CHECK OUT THE NEW NINTENDO SWITCH

This morning, after months of teases, rumors and vagaries, Nintendo formally announced their new home gaming console, the Nintendo Switch.

Shown for the first time in this 3-minute teaser trailer set to White Denim’s ‘Ha Ha Ha Ha (Yeah)’, the console is a unique home console and handheld hybrid system. It looks just like a standard tablet, with two halves of a controller than can be attached to each side of the tablet or used as remote controllers. When at home, the tablet can be docked into a home unit that plays the game from a TV, presumably using higher graphics and performance as well as charging the tablet unit.

Nintendo is switching it up on us.

Both home and on-the-go play appear to support multiple controller options as the Wii U currently does. The video showed the two controller halves being used separately, attached to the console and being combined into one standard looking controller using a third piece as a connector (and possible battery). There was also footage of another standard controller similar to the Wii U Pro controller.nintendo-switch

As a result of this design, the Switch has no disc drive. Games are played from cartridges that appear the same as Nintendo DS and 3DS cartridges and are loaded directly into the tablet.

The video still leaves many questions unanswered. There’s still no concrete release date and it’s not clear if the Switch is meant to replace both the Wii U and the 3DS.  It was also sparse in showing new video game footage, as most of the games shown are Wii U games, which at least confirms some kind of backwards-compatability. New games that may have been quickly shown in the video were a new Mario Kart, a new Super Mario game and an Elder Scrolls-esque fantasy game. New footage of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was shown, having already been announced earlier in 2016.

The Nintendo Switch releases March 2017. Cost TBA.

THE REPOSITORY: A Horror-Themed Virtual Reality Experience At HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS 26

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT’S NEW CUTTING-EDGE, HORROR-THEMED VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCE IS NOW ON SALE

Now THIS is what I’m talking about. The idea alone has me both terrified and excited. Here’s the official announcement:

Tickets are now on sale for Universal Orlando Resort’s new cutting-edge – and terrifying – horror-themed virtual reality experience. The Repository, which blends custom virtual reality technology with real-life characters and environments, will be available to guests during select Halloween Horror Nights events, beginning Sept. 29 and running through Oct. 31.

The Repository is an exclusive, limited-time attraction with an entirely unique storyline that will pave the way for even more brand new, best-in-class experiences across Universal Orlando Resort. Throughout this extended, heart-pounding adventure, guests will explore highly thematic physical environments and interact with real-life characters – all while working in small teams to solve a dark mystery unfolding before them.

Repository Virtual Reality Halloween Horror Nights Universal HHN26Oh, hell yes. That sounds horrifyingly fun! We’re so into the idea of this that we started thinking about the mystery of the game, the name specifically. A “repository” is a place where something, usually a natural resource, is accumulated. It could also be a central location where data or something else is stored. But what? Universal Studios put together a mystery that lies ahead of us and as you read above, it’s a dark one.

This is where the future of gaming is taking us. Just like in movies; when blending real life practical effects with computer technology the result more often than not makes for a more convincing effect. Can you imagine experiencing the blend of what is real and what isn’t in real time as part of the story and not just a viewer? Well, get ready, because it’s here.

Repository Virtual Reality HHN26 at Universal Orlando

Universal’s highly interactive horror experience can be purchased for $49.99 plus tax, per person, by calling 407-224-7840. Halloween Horror Nights admission is also required. For more details, check out the official Universal Orlando blog and HalloweenHorrorNights.com. Better get your tickets soon! 

Is this horror-themed experience something you’d participate in? Does the fact that you have team members comfort you at all? Or are you still too afraid?

Now who wants to be on my team?