E3 2019: Square Enix (and Devolver Digital)

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

E3 2019 is just about over. How did everyone like the conferences and shows? One of our favorite shows from this year was Square Enix’s presentations, especially with their theme of framed portraits and paintings of all the games they showed off, haha!

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Judging by our past Wednesday post, you’ve probably realized that Nintendo was the biggest reason for us to watch E3 this week. That was the main show we wanted to watch — I would have been fine with just seeing highlights from the other shows.

However, being on a bit of a Marvel kick since watching Endgame, I did hear about the big Marvel’s Avengers game that Square Enix was unvealing and, considering I enjoy the developer’s work, I wanted to watch their show as well. Rachel and I believe they put on a good show and we were pleased with what we saw.

Granted, I feel as if many of Square Enix’s games were remastered and remakes of older, beloved games. Final Fantasy VII’s remake looks beautiful (and this is coming from someone who has barely tried the Final Fantasy series) and fans seemed plenty excited for Final Fantasy VIII’s remake as well. An expansion pack for the online Final Fantasy XIV was also revealed and I’m intrigued enough to at least give the free trial a try. Does anyone out there play it? How do you like it?

One of Square Enix’s biggest reveals was Marvel’s Avengers. The story looks well-done but, like many in the audience, it was odd not seeing the likeness of the actors that had made the characters in the MCU so famous. I understand why, in an artistic (and probably money) sense, the designers may have avoided using the actors’ likenesses, but it was still a little odd. Also, I was totally asking, “Where’s Hawkeye?” before the audience started shouting that out but, considering the developers mentioned additional heroes will be added here and there to the game, I presume Hawkeye will show up at some point.

Square Enix also announced that their music would be easier to stream, which is exciting considering my playlists are generally video game soundtracks, as well as a few other IPs — Outriders, Oninaki, Last Remnant Remastered, Kingdom Hearts III DLC, the Dragon Quest franchise, Dying Light 2, and Circuit Superstars. All in all, we enjoyed the conference and were pleased with what we saw.

(With that said, we didn’t really give Devolver Digital much time. Considering they opened up with a bloody trailer, we turned them off and, apparently, articles exploring the highlights of Devolver Digital’s time, mentioned that it was mainly an absurd stage show rather than a conference. Kudos to you if you enjoyed what you saw!)

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E3 2019: Bethesda & PC Gaming Show

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Thursday!

We’re talking about E3 all week long, even though we’re talking about the conferences out of order, but you know… that’s just how Double Jump rolls.

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Bethesda

I have to be honest – I didn’t care about Bethesda’s conference at all. They were not at all entertaining and a bit boring to watch. Kris and I talked over them half the time we watched. Also, neither of us cared about any of the games they showcased.

I wish I had more to say, but I just really don’t.

The PC Gaming Show

We have a Steam account as well as Origin and even Epic Games. We don’t play on PC as often as we’d like and we’re, of course, always looking for new games to branch out with.

We watched the PC Gaming Show after the fact because neither of us was home when the show was live. Like Bethesda, they didn’t seem to put on a great show either. Neither Kris nor I cared too much for the hosts so we ended up fast forwarding through the talking and only turning it back on for a game. However, if we weren’t interested in the game or it was too bloody and violent, we sped through that too.

There were a couple of games that caught our attention – Starmancer, for one. This game looks like so much fun and has Stardew Valley vibes but in space. Unexplored 2 was intriguing to both of us though I have a feeling I’d be terrible at the game!

Griftlands looked interesting as well. It seems like a choose-your-own-RPG-visual-novel type of a game. We’ll look more into that one when the time comes.

Cristales will be coming to Steam in 2020 but the demo is available now. It looks difficult as you play in the present but can peer back into the past and look ahead into the future. It’s an interesting take on a RPG and I’m looking forward to trying it.

Finally – Plant Zoo. I don’t think I need to explain this one. It’s animals and a simulations game. I’m there. It’s coming out this November, though I hope they do more research on the animals because giraffes rarely lie down and most certainly do not lounge around like they were shown in the trailer. Nicky picky? Yes… but I’m just saying.

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E3 2019: Microsoft & Ubisoft

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

E3 always tends to happen at the optimal time when Kris and I aren’t home to watch. So, we’ve been watching the conferences after the fact late at night. I’m really looking forward to Nintendo this afternoon, but we won’t be able to watch that until later either… so let’s talk about some that have already happened.

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EA & The Sims

Kris touched upon this on her post yesterday but I wanted to add that I too am pleased with what’s coming to The Sims. I’ve been streaming it a lot lately and am looking forward to living on an island and playing with dolphins! …And possibly becoming a mermaid.

