The Video Gaming of the Future, vol. 1

So far, the interactive world of gaming has reached new highs in marketing, such as the slam-bang success of the new Nintendo 3DS, the bestselling bonanza of Game Freak’s Pokemon Black and White, and the grand acclaim of the strategical Total War: Shogun 2. And E3 and the big brands around it are just announcing more. I overheard a handful of information from the interactive world, and I’m here to share them with you! All-new sequels to hit series to expect from your favorite game-makers: EA, Harmonix, Rare, the list goes on!

Have you ever wished that The Sims series would sprout onto Facebook? Your wish is granted. The E3 Press Conference announced that The Sims Social allowed you play with friends, co-workers, betrayal, flirting, trash cans, the list goes on…all via Facebook. Although the realistic artistry of The Sims 3 series is doomed to vanish (giving it a cheesy 2D look like The Sims 2), it still carries the original isometric style from the series’s debut at the beginning of the decade in 2000. Will you become Sim Social? Will you earn the exclusive goodies just by liking their own Facebook page?

FUN FACT: Within ten minutes of The Sims Social‘s announcement, their Facebook page boosted up by 2,000 likes!

I told you so! ;) From the Xbox 360 Kinect’s “killer app”, Dance Central, comes the super crazy styling happy go fun time boogaloo, Dance Central 2. Same freshly-squeezed choreography moves, same memorable dancers, but a different twist. People were complaining because there was a 2-player mode, but it just wasn’t simultaneous. Well, this game offers simultaneous 2-player game play (as well as Guitar Hero 5‘s drop-in-drop-out game play), so you can jam with your friends at the same time! :D Feel like running in a campaign? Your wish is Harmonix’s command…but don’t just start getting people to vote for you. Jams announced so far are Far East Movement’s “Like a G6″, Rihanna’s “Rude Boy”, Bananarama’s “Venus”, Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It”, Usher’s “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love”, and Nicki Minaj’s “Massive Attack”. But are you still hungry for the old taste, but can’t stand for the old game anymore? Don’t panic…you can import old songs and magic we call DLC! The boogaloo of yesterday just got boogaloo-er!

FUN FACT: Dance Central 2 will have more than 100 songs to jam to!

Halfbrick Entertainment’s hit phenomenon, Fruit Ninja, has reached up to six million copies sold ever since its grand launch. Now it makes the big jump from just an app, to an all-out video game…that is the specialty of Fruit Ninja Kinect. The original game allowed you to make it rain sweet tasty fruit juice upon bringing ends to fruits’ healthy journeys with a swipe of your finger. Fruit Ninja Kinect takes it even further, allowing you to chop the fruit with your actual hands. But can you turn your ordinary night into a fierce tournament with a friend or three? Ittai hai! (That’s Japanese for “Heck yes!”) Supported by the Xbox Live Arcade, and bringing back the Classic, Arcade, and Zen modes of the original app (with sweet special spices like leaderboards and online multiplayer), can you bring out the true masters of your friends in Challenge mode? Or will you be a furūtsu to baka? (That’s Japanese for “fool with fruit”)

FUN FACT: DaneBoe of the SuperBoeBros set a world record on Fruit Ninja of over 8988888888888888888888888888-something points!

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I would’ve had a heck of a lot more to talk about, but I would’ve wasted a lot more time like that. Check back anytime for volume two of the future’s video gaming, and for more hit humor on Sammwak!

- Sam

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