Team Fortress 3, a lack of Wii games, Aquagirl, and maybe more.

I guess the 3rd anniversary of the unveiling of Giant Bomb proper is a good time to revive the dormant zombie that has become my blog this past month or so. So the best way to bring this blog back to life is to go through what has been rattling in my mind for the past month.

Team Fortress 3... will we see this in our lifetime?

About a few weeks ago, Valve officially stopped selling games and entered the virtual hat industry... at least that's what I got out of the whole free-to-play deal lucky PC gamers took advantage of. It's certainly brought in a lot of new players who would have never even considered buying it even at insanely low sale prices and after almost 4 years, Team Fortress 2 was not going to sell much at all... the sales would eventually level off and that's true for just just about every game, even the almighty World of Warcraft. So now that Valve turned its attention to polygonal hats to pay the bills, where does that leave trusty TF2? Besides more updates of course.

The uber-success of TF2 and its constant update policy means TF3 (if it ever comes to fruition) will not arrive for a very, very long time. I am not advocating Valve start developing TF3 because at this point, there's no need for a new game... unless you count that Chinese TF2 clone with the sexy sniper. The way they designed TF2 almost makes it impossible to kill the game outright for a sequel. The stylized look of its characters, the constant evolution of gameplay, the maps, the mods, the near-perfect class system, the game truly has the total package. It would take a complete meltdown of the community or a very serious competitor from another developer on a competing PC platform for Valve to even consider making TF3. And right now, the number of players who can theoretically download the game right now and play hovers around... oh, everyone with a PC made after 2007. I realize the people looking for another Team Fortress game numbers in the dozens at most, but it's okay to dream of a new game with several new classes, updated graphics, and new apparel and hardware to buy or randomly stumble upon. So would you like to see TF3 happen sooner than later or do you believe Team Fortress 2 is on the path to updates until the sun burns out turning Earth into a ball of ice? Personally, I'm hoping for an unending ice age... it's 85 degrees outside and it's almost midnight!

Nintendo of America, Y U NO RELEASE GAMES?

I've been demoted to using dumb memes. Sorry, folks.

Operation Rainfall, you guys hear of it? You know, the group of disgruntled Nintendo fans trying to get the attention of Nintendo of America so they can release Japanese games that likely won't sell that well in states. It's a very noble effort that some in the Giant Bomb community take very seriously. I'm normally with the majority of the crowd in that I believe petitions and campaigns of this sort rarely go anywhere, but Operation Rainfall has gotten the attention of Nintendo of America, but we saw their response via the Twitters and the Facebooks. But Operation Rainfall continues its efforts and the mail-in campaign is still in full swing even though the site does have a story about an unconfirmed American localization for two games already completed or in progress. I've got nothing else to add other than to say that more Wii games are always welcome, especially now. If you can support this cause do it. It's not incredibly difficult to do... even a simple tweet will help.

At least Zelda: Skyward Sword will keep the Wii from gathering dust.

Aquaria is a game I messed with for an hour or so.

Steam sales have normally been a weakness of mine, but lately the sales have not been as amazing as in the past when I had fewer games. With my game collection via Steam in the triple digits now, it's getting tougher to find games I want at low, low prices. Luckily, Aquaria was available at a low, low price so I now own Aquaria, a 2D adventure starring Aquagirl. Lucky me, I guess? Well, people have been talking about Aquaria as if it were a game from 2011. Hell, there was even a Quick Look of the damn game as if it came out on XBLA during its arcade summer blast thing extravaganza. Long story short, I swam around, killed some fish, found some trinkets, and nearly facepalmed from laughter when Vinny made the Sea-Loaf Green quip. Aquaria should be a game I should love because of its pure Metroidvania style, but here I am stuck in some weird video game opinion limbo where I can't decide whether I like it or not. The only way to solve this issue is to just play the damn game until my thumbs bleed.

And more?

Oh I promised more, didn't I? Hmm... Freddy Krueger in Mortal Kombat? It took this fucking long? And if you were wondering how this is possible, New Line Cinema, a subsidiary of Warner Bros., distributes the Nightmare on Elm Street series. The more you know.

Thanks for playing and happy birthday, Giant Bomb.

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Posted by Dalai

I guess the 3rd anniversary of the unveiling of Giant Bomb proper is a good time to revive the dormant zombie that has become my blog this past month or so. So the best way to bring this blog back to life is to go through what has been rattling in my mind for the past month.

Team Fortress 3... will we see this in our lifetime?

About a few weeks ago, Valve officially stopped selling games and entered the virtual hat industry... at least that's what I got out of the whole free-to-play deal lucky PC gamers took advantage of. It's certainly brought in a lot of new players who would have never even considered buying it even at insanely low sale prices and after almost 4 years, Team Fortress 2 was not going to sell much at all... the sales would eventually level off and that's true for just just about every game, even the almighty World of Warcraft. So now that Valve turned its attention to polygonal hats to pay the bills, where does that leave trusty TF2? Besides more updates of course.

