New Hard Drive

So I got my new drive to replace my old one. Now begins the long process of reinstalling a lot of games. Most of my games are on Steam, which means I have to wait for each one to download. Thanks to Steam Remote Downloads, I can actually download games on my home PC while I am away at work. I only need to check in on their progress every once in a while to start new downloads as the previous ones finish up. It is a pretty awesome feature that works surprisingly well. Thanks to Valve for making what would otherwise be a pain relatively easy.

Maybe I can finally play some Max Payne 3 this week.

Remote Downloads in Action

Nintendo E3 Press Conference 2012

Highlights include… well nothing really. Maybe Lego City Undercover? Otherwise it was just tacked on touch screen controls in games like Batman Arkham City & ZombiU, a demo reel for upcoming games including software already out on other platforms such as Mass Effect 3 and Ninja Gaiden, and more boring Nintendo novelties like Wii Fit 2. Its basically more of the same non-core stuff that made me not care at all about the Wii in the first place. Only the hardware is now good enough to run current generation console games and has a touch screen on the controller so you can play Scribblenauts.

Of course there were also new Mario and Pikmin games. I guess that’s a positive if you are not sick to death of side scrolling Mario games after nearly 30 years. No Zelda or Metroid games.

So Nintendo has finally caught up with 8 year old hardware just in time to get stomped out again next year when new consoles come out. The sad thing is I have no doubt this will work out well for them. I expect strong sales.

Sony E3 Press Conference 2012

Highlights include The Last of Us, God of War, some mobile stuff I don’t care about, and a so-bad-its-funny Wonderbook presentation.

Microsoft E3 Press Conference 2012

Highlights include Halo 4, Splinter Cell, Tomb Raider, and some pretty awesome multi-device integration with Xbox SmartGlass. Also, if you are like me and looking to cut the cable on your TV service, Xbox 360 has a ton more video content providers coming up. Plus a bunch of Kinect stuff that is pretty lame. Oh, and Usher shows up at one point. I think he was in the wrong building or something.

Battlefield 3 Premium Announced

Well, I am already sold on this. I spent more money on Call of Duty Elite and I have not even touched MW3 since launch. This content looks way better than anything they added to MW3 (new guns and vehicles as well as maps), and it’s for a game that I actually still play.

Key Features

  • All Five Expansion Packs with Early Access
  • Stand out with Exclusive in-game items
  • Powerful New Features
  • Exclusive Online Double XP Events
  • Insider Tactics from DICE

If you are into numbers, all of this comes out to:

  • 20 Maps
  • 20 New Weapons
  • 10+ New Vehicles
  • 4+ New Game Modes
  • 30+ Assignments
  • 20+ Dog Tags

For a more detailed breakdown of what else is included, check out this page.

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