As you all know, we’ve been running a special contest on Gaming Reinvented for the last month or so. Based around article writing and offering 200 dollars in video games to the winner, this contest has drawn some incredibly entries. From No Man’s Sky variation to Paper Mario Color Splash and the design of the Gamecube, the articles in this contest have been a lot more interesting than we’d ever expected. Indeed, it’s so good I’ve been struggling to think of a clear winner.
Either way, I thought it’d be a bit interesting to let the users judge some of this for themselves. So now, we have a page listing all the entries in the contest and letting you read them in full! Here it is:
So what ones are your favourites? And if you’re a writer, do you think you’ll be able to beat out the contest?
Post your thoughts here or on social media today!
If you were around in the Gamecube days, you likely have at least some vague memories of a game called Killer 7. A strange action game based around a group of assassins called the killer 7 (who are manifestations of a man named Harman Smith), the story has them hunting down a group called Heaven’s Smile and finding out about a conspiracy involving Japan and it role in US politics in the process.
It’s a complicated game to explain really. The kind of title that makes you think ‘this is definitely a weird Japanese thing’.
Either way, it became a cult classic in the day, and led to later Suda51 works like No More Heroes.
And now, it seems like Suda51 has an interest in revisiting the title! Why? Because in a recent interview with Hardcore Gamer, he’s quoted as saying that he ‘wants to do something with Killer 7 again’. That’s not the only comment either. Oh no, he also said made this hint about a remake too:
I feel that Killer 7 is the hardest of my games to play. I want to and feel that I need to do something about that. A remake, or remaster or something like that… (Sly grin.)
So yeah, there’s definitely interest in the idea of a remake there. Okay, it’d need to go through Capcom (since they published the original title), but they were supportive of it before. So it’s likely they’d support a remake too, at least if the interest was there.
But what do you think? Would a Killer 7 remake be a good game to have? And if so, what changes do you think the title should receive?
Well, that’s according to Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Andrew House anyway. In an interview with the Guardian, he said:
I saw some data that really influenced me.
It suggested that there’s a dip mid-console lifecycle where the players who want the very best graphical experience will start to migrate to PC, because that’s obviously where it’s to be had. We wanted to keep those people within our eco-system by giving them the very best and very highest [performance quality]. So the net result of those thoughts was PlayStation 4 Pro – and, by and large, a graphical approach to game improvement.
But will his logic work?
To be honest… no. No it won’t.
For one thing, PCs tend to get gradually better over time, and people tend to upgrade them quite a few times (especially if they’re heavily into PC games). The PlayStation 4 Pro doesn’t allow this. It’s one upgraded version of a system that’s coming out on November 10th. Which admittedly, is good for some people, but it’s not really anything a PC gamer would use. And it doesn’t provide an alternative to upgrading PC components.
It’s also a set price, which may or may not compare favourably to the cost of upgrading components in a PC. Is that $400 a good deal? Maybe, but it all depends exactly what you’re upgrading. Or heck, whether you need to at all. I mean, if your system can already run better games than a PS4, then it’s a choice between $400 and free. That’s not exactly a comparison tipped in Sony’s favour there, is it?
Oh, and it’s a whole new PS4 you have to buy as well. That’s less convenient than upgrading a PC regardless of how you look at it. I mean, when you upgrade a PC, what do you have to buy? Oh, various components that work with most of the stuff in the older one. You usually don’t toss the whole machine out at any one point.
That’s not the case here. It’s a new PS4. You’re not buying PS4 components or an upgrade kit, you’re buying a new system. That just seems more awkward and wasteful regardless of how you look at it.
Which brings us to the last difference. And perhaps one massive reason a lot of people won’t like this.
I mean, here’s a quick question:
What do a lot of people like playing games on PC for?
What did Sony just recently decide not to allow in the PS4 versions of Skyrim and Fallout 4?
So instead of migrating to your computer, upgrading a few things and modding the games you get in whatever you see fit, Sony wants you to toss out your PS4, buy a brand new (and equally expensive) PS4 and have no way to mod any games whatsoever.
Somehow, I don’t quite see this as the most well thought out idea in the world. Especially given how people play games on consoles and on PCs for very different reasons and with differences in expectations.
So yeah. Sorry Sony, people aren’t gonna buy this to avoid moving to PC games. It might manage to compete decently enough with the Scorpio or NX, but it won’t persuade PC gamers.
Wait, don’t go away just yet! It’s more interesting than the title makes it sound!
Basically, Interplay is a video game developer and publisher that owns a ton of different IPs including the Earthworm Jim series. And what the announcement means is that they’re selling some of the IPs they’ve done less with to new owners.
So why is this interesting?
Well, Earthworm Jim 1 and 2 were great games for the SNES and Mega Drive. And while Interplay’s attempts at getting sequels made (Earthworm Jim 3D and Menace 2 to the Galaxy) were god awful, the original team is still interested in making a fourth title in the style of the classic ones.
Up until now, that’s been impossible.
But now with Interplay selling it? That means that franchise creator Doug TenNaple can now potentially work on a brand new game in the series, assuming a company that’s willing to work with his team buys the license. That’s good news for fans of the franchise, and could potentially lead to the ‘Rayman Origins’ of the Earthworm Jim series.
And that’s not all, there are also a few other potentially interesting IPs here too. Clayfighter is also being sold off, and that’s a cult series whose fans likely want it revived as well. And while there was an attempt at a 2016 game that was eventually cancelled by Interplay, it’s possible that a new owner could bring this series back to its former ‘glory’ as well.
Sacrifice (an obscure real time strategy game) and Descent (a pretty good FPS) have definite potential too, and most of the other IPs on sale were at least decent when they were originally released. Here’s the full list of IPs being put up for sale:
- Earthworm Jim
- Run Like Hell
- Dark Alliance
So yeah, good news for fans of those titles, because they’re now ever closer to being revived by someone who truly cares about the series and doesn’t just want to see it abandoned. Let’s hope this happens, and some of the games above get new instalments by their original creators!
Recently, a bit of controversy has started up about YouTube’s new ‘advertiser friendly content’ rules. Basically, they’re a list of things that are seen as ‘inappropriate’ for monetisation.
They’re bad. Bad enough that just about every big channel on the site has complained about them and said that enforcing them will kill YouTube. Seriously, Gaijin Goomba may have said it best here:
But while they’re bad for most people in general, the rules are worst for one specific group above all others. Namely, gamers and gaming fans in general.
Why is this?
Because by definition, they make it a risk to post gaming content on YouTube.
This is because every one of these points is dangerous for gaming videos. For example, take the point about ‘sexually suggestive’ content. The one about ‘partial nudity’ and ‘sexual humour’. What can that easily describe?
Oh wait, a lot of video games. Dead or Alive is the obvious one, and the VR demo footage makes this even more apparent. As is the entire Leisure Suit Larry series, or any other gaming franchises that focus around adult humour and a character spending the entire game trying to get laid. And that’s just the start of it. What about games like GTA, where some games are shown in a sexual way in some situations (like say, the strip clubs)? How about a typical racing game where attractive women are shown next to the cars at the start or end of the race? The list just goes on and on.