Epic Games and Chair Entertainment, makers of what is probably the most ambitious and praised iOS franchise to date, have announced their two Infinity Blade games have collectively brought in over $30 million in earnings. The number is quite impressive with the first title being released as a new IP in December 2010, and the second just last month.
Epic Games, Inc. and its award-winning Salt Lake City-based development studio Keep Reading
Then again, if people could somehow tame rhinoceroses and komodo dragons they probably would drape them in swastikas and arm them with laser canons — so maybe companies are just giving their clients what they really want? Either way, pixelated cretaceans (thanks Websters) will have to do.
We all know that Nintendo is doing everything they can to distance their franchises from iOS devices, despite just about every other gaming company developing and porting titles to iPhone and iPad. One developer calling themselves “NER Brothers” has taken things into their own hands and released “Super Jump World”, an obvious rip-off of Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros franchise for iOS and Mac OS X.
The good news is it’s actually a half decent game, and probably the closest you’ll get to a mario game on your iPhone Keep Reading
…And think you’ve got a CHANCE IN HELL? (I get jokes.) Well, don’t abandon all hope, because according to their Press Release, all you have to do is register on their Diablo III forum (if you aren’t already), and start posting like f*cking mad.
That’s right, the tiny caveat to this whole shabang is that you have to be one of their “most prominent posters.” How that’s determined exactly, who knows — but being that millions of fanboys and girls around the world are salivating at the opportunity to play one of the most anticipated games in the history of all games, do you really need a reason?
“With a tough economy, we want players to earn their Keep Reading
We received this video mash-up from the guys over at GameHijinx. While they’re calling it a “spoof”, the montage comes across more as a tribute to the franchise’s third installment, with the entire audio of The Dark Knight Rises trailer put to crucial scenes from the game — featuring Cerebrus, Commander Shepard, and an infestation of particularly nasty-looking Collectors.
Kudos to the guys at GameHijinx behind this, who used their daily fix of all things Jace Hall Show for yet another good cause and produced what they hope will be their first major viral video. Keep Reading
A new open source program called Mineways allows Minecraft players to print out their in-game creations as real-world objects using a 3D printer. The project is the work of Eric Haines (via VentureBeat), who has also put together the video below walking us through the process.
It starts by allowing you to select a portion of your in-game Minecraft creation, and then allows you to edit the model before exporting to formats supported by 3D printing services like Shapeways. As you can see in the video, Eric uses the software to export the file to Shapeways and ends up with a physical model of the in-game Eiffel Tower. His website is also full of tips on getting the most out of the software and gives us an idea of just how much it will cost you… Keep Reading
So what happens when The Japan Institute of Science and Technology is inspired by Sony’s anti-gravity racing game known as WipEout? Controlled quantum levitation on a replica, model WipEout track, of course…
Ever imagine the epic movie insult crew Mystery Science Theater 3000 making the move into the world of video games? On the surface it makes sense, given that video games are arguably just as if not more popular than a lot of movies anyways, and some can be just as bad.
The Mystery Science Theater 3000 crew, is taking the show to the IGN YouTube page, bringing the “droll talents” of making fun of movies to Gears of War 3.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 was basically a low-budget ode to Sci_Fi B- movies which consisted of little other than a bunch of guys (and robots) in a movie theater shouting rude things at the screen – most of which were pretty f*cking hilarious.
As with all great things, there was dissent in the ranks, and some of the creative minds behind MST3K disbanded and went off to form their own separate organizations. One was RiffTrax, which is basically MST3K without the silhouette of rowdy participants. Keep Reading
If you happen to be a frequent reader of Penny Arcade, you’re fully aware that a man who is supposedly suffering from roid rage wigged out on a customer who was pondering “where his pre-odered controller was?”
Any chance of getting an update of when these items will ship? I’m not really happy about being forced to pay upfront then have the advertised date of “Early December” be completely missed without any sort of update on availability…
Sensics isn’t the first company to market a pair of so called smart goggles. However, while most other concepts act simply as a display for another machine (like a smartphone), these Android-powered 3D Smart Goggles work completely independently of your phone.
The goggles concept shown off in the video below and image above is known simply as the Sensics SmartGoggles, codenamed “Natalia”. AndroidCommunity correctly points out that it is really more a helmet, then goggles. Nonetheless, Sensics is promising full 3D capability, a 360 degree field of view, and an overall experience that caters to gamers.
