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C Blogs of 02/19/13 + Wrenchisms

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It's a rare day that I wish I was the Wednesday capper, but this is one of them. I can't wait to see what Sony has up their sleeve for their big press event hoedown later today and I wish I could be writing about it now.

I don't have any plans to purchase Sony's next console, but I'm just so ravenous for any concrete information about the next-gen that I'm chomping at the bit to see what they got. Maybe we can finally crawl out of this dark forest of speculation and doom crying once we get some real details. Will it be backwards compatible? Will it require a constant connection? Will it shoot lasers at you if you try to put in a used game? Who knows!?

Realistically, I know AT BEST today all we will get is a name, a plastic box they think is what it will look like when it hits the market, and maybe a sizzle reel of prospective games or tech. Hopefully less Bull-shot than the PS3's infamous pre-launch trailers. They probably won't answer the more sticky questions and just focus on the hype. But hey, anything is better than nothing.

Hopefully this will get Microsoft to finally open up about their own box. I'm so bought into the Xbox brand that it's all but certain that I'll stick with them into the next generation. As long as my profile, friend-lists, and digital games migrate over to the next console, I'm pretty much married to them. But still, it would be nice to actually KNOW anything about it. From the rumours I've heard, Microsoft has been "finished" with the console for awhile, content to add more polish on it while they wait and see what Sony is going to do. There is so much brinksmanship and corporate-ego involved in a new console launch, it's a weird phenomenon. It's almost entertaining to watch and mull over in it's own right, kind of like the draft-picking process in a sport a game all to itself.

* - As usual, Handy nails it.

A - Maybe Adventure games just aren't Zelda Manic's thing. No shame in that, it's ok to like something for awhile and then move on.

A - Rock Band left a lasting impression on my life too, sad to see active support coming to a close. Still, not like the plastic instruments will turn to dust on the stroke of midnight (well, except the kick-pedal. That thing can go at any time.)

A - Some of the pre-hype on Destiny seems a bit much, but what can you say? It's the industry. Also, lets try not to marginalize some players genuine enthusiasm for another Bungie title. I get a little spring in my step every time I hear Valve is doing something after all.

A - Hey, want to hear EVERYTHING about the God of War franchise? DustinThomas can hook you up.

A - So weird! SuperCrow and I agree that Fallout 3 was probably more fun than New Vegas, but for almost opposite reasons! To me, the writing in New Vegas was the star of the game, while the actual fun of exploration and the setting was leagues better in 3. Opinions eh?

P - Podcasts, get em.

A - A solid look at backwards compatibility. There is such a player investment in personalized accounts, achievements, digital games, ect, I don't see how the next-gen consoles can afford to skip backward compatibility. We'll just have to wait and see.

C - Artistic types might want to take a look at this contest.

I - Drewcifer reintroduces himself to the blogs! He has a game you can play, but it looks a little complicated for my caffeine-addled brain right now.

R - The DLC might be disappointing, but DAT IMAGE. Real history could be cooler, jus' sayin.

L - Some poetry to culture up yo' ass.

L - Colonial Marines, the secret masterpiece of our time.

L - This one took me a second, then I chuckled.

C - A not so timely and difficult to read look at Holiday indie games.

? - This doesn't look dicey at all! I love installing games in other languages procured through shifty Facebook pages!

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