John Carmack talks for two plus hours in this keynote from the recent Quakecon. Everything from the console market, game publishing, and the advent of motion controllers are covered. Be prepared to actually listen to a programmer discuss gaming and not a CEO or marketing representative.
There are some gem comments throughout the keynote; “I used to give Apple a lot of grief about the one button mouse when anybody working with a mouse really wants- more buttons are helpful there. And Kinect is sort of like a zero button mouse with a lot of latency on it.”
Carmack himself is one of the co-founders of id Software, known for developing graphics engines and technology, and a rocket scientist in his spare time.
This is supposed to be a commercial for the Microsoft Surface Pro. If you’ve been to a movie theater in the past few months, chances are you’ve seen this dance routine accompanied by a short detailing how the commercial was made. I still have no idea what the tablet can do.
Compare this to their direct competitors in this area: Apple.
Apple details exactly what their devices capabilities are. The strengths of the iPad 4 are clearly stated, and the commercial reads more like a press release straight to their customers. Even their 30-60 second commercials are more direct and straight to the point. Microsoft just misses the point.
It’s no different in the console realm at the moment. Iwata and Reggie point out everything about the WiiU and 3DS through Nintendo Direct. It may as well be a press conference, but every one is receiving the same data at the same time.
Although Nintendo isn’t Microsoft’s main competitor; Sony is. The confusion over how shared games would work is a huge point. The XBox One was going to have the future of sharing entire game libraries with up to ten people; the confusion was whether or not this would be an hour demo or the complete game. Sony released a commercial overnight mocking this:
Microsoft has no clear idea what they’re doing any more. They backtracked on a good portion of the XBox One’s “features” due to bad press, but the public didn’t even know what those features fully entailed. There was no option to opt out of them either to limit accessibility.
For example: when you use an iOS device the terms and conditions state that you should be syncing to a computer to receive full functionality (as far as backing up your information goes). All Microsoft needed was a console that’d let you play offline for longer than 24 hours; maybe, as a repercussion, achievements wouldn’t work or you’d be unable to share games to your ten people. Instead, consumers initially received: “If you don’t have an always online connection, there’s still XBox 360.” Then there was the full backpedal of all of the restrictions.
It doesn’t help that the backpedal was after E3. Microsoft really needs to come together with a unifying vision for their company and actually sell their products.
A Capcom-Unity post has confirmed PC for receiving the DuckTales HD remake. The release post details the $14.99 price, and the game’s release to almost all digital platforms (that double as slight DRM): Steam, Origin, Impulse, GamersGate, and Green Man Gaming. Good Old Games is noticeably vacant. The game will still be cracked in a few days, if not hours, upon release.
DuckTales: Remastered is set to be released by Q3 2013 on PS3, XBox 360, WiiU, and now PC.
The WiiU exclusive, Sonic Lost World, doesn’t look terrible. Sonic Generations was a breath of fresh air for the series, and hopefully Sega has learned their lesson from the problems from making Sonic either rescue a human princess, wield a sword, or become a werewolf. The actual gameplay bits in the trailer reveal level design mimicking that of Super Mario Galaxy.
It’s not a reason to buy a WiiU, but it would be something to play while waiting for the next Super Smash Brothers iteration. Sonic Lost World is currently expected to be released late 2013.
It’s like it literally eats money.
The New York Times has reported that Sony has finally made a profit. Sony has made an annual profit of $435 million USD, or 43 billion Yen. This doesn’t even begin to recoup losses the year earlier: 456.7 billion Yen. It’s rather tragic for the company that has been slowly declining in electronics sales. Samsung overtook the Bravia in sales, Nintendo sold more hardware in the handheld market (and the Wii prints money), and the Walkman brand might as well be dead if it isn’t already.
Still, this marks hope for the company. The Playstation 4 should have it’s debut soon, and hopefully the company won’t have to sell it at too big of a loss. The success of it could build the company back up or very well break it. The PSVita isn’t overtaking tablet, phone, or 3DS sales any time soon.
A first, actual glimpse at the Ender’s Game movie is finally here. The film looks to be a visual feast, and the actual zero-gravity game looks well done. We’ll all have to hold out until November to see if it has the heart of the novel.
It’s also questionable if Tumblr and other elements will boycott Ender’s Game. Adventures of Superman, an online only comic still set to be released by DC, had several people opting to boycott it; it was enough to drive the artist to quit due to the controversy. The boycott had to do with Orson Scott Card’s anti-gay marriage views, and his lobbying to enforce those views.
Neither Ender’s Game nor his Superman work contain those views. Ender’s Game is set to release in November 2013.
Wolfenstein The New Order was officially announced. Bethesda is only producing, and MachineGames are developing. While that name may seem new, it’s actually a handful of former Starbreeze Studios employees (creators of the Riddick games and the first Darkness title).
The game itself is putting the protagonist in an alternate history from the looks of the trailer. It’s not quite The Man In The Highcastle, but it’s rather seeing the Nazi Germany depiction from the Wolfenstein series take over the world. It’s set to be released Q4 2013, but that’s only if it’s finished (or rushed). The game features the id Tech 5 engine currently featured in Rage.