E3 2013: Sony’s Scipio Africanus

During the Second Punic War, Rome was threatened by the relentless attacks by Carthage’s Hannibal who led a brilliant campaign, far from his home of Carthage in North Africa, across the Iberian Peninsula to bleed the young empire dry over several years. Hoping to destroy his lines of supply, a young general by the name of Scipio Africanus led a force into what is now present-day Spain, leading a successful series of battles behind his lines to sever the arteries feeding his armies. In the Battle of Ilipa, in 206 BC, Scipio was confronted by Carthaginian forces mustered together to reclaim what he had taken from them. According to certain figures, his army of 48,000 faced down an army made up of 54,500 which included a number of fearsome war elephants. In their first few confrontations, Scipio placed his best soldiers at the center of his formation with his allies on the flanks, convincing the Carthaginians to focus their best strength in the center with their weaker forces along their own flanks.

The voice change: Snake’s downfall

During Konami’s pre-e3 conference, Hideo Kojima confirmed that Snake would indeed be given a new voice actor with Kiefer Sutherland replaced David Hayter. This decision is absolutely necessary in terms of the character of Snake and the path that Kojima intends to take the series in the future.

Nintendo’s presence at E3 2013

At this year’s E3, which takes place June 11-13, Nintendo is doing things differently than Microsoft and Sony. For the first time ever, Nintendo has announced that they will not be holding a press conference as they do each year. Instead, they plan to host smaller events focused on their software lineup. “There will be one closed event for American distributors, and we will hold another closed hands-on experience event, for mainly the Western gaming media,” said Satoru Iwata, president and CEO of Nintendo.

Xbox One: One Step in the Wrong Direction

Microsoft unveiled the next generation Xbox, the Xbox One, Tuesday in Redmond, Wash. to a tent full of journalists, planted Microsoft cheerers, and to the world via livestreams. The world awaited for Microsoft’s answer to Sony’s Playstation 4 reveal but certain rumors about always-online connectivity and no used games set a dark cloud over the entire event. Instead of subsiding these fears, however, Microsoft reinforced them by confirming daily-online connectivity, used game fees, a focus on television and sports, and having no games showcased other than EA sports titles and Call of Duty: Ghosts.  It became instantly clear that the Xbox One is not only forgetting to keep the wants of the core game enthusiast in mind, it’s leading the industry on a path that will hurt the consumer and the video game market as a whole.

Why Developers Aren’t Interested In The Wii U

I haven’t written a blog for 3 days, which I know is a while, but it was the weekend and I was very busy and Monday I felt like crap.  Anyway, I was reading an article on IGN about how Call Of Duty: Ghosts is not yet confirmed for the Wii U and it got me thinking. I wanted to write an article on this a while ago but I never got round to it. So here it is: why developers aren’t interested in, well, developing for Nintnedo’s newest console.