Cover

Week in Gaming – Halo Spartan Assault, E3 Wishes, Titanfall, Diablo 3 360

Cover

This week in gaming is the calm before the storm that is E3. Speaking of ’3′, Diablo 3 will be released on 360 and PS3 on September 3rd! I talk Halo Spartan Assault, the new Titanfall from Respawn, and DuckTales Remastered news!

Want to win a copy of Dead Island Riptide on Steam? Comment on the video and I’ll pick a user at random that will be announced on next week’s Week in Gaming. Make sure to comment on next week’s video after your username is called, and I’ll get the game to you.

Subscribe to BlueGamer TV

weekend-in-gaming

Weekend in Gaming – One Game Space to Rule Them All

weekend-in-gaming

Even though that is a Lord of the Rings reference, I actually do not have interest in those books or movies. I tried…but it’s just not my thing. As far as I know LotR runs in the blood of the average gamer, so please be gentle – ok?

To put perspective on that reference, I have finally moved my gaming PC into the living room with all the other game consoles. Besides the lower resolution of an HDTV versus a monitor, the problem was still being able to use my mouse and keyboard for games that use them (competitive FPS, strategy games, etc). But I solved that. Behold, the collapsible mouse/kb tray/table/desk (I need an official simple name for this).

IMG_20130602_143019

IMG_20130602_142507

And it works. The only other thing I may add are ‘arm rests’ for my elbows (elbow rests?) since I played that way on my computer desk. And the best part is I can collapse it and slide it under the couch.

IMG_20130602_153241

Boom!

As for gaming, more Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon. It is a ton of fun. Room to room, trying to figure out what to do. Along with that, I’m still slowly playing through Resident Evil: Revelations. It’s ok, but you can tell it was structured for handheld gaming. It’s a bit too basic and forward, even if it’s less action-y than RE6. But that’s about it…

Cover6

Week in Gaming – Tropes vs Women 2 Thoughts, Ben Kuchera Supports DRM, and Sonic Lost World Trailer

Cover6

I present to you another Week in Gaming! Episode 11 to be precise, so let’s celebrate! With what? I don’t know, how about an awesome video? I give my two-cents on the Tropes vs Women videos thus far, Ben Kuchera’s defense of a no used games market, and generally just tell people to be nice!

I think this week I break new ground by calling people out and getting very opinionated in video form! And below, check out the other thumbnails Tera Pixel created for this video:

Cover3

Cover5

Cover7

Subscribe to BlueGamer TV!

post_template

Late to the Party – Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon

post_template

I think the Vita and 3DS are neat, but I really need an amazing title to pull me in. Sitting on the couch to play a full screen game is more appealing than hunching my shoulders over a small screen. I rented Luigi’s Mansion from GameFly (RIP…or too soon?) to give it a whirl, but there was so much to play I kept in on the back burner. I finally decided to pop it in…and I regret not doing it sooner!

[Can't take Screenshots of 3DS games]

The 3D works amazingly well. The way the camera works is amazing, as it’s static in a way that the game doesn’t move around you, but on a plane staring at you. This helps it feel more like an adventure game. This may sound odd, but the graphics of the flashlight – especially when shined at the player, looks very convincing and pleasing to witness. The graphics themselves as a whole are great. A bit better than Wii titles to be honest. As you play, you unlock new abilities that let you get to places you couldn’t before. It feels a bit like Metroid at this point, which is welcoming. But sometimes the game will stop and you’ll be presented with a completion time and points and whatnot which is a bit confusing as it doesn’t seem to play like a mission-based game. Especially considering you can generally walk wherever you want. So, little missions in between all the exploration may make sense for challenges, but nothing else.

[Another screenshot, if I could take screenshots]

I really, really like what I’m playing so far. It’s simple, yet makes you think. There’s something very addictive about it.

wigtemplate

Watch Me Play Call of Juarez: Gunslinger

wigtemplate

I was stuck on a stand-off/boss battle for nearly 20 minutes. If you saw the stream live, you suffered through a director’s cut no one else will ever see. I cut most of that out as to not bore you, but here you go – Gunslinger gameplay from the PC. It was taken directly from a Twitch.tv stream of me playing. You can view future streams here.

weekend-in-gaming

Holiday Weekend in Gaming – Sonic Transformed, Gunslinger, Revelations

weekend-in-gaming

The reason will celebrate days like Memorial Day, is the reason I can stay home from work on that specific day to play video games. This weekend, I completed Call of Juarez: Gunslinger. This year has been quite fun for $15 FPSs, the first before this being Blood Dragon. Gunslinger just has a variety of gameplay scattered through the excellent narrative on top of some tight and rugged shooting mechanics. Buy it, you fools.

