VITA – The perfect all-digital machine

I’ve had a PlayStation Vita for some time now and I can honestly say that my time with it has been great. From Freedom Wars to Gravity Rush, and everything in between, I’ve been loving every second I have spent with it. All this time with it has uncovered something I’ve never thought I’d say. The Vita is a damn good, near-perfect, purely digital machine.

When I first got my Vita, I had about 6 months of digital games built up from the PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection. I figured with all these games, jumping in on the Vita was well worth it and I was right.

I have sung the praises of the Vita on many occasions and I don’t want this piece to be about that. Collecting all of these digital titles have shown me how much going strictly digital benefits the Vita. When I travel, I don’t have to worry about bringing a collection of game cases, or even a game card holder.

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Isn’t it time to let the past gen go?

With the announcement of Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Syndicate a few years way back, we also got news that the AAA developer was dropping development for games on the previous platforms.

This means from now on they were focusing their efforts solely on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. There has been some outcry from this announcement, but why? Let’s take a look at why it’s time to say goodbye to the past generation of consoles.

Let’s get to the most obvious case for this argument: graphics. We all know that as long as a developer is making sure a game runs well on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, it simply will not look as good as it possibly can.

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Isn’t it time for new music games?

We all know about the music game craze that hit when Guitar Hero and Rock Band swept the world. It seemed like every console had those two titles spinning inside of them at all times and there were even parties that were held exclusively to play them with friends.

Too much of a good thing is always bad and the same happened here. Oversaturation killed the industry and only recently has new signs of life started to show. The question is, are you ready to play them?

Just like millions of other gamers, I was completely swept up in the music game craze. I was in LOVE with the genre and I barely played any other titles. I loved the music, I loved the instruments, and most of all I loved the bonding that it created. It honestly seemed like nothing could stop the music game craze.

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Why I said goodbye to my Nintendo consoles

I am the last to say that I don’t love Nintendo’s IPs. Bowser, Link, Mario, and all Nintendo’s great characters have brought me countless hours of fun over my gaming life. With that said though, something has felt off this generation of consoles and it has led me to sell both my Nintendo Wii U and 3DS. Let’s jump and take a look as to why I came to that conclusion.

Like I said before, I really enjoy Nintendo and am thankful to the folks there for the games they have created for us. The big games of this generation, at least for the Wii U, were obviously Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros. They were the only two titles that I kept for the console because they were the only ones that really sunk their teeth into me.

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Has any game ever left you in awe?

Video games have always been special to me. The way they come at you visually, in an audio sense, and in a tactile way through controller vibrations as well. These are all ways that a game can give us an experience like none other and leave us wanting more. My question to you is simple. Has a video game ever left you in awe? I’ll share a few of mine.

The most memorable moment that a video game really got to me was when I was playing Skyrim a few years back. Anyone who knows me knows that I am in love with what Skyrim brought to the table and I played well over 500 hours of it.

I was exploring and climbing mountains one day and I reached the top of a mountain. As I looked over the sunrise-lit landscape, Jeremy Soule’s ‘Far Horizons” hit a beautiful stretch (around the 1:00 mark of that, when combined with the visuals, sent chills down my spine and a smile to my face.

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The best console is that one your friends have

The age-old battlefield that millions of gamers have died on; the console war. Which console is better? Which one is right for you? What console will you have more fun with? These are all questions that gamers have been fighting over for years now and I have a simple answer that many would agree with. Simply go where your friends are.

I know that when you talk about power, the PlayStation 4 is slightly stronger, but I will debate till the lose my voice that if your group of friends is all o the Xbox One, it is a smart investment to go and buy the Xbox.

In an age where multiplayer is so strongly pushed, it just makes sense to have the same box as your buddies. The worst thing in the world is to be playing Destiny, GTA Online, or some other multiplayer game by yourself and look to see that all of your pals are playing on a different platform.

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interview with IGE President, Steve Salyer

This is an exclusive interview with IGE’s President, Steve Salyer. This revealing interview covers questions from the gamer’s perspective of EULA’s, their efforts to work with game publishers, and the future of the secondary market.

The selling and buying of items in gaming is a hot controversial topic these days. There is an abundance of information out there discussing the cons of such services, and numerous message boards topics speculating on the subject.

I’ll let you judge for yourself, but this interview should prove to be informative to hear from one of the leading multi-million dollar companies in the secondary market for MMORPG virtual property on their views and reason for dominating the marketplace.

Q. Please explain more about the secondary market.

A: Currently, millions of MMORPG gamers around the globe are directly involved in trading, buying and selling virtual items using real currency in real markets. Items bought, sold and traded include gold or other forms of virtual currency, items such as weapons and armor and even entire accounts. IGE is the leader in providing gamers with a market to facilitate their transactions.

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