You've stopped doing cartwheels, right? Yeah, good. So, for students that purchase a Windows 7 PC valued at over $699 they'll receive a free Xbox 360 4GB console - awesome! The offer is only valid at participating retailers in the US from 5/23 until 9/3 or while supplies last. HP, Dell, Samsung are in on the deal and you'll also require an .edu email address, if you don't have an .edu email address (or prefer to purchase in-store) you can walk into a participating store and test out the PCs before hand and supply a Student ID.
Pretty awesome deal if you ask me, just need to get myself a plane ticket, a Student ID and purchase a $699 PC so I can get that free Xbox 360.
Developers have complained for the longest time that piracy is the number one killer in sale numbers but it is now looking like the used-game sales could be an even bigger problem. Fable III designer Mike West says that the sale of second-hand Xbox 360 games costs the developer more than piracy on PC.
He elaborates by saying:
Piracy these days on PC is probably less problematic than second-hand sales on the Xbox, I've been working on PC games for many years and piracy is always a problem. There are a lot of honest people out there as well, and if they like your game they'll buy it. The pirates, whatever you do on whatever system, they will crack it. It might take no time... I think the longest it's taken to happen is two days. Someone will crack it somewhere and there's not much you can do about it.
Microsoft and Epic Games are proud to announce that the un-released Gears of War 3 has surpassed one million worldwide pre-orders which makes it the fastest pre-ordered Xbox-exclusive title to reach this milestone in the history of the platform! Impressive stuff!
The Gears of War 3 beta has been thrashed by users around the world with 1.29 million players playing more than 11 million multiplayer matches. There's some interesting facts on the beta also:
Deal of the Day: Xbox 360 4GB Console w/ Extra Wireless Controller, $50 eGift Card, and 3-Month Xbox LIVE! - $199
Our Deal of the Day today is the Wal-Mart - Xbox 360 4GB Console w/ Extra Wireless Controller, $50 eGift Card, and 3-Month Xbox LIVE! - $199.
Offer: Walmart has a pretty awesome bundle here. Get the following bundle for just $199:
- Xbox 360 4GB Slim Console
- Extra Black Xbox Wireless Controller
- Xbox LIVE! 3-Month Gold
- $50 Walmart eGift Card
This is a tremendous bargain at just $199! Pick it up in-store to save on shipping.
Rovio's famously awesome Angry Birds has reached a very amazing milestone. Downloads have topped 200 million, Apple's iPad and iPhone have contributed to this success by a large portion but the franchise has grown up a little bit. Angry Birds has seem phenomenal success even on Google's Chrome Web Store with 5 million downloads.
Keep in mind that Rovio had more than fifty games before they struck gamers across the globe with the amazing Angry Birds. Rovio's Peter Vesterbacka has shown off Angry Birds hoodies (omg!) and has said that he sees Angry Birds as a huge entertainment platform which isn't just limited to merchandise and movies but he will be experimenting with location-based services and other schemes to blend the game's footprint into the real world. Interesting, huh?
Brink PC issues, affects virtually all NVIDIA GeForce 400 and 500-series owners - makes the game unplayable
Brink made its debut to the world over a week ago now and with the PSN being down at the time - fail number one occurred, Xbox 360 reviews were a bit hard on the game, fail number two occurred. The PC version seemed to be OK, apart from serious frame rate issues (for me at least), FOV issues (console port) but other than that it seemed to be stable. Well, that's what I thought. 5 or so minutes into the game and it's absolutely abysmal FOV (it really is bad) and I get a CTD.
YAY. It was thrilling. Yet another release of a game from a developer where they promise the PC won't get shunted to the side in favor of console releases. I tried tweaking the config, re-downloading my Steam files, downloading the new NVIDIA beta drivers I posted up yesterday but nothing worked. Tried it again last night after I installed the Beta drivers and CTD. This was really pissing me off. I wake up this morning to find "Frustrated Gamer" has e-mailed me with a forwarded e-mail he sent to Kotaku asking them about this issue.
While it seems that everyone is pretty psyched that the PlayStation Network will be back up and running after weeks of being down, Japan is surprisingly not down with that. Japan's government is halting the restoration of the network in their country until Sony can prove that they've taken appropriate measures to avoid a similar incident in the future.
Kazushige Nobutani, Director of Media and Content Industry in Japan's Ministry of Economy reportedly told Dow Jones Newswires:
We met with Sony on May 6 and 13, and basically we want two things from them. The first is preventative measures. As of May 13, Sony was incomplete in exercising measures that they said they will do on the May 1 press conference.
The second evidently regarded ensuring consumer confidence in the wake of having their credit card information and other personal data compromised in the security breach. As we've seen already today, Sony is answering various usage questions and even giving games away to ensure that users return to the previously-troubled PlayStation Network as they gear up to reboot the entire thing.
