E3 2017 Impressions: Nintendo Spotlight

Woo-hoo! Just like years past, Nintendo didn’t hold a formal conference at E3. Instead, it aired Nintendo Spotlight, a series of pre-recorded segments that highlight whatever games they have coming down the pipe. Personally, I’m not mad at the break from the norm. The conferences are just overly-choreographed bullshit shows anyway. At least with Nintendo, the bullshit is rehearsed and edited. That...[Read More]

E3 2017 Impressions: Ubisoft Conference

Vive la France! This was strange territory for me. For the first time in a few years, Aisha Tyler was not going to emcee the Ubisoft conference. I know she’s a polarizing person, but I grew to really appreciate her level of cringe. Without her, I have to depend on Ubisoft to step up. And I don’t like their level of cringe. Aisha, come back to me! Past that, I had little expectations from the ladie...[Read More]

E3 2017 Impressions: Bethesda Conference

Now in VR! After the doctoral theses that was the Microsoft conference (over 6400 words before I had to get the snippers), I was happy to tackle something shorter. Enter Bethesda and their conference. I honestly had very little idea what to expect from them. The day before, put up a listing for Wolfenstein ahead of time, so I figured that would be mentioned. I also knew that Fallout VR a...[Read More]

E3 2017 Impressions: EA Conference

Featuring Star Wars: Battlefront II! Oh, and other stuff… It’s E3 2017, and I’m fake-excited! Last year, I attempted to cover many of the major releases that were shown at E3. By the end of the conference, I was a burned-out husk. For this year’s event, I’ve decided to take a different strategy. I’ll start by highlighting the major conferences, leaving the more in-depth musings for later. Al...[Read More]

Retro Review: R.O.B. Games (NES)

Robotic Operating Buddy? You’re not my buddy, guy! Release Date: October 1985 Developer: Nintendo Publisher: Nintendo When you’re trying to differentiate yourself, you’re bound to take some chances. The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) had that issue from the onset. In an attempt to differentiate itself from the video games than had crashed before it, however, it may have tried too hard. ...[Read More]

How Nintendo Can Rule the World: Nintendo Now

Or…Why Nintendo is not from this planet! Sometimes, a story hits you and short-circuits everything in your brain. I have spent the last week struggling to write an article that summed up my feelings about Xbox’s Project Scorpio. I watched Digital Foundry’s summation of the upcoming console’s specs, then toiled about how I would express my feelings about the console, its specs, and its place in the...[Read More]

The Digital Revolution of Media and How it Affects Gamers

Sooner or later, EVERYTHING is going to go digital! Variety recently posted an article on their website that started an interesting discussion between the crew here at Digital Crack. The article spoke about the desire of six of the biggest movie studios to offer new-release movies for home viewing. This is not new. Last year, the proposal would offer first-run movies to home viewers who have a spe...[Read More]

Retro Review: Life Force (NES)

30 Lives, Excessive Force Release Date: August 1988 Developer: Konami Publisher: Konami There is a term I bring up whenever I hear someone raised on Xbox and PlayStation complain about the difficulty of a game nowadays. My daughter is one who has complained as such. My response to her is the same as it is to anyone who never played a game on a system older than the Nintendo 64. There are three kin...[Read More]

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Impressions after 10 Hours

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Impressions after 10 Hours DISCLAIMER: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a gigantic game, and while my amount of play time might not justify a ‘proper’ review, I have a decent idea and feel of its world, mechanics, and gameplay. While there are mild spoilers about situations I’ve encountered, there are no mentions of specif...[Read More]

Retro Review: River City Ransom (NES)

Release Date: April 25, 1989 Developer: Technos Japan Corp. Publisher: Technos Japan Corp. When I wanna wind down from a day of stress, I often look to video games to help me unwind. Recently, I’ve been using The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on my Wii U. I have a review coming up on it. Here’s a small spoiler: it is AWESOME! Back in the day, I would turn to beat-‘em-up games to soothe my fr...[Read More]

The Nintendo Switch Launch in Review

The launch of any new console is big news for the gaming community, and the release of the Nintendo Switch is no different. The hybrid home/portable console released on Friday and the majority of gaming news predictably centered on it. Since this is the first legitimately new console release since I joined Digital Crack (the PS4 Pro and Xbox One S does NOT count!), I decided to talk about the posi...[Read More]

Nintendo Switch Launch Garners Well Wishes from Video Game Industry

The Nintendo Switch has officially launched worldwide today. I then stumbled upon a GameSpot article that left me dumbfounded for a good second before I recovered my senses: “PlayStation, Xbox, And More Congratulate Nintendo On Switch Launch.” The article mentions how some big names in gaming – including its two erstwhile not-really-competitors – took to Twitter to congratulate Nintendo on the lau...[Read More]

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