•••• Microsoft will not be announcing a new Xbox console at E3 this summer or "anytime soon." I suppose it makes sense to wait it out until they’ve replaced literally every console that’s gotten the Red Ring of Death. [PC Magazine]
•••• The video game BAFTAs were held on Friday night in London, with "Portal 2" taking top honors. Since awards are super-relevant and worth arguing about, I’m going to note that I disagree with most of the winners. And to think those guys used to run our country. [Huffington Post UK]
•••• The "Double Fine Adventure" Kickstarter project smashed virtually every record in the site’s four-year existence, ending up with a total of $3.3 million by the end of the 50-day donation window. Double Fine now has to wait an agonizing 3-5 business days while PayPal transfers the money to their account. [Mashable]
•••• Neo Geo X, an updated handheld version of the 1990s console family, is being released with 20 games pre-installed for $570. As in, a small version of a 20 year-old thing with 20 games that are also 20 years old. Or you could just buy two PS Vitas. Or really anything else that isn’t a Neo Geo handheld. [Mobile Gamer]
•••• The "outrage" over same-sex relationships in "Mass Effect 3" continues, although it appears to be most likely the grumblings of a vocal minority. "ME3" is hardly the first game to include homosexual relationships, but may be the highest profile to do so. [The Globe and Mail]
On Shelves Tuesday (March 20)
•••• Out on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 tomorrow is “Silent Hill HD Collection.” This pack is “Silent Hill 2” and “Silent Hill 3,” rendered in high definition for your modern gaming pleasure. While re-releases are sometimes groan-worthy money grabs, taking great games that just missed the current technology set and cleaning them up is actually a fantastic idea.
•••• ”Resident Evil: Raccoon City,” which seems to have had commercial spots on every show I watch for the last two weeks, hits the streets tomorrow. This spin-off title of the zombie franchise should tide over “Resident Evil” fans for eight months until the next main release in the series, “Resident Evil 6,” hits shelves on Nov. 20.
•••• It’s hard to keep track of what’s en vogue these days. Zombies? Pirates? Ninjas? If you think ninjas never go out of style, “Ninja Gaiden 3” is out tomorrow on the 360, PS3, and later this year on the Wii U. The latter console should tell you that this game has a physical element to it, also being equipped for use with the PlayStation Move (but strangely not the Kinect).
Before “Draw Something” was all the rage, “Temple Run” was possibly the most pervasive free mobile game of the 2011. If you missed the boat on “Temple Run” the first go round, grab it for free and become addicted. It has that quality of a simple game that seems easy but gets progressively tougher, where you want to restart the second your little adventurer falls into an ancient chasm. This is also a must-download if you really enjoy the first few minutes of “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”
Really Important Video
There are few YouTube tropes as played out as “white people rapping about something not usually found in rap music.” However, this video posits a very important question we all need to ask ourselves this year. No, not the big thing where you go to the senior center in November and get an “I Voted” sticker. I’m talking about the ever-crucial “Super Mario vs. Sonic the Hedgehog” debate. I felt very torn on this issue going into the video, as I was one of the kids who went from Nintendo to Sega Genesis rather than Super Nintendo. However, it sealed the deal for me when I saw one clip here and said “oh yeah, Mario was the referee in ‘Mike Tyson’s Punch Out!” Team Mario all the way.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun