@Mr_Skeleton: I'm playing the Steam version and I only noticed these ads after the update on Thursday. Is this happening on console versions too?
@Green_Incarnate: I had the exact same reaction, like "Did I just see that? Wow, yeah, I did just see that."
All in all, I guess it's not that big a deal to me, but it just seems like such a strange thing to patch into a game two weeks after release. Honestly, I would have be less disappointed if they just had the balls to admit that they were including advertisements on loading screens into the release notes for the patch instead of letting me stumble across it randomly in the course of my game.
I don't mind ads, per se (hell, even Blade Runner had billboards for PanAm in some scenes--which is hilarious now, because that company tanked maybe two years after that film released), but I think what's bothering me is the idea that now patches and DLC give companies the ability to continue to pile them on with each update. Who knows, maybe after "Missing Link" comes out in October Eidos will add a nice big splash screen for Doritos to the beginning of the game, or maybe a little side ad for Ford to the menu screen.
Is anyone else bothered by these Star Wars blu-ray ads that now pop up on the Deus Ex:HR loading screens?
I'm guessing that this was part of the new update they released yesterday, because I don't remember seeing them before that. I'm trying to decide what bothers me the most about them: Square Enix slipping a shitty new form of sneaky advertising in a game that I love or the fact that LucasArts has to resort to advertising in other people's games because they haven't made anything worth playing in years.
In the original Half-Life, the vortigaunts were these super-annoying little alien guys with a nasty electrical charge attack, and then in Half-Life 2 they're like your best friends and voiced by Louis Gossett, jr. WTF? Did Valve ever explain this?
I consider KOTOR2 to be one of the greatest tragedies in modern gaming. I still love it for its improved mechanics (blasters don't suck anymore, yay!) and for what it attempted to do with the story and characters, but it never lived up to its own potential, and because Obsidian cocked it up so badly we'll never get KOTOR3. Bioware's TOR mmo might be an interesting distraction, but I doubt it'll ever rise to the level of the original KOTOR.
Until a new Midway-esque round of bankruptcies, mergers, and IP acquisitions goes down, I'd say it's more likely that Halo will get released on PS3 than System Shock 2 will see the light of day on Steam (which totally blows, as SS2 is probably my favorite game of all time).
" It's a bitch to get to work on newer computers. "