It looks like Microsoft is still going full steam ahead with it's plan for PC game retail domination... not only do they have Games for Windows Marketplace, but it's part of a larger picture for PC gamers that mean a lot to Microsoft.
I'm very vocal about this myself, Microsoft push DX11 and Windows 7 yet nearly all games produced are made on consoles first, then ported to PC with "DX11" - yet the game was created with DX9-esque hardware in mind (Xbox 360/PlayStation 3) - where the PC has all this horse power and untapped ability - yet, is not really pushed.
When it comes to mobile gaming I stick to my iPhone or iPad. I have a couple PSPs here in the house along with a couple Nintendo DSi systems that my kids play. We haven't used the PSPs in over a year now so the PSP format altogether isn't very appealing around my house. When I first heard of the PSP Go I thought it sounded cool enough until I realized that the games you have for your old PSPs were useless on the new Go. Many people felt that way and many retailers were mad that they could not sell software for the Go making it a bag of fail.
Sony Japan has confirmed a price cut that has been rumored for the Go. In Japan the Go will see it's price chopped to 16,800 yen with taxes included. That works out to about $208 here in the US. The rumors that have been swirling claiming a new price of $199 are incoming for the Go for the States. With the Japanese price so close to the rumored price here at home, I would say the rumors are probably accurate.
I thought piracy was only big on the PC? Oh how people are wrong...
Well, the highly anticipated upcoming Treyarch title, Call of Duty: Black Ops was nearly leaked onto the internet last week which caused a ruckus in the community. It has been donned "Blackgate" by one man who found himself in the middle of this mess - there is a handy YouTube video showing what has happened:
There are many music games on the market today with offerings like Rock Band and Guitar Hero at the top of the market. There are other smaller and lesser-known music games though and some of them have some awesome controllers. Power Gig is a music game that works sort of like Guitar Hero in that you have a wireless guitar controller to play with, but Power Gig uses a real six-string guitar.
Seven45 Studios is the company behind Power Gig and it has announced an awesome new guitar controller is available for the game in versions for the Xbox 360 and for the PS3. The controller works just like the basic six string controllers for the game, only these limited edition controllers are handmade for gamers wanting the best controllers out there. The controllers are made by First Act and look more like real electric guitars than game controllers.
The gaming world has many iconic characters that have been part of some of the most important video games around. A few of these iconic characters include fan favorites like Pac-Man and Mario. Nintendo has been celebrating the 25th birthday of Mario all year long and has offered some cool facts about the game and is offering up some cool new bundles of hardware for Mario fans.
The latest hardware bundles include special edition glossy red Wii and DSi XL game systems. The red Wii bundle includes a glossy red console, the new Super Mario Bros. Wii game, a red Wii Remote Plus controller with built-in Motion Plus capability, a red nunchuk, and the Wii sports game that typically comes with the Wii. The coolest part is that the special edition console has a price that is affordable at $199.99 while supplies last.
If you are a big fan of PC gaming and aren't a fan of having to schlep down to the local game store when you need a new title, Microsoft has made a new announcement you might be interested in. The software giant is set to relaunch its Games for Windows Marketplace offering online access to games via a web browser.
The updated service will offer a streamlined experience that Microsoft built from the ground up for performance and ease of use for gamers. Users will be able to access the service online from anywhere they can get internet access. The store will have fast downloads, fewer clicks to purchase a game, and the ability to redownload games that are purchased if needed.
The Playstation Move has been a hot ticket item for Sony as reports are showing that over a million controllers have been sold in North and Latin America just 30 days after launch. "Retail demand is incredibly strong and we're working hard to keep the product in stock," said SCEA chief executive Jack Tretton.
The Playstation Move, which is Sony's answer to Wii motion controls, has two dozen games available for play including Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2011 and Killzone, with 15 more slated for launch by the end of the year. Combine that with a reasonable $99.99 price tag for a startup kit (Eye Camera, Wand, and secondary controller) versus Xbox 360's expected $149.99 pricetag on Kinect when it launches on November 4th, and Sony may be getting even more people on the Move this holiday season.
