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National Video Games Day

So with it being National Video Games Day and all just a few thoughts (and yes I know much more serious than the holiday is probably intended to be).

Games hold a special place in my life. It’s transported me to fantastic worlds and allowed me to have action packed adventures. As a child who liked to act out stories set in space, on a pirate ship and everything in between in my backyard, games allowed me to realize these stories in a whole new way. It was a way to connect with people. The rise of Pokémon gave us a common thread – something to overcome the awkward social encounters we had growing up in schools.

There was the immense pride I felt when I bought my Xbox, the first home console my family had. At the age of 13, I spent hours babysitting, doing yard work and selling snacks a local park to scrape every last penny. Unboxing that console was one of the coolest moments I can ever remember.

Games provided memories that will last a lifetime. Whether it was a team bonding night playing Halo or an epic night of Super Smash and Mario Kart with some of my best friends, games gave us laughter, bragging rights and nights that will always rank among my favorite from high school.

As games have matured as an art form, stories have become more emotional. Experiencing a game like “The Last of Us” was every bit as thrilling and emotional as any film I’ve seen or book I’ve read. Games can scare us, keep us at the edge of our seat, make us laugh and cry.

Lately, games have allowed me to stay connected to family, even when we’re in different parts of the world. A game like “Overwatch” has allowed me to play online and talk with my brother – who lives in Korea. It gives us common ground and something we can look forward to and to stay in touch much more than we ever would have without it.

I almost feel honored to see games grow and evolve as I have as a person. So yes, I know National Video Games Day is another one of the endless holidays that exist these days.

But it’s one that I’m glad is marked because without it, my world would be a lot less fun. Sometimes, a little fun is just what we all need.

Here’s the third trailer for “Elysium”.

From director Neil Blomkamp (“District 9”) the film stars Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Well, this is certainly interesting. Microsoft and Sony sought to steal the spotlight during E3 2013. Microsoft went first. After the debacle that was the Xbox One, Microsoft unveiled game after game. Titles included a new “Halo” game, “Metal Gear Solid V”, “Forza MotorSport 5”, “Titanfall” and “Killer Instinct”. Ir was an impressive array of games. Then the price was announced. $499. $499? That seems way too high. Microsoft wants the Xbox One to be an all-in-one entertainment box, but I can guarantee you that people like me, who aren’t hardcore gamers, are very hesitant to drop that kind of money for a new product like this.

Then, Sony was up. If all Sony did was reveal that you could buy, play and share used games the same way you always could, it would be a success. But Sony did that and more. It went after the jugular. The PlayStation 4 supports used games, doesn’t require an online connection to play games and will sell for $399. A full $100 cheaper. For customers like me, that makes a world of difference.

The news pleased fans so much, it’s easy to forget that there weren’t really any new killer games shown. But none of that mattered for Sony. It was mission accomplished. And for Microsoft, heck even Nintendo, I’d be squirming in my seat.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Well, here we go. Microsoft announced Xbox One. The console has instant switching which allows you to instantly switch between games, movies, music, web and now both Skype and live TV.
EA’s Madden NFL, FIFA, NBA LIVE and UFC are all coming to the Xbox One this year. Microsoft Studios announced that Forza Motorsport 5 is coming and that the company will release 15 new games in the first year of launch of which 8 are new franchises. Remedy revealed footage from a new game titled Quantum Break.

Also revealed is a live action Halo TV series from 343 Industries and Steven Spielberg. What do you think? Are you excited?

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Here is the full trailer for the upcoming web series “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn”. Obviously, it’s meant to promote the upcoming video game, but there’s some real talent behind this.

Stewart Hendler (“Sorority Row”) is directing from scripts from Todd and Aaron Helbing (“Smallville”, “Spartacus”). The cast includes Tom Green, Anna Popplewell (“The Chronicles of Narnia”), Daniel Cudmore (“The Twilight Saga”, “X-2: X-Men United”)  as the Master Chief, Ayelet Zurer, Mike Dopud, Enisha Brewster, Masam Holden (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Osric Chau, Iain Belcher (“Supernatural”)  and Kat De Lieva as Dimah.

One has to wonder if this is also an attempt to drum up interest for a possible movie again.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

From “Resident Evil” to even “Super Mario Brothers” video games have been used by Hollywood to make movies with varying degrees of success. However, it’s a wide belief that video game movies have been sub par. Films like “Dead or Alive”, “Mortal Kombat” and “Doom” certainly didn’t help the genre. Big busts like “Prince of Persia” made studios a little wary. When “Silent Hill” is considered a top example, you’ve got issues.

But, for a while “Halo” was going to be the next big movie. Yet, to this day we have yet to see it and we probably won’t for a long time. Here’s a link to a story about the downfall of the adaptation.  Basically, a lot of misunderstanding and greed. It’s a good read and it’s a shame. Microsoft wanted Peter Jackson, the studios Neil Blomkamp. At one point, people thought “Deja Vu” was essentially Denzel Washington’s tryout for Master Chief.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.