My thoughts on E3 so far:
Guerrilla Collective largely shows us that indie gaming 2021/22 will continue to be dominated by people who have turned their backs on society desperately clinging to a childhood fantasy of the perfect version of some Gameboy game they’ve obviously re-played too many times to understand the core appeal of. (With a couple notable exceptions. The Legend of Tian Ding and Dordogne standing out most in my mind at the time of writting)
However, the Wholesome Direct located within its last hour was very inspiring. I hope we see the industry as a whole turn in this direction more and more in the coming years, with children and open-minded adults enjoying games that focus on simply having fun and being a good person, in the many non-violent ways one can be. Opening up to more non-violent subject matter opens the space up for new gameplay experiences, and innovative ways of sharing very personal stories. While some of the “hug rpg” games that simply replace combat with acting cute rub me the wrong way and potentially send a bad message, I think these will quickly be phased out as the wholesome games movement comes more fully into its own. I seriously bought into what these guys are doing, so much so that I bought their T-shirt, and I NEVER do that.
Meanwhile Xbox/Bethesda seemed to promote the exact opposite direction, showcasing games that felt more hypermasculine, more antisocial, and more stale than ever. I think I can safely say that I hate what Microsoft is doing to our culture, even if they throw in a couple games that ‘seem artsy’ here and there.
Oh, and Square Enix continued to prove they have no freaking clue what their fans want, focussing on Marvel liscensed games and mobile games while shoving The World Ends With You and Forspoken in the ending montage (and even FF7, surprisingly). My guess is they really haven’t much to show in terms of progress on their projects, and more to show on new projects getting started. They’re like a strung-out art student constantly producing half-baked ideas before getting bored and moving on. Also, their presentation just screamed “we made persona 5!” As if ATLUS didn’t have them shaking in their boots with that game’s release.
11 Nintendo Switch Games To Watch From Guerrilla Collective Showcase Day 2
Last week was the first Guerrilla Collective Showcase of the Summer, and yesterday (12th June) brought another stream – ‘Day 2’ – full of Indie goodies (the event is part of IGN’s Summer of Gaming). As before a lot of projects are currently confirmed just for PC or specific platforms, but we’ve gone through the announcements and picked out 11 intriguing Switch titles for your viewing…
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Finally, the top of Mount Mysterious. From up there, even with the cloud cover, you can see the sun rising over the Great Salt Lake (or what I suppose the lake bordering Maker’s End is), and as far as the Sundom, with the mesas backing Sunfall and enclosing the Eclipse Base and the Horus there, in the distance.
The drop down in the pictures isn’t the edge of the world, but the abrupt cut of the mountain to the plain far below.
At different stages, you can see how the mountain’s elevation abruptly dips down and up where the separate parts of the map join together, creating cliffs sliced into their side. It’s pretty weird in places. I love it ! xD I’ll post the link in the next post, but I think this one will need a serious Content Warning for vertigo…
another year of me watching everything from e3 whether i care or not but it's all worth it for the psychonauts 2 release date
The Lone Wanderer (7)
Sunset cliffs over Great Salt Lake
E3 Day 1 and Pre-E3 thoughts!
Despite E3 really only being 3-4 days, it’s almost felt like a month long with all kinds of news in the gaming world. Even before E3’s official date, we had some announcements and new footage with things like the Summer Games Fest and IGN Expo. I always find the best way to go into E3 is to just not really have any specific hopes for anything and enjoy the general excitement in the air.…
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Yes, it is time to wrap up the Guerrilla Collective game show with day two. A lot more games and trailers to look at.
A lot of great games for sure.
E3 2021: Arcade Paradise tasks gamers with running the ultimate gaming laundry
No, that’s not a typo, Arcade Paradise is a game about running a laundromat. Though this particular one aspires to be something greater. Paradise by a neon light Pretty much anyone over a certain age can remember playing arcade games. And if you’re anything like I am, then...
Video: New Trailer Appears For Arcade Paradise, A Game Where You Run Your Own Arcade
As part of today’s Guerrilla Collective stream, Wired Productions has released a brand new trailer for Arcade Paradise, which is set to launch on Switch later this year. If you’ve not heard of this one before, the game has you playing as Ashley, who’s just been given the keys to the family laundromat. As any respected individual would do, however, you decide to transform the laundromat into your…
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Given the absurd polemic that has arisen over the supposed new appearance of Aloy, the Eurogamer Spain team made this parody, where they laugh and criticize the comments that have been seen lately in the most toxic area of the community; Thanks to Borja Pavón and Enrique Alonso.
I have tried to adapt the script to English as best as possible, below:
[Introduction by Mathijs de Jonge]
Mathijs: Hey, people, what's up? My name is Matias, although it is actually pronounced Mathijs. I'm a fitness instructor and in this video tutorial we are going to train the glutes and the entire chin area, with some fantastic exercises to tone the lower body.
