I played through this level already guys, and it DOESN’T. END. WELL.
The UK’s The Telegraph today gave a report on an interview from the Russian envoy to Libya who, in a tone of voice that could be described as “unusually calm” described how Libya’s prime minister Baghdadi al-Mahmudi told him about their plans to Keep Reading
After a great deal of hype and two albums that garnered a hell of a lot of critical acclaim and the cult-like following that comes with many in the nerdcore genre, Kirby Krackle — a nerdy name if you ever heard one — is set to officially release their 3rd album, Super Powered Love, on July 19th. And just to solidify their place in the annals of nerd rock history, their name refers to legendary comic book artist Jack Kirby’s attention to detail on his Silver Surfer covers — in other words, the ability he had to make chrome and granite shine, or “crackle.”
There you go, the longest and yet shortest explanation behind a band’s origin I’ve evr given. The boys will play a show at Comic-Con in a few days as well, as sort of official celebration. Titled Super Powered Love, KK also released an animated video late last year for the single “Up, Up, Down, Down,” off their first album, as well as 2 bonus tracks that were written exclusively for the Rock band game called “Ring Capacity” and “Vault 101.”
And lo and behold, something good came out of the Star Wars prequels. (By…extension). If you feel like having some laughs, watching people play through almost EVERY Star Wars game ever imagined, and maaaybe giving something for a good cause, check these guys out.
They are the Speedgamers, and they game for good! (As opposed to gaming for evil. Which I have no idea how to do.)
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…let’s make fun of her now. First off, her opinion’s at odds with about a million polls: Among them, The Entertainment Software Association poll reports that the average game player is 37 years old. Yeah, it ain’t exactly Gallup, but we’ll take it anyways.
Apparently one fan of the Today show felt the need to ask Kathie Lee Gifford (of all people) if she thought it was weird for guys in their 30s to play video games. Answered Gifford: “No. That’s weird.” Then, she added for no reason – in that spasmodic, idiot savant like way – “Xbox.”
Millionaire entrepreneur Donny Deutsch echoed Gifford’s sentiment: “there should be something more on your mind, your attention, than video games.” Thanks for the help, asshat.
There’s no reason Gifford wouldn’t know what she’s talking about. Look at her credentials. She’s proven over and over one with the expertise and knowledge on what normal social behavior is. Like that time she wrote a song for an autistic kid:
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On the surface, I was pleased to see an article like this, especially in the wake of the recent Supreme Court Ruling. But on the downside, I was a little troubled. As someone who pays attention to the news for a living, this reminded me a little bit Keep Reading
You’ve been DOMINATED. Check out this awesome PS2 collection by collector Ahans76, as presented by playstationcollecting.com
Guys, I cannot tell you how excited I am about this. Not becuase this is going to be the videogame that becomes the nirvana of all video games and dominates society and will beat out Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 and Bioshock Infinite and and and and….breathe, breathe…
Phewph, sorry about that. Here we go. Slowly this time. A Sony development team in the UK has been confirmed to be working on a video game based on a Bollywood film called Ra.One. If you don’t know about Bollywood Films, you MUST WATCH THIS CLIP. We’re talking robot turns himself into giant ball and giant snake made out of copies himself kind of crazy. Keep Reading
When I was but a gleam in my father’s eye, he went out and purchased what was probably the original only good computer game system. It was called the Commodore 64, and was really the first platform designed exclusively for gaming (even though you could technically use it for programming as well – and even dial-up modems if I remember correctly).
My dad was awesome enough to go out and buy a slew of games for said system, and of course now it’d be like comparing Pong to L.A. Noire, but what the C64 lacked in quality it made up for in quantity. So many games for that system, so many of them good. Anyways, to dispense with the nostalgia:Kotaku this week pays tribute to the c64, and I honestly feel like I’d be betraying my roots if I didn’t help out. Specifically, we’re talking The Last Ninja – what I can only sort of remember as being recognized as a groundbreaking game, but one that I never got around to playing.
It’s hard to tell from the video herein, but all you gaming newbies, recognize that this is a primal predecessor, and for being such, a game like Last Ninja was ahead of its time. But I’m a firm believer in respecting your roots, and damn if The Last Ninja doesn’t want to make me pluck down another $600 bucks and grab the re-release of this classic 1982 system.
Alright, so Xzibit wouldn’t be proud of my failed attempt up there. Still, check this out. Onlive has just secured a partnership with Facebook to bring their content to the Facebook platform. Meaning that instead of using Onlive on your PC to play games–you’d….be able to use your Facebook? Huh?
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“It would be okay if they charged a quarter for it.”
The provebial reaction by Jace Hall Show Producer/Director Todd Roy on the announcement that Space Invaders will be made into a major motion picture.
