For a long time gaming on a mobile phone really sucked. The graphics were bad, the games stunk, and most of us just didn't play mobile phone games for the most part. When the iPhone landed all of that changed for many of us with a big screen and serious mobile gaming chops. Today the market is flush with all sorts of mobile devices that can play some games and one of the things really needing work now on some platforms are the controls.
A geek has taken in upon himself to improve the gaming controls for the Dell Streak, and he has done an epic job of it. The builder goes by the name 0TheRain0 and he took an old SNES controller and hacked it to work with the Android-powered Dell Streak. The hack required the use of a Streak connector taken from a real accessory and some hard work.
Wave your hand across the screen if you'd like to see a few reviews of Micrsosoft's upcoming gesture/body based gaming revolution.
I saw a wave, so here we go, I'll list a few reviews for you to check out, with a few quotes from each site.
One of the most popular genres of video games for gamers on all platforms from consoles to the PC are shooters. In the world of shooters one of the most popular games is the Call of Duty franchise. The latest installment in the franchise is Call of Duty: Black Ops and the game is set to launch soon. Activision is talking up its launch event for the game.
The game publisher has announced that it will have the Grammy winning heavy metal band Metallica headlining the launch event for the game. The band will rock the Santa Monica Airport Hanger 8 venue in celebration of the games launch. Other than a performance by the band, the event will also celebrate all six branches of the armed forces.
We're all getting fairly used to Special Editions of games coming with goodies like coins, books, and even remote control cars. The people behind "Michael Jackson The Experience" are stepping up the included goodies by offering people who pre-order the Wii version a sequined glove as a special added bonus.
That's right; you can be just like Mike while swinging your Wiimote around in this dance based motion game swirling around all of Michael Jackson's classic music and moves. Only the Wii version is getting this special added bonus. The game is hitting the Wii, Nintendo DS, and PSP on November 23rd while heading to the XBox 360 and PS3 in early 2011. Check out the trailer after the break.
In preparation for Kinect, Microsoft is rolling out a major update to the Xbox 360. Some people will already have it, others will be getting it in the coming hours, but the dash looks nice and clean and carries with it a huge set of new features.
Some of these include ESPN on Xbox Live, Zune Music and Netflix Search for those with a Gold account and living in a supported region. Others for everyone include improved voice quality, improved Gamertag creation, improvement in the process of connecting to a wireless network and more.
For the full list of changes, it is worth checking out the Major's post at his blog.
Better look out if you've got some connections that hooked you up with a Kinect before the November 4th launch. Plugging in the Kinect or a Kinect game triggers an update that will install a new version of the Dashboard that not only doesn't allow you to play the game, but cuts you off from Xbox Live as well. There's currently not even a fix available, so you're stuck without online play (or the ability to play with your shiny new Kinect) until Microsoft gets an update out. Better keep that black market Kinect in its box for another week if you fancy being able to play online.
If you are a Wii gamer, you probably have a MotionPlus accessory that you use for some of your games. I think that we can all agree that having that MotionPlus accessory sticking off the end of your controller isn't the ideal way to get better control in your games. Nintendo is working on a new controller that has MotionPlus built-in. Sunflex has announced the Snakebyte controller claiming the title of first third-party controller to integrate MotionPlus.
The official name for the Wii Remote is the Snakebyte Premium Remote XL+ controller for Wii with Motion Plus. That is a seriously long name for a controller. The Snakebyte supports up to four players just as the normal Wii Remotes do. It also has an integrated speaker, memory settings, and vibration effects just as the factory controllers do.
Nintendo has been busy the last few months with the celebration surrounding the 25th birthday for Mario and for the original Nintendo game system. Nintendo is offering up some sales details on the Wii and its accessories to show off how many units it has moved even if the popularity of the Wii is waning today. The number of controllers sold by Nintendo is impressive.
According to the gaming company, it has sold 46,000 Wii Remotes daily in the US. It has moved a total of 65.3 million Wii Remotes so far in the US alone. That number would be much higher if sales globally were figured into the numbers. Nintendo trys to give an idea of how many controllers 65.3 million actually is with some illustrations. The most interesting is that 65.3 million is enough to give one to every person living in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas, San Jose, Detroit and San Francisco, and enough still remains for every resident of Florida, Ohio, Virginia and North Dakota.
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!