Missed me? So did I (long story). All that matters now is that I’m back, and just as depressing as ever. No amount of meds can fix this busted ass brain of mine. Shall we get on with it?
The open beta for PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale has been up for six days. Even though the game is still under beta, and this isn't the full game; I feel like there's a need to open up these cans of worms before it's too late.
Well, a lifetime of waiting and all I can do is recite wise words from a gentlemanly scholar named Tyga. I know I am not breaking any news by discussing the Penny Arcade Expo "expanding internationally" but I feel in the excitement of Melbourne, Australia being named as PAX's first big romp outside of America, the true significance for gaming in Australia has been overlooked here. Let me first clear up that my intention isn't to whine about how the gaming situation in Australia (and New Zealand) is particularly unfair compared to our trans-atlantic brothers. But to be brutally honest, there's gonna be a little bit of whining. And I think it is worth whining about again and again because if PAX heading to Melbourne tells us anything, it is that the video game market and community in Australia is and has been rapidly growing for decades and is finally being realised for what it is: strong.
Originally this piece was going to be about the top five gaming-related disappointments in 2012, and then I realized that this year wasn’t really that disappointing outside of delays like Bioshock: Infinite. So I broke it down into the only two items that bothered me, and it wasn’t that hard to figure out which one hurt more. It was, after all, just a decision between light shame and true disappointment.
Holding Up is a weekly column dedicated to examining classic games to see if they’re worth another go. Readers are more than welcome to request that certain games be examined.
Back in Feburary David Jaffe (famed creator of Twisted Metal) said that storytelling “stunts the growth of video games.” Now, as someone who finds story to be an integral part of his gaming experience my kneejerk reaction was an eyeroll and some quasi-witty comment pertaining to the archaic-ness of the newTwisted Metal demo.
Why one inbred mechanic is a metaphor for all of Borderlands 2.
People are a powerful promotional tool.
Still reeling from the shock that was Resident Evil 6. I feel you. Maybe a steampunk version of Deus Ex: Human Revolution will cheer you up. No? How about a half-naked princess fighting monsters? Now we’re talking!
Here’s a teaser for an unofficial, live-action Space Invader’s movie from street artist Invader.
Is your favorite video game hero a badass or just an ass?