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Fan of Minecraft? Fan of Super Mario? Get ready for your worlds to collide. Three guys have spent over 500 hours recreating the first two minutes and twenty four seconds of Super Mario Land. In their quest for insanity, they used more than 18 Minecraft blocks.
The above movie was made by carpenter James Wright, Joe Ciappa and a gamer known as Tempusmori, had the game running through an emulator and then replicating it pixel-for-wool-block-pixel inside a giant Minecraft Game Boy.
Microsoft's Flight Simulator series has enjoyed some great aerial highs in its time, but Microsoft have retired the name and refreshed it all by removing one of the words. Now dubbed "Microsoft Flight", Microsoft Game Studios have been whispering about the game for a while now, and have said they're opening it up to beta testers next month.
In order to get into the pilots seat of the beta test, you'll need to sign up with multiple tiers of Microsoft online service, but most of you would already have half of those accounts required. What could we expect from the new game? A huge increase in performance and scaling is something I hope.
MS's Flight Sim has always been a Crysis-like game that is happy to suck down all of your PCs power... but hopefully Microsoft get the scaling done well in this, scaling between dual, quad, hex and eight-core CPUs, as well as the multiple levels of GPUs and SLI/CFX options of today's GPUs. The teaser trailer above didn't really do much to tempt me personally, but fans of the series should be starting up their engines and putting on their flying boots in anticipation.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive's beta went live last week and its just days later we have our first taste of gameplay footage. CS: GO looks much prettier than the previous Source-powered Counter-Strike. Check out the video of gameplay below:
It doesn't look too bad, but compared to next-gen shooters like Battlefield 3, it just feels so... old. But, for fans of Counter-Strike, they'll look past these things. Below is also a comparison between Counter-Strike: Source and Global Offensive.
I do like the improved buying system, it looks much better than the old CS/CS:S versions. Graphics look much better than CS:S and the original CS [of course], and all of the old-school sounds are back. "Lock and Load", "Fire in the Hole", all of the gun sounds, all make it back.
Someone on the NeoGAF forums have gotten their mits on the South Park edition of Game Informer and have released details on the upcoming South Park-themed RPG. The RPG will be the first game that South Park duo Trey Parker and Matt Stone have directly participated in, where they've written the script and dialogue.
As the protagonist, you will be silent. Parker has always preferred silent protagonists, so his wishes will come true. The character you play has a smartphone which acts as the primary game menu and has a Facebook-like app which shows the number of friends you have and your current standing with the various kid factions. Five classes are said to be included, wizard, paladin, adventurer, rogue, and a fifth unannounced class.
The latest entry in the Syndicate universe is coming out next year, but today brings another video showing off some if its arsenal of guns. These 19 featured guns have all forms of ways to take down your foes.
The above Agent Tools trailer shows off 19 weapons in total, but there will be 25 weapon upgrades as well as an insane 87 attachments which should keep even the most gun-swinging FPS player happy.
If you're a fan of the original Syndicate, you'll be feeling right at home as the new game pulls a lot of inspiration from the original's arsenal. With weapons like the menacing minigun, the raging inferno of a flamethrower as well as a gauss gun. Syndicate will hit PC on February 21.
Sony have release a new system software update, version 4.00 for some. Not all users, but some at this stage. This new version is in preparation of the NGP launch, PlayStation Vita in Japan.
This update will prepare the PS3 to serve as a content management device, allowing users to copy over media such as games, music, photos, and videos between the PS Vita and PS3. It will also allow the backing up of PS Vita save data to your PS3 hardware, and update the system software for your PS Vita using the network features of your PS3.
Our second gaming nugget today, is that role-playing, dragon-slaying franchise Dragon Age, is going multiplayer. But the news doesn't stop there. Warriors won't just be attacking other warriors, dragons will reportedly be playable in Dragon Age multiplayer.
This would give gamers a chance to go head-to-head with dragons that have better attacking than swords, such as fire-breathing, flying, etc. This is all according to an insider of Kotaku's, so pinch that salt, please.
The game will apparently be powered by Frostbite 2, which powers the amazing Battlefield 3 and supposedly, even in early form, the game apparently looks stunning. Multiplayer is said to be an arena-based affair, featuring player versus environment (PvE) elements as well as the player-vs-player (PvP) as well as humans fighting dragons.
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A few quick gaming nuggets today! Firstly we have the news of the long-awaited Counter-Strike: Global Offensive beta beginning today. It was delayed for a little while there, but some good news for CS fans out there today!
The game is still aiming for an "early 2012" release, and it should be good to go then too if the beta has lifted off today. If any of our readers have gotten into the beta, please do let us know what you think by commenting below. Personally, I'm hesitant with CS:GO, I really expected a next-gen FPS, with the same feel of "freshness" that Counter-Strike first introduced all those years ago.
I wouldn't mind some real-time destruction, making for much more frantic shoot outs and battles. One can only wish.
During an interview with Industry Gamers, creator of Ultima, Richard Garriott had a few things to say about consoles. He thinks consoles will be extinct in the near future. Really...
With consoles multi-billion dollar, long-term investments for companies such as Sony and Microsoft, it is a bet. A big one. Longer development cycles are now the norm, with both companies touting a 10-year life cycle for this generation, and we're already up to seven years now.
Consoles are also now faced with super-tough competition from what seems all sides. Smartphones are more powerful than ever, tablets will receive quad-core chips within days thanks to NVIDIA's Tegra 3 and the first Tegra 3-powered tablet, ASUS' Eee Pad Transformer Prime. Social gaming on PC is not helping with companies such as Zynga having over 100 million active users on games such as CityVille.
YES! Battlefield 3's first [and hopefully not last] expansion pack, Back to Karkand, has a release date of December 14. It comes out seven days earlier on the Sony PlayStation 3, with a release date of December 7.
Sony's Asian PlayStation Store lists Battlefield 3 Back to Karkand for December 7, 2011, which is how the news broke of the December 14 date. I don't mind waiting 7 more days, because I'm just so damn excited.
For now, enjoy yesterday's gameplay footage from one of the maps on Back to Karkand, Gulf of Oman.