Published on January 14th, 2013 | by Fraser Brown0
Hindsight Mondays: Chainsaws and TVs
It’s Monday again, the beginning of the future known as this week. Terrifying! Fret not, however, for here at Hindsight Mondays we can huddle together like a herd of skittish gazelle as we take a look back at the week that was.
It was a week of new releases, with the first major one of the year, Anarchy Reigns, no less, and a week where news happened and the people who sniff such things out put the events into words. What more can you ask from them? But most importantly, it was a week where I wasted an inordinate amount of time playing Persona 3.
If, for some inexplicable reason, you haven’t been following The Shadow hunting fun time high school diaries, I’ve been coerced into playing through Persona 3 because I’m one of the few people at AWESOMEoutof10 who hated the concept and had no interest in it. That’s what we do here — we’re masochists. I’ve been getting drunk, shouting at fictional children and being utterly baffled by the lives of Japanese high school teens. Up until this week I hadn’t really played much, but for reasons I cannot recall, I found myself binging on it during the previous seven days, and what’s worse is that I found myself almost enjoying it. Let’s hope that by the fourth episode of my diary series I will have returned to my earlier grouchy state. Nobody wants to see me enjoying myself, least of all me.
Last week was the week of Batman, colonialism in Far Cry 3, gritty games that bore Liam, Steven’s excuse for his year late not-a-review of Final Fantasy XIII-2, lots of other wonderful articles, news and streaming. That’s right, community members and our very own writers are playing games for your amusement now. Watch as we prove our ineptitude. Steven loves it when you call him fat, by the way, so please do this. Repeatedly. It helps him when playing. On top of all this I managed to slip in a review of the enhanced version of one of my most beloved RPGs of all time, Baldur’s Gate! So check that out.
Elsewhere in the world, other things definitely occurred. I can prove it. CES happened, though we already knew what was going to happen there before it happened, because the internet has made us all soothsayers. Most notably, the new 4K tellys were shown off. Apparently they offer up image quality that looks like what you see out of your window. The same claims that were made about Blu-ray, HD tellys, LCD tellys and actual windows. Looking out of my own window right now reveals a scene that I can only pray will be recreated on a screen. A drunk man is arguing with a gang of youths, it’s dark, the street lights are creating too much glare and the world is either a very dirty place or I need to start spending money on a window cleaner.
All joking aside, the image quality of these new TVs is rather remarkable, but it will be a long time before most of us will be able to enjoy such clarity. Prices run from the extortionate, like Sony’s new gargantuan 84-inch monstrosity that will set you back $24,999, to LG’s 84-inch poor man’s set costing a mere $17,000. Smaller ones for substantially less are going to be announced soon, but don’t expect them to respect your wallets. Consoles won’t really be able to take full advantage of these tellys yet, though PC games can already be played at extremely high resolutions and thus may benefit from these expensive new toys.
Games Industry International covered a report from the International Data Corporation (IDC) that revealed some information that would have undoubtedly fanned the flames of the dreaded console war, if only it had been written in 2010 instead of 2013. According to the company, the total worldwide sales for the PS3 finally exceeded those of the Xbox 360 this December (77 million compared to 76 million). IDC also predicted that the Wii U — which I’m personally loving — will eventually find its audience, and estimates that by the end of 2016 it will have shifted 50 million units. Hurray for speculation! If you want to read the full report, I hope you have a spare $4,500.
Finally, the first “big” release of the year arrived in the form of MadWorld spin-off, Anarchy Reigns. Besides the violence and general zaniness, it has bugger all to do with the Wii’s bloody brawler, but it does look like oodles of fun. Chainsaws, giant squids and chaps built like brick shithouses beating the snot out of each other. Splendid stuff.
And that was your week that was. Now you’ll have to face the week that is — just go and play DmC or something. I’ll be playing the new Crusader Kings II expansion and building an extremely wealthy republic, because that’s how I roll.