Yeah, I’m as shocked as you but it had to happen eventually, our inaugural post on sports. Now while I have my issues with most professional sports organizations; chief among them using public money to fund private enterprises and for the most part they are boring to watch, sports themselves are a highly worthwhile endeavor. They promote teamwork, fitness, and one would hope sportsmanship. And really isn’t ‘sports fanatic’ just the normie way of saying ‘geek out’?
Last night saw the passing of the Stanley Cup to the Los Angeles Kings; and while their refs seemed to be really interested in preserving home ice advantage, I sincerely offer they and their fans a hearty ‘grats. Last week I was talking with my good friend That Geek Chick about why hockey in particular strikes a chord among the geeky. It has to be more than just popular icons like Wil Wheaton and Kevin Smith publicly showing their devotion to the sport. Although it couldn’t hurt that Smith features it in every movie from Clerks to Clerks 2; we came up with a few core reasons why we love hockey and you should too.
Today marks the official start to 2012’s Electronic Entertainment Expo with all the big publishers press conferences before the expo is opened up to the public tomorrow. E3 is the place for the video game industry to make all it’s big announcements, unveil their largest properties, and give gamers a chance to get some hands on experience playing some of the most anticipated titles of the year.
Before we get into the nitty gritty of individual games, here are some of my general impressions thus far.
-Better looking: this goes without saying, but every year developers push the bounds of their respective hardware with bigger worlds, smoother gameplay, and better graphics with more attention to detail. While just a few years ago characters were just simple skins wrapped around a 3d model are now more interactive than ever. The new Madden takes into consideration where on your player gets hit or clipped with a new run time physics engine; or grab the knife out of your targets belt before making him you victim in Far Cry 3. Of course the resolution and level of detail is off the charts, games find new and more innovative ways to act with your environment, and the graphics are more Hd-ier than ever as Nintendo is finally poised to enter the next gen market with the Wii U later thus year. Which brings me to my next point:
-Hardware: I have yet to see any games utilizing new hardware or peripherals. Hopefully Nintendo has finally realized that we don’t want another piece of white plastic clogging up our game rooms. The sole exception to this is the addition of the Wii U’s tablet controller. Ubisoft is include support for the device in many of it’s new releases; none featured more prominently than in Rayman where a new character is utilized entirely through swipe movements. As for me I think it’s nothing more than playing ipad level games on your tv especially since you can only have one player linked into the game via a tablet at any given time; but who knows maybe it’ll be cool to be able to use it as a portable screen/controller to play Mario Kart from the can.