NASA has announced the first game to come from its Learning Technologies project and marks a proof of concept for NASA. NASA is using the game to show how it can use a 3D game to inspire, educate and engage.
The concept of the game is that the player is an astronaut living on the moon. A meteor strike damages life support and cuts the flow of oxygen to the settlement.
The game has players trying to repair the damage to life support while trying to command the lunar rover, mobile repair units, and use resources wisely. The game was built using the Epic Unreal Engine 3. You can download the game free on Steam right now.
If you are tired of the plain old black PS3 Slim, a new version is coming in a different color and with larger HDDs. The new color will be white and the thing has a white game controller as well.
You might expect that the new white version will land in Japan to start with, and it is. The new white console will come with a 160GB or a 320GB HDD. Those new drive capacities will replace the current 120GB and 250GB versions.
Gamers around the world are addicted to WoW and spend untold hours playing the game each day. If you are a huge fan of the game, you will be glad to hear that the closed beta for the next expansion pack has started.
The next expansion is called Cataclysm and Blizzard has started issuing invites to gamers to be part of the beta. Invites will be sent to a wide range of players with Battle.net accounts.
If you have been waiting for the update for the PS3 to go live that brings with it access to the new PlayStation Plus service we heard about at E3, the wait is over. The update for the PS3 is now live.
Along with the PlayStation Plus service, the update also adds lot of other features. The new update includes a network photo gallery utility that makes it easier to share pictures with friends and more.
If you didn't get a chance to give Microsoft's newest toy for the Xbox 360 a go at E3 last week, the Kinect sensor will now be available for trial at any Microsoft Store across the U.S. The downside? There are only four in the country: Scottsdale, AZ, Mission Viejo, CA, Lone Tree, CO, and the newest store opened today in San Diego, CA.
I have mentioned Gioteck a few times recently. The company announced during E3 that it would be bringing some of its cool gaming gear to the US. One of the items is the HF-1 PS3 controller.
The HF-1 connects to the PS3 via Bluetooth and is arranged in a configuration like the Xbox 360 controllers. I prefer the PS3 layout myself. The entire controller is designed for comfort in the hands during long gaming sessions.
Microsoft's Kinect motion controller for the Xbox 360 took E3 by storm, and now it's available for preorder through most major outlets for $149.99. Microsoft has not released an official pricing statement yet to retailers or the public according to a spokesman. Best Buy, Gamestop, and Amazon.com online stores have it posted and ready to buy, with Wal-Mart actually posting it for $148.54.
When first out the gate at E3's press conference this time last week, Microsoft's Kinect got lots of 'oohs and whoaas' from the crowd. But since then, the finer details that really matter have gotten out to the disapproval of many folks who were hoping for a more polished, less limited piece of motion capturing equipment. What first looked to be an incredible piece of technology that would change the way we play games forever, now is starting to look like a good concept, but with too many limitations.
Sure, Kinect is still getting a ton of attention all over the web; the issue is, the majority of it is negative with stuff like this.
Let's hope the finer details yet to escape from Sony's clutches will make Move a more attractive looking option.
One of the things that the PS3 Slim lost when it made the cut to a lower weight class was connectivity. The machine has only two USB ports where the older console had four.
A company called Gioteck has announced it will soon launch a new device called the In2Link module for the PS3 Slim. The module plugs into the two front USB ports on the PS3 and gives three powered ports on the front of the console.
Microsoft unveiled the new slim Xbox 360 at E3 this week and the units are already starting to trickle onto the market. With the machine being smaller many will be wondering what tech is inside the slim chassis.
AnandTech has taken the new 360 and torn it apart so we can see what the difference is on the inside. Obviously, the new 360 is much smaller and has a much smaller HDD than the original.
Nintendo has already unveiled the cool new 3DS portable console at E3. The little portable gaming system has 3D graphics without needing to wear glasses. It's interesting to see the 3DS while the Wii still lacks even basic HD graphics.
Kotaku reports that Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has stated that the next game console from the company might be a 3D console. We already know that the next console has to pack in HD resolution, so if you go HD you might as well do 3D right?
Along with the unveiling of Kinect for Xbox 360 at this year's E3, some bells and whistles for it in the form of additional accessories have also been uncovered. Gaming peripherals maker Mad Catz have confirmed that they are working on a wide range of add-ons for Kinect to make it more accomodating for your lounge room setup.
