I always love me a good rumor, but I'm not so sure I'm happy with all the parts of this one. Oh, also, before we begin, take the salt and do your thing. Also, knock on some wood for a part of this rumor to be changed. Ok, let's go. The Xbox 720 has been fully detailed to some third parties and we now know that it is slated for a Christmas 2013 release.
The next-generation Xbox will come with a Blu-ray player, contrary to some reports. This is a nice feature so that you don't have to buy a separate player. It will also allow the games to be bigger since a Blu-ray disc holds so much more data. Additionally, multiple sources have confirmed the same thing: it will have two GPUs. One said: "It's like two PCs taped together."
There's no final confirmation of the specs for the GPUs, but it's thought that they are equivalent to AMD's 7000 series GPUs. However, they are not SLI or Crossfire enabled. Instead of alternating, they will be able to work simultaneously to individually draw objects and items on screen. There will be four or six cores in the Xbox's CPU, one of which is reserved for the OS and one for the Kinect.
And finally, the part of the rumor I want changed. The Xbox 720 is rumored to require an always-on internet connection in order to combat piracy. I hate this, partially because my home internet is pretty bad and drops a lot. They really need to come up with better anti-piracy measures than making a user experience horrible.
You know what? April Fool's Day can suck it. As a news reporter, it's pretty impossible to sift through news to find the 'real' stuff, but this was posted by Edmund on SuperMeatBoy.com on March 31st, so if he is trolling... then damn you! On with the news!
Super Meat Boy: The Game is reportedly hitting mobile devices, and instead of making a "sub-par" version of the game, the team have decided to remake the whole game from the ground up. They have only started working on it, and as they hit certain development points, they'll start discussing the innards of the game.
They have said a few things about what the game is, and isn't:
What the game is:
- A feature length touch controlled platformer SPECIFICALLY designed for Touch devices.
What the game isn't:
- a shitty port of an existing game with non tactile buttons spread all over the screen blocking the players view and making for frustrating controls.
- the Super Meat Boy you're used to, there are aspects of Super Meat Boy in there, obviously, but this is a brand new game with new art, new sound, everything.
Gamasutra recently talked with EA's chief creative director Rich Hilleman on the history of the company, and how its approach to the game-making business has affected the industry. The topic of Minecraft popped up, with Hilleman suggesting that the independent developer could be doing better financially with someone like EA on their side.
We have seen indie developers recently see the dollar signs and quickly let themselves get scooped up, or invested in, but Notch is standing by his guns. First up, this is what Hilleman said:
As somebody who has had to reinstall Windows on my son's computer after he attempted to install Mod Manager on that machine, there's a lot of value to be provided for the customer in making Minecraft and its mods and installations something that's a more commercial and predictable product.
And those are the kinds of things that Notch needs help with, and that without the help of a publisher or other support, he's probably not going to get there completely by himself. Now maybe his community will, and I'd love to see that happen. It's a great experiment; I'm really anxious to see what happens.
Design firm Coque Design have reportedly worked on illustrations for certain features of the PlayStation 4 (or whatever they call it). The pictures have since been removed, but were labelled 'Illustrations & Sketches for new PlayStation Orbis features".
If you haven't yet read about it, Orbis is the codename for Sony's next-generation PlayStation console. The photos show several people moving around in front of a motion-sensing device, like Sony's EyeToy or Microsoft's Kinect, that rests on a television. It shows a person using what seems to be a smart device to control music that may be linked to the game system also.
Not much info apart from the picture itself and an explanation is available, but this news is just adding to the collection pile that is PS4-based news. More as it comes.
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SimCity V will require the Internet in order to launch, always-on Internet connection fears have been confirmed
Rather depressing news about SimCity V has found its way out of the cracks of the Internet, and EA. EA issued a clarification to Gamespy, where they have confirmed that whilst you'll require an Internet connection to launch SimCity, you won't get booted from the game if your connection drops.
This is kind of a let down, as it just simply means you require the Internet to play. Yes, you won't get kicked if your connection drops, but what if you want to have a quick 30-minute bash when you're on the train, or a plane? What if you're on holiday and want to crank out some city-building goodness but don't have an Internet connection?
It's a shame that EA have gone down this route, but maybe with enough talk about it, they'll change their ways? We can only hope, but I'm personally not happy with requiring an Internet connection to play a game like SimCity. I didn't in the 90s and I shouldn't now.
