Entertainment, Software Programs

Video Game Bible Finally Out

Personally, I consider creating a computer game to be a much more massive undertaking than filming a movie or recording a song. While both movie and songs/albums have their natural flow and aren’t intended to be tampered with, creating a computer game is – a whole another ballgame. To create a virtual world that has to be unpredictably interactive is a massive undertaking and until now, all the books I had the opportunity to read didn’t address that issue in one single tome. David Perry recently released Video Game Design, a book that can be only treated as the bible of video game development. On

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Entertainment

Age of Conan celebrates anniversary and an increase in player base

Funcom is celebrating a one-year anniversary of Age of Conan, their MMORPG [Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game] and a supposed increase in player base numbers. According to the released information, Funcom claims that the game shipped in over 1.2 million copies around the world. The press release claims that new players are joining every month. While this might be true, it is weird that we constantly hear about constant server migrations and reductions in number of game servers. Then again, I really wonder what are they actually celebrating? Faux numbers, phantom subscribers or their ability to milk the money out of naive suckers who believe that the

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Entertainment

The Hired Guns could be one addictive summer game

RTS combining Blood Diamond and The Expendables is coming. Next week, gamers will be a ble to lead a group of mercenaries hired to overthrow the brutal dictator of The Diamond Shores in Africa. Game Factory Interactive (GFI) and Morphicon plan to release their real time strategy game The Hired Guns: Jagged Edge in May 29th. Players will lead a group of ruthless mercenaries hired to overthrow the brutal dictator of The Diamond Shores who waits hidden in the darkest part of Africa. You will be able to assemble your team from a pool of quite nasty soldiers of fortune, e.g. mercs: Ernest Rogers Ernest loves

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Entertainment

Digital Arnold Schwarzenegger appears in the new Terminator

One of usual sayings is that "the past will come to haunt you". In some ways, past may come back to pay a tribute to. Terminator: Salvation is coming to the movie theaters soon, but this Terminator won’t end without Arnold Schwarzenegger making an almost obligatory appearance. Since the idea was not to show a 62-year old man with quite an impressive posture, but rather the birth of T-800, the director McG decided to deploy a digital version of the character. Unlike the regular CGI jobs, McG got his hands on a Schwarzenegger’s body-cast mold from 1984. Movie makers of the original Terminator made a

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Cloud Computing, Entertainment

Twitter leaves Earth, first tweet from space posted

Astronaut Mike Massimino became the first person in history of social media to voice off from space. Mike is twittering about the STS-125 mission. On May 12th, 2008 at 10:33PM – Mike posted the first tweet from Earth’s orbit. This is the first time that Twitter "left the mother Earth". Mike’s tweet consisted out of following message: "From orbit: Launch was awesome!! I am feeling great, working hard, & enjoying the magnificent views, the adventure of a lifetime has begun!" We received last message 20 hours ago, as Mike was readying for his spacewalk: "From orbit: Rendezvous and grapple were great, getting ready for our

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Business, Entertainment

Does the MPAA violate Anti-Trust Laws – Is MPAA a Cartel?

Do the MPAA and RIAA violate the antitrust law? That is a question I am sure that many would like to know. On the surface, it would seem that since there are multiple studios they would not be a monopoly but Anti-Trust also covers oligopolies and cartels. It is the second of these that the MPAA would seem to fall squarely into. Let take a look at some basic facts, the MPAA [Motion Picture Association of America][ is made up of multiple studios that have banded together for, so they claim, mutual protection against the rising threat of piracy and IP [Intellectual Property] protection. Currently,

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Entertainment, Software Programs

NCsoft does it again, City of Heroes is going Rogue

NCsoft’s Paragon Studios, the makers of City of Heroes and City of Villains games (CoV is a game/stand alone expansion that was merged with CoH) are giving the players what they wanted for a long time yet again. Among many changes asked for by the fans during the years unlike the competition, they actually made a few come true: The ability to change the original look of your hero or villain’s weapon of choice was one of the first and most wanted ones. At first glance not so major but still a great addition was the introduction of police radio missions for heroes, similar to

