Maximum stealth, maximum power, maximum... reading? Yes, there is a Crysis book coming out. Crysis: Legion will be the official game novelisation written by Peter Watts - a Canadian science fiction author who was recently involved in an incident with US Border Patrol.
Crysis: Legion tells the story of the upcoming Crysis 2 - New York has been invaded by armoured aliens, a plague is wiping out the human race at an alarming rate and it is only a nano-suit wearing super-soldier that steps in to save mankind from extinction.
Xbox Live user? Listen up - Microsoft have just launched their Xbox Live Rewards loyalty program for US and UK gamers.
It's very similar to Club Nintendo but instead of getting gear you'll be awarded points for doing things you'd normally do for free anyway. Gamers will get a ten-point boost for renewing a one month membership, 400 points for buying or renewing a family plan and 100 points just for activating Netflix.
Microsoft's next-generation XBox is obviously being worked on and while the externals (the look and packaging) might be nowhere near finalised, hardware is having to be done right now and locked in with various companies with AMD looking like Microsoft's BFF for the new XBox.
The original XBox launched in 2001 with an Intel CPU and nVidia GPU. At the time it was more or less a PC in a new shell. At the time Intel complained that no money was being made from the CPU's being sold to Microsoft so they were scrubbing the entire project off as a marketing and brand awareness exercise (but we all know Intel is now the king of the CPU market, so maybe it worked?).
For the gamer who hates getting his [or her] killstreak on in COD, or during their 4 hour raid's in World of Warcraft, I present to you the following disturbing image.
Yes, people have gone there. According to Amazon, customers who purchase an Adult Reusable Cotton/Poly Snap Diaper are also fans of Call of Duty 4.
And that's about all. Sony have shipped the units to retailers, this number does not refer to actual units sold to consumers.
As this story broke, updates were hitting hard and fast, with Engadget confirming with Joystiq (who talked to Sony) that these units did indeed represent shipped units and not consumer sales, Joystiq's actual words on the situation?
Well, Microsoft - well played good sir. The Kinect has been introduced with warm hugs into 2.5 million homes within 25 days globally. I'm sure the ability to hack them and the air time that has gotten them hasn't helped...
The sales numbers include Black Friday sales from the weekend just gone. Microsoft are well on their way toward their goal of 5 million units through the holiday season - ho, ho, ho.
Sony have gone for a bunch of patent applications this week - all of them describing a single device with an interesting touchscreen interface. Obviously from the picture provided and no further detailed information, only guess work is at play.
The applications suggest sliders, clamshells and slates. The inventors of these devices have a touchpad that is separate from the main screen - possibly on the back of the device as it's rumored on the PSP2.
Sure, it feels like most game console makers are looking to get your butt off the couch and into motion when it comes to gaming. PS Move, Kinect, the Wii; active gaming is becoming all the rage. But prizes for getting active? That will definitely grab some attention. HopeLab, a non-profit game lab founded by Pam Omidyar, has introduced Zamzee; a point based system designed to track your amount of activity and give you points that can be redeemed for virtual goods or real world goodies like gift cards.
Zamzee, which is looking towards a beta launch in Q2 next year, is providing a game that tracks how much activity the wearer has been through during their day. The more active you are, the more points you score. Zamzee's early research is showing a 30% increase in activity for Zamzee users which they state is the equivalent of running an extra marathon in a month. It's an interesting idea; kind of like a pedometer that pays you back? Check out TechCrunch's interview Richard Tait of HopeLabs at the Source Link for more info.
Well - just as I was losing faith in the high end PC phenomenon, my socks have just been blown off and my hair looks like I've just stuck a fork in an electricity socket. Crytek have announced "Warface" - it will use Crytek's proprietry graphics engine, CryEngine 3 and will be a PC exclusive multiplayer shooter.
Coop missions will be a key-feature, right now there's no mention of a single player campaign. More interesting though - is that they plan to release Warface as a free-to-play shooter and is looking to target the Korean and Asian markets specifically.
I don't know about "a generation" ahead, as every generation of GPU's is "next-gen", and I would put it at close to 6 - 7 generations ahead in terms of what the consoles can process versus a top of the line PC with multiple GPU's, etc. But, Cevat Yerli from Crytek has stated that PC is a "generation ahead" of current generation consoles and has discussed the impact console development is having on the PC market.
"As long as the current console generation exists," claims Yerli, "and as long as we keep pushing the PC as well, the more difficult it will be to really get the benefit of both."
Ah Angry Birds. It now has it's own day. Some sources of TechCrunch have been flung into their offices and said that there's going to be something big happening, specifically in London's Trafalgar Square. Which has supposedly become a big venue to launch big games - especially console games.
There's speculation Angry Birds will get a Windows Phone 7 announcement on the day, there's also speculation that Rovio Mobile will launch a console version or that it will spin out into a movie.
