Recent events in the gaming world


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 ūüė¶ 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¬†¬† 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 and

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 ‚Äúhalted.‚ÄĚ 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: [Accessed: 6 Apr 2013].

Game Developers Conference (2013) Game Developers Conference | Exhibitor List. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 6 Apr 2013].

IGN (2013) Star Wars 1313 . [online] Available at: [Accessed: 6 Apr 2013].

Mashable (2013) Disney Closes LucasArts. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 6 Apr 2013].

Norris, E. (2013)¬†Star Wars 1313 Isn‚Äôt Canceled, It‚Äôs Just ‚ÄėHalted‚Äô. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 6 Apr 2013].

Slash Film (2013)¬†Star Wars Bits: ‚ÄėStar Wars 1313‚Ä≤ Game Would Have Starred Boba Fett. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 6 Apr 2013].

Sony PS4 Playstation (2013) GDC 2013: Developer Conference record attendance at GDC 2013. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 6 Apr 2013].

TechRadar (2013) GDC 2013: top 10 moments from the conference. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 6 Apr 2013].


E3 2013, what we know so far


Although June does seem a while away right not we absolutly cannot wait for E3! ¬†For that reason we’ve decided this blog post will feature what we already know about this years E3 and will be regulary updated with the latest news. ¬†So you don’t miss out on this we will¬†regularly¬†post on our Google+ page when this post has been updated, be sure to check it out and please like this post. ¬†Here is a quick link to our Google+ page¬† ¬† ¬†Don’t worry if you are new to gaming, have never heard about E3 before, or currently do not know who will be at E3, all is explained and¬†revealed¬†below, just for you.

When is E3?

This year E3 is on 11th to 13 June at  Los Angeles Convention Center, California.  The show hours are; 12:00PM Р6:00PM on Tuesday 11th June 2013, 10:00AM Р6:00PM on Wednesday 12th June 2013 and 10:00AM Р5:00PM on Thursday 13th June 2013.  Please note all times are Pacific Time Zone, UTC-8.

What is E3?

E3 stands for Electronic Entertainment Expo.  If you want to be among the first to know anything that happens in the gaming universe then it probably will be announced or revealed at E3.  As quoted on the website the event;

¬†“…draws tens of thousands of professionals to experience the future of interactive entertainment. The most influential people leading the most innovative companies in the industry attend E3 to see groundbreaking new technologies and never-before-seen products for computers, video game consoles, handheld systems, mobile and social, and the Internet.”

This is the largest trade show and covers all aspects of gaming.  You cannot rightfully be a true geek until you have either been lucky enough to attend or sat on your laptop at home watching live the latest streaming of E3 coverage.  (Or so that is my definition)  An Expo floor pass for all 3 days will set you back $795 ($995 after 29th April 2013), a Industry pass is free with the catch being you have to be a qualified Interactive Entertainment Industry, meaning  professionals only.

Who is attending?

There are over 90¬†exhibitors¬†so far! To see the full list visit the ‘E3 exhibitor directory’ link at the end of this post. ¬†We have selected the best below;

      • Activision Publishing, Inc.
      • Capcom U.S.A., Inc.
      • CI Games
      • Disney Interactive
      • Electronic Arts
      • Epic Games Inc.
      • Gameloft
      • IGN Entertainment
      • Microsoft Corporation
      • NAMCO BANDAI Games America
      • Nintendo of America Inc.
      • OnLive
      • Sony Online Entertainment
      • Warner Bros. Interactive

Latest News

Entertainment Software Association (ESA) have announced they will continue to hold this event in Los Angeles until 2015.

There is a possibility of Sony announcing the PS3 for the first time.  This has been hinted at with the past with Sony being in no rush to make an announcement, with the GDC (Game Developers Conference) happing in March maybe Sony will wait until June.

If you are a Nintendo fan then you’ll like this. Nintendo has¬†confirmed¬†that the next Super Smash Bros. game, which is to be a new 3D Mario game and a¬†Mario Kart for Wii U¬†will make their debut at E3.

More News Coming Soon!!

