Pick-Up Post: Holiday 2013 Edition

Happy holidays!

Hoping your last few days have been filled with joy, quality time with those you love, and of course, sweet gaming gifts! Even though I’m rapidly approaching my 30s, Santa was particularly kind to me this year. Also, I may have overdid it with the Boxing Day shopping. Anyhow, if you’re interested in checking out my stash, read through the rest of this post!

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Fan Expo Sports Strikes Out

If Fan Expo 2013 was the latest battleground between nerds vs. jocks, the nerds crushed their competition in a lopsided victory. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as this is the first time that sports has been featured. However, the sports aspects of the show themselves turned out to be a bit of a letdown.

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Eyes-On A Whole Bunch of Games At Fan Expo 2013

Besides the handful of games I got to play at Fan Expo 2013, I saw a lot of other titles on current and next gen platforms. Some of these were live demos that us common folk were playing, while others were part of a sizzle reel. I didn’t get to experience enough of them to formalize a post, though I’ll throw in a quick word based on what I saw. Enjoy!

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Hands-On With Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag

After the last two disappointing console releases, my perception of the Assassin’s Creed franchise is in the toilet. The series has hit the point of saturation where the annual release schedule not only wears me out, but the quality of the product suffers for it. In particular, Assassin’s Creed III was a buggy mess that still would have fallen short of the mark had it been bug-free.

I want to believe that a jump to next gen is the kick in the pants that this franchise needs, but so far, this doesn’t look like it.

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Pick-Up Post: Fan Expo 2013 Edition

Fan Expo Swag Full

Every year, Fan Expo is especially harsh on my wallet. I rarely get access to much in the way of nerdy stuff to buy, let alone everything I could ever want in one place. This year proved extra fruitful, as I bought or got pretty much everything on my wish list and then some. In case you’re interested, here’s what I got!

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Hands-On With Killer Instinct

At Fan Expo 2013, I got to play a pre-release build of Killer Instinct on the Xbox One. Though I wish I could have played the game on a fightstick, it did give me an opportunity to get a feel for the new Xbox One controller and my first new taste of Killer Instinct in over a decade.

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And I’m Off To Fan Expo 2013

Today marks the beginning of Fan Expo 2013! Steff and I will be attending all 4 days of the event, which should be a blast of nerdy entertainment. Not sure how I’m going to recap it, though you can check out some things I wrote about last year’s event here!

Quick Notes

Hands-On With the Wii U Gamepad

Check Out My EVO 2013 Wrap-Up On Splitkick.com

EVO 2013 definitely brought the goods this year. If you missed out on the action, definitely hit YouTube and catch the replays. But first, check out my wrap-up on Splitkick!

Check Out the EVO 2013 Wrap-Up On Splitkick.com

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Check Out My Viewer’s Guide to EVO 2013 At Splitkick.com!

The world’s biggest and most important fighting game tournament starts today! If you have any interest in watching this epic event, I highly recommend checking out my Viewer’s Guide to EVO 2013 over at Splitkick. It’ll tell you where to watch it, as well as a lot of helpful information about the event, especially if you’re not following the daily activities in the fighting game community.

Check Out The Viewer’s Guide to EVO 2013 At Splitkick.com!