I for one have only used the backwards compatibility on my 360 a few times and not within the last 12 months. I never played a single PSOne game in my PS2. Next-Gen believes that this is "a lot of noise made by a vocal minority."
Are they right? Is backward compatibility not so important? Have you used the feature in any of your existing consoles?
Would you attend one of these events? How about trying to qualify to compete?
In addition to CEO, Riccitiello also lands a seat on the board of EA putting himself in an unassailable position at an unassailable publisher.
"Those times truly felt like they were my adventure and my story, and I wasn’t simply an observer that was being allowed to watch the events unfold."
Procedurally generated games seems to be taking off. Does such a scripted story matter? What about relying on the player to create their own drama?
"The European PS3 will feature the Cell Broadband Engine™, 60 GB hard disc drive, Blu-ray Disc player, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, SIXAXIS™ wireless controller. It also embodies a new combination of hardware and software emulation which will enable PS3 to be compatible with a broad range of original PlayStation® (PS) titles and a limited range of PlayStation®2 (PS2) titles."How important is backward compatibility? No one knows which or how many games will be supported, but that word “limited” doesn't look very encouraging.
The ESA, or Entertainment Software Association, has come under fire recently. E3, its annual trade show, has been scaled down, some say canceled, due to spiraling exhibitor costs. Gamers pal and soon to be disbarred cuckoo, Jack Thompson, has called Lowenstein and the ESA, "hired thugs" and peddlers of filth and violence.
Lowenstein's three main criticisms.
- Cut 'n Run Developers: “The publishers and developers who make controversial content and then cut and run when it comes time to defending their creative decisions."
- No industry support for the Video Game Voters Network: "No matter how good we are, and we’re good, we can’t win the war without an army. And you’re the army. And most of the people in this room who have the most at stake are too lazy to join this army."
- Criticism of the ESRB: "The next time you think about criticizing the ESRB, just remember, that part of what we do is central to your ability to create the products you want to create."
"Not only is Doug Lowenstein right, he's damn right. His impassioned speech said so many things that needed to be said about the state of the industry and I agree with him 100%."
Is this just sour grapes? Or is there a lack of integrity and commitment on the part of the people and companies that make and publish games? Do you even care what the ESA and ESRB does? I for one decided to join VGVN after reading the speech. I mean we get PO'd when our elected ding dongs make silly legislation. Might as well put our money where our mouth is.
I ran into this recently; I'm restoring a PCjr for a friend of mine, and the only spare keyboard I had was yellow and dirty. I took it apart and put all the plastic pieces in the dishwasher (seriously) and, while it looks very clean, it is also still quite yellow. Read the article for some things you can try to fix old plastic, but beware: Most will actively dissolve the plastic!
"It isn't the days when Atari programmers were going catatonic at their desks, but people haven't been able to wrap their minds around the fact that individuals are internally self-throttled."
The new studio, Balanced Worlds, claims of offer developers just that, a balance between your life and work worlds. I am not sure why being based in China makes this any more possible than being in the US or France. Sure, the law states that no one may work more than 11 hours a day or have more than 36 hours of overtime a month. Of course the laws in China are creatively enforced provided one has the right friends.
Balanced Worlds plans on offering their employees three free meals a day, dry cleaning, car wash, grocery and maid service. This is possible due to the relatively low wages of some sectors in China. Given China's consistent economic growth how long can these low wages really last? While the perks are nice, it sounds very much like a studio where employees do not leave to go live their life.
There are a lot of complaints about crunching. Can you really get away from it by changing your environment or is it just an ugly aspect of game development? entertainment in general? Friends of mine in television and film ( one was the visual effect supervisor for the upcoming and highly anticipated Frank Miller adaptation 300, the other was a costume designer for CSI:New York ) often have work schedules as or more grueling than video game crunch time. This is balanced by relatively high salaries and copious time off. Is this crunch really such a problem?
"Out of 33 surgeons from Beth Israel Medical Center in New York that participated in the study, the nine doctors who had at some point played video games at least three hours per week made 37 percent fewer errors, performed 27 percent faster, and scored 42 percent better in the test of surgical skills than the 15 surgeons who had never played video games before."
Of course this is for a specific type of surgery that involves manipulating instruments through a small incision where the surgeon's movements are guided by watching a television screen. Hmmm. Also the study was rather small and thus prone to error. Of course 94% of adolescents play video games so this type of study is less likely to have an impact as a new generation of surgeons begin to practice.
What would be just another of the tragic hundreds of thousands of auto related deaths a year became news worthy because of this very tenuous video game link. Strangely enough at the end of the article and completely unrelated to the story is a brief list of "Killer Games" including Carmageddon and Manhunt. Hayden cleared of causing death by dangerous driving was convicted of dangerous driving. Nowhere in the article does anyone of authority much less the reporter claim that the game had anything to do with the terrible accident.
