March brings with it a promise of springtime. In the Northern hemisphere, at least, winter is shuffling away and our days are getting a little brighter. There are very few months in the year now when we don’t have some decent videogame releases and March has traditionally picked up the odd refugee from November’s packed schedule, keen to make an impression on the market before the financial year comes to an end.
March 2011 saw a number of big releases, Homefront was THQ’s big hope that, ultimately seemed to disappoint. Need for Speed: Shift 2, Dragon Age II and Crysis 2 carried EA’s hopes for the month and Shogun 2: Total War captivated strategy gamers with its stunning blend of top notch turn based exploration, political double dealing and tense real time strategy combat.
On March 11th at 14:46 local time, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake occurred under the sea off the East coast of Japan. It was the most powerful earthquake ever known to have hit the country and the ensuing tsunami heaped yet more destruction on the battered coastline. The country responded with a resolute determination for a return to normalcy that could barely be believed. Around the world, people empathised with those struggling to rebuild and donations poured in.
In videogame news, the Nintendo 3DS was released in the west and the UK’s tabloids predictably manufactured a scare story revolving around non-existent returns to retailers after the console caused dizziness and vomiting in the people they’d hired to say that the console caused them to feel dizzy and vomit. The Sun even took some photos of a numpty pulling faces, as if we wouldn’t understand what the word “dizzy” meant.
The weather, as if it wasn’t aware that we were supposed to be getting spring, decided to start snowing again in the North of the UK. We got storms and high winds across Scotland (when don’t we?) and it wasn’t until the last week or so of the month that we finally got some springtime conditions.
Join us tomorrow for a look back at April.