The latest Battlefield 3 patch gets unleashed today, and has some great tweaks as well as "shortcut items" which lets players buy items rather than putting in the hours to unlock them. This is explained as "if you're new to the game, this is the perfect way to gain some ground on the veterans online". Really, DICE?
There's bundles that include a bunch of gear, and other bundles that just have smaller collections inside. I don't really like the idea of someone being able to just dump their digits online and jump right up to where you are, equipment-wise, after you've spent countless hours working your way up the proverbial ladder.
There's an updated Commo Rose which should keep players happy, and has been designed specifically for the PC (or just ctrl+c, ctrl+v from BF2), using the keyboard and mouse in a more intelligent way. Improved mini maps are also included, where we have "map", "satellite", and "hybrid" views. Definitely looks the goods!
The original two Max Payne games were amazingly awesome single-player games, but didn't feature any form of multiplayer. For years, fans like myself have wanted a multiplayer Max Payne game, and it seems like the team over at Rockstar are delivering the goods for Max Payne 3. The video below shows off a bunch of different multiplayer modes, as well as the famous bullet time, now in multiplayer games.
Everyone has always wondered and theorized how bullet time would work in a multiplayer game, would it slow down time for the entire server? How would it look on another persons screen? Well, in Max Payne 3, the bullet time only affects the players that are in the players field of vision who are using bullet time. Very nice.
We'll also see some cool game modes such as Gang Wars, where the storyline and objectives will change based on the outcome of each round. We also have Payne Killer mode, which throws a well-armed Max Payne and his sidekick against everyone else, in a sort of Max Payne plus Sidekick versus the world, in a game of next-gen Max Payne tag.
A new rumor has hit the streets regarding the upcoming PS4. The rumor details its code name, chip maker, and some other curious details. So let's begin. First off, its codename is believed to be Obris, or "circle," possibly to make it part of a "circle of life" with the PS Vita. The cell procaphessor is rumored to be dropped completely along with the Nvidia graphics.
In its place its rumored to use a 64-bit, x86-based AMD processor as well as graphics based on AMD's Southern Island core, which powers the 7700 series and up. Likely, the performance would be towards the upper spectrum of gaming performance. It should be able to play 3D games at 1080p but probably only regular games at 4K (4096x2160).
Switching to the x86 processor would cause the new PS4 not to be backward compatible with PS3 games. It also is rumored that the PS4 would block used games, at least to some extent. They may take a step like selling an online pass, but this step will still anger companies like GameStop.
Epic's Unreal Engine 3 powers some pretty great games, such as Gears of War 3 and Mass Effect 3. But now, some lucky FBI cadets are going to be getting to use it for a new crime scene sim as part of their training. This is coming about through a newly launched Unreal Government Network. Today Epic announced a long-term licensing agreement with Virtual Heroes.
Virtual Heroes is a interactive learning simulation company based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Part of this licensing agreement sees other agencies and units of the United States, and its allies, using the technology. Already, several games are in the works. The FBI has their multiplayer crime scene simulator and a "top-five defense contractor" and a "national laboratory" are using Epic's tech for custom-made model "integrations and visualization."
Additionally, Virtual Heroes and Duke University are developing an anesthesiology training application for Army physicians. Along these same lines, a HumanSim platform, which is aimed at medical education and training, is also in development.
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Good Old Games renames themselves to just 'GOG', now offers newer titles, as well as a new site design
Good Old Games offer some insanely cool stuff, and in this post-PC world (let's face it, consoles and casual gaming are the dominant force now), and have thrown a bunch of new things into the mix. First up we have Good Old Games renaming themselves to just 'GOG', which makes sense really... GOG are now offering newer titles instead of just the older titles we all know and love.
This means that we will see AAA new titles, as well as more partners for GOG, with new partners and developers joining every month. GOG have also just rolled out a new website layout, which sports a more modern look, which I think looks quite swish. It's very clean, and very easy to navigate. GOG now offer their Facebook, Twitter and Google+ accounts at the footer of each page so you can get your social networking fix with GOG anytime you like.
GOG are also offering a new, faster than ever GOG.com downloader - this is only a good thing, folks! The new downloader integrates support for downloading game patches, goodies, and notifications to keep all of the GOG users up-to-date on changes on the games they've purchased, replies to forum threads, or PMs.
