All I can of think of is, EA/DICE sees Payday and Overkill Software as a threat. When Payday 2 ended up becoming the underdog for "fan favourite multiplayer", EA gotta go after the heist genre. They might aswell buy out the Kingpin IP and do a reboot while they're at it - put Snoop Dog and the cast from NWA for street cred mass appeal. But no Bodycount - Copkiller in any promotional material cos its too real.
The only real trend I'm noticing is the Scandinavian resurgence, in the genre of alternative shooters and first person games. Starbreeze, Machine Games, Overkill Software, Frictional Games and doing interesting things that set them apart just like DICE when they started out.
Yes the retail boxed copy requires Steam activation. Though there's no indication on the back of box, or even any copyright/TM Steam logos inside the manual. But on the front page of the manual, just about the serial key there in fine print that reads; "Steam Activation Code". So yes the PC retail boxed copy requires a Steam.
Also noted boxed copies don't have pre-order bonuses inside.
When I think of the Playstation I will always remember the 'Double Life' ad. SCE UK knew how to market the Playstation as a lifestyle accessory, like it meant something, that it was important, and not just some children's toy you buy at Christmas - though I did buy mine in November 97.
I grew up with a NES, Texas Instruments, PCs and the like, and though I'll always prefer PC gaming, it was the Playstation that had me obsessively excited about a console.
Possessing nunchaku is a felony in California...carrying a loaded, concealed handgun is only a misdemeanor. They were banned during the ninja movie/weapons craze of the 1980's, I believe.
The same can be said in the UK. They loved their dubbed HK kung-fu films of the 80s and 90s, though the classification board would edit/censor gratuitous weapon demonstrations and techniques in said films, like they were Video Nasties or something. They also didn't like the word "Ninja", in TMNT.
I've always believed in order to be considered an action film, there must be a higher ratio of action to story and violence (blood and gore). Films like Violent Cop (89) or Full Metal Yakuza (97), Reservoir Dogs (92) missout because they're more graphic in their portrayal of blood and gore borderlining on torture as opposed to light hearted guys dumping ammo and dudes fly back in slo-mo or cars blowing up because one bullet hit it in the sweet spot. Film's like Heat (95) or Fallen Angels (95), Léon: The Professional (94), The Jackal (96), Mr Canton & Lady Rose (89) Highlander (86), Plunkett & Macleane (99), Beast Cop (98), miss out because these are intense story driven thrillers or character driven films that build up to action as opposed to a film where there's action every 5-10 minutes because of short attention spans and itchy trigger fingers. One could try to argue Grosse Point Blank (97) to be a action film, despite my love for that film, I wouldn't.
Stuff not mentioned yet;
The Punisher (89)
Dark Angel aka I Come In Peace (90)
Predator 2 (90) If you don't like Predator 2 FUCK YOU!
Gunmen (94) Its got Mario Van Peebles in it
Assassins (95) written by Wachowski Bros.
Double Impact (91)
Hard Target (94)
Broken Arrow (96)
Crying Freeman (95)
Showdown in Little Tokyo (91)
The Replacement Killers (98) AKA Chow Yun Fat comes to America
The Boondock Saints (99)
The Matrix (99) what a way to end the 90s
The Way of the Gun (00) just misses out.
Reading maybe required when viewing these. Never watch any miramax versions of foreign films.
Yes Madam (85)
Project A 1-2
Armor of God (87)
Curry & Pepper (90)
Iceman Cometh (89)
Tiger on the Beat (88)
Full Contact (92)
Once Upon a Time in China 1-2 maybe 3?
Fudoh: the Next Generation (96)
The Blade (95) period martial art. Tsui Hark's remake of one armed swordsman