The uber-success of TF2 and its constant update policy means TF3 (if it ever comes to fruition) will not arrive for a very, very long time. I am not advocating Valve start developing TF3 because at this point, there's no need for a new game... unless you count that Chinese TF2 clone with the sexy sniper. The way they designed TF2 almost makes it impossible to kill the game outright for a sequel. The stylized look of its characters, the constant evolution of gameplay, the maps, the mods, the near-perfect class system, the game truly has the total package. It would take a complete meltdown of the community or a very serious competitor from another developer on a competing PC platform for Valve to even consider making TF3. And right now, the number of players who can theoretically download the game right now and play hovers around... oh, everyone with a PC made after 2007. I realize the people looking for another Team Fortress game numbers in the dozens at most, but it's okay to dream of a new game with several new classes, updated graphics, and new apparel and hardware to buy or randomly stumble upon. So would you like to see TF3 happen sooner than later or do you believe Team Fortress 2 is on the path to updates until the sun burns out turning Earth into a ball of ice? Personally, I'm hoping for an unending ice age... it's 85 degrees outside and it's almost midnight!

Nintendo of America, Y U NO RELEASE GAMES?

I've been demoted to using dumb memes. Sorry, folks.

Operation Rainfall, you guys hear of it? You know, the group of disgruntled Nintendo fans trying to get the attention of Nintendo of America so they can release Japanese games that likely won't sell that well in states. It's a very noble effort that some in the Giant Bomb community take very seriously. I'm normally with the majority of the crowd in that I believe petitions and campaigns of this sort rarely go anywhere, but Operation Rainfall has gotten the attention of Nintendo of America, but we saw their response via the Twitters and the Facebooks. But Operation Rainfall continues its efforts and the mail-in campaign is still in full swing even though the site does have a story about an unconfirmed American localization for two games already completed or in progress. I've got nothing else to add other than to say that more Wii games are always welcome, especially now. If you can support this cause do it. It's not incredibly difficult to do... even a simple tweet will help.

At least Zelda: Skyward Sword will keep the Wii from gathering dust.

Aquaria is a game I messed with for an hour or so.

Steam sales have normally been a weakness of mine, but lately the sales have not been as amazing as in the past when I had fewer games. With my game collection via Steam in the triple digits now, it's getting tougher to find games I want at low, low prices. Luckily, Aquaria was available at a low, low price so I now own Aquaria, a 2D adventure starring Aquagirl. Lucky me, I guess? Well, people have been talking about Aquaria as if it were a game from 2011. Hell, there was even a Quick Look of the damn game as if it came out on XBLA during its arcade summer blast thing extravaganza. Long story short, I swam around, killed some fish, found some trinkets, and nearly facepalmed from laughter when Vinny made the Sea-Loaf Green quip. Aquaria should be a game I should love because of its pure Metroidvania style, but here I am stuck in some weird video game opinion limbo where I can't decide whether I like it or not. The only way to solve this issue is to just play the damn game until my thumbs bleed.

And more?

Oh I promised more, didn't I? Hmm... Freddy Krueger in Mortal Kombat? It took this fucking long? And if you were wondering how this is possible, New Line Cinema, a subsidiary of Warner Bros., distributes the Nightmare on Elm Street series. The more you know.

Thanks for playing and happy birthday, Giant Bomb.

Posted by Claude

Did you fall down a pit and finally claw your way back out? No Dalai blogs in over a month, damn, it just wasn't the same.

Posted by Video_Game_King

As always, I'll ask you if you've played Fragile Dreams. However, to spice things up, I'll throw Epic Mickey in there, because that's actually a cool game. Also, you should love Aquaria, as it's probably the best Metroidvania out there.

Posted by Dalai

@Claude: It was a pretty deep pit, but I'm back to blogging. Feels good to be home.

@Video_Game_King: I doubt you or Chickenhead can convince me to buy Fragile Dreams, but I could be persuaded to buy Epic Mickey. I thought the game looked pretty good and I'm a sucker for platformers, but the reviews have been all over the place for that game so I wanted to get it at a discount. Also I was never a huge Mickey Mouse fan, but I doubt that makes a difference.

As for Aquaria, I think I might have to just spend the weekend playing as much Aquaria as I could. But I probably said that last week.

Posted by Video_Game_King
@Dalai
 
I'd say "wait until my next blog", but I've other plans for that. You'll have to settle for the blog after that, instead.
 
I never was, either, as I said when I blogged about it, but Epic Mickey actually does a lot with Mickey. For example, he's now a likable, memorable character, instead of a forgettable piece of crap.
Posted by Kazona

While I admire people's dedication in convincing Nintendo to release those games in America, I think they're not looking at it realistically.

Nintendo is in the business of making money, and they probably looked at the numbers, and realized that releasing those games in the US is not financially viable.

Now I understand fans' wish for Nintendo to put their wishes over money, but that's like asking about employee to work for free. No one works for free, and neither will Nintendo.

It sucks, but that's the way of the world.