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This is the first one of these I'm writing while watching the conference. I don't know why I didn't think to do that earlier :D

Aisha Tyler is amazing. Ubisoft couldn't have found a better host. So far it's the only conference in which the f-bomb was dropped in the first five minutes.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands
Releasing in March 2017. This game looks absolutely beautiful. But I can't really comment much on whether it looks good because I've never played a Clancy game, but to my uneducated eyes it looks like a great addition. It looks highly strategic. It supports solo play or up to four-player co-op.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole
Get it? It sounds like "fractured butthole!" Hahahahahahahahaha poop humor. Trey Parker and Matt Stone took the stage to talk about the Stick of Truth sequel. Maybe it's just being over 30 but the humor is falling flat with me. There's a fart that can rip a hole in spacetime. Great. Combat looks kinda neat though. It's kind of a grid-based tactical RPG.

The Division
There are some new outfits coming from previous games.
The Survival DLC that's coming up looks pretty neat, putting you in dire weather conditions.

Eagle Flight
This VR game looks like tons of fun. It's all about bird fights. It's... hard to explain. Just check out the footage :D

Star Trek: Bridge Crew
A Star Trek VR game! You take the USS Aegis through the galaxy, doing what Star Trek ships do. Go where no one has gone before! Levar Burton took the stage to discuss the game with Aisha Tyler and it was a major nerdgasm. Again, Aisha Tyler is a total geek and the perfect host for an E3 conference, and this showed it again. This game really makes me want a VR headset, more than anything else I've seen.

For Honor
Coming February 14, 2017. Celebrate Valentines Day with viking fury! This game looks like tons of fun. It's a third-person action game, think God of War and Assassin's Creed. It looks like more than a button masher, with a necessity to use the right attacks at the right time. The environment is a major factor in combat; throwing people into and off of things is a great strategy in some areas. It looks like the right stick is used to set your stance.

Grow Up
Coming August PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Sequel to Grow Home. You play as BUD, a neat little robot, who's running and flying around the world using plants to get you to new places.

Trials of the Blood Dragon
Out now on PC, PS4, Xbox One. Two guys in really garish sweatsuits came out for this one. This trailer is the most 80s thing I've ever seen. Even more than Blood Dragon. This is exactly what it sounds like-- a Trials game in the Blood Dragon world. Sidescrolling racing mayhem!

Assassin's Creed movie
We got a lot of info about what went into making the movie, including some behind-the-scenes footage, and new clips from the movie that haven't been seen yet. It's a video game movie so I'm trying not to get excited, but I'm excited.

Watch Dogs 2
Coming November 2016 to PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Oh no, the presentation got hacked! This game looks gorgeous. Their version of San Francisco looks like a perfect game world, at least the parts they showed. This game has a lot to prove, since the first entry had a lukewarm reception. You can run into other players in-game and seamlessly go co-op. The mission they demoed looks absolutely amazing. If the whole game is similar, this will be a winner. Oh yay, more timed exclusives: Watch Dogs 2 DLC will be available a month earlier for PS4 players.

Steep
Coming December 2016. Snowboarding, base jumping, hang gliding, wingsuits, skiing, and more. Tons of extreme sports mostly set in the Alps. It looks mostly open-world, which is impressive for this kind of game. You can see other players in-game and challenge them to races, etc, in real time. You can set custom challenges based on any amazing tricks you've pulled off. I loved the Skate series, and this looks like an extension of that formula, applied to winter extreme sports. I'm *seriously* looking forward to this.

There are no wrap-ups yet because I wrote this real-time, but I'll add a good one later if you want more to read. :D

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Microsoft, as always, had quite a bit to say. Here's the gist!

Xbox Hardware and Xbox Live

  • Xbox One S: A slimmer version of the Xbox One, launching in August for $300.

  • Project Scorpio: A totally new console from Microsoft, coming in 2017. It's capable of 4K gaming. Microsoft says this is the first step toward their plans for incremental console upgrades. New consoles will be able to play older games, older consoles will be able to play new games, but at lower quality.

  • Custom controllers: Microsoft is launching a Design-your-own controller service, with 8 million possible combinations.

  • Xbox Play Anywhere: A program that lets you buy a game once and play it on Xbox One or PC, with synced saves and achievements..

  • Xbox Live Multiplayer: Three new multiplayer features were announced. Clubs, connecting people with similar interests (like Steam groups); Looking for Group, which lets you seek out multiplayer buddies for games; and Arena, a new tournament platform that lets people compete across the world.



