Uncharted Demo Coming November 8th

•November 1, 2007 • Leave a Comment

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November will indeed be a great month for gaming, and one of it’s bigger titles Uncharted : Drakes Fortune will be seeing a November 8th demo release, 12 days before the game is set for release. This was confirmed by Gaming Director Amy Henning through a reply she made over at Playstation.Blog :

“Hi Kittonwy – the demo will go live on the PSN next Thursday, November 8th.”

According to RipTen, the demo starts off with Drake and Elena parachuting off of a plane onto an island. This comes as great news for people who’ll have to make a choice between Uncharted and Assassin’s Creed.

Halo movie, (still) Finishing the Fight

•October 31, 2007 • 1 Comment

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/film reports that, via Peter Jacksons representative Ken Kamins, Microsoft is in talks with other movie studios regarding a possible Halo movie. Preparations for the movie are still on-going at Weta, the guys behind the motion-capture in Heavenly Sword.

It only seems right that the biggest entertainment launch in history(Halo 3 racked up nearly $300 million in its first week of sales, around $180 million on its first day) get its own movie incarnation. It seems that Microsoft is simply ironing out the kinks. This is probably a sure thing.

Here’s a link Neil Blomkamp’s Halo short films combined by GameTrailers : http://www.gametrailers.com/player/27235.html

Retro Game Videos FTW!!!

•October 31, 2007 • Leave a Comment

If you’re into retro gaming as much as I am. Get ready for an orgasm of nostalgia!!! Retrogamevideos has all kinds of videos from some of your favorite classic consoles, Atari/NES/SNES/Gameboy/Arcade. Heres a cool sample “Classic Boss Battles”

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Next-Gen KOTOR?

•October 30, 2007 • 1 Comment

In a very typically cryptic press release, Lucas Arts and Bioware have announced that they will be developing a :

“Ground-Breaking Interactive Entertainment Product”

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Lets face it, it’s almost surely another KOTOR game. If Mass Effect is any indication, even if it is a new IP, theres alot to be excited about over this announcement.

Source : http://www.lucasartsbioware.com/

Top 4 reasons piracy hasn’t hit the PS3

•October 30, 2007 • 21 Comments

In Asia’s gaming culture, piracy has been common place for every major game console since the NES. In the mid 90’s a device called the UFO, allowed ROM games stored on floppy disks to be played on the SNES via a disk-drive like device that sat on top of the SNES. The 32-bit era saw the rise of mod-chips and insane swap-tricks to get past CD region lockouts.

Not much has changed in the generations that followed. Even today, the Xbox 360, Wii, DS and PSP have all fallen victim to heavy piracy. The advent of torrent sites and faster download speeds don’t do the major players any favors either. The PS3, on the other hand, remains a different story. I have been keeping an eye on the local pirating scene, and with almost a year after the PS3’s release, it appears to be the only console piracy free. On that note, I have concluded these reasons for the PS3’s success in the anti-piracy war.(Note : despite the tone of this article, I have no doubt that eventually, technology will catch up and savvy pirates will have their way)
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4. Hardware complexity
Let me preface this by saying that I’m by no means an engineer or have any expertise with console hardware, but from what I’ve heard from around the Net, I’ve decided to include this point with some doubt. With the Xbox 360, all that is needed is to flash the DVD drives firmware, for the Wii, a simple modchip install. The only hiccup would come with future software updates. The PS3, unlike the Xbox 360, does not do incremental firmware updates, each PS3 firmware update completely replaces the previouslt installed version, leaving me to the think that any exploited areas in the software would be eliminated. Unless someone out there commits to creating custom firmware, similar to the PSP homebrew scene, running something like the an HD loader or installing a modchip seems an unlikely option.

3. Blu-Ray
Despite the whole next-gen format war, Blu-ray has served Sony on multiple fronts. First of all, touting a size limit of around 50gb for a dual layer BD-ROM. Very few sane people would go through the trouble of downloading or uploading such a large ISO file. Also, Blu-Ray disc burners are still out of the price range of the mass market.

2. Region-free games
As hard as it is to believe, there are people out there who have their consoles modded for the sole purpose of importing. With games such as Kingdom Hearts 2 : Final Remix available only to the japanese market, its hard to ignore that any hardcore gamer has gone through the whole importing process before. with the PS3 being region-free, with most games released in Asia already coming with an option for English as the primary language, Sony has appeased the importing community. Importing, was also the primary justification for shops to carry mod-chips in the first place, this move thereby eliminates this excuse for pirates to hide behind.

1. High price point
With the early adopter having to shell out $600, anything with even the slightest risk of bricking the system will give any PS3 owner nightmares. This seems to be the prevailing sentiment on many forum threads I’ve read, many people just don’t want to risk the PS3 the same way they did with their past consoles. As a side-effect to having a high price point, the installed base isn’t as high as the Xbox 360 or the Wii, bringing little payoff to those who would have to go through all the trouble.

Halo 3 effect on Smash Bros. Brawl

•October 30, 2007 • 1 Comment

It seems Nintendo might be taking a few more pages from the Halo book. Previously, word got out that Brawl will see the introduction of the saved films, allowing players to relive their favorite moments through saved replays.

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Now, CVG reports that there will be a very in-depth level editor. Users will be able to select background music and manipulate elements/objects from pre-existing stages in Brawl and save them. These user-created stages can then be emailed via Nintendo WiFi.

Gamers everywhere have clammored for upcoming FPS games to rip-off some of the newer features that were in Halo 3. Props to Nintendo for making Brawl even more of a must-have

Sony/Capcom announce “Biohazard : Degeneration”

•October 29, 2007 • Leave a Comment

“Cautious optimism” is the key here. With the last 3 live-action Resident Evil movies putting up decent numbers at the box office (I really hated the third though) and Squares own effort, Final Fantasy : Advent Children, blasting away any memories we had of “The Spirits Within”, there is a lot to be expected with the recently announced “Biohazard : Degeneration”.

The film, will be a feature length CGI adaptation of Capcoms popular series. No other details are available as of the moment except that it is in production and is scheduled to be released in 2008. Personally, I don’t think this thing will be coming out in 2008, a year is too short of a time frame to work with, unless of course they’ve had this in the back-burner for quite some time. Credit for this scoop goes to QJ.Net

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Also, some of you may not be aware of “Biohazard 4D Executer” a 19minute CGI movie, made only for japan. Head over to Biohazard 4D Executer – Wikipedia page for WAY more details.

Now all we need is Biohazard : Degeneration, the game, based on the movie, based on the game!!!