Welcome back to the stage of history! On today’s very special episode of PlayStation Blogcast, we discuss the first alarmingly big release week of the year between dMc and a certain long-awaited club that PS Vita owners can shortly be members of. We also share the rest of the new PSN and retail releases for next Tuesday, January 15th, take some new voice mails and User Queries, our experiences with Far Cry 3 and the God of War: Ascension multiplayer beta, discuss our all-time favorite game collector’s editions and more.
We’re (mostly) back in the saddle with the first PlayStation Blogcast of 2013, an admittedly looser affair. First, we ring in the new year with next week’s new PSN and retail releases, scintillating holiday travel discussions, lots of movie talk, board games, and a recap of the top picks from the 2012 PlayStation.Blog Game of the Year Awards (as well as your most-anticipated titles).
You have spoken! The winners of the first-annual PlayStation.Blog Game of the Year Awards have been revealed at last! Now it’s time to listen to a bunch of people you don’t know discuss great PlayStation games you may or may not have played. Behold! The final, thrilling episode of PlayStation Blogcast for 2012 is about to begin.
It’s high time we brought in the illustrious Dan Hsu, Editor-in-Chief (“EIC” if you’re super cool) of GamesBeat and former Editor-in-Chief of EGM, to class up the joint for a few precious hours. Along with straight-shooting PR man Aram Jabbari and a loveable scamp we’ve dubbed Nick Suttner, we plunge into the year’s best moments in gaming.
A lot of good discussion on this week’s show, starting with a roundtable discussion of BioShock Infinite (read my recent hands-on preview here) and get some insight from Irrational Games Writer Drew Holmes.
I know, I know, I’m running behind this week. That said, there is a pretty good reason why. Sadly, there’s no BioShock Infinite coverage on today’s show — you’ll just have to make do with special guest Adam Sessler! The Sess is a household name among gamers nationwide thanks to his long run with G4, and now he’s got a new project that he’s dying to tell you all about.
Today’s show is a fun, fluid affair — a welcome change of pace after the last few industrial-strength PlayStation Blogcast episodes. We bring in our LATAM PlayStation.Blog brother in arms Lorenzo Grajales to discuss gaming in Latin America and tips for breaking into gaming social media. Then we outline next week’s North American PlayStation Store lineup (it’s practically bursting at the seams with new games, add-ons, and demos) before deploying a literal barrage of voice mail questions, tips, and comments. It’s a fun, fun show and I give it my highest rating ever: seven thumbs up.
My stomach is swollen with sleep-inducing turkey, but I reserved just enough strength to click the “publish” button for today’s episode. Given the Thanksgiving week holiday, it’s a bit of a scattered affair — we share next week’s North American PSN lineup, of course, and answer a cornucopia of Listener Queries and Player Tips. Then we gather around the harvest table with PlayStation.Blog’s Justin Massongill and PlayStation Public Relations Manager Aram Jabbari to trade anecdotes, origin stories, and more.
Save some room for dessert!
Firstly, I want to apologize for the lateness of this week’s Blogcast – we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled Thursday afternoon publish starting next week. But I’m hoping that today’s show will be worth the wait. Not only does today’s show mark the official one-year anniversary of PlayStation Blogcast (!), it also marks two major milestones for PlayStation 3! This Saturday marks the console’s six-year birthday in the United States. And as you may have heard early this morning, PS3 has officially passed the 70 million milestone.
On today’s double-stuffed show, we celebrate those milestones in style. The always insightful Shuhei Yoshida, Sony Computer Entertainment’s celebrated president of Worldwide Studios, reminisces on the challenges of launching PS3 in 2006 and how innovative game development drove the PS3 to global must-have status. Later, SCEA President and CEO Jack Tretton stops by to provide a bird’s-eye view on PS3 and PS Vita – and even the launch of WiiU.