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The Nintendo Switch’s Revitalization of Social Gaming

A couple of days ago, we finally received information regarding the launch of the Switch, including the official date, the price, and details on how the console (and its corresponding controllers the "Joy Cons") would function. Since then there's been all matter of discussion regarding Nintendo's statement on the future of gaming; some see it as a giant leap forward, others as a step backward, and most just see it as far too costly a product with far too few titles at launch.

2015 Abuzz – What’s Going On This Year

The hype train keeps a-rollin', and I've found myself sucked into it and disappointed more times than I'd like to remember (Watch_Dogs sits on my shelf as a constant reminder). While I've tried to train myself to remain "cautiously optimistic" there are some titles coming around in 2015 that I just can't help but be psyched for. Video game news sources everywhere are touting 2015 to be the BIG year in games, and I've got one foot on the hype train myself.

So here are just a few games that I've been salivating over for a while, and look forward to stepping into.

How Telltale Became My Favorite Developer

Back when I was a young gamer I never worried about publishers or developers, I just tried to play good games. It wasn't until writing this piece that it dawned on me; that I've always loved Telltale Games and their products, even before they were officially Telltale. Veterans from the now defunct LucasArts, responsible for some of the greatest games of its era, left to make a new studio called Telltale Games, and the rest is now history.

Dear Nintendo: It's Not Me, It's You

Nintendo and I had a great relationship.

We had been together for over 20 years. As in any relationship, compromises were made on both sides, and we were happy; I invested my time and money, and Nintendo would pay it back with high-quality, fun, timeless games.

Assassin's Creed 2K14

Back in 2007 a lot of hype was building around a new IP set for release on both the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 called Assassin's Creed. It was one of the bigger games that was actually starting to look "next-gen" to me. The free running, the open cities, the amount of NPC's on screen, and the fighting mechanics all looked amazing, and it had me very excited to get my hands on this new title.

Xbox One vs. The Internet [E3 2013]

During the week of E3 we, the gamers, are inundated with an abundance of Video Game news. The primary source of which is the panels, which we tend to review, dissect, criticize, and “improve” as though we were those snobby bitches on the E! Channel talking about award-show attire.

Not to say that I’m immune to it though.

PlayStation 4 And The Return Of Sony [E3 2013]

The day had finally come in which it was time for Sony to step up to the plate; amounting to what was the ultimate do or die moment.  While not on the teetering cusp they once were during the early days of the PlayStation 3, Sony nonetheless had a lot to prove with the showing of the PlayStation 4 at E3 2013.

GDC 2013: A Prologue

So, GDC 2013 is officially underway (though the show floor won’t be open until this Wednesday). Arriving early (yesterday) I’ve gotten opportunity to get a lay of the land, walk the convention center, and get started on my pre-party drinking  -- we’ll be attending several events throughout the week that offer drinks and socializing. Today (and tomorrow) are primarily about the panels.

The Studio Conundrum Of Sony

Seeing things evolve and change over time is expected since it’s part of our culture.  Such evolutionary changes are of course present in the world of business since consumer tastes or hot trends will often dictate how things are both created and presented to the masses, sometimes resulting in the next big thing surfacing or an embarrassing flop being thrown our way which won’t be forgotten any time soon.  Companies doing the things they do may forever remain mysterious and perhaps unpredictable to us, but in the case of Sony the company is almost making a notorious name for thems

Looking Back At G4 And What The Future May Hold

By now you may have heard the news that G4, the first cable channel catered directly to gamers, will soon be a thing of the past.  While the plug hasn’t been pulled on G4 overnight, NBC (the parent company of G4) has announced that the channel will go through a major rebranding and in turn will cease to be as it is today. This news may not be that surprising since G4 has been in the dumps for years and in turn such a thing may be cause for celebration as we could receive the video game channel we deserve to have.

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