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So what is the price of Advertising in Gaming? If you are a player of WipeOut HD then it means slow load times, poor performance and host of other problems. Of course to me it means much more.
When I purchase a game I pay for gaming content, this comes in the form of graphics, AI, sound, immersive game play and storyline. I will happily shell out as much as $60 for a good game. This is in addition to any upgrades to hardware I might need to make sure I can play the game properly. What I do not want is to have to deal with advertising in my game.
I despise the presence of ads in games as much as I hate FUD (Fear Uncertainty and Doubt) both have no place in gaming and technology in general. Both are the last ditch efforts of the desperate.
Placing Ads in games will no doubt inspire more pirated versions of the games as they can selectively remove those ads like some games get their cut scenes removed. If fully pirated copies are not the outcome then surely tools to block these ads in the games will. So in the end the consumer and the gamer loose out by putting ads in our games.
Screenshot courtesy of Planet Half Life
Well it looks like Rage from id Software will be primarily aimed at the console market. This is in line with what John Carmack said back in 2008.
This is an interesting departure from id's normal work. Usually id titles hit the PC and then are later ported to the console if there is a big demand for it (like Doom). So why the shift to the console? Well if I were a betting man I would say that is the popularity of the newer consoles combined with online access they all now have. I would also add that porting from console to PC is usually easier than PC to console.
id has said that there will be a PC version with a little better graphics but that it will be split onto two DVDs for the install. However, since it is being designed for the console first it will be like many console ports and have controls that will feel awkward and clumsy on the PC unless you use a console style controller.
If you are into the Xbox 360 then there is some potentially good news for you.
The blunder made by Steve Balmer in announcing that Natal would come to the Xbox in 2010 could be correct and not a mistake.
The evidence that points towards this is Aptina being hit up for a few 1.3 MegaPixel cameras (of the type that would be used by Natal). This could put the "Natal Xbox" in the stores in time for the holiday shopping season in 2010.
There is no confirmation on this from Microsoft, but then again they need to clear out their existing inventory and honestly they would not confirm it now anyway. It is way too soon and could give the competition time to counter the move.
Fans of Resident Evil will be happy to find that the Fifth installment in the Zombie killing game is due out for PC on September 18th in Europe.
Now this all by itself is pretty cool but there is further news that it the PC version of the game will support GeForce 3D Vision.
So for the lucky few of you that have a 120Hz LCD monitor and the 3D Vision glasses you will get to dive into the brain hungry, blood thirsty realm of zombie destruction in full 3D.
Now all we need is something to slash you with gore and a scent emitting device and you will feel like you are really there.
In a recent interview Bill Gates indicated that project Natal would not be a technology limited to the Xbox 360. It seems that Natal could be developed for Windows too.
Gates also indicated that Natal would not be just for gaming, it could be developed for content consumption, collaboration etc.
It is a very cool thought to think of interacting with your system in this way. Given the fast introduction of 3D capable displays, movies and upcoming games it seems that this would indeed become a push for PC makers and Microsoft.
When I first heard about this I first saw that scene in Iron Man where Tony Stark is making his new Iron Suit. Right after I envisioned Majority Report. Still it seems that the future is looking pretty cool, not only for gaming but for system interaction as a whole.
There are rumblings that Sony is getting everything in place to try and go head to head with Apple in the online mobile content distribution arena.
With the announcement of the PSP-Go the UMD-less device Sony had made its intentions clear that it wanted to go with online content. However what we did not know was how they would serve this out. Would it be a restricted and controlled environment like Apple's App store? Would it be a sparse catalogue like the Palm apps store?
Well wonder no more, the word is out that Sony plans to court big time game and content developers by offering no content approval, and reduced prices (up to 80%) on development kits.
Now I like the idea of the cheaper dev kits but no content approval? That is just crazy. I can see it now..."Honest Mom and Dad, I do not know how Strippers in Heat the Game got on my PSP-GO"
In the never ending (or indeed releasing) saga of the Duke Nukem it looks like there is another player in the tragic comedy that surrounds this title.
According to documents released with the legal play going on between Take-Two and 3D Realms another Duke Title was in the offering called Duke Nukem Begins.
This additional title was not much more than a foot note saying it would be developed by a third party developer. Now it seems that this third party developer is none other than Gearbox.
Does this mean that we might see a new Duke Nukem title in the near future? Unfortunately in this Greek Tragedy that has surrounded the Nukem line I highly doubt it.
Duke Nukem Begins will probably be not much more than another title we can see the occasional screen shot from but no real game.
You know maybe we should start a new series of awards to honor people that just do not think...oh wait there is already one of those out. Well ok let's just make sure that this guy gets on the list for one.
According to WBIC in Indiana, an 18 Year Old was online playing World of Warcraft when he made a threat to blow up a commercial airliner. Now this is not something you bandy about in an online community that is monitored. You would not even say this out loud in a public place.
Well you can probably figure out what happened. A Moderator noticed the messages and contacted the authorities about them. The idio...Um I mean the person's IP was found, traced and the FBI showed up at his door.
He was interrogated and now may face federal charges.
His comment to the FBI
He was testing a theory.
And the winner of this year's award goes to
Bad News for BioShock2 fans. It looks like Take 2 Games is delaying the new installment of the popular game until early 2010. This pushes it back at least three months from its original release date.
The delay on this is due to a "development issue" but CEO Ben Feder was quick to say that the issue was not console specific and the decision to move the game back was also due to possible financial benefit from releasing the game outside the Christmas season.
The delay will also affect Mafia II, Max Payne 3 and Red Dead Redemption.
There was no firm date given for the new launch but they should be out sometime between January and June in 2010.
I am not sure about any perceived benefit from waiting. After all it is during the Holiday Shopping season that the most is spent on games and consoles. After that you have the tax return season in the US and not much until back to school. Unfortunately Back to School usually involves PCs and traditionally has very little benefit to the gaming industry.
Ok this has to be the coolest accessory to ship with a game ever.
According to a YouTube video the new Game Modern Warfare 2 will have a Prestige Edition that will come complete with a working set of night vision goggles.
But that is not all, inside this awesome edition of what is going to be one of the best games to hit this year. You get the game, the ability to download the original game, a handy head for displaying your new NVGs, a book full of artwork that is only found on the limited editions and a steel box to keep your DVD in.
The Prestige Edition is available for both XboX 360 and PC. There is no word on pricing yet but you can bet that once they hit the streets they will go fast so on November 10th 2009 I would highly recommend you have cash in hand to grab one of these amazing kits.