With the Playstation 4 press conference that went down during the reading week, we had a lot of content to go over in today’s installment of Can’t Stop the Signal. The Playstation conference provided quite a bit of light on the new console, showcasing a number of exciting launch titles and the newly designed “dualshock 4” controller. There have been mixed opinions on the conference from your hosts here at Can’t Stop, but in reality one can’t help but get excited by the arrival of a new generation of gaming. The Playstation 4 also aims to further push social media integration, allowing gamers to connect through not only through their social networks, but it also features Twitch.tv integration – effectively allowing anyone with an internet connection to stream their gameplay for eager audiences. Along with a plethora of other awesome features, vita owners will be able to use “remote play” to pull PS4 titles onto their PS Vita’s 5” screen.
In the realm of television, this week brings a new Game of Thrones trailer for season three. The trailer teases of Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons chasing after ships on the open sea, and some seens of a masked individual on a torture rack. Either way, we’re definitely starting to get excited for the next season here at Can’t Stop the Signal. The new season begins on March 31st. A new facebook game, Game of Thrones: Ascent, has also been launched in open beta recently over the reading week, so if you’re in to the sort of casual timer based gameplay of social media gaming, you should definitely give it a chance.
We also got a brand new StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm trailer yesterday, featuring the tragic antagonist of the series, Sarah Kerrigan. Although I’ve never been a huge fan of the gameplay of StarCraft (or the RTS genre in general) I would argue that the storyline of the Starcraft universe is absolutely phenomenal. If you haven’t given the series any attention I’d recommend it. The trailer shows a redeemed Kerrigan giving way to the infection of the zerg swarm, with some dramatic moments and a whole bunch of great large scale battle cinematics between the Zerg and Marines.
Table top gaming was also a topic that was discussed briefly on todays show as Skandy, Scott and I all have had different degrees of exposure to the topic. Favourites mentioned were Warhammer 40k and Dungeons and Dragons, with a loving shout out the the good ol’ trading card game community. Though some associate Dungeons and Dragons with the nerdiest of nerds, we stressed that it’s important to note that DnD is a hell of a great time if you’re able to find a group of people with the same mindset as you. It’s not like you need to be dressing in robes and chainmail for every session (though if you want to, go for it!) There’s been whispers of some dungeon crawling action around the Radio Laurier studio, so expect more DnD on next week’s Can’t stop the Signal.
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Enjoy the rest of your gaming filled week.