As you can see in the video, it appears that some type of motion control/ gestures will Keep Reading
Apple’s policies on accepting (only to quickly remove) most emulators from the App Store have been sketchy to say the least. Commodore 64 has slipped through the cracks and remains in the App Store, while the majority of others have already been given the axe by Apple. For whatever reason, it appears that they have now allowed iMAME.
There’s no doubt the free download, which comes with 9 pre-installed games, is definitely worth picking up. Among those titles– Circus, Crash, Fire One, Hard Hat, Robot Bowl, Side Track, Spectar, Star Fire, and Targ. Keep Reading
Anyone remember the big virtual gaming craze that came and went way back when, with those huge polygons, and movies like The Lawnmower Man?
Well, the PS VITA is out, and it may be the closest thing we may have (minus the ridiculous headsets) to “virtual gaming.”
Equipped with two special cameras that projects a separate ‘gaming world’ layer on top Keep Reading
Today Google has officially announced the first round of Chrome Web Store games to utilize Native Client, a technology that could enable console quality games to play directly through the Chrome web browser.
Google announced back in August that apps available in the Chrome Web Store would soon be able to take advantage of native code-execution, allowing game devs to “build web applications that seamlessly execute native compiled code inside the browser”. For the end user, this means web apps that run as if they were running natively on your system– the potential for console quality games in a browser. Keep Reading
The result is pretty fun to watch — hey who don’t like seein’ sh*t get blowed up good?! — but also pretty straightforward compared to the amazing Guns video from summer. So much so that one wonders who had more creative control, the company or the creative talent. Keep Reading
Sure it may be missing some lag and also fails to bring up the obligatory sign in page where you originally enter your EA ID for seemingly no reason, but this re-creation by NoFrontier100 is one of the more realistic examples of video games IRL you’ll ever see. Even the most ardent and die-hard gamer has to give props to the video that blends elements of the game rather seamlessly. Keep Reading
If the headline of ninjas unboxing a Galaxy Nexus took you by surprise, you’re probably not familiar with the original ninja unboxing videos that accompanied the release of the first two Google Nexus devices.
The first two videos (here and here) used some creative stop motion and animation techniques, but the new ninja unboxing video for the Galaxy Nexus is a full-fledged 8-bit arcade game available on YouTube. Keep Reading
Here’s a reason to maybe go back to school, without having to take out a huge loan. As Good Education reports, MIT’s Sloan School of Business is now offering MBA management skills for free, via “Platform Wars” — an online video game which offers you the chance to dominate the video game market as a super-bright, uber talented, and if need be, ruthless CEO.
The game is relatively straightforward: become the leader of Sony’s Playstation or Nintendo, and do whatever you can to maximize cumulative profit in the next 10 years and beat out your chief competitors. Keep Reading
If anyone is qualified to comment on the future of graphics in the tech industry it’s GPU maker Nvidia. If you believe CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, the real-time graphics in console games will be surpassing the quality of the highest quality pre-rendered cutscenes by 2019.
While noting that a PS3 has only several hundred gigaflops, he claims consoles in 2019 will reach up to 40 teraflops, on par with some of today’s most powerful supercomputers. However, while your typical supercomputer takes megawatts to power, Huang says, “We will be able to deliver that level of capability in 2019 in a game console with a 100 watts”.
While Huang has certainly been no stranger to making bold claims in the past, as gamers it’s interesting to hear how far away we are from truly achieving a seamless experience between cutscenes and gameplay. Keep Reading
A project entitled Alter Egoby photographer Robbie Cooper sets out to compare real world gamers with their online counterparts, giving us a glimpse into how gamers represent their own personalities through their online characters.
Cooper spent three years taking photos of gamers in Korea, France, China, and Germany, while at the same time documenting their online avatars in various games including City of Heroes, Second Life, and World of Warcraft.
The result was a fascinating look at how we perceive ourselves in the online world, and at the same time get lost in the fantasy of a world not restricted by the physicality of our bodies in real life. As the project’s description describes it, it’s a “phenomenon that is shaping the future of human interaction”.
Cooper has been no stranger to photographing gaming related subjects Keep Reading
There’s the “Pokemon Medley” from “Pokemon.” “Guilty” from “L.A. Noire.” “Gerudo Valley” from “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.” “Still Alive” from “Portal.” If only my choir in elementary school had sung songs like these — probably a lot more people would have joined and it wouldn’t have seemed so sissy…
But video game music is something that Berklee, one of America’s most reknown schools for music, takes very seriously.
Aside from the choir shown below, The Berklee Video Game Orchestra was founded in 2008 at Berklee, bringing together musicians from Berklee as well as the Boston Conservatory and the New England Conservatory of Music to play video game jamz Keep Reading