Not Even I'm That Much of a Fanboy...
A seller on eBay is selling every single game ever made for the NES in his auction. The listing
contains everything you could ever want to own for NES. The list has about 670 games, and also comes with a working NES, and every single accessory for the system including four controllers, a fourscore, two super-pads, a zapper, ROB, etc. Once you own this there is nothing else to own for the NES. Period.
Being a collector, owning every single game for a particular system is definitely something that entices me, but naturally the $20,000 price tag would scare many brave gamers away. A problem I also find with this is that most of the stuff is there for completeness. Okay, once you've paid $20,000, you own the bragging rights to having every single NES game and accessory on the planet. But that's about it. For the total lot there is probably only about 100 to 150 games in there worth playing more than once. Most of the equipment will probably never be used. While I'd have to say its pretty awesome having the bragging rights, I don't think its worth it to have to sell your car for it.
Ironically I would like to point out that while he has 670 listed as every game, MG has over 700 documented for that system (something I'm proud to say, I honestly thought we'd have less). It also appears to me that there are some listed on his that we don't have documented yet. Anyone feel like digging through the list in case we don't have a game there already?
Never say Forever...
On Friday, 3D Realms posted the first Duke Nukem Forever
screenshot in quite a while on Gamasutra's job listings page for 3D Realms
. 3D Realms president George Broussard later confirmed on the 3D Realms and Shacknews forums that the screenshot was indeed an in-game shot of Duke Nukem Forever
The release date of Duke Nukem Forever
is still "When It's Done", but 3D Realms says that they'll release more screenshots of Duke Nukem Forever
Windows to Linux to PS3 ?
Joystiq is running a story about Codeweavers' CrossOver Linux that'll let you run Windows games on your Linux box for the low cost of $40... It seems like this is too good to be true honestly... I'm wondering how well this works and how good of a box you need to have to get it to work well... I guess it would be a sort of solution if you absolutely needed to get away from windows, but are any of us game players running away from big bad bill that badly?
Although... If this would would work on a Playstation 3 running linux... PC games on your PS3? Anyone thinking of giving this software a shot (on a PS3 or not a PS3)?
We had a brief one hour outage last night. Thank you XO. Having no idea of what was going on we called Customer Care an ironic name if there ever was one. Needless to say I never actually spoke to a person. I was on hold for 30 to 40 minutes and then the network came back. I was tempted to leave the phone off the hook and run up their toll-free bill. I suspect there wasn't a single person in their support center.
Will Wright - The first videogame creator to be awarded the PGA Vanguard award
Jan 24, 2007
Submitted by Riamus (8123)
, known for his creation of The Sims
and the Sim City
series of games, is the first videogame creator to receive the PGA Vanguard award as reported
on Variety.com. Previously given to those who used technology to push new ways of making movies, such as James Cameron and Pixar, and more recently used to recognize Internet execs like Yahoo topper Terry Semel and AOL's Jon Miller, this year's award is a recognition for the first time that a videogame developer can truly change the landscape for the entire media business.
According to the article, The Producers Guild of America
is looking to make videogames an "established part" of the PGA and have annual awards for videogame designers.
Tilt Mod for the Xbox 360 controller
Adam Thole, a Junior pursuing a EE/CE degree at Perdue, has put together a Xbox 360 Tilt Controller mod
using a two-axis accelerometer and a Digital-to-Analog Converter to send the inputs to the left analog stick. The mod is an impressive piece of engineering/hackery with video to boot.
While this seems to make the Xbox 360 controller even better that the Sixaxis ( Sony's controller is missing rumble ) it misses the whole Wiimote by a long shot. The Wiimote doesn't replace existing functionality, it creates a whole new control scheme. Friends of mine who are not gamers by any stretch of the imagination come over quite often to play the Wii. During one session one of them made a very acute observation. Traditional game playing is less hand-eye coordination that thumb-eye coordination. While they struggle with the control scheme of Gears of War
and NBA Live
the Wii's controls are immediately understood.
Just like the d-pad has the era of the dual analog controls come and gone?
No Australian release for Blitz
Blitz: The League
, an American football game that involves strong violence and drug use, has been rejected by the OFLC. Blitz
allows players to use steroids before a game to improve performance. We all know that any responsible adult is not going to use steroids, whether they play sport or not, but since I am not interested in sports, I have no need for this.
Special prices ... or ... greedy bastards?
The Official Microsoft political organ Gamerscoreblog announced
special prices for Lumines Live!
starting Jan 24. Those generous fools at Live will allow Gold Members to download a free skin, Heavenly Star, for a limited time between Jan 24 and Feb 21. They have also lowered the prices on the Vs CPU and Puzzle/Mission packs.Lumines
was one of the few games I actually liked for the PSP. When it was announced that Q Entertainment
was bringing the game to Live I was pretty excited. I must say I was quite disappointed to find the 19 or so dollar Live version quite crippled. Missing was much of the functionality of the original PSP game. You had to pay extra to get each little bit. While a big fan of the game I found the practice pretty revolting and decided to vote with my wallet. I guess many people felt the same way since the price drop seems to indicate many people did not end up buying the extra packs.
