Well... the new consoles are here and after a week of hype and news articles I feel I have finally waded through most of the grog to see what was really important this week. And I have to say despite the crashes and sarcastic remarks on twitter, the executives over at Sony have earned those tequila shots they keep hidden away in a desk drawer. Even I, who has never owned any form of sony gaming product, have to say they make a pretty compelling argument through their actions alone.
The first piece of news that caught my eye was actually not from Sony but Microsoft, who took to Twitter to congratulate Sony on a successful launch. This act comes straight out of something like Miracle on 34th Street. Now for those of you who donít know this movie one of the key moments of the play sees two rival storesí ownerís shaking hands. What will be interesting here is to see how Sony responds. Will they congratulate Microsoft? Will they say nothing? I think the latter would be a bit of a snub after Microsoft was so polite to them.
The next piece of news that caught my eye was Sonyís pricing info release. It reportedly costs Sony $381 dollars to build a PS4 and they sell for $399. That is a profit of only $18 on Sonyís end (which doesnít even account for the amount a store such as GameStop will take). Now I have to admit that I am Ob-Sessed with this piece of news. After so many news stories that it costs Apple an absurdly low amount of money to make an iPhone, to hear that a company isnít trying to steal all your money restores a bit of my faith in the free market, even if iím still going to wait for a price drop.†
The last event that made me glad to be a gamer at this point in time didnít come from any news site but instead South Park. I know that sounds like a cop out but these past two episodes of what appears to be a trilogy have been a gamers dream come true at least for me. And since the creators of south park are currently making a game it appears these episodes may be some big build up to a joke about that. Also Iím waiting for the Black Friday Bundle.†
So with the Xbox One coming out today if youíre being technical I expect big things over this next week from Microsoft since Sony has set the bar pretty high. To Sony Iíd like to see some tact from you. The same kindness Microsoft showed you. And to the gamers out there Iíd really appreciate it if youíd keep on with the videos, pictures, posts and tweets coming in these next weeks.
Here's what happened. The domain name thesurvivor2299.com just got registered by ZeniMax Media, better known as the parent company of Bethesda. Now Reddit had an absolute field day with this as they tend to do whenever a company teases almost anything. It currently looks like the game will be set somewhere in Europe since the teased date is 11.12.13. The website was registered after the 12th of November for you Americans who noticed that. In most european countries the way to read that would be the 11th of December so expect some news around then.
More importantly however, I have a conspiracy theory surrounding this game that I base on no evidence whatsoever. Such a theory is for you to believe in or find offensive... your choice. As with most great conspiracy theories this one begins with a story.
The month was April of 2013 and my friend, let's call him Frank, sat in a car on our way to a Culver's in Wisconsin. Never been to a Culver's? Put down your computer and go to a Culver's. At the time there were rumors of a new Fallout game circulating the internet. Frank turned to me with a mouthful of burger and asked if I had heard anything about the new Fallout game. I responded that I hadn't but was willing to bet that it was going to be set in Boston since a huge portion of the game's universe is set in Boston or at least that's what I'd been hearing from the rumors. I'll never forget that he turned to me and said "Is that some kind of bad joke?"†
I hadn't realized when I said it but that statement came right after the events of the Boston Marathon. I hadn't meant to make such an untimely reference but the fact was a game set in Boston would seem a bit tasteless. Cut to pre E3 and everyone was expecting something big from Bethesda who had just come off a big hit from Skyrim and the announcement of the Elder Scrolls Online. However at the presentations themselves Bethesda didn't make too much of a showing. Sure they had The Evil Within and more Elder Scrolls Online but there wasn't anything huge the fans could rally behind. So what happened?
I think what happened went a little something like this. Bethesda had indeed made Boston the subject of their game but after the events of the 2013 marathon they couldn't well make a game set in such a location. Not wanting to seem tasteless they reworked the game to be set in Europe which is the game we'll be getting.
Again I'm not saying this is what happened, but don't get freaked out if you see some areas that are a little out of place in Europe in this next game that comes out. Heck it may not even be for Fallout but I wouldn't be surprised if they've been keeping a lid on things, and rightly so.