Microsoft

Microsoft put on a pretty show. The crowd was hyped and they showcased some great games. Of course, I’m not interested in the shooty-bloody-violence games. However, I was intrigued by Ori & The Will of the Wisps – I still have to play the first one though. Minecraft Dungeons looks like a lot of fun. I’ll admit, I thought it was an update to the original game and I was iffy on it. But since it’s its own thing, it looks pretty cool.

Way To the Woods (the deer game) and Spiritfarer both looked really cute. I’m sure Spiritfarer will be a tear-jerker and Way To the Woods might be as well since I’m not entirely sure of that game’s full story yet. Still, they both look like a lot of fun to try.

Flight Simulator looks cool as well. I’m terrible at plane games, but Flight Simulator looks pretty and I’m willing to give it a try. Hopefully, the controls will be much better than the other plane games I’ve tried. Phantasy Star Online 2 looks great as well. I’ve never played that game before – not sure if I’ve even heard of it before because I live under a rock – but it looks like a lot of fun.

I have the Xbox One but don’t have too many games for it. I had a decent amount for my 360 but barely any of them were backwards compatible and my 360 got the red ring of death and is no longer with us, RIP. In addition to that, I’m first and foremost a Nintendo girl, as you all know. I’m always looking for new games to broaden my horizons and try something new. I think 2020 (since that’s when all these games release) will do that for me.

Finally, of course, there’s Scarlet. Their next console. They talked a whole lot of tech that I didn’t understand, but holiday 2020? I was impressed it’ll be here so soon. It seems like so far away but it’ll be here before we know it and I can’t wait to learn more about it.

Because, really, my Xbox One has to update every other time I turn it on and it takes about a half hour… Scarlet better not have to do that.

Ubisoft

Entertainment wise, Ubisoft never seems to disappoint. Remember when they announced the latest Just Dance game last year? Yeah, that was weird. I appreciate the way they announced it this year. The video and message they had before the dance were nice and the dance was fun to watch as well.

They also opened with an orchestra of Assassin’s Creed, which was fabulous. An orchestra always gets my attention and it’s beautiful. They’re going on tour and I’m sure that will be a lovely show.

I have to admit, I didn’t care too much for the majority of Ubisoft’s games. Yes, they put on a good show, but only two games caught my attention – Roller Champions which is out now and Gods and Monsters coming early 2020.

Gods and Monsters looks epic and something totally up my ally while Roller Champions is something totally different than what I normally play. While it reminds me a lot of Rocket League, I’d love to give it a try.

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Goodbye and Thank You, Reggie

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Last week, it was announced that Reggie Fils-Aime was retiring as President of Nintendo of America. He held that title for 13 out of the 15 years he’s worked for Nintendo and, in April, he will pass along that title to Doug Bowser.

As longtime Nintendo fans, Reggie’s name was always familiar to us here at Double Jump. We enjoyed seeing him announce new games and features for Nintendo consoles and the company as a whole, as well as the good-natured memes that popped up with him. His speaking manner was always calm and proud whenever he was talking about Nintendo and its accomplishments. He wasn’t just the president of a company, he was a lifelong fan who lived the dream of loving his job and sharing the sheer joy of playing games with millions of others.

So, here’s to you, Reggie. Thanks so much for sharing your love of creativity, community, and, most importantly, gaming. Best of luck with your retirement!

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Nintendo Direct: February 2019

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When it was announced that there would be a Nintendo Direct today, with a focus on Fire Emblem Three Houses, I was excited! Considering the Direct overall, I thought it was well done! We got excited at seeing the opening sequence showing off Super Mario Maker 2, which I’m sure will do fantastic on the Switch with its portability, touch screen, and the online mode.

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When it comes to any Nintendo Direct, sometimes I’m sure impressed and other times not so much. That’s mostly because of my taste in games though. One thing that I will say though is that, no matter what, the Directs always start off strong and end strong. The moment Mario died to the Spiny, I immediately knew we were finally getting Super Mario Maker 2. I was super excited! I enjoyed Super Mario Maker on the Wii U and I’m sure the sequel will be even more popular with the new items and just being on the Switch.

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We then rolled into an announcement for the new update for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, mostly for Joker and reminding us that we should probably get the Fighter’s Pass for the DLC characters… Still haven’t done that yet, whoops. I was also interested in seeing Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order. I’ve never played a Marvel Ultimate Alliance game before, but this one looks pretty good and there’s both local and online multiplayer modes.

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Yeah, totally forgot about the Fighter’s Pass. Definitely something to add to the to do list. Anyway, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order definitely looks nice! I’m willing to give that one a try. Another headline was announcing BOXBOY! + BOXGIRL! which is a game Kris and I have never played. However, now that we can play co-op, I’ll consider giving it a try. I was personally excited for Treasure Tracker. I never got the same for the Switch because I have it on the Wii U. Since more courses will be added as well as co-op, I’m thinking of getting it for the Switch now. Though, I’ll admit, I really just want a sequel.

