Whew! I’m still here, believe it or not. Truth is, I’ve been swamped with “real world” writing for nearly two months now, and free time for recreational writing has been low. But I’m trying to fix that, so here I am. I also need to delete the spam my comments section got railed with. Do people really think that form of advertising works?
I missed all of the E3 commentary. That’s not to say that I didn’t pay attention. After the show, I think my next system of choice will be a Playstation 4. Some things simply don’t sit well with me after Microsoft’s show, even with the 180 they did after being blasted by every gaming publication and critic for their “It’s our way or up yours” attitude. It’s a little frustrating as I’ve really enjoyed the quality of games on the 360. I just can’t support them this time, especially with Microsoft being so buddy-buddy with the NSA, which I don’t agree with, nor do I agree with the “always on” Kinect that swears that it’s only listening for you to say “Kinect On”.
I know it’s been a long time since my last post. Believe me, I’m as surprised as you are that it took so long, but I feel it’s only fair to say what’s been going on.
I got busy.
And not just any standard issue busy. The sort of busy that you look up and realize that two months of your life have just up and disappeared. It’s been hustling for gigs, a change in job, a ton of requests from nearly as many people, some of my ideas for the site didn’t come through, and it just added up to the point where I barely had any time for myself, much less updating my content here. And let me tell you: My time away from here was apparently an open invite to blog spammers to dump their garbage in my comments section. 362 deleted messages later, and I’ve finally shooed those buzzards away.
But enough about me. The good news is that I have been doing a little bit of gaming, which means more reviews and content. I’ve been watching the new Tron Uprising series (which if you aren’t watching, you need to Read the rest of this entry
While I think that Nintendo’s E3 conference had some good things in it, there was more ambiguity to the whole event than I would have liked.
The eShop finally went live last night after a two-week “delay” (well, more like two weeks and over 3 1/2 hours, since they didn’t release the update until 9:40 P.M. PST instead of 6:00 P.M.). I’m still convinced that this was for a “surprise reveal” at E3, not to mention a way to tie Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening into the whole Zelda 25th anniversary event.
The shop itself is nice and easy to navigate. It seems that Nintendo is going to have several shops within the shop to find more specific types of games. Excitebike 3D was an appreciated free item, and while the 3D isn’t mind-blowing, it is a very neat and noticeable effect. The Pokedex 3D is also a free item, and is fun enough to play around with, though I’m sure Pokemon fans will get much more out of it than I will.
As for the conference, it was broken down into three areas: 3DS, the new console, and… I guess the Wii. I think Nintendo has written that Read the rest of this entry
Next week is the Christmas of the Gaming Industry: E3. As someone who used to attend these things on a regular basis, it still pains me not to attend these things (must mend this for next year).
That said, I’ll be curious to see what is unveiled for the show.
Xbox 360 for me is mostly looking forward to the Batman, Elder Scrolls and Bioshock sequels, as well as learning more about Sonic Generations, and hopefully something big that will be brought to the table with Kinect. They are promising “big things”, and I hope so. There is still a lot of potential in the device that hasn’t even been remotely tapped into.
Sony, I hope they get their hacker issues resolved, because they are still a mess. It took me a while to find the right link to change the password on my PSP as their site is still covered in broken links and warning messages. It took me speaking to a customer service rep to find out what possible links to try, with no guarantee that it would even be “live” to fix. I think this overall bad karma is going to damage some of the Read the rest of this entry