Wii Fit Trainer
You know, I was on the fence about the new Smash Bros game. Even with Mega Man I didn't really see anything remarkable about the game to peak my interest. But then when Nintendo unveiled the Wii Fit personal trainer as a playable character? F**k Yeah! Bludgeon your opponents to death with YOGA moves? That's the sort of nonsensical whimsy that I think was sorely lacking from this version of franchise. Count me in!
Still not sure how the 3DS and Wii U version are going to interact with each other, if at all. Iwata has said that the 3DS will have different stages, so that suggests that they aren't compatible. But then, if they're not compatible, why put out 2 games at once? Frankly, I like the idea of being able to play against Wii U opponents from the comfort of my 3DS. That would be really cool, but I don't know if that's a thing they're looking to do or not. Hmm..
PS: Maybe it's just me, but I found it rather hilarious how all the characters were practicing Yoga and Link was having trouble maintaining his balance.
With the overwhelmingly negative response to Microsoft's Xbox One reveal, Microsoft has been on a bit of "damage control" and, frankly, not doing a very bang-up job. Last night Microsoft executive Don Mattrick said the following:
"Fortunately we have a product for people who aren't able to get some form of connectivity. It's called Xbox 360. When I read the blogs and thought about who's really the most impacted, there was a person who said, 'Hey, I'm on a nuclear sub.' I don't even know what it means to be on a nuclear sub but I've got to imagine that it's not easy to get an internet connection."
Now I know they're executives and they have to try and sell us on their bad business decisions... but when you're openly mocking people who want to upgrade but can't by telling them to stick with the inferior device, and when you're suggesting that the only places on earth that doesn't have the internet is in submarines... well... you're kinda sucking at being empathetic with our very valid concerns.
All through last gen I didn't give a crap about Microsoft. As far as I was concerned they were the safe middle ground between Nintendo and Sony. I viewed Sony's greed (such as trying to make everyone jump to their blu-ray disk format) as far more of an evil thing. Microsoft just kinda sat in between, being a non-issue for me. But this generation they've pulled such unmitigated gaul and careless disrespect for consumers... I just... ugh...
Sony has redeemed themselves in my eyes, if only temporarily. I'd still like to remind people to keep an eye on Sony anyway. Prior to the disaster that is the Xbox One, Sony wasn't look much hotter. People were downright upset over Sony's decisions for the PS4, but all of that has been drowned out by them "winning" E3 this year. I'm in their court right now, but the ball could shift to another easily. Just... keep an open mind.
In case you haven't heard of this thing, the Ouya is an android based console that was funded through Kickstarter. The team behind the Ouya wanted to use E3 to showcase their device, but the fees necessary to get into the showroom floor were too high. Instead they chose to rent parking space outside the convention center so that the press and fans could check out the device. ESA (the people behind E3) were apparently annoyed at this, so they rented space to park a TRUCK infront of the Ouya spot. Not wanting to be out done the Ouya people bought space infront of the truck to put a sign telling people to look behind the truck... to which the ESA decided to call the police.
Despite the commotion, the Ouya people had the appropriate permits and forms filled out, so the police left them alone. That's quite some determination from the Ouya people I must admit! Kudos.
Stop Fighting, Please?
Over the E3 weekend there were a couple tweets from Feminist Frequency (you know, the home of the oh-so-infamous Anita Sarkeesian) tweeted about the lack of female protagonists in all these new IP's coming out. A valid concern I think, but not one which needed to be inundated with sexist and hate speech.
Guys... can we PLEASE stop having this knee-jerk reaction any time she so much as twitches a finger? I don't like Anita Sarkeesian anymore than anyone else does, but this gut reaction to having to always send her sexist remarks, hate filled posts, denounce her on YouTube, etc is getting out of hand. Anytime she speaks the talk shifts from what she's trying to point out is an issue to trying to discredit her mudsling her name. That's not helping us progress.
And yes, I understand that she probably uses this to her advantage. But guys, here's the thing. In order to be baited, you have to respond TO the bait. Just don't do it. If she talks, STOP RESPONDING TO HER. Or better yet, talk about the issue she is bringing up in an intellectual debate that doesn't center on trying to "prove" how wrong she is about everything else.
I'm growing increasingly weary with talking about women's issues in video gaming because of the number of people who refuse to either accept that it's a problem, or just don't want to talk about it period. It's a thing we have to deal with, we can't keep trying to sweep it under the rug. The sooner we get some serious debate going, the sooner we can get back to having FUN.
Personally I'd be interested to find out what Anita Sarkeesian has to say about the inclusion of Princess Peach in the latest Mario 3D game as a playable character. Not only is Peach saving the day and kicking ass, she's not dressed as a sex object and she can obtain power-ups that all the other guys can too. Peach's cat costume is the same costume everyone else gets. She also still retains her special float ability, meaning she hasn't been drained of any of the power she had in Super Mario Bros 2. That's a MUCH more interesting question I'd like to hear Anita talk about, and we can't ask it because it's getting drowned out by all this other shit.
I keep getting asked about my thoughts on the new Kingdom Hearts game or Bayonetta 2 or any of the other various newsworthy items I didn't cover in my previous journals. Well that's primarily because I'm not really interested in them at all and thus decided to pick only the topics I actually had an opinion on for my journals. I'm not a journalist trying to cover everything, I'm a cartoonist who happens to be a gamer. I speak about what perks my interests. Chances are I just don't care enough to put my thoughts into words. Doesn't mean you can't enjoy the games if you find them interesting, they're just not for me.
So please don't be angry if I've "forgotten" to talk about something, ok? Ok!
Anyway, that's all I have for now. I don't think there's gonna be much else announced that will be all that amazing to talk about so this will likely be my last E3 coverage journal.
Reading: The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia
Watching: E3 Coverage
Playing: Minecraft: Nerdcrafteria