THQ really needs to work on its sales pitch.
As far as introductions go, Diablo III had a rougher time than we did in our atomic wedgie-filled first day of high school. Blizzard's PC lootfest came out Tuesday, cursed with overloaded servers and a bug that ended the games of some players lucky enough to actually play the game.
A little friendly rivalry keeps things spicy, but a seething, bitter grudge makes for real entertainment. GameFly steps things up a few notches in its game-trading grudge match with GameStop with a new commercial. Actors thrash an unnamed, extremely GameStop-like retail store, enraged over the fact that the clerk is only offering them $9 for their used game.
We haven't heard much from the Virtua Fighter series in the past half decade. After the last game in the series, Virtua Fighter 5, came out in 2007 we weren't sure we'd ever see a sixth entry. Now word has hit that Sega's fighter series will see new life, but in downloadable form and it's not exactly Virtua Fighter 6, but just another Virtua Fighter 5.
When DVR first entered our homes, commercials pretty much got the boot out the back door. The ability to speed through ads on our saved shows not only sheltered us from the mind-controlling scepter of the ad wizards, but freed up a bunch of time for us to do other things -- Like watching more TV.
Comedy goes about as well with games as it does with sex. Which is to say, not at all.
The good news is that the long-awaited Diablo III hacked and slashed its way to PCs today, but the bad news is that there's no release in sight for consoles.
At this point it should come as no surprise that any fantasy franchise is getting Lego-fied. After Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Batman, Harry Potter and Pirates of the Caribbean have taken plastic brick form, it was only a matter of time until The Lord of the Rings followed suit.
Leave it to Ferrari to make the hybrid car phenomenon seem more panties-dropper than tree-hugger. The Enzo, which is totally into pulling a three-way with gas and electric power, always seemed like one of those concept cars that was more of an oddball pet project of some self-indulgent engineer than something that would ever pull up next to us on the road.