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35 Year Anniversary Blog: Pac-Man

Around the same month as Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back was released in Cinemas back in 1980, but over in Japan a company called Namco developed an arcade that would become an icon of video game culture during the 80's and is still a classic from today still growing strong for 35 years.

Pac-Man first hit the arcades in Japan on May 22nd 1980 and then later got released in arcades in North America, with games that were released before Pac-Man like Space Invaders and Pong were hits in the arcades and on consoles like the Atari 2600, Pac-Man took the world by storm. I even heard stories from my parents that they played Pac-Man during their teen years and how addicting the game can be by controlling Pac-Man on eating pellets around the maze. You would think its straight forward game on eating pellets but you are getting chased by four enemies called Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde or just call them the four colored ghosts as they try to chase you down, once they've caught you that's it you'll lose a life lose all lives its game over. However if you saw a power pellet you can try and eat the ghosts if they turn dark blue for a short time.

Not only that you could eat pellets you could also eat certain fruit that appeared on the screen like cherries which can earn you extra points, after eating all pellets you'll move to the next level the higher you got on later levels they will get harder and the ghosts would get more and more faster on moving around. I think the main aim of the game was to try and get the highest score which is a challenge but completing all 255 levels is something that no one could ever do, on July 3rd 1999 the first person to achieve this maximum possible score of 3,333,360 points was Billy Mitchell from Hollywood, Florida who was the first ever person to get the highest score; but back in September 2009 David Race from Beavercreek, Ohio was the sixth person to get a perfect score and a time of three hours, 41 minutes, and 22 seconds set a new record for the fastest time to obtain a perfect score.

Pac-Man series has had multiple remakes and sequels over the years on consoles, handhelds and mobile devices including on Google search engine celebrating 30th Anniversary of Pac-Man in 2010 where you can play Pac-Man on Google but companies across the world experienced slight drops in productivity due to the game, estimated to be valued at the time as $120,000,000 which is around £83,000,000. Many people who worked in offices played this game during their time at work and caused a bit of trouble in the work environment including some companies blocking Google on their work computers but it was only for that weekend which was May 21st - 23rd 2010 it was a fun mini-game but would agree that you were meant to be working not playing games at work unless you are on a coffee or lunch break.

In 1981 Midway Manufacturing Corporation developed and released Ms. Pac-Man in arcades across North America same game but it introduced a female protagonist, new maze deigns and several other improved gameplay changes over the original Pac-Man. A TV series was produced by Hanna-Barbera from 1982-1983 with 44 episodes. Than got another TV series over on Disney XD in 2013 and is still showing today on certain TV channels across the world, Pac-Man also been referenced in other TV shows and Movies including Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Wreck-it Ralph and in the upcoming movie that is being released this year called Pixels starring Adam Sandler and Denis Akiyama playing the role of Toru Iwatani who is the original creator for Pac-Man.

Pac-Man was also a playable character in both the 3DS and Wii U version of Super Smash Brothers including an Amiibo figure which recently went on sale but if you look at the top right of the packaging you'll see Pac-Man's name and No. 35 could this mean that Nintendo used that idea on celebrating 35 years of Pac-man? Going back to 1981 Bucker & Garcia wrote the hit single Pac-Man Fever which is still being played today in discos, night clubs and at parties even have people following the dance moves and is still a classic to hear.

I would still be very surprised if people will still be talking about Pac-Man within the next five years from now celebrating its 40 year anniversary. How old were you when you first played Pac-Man? Has anyone in your family played the game when they were young?

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Movie Review- Mad Max: Fury Road

I can't even remember the last time I've watched the Mad Max series starring Mel Gibson this was a very long ago, 30 years later a forth film gets released in Cinemas written, directed and produced by George Miller this is the fourth film in the Mad Max franchise. Mad Max: Fury Road does feel like a reboot in totally different way but it’s not with Mel Gibson being too old in playing the role he is now replaced by Tom Hardy.

Does George Miller keep the series fresh after 30 years? the answer is yes making it feel like an R rated movie with tons of car chases and explosions, Fury Road is nothing but a work of art set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland; story starts of being haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa (Charlize Theron). They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne), from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.

For a two hour film it really does try and impressive you on how much everything can be done in one film based on survival, action and an eruption of craziness which just makes this perfect for a film. If you've played games like Fallout and Borderlands you will really be in for a treat on what surprises can be found in Fury Road but if you've not played both games Fury Road does give you an idea on how you should prepared if a post-apocalyptic would happen later in the future. I would be very surprised if they make another Mad Max film after this one being so successful worldwide because we know that George Miller knows how to make a good action movie when we see one and the fact that Fury Road makes us want more movies like these, if you haven't seen this movie yet I would highly recommend you seeing this movie.

5/5 (5 Star Rating)

Hope you've enjoyed reading my movie review :D

What if a secret game was announced at the 2nd Nintendo World Championship at E3?

After covering Twenty Years of E3 in my past blogs from last week, we are getting closer and closer to this year's E3 which is taken place next month at Los Angeles, California. There's already been news and information from the likes of Sony, Microsoft and Ubisoft that they'll be having their Press Conferences and what time of the day during that week; what did surprise me that Nintendo was going to bring back Nintendo World Championships, it has been twenty-five years since it was first established back in 1990 and was the only year Nintendo had held a video game competition.

The first time I've heard about the Nintendo World Championships was from watching the film The Wizard (1989) following three children as they travel to California. The youngest of the three is emotionally withdrawn with a gift for playing video games and is famous for its numerous references to video games and accessories for the NES. But the main reason why a lot of people saw this movie when it was first released in Cinemas was that the film showed off the first gameplay footage of Super Mario Bros 3 which would become one of the best-selling video games of all time, we didn't had Youtube or even an E3 at the time the only way people would know about gaming news was in magazines but The Wizard was one of the best examples that got people hyped about Super Mario Bros 3 to begin with by having some gameplay in the movie itself.

In 1990 Nintendo did promote the video game competition and accompanying NES game cartridge, that toured twenty-nine cities across America, there was never any competitions anywhere else outside of America. One group covered the tournament for under 11, one for 12-17 and one for over 18, where the first round was getting at least 175,000 and whoever was in the semi-finals round would have to score around 200,000; the finalist would win a trophy, $250, and a trip for two to the World Finals at Universal Studios Hollywood, the runner-up would win a Nintendo Power Pad and a GameBoy. Each of the three winners that won in either of the age categories, after the competition ended there was an informal face-off between the three winners, with Thor Aackerlund taking first place, Jeff Hansen taking second, and Robert Whiteman finishing third.

Contestants who entered the Nintendo World Championships played a version of the game designed specifically for the contest. Where you had 6 minutes and 21 seconds to play, which is divided up into three mini-games. The first mini-game of the competition is to collect 50 coins in Super Mario Bros. Next mini-game is a version of Rad Racer where players must complete a specialized Nintendo World Championship course. The final mini-game is Tetris and this lasts until time expires. Once time expires, a player's score is totaled using the following formula Super Mario Bros score + Rad Racer score + Tetris score would all add up to a final score in total after playing all three mini-games.

Stuff like this can be found on NES Remix series on both 3DS and Wii U giving you an idea what the mini-games are like and playing them on Championship Mode which is a challenge but if you can manage to get a really good score on this mode this could be your chance to enter Nintendo's World Championship as part of its 25th anniversary and coverage of E3 2015, qualifying competitions begin on May 30th in some Best Buy locations and the final event being live streamed on June 14th. When I first saw the video announcement a few days ago it did make me think what could actually happen in the finals of the championships, just like on The Wizard Nintendo could pull a big surprise up its sleeves on the final round to its finalists, Super Mario Bros 3 did surprise everyone back in 1989 but what if the final round was based on a secret upcoming game like Mario Galaxy 3 which could easily come up out of nowhere and no body wouldn't expect it all. I doubt it would happen but it did make me think and could easily happen I would say "I told you so" if it did happen.

With it being the second ever only championship does also make you wonder how will Nintendo organize all of this? Will they use their original cartridges from their first one? Or will they use games from past consoles like the Wii, 3DS and Wii U with titles like Super Smash Bros and Mario Kart 8 plus what kind of prize will be given to the winner of the championship? If more and more get interested in stuff like this it could make a return for next year or even have events and championships in other countries like Europe, Japan and United Kingdom then having one big world final round having one player from each country of the world competing each other and winning the ultimate prize. All of this does sound awesome if it happened sometime in the future I reckon could but we'll never know after the second Nintendo World Championship next month.

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Twenty Years of E3: Part 4- 2011 – 2014

If you've missed my last blog based on the first, second and third part of looking back at E3 you can find them here- Twenty Years of E3: Part 1- 1995 – 1999 and Twenty Years of E3: Part 2- 2000 – 2005 and Twenty Years of E3: Part 3- 2006 – 2010 Part 4 is my final part on looking back at Twenty Years of E3.

15 years later E3 still knew how to pull surprises especially from Sony, Nintendo ad Microsoft there have been some good and bad moments over the years including some shocks on certain announcements, let's take a look back at E3 2011. With the PlayStation Network outage a few weeks before E3 Sony managed to fix the problem with an update patch after users got their PSN account hacked; Sony did apologized and saying thank you on being patient on waiting for the online servers coming back, Sony also gave out free games to make up for the trouble for both PS3 and PSP. However at their Press Conference there was a sixteen minute delay which wasn't good, they announced their newest handheld device which was the PlayStation Vita including a line-up of games such as WipEout, Uncharted and Gravity Rush. Sony's biggest humiliation at E3, because when they said that they would be partnering with AT&T for their 3G PlayStation Vita for the US market, the crowd booed which didn't look pretty at all; they did announce a lot of good PS3 games at their E3 including Uncharted 3, Journey, Resistance 3 and The Ico and Shadow of the Colossus Collection.

Nintendo unveiled the Nintendo Wii U introduced the controller, which will allow players to switch from displaying the game on the TV to the controller's built-in 6.2" screen. A few titles including Lego City Undercover, ZombiU and New Super Mario Bros were announced including a Super Smash Bros games in the works for both the 3DS and Wii U. More 3DS games such as Mario Kart, Star Fox 64 3DS, Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D and Super Mario 3D were announced to be released later in the year for 2011. Like past E3 Press Conference a lot of Zelda news was announced, Miyamoto announced The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords coming to DSiWare in October 2011 as a free download, Link's Awakening was the first GameBoy Color game to be available on the Nintendo eShop, An Ocarina of Time soundtrack CD will be gifted to those who did register The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D on Club Nintendo the game was released a week after E3 for both North America and Europe.

For Microsoft Press Conference starting of their show with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 with new gameplay footage, EA announced that their games FIFA, Madden NFL and Tiger Woods PGA Tour would have Kinect support for the Xbox 360, Mass Effect 3 would also have voice recognition for Kinect. More Kinect games were announced but also games like Tomb Raider, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Gears of Wars 3 and Minecraft were announced but at the end of their Press Conference their left a teaser trailer for Halo 4 which was announced to be released next year.

