Last week, Valve made an announcement that ended up referring to a new stand-alone OS for your living room, called SteamOS. It’ll allow you to steam your games in your home directly to your TV. Apparently, this new OS also gives you the freedom to “alter or replace any part of the software or hardware they want”. Valve states.
Read more about it by clicking the “SteamOS” link.
The PlayStation 4: Some Things You Need to Know
Alright, normally I’d make a post like this a little more in-depth, blunt, and I guess professional, but there’s a lot to cover. I’m going to pretty much wing this and write about what I saw from watching the live stream of the conference, as well what was exactly shown from tonight’s Sony press event, in which the PlayStation 4 was officially revealed.
If you want to watch the entire two hour conference, I haven’t found a link to a full video yet. You can definitely catch bits and pieces from the event in clips on multiple websites, like GT.TV.
So the conference opened up with a really loud intro in which Sony chose to give a short trailer to showcase their past generations of gaming. They used MSTRKRFT’s remix of Metric’s “Monster Hospital,” and I really like that song, so I paid attention. After the trailer, some boring guy got on stage and was like “Blahblahblahblahblahblah, thanks for coming out here. Here’s our PLAYSTATION 4!” Then everyone clapped because some people in the audience thought they actually wouldn’t fucking call it a PlayStation and they would call it an “Orbis.”
(And by the way, if you’re still calling the PlayStation 4 the “Orbis,” and you’re blogging/writing for a gaming site, please get away from your keyboard and go outside or something. We have an official name for it. Motherfuckers don’t call Gamecubes “Dolphins,” so why you wanna call a PS4 an “Orbis,” still?)
Anyway, then some other guy who worked on some old games for the Atari and helped make Earthworm Jim or something started talking for a long time. Then he explained what’s new with the PlayStation 4, feature wise. The “share,” button was explained, and it was revealed that gamers can now instantly post screenshots and video clips directly into Facebook or somewhere on the Internet. Sony’s actually working with Facebook and UStream, actually. Or something like that. The controller has a touch screen, but we’ve known that for a bit thanks to numerous rumors from the Internet.
The PS4’s camera will allow players to look at each other while playing a game. Different games, same game, etc. You can look at each other, spectate, talk shit, and you can even stream yourself. Pretty much instantly. There’s a pic of that in the image dump up top.
The console is NOT backwards compatible (physically, I guess?) but you will be able to play PS1, PS2, and PS3 games on your system by streaming. Downloads can now be completed when your system is off, which is an extremely cool feature. Games you buy are available to play ASAP. If you want to play Killzone, you can purchase it and literally start it up and begin playing with the game being downloaded while you’re still in-game. Also, there’s a lot to do with clouds. You can transfer games to your Vita, much like Wii U and its controller.
Some other people talked and games were shown. There’s a new Killzone, some other game with some robot in it that looked like a Dreamworks film, and Square-Enix came on stage to show some video too. Then Square-Enix invited grandpa/Final Fantasy board director on stage to say “Hey guys, wanna know what Final Fantasy game we’re making NOW? Too fucking bad, you’ll see it at E3!” Then he got off stage and some other shit was shown. I don’t remember. There was a car game that seemed overly detailed and extremely realistic, but I don’t like cars to begin with so I kind of blocked that out. Oh, and Infamous.
What I do remember, game wise, was Watch Dogs. That game looks incredible. Here’s a trailer of that. Highly suggest watching it if you wanna see what’s on some next-level shit right now. It’s also coming to multiple platforms, but it’s releasing on PS4 first.
Then Sony said “Hey, you remember when we made this?” and then showed off the PlayStation Move. And then I left the room to make a sandwich and watch my girlfriend play Dead Space 2 for a little bit, so I missed a big chunk of it. It was boring though, I’m sure.
Then Blizzard came out! And whoever spoke for Blizzard looked like a really cool step-dad or something, so I really paid attention to him. He was seriously the Tony Stark of Sony tonight, looking real comfortable and making jokes people had genuine laughs with.
