If you follow on Twitter or are friends with me on Facebook, you’re probably very aware of the latest big news in the world of Cheeese. And this time I’m not just over-dramatic, I swear! So what’s this awesome news that’s had me blabbering on and on about it at length? Well, it’s this: Ubisoft announced yesterday that my studio is developing an Assassin’s Creed game called Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China, which will be available as part of the AC Unity Season Pass.
It’s 2.5D platformer set in 16th century China and follows an assassin called Shao Jun – the name will probably be familiar to you if you watched the Assassin’s Creed Embers animated movie and/or are familiar with AC lore. As you can tell from the video below, the look is very stylized and takes inspiration from Chinese watercolour paintings. As you can tell, there are many features that should familiar to AC fans, but Shao Jun also has all-new skills and Assassin gear like the Jian Sword and the Foot Blade. Check it out:
http://assassinscreed.ubi.com/en-GB/news/news_detail.aspx?c=tcm:154-172943-16&ct=tcm:148-76770-32 Continue reading
First of all, good luck, because the competition is fierce! I’ve written about this topic before and I’m hoping I haven’t come across as overly negative, because I don’t regret giving up law for games and for me, it was absolutely the right decision. But counter-intuitive as this might seem, I don’t think everyone would enjoy turning their hobby into a job. This is pretty general to anyone, but I feel like the games industry in particular is one that many people have placed on a pedestal as their life dream and something they’ll strive to achieve for many years, but without really understanding many of the practicalities of actually well… doing the job. Obviously this doesn’t apply to everyone. If you’ve researched the role you want, had a bit of work experience and are sure that it’s really what you want to do, then good for you and good luck! So again, I’m absolutely not trying to discourage anyone, merely give you some food for thought as someone who’s been there and done that. Continue reading
Irrelevant update of the week: I know, I know I’ve been terrible this August haven’t I? Between travelling for work, moving house and general business, I haven’t had a lot of time for blogging. But September’s almost upon us and things are settling down again, so here’s hoping September will give me more time with you guys!
If you follow me on Twitter you might know that my partner @Grumbl3dookgaming, whose real name is also Sam (believe it or not) and I are both pretty rabid, I mean avid, gamers. Given his Twitter handle you’re probably not terribly surprised. I guess the term ‘gaming couple’ probably describes us pretty accurately. Our living room is basically one large gaming cave filled with consoles, TVs, 2 gaming PCs – one for each and a ridiculous number of handhelds. Admittedly everything other than Sam’s PC and the Vita I bought him are mine, because he’s pretty much just on PC and I tend to flit between platforms depending where the best games are. So why am I telling you all this other than the fact that I like filling your heads with inane and useless info? Well, I recently I spotted this tweet by @Chindividual and it got me thinking:
Most people think that it must super duper sunshine and rainbows awesome to be have be in ‘gaming relationship’. They have visions of hours spent playing a game together, laughing and enjoying life to the fullest, because what could be more amazing than sharing your greatest hobby with your partner? They get it! They understand all your stupid nerdy jokes! They don’t care when you need to finish this match before you can come to dinner! And yes, it’s all true, to a certain extent. After all, having any sort of shared interests, particularly ones that you’re both passionate about and can bond over is pretty amazing. In fact, I think fondly back on all the times we spent playing World of Warcraft or Unreal Tournament together and all the times I’ve creeped him out doing my best ‘turret voice’ from Portal (particularly late at night when he’s least expecting it). Good times. Continue reading
Note: I know, I know, CTVG was a little quiet in July, mostly because of travelling for work and my holiday last week. I’d fully intended to write something during my holiday, but well… it was a holiday, so that may have been a bit ambitious. I’m off to Gamescom next week, so I’m not entirely sure if there will be anything up next week, but if not, things should return to normal when I return. I know you guys can’t miss out on your cheesey fix for too long…! 😛
I’m not going to lie, I was pretty sceptical when friends kept telling me that Telltale’s The Wolf Among was ‘better’ than their other hugely popular adventure game series The Walking Dead. Better I said? Pshaw! Lies, all of it! Of course I didn’t actually say this as I don’t usually use ‘pshaw’ in every day conversation. Anyways, the truth is that having played all 5 episodes, I have to agree wholeheartedly. Considering how much I love The Walking Dead that really is saying something. And yes, I am reviewing all 5 episodes at the same time, because I basically became completely addicted to the game and blitzed through it all. Also, I can’t be bothered to review each episode individually, because seriously, ain’t nobody got time for that as a wise woman once said. Continue reading
Note: If anyone was wondering where I’ve been the last two weeks (if you don’t follow me on Twitter), I was at the Develop conference in Brighton, so between meetings, award ceremonies, parties and after parties that didn’t leave a lot of time to write a post. Then last week… well it’s a long story, but I’m back now!
Or the good. Or anyone really. I recently finished Season 2 Episode 3 of Telltale’s massively popular zombie adventure game, which was based on the comic books of the same name. And you should probably know by now that there are few developers I trust as much as these guys to put out quality content every time. They definitely did not disappoint this time. Once again, please don’t read this until you’ve played the previous episodes, because there will be spoilers – huge ones!