Game Presentations
It's important to keep in mind in these early announcements that many games that say "coming to Xbox One" may also hit the PS4. They just won't tell you that at the Microsoft conference. One thing I love, though, is how many of these say "and PC." Though it may require buying them from the Windows Store :/

  • Gears of War 4: Horde Mode is coming to GoW4, and the campaign will be a return to the classic style.

  • Sea of Thieves: Rare's new pirate game has a new trailer, and it looks Swashbuckling.

  • Scalebound: Platinum Games title that involves killing dragons? Sign me up! With co-op to go dragon slaying with friends.

  • Recore: Launching in September on Xbox One and PC, this Keiji Inafune title is a robot action adventure game with some intense platforming and a lot of charm.

  • Final Fantasy XV: It's still weird to see Final Fantasy on the Microsoft stage. A demo was shown, and it looks pretty incredible. The battle system seems far more action-oriented than previous games, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The series can't keep doing standard turn-based ATB battles and stay relevant.

  • Dead Rising 4: Coming holiday 2016, and set during Christmas.

  • Forza Horizon 3: Absolutely beautiful, as all the Forza games have been. This seems to really be pushing the tech. This supports cross play between Xbox One and PC.

  • Halo Wars 2: Coming February 21, 2017. It looks a lot like Starcraft in the Halo universe, and that's about the best compliment I could give a sci-fi RTS. There's a beta out today on Xbox One.

  • Gwent: If you played The Witcher 3, you probably played the in-game card game, Gwent. It's getting a standalone release for Xbox One and PC.

  • State of Decay 2: Coming in 2017 for Xbox One and PC.

  • Minecraft Realms: A multiplayer cross-play powered Minecraft, that lets you play on Xbox One, Windows, and mobile platforms, as well as Gear VR. It also has dedicated servers, which is a biggie for the Microsoft versions of Minecraft.

  • Limbo: Currently free for a limited time.

  • Inside: Coming in June for Xbox One and July for PC. A new title from Playdead, the developers of Limbo. It looks kinda dark and twisted and amazing.

  • The Division: Underground DLC coming this month, first to Xbox One. Stupid timed exclusives.

  • Tekken 7: Coming to Xbox One and PC in early 2017.



Phew, that's a lot.

Gamespot has the first roundup that I've seen, if you want to read more:
http://www.gamespot.com/articles/all-the-news-from-microsofts-e3-2016-press-confere/1100-6440223/

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By now I’m sure you’ve all heard about the tragic shooting in Orlando yesterday. It’s the largest mass shooting in US history. Such a senseless act of violence caused by fear and lack of understanding. Our thoughts are with the victims’ families and friends today.

To those who lost someone in this attack, please know you are not alone. We can’t imagine what you’re going through right now, but we’re mourning with you.

This event will become politicized (and that’s already started), but that’s not what this post is about, and we ask you not to do so in the comments. There are political ramifications and those need to be discussed, but not now. For now, we mourn this tragedy and pay tribute to those who lost their lives:

Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old

Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old

Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old

Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old

Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old

Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old

Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old

Kimberly Morris, 37 years old

Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old

Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old

Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old

Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old

Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25 years old

Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old

Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old

Amanda Alvear, 25 years old

Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old

Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old

Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old

Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old

Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old

Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old

Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old

Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old

Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old

Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old

Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old

Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old

Cory James Connell, 21 years old

Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old

Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old

Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old

Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 years old

Not all the victims are known at this point, but the city of Orlando is keeping an updated list.
http://www.cityoforlando.net/blog/victims/

And NPR is reaching out to learn more about them to pay tribute to their lives, not just focus on their deaths.
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/06/12/481785763/heres-what-we-know-about-the-orlando-shooting-victims

Orlando is operating a hotline for those seeking information about friends or loved ones: 407-246-4357.

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Bethesda's second E3 conference wasn't quite as eventful as its first, but it was close.

Wolfenstein: New Colossus? maybe: Before the footage even started, a DOS style directory was shown with an entry called New_Colossus, which is a poem that B.J. quotes in Wolfenstein: The New Order. Is this a tease for a new game or just a tease?
http://www.pcgamer.com/a-new-wolfenstein-was-teased-at-bethesdas-be3-show/

Quake Champions: Quake is back! As of right now it looks like a "continuation", so to speak, of Quake III Arena. It's a classic style arena shooter, but it looks like classes are coming to it which could work well for the game if it's balanced properly. I'm really hoping for some single-player progression. I'm no fan of multiplayer-only titles. And I'm still holding out hope for a Quake 5 that goes back to the setting of Quake 1. Some day!

