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Epic Games Pres Retire's, Blops 2 Beats MW3, Mass Effect 3 DLC - Shacknews Daily - 12/5/12

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Published on Dec 5, 2012

Join Ryan Calavano on this episode of Shacknews Daily.

Today's Stories:

- Epic Games president Mike Capps retiring
http://www.shacknews.com/article/7690...

- Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 beats MW3 to $1 billion
http://www.shacknews.com/article/7690...

- Next Mass Effect 3 DLC has 'all hands on deck'
http://www.shacknews.com/article/7691...

- Field Report: Mass Effect 3 Omega DLC
http://www.shacknews.com/article/7689...

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Today's Script:

It's December 5th, on todays daily...

Epic Games loses another higher up...
Black Ops 2 beats Modern Warfare 3...
and Mass Effect 3's team goes all hands on deck for its next DLC.

It's Wednesday, the day photobombing your week. I'm Ryan Calavano and here are your top stories....

Epic Games president Mike Capps has announced his retirement, continuing a streak of high-profile departures from the studio responsible for the Unreal engine and the Gears of War franchise. Production director Rod Fergusson left in August to join BioShock Infinite developer Irrational Games, while Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski left two months ago to begin his "next stage of his career." Anyone else afraid Epic is going to lose that somehting that made them what they are? I mean how could all this not? Capps is ending a ten year run at Epic, transitioning into "an advisory role" while remaining on the Epic board of directors. I've always wanted to be on a board of directors for something. Speaking on the company's official website (via Polygon), Capp says that he currently plans on being "a stay at home dad for a while," and may get into teaching, creative writing, and spend more time with charities. His sentiments seem to echo those of the BioWare's co-founders, who both retired from the industry in September.
The games industry is a tough racket, good for you guys. Now let's see how Gears of War Judgement turns out.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has beaten last year's installment to the $1 billion mark. Cod Blops 2 took 15 days to hit the mark after its launch last month, Activision said, while Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 took 16 days in 2011. Activision also points out that it's still ahead of Avatar's $1 billion figure of 17 days, to help bring home the idea that lots of people like video games. Games do cost more than movie tickets, of course. Speaking of contrived comparisons, Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick, you know - that guy from Money ball, claimed that "Since Call of Duty was launched, cumulative franchise revenues from players around the world are greater than current worldwide box office receipts to date for the top-10 grossing films of 2012 combined." Say what you will about CoD people but it's giving us gamers a little numerical validation when it comes to those who ask when we are going to stop playing games. We are at the forefront of a new medium. A medium in its adolescence, that has the potential to create the most artistically expressive and engrossing experiences that human beings are capable of creating. What I'm trying to say is...stop camping.

Mass Effect 3 has already had quite a few expansions, and the most recent title, "Omega," had a sense of finality to it. But BioWare isn't quite done telling Shepard's stories yet, as the company apparently has a large chunk of its writing staff hard at work on the next one. BioWare's Jos Hendriks wrote on the official forum "It's all hands on deck for this one. Pretty much every Mass Effect 3 DLC writer here in Edmonton is involved." The Edmonton team itself is responsible for the Mass Effect Trilogy, just released yesterday (check out Andrew Yoon's field report). Tweets have also revealed the involvement of chief composer Sam Hulick, and the voice actors behind Joker (Seth Green) and Kaiden (Raphael Sbarge). Whatever BioWare has up its sleeve, it has a larger writing staff and returning cast than previous pieces of DLC. That could indicate a grand finale, or setting the stage for whatever is coming next to the series.

And that's your Shacknews Daily for today. Be sure to check out the Weekend Confirmed Content that's making its way onto your feed. Check out the description for links to today's full stories. and of course, for all things video games, head on over to Shacknews.com.

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