Minecraft is something I've personally never gotten into but it's good to see an indie game reach an amazing 1 million in sales! Especially if you consider the game is still in beta status and people purchased it even in alpha form.
In it's alpha stage the developers were charging 10 for a copy where the price has increased to 15 for the beta. The final game will cost 20. For Minecraft to have reached 1 million in sales before the final release, it's an amazing achievement, especially when it has relatively basic graphics and it isn't another FPS.
Geeks are great believers in taking hardware that was designed for one purpose and using it for as many other cool things as possible. Take the Microsoft Kinect. The motion control system has been hacked for all sorts of uses since it launched and none of the other uses are things that Microsoft would have envisioned.
Microsoft has hinted that it would bring support for Kinect to the PC but for now that support is up to hackers like Demize2010 on YouTube. This dude took a Kinect and the remote and nunchuk from his Wii and hacked them all together to allow the movement, aim, and shooting in CoD on the PC with the Wii controls. The Kinect was then used to access other commands using gestures.
You can see from the video after the jump that when he wants to lean to look around a corner, he just leans in real life. Other things are activated by motion as well. This is a really cool hack that uses a couple of things that would be cool on their own, matched up they rock even more.
Sony has gone militant in the fight to keep people from doing what they want with their own PS3 consoles. Sony wants to prevent anyone from hacking their console or offering hacks for the devices and has taken to a legal assault on Geohot and other hackers that have offered ways to bypass the PS3 security for installing software that isn't approved.
Some though that if you applied a hack to your console to be able to install unapproved software and never accessed the PSN that Sony had no way to catch the user. Apparently, that is not correct. One user going by NeoGAF has noted that he port sniffed his console and that at start up the PS3 contacted the Sony servers.
Apparently, the contact gave enough details that Sony could tell just from the device being connected to the web that it had been hacked. This information could then reportedly be used to ban the console or to force software updates to plug the security hole. Sony has already said it will offered updates to plug the holes Geohot and others are using on the PS3 now for their hacks.
-CES 2011, Las Vegas- Razer usually has some pretty cool new toys to show off at their CES booth, but this year one of their debut peripherals looked a little different than most. At a first far away glance you might wonder if Razer was making Wiimotes, but this was something different for you PC lovers: the Razer Hydra.
Centered around TrueMotion Technology from Sixense Entertainment, the controllers are tracked by a base magnet that connects to the PC and gives the player "six degrees of freedom" while playing titles that support the controller. The magnet in the base is PC friendly, not an electromagnet that could zap any of your precious devices. Portal 2 is the big title that has been given official Hydra support and even a few extra levels when the game is released in April. Having the ability to actually throw the Companion Cube or even make it larger or smaller with your gestures was pretty good fun, and the thumbsticks made controlling the character a smooth experience.
A Q&A session was held on STALKER 2's Facebook page and the first snippets of info were heard. STALKER 2 will be a multi-platform game - which means consoles will get to finally roam around in STALKER-land.
STALKER 2 is set to offer a completely different story to the previous STALKER games, but it's said it will feature not only characters from the previous STALKER games but locations too. STALKER 2 has been confirmed to take place in 'the triangle of CNPP, the cities of Chernobyl and Chernobyl 2 (where the huge antenna is located)'.
The Nintendo 3DS will be a big deal when it finally launches and many portable gamers will buy one of the consoles. Nintendo has hurt sales a bit by protecting itself from potential suits when it issued a warning that the 3DS might hurt the eyes of kids 6-years-old and under if they play the console. The 3DS isn't out yet and already some geeks in Taiwan have taken one and torn the thing down to show what's inside.
We can only assume that since the 3DS isn't available by legal means at this point, the console that is torn down in the pics is stolen. Despite the theft of the device, this is the first glimpse at the hardware under the hood that we have seen. Despite the disassembly, details on the console and its innards are still scant.
The details that are thought to be correct so far include that the console has an ARM processor. The little battery is a 1300mAh unit and we have heard it's only good for a few hours of 3D play per charge. You can check out the hoards of pics of the teardown at the source link below.
EA are set to show off Battlefield 3 at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco in March. EA will also have new game announcements as well as playable hands-on-time with upcoming titles.
The titles that will be on show including Battlefield 3 will be Shadows of the Damned, Alice Madness Returns, Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning and Crysis 2.
Elder Scrolls Skyrim has a lot of ES fans licking their lips waiting for some screenshots or details, well, I have your fix right here. Check out a screenshot below of Skyrim!
Looks great, doesn't it? There's a bunch of details released on it too, these details involve the story, enemies, the graphics engine, combat and weaponary, magic, cities, levels and skills, NPC's, quests and the player.
Nintendo sure like pushing that envelope of creativity and they've done it again! Nintendo's 3DS Coins is a step in the right direction for rewarding people for fitness.
Nintendo made a big splash with Wii Fit, it hit mainstream news pretty hard - it helped the overweight, the elderly, the people that would normally not want to walk around their neighbourhood doing fitness were now safe within the confines of their own houses, getting at least some fitness in.
Well, Geohot has been busy! He has released a fully custom firmware - not only to show off, but to the world!
If you're the type of person who'd do this, (and just watch PS3 sales explode in the next 6 - 12 months) then you're only two clicks, a USB stick and a manual System Update away from having this.