An experimentation through EVE Online will allow players to trade in-game currency for real-life gear, such as an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560. Players can use 20 PLEX (Pilot License Extension, an in-game item that gamers can earn and use to pay for monthly subscriptions for EVE Online) to purchase a GeForce GTX 560.
PLEX can be purchased using in-game currency called Interstellar Kredits, and can be traded amongst players. A single PLEX is equivalent to 500 million Interstellar Kredits, which can be purchased for roughly $10 in real-life money. This means 20 PLEX is roughly equal to $200, slightly less than what a decent GTX 560 retails for. But, for a game like EVE Online, how long would it take you to build up 500 million Kredits in order to purchase a single PLEX?
A long time. Any hardcore EVE Online player might have built up a bunch of Kredits, but for newbies, it might take a while. But instead of grinding away for nothing - a GeForce GTX 560 as a light at the end of a tunnel is a goal many cash-strapped gamers would love. At the moment, the deal will be initially limited to just 100 GPUs, one card per account, to test the market. Just as this news was hitting the Internet, the value of a single PLEX went up, substantially.
Angry Birds Space is something I only just got into, and something I really wanted on the new iPad. It looks absolutely gorgeous on the new Retina Display-powered 2048x1536 iPad, especially when compared next to the iPad 2. This is why I've pushed my review back from last weekend to this weekend on the new iPad, so I can give all of you a side-by-side review of some of the games, load times, and graphics.
Angry Birds Space has been great for Rovio, with the company announcing that the new Space-based game has passed the 10 million downloads mark, all within 72 hours. Just three days. Insane.
Rovio have a continuous stream of green from these little birds and pigs, and it doesn't look like the craziness will stop anytime soon. Have you picked up Angry Birds Space yet? Got a new iPad? If so, I highly suggest that you tap your fingers to the App Store, and grab it right now! It's insanely fun, addictive, and gorgeous.
Sure to be a big hit when it drops, Assassin's Creed III will have a few flavors to choose from, with all three bursting at the seams with content, and goodies. First up we have:
The Freedom Edition:
- Assassin's Creed III retail game
- A 24-cm high-quality figurine of Connor
- A steel book case art drawn by awards-winning comic artist Alex Ross
- George Washington's notebook revealing all the truth & secrets about the Assassins and the Templars during the American Revolution
- One exclusive Lithograph
- Two in-game Single Player Missions: - Lost Mayan Ruins: Connor's mission leads him in an old Mayan pyramid, full of mysteries and revelations. Players will be able to unlock Captain Kidd's fabled cutlass, a deadly, brutal and beautiful piece of steel. - Ghost of War: The tide of the Revolution turns into the Templars favour. Defeat your enemies and unlock The Pontiac's War Club, a powerful Native American weapon.
- One in-game Multiplayer Package: - The Sharpshooter package: Unleash the Sharpshooter fury in multiplayer with 1 new character, the Sharpshooter, 1 Relic, 1 Emblem, 1 special Picture and the Title of "The Jester".
You have your salt ready? Good. Throw a bit over your shoulder and keep on reading. Rumor has it that Microsoft is planning to launch something called the Xbox Lite for $100 before it launches its next-generation console. This is all according to MSnerd, someone well known for leaking Microsoft plans. So, when will this launch and what will it feature?
Unfortunately, it's not clear exactly when it will launch, but the rumor places it around Christmas 2013. This means it will end up launching close to the rumored launch date of the Xbox Next/720 which is in 2014. Also, there is no say of how they are reducing the price. It will still run the games and media apps that all of the current Xbox 360s do.
It could be that Microsoft is just taking a profit loss on it. They will need something to keep Nintendo's WiiU from taking over. Additionally, it is rumored that Kinect will see a major refresh in 2015, which this could coincide with the launch of the new Xbox Next/720. If this is the case, launching this at Christmas 2013 makes a little more sense.
Blizzard on their unstoppable path of MMORPG success have teased the world with news that they are in the early stages of development of their fifth expansion for their super-successful World of Warcraft, which will be the successor to the as-yet-released Mists of Pandaria, and this is all from Blizzard's COO, Paul Sams.
