Thursday, 10th November 2011
It’s been a full 48-hours since Modern Warfare 3 was released and we finally have a second to sit down and take in its initial impact, which is already overshadowing the competition (Battlefield 3 who?).
“I don’t usually do this but, if u like MW3 go 2 Metacritic.com & help our user score. It’s suspiciously low. Be honest but help if u agree.”-Sledgehammer Games’ Glen Schofield
Although Schofield is begging people on Twitter to increase the 2.8 out of 10 (and below) average user score on metacritic, reviews and our first impressions from the little hands-on time we’ve had have mostly been Keep Reading
Remember Microsoft’s vision of the future concept video that we showed you a couple weeks back? It might have impressed some, but former Human-Interface Inventor for Apple Bret Victor is calling out Microsoft, saying the concept is a “timid increment from the status quo.”
That “status quo” he’s referring to is the same touchscreen display that most popular platforms (iPad included) currently use as their main approach to interaction. In other words, he thinks the touchscreen form factor is limiting, as he calls it, a “pictures under glass sacrifice” that provides only a “hokey visual facade.”
Victor explained: Keep Reading
Written By Jeff Nau
Psychoanalyze all you want about the following clip; at least the filmmakers don’t beat around the bush with a ridiculous title like Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend. No, the people behind Big Tits Zombie knew what they were getting into with this one, and refused to pull any punches.
There’s really nothing to explain, except maybe to lend further credit to an ongoing belief that something’s up with animators in Japan (even though it’s mostly live-action, there’s one portion of the clip which is obviously animated). Keep Reading
In 2010, Nintendo chief Satoru Iwata was quoted as saying Apple is the “enemy of the future”, and judging by recent estimates by analytics firm Flurry, a year later Nintendo is officially losing their so called war against iOS.
The firm’s U.S. Portable Game Software by Revenue estimates have been updated to include 2011 numbers, which see iOS and Android’s combined marketshare tripling to 60%, while Nintendo takes second place with 36%. That’s a huge 21% decrease for Nintendo who had a 57% share just a year ago, while iOS and Android increased significantly Keep Reading
It was merely a decade ago when humans had to adjust a pair of rabbit ear antennas to retrieve content through their TV set. But here we are in 2011, where phones talk to us instead of us talking to them and where politicians don’t get caught cheating in office, but on twitter. Times are clearly changing, and inherent within all of this is how content is delivered to us, particularly on our television set.
For those of you perusing the market, gawking at the endless choices of how to get all of your reality TV shows, Blu-Ray, video games, and movies on one device, there might be a lot of confusion. Undoubtedly there Keep Reading
We suppose it was only a matter of time, really…but here it is, courtesy of Elder Scrolls enthusiast Dan Bull, who took the main themes of everyone’s favorite dragon-slaying RPG and made it into a pretty cool rap.
With a British accent that could rival Michael Caine’s, Bull highlights all the things that make Skyrim such a beloved part of the series (though the graphics and cinema sequences could be reason enough):
“I don’t just spit flames lyrically Keep Reading
As you may have heard, Yesterday Brett Ratner announced that he will officially step down from hosting the Oscars. The decision comes following days of mounting pressure to abandon the show, as well as public outrage over the homophobic slur he made last week at a Tower Heist Q&A session: when a reporter asked Rattner whether he rehearsed before a scene, Ratner answered that “rehearsal is for fags.”
Rumblings in the entertainment industry also show it might not have been super-helpful that Ratner followed it up with a Howard Stern appearance in which he talked openly about his sex life, including f*cking Lindsay Lohan and others Keep Reading
Adam Freeman waited four months to walk into Game Stop and to finally pick up his copy of MW3. With the game’s release yesterday, Freeman picked up his 60 dollar game and returned home eagerly awaiting the chance to give one of the most anticipated games of the year a first play.
That was until David Morales an 18 year old man, blocked Friedman in his car and pointed a gun at him, demanding he fork over the video game.
Freeman told police that the suspect, “racked a round,” and ordered him to Keep Reading
Building block-filled sandbox Minecraft is perhaps the biggest indie game in recent memory, and as of last count, the constantly refreshing counter on the game’s website is up to 4,016,541 copies sold. In fact, I’ve changed the number several times before publishing this article as it seems to be refreshing just about every minute.
This is a pretty impressive milestone for an indie game that began development in 2009 by relatively unknown Swedish developer Markus Persson. The game, which still comes with the “beta” tag attached, is technically still in development, but has already grown to 16,140,895 registered players and allowed Persson to form his own company, Mojang. There are currently official ports for iOS and Xbox Kinect in development, while the PC beta and Keep Reading
Written By Jeff Nau
Yeah, we were trying to wean ourselves from the over-exposed teet of Nolan’s last Batman movie, but a) it’s impossible to avoid anymore, and b) you know you want to watch. So how about 3 videos of pure Gotham anarchy?
