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GOG is giving away Aliens VS Preditor to anyone that signs up for the GOG Galaxy beta in the next 42 hours.
*edit its Aliens vs Preditor 2000*
Mid way though the generation I like to think about what is going to happen in this next generation.
Becuase technology is changing, and belive it or not improving graphics is not going to start another golden age of gaming.
I think the future of video games and mobile devices are completly intertwined. Or at least in the seanse that in the next two generations we will have the most mobile video game consoles to ever be realeased.
Can we talk about all the teathering going on? Pretty much every company has some form of wi-fi or wired teathering with mobile devices. Being the Wii U pad, the PSP Vita, or even your Windows Phone or Tablet.
Simply to say I have to think that it is not going away any time soon. Nintendo did something crazy this generation, delivering a system with a portable device that has to be teathered for games. They have taken a lot of heat as it is not dramatically different than the 3DS and even the fact that the "New" 3DS as a Wii U controler pretty much proves that their hardware was mre than compatible than they let on and that in the future they were planing to do what Sony has already sort of pushed... Sort of.
Before I go off and say that Sony's remote play is perfect... it is not. Because you are spending about $200 more for a vita and a PS4 to get marginal functionality. As the vita hardware is sort of ignored to a simple data signal from the PS4 and back. So it is like a $200 portable screen... bit pricy (though streaming games via internet is cool)
I would mention Microsoft but they have not dabbeled enough in mobile hardware to put anything comparible, except basic functions most smart TVs do, besides some web baised apps.
Because there really is about two factors that really is holding this generation back:
3D graphics are about on the edge of what they can push polygonally, obvoisly there is alway time to push more and more but that cuts into devlopment costs, devlopment time, and content avaliblity. Which is why most games have started putting in tons and tons of different textures as of recent.
Which is why a lot of the newer games need more space for all the polygons and textures, which sometimes take up all the space in the hard drive. Which none of the consoles are terribly easy to upgrade hard disks because it is in a mess of plastic and wires that protect your valuble hardware from dust and scraches. (and worst of all, piracy)
So why not work to your advantage and put the hardware in a portible device that syncs with a base unit that has next to unlimited capasity?
Well at least with how everything is going to be digital after this generation, it jsut makes too much sense to me to have a home unit with 2tb hard drives loading and saving media that you wanted to load on your portable device while you are sleeping.
With the gbps wi-fi tech we have right now streaming/swaping content off the hard drive is simply faster and much more convenient than boggling all the local bandwidth down every time you have to manage your disk space :)
Basically the home unit would be a mini-private server to store your content in when you are not using it. So if you do not have the internet or there is a DDOS attack, you would never have to worry about it distrupting your installing of games. When the internet is up it will automatically download and patch when you are gone. (same for your movies and music you bought)
But with all that alone time with your TV... things might get freaky and start recording your favorite TV shows and movies for some extra curricular activites ;D
Pre-order a game and have the home unit pre-load it while you are not gaming at work... lol.
But the posiblities are pretty wide open in terms what this might allow for the next generation. But I am pretty sure that this next group will be close to the end of home consoles as we know it. Thanks for reading!!!
Well I tipically stay away from Steam Greenlight games, but one night when I was looking through I saw that Creepy Castle was on the green light list. You know this game looks like it has a lot of heart.
Typically these retro style games ask for huge budgets when they are kick starting but I found it quite refreshing when I saw that their KickStarter is asking for $6,000.
I have to say this game has a nice nod to the animation and graphics during the C64 days, thought some of the animations are more complex than that era they do a great job of making basic movements feel authintic for the time.
This game is being devloped by Dopterra which consists of:
The hybred action rpg elements looked very interesting, so I hope they make their KickStarter :D