Space Invaders, the consummate classic, is ranked as the Top Arcade Game of all time by the Guinness Book of World Records, which is apparently enough for producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Odd Lot Entertainment’s Gigi Pritzker to take it to the big-screen.
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This happened: Eve Online Players flipped a shit over microtransactional content like pay-for-ships a la Team Fortress 2. The developer actually flew players out to their HQ in Iceland to discuss this.
G4M3Rs do physics: Angry Birds Make Happy Physicists
Army bans toe-shoes! Now my good friend Higgins cannot do Parkour in the desert.
Verizon muders the unlimited Data Plan, shoots in the head, then buries it at sea. (But gives current unlimited owners the chance to upgrade to 4G phones at the same price for unlimited?)
Sony slips with the PSN Pass–which–seems totally useless and is just a way to make you buy new games.
Bioware has NO IDEA what’s under Tali’s Helmet! FANFICS, YOU ARE REDEEMED!
Star Wars in your Modern Warfare: N00btube some Stormtroopers!
A report by Gartner market research shows that people will spend 74 billion dollars on video games this year, that’s up 10% from last years number of 67 billion.
Much of this is due to video games being more playable across different platforms.
Mobile games are the most downloaded application category across most application stores,” says principal research analyst Tuong Nguyen. “For this reason, mobile gaming will continue to thrive as more consumers expand their use of new and innovative portable connected devices.
Online and social gaming was the least profitable, althought it is forecasts to grow steadily between now and 2015.
The report concludes that by 2015, people will spend roughly 112 billion dollars on video games.
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I know maybe one guy with a Wii…and a ton of other guys who spend the majority of their time on XBox and PS3 and pretty much every other system but the Wii. Tried playing it a couple times and just couldn’t get the feel for it.
But recent developments at the company have me thinking of coming back:it’s proving to be a very big year (or 2) for Nintendo — who at a recent conference unveiled their new Wii (insert dirty jokes as you see fit), also called the Wii U, as well as plans to open the time travel tunnel further with a slew of classic old SNES/64/NES titles for the 3DS.
Enter 3DS Nintendo classics: Along with the Wii U, the recently-released 3dS handheld will feature a ton of old Nintendo classics, remastered and repackaged (does anyone even remember Excitebike?) along with a bunch of the mid-90s SNES/later system classics. Among the titles coming back from the dead are Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and Star Fox 64, which took up a lot of my time as a lad. Keep Reading
We’ve talked about the future of Console Gaming here at the Jace Hall Show, and most of our expectations were sort of based on one question–why should there be new consoles? Our current generation consoles can make a lightsaber look like a lightsaber, and they’re even getting pretty close to showing true facial expression. So the processing power’s there, but what’s missing?
Well according to Ubisoft Yves Jacquier, it’s in the AI. Artificial Intelligence. The stuff that turns ordinary computers into neurotoxin-pumping, test-chamber solving, revenge-obsessed robots. No, I did not just finish playing Portal 2, why did you ask?
What if every time you died, the Old Spice Guy jumped out of the shadows and hawked his wares for you? What if when the Reaper came calling, one of those stupid car dealer ads from your hometown started playing? Or if Neil Gaiman’s version of Death (Pictured above) came to escort you to the sunless lands you were treated to a nice harmony of “I’m Lovin’ it!” before you left? Keep Reading
I’ll be honest, when I first saw this article, I went “So what? It’s metrics, the stuff they use to track player data and respond better to player demands.” Then my journalistic integrity took ahold and I actually went and read the report.
And shit got all Minority Report. A research team at North Carolina State University has developed a procedure that can accurately predict the behavior of players with an accuracy of 80%. They tested this using World of Warcraft’s achievement system, and discovered that by gathering the data of how and when players first gained their achievements, and were able to predict when and how future achievements would be Keep Reading
From Nerdcore hip-hop to even the most mainstream alt-rock artists, video game soundtracks (or soundtrack/effect clips) have a bit of a history in the music world.
With guys like Beck – who utilized Game Boy beeps and blips a few years back to make an album – it was perhaps a bit more esoteric, and under the radar. When Beck brought it to the forefront with Game Boy Variations, it was a hint of things to come : now YTCracker and MC Frontalot have made video game music an integral part of their beats and their music – even their identity. Anyways, Keep Reading
Call it the rapture, Armageddon, the End of Days, whatever. Perhaps Gorillaz are to blame for this — according to npr, though, you could go all the way back to Josie and the Pussycats for starting it, or even The Archies for having a hit single in “Sugar, Sugar.” But now there’s a legion of animated bands that have been popping up like crazy lately, from Deathklok on Cartoon Network’s Metalocalypse, to UK/Scandinavian outfit Studio Killers and their hit Ode to the Bouncer, the video for which details a CGI plus-sized girl’s quest to get into a hot nightclub overrun Keep Reading
First, some guesswork about Blizzard’s next MMO. Codename Titan could be casual?