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Why PlayStation Move and Kinect will fail

In Videogames on June 18, 2010 at 8:55 AM

The E3 press conferences have wrapped up nicely and both Sony and Microsoft have shown a dedication to motion control gaming with the PlayStation Move and Kinect respectively.  It seemed not too long ago when Sony ruled the gaming world and pundits considered Nintendo dead in the water.  Just four years after Nintendo’s Wii release, the tides have certainly shifted.  As the big dogs play catch up with the company that defined the words “entertainment system,” Sony and Microsoft showed that neither company fully comprehends what has set Nintendo apart this generation. Read the rest of this entry »

Fallout Online gets a website, chance to join beta

In Uncategorized on June 16, 2010 at 9:45 PM

Fallout Online, the long awaited MMO addition to the Fallout series, launched a teaser site this week.  The site offers registration for the Fallout Online mailing list, which will later give subscribers a potential chance to join the game’s upcoming beta test.

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Live E3 2010 Coverage – Sony Press Conference

In Uncategorized on June 15, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Sony’s press conference just began a few minutes early.  Live coverage will constantly update in this post to remember to hit refresh.

11:56 AM – Sony opens with a loud trailer highlighting the popular offerings over their home and handheld consoles, from Metal Gear Solid to Dead Space to LittleBigPlanet to Katamari Damacy.  The video even features Kevin Butler from the PlayStation ad campaigns poking fun at Microsoft’s Kinect.

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Live E3 2010 Coverage – Nintendo Press Conference

In Videogames on June 15, 2010 at 7:41 AM

Yesterday’s lackluster E3 conferences have left huge openings for Nintendo and Sony to wow today.  With rumors of a new Zelda title and the unveiling of the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo looks poised to have a spectacular show.  Once the lights dim, check back to this post for continuing live updates of the press conference.  Remember to hit refresh to update as the coverage updates. Read the rest of this entry »

Live E3 2010 Coverage – Ubisoft Press Conferencemoves to

In Videogames on June 14, 2010 at 4:00 PM

The Ubisoft press conference begins right now.  Remember to refresh for live updates.

5:01 PM – The show opens with a very dramatic demo for a game for Kinect that looks similar to Rez.  This is a long demo showcasing a bunch of the gameplay.  The game looks gorgeous and the soundtrack is great.  Looks like five minutes of uninterrupted gameplay so far.  The feed just died.  It comes back and the game is revealed as Child of Eden.

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Live E3 2010 Coverage – Electronic Arts Press Conference

In Videogames on June 14, 2010 at 1:03 PM

EA is about to take the stage for their E3 2010 press conference.  Live coverage is about to begin right here, right now.  Remember to refresh for updating posts. Read the rest of this entry »

Live E3 Coverage – Microsoft Press Conference

In Videogames on June 14, 2010 at 9:01 AM

Microsoft’s E3 press conference will be kicking off the festivities at 10:30 AM PST.  Last night Microsoft unveiled the official name for Project Natal as Kinect.  As soon as the Microsoft conference goes live, I will be reporting live updates of the announcements, including some anecdotes and thoughts along the way.  Check back and constantly hit the update button for the full scoop. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 10 Most Anticipated for E3 2010

In Videogames on June 13, 2010 at 7:00 PM

10. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night remains one of the most beloved games of all time.  Since its release, 13 different Castlevania titles have failed to return the series to its position as an elite videogame franchise.  Lords of Shadow plans to fix that.  The highlight of last year’s Konami E3 press conference, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is the upcoming reboot of the Castlevania series, developed in part with Kojima Studios with the oversight of legendary developer Hideo Kojima.  Last year, Konami did little more than announce the title with a teaser featuring the voice of Patrick Stewart.  This year, Lords of Shadow should receive a full reveal including plot elements, in game footage and more. Read the rest of this entry »

Mafia II Collector’s Edition announced

In Videogames on June 4, 2010 at 5:25 PM

It’s been 8 years since the cult hit Mafia came out for Windows. Flawed ports to the Xbox and PlayStation 2 prevented the game from garnering status as a classic release in the annals of videogames. Yet the fan groundswell behind the original title has garnered a sequel from Czech studio Illusion Softworks. After three years of teasers and trailers, the game is finally set to release August 24 on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows. And now it will be available in a limited Collector’s Edition package.

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What Alpha Protocol’s bad reviews really mean

In Videogames on June 3, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Alpha Protocol’s recent release marks Obsidian Entertainment’s latest flop in the world of dynamic roleplaying games.  After mounting subpar sequels to two beloved Bioware franchises, Obsidian’s latest marks their first opportunity to create an original IP as a studio.  From the beginning, Alpha Protocol showed much ambition and many of the aspects of the game seem to carry through according to initial reviews.  The plot evolution, unique dialogue trees, and character customization all came to fruition from concept.  Yet broken mechanics, flawed gameplay, and last gen graphics have doomed the game to become just another failure in Obsidian’s catalogue.  Obsidian rose from the ashes of Black Isle Studios, developer of the beloved RPG Fallout.  While Alpha Protocol’s development always came with a grain of salt, had the game executed on its lofty goals it could have been a groundbreaking RPG on Fallout’s level.  Instead, it’s just further established Obsidian as a company stuck behind concepts and unable to execute fluid and entertaining gameplay. Read the rest of this entry »