The Elder Scrolls Legends: Not a ton of new info here, but this looks like a solid entry into the TCG scene. The game will release later this year on PC, Mac, iOS, and Android.

Fallout 4: The next set of DLC was announced, and I'm pretty stoked.

  • Contraptions, releasing next week, will allow you to build your own Rube Goldberg devices, and includes things like ball tracks and conveyor belts.

  • Vault Tec Workshop, releasing in July, lets you build your own vaults, attract dwellers, and even run your own Vault Tec style evil experiments on them.

  • Nuka World, first discovered last month in a few lines of code in the game files, has been confirmed. Releasing in August, this DLC takes place in a theme park called Nuka World, that may be based on Hershey Park.



Fallout Shelter: Some major new updates are coming to Fallout Shelter, including sending your dwellers on quests, fully explorable new environments, a new combat system, new characters, AND PC SUPPORT. I've been wanting to play this on PC ever since I first played it on mobile.

Skyrim Special Edition: Yes, the rumors are true. On October 28, Skyrim is getting a remaster for the current gen, and it looks gorgeous. The new engine serves Skyrim well. The new shaders make these familiar scenes look brand new, and I can't wait to sink my keyboard and mouse into it. The best news? At least on PC, it's totally free if you already own Skyrim.
http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/06/13/skyrim-special-edition-free-for-pc-owners-of-original-game-and-all-dlc

Prey: Arkane Studios, the dev team behind Dishonored, have a new game coming out. Prey is a game about a human experiment taking place on a space station, when an alien threat invades. Details are sparse, but the trailer is gorgeous.

Doom: New DLC was discussed, Unto the Evil, which includes three new multiplayer maps, a new playable demon, and new powerups. They also discussed new game modes coming including (FINALLY) a free-for-all deathmatch. Still no word on any single player DLC, and since the season pass is multiplayer-only, I imagine there won't be any.

Bonus, if you haven't gotten into Doom just yet but want to see what all the fuss is about, there's a free demo, this week only, so get it while you can!

The Elder Scrolls: Online: ESO is getting a new expansion, The Dark Brotherhood, on Tuesday. In addition, ESO will change this fall with One Tamriel, a system in which your character automatically levels to the content of the area. This is an interesting mechanic. I've seen games that level you down to content, but never leveling you UP. This could be interesting.

Bethesda VR: Doom and Fallout 4 are coming to the HTC Vive in 2017, and they were both playable on the E3 floor. As immersive an experience Fallout 4 is already, I can imagine the addition of VR would be amazing.

Dishonored 2: The most time was probably spent on Dishonored 2, and with good reason. It's the only new game coming this year, and they have the most to show. First off, the game looks gorgeous. Just, absolutely stunning. You start and end the game in Dunwall, but the bulk of the game takes place in a new area called Karnaca. You can play as Corvo or Emily this time around, and Emily has a ton of new and interesting powers to help her sneak effectively or murder inventively. We saw two levels, one was a typical assassination mission, and the other was a setting that brings in new mechanics. Powers don't work here, but you can see and travel back and forth in time.

So far, Bethesda is winning E3, but there are way more announcements coming.

You can watch the pre-coverage and the full conference above, or if you prefer, IGN has a great round up:
http://www.ign.com/articles/2016/06/13/all-the-news-and-trailers-from-bethesdaas-e3-2016-press-conference

EDIT: I didn't mean to steal Greg's thunder. But we have different sources, so the two can co-exist.
http://cheerfulghost.com/GregoPeck/posts/3000/bethesda-e3-2016-announcements

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E3 2016 is underway, and EA started things off yesterday in their own event called EA Play. There are some biggies here.

Titanfall 2: The sequel to Titanfall will be out October 28, and this time there's a single-player mode!

Fifa 17: The world's most popular sports game is getting some love. There's a storyline that you can progress on and off the football pitch. You play as Alex Hunter, a new English Premier League player trying to make a name for himself.

Mass Effect: Andromeda: This is what I was most interested in. Information was still a bit sparse. The Mako is back, and it at least appears to handle better. But what I got out of it the most: This game is gorgeous!

EA Originals: EA Originals is EA's indie publishing wing that gives all the profits back to the developers, and they're publishing a new game called Fe that looks charming.

