E3 2015 news highlights

Nintendo, E3 2015 booth, 18/06/2015, by emr9801 (2048x1152)Given the number of announcements in the two weeks prior to E3 2015, I was afraid the show itself would struggle to offer up many surprises this year. But that didn’t prove to be the case. First Microsoft stepped up with its broadest line-up since the early days of the 360. Then, Sony follow it with a trio of well-wishers’ most wanted. And elsewhere new ideas are blossoming for the next generation systems at last.

Previously, I’ve felt pretty underwhelmed by all three of the current-gen consoles. But this E3 has given me, and others yet to pick up a PS4, Xbox One or Wii U, reason to take notice again. Here are some of my highlights from E3 2015. Continue reading

Introducing Moments We Remember

Chronicling stories of how gaming has changed us – one moment at a time
Gaming at home, Aug 15, 2009, by Maria Morri (1920x1080)I’m about to embark on a journey with this post – and I’ll need your help. This journey will either lead to a honeycomb of new tales and new faces, or it will peter out and be assigned to the graveyard of faded feature ideas. So on that jolly note, here goes.

Real-life story features in game magazines and websites are some of my favourite. They are the ‘My Favourite Game’ articles. The community spotlights that were previously so common on GameSpot and IGN before social media killed forums. The career spotlights in the likes of Develop magazine. Or, occasionally, the one-off posts by guest writers who give you a whole new perspective on a game or genre. Continue reading

Conservative consoles: probing the shortage of original exclusives on PS4 and Xbox One

Xbox One / PS4 comparison, Nov 20, 2013, Mark Farrell (1280x720)The complexities of the modern console game have not had a positive effect on the number of original or exclusive titles for PS4 and Xbox One owners to play, so far, this generation.

This week, Naughty Dog told PlayStation fans, via the PlayStation Blog, that Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Sony’s flagship PS4 release for this holiday season, has been delayed until 2016. Giant Bomb’s Jeff Gerstmann wrote an article about how scant both PS4 and Xbox One’s 2015 retail release lists currently look. Granted we’ve not been hit with the annual dollop of E3 announcements, but, despite grand promises, the current generation of game consoles have been plagued by a dearth of specially-created software worthy of their processing power and feature sets. Continue reading

PlayStation: memorable moments in video game marketing

PlayStation symbols ad, SCEA, Jun 7, 2005, by David WulffMarketing and advertising can trigger memories just as the brands and products they are promoting can.

And even though marketers are responsible for many of us buying piles of tat we don’t need, interest in television shows such as drama series Mad Men or a magazine documentary such as Channel 4’s Top 100 TV Adverts (2003) shows you don’t have to be a fresh-faced marketing wannabe to be interested in the advertising that populates our world or the creativity that’s gone into making them. Continue reading

Inside the Barbican’s Digital Revolution

Barbican - Digital Revolution, Pyramidi 02, 20140715 by Aaron Lee (1448x815)Digital Revolution is a celebration of computing and all things interactive. By bringing together artists, filmmakers, architects, designers, musicians and game developers, it hopes to give you a sense of the breakthroughs that digital creatives are making across culture, as well as remind you just how dramatically digital technology has changed all our lives in less than 50 years.

What follows are some of the moments that fascinated me most as I explored the chambers of this computing archive and its digital delights. Continue reading

Jak and Daxter revisited

Jak and Daxter Classics HD (Sony, PS3, 2012)Jak and Daxter is the latest series to be given an HD makeover for PlayStation 3. This series in particular holds a lot of fond memories for me. The original game, released in 2001, was a masterclass of technical achievements, but its true worth lay in its finely-crafted world and gameplay. It was greater than the sum of it parts. Continue reading

Hero complex

The great thing about inFamous’s story is what motivates its characters to do what they do.

Cole MacGrath, the protagonist, is more than shaken after the murder of his girlfriend, Trish, at the hands of none other than himself, or future self at least. And, as he muses to himself in the comic, even with his electrical abilities he wasn’t able to save the one he loved most. Some might see this as a superhero cliché, but the way inFamous expresses this theme throughout its universe is incredibly endearing. Continue reading

E3 2011 thoughts

E3 was entry different for me this year, since I was helping MCV and Develop cover news from my desk – and struggling to keep up with video feeds thanks to my unreliable laptop! As a result, I didn’t see much of the live video coverage or hands-on previews. From the press conferences themselves, there weren’t too many surprises. I’m intrigued by the Wii U. Still lots of questions to answer and a need to see if third-parties will actually make good on those promises, but I like the idea of having a device that interacts with your TV in that way. Continue reading