Ubisoft has revealed the new Assassin’s Creed game will be situated in Paris during the French Revolution. I’ve been wondering more than once whether this would ever happen. First of all, Ubisoft is a French company and placing their top selling game in their own capital is something that really makes sense. Second of all, there’s a legendary story about the Scarlet Pimpernel. I’ve been reading about this 18th century Zorro many times during High School. He really fits the profile for the Assassin’s Creed series and his stories (because he’s a fictional character) play during the French Revolution, a period of change in European history. (Check out 2:20 in the video below)

First world problem: the team based console shooter has taken over the arena FPS. Yes, I can have fun playing Halo or Call of Duty, but I had the time of my life when I was playing Quake III Arena during my university years. Rail Freeze FTW! Today Zoomin.TV Games published a video about the reasons why we need a revival of the Arena FPS. Of course, the text for this vid was written by me. :)

Auto aim? Fuck auto aim!

Nintendo failed. The Wii U is clearly not a success. The Japanese gaming company was aiming to sell four million Wii U units from November 2012 until March 2013. When they didn’t meet those expectations they did not lower their estimates for the period from April until March 2014. Nintendo was aiming to sell nine million Wii U systems… but they did not. In its latest financial results the gaming company lowered its expectations to 2.9 million units sold. That’s even less then what they expected to reach in March 2013. Games like Super Mario 3D World and The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD have been hailed by critics, but didn’t gave the consumer a reason to upgrade from the Nintendo Wii to the Wii U. Besides, the consumer is thinking, the REAL upgrade is a PS4.

Of course there might be a way out of this mess. I’ve been reading a lot about this subject and many people have many different ideas about the way Nintendo should deal with this. Knowing Nintendo, they will deal with this situation in their own way.

  • Nintendo boss Satoru Iwata should reform the company’s management and resign.
  • Drop the price of the Wii U to 200 dollars / euro.
  • Remove the Wii Gamepad from the basic package as most games don’t ‘really’ used the Gamepad anyway.
  • Announce some dates of its BIG franchises (Zelda, Super Smash and Mario Kart)
  • Start making games for tablets and phones, preferably reaching in their back catalog.
  • Cancel all plans for Wii U, focus on 3DS and work in silence on a true next generation console
  • Embrace the digital revolution and announce subscription fees for total access to older Nintendo games (NES until Gamecube)

What are your thoughts on the next steps for Nintendo. Of course they still have billions of dollars in cash on their back account. But the Wii U is hurting the company more than it’s supposed to do. The stock in Nintendo dropped 12 percent after the gaming company announced its results. Nintendo made the mistake of seeing add positioning the Wii U as a successor of the Nintendo Wii, while they should’ve made a true new, next generation console with a completely new name while looking and developments their competitors had been working on for a few years already. Yes, I’m looking at you crazy eShop.

Oh man! Totally forgot to tell you guys about this. We want to start doing more live stuff with Zoomin.TV Games. Our first try was the presentation of the Zoomin.TV Games: Community Game of the Year Awards 2013. We received votes from thousands of people after which one game was crowned king. Tim and I counted down from number five ’till number one. It’s not the best live show ever (but hey, it beat the VGX). Besides, it was our first time. My notes for next time: being more animated, more close up camera, maybe a second camera and add background music. Btw. we did all this in December :)

 

I will be focussing more on video content this year. More about that subject in the coming weeks. Last year I was involved in Zoomin.TV Games and that involvement will grow. For beginners: Together with Tim I run a Youtube channel with 550.000 subscribers and millions of views. Having such a following is awesome and we want to make our content better according to their needs. Awesome stuff. The first thing we decided to do in our evaluation period was to make Tara Talks shorter. The show was a pain in the ass to create, had a below average retention rate and simply demanded a lot of resources. We decided to make shorter videos based on the content from Tara Talks. This means Tara Talks became the following three shows:

  • The Shopping Guide (every Sunday)
  • News Flash (every Monday and Friday)
  • The Tara Show (every Tuesday)

The first of these shows is now online and features news about Soul Fjord, Mew-Genics and DayZ. Cool stuff of course! Check out the video.