E3 2012 which attracted 45,700 attendees during that year, Microsoft began their show including the first gameplay footage and trailer for Halo 4 including a release date, more sport games announced for the Xbox 360, including the first trailer of South Park: The Stick of Truth which was presented by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Capcom showed off new gameplay for Resident Evil 6 and as always like the past E3 events another Call of Duty game was mentioned which was Call of Duty: Black Ops II including all DLC that will be coming to the Xbox 360 first. Sony Press Conference welcomed David Cage to the start of the show who directed the game Heavy Rain with Quantic Dreams had a new game announced called Beyond: Two Souls having Ellen Page as the main character of the game; Sony announced PS1 classics, Hulu, Crackle and Youtube would be heading to the PlayStation Vita, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale was announced for both the PS3 and PS Vita would also be a Cross-Buy title meaning if you bought it on either one you would get the other version for free if you had both a PS3 and PS Vita, but the game itself was a knock-off of Super Smash Bros but with PlayStation mascots. Wonderbook: Book of Spells was the first title released and was in partnership with J.K. Rowling and Pottermore including a live demonstration of the game and at the end of the show Naughty Dog a live demonstration of The Last of Us was shown. Nintendo had Shigeru Miyamoto welcoming E3 with an army of Pikmin and also Reggie announcing a ton of new games coming to the Wii U including gameplay for New Super Mario Bros U, Batman: Arkham City, Scribblenauts and NintendoLand. For the 3DS more games were announced including New Super Mario Bros 2 and Paper Mario, but also a bunch of third party games announced and were being released later in the year including Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance, Castlevania and Epic Mickey.

E3 2013 would be considered one of the most memorable years for some gamers, Microsoft announced their next console the Xbox One a few weeks before E3 when they had their announcement there was a lot of hate going around it based on the console being downloaded games only and not on discs and would need an internet connection required as well; but at their Press Conference they changed all of that and did not mention any more information on their console and focused more on the games. Metal Gear Solid V was their start of their show, Microsoft introduced a new model for Xbox 360 and announced the Games with Gold program, which provides free downloadable titles to Xbox Live Gold members. A reboot of Killer Instinct was shown during their Conference when an apparent reference rape was made between the on-stage demonstrators. Microsoft later apologized for the incident and stated that the remarks were not scripted, Ted Price came on stage announcing their first game from Insomniac introduced a trailer for Sunset Overdrive ad would be exclusive for Xbox One; more games were mentioned including Dead Rising 3, Project Spark, Halo 5 and Ryse, to end their show they announced a release date and a price for the Xbox One for North America and Europe. For Sony they announced more games coming to the PS4, PS3 and PS Vita with titles including Tearaway, Final Fantasy X & X-2 HD, The Last of Us, Puppeteer, Rain, Beyond: Two Souls and Grand Theft Auto V.

More information was announced for the PlayStation 4 including the unveiling of the console, other divisions including film, television, and music joining the PS4. Games like Killzone, The Order 1886, DriveClub, inFamous: Second Son and a live demo of Watch Dogs. Tetsuya Nomura appeared via video to introduce the world premiere trailer of Final Fantasy XV which originally was called Final Fantasy Versus XIII which was announced back at E3 2006 for the PlayStation 3 but is now being confirmed to be coming to the PS4 instead however the biggest surprise came up straight after the trailer for Final Fantasy XV, Nomura presented a teaser trailer for Kingdom Hearts III which really did shocked and surprised everyone on how the visuals would look like on a next-gen console; but after Sony's Press Conference Square Enix did announce that both Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III would be released on both PS4 and Xbox One later in the future. Going back to Sony Press Conference, Jack Tretton confirmed there will be no restrictions on used games on PS4. When a player buys a game on disc, they are free to sell it to another person, trade it in at retail, lend it to a friend, or keep it forever. He also confirmed disc-based games do not require an online connection to play with no periodic check-ins either. This was aimed at Microsoft on their announcement and console on the Xbox One this was one of the funniest moments to happen at E3. Before closing the show they announced a release date for the console and a price which was cheaper than the Xbox One price a lot of people in the audience did cheer very loudly making it a great way to end a show.

Nintendo didn't had a Press Conference at E3 during that year presented in the form of a pre-recorded Nintendo Direct, hosted by Satoru Iwata instead of a live on-stage media briefing which you could watch either online, on your 3DS or even the Wii U. Pokémon X and Y were announced for the 3DS including a worldwide release for October 2013, you would have expected a Mario Galaxy 3 for the Wii U but instead Nintendo announced New Super 3D World with a trailer consisting entirely of gameplay showing off the multiplayer, special Toad-levels and new gameplay features including Cat Suit power up. More Wii U games were announced including Mario Kart 8, Wii Party U, Wii Fit U, Art Academy and The Wonderful 101. Nintendo had quite a few games announced for the Nintendo eShop including some indie titles, first gameplay footage of Bayonetta 2 was shown and would only be released for the Wii U, untitled RPG project, often just referred to as X which mixed some in-game cut-scene footage with more gameplay. Iwata explained that Tetsuya Takahashi's team is aiming to create a large-scale open-world for players to explore seamlessly, building on their experience gained from making Xenoblade Chronicles; ending their Nintendo Direct they left a new trailer for Super Smash Bros for 3DS and Wii U including a line-up of new characters reveal of the Villager from Animal Crossing and Mega Man joined the roster.

Now taking a look back at last year's E3 for 2014, Microsoft had little information about the new updates and future plans for the Xbox One but there was a lot of games announced starting off with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare with all DLC coming to both Xbox 360 and Xbox One first, TitanFall would remain as a Multiplayer game only, Project Spark had more gameplay allowing you to create your own levels and leaving a surprise at the end of their trailer that Conker would be making an appearance on Project Spark. Microsoft announced Halo: Master Chief Collection with all 4 Halo games on Xbox One including Halo 2 Anniversary plus Beta-Access for Halo 5: Guardians; more games were mentioned including Sunset Overdrive, Dragon Age Inquisition, Scaleblound and Assassin's Creed Unity. Microsoft did mention that more indie were coming to Xbox One, Ori and the Blind Forest was one of their biggest highlights on their system, but also Rise of the Tomb Raider was mentioned but a few months later at GamesCom would be released late 2015 and as a timed exclusive on Xbox platforms.

