Author: ShawnS

It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for May 23rd

It’s Free! on PlayStation Store for May 23rd

We’ve got another trickle of freebies this week on the PlayStation Network as publishers continue to sit on their E3 newsbombs and hot reveals. At least it isn’t just themes and avatars, there’s a little something for everyone, as long as you’re into battle royale games or racers.

If you’re still playing Gravel, developer Milestone has another free car for you, this time offering the Opel Kadett GTE on the house. If you were interested in the WipEout Omega Collection but never took the $20 plunge, there’s now a free demo to kick the tires with… or whatever you kick to metaphorically check out a hovercraft. Finally, H1Z1: Battle Royale is offering PlayStation Plus subscribers a pack of gear and emotes to get them started on the road to a chicken dinner… or whatever victory metaphor that game uses.

Grab, my friends… and then Go!

It Came From The Collection #7: Prince of Persia Warrior Within Pre-Order Artbook

 

EPISODE 07: Prince of Persia Warrior Within Pre-Order Artbook
If you were on board for the Prince’s darker, more emo turn, then this 2004 pre-order artbook is right up your alley. Let’s take a 4K look at some concept art and reminisce about the early-2000’s PC boxart unification (with special appearances by Half-Life 2 and Tribes Vengeance).

✨ About the Show 
In hopes of bringing something a little more unique to YouTube I started ‘It Came From The Collection‘ to chronicle the gaming ephemera I’ve amassed over the years: flyers and pamphlets, pre-order tchotchkes, toys, posters, and all kinds of marketing paperwork. Follow the series on my channel and check out more of my collection on Instagram.

It Came From The Collection #6: Nintendo Wii Light up Target Giftcard + Teardown


EPISODE 06: Nintendo Wii Light up Target Giftcard + Teardown
I’ve had this Target giftcard since 2006 but it stopped lighting up several years ago. Looks like it’s time to tear it down and see what makes it tick… err, glow!

✨ About the Show 
In hopes of bringing something a little more unique to YouTube I started ‘It Came From The Collection‘ to chronicle the gaming ephemera I’ve amassed over the years: flyers and pamphlets, pre-order tchotchkes, toys, posters, and all kinds of marketing paperwork. Follow the series on my channel and check out more of my collection on Instagram.

It Came From The Collection #5: The Whole Spin on Sega CD Pamphlet (1992)


EPISODE 5: The Whole Spin on Sega CD Pamphlet (1992)

Want to READ about what makes the Sega CD so rad? Who needs screenshots or even marketing artwork when you’ve got prose!? It’s interstellar hyperbole in a pocket-sized pamphlet on this episode of It Came From The Collection.

✨ About the Show 
In hopes of bringing something a little more unique to YouTube I started ‘It Came From The Collection‘ to chronicle the gaming ephemera I’ve amassed over the years: flyers and pamphlets, pre-order tchotchkes, toys, posters, and all kinds of marketing paperwork. Follow the series on my channel and check out more of my collection on Instagram.

My E3 Daydream for Nintendo: BYOSwitch

My E3 Daydream for Nintendo: BYOSwitch

I’ve got two logistical E3 nightmares to tell you about today, one that’s really happening and one that I just dreamed up in response to the former. Further below you can read Polygon’s summation of Nintendo’s elaborate plan to get more people playing Smash Bros. at E3 next month in June. But basically, it involves an email process that starts weeks in advance of E3, to reserve a ticket, for a chance to play one of two versions of the game.

Now for my elaborate nightmare scenario which is much, much cooler. Unfortunately, the linchpin is that we live in a perfect world where wifi isn’t total crap at overpopulated venues. That caveat aside, how amazing would it be if you could bring your Switch to Nintendo’s booth and simply download their E3 demos? I imagine they could hard-code the downloads to destroy themselves after 10 minutes (whether you launch the game or not), disable in-game screenshots and videos, and lock it to your Switch’s MAC address so you can’t repeatedly hammer their wifi to download again. They could even barricade their booth like a Faraday cage so you have to be inside to get connected. Want to play something again? Now you get in line for a demo station.

They’d never loosen the leash like that on super early products, and the technical hurdles would be immense, but it’d be an amazing way to try out Nintendo’s E3 lineup. People would flip out when suddenly they’re playing the latest Smash Bros. or Metroid (or Star Fox Kart?!) with their own hands on their own Switch. They’re already part of the way towards my dream; Nintendo staff will be on the lookout for people playing on their personal Switches and will be handing out exclusive tchotchkes. Just make the tchotchkes a little slip of paper with the wifi password and we’re practically living my dream! Bah. Instead, here’s that boring thing that Nintendo is actually doing:

“To shorten the time fans will need to wait in line to try it, Nintendo invites E3 attendees to reserve play slots ahead of time for just this game,” the company announced. “This should provide fans with a faster, smoother experience so they can play the Super Smash Bros.game and spend more time enjoying the rest of the June 12-14 show.”

Registered E3 2018 attendees will receive information from the event’s organizers starting June 5, in an email that outlines all possible opportunities to reserve play time with Smash Bros. Only those who sign up in advance will be able to play the game at the show; they’ll receive their tickets as a QR code upon successful registration.

The tickets will entitle players to checking out one of two modes: “for fun,” Smash Bros.’ more casual type of match, and “for glory,” which is a heated, elimination-based fight. You won’t be able to choose both, mind you; at the time of registration, you must choose which of the two you’re prepared to try out at E3.