July 29, 2010
Impressive numbers from a small outlet.
G4 reported today that the research firm Forecasting & Analyzing Digital Entertainment put out their report of how much Xbox Live Arcade has made in the past year ending on June 30th, a staggering $46 million. This is just a small outlet but a very popular download service, and the most organized on any console. I love the Arcade and have spent a pretty penny on some great games from this service. Here’s the breakdown of the top grossing games from last year. Toy Soldiers (Signal Studios) – $4.6 million (1200 MSP) Trials HD (RedLynx) – $4.4 million (800 – 1200 MSP) Castle Crashers (The Behemoth) – $2.9 million (800 – 1200 MSP) Battlefield 1943 (EA DICE) – $2.5 million (800 – 1200 MSP) Perfect Dark (4J Studios) – $2.4 million (800 MSP) Marvel vs. Capcom 2 (Capcom) – $1.8 million (800 – 1200 MSP) Family Game NightRead more…
July 29, 2010
3DS will get price point and release date.…..soon
Today we finally got a date on a price point and release date for Nintendo’s next handheld. VG247 reported that Nintendo talked to Bloomberg Japan and they will be holding an event on September 29th to unveil the price and release date for their 3D handheld. It it known for sure that it will be out by the end of their fiscal year ending next March. My prediction is next Feburary and the at the lovely retail price of $199.99. I really can’t see it going any higher than that, it is empressive tech but I really don’t think they want to out gun the Wii with the price. The original DS launched at $249.99, since this is more of an advancement on that hardware the price should be kept reasonable. It’s the same step the Gameboy took to theRead more…
July 29, 2010
Halo Reach: First look at new campaign trailer
Halo Reach is finally coming out in roughly two months and today there was finally some light shed on the campaign side of things. The trailer really doesn’t show off much in the was of narrative but the new tech the game is running on is impressive to say the least. I have always held the Halo series in high regard and love all things in the universe. This is one of my most anticipated games this year and can’t wait to sink some serious time into it when it launches on 9/14/10. Hit the link for the video. http://g4tv.com/videos/47746/Halo-Reach-The-Battle-Begins-Trailer/
July 29, 2010
Jimmy Fallon sets Gaming Record
So as I always do when I am up late, I usually leave the late night talk shows on TV while I am playing Eve Online, World of Warcraft, or recently Starcraft 2. However on this evening Late Night with Jimmy Fallon caught my eye. Every so often Fallon does a bit on his show where he attempts to break or create world records. Usually they are silly and are ideas no one has thought of or attempted before. Well as an official record, Jimmy Fallon has played the most different gaming consoles in 60 seconds. They rolled out a long table with 10 consoles on them. They consisted of Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Super Ninteno, Sega Genesis, Nintendo 64, Dreamcast, Playstation, Playstation 2, Xbox, Playstation 3, Wii, and Xbox 360. All consoles were on and loaded with game classics ranging from Legend ofRead more…
July 26, 2010
Banning Punishment = Free Game
This past weekend many Steam users were unfortunately banned from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. What was the cause you ask? Nothing more than a Valve screw up. Valve’s anti-cheat software banned random users for no other reason than an error. In response to the banning errors, President of Valve Gabe Newell, came out and said it was a mistake and apologized. As part of the apology Valve restored the banned accounts and gave out two free copies of Left 4 Dead 2. One for the user and one to give to a friend. They also sent out an apology mail along with the games which you can read here: Hello,Recently, your Steam account was erroneously banned from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. This was our mistake, and I apologize for any frustration or angst it may have caused you. TheRead more…
July 26, 2010
What can you do with 6 tons of scrap from recycled cars? What else build a 38 foot tall transformer! China built the robot in disguise in celebration of “Green Dream Park”, to show that they are a cleaner and greener country. The huge replica is made from 6 tons of recycled car parts and stands by Beijing’s Bird Nest Olympic Stadium, here’s a picture. Japan built a similar robot but from the Gundam Universe for the 30th anniversary of the anime last year around the same time. The Gundam bot was not from recycled materials and it stood a staggering 59 feet tall and was complete with lighting. Now the question is why can’t we do something just as cool? I will be more than happy to build a giant Voltron out of soda cans if some one would give me the chance. Anyone with me?
July 25, 2010
Two Fighting Games Combine Powers
Two great fighting games will come together to make Street Fighter X Tekken. The announcement was made at Comic-Con when Tekken producer, Katsuhiro Harada, interrupted the Street Fighter IV panel. The audience was suprised with a teaser trailer of Ryu fighting Kazuya Mishima. After that the audience was also given a chance to play a live demo of the upcoming game. Street Fighter X Tekken will have a similar look and feel to Street Fighter IV with 2D side scrolling fighting and graphics. Katsuhiro Harada also added that Namco is developing another version called Tekken X Street Fighter that will be more on the style of the Tekken games, with 3D fighting arenas. Both games have a ways to go before being released as they are still working on Marvel vs. Capcom 3. All these games will be for both PS3 and Xbox 360
July 23, 2010
PC Gamers Apparently to Good for Console Gamers
Over the years there has been a constant on going battle over the past few years with the rise of consoles and fall of PC about the superiority of the Keyboard and Mouse over the controller and which platform is better for gaming in general. There has also been questions as to why PC and Console gamers are not allowed to have it out in one all out epic battle over the Internet to decide the superiority of their platform once and for all. According to VoodooPC founder and HP CTO Rahul Sood there was at one point in time their was a project in development that would allow gamers from both PC and Xbox alike to talk and battle over the Internet. Once Microsoft began to test it they canned it. Why? Because console gamers were no match forRead more…
July 21, 2010
First Reaction: Limbo
Dark, morbid, fantastic. I never really really got Braid. It was a fun platformer, but something made me hesitant on the hype machine behind the game. Maybe it was the art style, maybe I just never connected with the main character. Limbo is my Braid. I get Limbo and what it is setting out to do. I get why this game has been getting rave reviews and what all the pre-release talk was about. The haunting art style and tone, to the fun original platforming. I have not seen a game this inventive or creative in quite some time. AceofNades will have a review posted in a few days, but atleast download the trial and see the magic Limbo offers.
July 20, 2010
What is Wrong With $14.95?
For years I have played various games — everything from simple addictive “Popcap Games” to standard MMO fare. Before trying MMOs, I had always dismissed them as a waste of money, proclaiming that “I shall never play a game requiring a payment subscription.” Fastforward seven years into the future and I own 3 different accounts among two different games. What changed my mind about MMOs and the pay to play business model? Why would I spend most of my free time playing MMOs instead of other games? Let’s start off by asking is $14.95 a lot of money to play a game? When I got to thinking about it more most people spend $50 or more on just their coffee at Starbucks let alone other things they throw their money at. In all reality $14.95 is not that much moneyRead more…