It has been a while since I’ve responded directly here about a Nintendo Direct. Then again, the mini-conferences haven’t had as many twists and turns as the one this morning. It was truly an emotional roller coaster, so I’d like to respond to each piece of news individually with my thoughts. Feel free to respond with your thoughts as well!
Even with my move coming up this weekend, I’ve still managed to squeeze in some gaming over the few days. More specifically, let’s talk about what’s been going on for the last 24 hours or so. I’ve managed to be thoroughly bested to my highly skilled spouse in iPhone game Threes, snuck in a little of inFAMOUS: Second Son both on my PS4 and web browser and continue my quest for a platinum trophy in Dangan Ronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc on the Vita.
Our world is growing more and more connected every day. It’s gone from rude to almost assumed that smartphones come out at some point during dinner. Multiplayer in video games has felt quite a bit of this change as well. With rare exception from Nintendo, it seems that the norm for multiplayer is changing from something you do on the couch next to your buddies to over a webcam or headset. With that rise in the popularity of online multiplayer, we’re starting to see some games that don’t even give you the option to play by yourself, to the point where the latest game in the Call of Duty series actually lists “offline mode” as a feature
Back when Nintendo first announced the Nintendo TVii service on the Wii U, I wasn’t terribly impressed. So, I can control my TV with the Wii U, big deal. Like many other things that Nintendo has released throughout the years, it wasn’t until I got my hands on the feature that I really understood the potential it held.
It’s been a long and arduous road for my version of the Mass Effect hero Commander Shepard, but it finally came to a close last night. I’m not quite sure why I put off finishing the game for this long, but it may have ended up being for the best. A huge amount of the extra downloadable content, perhaps more than it should have been, really enhanced my play-through and left me pretty satisfied with the ending where most people were not. Join me, or don’t if you haven’t finished this game yet and intend to, as I explore how the end of one of my favorite trilogies in gaming made me feel and how it might have affected me differently had I finished it back when it first came out.
As the year draws to a close, I think back to this year in gaming. It’s been a pretty interesting year and there have been some great games and a few bummer titles. Stuff like indie Kickstarter funding and the release of the Wii U continue to drive the industry further and open up new possibilities for the future of the industry.
One of the questions I get fairly often involves the origin of the screen-name I use on a regular basis. Hamsterman2049 is certainly a unique name, but it isn’t as random as it might appear. There is a story that goes along with it, so sit back and I’ll tell you the tale of how this series of letters and numbers came to be.
One of the most highly anticipated Wii U launch titles, ZombiU was not quite what some people were expecting. Depending upon what you might’ve been hoping for from the zombie shooter, you could either have been delightfully surprised or a little disappointed. Since the release, the game has seen mixed reviews, but is that due to the quality of the game or mismatched expectations?
The main things about the Wii U that make it a very exciting new console are the ideas it’s brought along with it. After a few days getting to play with the new system, I already have some specific stories as to how some of those ideas are panning out really well. I also have some tales to tell of some of those awkward moments adjusting to a new way to play entails.
One of the questions I’ve been asked often, especially since the launch of Smashed Rook is: where does the name Smashed Rook come from. Well, take a seat and I’ll tell you the tale of how this name came about. It all started with the first movie I ever made entitled Bad Sport.