Welcome to the 60th edition of Reloading…

“One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life comes from being happy over the good fortune of others.” – Robert A. Heinlein


Everyone can use a feel good moment to start the day.   Let’s go with this…

No video today.  This was too good to pass up.

Thanks as  always for reading Reloading…. I appreciate it and I’m sure I speak for Ben, Jeff and Kevin who also occasionally pen for this column when I tell you that they appreciate it too!

In my last column I mentioned WildStar by Carbine Studios. If you haven’t already viewed Jeff’s video from gamescom then check it out now. I’m a bit shocked by the comments below Jeff’s video stating that they don’t see an “Firefly” in the game. What’s not Firefly in the game trailer?  
  • It’s setting is a western in space.
  • The mercenary is Jayne.
  • The guy in the brown coat.. note “Brown Coat” is so like Mal right down to the pistols.
  • The music has that western twang to it.  
  • I could go on…

There have been plenty of good vibes coming out of those that are playing World of Tanks. With World of Warplanes and World of Battleships now on the horizon this franchise looks like one of the hottest newcomers in a very long time. I haven’t played WoT, but I have only heard good things from those that have.

Star Wars The Old Republic remains the big dog on the porch and though they are flexing their muscles at PAX Prime they also did some weight lifting at gamescom. Check out the Razer Peripheral video, which includes a large LCD screen and fully customizable keyboard, meaning you can swap keys around. They keyboard is of course, Star Wars themed. The mouse that Razer was showing off has a changeable faction plate, but otherwise seemed much like a Razer Naga.

In other news, the EA and Steam spat continues on. EA had already pulled Crysis 2 and Dragon Age II from the Steam store, but apparently now Battlefield 3 will not be available to Steam users upon launch.   

"I think at the end of the day we're going to prove to Electronic Arts they have happier customers, a higher quality service, and will make more money if they have their titles on Steam," he continued. "It's our duty to demonstrate that to them. We don't have a natural right to publish their games…We really want to show there's a lot of value having EA titles on Steam. We want EA's games on Steam and we have to show them that's a smart thing to do." – Gabe Newell, Valve Software

Do you use Steam?  If so, what percentage of your game purchases are through the Steam service? I know personally that it drives me nuts when my Internet happens to be down and Steam won’t let me play a game that I bought.  

What are your thoughts?


As always, you can contact me a number of ways:

  • Email
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  • Telepathy (Just make sure it’s during business hours.  I hate to be woken by this stuff)

Until we meet again,

John “Boomjack” Hoskin

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Dissecting and distilling the game industry since 1994. Lover of family time, youth hockey, eSports, and the game industry in general.