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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.
Valve are celebrating Australian Christmas this year in the form of a new Team Fortress 2 update. The update includes 20 new hats, new store items and the olde weapons-only "Medieval Mode".
Medieval Mode is filled with up close weaponary such as knives, swords, axes and bonesaws. The medieval mode also includes some new weapons - The Claidheamohmor, The Back Scratcher, The Boston Basher, The Fists of Steel, The Amputator, The Crusaders Crossbow, The Ullapool Caber, The Loch-n-Load, The Buffalo Steak Sandvich, The Brass Beast, The Warriors Spirit, The Candy Cane, and The Jag.
People who have been hacking the Kinect may have noticed something, that the Kinect's infrared camera is capable of higher resolutions than the Kinect is using right now.
Microsoft have stated 320x240 but when plugged into a PC the color and depth cameras display 640x480. Interesting! An anonymous source to Eurogamer has said that Microsoft want to do the same with their Xbox.
Last week Blizzard's Five-Year plan was leaked, which had a few super-duper golden nuggets of information including a next-generation MMO coming in 2013.
At the moment, Blizzard have a next-gen MMO coming in 2013 currently codenamed "Titan". Other tidbits of info included Diablo III released in Q4 2011, StarCraft II expansion and Phoenix campaign for Q4 2011 also, another StarCraft II expansion in Q1 2013 with Diablo III expansions in 2013 and 2014.
An expansion pack for Bad Company 2 is about to land. For people who pre-ordered it will be available tomorrow for those who didn't it's just two days away from being in your hands!
The expansion pack is like the old Vietnam Battlefield gaming - new maps, weapons, vehicles. The review seems to point toward it being an entire game worth of assets which for $15 is pretty awesome value for money and it makes an even better Christmas present!
I have talked about the different types of PC gamers before when it comes to peripherals like mice and keyboards. Some like lots of macro capability some want smaller and more compact keyboards. The same goes for mice, some want low-resolution mice and others want high-resolution mice. Mouse pads typically have different sorts of gamers too. Some want a smooth and slippery hard surface; others want a textured cloth mat to suit their needs.
If you are, the sort of gamer that likes hard and smooth pads for gaming Razer has a new offering for you. The new mouse pad is called the Scarab and it has a new Fractal 2.0 gaming surface. The surface is supposed to be uniform in construction allowing the mouse to track more smoothly when gaming. The bottom of the pad also has a new rubber base.
The rubber base will keep the pad in place no matter how hot the acting gets and the soft rubber is supposed to be able to smooth irregularities under the mouse pad to make your mousing even smoother. Razer ships the mouse pad with a carry case to keep it safe when you travel to LAN parties. The mouse pad will ship next month for $39.99.