There are a lot of people who want to write and there are a lot of people who can but doesn’t know where to start. If there is one thing I know, other than video games, it’s the harsh reality of trying to get your writing noticed.
My name is Michael Mosley and I’m a freelance writer and I have written for two other video game websites. I wrote news articles for the now defunct Explicit Gamer and I am now an associate editor at OmniGamer.
We all love video games, no matter if you’re the casual player or the player that has a love for the culture; games ranging from simple puzzles to MMOs have always made a big splash but what about card games?
The trading card world is still strong as people are still playing a number of card series from the kid friendly rules of Pokémon to the complex world of Magic: The Gathering.
There’s still a big dedicated following when it comes to the trading card scene and Pedro “Reynard” Loustaunau, creator and lead developer of Tails and Tactics, is one of those people who are not only dedicated but has a passion for trading card games.
E3 2012 was in all honesty lacking this year, why was this year’s expo so lackluster and who showed the most promise?
E3 2012: Year of the weak show
Many gamers can agree that this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo was very weak, perhaps the weakest showing in recent memory.
I think the main reason for the lackluster show was because of the internet and the numerous videogame websites trying to do their jobs and get as much info to their readers as possible.
Let’s face it, just about anything and everything that could have a cool surprise or announcement was leaked months before the big event, causing people to wonder if there would be anything left for publishers to show off.
Information is becoming harder and harder to keep out of the reaches of the people and that very reason is why developers can’t keep a lot of their games a secret.
Last year’s E3 had a similar problem, all the leaks, rumors and forced early announcements caused some developers to awkwardly joke about their “worst kept secret.”
Worst developer/publisher of show
EA Games is walking away with my ‘worst of’ this year, they honestly had the worst press conference out of Ubisoft, Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft.
They showed off nearly nothing that the gaming community couldn’t guess, more need for speed, yeah we kind of knew you would try that franchise again.
They really tried to sell the “new and improved” madden with talk of a new collision engine, like they always say when they talk about a new Madden game.
Sadly, depending on the gamer, they didn’t show NBA Live (formerly NBA Elite until EA cancelled the title).
Hell, even Peter Moore made a very small appearance during the show, he’s the guy EA was banking on to help boost their sports title and even he didn’t make a big deal about the new improvements.
Hopefully come next year EA will have something cool to announce and show off, because they do make other games besides sports and racing, no really they do honest.
Microsoft came in a very close second for the record, as an Xbox owner I felt that Microsoft failed me by showing nearly nothing but more stupid apps that I personally won’t use.
Best developer/publisher of show
Ubisoft came out in full force and showed everyone why they are a force to be reckoned with; they showed title after title as if to send a message to us that they can make original IP games while continuing existing franchises.
Ubisoft more than made up for that awful Mr. Caffeinated guy with a um…sexier and more confident female host.
Actress and stand-up comedian Aisha Tyler (which many may know from the animated FX show ‘Archer’ as Lana Kane) was the kind of host I’m sure Ubisoft meant to have last year, she was fun, energetic, sounded excited and most importantly was funny at the right moments.
Then Ubisoft almost ruined their good start by introducing a co-host, Tobuscus, this guy wasn’t as bad as Mr. Caffeinated but damn was he highly unnecessary and unfunny, he was close to being an Mr.C and I hated nearly every moment he opened his mouth.
Speaking of highly unnecessary moments and people, who thought it was a good idea to open the show with Flo Rida? That was the most annoying and laughably bad moment in the whole show.
I was beginning to think Ubi was going to drop the ball this year but, once Flo Rida was done and I got over Tobuscus I found the show to be awesome, mainly thanks to the great games that were shown especially Watch Dogs.
Sony came in a close second because they actually showed off games, you know Microsoft those things that got me to buy a Xbox 360 in the first place.
While I like what Quantic Dreams was doing with Beyond- Two Souls, the point that David Cage showed a cut scene and no gameplay puts a bad feeling in my gut.
The scene was kind of crappy too, nothing interesting happened and the dialog was pretty bad.
Most disappointing Show
Nintendo started off great, Mr. Miyamoto started the show off with some light humor and his carefree charm, while the augmented Pikmen was lame it was a short harmless, if not pointless, part of the show.
I’m giving Nintendo the ‘most disappointing’ because of the way they handled to Wii U during the whole week.
They gave the Wii U its own moment on Sunday, a day before Microsoft’s conference; I thought this was a smart move to get people hyped for a big announcement during their real conference later that week.
Instead of showing the actual system Nintendo took nearly an hour to talk about the Wii U GamePad, something they could have done during their normal conference show.
Even after that wasted opportunity Nintendo continued to make the same mistake again later that week, instead of making the Wii U look like a must have, they made it look like an updated Wii with an extra letter added on to make it seem like a new piece of tech.
No release date, no price announcement and ports of games that manage to look like the developers shoehorned the Wii U GamePad functions in.
