Thursday, June 14, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Besides Dan Trachtenberg's marvelous "No Escape" (which I realized I have not covered in The Video Game Tome as of yet, but will soon) this is one of the best fan-made "Portal"-inspired shorts I've stumbled across. It is going viral in a major way today. Jason Craft posted this to Vimeo just over a day ago and the major gaming sites are already sharing it.
This is an enjoyable look at what it would be like to have a Portal gun in real life, y'know, the stuff geek reveries are made of. What these guys lack in acting they definitely make up for in special effects. This 3-minute clip has better special effects than some Hollywood productions! As a faux-home movie it reminded me a lot of "Chronicle," which hit theaters earlier this year. Anyways, enjoy! This is inspiring to indie filmmakers and "Portal" gamers alike.
Sunday, June 3, 2012
E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) commences tomorrow! This is widely considered the biggest week in video gaming every year. While there are many gaming expos in many lands and at many times, this is often where developers (big and small) flock towards in order to showcase what they've been working on. Furthermore, it's where the Big Three (Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft) hold press conferences to give us an idea of what to expect in the next year of gaming. While E3 is for industry insiders only, the internet gives each and every one of us access to the latest announcements and demonstrations. Gameinformer has the E3 2012 Press Conference Schedule so you know where to watch live!
Nintendo actually held an earlier press conference about the Wii U this afternoon. If you want the latest details on this latest innovation head over to IGN. Or you can just watch the proceedings here.
GameSpot reveals 15 of their most anticipated games for E3 2012. 12 of which are sequels, add-ons, or reboots. It is always fun to see more from a series that has already captured your interest and heart, but I find myself more intrigued by brand new IPs. The three that fit this criteria are "Dishonored," "The Unfinished Swan" (first time I've heard of it, but very compelled), "The Last of Us," What games are you most excited to see? Please share in the comments below.
As if those promising titles were not enough, gamesradar shares "The 51 Biggest Games We Expect to See at E3 2012."
The editors at OXM share 21+ Xbox games they are excited to see at the expo. A little game called "Halo 4" anyone?
Also, OXM fantasizes "7 Dream Xbox Games We Want Announced at E3 2012." Only a couple of these are ones you'd actually expect. Of course, this is yet another reason to bring up "Half-Life 3." Number 7 was especially a surprise, but how great would that be? Seriously Rare, time to shine again!
Finally, this week Kotaku has had an interesting series looking back at last year's E3 and deciding if the Big Three kept their promises. In turn, here is their analysis of Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft. The next few days are going to very exciting for us gamers. I'll be sure to provide a wrap-up of sorts of the event, but most importantly to continue highlight and preview upcoming games. After all, that is what this is all about!
Live on. Game on.