The secret sauce in any video game is the sound design. If you think back to your favorite games, from the chanting Simlish from The Sims to the oh-so-specific sounds of Halo’s numerous guns, you’ll recognize that the acoustics of these games can be as important as the visual elements. Sound design in games does some of the same job as visual design–just like silhouettes and color schemes can help you quickly identify players or objects you interact with, audio cues can clue you in on what’s happening in your gameplay environment. And just as vast skyboxes or moody landscapes can help set the emotional context for your game, a background score won’t just set the mood, but it also can become a legendary piece of music unto itself. Continue reading “This Is Where Your Sound Comes From: Talking With Composer Daniel Olsén” »
The PCGA’s creed, which stands for the PC Gaming Alliance, is “to introduce a quality bar for PC games so customers know better what to expect from PC game purchases”, and now it’s looking for a unified, OS Agnostic PC Gaming Certification.
Originally funded back in 2008, the PC Gaming Alliance was created so that PC gamers could experience a better quality of gameplay and get more from their gaming, as well as further it along, continuing to make it as enjoyable as console gaming. However, president and founder, Matt Ployhar, has just detailed an “OS-Agnostic” certification for PC games, hoping to expand upon all of that. Continue reading “PC Gaming Alliance Unite!” »
A friend once said, “Let’s not go to Reddit–tis a silly place.” And as silly as Reddit can be, every now and again, someone posts something that likens it to either 4chan–or it’s actually something useful to benefit mankind.
The current list is quite extensive and detailed, but it’s very interface-friendly, listing off issues by parts of the system itself. The list details things to improve with the controller, the console, the games, what happens when the console “eats” a disk, and just about everything else that desperately needs fixing with the Xbox One, or just a helpful list that Microsoft will use in the future to help gain better insight out of what their gamers want.
“I’ve put together a list of ways to improve Xbox One,” McCaffery wrote on Reddit. “Not to complain about problems but rather a way to present a list of issues that the Xbox Developers can work on to improve the experience for everyone. There is so much information dotted around everywhere I thought it would be a good idea to compile a list.”
Since it’s launch in North America on November 15th, 2013, Sony has officially sold over 2.1 million PS4 consoles and that’s something to definitely celebrate, says the update from Sony CEO, Andrew House who is “delighted” at the news:
“In what is shaping up to be a historic year for gamers, I’m delighted to share an important new milestone with you. PS4’s North American debut on November 15th was PlayStation’s largest ever, with more than one million gamers picking up a PS4 in just 24 hours. Now, with PS4’s global launch expanding to a total of 32 countries worldwide, including Europe and Latin America, I’m proud to announce that more than 2.1 million PS4s have been sold. Continue reading “More Than 2.1 Million PS4′s Sold” »
Curt Schilling, the man behind the infamous and borderline historcal crash of his company, 38 Studios, has announced that with the proper backing (ie, Money, money, money, money (money!) ), the company could be back up on it’s feet with it’s development team, calling it “innovative” enough to succeed.
Unfortunately, no one will want to invest even a ha’penny after the company made the move to Rhode Island and later claimed bankruptcy. What’s worse is that Schilling and his own partners were painted as villains by both gamers and professionals. The only game that Studio 38 managed to produce was called, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning.
The studio and development team are still available for sale, but it may very well be forever and never until someone is actually brave enough (and with money to blow) to actually bring this company back from the dead.
If you had a childhood, then you know that Legos makes everything significantly better. Except for when you step on one with your bare feet–then it’s a nightmare.
However, Tolkien fans will be either very amused or very unhappy with The Warner Brother (and their sister, Dot)’s decision to base their newest, upcoming game on The Hobbit. Set to be released in Spring, 2014, the game has been confirmed for the following consoles: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Vita, Wii U, 3DS, PC, and Mac.
The game itself will be set around the first two, Peter Jackson films of The Hobbit trilogy: An Unexpected Journey, and Desolation of Smaug. The current list of playable characters include Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, alongside a host of elves, all of whom come with their own, unique ability to aid players in their quest.
As gamer, the most frustrating thing is our console not working. All you want to do is come home after a long day and p’wn some nOObz and you can’t even do that because the console won’t read your disk, or some just as equally frustrating technical hardware failure.
Well, one gamer has uploaded a video of himself showing Xbox One owners how to (temporarily)fix the obnoxious grinding and clicking noises that some One owners have complained about hearing. “Dave d”, the chap responsible for the fix, says the problem stems from a gear within the system not lining up properly, and with the problem mostly idenfied, Dave d set up a solution gamers through a simple enough process via a video on youtube:
Big Brother is watching you. Or, more specifically, Apple is watching you. Right now. Even as we speak. Nah, that’s dramatic. But, starting soon, Apple Stores will be placing more monitors and sensors in their stores to boost sales and services. This comes with some pretty cool perks: It’ll alert you when your item is ready for pickup and even when there’s a price change on a new, apple item.
