Another shooting happens in America and right away news outlets sensationalize the massacre, hoping to get the highest ratings possible. It doesn’t help that the number one videogame in the country at the time was a game that allowed you to shoot random people from across the globe. Gamers knew what this would lead to of course, cries of violent video games training the killer and ,”How can we let our children be witness to the type of violence that is perpetrated in video games?”
Every time a horrible gun related tragedy occurs, there’s soon to follow some very vocal criticism of gaming and its effect on teens. We know it all amounts to a load of sh*t at this point; simply because there are many of us that grew up in the 80s and 90s who have easily put away thousands of hours in games and don’t feel the need to blow up a house or mow down a mall full of shoppers. More often that not, the result of these tragedies are the results of some very mentally ill people not getting the help they so desperately need. But don’t let that stop the media from focusing on video games as a catalyst to slaughter once again.
[EDIT] I’m hearing conflicting reports that access to the Crimson Map Pack may be for a limited time, with MS shutting some out Crimson Map Pack access come the 18th of this month. Along with hearing that those that have already downloaded the pack within MS’s limited time will keep the pack. How Microsoft plans to revoke map access and take away achievements for said map pack will be interesting if nothing else. We’ll cover and update this story as it develops.
First the good news. If you picked up the Halo 4 standard edition and downloaded the specialization code that MS was sending out to early buyers, it also unlocked the new Crimson Map Pack (download it from within Halo 4). It was an accident on Microsoft’s part but now to cover their ass, as any PR is good PR, they’re now saying it’s part of their “14 Day, Buy and Play” program (which ran from Nov. 6 – Nov. 20).
Now the bad. If you purchased the Limited Edition (which included the War Games Season Pass) or just outright purchased the Season Pass from LIVE; you just got screwed out of some money. You just paid 25$ for 20$ worth of maps. As someone who picked up the LE, I find this to be complete and utter horse sh*t. Here’s to hoping that Microsoft rectifies this with something else for Season Pass and LE owners; or this will be the last time I’ll purchase a Season Pass or LE that includes one.