E3 2017: My Hopeful Predictions

It’s Friday evening, I have family coming into town tomorrow, but I can’t help but to be excited about what’s supposed to be coming down the pipeline at E3 this week.

For those of you that are unaware, E3 is a major showcase involving video games, near exclusively (you’ve been reading this blog long enough to know that they will pop up now and then). But E3 isn’t just a convention about video games—it is the convention about video games. Every year, every major developer, every major publisher, all of the big names and some of the small ones, gather together in the LA Convention Center to show off not only what will be coming out over the next year, but what will be coming over the next two or three years. E3 is HUGE (if you’re into that sort of stuff) and usually, in the week leading up to all of the press conferences and unveilings, I like to talk to friends of mine about what they think, and what I think, will be shown off this year when it all gets going: what games will be there, what won’t, what this company will do to edge itself ahead of the others, and who will have everyone with a fistful of dollars, shoving money into their computer screens.

This year was no different, and since I have plans to write up a couple of posts next week about what I’m most excited about after this E3 has passed, I wanted to take a moment to lay out some ideas for what I would like to see most. This isn’t necessarily what I think will be there, but more so, given a wishlist of probable inclusions, what would I like to show up. (more…)

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My Top 20 Video Games of ALL TIME!: Part 1

I’ve managed on this blog to remain fairly noncommittal when it comes to posts about my “favorite” this and “the best” that. If my television show four part series that I wrapped up recently is any indication, I find it difficult sometimes to definitively say, “This is the best” whatever “and I love it SO MUCH,” in the more than likely event that I remember something I liked even more (illustrated by the fact that the series was designed to include 20 television programs and ended with 22).

But not this time! Roused by the release of the Nintendo Switch and my digging back through my old game collection, I am making a definitive “These are my top video games of all time” list. I will openly admit that I have played video games for a very long time and if I let it, this list may go on forever, but I will do my best here to narrow down (and order!) the list so as to do justice to some of the best titles I’ve had the pleasure of playing.

As the title suggests, we’ll be doing this similarly to the way I did the TV series: four parts, five entries in each part, the difference being that they will be ordered, beginning at 20, and we will NOT do any more than that! I am setting myself to a standard here. I need to do better. Without further ado, here we go! (more…)

Space is Full of Therapeutic Monotony

No Man’s Sky is an odd game, odd because so often when we play games, we know what it is we are doing, what is expected we do–but No Man’s Sky offers no such luxury: no direction, no voice whispering, “do this, do that,” only the expectation that we, the explorer, the being lost in our own corner of space, will dare to venture out and discover. (more…)