News stories that got my ‘Gamer-Sense’ tingling

In my gaming career there have been many fantastic news stories that got me excited, worried, dismayed or delighted but, above all, I read them with interest because they affected my hobby in some way. Stories like Sonic 3 getting a release date that coincided with my wedding day back in 1994, Microsoft’s major E3 coup when they casually announced Final Fantasy XI for the Xbox 360 back in 2005, the death of the Dreamcast, the odd snippet here and there announcing plugs being pulled from long-forgotten servers – that sort of thing. Here’s a quick roundup of recent news snippets, whilst they’re not as mind-blowing as the ones mentioned previously, they’re still quite interesting:

Lords of Ultima gets its plug pulled

I played this a couple of years back, a deep and technically excellent base/alliance builder strategy wargame that kept me occupied for a few months. That was until I had a hissy fit and bowed out ungracefully after one of my largest co-ordinated attacks wasn’t co-ordinated and ended up being a rout.  My heart goes out to those that played from the start and still do because news like this is never good. The servers finally go offline for good on May 12th 2014. Thanks, EA.

The Prinny Bombs just went Nuclear, Dood

Fans of all things NIS America will be delighted to know that there’s a great haul of new titles headed towards Sony’s hardware from the developers of Disgaea, including Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited and Demon Gaze (looks awesome!) for the Vita, The Witch and the Hundred Knight for the PS3 (support for the PS3 is incredible still), AND they’ll reveal what they’re working on for the PS4 at the Tokyo Game Show this September. Exciting stuff for lovers of all things slightly quirky.

Toukiden: The Age of Demons is now out on Vita

Do you like the Monster Hunter genre? Got a Vita? Got £29.99? Just buy it, trust me. Or at least check out my review of the demo.

The PS4 is outselling the XBox One by nearly 2 to 1 in North America

Those NPD results must be causing major concern at Microsoft considering this is their home turf and Sony have yet to release the PS4 in Japan. If it makes them up their game it’s a good thing. The news basically makes me feel a bit smug because I went with the PS4 this time around and despite not having much to play on it, it makes me feel better about my £400 investment. I think I have a fanboy gene somewhere, because I’m 47 years old and should be impartial by now. And finally… You know those nice new Sony PlayStation Gold Wireless headsets that are so hard to find in Europe? Mine just shipped from Canada for £62.18 inclusive, so hopefully I’ll be using them with my PS4, PS Vita and PC next week. Check out the glowing reviews for them on Amazon.com, personally I imported mine from hereI’m not 100% sure but I think I’ll have saved about £30 or more as the rumoured UK RRP is around £99 last time I checked.  Obviously, what you pay is dependent on how strong your currency is against the Canadian Dollar, but I think I made the right choice.

That’s my roundup for this week, as always I’ll keep my eyes and ears out for more fascinating snippets from the gaming industry and if they’re worth writing about, I’ll write about them.

  • Just want to add that I’m still waiting on my PS4 Gold Headset to arrive from Canada. It can take up to 25 working days because they’re shipped standard airmail. At the time of commenting it’s business day 10 and I’m making do with a set of Gioteck EX-05s which, whilst a decent headset, is still a budget headset which is reflected in the sound quality. Still, if you’re on a budget it’s one of the best budget headsets out there.

  • Just want to add that I’m still waiting on my PS4 Gold Headset to arrive from Canada. It can take up to 25 working days because they’re shipped standard airmail. At the time of commenting it’s business day 10 and I’m making do with a set of Gioteck EX-05s which, whilst a decent headset, is still a budget headset which is reflected in the sound quality. Still, if you’re on a budget it’s one of the best budget headsets out there.