Rumors are beginning to surface again of Activision implementing a subscription based model for their kinda popular Call of Duty. Supposedly Activision is waiting until the backlash will have less of an effect from the current sales of Black Ops.
There are claims that the subscription will begin with cheap membership that provides virtual goods such as special weapons and armor. This would of course increase to more expensive subscriptions that would give access to map packs which would then lead to eventually offering (when the time is right) they will then offer an "all access pass" to play games like COD, World of Warcraft and Starcraft 2.
Think that just being a 3D gaming platform is enough for Sony and their Playstation 3? No way. Mike Hocking, SCEE studio director, stated in an interview with Develop that Sony is looking towards using new techniques to expand 3D gaming.
"We also have techniques like holographics for the PS3 that I think will be very interesting for the future 3D games," stated Hocking. But single player 3D gaming is not the only thing in Sony's pipeline. Hocking continued on to add, "we have some new technology that we've shown to developers that uses 3D techniques, it allows two players to play full screen multiplayer games but without each being able to see the others view, and they have been massively keen on them." Split-screen 3D multiplayer is an interesting concept; we'll probably have quite a wait before we see it in action, though.
Haven't heard of Portal? Valve's super-duper awesome sauce Portal shooting FPS? Well, if not, Steam have a sale if you're interested - it might be on sale there over the next five days, if you do know what it is - the real life replica is being auctioned off for charity.
Harrison Krix's used his own two hands to create a handmade replica of the gun in 2009 and now has an updated model. How do you get your grubs on it? Well, at auction - it's for a good cause too, it will be held on December 7th - at a Child's Play Charity event in Seattle.
I bet when you read that title you thought it was going to Microsoft's Xbox 360 console - didn't you? HA! Well, Polyphony Digital head Kazunori Yamauchi told Eurogamer that he "doesn't know" if the next-gen Gran Turismo title will be on the PlayStation 3 of the next-gen of console hardware.
He went on to say "10 years ago it was easier to predict what would happen three years in the future," he said in an exclusive interview at the official GT5 launch event in Madrid. "Nowadays no-one knows what happens in the future. In three years, we don't know what will happen."
Angry Birds has been a mobile phenomenon for quite a while now, and now it looks like the pig-destroying avians are spreading their wings and slingshotting their way onto the Wii, PS3, and Xbox 360 in 2011 according to Rovio.
CEO Peter Vesterbacka dropped this information in a BBC interview as well as the fact that the company is also working on Angry Birds 2, which will not be a sequel but an all new game. Vesterbacka did not go into too many specifics, but did state that there will be more pigs in Angry Birds 2 and that "the pigs will be a lot more active than just being slingshotted at by birds." Pigs vs. Birds online multiplayer, anyone?
I did post yesterday that Nintendo were going to make a come back after 16 years of absence at CES - but it appears they won't be. They were going to jump into a green tube at the Nintendo HQ and appear at CES next year, but not anymore.
But, they've booked some meeting rooms during the show - to discuss something no one knows about, what will it include? No one is sure. Stay tuned!
Holee sheet. This is how games should look, NOW. Yes it's a technology demo, but it's showing where gaming might be by the time next-gen consoles hit. The engine is not even DX11 capable and looks stunning.
Unreal Engine has been popular over the past few years, I still remember the times Epic's engine always came second to id's engines at the time, but with console sales booming - their engine has been in some pretty big games, Unreal (of course), Gears of War, Bioshock, Mass Effect - ya know, just to name a few games.
Steam are running their usual yearly sales - with some huge savings again this year. As a bonus, every day 30 people are selected to receive their top 5 games in their wishlist - so if you don't have your wishlist filled, I'd suggested you do this now!
As for the deals, there's things available at up to 90% off. Games from Deus Ex collection, Prototype, RUSE, Borderlands and Counterstrike Source, CSS being available for $5 !!
Most of the hacks I have seen of the Microsoft Kinect system have had no real purpose and have not done anything that I thought was interesting. A new hack has surfaced that actually has a purpose and controls a robot using gestures. I can see something like this for doctors in the future where they can just make gestures to control the robotic tools used for microsurgery.
The gang over at Willow Garage have offered up a hack that uses Kinect to control one of its PR2 robots that are used for all sorts of research and are crazy expensive. The control system looks really intuitive and slick even if it is in an early form. One cool thing the company is working on is using a pair of the Kinects in one system.
We all know what they say about fools and their money right? A gamer from China has supposedly dropped $15,000 on a night of playing his favorite game on a gigantic screen that measures 820-feet long. The dude played some Chinese language MMO title and is said to be a guild leader. I suspect this may be a publicity stunt by the company behind the game.
The massive screen is in Beijing and is actually three different screens. The dude didn't get to stretch the game across all three of the screens because of the resolution issues. He ended up having three versions of his desktop on the ceiling and what had to be the worst neck crick in history.