This Forbes article certainly suggests so. Zynga's valuation is between $4-6 billion (that's almost approaching Electronic Arts- ERTS), Valve's is between $2-4 billion and Gabe owns more than half the shares. Unless I missed someone, these two are probably going to be the first billionaires through video games. It is kind of ironic now how their products (Steam, Farmville) were largely dismissed by players on launch.
Part of the reason exploitation movies are classified as such is because they use sex, violence or a big star to set themselves apart. They defy genre conventions using these easy ploys. Most games are violent but some use excess violence to distinguish themselves. Dragon Age is a fantasy RPG that uses persistent gore and gruesome decapitations to stand out among many other fantasy RPGs. In that sense, it does exploit violence. Dead Space 2's marketing campaign suggests the game features exceptional violence. I see Isaac's many (enjoyable) deaths as proof of that. An easy comparison is Legend of Zelda and God of War - the combat in both is essentially hack n'slash but Kratos' uncompromising brutality is what gave GoW its unique identity. It's pretty much the equivalent of a slasher flick.
And most of those games where made primarily for said murdering, with story really only there as window dressing. So of these games, what aren't exploitative?
Some of Dead Space 2 and Bulletstorm's marketing makes these games look exploitative, with more than just a passing similarity to the way exploitation films are promoted. Wikipedia's article describes them as follows:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exploitation_film (It's notable that the page has neutrality & citation issues).
Exploitation film is a type of film that is promoted by "exploiting" often lurid subject matter. The term "exploitation" is common in film marketing, used for all types of films to mean promotion or advertising. These films then need something to exploit, such as a big star, special effects, sex, violence, romance, etc. An exploitation film, however, relies heavily on sensationalist advertising and broad and lurid overstatement of the issues depicted, regardless of the intrinsic quality of the film.
Wait, PS3 players can't? PC version logs every single event online. I can check my entire 80+ hour career through the BioWare character profile (like my character Ariel).
" Can you track most of this on the PC version?"
Oh hey, that's my lady Shepard under some weird lighting. I bet most people did a second take on that image and thought "who the hell is that & what's wrong with her face?!"
Heres hoping the last DLC is more "Lair of the Shadow Broker" and less "Overlord". Please, no more geth or mechs.
There are different visors. If I recall correctly, this one is from the Dr.Pepper promo and increases shield strength (useful for sentinels) and displays your opponent's power rating (useful for meme spouters). The vertical one increases weapon damage, right ?
" What's up with that visor in the pic? I had a similar visor but it was always vertical and covered only one eye. My Shep was male though, is that why it's different? "
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After the patch, it's playable but still not very enjoyable. The load times are significantly better but the actual graphics are still murky & washed out. In a normal game, this would not be a problem. But in Bayonetta, the emphasis is on precise combat and last second dodges so the graphics end up getting in the way.
" Still fucked? thinking of picking it up, dude told me a patch fixed most stuff but he's Canadian so... "
Use your keyboard!
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