Monday, June 13, 2016

X-Box: Beyond Generations?

The tagline used during the Microsoft E3 briefing today, "Beyond Generations", sounds suspiciously like what we are already experiencing right now with gaming on the Personal Computer. When they announced "Project Scorpio" at the end of the briefing, the hardware was still referred to as a "console". Well, if this thing ended up being anything like the Steam Machines fueled by Valve's living room obsession which happen to be console-like PC desktops, then Microsoft may have a real winner here. I truly hope that this signifies that Microsoft has finally seen the light and that PC gaming in the end is the ultimate destination for game development because it is not bound by generations nor is it limited by technology. It's a continuum, an ever-expanding platform. If this Project Scorpio thing ended up being just a small PC powered by Windows 10 and it would use the Windows Store as the game delivery method, then it's a wonderful thing for gaming. The fact that future X-Box One games come bundled with the Windows Store version on the PC is quite telling though Microsoft can further make things more exciting by releasing previously X-Box One exclusive titles to the PC as soon as possible. I really want to play that Sunset Overdrive on my PC. Microsoft's commitment to PC gaming development would definitely put them in a tie with Valve's Steam as the ultimate gaming destinations and it would easily leave Sony in the dust because the only way Sony would be able to compete then would be to replicate both Microsoft's and Valve's business model by delivering games via PC clients - if that were to ever happen, everyone wins. Well, that's a lie. The stubborn, out of touch Nintendo will still be the sore loser... Unless of course they start selling games on the PC as well! Nintendo, please just abandon the NX idea while you still can. It's not too late! It's not going to be a success and you know it.

Just add Nvidia's new GTX 1080 into the Scorpio mini-PC and call it a day.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

LG Approves GOG Connect

Get DRM-free versions of games from GOG.com for free if they were previously purchased on Steam? Oh yeah, I am so in. GOG Connect is such a clever little deal between Steam and GOG. Now, if only it could work the other way round because right now, it makes purchasing games from Steam more favorable than getting them on GOG but I prefer it that way anyway. Still, I want my Steam classic Fallout games that I purchased from GOG!

The linking process was simple and painless.

What great value and this was a screenshot from yesterday.
As of today, I got two more games added! Wow!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Overwatch: Let's Get Physical

It's been a long time since I have seen a new physical retail box of a personal computer game in my Game Room because you know, PC game distribution is almost exclusively digital these days. Imagine how awkward it felt for me today when I received my copy of Overwatch: Origins Edition. It was a strange sensation, having to take out the game activation code from the gloriously glossy and colorful cardboard box - which is of course very typical of Blizzard - which came complete with a double folded front cover. It was kind of magical. It made me feel like I was doing something new.

Inside, there are plenty of goodies for Blizzy's other games.

The rather thick notepad that came with it is very cute.

Oh, the inside of the box is orange and it's full of character icons.

Don't worry about me folks, you know as well as I do that it's the nostalgia talking, You will not see me beg and cry for physical copies of games because of what happened today. No sir, I am still sensible enough to know that digital distribution is definitely still the way to go.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

LG and the Arcade Stick

I have always wanted to get an arcade stick for my Personal Computer. Even though I have access to a fightpad with 6 face buttons, I always find it awkward when attempting to press two buttons at once. I could probably get used to the fightpad if I utilize it often enough but I don't. Unfortunately, my fightpad will be forever abandoned now that I have received my F300 Mayflash Arcade Fighting Stick. What attracted me to this particular arcade stick is the fact that it is compatible with the PC, the PlayStation 3/4, and the X-Box 360/One. Normally, if an arcade stick is compatible with the PC, it would only be compatible with one of those system families. But the other reason why I decided to go ahead and get the arcade stick is really personal: my husband. He had mentioned to me in the past during one of our extremely rare video gaming session together that he disliked using the gamepad and he wished he could play my games using an arcade stick. So I showed him the stick this evening and he was excited about it He immediately asked me about games like Pac-Man and Galaga which I am now determined to get for him soon - Bandai Namco released these games as parts of their "Arcade Game Series" on Steam last month - so I can finally get to see him gaming even if it's just once in a blue moon.

I used to play a lot of Street Fighter II in the arcades many, many years ago.

As for my own experience with the F300, though responsive, I find moving my characters in a plethora of different games, including shoot-'em-ups, slightly awkward. I personally never had a problem with using both the analog stick and the d-pad on a controller so I am sure that the odd feeling is just me trying to get accustomed with the joystick again. I do love the rediscovered freedom of having easy access to all the available buttons when playing 6-button fighting games so the F300 is now my input device of choice for that genre. I think I will mostly stick with my PS3 controller when playing shmups. I do feel like the F300 is still a gaming peripheral worth having for me, especially if it manages to turn my husband into an occasional gamer...