Star Wars: So many new things in Star Wars gaming were announced. Next year there will either be a new Battlefront game OR major updates to the current one. The presentation was a bit vague. In 2018, Visceral and Respawn will have all new games, and we saw a bit of early footage from Visceral's. It looks beautiful!

Battlefield 1: I'm not really into war games, but Battlefield 1 is a gutsy move. World War I instead of WW2 or more modern battles. The game features online battles up to 64 players.

Watch the full press conference above, or if you prefer text, Gamespot has a good wrap-up:

http://www.gamespot.com/articles/all-the-news-from-eas-e3-2016-press-conference/1100-6440226/

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A new Telltale adventure series is coming this summer, all about everyone's favorite billionaire vigilante.

Details are sparse at the moment, but more should come out of E3.

From the press release:
We've been hard at work at Telltale creating an all-new iteration of the iconic Batman story that puts players in the suit of billionaire Bruce Wayne, just as much as it will put them behind the mask, deciding how to carefully navigate a complex drama, rich with action, crime, corruption, and villainy lurking around every corner of Gotham City. The complex life and fractured psyche of Bruce Wayne has lent itself to becoming a bold evolution of the signature 'Telltale' role-playing experience, and we couldn't be more excited as we prepare to debut the series to players across the world this summer.

Rendered to look like a living, breathing comic book, Telltale's vision of Batman will feature an award-winning cast of talent, including Troy Baker in the role of Bruce Wayne, Travis Willingham as Harvey Dent, Erin Yvette as Vicki Vale, Enn Reitel as Alfred Pennyworth, Murphy Guyer as Lieutenant James Gordon, Richard McGonagle as Carmine Falcone, and Laura Bailey as Selina Kyle. We'll be able to reveal additional cast and characters as the season progresses.

More info and images: https://www.telltalegames.com/blog/106859/batman-the-telltale-series-unveiled-in-first-look-ahead-of-summer-2016-premiere

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Potatoes are naturally capacitive, so the obvious thing to do is play games with them right?

In addition to the video, the team behind this starchy technology has made a guide you can follow if you want your own potato-based game controls.
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=698356056

This isn't the first time potatoes have been used like this. There are many guides online for making potatoes do all kinds of techy things, like this tutorial for controlling a Raspberry Pi with them:
https://arghbox.wordpress.com/2013/08/12/capacitive-touch-potatoes-on-the-raspberry-pi/

What a time to be alive!

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Fans have been loving Doom, and with good reason. It's a super fun campaign full of all the mayhem and secret rooms you'd expect from the franchise. But it hasn't all been rosy: most reviews of the game are glowing, but mention the lackluster multiplayer.

Currently there's no way to have a private game with friends, no custom matches, no bots. These are not the only issues with the multiplayer in Doom, but these are on id's radar to fix.

In an interview with Eurogamer, id's Marty Stratton outlines the changes coming. Private matches and custom game settings are coming later in the summer in a free update, but bots will take a bit longer to roll out.

Read the full details on Eurogamer: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2016-06-09-id-takes-back-control-of-doom-broken-multiplayer-on-pc

EDIT: id has already released a server-side multiplayer patch that addresses some multiplayer issues. (Thanks to Greg for the tip)
http://www.gamespot.com/articles/doom-multiplayer-update-makes-weapon-balance-chang/1100-6440651/

And in other update news, a campaign related patch coming later in the month has some neat changes, and Bethesda has announced four of them:


  • Added Photo Mode for taking in-game screenshots

  • Added Classic DOOM weapon placement/view model option (1st person view option)

  • Added new Snapmap features (including skybox windows) and AI pathing and logic fixes.

  • Fixed various bugs including players accidentally triggering Dev Mode and Trophy/Achievement bugs (IDKFA, Every Nook and Cranny).



https://community.bethesda.net/thread/23941

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Today, GOG is rolling out a new feature that will definitely make its platform more useful to many, including myself.

The premise is simple: Connect your Steam account to your GOG account, and any supported games that you have on Steam will be unlocked on your GOG library.

Naturally, this depends on various publisher agreements and things like that, so it won't just unlock everything you have. But the list of supported games will change over time and more games will unlock.

It looks like this process will more than double the size of my GOG library, but they're having some technical issues at the moment, I imagine because of everyone hitting them hard after the announcement.

Just a caveat for those who have multiple Steam accounts-- you can only do this with one Steam account, and the process is permanent. So choose wisely!

https://www.gog.com/connect

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Welcome to the new and improved Cheerful Ghost! Jon was looking for a more modern theme for the site, and I was happy to do it, partly because I had seen some things over the years that could be improved, and partly because I needed a client for one of my classes.