Right now, the stage that the fifth expansion in is just the development of ideas and lore that end up shaping the landscape, classes and various other puzzle pieces that go into game development. Blizzard are so far into this, that they are already teasing ideas of a sixth expansion for World of Warcraft.
Blizzard had previously admitted that fellow MMORPG, Star Wars: The Old Republic, had bitten a bunch of their subscriber numbers away, but they are hoping that their panda-based expansion will claw those members back. The teasing of future titles works two ways: keeping players interested, excited and wanting the new titles as soon as they hit, and providing confidence that WoW is not losing its grip on the MMORPG market.
Before we get into this news, I'd like to ask you to take a pinch of any salt you have near you. Thank you. Now, we have a poster over on the GameSpot forums, that has reportedly posted a bunch of unreleased information on Rockstar's upcoming Grand Theft Auto V. The details came from someone called "Gloggle", who was fired from Rockstar due to "misconduct". His quote, and info (along with spoilers for both GTA IV and V):
I am a friend of someone who recently got sacked from RockStar North for general misconduct. Because one contract to RockStar covered everything, including secrecy, and his contractual obligaton was now removed, he was legally allowed to spill the beans on Rockstar's upcoming GTA V. And he is making damn sure everyone knows about it.
Here is the info you really want:
1. The protagonist will be one character, and one character alone. His name is (as some rumours said) Albert De Silva. He's a half hispanic man who was once part of a crime family in Vice City. He decided to settle down and have kids in Los Santos. He has one son called Kevin De Silva who is your stereotypical CoD player. He's lazy, useless and shouts racial abuse online and is really into FPS games. Kevin does admire his Dad though.
GameStop fully believes that the Xbox 720/NEXT and Playstation 4 will not implement a system to block used games. This belief could be based on hope simply because GameStop relies on the used game market for around half of its profits. GameStop controls somewhere around 60-70% of first-week sales. This means that the game manufacturers need GameStop to stay around in order to market their goods.
"We think it's unlikely that there would be that next-gen console because the model simply hasn't been proven to work. Remember that used video games have a residual value. Remember that GameStop generates $1.2 billion of trade credits around the world with our used games model," said Raines. "So consider taking used games out of that, you'd have to find new ways to sell the games, and our partners at the console companies have great relationships with us."
However, when used games are sold, publishers don't see a dime. Hence they have started using online passes in the past two years to try to make some money off of the used game sales. So, while you may have to pay for a new online pass for a used game, the game itself is not going anywhere for the time being.
Microsoft's XBLA 'Arcade NEXT' sports Minecraft, drops on May 9 - possible hint of the next-generation Xbox NEXT?
Microsoft have celebrated gaming with "House Party", which was followed by "Summer of Arcade", but what follows this? Well, "Arcade NEXT", does. You're sitting there thinking "yeah, so what, Arcade NEXT", well did you know it includes Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition? Yeah, didn't think so!
The promotion starts on April 18 with Trials Evolution, April 25 brings Bloodforge, May 2 gives us Fable Heroes and then Minecraft Xbox 360 Edition drops on May 9. Minecraft will set you back 1600 Microsoft Points, Fable Heroes will set you back 800, while the rest are 1200 each ($15). All of them come with the new 400 Gamerscore ceiling.
You know what this does? Fuel rumors of the next-generation Xbox being called Xbox NEXT. It would truly make sense, wouldn't it? Arcade NEXT, in caps... Xbox NEXT in caps... I can see it now. The dots are being connected, Microsoft.
I was a huge Angry Birds fan, I played it at the dinner table on the iPad, at my day job, in bed, on the lounge, on the beanbag, on the toilet (I admit it), I played it everywhere. I was obsessed. I had to give up, but now that Angry Birds Space is here... well, I'm so tempted to swing back into things again.
Angry Birds Space is now available for a bunch of platforms: iOS-based devices like the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, as well as Android devices, PC and Mac-based systems. The new version brings a bunch of changes, the biggest change of all: gravity. This allows players to use nearby planets to perform trick shots on those nasty pigs.
Angry Birds Space sports 60 brand new levels, with more content available through in-app purchases, which is limited to the iOS variants of the game for now. Space also includes hidden goodies and secret levels, with Rovio promising regular free updates in the future.
Best of all, Apple's latest Retina Display-powered iPad gets full support with Angry Birds Space, so it should look super pretty and that has just confirmed a purchase from yours truly. Let's do this!