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My Hopes for the Next Xbox Series X Event

The May Xbox Direct, our first real look at the Series X went... less than great. What was initially hyped as a "Gameplay Reveal" turned out to be a 3rd party-only trailer montage. Microsoft admitted it set the wrong expectations, prom...

 
 
 

The Arctis 9X is a Good Ass Gaming Headset

Since quarantine began, I've avoided making any luxury purchases... until a couple weeks ago when I caved and bought a new gaming headset. My old 360 Turtle Beach's were (literally) falling apart and required a web of wiring just to us...

 
 
 

We're Living in the Age of the Remake

It's become a running gag that there are no new ideas in Hollywood: comic book adaptions, franchise sequels, live action remakes of animated classics, a seemingly endless line of horror movie reboots. As I played the Shadow of the Colo...

 
 
 

I'll Never Play Half Life: Alyx... and That's OK

A new Half-Life game came out on Monday – and I didn't realize it until Tuesday. I'm not sure which part of that sentence would have been harder for me to believe just a few months ago. A decade and a half later, Half-Life 2 rem...

 
 
 
 

...so the Crash Trilogy is basically Twin Snakes

It helped define a platform and an era of gaming. It found new ways to innovate in the face of hardware limitations by smartly using its controlled camera. It was rough in some aspects of its gameplay design, but ultimately helped infl...

 
 
 

Nintendo Switch is Off to a Good Start. Now What?

On Thursday, Nintendo finally revealed their next console: the Nintendo Switch, formerly known as the NX. The timing was less than ideal, going up against the first trailers for Read Dead 3 and the final Wolverine movie, but the respon...

 
 
 
 

Why I'll Never Build (or Buy) a Gaming Rig

As I've gotten older, the time I'm willing to dedicate to gaming has continued to shrink. There was a point when I'd regularly comment on sites like Dtoid, read strategy guides and walkthroughs, grind through games on the hardest diffi...

 
 
 

Hit the Ground Running: How Nintendo Wins the 9th Gen

To call the WiiU a commercial disappointment would be the understatement of this generation. After 3+ years, the system has barely moved 12M units, 1/4 of which have come from the shrinking Japanese market. Nintendo financials have improved...

 
 
 

Halo 5: Guaridans, Or How to Fix What Isn't Broken

I don't fear change. There are times when game design needs to move forward, and the end result pushes the industry to innovate in a meaningful way. Then there's the flip side of change: the homogenization of game design, the change for the...

 
 
 
 

Man, I Can't Wait to Get a PS4... Next Year

Like I do every year, I sat down last week and watched each of the E3 press conferences. Putting aside the usual batch of awkward moments, missteps, and botched announcements, I think a lot of people were more up on the show this year ...

 
 
 
 

@All: Good Night, and Good Luck

On Sunday I threw up a new post in the community blogs; partly as a response to Holmes' article about the term "gamer", and partially in response to the controversy and ensuing internet shitstorm surrounding independent game developer ...

 
 
 
 

How Sony could save the Playstation Vita (but won't)

As it stands, the Vita's probably only getting two types of games from here on out: things that will make a profit with just the Japanese market, and ports of PSN and Steam indie games developed first elsewhere. As much as Sony seems dead s...

 
 
 

Destiny, planned obsolescence, and the future of DRM

When Microsoft originally announced the Xbox One, the backlash to the online check-in requirement was enormous. Not only were the people who don't have access to fast, reliable, cap-free broadband upset, but so was a wide swath of the commu...

 
 
 

Looking Forward: The Next Nintendo Wii

In my last blog post, I took a look at what the next DS might be and what I'd like to see from it. With this post, I'm gonna take a look at the next Wii and where Nintendo should go with that. This is very much a continuation of the DS post...

 
 
 

Looking Forward: The Next Nintendo DS

It may feel a bit premature to be thinking about the ninth generation of video game hardware with the PS4 and XB1 release coming just last year. We seem to forget, though, that the eighth generation started in early 2011 with the release of...

 
 
 

Nintendo E3 Prediction/Wish List Part 2 - 3DS & More

Unless I get some inkling to make another blog for the third parties just a couple days before E3 starts, this will likely be my last prediction/wish list post for 2014. For those who haven't had a chance to check it out, Part 1 of my Ninte...

 
 
 

Nintendo E3 Prediction/Wish List Part 1 - WiiU Games

First off, I apologize for how belated this post is. I was hoping to have this out about a week ago, but I moved into a new apartment and completely underestimated how much of my time and energy it would take. That, and I just got my intern...

 
 
 

Microsoft E3 Prediction/Wish List

So my plan for tonight was to do a predictions/wish list blog post for Nintendo's showing at E3. Given the recent community challenge on the front page, I figured I'd hold off on the Nintendo one for now and instead address Microsoft instea...

 
 
 

Sony E3 Prediction/Wish List Part 2 - Vita & PSN

With E3 coming up, I've been wanting to get some of my predictions for the big show out there. Really, this is more of a wish list than anything else, but I am trying to keep it somewhat probable. If you haven't already read it, Part 1 of m...

 
 
 

Sony E3 Prediction/Wish List Part 1 - PS4 Games

E3 is right around the corner, and with all these fake "leaks" sounding like they're just a bunch of wish lists, I figured I might as well make one of my own. Since Sony's conference is the one I'm most interested in, he's my somewhat reali...

 
 
 
 
 

So I've never beaten Ocarina before... or the Deku Tree

So before you revoke my gamer card, let me explain. In the Summer of 1998, I took a trip with my mom to North Carolina. I was on vacation from school, the man she had been dating for a while had family in NC, so she decided that we'd spend ...

 
 

About ctg867one of us since 2:47 AM on 11.29.2013

I'm an (aging) dude who plays games and comments about stuff. Been on Dtoid since 2010-ish, back during the Jim Sterling days, though this account's a bit newer than that. Don't post on the FP anymore but you can find me on Qtoid and the Cblogs.

I also stream on Twitch sometimes, if you're interested:

https://www.twitch.tv/ctg867
 
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