Archive for October, 2013

Top of the morgen my loyal army. I’ve found some time to come out of my little hidey hole to make some commentary. I’m really glad I’m on my last semester of school, because this workload has, frankly, felt rather ridiculous. I’d love to show off some of the fruits of my labor, but I have yet to load them up on the interwebz. Once I do though, I’ll come back and post it up…

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These projects have just eaten up so much of my time. And yea, I knew they would too…but I’ve had some significantly stressful days as of recent. Combine that with my boss telling me that my coworkers are hurting for more help, as I’ve only been able to give them 1 of my possible 4 days to work while I’m in class most of the time. I’ve caved and agreed to give him more days for a little while, so my free time to meditate, or drive recklessly in GTA V, is greatly reduced.

I’ve had some help though. Since my last post, I’ve found a very amazing lady that makes me feel like no one else on this earth ever has before. You’ve heard similar claims before, and might expect me to talk on how I might go about wooing said temptress, but…there’s the thing, I believe this conversation has already been had…and we’re already crazy about each other. I don’t know quite how this whole thing got started…I’ve known this girl forever, and we’ve been electronically in touch for quite some time as well. All the sudden, things just started clicking, and we’ve been getting on swimmingly. I’ve been more open with this girl than I believe I have been with anyone else, and I’ve found out details about her life that less than a handful of others are privy to. I could go on for eons about the way this girl makes me feel…but that’s no fun for anyone but her and I, and she hears plenty of my puffery on a daily basis. We’ll leave it then with me telling you that…I’m smitten, and this boy is off the market.

Now, I’ve missed some relatively big news since I last checked in. In fact, when we last met, I was still talking about the Apple announcement, and by now I could probably run out to the Apple Store and pick up a Gold 5s like it’s nothing.

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(And yea, I know those are a special 24 Karat Gold build)
Well, now that I’ve had some time to conk out for a bit, and recharge my batteries, I decided that I would get caught up on my gaming news. Now, I know that none of this is breaking news…that is all.
Let’s start with Valve. There were a lot of speculations before E3 that Valve was join the console fray and introduce a “Steam Box” that would enter the market and absolutely baffle the competition. We were all disappointed when Valve said nothing of any possible console developments, but late in September, Valve finally threw us a bone and said that they were going to be releasing some big news in 3 waves. In that last week of September they released three big announcements. First was SteamOS, a Linux based gaming operating system to make your living room run at top performance.

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With the announcement of an operating system in round one, the second round announcement seemed to be a sure thing. Sure enough, the second announcement gave us the name of a dedicated piece of hardware to run SteamOS, and to act as a gaming platform…the Steam Machine. A unified platform for all Steam games to be based on.

And we thought at that point about a possibility that could have granted them instantaneous market share. If you look at Valve’s catalog, you will find a number of games that have made it to 2 installments, for which we are eagerly awaiting a third. Portal 3, Team Fortress 3, Left 4 Dead 3, Counter Strike 3, and the title that everyone is waiting for, Half-Life 3. The opportunity was ripe to make this third announcement be the bombshell that beckoned a new era of gaming. With a mountain of possibilities in front of them, what did they go and do then…?

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The Steam Controller…ok. If there was one thing that Steam didn’t need to waste considerable development energy on, it was a new controller. Years of research from both Microsoft and Sony have brought us to a pair of controllers that bare a striking resemblance to one another, and there’s a good reason for that. It’s the configuration that has shown to be preferable to most people. Nintendo, well, nobody knows what the hell Nintendo is doing nowadays, so I won’t go there. I don’t know, I know that there are plenty of people out there that would have poured money into the potential lineup that I mentioned before, much more so than a controller that will probably perform mediocre.
There’s talk though that we might see some of that line, however. Left 4 Dead 3 might have been unintentionally confirmed in some footage posted one of their social media accounts, and at least a development team has been named for Half-Life 3 through some sort of internal database leak. Time will tell if any of this information will amount up to anything though.

