Where’s My DLC?!

DLC, or downloadable content, is a hot topic right now. You’re probably thinking to yourself, “But DLC has been happening for a long time, Ian!” Well you’re right, it has! But now, more than ever, DLC is something that game developers feel like they have an obligation to put out. If Call of Duty didn’t have any DLC after its release, fans would be absolutely furious, but is it really their place to be angry? That’s up for debate. Also, many games are now being shipped with DLC already on them, and then a developer with “sell” you the digital content for 10 dollars, when really all they’re doing is unlocking it on the disc (Mass Effect 3 had this happen. They sold the first piece of DLC right when the game came out) Once again, the matter of whether this is right to do is up for debate, and I see myself on both sides.

I do believe that DLC is a fantastic thing. It lets the developers satisfy its fans with a bunch of extra content for a smaller price than what they paid for the original game (and it also provides the developer a heap of extra cash, which helps them stay in business). However, when a company sets aside a DLC team to start developing extra content before the game is even released, I start to get offended. Continue reading

Not Just Another Gaming Website

I’ve been in talks with a friend (the one who is getting me into E3) and he’s been telling me about this company called shifted2u.com. It’s an entertainment & news site, with a section dedicated to video games. Apparently the company is really starting to get big. If I remember correctly, I was told that they received over 9 million hits in their first year (which is pretty darn good). They have a lot of connections to the gaming industry, and they were compared to the next IGN or G4. As crazy as that sounds, I’m excited to see what they do in the near future. I was asked to potentially do some writing for them, so I’m in the process of checking that out. They are also the ones hosting the E3 after-party this year, and so I’ll probably go to that as well and hopefully make some connections. I know that doesn’t really affect anybody reading this, but I figured I’d still share my story as to how I got to know who they are, and then recommend that you all go and check them out for yourselves. They’ve got a pretty awesome website, and I think they’re going to be doing some pretty big things in the future. Just click the link at the beginning of this post and it will take you there. If you aren’t interested in gaming news, they have plenty of news on other topics as well, so don’t be discouraged because you think it’s all games.

I’m telling you, these guys might just be the next big thing in gaming, so you might as well go check them out! Also, if anyone reading this has his or her own favorite places to receive gaming news, feel free to post about them in the comments section below!

The Problem With Kinect

Ever since I first saw Kinect (If you don’t know what Kinect is, go here), I thought it was pretty cool. A bit gimmicky, but it was definitely better than what the other consoles were developing, like the Playstation Move. Kinect’s capabilities are pretty impressive. It can detect movement from each individual person in the frame, and distinguish who’s who through your physical appearance and voice. It can also track certain body parts as well, turning your whole body into a huge Xbox controller (Just like Microsoft’s motto for Kinect, “You are the controller”). The problem that everyone, including myself, had with it was that we were afraid of how Microsoft was going to use it. We were first amazed by Peter Molyneux’s (The man behind the Fable franchise as well as others) showcase at E3 entitled “Milo”, where he had a representative interact with a virtual boy by using the Kinect. You could talk to him, hand him things, and interact with the boy’s environment (Or so we thought). It turns out that the showcase was a scripted video, showing what the Kinect might┬ábe capable of in the future. This was the first of many disappointments. Continue reading

E3 2012

E3 2012 is still pretty far away, but I would like to remind everyone that if you’ve ever wanted to see the latest and greatest in gaming, the Electronic Entertainment Expo is what to pay attention to. You might not be able to go if you aren’t a part of the gaming industry, but don’t let that stop you! G4 TV always has their hosts on the show floor, displaying the latest games that you’d see if you were there. As I’ve stated before, I’ve been given an opportunity to go this year, and I’m extremely excited. I’m not sure how I’m going to approach it though. I don’t know if I want to live-update blog posts, or just blog at the end of each day. I’ve pretty much decided that I want to just stick in the Xbox-related section of the event, but I’m not really sure of where to go from there. I was also thinking that I could have anybody that happens to be on my blog at the time comment about what they want me to do. For instance, if you’d like me to check out a certain game, I could do that, and then tell you what I see. This would all depend on if I had time, of course, because I might be going to the developer meetings as well, but we’ll see.

I’m also going to try and grab as much free stuff from the booths as possible. Then, if I end up getting more followers, maybe I can have some giveaways or something (or just grab some stuff for people if they want something). We’ll see when the time comes. I’m just super excited to go, and I figured I’d ask everyone reading this if they’re already hoping to hear specific news about a game when E3 hits. I’m sure Halo 4 and COD will be there, and so I’ll probably try to check those out. I’ll also look for any new hardware accessories while I’m there. Most of all, I’m hoping for some brand new IP’s. These last few years have been dominated by sequels and and continuations of old games, and I’m really hoping to see some fresh new games out into the market. It’s not that I don’t like playing a bunch of trilogies (Halo, Gears of War, Mass Effect, Modern Warfare, etc.), but when every game ends in a number, then I just don’t get the same level of excitement. I want new experiences, new worlds, new characters, and new stories. Is that too much to ask?

Halo Anyone?

Well if you haven’t heard the news yet, Halo 4 is coming and it’s being released a lot sooner than you’d think. I would have thought that it possibly could have been a release title on the next Xbox console, but I guess not. It is currently scheduled to be released toward the end of this year. I usually wouldn’t be very excited for a Halo game anymore, because I’ve been getting bored of them, but I’m actually quite intrigued by this one. I just watched a video that 343 Industries made (The new company behind Halo, since Bungie isn’t working on it anymore), and they described the difference between this Halo and the older ones. The one factor that really caught my attention was the fact that they are focusing more on Master Chief as a character, rather than just saving the world. They are going into his back story , because the only sources that have done this as of right now are the novels and comics based on the franchise. I have personally read many of the Halo novels, and Master Chief’s story is actually quite fantastic. So if you’re interested at all about Halo, I would watch the news feed of any and all gaming sources you may follow. I’m sure a lot of news will be released in the near future (with the most probably being announced during E3 in the summer). OXM has also interviewed Frank O’Connor of 343 Industries about Halo 4’s multiplayer, and I highly recommend you check it out. Well that’s all I have right now. If anyone else has an opinion on the latest Halo news, feel free to comment below!

Also, if you’re not interested in Halo, Mass Effect 3 is also coming out tomorrow! As I’ve stated before, I highly recommend that everyone check it out, because it really is a fantastic series.

E3: A Glimpse At The Future Of Gaming

The Electronic Entertainment Expo (also known as E3) is coming soon, and I am extremely excited. What’s E3, you ask? Well, in most gamers’ eyes, it is the center for the biggest and baddest (in a good way) games of the near future. It is a 3 day event at the LA Convention Center where game developers get together and show off their upcoming releases and/or hardware. There’s tons of booths where journalists can go and play early-stage versions of the hottest upcoming games in order to write previews for their respective companies. The only unfortunate thing about E3 is that regular gamers are not allowed to attend the event. It is only for developers and game-related organizations, in order for them to figure out where the current industry stands, and get a glimpse at what there is to come in the near future. Now this does not mean that regular gamers are never able to know what goes on during the show. In fact, that’s the complete opposite. Continue reading