Ultimate Game Collection Receives Bid!

I reported on a MASSIVE game collection yesterday being sold on eBay out of Milan, Italy. Today, that very collection has been reposted and has received an actual bid. It’s hard to tell if the bid is a legitimate one, but I will definitely be researching to find out.

I’ll be making updates here as I find out more information. Stay tuned!

EDIT:  As of 2/11/13, the second listing is completely gone as if it were removed by eBay.

Bioshock’s Rapture Recreated in LEGO

I stumbled across a wonderful find while I was perusing Twitter earlier today.  Albeit it’s something that was done a little over a year ago, but it’s still amazing nonetheless.

Flickr user Imagine™ has recreated Rapture using nothing but custom build LEGO structures and a custom Big Daddy “mini-fig”.

I’m sure I’ll fail in my attempts to articulate how awesome their rendition of Rapture is, so I’ll just include some pictures for your viewing pleasure!

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That Big Daddy mini-fig is the bee’s knees!

Obsidian Entertainment Pitching New Star Wars Game

Obsidian Entertainment is the developer behind games such as Knight of the Old Republic 2, Fallout: New Vegas, Neverwinter Nights 2 and the upcoming South Park: the Stick of Truth.

The studio has recently pitched another Star Wars RPG game to Disney/LucasArts.  The game they pitched is to be set between Episode III and Episode IV.  They stated that they went with that time period because they “think that timeframe is super interesting.  It’s the fall of the Republic, the extermination of the Jedi, it’s Obi-Wan going off and making sure Luke is OK.”

I don’t know about you, but I would love a Star Wars RPG set in the between period of the first two trilogies!  They seem worried that EA’s lack of success with The Old Republic will hinder their chances, but LucasArts seems interested in the pitch.  They have yet to talk to the big wigs at Disney, but are eagerly awaiting the chance.

For more information, please visit Rock, Paper, Shotgun for the original article.

ZombiU Limited Edition Wii U Deluxe Set

According to various sites such as IGN, Nintendo has confirmed that it will be releasing a third variation of the Wii U hardware package.  It will be available in the U.S. and Canada and be sold for an MSRP of $389.99 (only $40 more than the current Deluxe).

The bundle comes with the black 32GB Wii U, a digital copy of Nintendo Land, everything in the Deluxe set, the ZombiU game, a Wii U Pro Controller, and a ZombiU art book.  If only I could have waited a couple extra weeks to buy my Wii U!

This new bundle is an excellent deal!  The Deluxe set plus Pro Controller and Zombi U game would run you around $459.99 if bought separately!

If you’re interested, the Zombi U bundle is slated to go on sale starting February 17.

Ultimate Game Collection Being Auctioned Off By Italian Collector

There is a MASSIVE video game collection that went up for auction recently on eBay.  “Massive” can’t even begin to paint a picture of how much stuff is in the collection.  The seller states that they had been collecting for about thirty years and came to the conclusion that they no longer have the space or time to continue such a collection.

To quote the seller of this amazing collection:  “This collection is the story of the videogames from A to Z, from the game & watch and old pong systems to the actual generation of PS3 and XBOX360.”  This is definitely one of the most definitive collections I have ever seen (and will probably ever see).

They estimate that there are over 6850 games, 330 consoles and handhelds, 220 controllers, 185 various accessories,  and numerous collectibles and promotional items related to different games such as limited editions items like Kratos’ Twin Blades!

There are a ridiculous amount of images for the collection on their Imageshack page.  There were about 10,000 pictures taken but roughly 500 were used for the auction.  Judging by both the seller’s description and the numerous pictures, a majority of the collection is still in the original boxes as well!

They posted a link to their Dropbox account for a full listing of the video games in the collection, but the account has been disabled at the time of this post due to overwhelming traffic.

Here are a few of the more all-encompassing pictures from the collection:

The items in those pictures are but a portion of the entire collection, by the way!  Needless to say, if I had enough money sitting in my bank I would be very tempted to purchase it.  Oh, and if you’re wondering, the price tag is only a mere $550,000 USD and the auction ends on February 15.  Yes, that’s four zeros after the fifty-five; yes, it’s real.

