Years back, when the Super Nintendo and Nintendo GameCube ruled the roost, Nintendo’s president at the time, Howard Lincoln, was often quoted as saying, “The name of the game is the game.” What he meant was simply that game machines are nothing without solid games. After all, it’s great content that drives movie studios, television channels, and yes, even game machines.
For our second day at E3, we turned our attention toward the games. These are the games that you’ll be playing this holiday and into next year. So as we ducked into booth after booth of eye-popping graphics and sounds, we gathered a list of what we think will be the mega-hits of holidays to come. These are the games blowing the crowds away today, and soon they’ll be wowing you:
If E3 is rolling into town, that means you can almost set your watch to the appearance of a certain plumber. That’s right; Mario’s back, and he’s bringing with him Nintendo’s stable of franchise characters, Kirby, Link, Kid Icarus…yes, that’s right, Kid Icarus flies again. As will Wii U HD versions of Zelda, Mario and your other favorites.
Not a Nintendo fan? Discount Nintendo if you will, but Nintendo’s Wii has outsold the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in a shorter amount of time (over 50 million Wiis have been sold to date), and it’s all thanks to Nintendo’s stable of well-known all-stars. For gamers, it’s great to see these characters final enter the high-def age. A short video trailer of a new Zelda Wii U game made thumbs twitch uncontrollably.
Microsoft Sells Kinect & Hardcore Game Experiences
Motion gaming has been a pox on the games industry since the introduction of the Wii. Sure, the Wii-mote is cool… sure, it’s easy to use and even grandma loves it…but Wii games lack depth and replay value. (When was the last time you cracked open “Wii Resort”?)
Do you really want to stand up in front of your TV for hours playing “Portal 2” when you can sit down and play? We didn’t think so, but Microsoft does as they seemingly try to integrate Kinect into every game you’ll be playing on your Xbox. OK, so maybe we’re going a bit overboard, but there were a lot of Kinect games. Games such as “Kinect Disneyland Adventures,” where you can explore Disneyland without leaving the comfort of your home.
We were more drawn to new additions to the “Halo” franchise: “Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary” a “Halo 1” remake. And even more exciting, the arrival of “Halo 4” the first game in a new trilogy. Other awesome games we’re looking forward to on the Xbox 360? “SSX” a reboot of the snowboarding classic and Bioware’s “Mass Effect 3.”
Sony’s Software and The Best of the Rest
Aside from the games for the PlayStation Vita, PS3 “Tomb Raider” fans will be excited to hear a young Laura Croft is returning to your console – this time in an open-world adventure that plays like a cross between “Just Cause 2” and “Grand Theft Auto.” Ubisoft’s “Rayman: Origins” scored major points in the “most beautiful game” category but will have to share that honor with “From Dust,” the sleeper hit of e3 2011. “Unchartered 3” and “Batman: Arkham City” just scored major cool points, but both were already on our must-buy list. Finally, there was “Bioshock Infinite,” a game that takes us high above the watery world we’ve been used to.
Don’t Just Play Video Games – Make Them
Every title being announced this week in Los Angeles represents the work of many creative professionals who come together like an army to bring your favorite game vividly to life. Each of those careers starts with expert training, like the kind students will receive this summer at Digital Media Academy.
DMA offers a wide range of one-week and two-week-long courses in the creation of video games that speak to different ages and levels of expertise. Digital Media Academy’s list of video game summer camps is extensive and comprehensive, and each program is taught by a games industry professional, like the ones at E3.
From great introductory courses for kids (like Adventures in 2D & 3D Video Game Creation & Game Modding) to 3D Game Creation in Level Design and Character Design, to even more advanced programs for teens (courses that teach you how to develop games for Google Android devices, how to develop games for the Internet and how to develop games for the iPhone), DMA has a video-game creation program that fits every interests. Don’t just play video games – this summer learn to make them.
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