The Nintendo Switch has been out for a while now, and I think we all appreciate just how successful it’s actually been. It was written off as a flop as soon as it was announced; not just by me, but by critics everywhere. I’ve never been so pleased to have been wrong, and although I haven’t invested in one myself yet, I’ll certainly be picking one up as soon as I have chance.
A few months ago, I wrote a now outdated post about how I’ll give the Switch a miss, or at least during its infancy. Since then, a lot has happened and there were far more launch titles than first announced; but I still stand by the prediction I made at the time:
Personally, I think this will be the final console Nintendo release and that’s a real shame. My true fear is that their focus will quickly turn to mobile and tablet applications, it seems inevitable. I wrote a piece asking the question “Is portable gaming dying?” just before Christmas, and the answer is a depressing “Yes”.
Video games are an art form unlike any other – while movies, TV, music and even canvas paintings are all different, worthwhile ways for artists to express bold ideas and inspire people, they simply cannot have the same power as a video game for one simple reason: video games let you be a key part of the art. They’re interactive, allowing for immersive experiences where you personally become an internal piece of the game. And, as such, they can be profoundly impactful or emotional experiences, particularly in the last decade or so where gameplay and graphics have evolved to do more than simple movement mechanics and storytelling methods that were accessible when video games were in their earlier adoptions.
I stumbled upon this intriguing r/AskReddit thread that posed the question: What is one moment from a game that you’ll remember forever?
There are some games that are just too amazing to be forgotten. Whether it be the story, the characters, the gameplay, or everything combined; gaming publishers and their fans know when a game has made its mark. But alas, even the best games only enjoy a certain amount of fame and time in the immediate spotlight. Eventually, every good thing must come to an end.
Kratos from God Of War. Look at those pearly whites!
So when nostalgia is not enough and it no longer satisfies a fan base, what is there left to do? Well, remaster the game, of course.
Some bizarre news for you here. Formula 1 team McLaren-Honda have launched a virtual racing competition, with a job as a simulator driver with the team as the prize.
I’ve been blogging now for around 6 or 7 months, and it’s been an absolute blast. One of the biggest things that’s surprised me in that short time is the WordPress community. The guys and girls on there are great and have really helped push me to where I want to be.
Any-who, as WordPress has evolved, at least in my case, into a community of fantastic and like-minded folk, ‘community events’ have become a frequent thing. These are types of posts that promote blogger engagement and help people to get their name spread around. Robert Ian Shepard of Adventure Rules has set up the latest one I’ve stumbled upon, and it’s a doozey! It’s called the ‘Charming & Open’ event, and I’d highly recommend you check Ian’s page out, pronto!
In Layman’s terms, I ask a question, Ian asks a question in return. Here’s how the conversation panned out…