Firstly let me just say due to academic reasons I’m sorry this blog has not been updated frequently however please keep checking back as I plan on more frequent updates this summer!
Now that is out the way as I’m sure many of you are aware the Xbox (the new console, one up from the 360) is due to be announced today 9am Pacific time which is 5pm for everyone in England.
This announcement will finally recall the look and features of the new Xbox by Microsoft and set aside the rumours allowing us to immerse between fact and fiction.
Make sure you watch the event live on YouTube or IGN or catch up on the event later for those of you who will be busy during this time.
Here is the link for those of you who would like to watch the event via IGN with IGN editors Ryan McCaffrey and Daemon Hatfield joining them is the one and only Peter Molyneux, Fable Creator and former Lionhead boss.
Ever since Sony shown off it’s latest console, the PlayStation4, to the world gamers, including myself, have all been wondering what will the Xbox 720 look like and just how Microsoft are going to respond.
Rumours have always been appearing on the internet however just like what happened before Sony lured gamers with the “see the future” event these rumours may start becoming truth. There is no confirmation of the name, price, or release date Microsoft are being very quiet however we could be close.
21st May 2013
This is the date every gamer, Microsoft, Sony fanatic should be aware of.
“Windows watcher Paul Thurrott revealed recently that Microsoft is planning an Xbox event for May 21st, and we understand this date is accurate. This is the tentative date for a next-generation Xbox announcement, but Microsoft had originally planned an April 24th event.” According to The Guardian.
Companies such as The Verge, IGN also suspect a May release date which will then benefit Microsoft by showing off their latest console just one month later at E3.
IGN quote that “Despite fears to the contrary, Thurrott also asserted in the podcast that the Xbox 720 will be a gaming device first and foremost, and will not attempt to serve as an entertainment hub for the living room. Supposedly another model of the console was originally planned to target that niche, but the idea has since been put on the back-burner.”
The Xbox720, who’s name may be changed, will hopefully focus more on gaming rather than an entertainment system,however download content such as movies may once again make the 720 an entertainment system. It is rumored to make use of Windows 8 and a separate unit set to appeal to the more ‘casual gamer’.
Interestingly it may have to be connected to the internet therefore being DRM, as quoted once by Thurrot,
“The thing that interests me, going back and looking at some of the stuff I got a long time ago, it actually says ‘must be internet-connected to use’ in the notes,” he explained, before adding, “And that’s all I have, but it does say that.”
This could be Microsoft way of exploring cross-platform opportunities which may eventually lead towards a phone and television set. However this is another story.
Please remember as of yet there is no comment from Microsoft.
IGN (2013) Veteran Tech Blogger Spills Xbox 720 Reveal Date, Pricing and More – IGN. [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/04/08/veteran-tech-blogger-spills-xbox-720-reveal-date-pricing-and-more [Accessed: 9 Apr 2013].
The Guardian (2013) Press Start: Xbox 720 event rumoured for May. [online] Available at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/gamesblog/2013/apr/09/press-start-game-news [Accessed: 9 Apr 2013].
The Inquirer (2013) Microsoft might announce the Xbox 720 in May. [online] Available at: http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2259815/microsoft-might-announce-the-xbox-720-in-may [Accessed: 9 Apr 2013].
What’s Your Tag? (2013) Xbox 720 Reveal Date and Pricing. [online] Available at: http://whatsyourtagblog.com/2013/04/08/xbox-720-reveal-date-and-pricing/ [Accessed: 9 Apr 2013].
Hello everyone! Due to recent events in my life such as catching up with university work, going on holiday to Spain and starting a new job I haven’t be able to blog as much as I’d like 😦 Here is a catch up of all the events which have happened within the gaming world recently just to catch you, and me up.
Game Developers Conference
25th to 29th March 2013 saw the Game Developers Conference (GDC) being held in San Francisco, California, to catch up in full visit the following link http://www.gamasutra.com/gdc-2013 Companies who attended the event included Blizzard Entertainment, Microsoft, OnLive and many more! Sony did not attend this event, I believe they are saving the best for E3 later this year, TechRadar quotes “A room full of potential PS4 developers got a run down of the system’s architecture, design philosophy and online features. However, as local multiplayer fanatics, we loved hearing that the system will use its controller tracking to automatically swap split screen, should players rearrange themselves on the couch.” Personally it will be interesting to see what will become of this and how it works, if it goes well perhaps other developers will look into this in the future. UMB Tech Game Network have confirmed that GDC 2013 attracted 23,000 attendees, the largest crowd in the show’s history. Future game ‘Battlefield 4’ seventeen minute footage was leaked, the footage is shown below.
