1. Nintendo is in a great position at E3 for one simple reason: Everyone loves Nintendo. Or rather: Everyone wants to love Nintendo. Anyone who cares about videogames almost certainly spent a considerable part of their childhood living in universes created by Nintendo. Super Mario Brothers, The Legend of Zelda, Kirby’s Dreamland, Donkey Kong, Starfox: These were experiences inscribed in a couple generations of young people. Growing up playing videogames isn’t like growing up watching movies or reading books, for one simple reason: You are playing along. You are there. It’s like having an amusement park in your living room. Anyone who ever loved Nintendo will always love Nintendo a little bit, like a lapsed Catholic who still feels guilty about skipping church on Sunday. READ FULL STORY
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1. There is a general perception that the Playstation 3 was not the winner in the dying videogame generation. This is not to say that it lost. The Playstation 3 produced some of the most beautiful games ever created. It is a high-powered machine. The freaking Air Force used it to create a freaking supercomputer. But it didn’t have the mass appeal of the Wii or the swagger of the Xbox 360. It was merely excellent. The Playstation 2 was excellent, also, but it utterly defined its generation. In a weird way, even if the sales tell a different story, Sony is coming into this E3 as an underdog. READ FULL STORY
1. The videogame industry trends brash and macho. This is partially because the industry spent most of the last decade making hilarious billions of dollars, and partially because the industry mostly constitutes a gigantic dude-frat of workaholic nerds. Of the three major videogame companies right now, none is brasher or more macho than Microsoft. Their Xbox became a powerhouse off the back of games like Halo and Gears of War and Left 4 Dead and infinite Calls of Duty played on the robust Xbox live system. It’s difficult to generalize about consoles — or at least, the consoles not designed by Nintendo in the last decade — and it’s worth pointing out that Braid, the artiest of indie games in our arty-indie game golden era, debuted on the Xbox Live Arcade. But put it this way: I don’t think anyone has ever considered the Xbox beautiful. Unless you think tanks are beautiful. More on tanks later. READ FULL STORY
“Booker, are you afraid of God?
“No, I’m afraid of you.”
So begins BioShock Infinite.
The third installment in the revolutionary BioShock series is set – at last – for a March 26 release — until then, gamers will have to satiate themselves with footage of the first five minutes of gameplay.
E3 Snap Judgment: 'NBA Baller Beats' is a chance to relive the dribbling drills you hated growing up
I’ve never had to wish I was a little bit taller, or a baller. I am those things. I’m no gaming expert, but I do have a rabbit in a hat with a bat and a ’64 Impala. So when I visited my esteemed gaming colleagues Darren and Adam yesterday at E3 and happened upon a steel cage containing a peaceful, lonely-looking man in generic workout gear who was earnestly practicing some basic dribbling skills with a real basketball in front of a colorful screen featuring confetti, I knew I had found “my people.” That guy would probably be good at recapping reality TV, I thought. We were practically the same person. I walked in. READ FULL STORY
The Game: Videogame designer David Cage is either a visionary artist or a huckster philosopher. Either way, his follow-up to 2010’s Heavy Rain promises to be a unique cinematic adventure. Beyond follows a young girl named Jodie Holmes and a mysterious supernatural being named Aiden (pronounced like the first two syllable of “identity”) who follows her everywhere. According to Cage, the game will cover 15 years of Jodie’s life, from her adolescence through her 20s. Oh, and here’s a twist: Jodie is played by Juno star Ellen Page in what promises to be a showcase for performance-capture technology. (Available for the PS3, no release date pending) READ FULL STORY
The Game: A survival adventure tale that follows two survivors — a man named Joel and a teenage girl named Ellie — through a post-apocalyptic America populated by dangerous plant people and even-more-dangerous regular people. The Last of Us is a darker evolutionary step for Uncharted, and it instantly became one of the most anticipated trailers at E3 after a thrilling trailer played at the Video Game Awards. (Available for the PS3, Release Date TBD) READ FULL STORY
The Game: Ubisoft closed their press conference on Monday with an eye-popping first look at a game whose entire existence had been kept secret for two years. Here’s what we know about Watch Dogs: It’s an open-world game set in Chicago, where you can control anything and everything connected to the information grid: Cell phones, security cameras, traffic lights, you name it. You also have access to everyone’s Personal Data, meaning you can tell everything about someone just by looking at them, from their salary to their occupation to whether or not they’re a smoker. So if you’re the kind of person who worries about identity theft, this game is your worst nightmare. (No release date has been announced and the game is not slated for any console, leading to some theories that Watch Dogs will actually be a next-generation title.) READ FULL STORY
The Game: A prequel to the gore-splattered Greek myth trilogy which follows a younger, thinner, less all-encompassingly destructive Kratos on a mission to un-sell his soul. In a first for the series, Ascension adds in a new multiplayer system. (Available exclusively on the PlayStation 3 on March 12, 2013.) READ FULL STORY
The Game: Project P-100 is actually just the working title for an utterly curious (and curiously unheralded) Wii U title. Described by developer Platinum Games as a “Mass Hero Action Game,” Project P-100 lets you control a group of heroes who work together to protect humanity from attacking monsters. It plays a little bit like Pikmin crossed with the Neo-Geo semi-classic King of the Monsters. (No release date announced yet, although Nintendo claims it will hit stores within a few months of the Wii U.) READ FULL STORY
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