Thursday, October 20, 2016

Nintendo Switch & Red Dead Redemption 2

This week had some major announcements. RockStar Games announced Red Dead Redemption 2 finally and Nintendo officially announced their new console titled Nintendo Switch.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is slated for a Fall 2017 release. So we have a whole year to wait for this title. It has only been confirmed for Xbox One and PS4. The PC version hasn't been announced yet. It maybe possible they are pulling a GTA V and launch the PC version later down the road. To ease the year wait RockStar released a trailer today for RDR2. You can check it out below.

Today Nintendo finally announced and showed off the Nintendo Switch. Yup, that is it's official name the Nintendo Switch. Above is a picture of what the console will look like. It is going to be a hybrid of a home console and mobile console. Basically, Nintendo is merging it's home console and mobile console brands into one. I really like this idea, because now I don't have to own a DS and a home console to play games. They will all be on one main console. No official specs have been announced yet but Nvidia did confirm that the Nintendo Switch will have a custom Tegra chip in it. Nvidia's Tegra chip is in their shield products along with many other third party brands. No price point has been officially announced yet, but the console is slated for a March 2017 release date.

To see more on how the console is suppose to work, check out Nintendo's marketing video they released today.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Software Inc. - Early Access Impressions

I don't normally buy into any "Early Access" games on Steam. If I have any on my wish list, they stay at the bottom of my list untill they come out of "Early Access". I don't really like the fact that I am paying to beta test or alpha test a game. But there was something about Software Inc that enticed me into purchasing it. I am a sucker for business simulation games like SimCity, RollerCoaster Tycoon, Game Dev Tycoon, etc, etc. What really got me to buy into the game was an article by Rock Paper Shotgun, you can read it here. The article detailed the features of the game in an interesting way that made me want to try it out.

Software Inc. is a game which is in an Alpha state that is being developed by one person. Currently he has stated that Software Inc. will remain in "Early Access" until maybe around 2018. For the most part the game is playable with minimal crashes. I only ran into some when I increased the graphic settings, for some reason the game would reboot my computer if I turned them up. After turning the graphic settings down the game has run pretty solid with little to no crashes.

The main goal of Software Inc. is to build a software company that makes money. You hire people that will fill roles such as programmers, designers, artists, marketers, and leaders. Once you hire some people and even design and build your own office, you can then start to create software. There are many choices such as creating an OS, office software, video games, anti-virus software and much more. There is even an option to buy servers and start your own online distribution channel, kind of like Steam. The software goes through three phases, Design, Develop, Beta, after beta testing you can then release it to the public. During each of the phases you can market your software so people know about it. It is a simple game, but has gotten me addicted to it for the last 3 weeks or so.

I am really excited to see what features will be added to the game over the next few years before its final release. Till then I am enjoying the crap out of it, even the state it is in right now. If you are curious about this game then check it out on Steam, and remember it is still in an Alpha state and is an "Early Access" game. So there are bound to be bugs and crashes.