PlayStation outlined its "Welcome Back" policy to users in Europe and Australia, offering all sorts of free stuff. Nick Caplin, Head of Communications SCEE wrote today in the PlayStation Blog that users will net up to four games for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable for their troubles earlier this month.
Details are below in the full post, but some of the games for PS3 include LittleBigPlanet and WipeoutHD/Fury, and Killzone Liberation for PSP. Doesn't really make up for all that crazy stuff, but hey, it's something.
Now that certain PSN services have been restored and you're once again enjoying online gaming, it seems a good time to confirm what is being offered as part of the Welcome Back programme.
Once we restore PlayStation Store, which will be just a little while longer, you will have the opportunity to claim your Welcome Back gifts. Please note that the Welcome Back programme is only available for those countries with access to PlayStation Store*.
All existing PlayStation Network members will be able to access the following from PlayStation Store*:
Two PS3 games from the following list:
Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty
Sony has had a rough time these past weeks. Finally, we've heard some answers, some explanations, and they're busily picking up the pieces from the attack that left their network(s) down for a very long time. As you probably know now, the PlayStation Network is up and running, but there are still some unanswered questions for a lot of users. Social Media Manager for PlayStation, Jeff Rubinstein, posted some of those undoubteldy very-frequently-asked-questions.
Q: So what exactly is working right now?
A: Sign-in for PlayStation Network and Qriocity (including the resetting of passwords), online gameplay for PS3 and PSP, playback of rental video content on PS3 (if within rental period), Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity on PS3 (for current subscribers), access to services such as Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, and MLB.tv, "Friends" category on PS3 (including Friends List, Chat Functionality, Trophy Comparison, etc), in-game leaderboards, and PlayStation Home.
Q: I'm having trouble changing my password/I forgot which email I used on my account/I used a fake email to set up my account.
A: Click here for a set of tips on resetting your password. If you've gone through the process and are waiting for an email from us, please note that the very large number of requests has caused certain ISPs to slow the rate at which recipients get emails from us. Please be patient as the systems work through the backlog.
Warner Bros.' game development studio Monolith Games is reportedly working on a multiplayer first-person-shooter based on the Batman universe- and it's a downloadable game! The game, entitled "Gotham Impostors" allows the player to become ordinary people that pretend to be Batman and/or popular villains. Moviegoers will recall a similar plot device in the film, "The Dark Knight", when Batman enthusiasts took the law into their own hands, dressing as Batman and wielding firearms and kevlar.
Gotham City Impostors will evidently be highly customizable, letting players mess around with their character's body, weapons, and skill sets. Already known about the game is a mode entitled "Psych Warfare", where users defend an energy source empowering a "brainwashing machine", and the opposing team tries to destroy it in classic capture-the-flag meets bomb-the-opponent. The game will be available for Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, and of course PC.
Interesting game design, but it makes sense. Batman readers and enthusiasts would know how much Batman would (ironically) disapprove of armed vigilanteism- I'm curious to see how Bats is going to figure into this game.
I wouldn't be surprised if executives now compose confidential letters and emails as if they would be leaked anyway. And if they don't- they really should because nothing is sacred on the internet anymore. Industry Gamer leaked an email that Rob Dyer, SVP of Sony PR sent out to publishers regarding the recent troubles with the PlayStation Network, QRocity and the Sony Online Entertainment Network.
77 Million user accounts were compromised by an attack from an unknown source, and Sony will be adding all sort of new security features, including a brand new Chief Information Security Officer. Full email after the break.
Nintendo will be rolling out an important update this summer on June 6 that will allow them to experience some cool new stuff like an Internet Browser and access to the new Nintendo eShop.
I'm pretty psyched to see what Nintendo's internet browser will look like, especially with that active 3D engine. We'll check back on June 6 to see how it goes.
A new system update for the hand-held Nintendo 3DS system will be available in North America the evening of June 6 Pacific time. By downloading the free update via a wireless broadband Internet connection, Nintendo 3DS users can enjoy new features and enhancements, including an Internet browser and access to the Nintendo eShop, where users can browse and purchase downloadable content.
Google just got done announcing that the smash hit mobile game Angry Birds is coming to the web at the Google IO 2011 Day 2 keynote.
As promised, you can now grab Angry Birds for the web through the Chrome Web Store right now. You'll need an updated Chrome browser (it is coded with HTML5 as a requirement), but I just checked quickly and it did also load fine in IE9 and Firefox 4. Naturally since it has launched first in beta for Chrome, you would expect it to work best in Chrome. We might do some follow-up shortly.
For now kids, go and grab it here.