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Entertainment, Software Programs

EA has a tough quarter – but finally praises the PC platform

Electronic Arts [NASDAQ: ERTS] announced its fourth quarter financial results, and well, they were in-line with the recession and all the doom and gloom that still is surrounding the world. However, unlike AMD, Intel, nVidia in the world of PC hardware and Activision Blizzard [NASDAQ: ATVI], Take Two [NASDAQ: TTWO] and others in the world of software – EA didn’t post an increase of sales plus losses, but rather a 24% decrease in revenues and a 7% loss. If we look at the results, EA managed to achieve $1.65 billion in revenue and a massive $0.64 billion loss. Looking at the whole of 2008, EA achieved

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Entertainment, Software Programs

Fallout 3 and its DLC: Is Bethesda for real?

Back in the days Bethesda was known for some pretty good games like The Terminator: SkyNET,The Terminator: Future Shock, The Elder Scrolls: Arena and its brilliant sequel Daggerfall. While both Terminators were made of awesome indeed , Bethseda’s focus always were The Elder Scroll games. First game of the series; Arena was pretty epic for its time but its sequel Daggerfall was and still is "a god amongst roleplaying games". The possibilities It offered were limitless and ages ahead of competition. Bethseda got known for its gameplay immersion, and Daggerfall was the best example – it had a good selection of playable races, each with

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Apple, Companies, Entertainment

iPhone Game Review – Zombieville USA

With the popularity of the iPhone it seems that everyone wants their smart phone to be a source of mobile entertainment.  To this effect the other developers of mobile operating systems are working more and more “fun” into their own designs. We hear about Microsoft’s Mobile App Store, Android has one now and these will be populated with all types of applications but how much do you want to bet that the most popular ones are also the least productive? We have thought about this and decided to take a look into these applications, so today we bring you the first ever Bright Side of

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Entertainment, Software Programs

Fighting the bad weather: Wallace & Gromit start The Last Resort

Absent-minded inventor Wallace and his trusty canine companion Gromit are back in yet another episodic adventure game from Telltale Games. Time for vacation has finally come but there is only one tiny problem. The weather outside is dreadful and the best course of action would be to delay the vacation and stay at home. Of course, after Wallace sees the sadness in his companion Gromit he decides to save the vacation by any means possible. The idea how to spend your time on the beach, instead of worrying about the bad weather.. Since they cannot go to vacation, a cunning "genius" as he is Wallace

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Business, Entertainment

Major 3D breakthrough: RealD LP brings 3D to portable single-lens projectors

NAB in Las Vegas came and went, and we saw a lot of cool technologies that aim to bring the dash of fresh air into the conventional movie theater model. Going to the cinema is one thing, but if 3D is to set the living room afire, a more affordable solution has to be found. While competing technologies such as Dolby3D arguably bring even better 3D experience, required investment in projectors excludes themselves from the living room due to insanely high cost of equipment. On the other hand, RealD thinks that they have found the way forward.  We received a press announcement that RealD introduced

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Entertainment

The Return of the Immersive Game

In a previous article I talked about the issues that rise from the current refresh and upgrade schedule that many technology companies have in place.  This frenzy of activity and perceived notions of obsolescence have hurt the consumer and the market in ways that are beyond the scope of this article. However today I read a few things that make me think that in addition to a return to real innovation in the hardware sector we will start seeing game developers return to creating truly engaging and entertaining games. The news was about the continuation of a unique and ground breaking series; Thief. If you

