Unless you’re swimming in expendable income, it’s impossible for the average gamer to own every platform and play every great game. Whether it’s because of budgetary constraints, a lack of time, or because the damned games or their systems weren’t released locally – there has to be a bunch of games that you really wished you could play, but couldn’t.
Call of Duty. Some love it (perhaps a little too much), while others detest its very name (definitely a little too much). While we could debate about its merits and flaws as a series of games forever, we won’t be doing that today. Instead, let’s rather discuss its impact on the video game industry as a whole.
Perpetually connected, mostly single player game Diablo III’s launch was a mess. For weeks afterwards the game was nearly unplayable, giving people the now infamous Error 37 message. It’s a mistake EA should have learned from – but didn’t. Its own perpetually connected, mostly single player game launched this week – and server issues have caused a huge uproar, with people waiting hours just to be able to play the game they’ve bought.
It all started with a bit of Horse Armor. For just 5 USD, you could outfit your in-game horse with some sweet looking armour that made your equine beast look shiny, but did very little else. Since then, it’s all spiralled out of control – we’ve got season passes, online passes and worse.
Welcome one and all to the very first Flamebait Friday Debate of 2013, most everyone is still on leave so we could use this time to fling obscenities at them or we could be more civil and just have a chat about what we are all looking forward to this year.
There’s a strange sensation in the air. A feeling of impending DOOOOM, that lingers in the atmosphere. Australia has gone quiet, and reports are coming in that there are bundles of empty clothing everywhere in Durban. Nah, I’m just screwing with you all. Much like an ANC promise before the elections, the 2012 Apocalypse that so many Kool Aid drinkers spoke about, has failed to materialise. Something that certain games share a common trait with.
Gaming is becoming, or has become a pretty mainstream thing, no longer confined to basement-dwelling nerdy types. As such, it’s changed significantly – and one of those has been a change in difficulty. For technical or playability reasons, games are no longer all about punishing or infuriating players.
We have this discussion every year, but it never gets old. FIFA and PES are once again going head to head, but this time, it looks like PES 2013 might be the best looking football game out this year.
It’s been quite a few years since the industry went next-gen. The Xbox 360 and PS3 pushed visuals and entertainment hub ideas to new limits when they arrived several years ago, with the Nintendo Wii ushering in a new age of interactive gaming. Albeit an age of shovelware that overshadowed some of the great games on offer. The Wii U is attempting to draw gamers back though, with third party support and some nifty ideas, but will it convince you to do so?
Street Fighter X Tekken came out earlier this year, and it was a pretty rock solid merger of two unique fighting universes, into one package. It’s not the first time that certain game properties have joined forces, but those mergers usually occur with fighting games only for some reason. So what if other gaming worlds decided to hop over the licensing border? Which properties would you pay good money to see happen?
When it comes to gaming conventions, there’s only two that really matter (Sorry Tokyo Game Show). On the one hand, you’ve got the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, all wrapped up in the Wrestlemania of gaming conventions, E3. On hand two, you’ve got the convention with more substance to it, the smorgasbord of content and great German beer, Gamescom. So which one is the better one?
Take a look at your gaming shelf. Chances are, you probably have either a fighting, racing, shooting or sports genre title on it. Or most likely, all of them. Those happen to be the big four genres in gaming today, and while that may not be a bad thing, it has left other fields in the industry to rot.
So I stumbled into a new fanboy argument this week when I found out that by making fun of Android I’d lost another reader. Apparently for some Apple are the corporate evil with Android the plucky upstart who can save the day.
The sun was shining, I was working, when I heard the doorbell ring. The local FedEx delivery guy had arrived, with some new games that I had ordered, smiling and being wonderfully cheerful as usual.
I signed off on the package, ripped it open like a spoilt child on Christmas day, and there it was, the game that became the bane of my existence. Ninja Gaiden 3.
We’re only human. These frail, fleshy bodies that we inhabit need a constant intake of fuel in order to function, and that goes double when we’re burning grey matter and pushing our thumbs to the edge in our favourite games.