Ready Player One Challenge in Hollywood

Yesterday was the first day of the Ready Player One Challenge in Hollywood. For those of you that don’t know, Ready Player One is a book by Ernest Cline that came out in 2011.

As a gamer I naturally read the book, and at the time I had no idea it would become a film by Stephen Spielberg a few years later.

The experience is 20 to 30 minutes long, with many photo ops and opportunities to take photos. In fact it’s encouraged. The retro feel to the experience brought back a lot of childhood memories for me and I loved it.

In the experience you are tasked with finding keys on your way to the Oasis. You are encouraged to play, search and take a leap. It’s fun and looks amazing.

Yes, they built the stacks where Wade Watts calls home. However they do not take everyone into the stacks. It is here that I believe there is a Virtual Reality experience.

All in all it is a great experience, reminiscent of a Comic Con experience. When you’re in line Fandango is out there asking trivia questions where you can win a multitude of prizes. I personally won 2 Fandango tickets to see the film. One person I was with won a hat. They made it fun from start to finish. If you get a chance and are in the Hollywood, California area, take advantage of this free experience. They do take walk ups, and you can also secure a specific time on the website, ReadyPlayerOneChallenge.com

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How E3 2017 is Different than Years Past

E3, the coveted video game convention that is held every year at the Los Angeles Convention Center.  It’s previously been industry and press only, until this year, when the public was granted access to the convention for a hefty $249.00.

I have been attending E3 for the past 6 years and I must say this year there was a complete 180 on just about everything.  You would think that having actual paying attendees that they could go all out, yet just the opposite happened.

I felt as if the show floor didn’t pop.  Usually you walk in and your awed by some great display from an upcoming game that you have never heard of or played before.  The year the giant Titan was out front of the convention center for Titanfall comes to mind.  Now that blew me away.  Or walking in and seeing the plants vs zombies dancing.

This year I don’t think I saw one game that I either hadn’t heard of, played previously, or had an amazing display area.  Sure Wolfenstein looked pretty cool in the diner where they would make you a milk shake, but other than that, I just felt the show was bland, boring, and quite frankly useless.

If you really want information about upcoming games, watch the briefings.  I found out more there than I did walking the show floor.   The convention didn’t even have any swag, which is in my opinion is what makes it fun.  The year they gave out Skylanders, or Disney Infinity figures, simple tee shirts or awesome pins.  I am seriously talking nothing.

Want to play a game?  Oh get in the longest line you can possibly think of and wait for 4 hours.  That is, if the line isn’t capped in 20 minutes. You may be saying to yourself, but your press.  Sure, I am.  But even as press, I have to “make an appointment” and again come back later.  At this point if I want to play games, I might as well go home.

I had the most fun outside across the street at the Devolver site.  It was for press media, they had meetings, food, drinks and good genuine fun, without all the millions of people.  If you are press and are reading this, don’t miss out on Devolver.

Sony was outside as well, but the store, for the first time ever had a line so long, that I just couldn’t wait in it.  I figure I can get it all online if I really wanted it.  Nothing seemed to be exclusive.

All in all I think that opening E3 to the public was not the greatest thought out plan.  It should have had all the bells and whistles of a top notch technologically advanced video game convention.  It had none.  Unless they either give the press and industry a day or two before letting in the public or just eliminate them completely, I will never step foot back in E3 again.  Everything is streamed and I really would have found out more if I had stay tuned in rather than trying to get a hands on look at anything.  Very disappointed.

E3 didn’t even provide the normal day 1-3 guides nor were there industry magazines available.

Photo by Caprice Conley

 

For Honor Open Beta

I remember being on the E3 show floor and watching the big screen they had playing above us.  It was a game that showed a viking who was in battle, with some the most amazing weaponry and gear i’ve ever seen in a video game.  I watched, and finally the name of game scrolled across the screen. For Honor.

That has been over a year now, and I’m so happy about playing the open beta on Feb 9-12.  I chose to play as the Samurai and it is a game that I could find myself playing this for many hours.

The release date on For Honor is February 14th.   Will you be picking this game up?

Here is the first 15 minutes of gameplay, brought to us by IGN.

Playstation Plus Games For January

It’s that time again, where we get our free games each month for Playstation plus.  The lineup is a fantastic one, and if you are reading this you should head on over to Playstation and get these games now!

On PS4, Hardware: Rivals.  Normally $19.99

Grim Fandango Remastered.  Normally $14.99.  This game is amazing, and should definitely be played in its newest format.

Dragon Age: Origins…PS3, Normally  $19.99.  If you have ever played a Dragon Age game, you’ll know that this is a game that stands the test of time.  They just keep getting better and better.

Also on PS3 is Medal of Honor Warfighter.  Normally $19.99, and this is a game for those of you that need a break from Call of duty.

Lets not forget PSVita where History: Legends of War: Patton, and Grim Fandango Remastered are available for free.

No matter what platform you have these are all pretty stellar games.  Check them out!

Battlefield 1 vs Call of Duty Infinite Warfare

I’ve been playing video games since I was a wee tot.  It was about 7 years ago or so that I decided to try my first shooter, Call of Duty.  I’ve been a loyal  player for years with the occasional dabbling in Battlefield.  I did enjoy Battlefield Hardline, story mode, but a glitch with it on my PS4 put that at an abrupt halt.

The excitement for Call of Duty Infinite Warfare was very present at E3.  IT was hyped up and looked promising.  As always I went to the midnight release and picked up my copy.  It was soon after that I realized that fighting in space wasn’t exactly the makings of good game play.  Running on walls, the cheating, the same old simple maps, were just not impressing me.

I decided that maybe the single player game would be full filling.  Again I was wrong.  There was nothing new here except location.  The “rigs” we got to wear but nothing gripping.

Now I was absolutely adamant about not playing Battlefield 1.  Even though I was very impressed at E3, I always considered myself a COD person, ya know?

I was wrong.

Battlefield 1 has a beautifully written storyline, an engulfing world which takes you back.  The guns are not these high tech blasters, they are the older, real used guns you saw back in the war.  The real war, not the one we are fighting in space.

I think COD needs to get back to basics.  Back to what made them what they are today.  I defiantly think that all the cheating, and if you don’t think there is any going on your severely mistaken, has to be regulated.  Really, put people in rooms based on how they play, how they rank.  Similar styles.  I always get put in with clans who talk to each other, run on walls, have altered guns, and really it just makes the experience, well, not fun.

I still think there is hope for COD.  I know there will be another installment.  Let them follow Battlefield 1 and give us an engrossing storyline.  WIth epic gameplay.