This past Tuesday Microsoft announced it's new tablet PC called the Surface. It's an impressive piece of hardware that to be honest I was surprised to see come out of the house that Windows built. It came just in time as I've been thinking about picking up a tablet lately and it's become a strong competitor in my longing for a tablet that fulfills all my needs. So I made a Pros and Cons list to figure out if the Surface could be the one device to rule them all or if I should just throw it into the belly of Mt. Doom.
It's been a full week since E3 2012 began and everyone here at HEET basically looked at each other and yawned. As a summary for an event we're all left unsure what the hell happened. This was supposed to be an event right? Things were supposed to happen. Games were supposed to be unveiled. Each of us wrote a little bit of how we felt and decided who won E3.
Hey EA, remember the time that you made Command and Conquer: Generals? I do. I still remember the countless hours of LAN parties. I remember the way that my stomach rumbled with Mountain Dew as I pounded angrily on my keyboard with fingers coated in a thick layer of Cheetos shame-dust . I remember the bowl wrenching terror that I felt when I watched a swarm of Rocket Buggies roll across my screen. I remember the way that the peasants begged for more shoes. Oh and how they begged! I loved that shit. That game started more arguments with my first roommate than his penchant for playing Rock Band at three in the goddamn morning, and it ended more arguments than his need to partake in his recreational drug habit.
Maybe I'm just a little out of the loop. Maybe you are too? But when I started watching all these live streams of people yelling in all caps "MY BODY IS READY" before every single E3 press conference. I knew I was missing out on something. Still it took a very self aware Reggie Fils-Aime to just say "And Yes, My Body is Ready" for me to break down and figure out what the hell is going on. What I learned is that Nintendo makes memes and 2012 may have been the year that they did it best!
During our visit to Spark Plug Games last week, I got the chance to get some exclusive hands on time with Plight of the Zombie. I'll be honest, I've been over the zombie genre for some considerable time but I've been looking forward to this one just because of how it turns everything around. You don't fight the zombies, you are the zombies and your goal is simple. Eat Brains. Also it's not a Tower Defense title, it's a Offense Puzzle game that requires a bit of strategy. It's not a gore fest either, it has uhh cute zombies? Well at least as cute as zombies could be. It's a game that does everything you would think is the wrong thing to do and makes it right!
Half Empty Energy Tank traveled to Cary, North Carolina where we spent the day with Spark Plug Games. We ate pizza, laughed, played a number of games, and picked each other's brains. I even got the chance to interview John O'Neill, the President and CEO and Megan Carriker, the Community and Brand Manager.