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The E3 Experience – Media vs Attendee

(Note: This is a rundown of my ENTIRE three day experience, but contains no spoilers, interviews, or news of any sort. If you’re looking for something like that, head on over to Senshudo TV.)

This year I was able to go to E3 for the third year. Once again, it was a great experience, however it was different than the other two years I attended. This year, I didn’t have a media badge. As freeing as it was not to have a schedule to attend to, there were some downsides.

As media, there is a schedule. There are interviews to go to, people to meet, and specific games you almost HAVE to cover because of their popularity, whether you want to or not. As an attendee, you’re free to move about as you please, going to whichever booths tickle your fancy. On the other hand, as media you get behind the scenes, and you don’t have to wait in as long of lines as attendees. Ultimately, I enjoyed being media over an attendee, even if you have to sacrifice some of your freedom of choice, it’s worth being able to talk with some amazing people. And, let’s be honest here, it’s cool to play the games early, but is it really worth waiting in line for 2 hours so you can get 5 minutes of gameplay? Especially if you have nothing to report afterwards. The whole point of E3 is to announce new IP, returning and revamped IP, and have news go out to the masses. You can’t really do that and have relevant information as an attendee.

Nevertheless, E3 is an incredible experience no matter what kind of pass you have. Just being in the convention center is a special time, where you can be with people who share the passion of gaming with you. So, without further ado, let’s go over some of the awesomeness that is E3 that I was able to experience as an attendee.

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I don’t normally get political…

I’m not one to talk politics often. It’s not my forte, I don’t like arguing, and I’m not keen on defending an opinion based on very little knowledge of a subject. However, the latest news that has come out of the “Sony Hack Attack” has got me scratching my brain a bit.

Sony ended up cancelling ‘The Interview’. Next, Paramount pulled ‘Team America’ from theaters that were going to show the puppet film in place of the Rogen/Franco debacle. Then I saw an article where they’re cancelling an upcoming Steve Carrell movie that also features North Korea.

Meanwhile, there is a game that I’ve been interested in for awhile now, and it still seems to be progressing towards release. It’s called “Glorious Leader” (found here), and its main protagonist is Kim Jong Un wielding a gun against the capitalist pigs of the American military, with Dennis Rodman as his right hand man. Yes, I just wrote that sentence.

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Funding Alert: ‘Graywalkers: Purgatory’ The next awesome strategy RPG

Awhile ago I started getting into strategy RPGs, specifically ‘Shining Force’. I downloaded an emulator and started playing, because it had been recommended to my by my brother. It was a charming little RPG, with cute little characters and terrible translations. But what kept me playing was its awesome strategy element.

Nowadays, games have been kicked up a few notches. Graphics are better, physics are realistic, translations are sometimes just as terrible. But most of these assets have been funneled into other types of games such as first person shooters.

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My short rendezvous with ‘ArcheAge’ leaves me wanting more

‘ArcheAge’ is just finishing up with its open beta. Sadly, I didn’t get to play it as much as I would have liked to, but I did attain level 15, clear the first two areas, get a mount and a glider, and became a wife. Not too shabby, I must say.

ArcheAge

So, what is ‘ArcheAge’? It’s a new F2P MMO (fun fact, almost just typed MOO – lol) from Trion that promises open world sandbox play in a world filled with angst and vengeance. You have your run of the mill mobs – ogres, spirits, small animals – and a basic quest line, with side quests to keep you busy. And of course, there’s crafting. Oh My God the crafting. This is sincerely the most crafting intense game I’ve ever seen apart from games like ‘Minecraft’. Aside from crafting your normal armor and weaponry, you can craft houses and everything that goes in them, boats and ships to take to the sea, and even better gliders so that you can bomb your enemies from above.

By enemies, I mean the other faction. This is a very PvP centric game – if it’s red, it’s dead. There’s no option to go to a strictly PvE or RP server, as there is in ‘WoW’ or other MMOs. PvP is everywhere. However, you better make sure that you’re fighting with honor. If you’re caught doing dishonest warfare (slashing down low level players, for instance), stealing, trashing other people’s farms, or other various offences, you will be taken to trial.

Now, this trial system is a bit different than, say, ‘League of Legends’. You’ll be taken to trial while you’re still online, and you’ll get to see what the jury has to say in the chat log. An interesting take on internet justice. Seeing as how this was open beta, I have no idea how well this will actually work once the game goes live. I’m hoping it cuts down on serious griefing infractions, but we’ll have to see. If it goes too rampant, they may have to scale it back a bit, or leave it for the worst offenders. Pirates, take heed, you may want to stay on your ships.

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Overall, the game is beautiful. To be honest, I had the graphics scaled way back on my machine, because my video card isn’t all that great. I did peek over at my husband’s screen, and the detail was much better. But, even with my lowest setting graphics, I was still pulled in by how well done the graphics are. It’s still not as realistic as, oh y’know, real life, but it’s a major step up from some of the cartoony looks of ‘WoW’ (I’m aware they’ve cranked up some of the graphics. I haven’t played in a couple years, though, so I’m basing off of that.) and demands your attention. The sound is beautiful, and the ambience is also realistic with the chirps of birds or the sound of water.

