2013 is certainly shaping up to be a big year for video gaming. What’s our staff most looking forward to in the next twelve months?
Scott Colby, Senior Editor: I’m really looking forward to the big reveals of the Playstation 4 and the next Xbox–assuming those happen this year, of course. The current generation of consoles has brought a ton of good things to gaming, including quality online play and digital distribution of smaller, independent titles. I can’t wait to see what comes next–as long as at least one of the new consoles doesn’t try to make me use motion controls.
Mike Egan, Editor-in-Chief: I hope that in 2013 the gaming industry will finally learn that the subscription-based model is dead. As I have said before, not one game has succeeded with the subscription-based model since World of Warcraft. It seems that companies are finally getting it. League of Legends has gotten it right for over two years now, but the industry has been very slow to follow suit. In the past year, games like Tribes: Ascend and Guild Wars 2 have embraced a similar model. Games like The Secret World–which attempted to double dip with a subscription fee and microtransactions–and Star Wars: The Old Republic–which added very constricting limits on free-to-play players–had a lot of issues, but I hope that in 2013 we can take another leap. I look forward to multiplayer and MMO games embracing the free-to-play or even the one time up front cost model instead of traditional super-restrictive pricing structures.
Kyle McManus, Director of Podcast Operations: I’m hoping 2013 is not a sequel to 2012. 2012 seemed involved too many established IP’s adding to their respective portfolios. We had a whole litany of big name block buster sequels. Being disappointed by a story’s progression and ignoring other solid game play elements because of what came before subtracts from the over all experience. A brand new IP or one-off brings you into a fresh, new experience free of expectations. I hope 2013 is the year major series take time off and reexamine whether a franchise is worth keeping on and that artistic integrity pushes gaming forward.
Beverly Kim, Staff Writer: Has anyone else seen the video from Nintendo announcing Pokemon X and Pokemon Y for the 3DS? It’s like…how we always imagined it in our heads when we were kids and now a fully formed reality. If there was ever a reason to buy another handheld, this is it. While I hate to spend any more money on any handheld besides my PS Vita, every Asian and childhood fiber in me is resonating with the new Pokemon. If the starter and legendary Pokemon previewed are any indication, Pokemon may be making a most welcome comeback to creating new Pokemon inspired by actual living animals–none of that humanoid robotic crap. And the legendary for Pokemon X has a stunning silhouette that is a possible nod to another legendary Japanese company, Studio Ghibli and their Forest Spirit from Princess Mononoke. Studio Ghibli also has their first console game coming out this month! If anything, 2013 seems to be the year for me to return to my childhood roots, curled up with Miyazaki and Pokemon.
Nathan Ochiltree, Contributor: One of my annual rituals is buying an old system that’s on its way out and loading up on all the games I never got to play for pennies on the dollar. This Christmas it was the PSP. While I’m having a lot of fun, it turns out 95% of the games take 100+ hours to complete. So what am I looking forward to in 2013? Playing through the hits of 2008! Thanks for trading in P3P for some shitty Vita game, MF!