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An Open Letter to Sony

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Returning to Big Shell

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Gamescom 2012

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Gamescom, everyone's favourite Germanic video game trade show, is drawing to a close. Despite some high profile absentees - neither Microsoft nor Nintendo could be arsed to show up - there has been plenty to talk about, as Gamescom succeeded in providing a pick-me-up after the disappointment of E3 and whetting our appetite for Tokyo Game Show.
With expectations low and its main rivals out of the picture, Sony emerged from their headlining press conference, where they focussed on the Vita and announcing intriguing, if not blockbusting, new IPs, smelling like roses. Acutely aware that many Vita owners feel abandoned, Sony were careful to put their handheld front and centre, confirming new features and games while making us believe, if only for forty five minutes, that they have some sort of plan for the future.
August 28th will bring the PSOne classics patch; so far Sony has only confirmed that Tomb Raider, Metal Gear Solid and Final Fantasy VII are part of the initial roll-out, so…

The Gaming Blues

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Over the last few weeks I have found myself stuck in a gaming rut, an unprecedented malaise that has sapped my enthusiasm for all things video game-y. I look over at my PS3 and all I can think of is Final Fantasy XIII-2 which, as I shall explain later, is not a good thing. The only game I have to play on my 3DS is Final Fantasy Theatrhythm, which I adored for a week but am now bored of. I can't think about my Vita without getting slightly peeved; the process of picking it up and spending five minutes looking for something to play has become an oft repeated and thoroughly depressing routine that I could do without. I'm eyeing The Witcher 2 on the 360, but I just can't bring myself to start it, put off by the prospect of learning new controls when I still don't know the difference between trigger and bumper. My Wii is now exclusively an every-other-Saturday karaoke machine and I really can't be arsed with all the wire fiddling required to play something retro.

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