State of the Video Game Union 2011/12
 

The State of the Video Game Union

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7 Predictions for the Next Xbox
 

7 Predictions for the Next Xbox

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The Game Show – Episode 1002: HB Duran from girlgamer.com!
 

Latest Game Show!

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Are Next-Gen Consoles Already Obsolete?

Wassup gamers,

With the annual CES convention in full-swing in Vegas this week and a ton of tech innovations being unveiled, we have a startling fear that the next offerings from Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony are already behind the times. Yes, we know close to jack shit about what the Nintendo Wii U, Sony PS4 and Xbox 720 (that’s two full circles) will be capable of. But if this generation of systems are anything to go on and Sony/Nintendo’s insistence that people actually want to play the Vita/3DS despite a gigantic sea change in portable gaming, we’re closing in on a day of reckoning for console gaming. So do we think console gaming is dead?

Already DOA?

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Five Reasons the PS4 and Xbox 720 Won’t Appear At E3 2012

 

Dear Reader,

The rumor mill has been spinning wildly about new consoles at E3, but if you really look at the situation, it’s incredibly unlikely. I don’t think either the Xbox 720 or the PS4 will be unveiled at Electronic Entertainment Expo.

I’m not psychic, of course, but here’s five solid reasons we may have to wait a while longer to enter the next generation.

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The Ten Most Exciting 2012 Releases (And The Five Least Exciting)

 

Dear Reader,

If 2012 really is the year the world ends, we’re goin’ out with a bang from a gaming standpoint. As we join hands and prepare to embrace the apocalypse, let’s take a look at the ten most promising games set to release this year, as well as the five least promising…relatively speaking. I don’t mean the five absolute worst games that are coming in 2012, just the noteworthy ones that are not shaping up well.

Hit the jump and let’s begin.

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Mario Kart and Scripture. Amazing.

 

Dear Reader,

Uh…just look at it. It’s amazing. I found it here.

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Kaz Hirai Becomes Commander-in-Chief at Sony

Nikkei reports today that Kaz “599 US Dollars” Hirai has been officially named President of Sony Entertainment.

The position had been held interim by Howard Stringer, and it has been speculated since November of 2010 that either Hirai or TV/Camera head Hiroshi Yoshioka would take the position. Stringer, who will continue to serve as CEO and Chairman for Sony, finally stepped aside and appears to have made public his decision.

This comes at a perfect time, with 2012 just starting, a new generation of platforms (likely) just around the bend, a time of fresh jumping off points for the company to get back into stride. This last generation saw Sony’s extreme Playstation dominance fall into steep decline after over a decade with little to no challenge.

With Sony’s gaming headmaster now leading the pack for the company, can Kaz re-emphasize the Playstation label and revitalize that brand’s dominion? By the time 2012 ends, we should have a better idea of his direction and what, if any, changes are to come. One can only assume that they include Ridge Racer.

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Mother of God, They’re Still Going to Release Gotham City Imposters

 

Dear Reader,

In spite of a wealth of negative internet reactions (and not just me), and an unimpressive E3 booth, the formerly talented Monolith Studios and WB are insisting that “Gotham City Imposters” come out. After the recently announced delay, I’d hoped some other studio had staged an intervention and brought them back to their senses. I imagined some very powerful executive holding the game, shaking his/her head vigorously as if coming out of a trance, and suddenly crying, “What the hell did we just do?

But no, the Batman game with no Batman or any other character you care about is still coming, only now in February. I take particular offense to this, as February is the month of my birth, and thus a cause for riotous celebration for its entire duration. Now, the seasonal “Andrewpalooza” will have a black, ominous hiccup on the day this…this thing is birthed. A moment of silence will be reserved, to mourn the downfall of the once-great Monolith.

_AA

you can go one way in life where you’re just walking around the halls without a hall pass, or you can see the light

 

 

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Padinga’s 2011 Game of the Year Awards: PC!

