Nerds on the Rocks 156: Amazonian Funerals - This week, we return to our “Ripped from the Headlines” feature to bring you discussion on casting news like Wonder Woman in the Man of Steel, trailer talk...
Sep 26, 2011
The Battlefield 3 TV ad was released today, ramping up the battle with MW3. This game looks good, can't wait to play it. Going to be getting the beta on the 29th, I'm sure I'll talk about it on the blog.
Portable gaming is having a hard time these days. Slow sales, competing with ipods and smartphones, and attacks form industry insiders is making this section of the gamming spectrum look weak, but could portable console market crash just like video games did back in 1983? Are the conditions the same as they were in ’83? And could portable gaming make a comeback?
The video game crash in 1983 happened because of too many systems, lack of good games (*cough ET the game *cough), and rise of the personal computer which could play games and was a learning tool, something they console didn't do or try to do (remember the basic programing game for 2600?). Are the same conditions affecting the portable gaming market today? Well we can count out the too many systems, 3 systems (DS, 3DS, PSP. 4 if you want to count vita) are not too many. How about lack of good games? Well PSP had its problems, and looks like Sony will try better on vita, and Nintendo makes great 1st party games, but all the 3rd party licensed crap out there does hurt it a bit. The one thing that is a threat and is costing sales is a non-gaming competitor.
Smartphones and Tablets are hurting and maybe close to killing the portable gaming market. Back during the 83 crash, PC were stealing sales by offering a learning experience and a future career path, something like I said before, console could not or at least tried to offer (I still would like to see what the 2600 basic programing game was like). Smartphones/Tablets offer somethings that portable gaming can’t or are trying to offer. Apps, phone calls, and cheap games are some of the offerings. Both companies are combating this in both of their new systems, but are losing. Even though PS vita looks to change this, I’m reminded that HP’s touchpad did not last too long before they gave up. I’m sure Sony would throw in the towel as fast as HP, but it’s something to think about.
Now what if this crash does happen, will portable gaming make a comeback after? Well I think it will and we already have a possible solution…
The Wii U pad controller can easy be turned into a table gaming device, it can easily be make to work without the need of a console, and could easily compete with the ipad seeing how Nintendo can reach places where the ipad has seem not to go yet, family gaming. One other company has a change to change portable gaming…
Microsoft and Sony too already has the tools with windows phone 7 and xbox live to make a smartphone dedicated complete to video games, and Gaming Phone. Gaming Phones are the next step in portable gaming. If the xperia play was not a huge failure, Sony would already have a hold on the market. These are the future of portable gaming.
So will portable gaming market crash next year? There signs are there, but it depends on if the companies are willing to compete and if the economy improves. And who to say it will fail next year, it could crash in 2013 or 2014. I think the market has a great chance of surviving and rising from the ashes if a crash does happen. It's all speculation anyway, just enjoy the gaming.
Sep 15, 2011
The RAGE launch trailer was released today. This game looks great, but due to gears 3, battlefield 3, MW3, and halo ce being on my radar i haven't pay much attention to it, here's the trailer
Sep 12, 2011
Today Bethesda released 3 videos demoing Skyrim's game play. It's pretty much the same as the previous elder scrolls games, with exception to the dual welding spells. This game looks amazing, but with the slew of other games coming out around the same time, I'm wondering if skyrim will do well sales wise.
3 videos of Xbox 360 gameplay of Battlefield 3 has been leaked today from reddit. The videos shows jet gameplay and start menu, building damage (above), and single player gameplay. As for it being real, I don't know, but it looks like the real thing. Jet Fighter looks great, as well as destroying buildings. This is one game I'm looking forward to.
Sep 5, 2011
It's the unofficial beginning of Fall today, and fall is when all the big games come out of there develpoer hidey holes, to be embrace (or criticized) by thousands of gamers, let's see what's a coming.
these 4 game are starting the season off tomorrow. I'm sure many a PS3 fanboy are just waiting to get there hands on resistance 3. The other 3 have been geting good buzz as well
these games round out September. Gunstringer is geting good buzz, I'm going to be getting the demo to see what's all about. I have only played demos of ICO ans shadow, but if I had a PS3 i would be getting that collection. X-men destiny has not been on my radar, but may pick it up later at a cheaper price. And Gears 3, the "end" to the series comes with a improved horde mode and lots of grubs that need killing, Will we find out what fienx's dad is up to, or see what he looks like, and will we find out why the locus queen is not a locus? All will be revealed later this month
October will see some heavy hitters come out. Spider-Man Edge of time will surly bring in the spidey fans (i'm a spidey fan, yet don't care for the games) Rage was been getting great buzz and is on my want list. Foza 4 is also on my want list and i'm curious about how the game works with kinect. If it;s ant thing like kinect joyride I;m sticking with my controller. Batman returns in Batman Arkham city, this time with more villains that need a good old fashioned Batman beating. 2 first party games, Ratchet and clank all for one and kriby's return to dreamland will bring in the ps3/wii faithful. Dance Central 2 will get the those of you that like dancing games to boogie woogie boogie. And the first shot in the well over hype "BATTLEFIELD 3 VS MODERN WARFARE 3" war will be made by BF3. I'm choosing BF3, because I love vehicle combat in my Muliplayer gaming.
November is full of games as companies try to get you get your Christmas games early. Uncharted 3 starts the month off as drakes adventures continue. MW3 enters into the battle in Nov hoping to keep it's crown. Many will be enter the world of Skyrim, my pick to win many GOTY awards. Halo CE returns with both classic and HD modes. While BF3 and MW3 have there fight, Master Chief is waiting in the shadows send people Halo's way. Saint row the third will be casing hell one more. Link returns in skyward sword in his last appearance on the wii. Assassins creed revelation will have you taking out people once again. Mario make his 3DS arrival in Super Mario Land 3d. Get ready to relive Solid Snake's (and big boss') adventures in the metal gear solid hd collection. And more fighter are coming in Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3.
the next few month are going to busy gaming wise. Who's going to win? Who's going to lose? Will sales be up or will the amount of games coming out this season hurt sales over all? We all will have to wait and see.