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PlatinumGames: “Bayonetta 2 would not exist without Nintendo white knighting that project.”
Last week, creative producer at PlatinumGames, JP Kellams gave a presentation for The University of Central Florida Center for Emerging Media in downtown Orlando, and while discussing a part of his career at PlatimumGames. A question was raised in regards to changing between publishers and platforms, Kellams went onto say the following:
Without getting into some stuff that is both business and confidential, the simple question I’d like to ask you is, ‘Do you want to play Bayonetta 2?’ Bayonetta 2 would not exist without Nintendo white knighting that project. So while I totally understand that people want to play it on the platforms that they’ve played it on previously, we really wanted to make Bayonetta 2.
“Let me tell a story of Lemuria, a kingdom past, and a girl born for glory…”
When I first saw the trailer for a small Ubisoft game entitled “Child of Light”, I was utterly mesmerised. The art style, narration and score of the announcement trailer cemented it as a game to watch out for in the future, and after seeing the trailer announcing the release date I’m convinced that it has the potential to be one of the best games to come out in 2014 (April 30th, to be exact!).
Using Ubisoft’s UbiArt Framework the developers have been able to use concept art in the game as assets, 2D animation combined with 3D models and animation to make for a unique art style. Previously used in Rayman Origins and Legends, Child of Light adopts the same technology to bring it’s watercolour world to life. The developers say they aimed for it to feel like “A playable poem”, the visuals capturing all the rhythm, flow and beauty a poem can hold.
OXCGN @ EB Games Expo 2013
The Nintendo Booth @ EB Games Espo
by Yvan Zivkovic
©2013 Yvan Zivkovic
Looking at some of the bigger booths this year, starting with Nintendo. The first thing you would have noticed if you were there, is that the booth is much smaller than last years. Admittedly they were on the edge of releasing a new console to the market, the Wii U.
This time, it was mostly about that games, first party games, to be exact. The only real presence of a non-Nintendo game was the 3DS version of Sonic Lost World.
Nintendo definitely played it down with their booth this year, but they seemed to make it a little more as of late, with their lack of presence to Tokyo Game Show for several years, missing out on gameson in 2012, and not even having a presentation for E3 2013, Nintendo are making it clear that they are less interested in game shows and putting more of a focus on Nintendo Direct.
A bit of it might have to do with certain Australian retailers playing down Nintendo’s presence on their shelves, clearly out existing Nintendo stock. EB themselves prioritising unreleased consoles like the Xbox One and the PS4 before a currently released console like the Wii U.
Regardless, Nintendo were right at the entrance of EB Expo 2013, and here’s a run down of what was available to play:
Australian Retailer Clears Out Nintendo Stock, Including Wii U
With PS4 and Xbox One on the horizon, are retailers abandoning Nintendo?
by David Hilton
© 2013 David Hilton
It was from Australian retailer Dick Smith and after some ‘online exclusive’ deals it practically shouted that all Nintendo products, including consoles, were 50% off, “reduced to clear”.
There are none left. But this was surely some limited online deal right?
Wrong. And it likely spells a more than symbolic turn in the Ninendo’s Wii U fortunes in Australia.
Denis Dyack and Shadow of the Eternals- Trial By Internet How reputations are made and destroyed in the modern world
Denis Dyack and Shadow of the Eternals- Trial By Internet
How reputations are made and destroyed in the modern world
by David Hilton
© 2013 David Hilton
At stake is the reputation of the man largely credited for the cult favourite Gamecube game Eternal Darkness and the future of the ‘spiritual successor’ to that title which is struggling for backers on Kickstarter, Shadow of the Eternals.
But the question is if the trial by the internet community is even valid or right, or simply a case of Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbel’s ‘if you repeat a lie often enough it will become the truth’.