July 9, 2011

“Our Recon Drone Will Find Those Imperial Dwarfnuts”

Last Tues­day, a group called BlackMonkeys.de released a mod for Call of Duty 4 on PC enti­tled “Galac­tic War­fare”.  This mod turns the orig­i­nal Call of Duty 4 Mul­ti­play­er into a Star Wars shoot­er, pit­ting the Rebels against the Storm Troop­ers. There are sev­er­al maps on Tatooine, one in the Cloud City of Bespin, and one map called “Not A Cave” (You can prob­a­bly guess where it takes place.) Any­way, let’s take a spin through this Ger­­man-made prod­uct. You know the Ger­mans always make good stuff! ^This guy would­n’t lie to you. I own mul­ti­ple ShamWow!s. First off, I will start by say­ing that this mod is not for the tech­no­log­i­cal­ly impaired, nor is it for those of you who like to give up on things that frus­trate you. It is most DEFINITELY not for those of you who getRead more…

July 9, 2011

Mass Effect 3 to be an Origin Exclusive

We now know that Mass Effect 3 will be an ori­gin exclu­sive on the PC along with The Old Repub­li­cand will not be avail­able on any of the oth­er DD plat­forms such as Steam, Direct2Drive and Impulse.  This will most like­ly be one in sev­er­al upcom­ing exclu­sives to the Ori­gin plat­form.  Oth­er title that are expect­ed to be Ori­gin exclu­sives are Bat­tle­field 3, Cry­sis 3 and any future AAA title releas­es that will come from EA.   Mass Effect 3 will of course be avail­able on PS3 and Xbox 360 for those of you who do not wish to play on the PC.  What do you PC  guys think about Mass Effect 3 being Ori­gin exclu­sive?  Will this be bad for busi­ness?  Good or bad?

July 7, 2011

Thought of the Week: Despite reception we hold on.….

Time for this week’s thought that has been bounc­ing around my head for two weeks since the Mirror’s Edge and lack of cre­ativ­i­ty top­ic; are there games that were either met with mixed reviews or panned by crit­ics that you still hold dear or dili­gent­ly hope for a sequel? Advent Ris­ing is mine. I love this game and will defend it till the day I die (not to be over­ly dra­mat­ic). It had a sto­ry that sucked you in, a unique visu­al style and one of my favorite sound­tracks of all time; but it was plagued by bugs and a shod­dy frame rate, and the “flick” sys­tem didn’t work as adver­tised but what game is per­fect? This is anoth­er game that sits in the cat­e­gories of “best game no one played” and “cre­ative game that gets buried amongst the tideRead more…

July 6, 2011

Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force and Windows 7 64bit

This was the first time in a long time that I have had some time off to myself.  When decid­ing what to do with my spare time I decid­ed to bring out my old cat­a­log and play a game that I had­n’t played in years and the first game that popped up was Star Trek Voy­ager: Elite Force.  For those of you who don’t know Star Trek Voy­ager: Elite Force is an old game, by gam­ing stan­dards, released in 2000 and fol­lows the exploits of the “haz­ard team” abord the star­ship Voy­ager.  The “haz­ard team” is essen­tial­ly a team of spe­cial forces oper­a­tives who are sent out to deal with “dan­ger­ous” sit­u­a­tions that stan­dard Starfleet per­son­ell aren’t equiped to  han­dle, much like your mod­ern day spe­cial forces.  While play­ing this it got me to think­ing how much sim­pler the FPSRead more…

July 5, 2011

Happy Independence Day!

I along with the staff at TGB would like to take this time to say Hap­py Inde­pen­dence Day to all of our read­ers and view­ers.  With­out you we would not be where we are today and for that we thank you.  We would also like to take this time to thank all the ser­vice men and women, past and present  for all that you have done for this coun­try.  With­out your ser­vice, your sac­ri­fice, your courage we very well may not have the free­doms we have today and we may have lived in a much dark­er place.  We thank you and will always be grate­ful for the ser­vice you do for this coun­try.  Hap­py Inde­pen­dence Day!

