find themselves unable to even log into the newly released Settlers 7 to verify the legitimacy of the game upon release, I have to wonder: are these launch problems just a poorly timed April Fool’s joke?

Well, it’s April 2nd now, and their support forum complaints are still piling up, so I guess not. It’s a shame because in general I enjoy strategy games and was interested in trying out series for the first time - but if it’s as broken as it sounds, this gamer isn’t planning on supporting Ubisoft’s stupid DRM choices with her money any time soon. And Settlers 7 looked damn good, too.

All of this just speaks of a larger issue at hand, too. It’s starting to become evident that gaming companies are grasping at straws for explanations for their lower sales and that piracy has become the new scapegoat. It all started with Crysis developers and higher-ups explaining a couple of years ago that its lackluster sales hinged fully on piracy; a surprising disregard for the inability of the majority of gamers to run the game on their systems without serious overhauls to their rigs. Funnily enough, there’s a lot of video game companies that are selling their titles fine and don’t seem too stuck on pigeonholing their problems into the piracy excuse. Unfortunately for the Settlers series, Ubisoft doesn’t seem to be one.

But let’s be honest here, I don’t think Valve needed to do anything special for Left 4 Dead 2, and I’m fairly certain Borderlands did well despite extremely relaxed DRM on Gearbox’s behalf. Man up or get out, Ubisoft - or at least stop ruining games before they’re even released.

About Monique Borderlands: A ‘Sanctuary’ for Impatient Diablo Fans
November 3rd, 2009 by Monique | Digg | Technorati | Reddit | Stumble Upon

Featuring Lilith (Hot.) It had been a while since I had felt like writing here, and then Borderlands came around. Hailed as Diablo 2 meets Fallout 3 and introduced as a success where Hellgate: London so blindly failed, Borderlands was last week’s big news release, and is by far the best game I’ve played in a while.

First off, let me do away with assumptions: Borderlands is really nothing more than a loot game. In fact, if you’ve played Diablo or Titan Quest, you know almost exactly what to expect from the genre. But what sets Borderlands radically apart from other such genre clones is that not only does it mimic Blizzard’s patented formula, it improves on it; your expectations are not only met, but raised substantially. Borderlands is more than just a game, it’s an experience, and it makes sure you;ll never look at these types of games the same way. Deviating from the mold, Gearbox developers intelligently chose to deviate from the medieval setting, throw in their own brand of humor, add a screen full of dynamic cell-shaded graphics, and finally a dash of seamless gameplay to create what is possibly 2009’s game of the year, bugs aside.


About Monique Be Right Back
June 30th, 2009 by Monique | Digg | Technorati | Reddit | Stumble Upon

The database is back to up to the wonderful Leslie. We’ve transferred servers and a new layout is coming eventually.

About Monique Girls Don’t Game the Undying
January 11th, 2009 by Monique | Digg | Technorati | Reddit | Stumble Upon

We’re alive, sort of.

The blame is solely me. I stopped writing and I stopped managing my other writers and now, somewhere, a tumbleweed blows by. There’s this thing with achievements, with Sartharion 3 Drakes (I’m officially “of the Nightfall” and a “Twilight Vanquisher,” with a rare mount to boot!), another thing with a full-time job in the video game industry (want a review copy of our latest game?), Left 4 Dead (Versus in CAL?), Fallout 3 (I haven’t even started it despite owning it), the holidays (I like turkey), college (compsci major)…

Well, you get the point. To top it off, my old PC fried and I built a new PC and I have next to nothing on this PC besides games.

Anyway, this is a quick heads up that things will change and regular posting will resume at some point. Apologies, hope you didn’t kick us off your RSS, and if you did, we’ll just re-earn our spot. I hope 2009 is treating you well and you’re as excited about the upcoming release of Resident Evil 5 as I am.

About Monique Of Mutalisks and Marines
August 16th, 2008 by Monique | Digg | Technorati | Reddit | Stumble Upon

Zerg rush jokes incoming. I promise. The Olympics are going on right now. Phelps is winning gold metals like thereís no tomorrow, China and the USA are duking it out on the uneven bars, and itís all very intense to watchóbut so is Flash versus Jaedong.

Iím talking about the Averatech-Intel Classic finals I stayed up until 4am to catch with some of my former guildmates last Saturday. For a forty thousand dollar prize, hundreds of Starcraft players climbed a ladder and the final rung gave way to two players: Flash (Terran) and Jaedong (Zerg).


About Monique Make Love, not Diablo 3 is Warcraft Petitions
August 2nd, 2008 by Monique | Digg | Technorati | Reddit | Stumble Upon

A real life enactment of gamers versus developers. Guess who is who? The biggest conundrum of the gaming world isnít whether video games inspire real life violence or the ongoing console wars. Itís not controversy about Fat Princess being, well, fat either. Honestly, gaming has always been about the relationship between fans and developersóthe semantics of when a company should listen and when they shouldnít.

Itís about the acknowledgment that a company can be right and wrong; the realization that change isnít always a bad thing, but isnít always good either. And the simple fact that the angry lynch mobs of gaming should not always be heard.