Today's lesson: in a few hundred years, when we look back on the Singularity and wonder how we came to be driven into underground caves or otherwise enslaved by our robot oppressors, someone may happen upon this post and realize that, I, Trak Lord, predicted that Minecraft was the catalyst. One day, someone's going to build something in Minecraft that can do more than just add numbers- something that can think for itself, that will Von Neumann Machine the internet until we're all at its behest. Until then, keep enjoying the Minecraft mods!
YouTube user MinecraftMapCenter made this beautiful (16-bit) rendition of everyone's favorite robot puzzle-solver. Portal 2 is barely a current game- and we've already made it a retro-game!
Be careful of the spoilers if you haven't played the game. Seriously- not cool, MinecraftMapCenter. But check out the YouTube channel for more of his creations.
Every time a company comes out with a wacky new controller offering dexterity tangential to the normal hum-drum controller (which by the way, worked fine for me for years), I'm always a little suspect. Remember the Nintendo Glove? Though way ahead of its time and a prophetic shoutout to the Wii, it was a disaster. Anyone remember the short-lived PlayStation Glove controller? The buttons from the regular controller were spread throughout the fingers and you could play one handed? Apocalyptically terrible. So when I heard about Razer and their new Hydra motion sensor PC controllers, I had my doubts. Until I saw the following video:
The dual interface looks amazing! It's like playing with two Wii controllers that talk to each other! Not only that, but this level is part of the Sixense Motion Pack DLC- levels specifically designed for the controllers! They're of course compatible with the regular Portal 2- as well as 125 PC games, right off the bat. And more DLC to come, promises Razer. I'm pretty psyched to (literally) get my hands on these and mess around with compatible games. All you WASD traditionalists should stop hating long enough to give these a try to. Check out their website in the links above for more info.
Brink is just minutes from release and as a last minute tease to anyone buying the game I thought I'd post up the official Launch trailer. Bethesda's team-based first-person shooter is definitely looking mighty fine it's just a shame that Sony still have the PSN issues.
This is going to really hurt Brink sales on the PS3, but, Xbox 360 and PC gamers will be enjoying their Brink any minute now! I hope you've enjoyed my nod toward Come Fly with Me.
Diablo 3 gets external beta testing in Q3 of this year, no official release date but the hope of releasing it this year
Diablo fan? Want Diablo 3 real, real bad? Well, just close your eyes a little bit longer and make that wish and it may come true as soon as July of this year! External beta testing of Diablo 3 is set to start in Q3 of this year. It was revealed in Activision's first quarter investor call where president and co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment, Mike Morhaime, revealed the company-wide beta testing of Diablo 3.
Mike also gave some updates on the status of Diablo 3 saying:
On the 'Diablo 3' front, I'm pleased to report that we began internal, company-wide testing last week. The game is looking great and we are currently targeting a Q3 launch for external beta testing. The development team is working hard to try to launch 'Diablo 3' this year, but I want to be clear. We do not have an official release date or window yet.
Want to feel like a Navy SEAL? Want to re-live the assassination on Osama yourself? Well look no further than this modification for Counter Strike: Source. The compound in which Osama lived in has been recreated in the CS: Source engine and players can run through the compound reliving the moment if they choose.
BioWare's first steps into the MMO world will come in the form of Star Wars: The Old Republic. Star Wars: The Old Republic is a new MMO that is in development between BioWare and LucasArts where it pits players in a world that takes place 300 years after the events of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and thousands of years before Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader.
Players will have the choice of character roles such as Jedi or Sith and give context to their personal story with the option to follow the light or the dark side of the Force. EA has now reported that its total investment in the new Star Wars-based MMO has reached $80 million, in development alone. Michael Pachter, Wedbush Security analyst says:
Sony were attacked (for what it feels like) months ago now, and even up to today, the PlayStation Network (PSN) is still down. Sony are continuing efforts to confirm the security of the network infrastructure as well as working with other companies to confirm the security of the PSN. Sony have said through their PlayStation Blog that they've begun the process of restoration. Also saying "additional comprehensive system checks and testing are still required, and we must complete that process before bringing the systems online."
Sony refuse to enable the PSN until they are satisfied with the security in the now-updated networks. PSN users just have to hold their breath a little bit longer.
This is some great news, PC gaming is getting some great support from developers in the form of extra features and actual development time that is put into these additional features. Battlefield 3 is being developed on PC first and ported down to the consoles and now the people behind Deus Ex: Human Revolution are showing off support for AMD's Eyefinity, which they've written support for up to five (5!) screens.
The video shows a triple-monitor Eyefinity rig playing Deus Ex and you can see it already looks great with the HUD centred on the centre screen - without additional .ini file hacks and edits. Looking forward to playing this on my multi-monitor rig for sure!