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Nintendo is dead. They're dead in the home console business. They know this. Video game enthusiasts know this. Everyone knows this. That's the reason for the Nintendo NX home/portable hybrid. Once the new 'system' drops, so will Nintendo out of the home console market. I'm happy about it and you should be too!
Nintendo's demise has been a long time coming. Starting with the Nintendo GameCube, and ending with the Wii U, the Wii was an anomaly that'll never be duplicated again, the writing has been on the wall. The GameCube sold around a measly 22 million units in its lifespan. For comparison, Microsoft's first Xbox sold around 24 million. Nintendo had a juggernaut with the Wii and it tapped into a starving niche market that ended up spreading like wildfire. Sadly, Nintendo tried to be different again and took a bigger gamble with the Wii U and it has bit them in the ass.
Activision was notoriously absent from E3 this year, and perhaps for good reason. Participating in the video game industry's largest annual expo takes a tremendous amount of planning and a sky-high budget to match it. So when the publisher of the most popular first person shooter announced that it was going to host its second Call of Duty XP event in five years, bowing out of E3 this year made complete sense.
Held at the Forum in Inglewood, CA, COD XP was a video game event like no other. For Call of Duty fans, the sold-out, three-day festival was a bonanza, celebrating their beloved game franchise with tons of gaming and a slew of activities to participate in.
Attendees were able to play the upcoming Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Infinite Warfare Zombies, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered Multiplayer, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 DLC 4. Between their gaming sessions, they had the chance to step...
What's a rapid review you may ask? Or may you're not asking. I'm going to tell you anyway! It's a review of a game that I only spent a short time in and thus a full review isn't prudent. It can either be that I only played a demo, or, the game is a chore to play, for whatever variety of possible reasons, and I had to stopped playing it. With the free games we get with Xbox Live, PS+ and EA Access, etc., I'm able to sample quite a few games I would have otherwise passed up and I felt giving some quick reviews to gamers can help their game purchase decisions a little easier.
This game. Man... this game can generate massive frustration. Tricky Towers is Tetris with physics involved that'll drive you mad. Line up a piece just a little off and you'll topple everything over. It's been a while since a game...
Tricky Towers (PS4)
Obscure Game Review: Bound
I am torn on this game. I played it twice. It was glorious on the first run, but its flaws became more apparent on the second. It is a visual treat – a highly imaginative and creative game – and I really appreciate that about it. However, the story and platforming don’t really deliver. I’ll break it down below.
Strengths: Visuals, Sound, Movement
Bound, a PS4 exclusive indie, is a visually beautiful and stunning game. Visually, it is very strange, very different. Trippy is a good word. I found it very immersive. The music fits nicely and adds to the atmosphere, which I’d describe as relaxed-weird. On my first run, I spent a lot of time just staring at the geometry – watching it undulate, break apart, re-form, contort. It’s hard to convey the visual aspect of Bound. You can’t see in screenshots, because there is no motion, and a...
I've been to San Diego Comic-Con a handful of times, and although Hall H is one of the coolest things to do at SDCC, it takes a lot of sacrifice and commitment to get in. For that reason, I haven't attempted to get into the Hall H panels in years.
For starters, Hall H seats about 6,500 people. It's the largest auditorium at the convention center. It is also the main stage for the biggest TV and movie studio panels. The con typically likes to schedule the movie studio panels for Saturday.
Now, in order to get into Hall H, you need to wait in line to get a wristband. The wristbands are distributed beginning at 9 PM, the evening prior to the day that you want to attend. So for Saturday's panels, I had to be in line for Friday night's wristband distribution.
I thought it would be good enough for me to get in line at 2 PM on Friday. I ended up receiving one of the last thousand or so wristbands.
When I first got in line, I...
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