Gaming News - Page 1746
This morning, GameStop launched a massive digital retail store on their Facebook Fan Page. The store was developed by Adgregate Markets, a Sausalito, CA based startup that has already designed and built around 50 other digital Facebook stores. This seems like a natural move for Gamestop as they already have around 1.8 million likes on their fan page. Facebook stores utilize an already-present consumer market, as those same fans will receive promotions and marketing incentives on their respective Facebook Newsfeeds. Selling merchandise on Facebook also allows users to do things like "like" and Share products on other people's Facebook walls, as well as gift products for Facebook friends.
According to Venturebeat, Gamestop hopes that the arrival of the Facebook store will generate revenue somewhere around $1.5 billion, more than 10% of their total sales. With almost 7,000 stores, it's clear that the video game retailer has no intention of going completely digital, but with online stores and video game digital renting services becoming more and more prevalent, GameStop now has a hand in digital revenues.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, fanboys all over the world will rejoice to learn of the upcoming Evil Dead Game for iPhone. Though it has been 30 years since the film's release in 1981, Evil Dead still has a both loyal and sizable fanbase. And unlike most adaptations of popular cultishly-followed media, this one's getting a nod from its creators, Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert.
Sam, Bruce [Campbell] and I have always been interested in finding ways to bring our 1980's Evil Dead into the digital age. And taking this first step with Trigger has been a great experience.
Trigger is the company charged with developing the game, and one that has made successful mobile apps for many Hollywood movies in the past. This is a bit of a departure from their previous work, as Evil Dead is 30 years old and most of their subject matter deals with adaptations of (at the time of development) recently or to-be-shortly released films like The Green Hornet and the latest installment of The Karate Kid.
The app (release date TBA) will be available for $2.99 on the iPhone and $4.99 on the iPad. Seems kinda steep, but the game promises 30(!) chapters of gameplay as well as what looks like a Nintendo Mii of Bruce Campbell, who apparently wears...
Atari greatest hits out for iOS, includes Missile Command, John Connor spotted playing it before the T1000 chased him into oblivion
The app runs on iPhones, iPod touches and iPads - the app is the first to support the iCade mini iPad arcade cabinet which is set to launch this June. The game includes access to arcade classics such as Asteroids, Centipede, Millipede, Battlezone, Missile Command, Crystal Castles, and Tempest. Also, users will have access to a selection of Atari 2600 titles like Combat, Adventure, Night Driver, Star Raiders, Outlaw, all the Real Sports titles, and Yars Revenge.
Remember ASteroids? Like, for Atari? How quickly things would devolve once you had blasted a few of the big ones and you were spinning wildly out of control? Imagine that in 3D environment, but with giant bouncing bright-hued balls reminiscent of grade school gym class. That's Terry Weissman's Ball Pit, available now, for free, for iPhone 4.
So 3D Asteroids for iPhone you say? "Eh", you say? This is not a platform game- you can actually move within the environment by moving in real life. If you take a few steps back, you'll move backwards in real time within the game. You're in a giant doorless and windowless room with a bunch of bouncy balls. And a bouncy ball gun. Stuff is going to bounce off the walls "behind" you and to the sides, so you're going to be aiming your iPhone 4 in various directions at a very rapid pace. I just played the game for about 10 minutes before falling over a chair, a table, and at least one person.
This app treads the line between Augmented and Virtual Reality, but I'll call it a win for AR because you can interact with the environment using your own. AR needs as many wins as it can get lately anyway.
Ball Pit also impressively demonstrates the iPhone's inner gyroscope, but more importantly answers the question of whether you, yourself, have one that is reliable.
Not a game for the bus or the streets, kiddies.
Max Payne 3 details, includes fat and balding Max, bullet-time and will most likely be a console port for PC gamers
It's reported that Max Payne 3 will feature flashbacks to bridge the gap from the last two Max Payne games. Painkillers are still Max's requirement for health, but the comic book frames are not being featured, in their plac will be "an animated collage of action footage" - but Rockstar still maintains there will be a comic book approach.
Sega announced today on their blog that Spiral Knights is finally available for free download and play on pretty much everything, including Windows, Mac OS and Linux (Yay!- Linux users got something to play besides Super Tux!) The game was developed by San Francisco-based Three Rings of Puzzle Pirates fame, and features impressive visuals as well as immediate accessibility. Whether you're a longtime MMORPG gamer or just new to internet gaming altogether, you'll still very much enjoy Spiral Knights.
I briefly took it out for a spin (download was fast, 2-3 min) to check out the visuals and familiarize myself with the gameplay.
Definitely going to revisit this one in the wee hours of the evening.
Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon will be available for the PS3 for the first time July 5th of this year. Hopefully you're not squeamish at all around bugs, especially gruesomely detailed ones rendered as large as your television- otherwise this might be one to skip.
Vicious Cycles released screenshots of the upcoming game introducing six very ugly giant insect classes: Wolf Spider, Tick (ew), Black Ant, Wasp, Daddy Long Legs, Bomber Spider, and Mantis. Despite what campy horror movies and the Japanese would have us believe, science and physics preclude building-sized insects from existing- but some of these screen shots made me shudder in revulsion, especially the ticks:
Evidently they try to run at you so they can explode all over you with corrosive acid. Ew ew. EDF: Insect Armageddon boasts the chance to destroy swarms of alien insect creature and classy arcade-style action, with online multiplayer available too! Even if you're an arachnophobe, here's your chance to get back at those creatures that have been tormenting you for years.
EDF in 3 different titles enjoyed a fair amount of success in Japan, but will now be available in non-import form in a brand-new title for America, and more importantly, PlayStation.
The game will be available for the PS3 for the surprisingly not-wallet-busting price of 39.95. Thanks, Vicious...
It has some quotes from Robbie Bach, former president of Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices division:
Am I happy to have been a part of the destruction of PC gaming? No, of course not. But I am proud of the fact that I've helped convince a generation of gamers that it's cool to pay $10 for a pair of virtual sunglasses and that playing online should be considered a premium feature. Look, guys, no one's stopping your from installing Doom II and playing through that again, right? I mean, what's the difference between that and Black Ops, really?
Regardless, IGN's Brian Altano, Arthur Gies and Nick Kolan put together a nifty info-graphic to explain some stuff about what over 1,000,000 users have been up to in the land of Telara since Rift's launch 28 days ago. Whether it's dealing more damage than healing, looting 44 billion total in coins, or just collecting over 9 million souls, Rift users have been making the most out of the first MMORG in a long time that has had the balls to compete with World of Warcraft. If you're not convinced, see their advertising tagline:
We're not in Azeroth anymore.
Beta testers of the new dashboard upgrade get a free copy of Halo: Reach once they are accepted into the new preview programme. This is most likely not just a free gift, but the disc probably uses the new format.