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In the recently slur of rumours that have been thrown at us by various sources, the term ‘Digital Only’ tends to get thrown around a lot. Basically, it is rumoured that the next generation of gaming consoles may force us to download software, instead of buying it in store. While this is a sure-fire way to decrease costs and manufacture time, but is it really good for the industry to move forward? Read on to find out…

The arguments for converting games consoles to Digital Only are more beneficial for the manufacturers. The fact that they can cut costs almost completely when it comes to the distribution of the software they are publishing makes it rather appealing. It is arguable as to whether or not the content will come at less of a premium to us, however, so we’ll have to wait and see.

Also, the ease of distribution makes life easier for, once again, the manufacturers. Retail stores will no longer be required, meaning that they don’t need to ship hard copies, or bother with having to handle reorders. Basically, they set up the file on a server, make you pay to access it, and away you go.

While this sounds all well and good, there are various implications. The biggest one being the holocaust that would descend on retail game stores. I can’t seem to understand how it would be smart to destroy all the free marketing that is provide by simply having the products in a store. Tell me what sort of kid travels down the virtual isles of XBOX Live, PSN or Steam, asking for anything that catches their eye. It would be stupid to move away from this, as there is less of an audience for games on online store, also letting the biggest selling be the publisher with the biggest marketing budget.

The next argument is purely practical. What appears to be overlooked my so many people is the fact that not all countries have high speed internet infrastructure. Eg. Australia. This means we could be waiting a few hours to download games onto the console. And I’m not a patient person, so…

All in all, I have to say that I’m 110% certain that I’m against converting to online content downloads instead of hard copies. What’s going to fill my games shelf otherwise?

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The long awaited title, Mass Effect 3 has recorded sales of over 890,000 copies on day one in North America, according to a statement issued by EA. Sources such as IGN and GameInformer have given the games near perfect scores, so it’s little wonder that it has been received so well. This is also the first time that EA are shipping a Mass Effect game on XBOX 360, PS3 and PC.

I should have had my copy by now, but a stuff up at EB Games left me empty handed. I am going to get a copy though and I’ll be delivering a review ASAP.

A third Army of Two game may be on the way, as suggested by a voice actor’s Twitter post. It read:

“Just signed on to do the new AO4 video game for Electronic Arts. Some splinter from Battlefield. Finally, my kids think I am cool again.”

The fact that Army of Two never was and never will be a Battlefield spinoff caused some gamers to begin to wonder what was going on. A following post of the same Twitter account read:

“Showing how distinctively uncool I am, I think I have those games mixed up.”

We have no idea as to wether or not that he was forced write this due to EA telling him to keep it under wraps, although this could be the first of a long string of new rumours about this game. Stay tuned to The Gaming Aperture for more news, reviews and opinion. Also, don’t forget to follow, subscribe and COMMENT with your opinion.

Battlefield 3 players will soon have a better multiplayer experience with a major patch on the way, involving weapon balance, bug fixes and some general tweaks that should result in a better gameplay experience.

Various vehicle and weapons tweaks include reducing the recoil on the RPK-74M and stopping the MAV from transporting players. There are also said to be changes in the way of spawns. This will hopefully make the game more balanced and keep players on an even field.

There is no word on when the patch will be made available, as EA Community Manager Daniel Matros has said “While there still is no ETA on the patch, we’re still working on improving online gameplay for all of our dear community members. So far, this list is for all three platforms.”