The two socializing showstoppers in a holiday gaming wonderland are Halo 4 and Wii U. Social sensitivity toward gender issues and more opportunities for player interaction have major roles in Halo 4, where developers pulled everything out of their tool kits to give near film quality graphics, improved female characterization and richer storytelling.
An advanced online social network enhances the Wii U gaming system. Wii U has revolutionized gaming with a powerful tablet console that is also an independent gaming device. Wii U comes with new capabilities and applications developers will create more ways to use the system.This may lead to more competition when a household has only one tablet device.
Halo 4 blasted onto the gaming scene on November 6, but the hot news is that eligible players can grab any remaining November launch rewards and they can start having regular interaction in the XBox social arena for ongoing rewards.
Eligible players can still try for 100 rewards program points if they complete 35 hours by November 30. According to GamesRadar, players must sign up for the Xbox Live Rewards program and play Halo 4 in multiplayer mode.
Microsoft Points also has a Community Playdate offer to draw gamers into the Xbox Live social network. When an eligible Xbox Live member attends eight or more Playdates in a month and stays for at least 60 minutes each time, a 100-point reward should show up by the 15th of the following month.
Halo 4 gamers have a few more days to purchase Halo gear through the Xbox LIVE Marketplace. An eligible player who spends 1500 Microsoft Points on any Halo gear in November will get a 100-point refund. A player who spends 3000 points on any Halo gear in November will earn a 200-point refund.
There is no doubt that Wii U creates an entirely new world of high resolution, touch screen gaming. Any competitors will have some catching up to do.
Wii U console sharing battles will be a major concern as this is the first tablet style Wii gaming console. One problem is that family members of all ages can find a Wii game to play. Who will win the battle to hold a controller that works for one person at a time? Fortunately, gamers can play directly on the Wii U controller and release the television, or they can add up to two traditional game controllers for multi player mode.
Demand is already so high that getting a Wii U bundle might be a challenge. The Examiner confirms that Wii U sold out early in online and brick and mortar stores. These stores were reporting out of stock conditions well before the release date. With patience, gamers should be able to avoid opportunistic sellers who take prices to ridiculous levels. That is another social challenge for gamers during any holiday sales and launch season: getting the tools and games without getting soaked.
Players might undergo psychic overload when they try to manage too many rich details on both the controller screen and the TV screen. On the other hand, Wii U tablet independence may bring peace between gamers and broadcast TV fans who compete for access to the best television in the home.
The tablet controller boasts a camera, microphone, sensor strip, stylus and everything needed to detect movement and action. An unprecedented near field radio capability means that credit card transaction and figurine interaction are possibilities. When the apps developers go to work, Wii U could be useful for a whole lot more than gaming.
Wii U can also play classic Wii games, so do not toss the collection yet, but expect competition from everyone who wants to have a retro gaming session.
With revolutionary advancements in gender characterization, richer storytelling, integrated social networking and multiplayer gaming, Wii U and Halo 4 will break new ground in the social gaming arena, creating two socializing showstoppers in a holiday gaming wonderland.