Life, The Universe, And Gaming: Weird But Not Unpleasant
Or: Holiday Special Derp-Out Spectacular! And Stuff
In case it’s not abundantly clear right now, we at the eGamer HQ (spoiler: There is no eGamer HQ… unless you count the dungeon Azhar uses to record videos) have taken a well-deserved break and as such, regular programming has been halted until some point in the early days of next year. You know, when people are still doing that ‘Page x of 365’ bullshit for 2014.
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Columns themselves have also been halted where, unlike last year when I offered columnists the chance to put out columns anyway, on a voluntary basis during the holidays, this year we’ve basically closed up shop in the hopes of starting afresh in the coming weeks. As such, a lot of behind-the-scenes tidying up has been taking place but it’s all very hush-hush right now, if it’s even true.
Still, I kinda missed writing and now that I have some actual honest-to-every-god-real-or-otherwise time on my hands, I figured I might as well put out a bonus extra column, my twenty-sixth for the year, by my count, in which I spend many hundreds of words talking about nothing in particular. I hope you’re all ready for this.
So. It’s nearly the end of 2013 and I for one, cannot be more excited about it. Honestly, fuck 2013. You know how people love to get contemplative at the end of every year, looking back on their experiences and then making resolutions for the new year? Well, in 2013 I learned some fresh new (harsh) lessons in friendship and betrayal, and yet I managed to create so many silver linings for myself by simply enduring and persevering. And now I can honestly say that I feel somewhat accomplished for making the best out of a shitty year. And that’s all the contemplation I’ll be doing.
Although it’s technically the holidays for most people, I’ve been quite busy with promotions so my gaming time has still been at a premium, however compared to the rest of this year — a venerable dry-spell akin to a bout of celibacy or a coma, pretty much — it’s been an absolute blast.
I played through the first two Uncharted games recently, with my eye on the third in the coming week. I’m so glad to have finally gotten around to the games (with the help of a very much borrowed PlayStation 3 — thank you, Jes) because they’re some of the best that I’ve played in the adventure genre, with special mention going out to Uncharted 2. There was so little about the game that I could find fault with, and I’m the guy who found faults with The Last of Us, so…
Another game I played recently was Spec-Ops: The Line, finally (and for this one, I must thank Marko for lending me his copy of the game on Xbox 360) giving it a go and thoroughly enjoying the ride. It’s kinda weird that the big talking point about the game was not the thing that I admired most about it. No, the thing that I admired most about it was actually the dynamic nature of the gameplay. Inevitably, you did end up being painted as the bad person regardless of which choices you made, and in that way it was a framed situation in order to achieve a certain outcome, but for me the magic came in that I could kill someone now and then the next three chapters were affected by that decision, and I really enjoyed that kind of thing. The story itself was great, but like I said on Twitter, if you’ve read a handful of half-decent books then this story is nothing to really write home about, no pun intended.
Then again, who reads, right?
Related to Spec-Ops: The Line, here is some light reading in which the game is compared to Apocalypse Now, for the purposes of, uhm, science.
Apart from that, other games on my to-play list for this holiday include inFamous, God of War 3 (although I might skip out on this one until I’ve acquired the God of War Compilation), Crysis 3, Prototype 2, Batman: Arkham Origins and The Amazing Spider-Man, which I’m currently playing.
Fuck, this reads like a diary entry… well, in other news related to my life, I used this holiday productively enough to earn what I needed to upgrade my PC. In total, upgrades came to R6500, and that’s not even with a graphics card or hard drive purchase. Watch this space for more on that.
Ooh, there is one other thing that I’d like to talk about that doesn’t directly correlate to what’s been going on in my life, only insofar as it actually correlates to what’s been going on in everybody’s lives except for those who don’t actually care about such stuff. I’m really over this whole next-gen hype.
I think it’s because I’ve had to sit out the launch window of the next-gen consoles, but also, it’s been a few weeks now and first-world countries have had the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 for a while now. The PS4 sold out within the day in South Africa, when it launched last week. I don’t even know WTF Sony were thinking, sending so few consoles here. Regardless, I feel so ridiculously third-world that if I hadn’t pre-ordered or immediately reacted to the PS4’s launch, I’d have missed out and I don’t even get an Xbox One if I want one, just yet.
PSA: If you’ve heard that the Xbox One is launching in February, or March or even June in South Africa, and the person who told you has no verifiable proof, then you have my permission to nut-punch them, or if they’re female, go for the ovaries I guess. There is no certain release date for the Xbox One in South Africa. It could very well only release here in 2015, if things go really badly. And then it’ll release for quite possibly R7500+.
That makes me a sad, sad Cavie.
I really do want SA to be taken more seriously in the gaming industry. IGN Africa (welcome, guys; hearts and stuff) was a definite step in the right direction but we need more now. We can’t be forced to sit and watch next-gen happen like this. It frustrates me that we can’t be a part of the fun too. At least not without resorting to importing, which weakens our own economy as a result.
I think I’ll end it here. My writing desires have been sated, at least insofar as gaming talk goes. Feel free to tell me in the comments what you’re going to be spending these holidays playing. And then why don’t you go ahead and tell the class what you think about this whole next-gen thing. I think I’m going to be back on the PC gaming train for a while, now that I’ve upgraded.
Spoiler: Santa isn’t real. But Deadpool is.