This will be my final blog entry for this trip. I started writing this entry while I was still in San Francisco, but seeing as the topic is “the cool stuff I saw at the show” I had to wait until the show was over to give a fair assessment. At least that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.
First off, things I saw that I really liked:
FPS Gaming Vest: The picture is up on the site, and my friends have been making fun of me for a few days, but I still think the FPS Vest from TN Games is pretty cool. The basic idea behind the FPS vest is that it gives you a little push every time you get shot. The damage is location specific. If you get shot in the chest, you feel it in your chest, if you get shot in the back of the head and you feel it in the back of your head. It’s by no means the sort of thing that I would buy for myself, but it was fun. Products like this have been around the market before, but no one has been able to create one that is practical for mass consumption. I’ve often had a hard time figuring out where the bullets are coming from while playing FPSs and the vest solved this problem almost instantly. It didn’t take much time at all to adapt to the new sensory input.
Guitar Rising: It’s just like Guitar Hero but with a real guitar. What else can I really say. One of the reasons I love playing the drums in Rock Band is because I feel like I’m learning more than just button pushing. Guitar rising takes this to a new level.
MMORTS: I had a look at several upcoming MMO RTS games. I’m not going to comment on the individual games here, but I am going to say that I’m pleased that the MMO genre is branching out more and more every year beyond the fantasy RPG. I have nothing against fantasy or RPGs. I just feel that there are so many combinations of setting, genre, and style that have yet to be explored in an MMO space. And as a fan of strategy games in general, I’m glad to see several strategy MMOs on the horizon.
Things I missed but would have liked to have seen:
Speaking of one of my favorite genres, the creator of my favorite game from the strategy genre was also on hand at GDC but I missed my chance to say hello. I was on my way to speak to the folks at Fury, when I walked past the 2K booth and noticed Sid Meier. He was doing an interview, and I was on my way to an interview so I just kept going. By the time I had a chance to go back, there was no one left at the booth. I’d even come up with a flimsy pretext for a short interview and everything. Oh well, I really didn’t have time to be a fan while I was working.
I also missed out on the Age of Conan demonstration, and had to be satisfied with watching our videos. All I wanted was to see a guy ride around on a mammoth, is that so wrong?