Amid the cavalcade of revelations and drunken shenanigans at E3 (I’ve got every possible appendage crossed for a fleeting majestic moment from the perennially austere Nintendo boss, utterly wasted on saké. Prithee, leave us in suspense no longer, Iwata! Perform some ungainly on-stage striptease for the world’s delectation! Shake, as I believe today’s youth are wont to say, your money maker! I didn’t tie my nuts in a knot for nothing, man!) there’s a fair crop of also-ran announcements, ripe for plucking from the tree of quasi-interest.
A case in point is Virgin Gaming’s upcoming collaborative efforts with Microsoft. Richard Branson, presumably aggrieved that he still hasn’t become the first bearded bastard to offer interplanetary hotel services (just wait for the TV commercial. He’ll be there, grinning like a shit-eater in a funky-ass spaceship, soon enough) has endeavoured to take a further foray into gaming. This amounts to LIVE offering a new ‘tournaments service.’ This will be available only to Gold subscribers, and allow players to ‘seamlessly browse, enter, play in and track tournaments for their favorite games directly from the Xbox LIVE online entertainment network,’ Businesswire reports.
There will allegedly be both free and paid-entry contests over the service, encompassing a whole spectrum of top titles. Logistics are scarce indeed at present, but it’s a killer concept. The likelihood of the Playstation 4 or Xbox 720 sticking their heads out from the shit-encrusted rumour-sand is notional at best just now. As such, this initiative may potentially revitalise the current generation somewhat, a heartening thought. (It’s a little reminiscent of the Frankenstein story, where he’s hit square in the nutsack by a bolt of lightning, as I recall. This inspires him to build himself a wife from a mound of mouldy corpses and the skin of one of his testicles. I do tend to drink rather heavily while reading, so I may have muddled some of the tale’s finer nuances. My point is clear nonetheless, whatever it may have been.)