Episode 54: The Lists of 2010


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topten The year is over and we’re back for one last hurrah. Yeah, I know it’s 2011 already but we recorded this WAY back in 2010 and now we’re making you listen to it! Andy, Mike and Kelly look back into the behemoth of gaming that was 2010. News, rumors, questions. This one has them all including a quick (yea right) runthrough of a couple of “Top” lists of 2010 from around the internet.

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This Week in Gaming

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Statistics released from Activision:
  • http://www.joystiq.com/2010/12/27/over-two-million-have-played-castle-crashers/
  • More Pokemons Let me Show You Them (Joystiq)  Nintendo’s encapsulated warrior creatures return to North America in a new adventure with Pokémon Black and Pokemon White on March 6, 2011. The two versions of the game continue the tradition of being slightly different (this time, slightly more than usual) with different locations, creatures and seasons available. The Black version will offer the Pokémon Reshiram and a setting called Black City, while White will contain the “lush, green area” of White Forest and let you capture Zekrom.
  • The game will also feature seasons this time around, with certain areas only becoming accessible during specific times of the year and several creatures — of the 150 new ones in the game — appearing more frequently at specific periods. Nintendo of America has made no mention of those classy Pokémon Black and White DSis with regards to a stateside release.
  • Child’s Play Nearing $2 million in Donations (Joystiq) Donations from charitable gamers like you have pushed the Child’s Play 2010 donation total to an all-time high of $1.85 million — all of which will go towards purchasing toys and games for children’s hospitals across the globe. That’s a bit higher than last year’s total of $1.78 million. It’s also dangerously close to $2 million, which just looks like a gargantuan sum of money, doesn’t it?
  • Related: Humble Indie Bundle 2 Brings in $1.8million (Kotaku) The second Humble Indie Bundle managed to pull in $1,823,301.66, topping the first Humble Indie Bundle which brought in about $1.2 million.
  • That works out to 232,849 purchases of the pack that included 11 games for whatever price a person was willing to pay. The top contributor was Nexus Scorpion, who dropped $6,132.96 for the bundle. The average purchase price was $7.83, with Linux users paying the most on average, $13.76. Mac came in second at $9.26 and you tight-fisted Windows folks only paid $6.67 on average.
  • Each person decided who to split the money they donated, splitting it between the game developers, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Child’s Play Charity.
  • Digital Trends Top 10: http://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/best-video-games-of-2010/
  • Bright Hub Top Games: http://www.brighthub.com/video-games/console/articles/99183.aspx
  • CNET Crave Top 10: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20024053-1.html
  • GameSpy Game of the Year: http://www.gamespy.com/articles/114/1141516p1.html

Rumor Mill

  • Hugh Laurie will be lending his vocal talent to a yet to be disclosed EA game.
  • Bioware is currently investigating internal sabotage against one of their SWTOR mainframes. Fortunately no data was lost and the game is still on schedule.
  • Dr. Horrible is coming to Xbox Live arcade with his own title.

Question of the Week

What was your most memorable gaming moment of 2010?

  • thesyddiegrl: It’s probably a tie between watching my first Mass Effect cinematics and logging in after Deathwing had risen in WoW.
  • azarizotza:  “Now I stand, the lion before the lambs… and they do not fear. They cannot fear…” “UNLEASH HELL!”
  • gaminggirlswant: Rolling a hunter in WoW. The sound of my first gunshot and the sight of it hitting a bad guy between the eyes. Tasty!
  • weeklyrandoms: I’d have to say my most memorable gaming moment was the westfall facelift in #worldofwarcraft. It really caught me off guard.

About MikeH

Gamer/Podcaster/Blogger - Mike, who is also known as Fimlys in the WoW community, is the Author of Asleep at the WoW Blog ( http://aatwow.fimlys.com ) and Co-Host on the Twisted Nether Blogcast (http://www.twistednether.net ) and HotsCast a Podcast about Heroes of the Storm. He also produces Polygamerous and does the web maintenance. An avid gamer, he's played since his parents first bought him an Atari 2600.. Back in the stone-age...