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Ubisoft E3 2017 Press Conference

Full press conference is above. Here are some of the trailers that I thought looked interesting from this year’s Ubisoft conference:

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
The Mushroom Kingdom has been torn apart by a mysterious vortex, transporting the chaotic Rabbids into this once peaceful land. To restore order, Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Yoshi must team up with a whole new crew: four Rabbids heroes! Together, they will battle with weapons through four worlds filled with combat, puzzles, and unpredictable enemies.

Assassin’s Creed Origins
Journey into Ancient Egypt, the most mysterious place in history, during a crucial period that will shape the world. Discover the secrets behind the Great Pyramids, forgotten myths, the last pharaohs, and – engraved in long-lost hieroglyphics – the origin story of the Assassin’s Brotherhood.

South Park: The Fractured But Whole
The Coon and Friends and Freedom Pals face off in an epic superhero franchise battle. As the New Kid with a super-powered butt, will you have what it takes to unite your allies and save South Park?

South Park: Phone Destroyer
South Park: Phone Destroyer brings you iconic South Park characters, action packed real-time strategy, exploding PvP battles, trademark South Park humor and collectible cards in a perfect mix that’s spicier than Cartman’s chili con carne. Assemble the ultimate team of cowboys, wizards, cyborgs and more and get ready to crush your opponent!

Far Cry 5
Far Cry comes to America in the latest installment of the award-winning franchise. Welcome to Hope County, Montana. When your arrival incites the cult to violently seize control of the region, you must rise up and spark the fires of resistance to liberate a besieged community.

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Sony E3 2017 Press Conference

Full press conference is above. There were audio issues on Sony’s end at the beginning, but they fixed it soon after. Here are some of the trailers that I thought looked interesting from this year’s Sony conference:

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
In order to find an ancient Indian artifact, Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross must venture deep into the Western Ghats mountains, discover the lost cities of the Hoysala Empire, and face a ruthless warmonger, Asav. No Nathan Drake this time and Amy Hennig is long gone from Naughty Dog, but this could still be pretty good. Kind of looks like it should be DLC for Uncharted 4 though.

Days Gone
Days Gone is an open-world action game set in the beautiful, high-desert of the Pacific Northwest two years after a pandemic has transformed the world. Looks neat, but the demo last year was better.

Shadow of the Colossus
Hey look they are releasing this game again. I didn’t care for it the first or second time around, but it sounds like they are redoing the terrible controls so maybe I will check it out.

Call of Duty: WWII
Multiplayer for the new Call of Duty. Looks like absolute garbage.

God of War
From Santa Monica Studio and creative director Cory Barlog comes a new beginning for one of gaming’s most recognizable icons. Living as a man outside the shadow of the gods, Kratos must adapt to unfamiliar lands, unexpected threats, and a second chance at being a father. Together with his son Atreus, the pair will venture into the brutal Norse wilds and fight to fulfill a deeply personal quest.

Marvel’s Spider Man
They re-skinned an Batman game and turned it into Spider Man. I am kinda OK with that, as I like the Arkham games. It seems like it might be a bit too QTE heavy though.

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Giant Bomb Interviews Phil Spencer

I tuned into Giant Bomb at Nite yesterday evening and caught a really candid interview with Xbox Chief Phil Spencer. I am convinced that he is the best executive in the gaming industry. You can tell he really cares about what he does, and likes to do what is in the interest of gamers.

The interview is about 50 minutes long and they get into a number of topics such as: The console lifecycle going forward, games as a service, bringing Xbox games to PC because consoles are not for everyone, who the Xbox One X is for and its price, the idea of “winning E3” and competition in the industry, cross platform play, why he values backwards compatibility, and VR as an industry and how it needs to be an open platform. He even jokes about the confusing Xbox naming scheme.

This guy gets it.

Software

Firefox 54 Released

Firefox 54 was released, and with it we finally get multi-process. The old Firefox used a single process to run all the tabs in a browser, and a complex site in one Firefox tab could slow down all the others. That often meant a less than perfect browsing experience. Firefox now uses up to four processes to run web page content across all open tabs. This means that a heavy, complex web page in one tab has a much lower impact on the responsiveness and speed in other tabs. By separating the tabs into separate processes, Firefox makes better use of the hardware on your computer, so it can deliver you more of the web you love, with less waiting. Medium has a nice write-up of the new version of the browser. In order to run multiprocess, your add-ons need to support it as well. You can check compatibility using this plugin.