Like the header suggests, this is Delaying-Anarchy-Reigns levels of stupid. Previously Rayman Legends was slated to release on the Wii U on February 26th. Ubisoft then announced that the game would go multiplatform, no longer being a Wii U exlusive. I see no problem with this as I still don’t own a Wii U (yet) and might have a better chance getting it for my PS3. Plus, more people get to play the game. Then came the announcement immediately afterward that the game would be delayed to September 2013. Woah! That’s a deep delay, almost as deep as Anarchy Reigns‘ delay.
So I went to my first midnight launch of a video game tonight. I’ve been wanting to go for a midnight release for a while, so I pre-ordered three games this year knowing one will have a guaranteed launch event, and relatively high hopes the others would have one as well. Out of he three games of Resident Evil 6, Assassin’s Creed III, and Call of Duty: Black Ops II, my local Best Buy only did a release event for one…and ironically, it was for a game whose series I’ve logged a grand total of about 90 minutes playing. I guess the other two didn’t get enough pre-orders to merit themselves a midnight launch at that store.
Persona 4 got a lot of love from Atlus. It got an anime, a Vita remaster, and even a fighting game. But Persona 3… well, there are four characters from it in that fighting game. Not much love… until now. Atlus launched a website teasing Persona 3: The Movie. It’s shows the protagonist of Persona 3 and a countdown timer with “Coming Soon” sandwiched between the time and title. The countdown timer is weird though as it seems to count upward. Maybe it’s not a countdown, but just a visual asset. In the original Persona 3, time was a crucial element as everyday at midnight, the Dark Hour would begin. Those with the ability to summon Personas experienced the Dark Hour, and everyone else were placed in coffins and remained safe. When it was over, those in coffins came out of it and resumed their lives (or kept sleeping since it was midnight). Think of it as time freezing for everyone except hose with the gift and the occasional regular person wandering into the Dark Hour.
I wonder what this movie will cover. Like its sequel, Persona 3 is a hefty game. Not sure if a movie would be enough to tell this story. Maybe it’s planned OVAs. Or might serve to bridge the gap between P3 and P4 (since P3 characters are in the canon P4A). Only thing we can say is that, according to the info at the bottom, it’ll be done by Aniplex. Lots of questions, little answers. Stay tuned.
Hoooooooly crap. Dave Cox of MercurySteam, the Developers of Caslevania Lords of Shadow and the upcoming sequels, stated in an interview with VG247 that he and his team want to do a Contra game. He stresses that even though his team have done very well with the Castlevania reboot, he doesn’t want to be known as Mr. Castlevania. “… I don’t want to be in charge of a series that perhaps over a certain time is going to decline,” he states, which probably rings true for some franchises that have seen some major drops over time. As he feels his team has told the story of this Castlevania, he’d want his tem to “…go out with a bang and leave that as our legacy in the Castlevania universe.” Hey, no shame in that. Some of the best artists stepped out while the iron’s hot.
“I’d love to do Contra. At Mercury Steam we’ve got an original idea that I think is really awesome. We’d love to bring that idea to market and I’m hoping that the success of Lords of Shadow 2 will allow us to do that,” says Cox later on. The last Contra games to come out were Contra Rebirth on WiiWare and WayForward’s own Contra 4 on the DS. As long as it doesn’t become another FPS or TPS, I welcome this venture. Maybe something along the lines of Devil May Cry‘s and Metroid Other M‘s tight gameplay might suffice.
I’m going to start this article with one simple fact…I love video games. I’ve been playing them practically my whole life, since as early as I can remember. Gaming is my biggest hobby and I’ll even go as far as to say it’s part of who I am. Now before you think this is a love letter to all that is gaming, there’s a reason for this. I was having a conversation with my girlfriend and my “fondness” of gaming was mentioned. I won’t go into details, but I ended up having to explain why I enjoy games so much and why it’s just as viable as any other hobby. Afterward I thought about the conversation and wondered…why did I have to defend the fact that I play games?
I’m sure many gamers have had similar experiences when someone may question why we play games, or why we don’t find another past-time. At times these people can even be condescending, as if by playing games we’re automatically deemed lower than others. But why do people think this way, and why do gamers have to justify their enjoyment of games?
I think a large stem of the problem is the overall view of games in the media. Either games are viewed as something for kids and young adolescents to enjoy, or games are a bad influence that can cause developmental issues and violent tendencies. In a sense, these views coincide. People are so worried about kids being exposed to mature or violent themes that they forget that games aren’t only made for kids. This is why we have the ESRB ratings. If a game is rated M, then that means parents should be careful about letting their children play such games. I understand that it’s still easy for anyone to pick up an M rated game, but rather than taking a more active approach on monitoring what their child plays, many people seem to feel that just having these mature games out there is a crime.
Let’s take the recent game Bulletstorm as an example. Here’s an article about Bulletstorm possibly being the worst game in the world. The game has guns, profanity, body dismemberment, sexual innuendos, and more. But I doubt the creators had nine year old children as their target demographic, despite what the people in the above article seem to think. This game was made for people who love over-the-top action and dirty humor. In a way, it reminds me of a movie that was released last year called The Expendables. The action-packed, testosterone-filled, explosion-fest of a movie had a similar audience in mind, and the movie accomplished what it set out to do. It was entertaining fun for action buffs, and Bulletstorm is trying to do something similar for gamers. However, it’s Bulletstorm that gets all the controversy. While some of the sexual terms are a little extreme, this game isn’t for kids, and much worse has been said and shown outside of video games. There are plenty of movies that feature graphic violence, sex, and controversial themes. Heck, I could say the same about books as well, but when those things appear in a video game you have to hide your children! The fact is, children and adolescents can’t be shielded from everything, so rather than have people get angry over the material in some games (which can much more easily be found in all sorts of media), isn’t it better to inform children about some of these issues instead blaming games? Really, video games get more negative press than they deserve.
But I guess this goes even deeper than game controversies. Maybe the biggest reason why gamers have to defend their hobby is the fact that video games just aren’t taken seriously. Perhaps this is due to misinformed people who only view games as the media presents them, which again isn’t in the brightest light. However, if more people were willing to accept that games can be as just stimulating as any book, movie, or hobby, maybe we wouldn’t have to defend the medium. The journey experienced in a role playing game, the competitive spirit evoked by a good fighter, the sense of teamwork achieved in a cooperative shooter…these are the things more people need to hear about, but there are plenty who can’t see outside of their little box. So much work and effort goes into making a good game, and it’s a shame that the industry doesn’t always get the respect nor the recognition it deserves.
I do hope that eventually games become as widely accepted and embraced as other entertainment mediums. I don’t know if that day will come, but frankly…I don’t care either. The fact that I can have fun playing games and converse with my fellow gamers about them is something important to me.
I know why I love games, and that’s enough for me.