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Hi Everbody!

12 Oct

It’s almost two weeks since I said anything. Anyway just wanted to update people with whats going on. My midterms just started so that’s been keeping me very busy, and away from my blog lately. Besides school, I just picked up XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Dishonored. Hopefully I’ll have time to play Dishonored, and when I finish it, I’ll be writing a review for that. As for XCOM, it seems like a difficult game, and may take a awhile for me to really get to know the mechanics, so I might wait until a school break to playthrough that. That’s about it. Medal of Honor, and Assassins Creed 3 come out soon, and I’m very excited for those! That’s it, thanks for reading!

Recent Happenings

23 Sep

It’s been a week since my last post. This past week I’ve been doing a whole bunch of school work, but besides that I started Duke Nukem Forever, and the game is a big Meh. Fundamentally it works, but just doesn’t work by today’s standards. My review should be coming up this week. I also got the new Billy Talent album, called “Dead Silence”. It’s pretty good so far and here’s a link to one of their songs called Viking Death March. On Monday, expect an article describing my most anticipated games this fall, that should be up at noon if WordPress works right. Stay tuned for more to come and as always thanks for reading!

What’s Up?

12 Sep

So what’s up? School! Seriously though, I went to the midnight release of NHL 13. There was a tournament but I showed up too late to join it. After 3 hours I finally got the game at midnight, got home and played some games against my friend. Like I said last week, the review is going to go up this Sunday. This is not all, I also went and got Duke Nukem Forever. Yes I actually went to go buy it. It was just too cheap to let go. For 10$ I just had to have it, Duke Nukem Forever is a piece of video game history. It was announced in 1997, that’s fourteen long years of development time. I might also review Duke Nukem too, so expect that whenever I post it. That’s it for now. Thanks for reading!

What if Blu-Ray lost the Format War?

9 Sep

After the success of the Playstation 2, Sony became over confident with its console business and thought anyone would buy the Playstation 3. Sony priced the Playstation 3 at 600 dollars because it was also a Blu-Ray player. In this reality, Blu-Ray won the format war, and is probably the only reason people bought the Playstation 3, and because Blu-Ray players at the time were very expensive as well. What if Sony hadn’t won the format war? What if instead of Blu-Rays we’d all be watching HD DVDs. This is what it would be like in that alternate reality.

In 2002, Toshiba and various other companies started to develop a new DVD format which would be eventually be named HD DVD. Various companies including Microsoft announce their support for HD DVDs. Negotiations between the Blu-Ray Disc Association and and the DVD Forum have broken down, and now both formats are at war.

The first HD DVD player finally launches March 31st, 2006 and costs approximately 1000 dollars. The first movies to be released on HD DVD are launched on April 18th, 2006. Soon after on June 20th, 2006, the first Blu-Ray movies are released.

By CES 2007, it was clear the HD DVD was the format of the future. After realizing that the format war was lost, Sony closed the Blu-Ray Disc Association and discontinued Blu-Rays. Now Sony’s already struggling console suffered even more, now that its Blu-Ray player was completely useless. In an effort to save the Playstation 3, Sony announced a newer, cheaper version of the Playstation 3 at E3 2007. The new version of PS3 would still be an expensive system at 400 dollars. Sony again tried to help the PS3’s sales announcing God of War 2 as a PS3 game instead of a Ps2 one. Even with the release of God of War 2 and new IP’s such as Resistance and Uncharted, the PS3’s future didn’t look good.  Sony’s last hope would be the release of Metal Gear Solid 4 and Gran Turismo 5.

Two years into its the life cycle and after the release of Metal Gear Solid 4, it still wasn’t enough for the PS3. Soon after Insomniac Games would announce that it would be only developing for the Xbox 360. Right before CES 2009 Sony would announce that they would be withdrawing from the console market, and would become a third party developer just like Sega had done. Sony would eventually have more success as a third party publisher because of all the studios they own.

This is just my interpretation of what could of happened if Blu-Ray and Sony lost the format war. What do you think could have happened?

Blog Update

7 Sep

I haven’t posted anything in a couple of days now, so here’s just an update of whats going on in my life and what to expect. Firstly, the fall season officially starts for me this Tuesday with the release of NHL 13, so expect a review of that next weekend. On Sunday expect a What If scenario in the gaming industry. I’m going to be exploring an alternate reality in the gaming industry. That’s pretty much it for now, thanks for reading!

Games that Need a Sequel

4 Sep

Many games come and go, some become big hits and get sequels, while others, just as great in their own right, fall over, and are never seen again for years. Some games that are incredibly great didn’t quite catch on with enough of a audience, but if given a second chance, can big hits. These are just a few games than are in desperate need of a sequel.

1. Mirror’s Edge

The first Mirror’s Edge, developed by DICE, was a revolutionary title at the time it was released and still is today. It’s probably the first time a first person platformer that actually worked and was fun to play. Even though the game received good reviews, it seemed that EA wasn’t too impressed with the way it sold, and now EA has DICE working on the Battlefield series, but a sequel may actually still be a possibility as DICE has openly talked about developing a sequel. Here’s to hoping it actually happens.

2. Need for Speed Underground 2

Yes, yes I know the Need for Speed franchise is still releasing games every year, but I think EA pulled the plug on the Underground spin-offs to early. Sure the Underground series was piggy backing off the success of the Fast and Furious movies, but with EA developing a Need for Speed movie, this is the perfect time to revive, or reboot the Underground series. The game could be handed off to Criterion once their done with the new Most Wanted, and perhaps Criterion can breathe new life into the Underground series.

3. Star Wars: Battlefront 3

Finally the most obvious sequel fans desperately want. Ever since the beginning of the current gen, star wars fans and gamers alike have been eagerly waiting for the official announcement of Star Wars: Battlefront 3. The worst part is that this game was in development, and canceled twice. TWICE! This game has to be in development somewhere, even if it’s for a next-gen console. It only makes sense from a business perspective to get this game out on store shelves.

Any other games you would like to see get a sequel?

About my blog

4 Sep

Hello. If you are reading this, chances are you’re somebody I already know you, and if you’re not, then you’ll know who I am soon enough. Either way, welcome to my blog, cleverly named (in my opinion) Project V, because that is exactly what it is, my project. Enough about the name, here is a little about me and my blog.

My name is Vince, and this blog is mostly going to be my opinions on video game related news, and video games in general. Expect some reviews, various editorials, and some updates on my life in general.
This is my first post, and get ready for more to come!