You would have think that Sony could pull off another awesome Press Conference but left with mixed-reactions after Sony had announced more information about TV support for the PlayStation 4 including PlayStation TV which was a micro console and a non-handheld variant of the PlayStation Vita meaning if you had a PlayStation TV you could play PS Vita games on a bigger screen instead of playing it on the handheld, Sony did announce a bundle for it with a 1GB and The Lego Movie game. More gameplay footage was shown for Destiny including a white edition PS4 console released on the same date the game was released, Grim Fandango Remastered was announced for both PS Vita and PS4 as a Cross-Buy title including The Last of Us Remastered for the PS4 after the success of the PS3 version which got multiple awards for 2013. PlayStation exclusives announced including gameplay for both LittleBigPlanet 3 and Bloodborne; more trailers shown for Grand Theft Auto V, Dead Island 2, Mortal Kombat X, Metal Gear Solid V and also Uncharted 4 was announced which showed off the first trailer but the trailer did remind players of the opening to the first Crash Bandicoot game that Naughty Dog released back in 1996 where we saw Nathan Drake waking up after getting washed up on a beach.

For the second time Nintendo held another Nintendo Direct instead of a Press Conference but last years Nintendo Direct was really funny and memorable at the same time teaming up with the producers Robot Chicken having some stop-motion animation scenes between moments before and after game trailers and presentations, Nintendo showcased upcoming titles including Super Smash Bros, Bayonetta 2, Yoshi's Woolly World, Hyrule Warriors and Xenoblade Chronicles X. But the biggest surprise was Amiibo, Nintendo may have likely went for this move to compete on the market on toy-to-life genre against Skylanders and Disney Infinity, a line-up of Amiibo's were announced including a Mario, Link, Donkey Kong, Pikachu and Princess Peach where they can be used in Super Smash Bros for the Wii but also Amiibo support was added in later games including Mario Kart 8 and Hyrule Warriors. This was a really good move for Nintendo after they announcement when Super Smash Bros was released for Wii U back in November the Amiibo sales went through the roof being sold out in retail stores and online sites had them at a ridiculous price everyone wanted more and wanting to collect them all. It's biggest surprises coming out of Nintendo was the next Legend of Zelda for the Wii U being an open world game, a new Star Fox game in the works and a multiplayer shooter called Splatoon which is a third-peson shooter where you shoot colorful ink at opponents as well as surfaces, this could well be Nintendo's answer to a Call of Duty game having online multiplayer and using a gun filled with ink coloring instead of a real gun, I am curious to know if Splatoon would sell well on the Wii U after hearing more and more information on how good the game is.

So there you have it a good look at Twenty Years of E3 looking back from 1995 going all the way up to 2014, with only 1 month left to go for E3 2015 being held at Los Angeles, California on June 16-18th what will be announced, what surprises does Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo have up their sleeves? Recent news has been confirmed that a Press Conference will be focusing on PC games, not only that both Square Enix and Bethesda will be having a Press Conference as well; Ubisoft haven't confirmed if they are having a Press Conference at 3 but Electronic Arts will be having one again.

Can you remember anything from E3 during those years? Anything you are looking forward to at this year's E3?

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Twenty Years of E3: Part 3- 2006 – 2010

If you've missed my last blog based on the first and second part of looking back at E3 you can find it here- Twenty Years of E3: Part 1- 1995 – 1999 and Twenty Years of E3: Part 2- 2000 – 2005

After 10 years of E3 what did the future hold with Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft competing at E3 there is always surprises coming out of all three of their Press Conferences some have had memorable moments and some not so good, let's take a look back at E3 2006. With 60,000 attendees almost every year at E3 more and more attendees come including gaming studios and developers. Microsoft held their conference at the Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, they announced a significant expansion of its Xbox Live arcade service, promising many more arcade favorites; Microsoft announced upcoming games including Sonic the Hedgehog, Halo 3, Gears of War, Grand Theft Auto IV and Fable II. Nintendo announced more details including a release date for the Nintendo Wii including Wii Sports which was also packed in with the console; Nintendo had a ton of games announced including Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess, Mario Galaxy and Metroid Prime 3. But the biggest surprise was from Super Smash Bros Brawl including a surprise at the very end where Solid Snake would be a fighter in Brawl. Nintendo did announce a release for the Nintendo DS Lite including some more games to be release and for the GameBoy Advance.

Sony announced more details on their console the PlayStation including a release date they did say they would release the console in 20GB and 60GB versions. Sony also revealed the Sixaxis controller, which was announced to include motion sensing technology, more games were announced for the PSP including Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops, FFVII Crisis Core and Monster Hunter Freedom. But for the PS3 Final Fantasy XIII was announced back than looked really impressive to look at when we saw the first trailer, however there was another Final Fantasy game that was announced which was Final Fantasy Versus XIII which is now called Final Fantasy XV, but looking at the very first trailer looked dark comparing to its past Final Fantasy games including some Shakespeare dialog you could say that Final Fantasy Versus XIII was one of the many reasons why you would have consider buying a PS3 back then.

In 2007 E3 was held at Santa Monica, California Microsoft announced that Disney movies would be coming to Xbox 360 Live Marketplace. Gears of Wars would be getting a release for PC, new trailers for both Halo 3 and Halo Wars. It was also announced that the Xbox 360 Elite would be coming to Europe later that year, but one of the biggest games that would some become a best-seller of that year and expanded its online multiplayer which was Call of Duty 4: Modern War. Nintendo Press Conference would be considered at the most memorable having Reggie saying "My body is ready" the Wii Fit balance board was announced to come packaged with the exercise-based game Wii Fit. Mario Kart Wii was announced including the Wii Wheel by placing the Wii remote inside the Wii Wheel looking like a steering wheel enhancing driving games that allow for steering control by tilting the Wii Remote left and right. Sony announced that the 60 GB PlayStation 3 would be getting a price cut and a new 80 GB PlayStation 3 announced, a slimmer PSP was announced and more games were mentioned including Uncharted, Gran Turismo 5, Resident Evil 5, Ratchet and Clank, Metal Gear Solid 4 and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed.