As we enter 2012, it is time for that yearly tradition gamers treasure: arguing about the best games of the previous year.  Over the next ten days, the Padinga crew will be sharing their favorite games over a variety of different categories.  These categories have been designed to force our wonderful staff to pick only one game each, meaning many great games will be left out in the cold.  We do this for two reasons: 1) to provoke thoughtful discussion in our comments about the games we forgot, and 2) to cause Mecha to have a heart attack.

Hit the jump for the fourth day, our picks for the best game to be released on the PC:

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The Game Show Live!… Delayed!

AARRGGHH! How’s my pirate imitation? No?

Well anyway, we’ve had to delay The Game Show AGAIN. Look for us next week at the normal time. Sorry folks!

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3 Reasons Arkham City Confuses My Love for Chris Nolan’s Batman


I think we can all agree that the new Batman VG franchise (Arkham Asylum, Arkham City) from Rocksteady may be the freshest and best use of the Batman license since director Christopher Nolan took up the mantle in 2005 with Batman Begins. However, after playing a substantial amount of Arkham City and falling deeply in love with every moment, I’m now confused as to how I feel towards my anticipation for Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. And of course I’m comparing apples to oranges because the game is a completed product, while TDKR is a work-in-progress.

But with the recent TDKR prologue released on select IMAX theaters creating more bad press than good word-of-mouth, my impression of Chris Nolan’s Batman is somewhat tainted. How can this be? Read on!

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Padinga’s 2011 Game of the Year Awards: Wii!

As we enter 2012, it is time for that yearly tradition gamers treasure: arguing about the best games of the previous year.  Over the next ten days, the Padinga crew will be sharing their favorite games over a variety of different categories.  These categories have been designed to force our wonderful staff to pick only one game each, meaning many great games will be left out in the cold.  We do this for two reasons: 1) to provoke thoughtful discussion in our comments about the games we forgot, and 2) to cause Mecha to have a heart attack.

Hit the jump for the third day, our picks for the best game to be released on the Nintendo Wii:

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Padinga’s 2011 Game of the Year Awards: PS3!

As we enter 2012, it is time for that yearly tradition gamers treasure: arguing about the best games of the previous year.  Over the next ten days, the Padinga crew will be sharing their favorite games over a variety of different categories.  These categories have been designed to force our wonderful staff to pick only one game each, meaning many great games will be left out in the cold.  We do this for two reasons: 1) to provoke thoughtful discussion in our comments about the games we forgot, and 2) to cause Mecha to have a heart attack.

Hit the jump for the second day, our picks for the best game to be released on the Playstation 3:

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Versus: Battlefield 3 Vs. MW3

 

Dear Reader,

Today we pit MW3 against its industry rival, “Battlefield 3.” I’m sure you’ve been wondering why this hasn’t been a “Versus” article earlier, but I didn’t want to write it until I owned and had thoroughly played both titles. Now I have, so now I can write it.

If you’re new to this, it’s simple: I argue both sides of an issue, and leave you to decide which emerges victorious. Although I usually feel one side is stronger, I’ll almost never reveal which, especially since the process of writing these often changes my allegiance.

Here we go: is “Battlefield 3″ or “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3″ a better game? Hit the jump.

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Padinga’s 2011 Game of the Year Awards: XBox 360!

As we enter 2012, it is time for that yearly tradition gamers treasure: arguing about the best games of the previous year.  Over the next ten days, the Padinga crew will be sharing their favorite games over a variety of different categories.  These categories have been designed to force our wonderful staff to pick only one game each, meaning many great games will be left out in the cold.  We do this for two reasons: 1) to provoke thoughtful discussion in our comments about the games we forgot, and 2) to cause Mecha to have a heart attack.

Hit the jump for the first day, our picks for the best game to be released on the XBox 360:

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Gabe Newell Promises “Something With a Three In It” for E3 2012

Dear Reader,

A few weeks back, Gabe Newell was trolled by some cretins on 4chan over email, which he turned into an opportunity to promise “something with a three in it” for E3 2012. This can mean only one thing: “Half Life 2: Episode 3″ is going to be announced this summer. I’m making that prediction right now.

