Lessons From The First Half

Much like 2011, this blog is only half finished. What was meant to be a comprehensive look at some of the biggest gaming stories of a very eventful first half, is instead a much shorter glance at the last six months. There just isn't enough time in the day!

So without further ado: Thus far, 2011 has taught us that.....

...if a game has been constantly delayed over the course of 13 years, there was probably a pretty good reason (Duke Nukem Forever)

...Microsoft are convinced that gamers want nothing more than to talk and gesture to their TV

...even the biggest, most sophisticated companies aren't hacker-proof, and that is something we should all be very concerned about

...its always nice to have free games (PSN Welcome Back)

...the allure of giving an existing title a current generation polish and re-release is overwhelming, and far more palatable to increasingly risk-averse publishers than a new IP or even a sequel

...if you give a demo of a game that is entirely on-rails, people are liable to presume that its an on-rails game (Fable The Journey)

...apparently Battlefield 3 and Modern Warfare 3 are the only FPS that really matter

...no matter how impressive a new console or handheld's tech may be, units will not sell on the strength of hardware alone (3DS)

...November 2011 is going to be an exciting and expensive month for gamers, featuring Uncharted 3, Modern Warfare 3 and Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

...Nintendo have once again created a defining and innovative controller with their new console, the Wii U

...Nintendo have once again created a console experience that is likely to collect dust under my TV

...gamers can be a spiteful bunch when they don't get their way, as seen by the childish, online trolling in reaction to sub-par reviews for the much anticipated FPS Brink

...if the Generations demo is anything to go by, SEGA still know how to make Sonic exciting and relevant, though it makes you wonder what they have been up to the last fifteen years

...there is life after Halo 3

...QTEs are here to stay, for better or worse

...online connectivity is now completely integral to current generation gaming, and in the future should not be seen as an added, premium service.

Favourite games of the First Half:
2. Tactics Ogre: Let us Cling Together (PSP) - Weekly Recommendations - Musings of a Gamer IV
1. Uncharted 3
2. Batman Arkham City
3. Resistance 3
4. Metal Gear Solid Collection
5. Tie - Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Modern Warfare 3

Odds & Ends

1. Critical Gamer Podcast
Last week I made my first appearance on the Critical Gamer podcast - a dedicated video game site where I occasionally write. It was my first experience of being on a podcast and I greatly enjoyed it. In my helpless narcissism, I couldn't resist listening to it once it had been posted, nodding my head in agreement at my sage words and being pleasantly surprised that I managed to keep my swearing to a bare minimum! It turned out really well, and I'm hoping it will become something of a regular fixture. Its well worth a listen for a belated E3 round-up and some lively and varied gaming debate - Critical Gamer Podcast


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