Monday, 16 February 2015

Fallout 4 Announcement... Maybe

I was browsing through gaming news today to catch up a little on current events and something very exciting caught my eye. Bethesda Softworks, the studio behind Fallout, The Elder Scrolls, Wolfenstein: The New Order, Dishonored and many other game titles, announced their first ever E3 press conference which will be held on the 14th of June in Hollywood, CA.

This is exciting for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the major companies currently doing such a conference are Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft, Sony and Nintendo and they are putting up quite a show. It will be interesting to see how Bethesda handles theirs. Secondly (and more importantly, really)... GAME ANNOUNCEMENTS! (yeah!) Obviously, everyone's looking forward to see what games the wonderful guys at Bethesda will be announcing for the near future. And, with the catalog of their stature, there are a lot of things to be excited about. The one game that is most likely to be announced is Fallout 4. Since the critically acclaimed Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas launched in 2008 and 2010 respectively, the fans have been hoping for a Fallout 4 announcement every year. Now, while it may be true that it's been a long time since the last Fallout title came out and the new one will most likely be announced this year, I don't think it will be only thing discussed at E3. The conference lasts about an hour, after all.

Personally, I'm very excited about the prospect of a new Elder Scrolls title. I absolutely loved Oblivion and Skyrim. I wonder if the next one will be The Elder Scrolls VI or The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 2 (or II, or two, or the second, or... you get the idea). The other possible announcements could be a sequel to Dishonored which would make a nice franchise; It could be some news on Doom 4 which was announced seven years ago; It could also be sequels to Wolfenstein: The New Order or The Evil Within, but these two are fairly recent so they're less likely to get sequels so soon.

The truth is that nobody knows as of yet what to expect and that's also exciting.What are you guys expecting from this conference? Feel free to leave a comment about it and don't forget to share. As I said before, we're all brothers and sisters in nerdiness here. ^_^

Friday, 13 February 2015

The Relevance of My Opinion and Other Clarifications

As I didn't want my first post to be a mile long I decided to leave this part out for later. So, let's get down to business. I want to talk about what I'm planning to talk about (heh) on this blog in the future. My hope is that I would manage to post something once every day or every couple of days. Obviously, the subjects will mostly be games, gaming in general or some other form of entertainment which I find interesting to write about.

What I really want to emphasize though is the nature of the articles I'm planning to write. The first word that comes to mind when talking about writing something on the subject of gaming is naturally "reviews". Of course, I've thought about writing reviews on games many times, but I don't feel like it would work for me. I feel like writing a review(a truly critical one at least) involves providing an objective view on every aspect of a game and it has to also come from the point of view of someone with a lot of experience in the field. That is why I will not try to provide criticism on whatever it is that I am writing about. I cannot promise I will be perfectly objective in what I'm going to write, but I will definitely try and I will definitely state any bias that I might have about certain matters so that you, as a reader, can take them into account when comparing your opinion with mine. Experience-wise, even though I have been playing games for a very long time I still do not feel it's enough to make me an expert. So, if you're reading my posts expecting critique, I'm going to have to disappoint you.

What remains, is to justify then the relevance of my opinion (hey look, it's like in the title, heh). Why would my opinion even matter then? If it's in no way bringing much experience and neither is it very objective, then what's it worth? Well, it's really not worth much. Not to anyone personally at least (except me of course). It might be worth something to someone looking to compare his opinion with someone else. That's what I'm really trying to do. I want to share my opinions with anyone and everyone who needs a comparison and even discuss them further. I also think my opinion is somewhat relevant simply as the opinion of a young person. A person whose opinion is not influenced so much by the nostalgia of the golden age of gaming, for example.

This is why I invite you to follow this blog in the days to come. Let's talk about (well... write about) games! As I stated in the upper rows, I plan on writing something every day or every couple of days, about games, about things that happen in the gaming world and maybe more. Thanks again for baring with me. Feel free to comment and share. No need to be shy ^_^

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Beginning of Something

I've been meaning to start this for quite some time now, but I just couldn't find the time, the inspiration or the motivation to do it. Or, at least that's what I told myself. Today however, something clicked. That something is a cumulation of... events, let's call them. The first one is a friend's blog which she started about a year and a half ago. The blog's description or motto, so to speak, is "It's never too late to develop a passion" and it's what first sparked in me the idea of making this blog about my passion for gaming and entertainment in general.

Fast-forward to about a month ago and that's when my motivation's second wind starts. I had a long(-ish) discussion about game genres with one of my friends to which more and more people seemed to want to buzz in. It was of course nothing too eloquent but it reminded me of how much I like talking about subjects like these. It also reminded me that I genuinely like and want to share my opinions on gaming matters. Naturally, this was another step towards writing this post. Because, what better way to express my opinions is there?
The third and final click happened a couple of days back while I was waiting for my bus to arrive. Sitting in the bus station I saw an ad on the side of the station about the "new" GTA V. What was intriguing about it was the fact that it didn't seem to be an old ad, yet it was advertising the release to consoles (which happened quite a while back). This got me thinking about the state of the video game industry in my sweet country called Romania. A state about which I want to talk a little in this first post of mine.

I've been playing video games ever since I can remember (that basically means since I was about 4 or 5 years old) which means that my first contact with gaming happened at the end of the 90's. However, I can still remember clearly the first few games that I played (non-stop if I could) were Super Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt among a few others. Nothing strange up until now. These were the first games of many people. I remind you however that I was playing these games somewhere between 1999-2000 which is (if my math doesn't fail me) around 15 years after the games were launched in North America and Europe. In my honest opinion the difference is huge and it sadly holds true today. We are still a few years back in terms of gaming and even though we are not lagging behind by such a drastic difference, the difference still exists which is unfortunate considering the potential this industry brings. Of course, you can also argue that platforms such as Steam and Origin (but mostly Steam 'cause who cares about Origin really?) made games a lot more available for everyone even in Romania, but although games are much more available now than they ever were, they are still not affordable enough for the general public (but this is a subject for another time).

What I'm really getting to is not that this country is behind in game availability necessarily, but rather that it's behind in mentality which is more unfortunate than anything. People still see video games as pointless, noneducational or even malicious especially in the eyes of the more elderly people, whereas western countries have a huge gamer base of people over the age of 30. It saddens me a little to see this downplay of gaming in general, but I have hope that my generation will eventually catch up to the rest (or at least the most) of the world.

Thank you for baring with me on my first post. I will try to post as often as I can so, if you liked this, expect more. Please feel free to criticize everything. I love constructive criticism. Also, don't be afraid to comment, we're all brothers and sisters in nerdiness here.