It's quiet. Too quiet. Almost like there's a storm on the horizon. Almost like...other clichés.
Yes, we are well and truly in the Spring dead zone—that period right before E3 when publishers are busy putting together presentations and carving up vertical slice demos and keeping absolutely silent ahead of the blitz of the big show.
A few interesting tidbits did pop up in the barren games news wasteland, however. Here's Prince of Persia, Gameboy's big day, and the rest of the gaming news you may have missed this week.
Call of Duty player sends SWAT team after opponent
We live in a weird era. This week Rafael Castillo of Long Island kicked so much ass in a Call of Duty match that his opponent apparently tracked down Castillo's IP address, matched it to his real-world address, and then called in the police claiming that Castillo had murdered his mother and was prepared to murder more, as reported by the New York Post.
More than sixty officers responded to a two-hour standoff with Castillo, who was blissfully unaware any of this was happening as he sat in his room with headphones on. Sixty. Officers. Bloomberg wasn't kidding when he called the NYPD a private army.
I think the moral here is if you lose, just invest in a punching bag. Or break your controller in half, like we did in the good ol' days.
It's getting sandy in here
Even as far as rumors go, this one is thin. So thin. Like, "were it any other game I might not report it" thin.
But this isn't any other game, it's Prince of Persia. An Ubisoft engineer tweeted a weird picture asking "What's next for Prince of Persia?" and then deleted the entire account. I don't know, Drew James, why don't you tell us what's next for Prince of Persia? If I was Ubisoft, this would be my cue to bring Drew James out on stage at the Ubisoft E3 press conference and have him do the big reveal. You know, if I were a super-rich corporation like Ubisoft instead of just a guy who writes things.
Ubisoft thinks you really love Watch Dogs...
...so much so that it's selling main character Aiden Pearce's clothes. Yes, for the low, low price of $32, you can wear the same crew neck t-shirt as the world's best cell phone hacker. You know, the shirt he probably bought at a thrift store for a dollar.
And speaking of Watch Dogs, did you hear there's a spider tank in the game? Like, a tank that walks on legs. I don't even know what to think anymore.
BlizzCon 2014 exists
BlizzCon 2014 will take place November 7-8 at the Anaheim Convention Center, and while that far-flung winter month no doubt seems a long way off Blizzard thinks differently. Tickets for BlizzCon 2014 will go on sale in two batches— May 7 and May 10—for $200 each. You've got two weeks to save up.
China is a huge market
Sometimes I forget China is absolutely enormous. It's easy to, being half a world away. And then market research firm EEDAR pointed out this week that there are more people playing games in China than there are citizens in the entire population of the United States. That's 517 million versus 317 million people, if you're curious.
Tired of hearing about Flappy Bird? Tired of hearing about 2048? Well, what if you could hear about both at the same time?
Someone took the two games and mashed them together into some unholy casual game monster. You can play it here, provided you've downloaded the Unity Web Player plug-in.
The Game Boy turned 25 this week, meaning it's finally old enough to rent a car. Of course, in video game years that means the Game Boy turned about 4 million years old, putting it right around the dawn of Australopithecus in humanity's timeline.
Pour out a bottle of Tetris blocks in memoriam. Break out Pokemon Yellow. Recall a younger, happier version of yourself. Squint at the screen and wonder how you ever played anything on that tiny, non-backlit display. Maybe you're getting old. Maybe your eyesight is going.
Since you no doubt were not expecting Dragon Age: Inquisition, I should let you know—it's coming out the seventh of October. This week AMD refreshed the games it gives away with new graphics card purchases, adding a couple of indie titles (Banner Saga, Dyad, Guacemalee, and Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack) and the recent, middling Thief reboot.
And two reviews this week. Moebius: Empire Rising is a bit sexist and a bit pulpy, but most damningly it's just plain boring. War of the Vikings, on the other hand, is fun but not fleshed out enough to hold your attention.
By the time you read this I'll be somewhere in the desert on my way to New Mexico for Microsoft's big E.T. dig this weekend. If you're stopping by and see me there, feel free to come say hello!