Podcast Episode 4: E3 – The Search for Trek!

Here’s the podcast of Episode 4 of the Shane Plays radio show from 6/20/2015:
E3 -The Search for Trek!

Highlights: E3 roundup and Michele Specht of Star Trek Continues

Shane Plays airs on Saturdays at 1 PM Central on 96.5 FM The Answer in Little Rock. It can also be heard online at http://965fmtheanswer.com and on the Tune In Radio app and iHeart Radio apps.

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SHOW NOTES

NEWS

Today (Sat, June 20) is Free RPG Day:
http://www.freerpgday.com/

Jurassic World box office breaks big records!

Hero-U Rogue to Redemption:
Congrats to Corey and Lori Cole for making their Kickstarter goal!

E3 MINI RANTS

“Journalists” acting like little kids, hooting and hollering during press conferences. You can’t do that and also be taken seriously as journalist.

“Holiday” instead of Christmas. Who do they think they’re fooling?

E3 ROUNDUP

*Note: This is not comprehensive, too much to cover in the time we have. Don’t chew your lips off if I leave out your personal favorite highlight, cowboy 🙂

MICROSOFT

Microsoft E3 Press Conference:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=By5pF7i0SZ8

Halo 5
2 squads
24 player multiplayer

Fallout 4 (Bethesda)
Open, dynamic world where you can create any character you like and do anything you want
Player freedom is #1 goal
Pip Boy on smartphone
“Laser musket” signature weapon
Looks ridiculously good, combat ridiculously cool
Big deal: Mods created on PC can be played on Xbox One

ID@XBOX
Cool Example: Cuphead
1930s animated style meets 16 bit platformer

Sea of Thieves
Pirate themed MMO

Xbox One backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 games
Natively playable

Xbox Game Preview
Steam-like “Early Access” for Xbox games

Xbox Elite wireless controller

Xbox One games playable on Oculus Rift (VR)
Xbox One controllers sold with Oculus Rift

HoloLens demo (AR not VR)
Microsoft’s Hololens Minecraft demo pretty darn cool!
Minecraft on a table

Not so fast! HoloLens is amazing, but that Minecraft demo was misleading
https://games.yahoo.com/news/hololens-amazing-minecraft-demo-misleading-163002645.html

SONY

Sony E3 Press Conference:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l815oOdR0oc

The Last Guardian
Love love love the big animal

Hitman
ZZZzzzz….

No Man’s Sky demo
Space battle
Warp
Planet side (hops out of cockpit in first person)
Underwater
Procedurally generated planets and fauna, etc

Dreams
Like a moving painting / lucid dreaming
http://www.theverge.com/2015/6/15/8786889/dreams-game-trailer-ps4-e3-2015

Firewatch looks cool
First person “lookout” game in the wilderness

-Destiny: The Taken King

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate:
19th Century London
Sherlock Holmes references?

Final Fantasy VII Remake
This is a huge game for a LOT of people
Possible story changes?

Shenmue III announcement and Kickstarter announcement
Shenmue 3 Makes $2.4 Million, Crosses its Funding Goal in Less Than 12 Hours
http://www.gamespot.com/articles/shenmue-3-makes-2-4-million-crosses-its-funding-go/1100-6428195/

Batman Arkham Knight
Scarecrow Nightmare Missions

Call of Duty
ZZzzz…

Disney Infinity 3.0: now with Star Wars
Disney, Marvel, Star Wars characters

Star Wars Battlefront

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Crowd scene
Jeep / Driving

Project Morpheus (VR not AR)

PlaystationVue
Subscribe to individual channels without having to buy a channel bundle

Sony not planning to make PS4 backwards compatible, despite Xbox One announcement from Microsoft
http://gematsu.com/2015/06/sony-no-plans-ps4-backwards-compatibility

Sony is bringing back classic gamepads for its new game console
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/sonys-bringing-back-classic-gamepads-043542578.html

NINTENDO

E3 “Digital Event”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPDPSezEkcY
“Transformation”
Translation voiceovers felt stilted and unenergetic

Nintendo CEO Apologizes for lackluster press conference, fanboys extremely angry
*read quotes
https://games.yahoo.com/news/nintendo-ceo-apologizes-lackluster-e3-showcase-leads-collective-185853494.html

Spin City! Reggie Fils-Aime: Iwata didn’t apologize for Nintendo’s E3; we make great games
https://games.yahoo.com/news/reggie-fils-aime-iwata-didnt-042301656.html

Amiibo
Amiibo vehicles
Amiibos double as Skylanders

Mario Maker
Play at Best Buy Noon – 5 local time
http://e3.nintendo.com/events/nintendo-access/

First co-op Zelda on 3Ds: Tri Force Heroes
http://www.theverge.com/2015/6/17/8800457/zelda-tri-force-heroes-preview-e3-2015

Nintendo cuts the price on some of its biggest games for E3
https://games.yahoo.com/news/nintendo-cuts-price-biggest-games-152311682.html

Nintendo Exec Says Current State of VR Is Not Fun
http://www.gamespot.com/articles/nintendo-exec-says-current-state-of-vr-is-not-fun/1100-6428323
“We have knowledge of the technical space, and we’ve been experimenting with this for a long, long time,” Fils-Aime said. “What we believe is that, in order for this technology to move forward, you need to make it fun and you need to make it social.”

“I haven’t walked the floor, so I can’t say in terms of what’s on the floor today, but at least based on what I’ve seen to date, it’s not fun, and it’s not social. It’s just tech.”

OTHER E3 NEWS

Sword Coast Legends
Why Sword Coast Legends is the digital Dungeon & Dragons RPG you’ve been waiting for
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2937233/why-sword-coast-legends-is-the-digital-dungeon-dragons-rpg-youve-been-waiting-for.html

Fallout 4
Bethesda Press Conference video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKrOoq3LKrw
Twitter chewed its own lips off in enthusiasm
Extremely Moddable / customizable weapons

New Fallout Shelter mobile game tearing it up on Apple iOS (3rd position)

Transformers: Devastation looks too good and might be true
http://www.polygon.com/2015/6/17/8794707/transformers-devastation-impressions-e3-2015

INTERVIEW: Michele Specht of STAR TREK CONTINUES

Website: http://startrekcontinues.com
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/StarTrekContinues

Michele Specht
Plays Dr. Elise McKennah on Star Trek Continues
-Actress
-Voice actor in video games
Website: http://www.michelespecht.com/
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1073676/?ref_=nv_sr_1

NEXT WEEK

Brian Bagnall, author and Commodore Computer historian


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