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Fist-Bump or Bitch-Slap: Nintendo or Bethesda

This is the love/hate relationship between the video game industry and myself. 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.

And the FIST-BUMP goes to…....... Bethesda Softworks for announcing that they will ship Brink before its original release date.

In a time where every third word from a developers mouth is the inevitable push of any given upcoming anticipated title, Bethesda does the opposite. Hence my obligation to bring to light Bethesda’s unique position. Last night I was made aware that Bethesda Softworks is bumping the release of Brink to a week earlier then predicted.

  • “Production wrapped on Brink earlier than we planned and we didn’t see any reason to keep gamers from getting their hands on this highly anticipated game as soon as it was ready,” said Pete Hines, VP of PR and Marketing for Bethesda Softworks

Bethesda must be admired for their passion and their desire to please the fans. Stating that they don’t want to keep the fans from playing their game, is quite a testament to the folks inside the company. The new release date is May 10th in NA and May 13 in the UK.

- My secondary FIST-BUMP goes to the folks behind Mortal Kombat: Legacy. Because that sh*t is dope as hell!

I would love to not do this, but I must. I have to give my BITCH-SLAP to Nintendo for their so-called “Release window”.

Not only does it irk my tits SO HARD when a “release window” is stapled onto a console launch, but it is ridiculous to push/advertise titles that will take you months to release! Just because this is the norm, doesn't make it morally acceptable.

We finally (and this did make me happy) got a release date for the Ocarina of Time remake for the 3DS. I am one of the fans that got a 3DS at launch, but who enjoyed any of the release titles? SFIV3d aside. The best things to occupy your time with the 3DS are the small built-in titles that are new and fun. I understand that there is a need for development time in order to release video games, don't color me ignorant. What I don’t understand is the tease of advertising thrown into my face that implies that I will indeed get to play my goddamn Zelda game when I get my goddamn system. Goddammit.

-My secondary BITCH-SLAP goes out to Warner Bros for thinking that parting from Rocksteady studios to make a Batman game is a good idea. Pffft.