Electronic Arts Boss denied there is any link between video game content and “actual violence”
Video Games and Violence is a topic of personal interest and hype in the gaming world as many gamers know video games do not cause violence, here are links to my other blog posts which feature this topic https://pwnersmanual.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/a-brief-look-at-video-game-violence-a-political-and-video-gamer-view/ and https://pwnersmanual.wordpress.com/2013/02/21/video-games-and-violence/
John Riccitiello, the boss of EA voiced the thoughts of many gamers in which he says video games can instead be good and they do not cause for any gamer to become violent or take part in violent acts.
Disney cancel the upcoming ‘Star Wars’ game
Sad news for any fan of Star Wars and gaming LucasArts has been closed by Disney. Star Wars 1313 which had a demo at E3 in 2012 will no longer go ahead. This game was set to place “players in control of a deadly bounty hunter as he uses an arsenal of exotic weaponry to hunt down his marks and uncover the truth surrounding a criminal conspiracy.” However LucasFilm spokesperson Miles Perkins, spoke to BBC, saying production on Star Wars 1313 has simply been “halted.” Therefor this game could still get the go ahead at some time in the future.
BBC News (2013) EA denies games encourage violence. [online] Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21274482 [Accessed: 6 Apr 2013].
Game Developers Conference (2013) Game Developers Conference | Exhibitor List. [online] Available at: http://www.gdconf.com/expo/exhibitorlist.html [Accessed: 6 Apr 2013].
IGN (2013) Star Wars 1313 . [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/games/star-wars-1313-project/xbox-360-135469 [Accessed: 6 Apr 2013].
Mashable (2013) Disney Closes LucasArts. [online] Available at: http://mashable.com/2013/04/03/disney-closes-lucasarts/ [Accessed: 6 Apr 2013].
Norris, E. (2013) Star Wars 1313 Isn’t Canceled, It’s Just ‘Halted’. [online] Available at: http://www.craveonline.com/gaming/articles/474643-star-wars-1313-isnt-canceled-its-just-halted [Accessed: 6 Apr 2013].
Slash Film (2013) Star Wars Bits: ‘Star Wars 1313′ Game Would Have Starred Boba Fett. [online] Available at: http://www.slashfilm.com/star-wars-bits-star-wars-1313-game-would-have-starred-boba-fett-plus-ilm-layoffs-and-clone-wars/ [Accessed: 6 Apr 2013].
Sony PS4 Playstation (2013) GDC 2013: Developer Conference record attendance at GDC 2013. [online] Available at: http://sonyps4playstation.com/gdc-2013-developer-conference-record-attendance-at-gdc-2013/ [Accessed: 6 Apr 2013].
TechRadar (2013) GDC 2013: top 10 moments from the conference. [online] Available at: http://www.techradar.com/news/gaming/gdc-2013-what-to-expect-1129300 [Accessed: 6 Apr 2013].
Okay guys so for a while I’ve known about this song “2-Player Co-Op (Player 2 Press Start) for those who haven’t heard it click on the link below. It is a great song basically about a cute video game/gamers relationship by Danny Wiessner ft. Tori Lee.
More recently another song titled “The World Is Saved” became known to me via IGN Boards. Although different people and a different story line, this is about what Heroes do once they have saved the world, click on the link below to listen.
I began to think about Video Game Music, not the video game music that you can hear while playing the game but moreso music that is about video games, are there any songs like this that you like? Do you have a favourite? Comment below to let me know! 😀
YouTube (2010) “2-Player Co-op (Player 2 Press Start)” Official Music Video. [online] Available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7u_YYlXY0mU [Accessed: 15 Mar 2013].
YouTube (2012) The World Is Saved: Gamer Music Video. [online] Available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBzqOa9y02I [Accessed: 15 Mar 2013].
‘Dishonored’, a famous first person shooter video game in which gamers play a bodyguard-turned-assassin who seeks revenge on members of a conspiracy which framed him for murder, has been named Best Game at the 2013 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) video games awards which took place in London last night (5th March 2013).
It managed to beat an astounding fifty two other video games which include the likes of
- Far Cry 3
- FIFA 13
- Mass Effect 3
Journey, PlayStations own title, left with the most awards (5), which included Artistic Achievement and Online – Multiplayer.
