I’ve been thinking about what was revealed at E3 last week, the good, the bad, the great, the things that made us go hmm.. (puppets) and It’s led me to this decision. Video games are art, they’re entertainment, and they’re here to stay.
Let me start by showcasing my favorite reveals from E3.
Cuphead on Xbox One’s ID@XBOX
When it comes to the argument of video games being art, There were a few games at E3 we can now point to and have validation in that argument. Cuphead is one of the games. You play as Cuphead a cartoon character who much like Micky Mouse’s Steam Boat Willy is a cartoon come to life, and it’s one of my favorite games of E3.
ReCore on Xbox One
ReCore was a breath of fresh air during an E3 that was full of reboots, sequels, and retro games. It’s actually great to see Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune’s creative influence set free from Capcom, If you listen to our podcast you know my thought’s on Capcom lately. But just to see him creating new games and properties is great to see, and this game looks fantastic. It’ll be neat to see how each robot can be changed with each core, and how the environment changes with each storm.
The Last Guardian on Playstation 4
Another case can be made as a video game as a work of art, This game was announced at E3 in 2009 for the PS3, it was all but forgotten by Sony. This was one of the reasons I purchased a PS3, the game never came, however Sony says that the game was so graphically intense that they needed to push it to the PS4, Will I get a PS4 for this game, I may eventually but with the other line up that Sony had it’s making me want a PS4
Horizon Zero Dawn
Another strong candidate for Sony, The only thing with Sony’s press conference was that most of the games that were announced have a release date in 2016, Which is great for people who don’t own a PS4 yet because we get to wait and not miss many new games that are made by Sony. Horizon is one of the games that has that quality that makes me want a PS4, much like The Last of us was a clincher for me buying a PS3. Giant robotic dinos and animals being hunted by bow and arrow in a stealth game sounds great and looks amazing by the early look we got at E3.
Mario Maker on the Wii U
Mario Maker is something I’ve always dreamed of doing since I was a kid, In fact, I always would draw levels like the creators of Mario used to do when the planned a level out. I did it with Mario, Mega Man, Donkey Kong you name it. I don’t own a Wii U, but this game makes me really want one. I do have a 3ds, so I might just bide my time and see if they announce anything for it instead. But with no Zelda on Wii U it makes me question if it’s worth buying a Nintendo system. This game was definitely a bright spot for Nintendo along with Star Fox and Yoshi’s Wooly World. Since they announced the new system would be coming out, I’m not sure it’s the right time to jump into a Nintendo Console.
With all the games that were announced at E3 these were my favorites. There were way too many to mention all of them, but I was slightly disappointed in the lack of Red Dead Redemption. Maybe Rockstar will see that Red Dead lead the way as far as what gamers wanted to be backwards compatible on Xbox One, Maybe it’s time for a new Red Dead game. Maybe next year… Maybe later this year some news will come… Till then I’m going to happily play what games I have and what’s coming down the pike this year.
In the world of Hyrule Warriors, you not only get to play as Hyrule’s favorite warrior, Link, but you also get to play as a plethora of other individual mainstays in the world of Zelda. All of which have different abilities, powers and prowess…also you get to play as Ganondorf. Ganondorf. Which brings me to my Top 5 list of people who I would like to play as in other game series.
Now, the way that I am going to do this is that if there’s a part in the game where you CAN play as that person, you can play as that person. However, party games are not considered games in this. That’s not what I’m going for. I’m talking about awesome characters in video games that you REALLY want to play…but can’t. Let’s begin, shall we?
5. Tingle – Let’s start with the one most people want to see in Hyrule Warriors. Tingle is the chunky guy that you always has to save off of the balloon but also, somehow, has magical powers. I wouldn’t mind playing as him somewhere down the line, even if it is Hyrule Warriors (seeing how you can play as a lot of other characters). It would be an interesting addition to that game.
4. Dr. Wily and crew – Would you like an origin story of the scientist who created the robots? It could be an awesome strategy game where you get control of your creations and try to take out Mega Man and try to, you know, take over the world!
3. Batarians – Batarians hate humans. That’s apparent. However, Commander Shepard has teamed with people who tried to kill him, Cerberus and the Geth, GETH! So why not have one straggler from the race that hates humans join up with Shepard and the rest of the crew? It would only make…sense?
2. Waluigi – Where’s the Waluigi game?! I mean, we have Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Toad and Wario all have variations of their very own video game. All we know about Waluigi is that…well…he likes Tennis….and knows how to ride a Kart pretty damn good, ain’t that right Chachi?
1. BLASTO! – Enkindle This.
Who would you like to play as in any game? Leave it in the comments below.
Ladies and Gentleman! Welcome to the internet’s favorite website segment…….. Video Game themed things from across the internet…..net…..net!
We’ve got some good things in this weeks segment, not really weird, however worth posting and the attention. Also! Starting this week at the bottom will be a couple awesome links of stuff that didn’t make it into the story, so bonus content! Enjoy!
Youtuber LORE who does a series of videos showing the history of certain video games in 60-80 second youtube videos. The latest one is an impressive 80 second video featuring the history of Final Fantasy. (This one is for you Bobby.) Enjoy!
I appreciate the snide remarks and the guys quickness. Check out the rest of the videos on his channel by clicking here.