The biggest bonus that you do have the ability to turn it off, so there’s some comfort there. However, speaking a black person, the only thing I can’t help but notice when I go into some high-end store, be it for technology or otherwise, is how someone will always be watching me–assuming that maybe I can’t afford that new Macbook Pro.
That being said, you can’t tell I’m not exactly thrilled by the need for “heightened security”, as I’m a walking target just entering the store.
The one amazing thing about Amazon is that, aside from never having to leave my house to find that exact item that I want, they have just about everything. Every. Thing. (Almost.) What makes it even better is that it can also be a gamer’s Mecca for finding great deals, old games now out of sale, and even those ancient consoles people scour the earth for.
Amazon.com has just released a list of discounted, next-gen consoles. These are games that go for sixty dollars and above, but the price has been slashed down to a much more “affordable” $45 for the following games:
Angry Birds: Star Wars (PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
Call of Duty: Ghosts (Xbox One)
Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag (Xbox One)
Dead Rising 3 Day One Edition (Xbox One)
FIFA 14 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
Fighter Within (Xbox One)
Battlefield 4 (PlayStation 4)
Forza Motorsport 5 Day One Edition (Xbox One)
Knack (PlayStation 4)
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
Madden NFL 25 (PlayStation 4)
NBA 2K14 (Xbox One)
Need for Speed Rivals (Xbox One)
Ryse: Son of Rome Day One Edition (Xbox One)
The best part is that this isn’t even the complete list of games. Last week, the retailer responsible for these great price cuts released a list of upcoming titles that are also looking at some future price cuts.
Amazon will begin its five-day Black Friday sale at 8:10 a.m. ET on Monday, Nov. 25, featuring discounts on big name games including Borderlands 2: Game of The Year Edition, Kingdom Hearts Remix 1.5 HD, and other amazing titles. Stay glued to your computer sports fan!
I’ve been on YouTube enough times to know that too many creepy videos have been uploaded to that place. This one may have taken the latest title of Creepy Video of the Week.
Chris Sanders, a YouTuber and die-hard Pokémon fan who is also known for his video “Pokémon First-World Problems,” has returned with his list of the top ten (I can’t believe I’m saying this…) sexiest Pokémon.
Among the Pokémon Chris lists are Lopunny (“That Pokémon is THIIIICK,” he explained), Machamp (“Four arms. One Speedo”), and Lickitung (“Do I even have to explain this one?”).
I’ll save some of Chris’s creepier Poké-musings for you to listen to yourself. You can watch the video below, just make sure you have a bath prepared for when it’s done…
In this awesome little homage to The Hobbit, Google has gone ahead and created a full-scale, tricked out version of Middle Earth, run by the same engine that is used for Google Earth, in order to celebrate the upcoming Hobbit movie on December 13
The interactive map program allows you to click on certain points within the map and scale in to see the exact locations of city, towns, dwelling of Sir Tolkien’s magical folks, and take a memorable trip through Middle Earth.
If you’re a fan of The Hobbit, or just the Lord of the Rings series in general, check it out.
For those of you who have never heard of the mobile app, Tinder, it’s a dating app that allows you to swipe-right through profile pictures of people who are near you and share the same interests as you.
However, with wanting Tinder to be more than “just an dating app”, co-founder Sean Rad has given the app a new update that allows for more than just potential romances and booty calls. Now, aside from just clicking and looking, Tinder 3.0 allows the use of blocking people, making new connections worldwide (Or at least citywide, in some instances), and helping compatible people meet (and even marry) as well as overall evolving into an app that goes beyond the simple dating app.
“You have certain co-workers, acquaintances, and whatnot, and it would be socially awkward if you added them on Facebook.” He explains in a recent interview. ”It’d be weird to add her on Facebook, or follow on Instagram, but for the first time I can say ‘Hey Whitney, what’s up?” if we’ve both swiped right. That’s the breakthrough with Tinder. That signal has been gone until now.”
According to Rad: “Tinder is currently seeing 400 million swipes a day and 4 million matches per-day, up from 350 million and 3.5 million in October. The iOS app has been hovering towards the #10 rank in Lifestyle and #100 overall for about a year“. What’s more is that with the app available in multiple languages, you literally have the ability to talk to anyone from anywhere and meet that special someone, whether it’s strictly for networking purposes, a quick romp, or right down the aisle to “I do”.
John Carmack, the programmer responsible for those two famous titles and the co-founder of id Software, has officially left the company. In an interview with IGN, id’s studio director, Willtis, has confirmed Carmack’s departure:
“John Carmack, who has become interested in focusing on things other than game development at id, has resigned from the studio. John’s work on id Tech 5 and the technology for the current development work at id is complete, and his departure will not affect any current projects. We are fortunate to have a brilliant group of programmers at id who worked with John and will carry on id’s tradition of making great games with cutting-edge technology. As colleagues of John for many years, we wish him well.”
Carmack, who co-founded id Software, had recently joined Oculus as CTO, but at the time was going to still be working with and for id Software. That is no longer the case.
