Jonathan Blow, the creator of wildly successful Xbox Live game Braid and one of today’s star indie game developers, threw his backing behind Sony this month, announcing that his new game, The Witness, will be available on the PlayStation 4 before becoming available for the next-gen Xbox. But he didn’t stop there: Blow went on to state that the new Xbox “is not strictly about games,” which is the main reason he threw his backing to Sony.
Blow made waves last year with his anti-establishment stance on popular gaming, in which he railed against the complacency of standards in the gaming industry and the manufactured nature of studio games. His decision holds a fair bit of weight, although as most gamers know, Sony is historically no stranger to having superior game exclusives as compared to its competition. His specific criticism does seem a bit perplexing, as currently the PlayStation and Xbox share a fairly similar direction in terms of being living room centerpieces as opposed to strictly gaming consoles. This is likely to continue with Sony and Microsoft’s next-gen offerings.
In other gaming news this week, EA’s free game giveaway for SimCity customers ends this week and PAX East brought to light some interesting tidbits on Outlast, Contrast, and Bioware’s future.
- A general gaming PSA: If you are one of the many gamers who was affected by EA’s SimCity snafu, this is the last week to choose from a list of free games (of which you may pick one) that EA is offering as recompense.
- The neverending debate continues: a new study suggests that as video games become ever more prevalent, youth violence is actually declining, reports Salon.
- Switching gears to PAX East news, Outlast scared the crap out of a bunch of people in Boston last week.
- Were you a fan of the beautifully-designed Limbo? Then you should check out Contrast, a cool new shadowplay platformer.
- Halo 4 will get a new fan favorite map on April 11th: Forge Island.
- Bioware talked up their next planned game and prospective new directions for their Mass Effect and Dragon Age franchises.
- Finally, Ken Levine was on a panel discussing Bioshock: Infinite, released this Tuesday. In case you haven’t heard, the latest Bioshock offering seems to be doing quite well for itself.