I just mentioned that Nintendo has been up to some real weird hocus pocus lately. They recently released a new handheld console that had a lot of people scratching their heads, the 2DS.

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What Nintendo has essentially done is to make a bigger handheld console that won’t flip closed, and that has lost the 3D capabilities of its predecessor. I don’t know what they were thinking in terms of style. The thing is just so ugly, and the buttons just so high up. Its like no one who was on the design team had any sense of ergonomics. Their only redeeming factor at the moment is their price. The 2DS clocks in with a price tag right in around $130, where the full-powered 3DS is still right in around $200.

Pokémon X and Y came out recently, and actually really interested in playing it. It’s a 3DS title though, and the last time I bought a handheld was the Gameboy Advance years ago.

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And, I don’t know if I’ve just been out of the market for too long, or if I’m just out of place with the pricing, but $200 feels like a little steep for a handheld console. Either way, I’m feeling a bit nostalgic for some Pokémon, and the 3DS just feels too expensive. The 2DS however, is much more within a price range that I would consider acceptable. What’s a guy to do?
I mentioned last post about when Pokémon was a kind of underground obsession, out of fear of ridicule from the middle school ruling elite. It’s weird how trends change, because I feel like if I was walking around playing Pokémon now, not only would I not care at the least what other people thought of me, but I’d be taken aback if I got any kind of ridicule at all. I like how as adults, for the most part, have learned to leave their judgements at the door, and can be perfectly fine walking around with Pokémon screaming from their electronic devices.

I can’t get my Pokemans fix right now, but I have managed, at some point in the past several weeks, to go out and pick up Grand Theft Auto V though.

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I hear the same stories about this game that you usually hear about World of Warcraft when people first purchase it; it will absolutely destroy your life. Like once a person goes in, they haven’t been seen to come out. I don’t know what I was thinking buying this game, but I told myself that I could defy the hype.
Thank goodness I have a dedication to my schoolwork, because somehow to this point, I’ve only gotten about 20% of the way into the game. Man, this game at times doesn’t play like a game, it plays more like a movie, most all of the missions feel so motivated, and the characters are amazing. I can’t wait to get some more time to play through it. I hear that the story get really intense. Time willing, I may have a review for it in a year or so.

Now, I haven’t talked much about it, just a little bit during E3, and that’s because the release date is still so far off, but I’ve been eagerly awaiting the new Bungie game, Destiny to drop.

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I talked enough about it in that post, but Bungie has recently announced that there will an open beta for a select number of players out there starting next year. Several weeks ago, I got an email saying that I have been given a beta access code, so I’ll get to jump into some Destiny gameplay hopefully not too long after Christmas this year.

I was doing some speculation last week about another game that was announced at E3, that at this point still doesn’t have a release date, Kingdom Hearts 3.

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The Kingdom Hearts franchise has been a mashup of Disney characters and Square Enix characters thrown together in an epic adventure of colliding worlds.  I don’t know anyone that dislikes this game, and it has been one of the most waited for games in quite a number of years.
My speculation is this: Disney has acquired several large entities in recent years…most notably Marvel and Star Wars. I wonder, do you think we might see any of those new characters pop up in Kingdom Hearts 3? Think about that for a minute…what if Kingdom Hearts 3 had Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and the Hulk? What if Kingdom Hearts 3 had Darth Vader, Yoda, Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, Chewbacca, hell, what if Kingdom Hearts 3 had Han Solo?
Part of me thinks that this would never happen in a million years. But, with a release date still looming in the shadows, who know s what they might have time to do, or what they might even be motivated to do.

Lots of potentially cool things on the horizon. And once I get my time back (and a little bit of dime as well) I intend to take it all on.

Still don’t know when I’ll find free time again to make another post, but rest assured, I haven’t forgotten about y’all yet.

Keep your heads up, your minds sharp, and your hearts open.

– CVSleen

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