Ryan Davis, 1 month later.

1 month ago, we received the worst message ever to have hit us duders as fans, workers, and as a community of this site.

It feels odd listening to the Bombcast, and even weirder to see his desk during the mailbags. He is missed, a whole damn lot.

I still get teary-eyed and cry a bit when I think about him and the incredible impact that guy had on me, although I never had the pleasure of meeting him in person - nor talking to him.

Ryan may no longer be with us bodily, but in our memories he will bring us laughter and interesting thoughts as we reminisce. The content of this site, and also Gamespot among other things, will definitely have us remember him for as long as GiantBomb.com exists.

Never forgotten. Fiercely loved.

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5 new characters to Street Fighter IV!

In a few hours, CAPCOM will announce 5 new characters, whereas the 5:th has never been in a Street Fighter game before.

My suspicion? Asura, from Asura's Wrath. Do I have any evidence for this? Nope, absolutely not! ^-^

In a few hours, we'll know if Rolento, Hugo, Elena and Poison, along with Asura, really is intended for SSFIV.

The announcement is supposed to occur just before the EVO finals in SSFIV.

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gods and Ryan Davis, a pet-peeve.

I didn't want to post this in the Ryan Davis thread because it could start arguments, and I will not let that happen. That thread is for goodbyes, not arguments.

A lot of people ends with "god bless you", and "he's in a better place". This drives me insane. - 1. Nothing is better than being alive - being dead is not fun. How I know? Well I've been "dead" once, before I was born. Also, IF that was a better place, why the fuck be sad about it? - You all know deep inside that there is no better thing than being alive. - While it is a nice thought, thinking about Ryan up in the clouds (cause "heaven" has clouds, apparently), it isn't real. - His body can't move because he is DEAD, nor browse the internet to read your wonderful comments about his death and how much he has meant to all of us.

2. The "god" thing. - That's a weird way of "blessing" Ryan, right?

The fucking truth is that things happen, and no "deity" can do anything about anything, at all. Also, if death is a "blessing", why not just die? - Also, consider that Ryan may not even have been religious. Saying "god bless" doesn't equal irrational belief, it is more of a genetically inherited thing that people just say.

Celebrate his life, not his death. And don't you fucking dare try to find good things in his death, there ARE NONE.

Edit: Forgot to mention I just woke up from crying myself to sleep. I had dreams, about Ryan and Jeff, talking. - Does it mean anything? No. Just that when being hit with reality, it affects us, more than we think.

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Xbox - The Fall of a Mighty

A few problems I have with the console/teamxbox/microsoft.1. The FUCKING CANCELLATION OF THE E3 Q&A. (Biggest problem I have. They essentially say "Wanna know about the console?! Well, FUCK YOU!")

2. The very approach by Team Xbox about questions concerning the fucking console!3. UNCLEAR and UNANSWERED STATEMENTS and questions.4. DRM5. Always online. (YES, it has been said that you ONLY need to up the console ONCE every 24:th fucking hour.)6. "Family sharing" bullshit. Also see #1 and #3.

7. Inability to play YOUR GAMES on another console for more than ONE FUCKING HOUR.8. Manda-fucking-tory installation of ALL GAMES to a 500 GB HDD.

There is no going back, Xbox will fail with Xbox One. The console is doomed to fail us gamers.

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Xbox Forever - Announced today?

What would you say if the new console was called Xbox Forever?

Imagine a real PS fanatic having to say that. It is a pretty disgusting idea to name it that, but okay, I admit that it'd be a hilarious marketing decision having people say "Xbox Forever".

I've heard "Xbox Infninity" and "Xbox 720", along with "The Xbox", and "Xbox MIST" (MIcroSofT) which I came up with just now... What other good marketing names can you come up with? Perhaps even better that that of Microsoft themselves could come up with?

Now, for retarded reasons, I had a dream tonight which I just woke up from. In the dream, they announced it as "Xbox AC". But dreams are delusions, they always are, and always will be.

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The next big thing in MMOs?

Is it too much, or would it pressure people too much if hunger & sleep was implemented, along with "needs", such as peeing or shitting...?

Surely the creatures have the ability to pee/shit/getting hungry?