I seriously can’t get over how lame and ho-hum Microsoft’s press conference was; yeah seeing Halo 4 gameplay was great and worth it but where was everything else? Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 looked as if the developers themselves have given up on the series, I love Call of Duty but man it’s starting to become crap.
Enough with the apps already, I want games with my system; I don’t give two craps about sports.
I don’t care if the 360 lives up to the ‘dude-bro D-bag’ reputation it’s been gaining for years but at least give some damn games to play, to hell with ESPN and Internet Explorer.
Best of the “Big 3”
Sony was the only one of the ‘big 3’ (Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft) who came out ready and confident in what they had to show.
Sony was giving gamers what they wanted; they showed off games for the PS3, they showed games for the Vita and they even made announcements for PlayStation Plus subscribers.
Sony focused on gamers, they even gave a quick jab towards their competitors by saying how gamers matter and even showed games for families while showing off games for teens and adults respectively.
Game of show
I know a bunch of people are going to say Beyond was their game of show but that thing had nothing on Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs.
Watch Dogs was a great surprise and had me more excited than Halo, Assassin’s Creed 3, and Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Beyond- Two Souls put together.
While I’m well aware the game was being played on a PC, the actual gameplay that was shown got me excited to want more of the game.
I want to see how this game will look and handle running on the Xbox 360 and PS3, this game will be closely watched by nearly everyone in the gaming community and for good reason.
Game of show 2
Assassin’s Creed 3
Another Ubisoft game that looks great, AC3 will finally move on from the Ezio story arc and focus on a new character named Conner, a half-British half-Native American fighting against the Templars during the American Revolution.
I’m not going to lie, I’m ecstatic that the protagonist will be Native American, even if he is only half.
The last Native protagonist I can remember was Domasi “Tommy” Tawodi from Prey.
Assassin’s Creed 3 promises to have a bigger world than any other AC games, plus you can fight wolves and bears, what’s not to love?
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Did you miss Nintendo’s Pre-E3 presentation? Don’t worry you didn’t miss much of anything, I watched the live broadcast so you didn’t have to.
Nintendo pre-E3 starts here!
Nintendo’s pre-E3 presentation started with some quick announcements that many won’t care, like Mii announcements.
Interestingly they talked about the controller’s name and how it came to be, the Wii U’s controller will be named “The Wii U Game Pad”.
The controller received its name thanks to the NES’s controllers which many gamers dubbed “The Game Pad”; Nintendo thought that name would be fitting for their unique controller.
The “Game Pad” has a touchscreen, gyro, motion control and oh yeah a data reader.
Nintendo didn’t really show how the reader works but said it can read certain data; the reader is located on the mid-left side of the controller that looks like a square.
Nintendo was sure to mention that the controller is compatible with the original Wii controller, including the nunchucks and the Wii Fit board, yet there was no word if the new system can use multiple Wii U Game Pad controllers.
OK, let’s do this; Michael’s Gaming Corner will be a little different this week for E3.
E3 2012 is here!
Instead of an editorial this week I’m going to help report E3 and give my thoughts on certain news announcements and games, starting today with Nintendo’s press conference!
To make up for nearly nothing today I’m going to be holding a small contest, three random winners will get a chance to win a StarFox 64 3D edition dog tag!
To enter all you have to do is tweet what you’re excited to see at this year’s E3 with the hash tag #MichaelsGamingCorner or, by retweeting posts made on my twitter account.
Winners will be notified via Twitter with further information.
Take a look below to see the prizes.
Everyone by now knows the situation with 38 studios, the Rhode Island housed game studio responsible for Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning.
The company is being shut down and all of the studios staff members have been let go, with RI helping them find other lines of work thankfully; the big question is, what went wrong?
I’m no financial expert or an industry expert but, even I can see where 38 studios had its missteps.
38 Sick Studio
For starters they had what we’re going to call the “Square-Enix syndrome”, that was one of three big missteps the company made.
Allow me to give out an explanation what this deadly and somewhat common disease is before I continue.
You’re in a a room, everything is hazy and you can’t think straight, there are no sounds around you and the room is swinging side to side.
You soon realize it’s not the room that’s swinging but instead it’s you, hanging by a thick rope in what can now be seen as the bathroom. You snap back into reality just to start an adventure that may take you beyond the realm of belief.
Casual games are on the rise, that’s no secret, with games like Bejeweled being so addictive it makes sense. PopCap is one of the biggest casual game company with its name known to both casual and hardcore gamers, Zynga is up there too thanks to FaceBook.
EA is trying to get some of that sweet casual cash as well, they’ve bought casual game developers in the past, even Nintendo set the Wii up for the casual crowd.
With both big and small game companies making games for casual players the question is begged to be ask, do gamers really care? Seriously ask yourself “Do I really care about casual games?”, you should be able to answer that quickly.