E3 2008 had Resistance 2 as their start of Sony's Press Conference, more details were announced about PlayStation Network including Life With PlayStation and a new video download service that allows users to buy or rent movies from a large selection of movie publishers. Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty was announced as a PSN title for the PlayStation Network store instead of it being released on disc, PSP bundle pack was announced and came bundled with Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters, UMD copy of National Treasure and a voucher for Echochrome along with a 1GB Memory Stick Duo. For Microsoft the biggest surprise to come out of their Press Conference that Final Fantasy XIII was coming to the Xbox 360 for both North America and Europe which did had a major impact on news and gamers getting upset by the announcement that wasn't going to be PlayStation exclusive. Nintendo announced Wii MotionPlus that could render every movement in the wrist or arm to allow for a real-time response in gameplay when used in conjunction with the Sensor Bar and the Wii Remote's built-in functionality. Wii Speak was announced and became bundled with Animal Crossing: City Folk and being able to talk to other players online like both Xbox Live and PSN having a head piece to talk to other gamers online Wii Speak was a cable and connecting it with the Wii using a USB cable.

At E3 2009 making a return to Los Angeles, California had over 41,000 attendees more motion devices were announced from both Sony and Microsoft; Kinect was originally called Project Natal at the time Microsoft wanted to compete with Nintendo with its sales on the Wii, Kinect was designed for gamers and non-gamers to use their body as a controller however the sales were mixed after its release and certain games that were exclusive as a Kinect game got poor reviews. Hideo Kojima was part of Microsoft Press Conference announcing that a Metal Gear Solid game was going to be released for the Xbox 360 which was Metal Gear Solid Rising although the game being available for PlayStation 3 and PC. Sony had the same idea announcing PlayStation Move looking like a light bulb on top of the controller and using the PlayStation Eye used in conjunction with the Move to track movement; Hideo Kojima also made an appearance at Sony Press Conference announcing Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker for the PSP, speaking of the PSP Sony unveiled the PSP Go looking a lot smaller than the original PSP however the biggest problem that the PSP Go had no UMD disc drive meaning you wouldn't be able to play any UMD games on it all games had to be bought and downloaded from the PSN Store. Sony still had an amazing show including gameplay footage and trailers for Uncharted 2, The Last Guardian, God of War III and ModNation Racers. For Nintendo unveiled New Super Mario Bros Wii which supported 4 player co-op, Mario Galaxy 2 was announced more games were announced and featured from their Press Conference for both the Wii and Nintendo DS including Mario and Luigi: Bower's Inside Story, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles and Golden Sun DS.

E3 2010 Nintendo revealed The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for the Nintendo Wii and also announced the Nintendo 3DS which would have 3D support for games all on a handheld console may seem like a joke at first but the sales really picked up after the launch of the handheld a few years later and also Epic Mickey was mentioned at their Press Conference. Microsoft had more information on their Kinect and unveiled its new Xbox 360 S model, even though that Kinect games took most of their show, Halo: Reach, Fable III and Call of Duty: Black Ops. For Sony's Press Conference had more information on PlayStation Move, 3D being supported in future games including a demo of the 3D support being used in Killzone 3, PlayStation Plus was announced for PSN including a line-up of PS3 games including LittleBigPlanet 2, Dead Space 2 and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 would also have PlayStation Move support. Would admit that the PSP really did had a great line-up of games plus being the last good year for games being released for the PSP with games like God of War: Ghost of Sparta, Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, Valkyria Chronicles II and The 3rd Birthday. Yet another big surprise was that Portal 2 had a release date for 2011 anyone who bought the PS3 version and connect their PSN account with their Steam account you could get the PC version for free. The show closed with a teaser trailer, and demo for Twisted Metal.

With a few ups and downs from past E3 events from the likes of Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo there have been quite a few surprises, but with E3 2015 coming up within a month makes us all wonder what will happen at this year's E3.

In my next blog I'll be looking at the next five years of E3 from 2011 going up to 2014, so do keep an eye out on the next blog.

Can you remember anything from E3 during those years?

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Twenty Years of E3: Part 2- 2000 – 2005

If you've missed my last blog based on the first part of looking back at E3 you can find it here- Twenty Years of E3: Part 1- 1995 – 1999

Looking at the first five years of E3 have been a big success every year since 1995, but what did the future hold when we look back from E3 2000? With over 45,000 attendees during that year at Los Angeles, California, Sony's PlayStation 2 was released in Japan on March 4th during that year but the PlayStation 2 was at E3 including a massive line up of games from Tekken Tag Tournament to Ridge Racer but the biggest game that surprised everyone was Metal Gear Solid 2 which at the time had some of the most impressive visuals and graphics that were only on the PlayStation 2.

Microsoft did feature and announced their new console in the gaming market they had a console in the shape of an X which was called the Xbox, the design looked impressive if they went forward with that idea of a console but the year after they changed the whole design of the console which almost looked like a VCR but played discs for games. Bungie showed the first trailer of Halo was well received, the version shown there differed greatly from the one exhibited previously, marking the first major overhaul in the game's development and was set to be released for the PC. Microsoft announced on June 19, 2000, that it had acquired Bungie Studios and Halo became an exclusive game and launch title for the Xbox. Nintendo was still backing the Nintendo 64 on its games including Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask and Conker's Bad Fur Day including rumors of Nintendo working on the GameBoy Advance.

