Weekly Link Round Up
- Let's get the E3 stuff out the way now. Here's Polygon's wrap-up of "biggest E3 rumors." And this is more about company decisions and less on the games themselves. The article focuses on Sony holding off on announcing big releases, Microsoft will heavily pushed exclusive content, and Bethesda will talk about everything they're working on in detail. That last one made me giggle, because Bethesda.
- Here is GameSpot's list of every E3 rumor so far. This one is focused more on the Triple A titles like AssCreed and Borderlands. Though the author may want to roll back and make an update to their speculation on Fallout, since Bethesda confirmed a new game is on the horizon. One rumor that was true, and before E3!
- And as always there is speculation on which console maker is going to have the "best" show. One website is pegging the win on Nintendo. Though the company has already held announcements for big games next year, including 2 Pokémon titles for the Switch that can work with Pokémon Go, there are ways for Nintendo to still mess it up. We won't really know until the day of the presentation, but it's sometimes fun to speculate what developers will bring to the table...within reason.
- With the hits there are always misses. GamesRadar has a great list of the 10 most uncomfortable E3 moments. Most of them are thanks to Ubisoft, but Microsoft and Nintendo make appearances as well. Remember when the Kinect was announced and child actors were hired to show off the peripheral by fake hugging a baby tiger? Or how about Jamie Kennedy, a D-List actor who was hired by Activision to hold their presentation and acted, well, stoned and/or drunk the whole time? My favorite is the "Battle Tag" from Ubisoft and poor Joel McHale hosting. It was a peripheral from Ubi with a high price point and low interest from the audience. The developer kept calling McHale "James," and the interaction was awkward from the get go. This is the joy of E3, everyone!
- In the end, does E3 still matter? Kotaku Splitscreen tackles that question in their podcast. I will warn you that it is a lengthy sit; roughly 1 and a half hours. But it's an engaging conversation that's worth listening to.
- Onto non-E3 news: if you think you're a gaming nerd, Mike Mika has you beat. If the name sounds familiar, this is the video game developer that modded Donkey Kong to allow the user plays as Pauline instead of Mario. Mika is also a collector and has the most ridiculous stockpile of gaming artifacts one could have. In a bunker, no less. Thousands of games are stored there, including an original arcade edition of Pong and Half-Life for the Sega Dreamcast that was never released. Enjoy the trip down memory lane, and awesome nerdyness.
- CNBC is making the argument that American's are not as likely to pay to win in video games, but Chinese gamers will. This is according to Tom Wijman, a consultant with market research firm New zoo. The argument is cultural differences. While we in the states had gaming consoles at home and personal computers, much of that was restricted in China. Internet cafes are by and large the most common way for the Chinese to access digital content. And when one has limited time to spend playing games, purchasing progression packages or boosts is the norm. The article is not a bad read. Though I wish CNBC revisit the beginning to not make it sound stereotypical.
- Want to know what the most expensive video games are and how they ranked on metacritic? Yeah, I didn't either. But Twinfinite decided it would be a good topic, so here I am. Sharing it. Granted, it's not a bad subject to compare the cost of production to sales and reviews. However, most companies do not share what their budget was. There are no laws requiring this. As such, any info we have about budgets is pure speculation. To say Halo 2 had a higher budget in 2004 than some of today's games seems a bit ridiculous, even when one factors in inflation. Is it possible that Microsoft/Bungie spend $100 million on developing it? Sure? Is that likely? No. Take this list with a grain of salt.