The strongest quote from the judge was, "When I heard he had a monitor screen that would come up from the dashboard of the car whereby he could play on the PlayStation a game of that sort, it didn’t seem to me to be particularly desirable."
Why the list of Killer Games at the end of the article? Is there some connection I am missing? Or is this just another example of yellow journalism?
What would they have to do to this Star Wars game to make it appeal to you ? Does anyone feel like the Star Wars franchise has been damaged by having so many games even if most range from being 'good' to 'great' ?
"The concept is that you can vote on Nintendo approved questions with your registered Miis. To what end? That's unclear right now."
My guess is that this is the beginnings of a Web 2.0esque social feature in a game console. I've already used the Wii Internet Channel to watch Top Gear on YouTube. Why not Wii meets MySpace? Will this catch on? Would you use it?
Gaming used to be on the fringe and it is increasingly more and more mainstream. Of course sales numbers are going to reflect much more pedestrian tastes of the population as a whole. I mean how else can you explain the popularity of NASCAR and Professional Wrestling. Heck, I love interactive fiction. Back in the day people who used and loved computers, were also the same sort of , dare I say, nerdy folks who loved reading.
Video Games have been out of the hands of the intellectual elite for many decades now. People love sports. People love movies. As gaming becomes more and more popular it is only natural that the sales figures reflect this. Instead of lamenting the fall and cursing our Madden ridden future, we should embrace this next generation of fun. Did I mention that I am a huge fan of WarioWare: Smooth Moves? Is the future really so bleak?
Surprisingly, 27% of respondents complained of games getting lost when being returned to the service provider while 0% claimed that the sent game never reached them. With such a disparity it is hard to believe the post office is at fault. More likely there may be some operational problems at the service provider.
The greatest complaint ( 45% ) was that it was difficult to get new releases. One of the joy's of Netflix is its very deep catalog. I enjoy sprinkling into my queue classics that I have missed. Akira Kurosawa's early works and Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns always seem to pop up. However, Gamefly ( and others ) do not offer PSOne or Dreamcast games, much less anything from the 70s and 80s.
"With the rising cost of games many people are looking to these services to get some of the games that they want to play, but may not necessarily want to keep. The demand for new games versus old is lopsided making it hard to fill requests for new games, but easy to fill requests for old ones. This means that if you have a queue of 10 games with newer games on top priority and older games on low, you're more likely to get that older game regardless."
All that being said, given the fact that there are so many bad games out there. Even more with little or no replay value. Game Rental Services seem like an inexpensive way to sample a lot of games. Does anyone here subscribe to one? Are you pleased with the service? Should I sign up?
The solution? Soak the entire thing in water for a week. And let dry, carefully, for a very long time :-)
In my opinion, Guitar Hero could go great on the Wii, and it especially emphasizes the possibilities with the Wiimote. At this point it can either go two ways: an attachment for the Wiimote, or using your nunchuck as air guitar. Honestly I think the latter would be much cooler and a more intuitive use of the Wiimote. It would be a lot faster, less cumbersome, and the air guitar impersonations would be pretty cool. But recently the Guitar Hero license switched hands, and delicate situation such as this might not go so well with the change in management.
Also, I while back many videos came out of Wii drum game, though I've found it to mainly go unnoticed. How interesting would it be if they bundled this with Guitar Hero. If they added a karaoke game into it, you'd have a single "Wii Garage Band" game. Quite possibly the nerdiest and coolest thing to come to the Wii. I would totally make a Wii garage band :-)
"Joggers and bicyclists would have to limit their iPod use to city parks in which no street crossing would be involved."
I live in New York City. It is a chaotic, dangerous place. As crazy and as crowded as New York is there were only 31 pedestrian and 6 bicycle fatalities in Manhattan last year. Many of the safety laws go completely unenforced. It is illegal to talk on your cellphone without a hands-free device while driving. It is illegal for a pedestrian to cross in the middle of the block or against the light. However, millions do this and more with impunity each and every day.
What possibly could this law do? My guess is that it will be one more silly, trivial, unenforceable law further propelling us towards complete chaos.
You need to be a US resident, over the age of 13, have an Xbox Live account, a Windows Live account, the two accounts must be linked and you must register for the challenge. Now the confusing part, provided you have jumped through all those hoop you will be placed in a level depending on how many achievements you have earned in the last year. The between Feb 12 and April 12 you need to earn 1,500 Gamerscore points. Level 1 gets Contra for XBL and a crummy deodorant gamer picture ( soooo lame ). Level 3 gets that plus 200 Microsoft points, a deodorant t-shirt and Fuzion Frenzy 2.
I love my Xbox and I play it all the time so I will probably try to sign up even though I will be in the lowest level. Wish me luck.
