It’s the start of the New Year and this gen is winding down. Wii U is already out and it looks like Sony and Microsoft will be showcasing their new systems soon (probably E3). If there’s one painful thing about gaming for the average guy (like us GamerVets), it’s the transition year. I think many of you are like me and the current crop of games just aren’t that impressive anymore. Instead, preferring to only dabble with current games and wait for next gen news.
What’s in store for 2013?
No more Kinect fitness crap. If you checked out my Fitness Challenge in the first half of 2012, I lost 13 lbs over 3-4 months. Not bad I guess, but I’ve gained back about half of it. I haven’t exercised since, but surprisingly only gained back about 6 lbs over the past 6 months. I think I’ve leveled off my eating. Not great and healthy all the time, but not as constantly bad as before. I believe that Kinect motion exercising does help. I did get tired doing some Fitness Evolved 2012 stuff, but I found it to be a hassle to move around my ottoman and roll out and roll up the big mat I bought. And besides, I can’t do more Kinect exercising because I just sold my Kinect today for $80! I still have Fitness Evolved 2012 on me. If I can’t find a buyer I’ll trade it in.
Later this month I will restart some exercising. I may go back to that stationary bike thing or lift some weights in my tiny gym downstairs. If there’s one thing I want to eventually do (and never have been able to) is do a freaking pull up.
More Indie games. I buy indie games occasionally. Most are $1. I still have a good 2,000 or so XBL pts on me and I see nothing big worth spending (XBLA or DLC). This is the first year I’m going to skip Call of Duty map packs. There are some fun games in the indie section and most are $1. Trust me and check it out. I’m sure you can find 5 games for $1 each that are worth your time. Or you can spend $5 on another Starbucks latte.
No indie is AAA, but you’ll be surprised at some of their quality which rivals XBLA games costing $10. Some games I’ve bought over the years: Super Wagon Adventure, Zombie Estate, MegaCity, Score Rush, Biology Battle, Word Soup, Dungeons of Desolation, ZP2KX, Decimation X and some others. You’ll see lots of games where the devs purposely do the retro pixel look to them. If you love zombie games, Minecraft clones and twin stick shooters like Geometry Wars, indie games are for you. Radian Games makes tons of excellent twin stick shooters.
Clear out the backlog. I don’t see any retail games I’m buying in 2013 for 360, so this is the best time to finish off old games and get my money’s worth. Off the top of my head, I got these games to finish: Mass Effect 3, Gears 3 and a game I bought 4 years ago and still haven’t opened!…. Condemned 2: Bloodshot (notice the shrinkwrap? LOL). I’ve also got a bunch of XBLA games I’ve bought during their mega 50% off deals which I have to play: Shadow Complex, Dishwasher: Vampire Smile, Outland. I’m probably missing a few games too.
Next Gen Temptation Island: I typically wait to dive into a new generation. I check out the news, check out the current and upcoming games and jump in around 10-12 months later. I did that with PS1, PS2 and 360. The last time I got a console near launch was Sega Genesis. Even for SNES, I waited a little bit.
If 720/PS4 (or whatever they are going to be called) release in fall 2013, will I wait it out like a smart buyer? Or jump into the pool like crack addicted first adopters? I don’t know. It’s not about the money. I couldn’t care less about spending $500 on a console (I just spent $400 this past week buying crap to hang on my walls…. incl. this cool, but fake triple samurai sword set!). If one of them is legit at launch and is worth it, I’ll buy it.
More demo reviews and video uploads. I know some of you think our site’s demo reviews are weird, but we don’t get free games like mainstream gaming sites, nor have that asinine advertiser/client relationship BS to manage. We buy games we like. So that means everything else is a demo download. And who says you can’t review a demo or beta? I got to get back to doing more.
I have to admit just about every demo review is enjoyable. It’s fun playing a good demo and fun damning a bad one to Hell. It’s amazing how many bad games there are out there. It was a treat to see our early morning demo articles we did before leaving for work (Mass Effect 3 and NHL 13) get a solid number of hits. It was painful waking up at 5:00 am, downloading the demo and trying to cram an article and Youtube upload before leaving for work at 7:30 am, but it was worth it.
Keeping check of Wii U’s health. I have zero interest in buying a Wii U. Nintendo has been a kiddie system for eons. NES and SNES were worth buying due to the huge number of games and snazzy SNES effects. Since then, their consoles are a joke. I’m not surprised Wii U is Nintendo’s second attempt at casual cash-in. It worked with Wii. However, with next gen Sony and Microsoft systems still a long way away, I still read up on Wii U articles. Not surprisingly, the games are mediocre vs. current gen and due to its intended target audience and gimped specs will not come close to next gen. I don’t consider adding tablet gameplay enough to warrant next gen status.
Keep trolling my fellow GamerVets. I know we all have different tastes in games, yet I can’t help trash a game M1GO or Evilenger likes. I still stand by my review of The Walking Dead: Episode 1 being a yawnfest.