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
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Today (Sat, June 20) is Free RPG Day:
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?
*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 E3 Press Conference:
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
Cool Example: Cuphead
1930s animated style meets 16 bit platformer
Sea of Thieves
Pirate themed MMO
Xbox One backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 games
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
Sony E3 Press Conference:
The Last Guardian
Love love love the big animal
No Man’s Sky demo
Planet side (hops out of cockpit in first person)
Procedurally generated planets and fauna, etc
Like a moving painting / lucid dreaming
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
Batman Arkham Knight
Scarecrow Nightmare Missions
Call of Duty
Disney Infinity 3.0: now with Star Wars
Disney, Marvel, Star Wars characters
Star Wars Battlefront
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Jeep / Driving
Project Morpheus (VR not AR)
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
Sony is bringing back classic gamepads for its new game console
E3 “Digital Event”:
Translation voiceovers felt stilted and unenergetic
Nintendo CEO Apologizes for lackluster press conference, fanboys extremely angry
Spin City! Reggie Fils-Aime: Iwata didn’t apologize for Nintendo’s E3; we make great games
Amiibos double as Skylanders
Play at Best Buy Noon – 5 local time
First co-op Zelda on 3Ds: Tri Force Heroes
Nintendo cuts the price on some of its biggest games for E3
Nintendo Exec Says Current State of VR Is Not Fun
“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
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
INTERVIEW: Michele Specht of STAR TREK CONTINUES
Brian Bagnall, author and Commodore Computer historian