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
Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Dark Knight set several new box office
records during its opening weekend: The latest Batman movie had the
biggest opening day, the biggest opening weekend and drove overall
Hollywood box office weekend sales of the top 12 titles above a quarter of a
billion dollars for the first time.
While World of Warcraft is the biggest MMORPG on the market, many
players are a bit tired of the traditional hack and slash grind.
Furthermore, life at level 70 can be a bit boring at times – sure you
can get money and gear, but there really isn't that much difference
between having 5000 gold or 100,000 gold, especially when you already
own everything else. Now Blizzard Entertainment has announced the
addition of achievements to the upcoming Wrath of the Lich King
As part of its "video everywhere" strategy, Sony plans to marry
Internet-equipped Bravia HDTVs with Amazon's new video-on-demand
service to fight off increasing pressure from set-top box vendors. It
is another try to convince consumers of the benefits of video-on-demand
(VoD). No matter how you look at it, VoD looks like a matter of time
and the days of your local video store may be counted. Even the
recently more and more visible video kiosks may be sailing into an
After listening for years that games are mostly played by teens,
Entertainment Software Association came forward today and released
their annual booklet of facts. The booklet titled "Essential Facts
About the Computer and Video Game Industry in 2008" is 14 mind-numbing
pages filled with facts about the US video game industry – and some of
those facts are definite eye-openers.