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Business, Entertainment

Guild Wars sold in over six million units

NCsoft’s and ArenaNet’s Guild Wars, the only online roleplaying game that has managed to win over a huge amount of former WoW junkies and PvP [Player versus Player] fanatics has now sold over six milion units. There are many factors that contributed to this great success. One if not the most important one was free playtime. While you have to buy the game itself the gametime itself is completely free – a combination of conventional playing games model and an refreshing change when it comes to the world of MMO titles. There are many free to play games out there each with their own trick to

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Entertainment, Software Programs

"Strong Bad" game goes from online-only distribution to DVD

Telltale Games‘s Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People series can now be pre-ordered on DVD. Like the previous Sam & Max games – this series of episodic games was originally available only through digital distribution. The new Collector’s Edition box will be shipped like a usual TV series DVD box, region free extras included. That’s an interesting weapon… Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People is a point and click adventure series that follows the adventures of Strong Bad, star of Homestar Runner online flash animation series. Even though it has a point and click gameplay each episode also features arcade style mini game.

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Cloud Computing, Entertainment

Twittermania continues – 19 million visitors

ComScore’s Media Metrix released global numbers for March and worldwide visitors to Twitter – reporting a 95 percent jump in the March from 9.8 million [Feb’09] to 19.1 million. 9.3 million visitors were in the U.S. alone. These numbers only count visitors to Twitter’s Website and do not include desktop and mobile clients (big number of visitors) so the numbers could be much bigger. This growth was also helped by Ashton Kutcher’s race with CNN to one million followers, and Oprah’s subsequent adoption of the service. With this kind of growth Twitter will hit 50 million visitors in a month or two. If you’re interested

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Entertainment, Software Programs

New F1 game features advanced physics – PhysX?

Even though Formula One is the world’s most popular annual-cycle sport, overall third [only to two 4-year cycle events – Olympics and World Soccer Championships], the sport languishes in case of computer games. Ecclestone probably ate his hat when he sold 5-year license to Sony Computer Entertainment. This caused EA to fire my friends and colleagues at ISI, makers of brilliant F1 2000, CS2000, 2001, 2002 and 99-02 games. Then again, Bernie did me a favor; because I would probably be working for EA in Chertsey UK and Bright Side of News would never come to life. When Codemasters announced that they signed a deal

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Entertainment, Software Programs

Dragonica MMO opens pre-registrations for Closed Beta Testing

Dragonica, developed by Korean developer Barunson Interactive, will be free MMORPG [Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game], arcade-style 3D side-scrolling, the fantasy MMO game. It will be published in English, French and German. The story is leading us in Dragotaka, a cartoon-environment world on two continents where players will go through different quests with lots of action and socialization with other players. The game will have a unique combo-based combat system, different sorts of ground and air based attacks and hilarious skills together to increase your combo and experience multiplier. You can see some of the screenshots of the game here, while Dragonica trailers are

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Entertainment, Software Programs

Ferrari answers Volvo, releases a free racing game

For the past four years, Ferrari went aggressively with the use of Internet and computing related technologies. This sports car manufacturer vastly expanded its online presence and the company wasn’t afraid to try the newest technologies. For instance, you can see Ferrari’s latest Formula 1 car in a Full 360 degree view with various levels of zoom on a dedicated website that is by far – the best out of any F1 team. It didn’t stop there, as the Ferrari California was launched through a series of exclusive e-mails that included the details of the car such as sound of the engine, the door opening,

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Business, Entertainment, Hardware

Ethernet Cable to kill HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI, and USB?

Even though a lot of impressive things were demonstrated at NAB 2009, the broadcast show in Las Vegas, Nevada – the title of potential "industry changer" without any doubt goes to just firmed DiiVA v1.0 standard. DiiVA v1.0 [Digital Interactive Interface for Video & Audio] is a new connecting interface intended to replace not just HDMI, but Ethernet, USB, DVI, DisplayPort and reduce the number of communication cables to only two: power and DiiVA. This standard is backed by LG, Panasonic, Samsung and the Chinese government. In short, CE companies are increasingly growing tired of HDMI and all the limitations of the standard [not to

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