The days when video games were local-only, cartridge-based systems are long gone. Many of those experiences required a great deal of imagination on the part of the player, as the graphical power of those older systems was not what it is today. Things have certainly advanced over the years – video games are far more complex than most people are aware, and as a result of that complexity, there are a lot of unknowns for anyone that hasn’t kept up. So I thought I’d provide a guide for parents that have not had much experience with video games beyond the ’80s and ’90s. This will cover what games your kids might be interested in (including associated costs), the kinds of games they will play, social interaction, and online purchases, which will hopefully help you understand things a little better!
Every year after E3 comes to an end, gamers worldwide tend to share their opinions about “who won E3?” – you’ll see this on the big sites and little ones alike, not to mention all over YouTube. But is it fair? Even I have been known to have a go, giving the big win to Sony last year, but this year had me reeling – not because nobody deserved it, but mainly because of one comment I saw on a response to a summary of Microsoft’s conference, which went something along the lines of “well, Microsoft didn’t convince me to buy an Xbox this year, so they didn’t win”. I thought this was a good point – what is the purpose of the E3 press conferences, and how much do they really matter?
Nintendo always puts on a good show – making a pre-recorded show and not doing it live means they have total control over timing and presentation, so they pack their Nintendo Direct full of announcements and other information. This one is pretty impressive, with a lot of announcements in a short period of time, followed by a deep dive into the new Super Smash Bros. I was a little disappointed there was no news about a new Animal Crossing, but hopefully they’re saving that for next year… Dig in (all dates based on Aussie release timeframes)!
Ubisoft put on a good show this morning – probably a little long, but full of good content, which is what’s most important for this kind of thing. A couple of little surprises, but strangely no big announcements (nothing beyond what was expected to be on show, at least). Videos embedded below!
Bethesda followed up Microsoft’s conference today, and to be honest, I wasn’t expecting much. I was wrong, though, and very glad to be. The intro announced that Metacritic awarded Bethesda with the title of the #1 best-rated developer in the world, which isn’t terribly surprising, as although not all of their games appeal to me, they are always very popular and of extremely high quality. Kudos to Bethesda. This was then blown out of proportion with a live performance by Andrew WK (yes, he is still around, and actually released a new album only a couple of months ago) to introduce Rage 2. He was extremely high energy, which is his thing, and the crowd was… not. Anyway, read on for some nice surprises.
This year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is fast approaching – it’s on between the 12th and 14th of June in the US (the 13th-15th for us in Australia). Some pre-E3 news has already hit us (Battlefield V, Call of Duty 4, Fallout: 76, and Pokemon, for example), but of course, there will be a bunch of new announcements over the course of the three days that the event is active. Given the reports that we are coming towards the end of the PlayStation 4’s lifecycle (and by extension, probably the Xbox One as well), it is likely that there will be some big announcements on the software front this year, although of course, that remains to be seen. I have some expectations, as well as some things that I’m hoping to see that may not eventuate – so let’s look into them, shall we?
I’m dumb. Some of you may know this, but I just came to the realisation recently. Basically, I realised I was dumb for ignoring Bayonetta for so long. I should have known better. I mean – I played Nier: Automata last year, and it instantly became one of my favourite games ever, but I never put any thought into WHY it was so good. Turns out it has a little more than something to do with the developer, Platinum Games. And I discovered this when I played Bayonetta recently and realised almost instantly that THAT would also become one of my favourite games ever. This is when I put two and two together. See? I can be clever sometimes.