Looking good Ubi: Ubisoft E3 2016 Press Conference

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2016 marks 30 years of business for Ubisoft! This is a major accomplishment for any company, especially in the games industry because for one or a few business mistakes can spell the end for a game studio. Congrats Ubisoft!

Now let’s get to the topic at hand, UbiE3 conference! Of course, this press conference was not packed full of new IPs like Sony and Microsoft, but there are a lot of awesome AAA games in the works.

The annual Just Dance franchise showed off the next installment with Just Dance 2017. Dancers were jiving, twisting, and having all kinds of fun in the game and on stage. Just Dance 2017 launches on October 25, 2017.

I enjoy Tom Clancy games, but recently I have not been invested in any of them which includes The Division. However, Ghost Recon: Wildlands may get back into the “open-world” shooter vibe again. New gameplay was shown on stage highlighting the importance of team work and stealth…until the enemy tries to escape and your team has to chase him down in car and helicopter. Things got crazy! I may pick this up a few days after launch if reviews for it are decent. Definitely will be having my eyes on this game. Ghost Recon: Wildland releases March 7, 2017.

The Division apparently is pretty fun with over 10 million active players. Expansion 1: Underground releases on June 28. To get the crowd more hyped they showed off a new cinematic trailer for Expansion 2: Survival.

South Park: The Fractured but Whole (yes, that is the name of the game) yet again keeps that South Park humor with new gameplay mechanics. I did not play South Park: The Stick of Truth, but apparently enough people bought it and played it to warrant a sequel. You can check out the trailer here. South Park: The Fractured but Whole comes out December 6, 2016.

Ubisoft just many other gaming companies have been working on games for VR. The showed of an flight FPS game called Eagle Flight VR. Players fly as eagle in order take down other players to do accomplish certain objectives. What was shown was some variation of capture the flag, but with lots of claws and feathers. They also announced Star Trek Bridge Crew which is a simulation game in which you and your become the flight crew for the USS Enterprise. Both VR games seem pretty cool, hopefully they are just as fun to play come launch time. Eagle Flight VR and Star Trek Bridge Crew release sometime this Fall.

Now, this game right here, this game right here, is awesome! I saw For Honor demoed in person when I was at E3. Ubisoft showed off a new gameplay trailer which revealed the antagonist that pits these 3 class of warriors against each other. Out of the 3 class, gameplay of the Vikings in the main campaign was showcased. I thought I was going all in for Samurai’s, but seeing these Vikings maul over enemies was so satisfying to see. For Honor brings the swords and blood on February  14, 2017.

An open-world game named, Grow Up, was talked about, but nothing shown. So we will what this game has in store for gamers.

If you know anything about the Trials franchise, you know that riding a dirt bike may seem fun at first, but becomes irritating at the many times you will redo a level. It is that challenge that keeps gamers coming back for more. Trials of the Blood Dragon brings the same difficulty players love, but with a 80’s action film aesthetic. Trials of the Blood Dragon is out now and you can check out the very interesting trailer here.

Videogame movies are going through a resurgence or renaissance of some sorts right now. Apparently, the World of Warcraft movie is doing pretty alright at the box office with it being the highest grossing videogame film of all time. Next in line to take the crown is the upcoming Assassin’s Creed movie. Ubisoft showed a behind-the scenes trailer of the movie. Everything looks great from the surface, but we will see how sharp this movie’s hidden blades are when it comes out December 21, 2016.

Watchdogs 2 took the stage showing off the populated landscape of San Francisco. This game looks pretty fun, but I feel this game will run into “all bark, no bite” problem. Basically, the trailer shows the viewer lots of cool stuff, but beyond that there is not much else to do besides to messing with people’s phones and cars. We will see. Watchdogs 2 DDOS’s a console near you on November 15, 2016.

Lastly, a new IP was announced entitled, Steep. Steep is an open-world or sports game in which you ski, snowboard, or glide your way through some steep snowing mountains. Think of the SSX franchise, but sponsored by GoPro. This game actually looks pretty cool, so hopefully gamers really take to it. Steep crashes into the market in December on this year.

Well, Ubisoft another conference down. Great job! Aisha Tyler was lively and witty as always. Now, Ubisoft just promise that you will ensure games come out when they are ready to come out and not half-done. Assassin’s Creed Unity, never forget.

 

 

 

 

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A New Banner with a Can Do Attitude!

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First, I want to give a big shout out to Matthew Wright of WrightWorks Production. He is the one who created this awesome new banner for me! Technically, there are 2 versions! The second version can only be seen on my Twitter @JavonOnThePrgm Anywho, if you need a digital art piece to showcase for a blog or a video WrightWorksProduction got you covered!

So as I continue my transition into graduate school, I have been filled with a warming sensation of gratitude. Since, my freshman year in undergrad people told me I should start a blog. My friends constantly telling me that there is an audience waiting to hear what I have to say. Of course, I thought they were just saying that so I would stop bogging them down with deep videogame discussions. So what changed? How did I go from being skittish about expressing my thoughts online to having close to 100 posts at this point?

The spring of 2014 is when I found my mentor who was going to help me become the researcher I never knew I could be. He believed in me and believed in my passion to become a videogame expert, writer, or researcher…something. So, if someone was going to believe in me, I first had to believe in myself. I took that leap of faith and created my blogsite.

June 9, 2014 is when I published my first blog post entitled, “Welcome to Jaystonee on the Program!” I was nervous as hell. I was expecting that no one was going to read it, especially since it was my first post. As I was hanging out with my cousin’s over their place, around 9pm my phone buzzed. I don’t remember the exact wording, but the person congratulated me on publishing my first post. I was ecstatic! The next morning I was elated to see a few more people had emailed me saying congrats and keep it up. That gave me the push to continue writing.

2 years later, I now have close to a 100 posts under my belt and can see the growth and development of my blog. I am still learning, but I am grateful to have many followers and the support of my friends, family, and colleagues.

This blogsite is meant to bridge the gap between an academic’s perspective of videogame culture and those who also love videogames and would like to know a little bit more about the settle and overt nuisances within the medium. I am a gamer. I am a researcher. I am a games researcher, specifically focused on videogames. This blogsite is for anyone within either or both spaces like myself. This blog is for people who just want to understand this whole gaming thing in general! So help me share this space for others to learn from and discuss.