E3 is Open to the Public This Year

When it comes to events in the gaming world, nothing tops E3. Seen as the most important one in the entire calendar, this summer event in LA has been the location of everything from new console reveals to trailers and demos of games as big as Zelda Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Galaxy among many others. It’s the event pretty much every gamer dreams of attending.

And this year, it seems they’ll get their chance! Because as the title suggests, E3 2017 will now be open to the general public as well as the press. Here’s the official post about it via the official E3 Twitter account:

So how does it work anyway?

Well to put it simply, it works as you’d expect. There’s a limited amount of tickets (15,000 of about 50,000) that are now available for anyone to buy. These cost $250 in total (or $150 with an early bird discount), and let the holder enter the convention and try out whatever games are available there.

Either way, everyone does well now. The media still go and get information about new games for their sites and magazines. The industry still have a way to advertise their wares. And now Average Joe can go and enjoy the new games and presentations. Everyone’s happy, right?

Not quite. As you can probably guess, some parts of the media are a little… upset that their event is now open to everyone. After all, why should they mix with the hoi polloi? It’s like we’re treated as gamers rather than ‘insiders’ now!

But still, these are minority views expressed by a couple of folks on Twitter. For the most part, people are happy with E3 being open for the public to attend. It’s just another fun event for the gaming community calendar.

So what do you think? Are you happy that E3 is now available to the public? Or do you wish it was still a press only deal like it was before?

Namco Founder Masaya Nakamura Passes Away at Age of 91

As you probably know, 2017 hasn’t been a good year for celebrity deaths. We lost Mary Tyler Moore and John Hurt earlier in the week. Luigi’s Super Show voice actor Tony Rosato passed away just a short while earlier.

And now it seems we’ve got another major gaming industry death today. Namely, Namco founder Masaya Nakamura. Responsible for setting up the company in 1955, Nakamura was responsible for publishing all kinds of great games and franchises over the years. These include Pac-Man, Ridge Racer, the Tales series and Dig Dug among many, many others.

So thank you Mr Nakamura. It’s through your work and dedication that many of these games got released at all. Thanks for starting Namco and bringing us so many great games.

We wish all the best to your friends and family.


Gematsu Article

Tekken 7 Delayed Till June 2nd

Earlier today, announced that Tekken 7 had been delayed. Instead of the early 2017 release date originally planned, the game was now pencilled in for a release on June 2nd 2017.

However, while this disappointed a few people, it seems there was actually a really good reason for the delay. Namely, that the development team didn’t think they could include all the content they’d planned by the original release date.

And so, to avoid a situation where the game felt empty at launch or content was missing till an update was released, they decided to delay the title instead. Here’s the full comment about said delay from franchise director Katsuhiro Harada:

We were trying to do everything we could to make that date happen… maybe to scale down on the content in order to make the master release, but in the end we came to the decision that [after] seeing releases from other companies, as well as some of the past of our own, where maybe things weren’t working 100% at launch, or maybe it was missing some content, that’s the kind of thing we wanted to avoid with Tekken 7, so we made a very difficult decision of moving it to June to include all of the original content that we’d originally planned

Which makes sense really. After all, as Shigeru Miyamoto once said, a delayed game may potentially be good, but a rushed one would be forever bad.

So yeah, better to have a delayed version of Tekken 7 than a rushed one missing a ton of content. And hey, at least they released a new trailer to help pass the time a bit:

But what do you think about this delay? Do you agree it was the best move Bandai Namco could have made here? Or would you rather see a version of Tekken 7 released on time, minus a couple of features or characters?

Post your thoughts on the matter here or on social media today!


Tekken 7 Delayed Til June (Eurogamer)

Resident Evil 7 Review Roundup

After the mixed reception of the recent Resident Evil games, it’s not surprising that fans were worried about Resident Evil 7. After all, it seemed to be heading in a different direction to before, with the demos emphasising stealth over action. The setting wasn’t one traditionally associated with the franchise or the characters within. And with the lack of traditional monsters in early videos, some were worried the game had moved too far from the original feel of the franchise.

Fortunately though, it seems Resident Evil 7 is every bit the return to its roots that the series has needed. Indeed, whereas the games before it got a somewhat mixed reputation, this game has been getting positive review scores all across the board.

Like say Destructoid’s perfect 10/10 rating. They actually give it the ‘Editor’s Choice’ award and go as far as to say it’s the best Resident Evil game in the last decade.

And they’re certainly not the only ones. Other perfect ratings for the title come from publications like The Guardian (5/5), Windows Central (5/5 stars) and the Daily Dot (with a 5/5 stars), all of which consider it one of the best games of the year. That’s damn impressive!

Moving a tad down the review score ladder, we then see a ton of sites who consider the game worthy of a score around the 95% mark. These include GamesRadar (with a 4.5/5 score) and EGM (with a 9.5/10) one. These sites still consider it an amazing game overall. With GamesRadar saying it’s a ‘brilliant reinvention of the series’ and EGM calling it the ‘best Resident Evil game in years’.

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Here’s a Look at the New Mega Man Cartoon!

A while ago, a new Mega Man cartoon show was announced. Animated by Man of Action (the studio behind the Ben 10 series), the series was near instantly looked at with scepticism when this image of the titular character was posted online:

Well, until today that is! Because earlier in the day, a channel called ‘Film Roman’ posted some footage of the new show as part of a demo reel.

Here’s the video:

Along with some highlighted screens from it:

As you can see, it’s certainly a bit different from the Mega Man we all know and love. But is it going to be good?

Well, I’m conflicted here.

On the one hand, I don’t mind the look of the Robot Masters or environment that much. Yeah they’re different from classic Mega Man, but they’re pretty tolerable looking none the less.

But Mega Man… isn’t.


Well to be honest, I just can’t get to like the design for him personally. He looks too tall, his face looks a bit goofy and off and really, it remind me of something else from the series we’d rather forget as well.

You know, the old Mega Man cartoon. The one which had him redesigned to look more like an adult in the worst ways possible:

It just doesn’t look right here.

So that’s strike one.

Strike two on the other hand is the whole ‘transformation’ thing. Basically, Mega Man seems to switch back and forth from a human boy like design to his familiar robot design here. Like how Ben uses the Omnitrix to turn into an alien in Ben 10. Or how superheroes change from their civilian identity to their normal one to fight crime.

That really worries me for a Mega Man cartoon. Why?

Because Mega Man doesn’t really do this stuff. It’s not a superhero type deal where Mega lives a normal life and a crime fighting life at the same time. No, he’s a full time hero. He doesn’t really change his appearance or lifestyle ‘just’ to fight killer robots every now and then.

The video makes me worry they’ll change that. That Mega Man will become a human that turns robot only when the antagonists appear.

Or even worse, that it’ll do what the Powerpuff Girls 2016 did and focus lots its time more on his ‘everyday’ life. I don’t want to see say, Mega Man go to school. Or Mega Man try and find a love interest. Or Mega Man do what boring kids do in cartoons.

I want him as a hero. The design doesn’t suggest that.

But hey, what do you think? Do you like what you’ve seen of the new Mega Man cartoon? Or does his new design make you think the creators have missed the point of the franchise?