The Reset Button 3/4/2013 - g1 Community Showcase Extravaganza Bonanza
Man, what a week it's been eh? How's your's been? Good? Well, that's certainly good to hear. Me? Eh, it's been a bit of a roller coaster to be quite honest.
There's a lot going on for me at the moment, which is why my good friend, and boss...and your administrator, g1 digitaldebaser, will be taking the reigns of the Reset Button for the next two weeks while I get my stuff ordered all in one, neat pile in reality. He's a great writer, trust me. Been here before, too!
Now, we've got some great community writers out there, and I want to give them a bit of an extra incentive for their efforts. Like a gold star if you will, only my gold stars are more shiny and super terrific! ...Okay, not so much, but I do want to mention them and their awesome efforts into making the news section just that much better.
Speaking of news, I'm obviously excluding my Q&A session with Spicy Horse founder American McGee (which, by the way, you can go check out his inspiring words here) from this list because that'd be really selfish of me now wouldn't it? Some of these names will be oh-so-familiar to you, others will be quite new to your ocular perception.
So, now that we've got the pleasantries out of the way, let's go ahead and hit reset!
Bleszinski: We're in a massive state of turmoil
g1 logicallydashing had a chance to sit down and talk to former designer at Epic Games, and current retiree Cliff Bleszinski to talk about the current state of the gaming indsutry. Turns out he's got quite a bit going on in his mind.
"This business has not been in a state of transition like it is right now since the video game crash of the '80s. I really think we're in a massive state of turmoil. I think Nintendo could possibly be faced with the situation of becoming a company that only makes software moving forward. I think Sony and Microsoft are about to come to major blows. ... I just want to see what happens. In regards to the industry, it's like the Super Smash Bros. of business right now and I want to see if Peach or Mario wins."
He also went on to say that he's tired of seeing games as a focal point for scapegoats and cop outs for acts of violence in certain situations like Sandy Hook.
I can see where he's coming from, and I mostly agree with him. It is very annoying to have video games be the one to blame for random acts of violence ever since Columbine. Sure, I think it's a partial blame, but not a full-on blame and scapegoat. There's many factors that play into that level of psychotic.
I totally agree with his opinion on Nintendo possibly being put into the situation of making games only, which really isn't a bad thing in this business. Look at Sega for example. I think once Nintendo realizes that they could possibly make more money by going software-only and releasing their games on other consoles. Not their desired direction I'm sure, but one that shouldn't be ruled out.
PC could see a major rebirth in gaming, if it hasn't happened already. For now, I'd like to see Cliff back in the industry soon. Only when he feels comfortable, if at all.
Faust joins creative team of developer Mane6
g1 Oshawott789 has been keeping tabs on the Mane6 situation and reports that famed animator Lauren Faust has offered to create original characters for a remade game.
In a statement, Mane6 said that Faust has joined the team and she's looking forward to some challenging and creative work.
"I’m so super psyched to be a part of this! I hope I can do my little part to help Mane6 finish up this game in a way that stays true to the spirit of the original — but in a way that can freely be shared! I hope you like what we come up with."
With all that said, the My Little Pony franchise that Hasbro owns can be dropped, which will mean the Cease and Desist order will be voided. Is it fair of Hasbro to do this to their fans? Legally, it is their right to do it, but it's not right in a sense of morals.
That's the thing I think a lot of people fail to understand in this situation, as well as any other fandom. The only thing that can't really be given a C&D is fan-fiction and artwork, unless released for an unlicensed profit to the offender, which is most likely fans, sadly.
Heck, even the Mane6 developers knew what they were getting into when they were using the franchise unlicensed, and that it would be brought up sooner or later. At least there's a happy ending to this story as Faust agreed to create new characters for a well-built game.
Because if this game wasn't well-designed, no one would really care. Prove me wrong. Fortunately, though, it's well-designed, so it's all good.
Rumored Xbox reveal may be towards E3
g1 Ryan Conway, the weekend news editor, says there's a new Xbox in the works, as if we didn't know, but more and more proof is coming to surface.
Sure, anonymous sources aren't the greatest sources to rely upon, but CVG writer Rob Crossley has a "trusted" source that says Microsoft will be unveiling the game close to, if not during E3.
"The next Xbox event is scheduled for April 26th, I've been told by someone I trust. Microsoft may change date, obviously, but diarise tentatively."
I'm sure they won't want to waste any time prior to E3 with a release then, but who knows for sure? If anything, a safe bet to make would be to see an announcement during E3.
I'm placing my money on it, as it'd be the favorite if Vegas took bets on such a thing. Hell, I wish Vegas would accept bets on who will win WrestleMania, but it is scripted, alas.
Ouya begins shipping to Kickstarter backers
g1 ThePortlandian reports about the Ouya shipping out to the lucky Kickstarter backers that helped make the wonder console a reality.
As an additional bonus, independent developer Kellee Santiago has committed to make a game for the little console that could, and can possibly act as a resource for in-company developers as well as out-of-company developers for the Ouya.
Soon, the console will be available for sale at a launch price for $100. I'd like to dive in, but I'm currently building a custom PC, so that'll set me back quite a few bucks. Then I'm saving for SGC. After that, I'll probably be very broke in Fargo, but very happy.
THEN, I'll invest in an Ouya. It'll be a long while until I can experience this kind of gaming bliss. For now, I wait...impatiently.
Sakurai injures arm; Smash Bros. development impacted
g1 ThatPunkAdam found out about Smash Bros. designer Masahiro Sakurai injuring his arm, which might cause some difficulties in the game development's progress.
In a translated quote, Sakurai said:
"I think the one word I've said the most this year, by far, is 'Ow! Not only am I getting calcific tendonitis, but they've also found what are apparently several ruptures in the muscles. My upper arm hurts, and there's this chronic dull pain in my elbow joint as well. On the lower arm, there's this feeling of fatigue around the flexor muscles that turns into pain when I use a keyboard or game controller with my fingers."
He also said that it will most likely effect how the game is tested and how bugs could be possibly fixed, which will likely end up in a delay of the game.
My first reaction wasn't about Sakurai injuring his arm or a possible delay in the game. My initial reaction to this piece of news was, "Wait, Sakurai is making another Smash Bros. game? I thought he quit making those games."
At least that was my last recollection of knowledge anyway. Didn't he say his last Smash Bros. game would be Brawl? I'm honestly confused. In either aspect, I feel bad for those who are anticipating a new Smash Bros. game.
That'll do it for me, I now hand the keys over to Debaser for the next two weeks. Make sure he runs the ol' girl nice and easy, and no going over the miles! Make sure you fill up the gas tank, too.