No Game Screenshot Picture

18 08 2008

Over years, Grant have been enjoyed playing video games from Atari 2600 to Nintendo to Xbox 360. Even he is not biggest player in the world, but he would try to buy few good games and play whenever he could with his busy schedule. He acknowledged that only several games that he would play like crazy. (countless hours and never get tired of it)

Half-Life Screenshot with Subtitle (Picture - Courtesy of
Half-Life Screenshot with Subtitle (Picture – Courtesy of

In past recent years, he noticed that many games on box cover like Xbox 360 and others with picture on it (beautiful drawing, details, specification and others) but what annoying him the most — it has no screen shot picture on it!! The reason he likes to see the real screen shot picture on a retail box because he likes to play “first-person shooter” (similar to Doom2 or others) style not other game mode style. Not all retail boxes reveal it.

Last weekend, Grant and his friend went to GameStop store. He almost buys a game called Darkness, but he has hard time tell if it is first-person shooter style because it has no screen shot picture and doesn’t say anything. He can’t even check out demo at a store either. As results, he didn’t buy it.

Back of Half-Life Retail Box Coverage
Back of Half-Life Retail Box Coverage – Example: Lack of good screenshot picture with dashboard on it

He feels it is important to have few screen shot pictures on back of a retail game box before he decides to buy it. Let’s say we will look at website — it has some screen shot picture on it, but it doesn’t look like real tho. It would have shown the gun, hands, health status, weapons, all that works. (Sort of dashboard) This is example, it has screenshot pictures but no details on it. He didn’t look at all titles, but you fully understand the issue. Same thing goes to a magazine such as Game Informer. (hard copy version)

Hopefully, some of the game manufacturers saw this message, and maybe they will improve in future printing. Another solution is downloading demo through your Xbox Live account with Internet access and check out games before you purchase. (Note: not all games available in demo)

P.S. Oh yeah, it would be a bonus if they would put “subtitle available” on a retail box along other specifications — it would help deaf gamers very much. There’s another way around by go to and see if this game has subtitle in it or not.

By the way, if you are first-person shooter fan, you should check it out – list of free games. (Both old and new)

Assassin’s Creed – Lack of Subtitle

20 01 2008

ASL Video – Approx 3:30 Minutes Long

Not too long ago, Grant borrowed from his older daughter an Xbox 360 game called Assassin’s Creed (Ubisoft Publisher) which recently released in November 2007. It has become one of the most popular games today.

He managed to go thru first stage of game “How to play with controller” episode before start real game. Once he entered, he got lost and confusing because several characters kept talking to me thru the game – he just gave it up and returned game back to his daughter.

He looked up Google and found out he’s not alone – there are many complaints at Ubisoft official forum. He made his part by register and made the comment. It is not just about deaf and hard of hearing who need subtitle, there are many foreigners that are not good with English – they depend on subtitle to play.

Gamer Informer article - February 2008Grant applauded commenter Robert Nunn who wrote to “To the Editor” on Game Informer magazine (February 2008 edition; page 12) regarding lack of subtitle on this game. Hopefully it will push Ubisoft to offer subtitle patch/upgrade in near future. To see scanned article from magazine, click here.

Did you know that many store such as Wal-mart of Target will not honor opened game box regardless? Several Deaf gamers purchased and got stuck with it. If you purchase game thru GameStop store, you might have little luck.

Ironically, Assassin’s Creed – Nintendo DS version now support subtitle.

More information regarding lack of subtitle on this game:

Grant Laird Jr.