Coffee Talk 666
Let's be real -- this can't possibly be the only web site you visit on a daily basis. Don't worry, I don't get (too) jealous when you spend time reading other sites. Having said that, I'd love to hear about some of your favorite Internet writers. Whether it's games, sports, tech, or whatever, let me know who some of your favorite scribes are. Here are some of mine:
I'm so bummed that I'm missing Tokyo Game Show. Part of it is that it's always incredibly fun hanging out with writer, developer, and PR friends in Tokyo. Part of it is that the karaoke is simply the best (I've never seen so many Pixies songs available anywhere else in the world). Lastly, part of it is that my tastes lean towards Japanese games and the announcements are usually super exciting for gamers like me. Here are five things I'm looking forward to hearing more about during TGS 2010.
I've been meaning to write my (not a) review for the "Witch Hunt" DLC for Dragon Age: Origins since last Thursday. I've played it a bunch of times and I'm certainly familiar with it, but for various reasons I haven't pulled the trigger on my (not a) review. Part of it is that I don't have much to say about the game. Here's the short version: it's incredibly disappointing. Here's the long version: the gameplay, graphics, and voice acting are what you'd expect from Dragon Age, but the story -- which was purported to be a grand finale that dramatically reveals the fate of Morrigan -- is a total letdown. There's nothing grand about "Witch Hunt"; it's just another piece of good Dragon Age DLC.
Thanks to WWE NXT, I have found my new "ultimate woman" for the next decade -- AJ Lee. She's obviously a beautiful woman that wrestles, but I've learned that she loves comic books and videogames. I don't see how you can beat this combination. She could beat the crap out of baby seals with a baseball bat she made from a tree plucked from a rain forest she decimated and I'd still adore her. She seems to be the perfect combination of beauty, brains, athleticism, and nerdcore.
Warning: I'm going to get a little sappy on you today. You see, as I was in Asia playing Wordfeud for Android with Big Blak and Slickyfats, I was amazed at how gaming brought us all together. Whether it's reading the stuff I write, talking it up in the comments section, or playing games together while thousands of miles apart, gaming binds us (like The Force in Star Wars). It's just a powerful and awesome thing.
A year ago, I was all about physical keyboards on mobile phones. While the virtual keyboard on my iPhone 3GS was somewhat acceptable, I greatly preferred the speed and accuracy of my BlackBerry 8900. Virtual keyboards on Android have improved a lot in the last year, but they still aren't great. Opting for a virtual keyboard over a "real" one seemed crazy to me. Then something happened that totally changed my preference -- I discovered Swype.
While I was in Asia, Sony announced that PlayStation Plus customers are eligible for a discount on the PlayStation Protection Plan. The deal adds a bit of value to PlayStation Plus, but I was wondering how many of you care about console warranties. Certainly console buyers -- especially new ones that were burned by the Xbox 360's red ring of death -- are more cautious these days, but does that translate into plopping down cash on something like the PlayStation Protection Plan or a Best Buy warranty?
I caught up on several movies while flying to and around Asia. Most of them were new releases that are out of theaters but not yet available on Blu-ray/DVD. There were some surprises for me, but for the most part I was happy that I didn't pay money to see these movies in theaters. Here's the rundown.
The title of this edition of Coffee Talk should really be "While I Was Out", but then it wouldn't fit in with one of my favorite Mr. Majestic trade paperbacks. Majestros is cool and underrated. You should read his books. Anyway, today's question is really simple: what was the biggest gaming news while I was away from the site?
A few days ago, Rpadholic bsukenyan made some interesting statements on the importance of story over graphics in videogames. He wrote: