Friday! Video games! Let’s talk!
I’d like to start off on a bittersweet note. Having covered all manner of video games over the last four years, I found it increasingly difficult to remain passionate about solely covering Nintendo Switch content. That being said, I made the decision to bow out of Switch Player and will continue focusing all of my game content here at Cheap Boss Attack.
Everyone there was super helpful and it was a great learning experience, but I didn’t realize how tough it’d be to digest tons of rad gaming information from all over the spectrum and then narrow it down to just the Switch stuff. I wish those folks the best, and hey, I did accomplish my dream of having something published in a printed Nintendo magazine.
I was utterly consumed by E3 over the last seven days, between six major conferences, demonstrations, recaps, and the incredibly informative, endearing, and hilarious Giant Bomb at Nite interviews with couch-fulls of games industry all-stars. Their interview with the head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, is easily my favorite post-E3 video so far. I’ve always admired Spencer’s knowledge and passion for the games industry, his desire to unite players and openly talk about PlayStation and Nintendo as if they were working together instead of as competitors, and I could listen to that man talk forever. He’s just such a radical, down to Earth guy.
Outside of digesting E3 content, I also spent nearly 11 hours on Wednesday recording CA! Radio’s E3 podcasts that have since begun rolling out. So yeah, not much time has been spent gaming.
I’m still working my way through Beyond Good & Evil HD on Xbox 360 (via Xbox One), which is my current focus. I received the game as part of the Games With Gold promotion and my Xbox Live Gold subscription expires next week. I don’t plan on renewing it until September when Destiny 2 releases, so I definitely want to see Beyond Good & Evil HD through before then.
For watching the Xbox E3 conference through their Mixer app (their version of Twitch) I received a free digital copy of Rare Replay, No Time to Explain, and The Final Station. I already own Rare Replay physically, but now I can get rid of the hard copy to free up some space! Huzzah! I hate the physical version because it requires you to have the disc inserted to play games that weren’t even on it — Banjo Kazooie, Banjo Tooie, Perfect Dark, and Kameo come to mind.
It’s a 30-game compilation of Rare-developed titles, like Blast Corps, Jet Force Gemini, Viva Pinata, and Battletoads, but certain games were already available digitally on Xbox 360 and those had to be downloaded separately. So although I had Banjo Kazooie completely downloaded and installed on my Xbox One, it wouldn’t launch until I proved to my console that I owned the game’s license by inserting the disc. Not anymore, jerks!
A select few of Rare Replay’s games have been on my backlog for a while now, but since I no longer need to fiddle around with the disc I’m far more motivated to actually play them.
I don’t know why I’ve been on such an Xbox 360 kick lately. I tend to gravitate toward whatever console was on last, but I’ve been actively going out of my way to knock out my Xbox 360 backlog above all else. Hell, I just treated myself to three new games! I haven’t bought a physical Xbox 360 game since Assassin’s Creed: Rogue launched nearly three years ago, but the streak is over! I’m now the proud owner of Crackdown, Binary Domain, and Alpha Protocol.
I’m hoping to finish up Beyond Good & Evil HD tomorrow so I can swing back around to Horizon: Zero Dawn. I didn’t want to put it aside when I did, but yeah, I’m on a time constraint and that sucks. I miss Aloy.
That’s my weekend in a nutshell. I’m going out of town for a week on Wednesday and I’ll have my Switch with me, but there won’t be a Freakin’ Weekend post on Friday since I won’t be bringing my laptop along for the ride.
What about you, folks? Got any big plans this weekend?