I don't know, walking through the jungle squatting, making backbend over dinosaurs, jumping...
But the most important thing is that we are going to answer a key question to determine the validity of a videogame: Has Aloy a little too much eating bollycao? Let's see it in this video!
[Aloy and the wounded oseram soldier]
Oseram: I'm gonna get a bruise! I'm gonna get a bruise!
Aloy: Hey, what happened to you? There! There! You're burning up! Drink some Monster...
Oseram: Is at ambiente temperature!
Aloy: Well... Holy shit! They are all dead, right? It's big trouble.
Oseram: They are the fitness guys, the ones on the afternoon shift. We tried too extreme a TikTok exercise. Some didn't warm up before. Pulled, stiffness... It was a carnage.
Oseram: My God, there they are again! But we have to keep trying. If the videogame characters aren't extremely sexy someone might not get excited playing in the Playstation. I can’t stand it- Give me.
Aloy: Come with me and I prepare you milk with colacao.
Oseram: No, for me it's late: I'm bald and besides I'm forced inclusion. Save yourself.
Aloy: All right, I don’t really care you.
Oseram: Sure, become a waifu... Shiiit! Is too deadly!
[Aloy and the Claws Fighters]
Aloy: One, two. One, two... Come on, Aloy, that triceps. If it hurts it’s working, come on! Although, the next time I'll wear the tracksuit 'cause I’m fucking sick of heels- Holy...
Oh, gosh! It’s a pack of wild Claws Fighters! I have to calm down. Careful, it's vision is based on calories. My God. Too many muesli bars, damn it!
Tenakth rider: That’s how a real woman has to look, I said so, I have a mother and sister! Quickly, find me a girlfriend!
Aloy: But... You’ve had breakfast cheetos. You clown...
Come on, Aloy! Up those centroids! No pain, no pain. Smoke bomb! I skip it. Yesterday I was do legs!
Erend: I’m just saying that the fact that Marcus Fenix doesn’t have a neck, it’s not very realistic either, and I didn't see such polemic arise.
Look at Kirby, and nobody complains!
[Aloy and the overridded Claws Fighter]
Aloy: Julio Alberto is in danger. I have to find him before they realize those sideburns are out of fashion. I’ll use my steel sphincter and my low-carb complex diet to lay low.
That's it. Now the gym PIN.... Okay. Run, gray love handle! Show us what the rush is!
[Aloy vs Tremor Tusks]
Erend: They haven’t even left me the crusts... Aloy? Aloy, be careful! These people take the dissociative diet very seriously. I’ve been forced to doing squats!
Tremor Tusk: DIIEEEEET!!!
Tenakth 1: Muscular women are unreal in a post-apocalyptic environment! Tenakth 2: Astronaut female, or course, but sexy! Tenakth 3: Ellie’s girlfriend has a nose! Tenakth 4: What’s next? A woman in sweatpants?!
Tenakth 5: For this you do exercise, huh? Well, hypocrisy.
Aloy: This for the edit posts! And this for the thing Twitter!
Tremor Tusk: I FEEL ALIVE...
Erend: Aloy! Untie- Untie me... anytime, huh?
Aloy: Sup, bud? Are you okay?
Erend: It was a nightmare. They wanted me to use Ring Fit in a non-ironic way!
Aloy: Well, up, buddy.
Erend: Oh, my hamstring... But, look. You’re gonna freak out. Look at this: It's an Alexa from Decathlon. I’ve modified it to look for rude comments on Twitter.
Aloy: This uses Wifi or what? That's cool.
Erend: Look, this is very easy. This one said you had a chin. This other made you an edit with a picture of Shrek. And this one didn’t say anything, but he’s close to a Burger King.
Aloy: Then they're gonna crap, I tell you. Expand that.
Erend: My God, the prophecy was true. Another bullshit polemic is coming. Aloy: Look at the puddles. It’s obvious there’s downgrade.
[Horizon: Forbidden West]
A good day for frolicking 🏹❄
Half of watching the State of Play was me squeeing about how I have the same ficoïdes (Delosperma cooperi) in my garden xD
Two days to go until E3 2021! Since last year’s E3 was cancelled for obvious reasons, I feel like this year has more pressure on them to really put on a show. Of course, E3 isn’t the only online event. As a matter of fact, Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest is going live on YouTube today. With over 30 game publishers broadcasting news, updates and announcements this afternoon. There are…
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I’m literally losing my mind!!! ELISABET SOBECK REFERENCED IN THE COMICS?!?!?! AAKAKKAKAKAKKA
A few more pics and variants I took during the climb. :)