June 28, 2011

Crysis 2 DX11 Patch Released and Comparison

Today Cry­tec released it’s long await­ed DX11 patch for Cry­sis II.  The DX11 con­tent, high res tex­tures, and updat­ed visu­als have been a source of much debate with­in the PC and even con­sole com­mu­ni­ties.  PC gamers argue that the con­tent should of been released with the game instead of wait­ing sev­er­al months after it’s release to be put out.  Many PC gamers claim that the DX11 patch is to lit­tle to late and that by “alien­at­ing” their core audi­ence, the PC com­mu­ni­ty, that they have lost the fol­low­ing that they might of oth­er­wise had.  Regard­less of where you stand on the mat­ter the DX11 patch is avail­able for you to down­load here and it is a free down­load to those who have pur­chased the game.  There are sev­er­al dif­fer­ent con­tent packs that you can down­load depend­ing on what you want.  EachRead more…

June 27, 2011

Sound The Alarm

Hey guys I have a friend who also has a nerd site. His name is Adam and he does up the geek­ness over at http://stashow.net/. Sound The Alarm brings you news in gam­ing and oth­er fun things as well. They also do week­ly pod­casts chat­ting about any­thing going on in gam­ing, sports, or ran­dom stuff around the house. They just hit the 25th episode mark so gratz to them. So give them a check­ing out and tell them Ace­Of­Nades sent ya. Oh and be nice.

June 27, 2011

Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Video Game Industry

In a mile­stone event today, the Supreme Court ruled today against the Vio­lent Video Game law pre­sent­ed by Cal­i­for­nia law mak­ers. “Like pro­tect­ed books, plays, and movies, com­mu­ni­cate ideas through famil­iar lit­er­ary devices and fea­tures dis­tinc­tive to the medi­um. And ‘the basic prin­ci­ples of free­dom of speech … do not vary’ with a new and dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ca­tion medi­um,” said the court. “This coun­try has no tra­di­tion of spe­cial­ly restrict­ing chil­dren’s access to depic­tions of vio­lence. And Cal­i­for­ni­a’s claim that ‘inter­ac­tive’ video games present spe­cial prob­lems, in that the play­er par­tic­i­pates in the vio­lent action on screen and deter­mines its out- come, is unper­sua­sive.” This is land­mark event in that it sets a prece­dent for any future enter­tain­ment indus­try laws.  This rul­ing pro­tects video games under first amend­ment rights thus extend­ing them the pro­tect­ing that the Lit­er­a­ture, Music and Video indus­tryRead more…

June 26, 2011

Subscriptions VS Microtransactions

  With advance­ments in gam­ing come new ways for the indus­try to get our mon­ey. How­ev­er with EA giv­ing way to the “online pass” codes trend we see gam­ing head­ing in a new direc­tion. Now we see free to play, pay to play, and all thats in between pop­ping up all over. Sub­scrip­tions — Ahh the famil­iar feel­ings. Pay for a month? Three months? A year? Two years? Hope­ful­ly this game lasts that long. Sub­scrip­tion based games rode the MMO wag­on to become a stan­dard for a lot of games and gam­ing ser­vices. I am sure the first guy to see a pay to play game said, “Ha! That will nev­er work.” Now that same guy does his best to scrape togeth­er enough mon­ey to get anoth­er month of WoW access like a crack­head get­ting his fix. Suc­cess in theRead more…

June 24, 2011

Star Wars Galaxies Is Coming Down…

It’s been a long time com­ing but it was just announced that Star Wars Galax­ies will final­ly be com­ing down.  This isn’t ter­ri­bly supris­ing news con­sid­er­ing the game has been loos­ing pop­u­lar­i­ty over the last few years in addi­tion to the upcom­ing release of  “The Old Repub­lic”.  The date for the shut down is Decem­ber 15th.  Star Wars: Galax­ies was one of the most antic­i­pat­ed MMO’s of all time back when it was released and it saw sev­er­al expasn­sions and updates over the course of it’s life.  Updates, how­ev­er,  are prob­a­bly the rea­son why “the mag­ic is gone” in Star Wars Galax­ies.  Star Wars galax­ies main­tained a fair­ly high play­er base until it’s con­tent update that dras­ti­cal­ly changed the way char­ac­ter class­es were han­dled, in par­tic­u­lar the Jedi class.  When I played Star Wars Galax­ies becom­ing a Jedi was hard/rare the con­tent updateRead more…

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