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.
Gran Turismo fans are probably pulling their hair out right now - the release of the game is only 6 more hours away (in my +9:30 time here in South Australia). It's hard to believe, through all the delays, rumors, hiccups, the game is actually really here.
Few places have midnight launches - so for the Australian's I was able to find them thanks to Kotaku, which I've listed below. But this is also a reminder to the one person who has maybe forgotten (you'd better have amnesia that repeats itself every 30 seconds!).
George Broussard - the designer and financier behind Duke Nukem, has said that Duke Nukem Forevers delays were due to a series of unlucky situations and his unwillingness to kill it off.
Now that the game has been handed to Gearbox, we will actually have a chance to play it - despite the years of delays for DNF from 3D Realms, it was continuing to be a black hole for funds, with George spending tens of millions out of his own pocket. He has also given a short explanation of what that money was spent on.
A few of the guys here love Angry Birds, they post news about it when they can. Oh wait, it's me who does it (in my defense, it's an amazingly addictive game!!) Well, I just got an email from the people behind Angry Birds and thought I'd share it for those of you not on their mailing list, as Angry Birds is one of the most popular games on iOS/Android devices, it might appeal to a lot of our readers.
After a long wait, the Mighty Eagle is almost here! This legendary and mysterious bird will be included in the next Angry Birds update, due to be released in the next few days.
Nintendo has been absent from CES for 16 years now - but are making a return in 2011.
They've decided to have a stand at America's biggest tech show - will it be the upcoming Nintendo 3DS handheld? Or could it be the Wii HD... could it be something completely different?
Geeks and Tron go together like peanut butter and jelly. PC gamers know that Razer makes some of the coolest and best gaming peripherals on the market and when Razer unveiled the cool Tron branded gaming gear a while back a lot of geeks sat up and took notice. Razer has now announced that the cool Tron gaming mouse is shipping.
If you don't recall this mouse, it has the same sort of graphics with blue lines all over it that the Tron work in the new flick has. It also has sound effects from the movie integrated with the mouse and uses a 3.5G laser sensor. That laser sensor has sensitivity up to 5600 dpi and the mouse uses an ambidextrous design.
The geeks around these parts slant to the more hardcore than geeks that might normally be looking at gaming PCs from Digital Storm. Most of us probably roll our own rigs, but there are times when machines offered out of a box ready to go have their appeal. This is one of those times. Digital Storm has unveiled a new gaming rig called the Sub-Zero Liquid Chilled system. The machine uses liquid cooling on the CPU and some of the other hardware inside.
The liquid cooling system isn't just a radiator and a couple water blocks crammed inside one of the gaming rigs the company already offered either. The machine uses a liquid cooling system that has liquid that is chilled to under 0C using peltier tech. Around these parts peltier tech is something many will be familiar with, but the general PC gaming geek might not be.
Over 1,000 people voted on our previous poll and we asked you about Microsoft's newest and widely popular addition to the Xbox 360, the Kinect sensor.
Microsoft has stated that it will ship a staggering five million Kinect units by the end of the year and is already on track by shipping more than one million so far.
Are TweakTown readers going to contribute? According to our poll, only 15% of you said you are going to buy a Kinect sensor. That won't help Microsoft's lofty goal now, will it people?
A huge 63% of TweakTown readers voted that they are not interested in buying Kinect and 18% haven't heard of Kinect.
For the actual numbers, go here. In our latest poll, we want to know, are you going to upgrade to the Intel Sandy Bridge platform? Let us know! Please go here to vote!
Microsoft's second foray into the console gaming world was the Xbox 360 - which today, turns 5.
As you would say with a child's birthday - oh how time flies. Another year, and the 360 is still as successful as ever especially with the recent launch of the Kinect.
The "Big Six" retailers are having major Black Friday sales - only a few days left until some bargains can be had.
TweakTown are here to .... tweak your bargains ;)
I'm not really meant to post gaming news, but games like Deus Ex and Portal 2 are too big to not post... so I hope you enjoy reading it here at TweakTown! Valve have delayed the hotly anticipated physics nut busting Portal 2 by 4 months, but... they've spun it into something funny.
The news was from a press release titled "VALVE ANNOUNCES MAKING GAMES IS HARD". Now, obviously they've hit a brick wall and can't get it out any quicker, and because Portal guns don't exist in real life (yet) they can't just shoot their way out of this one.
Yeah baby. Deus Ex: Human Revolution gameplay trailer is out for your eyes to feast on!
The long awaited (compared to some video from the game) in-game gameplay trailer footage is out from TGS 2010.