Tom Clancy’s “The Division” Sequel Announce: Box Art Released

Ubisoft’s The Division console game has been a fairly strong success (with an 80/100 rating on Metacritic)… but it came out in March 2016 and time moves fast in the videogame industry. Thus it was no surprise that the sequel to Tom Clancy’s The Division was announced in July on Sweatypistol.

The new game, as many anticipated, will be called The Multiplication, with future games in the series bearing the names The Addition and The Subtraction also named in the press release. The game is cross-branded with edutainment heavyweight Sesame Street and features the Count character in the new press package. We expect that The Sine, The Cosine and The Blindly Solving for X on the Midterm in a Cold Sweat will be soon to follow.

We at Game Writer Central are elated to release exclusive box art for the new game, which bears the full title Sesame Street and Tom Clancy’s The Division: The Multiplication. Click to enlarge.

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How to Harvest LR41 Watch Batteries from Junk Mail

In the Geek Skills category of Game Writer Central, I’m happy to announce this new lifehack: converting junk mail into value…!

LR41 Watch Batteries in Your Mailbox

free-watch-batteriesIf you’re in the right neighborhood, you’ve been getting an occasional giant postcard with a little plastic “sweepstakes” gadget attached, like this one. Mine comes from my local generous Nissan dealer. In theory, you pull out the tab from the gadget and it’ll show you your winning sweeps number or whatever.

If you’re like me and you don’t want to buy a new car, you are tempted to pitch this advertisement. Don’t!

The Gadget Is Junk

Admittedly, the gadget is not even the secure electronic device it’s designed to emulate. The digital display is actually fake; there are no LED digits and the number is the same for every single recipient.

free-watch-batteryHowever, it is a lighted display and the little unit does have an LED light to illuminate. And that display is powered by two shiny new LR41 watch batteries.

If you get one of these ads, don’t pitch it until you pry the gadget open and salvage those nice batteries…! Ordinarily these sell for about $1 to 3 each. If you can’t use them, give them away to friends or on Craigslist. Enjoy!

Mini-Review: The John Carter Movie

Writer Patrick Sullivan contributes this mini-review of the new movie based on Edgar Rice Burrough’s books:

I saw a sneak of John Carter recently and I say go see it. Really, ignore the horrible marketing and lackluster trailers Disney have done for the film, and give it a shot. It is breezy, accessible, swashbuckling fun that never takes itself too seriously, just serious enough to deliver the story earnestly without any kind of postmodern nudge nudge, wink wink.

It is definitely a “boy’s story”* in that there’s essentially only two female characters** (one red and one thark) but the screenwriters (including Michael Chabon) did decent work at giving Deja Thoris real motivation and elevating her above being just a mere damsel in distress. The only clunky bits for me were Taylor Kitsch’s dreadful delivery of several lines.

I’m glad this film survived the post-production hell it languished in for a bit.

* Well, it was a proto-pulp adventure written in 1912, how could it not be?
** Though if you look closely at the extras, you’ll see that there are a fair number of female soldiers serving in the Heliumite and Zodangan armies.

Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza Makes Gamers Happy

Papa Murphy’s Pizza Experiment a Huge Success

Take ‘n’ bake pizza from Papa Murphy’s has always been close to my heart — I used to feast on it when I lived in Northern California, back when I worked at Rocket Science and 3DO. So when Papa Murphy’s approached me to ask if I’d be willing to throw a videogaming pizza party and write about it, well, heck yeah!

Videogaming and Pizza, BFFs 4EVR

If you haven’t tried Papa Murphy’s pizza, you should enlighten yourself. Papa Murphy’s does “take ‘n’ bake” pizzas, which means you pick up your freshly-made pizza from the store, made just like you like it, and bake it at home when you’re ready to eat. Why, you ask?

  • It’s fresh, not that cardboard pizza that you get in a supermarket freezer.
  • Since Papa Murphy’s doesn’t have to bake the pizza, it’s inexpensive.
  • You can add your own toppings at home.
  • The pizza’s ready when you want, not when the queue clears at the pizza restaurant.
  • It’s quality pizza.
Fred and DK illustrate a cooperative technique with the Chicken Bacon Stuffed Pizza.

Vegetarians, Don’t Arrive Late

In the Game Writer Central pizza experiment, Papa Murphy’s pizzas were a huge hit, garnering multiple spontaneous comments about the delicious and hearty offerings. We baked up the Gourmet Vegetarian pizza first, and even the carnivores ripped into it with gusto, leaving a few late-arriving vegetarians with some envious feelings.

Blake models the latest in vegetarian pizza stylings.

A Pizza My Heart

As for the games, we started out with Motorstorm, moved on to Wipeout HD, switched to a bit of four-player Little Big Planet, and wrapped up with a solid dose of Rock Band. A good time was had by all.

Thanks, Papa Murphy’s!

Gaming and Safe Sex

Game Writer Central Welcomes Michelle B. To Our Game Writing Team

Michelle, our new game writer, will be making her first splash here soon with an interview of one of the owners at Pinballz, an independent videogame arcade that’s making a serious go of it in these tough times.

In fact, Pinballz opened in November 2010. 2010 isn’t when most big companies started to flee the videogame arcade business – it’s when most big companies had already fled and the dust had settled. Pretty ballsy, pardon the pun.

Videogames Made Easy

Anyhow, keeping things at a base level, here’s Michelle’s micro-review of Dragon Age: “I’m just playing Dragon Age so I can sleep around! I’m not sure that is the goal of the game. :)”

Hmm. I’m not sure if this will put parents at ease about their kids’ videogaming habits, or whether it will cause greater concern. But no one can say that Game Writer Central does not support safe sex. Stay tuned for a much more substantial article from Michelle.