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The People Speak Deluxe - Electronically Engaged Equality

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When you bring people together with video games, things are bound to happen. Unfortunately, at this year's E3, that meant a lot of games got delayed to 2015, but there's still a lot to look forward to this year. Let's hit the comments for reactions to E3 2014.

E3 2014 Interview: Extra Life Games for Good, Raises Millions for Sick Kids
Matthew Cassell

Last year was my first time to participate in Extra Life. I'd heard about it before and while I know several people that donate to Child's Play, I was looking for something that was a bit more active. Something not so, donate and forget. I wouldn't call it a llife changing event or anything... but the whole Extra Life experience thus far as really given me perspective on how I want my kids to see me and how I feel about myself. I may not raise a lot of money, but what I do raise can help kids, and I find that a lot more fulfilling then just giving $20 and never thinking of it again.

Tom Clancy's The Division Preview

I would really love to play this but I probably never will. Not only all the working i do, but also all of my friends that I used to play with all have jobs and families and never game anymore. So a game that is so heavily focused on multiplayer is sadly something I could not see myself enjoying to its full potential. Which sucks because it looks so damn beautiful.

The Dual Nature of Crowd-Sourced Input

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Nintendo Talks Wii U Successor, Potential Hybrid Console

They can do both, a powerful traditional console and a handheld that could've some kind of wireless tv/monitor out (a streaming stick/hdmi module) capability, obviously, the handheld will be underpowered as far as portable tech usually goes but it's a cheaper gaming alternative and the handhelds are usually the gate of entree for a new generation of gamers, there is where the hybrid portable will shine, the future console gamers!


I'm not giving them ideas, they better come up with this shit on their own and it better have games


The biggest mistake Nintendo did with Wii U was not having a healthy selection of desirable games right out of the gate when they launched the console. They didn't even have a promise of such games coming out within a year. Now, two years later they are finally starting to offer such games BUT with these two years of Wii U performing poorly, they have also shied away third party publishers.

Also, a handheld equally powerful to a Wii U that can be hooked to a TV and used as a standard console would not only be a difficult task but also extremely expensive. Their 3DS was very expensive when launched, as expensive as Xbox 360 and PS3 were at the time. This new hybrid handheld would be even more so.​

Destiny Preview

"As good as the game played, and as beautiful as the title looks, I couldn't help but feel that Destiny lacked something akin to, for lack of a better word, its soul."
This has been my biggest worry about the game for some time now. Bungie built the Halo franchise with a surprisingly strong story and setting. Destiny seems to have some of that setting side of things down, and it's clear that there's some backstory to hold it all together. However, I'm not convinced that a mostly plotless MMO-like structure of a game inhabited by numerous faceless players is the best introduction to that kind of world. Halo drew players in with its story and the characters driving it forward. I feel like Destiny doesn't have much of a chance of doing that simply because of the limitations set by a shared world.


Having played the alpha for a few hours, here's my thoughts:

- The game looks great. The area(s) they give you to explore are amazingly detailed and lush. Day/night cycle adds even more flair.

- Great music as well. Incidental pieces match the situations you come across, the chatter of npcs is well written.

- Control is a non issue. Never had a problem figuring out anything in that regard.

- Gameplay... It's definitely not a bad game. Crapload of weapons, armor, drops, etc. And watching random players all come together during an event is awesome. But like many sites have said, it's lacking an identity. With the proper story backing this thing, it can indeed become something great.

I'd recommend it to anyone who's a fan of BL, and anyone who likes RPG in their FPS soup, but calling it "the next coming"? A little too early perhaps. But I'll be there when it releases.

Nintendo Talks Metroid, Miyamoto Interested in More Prime

Prime honestly holds up well to this day, so I hope they keep making that version personally.


I love Metroid games, but I'm willing to wait for good ones, especially since there are a number of other Nintendo properties that should get a bit of love before Metroid.

That said, if making a good Metroid game also involves putting Sakamoto into a rough burlap sack and beating him with reeds.... well, so much the better.

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From the forums: World Cup, yo

Anyone watching this? Or shall I just talk to myself?

From the forums: Give me life advice!

Hey fellers, I'm gonna go on a bit of a rant, but I need to vent and I'm looking for some guidance, and GR has never steered me wrong before. I also don't know where I'd post this on reddit.

I've been going through a quarter-life crisis of sorts. I really don't like my job, and I'm very much contemplating a career change.
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