[E3 2017] Did Anybody Really “Win” The Conference Wars?



The discussion over which E3 2017 press conference was the best is a really subjective one. They basically just showed off a lot of games — nothing to change the balance of power between the platforms. Because of that, which conference was the best is really going to depend on what particular games each person watching preferred. Continue reading

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What I’m Looking For At The E3 2017 Conferences.


This is an odd E3 when it comes to hardware hype vs software hype. Nintendo has revealed and launched a new hardware platform between E3s, and Micrsooft is unveiling the first step in its plan for incremental hardware upgrades. Otherwise though it’s gonna be one of those E3s that’s mostly just about games.

With predictions about, all I can really do is talk about what I’d personally like to see from each company presenting there, what it would take to get me to buy into each platform being presented. Continue reading

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What Mid-2000’s Blockbuster Games Might Come To GOG Next?


This post has been updated.
Bethesda Softworks just let Fallout 3Fallout New Vegas, and Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion onto GoodOldGames to be bought and played without any DRM. This is a surprising addition to a trend Electronic Arts evoked last year — that of blockbuster games from the previous console generation becoming old enough to be considered “Good Old.” What could be next? Continue reading

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Hopes And Fears For Far Cry 5


So Ubisoft this week unveiled Far Cry 5 and the shocking centerpiece of the game is its setting — the franchise known for bringing players to dangerous exotic locales is trying to create one within the United States. There’s a lot of potential for and nuance there you can already read about in articles like this one or this one. USGamer already has a couple pieces up about the pitfalls Ubisoft might fall into based on what we’ve seen from it in the past. Those two kind of bring up the subject I keep thinking about when I read about FC5 — how different is it actually going to play compared to the last few entries?

To me this feels pretty similar to what Battlefield and Call of Duty did with their drastic shifts in setting, but I don’t think that’s enough to make the game feel different. Continue reading

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“Games As A Service” Is Still Winning


Ubisoft’s latest sales report (PDF) might seem like a cold splash of reality after all the conversation we’ve had these past few months about what games are “winning” on consoles.

From my perspective at least everyone was talking about Persona 5Yakuza 0NiohNier AutomataHorizon: Zero Dawn, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild as if that’s all anyone was playing. Turns out, the top-selling game of 2017 so far is Ghost Recon Wildlands with For Honor right behind it. Two western blockbuster games mainly built on multiplayer and online communities towering over a bunch of lower-budget classic-style singleplayer games, mostly from Japanese developers. Who knew. Continue reading

Call of Duty: World War II Will Probably Be Just Another Call of Duty Game


Generally, I don’t really think Call of Duty going back to World War II is a good or bad thing. I don’t think the setting by itself is going to affect the game much at all in terms of its sales performance or really how the game itself plays. Activision has stuck to a formula for the series through many different settings.

That said, I’m still a bit disappointed at what seems to be an extremely safe path for Activision and Sledgehammer games to take. Obviously not much can be said at this point because as of this writing we’ve only seen the game’s advertising, but I just think some potential for new stories and settings is being left on the table here. Continue reading

Guardian Interview Illuminates Microsoft’s 1st Party Game Strategy


The Guardian ran an interview with the head of Xbox which I think is pretty informative of Microsoft’s gaming strategy and why it has or hasn’t done certain things. It lends a more vivid picture to things I’ve already been suggesting about Microsoft’s approach to games. Continue reading

On Brash Games, Tips For Beginners on Volunteer Writing. What Does “Experience” Really Mean?

I wanted to get to this a while ago, but even though the whole controversy surrounding Brash Games has faded from the headlines I still think it’s an opportunity to hand out some advice. This is for anyone currently trying to get into writing about video games who is doing it for free or thinking about doing it for free. Continue reading

Scorpio And The Windows User


Last time I talked about what Scorpio may and may not do for Xbox, talking about Microsoft’s strategy being oriented around creating a better gaming service. Scorpio might not affect me personally all that much though because I do most of my gaming on a pretty decent gaming PC. From my perspective what matters most is what Microsoft does with Windows.

I guess Microsoft bringing Windows into its service strategy has been beneficial in some ways. I like how the Xbox app integrates my PC games into the Xbox Live community. Finally having games like Gears of War and Forza on PC is great too, and I would certainly buy the new Halo shooters if they showed up on Windows. But Good God is there room for improvement. Continue reading

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How Microsoft Got Here, Where Scorpio Might Take It Next


I’ve been pretty busy this past week so I’ve only just now gotten to put down any thoughts about Scorpio now since we got a clearer picture of it. This really ties into the post I made in early March comparing the first party game strategies of all the console manufacturers. Scorpio plays directly into Microsoft’s service-based strategy, but I don’t know if it’s going to improve the company’s market share against Sony or if it’s even an attempt to do so.

Microsoft is trying to fight this with beefier graphics, but I’m not sure beefier graphics is what’s going to help. I guess a good way to examine Microsoft’s struggles in this console generation would be to look at what worked for the Xbox 360 before. The problem is it’s not entirely clear what boosted that console the most. Continue reading

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