Gaming news for your digestion
A few gaming-related items to keep you going for the day.
First, it seems, I'm reliably informed by Stuff HQ staff that Game Junkie blog has been around for five years. Yes, this blog was started way back near the end of 2007 and I have you, dear readers, to thank for its continued existence. It hasn't always hit the mark with readers, and at times I've thought about packing it in, but we've made the half-decade mark. Thanks for your support.
DVD and Blu-ray rental outlet Fatso is now renting out video games with its Fatso Games Club.
The online site says some games will cost just 49 cents a day, while new releases will cost less than $3 a day.
Formats include PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U, as well as PS2, Xbox and Wii. There is no limit to how many games you can hire at one time but it seems the minimum rental period is five days. You can use a debit or credit card to pay for rentals.
Fatso's Cuan Gray says Fatso Games Club fits the bill for serious gamers, family fans and occasional users. "We're stoked to deliver a truly cost-effective gaming service with the convenience you'd expect from Fatso - direct to your door, free postage and no 'due back' date to spoil the fun. And we've cracked it in time for Christmas."
Fatso says upcoming games - such as Tomb Raider, God of War Ascension, Bioshock Infinite and GTAV - can be reserved before release and a quick check of the site yesterday showed that Far Cry 3 was available for $2.99 a day, Uncharted 2 for 75c a day and Batman Arkham City for $2.49 a day.
The site's in a beta phase but you can find out more information here.
A blog reader emailed me yesterday chastising me for not mentioning that Far Cry 3 has Maori accents in it when I blogged about it on Monday. Yes, I know it does - I recognised the ''Kia Ora'' from one of the villagers when I first heard it - but I just didn't mention it: the posting wasn't a review where I mentioned every little thing, it was a post about some of the cool gameplay elements in the game. The Maori-sounding villagers are called Rakyat and I'm guessing that because Rooks Island is set in the South Pacific there is going to be a strong Maori/South Pacific influence in the villagers. You can see a clip from You Tube user MutantC4Monkey, who is himself a Kiwi, here.
I'm trying to think of any other video games that have New Zealand-accented characters but I'm having a hard time. I guess any recent Star Wars games featuring Jango Fett, who was voiced by former Shortland Street actor Temuera Morrison. Anyone know any others?
Other stuff you might be interested in: Game Junkie is on Twitter and you can email him here. He'll even answer your emails, not get some smart robot to do it. He also has another gaming blog here, which was actually updated recently. You should check it out.