6. Grand Theft Auto 5 is Finally Released
Everything stops when Grand Theft Auto comes out. That's a fact. Ever since Rockstar Games released the revolutionary and groundbreaking video game known as Grand Theft Auto 3, gamers have come to expect the finest quality when a new one hits consoles. All the hype, new trailers, beautiful screenshots and news leaks for GTA 5 got everyone super excited before it officially hit stores. When September 17, 2013 came, every GTA fan with a pulse and plenty of dead president picked up a copy. In the first 24 hours of release, it broke sales records by earning $800-million and $1-billion within the first three days of being on sale. There were other big games in 2013, but none bigger than GTA 5.
7. VGX 2013 Bombs Hard!
Spike TV's yearly video games award show took a different approach in 2013. Instead of a massive live show with a public audience, Geoff Keighly took his production into a live streaming format. Good idea, but a horrible execution made this one of the most cringe worthy video game awards shows ever seen. Co-host Joel McHale ruined the proceedings with constant verbal interruptions and horrible jokes. The earth shattering video game debut trailers were modest at best. Nintendo finally arrived...and gave us Cranky Kong. Pile all of that on top of awkward Odd Future cut away shots and you have the most cringe worthy edition of this awards show yet.
8. The Ouya Finally Lands in Kickstarter Backers' Hands
The rise of Kickstarter led to the rise of independent video game creators looking to the site backers to support their projects. One of the more notable video game Kickstarter campaigns that ruled the headlines in 2013 was the Android OS powered Ouya. This little box promised open software, media app support, easy modding access and the promises of every owner getting the chance to develop on their own consoles. Things weren't so hot at first when the Ouya launched (software/hardware issues, consoles being sent late to early backers etc.), but the fact that Ouya actually launched is a story unto itself.
9. Super Smash Bros. Smashes EVO 2013...and Nintendo Almost Shut It Down
EVO 2013 WAS HYPE! That hype owes some of it's fire to a new entry into the popular annual fighting game tournament - Super Smash Bros. Melee. The huge community that backed the game came out in droves to support its chosen fighter by donating $94,683 in a bid to make Melee the eighth fighter on the card. Fans were joyful and ready to watch some amazing Melee matches...until Nintendo of America got wind of what was going down. They actually objected to the live streaming of their game and almost spoiled everyone's fun. In the end though, everyone voiced their displeasure and got Nintendo to change their minds. Super Smash Bros. came to EVO 2013 and everything went smoothly.
10. Capcom Loses Marvel's Heroes and A Ton of Cash
Capcom, Capcom, Capcom. How far the mighty gave fallen. Capcom's finances were reported to be a new time low ($152-million), which in turn keep Capcom from investing in some new franchises and much-requested sequels/reboots. Another dose of bad news hit the company when it was announced that the digital versions of Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Marvel vs Capcom 3 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 were going to be pulled off of Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network in the near future. Plus the game's DLC is also disappearing from the online market! This quote from a Capcom representative told to Game Informer also killed some hope for any physical copies being available for much longer:
Retail copies are currently unaffected. But no additional copies will be sold into retail channels moving forward.
So Capcom doesn't have too much dough, plus one of their biggest franchises will no longer be easily accessible. Damn...
Other Notable 2013 Gaming News
- GTA 5 Online Doesn't Work!
- Tomb Raider & Lara Croft Make a Comeback
- Watch Dogs and South Park: The Stick of Truth Get Pushed into 2014
- The sad tale of Aliens: Colonial Marines
- 1Up.com RIP...
- Twitch Gets Nude and Rude
- The Wii U Continues to Struggle