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E3 2016

E3 2016 is quickly approaching and on a personal note, I can honestly say it has sprung up on me. Surprise! Between life things and venturing off into other nerd culture arenas, video games have been taking a bit of a back seat during this quiet before the storm that is the hugest video game trade show on the planet. In this episode of E-I-C Speaks I talk about each of this year’s E3 exhibitors, EA, Bethesda, Microsoft, Ubisoft, Sony, and Nintendo, and what I expect to see, or what I do anticipate from their showings. There have already been some pre-E3 2016 trailers revealed and it’s only a matter of time until these gaming publishers get down to the nitty gritty. If we’re (un)lucky, perhaps we’ll get the usual spoilers and leaks beforehand

PS4 Neo

On this episode of E-I-C Speaks, Nia talks about upgradable consoles in respect to PS4K, or now code named PS4 Neo, and the potential Xbox One upgrades related to Microsoft’s Unified Windows Platform (UWP). Discussed in the video is a brief history on how console gaming came to be and what it is becoming with the rapid productions of modern-day technology utilization. She discusses how upgradable consoles will ultimately become a matter of “bridging the gaps” between console hardware cycles as we know them, turning console gaming’s future into more of a compilation of hardware iterations relative to smart phones and other modern technology. She then wraps up on whether or not the PS4 Neo or the potential of an Xbox upgradable console appeals to her as a consumer. Be sure to watch the full video on her complete thoughts below.

gamers

On this episode of E-I-C Speaks, Nia discusses the current state of gaming in relevance to the jaded and confrontational stance of many gamers in today’s modern gaming climate. In a world full of higher-than-before development costs and diminishing returns, it only makes sense that the medium of gaming would turn much more into a business than a labor of love as it once was in the golden age. The biggest concern though, is is this new trend affecting the way that gamers consume and perceive the products that we have been given – more specifically up to this point in generation 8? Or is it also possible that since gaming is becoming significantly more mainstream and accessible that most genres and play styles have already been explored? Long gone are the days of large graphical jumps between consoles and new genres being created. These days many games are a hodge-podge of ideas we’ve likely already been exposed to. For some, unless you experience the warmth of niche, more artistic games, you’re bound to run into that ceiling where you question the quality of the product or even your own prolonged interest in gaming. 

The Nintendo NX is largely one of the most talked about things that we’ve NEVER even seen in gaming right now. It’s interesting that the only things we know are that 1) it’s an upcoming project and 2) it’s code name is Nintendo NX. Literally. This. Is. It. Anything else that we THINK we know is speculation on behalf of what arm chair analysts from every living room in the country believes to be true based on the culture around Nintendo and the way that they have shaped their little corner of the video game market. All things else are rumors from random forum dwellers who claim to have inside information from company employees. That being said, there have been some interesting rumors that lead me to believe that maybe there’s a possibility that some of them could be spot on. At this point, I believe there could be some good speculation out there that isn’t too far-fetched from things Nintendo would actually do. This video is food for thought on just how much of the Nintendo NX rumors could be true and how many of them could be flat out false as there is 50/50 potential for both ends of the spectrum. This patent could have been scrapped altogether or it could potentially lead to some aspects of the truth in regard to how the NX controller could be featured.

Nintendo needs to come out and announce this thing already.