E3, the biggest video game conference of the year where all major brands present their newest, best, and most innovative products, is in full swing. Been keeping an eye on it, being a pretty big gaming fan. *Glosses over World of Warcraft addiction mentioned heretofore in this blog.*
So to recap things that interested me:
X-Box: Not an owner of one, but their announcement of “Natal”, a motion-sensor device, seems to trump anything the Wii has done for motion controllers. This thing can sense your movements and recognize your face to log in to XBox Live, among other things they showed. You hold nothing. They also announced that their game library will eventually become completely downloadable.
Nintendo: Easily the most boring announcements. Whoopee, a device that monitors your pulse! And then more of the same games…Super Mario Galaxy 2, Wii Fit Plus, etc. Okay, Metroid might be okay. But I don’t have a Wii and won’t be getting one, so /shrug.
Playstation: One of my personally most beloved games and RPGs (role-playing game, for you noobs) is Final Fantasy VII. It was on the original Playstation and they announced it is now available for download on the PS3! When they said that, I wanted to run home that moment and get it! They showed some footage of the newest Final Fantasy, #13. Can’t wait for this. But then the shocker came when they announced Final Fantasy 14, which will be an MMO (massively multiplayer online game…again for the noobs out there. In other words, it’s like World of Warcraft.) There is a current FF online game, #11, but it was so-so and I didn’t play it. Then they announced their version of a…wait for it…motion controller. It looks like a rectangle with a glowing ball on top. But the tracking motion demonstrated is arguably the best of the three major system. So Sony one-ups Microsoft who one-upped Nintendo. Still, ho-hum. I’m not all about flailing around to play games. The new PSP Go looks pretty cool, but I’m not really into hand-held gaming. All games will become downloadable for this platform, too.
Miscellaneous: There was coverage of the new Star Wars MMO, The Old Republic. It will be the first online game to feature totally fully voiced characters and players. The game trailer they showed is simply un-freaking-believable. Watch it right now. Seriously. How I wish the prequel movies had been more like this trailer! I really will want to try this game…though I’m sure my friends will have something to say about that, given my aforementioned WoW addiction. But then there’s Final Fantasy 14…gosh…what to c choose! Will have to keep an eye on HOW the game will be played. Don’t want to get bogged down in a same-style game as WoW. Of course, if they aren’t on a Mac, well forget it. And I will be needing a better video card, but I plan to upgrade next spring anyway. Those games won’t be out by then.
One final thought: With games becoming fully downloadable, I would expect some conversation on these gaming sites to be about price, but I haven’t seen any chatter. Seems to me if the middle-man is being cut out (Best Buy, Amazon.com, etc), they can lower the price a bit for a direct download. Yah right, like developers will do that!
Okay, well there. Thank you for letting me nerd out for a bit.