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E3 – What it was all about this year – Social Gaming

Hello everyone and welcome to this lovely little post about E3 and what we saw and what it meant and so on and so on. First of I just want to say that it was a slow E3 this year, everything was leaked or talked about beforehand and the information on the things we wanted to know more about was short. A few examples of this being…

WiiU – console or controller? Well it’s a console, but they didn’t really show it. If you looked in the back of the videos though you always saw a small white box and that’s the console! So the main focus was on the controller and well I’m not really sure what to think about it yet. But I’m willing to wait and see where this takes gaming. Another thing that was really exciting was the new depth of collaboration between EA and Nintendo, awesome! Below… yea that is what the new WiiU looks like.


Exciting Nintendo, exciting.

PSP Vita – even if I loved the look and style of it. I will not lie, it’s just a new PSP with new features. But to be honest, I rather buy this right now then the WiiU. Hell I would rather even buy a 3DS over the WiiU. Well, hell there will be some awesome titles for this little machine so I’m looking forward to it!

SOCIAL GAMING

But you know what, the thing that got me more excited than anything else this year, was not the fact that they will release a lot of new games, new game systems and updates. What I loved about this year is the fact that they are working hard when it comes to social gaming. PSP Vita for example, where you could see when friends were online, talk with them while playing, see where they were, it became a social gaming tool. I’m a bit behind on the subject though, never had a PSP or the new 3DS, these consoles may have implanted several of these things as well, but the way the portrayed it for the PSP Vita was awesome.
WiiU was the next thing that really tried to tell us: Play together in a new exciting way. Nintendo has always been great for families and casual players. They’ve aimed their marketing towards everyone (except the hardcore gamers) and I must say they’ve succeeded in doing many awesome things for social gaming. The Wii being a huge part of that, it is fun to play together and it’s an experience for everyone that joins in. The controller, Wii remote, even if somewhat ridiculous to a gamer, is a great way to show of gaming to new people.

“Look all you have to do is this, and this and like that.” – You say this while showing simple movements and everyone can understand it. Moving your arm around doesn’t need more explaining then actually showing it. Saying things like: “You need to make a dash forward and do a high jump,” will not make the casual player very excited. What do I press to Dash? What it is a high jump exactly?

Many games shown on E3 were either mentioned to have multiplayer or some type of share feature that would let you and people all over the world connect to each other. I love to see this, and I’m still waiting for that single player game that isn’t single player. Everything changes in the game depending on the actions of other players in the world, you can still play the story created for you, but all players can have a piece of the action. Not a huuuuge fan of MMO’s yet, but I’m watching and waiting for that MMO that takes the genre one step beyond what it is right now. If social gaming can have a break through, I believe it will be a mix of the MMO game feel, and tools that go beyond the game and system it’s connected to.

Thank you E3 for showing a small step in a direction that gaming should take. Never forget the player that likes to play alone, but always give him the option to reach out to other players.

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20 Reasons not to buy a 3DS

Just read on FZ.se, the 20 reasons to why the Japanese wont buy a 3DS. Let’s go through the list shall we, follwed by some thoughts.

1. Price is high/waiting for a price drop
Well this is a big hurdidur for any new handheld. The prices are crazy, you may as well invest in new computer parts or a console.

2. Satisfied by DS/DSi
Meh, I like a lot of upcoming 3Ds titles, and I want them! Sadly the point number ones still makes this a no sale for me…

3. Worried about eye strain
If I was worried about eye strain, I wouldn’t play as much as I do. 😀

4. Worried about getting sick from the screen
You may as well look at the answer for point three.

5. Few launch titles
Agreed, but there seems to a lot of cool titles coming up like Resident Evil titles, Blazblue, Zelda titles and so on.

6. Will buy once a game I want is released
And once they release 3DS 2.0.

7. Satisfied by cell phone and smartphone game
8. Satisfied by PSP

Don’t have any of the above but hell I would love to have it all really…

9. The battery is weak
3DS 2.0

10. It’s heavy and I don’t feel like carrying it with me
3DS 2.0

11. Can’t play Game Boy Advance games
12. The colour I want isn’t available
13. Can’t play Game Boy games

You serious? If you have game boy/advance games, I bet you have something to play them on already.

14. I’ll save my money for NGP, thank you very much
15. Waiting for a version with a larger screen
16. Because you can’t move your DSi Points over
17. The buttons layout looks hard to use
18. No Famicom/NES in the Virtual Console
19. The zoom view for DS games is hard on the eyes
20. Waiting until my friend buys it

Im just gonna end up saying 3DS 2.0 on these to sum it up. That’s really what I’m waiting for, a 3DS that fixes the current issues they are having, cause I KNOW FOR SURE that they will do what they always do. Release 2 or 3 versions before they are happy with the thing. It’s too bad that they just can’t release a handheld that they feel is finished to begin with, or at least give it some proper fan testing or something so they know about them before hand… oh well.

3DS 2.0 where are you!? And… how long before your price drop below that of a PS3? Or PSP? …

Yea…