You can read the email exchanges here and here.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: “but Andrew, this could still be a reference to some other franchise!” No it couldn’t. It’s not “Left 4 Dead 3,” Valve barely survived the first sequel, and I don’t believe they’ll revisit it again for some time. It’s not “Counter Strike,” cause we already know about CS:GO and it doesn’t have a three in the title. “Portal 2″ just came out, so we know they’re gonna let that one lie for a while. And it’s not “Team Fortress 3″ because…well, actually it could be, but I just don’t think it is.

The real question is: does this mean “Episode 3″ or a full-fledged threequel? I predict the former. He could have easily said “a threequel,” but no, he said “something with a three.” That suggests what he’s talking about is not a threequel, yet still contains a three in the title. And before you say I’m over-analyzing, it’s an email, so he had time to think it out.

So there’s my reasoning: “Half Life 2: Episode 3″ will be announced at E3 2012…or else.

_AA

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The Game Show – December 28th, 2011

We discuss the last news stories of the year. Happy new year.

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The Good, the Bad, the Weird in 2011 (Part Two)

Dear Reader,

Continuing my left-of-center yearly wrap-up piece, let’s look at threequels, unnecessary games, re-releases and botched stories in otherwise quality games. Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? It is! Hit the jump!

"Hit the jump...or ELSE..."

 

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Holy Crap Have You Played this Wonderputt Game?

Dear Reader,

Yeah, yeah, I’ll finish the 2011 wrap-up tomorrow, but for now, Wonderputt. Have you played “Wonderputt?” You need to. Badly. I found it on the AVClub’s Best Web Browser Games list, and it now owns me. I’m not normally down for these types of games, but this thing is so damned charming I can’t help myself.

Yeah, yeah, you’ve played mini-golf games before, but wait till you see the beautiful art design, charming animations, and thoroughly satisfying challenges. I only wish the game wasn’t so short. I need more. Need. More.

_AA

very poor choice of words

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Dr. Noh Rages

If you haven’t already heard, the internet is at war with Paul Christoforo. Who is Christoforo? He’s an asshole.

You can read about the whole debacle here and here. It reminds me of a situation I encountered on eBay a number of years ago after ordering and receiving a imported Nintendo Wii game. The game was clearly a burned copy. The dvd case insert for the game’s cover still had website watermarks from where the image was ripped from. Most importantly, I could not play the game because it would not run in my Nintendo Wii. I contacted the seller to let him know the situation. He did give me a refund, and recommended that I hack my Wii to get the game to work. My Wii was already hacked to play import games, but I was frustrated that he recommend that I use a rom loading program because if I were using that, I would’ve never even wanted a physical copy in the first place. Things took a downturn for the worse when I decided to leave neutral feedback on his account. I went with neutral as opposed to negative or positive because I didn’t particularly enjoy the fact that I had received a fake copy, but I did appreciate that he gave me a refund and stayed in contact with me. I think given the circumstances, leaving neutral feedback was more than appropriate.

He freaked the fuck out.

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The Good, the Bad, the Weird in 2011 (Part One)

Dear Reader,

I’m bored to death with “Best of xxxx in Gaming” lists, so instead I’m going to hand out awards to whichever games I feel like, in no particular order, for what I consider noteworthy achievements and/or failures. I’m not going to numerically rank anything as above or below anything else, because I’m increasingly convinced that such practices are prohibitively arbitrary.

So let’s talk, Dear Reader. Free of numbers games, free of competition, let’s just talk. How was 2011 in gaming? What went down? Who scored big, who bombed out, and who fell between the cracks? Hit the jump.

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Schrodinger’s Last Guardian

Everyone on the staff noted its absence at E3 this year. It both exists AND doesn’t exist at the same time. The rocky road to completion for Sony’s Last Guardian has become a bit bumpier and harder to follow, after a pair of recently released news stories.

We've been looking at the same, like, 3 screen caps for two years now.

In short, Gamasutra reported earlier this month that Lead Developer Fumito Ueda, mastermind behind Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, had left behind his employment at Sony before completing the third chapter of his game trilogy. Then, last week, Gamestop cancelled preorders on Last Guardian, their automated service claiming that the game was cancelled.

 

 

Not so, says Sony, but what is in store for this long-awaited title? More details, but few answers, await…

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