Nope, it’s not the McDonalds menu, but close enough. Jim Blackhurst has mapped 11 million deaths onto a 3-dimensional point cloud for video game Just Cause 2. The result is an amazing virtual heat map of a world where every white dot represents a death on impact: The millions of deaths formulate a detailed outline of major structures and roads in the game, visually mapping "extractions" at every square inch. In most traditional games, this would not be possible—players more often than not sta...
At a windows partner conference in Taipei, Microsoft unveiled their Windows 8 tablet. First impressions: WOW! Looks like they are actually innovating for once.
What happens when a person who has never played a building sandbox game tries it for the first time? Reality happens. The harsh reality of human nature. You would think playing with friends in a creation game would be utopia, but in truth it's more like being stuck with people that would walk all over you if it provided a softer path.
Minecraft is the most basic and barren open sandbox building game. There are a limited number of materials and recipes to craft. But with these few building blocks, people have been able to creatively build some amazing structures and cities. There is a physical limitation, but the beauty of the game is turning that limitation into a strength.
Man, I am a sucker for free stuff. This is the first volume of the Portal 2 soundtrack, and you can also download free ringtones. How awesome is that?
Wow. I'm not much of an MW or BF player but the first 12 minutes of the game are visually impressive, probably the best graphics and animations I've ever seen. Lots of game has great graphics but if the animations are not up to par (The Witcher 2), the game suffers considerably.
Back in the Super Nintendo days, playing one RPG after the other, memorizing maps and mazes became second nature if you didn't want to look at the mini map or get lost often. I would make it a point to memorize corners and the overall structure of the dungeon or location, so that graphically I would know where I am at all times. It's not like today, where major games come out with 200+ page guides detailing every last inch or going online where you can download a map or look at Youtubes for h...
L.A. Noire is the newest Rockstar (GTA4, Red Dead Redemption) game created by Team Bondi ( The Getaway). The game is set in the late 1940’s in Los Angeles. The main character, Phelps, is a war veteran rising through the ranks from police officer to detective. The game is presented in mini episodes (one case per episode) and flashbacks. Once you finish a case, you go straight to the next one. Having played four cases where the character moves from police officer to detective, here are my initi...
Earlier this month, game developer David Braben and his Rasberry Pi nonprofit foundation revealed a $25 USB PC. The computer can connect to an HDMI monitor on one end, and a USB peripheral on the other (such as a keyboard or a USB hub). You can use the USB hub to connect multiple items, such as a keyboard, mouse, printer, USB ethernet/wireless, creating a fully functional computer.
Do you have an awesome rig that is able to run anything you throw at it at 60 fps with maximum settings? Prepare to be humbled. The Witcher 2 is the first game in quite some time to tax your system the same way Crysis did when it first came out.
Do you ever really know someone? I mean really really? Super really? Sometimes we can talk and be with people normally for years and then bam: five people dead, house on fire, dog missing. All the while people shake their heads and regret that if they had just put the little clues together all of this could have been averted.
No game is perfect. Well maybe except for Super Mario Brothers 3. In the last two posts I've been praising Tera but it's not without its shortcomings.
Well at least Netflix still works :/
Who hasn't gotten completely lost in Minecraft? You can build a compass, but that's no replacement for a map.
Is game play king? Or was it that graphics is king? or maybe the story? Arghhh... well, regardless from which school of thought you come from, Tera online has bet most of their chips on game play.
Dual nurses? Random transformer shirt guy? White collar fighter? Fatso macho man? Super Mario? Ah, you must be playing Dong Dong Never Die!
Tera Online is a beautiful Korean MMO with real time combat. The game is coming to the states towards the end of the year. Unlike other MMOs were combat is target specific (lock on target) and dependant on skill timers and macros, Tera Online focuses on fast area of effect action. Your blade or spell will hit whatever is in front, or miss if it's not. The closest thing to the game play of Tera is Vindictus, a free to play MMO with the same concept of game play. If you've played Vindictus, the...
Fancy yourself a game developer? Submit your napkin doodles here, and maybe you can even make one of the ideas shown.
Here is a trailer for what looks to be an interesting documentary about game programmers. The Official site is here.
What won't they think of?
Ok, I just came across a bunch of cool Zelda stuff and had nowhere to put them - mostly via MetaFilter:
You'll just have to watch this yourself. Too awesome for words. Via MetaFilter.
Probably one of the coolest things I have seen on the net. That crazy guy at xkcd have made a visual map representation of the internet based on user activity. Click on the picture for a a better look because this map is huge!
Starcraft 2 Korean tournament play: MakaPrime vs ThePoint. Really exiting Terran vs Terran play where there is one surprise after another. Those SCVs should really be nerfed, what beasts!
New DLC for Left 4 Dead on Oct 5th! Free on PC, imaginary money (560 points) on 360. The trailer shows the original cast using melee weapons!
Really good look at an upcoming Sci-fi MMO from Germany. It looks like Even Online and it has beautiful graphics.
Funny Team Fortress where the characters dance to C&C Music Factory. Great animations.
Spending five days with the game is enough to know it's not to my liking. Is it a horrible MMO? Yes, yes it is. There are better Free to Play MMOs launched years ago that are better than this. As a fan of the Final Fantasy series (I am currently playing and liking Final Fantasy 13), this MMO is so bad that at some point I couldn't justify the awful environment, game play, and interface.
Really amazing. Click on it for the full resolution.
These impressions are coming from a person completely new to the Final Fantasy Online world. Never played FF 11 or the FF 14 Beta. This game is not friendly to new people. The account creation is a Kafka like experience in things that don't make sense. For the game itself, the beginning tutorial is awful and does not really teach you the basics of combat. Here is a small breakdown of my opinions, with the good points first so that they don't get overshadowed by the negatives.
We have an extra 30 day guest pass, so we are giving it away! Play the new Final Fantasy 14 MMO for 30 days free!
Final Fantasy 14 the MMO is now live. The special edition priced at $75 enables people to play eight days earlier than people getting the regular edition, which comes out on September 30th. Mine arrived yesterday and here are some pictures of what's inside the special edition version of the game:
Funny little comedy bit. If you ever wanted to hear Woody scream "bullshit!", now is your chance.
A new game from the makers of No More Heroes and Resident Evil coming out on 2011 from EA. It looks like something like out of a Quentin Tarantino movie. A third person shooter, it's probably another attempt by creators in Japan to tap into the lucrative shooter market in the US.
A 30 minute interview on the upcoming game The Witcher 2. Lots of good questions answered along with great footage of this gorgeous game. If you're looking for something to watch with that special someone this would be it (quality time!). Perfect video to romance him/her/it on this monday night.
Viewtiful Joe, Okami! This game is looking like the next fighter to get, moreso than Street Fighter vs Tekken.Here is some recent gameplay action
whooooo.. a new dashboard, how exiting! People are uploading their beta kinect dashboards that we will be seeing in about two months or so.
My friend worked on this video (he's Legolas!) and it's really fun. A geek/gamer girl anthem with cameos from Seth Green, Katee Sakhoff and Stan Lee.