My personal theory is that the DS and the Wii have mouse like precision pointing and dragging. People like consoles. The numbers don't lie. People like playing in the living room. People like not having to worry if they have Direct Drone X400 drivers installed or if the game requires a Radia N800 XPro video card or better. Most importantly publishers like that it is more difficult to pirate/share/backup games on the consoles.
The d-pad/analog stick control scheme only really worked for certain types of games. Pointing, clicking, dragging were clumsy at best. With the DS and more recently the Wii developers can make games with mechanics that has been available for the PC for over 25 years. Better still developers can develop on a standard and secure platform.
It is my not-so-humble opinion that not only will we see Adventure games on the Wii, RTS style games will also have a very strong offering. Was the mouse the only thing that kept PC gaming alive? Is the Wii a PC killer in sheep's clothing, or just another chicken little claiming PC gaming is dead?
"I just kept thinking, 'keep it until Christmas,' " he said. "And that was a mistake. A huge mistake."
While the story is a bit touching, I have little sympathy for scalpers. Sure the market is all messed up when supply cannot meet demand. However if you read the market wrong or wait too long because you are greedy ... well ... you get what you deserve. Sony seems to be a victim of its own hype. The uninformed snapped up all the available launch units while real gamers seemed to have stayed away. Now there are untold units lying around with no one playing them and most importantly for publishers no one buying games.
I will probably get a PS3 sooner or later. I just have to get a new TV or Sony will have to fix the up convert chip issue.
Is there anyone out there who thinks the N-Gage has a snowballs chance in hell of actually making some headway ?
"Eleven weekends later, the Wii is extremely hard to find, and a number of people are still willing to get up, get in line, and get really cold, all for a chance to buy it."
Nintendo claims they are shipping over 100,000 units a week. Apparently retailers are holding onto supplies and releasing it each Sunday. I can only speculate what the rational behind the simultaneous release each Sunday is all about. For those of you who do not yet have a Wii and want to get the mini launch experience head down to your local big box electronics retailer early Sunday morning. Let us know how it goes.
Thompson accused a fellow attorney of corruption and the Judge of being being in bed with "corporate criminal buddies' ie Sony and Take Two. Thompson goes on to send harassing emails to opposing counsel and Take Two CEO Paul Eibeler.
Thompson was asked by GamePolitics to comment on the impending hearing. JT never misses an opportunity to make friends.
"A referee is appointed and we have a trial. The Supreme Court reviews it later. The trial isn’t going to happen, however. I have sued The Bar in Circuit Court. It’s in far more trouble than I am."
Is his goose finally cooked? With someone so obviously nuts, what is all the hoopla about? It was only a matter of time before this man self-destructs.
Unlike others on the market the VGG covers the entire gamut of gaming from the earliest arcade classics to the present day. It is modelled very much on a film guide, with A to Z reviews section taking up most of the 550 pages. Around 2000 games are listed and there are some pretty thorough appendices too, including a chronology of computers and consoles and an appendix of the better-known game programmers / designers along with their work.
Of particular merit is the five-star gallery in the centre of the book which puts screenshots of all the 100+ five-star rated games into a visual timeline.
Reader reviews at amazon.co.uk are highly positive but US customers will have to pay an import premium. I plan to plod through it and find if it features any titles not yet on MG.
If you can read between the lines, what is most interesting is the focus of personal computing back then: Out-of-the-box experience and bundled software, and access to a wide software library, were touted before price and performance. It's easy to forget in today's world, where we can run operating systems and foreign hardware inside other operating systems and foreign hardware, what personal computing was like back then. There was very little interoperability.
The Stamper brothers have been responsible for many gaming greats, both through Rare and prior to that Ultimate Play The Game. Their roll-call of titles include; Atic Atac, Cookie, Jetpac, Lunar Jetman, Pssst, Knight Lore, Sabre Wulf, Underwurlde, Alien 8, Donkey Kong Country, Blast Corps, GoldenEye, Banjo-Kazooie, Jet Force Gemini, Perfect Dark, StarFox Adventures, Kameo, and Viva Pinata.
A Microsoft statement says that the brothers have decided to leave Rare 'to pursue other opportunities'.
Some of the names and products are no surprise, like Digital Illusions and their spot-on pinball games -- but did you know they are the people responsible for the Battlefield series as well? Check it out, and see what kind of life awaits you when you graduate from the demoscene.
More importantly, how much is too much? I think everyone would agree that Mega Man deserves to be fed into the wood chipper (a search for "Mega Man" on MobyGames turns up 80 games!), but what about the rest? How much before a series starts to get diluted instead of strengthened?
(Not FF cosplay, though. I think I'll always have a hard time understanding cosplay... The best I've been able to resolve that particular phenomenon is with the equation "cosplay = (nerds - inhibitions) + fetish" ;-)