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SBox Soapbox: How Did Microsoft Do @ E3 2017?

Why is it that I’m never just be at home during E3? Seriously, I must have some kind of curse on me, because it always seems like the same thing happens to me every year. No matter how much I plan this shit out, something always comes up that makes me either miss the first day or makes me barely miss the big conferences. Luckily, this year saw my spontaneous family outing wrapped up just in time for me to catch the first major show of the biggest event in gaming: Microsoft’s “Xbox @ E3 2017 Briefing”. Continue reading SBox Soapbox: How Did Microsoft Do @ E3 2017?

My Thoughts on Microsoft’s E3 2016 Press Conference

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The time has finally come to discuss the biggest video game event of the year once again: the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2016. I’m humbled by the fact that this is the second E3 I’ll be spending with you all. This wouldn’t be as fun if I was simply taking in these announcements by myself with no outlet to express that information. So, hopefully this is as fun for you as it is for me.

There have been E3 conferences and events the past couple of days, but my sights as always were set on the Big 3 companies: Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. Monday saw the release of possibly the only two major showings of E3, so today I would like to share my thoughts of the show with you all, starting with Microsoft. Continue reading My Thoughts on Microsoft’s E3 2016 Press Conference

Mini-Update (6/12/16): The Ranting SBox E3 Schedule

Greetings peeps!

Hard to believe it’s already been a month since my last update. I hope you’re all doing well since then. I’ve been doing well myself just taking the opportunity to relax and sleep in while I can. In just two months I’ll be back to that hustle and bustle (accompanied by endless crying) of college life. I digress, though. Let’s discuss probably my only concrete plans for this month: E3.

Yes, this year I’ll once again be participating in the annual gamer hype fest known as the Electronic Entertainment Expo! This may be my fifth year watching E3, but it’s only the second one to be spent here on the blog. I’m glad I’m able to spend E3 with you guys as it wouldn’t be as fun just watching the show alone with no one to talk to about this.

This year I’ve decided to forego the predictions post because I’m going into E3 somewhat blind this year. While I do have expectations, I don’t have enough information to make an interesting post. That’s why I decided to wait for the show.

As usual the only conferences I’ll be fully covering will be the Big 3’s: Microsoft, Sony and however much I’ll be able to discuss about Nintendo. Those looking for full coverage of Ubisoft or Bethesda will unfortunately not find much here. However, I will be covering individual announcements through the the week from all companies involved. This, of course, will only be the games I’m interested in.

The aside from the individual announcements, here is how I’ll cover E3 this year:

Monday: Microsoft reaction post

Tuesday: Sony reaction post

Wednesday: Nintendo reaction post

Thursday: Favorite games of E3

Hopefully, everything will go according to plan and I’ll get everything out on time for you guys. The only one that may be a bit late is Monday as I have something going on tomorrow. If things get difficult, I’ll push it back to Tuesday. Worst case may also delay my Favorite Games post to Friday. Just know I’ll do my best to be on time with each post.

Hopefully I’ll see you all here starting tomorrow when we discuss Microsoft’s press conference!

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!

My Thoughts on Microsoft’s E3 2015 Press Conference

At Xbox our mission is simple: to put you, the gamers, at the center of everything we do, to build the best platform and most reliable service for both gamers and developers, and to enable teams to push the boundaries of creativity, technical innovation, and of course fun.

~Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox Team

This week is E3 week- the annual event where miraculous gaming announcements practically reign from the heavens for our viewing pleasure. Need I say more? Nope, I’d rather just start talking impressions on what was shown.

We start off appropriately with Microsoft, the first conference of the day. Before we start, click here for my predictions post of which I will be referring to often. Continue reading My Thoughts on Microsoft’s E3 2015 Press Conference

SBox Soapbox: E3 2015 Predictions (Microsoft Edition)

E3, the video game equivalent of the Superbowl, is almost here at last. With summer being the quiet period in terms of AAA releases, E3 stands to be the fuel gamers need to keep their fire going until the Fall. Everyone knows some of the biggest announcements are made here, which is reason enough for any avid gamer to be excited.

This is my first E3 with this blog, and I plan to cover it to the best of my ability starting right now. This week is predictions week here on TSRB. Before we get into the festivities I want to have my anticipation level in check. I will at the very least cover the Big 3 (both pre and post-show) since those are the only ones I pay much attention to. So we’ll start with the first up to bat: Microsoft.

Continue reading SBox Soapbox: E3 2015 Predictions (Microsoft Edition)

My Quick Thoughts on Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter (Spiritual Successor to Banjo-Kazooie)

When it comes to platformer games, several companies come to mind as soon as you here to term. There are many pioneers to this subgenre of games: Nintendo, Sega, Naughty Dog, Insomniac, etc. However, a conversation about great platformers is never complete without mentioning Rare. Continue reading My Quick Thoughts on Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter (Spiritual Successor to Banjo-Kazooie)

The 7th Generation of Gaming In Review: Intro

 

Greetings peeps!

It’s funny how we end up coming up with ideas. For example, Sir Isaac Newton developed the concept of gravity when he was hit in the head by a fruit. Dr. Brown from Back to the Future came up with a time traveling DeLorean when he hit his head on a sink. And I created this new segment of blog posts while being up all night with a sickness I am assuming is a fever. Neat, huh?

Today I would like to announce a new series of posts I would like to make. For those of you who don’t know, a time period of a group of video game consoles are active and competing is known as a “console generation”. A console generation begins when the first new piece of hardware is released which replaces the previous generation. We are currently in the 8th Generation of video game consoles, which consist of the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, 3DS, and Vita. However, the generation we will be referring to will be the 7th Generation consoles: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, DS, and PSP.

The 7th Generation of consoles was a hell of a game changer to say the least. For one, it is one of the longest console generations ever, lasting since 2004 with the release of the DS. This generation was also timed perfectly with the changes in online and social media. That generation has introduced new game trends, new ways to play, new ways to make games, and new ways to interact with the game and its developers. We also picked up a mainstream not present in console generations prior.

The 7th Generation of gaming will be forever remembered for its paradigm shifts and what it has offered to gaming. Now whether that is a good thing or a bad thing is up to you.

I do realize that the 7th gen is not completely done yet. However, we are already nearing the end as games start making the shift to newer hardware. This is a good time to take a good look at this time period and analyze what makes this console gen stand out.

In these posts, I will look at each aspect of gaming and comment on them all. These aspects include Online Multiplayer, DLC, Social Media, Social Justice, Indies, etc. The goal is to decide what this generation stood for and what it will most likely be remembered as.

I was originally going to make a post called “What Will the 7th Generation Be Remembered As?” I decided to separate the all these aspects instead of just making a long-winded post that people are going to read the first few paragraphs of and get tired of. Besides, I can;t possibly fit everything into a single post.

Be on the lookout for this series of blog posts, because they’re coming your way soon. These probably won’t be the longest posts to make. I won’t go into too much detail about some of these since these are just my thoughts with some explanation.

Hope you can join in on the fun and in the discussion.

I’m SBox180. Thanks for reading!

Part 1: Generation of DLC