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…