Imagine the following.. You fight a bad-ass boss, and things are going very well for you and your team. However, you need to take a dump. So, your focus goes down, constantly, and as a result, you won't do as well as you normally would.

Is this on the way into MMOs? What do you think? Would MMOs get better from including things such as hunger, and the other "needs"? Would hunters who kill creatures/farm crops actually pay a much more important role in that case?

Discuss! - What do you think, would MMOs get better from such things as these?

While we're at it - is there anything you'd like to see from the real world implemented into MMOs which seems to be oddly missing from it?


Sonic. A Childhood Hero Ruined.

Sonic The Hedgehog - One of my favorite videogame characters, ruined.

A few years back, he was an Icon of innovation, graphics, and speed.

Remember this li'l fella?

So do I. I have fond memories of Sonic 1 and Sonic 2. At Sonic 3, things started to go downhill, but what happened? - 1. The gameplay felt slow. Sonic is about SPEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED, and while I appreciate a few puzzles, Sonic 3 just felt a lot like a puzzle to me. A boring one. Rarely were there speed-segments, and when there was, the sense of speed just wasn't there anymore.

Then there's this guy...

This stranger made me HATE Sonic The Hedgehog. While I admire SEGA's wish to change, it shouldn't take as long as it has in order to figure out that the way they made the newer Sonic games was a FUCK-UP! - The newer Sonic games felt like on-rail games. Little to no exploration, nearly NO puzzles, and no Tails (for the most part).

Sonic 4.

This game.... is great! They went back to the good old times (makes me sound old... xD) with interesting new mechanics, the feeling of speed is back, FINALLY, oh and there were even a few puzzles!


This can be summed up in one word. Money.

I'll end on a soft note. Sonic is FUCKING DEAD! He is RUINED! And who ruined him? Take a wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiild guess. (Hint: $$$)

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Geoff Keighley - Unable to behave

I take it you guys know of Gametrailers' Geoff Keighley. What you may not know is that he is a fucking asshole.

Here's an interview from back in 2010 which totally made me change my mind about him. I used to like the guy, but after seeing this... i'd gladly watch him go a 10-round, bare-knuckles, no protection match vs Iron Mike Tyson.

Enjoy his totally disgusting behavior.

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Same-sex marriage in MMOs? [UPDATE]


Square Enix's Naoki Yoshida is causing more and more problems.

On the SE boards, he has now posted the following when asked if he was into guys.

Naoki_Yoshida "LOL No! I'm normal!!", as if to say that people of other orientation are abnormal. - This will surely hurt SE evenmore.

I REALLY like how much he cares for FFXIV but he is losing customers by saying stuff like this.


It is 2013 now. Societies all over the world has started to accept that people like different things, and that just because of that, they shouldn't be discriminated against.

Why is MMOSSM (MMO Same-sex marriage) controversial anyway?

Where is the controversy in being an Elf, having gotten married to another Elf? I don't see it. There is only positive things to come from this.

1. You spit people who are against love in the face.

2. You show that your company is open-minded, gaining good PR.

3. The players won't see your company as being discriminatory.

FFXIV (Final Fantasy 14)'s producer Naoki Yoshida's weak answer however was something different.

"When the era came to an end, something happened that led to the sanctum being rediscovered. So what is this place for? Well, in creating a world, we wanted put anything in it that is close to reality. Marriage is one of those things. That’s why we built the sanctum--so that characters and players can get married. The system for weddings--proper services and such--might not be available right from the beginning. It’ll most likely be added in a patch. However, we’ve already prepared a place for it.

As for same-sex marriage, this is an extremely controversial topic that has been under discussion in the MMO world for the past few years. First we would like to start out with opposite-sex marriage, and then consider the feedback from our players in order to make a careful decision.I can’t say whether or not it will be possible at this point in time. I’d like to keep dialog open with our players as we deliberate the matter."

So he dances around the answer...

This will hurt Square Enix evenmore. That is not what they want, nor what they need. The absolute shit-fest that was the FFXIV launch 2 years back buried the game with bad criticism, forcing the producer and the dev team out of SE's buildings. Denying this will definitely NOT help SE.

Is it fair to remove content that one has paid for with their subscription just because one happen to bind with another character of the same gender?

Thoughts on this? Why is MMOSSM so controversial?