If you’re a gamer, there’s no way you made it through yesterday without ogling at the announcement trailer for the next Assassin’s Creed entry at least once. So let’s break it down. [Read more...]
Music and video games have gone hand-in-hand for years. Whenever there’s a good game, there’s always a brilliant score to back it up. It can be just a small yet noticeable chime (Final Fantasy), to a minimalistic score that just hides in the background, making itself known whenever it wants to (Bioshock). Music helps set the moods to the games we play, helping suck our subconscious into the realms we explore. And the London Philharmonic Orchestra are at it again with another collection of beautifully played, well produced video game music for all to enjoy. [Read more...]
This past week, I’ve been playing the widely successful Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, the newest in the long list of CoD games. While I’ve been having a great time playing with some of my internet friends, I decided to stray away from them and to go level up on my own. After some good rounds of Free-For-All, I decided to easy myself into a lobby for Mercenary Team Deathmatch (for those who don’t know, it’s Team Deathmatch without any clan support). My side of the team (who eventually lost) was relatively quiet – besides the snickering of one player who seemed to die as fast as he spawned. Once the game was over and done with, we re-entered the lobby, and then all hell broke loose.
Around four or five different players – each of them sounding not of age to play this game – started throwing insult after insult to one another. One of the top players of the game then chimed in and threw some racist, homophobic, and derogatory insults at that one person until the next match started. I wish not to upset any of the readers of this article, so I will not post what this kid (about 15 years of age, according to his XBOX Live profile) had to say. [Read more...]
For many people, video games are a getaway from all of your worries and problems. They transport you to different worlds, and tell magnificent interactive stories that entangle the viewer(s) into place of unforeseen wonder and beauty. Not only have they introduced main media to such characters as Mario, Master Chief, and Donkey Kong, but they have also become the fastest growing media of all time, with games selling up to and past one billion dollars worldwide.
But in some people’s eyes, including Kathy Lee Gifford of the Today Show, this love of gaming is just “weird.” When a viewer sent in a letter asking for advice about her 30 year old…I’m assuming husband…and if it’s ok that he (and millions of others) to play video games when they reach that age, Gifford’s response was priceless…and I quote, “That’s weird. Xbox.” Firstly, I would like to congratulate her on knowing what an Xbox is. For the fact that people who work Teleprompters RARELY have a one word sentence, she must’ve come up with that fun fact all on her own. [Read more...]
Here’s a little thought about console exclusiveness. When a game is released solely onto one console (I’m ignoring PCs cuz I’m a Mac person and PCs scare me) it sucks. Boasting ensues, lines are drawn in the sand and suddenly we’ve got a full on battle over which console is the best among the fans. For those of us claiming to be Switzerland and not donning the uniform of either the XBOX 360 or Playstation 3 more money must be doled out to add whichever console is not already plugged into our home entertainment system. I know personally I wasn’t going to be able to survive without playing the Uncharted series. Besides, the PS3 can be written off as a Blu-ray player, making that purchase a pretty smart investment in my book. Unfortunately, not everyone can do this. [Read more...]
So the biggest week of the year for the video game world is here and it started these last two days with the annual first party conferences where the Big Three unveil there plans for the year to come. With everyone still on a major console release freeze we are instead being introduced to the current hot properties for Big Three, gaming for everyone and motion control.
Now Nintendo has a head start on this mindset as this is what they have spent the last few years building Wii around, motion controls and games for everyone, so Microsoft and Sony used much of their space to debut and show off their entries into the motion gaming world. I will take this company by company and share my thoughts on how excited I am for the next year based on their E3 showings.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Trailer – It’s another week of not a whole lot exciting on my radar movie wise, so I am forced to sink to these depths by including the new Eclipse Trailer. And as much as I make fun of the melodrama of these films, I know I am going to see it at some point. Why? Because Dakota Fanning is BA and because I want to see Jacob get punched in the face (they better put this in the movie or else the best part of the book is lost). Check out the trailer here.
The Last Airbender Trailer 3 – The newest trailer released brings about some more footage, including a quick peek at Appa. Yay flying bison! Check it out here.
America: The History of Us – If you want to learn about the US without reading really lame textbooks that apparently haven’t taught me the really interesting facts, then you should check this out. There are plenty of higher quality “this is a reenactment with actors” stuff, as well as interviews with both the people you would expect and complete randos like Michael Douglas. Anyway… It’s a multiple night event (that I think are sticking to Sunday nights because the air dates are being rather elusive) on the History Channel, so go watch and learn stuff!
Below you will find a Q&A between Lauren and myself in which we had a casual conversation over Mass Effect 2 and what we liked and disliked about the game, or expectations going in, and our outlook on the future of the series. So take a look if you are a fan of the series or gaming after getting pumped with one of the best video game trailers in recent memory.
OH MY GOD!!!!!!!! This is the most amazing news ever, I am going to loose myself to this damn thing. Check out some articles from Kotaku and IGN for hands on impressions, it will only cost 800 MS Points ($10) and might get future DLC in the way of maps and weapons if it does well. You will also be able to play co-op and counter co-op online and I am sure leader boards will pop up as well. Can, not, wait! I will see you in the Facility, holding the bathroom, sometime in March.
It’s obvious Bungie knows what they are doing when making commercials and can help produce a fantastic picture if they are creative and astheticlay involved, so why oh why do we not have a Halo movie in the pipeline?
Neil Blomkamp was picked by Peter Jackson to bring Halo to life a couple years ago but the studio’s didn’t deem him a big enough director to make the film and it all folded in on itself. Blomkamp and Jackson went on to make District 9 instead and have those studio execs shaking their heads as the movie quadruples its budget.Now for the release of Halo 3: ODST Bungie commisioned a new live action commercial and the results are stunning. Who isn’t going to love watching an epic film in this world! Bring back Blomkamp and Jackson and lets do this!