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CES 2012 - So as Jen-Hsun Huang gets into the gaming segment of their CES press conference, a FPS is loaded, and the camera for the big screen moves over to a couple of guys off to the side of the stage are connected via LAN, but it seems there are three actual players!
As the discussion continues, Jen-Hsun Huang starts talking smack to the two individuals, and asks them why are you getting hit so much, who is doing all that damage, who is doing all the PWN'ing on this match? While this is going on, the large screen was showing the odd man out's view of his screen, and the player in question was handing out punishment with little damage to his own character.
A few seconds later Jen-Hsun Huang spills the beans and informs the audience that he has enlisted the help of the World's top FPS gamer, Jonathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel! As you can see he was sitting in the audience with a lady holding his tablet as he delivered the pain to the other two LAN combatants.
One other cool thing about the time with Fatal1ty is when they brought him on stage. With the use of Splashtop on the Asus Transformer Prime, they booted Bethesda's latest title and even were able to take his level 27 character through a bit of dragon slaying in Skyrim. Of course it needed a base system to run from initially, but in the end, Fatal1ty discusses how flawless the feel and gameplay experience is with these devices...
Team VSB, a bunch of peeps who have built a feature-length Space Quest game called "Vohaul Strikes Back" is now available, and best of all: for free. Vohaul Strikes Back is a labor of love, with nearly 10 years of work going into the game.
It's also the first original Space Quest game of this scale since the official Space Quest 6 which was released all the way back in 1995. Vohaul Strikes Back doesn't include a voice pack, but Team VSB are working on one. If you'd like to help the team out with the voice pack, you can reach them through their forums.
You can check out their website here, and download the game (again, for free!) from here. I'm quite enjoying the amount of love these old-school adventure games are getting, now if we can just get updated Full HD versions of my favorite FMV games such as Night Trap, Under a Killing Moon and others, I'd be in nostalgic heaven.
According to anonymous, yet "reliable" sources have told UK games industry magazine MCV, that we should see the unveiling of Microsoft's Xbox 720 and Sony's PlayStation 4 at E3 later this year. If this were to happen, it would really hurt Nintendo who are setting to show off their next-gen Wii U.
Microsoft have been hinting more at the next-gen Xbox than Sony have at the next-gen PlayStation. But, Sony have reportedly been telling third-party publishers that they "won't be left behind in the next-gen arms race", so it would make sense of an unveiling of the PS4 at E3 2012.
Of course, rumors are just that, rumors. But, MCV's Online Editor, Ben Parfitt, said on his Twitter account:
Obviously we can't reveal our sources. But you have my personal word on this - the source is exemplary, 100% concrete, ultra high level'.
What do you think? Personally, we need next-gen consoles. I'm excited to see what they can do, and excited for the push it'll bring the stagnant PC gaming market.
This could be the beginning of something exciting, or eventually end up as nothing. But a job posting on Microsoft's careers website was seen by crimsonheadGCN of NeoGAF, where the job is a community manager position for a "new online PC Real Time Strategy game". Exciting, huh? The job posting is as follows:
Are you a passionate gamer with a deep understanding of social media and online communities? Microsoft Game Studios is looking for a web-savvy community manager with editorial and PR experience to drive engaging and innovative end-to-end user experiences for an exciting new online PC Real Time Strategy game. As a web and community PM, you will work closely with Team leads, Marketing and PR on strategic initiatives within our communities, and help evangelize our Game's story to the world.
Could we see a new Age of Empires game? Possibly a World of Warcraft competitor? Or something completely new? Whatever it is, let's hope that something good comes from it. Curious? Want to apply? Sure, click this link.
DICE are constantly tweaking Battlefield 3 and the latest news comes from Alan Kertz, Gameplay Designer at DICE, who has stated through a post on Reddit that there will be several changes to weapon attachments in Battlefield 3.
