Welcome to the first ever Pwnrsmanual blog!
What is pwnrsmanual?
This is an extension of our website, https://dl.dropbox.com/u/774884/Websites/claire/site/index.html, where we’ll post any additional topics, announce new features to our site and exclusive reviews to keep you ahead of the game!
Why the name?
We know some people may be wondering about the name and whether it means anything. Firstly, we did think of many different names which related to gaming. After much consideration we decided to go with this, ‘pwnrsmanual’. If you are a ‘geek’ we hope you understand the name, if not, here is a short explanation. In the world of video games, when typing for whatever reason such as writing in a forum, the way the word is written can alter from how the original word is written. ‘Pwn’ means the word ‘own’, therefore ‘pwnr’ means ‘owner’. This is ‘pwnrsmanual’, which translates to ‘owners manual’.
2012 – A great year
Not only did we survive the end of the world (sorry..we couldn’t resist!), but games released in 2012 raised the bar yet again making everyone everywhere (well… at least us) excited to see what gaming will be like 12 months from now. Is there room for games to improve after Assassins Creed 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Dishonored? Of course there will be! For your chance to vote and have your say in what you think should be known as “the favorite game of 2012” please complete the survey at the end of this blog. It was not only games released in 2012 but also a launch of a new console. The Wii U, Nintendo’s first console in six years, launched on 18th November in the United States of America, 30th November in Europe, and the 8th December in Japan. Although, having mixed reviews, Nintendo can certainly celebrate;
Nintendo sold more than 460,000 Wii Us in December, which brings the console’s U.S. total to nearly 890,000 sold after 41 days in the market. In money terms, this equates to more than $300 million in the U.S. alone, which compared to the original Wii, means the Wii U has surpassed its predecessor by $30 million through its first six weeks. For more information visit the Gameranx link below.
Unfortunately the start of 2013 has seen a sad end to the Play Station 2 (PS2) with Sony announcing on the 4th January that all production worldwide has ended. Although, after twelve amazing years it is known as the most successful home games machine of all time, selling no less than 150 million units sold worldwide.
Launched in 2000, the successor to the original PlayStation ended up with a library of more than 10,000 games titles by 2011, with 1.52bn individual games sold since launch. “At the height of the PlayStation 2’s success, the word effectively came to mean video games for a lot of people,” said Anna Marsh, a game designer who worked on Tomb Raider and Hitman. For more information visit, http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/jan/04/playstation-2-manufacture-ends-years
With all the hype surrounding Xbox at E3 last year (Electronic Entertainment Expo – an annual video game conference and show hosted in Los Angeles, California) maybe Microsoft will reveal a release date for the new Xbox 720 at the 2013 E3. Maybe the new Play Station 4 from Sony will announce their release date. All that’s left do is wait until 11-13th June to find out!
In the meantime, please complete this short survey, http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WNSXQ66, created by us so not only can we bring you more of what you want in the future but also announce your favorite game of 2012 and the runners up in a future blog post! Don’t forget to keep checking the website, https://dl.dropbox.com/u/774884/Websites/claire/site/index.html, too.
BBC News (2012) Nintendo Wii U gets November date. [online] Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-19583826 [Accessed: 10 Jan 2013].
E3expo (2013) Welcome to E3 2013 | E3 2013 – What’s Next NOW: June 11-13, 2013. [online] Available at: http://www.e3expo.com/ [Accessed: 11 Jan 2013].
G4tv (2012) E3 2012 June 5 – E3 News, Previews, Press Conferences, Trailers, Demos – Video Game Conference. [online] Available at: http://www.g4tv.com/e3-2012/ [Accessed: 10 Jan 2013].
Gameranx (2013) Wii U Sales Nearly at 890,000 Units in the United States, 460,000 Units Sold in December. [online] Available at: http://www.gameranx.com/updates/id/11957/article/wii-u-sales-nearly-at-890-000-units-in-the-united-states-460-000-units-sold-in-december/ [Accessed: 10 Jan 2013].
Mail Online (2012) Wii’re back: Hundreds queue for ‘Wii U’ as Nintendo launches first home console in six years as it looks to take on the tablets. [online] Available at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2240899/Nintendo-Wii-U-UK-release-date-Hundreds-queue-London-new-home-console.html [Accessed: 10 Jan 2013].
Tech Radar (2011) E3 2012: all the latest news. [online] Available at: http://www.techradar.com/news/gaming/e3-2012-all-the-latest-news-1082083 [Accessed: 11 Jan 2013].
Video Gamer (2012) What was announced at E3 2012? All the news and rumours – VideoGamer.com. [online] Available at: http://www.videogamer.com/news/what_was_announced_at_e3_2012_all_the_news_and_rumours.html [Accessed: 11 Jan 2013].