Monday Musings 2/3/14

Rowing down the stream of consciousness.

Hi, my name is Ben, and I'm addicted to trophies...

With the Playstation 4, Sony has made trophy hunting that much more addictive with the introduction of rarities for each of your digital accomplishments. Now, in addtion to collecting the bronze, silver, gold, and platinum trophies we've all grown to love, there is an extra layer of depth with the addition of how rare each trophy is within the PlayStation community. Not content with merely poking your chest out at the mention of your platinum collection? Flaunt your "Ultra Rare" trophies and let your fellow PSN denizens gawk in admiration of your gaming godship...

Trophies > Achievements...

Microsoft gets a ton of credit for starting the whole achievement craze, but Sony iterated on the formula and created a superior achievement system with PlayStation Trophies. There's nothing quite like reveling in the ping of victory after unlocking a hard earned platinum...

On the docket this week: Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition and Outlast...

I recently picked up the 17th platinum in my burgeoning trophy collection (some mop up work in PlayStation All Stars: Battle Royale on the Vita), and I started to think about my gaming resolutions for this year. One of them is to try and double my platinum count by year's end (that's from 16 to 32 for all you mathematicians out there). Bonus points if I reach 40 plats...

And no I don't plan to make Hannah Montana: The Movie one of these platinums...

What in the hell happened to the Denver Broncos last night?...

Killzone: Shadow Fall has sold 2.1 million copies. That's almost one copy for every 2 systems in the wild, which is a pretty staggering attach rate. Congratulations Guerilla Games... now how about some more info about this unannounced title you've been toiling away on? A new RPG or some kind RPG Hybrid, perhaps? I hear E3 is a good place to reveal such things...

I can't decide if trophies are the best thing to happen to games, or if they're really some secret wonder drug created to prevent me from experiencing the myriad of other games I've yet to play, as my gamer OCD kicks into overdrive while I obsess over that platinum that's just out of reach...

Is it just me, or does Nymphomaniac look like it has the potential to be the worst movie of all time? It looks like one of those pictures where the director is trying to convince everyone this is cinematic high art, when it's really just an excuse to indulge in hedonistic debauchery and celebrity fellatio...

Lots of interesting Microsoft leaks this week (you can catch up here, here and here). From Halo 2: Anniversary in the fall, to a disc-less, cheaper Xbox One, to Crackdown 3 in 2016... all of this stuff sounds pretty awesome for Xbox fans and gamers alike. The veracity of these claims has yet to be verified, so all of this information is being taken with the proverbial grain of salt. However, if this information is true, one thing to think about is how this changes Microsoft's plans for the rest of this year, i.e. staring at the very real possibility that a lot of the big surprises they were planning to reveal at E3 and throughout the year are already out in the wild? Could they be forced to reveal something early that they weren't planning to in order to surprise their fans, especially at something like E3?...

Was that Optimus Prime saddled to the back of a dinosaur (Grimlock?!) brandishing a giant sword ala He-Man and Battlecat? WTF?...

It's still Monday somewhere right?...

No PlayStation Now Beta invite for me (commence sad face)...

Seriously, was Optimus Prime really riding a dinosaur?...

46 days until Infamous: Second Son...

Outlast (PS4): A Short Pause Review

Outlast (PS4): A Short Pause Review

Monday Musings 1/28/13