If you’re at all interested in the world of video games, this week sees an interesting stop on the international show calendar, Cologne‘s annual GamesCom shindig.
Gamescom – Germany’s finest gaming show.
Sitting between the all-out industry showcase E3 and the nerdier, Penny Arcade-affiliated PaxPrime, GamesCom differs in being held in Europe and offering a big shop window before the Autumn games releases start to drop (increasingly, it seems, the long-established Tokyo Game Show is being shut out of much of the action and becoming less relevant, which is a real shame).
Already today we’ve seen E-Sports integration into the critically important multiplayer section of “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2”, which is one of those proverbial games changers and a flurry of rumours preceding the predictable no-show of venerable Valve vapourware, “Half Life 3“. My interest, however, was drawn to Eurogamer.net’s story on new Capcom sci-fi action game, “Remember Me” (Facebook link).
Capcom game “Remember Me”, clearly as in love with “Blade Runner” as anybody else with a soupcon of sanity.
Ass-kicking, post-Whedon/Cameron female protagonist? Check. Futuristic setting in a recognizable European capital city (Paris)? Check. Gameplay which suggests a blend of “Uncharted” platforming, combat playing homage to Rocksteady’s “Batman” games and some hide-in-the-shadows stealth sections which all third-person action games must include? Chiggedy-Check-Check.
A third-person action platform adventure with a charismatic protagonist in a glossy setting – I’m in.
The game’s scheduled to release next May – hopefully there’s enough sci-fi action included to get me through next Summer’s inevitable games drought (which might be worse than usual if the hints about next-gen consoles arriving next Autumn turn out to be correct).
Filed under Gaming, Geekery
Take one abandoned subway station on the Paris Metro, stir in a pinch of advance promo for an eagerly awaited Ridley Scott blockbuster and marvel at the results…
This kind of shizz never makes it up to my neck of the woods – I’m still steamed that I didn’t get a gigantic “Avengers“ billboard near my work place (“Dark Shadows“ gets one, oh yes, but no love for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes) – and I can only imagine how cool/terrifying it would be to see a big old ancient noggin popping out at you as you make your way home whilst steadily being crushed by commuters on the ol’ Ligne 9.
Added to the excellent viral media campaign that Fox have been running for “Prometheus“, some very smart people are probably going to succeed in the previously fraught goal of getting me to give Rupert Murdoch my money.
I mean, this kind of stuff is art, no?
Filed under Films, Geekery
See, Brussels is interesting.
I’m always fond of a spot of Art Nouveau. When Mrs Rolling Eyeballs and I were holidaying in Paris nearly ten years ago, the Musee D’Orsay had an exhibit devoted to the style and it was one of those genuinely unexpected treats which you sometimes find yourself blundering into: the museum has free admission on the first Sunday of the month, unbeknownst to us, so we got to enjoy a glorious location, in arguably the world’s most beautiful city, with inspiring art and design thrown in almost as an afterthought.
I’d love to talk more, but I’m off to gaze admiringly at Alphonse Mucha images for a few minutes…