Friday, June 7, 2013

Review: Toro's Friend Network (PS Vita)

     If you've not have the privilege of knowing who Toro (Toro Inoue; Sony's Japanese mascot for Playstation) you have missed on an entertaining character. So to quickly assimilate you to the concept, Toro is a quirky white cat who enjoys being human. Very much a cat at heart, he's curious and particular, and a delight to behold. Sony has given US Vita audiences another dose of Toro (seen in both "Streetfighter X Tekken" and "Playstation Battle Royale") in the form of "Toro's Friend Network" for the PS Vita. This free to play game is awaiting players to engage socially with the Playstation Vita community. Free doesn't always mean fun, and quirky is annoying at times. So is this a game you want to waste your slowly dwindling memory on? I take a look with some insights to this intriguing title.

Monday, June 3, 2013

The Venture Brothers Season 5 "What Color Is Your Cleansuit?" Review

"Venture Brothers": Season 5 "What Color Is Your Cleansuit?" 

     Fans of the "Venture Brothers" are patient. Each season of the show takes more than a year and a half to produce. Each season contains approximately 13 episodes. Most shows do not last the single season, let alone having a year and a half hiatus to produce a "mere" 13 episodes. So why do the fans of "Venture Brothers" stick around?

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Gaming Landfall

     E3 is around the corner and I couldn't feel more nervous or excited for the future. Microsoft and Sony are setting a stage of interest and possibilities which could fundamentally change the way we game as a community. The potentials are polarizing. A world of complete freedom and discovery or a world held siege by keepers of your information. 

    Each of these companies has much speculation surrounding their final announcements, and I couldn't be more excited. Few gaming moments have held such potential and now is the time to take note of the coming storm. Rumors of each are thrown carelessly into the stream of blogs, forums, and comments and while engaging to read, the summation of their words merely point to concerns and questions needed for safe passage to this new land.
     Does Xbox One HAVE to maintain the 5:3 split? What is the PS4's Split for OS versus Game? Is the concern over Used versus New legitimate and if so how are each dealing with the differences? What exactly does "Always On" mean for each system and what are the consequences if I am not? These are but a few of the questions unearthed when you sift through the current anxiety of data online and they are great questions.

     Waiting for this new information gives me the feeling of standing on a ship to an undiscovered land. Eager to spread across the globe, each new land is riddled with danger and possibility. There could be such fruitful experience or such damning confines. For me, my reactions to these feelings needs to be calmed. To properly assess the future and how it will affect my gaming adventures to come, I will need to be observant and dedicated.

     I have been a Microsoft fan for several years. Sony has disappointed me in its service camp but is not unimportant to the world of gaming. Nintendo has lost my interest as every year it merely gives me that brief feeling of being a child again, only for me to realize they insist on stunting my growth. I enjoy my memories to influence my new experiences, not to constantly emulate them. Consider if you will trying to play Shadow of the Colossus at the age of 8. As smart as you may have been, many of the themes would be lost on you. I honestly want Samus and  Link to mature sometime. Just once. Even so, I am still a fan of gaming and support each of these companies in their endeavors to bring gaming to their respective communities. So while Sony and Microsoft will determine what the future brings, I am still curious to see what Nintendo presents for E3. And not just Nintendo.

     With this future being so uncertain and energetic, there are other companies who are looking to make their mark in the now. Companies who are envisioning a gap in gaming that needs to be filled. Ouya is an example of this company. Whether you see Ouya having any possible competition in the field or not, it has a community willing to give it the chance, and it is not alone. 

     The future of gaming starts in 2013. It is my hope that it becomes one of new and wonderous surprises that cross genres and concepts in the way Proteus did. With this new technology we are granted new ways of engaging our hobbies. Hopefully these new boundaries are not stifling and we can immerse in ways we simply did not think we would enjoy as a community. At E3 2013, this possibility comes more solid. At E3, we get one step closer to the next 5 years of our lives, and hopefully a world that both understands who we have become as well as tantalizes us with new ways to let loose.

     I am excited and nervous to see where this ship makes landfall. Surprise me. -Adam