Sometimes just sometimes, a thing can be so bad it’s good. Movies have come to embrace it, It’s why many love those terrible B or even F tier horror or sci-fi movies. Sharknado isn’t the social media darling of the moment for it’s amazing special effects and award winning script. It’s just pure cheese.
There’s something about it’s camp value that can’t be denied. Now, some of these films don’t have to be horrible, sometimes they can just be… well completely mediocre. And when it comes to gaming, I love me some mediocre games. Or as I like call them, “Guilty Pleasures”.
Microsoft’s press conference has come and gone, and being the resident ‘Microsoft apologist’ around the GND offices, I felt I should share some ‘fair and balanced’ views on the $499 behemoth that’s dropping this November.
First, I’m coming at these consoles as a PC gamer that dabbles in console gaming, so if it offers a shitload of media center capabilities, plus some really cool high-tech I-can-talk-to-it and it-can-see-me kinda shit, I’m loving that.
The infamous difficulty of From Software’s acclaimed Dark Souls has evoked a spectrum of emotions ranging from crippling fear and self-doubt, through to fist-pumping success and unbridled elation as hardcore fans and new players alike shared those same feelings of heartache and, quite possibly, controller-throwing fits of rage.
I have a real beef with Ubisoft’s marketing department. They tried like hell to make sure I didn’t know how awesome Far Cry 3 is. As I said last week, the only part of the game that was really marketed was the ‘shoot shoot shoot shoot shoot’ and ‘dude, it’s like crazy, man’ stuff. Games that are only shooting are boring. Far Cry 3 is not boring. It’s great.
I once posited to a friend that most of the fighting in the NHL was boring, contrived, and was one of the major repellents to me actually watching the ‘sport’ on television. I’m more of a baseball, football, and basketball guy, sports that focus more on strategy and play than WWE-style theatrics.
The 80s were a strange time. We loved the hell out of anything neon, and gaming was finally hitting its stride in the mainstream media. And by mainstream media, I mean cartoons. Mario, Zelda, Pitfall, Pac-Man and even a damn Rubicks cube got some spotlight. As with all cartoons growing up, you know they had to have that special Christmas episode. One of the best (or just plain weirdest) was Christmas Comes to Pac-Land. It made little sense but it gave us some damn enjoyable WTF moments in gaming history.
Happy Friday and welcome to something we hope to do each Friday. Tumblr is an amazing place with some unique voices and pretty far out blogs. Here’s just some of the cool stuff we ran across this week.
The Miiverse- A blog dedicated to some of the most interesting things you’ll find on Nintendo’s new Miiverse. Penis drawings do not count.
Keizudo - Keizudo is hardcore retro gaming given new life and made into art. Fans of old school 2D fighters and top down shooters, you’ve found your new nirvana.
Brother Brain - Odds are you already follow him, but if you don’t you should. Brother Brain serves up hot pixel art almost everyday.
I can’t play Forza Horizon and Uncharted 3 on an airplane with any reasonable setup, and that just seems profoundly stupid. Why is the most bleeding-edge entertainment industry in the world also the most backwards?
Now that GalaxyNextDoor has graciously accepted me into their tiny little gaming family, I thought my first article could be a bit of an introduction to myself. A little something to get to know who I am and what you might possibly see over the course of me writing here. I’ll describe some of my favorite games in my library and why my heart belongs to them more than others.
Since I only ever discuss BioWare and their games here, I am going to do the same now. I am an emotional cripple, and venturing too far outside of my comfy RPG zone forces me to confront the wasteland that is the non-RPG-player’s vapid and pointless existence. I am not ready to admit that such a dearth of intellect exists on such a pandemic scale, so I am going to talk about Mass Effect 4 today. If this does not sit well with you, shove more turkey in your mouth and let the tryptophan do its thing.
You may have missed it, and I don’t blame you if you did but last month there was a huge kerfuffle over some comments by famed comic book artist Tony Harris on Facebook over the validity of cosplaying females and geeky girls in general. Here’s the whole post to get you up to speed.
The rant went viral. Tons of people responded, and there has been general outcry from the geek/gaming community as a whole. It has spawned numerous editorials and blog entries, comics and vlogs…it seems that all of a sudden, the internet can’t stop talking about what role women have in the geek subculture (if it can even be considered a subculture…maybe it should just be culture).
If you’re a child of the 80s or 90s then growing up Nintendo meant a lot to you. Nintendo for many years was synonymous with video games. When my grandmother asked if I was playing video games, she would call it Nintendo.
During the late 90s Sony’s PlayStation took that throne a bit away, but to this day Nintendo is a brand that carries with it an air of nostalgia and innovation that gamers and also the rival companies in the gaming industry hold in high regard. Next week launches Nintendo’s next-gen system — the Wii U. This generation Nintendo did incredibly well with the original Wii. Sure, it was basically a super powered GameCube but Nintendo managed to sell the thing on the sheer novelty of the Wii controller. To put it blunty: It was fun.
That was Nintendo’s gimmick. And while it racked up trucks of money.It also managed to become the home to some of the most enjoyable games that anyone could play. Hell, we have 76 year old grandparents throwing it down in Mario Party and having a blast.
I’m not even going to go on a diatribe about hardcore and casual gaming; I’ll leave that for another time. The Wii U does seem to be a middle point for Nintendo. A sort of compromise of sorts, trying to woo back some of the core gamers it lost this generation and still usher in the more casual crowd it discovered with the Wii. The Wii U isn’t a technical beast and you can bet that Sony and Microsoft’s next-gen systems that are right around the corner are going to handedly put the Wii U in a position where it’s once again the weakest of all three next-gen consoles; but will it really matter? Nintendo has always found a way with their IPs to bridge the age gap with one unifier — games that are fun for just about anyone. Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong and even the more mature Metroid franchise have managed to go beyond the core and casual labels to become experiences that for lot of gamers of any age are always enjoyable. HD graphics or not. The new shiny HD graphics of a next-gen Zelda is pretty damn mouth watering though!
This years Gamesom undoubtedly belonged to Sony and the strangest thing to say is the PS Vita had a big part to do with it. We all know Sony has been slow on the portable platform and even slower on how to work in it, now they may have finally found their legs. Their first run in portables with the PSP was a horrendous failure. It alone had potential due to the Sony badge slapped on the front, but it never clicked with most gamers.
It’s been a crazy few days. A very close presidential election, the Halo 4 release, and I’ve been spending all my free time doing fresh installs of Windows 8 to all my gaming PCs and putting a lot of my games through the paces to test them out on the new OS. So far, so good (if you follow my Twitter feed, I apologize for the insane amount of Raptr activity.)
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