It's odd, for as long as I can remember… I don't remember playing games this little.
Everyone goes through a dry patch I'm sure, but this one is pretty huge. I'm playing just two games at the moment, these being Max Payne 3 and Your Shape 2012 (which I'm playing legitimately, this time ;)) but even so, they're not exactly getting hammered. Last weeks Raptr Summary (which I won't even bother posting a screen of) showed I put a mighty 3 hours into each of those last week… And that's it.
I'm putting a bit of my negativity down to the fact that I've had two games go tits up on me over the past few weeks. The first, was The Walking Dead. Firstly, no game should lack an option to invert controls. I play inverted, always have, though I am the only person of all the close gaming friends I have that do, and I have no idea why that is. But yes, no option on the Walking Dead. Grrr. Then, when I died because I failed a quick time because my controls were backwards (to me!), I discovered that the game hadn't been saving. Three hours wasted. I must be one of the tiny, tiny minority that haven't completed that yet.
Also, me and a few friends all recently bought Iron Brigade. After putting 15 hours into that, I booted it up only to find that I'd lost all my progress so far. I was absolutely livid. I'm sick to the back teeth of forking out on broken, glitchy games.
I thought E3 may have dished out some good stuff, but that was fairly lacking too. For a brief summery of my (few) highlights:
-Dance Central 3! Not even sorry, but that's an insta-purchase. I'm just going to pretend I didn't see the whole usher thing, though. He could have at least danced to the game...
-Pikmin 3. I absolutely love the Pikmin games, and while this is a WIIU title, it is just about the only one I've seen where I think the game pad thing actually has a place. For strategy games like Pikmin, having the world map and options on a separate screen would work brilliantly. I'm far from sold on a WIIU, but it's nice to see a brilliant, not so overdone Nintendo franchise getting some love.
-SmartGlass. For no reason other than I fucking love my Xbox. Anything that integrates with that is pretty much sold to me. It being a multi-platform (Windows/Android/iPxx) addition is impressive, and VERY smart of Microsoft.
-Watch_Dogs. Purely because it was about the only stand out game on show that wasn't completely generic. It was the only think to pique my interest after many hours of 'new' videos of Assassins' Creed, Call of Duty and insertoverfloggedfranchisehere.
-South Park. A thousand times YES to Matt Stone and Trey Parker.
And the lowlights…
-Gears of War Judgement. I love the Gears series, but I'm very apprehensive about this one. I hate that some series' just can't be left alone. That, coupled with new developers making various changes doesn't sit so well with me.
-Not a single mention of The Last Guardian, AGAIN. Two years after it was given a big reveal, it wasn't even mentioned. I'm aware the game has 'gone through some problems', but it's still a shame.
-STILL no TimeSplitters 4. Boo hiss.
-Sport games. Christ. I understand they sell big but they really don't need so much time at something like E3.
-Wonderbook. Just… But… Really?
-Incoming bit about a form of entertainment that isn't games or music…-
What has been filling the gaming gaps over the past few weeks are films and books. I set myself a bit of a goal at the beginning of the year to read more, and I aimed to manage a book a month, which I actually thought was a bit out of my reach after managing a whole two books last year. But, not quite six months into the year I'm on book number twelve. Five of these have been in the past month.These have so far ranged from Robert A Heinlein to Irvine Welsh to Charlaine Harris.
As for films, after a bit of a stint of Cinema trips (three in five weeks, which is a hell of a lot for me. And granted, two of those visits were for Avengers because it's that fucking awesome) it gave me a bit of a kick up the arse to watch more films. There's too many 'great' films that I've never got round to watching, and so again I'm making an effort to sort that out. I joined Letterboxd
to help me do that, too. I actually did Film Studies in college, and I forgot how much I both used to watch films, and how much I enjoy doing so.
With BioShock Infinite being delayed, there is nothing but Rock Band Blitz, Dance Central 3 and Borderlands 2 on the radar for me this year. I've got a bit of a wait ahead of me.
I think books and films may be keeping me busy for a little while yet.