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I found it interesting that Assassin’s Creed III will be coming to the Switch. It’s a franchise I was always interested in playing, and we even had a few titles for our Xbox 360 but didn’t get a chance to play them before we got the red ring of death for the console. I may be picking this up to finally play the franchise. It was also fun to see that Deltarune will be making its way to Switch as well as a promise for more chapters for the game! Considering that I’ve enjoyed both Undertale and Deltarune, this was great to see!

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Another game I’m fairly excited for is Tetris 99. I’m getting tired of battle royales, but this is putting a fun twist on it. I love a good game of Tetris so this is one I’ll definitely be picking up. We’re getting so many brand new titles as well as games we all know and love… I absolutely can’t believe they’re bringing Link’s Awakening to the Switch in a remastered version. Link and his surroundings look like toys, but it looks great. I’m looking forward to that one!

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Oh my goodness, it was so exciting to see a Legend of Zelda title! Link’s Awakening is, admittedly, a Zelda title that I have never gotten a chance to finish, so it’s awesome to see it remastered on the Switch! Seeing the first few seconds of the remastered opening was great! Of course, I was personally looking forward to seeing the Fire Emblem information, and I wasn’t disappointed. I was a little confused, admittedly, because seeing that your character is a professor in a school with three houses kind of reminded me of Hogwarts, but I’m optimistic. The characters and art look great, and I’m looking forward to hearing just a little more about the story.

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Fire Emblem looks great, I agree. I was confused as well, but I also don’t know the game as well as you do. Overall, the Drirect was great. There was no more information on Luigi’s Mansion 3 or Animal Crossing, but at least I know they’re coming. We were surprised with the release dates as well – it’s going to be a busy summer for gamers!

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Unorthodox Controllers

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

I love the idea of custom set-ups for computers and video game consoles. Some people are creative enough to have really unique set-ups for the way they play video games…

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One of the most exciting announcements for fans of the Super Smash Bros. franchise was that Nintendo would be making a GameCube controller adapter for the Nintendo Switch so those really into the competitive scene can play Ultimate with their favorite controller.

Then there’s this guy who rigged up a bunch of bananas to use as the controller.

Fittingly, he was playing as Donkey Kong and explained, in layman’s terms, that he connected the bananas into a tool — called Makey Makey — that turns basically anything into a keyboard input. In this case, tapping the bananas were the keys. That was then hooked up to an input converter so the keyboard actions could mimic Nintendo Switch keys enabling the game would recognize the actions.

This streamer’s name is Louis and he’s pretty known for using unorthodox controllers. Taking a glance at his past Twitch broadcasts and YouTube videos, he’s also rigged up Donkey Konga controllers for Smash Ultimate, a dance pad for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5, and a Guitar Hero controller for Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

I’ve always been a sucker for this kind of tech stuff and I’m actually interested enough in Makey Makey to look into it more. Who knows, maybe we’ll make avocados into controllers for something one day!

Have you ever used unorthodox controllers for a game?

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Cool Tech: All-in-One PC SmartDesk

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Monday everyone!

How many of you are PC gamers? What kind of set-up do you have for your monitors and computers for your games? Considering how dependent everyone nowadays on their computers, I’m sure everyone has a dream set-up for their tech station.

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One of my coworkers at the office has a standing desk. You know, those desks where you hit a button and it rises up or down depending on the level you’d like? It’s supposed to be much better for your health (and back) to stand while working on your computer instead of sitting at the desk for six to eight hours a day. A standing desk is something that is on Rachel’s and my wish lists.

And then I found this article about a certain All-in-One PC called the Cemtrex SmartDesk that is built into a standing desk.

And it has three monitors. Not just one, but three touchscreen monitors that also have some sort of sensor that allows you to scroll between documents and the like with a wave of your hand like Star Trek. There’s also a built-in scanner right on the desktop, which is nifty.

Aside from the hefty price — which is about $4500.00 — I do balk at the idea of the keyboard also being built into the desk. Like, it seems like it’s flush with the desk surface and I can imagine not having a raised keyboard may be a little interesting to get used to. The other major potential issue is something that the article writer had pointed out — if part of the all-in-one PC breaks, would the parts be interchangeable enough to fix individually, or would one need to send out the entire desk and three monitors back to the manufacturer to fix or get a new one?

Either way, this computer desk looks insane and I would totally want one for gaming, writing, and art. And, of course, to pretend I’m in Star Trek.

Would you be interested in an all-in-one PC like this?

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