Next up is another YouTube series this one starting brand new as of 2 days ago. What happens after the robot wars and theres no one to fight? What is Mega Man to do then? Introducing Peace Time MegaMan!
its amazing on how much you can do with two hands! Stay tuned to them for more episodes!
Last but not least and one that connects to my past a bit. The ultimate in fighting game skill. Guy uses piano to play Tekken…. Using the midi signals and some extra equipment he sends the signal to a arcade controller. Check it out in this video!
So that’s all I have for you this week. Stay tuned for more Video Game themed things from across the Internet…net…net! See some things you want featured hit me up on Twitter – @chachisays and you may find yourself here! Until next time, keep the things coming!
25 years ago a man named Keiji Inafune created a little blue character named Rock. Well, that’s what he was known as in Japan. But in America he was known as Mega Man. A little blue robot that was tasked with taking down the evil Dr. Wiley and his Robot Masters. In the weeks to come, I’m going to explore a bit more about Mega Man’s game and history for his 25th Anniversary, each week I’ll write about a different Mega Man game and discuss what the series meant to me growing up as a gamer.
Mega Man box art…
I’m going to start with Mega Man 1. The first game in the series was simply called Mega Man, and it was what most think of as the hardest game in the series. This was before Mega Buster’s or the ability to slide, there was no Rush, or Beat or even Eddie Flip top to throw you powerups as the game progressed, although the baddies in the stage would drop things from time to time. It was an unforgiving first start for the series. The first game wasn’t a run away hit for Capcom as it’s horrible box art was most likely the cause of that. Not looking at all like Mega Man more like Middle Aged Man with a terrible suit, gun, and beer belly. He was awkwardly posed on the cover of the game. When you would play the game though, it was completely different than the cover, A great platforming experience and a great story for a simple NES game. Mega Man was tasked with taking down Dr. Wiley and his 6 (at the time it was only 6 instead of the traditional 8 that would become a staple in the series) Robot Masters.
The Robot Masters
My favorite part of every Mega Man game was the Robot Masters, Defeating them and picking up their powers was a highlight of my childhood. I can remember creating my own levels on paper, and my own robots with various themes and powers for Mega Man to take on. It was so much fun trying to figure out what power would work on what robot master. Figuring out what order you should take them on was very much a part of the strategy and overall fun of the Mega Man Series. In the first game there was as I said 6 Robot Masters. Cut Man, Guts Man, Ice Man, Bomb Man, Fire Man, and Elec Man these were the bosses that Mega Man had to defeat. All former robots built by Dr. Light and Dr. Wiley that were supposed to help people. However Dr. Wiley had other intentions for these robots, and he turned them against mankind. The levels of each of the robot masters were tough but fair. And it was exciting when you finally reached and heard the sound of the boss doors. My favorite boss in the first game was Cut Man. I think he was the coolest looking of the robots in the first game although Bomb Man had a great weapon.
The first game’s music was catchy, but didn’t feature as many memorable tracks as the other games would feature. I think the catchiest of the levels was Elec Man’s level,which was also the opening theme of Mega Man. Fire Man’s level, and Cut Man’s level coming in at a very close 2nd and 3rd. It still featured the very memorable stage select music that would would all know and love throughout the 25 years that Mega Man has been around. Above is a sample of the stage music for you to listen to.
So with that I wrap up my coverage on the first game I want to know what everyone’s favorite Robot Master was in the first game. What was your favorite Level, and What was your favorite Music in this game? Leave us a comment below! and next Monday I’ll look at the very popular Mega Man 2.
Chachi, Frank, and Rizz discuss the games inside of games (gameception?), what video game character would make an interesting supervisor or boss, and turning the tables on video game concepts. Who’s the real bad guy?
Growing up a gamer, I think one series defined me as a gamer early on. Mega Man was my favorite series of games as a kid. I beat 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 as soon as I played them. I don’t know what it was about the series that drew me in but it really molded me as a gamer, and the geek that I am today. I used to draw Mega Man levels. Robot masters, you name it I was all about it. When the series evolved I evolved along with it. The Mega Man X series was great, I remember getting mad at my dad for erasing my Mega Man Legends save file on Playstation. Mega Man 8 on Playstation was awesome and the recent arcade titles Mega Man 9 and 10 brought that old school feel back to the series. This brings me to what Mega Man has recently become in the eyes of the company that Mega Man helped mold in to what it is today.
Capcom has turned their back on Mega Man. In October 2010 Mega Man’s co-creator left the company stating that he didn’t want to settle, that he wanted to create more games. Since then Capcom has cancelled Mega Man Legends 3 which was set to come out for the Nintendo 3DS, and put Mega Man in Street Fighter X Tekken. The latter seems amazing right? Wow Mega Man in a fighting game against Tekken and Street Fighter Characters… normally this would be a great thing; however it was the version of Mega Man that they used. The Fat Mega Man from the poorly designed cover of Mega Man for the NES. This coupled by the fact that Mega Man was left off of Marvel vs Capcom 3 in favor of Zero and Tron Bonne. I’m putting the video of Mega Man’s embarrassing story in the game just so you can see how far our pint sized hero has fallen in the eyes of Capcom.
Capcom you could be a little nicer to the little blue guy that helped mold your company into one of the biggest video game publishers today. The Gameplay, Music, and just sheer epicness of Mega Man are at stake, and I think you should be more careful with your properties in the near future. Fans of Mega Man and Capcom are your real concern here.