Taking Requests for Tokyo Game Show
I will be attending Tokyo Game Show next week, on the 15th and 16th of September. This will be my sixth consecutive TGS, and third since first securing a press pass and saving myself from the sweaty crush of the public days.
I have some obligations to fulfil for other websites, but I'll still have plenty of time to run exhaustive coverage here at toomanywires. This brings me to my point: I'd love to take some reader requests so that I can bring you the coverage you want. Let me know in the comments of any games or hardware you want me to check out and I'll do my best to make it happen, otherwise you'll just get a shit-ton of blogs about gaming t-shirts, how many beers I just drank or the rancidity of the katsu curry being served in the food hall! Besides the comments section, I can also be contacted at toomanywires (at) hotmail (dot) com.
I'm hoping to rent a phone for the duration of the trip, so you should be able follow my coverage live, via Twitter. If you haven't already, then be sure to follow @toomanywiresUK for plenty of gaming gibberish.
I'll be heading out to Tokyo in a few days and won't be returning until the end of the month. I'm really looking forward to this trip back to my old stomping grounds and I hope to share as much of it as possible here at toomanywires. I'll be throwing my regular posting routine to the wind, but there will be no shortage of content throughout September - mostly related to TGS and Japan. I'll be kicking things off shortly with a TGS'10 retrospective and a preview for this year's show.
Don't miss this opportunity to tailor my TGS coverage and read about the things you are really interested in.
Odds & Ends
1. Dragon Quest X
Dragon Quest X Online? Really? With the exception of Monster Hunter, Japan hasn't been receptive to online, console gaming. It will be very interesting to see how the Japanese market reacts to its most beloved franchise going a bit MMORPG. Multiplayer connectivity on the DS is one thing (DQIX), as Japan has been more receptive to shared experiences on portables, but I'm envisioning quite a backlash with DQX. A well loved JRPG moving online is risky business - just look at Final Fantasy - and the fact that DQX is going to be on the Wii makes me even more sceptical. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out.
2. Pre-orders Complete
I don't pre-order games very often. When I do, it'll be down to financial incentives or because its a game that I have a strong desire to play from day one. I despise the current trend of retail specific pre-order bonuses and know that most games will be in the £18-25 bracket within two months, so I'm usually happy to wait it out.
Up until last month, I had pre-ordered only two games in 2011: Dragon Age 2 and LA Noire, both of which were disappointments. However, over the last few weeks I have made four, final pre-orders which will see me into 2012. I always intended to get Uncharted 3 on day one, and I got pretty good savings on Resistance 3 and Batman Arkham City - two games I very much want to play but otherwise would've been happy to wait a couple of weeks for. Child of Eden (PS3) is the fourth, thanks to its ridiculously low price here in the UK (£14.99) and a free t-shirt which I'll never wear. There are plenty of other games that I'll be picking up before the end of the year - ICO Collection, MGS HD Collection, Modern Warfare 3, Assassin's Creed Revelations, Skyrim (maybe) - but I'm definitely done with pre-orders for now.