Wow - rumors are coming in thick and fast for this! Rumor is that the next Call of Duty title might be a prequel to the super-awesome Modern Warfare. According to the rumor, this new game will explore the backstory of the "Ghost" character and explain how he was recruited into Task Force 141.
Included in the rumor is the game will run on the Modern Warfare 2 engine, rather than new tech. The biggest bit of this rumor is that Raven Software may be taking the helm in this new title. There has recently been a job advert for a lead FX person mentioning that it requires driving the development of stunning visual effects for "an established console-based, realistic, first-person military shooter".
It's only been a week since fail0verflow revealed a hack to the PS3's near-impenetrable security. Another hacker who goes by the name "KaKaRoToKS" has gone a step further by delivering tools that will let you convert your standard PS3 firmware into some swish custom firmware.
This custom firmware is not about piracy though, with "KaKaRoToKS" saying "Since the kernel is left unmodified, this means that this custom firmware is really meant for future homebrew installation, and it will not allow piracy. I plan on keeping it that way."
ThinkGeek has some really cool products and accessories for all sorts of gadgets and gear in their line. The company is also famous for making things as jokes that have enough cool to them to be appealing and enough realism to fool people. If I had laid eyes on the Joystick-It a few months from now around April I would have called BS on this thing, it looks too cool to be a real product.
It's a shiny chrome joystick that claims to stick to your iPad screen and allow you to control games that use a virtual joystick with a real joystick in your hand. The thing has a thin stalk and a big ball on top that reminds me more than a bit of the arcade sticks I grew up playing at the arcade.
The Joystick-It has a patent pending and needs no batteries. It is shown with the iPad, but it will work with any capacitive touchscreen device. ThinkGeek will sell the controller for $24.95 with limited quantities available at the end of January.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Best Buy - Call of Duty: Black Ops Prestige Edition (Xbox 360) - $79.99.
Offer: Get Call of Duty: Black Ops Prestige Edition for the Xbox 360 for just $79.99. They're all out of stock online, but you can opt to pick it up in-store. This is a great price for the Prestige Edition. It wasn't worth the $149.99 MSRP, but at this discounted price, the RC-XD Video RC car w/ video transmitter seems like a good deal.
Some more details of Battlefield 3 on PC are emerging and it is becoming quite the love fest for PC gamers. Lead Designer at DICE, David Goldfarb, is laying rumors to rest of Battlefield 3 being a console port.
He says that while the game is not an exclusive to PC, the PC version is getting 'extra attention'. Battlefield 3 is designed to run with DirectX 11 and will not work on Windows XP at all - while this is not new as there are some games that already won't work on XP, it's a step in the right direction.
George Hotz, otherwise known as GeoHot has posted what he claims as the world's first PlayStation 3 root key, which is used for code signing games.
The root key enables the PS3 to know which is a genuine piece of software and which, is not. If other hackers start using it, the key will allow the use of custom software and pirated games. It will enable the use of homebrew without the need for PSjailbreak-type USB devices.
Leaked video and pictures of Nintendo's upcoming 3DS have arrived. The media shows that Nintendo have tweaked the final hardware by flattening the Start, Home and Select buttons so that they are flush with the device.
Other than those changes, it is relatively unchanged from the DS. The above leaked video shows it includes a 1,300 mAh battery (compared to the DSi XL's 1,050 mAh battery, the DSi's 840 mAh, the DS Lite's 1,000 mAh, and the DS's 850mAh). The video also shows the differences in size between the 3DS, DSi and DS Lite.
DICE had put a goal on their new Vietnam pack for Bad Company 2 when released. That a new map would be opened up when 69 million team actions had been completed.
Xbox 360 combatants are on around 36 million team actions, PlayStation 3 battlefielders are on 27 million while PC - have pushed past 69 million and now have the map unlocked to play!
A hacking group named 'fail0verflow' have announced that they have deciphered the private key that Sony uses to authorise code to run on PlayStation 3 systems. Breaking this code means things can be launched, as if authorised by Sony.
The group made the announcement at the Chaos Communications Conference - saying it opened a huge number of options, such as being able to run linux on the console no matter which firmware is running. Of course this could be used for piracy, but they have said this was not their goal.
Torrentfreak has 'awarded' COD: Black Ops the highest amount of illegal downloads for 2010 - sitting on 4.27 million copies dated to the 26th of December. Keep in mind the game has only been available for not even 2 months.
Other games that made the list were Battlefield: Bad Company 2 with nearly 4 million downloads, Mafia 2 with 3.55 million and Mass Effect 2 with 3.2 million. Obviously this amount looks like a lot and would add up to billions in 'lost sales'.
Mario is celebrating a birthday this year and Sonic the Hedgehog is as well. Sega is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Sonic in its own way, which is not as overt and out there as Nintendo is doing with the party for Mario. Sega is licensing Sonic for some interesting gear though like this new product from Mad Catz.
The product is an inductive charging stand with rechargeable batteries that you only have to sit on the stand to power up. Mad Catz is selling the limited edition Sonic inductive charger for about $50 and that price gets you the rechargeable batteries as well. Sonic appears to be warning you that only two remotes can be put on his little patch of charger.
The device uses magnets to align the controllers for optimum charging and it appears that it can charge the remote through the plastic sleeves that protect your TV from certain death. The design also will work with controllers that have the Motion Plus accessory installed. You should, be able to order one of these chargers right now if you want.