We (well, mostly me and hopefully you!) are fans of Angry Birds - it's such a great casual game that can be played on the iPad, iPhone and now Android devices.
They're releasing a Halloween update with 45 new levels - obviously Halloween themed.
Popular gaming brand SteelSeries has saddled up with GUNNAR Optiks to release a range of gaming glasses.
Both companies today announced a co-branded pair of digital performance eyewear called "SteelSeries Scope" - the glasses are designed to improve visual efficiency, reduce eye strain and improve contrast during those long gaming sessions. The SteelSeries Scope also includes a large lens for extended peripheral vision - improving overall coverage and adding a consistent transition of sight. The glasses will feature a SteelSeries branded flat temple - designed for comfort while wearing gaming headsets.
Bruce Hawver, CEO of SteelSeries said: "We've built our brand on the belief that gamers want peripherals and accessories that provide a competitive advantage that will help improve their experience and game,"
Launch day for Microsoft's Xbox 360 Kinect motion controller system is Novemer 4th, and as with any new gaming accessory this major the big question is "what games will be available?" Microsoft has answered that question today by outlining the 17 games that will be available on launch day. Check out the full list after the break.
Details of the suit give us an idea of what Blizzard are upset over, "Just days after the release of Starcraft II, Defendants already had developed, marketed, and distributed to the public a variety of hacks and cheats designed to modify (and in fact destroy) the Starcraft II online game experience. In fact, on the very day that Starcraft II was released, representatives of the hacks Web site advised members of the public that 'our staff is already planning new releases for this game.'"
Blizzard is also accusing the 3 parties on multiple counts of copyright infringement and are demanding damages and disgorgement of any profits reaped by the distribution and sale of the hacks.
There is certainly no shortage of Wii controllers on the market today. Most of the accessories that we see for the Wii tend to be holders that you put your Wii remote into to allow control of games with more realism. Some controllers out there have all of the hardware needed for controlling games and interacting with the Wii on the inside though like the new Shinobii ping-pong controller.
The Shinobii controller is called the TT Champion Bat. I had no idea that the real name for a ping-pong paddle was a bat. The controller is sized and designed to look just like a real ping-pong paddle and is designed so the player doesn't need to put a Wii Remote into the controller to play. The hardware for interaction with the Wii and MotionPlus compatible game sis all integrated into the paddle.
For so long - Android users have had to wait to fling birds across their screen.
THE WAIT IS NO MORE.
Enter, Angry Birds - the hugely popular Apple iOS based game. It has been in the Android Market for a few weeks under BETA, but now the full game is on the Android Market.... for free!!
Of course, there's always a set back - while it's free, it's ads-supported. I just tried it now, it's a 12MB download. The ad's are not that annoying, it's free so that's nothing to complain about!
Want to play the now-not-vapourware Duke Nukem Forever? Well, now is your chance!
Duke Nukem Forever will be on-display and playable this Saturday, October 16 at Mana Bar, Brisbane, Queensland.
The event starts at 12pm with all 5 screens at Mana Bar demoing the game - giving people the opportunity to play the game, in person with their own two hands. To make the event even better, Gearbox Software president Randy Pitchford and copresident Steve Gibson will be live in person. Randy will also be involved in a special question-and-answer session that will be hosted by Yahtzee Croshaw.
To confirm the exact details of the event, follow the official Mana Bar Duke Nukem Foreverevent page on Facebook.
Now if the gods at TweakTown are reading this - feel free to email me ticket reservations for flights, accommodation and gum to my email address ;)
Hail to the king, baby.
SteelSeries has been making gaming peripherals for a long time now. The company bought the rights to one of the coolest gaming keyboards on the market that has interchangeable keysets a while back. SteelSeries is supporting that keyboard with new keysets that are specifically made for certain game titles like the Medal of Honor game from EA that is coming soon. EA has announced a keyset for the Shift along with several other peripherals.