Having been to a few trade shows like E3 and GDC the thing that really struck me was the number of consumers or at least people only loosely tied to the industry there were in attendance. I usually found this out from either talking to people or… to be honest, it’s pretty obvious. The few people in cosplay or getting really rowdy are probably not necessarily there for work. I have no issue with this of course. I mean, if you want to go and enjoy yourself, then go for it! In fact I kind of miss going to consumer conventions like the MCM Expo in London, which I used to attend twice a year, because of the atmosphere and amazing people who would turn up. Trade shows aren’t like that. Yet I’ve heard a lot of non-industry people talking about how they would do anything to go to E3 and I’m not sure if they’re just setting themselves up for disappointment. I’m not saying don’t go, but I’d like to explain some of my experiences of shows like E3 and you can make up your own mind if it’s something you want to spend your cash on. My focus here is mainly on E3 as that seems to be the one that most people want to attend, but it applies equally to other trade shows. Continue reading
Originally posted on UWG here. This week I wanted to post an interesting round table discussion we had over at UWG regarding the necessity of E3. Obviously my perspective was a little different from most, as I work in the games industry and attending conferences is a large part of my job, so hopefully I added something unique to the discussion. But I want to know, what do you guys think? Do you have aspirations to attend E3? As a consumer are you even excited by it anymore? Let me know! As mentioned, I’ll be writing on a related topic soon – what are trade shows actually like and should consumers try to attend them?
With E3 done and over with, we at UWG decided now would be a good time to take a hard look at shows like E3 and ask a tough question:
“In the digital age we now reside in, are these big media shows like E3 really warranted anymore? If all the information we need is now easily consumable on the internet, what purpose do these shows serve anymore?”
Joining us in our discussion are Niall of Niall’s Ramblings, Derek ofGamerCrash, and Sam of CheeseToastie And Video Games. If you like what they have to say here, there’s much more where that came from at each of their sites! Do yourself a favor and take a look! Continue reading
I know, I know, no post last week. I had fully intended to, but E3 was very very busy. I barely had time to sleep, let alone write a blog post (I’m not even kidding, between jet lag and a busy schedule I barely slept that whole week)! Luckily I’ve just about recovered now, so it’s about time I wrote something about my E3 experiences.
Well, my experience was this – mostly meetings and night-time networking/work events. In fact, I probably only spent about a total of 2 hours on the actual expo floor and I was mainly zipping in and out of there between meetings (which mostly took place at the hotel bar across the road), I didn’t really get to try anything as the lines were pretty much all incredibly long. So, to be honest, you guys checking out the news and watching the conferences online were probably caught up on all the highlights before I was. However, I did go to the Sony and Ubisoft press conferences and did see a bunch of cool stuff on the floor that I can share with you. Apologies about not having too many great pics – I’m no photographer and during the conferences I was more focused on listening than snapping blurry images of trailers and people walking around on stage as I’m sure you can understand.
Same as always, I have to watch what I say about the big publishers, but I can talk to you guys about the games I’m most excited about from the conferences I attended and the ones I didn’t and had to look up afterwards. First of all, I was genuinely and absolutely blown away by the Ubisoft press conference. And no, not just because it was awesomely flashy with all the smoke, lights, flashing bracelets and all the stuff that good press conferences have. That side of the conference was definitely fun and being around so many like-minded people who are all as excited is you is an amazing experience that I think you really have to experience to get. It definitely beats watching it from home, although there’s of course nothing wrong with doing that either. But really, it was all about the games. The Ubisoft line-up is possibly the strongest I’ve ever seen from them and got me seriously excited about some of their upcoming games.
Yup, that’s right, I’ve arrived! Weeee! Actually I arrived last night and have been trying not to let jet lag kick my butt. Ouch, is all I can say. So unfortunately, since the run up to E3 has been so busy, I haven’t really had time to blog this week, but next week I’ll be writing up an extra special post about some of the happenings at E3. Admittedly many of my experiences will be meetings, meetings, meetings and Microsoft/Sony parties and the like, which will probably be of little interest to you, but I will be attending the Sony and Ubisoft press conferences and will of course will be patrolling the Expo floor at least a bit, so I’m sure I’ll have plenty to report back to you. So you’ll hear from me very soon! For now, have a great Sunday!
I’ve mentioned this briefly on here before, but one of the least talked about and from my perspective one of the most important aspects of gaming is the psychological and emotional benefits that it offers. I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that gaming in general, but a few games in particular have gotten me through many of the most difficult times in my life and in some cases, has deeply affected the way I view the world. In all honesty, this truly transformative and healing effect is what made me want to get into the industry in the first place – so that I could be part of the process of making games that people can get lost in. It’s easy to focus on the negativity both surrounding the industry and coming from within it and there are no shortage of politicians eager to jump on the ‘video games are violent and bad for children’ argument, but often people seem to gloss over the benefits that games can provide to your life if consumed in moderation (just like everything else).
Like everyone else, I’ve had some difficult times in my life. There have been periods of extreme stress, especially during my undergrad and postgrad years (because there are few things quite as masochistic as a law degree) and in the prolonged and stressful period of job searching afterwards, things got tough. I’m sure everyone goes through times where stress levels seem to exceed themselves day by day and when problems sometime seem insurmountable. It’s just part of the human condition. Sure, some people seem breeze through life without a single hitch or any crushing disappointment, but I’m pretty sure they’re robots or at the very least not being completely open about some of the obstacles they’ve faced. During times like these it’s important to have an outlet. Writing or drawing or making music or any other of the thousands upon thousands of creative pursuits work very well as forms of cathartic self expression, but sometimes you just want to sit down and consume something. Sometimes you just need to switch off and get lost in another world. And that’s where games come in. Continue reading