At E3 2001 both the Nintendo GameCube and Xbox were featured as the two new systems and would be released later within that year; Microsoft held its Press Conference unveiling their line-up of games from Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee, Project Gotham Racing, Halo, Jet Set Radio Future, Dead or Alive 3 and Amped. Nintendo made its first American unveiling of the GameCube including its games including Super Smash Bros Melee, Luigi's Mansion, Pikmin, Star Fox Adventures and Super Monkey Ball. However this was also Sega's last appearance as a console brand in gaming with their console the Sega Dreamcast along with Sonic Adventure 2 and Bomberman Online, would admit that Sega did try to make an effort every year trying to compete with the likes of Nintendo and its other rival Sony when it comes to gaming and marketing. For Sony they had more titles at E3 including some new trailers for upcoming games including Jak and Daxter, Devil May Cry, Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy X.

E3 2002 was Sega's first year not as a platform holder they would still release games on other platforms and on arcade machines, Microsoft had yet another good year on what games were coming to the console including Blinx the Time Sweeper, Ninja Gaiden, Splinter Cell and B.C. which was never released after getting cancelled during late 2004. Xbox Live was Microsoft's biggest announcement where online multiplayer would make a major impact later in the years and changing the way people would play games online; more games were announced at E3 for the PlayStation 2 including Sly Cooper, Ratchet and Clank, The Getaway and Kingdom Hearts. Nintendo had more games lined up including Super Mario Sunshine, Resident Evil 0, Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, Nintendo also supported the GameBoy Advance with Kirby Nightmare in Dreamland, Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Doom II. They also showed how you could connect with the GameCube for special content, as demonstrated in a co-op mode for Wind Waker.

At E3 2003 Halo 2 single player demo was shown at Microsoft's Press Conference which was using an experimental lighting engine and wasn't used in the final game when you compare the this demo to Halo 2 itself it made you think which version of this looked better when looking at Halo 2 back at the time. Sony mentioned the PlayStation Portable making its first entry in the handheld market and would compete with Nintendo later in the future. Sony also introduced the PlayStation EyeToy which used a camera to track players in multitude of game types, Konami had a presentation of an upcoming game and its story being set in the 1960's including a trailer this was Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater which did bring in a lot of crowds almost every hour. Nintendo focused on dominating the handheld market then finding out that Sony was going to enter the handheld market, Nintendo also supported their games for the GameCube including Mario Kart: Double Dash, Star Fox and F-Zero GX.

This is when I started watching more and more videos and news when it came to E3 2004 I remember watching footage on a demo disc which was from the Official UK Xbox Magazine. Microsoft showed off one of its multiplayer matches of Capture the Flag for Halo 2 and would have online multiplayer for Xbox Live including a release date for North America on November 9th. Nintendo Press Conference which became a one man show with a shocking introduction in which he announced that he was about kicking ass and taking names, Reggie Fils-Aime took the Press Conference and the Internet by storm. A trailer for the next Legend of Zelda which would later become Twilight Princess was announced for the GameCube this really did wow the audience especially towards the end of the trailer when Shigeru Miyamoto came out on stage with the Hyrule sword and shield. Reggie unveiled the Nintendo DS which was a clam shell gaming device that featured two screens, one of which allowed for touch controls and would later be released during the end of that year. Sony also unveiled their handheld the PSP with a ton of games lined up and would also be used as a multimedia device for music and movies; the PSP was released during the end of the year as well. Other games at E3 2004 included Final Fantasy XII, Katamari Damacy, Resident Evil 4, Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II, Burnout 3 and Gran Turismo 4.

E3 2005 was yet another great year for games and the year that Microsoft unveiled and announced the Xbox 360, Sony unveiled the PlayStation 3 and Nintendo unveiled their console which was codenamed Revolution which would later become the Nintendo Wii. Sony really did surprise everyone at E3 2005 at their Press Conference with some titles that were at the shown including Killzone 2, Motorstorm, Metal Gear Solid 4 and a quick demo of Final Fantasy VII which many fans and gamers are still hoping for a true remake. Nintendo announced the GameBoy Micro which was third iteration for the GameBoy Advance. It was also a great year for games in general including Dragon Quest VIII, Okami, Kingdom Hearts II, Guitar Hero, Super Mario Strikers, Shadow of the Colossus, Nintendogs and Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

2005 would have been 10 years old when looking back at E3 at the time it really has started to get more and more competitive in the gaming market for Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo including what surprises all three of them had up their sleeves.

In my next blog I'll be looking at the next five years of E3 from 2006 going up to 2010, so do keep an eye out on the next blog.

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Twenty Years of E3: Part 1- 1995 – 1999

Did you know that it has been twenty years from now that E3 has been around, the first annual E3 was held at Los Angeles, California on May 11th - May 16th 1995; the first E3 featured the start of Sony's entrance into the video game industry with its PlayStation. Sega's Saturn was ready to try and take advantage of the year head start it would have over Nintendo, who at the time had announced its Ultra 64 system but later named as the Nintendo 64 which was released in Japan a year later. Nintendo even unveil the Virtual Boy which went on sale during that year a few months after E3 turning out that turned out to be a commercial failure in the end.

Though it was only the first year for E3, the show proved to be the premier event for gaming in the US. The expo received 50,000 attendees. I would have been at least 5 years old during that time the first time I've heard about E3 was back in 2004 after watching videos including Halo 2 Multiplayer being confirmed for Xbox Live including a release date for November 9th this was in fact E3 footage on a demo disc which was from the Official UK Xbox Magazine in 2004. A year later which was 2005 after I've started watching E3 including watching some footage during my breaks in school on one or two sites which I can remember included Sony announcing the PlayStation 3 and seeing what Killzone would look like on a next-gen console. I think most of the world was really surprised on what games could look like on the PlayStation 3 at the time but the controller that was announced looked like a shaped banana-boomerang shape but changed the design a year later.

