Kudos to @VideoGamerCom and @Jam_sponge for this one.
Earlier in the day I had a mini-grumble on Twitter about how silly trailers and teasers are getting in the world of gaming.
What brought that up was the Call of Duty Ghosts ‘teaser’ in advance of more information at the new Xbox reveal tomorrow.
The CoD teaser is just 6 seconds of wireframes.
But a few hours later, in an incredibly unsubtle effort to divert attention from Microsoft tomorrow, Sony themselves have released a ‘teaser’ of what the PS4 looks like.
And, well, it’s utterly pointless really. Not even something you can really speculate on beyond “It’s a black box” “It has vents” “It has ports” “It has a 4 engraved on it”, etc.
What you see here is the actual Sony PS4 reveal, but with a bit added on at the end by Matt Lees of videogamer.com
Yellow 13 - The Erusian Ace of Aces.
156th Tactical Fighter Wing Aquila.
Ace Combat 04 - Distant Thunder (Shattered Skies in the US) was the major breakthrough moment in the series that has defined how the games have told their stories, as well as the gameplay format, ever since.
Well, until Assault Horizon of course.
Yellow 13 is, to this day, perhaps the most memorable enemy ace to have graced the series, in no small part because he wasn’t actually a bad guy, nor did he have any animosity towards the player.
The games cutscenes largely feature him and not the player character, so we understood who he was before actually encountering him in combat. He was deeply honourable and developed nothing but the deepest respect for the player character, Mobius 1.
The Yellow 13 livery (along with Mobius 1’s ISAF F-22A) has appeared in every Ace Combat game since Ace Combat 04, even the ones that do not feature the Su-37.
For example, in Ace Combat 6 it was released as a DLC skin for the Su-33.
Assault Horizon went one better and made the actual Su-37 itself, along with the livery, as DLC.
It’s quite possible that it was Ace Combat 04 and the Yellow Squadron that are responsible for introducing the Su-37 and it’s super maneuverability to an audience beyond hard-core aviation enthusiasts. It was, after all, only a prototype best known for stunning crowds at a few airshows by performing maneuvers thought impossible.
It even went on to make an appearance in Sony’s rather… lackluster… no, let’s be honest, shite movie: Stealth.
To this day, many people believe the Su-37 to be the ultimate version of the Sukhoi Flanker family, even though in reality it’s capabilities are far surpassed by the Su-30MKI and Su-35BM.
Another bit of daft Photoshop stuff I did for OXM.co.uk - I probably don’t own the rights to any of these, so bear in mind that these are just here for POSTERITY or something.
I was just catching up on some of this years F1 and a clip of ‘Classic Grand Prix’ came on, showing some footage from the 1993 European Grand Prix at Donnington Park.
The race was sponsored by Sega, as was the then dominating Williams-Renault team with the soon to be 4 time world champion Alain Prost and future 1996 world champion Damon Hill.
The result was an absolute Sega and Sonic fest.
To be honest, I can’t really think of any gaming publisher or developer before or since so utterly dominate a major international sporting event.
I haven’t actually used facebook since Summer last year.
Thankfully, I kept it so bare that unsolicited changes in privacy settings shouldn’t even matter. :P
Hadn’t forgotten about Skyrim pics just yet.
This shows off the general concept of the Frostfall mod with it’s introduction of exposure and ultimately hypothermia.
Travelling through the more frigid climates of Skyrim simply requires the use of cold weather clothing, in this case the excellent Skaal light armour that was introduced in the official expansion, Dragonborn (though it can only be crafted and improved through PC version mods. Only way to get it in the console versions is to kill someone wearing it).
Though the bear fur cape and hood are from Frostfall itself.
The graphical effect of snow settling on the in-game characters and creatures is another addition from Frostfall, though in this case combined with the mod “Wet and Cold” which also introduced frosty breath from characters when the weather is cold.
Eagle eyed peeps might have spotted another mod, known as “Horns are forever”.
It’s a very simple one. Essentially means that headgear no longer causes Argonian horns to implausibly vanish.
“Fighter Friday”, a hashtag inspired to me by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight on Twitter (@RAFBBMF)
This is a Typhoon over the Palm in Dubai, via Ace Combat Assault Horizon Enhanced Edition for the PC.
There is actually a real photo of an RAF Typhoon overflying the Palm in Dubai which is where the idea came from.
I thought I’d make it a bit more… ‘staged’ though.
Such a fantastic resource!!