Last night Sony made the announcement we’ve all been waiting for, the PS4 is on its way. It’ll be releasing the end of this year, just in time for the holidays, and features many updates over their current console. But if you were trying to watch the announcement yourself you probably had troubles with the stream, buffering issues, or were just fuckin’ bored because who knew it was going to run for hours! Hours upon hours of praise for the console and its new specs without a single fuckin’ look at thing! To relive the frustration just take a look at our own live blog of the event. I honestly became a little concerned for Jason at about the hour and half mark.
This isn’t to say the whole announcement was a waste of time – yes it was – but those important bits could have easily been covered in about three and a half minutes. Which is what we’ve got here, courtesy of VideoGamer, the entire PS4 announcement in a quick and funny 3:22.
Sony and Microsoft have each been issuing reports teasing at their revealing of a new next-generation console for some time. As their current systems get on in years the possibility (and necessity) of a new system creeps ever closer. Honestly, this is like the cold war of the gaming industry and while Nintendo stands off to the side rehashing the Wii into the Wii U the real big boys of the gaming world have been going toe to toe.
Now it appears as if Sony might be kicking off the next-generation gaming run via a mysterious video. Surfacing online earlier, it may possibly be the beginnings of an announcement about the release of a new Playstation.
Check out the video and read on after the jump. (more…)
Give me a P. Give me an A. Give me an X. What does that spell? PAX…you dyslexic sucka duck! YES, the much-anticipated, annual, nerdfest PAX East (a la Penny Arcade) in Boston came, went and totally took advantage of the prime real estate that is my body. I need a breath mint, deodorant and massage from a small Vietnamese woman with mighty – yet gentle- hands (and is up for expected happy ending). For those of you scratching your heads wondering what the hell is PAX East?! First, I’d like to slap you upside the head for being an ignorant douche-canoe. This is our culture. How do you not know about this?!?! OK, here’s a quick run-through: PAX East, is like a smaller E3, but intended for consumers rather than developers. See, they get a bunch of video game hot shots to show off their hardware, software and um…in some cases hot chicks in tall boots
"These boots are made for walking, and that's just what they'll do, one of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you."
Then, they invite the public to hang out and fall in love with all kinds of the latest, greatest gear and games on (or about to enter) the video game scene. Attendees can play games, attend panel sessions about all kinds of cool stuff, see live music and even compete in video game tournaments! Exciting, right? YES! Especially if you like shiny bags of SWAG, the occasional hot chick in costume, new technology, and inspiring speeches.
So now you have a pretty solid idea of what goes on in general. What might not be entirely clear to you is the feeling of “home”. *cue the violin for sappy time* Let’s face it, we as gamers are strange and weird. We typically don’t mesh well with the world outside our own. The acceptance in ordinary society is growing quite rapidly, but how many people in your life truly appreciate and understand your pleasure, your obsession, your escape? While we’re predominantlyhaving too much fun to care, wouldn’t it be nice to be embraced by a collective mutuality? After all, you know gamer friends are the perfect circle of people you always want to hang out with. Why not a sea of thousands, all singing to the tune of “Let’s Play”? Simply put, PAX is your haven. Your heaven. Your home.
Have you heard the news? Video games finally are being hailed as art! I KNOW! To celebrate the mainstream acceptance, the Smithsonian is busy curating a video game exhibit that will open to the public in a little over two years.
“The Art of Video Games” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum will explore the evolution of games as an artistic medium. From the announcement on the museum’s site:
From the Atari VCS to the Playstation 3, The Art of Video Games will show the development of visual effects and aesthetics during four decades, the emergence of games as a means for storytelling, the influence of world events and popular culture on game development, and the impact that the games can have on society.
The exhibit will be a multimedia, multisensory event, with art prints, historic consoles, video interviews, and even a public vote on top video game moments.
“The Art of Video Games” runs March 16, 2012-Sept. 9, 2012, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. Read the full exhibit announcement here. And when you visit the museum, be sure to wear Christine’s favorite shirt!