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Everybody Wins...?

Bad News

If there's one thing the latest console releases have brought, it isn't an end to the rampant fanboyism or the favoritism. It's been more arguing, and more declarations on both sides that one side is the winner and the other is the loser.

Why can't the three consoles just coexist? They have for the past decade anyhow. It just seems that anymore people just want to see someone lose.

It doesn't help matters much that Gamespot decided to redesign their website recently, and made communication between gamers even more difficult and confusing right now.

Cam also recently made his latest episode of Reality Check, which explored the growth of the thinking that game review sites are paid off by game companies to promote and rate games favorably.

I thought it was a very interesting episode. And for the record, I don't think I'm one of these conspiracy theorists who think that game journalists are paid off. I have no idea if any of it is true or not, but I'd like to think that most of these game journalists review the way they feel is accurate and cover what they feel is important. Whether or not they are right is debatable, but at the end of the day it doesn't matter because it's just their own personal opinions. And they probably do better at their game journalism job than a lot of us would - that's why they've got the job.

I have trouble fully enjoying Gamespot anymore because I can't even post my ten cents in the comments sections 95% of the time now. And whenever I play videos (which is mostly what the website is now), the video is slow and doesn't sync up well with the audio. It's disappointing, but the negatives keep adding up.

Escape Plan got delayed. There never was an explanation as to why, or what was up with PSN the last couple of days that caused the redeem code feature to be disabled. To my current knowledge, anyway. But Escape Plan will reportedly be out tomorrow, so that's good news.

As if all of that weren't enough, the former president of (now defunct) THQ says that Nintendo is irrelevant on the console front, and says they should be a third-party developer. I guess the game industry won't be satisfied until it kills off every trace of creativity.

Suffice it to say, there's a lot of tension in gaming right now.

Better News

Earlier tonight I completed Knack for the first time! I enjoyed the game a lot, and I'll continue working on it since there's a lot of other stuff to accomplish. There's a few more inventions to build, lots of forms to unlock, and harder modes to tackle - among other things.

I thought the ending to the game was neat, and Knack did remind me a bit of myself in the credits, personality-wise. I don't really want to spoil anything in case anyone else plays it. But I do think this is a game that deserves a sequel at some point. There's a lot more that could be done to expand upon every aspect of this game. Until then, I'm sure to play through Knack a few more times anyway.

Today was my first day off in a while, and I enjoyed it quite a lot. Maybe I could have made better use of my free time, but I have no regrets. Today was good. I beat a game, I made supper, I saved lunchtime. I lazed about the house. Today was good.

It's December. Well, aside from Escape Plan (which I already own) coming to PS4, I think I'm about done with game purchases for this year. Unless another downloadable game comes out that I'm really looking forward to, or I get some extra cash and decide to get the Killzone season pass, or I renew Plus for the year. Otherwise, I don't expect to spend anything else on vidja gamehs.

Come 2014, it'll probably be a different story. I want to try working towards saving for a 3DS XL and some games, but at the same time my regular car inspection comes up in February so... We'll see. 2014 should be a good year for games though. And when Drakengard 3 comes out, I know I'm gonna be returning to the ol' PS3 a bit.

I've gotten in the Holiday spirit a bit. It bothered me at first because everyone just ignored Thanksgiving and started talking about Christmas like they do every year, but now that it's past us I'm more excited about Christmas and the New Year. The tree is up, decorations are up, and from time to time I even listen to the Christmas music radio stations.

What's left, of course, is buying the presents. I am hoping to get a start on that later this week, maybe. If I can hammer it all out this weekend, then that would be cool.

I might not have enjoyed Black Friday and the busyness of recent days, and I may not have been in the best of moods lately, but I am feeling better - so that is a good sign.

~ Ovirew