Thursday, 26 November 2009

The Onions - Modern Warfare 3

This is from The Onion website, an excellent place to visit and one you should bookmark.

Playstation 4 - What, already?

There's a Dutch website harping on about a PS4 coming in 2012 using a new IBM Power7 processor, a cut down version of the ones that will go into Servers.
FGNOnline have a similar report.
Remembering that Sony still catching up on the Losses it made on the PS3 and more recently coming up with a 'plan' to re-energise it's TV market. I'm having second thoughts about a 2012 or even 2014 release of a PS4. It will have to be a damn cheap device as the recession will only just be ebbing away.
I wonder if the more common processor will bring more developers into the market. Now this could be the deal breaker
It would offer an easier port from PS3 Cell to PS4's Power7 processor. Interesting that it will be a cut down version of the CPU that will go into servers - be interesting to see how that plays out for on-line multiplayer and MMOs.
Since broadband capacity and speed is increasing at a health rate (and cost)....
Sony may well be thinking about having more of a server based gaming experience will your games on a server rather than a Blu-Ray or hard drive. That would really bring down costs. big savings on console development, game distribution, and an increase in revenue from sales and online subscriptions.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Animus Causes OCD

I have come to the conclusion that the Animus produces OCD in the user. A compulsion to attempt to climb any wall you run into and utter clumsiness and buffoonery when running into small groups of people

Magic, Japan Style

Magic - Japan Style.

Now this is one video that you'll want to watch more than twice and then probably give up trying to figure out at it defies all the usual magic conventions and trickery. It's the changing expressions on his face that move this trick into being memorable!!

Monday, 23 November 2009

BBC News - Games 'permit' virtual war crimes

So, a couple of human rights charities in swizzerland just discovered that gamers are free to go a bit wild and disregard international law.
Where have they been for the past 20 years?
They are very unhappy about Tom Clancy, Army of 2 (which was crap anyway!,
they have a go at the CODs and a bunch of other games that let you so things you'd get jailed for if you were in charge of a real army.
What a bunch of Twits! They are games. Someone should tell these 'researchers' that most people (unlike these crackpots) can tell the difference between reality and fantasy. Problem is that any anti-war demonstrators in video games would probably be the first to get pwnd!
BBC News - Games 'permit' virtual war crimes

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Friday, 20 November 2009

Sony releases pictures of Wand controller

I see sony has released pictures of it's wand controller.
Yes, sadly it does look like a penis.
But so do a lot of things.
There should be a simple “is it too much like a penis?” test.
Maybe for instance whether you can get a condom over it. (without prejudice to size!)

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

PlayStation 3 Firmware (v3.10) Update Preview

The Playstation 3 now gives you a way of automatically updating your trophy progress and download activity automatically to facebook. Pretty cool1

PlayStation 3 Firmware (v3.10) Update Preview

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Sunday, 15 November 2009

God of War 3 has co-op!

Rumour has it that GOW3 will have on-line coop, pairing up our angry hero with Hercules nonetheless.
Check out the story/rumour here at Kuoppa Network

Friday, 13 November 2009

Modern Warfare 2. Too bad to play?

Member of Parliament Keith Vaz is throwing a hissy fit about Modern Warfare 2 not being the kind of thing decent kids should be playing!!
I am 54 years old. I really enjoyed playing the game.though I felt it was too short. The airport level does present a dilemma, but there are other parts of the game that present the player with other equally ugly aspects of war and military conflict. Through friends I know many of their teenage kids have the game. Keith Vaz needs to catch up with where most teenagers are at in regards to their understanding of video violence, social values and morality. His is the attitude that is best described as immature. What would he prefer. A war game that removed the player to a sterile 'neutral' fun space of yesteryear?

Monday, 9 November 2009

we have all been Pwnd by the Government!

We used to be able to freely roam the web but no longer.
According to BBC news "The Home Office says it will push ahead with plans to ask communications firms to monitor all internet use."
UK surveillance plan to go ahead
What's next, a National Insurance number linked web access code / swipe card that we must use before being able to access the web - wherever we ar or whatever device we use?
So if you are at home, on the road, or at Starbucks / internet cafe, you have to enter an access code to get online.

Farewell to the internet we all knew and loved

Friday, 6 November 2009

What is China thinking!?

The BBC news website are reporting that "China's ministry of health has moved to ban the use of physical punishment to treat teenagers addicted to the web, according to draft guidelines."
Only in China would such a law have to be passed. It just shows how different the Chinese culture is. Their basic rule seem to be "a good beating solves most social problems"

Greed Kills off any chance of Climate Change reduction

The talks in Barcelona, the warm up for the real serious meeting in Copenhagen next month look very worrying. Most countries do not want to invest in emission control technologies. probably because what they pay for this will have to be either added to their product prices or be paid for from profits, or a bit of both. And while the recession is still making waves no country wants to take the risk of losing more money.
It's clearly multinationals and not governments that are leading this debate. There's no conspiracy. Its simply the way of the world. Meanwhile we stand on the brink of a destruction that sounds insane to even think about let alone make public.
Who in their right mind would say, or go along with the argument that, Nature, the very life cycles that give us a climate we can live in, food and water, are starting to break down and all life is at risk. Who can imagine or believe it? Yet it is true. And the people who have the most power to stop it happening are reluctant to do so because of greed and the desire to stay in power


Thursday, 5 November 2009

Modern Warfare 2 Shows us how to Market

So the Media has finally picked up on the 'leaked' terrorist video gameplay half-inched from Infinity ward, the developers of Modern warfare 2.
the Guardian Article can be found here

My guess is that the video was a deliberate leak - for the very reason of bringing the games attention to a broader market.
Next step is that the newspapers and news media will be banging on Infinity wards doors asking for interviews. And then the second stage of the strategy begins. IW gives the story that puts the video in context whilst plugging the whole angle of how they bring 'x' awareness and 'y' issues into gaming with quality and gripping storyline and gameplay etc.