It’s also worth noting that another id Software employee, the president of the company, Todd Hollenshead, also left id Software earlier this year as well.
id Software was purchased by Zenimax, INC. in 2009, which also owns Arcane studios and Bethesda. Wouldn’t you know it…they are hiring.
In what is probably the most interesting PR move leading up to its release, Xbox Live Director Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb personally flew to the Arkansashome of YouTuber Boogie2988, a.k.a. “Francis,” to show off the Xbox One to the video game comedy star.
In an interview posted to his channel, Francis told Major Nelson that his opinions about the Xbox One have greatly changed since the next-gen console was announced. Continue reading “Francis Interviews Microsoft Big-Wig Major Nelson on Xbox One” »
Dennis Tito is widely known as the first “space tourist” in the history of man-kind. Basically, he’s the first man rich enough to send himself into space, a somewhat controversial decision that was rebuked by several members of NASA who sent him home “because they were not willing to train with Dennis Tito.”
20 million dollars later, Tito got his way and orbited the Earth 128 times in a span of about 8 days.
Tito recently testified in front of a U.S. Congress committee that a manned mission to Mars is not a matter of decades, but rather years.
“It would be a voyage of around 800 million miles around the sun in 501 days…No longer is a Mars flyby mission just one more theoretical idea.”
The pitch is part of a proposal dubbed “Inspiration Mars” — using China and Russia’s drive to get to the Red planet as motivation and a sense of urgency for us here in the States, who have mainly disregarded space travel as nothing more than fodder for sci-fi.
Tito initially had plans to go to Mars using primarily private funding, but has come to his senses with the growing costs of the endeavor. Going to Mars would require NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) which is supposed to be ready by 2017. The overall project would be somewhere in the $1 billion range; Tito estimates philanthropists could fork over 30% of those costs.
NASA has said this regarding the project:
“Inspiration Mars’s proposed schedule is a significant challenge due to life support systems, space radiation response, habitats and the human psychology of being in a small spacecraft for over 500 days…The agency is willing to share technical and programmatic expertise with Inspiration Mars but is unable to commit to sharing expenses with them.”
Whether or not Tito’s plans are an auspicious dream or a means of self promotion will remain to be seen in the near future. Right now, the only statement that seems to matter is NASA’s and they don’t seem to have high hopes.
If the recent WoW patch hasn’t breathed signs of life into the somewhat fading World of Warcraft series, stories like this show that franchise is still alive in well in the hearts of millions… Continue reading “Couple Marry in World of Warcraft Themed Wedding [Photos]” »
And Dad of the Year goes to…not this guy.
Antwain Sutton was responsible for watching over his 4 year old son, but decided that video games were more important. Sutton admitted to leaving his 4 year old son alone so that he could go down the street and play video games. Meanwhile, his son wandered out into the apartment building, in his underwear, where neighbors stumbled on the seemingly lost boy. Continue reading “Father Leaves 4 Year Old Son to Wander Around Apartment in Underwear, While He Goes to Play Video Games” »
Just incase you’re wondering what that acid trip above is, that is someone playing an Xbox 360 through the Xbox One–add infinitum. It’s official: The Xbox One is perfectly capable of creating an almost Human Centipede-like monster of a console by being connected to other consoles. If you’re thoroughly confused, peep this video in how they do it, courtesy of our fellow bros at Kotaku:
What you have just watched is the living example of an Xbox Inception. And guess what? You can do it with other consoles as well, all thanks to the One’s new HDMI cable that allows you to play through to that console, creating a neverending stream of gaming WTF’ery. Here’s an image of it connected to a Wii U, also known as the Wiibox:
This is awesome…but really, in the grand picture, you can’t help but think of this movie:
The newest edition to the Diablo franchise, Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls, the upcoming expansion pack being released by Blizzard, is preparing to receive a closed beta by the end of 2013.
Currently, “public testing” of the beta is limited to Blizzard employees as well as their friends and families, creatively known as “Blizzard’s Friends and Family Beta”, but the overall testing is slated to be completed by the end of 2013. According a post by Blizzard Entertainment:
“Our Friends and Family Beta is just the first step of public testing, and by the end of the year we will be moving into Closed Beta. Since our Reaper of Souls Closed Beta test will also feature all content in the expansion (again, excluding the final boss fight), invitations will be extremely limited. However, we’ll continue handpicking community members to invite to the Closed Beta and bringing in additional players through opt-ins to ensure that all of our features like the Crusader, Mystic, and Adventure Mode get the testing they deserve.”
However, Blizzard has already explained that for people interested in testing the Beta, that they would need to adjust their Beta profile on the site itself.
According to EA’s chief Financial Adviser, Blake Jorgenson, they will not be making any more Star Wars games that are based off of the movies, but instead going a new direction, with new storylines and details.
In an recent interview, Jorgenson has stated:
“We’ve done movie games over the years and we wanted to make sure that we weren’t doing a movie game, i.e., game based on the movie.”
So, while this means brand new Star Wars content in the next two years (2015 and 2016) from DICE, Visceral Games, and BioWare, we will continue to pray to Vader himself that we will never see JarJar Binks ever again.