Xbox 720 Reveal Date

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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.

 

Sources;

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].

Video Game songs

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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! 😀

 

Sources;

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].

Video Games and Violence

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Nintendo Direct!

For just a second forget our prediction of Sony announcing the PS4 in less than a week and lets focus our attention upon another major name within the gaming world – Nintendo!

At 2pm (GMT) today, Nintendo  held a very special Japanese broadcast/ video presentation, featuring an all new Mario and Donkey Kong, a release date for HarmoKnight and more, it is time to discover what Nintendo had in store for us.

The highlights

Who doesn’t love discovering a new game or playing a new game in a much loved series?!  I certainly do!  A main feature of today’s announcement, and the highlights, was multiple new 3DS eShop titles being announced during the presentation

Mario and Donkey Kong

The pair are back and this time a new entry in the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series, an instant classic, was revealed.  Titled  ‘Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move’.  Altering from from previous entries in the much loved series players will now view all the action in full 3D.  Another interesting feature is we will also have the ability to create our own levels. There is no release date set currently.  Click below to view the trailer.

HarmoKnight

Although already being released in Japan, on 14th March, exactly one month from now, this game will be released in North America…the free trail version that is. Created by the much loved Pokemon developer Game Freak, this rhythm action game will then be released on 28th March.  In this game you play as a young hero called Tempo, him along with his friends explore and discover thoughout music-themed stages. Each level has different notes distributed throughout it that cleverly correspond to the music that is playing. While collecting these notes and following along with the rythm, you will have to fight off enemies named “Noizoids” and choose between branching paths, saving the world of Melodia is your duty. Click below to view the trailer.

eShop Sale!

To really grab our attention (and re-gain it) Nintendo announced at the end of their broadcast that some of the already released games will be on sale. This is a really clever trick into making us purchase Nintendo games which we may not have thought about previously and so our admiration, and their sales increase.

Gaming website IGN quote the following are already currently, or will be, on offer.

Starting Today:Bit.Trip Saga is five bucks off, marked down to $9.99 from its normal price of $14.99.

Starting February 21:Crashmo goes on sale for $5.99, down three dollars from its normal $8.99.

Starting February 28: Fractured Soul for four bucks cheaper, down to $7.99 from its usual $11.99.

Starting March 7:Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword drops two dollars, down to $4.99.

Starting March 14: Same deal for Ketzal’s Corridors. It goes to $4.99, a savings of two dollars.

Starting March 21:Mutant Mudds hits $5.99 from its normal $8.99.

The complete broadcast can be seen in the following link, please note that the complete broadcast is in Japenese however if you have ever wondered what a man dressed up as Luigi is like then it is worth the watch.

Nintendo 3DS Direct Luigi Special

 

Sources;

Blistered Thumbs (2013) Rhythm Hunter: HarmoKnight Hits the 3DS eShop Next Month. [online] Available at: http://www.blisteredthumbs.net/2013/02/rhythm-hunter-harmoknight/ [Accessed: 14 Feb 2013].

IGN (2013) The Nintendo Direct 3DS eShop Roundup. [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/02/14/the-nintendo-direct-3ds-eshop-roundup [Accessed: 14 Feb 2013].

IGN (2013) Nintendo Direct Coming Tomorrow – IGN. [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/02/13/nintendo-direct-coming-tomorrow [Accessed: 14 Feb 2013].

Joystiq (2012) Game Freak’s HarmoKnight coming to 3DS in North America. [online] Available at: http://www.joystiq.com/2012/12/05/game-freaks-harmoknight-coming-to-3ds-in-north-america/ [Accessed: 14 Feb 2013].

Nintendo (2013) Nintendo 3DS Direct Luigi special 2013.2.14. [online] Available at: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/3ds/direct20130214/index.html [Accessed: 14 Feb 2013].

Nintendo World Report (2013) Nintendo Reveals Several New 3DS eShop Titles – News – Nintendo World Report. [online] Available at: http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/news/33309 [Accessed: 14 Feb 2013].

New Assassins Creed Hero

Say goodbye to Connor

Say farewell to Connor

Assassins Creed III may only have been released a few months ago the next game in the series is already being planned.  Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot recently announced that there will be a different Assassins Creed hero in the next installment of this popular franchise, due for release sometime before March 2014. The reason behind this guess is that Yves Guillemot stated “Assassin’s Creed game is coming in the 2014 fiscal year.” Ubisoft’s next fiscal year will run from April 1, 2013, through March 31, 2014.

The news ultimately results in *sniff* no more of the protagonist Connor.  Upon hearing the news my first thought initially were what is to become of the hood? Will the new character have a hood at all and if so how can they improve upon it?  I understand to some this might seem unusual it is a statement of who he is, plus it does also look good.

Yves Guillemot stated the the next installment will see an “all-new Assassin’s Creed hero, within an all new team and time period” and it will be “another major leap forward for the franchise“.  Of course we can not wait to see what is instore, not only for us gamers but also the new hero.

