I HAVE SEEN THE FUTURE AND THE FUTURE IS NOW.

The SteamBoy is to the PC what the Vita is to the PS3/4, and that’s awesome. This thing is just awesome. Quad-core CPU, 4GB RAM, 32GB solid state storage, that is really good for a handheld gaming device, absolutely. If this thing takes off, we’ll see competitors lining up to make better versions of it too, so it can only get better from here on out.

I was really hoping someone would take my idea of a portable PC with integrated gaming controls and DO something with it, since I obviously don’t have the money to do it myself. Razer’s Edge (formerly Project Fiona) was the closest I’ve seen come to that, but that’s too large to call a handheld console. I guess the OpenPandora technically came closer to what I wanted, but its specs were outdated before it even released back then. In fact, if something like the OpenPandora released with today’s great tech specs, I’d be all over it; it had a physical keyboard in it too and ran Linux so you could do just about anything with it. It was just…not powerful enough. It was also super-expensive, like, over $500 expensive, so it wasn’t worth the money at all by the time it released. I followed its development for years though, so I understand why it had to be so much, and why the specs weren’t great (it actually would’ve been really good if it released when it was supposed to and not two years later due to many manufacturing delays. The OpenPandora team had a long run of bad luck, unfortunately…)

Anyway, oh, man, I’m so glad this is becoming a thing. Words cannot express how hyped I am about this. A handheld computer shoved into a controller that can play Steam games…it’s what the NVIDIA SHIELD should have been! I’ve been asking for this for YEARS, but the technology just wasn’t there yet to make it happen. But tech has advanced far enough now that a portable Steam Machine is finally a possibility. 

WHAT AN AWESOME NAME TOO. It’s the Game Boy of the future and the future is now! YEAHHHHHH!

Can’t wait for this. These guys have literally just won E3 for me. This blows everyone else out of the water in my eyes. I was feeling that E3 was a bit lackluster this year, but then this happened. Just imagine the possibilities, guys. Imagine…

Nintendo through the years. <3

PERSONA 5 CONFIRMED.

Well, I’ve had Pokemon Y since it released at midnight this morning. Sunk about 15 hours into it. I gotta say, it’s freaking awesome, and I can’t wait for the Hoenn remakes this one’s been dropping hints about. :P

Today is a Great Day for Fans of Japanese Games!

YYYYEEEEAAAAAHHHHHH!!!! WOOOOHOOOOOOO!!! YES! YES! YES! YES! YES!!!


Ahh, okay, now that I got that out of my syst- YYYEEEAAAHHHHHH!!!!!

>_>

<_<

Ahem! Sorry about that. Seriously folks, I’m beyond excited right now. Like, you don’t even know. There are several games that I’ve been pushing hard to various companies to bring to the west, and by God, they actually listened! Took them a while to officially announce things, as companies are slow moving creatures by nature, but YES THIS IS FINALLY HAPPENING.

Here’s a run-down of the games announced:

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  • Aksys has announced Sorcery Saga: Curse of the Great Curry God, known in Japan as Sei Madou Monogatari, will be heading to the west.

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  • At NISA’s Anime Expo panel today, Danganronpa, the English title now being Trigger Happy Havoc: Dangan Ronpa, was confirmed for US release.

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  • Nippon Ichi Software America also announced Demon Gaze will be localized too.

All of these are PS Vita titles, by the way. Anime Expo was better for the Vita than E3 was! Not that I’m complaining; these were some games I was pushing for. Now if only Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus and Monster Monpiece were announced. It’s okay though, since I’m importing those anyway — they’re in the mail as I type this! Unfortunately, Demon Gaze was also a thing I imported a few days ago, and it was just announced for localization! It won’t be out in English until 2014 though, so it’s cool. I can play it now in Japanese and then play it again in English after 6 months or so.

I’m not done with the announcements though! Let’s keep this hype train rolling!

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  • At a panel at Anime Expo last night, visual novel publisher JAST USA announced that they will be releasing Steins;Gate in the West.

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  • Hot on the heels of Tales of Xillia, which is coming exclusively to PlayStation 3 in Western territories this August, is Tales of Xillia 2! Revealed by Hideo Baba at the Japan Expo; according to Namco Bandai, they plan to bring it to North America and Europe sometime next year.

