Feature - As a self-proclaimed tech-nerd I do not believe I own one
piece of technology that I haven't taken apart, modified or hacked
into. The Internet is booming with hacks, cracks, and mods, I try as
many as possible on my gadgets. Here are my top 10 recommendations for
the Xbox 360.
Nintendo is bringing its popular franchise character Mario and company
to baseball for the Wii with the launch of the new interactive title Mario Super Sluggers. It will cost you around $50 when it hits retail shortly.
A solid state drive, more specifically an Intel
SSD, could mean the difference between killing your virtual opponent
and taking a dirt nap on the electronic battlefield. At the Intel
Developer Forum in San Francisco, Intel engineers touted the speed of
their upcoming flash drives saying that they can keep up with the
bandwidth demands of modern CPUs. They also boldly claimed that
competitive gamers could get in the first kills while their spinning
platter hard drive using opponents were still on the loading screen.
Wii owners holding out for a dedicated force feedback racing wheel will
be happy to note that Logitech is debuting one this November here and
in Europe. It is called the Logitech Speed Force Wireless and will cost about $100.
Once again, it is an exclusive game title that is the decisive factor
in console sales. In this case, it is worth a special note, as the Xbox
360 sold almost three times more units as the PS3 over the course of
one week. Nationally and internationally, the Xbox 360 and the PS3 seem
to be involved in a dead heat with sales advantages shifting almost
every month. Who will make the winning move?
Blizzard Entertainment’s President and co-founder, Mike
Morhaime, publically apologized today for the company’s Blizzcon ticket
buying meltdown. Tickets to the fan convention were scheduled to start
on Monday after midnight, but website and other server crashes delayed
that until late morning. Crashes continually brought down the ticket
buying site for the next two days until Blizzard suddenly closed
sales. Morhaime posted his apology on the World of Warcraft homepage
and said 3000 extra tickets will now be sold on a lottery system.
Unlike previous Lara Croft models that mostly came from the world of
fashion or acting, the new face of Tomb Raider: Underworld has a
Universal is challenging Apple’s iTunes with a new music service dubbed
Total Music. The site provide free, ad-supported music streaming,
allowing anyone to embed the service on their own site. Its goal: To
Electronic Arts today announced that Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning
will go live in next month and will be marketed via various
subscription models that will cost at least $13 per month.
Video game stores in Thailand have pulled
copies of the popular Grand Theft Auto IV game off their shelves after
a teenager murdered a taxi cab driver. 19-year-old Polwat Chino told
police he was trying to recreate a scene from the game by robbing a cab
driver and then stealing his car. Chino was caught after putting the
car in reverse and losing control.
Like a phoenix rising out of the ashes, Scrabulous
has been reborn into Wordscraper. Two days ago, the Facebook game was
momentarily felled by the legal arrows fired by Hasbro’s attorneys and
hopefully this new game is just different enough to appease the toy
giant. Wordscraper features circle tiles, different point values for
letters and customizable boards. So far the game is a hit on Facebook
with an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars and 3500 daily active
You can build almost any creature with Spore’s Creature Creator, but
the creators of the upcoming game are now banning people who’ve gone a
bit too far in their creativity – namely in making obscene creatures.
Due to hit store shelves this fall, the Spore game is a collaboration
between legendary game designer Will Wright and Electronic Arts.
Players have almost unlimited flexibility in building their own
creatures and that flexibility includes making creatures that resemble
giant penises and breasts.
OCZ is promoting its innovative OCZ NIA gaming
controllers in unique way: gamers using the headset in nearly 45 LAN
parties in Europe and North America will have a chance to win thousands
of dollars in prizes. The inaugural tournaments will be held at this
week’s QuakeCon (Dallas, TX), Digital Storm (Vancouver, BC) and CmaxX
Enlarged in Germany.
Interview - Last week, Microsoft held its annual XNA Gamefest
developers conference. During the conference, Microsoft announced
major changes for its Games for Windows Live service. Also, the company
announced DirectX 11, which is considered to be key API for next
generation of PC and console games. We got the opportunity to chat with
Microsoft’s Windows gaming guy about these changes and how they will
affect the platform and gamers. And we learned that DX11 is perhaps the
DX that should have been released with Windows Vista.
You’ll soon be able to fight alongside Batman,
Superman or even The Joker in an upcoming MMO based on the DC comics
universe. The aptly-named DC Universe Online is being developed by
Sony Online Entertainment and will be available for both the
PlayStation 3 and PCs. Players will be able to step into the legendary
universe and more than 60 years worth of comic book history as they
create heroes and villains with customizable powers and appearances.
An early version of the game is currently being shown off at the
Comic-Con convention in San Diego up until July 27th.
New York’s Governor David Paterson has signed a new
video game labeling law that critics claim is too lenient and too
broad. The law will require visible labeling on video games sold in
retail stores and will also create an advisory panel to study game
ratings and the link between violent games and crime. Game console
makers will also be forced to include parental lockout features by 2010.
Microsoft is hosting its XNA Gamefest conference in Seattle, and first news is coming in. Prepare yourself, it's big. First
of all, starting with today, all Games for Windows - LIVE multiplayer
services are completely free. Achievements, TruSkill matchaking,
cross-platform play with Xbox 360 (on cross-platform games, such as Champions Online)
- all of the features that went with GfW – LIVE Gold service became
free. This is a logical move, since users of PC platform pay for
operating system, while owners of Xbox and Xbox 360 consoles get their
operating system for free (well not exactly free, but it’s integrated
into the price).
After a very rocky start, Sony is now much more optimistic about the
sales potential of its game console: Sony hopes the PS3 will outsell
the PS2 eventually.
Most of E3 was pretty ho hum, but D-BOX, a small company from
Quebec, showed us what can only be described as "rocking chairs on
stereoids". D-BOX is not the first company to offer interactive racing
or flying seats, but products we tested offered quite a compelling
Legendary software publisher, Apogee, is coming back from the grave
with a vengeance. Apogee owns or co-owns a lot of heroes from the 1980s
and 1990s and the company now looks to develop new versions or remakes
of titles from the dawn of gaming and the first one will be Duke Nukem