You're a fucking wizard with words. Great read, Austin and totally agree with you here. If more game critics wrote about these subjects about half as good as you do, I'm sure there would be a lot less of a backlash from that other point of view. I love video-games and so I welcome these sorts of critiques. I don't see how anyone who seriously enjoys them would have any trouble trying to tackle these subjects. It will only elevate this industry into another whole level.
Nintendo will probably take this year again. Zelda, Xenoblade, Splatoon, Mario Maker and a few other games are coming out this year and I'm sure more will be announced at E3. Other than Bloodborne, there is still no real reason to own a One or a PS4 if you have a computer that works.
Really excited to see what they do with Super Hot. Mario Maker is what I am most excited for on that list. It just has so much potential to be an incredible game with infinite replay-ability. As long as they do right with the different game physics and let you make some real crazy ass shit and have a serviceable online structure, then count me the fuck in.
Actually, fuck that. I completely missed Splatoon. Splatoon has a chance of being something really special. I remember watching that first announcement trailer at E3 a couple years ago and I just fucking GOT it was going for and I loved it. They're just showing lots of neat ways they can fuck around with the gameplay system built for this shooter.
They've shown off some single player stuff recently and I wasn't completely sold with that they've shown. I wouldn't mind if Nintendo was able to pull of a strictly multiplayer only shooter with a some sort of online system in place. I love the style, love the music and I can already tell the gameplay is going to be fucking terrific. Deliver on the online multiplayer experience and maybe add some sort of leveling up mechanic and they'll have another great franchise in their hands.