It’s Friday the 13th, and many - because of superstitious twaddle – find the day unlucky. While I don’t go in for that sort of nonsense, I do revel in people’s tales of bad luck.
It’s so seldom that games are able to elicit any sort of emotional response from me at the moment Maybe I’m turning in to a soulless, miserable robot. Mayhaps that’s the fault of the AAA game space – which is, admittedly, where most of my gaming happens. But where games regularly used to make me cry, or smile, or revel in awe at some great big “holy hell” moment – I find it happening less frequently.
It all started with a bit of mocking derision. Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw whimsically made fun of the elitist attitude PC gamers held, calling them the glorious PC Master Race. Seven years ago, that Nazi analogy, used ironically, picked up momentum – and somehow, PC gamers started calling themselves that. And it’s become ingrained in the “core” gaming culture.
It’s not feasible, as far as money and time go, to love and play all games. There are also games and genres that, try as you might, you’re just unable to fathom, or become proficient at. I understand that. I, for example, just don’t get MOBAs. I try, but I just don’t see the appeal. I really wish I did though; looking through my steam lists, I see friends pouring hundreds of hours in to things like DOTA, and I really wish I could be part of that.
I love summer vacations. They're the perfect excuse to take afternoon naps, play all the games, eat all the things and catch up on series that you might have missed out on during the year. Here at the Lazygamer Emporium, we were granted a couple weeks of freedom by our overlords, time spent healing wounds and playing games.
There were a bunch of excellent games released this year - we are celebrating them with all our awards today. However, many of us are looking back on 2014 and wondering what happened. It was supposed to be an amazing year for gaming, but so much went so wrong.
The usual selling point for consoles is the fact that each platform holder has a handful of first party games that are, and likely will forever be exclusive to those platforms. Sony has its Uncharted, God of War, Killzone et al, with Microsoft boasting Forza, Gears of War and Halo. They’re the sort of games that can get people to buy consoles. It seems that the third party exclusive is back on the rise.
With December just around the corner, most of the big games are out. There’s very little left to still be released, with just Ubisoft’s The Crew coming next week as far as real new releases go. Barring all of the stuff you’ll be buying on sale over the next few days, you’ve likely made your gaming purchases for the year.
The eighth generation of consoles is in full swing, with nearly over 30 million new gen consoles (Combined PlayStation 4, Xbox One and yes, Wii U) in people’s homes. It’s meant to be an era that ushers in a revolution in games – with games looking better, playing better and just being better than they’ve been. The new consoles from Microsoft and Sony, built on what’s essentially PC architecture, were meant to even elevate PC games. That hasn’t happened. Instead, there’s just been nothing but negativity and disappointment.
Many of us here at Lazygamer are huge fans of Mass Effect. Even with its possibly pointless tricolore ending to the whole series, it stands as one of the finest series of the last generation. Instead of fighting, offering dissenting views or debating on N7 day, let’s just talk about our favourite Mass Effect experiences, characters and situations. Oh yes, for those of you who haven’t played Mass Effect: Firstly, what’s wrong with you? and secondly, expect spoilers.
Games regularly borrow elements from each other. Other forms of entertainment do too – but games are always seemingly held under a finer microscope; where the elements they “borrow” from other games are scrutinised to a fine point. Where does homage end, and plagiarism begin?
I don’t know why it is, but I have a terribly tough time being a bad guy in games. In games like inFamous, for example, I always, always choose the side that aligns with good karma. Same for something like Mass Effect, where it took me three playthrough to finally start going for the renegade options. Darryn on the other hand almost always chooses the path that allows him to kick kittens and eat babies.
While everyone seems to be hung up on games like Titanfall, Watch Dogs and Destiny being disappointments – lets turn it around and look at the flipside. Games that ended up being rather pleasant surprises.
I have always been proud to call myself a gamer. Even before it was “cool” to play games, way before the mainstream push – back when gamers were stereotyped as unwashed basement dwellers wholly devoid of social skills. I’m still proud to call myself a gamer - but my once resolute stance has very much been shaken.
I’m not sure if any of you were tempted enough to watch that 35 minute-long Witcher 3 gameplay video – but there’s one thing that stands out over everything else; how incredible the game’s music is. When Geralt enters a battle, the music builds to a crescendo, amplifying and heightening the experience.