We’ll spare you the trailer, which everybody’s seen and with dialogue that really does sound like something out of General Hospital. Here’s a small collection of the best of it featuring cops vs. robbers in a battle for Gotham’s collective soul.
For the record, there’s a lot riding on the new Batman film, especially since it’s got $250 million invested in it. While it’s pretty obvious where the money went — (I wonder how much Goldman Sachs rents out their streets for?) Keep Reading
Written By Jordan Kahn
It was discovered back in June that Apple was working on some type of native panorama camera functionality after code strings indicated functions such as “Take Panorama” and “Saving Panorama”. Back then there rumors that the feature might end up baked into iOS 5, which obviously didn’t come to fruition when it was released in October.
Up until this week we hadn’t heard many updates, but we now have solid proof with hackers Conrad and Chpwn enabling the feature and making it available to jailbroken iPhone users through Cydia tweaks. Luckily for non-jailbroken users (the majority of us), you can now enable the feature with or without Keep Reading
It must officially be Batman week. With all the hype we’ve been giving the Caped Crusader lately, I think the least Nolan could do would be to hire us as advisors for all things Dark Knight-related. Or maybe send a a little cash?
The video below follows in the leniage of some great Batman online videos, starting with the origin of Batman’s death metal croon. According to College Humor, he had to go through quite a few alterations.
As predicted last week, Barnes & Noble’s new Nook Tablet was recently announced with a $249 price tag and some pretty impressive specs, while the two other current Nook models both got a refresh and price drops. While some are comparing the Nook, like the recently launched Amazon Kindle Fire, to the iPad, anyone who has used both devices quickly realizes they aren’t even close.
Despite the new Nook being adorned with the “tablet” moniker, and both the Nook Tablet and Fire running scaled-back versions of Android, they are both technically multimedia readers. In other words, they act as a media hub for Barnes & Noble’s and Amazon’s online content stores. They both have Keep Reading
But as hobbies turned inward to video and computer games, with new gamers popping up from age 1 to 100, girls are getting in on the act and causing a new question to materialize in the gaming world:
What does it mean to play like a girl…in video games?
Apple has released an update to their Apple Store app that yet again is an example of their constant innovation in retail.
The new update includes two major new features– Personal Pickup and EasyPay, which together make it easier for customers to order, purchase, and pickup products from an Apple retail store using their iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad.
EasyPay is essentially a self-checkout solution that will allow customers to walk into an Apple Store and purchase select accessories by scanning a barcode and paying within the app.
In other words, you’ll be able to check yourself out and purchase products without ever interacting with an Apple Store employee. You won’t be able to purchase a shiny new $1000+ Mac yourself, however, the feature Keep Reading
Everyone knows that Michael Bay’s bread and butter is his action sequences…and if there are cars involved, they will be flying down the road at some point, usually hurled towards a protagonist we’re indifferent towards.
So we’re happy to say that this is just Michael Bay doing what he does best, and man Keep Reading
Written By Jeff Nau
Before you scoff and dismiss the newest big-screen, real-people-adaptation-of-a-beloved-Anime/video game franchise, (ignoring of course something like this) you should know that the adaptation of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is being directed by Takashi Miike, the same madman who brought us stomach-churning-yet-brilliant thrillers like Audition and Ichi The Killer.
Written By Jeff Nau
Written rather crudely in Flash, (though that’s hardly a slam, as he had 24 frakkin’ hours), Thomas has gotten an extreme makeover — and a year later, its 2.0 version has a new trailer.
Though it’s not really clear as to why Mike sought to write a game in 24 hours (challenge? bet? Pure masochism?), give him credit for being able Keep Reading
Written By Jordan Kahn
If you’re like me, you probably feel a sense of urgency to purchase a game the first week, or even the first day it’s released. Aggressive marketing campaigns months in advance of a game’s release certainly helps build the anticipation, but is it really worth NOT waiting for the inevitable price drops, patches, and reviews in the weeks following a title’s launch? In my experience, it rarely is.
First of all, the majority of games will see a price drop within the first three months of release, many much sooner. If that isn’t reason enough, the deal gets even sweeter when devs end up bundling previously paid DLC into the retail copy of the game– sometimes for even less than the game originally debuted for without Keep Reading
Written By Jordan Kahn
With games on current generation consoles blurring the lines between Hollywood-style epic narratives and conventional gameplay, the voice actors behind the lead characters in our favorite games can be crucial to the overall experience.