I’ve also got one last announcement! It’s not a confirmation, but it may as well be:

  • Atlus’ parent company has registered a Persona 5 domain. Hopefully this means it won’t be too long before we get an official reveal of Persona 5!

Man, what a great day for gaming, huh?

Hot on the heels of the new Japanese trailer released this morning is the reveal of a new Steel/Ghost type Pokémon for X and Y. This new Pokémon has reportedly been revealed as part of the Japan Expo taking place in Paris, and has the appearance of a sword. Named Monorpale in French and Hitotsuki in Japan, the Pokémon has an eerie look with its one-eyed glare, and with its Steel/Ghost typing – if true – will grant it as the first Pokémon with that specific type. Rumor has it that when Monorpale enters into battle it will unsheathe itself to show its true power.
Hot on the heels of the new Japanese trailer released this morning is the reveal of a new Steel/Ghost type Pokémon for X and Y. This new Pokémon has reportedly been revealed as part of the Japan Expo taking place in Paris, and has the appearance of a sword. Named Monorpale in French and Hitotsuki in Japan, the Pokémon has an eerie look with its one-eyed glare, and with its Steel/Ghost typing – if true – will grant it as the first Pokémon with that specific type. Rumor has it that when Monorpale enters into battle it will unsheathe itself to show its true power.

Hot on the heels of the new Japanese trailer released this morning is the reveal of a new Steel/Ghost type Pokémon for X and Y. This new Pokémon has reportedly been revealed as part of the Japan Expo taking place in Paris, and has the appearance of a sword. Named Monorpale in French and Hitotsuki in Japan, the Pokémon has an eerie look with its one-eyed glare, and with its Steel/Ghost typing – if true – will grant it as the first Pokémon with that specific type. Rumor has it that when Monorpale enters into battle it will unsheathe itself to show its true power.

wiseoldunicorn:

noctisheartthefestive:

The longer you stare at this picture the worse it gets.

oh my god, it really does

wiseoldunicorn:

noctisheartthefestive:

The longer you stare at this picture the worse it gets.

oh my god, it really does

NVIDIA SHIELD Price Reduction

Looks like I just saved $50 without even doing anything! XD

http://www.nvidia.com/content/newsletters/web/shield/shield-price-drop-web-Jun20-2013.html

Contacted NVIDIA, since I paid for my SHIELD in full for $349 via PayPal; they told me I would receive a $50 refund when my SHIELD shipped. Totally psyched! Who doesn’t love saving money without even having to lift a finger to do so? :P

The Eighth Generation Console Wars

An anonymous reader on Slashdot writes,

"Now that both Sony and Microsoft have announced their next-gen consoles, and we’ve gotten solid information about their hardware, technology, and features, Eurogamer asks whether Nintendo’s struggling Wii U will be able to hold its own once the new competition arrives. ‘Wii U has tanked — there’s no other way to put it — with even the release of traditional big-hitters like Dragon Quest 10 failing to make a dent in the Japanese market. If you believe certain analysts, April saw things getting even worse in the U.S. with the Wii U shifting under 40,000 units, easily outsold by the 360 and PS3 — and, even more embarrassingly, the Wii.’ If the Wii U doesn’t see a miraculous turnaround, Nintendo may be left with the difficult choice of whether to port its software to competing consoles. It’ll also serve as a bellwether to see if the big gamer complaint about the new Sony and Microsoft consoles — that they’re only partly about games — is honest. ‘At a time when the goal of its competitors is to own the living room, the extent of Nintendo’s ambition is simply to be in it — a dedicated games console, and no more.’"


Things looking pretty grim for Nintendo in the home console arena. On the bright side, their handheld sector is doing fantastically now, so all those doomers and gloomers saying, “Nintendo will have no choice but to go third party,” are pretty much ousting themselves as complete and total morons. Nintendo aren’t going anywhere. They are nowhere close to dead. They are still making bank — that their console isn’t selling as well as they’d hoped does not spell the deathknell for them, as they still make a profit once the owner of a Wii U buys one game, and chances are, if you bought a Wii U, you bought a game for it. ;)

They’ll make it through this off of their exclusives. That’s all they need, and getting them is assured. They will “fail” in that they will probably get last place this console generation in sales, but as long as they made a profit, does it realling count as a “failure?”