Then this motherfucker announced that Diablo III was coming to PlayStation 4 (AND PS3) and every
superiorPC gamer in the world lost their fucking minds.
Then Bungie came out and said “Hey guys, Destiny is coming out on PS4, too.” Then this team from Bungie came out and stood there in blazers, looked real odd for a while, and then Scotty beamed their awkward asses up so Sony could close the event.
And that was it, for the most part. I’ve linked this post with a bunch of articles to further explain what I can’t right now. There’s loads of photos, videos, etc, so check them out. There’s bits I missed out on, but I’m okay with that. That’s pretty much what happened. I was kind of struggling to not fall asleep.
What we still don’t know is what Sony will price this thing at, what the actual console looks like, and what else is in store for the console. We know it’s out this holiday season, though. Maybe more will be revealed at E3, perhaps?
The recent tragedy of Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting has certainly raised awareness across the nation as to our country’s problem of gun violence and people are looking for one thing: where to point their fingers. At first the issue was gun control, which would be an obvious initial go-to with the circumstances of the crime. Yet lately, officials have once again attributed this terrible act to violent video games.
As a gamer, I am exasperated by this. For years, politics have placed blame for violence and have essentially labeled video games as training methods for killers. Yet, can we really hold video games and its developers responsible for violence and gun crimes? This is not to say that video games haven’t gotten more violent over the years. Any gamer can easily and wholeheartedly admit seeing an increasingly different dynamic in violence in video games; even myself. I’ve been gaming since the age of three, and I jumped into the culture with Street Fighter Alpha. Immediately I transitioned to throwing monsters into grinders in Wild 9 and blowing my friends to pieces with rocket launchers in Red Faction 2. Yet, even with all of this, I have never had the desire to discharge a firearm at an actual human being, much less any living organism. ‘
But maybe that’s only me. I’ll admit that because of the “carnage” I’ve witnessed and committed in video games that I became scared of being hit by bullets. It looked painful! But what if video games really are to blame? There would obviously be a drastic difference in Adam Lanza, myself, and other gamers who have yet to go on a rampant shooting spree, right? Yes, I think there is and if I had to guess what it was, I’d have to say my fear of guns paired with my upbringing. Even though I have killed (and enjoyed doing so) a wide variety of video game organisms, I was always reminded that what happened in video games were not real and should not be imitated. And it was not by the games themselves. My dearly beloved uncle who kickstarted my love of video games, never let me own anything gun-shaped nor was I allowed to aim at anything as if I were about to shoot at it, even if it was a TV remote or a cell phone.
It’s disheartening to say that many parents do not take any type of measure to reinforce the fact that video games are a fantasy world, just like movies, books and television (all of which have also been getting increasingly violent). Even so children are always the ones being judged for playing them. I cannot even begin to count how many times I have overheard conversations along the lines of, “My kid wants this new game and it’s ridiculously gory. I was astounded when I googled it yesterday.” Yet never have I heard, “I just bought my kid this new game which looked crazy violent. I think it’s about time I talked to him about the difference between reality and virtual reality.”
To put it simply: the source of violence in our society is people. Therefore the resolution should be people as well. It starts with education in the home. Home training is a factor that many overlook when it comes to analyzing why the way things are in our society. Even with increased gun control, parental involvement plays a critical role in teaching our kids that violence is not the way to solve their problems.
TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT™ 2 sets a Guinness World Record™
“set a new World Record for ‘Largest screen used in a videogame tournament’, as officially recognised by Guinness World Records™. The world record was set at the IMAX theatre in Sydney, Australia involving some 400 IGN community members as they fought for a spot in the European championships.”
Tecmo Koei and Team NINJA have uploaded the reveal trailer for MMA fighter Mila in Dead or Alive 5.
So, I just got my ass handed to me by Plankton today.