Published on May 6th, 2013 | by Liam Dean0
Hindsight Mondays: Cogitating And contemplating
And so we find ourselves at the tail end of another week spent in the Barnabas-o-sphere. Just as sure as the sun rises and sets, the tide changes on a daily basis, and Fraser’s ferocious beard continues to grow unabated, we say goodbye to the week that was the 30th of April to the 6th of May.
The one unifying theme that can be attributed to the past week is forward thinking. It’s no secret that the biggest gaming event of the year is just around the corner. To give you a hint — as if you really needed one — it’s got something to do with the Exposition Of Entertaining Electronics. Not only that, but Microsoft may or may not be planning to dish out the dirt on their latest wonder box in just a couple of weeks’ time.
Needless to say, it’s a rather exciting time to be interested in video games. All of this excitement has caused Andy to explode prematurely about brilliant upcoming games like Ragnarok Online 2: Legend Of The Second, Metro: Last Light and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. Read it to get your gander up about all the great games that May has to offer and beyond! And, if all of this isn’t forward thinking enough for you, he’s even got news of an intriguing graveyard exploration sim called Boon Hill as part of our regular “Money Shots” section. It’s so far in the future it hasn’t even been made yet! Never say we don’t cater to all tastes.
David has also been busy contemplating exactly why Nintendo have decided not to hold an E3 press conference, and how – rather anticlimactically – this doesn’t matter as much as we thought it would. Not only that, but he has also been reporting first hand from the Heartland Gaming Expo! We know; we had no idea what it was either when we first heard about it, but don’t let that put you off. Even though Tulsa, Oklahoma is a long way away from Los Angeles, the ingenuity of the young up and coming games designers he met there are exactly what developing games professionally is all about.
Like the giant chaotic octopus of news that we are, we have somehow managed to keep one tentacle pointed towards the present as well as the future this week. I did my part by considering the linearity of games both past and present, and how their focused design can actually be beneficial to their overall enjoyment. Fraser continued this trend by looking at the recent Gears Of War 3 and how it has been linked to a real life violent crime by a UK newspaper. As if Scotland wasn’t terrifying enough without the addition of burly chainsaw laden space soldiers and insect-like aliens! Oh wait, it was an article by the Daily Mail.
And that’s all that’s happened this week really, apart from a live streaming of the AWESOMEoutof10 team playing Monaco that we are sure to repeat in the near future. There’s still plenty more where that came from though, and with the massive events of E3 and the new Xbox reveal just around the corner, you’d be stark raving bonkers to go anywhere else.