Such as the E3 2013 mobile app!  (if you prefer you now download the E3 2012 mobile app (available for Apple devices only) which features maps, photo gallery and a special E3 insider feature)


E3 (2013) Exhibitor Directory. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 23 Jan 2013].

E3 (2013) Welcome to E3 2013 . [online] Available at: [Accessed: 23 Jan 2013].

GenGame (2013) Major Nelson is Particularly Excited About E3 2013 for Some Reason | GenGAME. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 23 Jan 2013].

IGN (2013) Smash Bros, Mario, Mario Kart Confirmed for E3 2013 РIGN. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 23 Jan 2013].

pwnrsmanual (2013) Dates for your geek calendar! (Part 1). [online] Available at: [Accessed: 23 Jan 2013].

Video Game Memes….whats not to like?!

From “Grumpy Cat” to “Forever Alone” everyone loves a good meme…well everyone I hang out with! ¬†Don’t worry if “meme” (pronouced “meem”) is a new word for you, here is a quick¬†explanation. ¬†¬†When done correctly, they are clever and amusing¬†ways of¬†viewing something you may or may not have seen before. They bring a new light to an idea or thought such as an image, quote or joke. ¬†¬†Most memes feature text located at either the top or bottom of the image, however it should be noted this is not a key¬†feature¬†for all memes. ¬†The image in the meme can be anything from a movie scene to a road sign. ¬†To define one simply they are the¬†equivalent¬†of¬†commercials with popular jingles and slogans.

Here are some you may not be¬†familiar¬†with, so sit back, and enjoy some ‘Video Game Memes’.

I Am A Gamer

Another Perspective

It's DangerousOrigin: The Legend of Zelda

This meme, taken from the popular video game, The Legend of Zelda,¬†has inspired a numerous amount of copycat imagery. Drawing on¬†inspiration¬† from the famous line uttered by the old man, “It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this.” Originally, it accompanied an image of a meowing kitten in hand and contained a rare file with programs within meant to ‘troll’, known as Dangerous Kitten.¬† Here we¬†truly¬†see a ‘dangerous’ kitten.

Video Games

Mass Effect Origin: Mass Effect 3

Based on the BioWare game, Mass Effect 3, the third sequel to Mass Effect, this meme¬†cleverly¬†portrays the¬†controversial¬†endings which¬†sparked fan fury across the internet. ¬†Based on three¬†criteria’s,¬†Mass Effect 3 decides which one of seven endings you will view based on the choice that you make in the final stretch of the game (criteria¬†one) and your ‘effective military strength¬†rating’. ¬†It combines both your single-player ‘total military strength’¬†rating multiplied by a percentage (known as ‘readiness rating’) from any multi player games in which you have played, as well as the choices that you made throughout the game. ¬†For a quick overview an ‘effective military strength’ of zero will give you the worst ending, and¬†4000+ will give you the best ending. ¬†Even though this does sound like a variety it is important to remember that the endings do not vary much, hence the explanation of the meme!

Video Game Logic

Nice Everything You Have ThereOrigin: Minecraft

With this meme you may be aware of the situation. In the popular online game Minecraft (a game where you are alone on an island and have to make your new life and build supplies from scratch), TNT (trinitrotoluene) is a highly destructive block that, once activated, can create some very serious and harmful damage.  Minecraft players are committed to hours of hard work and devotion to building things, such as supplies or houses.  This meme plays on the effect of the hours of hard work the player has dedicated all being lost in a few short seconds.

Fus Ro Dah Origin: Skyrim

If you are ever angry, annoyed, or want to confuse someone then why not try shouting this, “fus ro dah!” ¬†No, it is not some made up words, it is infact known to every¬†Skyrim¬†player as the first shout that they learnt. ¬†Apologies now if it causes any more¬†further¬†arguments…!

RaichuOrigin: Pokémon

This clever Pok√©mon¬†meme¬†mimics¬†the popular song lyrics, “I’m not gonna write you a love song” by replacing the words “write you” for a picture of the Pok√©mon¬†‘Raichu’. This is very clever due to the pronunciation of ‘Raichu’!

Video Game Logic

Let’s just admit we have all thought this would work in some way!