A few things that could be improved, though — The UI is almost a complete ripoff of ‘Tera’, and could use a little more “oomph”. The map starts out HUGE, but you can choose between small, medium, and large. It’s slightly annoying, though, in that it’s a HUD map with a clear background. That’s okay in some areas, but when you have 50 buildings around you, it’s a little too chaotic. I also had a hard time getting my abilities to go off (I’m a clicker, so sue me.) during battle, or even selecting targets. TAB targeting is basically the only way I could get things done. Something that I like, but other people may not, is the lethargic controls. Just like ‘Tomb Raider’ slowed down the speed of movements to make them more realistic, so did ‘ArcheAge’. Movements such as running, jumping, swimming, and fighting seems slow. But, it does increase its authenticity. You don’t just appear on your mount, you take hold and vault yourself up on that mofo.

If you’re looking for an MMO that offers a true OPEN WORLD experience, I highly suggest trying ‘ArcheAge’. I know I’ll be playing it when the launch happens. And, hey, if you want to get a headstart, you can always become a founder.

My trip to E3 2014 Part 1

So, we’re still a few days out from the actual start of E3, but I’m already getting ready for it. Today is the day to finish packing, doing laundry, getting my equipment together, sorting out my appointments for the last time, and getting my kids ready for a week without Mommy. My mom is also going with me, so she’s getting her stuff together, too. When I’m not at the expo, I’m lucky enough to have my family living nearby, so that I can visit with them.

I will be periodically updating this blog with different snippets of the Expo, as well as some funny stuff that my family says.

The overall plan is for me and Mike (The Guru from www.gurushow.com) to hook up with the Nerd Junkies (www.nerdjunkies.com) during the show, to bring you the most information that we can. I’ll be covering both the XBox and EA media events, as well as getting together with Wargaming.net and 2K Games, and attending an afterparty put on by Bethesda.

Follow me on Twitter (@myssiing), as well as the Computer Guru Radio Show (@azcomputerguru) and the Nerd Junkies (@nerd_junkies) to stay completely up to date, as well as check in periodically on this blog and the Guru Show webpage.

If you’re attending, feel free to shout at me on Twitter, and maybe we can meet face to face!

Tomorrow, I’ll be driving the long stretch from Southeastern Arizona to Los Angeles. If anything interesting happens, you’ll see it on Twitter.

Happy E3! ^.^

~Cheers! ~

❤ Myssiing

E3 Pre Party!

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Hey guys! E3 is coming up, so I’ve linked a Computer Guru Radio Show podcast HERE featuring the Nerd Junkies, who we’ll be seeing at E3. Here’s my itinerary:

Mon – Xbox Media Event

Tue – 2K Games (Civilization: Beyond Earth, Evolve, Borderlands: The Pre Sequel) and Bethesda After Party

Wed – Wargaming.net (World of Warships) and Running with Scissors (informal)

Thurs – I GET TO PLAY WHAT I WANT

So, if you have any questions for these guys, or otherwise would like to get some answers to things, lemme know, and I’ll try to hunt them out for you. Stay tuned for more E3 coverage, and check out the Computer Guru Radio Show for LOADS of constantly updated info! ^.^ Cheers!

Ubisoft releases “South Park: The Stick of Truth” trailer prior to E3

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it looks pretty good.  Check out the article and see the trailer in the link.

I have not wanted a PS… until this game.

I haven’t played on the Playstation since PS2.  When PS3 came out, it was really bad timing, and it was really just too expensive.  As time wore on, I came to acknowledge the fact that I probably wouldn’t buy one, justifying my reasons with things such as, “There aren’t any games I’m really into on it that are exclusive anyway.”  I mean, I already had the X360 and the Wii.  Why buy another console if I can get the games I like on those, and even more on the PC?

Well, I have finally found a reason.

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This game looks amazing.  And everyone is all crazy for it.  ‘The Last of Us’ looks like it will probably break records.  And I’m not just trying to throw myself on the bandwagon here.

As I received inside looks at the game through press resources, I tried to push it to the side.  “I don’t even HAVE a PS3,” I told myself. “So much for that game.”

And then the trailer arrived.  And it was astounding.

The graphics look so pure and lifelike.  The storyline, from what I’ve seen, really pulls you in.  Whoever developed this must have mastered ‘Immersion 101’ with straight “A”s.

 

And now, Gamestop has their bundle selections out.  

This could be the game that finally breaks me, and possesses my mind to buy a PS3.  Even though the PS3 is STILL expensive (even refurbished it’s over $200), I might actually try to save some money and buy one now, if only for this game.

 

What do you think?  Is this a game that would change your mind on the PS3?  Or would you wait for the PS4?

Marvel Heroes: The Raft

So, this is my play through the tutorial of Marvel Heroes, playing the Scarlet Witch. It’s pretty cool, and it’s free-to-play.

If you’d like to check it out, go here: https://marvelheroes.com/

DuckTales Remastered Coming to PC

Gonna have to tell my bro about this one.. DUCK TALES, WOO OOO!

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