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    A Guide To Summer Games Fest 2024

    enJune 06, 2024

    Podcast Summary

    • Summer Games FestSummer Games Fest offers a more spread-out schedule and less crowded environment compared to E3, making it an exciting new norm in the gaming industry

      The gaming industry has moved on from the traditional format of events like E3, and Summer Games Fest is now the go-to event for gaming announcements and reveals. Jason, Kirk, and Maddy, the hosts of Triple Click, are excited to attend this year's Summer Games Fest and share their experiences with their audience. While they reminisce about the simplicity and excitement of E3, they acknowledge that Summer Games Fest has its advantages, such as a more spread-out schedule and the ability to connect with industry professionals in a less crowded environment. The hosts also encourage their listeners to check out the Double Fine documentary about the making of Psychonauts 2, which they will be discussing in an upcoming episode. Overall, Summer Games Fest may not be a perfect replacement for E3, but it's the new norm in the gaming industry, and the Triple Click team is looking forward to being a part of it.

    • Game announcements evolutionE3 press conferences have lost impact, hands-on experiences like Summer Game Fest Play Days offer a more focused and accessible alternative, and the decline of console exclusivity makes it harder to anticipate major announcements.

      The relationship between gamers and game announcements has shifted significantly with the evolution of events like E3. Traditional press conferences have become less impactful and more scattered, while hands-on experiences like Summer Game Fest Play Days offer a more focused and accessible alternative. The decline of console exclusivity has also changed the dynamic, making it harder to anticipate major announcements from specific companies. However, the excitement of discovering new and exciting games, whether through word-of-mouth or hands-on experiences, remains a constant.

    • Console exclusivesConsole exclusives are becoming less common as the video game industry shifts towards software and cross-platform releases, leaving some to question the role of console manufacturers like Xbox.

      The video game industry is evolving, with more games becoming multiplatform and console exclusives becoming less common. This was highlighted during the Summer Game Fest event, where Xbox announced several games planned for release on PlayStation. The lack of Nintendo at the event was also notable, as they have historically provided delightful surprises. The industry's focus is shifting towards software and cross-platform releases, leaving some to question the role of console manufacturers like Xbox. The event featured several anticipated games, including "Metro Exodus 2," "Monster Hunter Wilds," and "Dragon Age 4," with many expecting releases later this year. Silksong, a highly anticipated game from Team Cherry, was not mentioned during the event, leaving its release date uncertain. Overall, the event showcased the excitement and anticipation surrounding the upcoming releases in the video game industry.

    • Gaming EventsUpcoming gaming events promise new Batman Arkham game, titles from indie devs, and showcases from major studios like Obsidian and Xbox. Fans eagerly await potential reveals of new franchises or sequels.

      There are several highly anticipated games set to be revealed at upcoming gaming events, including the next Batman Arkham game from Camouflage and new titles from indie developers Cappy and Studio Mossmouth. Additionally, major studios like Obsidian and Xbox are expected to showcase their latest projects, such as Avowed and Indiana Jones. Despite some uncertainty and delays, fans are eagerly awaiting these releases and the potential revelations of new franchises or sequels, such as Civilization 7 or Borderlands 4. The excitement surrounding these events highlights the enduring appeal of gaming and the anticipation that comes with discovering new experiences.

    • Xbox exclusivityXbox faces backlash for shutting down studios and releasing games on multiple platforms, industry trend moves towards multiplatform releases to recoup development costs, Xbox rumored to announce new Doom and Gears games, console exclusivity model may become obsolete, Nintendo remains the exception with smaller, cheaper games and exclusive store

      The gaming industry has seen an unusual lull in major game releases from February to May this year, leading to a longer wait for anticipated titles. Xbox, in particular, faces backlash for shutting down studios and releasing games on multiple platforms, including PlayStation. Upcoming fall releases, such as the new Assassin's Creed and Star Wars titles, are highly anticipated. Xbox is rumored to announce new Doom and Gears games, but the industry trend seems to be moving towards multiplatform releases to recoup development costs. The console exclusivity model may become obsolete as both companies focus on releasing games everywhere they can. Nintendo, with its smaller, cheaper games and exclusive store, remains the exception. The Ubisoft conference on Monday will reveal more about Assassin's Creed and potentially new projects.

    • Ubisoft's InfinityComparison to Fortnite raises questions about game nature, potential monetization and player activities in Ubisoft's Infinity, while the lack of clear information leaves uncertainty.

      Ubisoft's upcoming project, Infinity, is being compared to Fortnite due to its diverse game modes and potential monetization strategies. However, the lack of clear information about the nature of the game leaves uncertainty regarding its appeal and potential monetization methods. The comparison to Fortnite also raises questions about how Ubisoft will deal with the issue of what players actually do in the game. The discussion also touched upon the embargoed nature of the Playdays event, which is a departure from the open nature of E3. Overall, the anticipation for new game announcements and reveals remains high, despite the differences from past events. The most-anticipated games mentioned include Assassin's Creed, Monster Hunter Wilds, and potential announcements related to Gears of War.

    • The Ministry of Time book discussionDisappointment with unexpected romance focus in 'The Ministry of Time' book, but enjoyment of inflatable kayak date activity and 'Crow Country' game recommendations

      The podcast hosts discussed various topics, including a book called "The Ministry of Time" which turned out to be more of a romance novel than expected. The hosts shared their thoughts on the book, with one expressing her disappointment in the unexpected focus on romance. They also shared their "one more things," including a recommendation for an inflatable kayak as a fun and relaxing date activity, and a new game called "Crow Country" that surprised and delighted one of the hosts. Overall, the discussion showcased the hosts' diverse interests and their enthusiasm for sharing new discoveries with their audience.

    • Survival Horror Games: Crow Country and SignalisTwo recent low poly games, Crow Country and Signalis by SFB Games, offer immersive survival horror experiences with deep vibes, modern gameplay mechanics, and well-written narratives. Players can control camera angles, aim carefully, and face unexpected enemies in hauntingly beautiful environments.

      Crow Country and Signalis are recent low poly games with deep vibes and immersive survival horror elements. These games, developed by SFB Games, transport players to hauntingly beautiful and cozy environments filled with puzzles and unexpected enemies. Despite their throwback aesthetics, they offer modern gameplay mechanics and well-written narratives. Players can control the camera, aim carefully, and face a variety of monsters. Both games have a diorama-like, hazy energy that creates a unique atmosphere, even in the most gruesome settings. While Crow Country's story may not break new ground, it is well-written and engaging, making it a must-try for fans of the genre. SFB Games, a British studio started by two brothers in the early 2000s, has a history of creativity and innovation, and their latest offerings are no exception. Overall, these games offer a nostalgic yet fresh take on survival horror and are definitely worth checking out.

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