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Fist Bump or Bitch Slap: Blizzard Entertainment or Epic Games

This is the love/hate relationship between me and plenty of other people in the world of gaming. Every week I will pick someone who gets my Fist-bump for doing a good deed, someone who gets my undesirable Bitch-Slap for doing something wrong (or just something that pisses me off), and I'll share my experience/opinion along the way. 

This week I give my proudly warn FIST-BUMP to Blizzard Entertainment for slamming down the ban-hammer.

Fist Bump

Blizzard warned players that it will be keeping a close eye on those using Battle.net for the recently released StarCraft II. On Thursday October 1st, Blizzard followed through with their promise, banning 5000 accounts from Battle.net.

[quote=Blizzard] “In addition to undermining the spirit of fair competition that's essential to play on Battle.net, cheating and hacking can lead to stability and performance issues with the service. Maintaining a stable, safe, and secure online-gaming experience for legitimate players is a top priority for us, and we'll be continuing to keep watch on Battle.net and take action as needed."[/quote]

I have personally left the cheating and hacking to the weak, I haven’t even jail broken my IPhone. If I were to be standing beside the folks from Blizzard I would give them the most gangster handshake that the world has ever seen. Stuck to their guns and will never see a difference from it.

·         My secondary FIST-BUMP goes to Electronic Arts and Executive Producer Greg Goodrich for changing the Taliban into “opposing force” for the Medal of Honor multiplayer, a small middle ground to pay some respect.

 

I begrudgingly award EPIC GAMES my BITCH-SLAP for postponing the release of its upcoming Gears of War 3.

Bitch Slap

According to news and press releases, EPIC has delayed Gears 3 in order for it to serve as a holiday “anchor title”. In laymen terms, they are making us wait in order to ensure that they make money next Christmas. We’ve all heard and been witness to developers doing seedy things in order to pull coin, but this is a new one for me.

My personal feeling towards it is “uhhhhh F-U”. I feel that the second a benchmark game, such as Gears 3, is done being developed it should be released. The only thing giving this piece of news some slack is the fact that EPIC Games is releasing BULLETSTORM a month before the projected release of Gears 3. I still believe that having a sturdy (not cemented) release date on such high profile titles should be respected.

·  My secondary BITCH-SLAP goes to Reality Pump Studios, The Two World II developer, who stuck its tail between its legs and ran away from a crowded holiday release calendar; pushing the game to January.