204450_screenshots_2013-05-25_00001

When the original Sonic All-Stars Racing released, I devoured it and 1000 GS’d it immediately. With Transformed, there were so many other games around at the same time that I waited a bit (well, I did finish the first area in career mode on 360). I recently got it on PC, which is by far the best platform. On top of that, I’ve been PC gaming in my living room, using a wireless Logitech Keyboard/touchpad for Windows navigation, and a 360 controller for the majority of gaming. With this, Sonic Transformed has been a blast. That game is just pure fun.

212480_screenshots_2013-05-16_00001

But back to the living room set-up; I’ve touched on it before, but I know I definitely want to move my PC gaming into the living room. The only issue (besides a lack of high resolutions) would be mouse and keyboard for games that I prefer its use. I think I’ll get around this by building a collapsible keyboard tray that I could slide under my couch. I don’t lounge when I PC game, so this tray will have arm rests and be above lap height – this won’t be a lap board or anything. I’ll give it legs similar to a TV tray, so from there, I just kinda fold it into itself and slide it under the couch. Will this work? It sounds awesome, and I would love to consolidate my gaming space into one. I just need a new HDTV though – mine only outputs at 720p (although screenshots come out in 1080p) and there’s a faint dark horizontal line down the middle.

Playing some more Resident Evil Revelations, the chapters are hit and miss. They are also pretty short and not too challenging. Infernal destroyed me early on, but Normal is too easy. Once I beat it, I’ll probably start an Infernal play-through. I do like the level structure and all the nods to the original Resident Evil.

editorial

A Deeper Look into Xbox One’s Used Game Strategy

editorial

If this is any indication, the used game market will still exist, and potentially benefit the games’ publishers. The idea is this: You sell a game to a second hand shop that is an existing partner of Microsoft’s Azure Cloud system, and they use the system to deactivate it on the console it’s registered to, effectively rendering it un-registered. You can then purchase a used copy, which has an amount taken out that is split between Microsoft and the publisher. You go home, register the game – and it’s yours.

So, I’m fine with this system, yet still the second-hand market shouldn’t be interfered by the content creator. Pretty much everything is sold second-hand, and with the closing of publishers, lay-off of developers, and ending of franchises – even if 2 million sales isn’t enough – it is obvious that publisher’s projections are way off. Expecting 10 million sales and big fat bonuses is what put us in this mess. Used games are not their problem.

But going back to this system, it has brought up some interesting points. What if you bought the game digitally? Will there be a way to deactivate a game and send a key to someone else’s account? Creating a online used marketplace? When you then register that license on your console, you have to pay the $5 license fee. This is something Steam could use – but then we could say digital games are so cheap because you can’t sell or trade them

This makes me believe MS cloud non-partners could also take advantage of this if the game can be deactivated from your account, and when the disc is put in the new system, it sees that it is a pre-owned product. A lot of crazy scenarios here, but no real benefit compared to being a PC gamer. PC games are incredibly cheap, have a free online presence (Netflix, streaming apps, online play are all free without Xbox Live Gold), and allow modding – on top of %100 backwards compatibility.

And while PC has those benefits, it gets even worse for console gamers. Even with this new used game system, there’s no lending games to friends or even renting. Unless Microsoft comes up with a system for renting, my GameFly subscription may become obsolete. RedBox has recently emerged with game rentals, and there are still a few physcial locations that rent.

What does Microsoft gain from this? Exclusive content from publishers by adding extra anti-piracy protection and revenue from used games? None of this seems to be pro-consumer, and if the PlayStation 4 does the same thing, the PC will prevail…and maybe even Nintendo.

gsimpr

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger – Genuine Fun

204450_screenshots_2013-05-22_00007

Out of nowhere, I hear about a Call of Juarez title on Steam for $14.99. The Juarez series has never been the talk of the town even though they are fun in their own right. The new Gunslinger title, though is quite amazing. And I’ve been saying this a lot lately – but the narrative here is badass.

204450_screenshots_2013-05-22_00001

The game starts with the main character telling stories in a bar. These stories are what play out the missions, set objectives, and explain story elements. It’s amazing! It reminds me of a lighter version of Bastion, and to be honest, I didn’t find it that amazing in Bastion. What Gunslinger does here has me addicted.

204450_screenshots_2013-05-22_00005

So, being an FPS, Techland has included a few cool gameplay mechanics to spice things up. First, you can do a limited slow-mo, quick-shot sequences (pretty much QTEs), bullet dodging, and the classic quick-draw. On top of this, you gain XP for kills which allow you to buy skills under three different skill trees (revolving cylinders).

204450_screenshots_2013-05-22_00006

The graphics are nice, with a very slight black outline around objects similar to Borderlands, but not that extreme. It’s a pleasant surprise, and I recommend this to anyone.

WP-Backgrounds Lite by InoPlugs Web Design and Juwelier Schönmann 1010 Wien