But going back to E3 1995 the Sega Saturn was released in North America on the 11th May which ended up being launched at the same time as E3, however the Sega Saturn was the most successful console in Japan, but it was not the overseas commercial success that the Master System and Mega Drive had been and lagged in third place on sales during the fifth generation of gaming. During E3 games like Panzer Dragoon, Ridge Racer, Virtua Fighter and D were shown, SNK also showed and announced the release of the Neo Geo CD.

A year later E3 continued to grow and become a common place for the unveiling of new products. Nintendo's press conference unveiled the Nintendo 64 and Super Mario 64 in the U.S. Capcom previewed the first game of their survival horror franchise Resident Evil, as well as their first 3D fighting game for PlayStation, Star Gladiator. Namco showed its PlayStation version of Tekken. I remember watching a video on Youtube called The Clinton Years where they talk about the graphics used for Resident Evil for the PlayStation and comparing it with Super Mario 64 where that game was a kid's game and Resident Evil was a game for teens and adults requiring a walkthrough guide to complete the game. Sega mentioned at E3 that Saturn was more powerful than both the PlayStation and Nintendo 64.

Naughty Dog first showed off its first game Crash Bandicoot which was one of the most memorable mascots for the PlayStation and a rival to both Mario and Sonic; Sega showed their new mascot with Nights into Dreams for the Sega Saturn, Eidos Interactive showed off its multiplatform star Tomb Raider which became commercially successful, selling around 7.5 million copies worldwide. Squaresoft showed a video of the most anticipated RPG game Final Fantasy VII but a year before that in 1995 Square had developed previous titles in the Final Fantasy series for Nintendo, had decided to continue to use cartridges for its upcoming Nintendo 64 console. This eventually led to a dispute that resulted in Square ending its relationship with Nintendo. Instead, they announced on that they would be developing Final Fantasy VII for the PlayStation.

In 1997 E3 was held at Atlanta, Georgia and was the year that first-person shooters would become more and more popular games later in the future in gaming, Half-Life and Unreal were shown at the expo including Quake II, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II and also Metal Gear Solid was shown for the PlayStation which would later become an instant classic and still remains a classic from today. Superman 64 was also shown but that game didn't get released till 1999 but has been considered as "one of the worst video games of all time" if you think E.T. was bad for the Atari 2600 than you really need to see how bad Superman 64 is for a game which I did end up playing the other day recently at one of the StreetPass meets for International StreetPass Week.

Year later held at the same place at Atlanta, Nintendo presented Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Half-Life made an appearance again at E3 in its final stages and got released a few months later on PC. Duke Nukem Forever was the sequel to the 1996 game Duke Nukem 3D had been in development and delayed multiple times from being passed on from one developer to another with no information on what was happening with the game since than; after 13 years of waiting and waiting it did finally get released on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 but the reviews were terribly poor and was the wait really worth it in the end? That is a question that still remains for some, with other games still in development like Final Fantasy XV which was originally called Final Fantasy Versus XIII has still being in development since 2006 this is a good question for some will the wait be worth it in the end when it gets released sometime by end of 2015 or sometime in 2016.

E3 returns to Los Angeles, California in 1999 where the Sega Dreamcast was the first console to enter the Sixth Generation on consoles and gaming but was released in Japan on November 27th 1998 but was released in North America and Europe in 1999 including launch titles like Sonic Adventure and Sega Rally Championship. Nintendo announced their new console which was known as the Dolphin which was the codename for the Nintendo GameCube at the time, PlayStation had a library of games which were set to be released later that year including Final Fantasy VIII, Ape Escape, Gran Turismo 2, Crash Team Racing and Um Jammer Lammy.

When looking back at the first five years of E3 you can see how far it has come starting with a small group of attendees then getting bigger and bigger every year, making it a summer tradition and always looking forward to the next E3 each year later in the years the internet got more expanded meaning that you didn't have to pay that much money to fly over to the US to attend E3 where most people can easily watch the latest news, videos and press conferences at home on your computer or console.

In my next blog I'll be looking at the next five years of E3 from 2000 going up to 2005, so do keep an eye out on the next blog.

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Movie Review- The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Almost every year there has always been a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics and always released around either end of spring or the start of summer meaning that its films have always been a Summer Blockbuster in Cinemas every year. When watching The Avengers back in 2012 you can tell that the film itself became almost everyone's favourite Marvel film with the likes of Iron Man, Captain America and Thor coming together in one team making it feel like you are watching a play in a theatre.

When making a sequel to a film that was successful you could never tell if it will be a box office hit or a disappointment, Age of Ultron does not disappoint making it both funny and memorable at the same time. Starting off with a good opening filled with action and explosions following the story of our favourite heroes; Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth's Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to the Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

I was surprised that James Spader was playing the role of Ultron and made a great villain in the sequel I would talk more about Age of Ultron but that might leave some spoilers for some however there are a few easter eggs in the film including a certain Disney song that makes an appearance for a few seconds if you've seen the trailers you'll know which Disney song I'm on about. I wouldn't say that it's good as Guardians of the Galaxy but Age of Ultron is good as the first one was back in 2012 leaving you wanting more in the next film.

5/5 (5 Star Rating)

Hope you've enjoyed reading my movie review

Free Comic Book Day 2015

First weekend in May is in fact Free Comic Book Day the country in both North America and in the UK, not sure if other countries have this event in their local stores, Free Comic Book Day has been around since 2002 around the same time when Spider-Man was released in Cinemas in order to take advantage of the film's heavy promotion and related press about the comic book medium and thus the first event was held May 4, 2002, one day after the film's opening.

