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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Last Week in Video Games

Whelp, I guess I better start pulling my weight around here as it's been well over two months since my last post! I won't make any excuses but I think I will be able to commit to at least ONE weekly update. Since Riff has his hands full with his always entertaining 8-bit Metal Monday's, CD Reviews and Band Interviews, the "Games" content of this website seems to be all but forgotten. I know that as a blog writer I've found trouble sifting through the updates on various sites and just getting frustrated with the sheer amount of what is available to people on the web. For whatever reason you've chosen to visit so I might as well make it worth your while. So without further ado, here is the first weekly video games news wrap up. I won't be able to hit every point but I will try my damnedest to give you a vague idea as to what's going on.

Now if I was a gambling man I would put money on the fact that this past week had the lowest productivity in the history of ever. Not only was a it a short work week (for most), Portal 2 and the newest Mortal Kombat were released on April 19th followed by 4.20 which gave gamers a HUGE reason to not lift a damn finger past Monday. Despite these awesome facts, the video game world has been feverish with a number of updates, reveals, previews and rumours.

Ramping up to E3 the questions about the big three game companies developing new consoles are everywhere. Who's going to release what and when? How powerful will they be? What will the controllers look like? What kind of "new" technology will they provide? Who's making games for them? How much will they cost? Why do my feet hurt? All important questions no doubt, but I'm the type of guy who believes it when he sees it. But here's the stuff I was able to find out;

Credible sources have reason to believe that Microsoft and Sony will both release new consoles in 2014. This will make the lifespan of the 360 about 9 years and the PS3 8 years which is kind of odd considering that they both wanted to extend the consoles to a 10+ year lifespan. Everything is just speculation at this point and because all eyes are on Nintendo I'm guessing that Microsoft and Sony are just sitting back to see what they do first before telling us what they have up their sleeves.

Speaking of Nintendo, this is where the bulk of the rumours lie. Currently the new console is called Wii 2, the controllers have a touch screen., Rockstar is making games for it and it will be capable of giving you a massage (okay I threw that one in cause it looked like fun). So, to give us peace of mind Shigeru Miyamoto said earlier this week that "Even when the Wii launched we were developing new hardware, work on 3DS had already started. It's a matter of when we announce it. Please wait. Be patient until we decide." .............well thanks, I guess. Nintendo is known for keeping details pretty close to the chest so don't believe everything you read. Remember how the Wii was called the Revolution up until it was unveiled at the TGS? Yeah, Wii2 is totally going to be what it's called.

And now for some blips:
  • Chrono Trigger coming to PS3 and PSP, and nerd JRPG lovers everyone simultaneously say "EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!"
  • The DS Lite may be discontinued? This story has not been confirmed, but really, who wants to choose between 4 different DS's?
  • The PS3 version of Child of Eden has been delayed
  • 3DS owners can download a BETA version of Mega Man Legends 3
  • Nintendo will unveil game play and more details for a Super Mario Game on 3DS.
  • God of War 4 coming out in 2012. If I was in charge of marketing I'd make the release date December 12, 2012.
  • Team Ico's current two projects have been delayed. This makes me a sad panda.
  • The new Sonic Generations game allows players to play in 2D (a la Genesis) mode, or 3D (a la Dreamcast) mode.

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