If your rarity hunting senses are tingling, tell them to stop!  The seller has already declared that they are unwilling to sell separate pieces and will only sell it as a whole.

I would be really interested to see if an enterprising individual takes the time and effort to appraise the entire collection before the auction ends.  It will be interesting to see what happens at the very least!

Feel free to leave your comments, questions and/or thoughts below!

Next-Gen Xbox (Durango) to Require Internet Connection, No Used Game Functionality

A source held by EDGE Magazine has confirmed that the next-gen Xbox’s rumored specs are accurate.  These specs include “an AMD eight-core x64 1.6 GHz CPU, a D3D11.x 800MHz graphics solution and 8GB of DDR3 RAM.”  The hard drive capacity is unknown for now, but it’s speculated that “Microsoft’s extended commitment to online delivery suggests that it will be the largest unit it has put inside a console to date.”

EDGE is claiming that their inside source is saying that the next-gen Xbox games will be on 50GB Blu-ray discs; it’s also believed that these discs will ship with a one-use activation code that will have no use past the first redemption.  What would this mean for the average consumer?  No more used games would be functional on such a console!

We have already begun to see a similar model when it comes to the online component of console games.  Quite a few big budget games are packaged with an online multiplayer activation code these days.

Development sources have told EDGE that Sony’s console unit architecture is more preferable.  Apparently, development studios working with the next-gen Xbox are being forced to work with a more oppressive operating system compared to Sony.  If Sony doesn’t follow suit with game activation codes, they are going to have numerous advantages going in to the next-gen market.

Hopefully, the one-use activation codes are just speculation and never come to fruition.  Something like that would be devastating to stores like GameStop and services such as Gamefly (both of which rely heavily on the used game market.)

EDIT:  Forbes has reported that, because of the article published by EDGE, GameStop shares took a 6.8% dive at a loss of $1.81 per share.  They also stated that used game sales account for 28% of GameStop’s overall sales and 48% of their gross profits.

For more information, please visit the good guys over at Kotaku and EDGE!

Microsft to End Support of XNA Platform

On Friday, an internal email at Microsoft declared plans to phase out XNA (the development framework used by indie developers to publish their games on Xbox).  Microsoft plans to “retire” XNA and DirectX from its “MVP Award Program” and cites the reasons as being the fact that “the XNA Game Studio is not in active development and DirectX is no longer evolving as a technology.”

There’s speculation that it could be that Microsoft is phasing out XNA to prepare for a replacement.  However, it could also mean that Xbox is going to remove the Xbox Live Indie Games service completely.  This would be crushing to many indie developers if that were the case.  To illustrate what this means, both Bastion and Fez were developed using XNA.

The full Microsoft email below:

Our goal is to provide you the best experience during your award year and when engaging with our product groups. The purpose of the communication is to share information regarding the retirement of XNA/DirectX as a Technical Expertise.

The XNA/DirectX expertise was created to recognize community leaders who focused on XNA Game Studio and/or DirectX development. Presently the XNA Game Studio is not in active development and DirectX is no longer evolving as a technology. Given the status within each technology, further value and engagement cannot be offered to the MVP community. As a result, effective April 1, 2014 XNA/DirectX will be fully retired from the MVP Award Program.

Because we continue to value the high level of technical contributions you continue to make to your technical community, we want to work with you to try to find a more alternate expertise area. You may remain in this award expertise until your award end date or request to change your expertise to the most appropriate alternative providing current contributions match to the desired expertise criteria. Please let me know what other products or technologies you feel your contributions align to and I will review those contributions for consideration in that new expertise area prior to the XNA/DirectX retirement date.

Please note: If an expertise change is made prior to your award end date, review for renewal of the MVP Award will be based on contributions in your new expertise.

Please contact me if you have any questions regarding this change.

Source: CVG