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The Future

Posted January 18, 2011

Busy, busy, busy! Why is it the older you get the less free time you have available? It’s frustrating when an initially small pile of unfinished games turns into a tower that could topple over at any minute. Stop looking at me Halo: Reach, Singularity, Alan Wake & Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood! I don’t hate any of you. I just need time to play you, that is all.

It’s silly really because I’ve actually been using this time to bust through unfinished work and Mass Effect 2 DLC. Seriously, I really got back into it. I forgot how fun that game was but also how odd the scripting is. It’s either really fun or really embarrassing. What is going on Bioware? At least it isn’t anywhere near Bulletstorm territory.

Today’s image is from the upcoming Tactics Ogre remake. I got a really sweet pack of Tarot cards from Square Enix while I was out in Tokyo a few weeks ago for work.  The art is so pretty. I was lucky enough to interview Tactics Ogre director Hiroshi Minagawa. You can read this interview here on VG247. If you get really bored then you could check out my Lord of Arcana interview with producer Takamasa Shiba, also on VG247. There are two more interviews coming end of this month and start of Febuary, so keep an eye out for those. I’ll also link a bunch of previews that are going up around the place too.

Now that all that is covered I can explain the reason as to why this blog post is ominously called The Future. Well, there are three reasons. One is to talk about the future of gaming, I have a new project in the works and I’m also going to talk about what I have upcoming in the near future. I’ll go for the latter first, ok?

I’m off to Las Vegas next month. I’m seriously digging all of these press trips. 2010 was a great year for travelling abroad and fingers crossed that 2011 will be the same. Why am I heading to Las Vegas then? Well, it’s easy to guess. I’ll give you a hint though: It’s a 2K game. Leave your guesses in the comments~

The new project is kind of hush-hush right now. I don’t want to talk about it because I think it’s a nice idea and I need to build a small team for it. Don’t worry, you will know about it in due time.

Now, onto something I felt could be the future of PC gaming: OnLive. I tried out OnLive yesterday. It’s having a 2 week free trail, so download it now and give it a whirl. For poor people like myself, OnLive provides something truly amazing. Not only is a monthly fee for access to plenty of AAA games but also it’s instant streaming, meaning you don’t have to have the sexiest PC to run them. My PC can barely run Tomb Raider Underworld (which totally sucks can I add) so being able to without the install, the long load times or downloading the game is a real blessing. I can also play it at the highest settings and, depending on your connection speed, it looks stunning.

I tried F.E.A.R 2 as well and I was blown away by how wonderfully smooth it ran. There was a small amount of lag which could affect more action packed games or multiplayer matches but generally don’t ruin the experience too much. I’m just blown away by the whole thing really and think that people who can’t afford to be dedicated PC gamers and have missed out on some great games are going to love this.

It doesn’t beat playing it direct from your PC however. I had a few networking issues during my times which chucked me out of a game as well as caused major artifacting on the screen. Hopefully these are issues that are more connected to my connection (20MB shared by 3 people) than the actual service itself. Have you tried it? Let me know how you got on in the comments.

This is getting longer than it needs to be. You’ll notice a severe lack of posts over the next 2 weeks. I’m out of action for the last week in Jan and with going to Las Vegas and back to Uni in Feb, I will be a bit busy. Please don’t forget about me.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Lee permalink
    January 18, 2011 1:01 pm

    Have fun in Vegas – are you heading to Gamescom this year? Much fun is to be had I tell you.

  2. January 18, 2011 9:49 pm

    2K Games…Las Vegas….tricky.

    Bioshock Infinite?

  3. January 19, 2011 12:49 pm

    Sure you’ll enjoy the Vegas trip :)

    Unfortunately time for gaming diminishes drastically as you get older as I am now realising, Sadly it get’s EVEN worse once you finish uni and start full-time work. Sadface.

  4. January 28, 2011 9:22 am

    actually its very impressive that onlive “works” and i can like its advantages, but i still see it as a threat to all gamers.

    after all the ubisoft/steam “you can buy from us, but you cant sell it, put it in your shelf and only god knows what happens if we go bankrupt” copyprotections this is a whole new level of what we actually (dont) receive, when we buy something. we dont even get the software anymore – lol 😀

    but its the logical next thing for sure… cloud computing is a trend.
    i just hope its not the end of conventional games you can play without internet connectivity on a lan with your friend.

    im fascinated by it… but i also have some bad feeling about this.

  5. January 28, 2011 9:38 am

    gamescom is a must btw.
    i wanna go too… for me its way easier though. 😛


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