Am I the only one who would prefer to pay for a large game at an expensive price than say be nickled and dimed, but get the first small portion cheaply?
Calling all Guitar Hero fans - a new developer is taking over?
It looks like Harmonix
will not be developing the next Guitar Hero
game but rather Neversoft
of Tony Hawk
fame will be. Is this a good thing or bad thing? Many sequels have died when handed off to different developers. Do you think this will kill it for Guitar Hero? Maybe Neversoft will take the game to a new level - how about an opened ended game where you go to different clubs to show off your stuff? Read a little more about it here
GDC is back in SF
The Game Developers Conference
is back in San Francisco, March 5 - 9. GDC is the largest conference for and about the people and companies that make games. Typically held in San Jose, this year the organizers are trying SF again. Two years ago they tried the Moscone Center to rather mixed results. They didn't really have the format dialed in. Last year GDC retreated back to known turf, but the conference has grown just too large for what San Jose has to offer.
MobyGames will be attending, covering and most likely exhibiting at the show. Pre-registration
saves you 31% if you are so inclined. We always have a wonderful time. Stop by the booth and say hi.
Producer rips off demoscene electronic music composer, makes millions
Jan 16, 2007
Submitted by Trixter (8728)
Those who know me from a former life know that I was heavily involved with the demoscene in the 1990s (and still am, to a small degree). So imagine my outrage when I learned of the blatant plagiarism of music producer Timbaland, stealing music from the scene to sell 3.5 million copies of Nelly Furtado's album
. This wasn't a few notes from a melody or even 4 bars of rhythm; it was 16 bars of music used verbatim as the entire basis for the song.
With GDC coming up, and the subsequent Independent Games Festival and Awards at said event, I can't help but think this is not an isolated incident in the field of hobbyist programming. Are there any prior examples of a small, free, independent game's ideas being snatched up and used without permission in a large commercial game?
Woman dies after competing for a Wii
A woman dies from water intoxication from drinking too much water for a contest to win a Wii. The contest was to see who could drink the most water without having to urinate. Jennifer Strange was trying to win a Wii for her 3 kids. Read more here
What contests have you tried and risks were associated?
NextGen DVD battle may hinge on pr0n
on TechDirt speculates that Sony's refusal to allow Blu-ray to be used for pr0n will ultimately doom the format. tgdaily notes
that the adult industry embraces new technology earlier than most industries and that adult films on VHS ultimately drove Betamax out of the market. Is pr0n really that powerful?
Microsoft admits 'Craplets' are bad
The CBC is reporting
that a senior and oh so anonymous Microsoft exec is saying the company is concerned that third party software loaded onto new computers by manufacturers could hurt the Windows Vista launch."Microsoft official told CBC News Online, on condition of anonymity, that the world's largest software maker is frustrated by legal shackles that prevent the company from restricting what kinds of software major computer makers install on new PCs."
Craplets are those annoying pieces of software that PC manufacturers get paid to install on brand new machines. Often times the software is useless or down right malicious. I stopped buying Dell computers since it would take me nearly an entire day to uninstall all the useless crap they throw on there. When I bought my laptop the free and nearly useless anti-virus software reported that the free and completely useless Dell maintenance tool was spyware. It took quite a bit of wrangling with support to uninstall it, since the uninstall tool didn't want to do it on its own.
I for one hope Microsoft can do something about this, though from the article it sounds unlikely. What can we do? Unless consumers refuse to buy PCs with Craplets the manufacturers will not change their ways.
MobyGames sticks by Slamdance
There has been quite a bit of controversy
around the Super Columbine Massacre RPG
game and the Slamdance Guerrilla Gamemaker Competition
. MobyGames is a proud sponsor of the Slamdance Competition and will continue to be as long as they will have us. That being said we definitely do not agree with the organizers series of decisions that led up to the game being withdrawn from the competition. Having never played the game our only opinion is that the subject matter and name may be in poor taste. However, if the game was good enough to be a finalist it should have been included in the competition. MobyGames firmly and fundamentally believes that games are culturally and historically significant. We believe that games are, or shortly will be, the dominant cultural influence in our society. We whole heartedly support any organization that provides a platform for independent and alternative game makers to get their work seen and played. The Slamdance organizers made a mistake. MobyGames is not going to pull its support.
Yes, yes, but what about Apple TV?
Steve Jobs was everywhere
yesterday and the herd was gaga
over Apple's new iPhone
. I must admit that the thing is good looking, but did anyone notice that it costs as much as a PS3? Also when the iPod first came out the pundits were lukewarm to the idea. Boy were they wrong. Can this phone really live up to the hype?
The Inquirer is reporting
on Apple's slightly overshadowed other product announcement, Apple TV. iPod like interface DVR with tight integration with iTunes. Hmmmm. Interesting. Does it play games? That is what I want to know. While Microsoft and Sony battle over the living room with gaming boxes that also happen to do other stuff, can Apple cut out a piece of living room territory doing it the other way around?
It's the Software, stupid!
Wired is reporting
that the dirty little secret of the hardware centric Consumer Electronics Show is that Software rules. "Consumers buy PlayStations and Xboxes for the games they run, not the boxes themselves."
