Interesting article about how the US has ‘beaten’ Japan in terms of making the best games.

State of the Western RPG

RPGs are usually my favorite games, and they have been for years. Beyond that, they’re among the most popular and interesting games of any era. It’s true for every generation of gaming, from Wizardry through Dungeon Master, Ultima, Fallout, Morrowind, and Dragon Age. No other genre has been so consistently important through every era of home video gaming.

But unlike adventure games or flight simulators, which have been driven into tiny niches, RPGs are still prominent. Skyrim, World Of Warcraft, and Mass Effect are among the most important games of this generation, which is not to mention cult hits like The Witcher or Torchlight.

Read More…

Norwegian shops pull Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and other games after tragedy

Following the tragic attacks last month in Norway by Anders Behring Breivik, several retailers have removed games cited by the attacker from their stores. “In light of Friday’s horrific events, and out of respect for those affected, we have chosen to remove selected items from our range,” a spokesperson for Coop Norway told Danish site Gamer’s Globe. Local Norwegian paper Rogalands Avis reported that while the removals are “temporary,” Coop Norway will “think twice” about restocking the games, adding, “Others are better qualified than us to point to the repercussions these games have.” UK site Thinq also reports that Norwegian store Platekompaniet has removed “certain games” from sale.

The Coop-removed games include just about anything with the words “Call of Duty” in the title, including Black Ops, Modern Warfare 2, and World at War, along with other titles like Sniper: Ghost Warrior, Counter-Strike: Source, and World of Warcraft. This isn’t a Coop-wide removal though; the chain in Denmark told Gamer’s Globe that it hasn’t removed any games and believed “that terrorism has been guided by motives other than computer game universes.”

Brevik’s 1500+ page manifesto references many of the above games, notably calling Modern Warfare 2 part of his “training-simulation.”

Source: Joystiq