It is a Sunday, and that means it is time for another edition of Our Week in Games here at Reticule Towers. Earlier this week Steph wrote a great piece about the variety of Wii U controllers which will be something that comes into greater focus when Super Smash Bros. comes out closer to Christmas. GameCube pad, Wii U GamePad or Pro Controller? Choices choices.
While you ponder that, and decide whether you will be buying a Wii U, I want you to watch the video below from Matt Lees about Destiny. It clocks in at just over twenty-minutes, but it is a must watch for anyone who wonders about the mechanics in the game.
Welcome to another edition of Our Week in Games here at Reticule Towers. It has been an interesting week as we figure out what, if any, response we will have to the ongoing ‘Gate’ incident that is taking place within gaming culture. We have decided that on some occasions, it is better to stay away from the fire rather than stick our hands in it. I will say this though; there are numerous sides to the initial argument over journalistic…
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Our Week in Games has reached the 100th normal edition (not counting crazy Christmas or E3 ones), so we decided to share some thoughts on what this Sunday adventure that we call OWIG means to us and what our highlights from the past editions has been. The first edition was way back in July 2012, and I for one am just happy that we have kept this going all this time. On to another 100!
One of the most intriguing things of the past week was the announcement from Microsoft that their next operating system won’t be labelled Windows 9, but rather will be known as Windows 10. For one, it shows that Microsoft aren’t afraid of throwing naming and numbering conventions out of the window (just look at the Xbox One), but the more important thing to keep in mind is that the new platform will ship with DirectX 12. You can find the details on that here, but I wonder how that might play into Kevin’s PC-rebuild project.
Elsewhere saw the launch of Shadow of Mordor which seems to have been receiving many plaudits around the gaming world. I haven’t played it yet, but I know that I should be. Further to that, we have Alien: Isolation launching on Tuesday. Anyone ready to change their underwear a bit more than normal?
The following words were written way back when in 2008 on my old, now closed, personal blog, evo-gamer.com. There were an attempt, of sorts, to answer the question – do games have to be fun to be good? I chose to write this after first learning about Pathologic, and with the recent Kickstarter campaign to bring the game back, I thought it might be an idea to resurrect this piece. Please note that this is an archival piece of work and is an example of what my writing was like when I was 20, in University and very likely, a little bit drunk at the time I wrote this. Proceed if you dare.
The most interesting aspect of the past week was a little video from nVidia where they achieve two things. They manage to show off their new Maxwell and VXGI technology and they also debunked some of the conspiracy theories surrounding the moon landings. The video (after the break) is slightly heavy on the tech-talk, but is also filled with some lovely footage of nVidia’s version of the moon landing along with some wonderful footage and photos of the real event. Great stuff.
I’ve been away most of the past week and I seem to have avoided any new games journalism scandals. In fact, nothing too controversial has happened apart from Apple announcing their new devices. Destiny was released of course, and we will have some words in the coming weeks. For now, on with Our Week in Games.
Welcome to another Our Week in Games here at The Reticule Towers. I think the biggest news of the past week was the confirmation that Samsung and Oculus are working together to develop the Gear VR, an Oculus-like headset that can be used with Samsung’s Note 4. I haven’t tried an Oculus yet, but while I can see the attraction of using a VR headset when playing on a PC or a console…I don’t see the attraction of using it…
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I entirely failed to find a good screenshot of my last Assetto Corsa Hot Lap Challenge, so I decided to grab the above nice pic from the developers. It is a pretty game for sure, and while it might not quite have the stunning visuals that Project CARS has, I much prefer the racing in Corsa.
I covered all the nastiness that has been going on recently in my Editorial from Friday night, so I won’t dwell on that. I think the big news from the past week was the announcement from Nintendo that they are releasing a new model of the 3DS and 3DSXL…which is an interesting proposition. The new machine features a second analogue stick which the handheld has been crying out for since launch along with NFC capabilities which will let the device work with Nintendo’s new Amiibo figurines. There is also the small factor of an upgraded CPU, which in turn means that the upcoming Xenoblade Chronicles port will only be available on the new and improved machine. That doesn’t sound very Nintendo-like to be, previous hardware revisions for the 3DS have all been fully compatible with each other. I foresee this causing a lot of confusion if more games go the way of Xenoblade. Even worse, we won’t see the new 3DS machines until next year here in Europe.
Once you have digested that disappointment, why not hit the break to check the latest edition of Our Week in Games.
There has been a lot of nastiness going around the web this past week, and sadly I’m not just talking about the real issues affecting the world at the moment. You see, there are some elements of the gaming community who prefer to spend their time attacking journalists and developers rather than paying attention to issues such as the Islamic State’s horrendous actions in Iraq and Syria or the militarization of the police in Ferguson over in the US.
Those people who think it is fair to attack developers and journalists on any level need to wake up and take stock of what really matters.
I think that is about enough of that unpleasant business, so on with Our Week in Games.
Gamescom has come and gone with new games being revealed, platform exclusives being announced and a massive amount of new trailers uploaded onto YouTube. In honour of the event, we are taking a little break from the usual Our Week in Games format to share some thoughts on the events from Cologne this past week.
Friend of The Reticule Craig Lager recently challenged myself, Steve and another Friend of The Reticule, Mike Jennings to a Assetto Corsa Hot Lap Challenge. The mission? Complete a lap of Imola in a McLaren 12C GT3 as fast as possible.
Craig set the benchmark at 1:48:350 using a full wheel and peddle setup, then I took my turn. Check out how I did after the break.
This week saw details of two new services emerge as Sony launched a beta for PlayStation Now and EA revealed details of their new subscription service. In the midst of this, Sony confirmed that they wouldn’t support EA’s service as they didn’t think it offered value for money….yet their early pricing structure for Now is awful. It will be very interesting to see how things take shape going forward as platform holders and publishers move into a games as a service model. We are interested in hearing your thoughts in the comments below.
Welcome to The Reticule’s Sunday spectacular, Our Week in Games. This has been a surprisingly busy week in the games industry, while I haven’t come across any Games Industry Dramas, there have been some serious goings on. The new Doom was revealed at QuakeCon while Microsoft announced drastic job cuts and the closure of the Xbox Entertainment studios. Big things to muse over while we talk about what our past week in games involved.