The MoH keypad for the Shift keyboard will sell for $24.99 alone or with a bundle including the keyset and the Shift keyboard for $99. If interchangeable keysets isn't your bag, a special version of the 6Gv2 keyboard with MoH images printed on it will be available for $99.99 as well. If you like your current keyboard and mouse, but want some MoH bling there will be a version of the QcK mouse pad with artwork from the game for $14.99.
For a long time if you were a gamer in the US and you had a Wii you could only get white controllers and consoles. The color options are a bit better today with a black console available and you can get official controllers in blue or pink colors as well as aftermarket controllers with different colors. A new controller is up for pre-order at Toys R Us for the Wii that is the coolest one I have ever seen.
The controller is the Lego Play and Build Remote for the Nintendo Wii. The controller is multi-colored like most of the Lego bricks we are all used to seeing. The thing is a fully licensed controller and is compatible with most charging docks when used with the standard battery door and it ships with a second battery door that you can actually use your own Lego blocks to build a holder for.
Well, well, it looks like the prayers of white water rafters world wide has been heard.
Enter, GAME BOAT! "ideal for Kinect adventures".
Atomic Accessories has created a peripheral to "fully immerse" you into white water rafting. For it to work properly, your feet need to be firmly in the inflatable dinghy, hands and legs inside the raft please!
Kinect Adventures features 20 different mini-games, with the River Rush, white water rapid game being the one most demonstrated.
River Rush supports one or two players, who get to race downstream, leaning left or right to steer the in-game boat, timing their jumps in order to get bonus items.
As a bonus, there are plenty of other games that could eventually support the boat which is great!
There are many categories of video games that spawn some very hard core gamers. There are hard core MMO gamers, hard core FPS gamers, and hard core flight simulation fans. Perhaps the group that has the most expensive hobby are the flight sim fans where controllers and systems can run hundreds of dollars each.
Thrustmaster has launched what may be the coolest flight simulation controller ever called the HOTAS Warthog. The Warthog is an exact replica of the joystick and throttle from the A-10C fighter jet. The joystick has a heavy metal base and uses construction that is mostly metal. The base can be removed and the joystick can be placed into a cockpit. The controller uses magnetic sensors for accuracy and has 19 action buttons with a 4-way POV switch.
With all respect to Sony's recently announced Shooting Accessory, some Playstation Move fans will want something a little more macho when blasting their foes to oblivion. CTA Digital has your hookup with their Submachine Gun peripheral.
Boasting "the size and weight that serious military gamers have long been clamoring for," the SMG attachment works by connecting the Move's glowing baton into the "barrel" and connecting the nunchuck controller into the grip. The stock and scope are both detachable if you prefer a more compact version to destroy your enemies. The Submachine Gun is planned to be available in late November for $29.99 USD.
There are gamers all around the world who are waiting to get their hands on the new Playstation Move controller system. Many of those gamers will certainly be looking to play some of the shooting games that are offered for the console and will want a gun accessory to make those games more realistic. The official Sony Shooting Attachment accessory is set to launch this month along with an exclusive PS3 game for use with the accessory or without.
Sony announced today that the retro looking Shooting Accessory pistol accessory will land in the US on October 19. That is the same day that the PS3 exclusive shooting game called The Shoot will hit store shelves as well. The Shoot will cast the player as an action-movie hero that has to go through five different movie sets blasting away at enemies.
There are as many choices for a mouse pad for gamers as there are other gaming peripherals. Some gamers like rough textured cloth pads and others like really smooth, low friction plastic surfaces that let the mouse glide around without much resistance or noise. If you are the type of gamer that likes a mouse pad that glides easily around a surface Razer's new Ironclad may be just for you.
The new mouse pad is made from anodized aluminum with a finely sandblasted surface. The Ironclad is made to minimize hand discomfort and to improve control. The mouse pad also promises enough friction that you can aim accurately. The surface of the Ironclad is extra large to allow for more mousing area.