As 2011 ends, we’d like to thank everyone who made this our best year yet at Stick Skills. But before we wander into the vast, unknown domain of 2012, Dougie and I have complied a list of 10 bold predictions to get us ready for the new year in gaming.
5 Predictions From Dougie Veney:
5 Predictions from Brian Sipple
1. Steven Spielberg will galvanize the gaming industry at E3 by announcing direct involvement with a next-gen Xbox and PS4 project. We all know Spielberg is an avid gamer, but unfortunately, his most recent deal with EA to collaborate on three different projects didn’t amount to very much. My guess is that the 65-year old director sees the next generation of consoles as the time when he can fully realize his artistic vision for gaming. We may or may not find out when the PlayStation 4 or Xbox Whatever-It’s-Called is arriving, but we’ll learn who’s authoring their first chapter.
2. Red Dead Redemption 2 is announced at the 2012 Video Game Awards. I don’t want to spoil the ending of Red Dead Redemption for anyone who hasn’t played it, but from what we know, little Johnny Marston Jr. is every bit the quick draw as dad. After riding the wave of Grand Theft Auto V in 2012, Rockstar saddles up for 2013 by showing off a reveal trailer for RDR 2 at Spike TV’s annual awards show.
4. Call of Duty will again feature contrived controversy in its most unsurprisingly disturbing scene yet. The last two Modern Warfare games have blatantly aimed stir up a media frenzy with with “No Russian,” and more recently, forcing you to walk towards your wife and daughter before a truck bomb kills the three of you. The first one was essential to gameplay. The second one tried way too hard. In 2012, Treyarch ups the ante even further. If recent rumors are true about the developer making a Black Ops sequel, get ready to start off as Jackie Kennedy enjoying the sights and sounds of Dealey Plaza.
5. Introducing Your Madden 13 Cover Athlete: Tim Tebow. After beating the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday and inspiring his rag-tag outfit of “football” players to the playoffs, Tim Tebow will make it all the way to the AFC Championship Game by shocking the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Divisional round. When the Broncos get the ball, down by four with 30 seconds to go in the game, Tebow will complete his second pass of the evening by deflecting it off James Harrison’s helmet, catching it himself, and running it 52 yards for the game-winning touchdown. These divine and heroic feats lead to him winning the fan vote for the cover of Madden 13, announced by Skip Bayless on ESPN First Take.
What are your bold predictions for 2012? Feel free to share in the comments or join our great community in the forums!