This has been an amazingly fun project, probably the most fun I’ve had on a site design yet. I’m very familiar with the site so I was able to envision ways to make some things work more smoothly, and design things to not get in the way of the reader. My chief goals were to modernize the site styles and make it look less like a Bootstrap theme.

Jon’s goals for the redesign were (again) to modernize the site styles, but he also wanted a color scheme to match the amazing new logo by Hagen DeLoss.

I worked on the styles using static pages. Once that was complete, Jon and I spent our evenings over the past weeks integrating my front-end work with his back-end programming.

This was a true labor of love. While I’m thrilled to see the new design go live, I’m almost sad that it’s over! But there will be more enhancements and features coming soon. And please, if you see something that doesn’t work properly or doesn’t look right, let us know!

Major hat tip to Jon here-- he was a fantastic client to work for during the design phase, and a fantastic partner to work with when we were implementing the design into the site.

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I don't normally write about Steam game deals when a major sale event isn't happening, but this one is too good to pass up.

Every Serious Same game that Steam has, including all the DLC, will only set you back $9.99 until Wednesday at 1PM Eastern, 11AM Pacific. That's 90% off.

I've loved this series since the very first installment, and played so many hours massacring wave after wave of bizarre enemies.

If you haven't played these games, you owe it to yourself to try them, and with this price you have no reason not to! Mac and Linux players, keep in mind that most of these games won't work on your chosen platform, but Serious Sam 3 is cross-platform and (for me) the Linux version outperforms the Windows version. All the others work well in Wine, however, with no major Wine config required.

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Get your BFGs ready, folks. The Doom beta is coming on March 31 and will last a whopping four days, ending on April 3!

In addition, there's a new multiplayer trailer to gawk at.

I'm just interested to find out whether my PC can run the game at all!

If you haven't registered for the beta, you can do so here: http://neworder.wolfenstein.com/en-gb/doom

Physical copies came with a code. If you pre-ordered The New Order on Steam, it should just unlock for you when the time comes, but if you got it digitally somewhere else, you should have been emailed a code.

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A Vietnamese developer named Trần Vũ Trúc has created an emulator that turns your old NES games into 3D games. It's made with Unity and is currently only functional on Firefox.

The emulator basically takes the sprites and attempts to figure out what they'd look like in 3D. This works with some games more than others. Contra and Dr. Mario look great, but Super Mario Bros 3 and Mega Man are a bit rough. But the possibilities here are exciting!

If you have Firefox handy, play around with it here: http://tructv.bitbucket.org/3dnes/

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Fallout 4's Survival difficulty level hasn't impressed folks much, and as I mentioned on the upcoming DLC post, Bethesda is working on it.

The 1.4 beta (which you can download on Steam if you're adventurous) apparently has the start of this in the game files, but not yet implemented. An enterprising reddit user named ShaneD53 has pored over the game files and found some details, which Bethesda has confirmed to be accurate, though maybe not final. It seems that this was inspired in many ways by the survival mode in Fallout: New Vegas, but with some new additions.

Here are a few highlights:

  • Manual saves and quick saves are disabled-- you have to sleep to save

  • You deal insane damage but so do your enemies. You deal more damage the more you kill, in a new stat called "adrenaline.

  • Fast travel is disabled

  • Ammo has weight, so you'll have to be selective about the ammo you carry

  • Enemies do not appear on your compass

  • You have to stay hydrated, fed, and rested or you'll weaken and die

  • If you eat raw food you'll get sick, but you can craft antibiotics

  • A new stat called "fatigue" affects your AP the same way radiation affects HP

  • Shoddy beds won't provide as many benefits as good ones

  • Exceeding your carry weight for too long can hurt your legs


And a few more.

This looks really exciting, and I can't wait to fire it up. I'll be starting a new game for this when it releases.

Sources:
https://www.reddit.com/r/Fallout/comments/47byms/fallout_4_survival_mode_full_overview_extracted/
https://twitter.com/bethesda

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I love this show, and the new episode is one of my favorites. Using basic sentence structure, this video describes how complex a game about jumping can be, and how more emergent gameplay can happen when multiple things can happen with a single verb.

Taking the powerups out of the equation, everything Mario does is running and jumping, and the sheer amount of effects that come from jumping is amazing, even in the original Super Mario Bros.

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