If you think we have missed any video game memes, ever created a meme yourself or have a topic you would like to see in a future blog then send an e-mail to


Don’t forget to check our website and this blog for new posts daily!

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Complex Gaming (2012)¬†It’s Dangerous to Go Alone. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 10 Jan 2013].

Complex Gaming (2012) Nice Everything You Have There . [online] Available at: [Accessed: 10 Jan 2013].

Complex Gaming (2012) Not Gonna Raichu A Love Song. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 10 Jan 2013].

Gaming Squid (n.d.) Mass Effect 3. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 10 Jan 2013].

MemeCenter (2012) Video Game Logic. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 10 Jan 2013].

Vincent, B. (2012) Fus Ro Dah!. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 10 Jan 2013].

We Heart It (n.d.)¬†Video Game Memes, Dear Girls…. [online] Available at: [Accessed: 11 Jan 2013].

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Dates for your geek calendar! (Part 1)


There are some events we simply cannot wait for at Pwnrsmanual. We’ve hunted them down and now we’re sharing them exclusively with you! With over 140 video games being released this year we’ve done our research and are bringing you what we believe will be the best game(s) that month, along with a small description. ¬†We will also feature some special events that you cannot afford to miss! ¬†So clear your calendar, add them to your diary and prepare for a great year!


DmC  Devil May Cry РThis dark gothic fantasy video game hosted by Capcom is due for release on 15th  January.  Is set to bring much needed improvement on the original Devil May Cry (released 7th Dec, 2001).  This game centres on Dante, who is non other than a half-human, half-demon vigilante who hunts and kills demons in order to save the human world from their treacherous attacks. Everything is not what is seems; expect head shots and zombie attacks!  (Rated M РMature Р17+) Available for XBox 360, PS3 and PC (through Steam, Origin and Gamestop).

To see the trailer click on the IGN: DmC link at the end of this blog.

If you simply cannot wait to start playing this game, or perhaps want to try it out for yourself before you purchase the game, then a demo is now available on Xbox live and the PlayStation network.


Dead Space 3 – This third person horror video game which is developed by Visceral and Electronic Arts (EA), will be released for Microsoft Windows (PC), PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on 5th February for everyone in the United States of America and the 8th¬†February¬†for everyone in Europe (Rated 18). ¬†As the title may suggest, it is the third main installment to the ‘Dead Space Franchise’. ¬†This can only mean one thing for ‘Dead Space’ fans, Issac¬†Clarke is back for a third time! ¬†Crash-landed on the frozen planet of Tau Volantis, Issac and John must put everything they know to the test if they want to stop the¬†apocalypse.

This time Issac brings a requested feature along with him. ¬†Finally, Visceral have made¬†weapon crafting¬†available. ¬†Weapons play a vital part in most video games and this one is no exception. ¬†You can now hunt for materials to make your own weapons with and create all important survival tools. ¬†It’s time to¬†comb the harsh environment for raw materials and scavenged parts if we want to see an end to the¬†Necromorph plague.

Crysis 3 – Another game release in February for EA, this time they have partnered with¬†¬†Crytek, an award winning developer. ¬†This episode is set in New York where the year is¬†2047. ¬†In order to survive you need¬†¬†the armour abilities of your unique and ever reliable Nanosuit as well as stealth. ¬†In this first-person shooter the player becomes¬†Prophet, where power is everything and everyone is a target in his quest for retribution. ¬†It’s time to hunt on 22nd February. ¬†Available¬†for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.


After the excitement of New Years, and that holiday in February known as Valentine’s Day, you deserve a reward with not one, but three exciting games this month;

God of War: Ascension РWith exclusive features to unlock and multi-player, you can choose your own quest.  Aim for freedom and vengeance and discover the origins of Kratos as he aims to avenge, or you can seek your own glory in multi-player battles (limited to 8 players per battle).  Published by Sony, available for PS3.  Release date TBA.

