There”s three things I learned from our day at KublaCon; testing new games is awesome, a new marketing tactic should be implemented, and James is truly one lucky bastard…emphasis on bastard or really any word that could possibly encompass the lucky breaks this guy gets in board games. We”ll get to that in a bit though.
KublaCon 2013 (San Francisco, CA) offers a sanctuary for lovers of dice, tactics, and game miniatures. There”s hundreds of board games being played simultaneously in main lobbies and in more private rooms for those that hate natural light and may or may not feed on human flesh. Games included my favorites Battlestar Galactica and Game of Thrones and many games of Settlers of Catan and many miniature war dice games that included amazing game environments (full battlefields, miniature cities, barren wastelands). There”s also plenty of different types of games that aren”t just for the hardcore or scifi-ish nerdy gamer. An aspect of this Con that needs to be addressed.
For those of you who have been long time fans of the show, you may remember that when reminiscing about favorite all time video games I have brought up a game called Eternal Darkness, and that I wished that it had gotten a sequel. Well a sequel, albeit a “spiritual” one is finally on the way!! Precursor games has announced “Shadow of The Eternals”! All the footage I have seen so far makes me believe that this will be absolutely as fun and terrifying as Eternal Darkness. This game is going to funded in part by public donations through Crowdfunding. So if you feel compelled as I was then DO YOUR PART to make this game happen! Please check out the videos below for a teaser and more information!
Disney is creating the game below, Disney Infinity, and it makes me want to cry tears of absolute joy. A sandbox game in nature and this pretty much sums it up:
It’s a free-play area where gamers can use their toys however they want. Like LittleBigPlanet, they can create their own levels and types of games, which include racers and platformers. They can mix characters from different films. It’s basically a virtual world where a younger generation can have their own adventures.
…The raw materials for building these play lands will come from Play Sets, which are essentially themed worlds that limit the playable figurines to those that are part of the universe. Players go through developer-designed missions in each world and earn new items to use in the toy box. If that weren’t enough, Disney plans on selling 20 power discs that contain enhanced environments, gadgets and more.
The big thing Disney is banking on here is earning a constant cash flow which is similar to DLC, but much more creative in my mind. Pretty much just watch the trailer below and start thinking about which characters you want to play with and what types of things you want to build. For more details check out San Jose”s .
Hey remember NFL 2k5? Remember how amazing of a football game it was? If my 360 let me I”d play that for eternity as the only football game I”d ever play again. Welp that was the last time someone was allowed to make a football game other than EA. Why? Because they”ve put a stranglehold on the NFL license and have somehow got by not being a monopoly. Well guess what…they f”n are and NFL and NCAA football games have been mediocre since. No competition means no worries. It”s like hakuna matata for the corporate world. This is why Playstation”s “The Show” get”s best sports game of the year consistently because 2k is trying to keep up. What”s the point of all this professor you may be asking yourself. EA is about to answer for the last 7 years in court and we can all benefit from it. For details about how . I”m gonna draw up the next play for ya Madden; Ya see ya see right here *circles a$$hole* is where you”ve been f!@#$%^ us all these years, now if you check your bank account you”ll be seeing us taking your money.
Dead Space 3 is near release and 30 min of gameplay footage has been released (below). I’m not gonna lie and say I love these game because they’re so scary. That’s just the wrap they get and I’ve never played them. I’ve heard of people piss themselves and of just screaming in delight of actual terror. Overall I just know people like these games and want to see this footage so you’re welcome. Don’t say I never did nothin’ for ya! Also I know a guy that works on these games and he’s pretty cool so I’m giving it some love.
I’m mostly using the trailer below for The Cave to show how awesome games are becoming and just the shear beauty behind them. Last year there was The Puppeteer (not even sure if it’s out yet) and of course the highly acclaimed Journey, a masterpiece to say the least. I think for me it all started with Shadow of the Colossus and the grand scope of that whole game. Yes it was quite simple, but it was beautiful no matter how frustrating at times (sorry broken controller #8). How bout you fellow nerds? What’s the most beautiful game you ever played that could back it up with the game play?
Earlier last week a Jurassic Park mod was announced using the Half Life 2 system and looked to be coming along nicely, but definitely needed more work. Still very exciting. Now someone is recreating the Jurassic Park game Trespasser, one of my all time favorites. I’m really not sure if it was well received, but it gave me everything I wanted; an original story, fairly hard gameplay (ammo is really tough to find sometimes), and just an overall good JP game. Using the Far Cry 3 engine this is looking phenomenal (the storm and palm tress especially). They better not take out the graphic of that when you look down you see your characters massive breasts. Had some good memories with those great cans. Oh well can’t wait for these mods and see which one is better.
The video below is for Microsoft”s . Just a concept video, but the more I watch what they”re trying to sell here the more I feel like an old fart. Am I wrong to hate all these new ways to expand gaming past the television? 3D is the worst and now there”s going to be lights and shitty graphics on my walls and furniture around me? I feel like the Grinch right now. I”m not the only one here on this perch right? Someone make me feel better about myself without having to pay you.
NVIDIA’s new handhold game system titled only right now as ‘Project Shield’ made it’s debut yesterday to the media and well it’s pretty much an Xbox 360 controller with a 5″ screen attached and in no way shape of form related to The Avengers. I mean I got a pretty sick phone now with high level gaming capabilities and I really don’t need this at all, but hey all you kids without cars look what’s coming your way!