Since then there has always been a film based on a comic series or Superhero franchise to help boost sales in comics and also Cinema boosts during the first weekend in May but however if you live the UK like I do the Bank Holiday weekend slides in on that weekend in the first week with it being a Bank Holiday Monday in the UK, so this sort of a perfect way to spend the weekend plus grabbing some free comics and manga.

On Free Comic Book Day participating comic book store retailers give away specially printed copies of free comic books, you do get a mix of comics including Marvel, DC, Archie, Bongo and Dark Horse comics. Manga like Tokyopop, Shoenen Jump and Kodansha Comics would throw in the first few pages of a new Manga series that'll be released in a few weeks or months or even welcoming new people in to reading when it comes to Comics and Manga. In addition to comic books, some stores also give away other merchandise, such as mini posters and other movie tie-in memorabilia.

This year's Free Comic Day offered comics including Attack on Titan, Secret Wars, Bob's Burgers, Street Fighter, Sonic the Hedgehog and Batman however there are many more series and franchises that you can get for free. Not all stores but certain stores across countries or even places where you live would have a back issue department where you can pick up Issues of certain Comics at a really cheap instead of paying full price for a comic that was released a few months like Decembers issue of Captain Marvel you can easily pick that issue for 50p if you like in their back issues boxes it'll also include certain board games and graphics novals as well at a good price making it cheaper than buying them online from sites like Amazon. Some retailers and stores would organise stuff like a quiz, cosplay contest, or getting an artist to sign stuff which you can either get for free or pay a very small price on something you would request.

As I've already said this is also a good way to getting someone or even a friend in to a new series or even getting them in to this kind of thing, if they want a good story plot or even a unique art style that you can get in some issues and volumes making it a reason why you should pick up later issues in the future. But it is nice that this has become a yearly event every year since 2002 you can tell it's been here for quite a while and hopefully they'll carry this tradition in the future especially if you live the UK because it feels kind of special if you are a comic nerd or a manga geek and a great way to spend your weekend.

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What will Kojima do next?

I've mentioned in my last blog on Could P.T./Silent Hills be officially cancelled? turns out that the news was true that P.T./Silent Hills has official been cancelled after more and more news have been pouring in, but what will happen with Konami now with Silent Hills cancelled and Hideo Kojima leaving Konami after Metal Gear Solid V is released; Konami has stated that the Metal Gear series will continue after Kojima leaves but many fans of the series have said it won't be the same without Kojima in future Metal Gear Solid games.

Once Metal Gear Solid V is released this year it would have been a really good idea if Kojima got a special award in gaming before leaving Konami studios since he is one of the legendary game designers and with a number of titles released on various systems with games like Metal Gear Solid franchise, Policenauts, Zone of the Enders and the producer for Boktai series on the GameBoy Advance.

Both Yuji Horii and Shigeru Miyamoto that inspired him to enter video game industry to begin before working on Metal Gear for the NES in 1987. Kojima was asked to take over a project from a senior associate to begin with. Metal Gear was intended to be an action game that featured modern military combat. However, the MSX2's hardware limited the number of on-screen bullets and enemies, which Kojima felt impeded the combat aspect. Inspired by The Great Escape, he reversed the focus of the gameplay from shooting down the enemy to avoiding the capture. Metal Gear was originally titled "Intruder" during the early planning stages.

Yet another fun fact about the franchise is that Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker was released five years ago for the PSP in Japan and then released in June for the rest of the world. Famitsu rated Peace Walker 40/40 and also the first PSP game ever to get a high score in Japan, a year later it was released in HD for the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection with Metal Gear Solid 2 and 3 for the PS3, however Peace Walker HD wasn't part of the HD Collection for the PS Vita.

Most of Japan’s most famous game designers already have split from the publishers that made them famous in the past opening studios of their own. Capcom’s producers Shinji Mikami (Resdient Evil) and Keiji Inafune (Mega Man) have left Capcom studios. Tomonobu Itagaki (Ninja Gaiden) is no longer with Koei Tecmo and Castlevania chief Koji Igarashi left Konami last year. No one knows that if Kojima will have a studio of his own for making games in the future like both Shinji and Keiji have done in the past with The Evil Within and Mighty No. 9; A lot of people I know are still upset that there won't be another Mega Man game in the future from Capcom however a lot of people are hyped about Mighty No. 9 being released in September. I was speaking to someone from one of the StreetPass meets last weekend saying how much they love Mega Man and did suggest the idea of having a kickstarter campaign on getting Capcom to make one last Mega Man game and a farewell to the blue bomber since Mega Man doesn't even exist in Capcom Studios has appeared in Super Smash Bros hinting there could be a Mega Man in the future but past titles like Mega Man Universe, Legends 3 and another Maverick Hunter game have all been cancelled but connecting those cancelled games and making them into one game as a final goodbye.

Going back to Kojima leaving Konami, Square Enix is well known for the Final Fantasy series almost a month ago that Final Fantasy Type-0 HD was released for both PS4 and Xbox One, they also released a demo version of Final Fantasy XV; original called Final Fantasy Versus XIII when it was first announced back in 2006 for the PS3 but after a very small amount of information and trailers over the years it was E3 2013 it was announced as Final Fantasy XV for both PS4 and Xbox One. Previously was the domain of Square Enix’s last remaining big name director Tetsuya Nomura well known for the Kingdom Hearts franchise and character designs for various Final Fantasy games. But after years of development Nomura stepped down and started focusing working on Kingdom Hearts III, the project and replaced by upstart director Hajime Tabata.

After reading more articles it does make me wonder what will Kojima do next after leaving Konami? Could he end up making another stealth game that has a similar idea to what he has done in his past games and making something new?

Let us know in the comments on what you think-