He listed various stat changes for the bipod, foregrip, suppressor, heavy barrel, and flash suppressor. Now we just need some more maps like the ones included in Back to Karkand, which feel like proper PC-made maps, well, because they are. The game is slowly getting perfected, which shows some strong commitment to longevity of the game from DICE. The full change list is below (and in the full story):
There were millions of smartphone activations from people who got iOS or Android-based devices over Christmas, but we have a very interesting number for Angry Birds fans. Rovio saw an amazing 6.5 million downloads on Christmas Day for its Angry Birds franchise of games.
This is nearly the number of total smartphone activations estimated to happen over Christmas, which makes it even more impressive. Rovio's Ville Heijari told AllThingsD:
We're really excited to have such a massive number of new people get acquainted with Angry Birds over the holidays - we have exciting new releases lined up for 2012, and can't wait to introduce them to the public.
The 6.5 million total is a combination of Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons and Angry Birds Rio, and also includes a mix of paid and free downloads. Christmas 2010 saw just two million downloads spread across iOS and Android.
Nintendo's next-generation console, the Wii U, is only a few months away from our grubby little paws. With this thought, The Daily has learned that Nintendo plans to implement a "full-blown app store" for the system.
At the moment, Nintendo mainly use repositories that act as "light" app stores: The DSi Shop for its portables, and the Wii Shop for the current Wii console. Most of the apps found on the 'stores' are just quite basic, and don't serve customers what they want like the Android Market and App Store on the smartphone/tablet devices.
The Wii U's as-yet-unnamed store will definitely offer more, proferring a wider variety of apps, according to a person familiar with the matter. Wii U owners will be able to use apps that operate on the Wii U itself, such as MLB.TV, and others that run independently on the Wii U's controller. Considering that the Wii U's controller is a beast in itself, sporting a 6.2-inch touch screen, one can imagine the possibilities it can bring to the table.
15 years. Fifteen years. It has been that long since Blizzard's crazy click-your-mouse-until-your-finger-drops-off Diablo came out and has since then, turned into one of the most successful PC franchises, ever.
It was originally released on December 31, 1996, when I was just 13 years old and turns 15 today. Blizzard seem to be going on this celebration of 15 years with, well, nothing at all. You'd think with Diablo III to be [hopefully] released this year, there'd be more fan fare.
Diablo was the creation of Dave Brevik and Max and Eric Schaefer whilst they worked at Blizzard North. All three of them resigned in mid-2003 under interesting circumstances and went on to found Flagship Studios. From there, we had Hellgate: London which was the only game released and after that Max and Eric started Runic Games and released Torchlight.
In the January 2012 issue of UK magazine PSM3, they suggest that the fourth major instalment in the PlayStation-exclusive God Of War series is coming at the end of this year and will feature online co-op play.
Co-op has been popular lately, with Resistance 3, Dead Island, Gears of War 3 and Portal 2 all sporting the amazing feature. Not that it's new, but it seemed to disappear when next-gen consoles and their seemingly watered-down games started coming out.
GoW IV's development news is nothing new, but the co-op nugget is. GoW IV will see players breaking out of Hades, with the two protagonists will be a dearly-departed Kratos and his equally undead brother, Deimos. I hope to see some more on this soon.
If you're like me, you'll have very fond memories of the original adventure games like Leisure Suit Larry, Full Throttle, Maniac Mansion and Space Quest. I remember pumping hours upon hours into Space Quest with my brother and now I have just found out that the game has been 'remade'.
The team over at Infamous Adventures has re-built the classic game and whilst Space Quest II: Vohaul's Revenge wasn't the best in the series, it's great to see these games being re-released for today's gamers. Whilst it won't show you "kill!" or "take cover, you've been shot", or "100 points, you're a good gamer, *pat on back*", it is a great old-school adventure game.
Infamous Adventures' reproduction features "hand-drawn backgrounds, hand animated characters, a full voice pack featuring over 4,000 recorded lines and a whole lot of extras," according to their website. What's better, the game has been re-polished or that it has been released for free? You choose not just one, but both and enjoy the game!
Be sure to ensure you meet the system requirements: the PC version requires 1MB of RAM.