BAFTA Video Game Awards Breakdown
Best Game: Dishonored (winner)
Nominations: Journey, Mass Effect 3, The Walking Dead,
Far Cry 3
Online Multiplayer: Journey (winner)
Nominations: Assassin’s Creed III, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Need For Speed Most Wanted, Halo 4, Borderlands 2
Game Design: Journey (winner)
Nominations: Dishonored, Far Cry 3, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, Borderlands 2, The Walking Dead
Artistic Achievement: Journey (winner)
Nominations: Halo 4, Borderlands 2, Far Cry 3, The Room, Dear Esther
Original Music: Journey (winner)
Nominations: Diablo III, Assassin’s Creed III, The Unfinished Swan, The Walking Dead
Audio Achievement: Journey (winner)
Nominations: Far Cry 3, Beat Sneak Bandit, Halo 4, Assassin’s Creed III, Dear Esther
Mobile & Handheld: The Walking Dead (winner)
Nominations: LittleBigPlanet (Vita), New Star Soccer, Incoboto, Super Monsters Ate My Condo, The Room
Story: The Walking Dead (winner)
Nominations: Journey, Far Cry 3, Thomas was Alone, Mass Effect 3, Dishonored
Game Innovation: The Unfinished Swan (winner)
Nominations: Fez, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Wonderbook: Books of Spells, Journey, Kinect Sesame Street TV
Debut Game: The Unfinished Swan (winner)
Nominations: Deadlight, Forza Horizon, Dear Esther, Proteus, The Room
Action: Far Cry 3 (winner)
Nominations: Hitman: Absolution, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Halo 4, Mass Effect 3, Borderlands 2
British Game: The Room (winner)
Nominations: Need for Speed Most Wanted, Forza Horizon, Dear Esther,
LEGO: The Lord of the Rings
Performer: Danny Wallace (The Narrator) (winner)
Nominations: Nolan North (Nathan Drake), Melissa Hutchinson (Clementine), Dave Fennoy (Lee Everett), Adrian Hough (Haytham), Nigel Carrington (The Narrator)
Family: Lego Batman 2 (winner)
Nominations: Minecraft: XBOX 360 Edition, Just Dance 4, Skylanders Giants, Clay Jam, LEGO The Lord of the Rings
Strategy: Xcom – Enemy Unknown (winner)
Nominations: Dark Souls: Prepare To Die, Diablo III, Great Big War Game, Total War Shogun 2: Fall of the Samurai, Football Manager 2013
Ones to Watch: Starcrossed (winner)
Nominations: Project Thanatos, Pixel Story
Online Browser: SongPop (winner)
Nominations: The Settlers Online, Merlin: The Game, Runescape, Amateur Surgeon Hospital, Dick and Dom’s HOOPLA!
Sports/Fitness: New Star Soccer (winner)
Nominations: Forza Horizon, F1 2012, Nike+ Kinect Training, Trials Evolution, FIFA 13
Fellowship: Gabe Newell (winner)
BAFTA (2013) Games in 2013 | Bafta Awards. [online] Available at: http://awards.bafta.org/award/2013/games [Accessed: 6 Mar 2013].
BBC News (2013) Dishonored wins Best Game Bafta. [online] Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21677124 [Accessed: 6 Mar 2013].
Guardian (2013) Bafta video game awards 2013. [online] Available at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/gamesblog/2013/mar/05/bafta-video-game-awards-2013-live [Accessed: 6 Mar 2013].
The award-winning developer Crytek is back with Crysis 3, the first blockbuster shooter of 2013! With this game recently released it’s time to discover the features of the game.
Available for; Xbox 360, PS3 and PC
Top of the charts
Over here in England Crysis 3 takes a rightful first place for the top 20 UK charts for the week ending February 23, beating fellow competitors which include Aliens: Colonial Marines, Dead Space 3 and Assassin’s Creed III.
This game is set to wow us with its graphics, however as always the graphics you see before you while playing alter depending upon if you are playing this on an Xbox 360 or PC. Do not let this put you off though – the entire Crysis series is know for its amazing graphics and this is no exception.
For a brief insight into the story-line of this game visit – https://pwnersmanual.wordpress.com/2013/01/11/dates-for-your-geek-calendar/ In my ‘dates for your geek calendar’ post Crysis 3 most certainly has had a mention there!
As expected the graphics are visually stunning, however do not expect a great story line. Developer Crytek has worked unbelievably hard to continue with the amazing graphics and to wow us further, however perhaps they could have afforded to spend a little longer on developing the story line. Despite this, the reviews do talk about graphics so if you want to play a game in which graphics are practically unbeatable then this is for you.
Combat is slick and dynamic which of course is vital for a lot of video games, and finally Crytek have introduced a Tactical Bow to Prophet’s armor alongside his Nanosuit which featured in the video games prior. The tactical bow really does bring a certain something to this game along with a huge benefit for all the fighting. Other weapons include, Assault Rifle, Sniper Rifle and Sub-Machine Gun.
Personally I like how this game allows for you to also explore places and encourages you to do so. It also features an impressive multi-player. With a total of 64 Cell Intel Collectibles in Crysis 3, or as Crysis 3 fans will understand 38 Datapads, 20 Blackboxes, 6 Propaganda Posters, i’m determined to find them all…or probably just some!
Due to the graphics this game gets an overall rating of 8.5.
Gamespot (2013) UK Chart: Crysis 3 lands top. [online] Available at: http://uk.gamespot.com/news/uk-chart-crysis-3-lands-top-aliens-colonial-marines-sales-drop-84-6404397 [Accessed: 27 Feb 2013].
Mail Online (2013) Review – Crysis 3. [online] Available at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2284832/Crysis-3-review-Xbox-360–PS3–PC.html [Accessed: 27 Feb 2013].