If you're already scratching your head wondering where to mount the Kinect camera unit due to lack of available space, Mad Catz will have you covered with a base adapter that the unit is designed to mount to, which then can be connected to any standard tripod for a simple yet effective freestanding solution.
Razer has been making some of my favorite gaming peripherals for years. The company is famous for its gaming mice and keyboards. At E3 Razer has shown off some new StarCraft II Wings of Liberty branded peripherals.
The line includes the Spectre mouse with 5600 DPI resolution, 1000Hz ultrapolling, and adjustable button force. The mouse will sell for $79.99. The Marauder keyboard is backlit, supports on the fly macro recording and can have up to ten profiles for macros. It will sell for $119.99.
We have been hearing about the OnLive cloud-based gaming service for a while now. The service promises the ability to stream a library of video games to your TV or computer for a fixed monthly price.
Dell has announced today that it is teaming with OnLive on the cloud gaming service. The OnLive service is set to launch this week and Dell data center solutions are providing the muscle for the streaming service. Dell says that the OnLive service uses one of the largest GPU-powered server installations to date.
Following Sony's Move E3 press release a short while ago, Sony has made available a bunch of press shots showing off its ray gun attachment for the "Move" motion controller and it sure looks funky.
The controller slides into the compartment up top and the analog "T" trigger button lines up with the trigger of the ray gun accessory. At the same time, the Move's controller buttons remain accessible via a window cut-out up top.
Rumour is beginning to circulate about a plan Microsoft was hoping to keep quiet in making Windows Phone 7 more appealing for mobile gamers. Word's gotten out that Microsoft wants to make the new platform successful not only in terms of its general user environment, but also from a gaming perspective and is going so far as to entice iPhone game developers to produce Windows Phone 7 ports for them with $$$ being waved in the air.
Whilst this could very much be a win win situation for both parties when looking at revenue potential, the issue is that WP7's underlying development environment is substantially different from that of the iPhone's, making the porting process a lot more involved than one would first think.
We've known bits and pieces about Sony's 'Move' controller for a while now. Some more specific details about it were revealed during Sony's keynote at E3 a short time ago, but unfortunately left a bit of a sour taste in the mouths of many members of the audience.
Sony seems to think that despite Mirosoft pricing its highly anticipated Kinect at under 150 bucks (making it just under $300 if you include an Xbox 360 Arcade Edition console in the deal) and Nintendo offering its Wii console with Wiimote and Wii Motion Plus for $199, $400 is still an ok asking price for its Playstation 3 Motion Bundle.
At CES a few years ago, I had a chance to try out the 3RD Space Vest and it was cool. The vest simulates bullet hits and other strikes in games by inflating little air bladders inside the vest. The vest was only for PC gamers until E3 this week.
TN Games has announced its new 3RD Space Trigger. The device is a hardware adapter that allows the vest to work with compatible games on gaming consoles. The console system works with the trigger, software drivers, and compatible software.
Nintendo just minutes ago officially unveiled the much talked about 3DS portable game console during its E3 press conference in LA.
Soturu Iwata is on stage introducing the 3DS right now, which is able to produce flexible widths of 3D graphics without need for special glasses. Nintendo are pushing the new unit, that is backward compatibility with Nintendo DS series software, as being a device you can take on the road and experience 3D with ease and without spending too much money.
It has not only one, but two cameras, and you are even able to take photos using the device and see them in 3D - pretty cool. More to follow.
Wow. Nintendo finally announced something actually exciting at its E3 press conference this afternoon. But, Wii Party is kind of cool.
Remember GoldenEye 007 for the Nintendo 64 that was released all the way back in 1997? If you are old enough, of course you do! I remember playing it endless back in the day when I was much younger than I am today.
Good news for JB fans, GoldenEye 007 is coming back in 2010 for the Wii. It will go on sale these holidays just in time for Christmas.
We got done with Microsoft's new announcements yesterday at its E3 2010 press conference. Yep, we love Kinect just a bit.
Today it is Nintendo's turn to shine in the LA spotlight, along with Sony three hours later. So, what is Nintendo going to announce? Word on the street says 3D related technology.
We will all find out soon enough. You can watch the live stream here yourself and see the announcements as they happen.