Category Archives: Plugged

A Cry for Relevance – Gamestop Wishes to Play with Playstation Now

In a move that surprises no one, Gamestop wants to get in on that hot Playstation Now action.

 

Gamestop has done their best to keep up in an ever changing digital world, with some ventures more successful than others. Now, they are going to Sony, saying that they want to sell access to Playstation Now. The move makes sense as Gamestop’s stock fell the day that the service was revealed at CES last week. There’s no public knowledge of the pricing structure of Playstation Now, so no one can say how specifically Gamestop could become a part of this. Sony has gone on the record saying that there will be a rental and standard subscription model; but no details are known beyond that.

 

You can read the original news story HERE

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So, Why was it shaped like a lunchbox? – The History of the Gamecube

Emily Rogers over at Dromble has written up probably the most extensive history of Nintendo’s cube. She goes into depth in ways that I would only dream of. Seriously, if you are a fan of Nintendo, care about gaming history, or just want to kill some time before you pass out tonight, give this a read.

 

The link is HERE

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How Bad Off is the WiiU and other Sales Numbers

Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo have all been throwing around numbers the last couple of months.

-3 million Xbox Ones

-4.2 millions PS4s

-Umm…I know someone who owns a WiiU*

Yet, what do all of these actually mean? What’s the difference between, “sell through,” and, “sell in?” Is it that much of a lead? How far behind is Nintendo, actually?

IGN has a great breakdown filled with amazing charts and graphs to help answer all the questions. So, if you find all that interesting; swing by and give it a look.

 

You can read it right HERE

 

*I actually don’t know anyone who owns a WiiU

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Being Satire’d Out – When a Character Has Nothing to Say

Over on UnWinnable, Kris Ligman takes a fantastic look at Johnny Gat; lieutenant in Saints Row. Yet, if you read all the way through, what you see is that the article is more than just about him. It’s a great breakdown of what happens when your satire has run out of steam, and there is nothing left to poke at. What do you do then? Give it a read, you’ll like it.

 

Read the Article HERE

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Because These Things Are Totally Related…

Kotaku has another TOTALLY REASONABLE response from Fox News about violence and video games. This time courtesy of Elizabeth Hasselbeck. I’ve already written about my thoughts on this topic before; but nonetheless this still never ceases to amaze me…

 

Sigh.

 

Check out Kotaku here

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So that’s why Sony was looking into the Occulus…

Well, it seems that many sites are reporting that Sony is looking into a VR headset of some sort for the PS4. This is interesting for a lot of reasons. I was hoping that they were looking into partnering with the makers of the Rift, but if their own thing can be just as good, then there will be no problems here. Nonetheless, I’m curious to see how this plays. Sony hasn’t been too successful with their first party peripherals; ergo the Eye, Move, Sharpshooter, etc.

 

Enjoy the report HERE

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The 2DS: A Point/Counterpoint brought to you by Gamasutra

Nintendo’s announcement of the 2DS came as a shock to many of us, and just as many are wondering what their thought process must be. I’m decidedly sure that this is a Pokemon machine (because it is coincidentally launching on the the same day) aimed at little kids.

 

Gamasutra has had two write-ups since the announcement, one speaking of Nintendo’s already confusing messaging, and another saying what Nintendo is probably trying to actually get across. Give them both a read, and comment here, there, wherever. Being a part of the conversation is cool…or so I am told.

 

What’s so confusing about the Nintendo 2DS?

 

Nintendo’s 2DS is brand confusion in a box

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Simply “Symphonic” or The Future of Video Game Music

Little to most people know, but I was a music minor in college.  As such, music has always been an integral part of who I am.  It speaks to me like a canvas speaks to a painter, or stone to a sculptor.  I believe that it, like all art, can change lives and effect us to our core.

 

I think that is why game music has always been an interesting topic for me.  It combines two of the things that I love, and it is constantly evolving with the medium.  When you think of early games, names like Nobuo Uematsu and Koji Kondo come to mind.  More recently, Jesper Kyd, Jason Graves, and Martin O’Donnel have been instrumental in crafting some of the more memorable modern soundscapes.

 

Some how, David Valjalo managed to get the three of them together for an incredible interview; discussing modern game music, how it has developed and where it is going to go.  If you have any interest in either medium, please go give it a read.  It is one of the lesser thought of aspects of game development, and one of the most important. Enjoy

 

http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2013-08-12-game-music-the-next-generation

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1 Million Concurrent Views….of DOTA 2

Wow…just wow.

 

I’ll be honest. I’ve never played a MOBA, but I hear DOTA 2 and League of Legends are the best.  Recently, Valve held the DOTA 2 International tournament and streamed the whole thing on Twitch.  At its peak, there were over 1 million concurrent viewers…

 

That is completely nuts…

 

In a good way, of course. I would kill for a small fraction of that for the Thinkcast. It is truly an amazing feat for DOTA and for Valve, and for that, we here at Gamers Who Think give them a tip of the hat.

 

Here’s a quick breakdown from Games Industry International

http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2013-08-14-dota-2-tournament-gets-1-million-concurrent-viewers

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Is Final Fantasy a Walking Corpse?

Chris brings up some incredible points in his article on Wired.  I tend to agree with him on the majority of it.  Sadly, I still have some hope for the series.  Albeit, I never finished XIII or touched its sequels, so maybe that colors my opinion.  I think XV (what was formerly Versus XIII) looks quite interesting, but this might turn out to be my last go of it.  Here’s hoping that Square-Enix still has the magic left, because I believe many of us know this could be their final shot.

 

http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2013/07/final-fantasy-is-dead/

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