Last week, ESPN President John Skipper said eSports aren't real sports. (Just don't tell him that ESPN3 streamed The International Dota 2 championship back in July.) Destiny became the most preordered new IP of all time. And GOG.com just turned six—happy birthday, Good Old Games.
[Because I'm posting this so late, here's what we played last weekend.]
Nathaniel Cohen, staff writer, @seven_hells
I've only managed to view two Destiny trailers—the teaser from, like, two-plus years ago and that fancy live-action one with the Led Zeppelin song. Nevertheless, I'll be playing it all week unless it's terrible. You see, I don't know. I barely know what it's about. I don't even get that "wizard that came from the moon" joke. All I know is Bungie and that the casting reminds me of Mass Effect. I've had a chaotic 18 months. Let's see if my gut is still as on point as it used to be.
Sean Colleli, staff writer, @scolleli
I've been digging through my old GameCube library and was feeling nostalgic, so I started replaying Samurai Jack: Shadow of Aku. It's really not a bad little game. Genndy Tartakovsky should make a movie, end the story, and give Jack (and his millions of fans) some closure for Pete's sake. I also sharpened up my Master Sword and jumped into Hyrule Warriors, and having never played a Dynasty Warriors game, it's an interesting experience so far. Stay tuned for my full review.
Charles Husemann, editor-in-chief, @chusemann
This past weekend was all about lowering the Wizard count on the moon and hopefully helping the rest of the guardians in Destiny take back our sector of space. I won't lie, Destiny doesn't do a lot of big new things, but it does have such a high level of polish that you don't see too often nowadays. The plot is probably a bit cut and dried for most people, but given all of the crap going on in the world it's nice to be able to focus on at least one black-and-white scenario to distract you from the outside world. It's classic Bungie storytelling, full of you becoming the hero that we all need to save the universe. I might get in a few rounds of MechWarrior Online for old times sake, but for now, Destiny is going to be getting a lot of my precious free time.
Randy Kalista, staff writer, @RandyKalista
Thank you, Hatoful Boyfriend, for showing me both how stellar and lazy Japanese otome visual novels can be. And thank you, Warlock: Master of the Arcane, for proving how hard it is to copy-paste the Civilization V model into a high fantasy setting. Also thank you, poor budgeting skills, for making it so I don't have a PlayStation 4 or Destiny this week; it'd been awhile since I'd cried bitter tears.
Jeff Kintner, staff writer, @JKTerrezas
Honestly, there's a new season of Trailer Park Boys on Netflix. I doubt I'll be doing much outside of that this week. If I do play a game, it'll be something I don't have to pay much attention to so I can watch Ricky, Julian, and Bubbles fail to con their way out of a paper bag with minimal distraction. I just got Heroes of Might and Magic for $3.00 off GOG.com, and I know that game backwards and forwards, so that might fit the bill.