Games expos were sort of like a series of major tournaments in sports, with the grand slam tour being something like E3, Gamescom, PAX Prime and Tokyo Games Show. So where did Paris Games Week come from?
It's been around for just five years, but PGW is the second-most attended expo in the world, trailing Gamescom. The show got a real jolt of attention when PlayStation elected to skip Germany back in August and stage a two-hour keynote on Tuesday packed with news, videos, and teasers. Quantic Dream unveiled its latest project — Detroit — which is about robots (not a professor impersonating an eccentric pimp).
Elsewhere, Fallout wrested control of the collective consciousness away from Star Wars, being that the game is less than two weeks from launch. If you missed out on the Pip-Boy, a six-pack of actual Nuka-Cola Quantum is a nice consolation refreshment. Batman: Arkham Knight returned to Steam, but it's still a mess no matter how many free games WBIE stacks on top of it.
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Last Week in Five Stories
This week, the Apple TV will welcome native games. Behind the scenes, apps will run on an operating system called tvOS. In many ways, tvOS is a radical rethinking of the fundamental nature of operating systems and our relationship with them. And because of that, its rules and limitations look odd.
It would seem unlikely that a competitive multiplayer game boasting a cast of 25 playable characters could make you care about each one, but Battleborn is certainly going to try.
Since announcing the special edition Fallout 4 Pip-Boy edition at E3 earlier this year, publisher Bethesda has struggled to keep them in stock. "As far as stupid gimmicks go, this is the best fucking one I've ever seen," said Todd Howard, the game's director, at the time.
Nintendo's first foray into making games for smartphones and other mobile devices won't happen this year, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima announced at an investor briefing in Tokyo today. Instead, the game maker is now eyeing March 2016 for a global launch of its first mobile title.
2008 was a year with some pretty big games. I loved all of those games for different reasons. But Fallout 3 was special. It helps that it came along at a specific time in my life. I didn't want to think about anything. I wanted someplace to hide from my mid-20s angst. Fallout 3 was perfect.