With Blizzcon in full swing today, I figured I would be snowed under with all things Warcraft and Starcraft related, and I was happy to catch up on the news later. It’s not that I have become cynical towards Blizzard – it was more that I had found myself being less and less surprised by what they did, and the sense of wonder I had in the past had long become dull.
PAX Australia is like my Graceland. It’s like a holy place to me. It’s the kind of place where as soon as you enter it, all of the frivolous bickering and hate that seeps into a gamers online existence melts away and is replaced purely by a celebration of all things game-related.
15 glorious minutes – making it the LONGEST Team Fortress 2 ‘Short’ we have ever been graced with. And it’s all to ring in the first day of the grand unveiling of the Love and War update! Get out there and find out more about the amazing new taunts that will soon grace the battlefield – but make sure you watch the amazing vide0 and bear witness to Ms.Paulings video debut!
Seriously, it’s just damn cool. Of course, if you aren’t an inFAMOUS Second Son you are probably wondering what ‘Photo Mode’ is. The image above looks like some kind of promotional screenshot for the game – But it’s actually an in game screenshot authored using the utility. Photo Mode is an optional setting toggled within the games options that allows you to pause the game instantly, and retain full control of the games camera – while also gaining a slew of new options to help make the most of the moment. This includes camera position, depth of field, colour balance – the list goes on. You can stop the game and simply marvel at what is going on, then tweak until you have created digital art.
Finally! People thought I was mad. I first saw Fortnite in detail was at San Diego Comic Con in 2012, I specifically checked out the panel and was delighted by what I saw. So, I arrived back in Australia buzzing with excitement – They had shown me video evidence of a game that looked like Minecraft had a baby with Team Fortress 2 and it had grown into a a sultry something with curves in all the right places. A game that focused on Building? Gathering resources? Battling monsters? Player advancement and a persistent world? Graphics that aren’t blocks and pixels? I couldn’t help but rave about it to my friends. Of course, this was during a time where I didn’t have a blog-ish website to catalog and record my video game crushes, so I instead reminded them constantly that the game was coming, and it looked AMAZING.
For as long as videogames had some method to murder you, they also gave you the option to respawn. And as technology progressed, so too did both the methods of murdering and respawning become more complex and interesting. But really the thing that truly started to become unique in execution, was how a game developer would implement their unique spin on respawn mechanics. From early days where you’d fall down a bottomless pit, and after a quick screen deducted a point from your total lives, you’d be plonked back at the last check point you passed – to multiplayer games where you’d see a brief kill-cam of your embarrassing death before materialising at a random point of the map.
So a thing appeared on the internet recently, and on paper it’s quite basic – An IRC bot that reads commands from a text chat and inputs them into a Pokemon Red ROM that is being streamed. Simple in theory, but in execution – When thousands upon thousands of people start to use it – something extraordinary occurs – You get progress. Roughly 6,000 people managed to defeat the first gym leader, Brock. 12,000 people managed to defeat Misty. And here we are, 3 days later, and over 20,000 people have manage to board the SS Anne, Defeat Lieutenant Surge and then overcome the greatest of obstacles – Teaching a Pokemon cut, and then ACTUALLY CUTTING A BUSH.
God I love drama. I am an addict – I just can’t help but drink deep from the cup of every person who ever reacted strongly to something on the internet. But I do not enjoy being the one who CREATED the drama – No, the finest drama is that which is created intentionally and usually with good intentions.
What the fuck am I talking about? Well today, specifically I am referring to the Sonic the Hedgehog fandom, and their reaction to the Sonic Boom unveiling.
Coming completely out of left field, it seems that Valve had something special up their sleeve for the November gaming rush.
For people who perhaps aren’t rushing to pick up their next generation console (or have found theirs doesn’t work) you can always sit in the comfortable glow of your PC’s monitor and enjoy an update to everyone’s favourite fashion based murder simulator: Team Fortress 2. Continue Reading