With the previous installment being set during the American Civil War this leaves open a wide time period of when the next installment could be set.  The Escapist magazine quote;

Gamers have purchased more than 12 million copies of Assassin’s Creed III since its October 2012 launch.

Proving just how popular this franchise has become among gamers. Whatever is in store more news will come “very soon”.

Check out this previous post featuring a life size Connor figure; https://pwnersmanual.wordpress.com/2013/01/15/geek-finds/

Who will replace Connor?

Who will replace Connor?

 

Sources; 

IGN (2013) Next Assassin’s Creed Has New Hero And New Time Period. [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/02/07/next-assassins-creed-has-new-hero-time-period-developer [Accessed: 7 Feb 2013].

Leboeuf, S. (2013) Next Assassin’s Creed Coming Fiscal 2014 With New Hero. [online] Available at: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/121981-Next-Assassins-Creed-Coming-Fiscal-2014-With-New-Hero [Accessed: 7 Feb 2013].

Polygon (2013) New Assassin’s Creed coming during next fiscal year, features new hero in a new time period. [online] Available at: http://www.polygon.com/2013/2/7/3964124/assassins-creed-4 [Accessed: 7 Feb 2013].

 

 

 

Super Bowl and Video Games

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As we hope you are aware today, 3rd February, is Super Bowl Sunday and will see either the Baltimore Ravens or San Francisco 49ers crowned Super Bowl XLVII champions, in America’s biggest sporting event!  No matter who you are supporting, or if you are going to play video games instead, here is a special blog post featuring American Football games.  Time to eat some football shaped Oreos.

Madden NFL 13

This video game has been talked about a lot recently in the sporting world, this is because people are looking at this game to predict a winner for today’s event.  Featured on the TIME website as number one for “Super Bowl XLVII: 9 Wacky Ways of Predicting the Winner”
Madden NFL '13 (Credit: EA Sports)
Madden NFL 13 – Ravens

“This annual bellwether is played not on the gridiron, but on the couch. The Madden gurus pitted the two teams against each other, in a game of Madden 13on an Xbox 360. Final score? Ravens 27, 49ers 24. Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco was crowned MVP after completing 70% of his passes and tossing two touchdowns. Sure, it’s just a video game  but it’s a painstakingly accurate one: Madden’s simulation has successfully predicted seven out of the last nine Super Bowls, and came within two points of predicting the exact final score of Super Bowl XLIII in 2009.”

Of course we will see how accurate this is tonight but right now it’s time to focus on the Madden NFL 13 game itself.  To see the final few seconds of this gameplay see the video clip at the end of this post.

Madden is available in stores now for Xbox 360, PS3, Vita, Wii, Wii U, Madden NFL 13 Social is also available on iPhone, iPad and Facebook.  This is very good news for all Vita gamers as Madden NFL 13 is the first Madden game to be released on the PlayStation Vita, as well as this it is also the first game in the series to have Kinect support for Xbox gamers.

With a player capacity of 1-4, and online multi-player capacity of 2-6.  This game redefines its previous, with an all new game design and, new pass-ready system and improved play action.  This game has set out to entice us, especially if you have played a Madden game before.  This game also features a new read and react defensive AI system which is the most intelligent pass defense to date, Madden NFL 13.  This game has some impressive real style virtual frame work.  This game certainly has come along way since it was first released in 1989.

IGN quote;

“Madden NFL 13 revolutionizes the way sports video game career modes are played with Connected Careers—a completely new and fully connected universe defined by deep gameplay, unique storylines and social integration. The game continues to evolve the sport sim experience with cutting-edge Infinity Engine technology, revolutionary Connected Careers and a complete audio and visual overhaul that delivers best in class presentation.”

Madden 13 Game Cover

Cover Art

Cover Art

On the game cover we see a very realistic looking Calvin Johnson, known to many as Detroit Lions wide receiver. 

John Madden Football 1989

Pre 1993 the EA Sports American football video game series was known as John Madden Football. Named after pro footballer and Super Bowl winning coach, John Madden.

Game play footage Madden '89

Game play footage Madden ’89

Super Bowl 2013 Predictions: Ravens vs. 49ers in Super Bowl 47

Sources; 

IGN (2012) Madden NFL 13 (PlayStation 3). [online] Available at: http://uk.ign.com/games/madden-nfl-13/ps3-128098 [Accessed: 3 Feb 2013].

Unknown. (2013) TIME. [online] Available at: http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/01/29/super-bowl-2013-9-wacky-ways-of-predicting-the-winner/#ixzz2JpXpgO3V [Accessed: 3 Feb 2013].

YouTube (2013) Super Bowl 2013 Predictions: Ravens vs. 49ers in Super Bowl 47. [online] Available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=3WWFpzbhX5o#! [Accessed: 3 Feb 2013].