No. Of course it doesn’t.

People said the same thing about the PSP (outside of Japan anyway), yet, because it made a nice profit for Sony, they released a successor, the PS Vita. It too looks gloomy in sales, but it too has been profitable for Sony (though not as much as they would have liked). So, likewise, Sony’s computer entertainment / PlayStation division will also not be going anywhere anytime soon.

In fact, the only company I see that may be failing hard in their video game sector is Microsoft. The people have spoken: the Xbox One is a joke. I haven’t met a gamer yet that actually plans on purchasing one. Microsoft has revealed itself to be incredibly anti-consumer, and that will surely hurt them big time.

Personally, I’ll be getting a PS4 and Wii U at some point, along with sticking to my Vita and 3DS as my handheld platforms of choice, and the ever-present PC for non-console-exclusive titles and virtual reality experiences. I’ll also be dabbling with Android as a platform with the NVIDIA SHIELD, which I pre-ordered shortly after it was possible to do so; it will be replacing my aging iPod Touch for my general entertainment and mobile productivity needs.

What are you guys’ thoughts on all of this? What say you about the upcoming console war? One thing’s for sure: it’s gonna be mighty interesting to see what new and exciting experiences spring forth, dont’tcha think?

helioscentrifuge:

darkoverord:

ampvee:

gameplate:

Minecraft comic series by 
Alexander Diochon

This is a really cool take on how Minecraft would work ‘realistically’. Love it!

Hooooooooooooooooooooly fuck that’s awesome.

This is adorable oh my god!

I want more! :D
helioscentrifuge:

darkoverord:

ampvee:

gameplate:

Minecraft comic series by 
Alexander Diochon

This is a really cool take on how Minecraft would work ‘realistically’. Love it!

Hooooooooooooooooooooly fuck that’s awesome.

This is adorable oh my god!

I want more! :D
helioscentrifuge:

darkoverord:

ampvee:

gameplate:

Minecraft comic series by 
Alexander Diochon

This is a really cool take on how Minecraft would work ‘realistically’. Love it!

Hooooooooooooooooooooly fuck that’s awesome.

This is adorable oh my god!

I want more! :D
helioscentrifuge:

darkoverord:

ampvee:

gameplate:

Minecraft comic series by 
Alexander Diochon

This is a really cool take on how Minecraft would work ‘realistically’. Love it!

Hooooooooooooooooooooly fuck that’s awesome.

This is adorable oh my god!

I want more! :D
helioscentrifuge:

darkoverord:

ampvee:

gameplate:

Minecraft comic series by 
Alexander Diochon

This is a really cool take on how Minecraft would work ‘realistically’. Love it!

Hooooooooooooooooooooly fuck that’s awesome.

This is adorable oh my god!

I want more! :D
helioscentrifuge:

darkoverord:

ampvee:

gameplate:

Minecraft comic series by 
Alexander Diochon

This is a really cool take on how Minecraft would work ‘realistically’. Love it!

Hooooooooooooooooooooly fuck that’s awesome.

This is adorable oh my god!

I want more! :D
helioscentrifuge:

darkoverord:

ampvee:

gameplate:

Minecraft comic series by 
Alexander Diochon

This is a really cool take on how Minecraft would work ‘realistically’. Love it!

Hooooooooooooooooooooly fuck that’s awesome.

This is adorable oh my god!

I want more! :D
helioscentrifuge:

darkoverord:

ampvee:

gameplate:

Minecraft comic series by 
Alexander Diochon

This is a really cool take on how Minecraft would work ‘realistically’. Love it!

Hooooooooooooooooooooly fuck that’s awesome.

This is adorable oh my god!

I want more! :D

helioscentrifuge:

darkoverord:

ampvee:

gameplate:

Minecraft comic series by 

Alexander Diochon

This is a really cool take on how Minecraft would work ‘realistically’. Love it!

Hooooooooooooooooooooly fuck that’s awesome.

This is adorable oh my god!

I want more! :D