Now, I love my Xbox 360. It does make pretty noises and have colorful lights, However any gamer knows it's the games not the box that matters.
Bill Gates is making a full court press to create an alternate cult of personality to Steve Jobs. Gates seems to be everywhere making wild statements about the future. Most notably is that in this age of digital media the average
family will need terabytes of storage to preserve their digital movies, music and pictures. Wow! I remember when terabyte storage was only in the realm of big IT enterprises. I thought 60 gig of music was a lot, but hey, video does take up a lot of space. Do you already have a terabyte for personal use? Can you see yourself using a terabyte of storage?
Gamers aren't lazy
Well ... OK ... maybe some of us are. Thanks to this post
on Boing Boing, Japanese pillow make Lofty is marketing a huggable chest pillow, the Game Dutch
, for handheld gamers. "Playing video games should be pure, childlike fun--not the cause for chronic neck and shoulder pain. Those are problems real adults should deal with, not thirty-something year old gamers who refuse to grow up."
The pillow rest on you ankles and lets you relax you chin and shoulders. No more cramping playing Mario Kart
. Now if it could somehow ingest calories and deal with the waste it would be perfect.
Moral Kombat: a documentary on game violence
Jan 06, 2007
Submitted by Sciere (217829)
Tech writer Dean Takahashi announced on his blog
that Spencer Halpin, the brother of Entertainment Consumers Association founder Hal Halpin, has just finished Moral Kombat
, a documentary on game violence.The film takes an unprecedentedly-candid look at the hot-topic debate that pits artists' rights and our culture's thirst for violence and sensationalism, against our social obligation to protect the youth generation as it takes shape and, inevitably, shapes our future.
With an introduction like this, along bombastic sounds and images, it seems the debate on violence in games and the alleged consequences on society is far from cooling down. The trailer
is available on YouTube.Jack Thompson
is now targeting Microsoft
to prevent the release of Grand Theft Auto 4
, and other parties seem to be gearing up for other head-on confrontations. Penny Arcade
has its own idea about the fuss, but do you think the real witch-hunt has yet to start?
YouTube ordered to take down video ... but can it?
BBC News is reporting
that a Brazilian judge has ordered YouTube to remove video clips of model Daniela Cicarelli from its site. "...despite YouTube's efforts to withdraw the clip it keeps appearing on the site."
The fines could be as much as $119,000 per day.
We have always wrestled with how much control we should have over the content on MobyGames. Wikipedia uses a very democratic model where any person can upload and edit content with great success. MobyGames has gone to great lengths to ensure we are on the correct side legally and ethically. To the extent that some contributors consider MobyGames an "adventure in nitpicking"
. Should MobyGames open up even more? What about the issues raised in this latest YouTube case?
First home console game entered into MobyGames
Jan 05, 2007
Submitted by Trixter (8728)
I'm pleased to announce that the very first video game for a modular home console, Table Tennis for the Odyssey
, was just entered into the database by Star Gem
(along with other Odyssey games). This entry is significant not only for being our oldest game (1972, which means MobyGames now covers 35 years
of electronic gaming), but is also quite historically
significant since this is the game that Nolan Bushnell copied when he and Al Kossow created Pong.
10 to 1 reverse split for Atari
Ouch! In a Press Release
on Yahoo! Atari
announced it has received shareholder approval to a one-for-ten reverse stock split. The split will hopefully enable Atari to meet the minimum stock price requirements for continued listing on the Nasdaq."As a result of today's action, effective at the close of business on January 3, 2007, each 10 shares of Atari common stock, par value $0.01 per share, will become one share of common stock, par value $0.10 per share."
Provided Atari can keep its share price above $1.00 for ten days Nasdaq will withdraw its plan to suspend the stock. Don't come out with a good game for a couple of years, add in some over priced acquisitions and a few big budget flops and this is what happens. It is so easy to go from the top of the heap to the bottom. Not as easy the other way around. If the GTA
franchise ever loses its luster could Rockstar
PS2 to outsell PS3 in 2007... AND 2008
Jan 04, 2007
Submitted by Trixter (8728)
Playfuls.com is commenting on a story in BusinessWeek that the PS2 is likely to outsell PS3 for the next two years
. Not really a surprise, since the PS3 is four times
the cost of the PS2 right now, and the market penetration of HD-capable display devices in the USA is less than 1%.
More Xbox Support Hilarity
Out of the blue I received this email from Microsoft Xbox Support.Dear Xbox Customer:
Thank you for contacting Xbox Customer Care. We have received your request for service. Please prepare your console and follow the instructions provided by our customer service department. You will receive an e-mail as soon as the next step in the process has begun.
Xbox Customer Care
Note: This is not a monitored e-mail address.
As previously posted
we have had various support issues
with Microsoft in the past. The funny thing is I do not currently have ANY
open issues right now. A really REALLY delayed email or is support on the fritz again?
2006 Top New MobyUsers!
Congratulations! To the new 2006 MobyUsers that have made it to the 2006 Top Contributors Hall of Fame:nyccrg. US member since February 10, 2006 with 7967 points;
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