Season 12, Episode 42

We’re taking a week off after the following link.

Your move, E3.

When Nintendo dropped out of E3, they really didn’t. They dropped out of doing the press conference stuff we all love to watch PRIOR to the actual E3. It was a big deal, but no skin off E3’s back since Nintendo would still be on the show floor. And still paying a premium for that floor space (it’s a big space). However, it was still a move that made people wonder and think just how important is the whole E3 thing.

A few years after and the dominoes started falling. Activision, Disney, and a number of other companies were skipping the yearly event. This meant less money was coming into the ESA who put on E3 each year. Then EA backed out. They’d still do a press conference but they’d be absent on the show floor. Again, conferences are NOT a part of E3. So this was more money not coming into the ESA.

And now we have Sony. All of the other companies were big deals when they backed out, but not in comparison to the big 3 of Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony. The ESA will be fine and E3 will be fine…for now. How this will actually affect anything at all is hard to tell. We’ll have a better idea when Sony decides to tell us just what they plan on doing – not for E3, but how they plan to communicate with the public about new hardware and software.

We’ll also have a better idea of what to expect from E3’s to come if other companies decide to follow Sony’s lead, again, whatever that may be if anything.


Season 12, Episode 41

We’re trying to read the captions at the following link.

Is there a wrong way to play a game? Sure, using some way of gaining advantage in a multiplayer game is wrong and cheating. No doubt. But what about single player? Is there a wrong way to play a game when only you are the one involved?

I don’t think there is. I’ve read plenty of comments where using a trainer on PC for infinite…whatever is something that takes away the experience, but what experience is that? I’m currently using the gold glitch in Red Dead Redemption 2 and am walking around the wild west with close to a hundred thousand dollars in my pocket. And nothing about that has taken the fun away from me in playing this game.

I’ve used trainers on PC before – Witcher series comes to mind – because I didn’t want to deal with my inventory or some other obnoxious limitation set upon the player early in the game.

Again, we’re only talking about the single player aspect of a game. In that sense, play it your way. You spent the money on the game, play it however you like to give you the satisfaction you want from it.


Season 12, Episode 40

We’re trying to take the moral high ground at the following link.

Is Spider-Man classified as an open-world game? I mean, I’m sure it qualifies for a lot of different types of games, but is open-world one of them?

If I thought so before playing Red Dead Redemption 2, I don’t feel that way anymore. Open world games now have a set bar and RDR2 is it. I can throw out all the cliches of open world gaming and the feeling of a living, breathing world, and it all easily applies to what RDR2 is doing, but…there’s an ecosystem here. Both literally and figuratively.

It was dark in the town of Valentine and I was on my horse about to ride back to my camp when a drunk guy was stumbling around asking for help. All I did was give him direction to where he said his home was. I got honor points for it and he walked off. I didn’t expect anymore than that. Eventually, I didn’t go back to my camp. I wandered through some back alleys and back yards in Valentine and happened to bump into the drunk guy again. This time he was at his house (exactly where he’d vaguely told me it would be) yelling at his wife to let him in. She didn’t. He threw up on the porch and laid down outside his door.

I feel like any other game, that drunk guy would have walked away after I helped him and then vanished. Deed done. Interaction complete. Removed from the map. But not in RDR2. It lives. It breathes. And it does so with or without you having anything to do it. Makes me wonder what would have happened to the guy if I’d just ignored him or gave him the wrong directions.

Now I need to try Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.