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Well, the title is deceiving, isn't it. A funny "FPS IRL" video from Freddie Wong of "Behind the Scenes" fame. Give it a watch below:
It's a well done video, surprisingly made in just a week! The ending is actually quite good and I enjoyed the kill cam shots - they've done a good job.
Everyone talks about this - PC Gaming is dead/dying. It will always be here, but whether we get AAA+ titles that can only be played on PC and are not gimped or cut down because of console hardware limitations and their ports is the main argument.
Microsoft are stuck - they have on one hand the super successful Xbox 360, on the other, 100's of millions of Windows-based users. Windows 8 is meant to be a push in the right direction for gamers.
Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) have given a release date for their highly-anticipated MMO based in the DC Universe, DC Universe Online. The game has reached gold master status and will be available at retail outlets for PC and PlayStation 3 on January 11, 2011.
DC Universe Online will cost $50 for PC and $60 for PS3 in the US - this will give you a 30-day game membership with monthly subscriptions costing $15 per month afterwards. SOE have said they will update the game regularly with new episodes featuring DC Comics characters, new instances and major "in-game events".
Patent infringement suits are common in the tech world and are often used as a means to get other companies to the negotiating table for a license deal. Other times the suits are used to get a product banned from being imported into the US. Motorola and Microsoft are both no strangers to both sides of a patent suit.
Motorola recently filed a complaint with the ITC that the Xbox 360 from Microsoft infringed on some patents it holds relating to video streaming. The suit was a bit of tit for tat with Microsoft having filed its own company against Motorola back in October over Android smartphones. The USITC announced today that it had voted to initiate an investigation into the allegations made by Motorola.
The investigation is set to kick off soon, the first steps will be an evidentiary hearing, and then the ITC will decide if the case should be pursued further. Motorola's complaint alleges that the Xbox 360 violates section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 and seeks a cease and desist order ruling. No decision on the merits of the case has been made at this point.
Activision has said that Call of Duty: Black Ops has surpassed even Modern Warfare 2 in sales and has to date surpassed $1 billion in sales across all platforms.
Black Ops gamers have collectively played 600 million hours played since release. Bobby Kotick has also come out and said:
Well, well Microsoft. Rumors are flying that the Kinect motion-based sensor will in the future, support PC games. Korean developer GamePrix's upcoming PC-only MMORPG, Divine Souls, will support gaming pads making "it resemble console games even more, and is scheduled to support Kinect, a new control system of Xbox360."
GamePrix's Jason Lim continued, saying: "Kinect will soon be available as a new controller so it might be supported like joy pad mode in the future," also mentioning "Currently in MS, there are many game companies that are trying to apply for this system." The implication is that Divine Souls won't be the only game for the PC that supports the Kinect.
Most people feel comfortable using an Xbox 360 controller, but a keyboard and mouse for FPS is a superior, easier and much, much more precise way of playing. It allows micro-movement of your aiming (while also being much faster) compared to much slower, un-precise aiming.
XIM devices have been around for a while, bu the new XIM3 seems to fix the previous editions issues. XIM3 is housed in an LCD box with a touch-screen display which should make connection and config much easier (and better to look at!)
Telltale Games are releasing the first episode of Back to the Future: The Game for PC and Mac on Wednesday. The game picks up 6 months after the end of the original movie trilogy.
After these 6 months in the Back to the Future world, Doc Brown's lab is on the verge of being sold off because of his absence. Marty gets a surprise visit from the DeLorean where it brings him to the past, where he must help a teenage Emmett Brown to keep all of space and time from unraveling.
The guys and gals at Valve are a very festive bunch, with Steam having another Holiday sale and this one being a doozy. Steam are discounting over 1000 games and the Holiday sales run through til January 2nd.
Each day brings a new batch of sales - today's sales include Battlefield Bad Company 2 for $6.79 (which I just picked up for my newphew as an early-Christmas present, shoutout to Cozza!), that in itself is 66% off making it a huge bargain to go along with the newly released Vietnam pack for Bad Company 2.
There are numerous studies that have looked at gaming and the incidence of violence and other issues when it comes to players of games with violence. The studies come down on different sides of the topic often with some showing no link between video games and how people act in the real world and others showing an alleged link between games and real world behavior. A doctoral student at the University of the Rockies did her dissertation on the relationship between demographic factors, social anxiety, proneness to boredom, grade point average and Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game playing.
The student found that college students that are prone to excessive playing of MMORPG titles often miss meals, classes, and lose sleep to play their favorite video game. The study found that males are more prone to excessive play, but the effects are the same for males and females. The study author is Sabrina Neu and she claims that 42% of those in the survey cited online gaming for interfering with work or academics.
Neu also found potential good benefits for online gaming. "Players cite social opportunities as a primary reason for play. Players can overcome shyness, actualize previously untapped talents, mentor other players, free themselves from physical disabilities, develop a sense of purpose and achievement and engage in altruistic, heroic and generous acts," she said.