Gears of War: Judgement –¬†Devolved¬†by Epic Games,¬†Gears of War: Judgment is an upcoming third person shooter video game. ¬†It is the fourth installment to the Gears of War series. ¬†Unlike many sequels to games where they develop more of the story, this instead transports you back to before the original. ¬†This the first Gears of War where¬†Marcus Fenix¬†and¬†Dominic Santiago¬†are not lead roles. ¬†The player dives straight into the action with¬†encountering¬†the immediate aftermath of Emergence Day (in fact, 30 days after). ¬†It brings not only a new¬†game play¬†element but also a new scoring system, where within each¬†separate¬†section of the game you have the chance to earn yourself three stars. The stars vary in colour depending on your score, and this helps you to unlock special content. Published by Microsoft Studios for Xbox 360 (Rated M). ¬†With a special bonus for worldwide fans who pre-order, we recommend doing so today so that you don’t miss out! Let the adventure begin on¬†19th March.

BioShock: Infinite –¬†Set in 1912 ¬†off the coast of Maine, Columbia, ¬†this installment is based on a floating city, unlike the underwater setting used in the two BioShock games previously. ¬†In this first-person shooter the player becomes¬†¬†Booker DeWitt, a private detective who’s main¬†goal is to find Elizabeth, a young woman who has gone missing in the floating city and return her unharmed. ¬†Irrational Games¬†have took it upon themselves to upload the first few minutes of this game onto YouTube (contains spoilers). For anyone who would like to see this¬†a¬†link is¬†available¬†at the end of this blog. ¬†From watching you can tell that this is an intense¬†story line¬†and another success for the BioShock franchise. ¬†It’s time to explore the strange new world. ¬†Available¬†for Xbox360, PS3 and PC (Rated M). ¬†NEW RELEASE DATE 26th March.

(Game Developers Conference 25th to 29th March 2013 hosted in San Francisco, California РXbox 720 and PS4 announcement?)


Injustice: Gods Among Us РBased upon the fictional although popular DC Comics universe, this is set to bring a new era to the already existing fighting games. Warner Bros. are keeping fans guessing as to exactly which characters will feature in this game.  The list includes Batman, Harley Quinn, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Joker, Green Lantern and many more.  It is promised that the lines between good and evil, right and wrong, justice and injustice, will disappear as we see what many DC Comics fans eagerly love to watch; major fighting battles between their favorite superhero and super villain, or even superhero versus superhero.  Nothing will stand in the way.  Available for PS3, Xbox 360 and the WiiU. Release Date: 16th April, 2013.


The Last Of Us – ¬†Published by Sony and Naughty Dog¬†available¬†7th May is currently exclusive to PS3 (Rated 18). ¬†Set in the¬†post apocalyptic world there are three known¬†characters – our¬†protagonists, ¬†Joel,¬†Ellie¬†(who is¬†arguably¬†the central character)¬†and¬†Bill. There are also three known¬†enemies – the infected, the scavengers and the military. ¬†This game has sparked¬†controversy¬†by featuring a woman, the¬†character¬†Ellie, on the front of its design. While most people agree she has a right to be there some people still disagree and feel she should be ‘pushed to the back’. ¬†There will be both single player and multi-player modes. ¬†Within this game we can tell there has been a deadly virus, even though it may have been¬†20 years since a fungus has been on the loose, everyone is in the Quarantine zones as told by the military. Ellie has to escape her zone, and here is where the game begins!

June – Major geek event – E3

11-13th – ¬†E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) is being held in Los Angeles Convention Center. Don’t worry if you are not a company/organisation/exhibitor, or if the $795 (increasing to $995 after 29/4/13) 3-day show floor pass is too expensive, you can view this event online in the comfort of your own home at

There are already 90 exhibitors including;

  • Activision Publishing, Inc.
  • Capcom U.S.A., Inc.
  • CI Games
  • Disney Interactive
  • Electronic Arts
  • Epic Games Inc.
  • Gameloft
  • IGN Entertainment
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • NAMCO BANDAI Games America
  • Nintendo of America Inc.
  • OnLive
  • Sony Online Entertainment
  • Warner Bros. Interactive

Here at pwnrsmanual not only are we stoked for this event but we are sure it will not disappoint any gamer.  We will be hosting a special E3 pwnrsmanual blog during the 11 to 13th June so make sure you sign up to our blog to stay one step ahead and receive all the latest gaming news.


Don’t forget to check our website and this blog for new posts daily!



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