Posts Tagged ‘game’
Valve is pushing out another update to Team Fortress 2, its 356th since it first shipped the game as part of The Orange Box in 2007. But there’s something special this time around — the new content, titled Robotic Boogaloo, is the first to be created entirely by fans. Polygon reports that the update will have 57 virtual items, mostly hats (naturally), and include a comic that connects it with the game’s expansive backstory. In a blog post announcing the release, Valve said that just because it’s pushing out community-developed updates doesn’t mean that it will stop producing its own content for the game. “As far as we’re concerned, there’s plenty of room for both to happily co-exist,” says the company.
Valve has begun testing new biofeedback technologies based on a player’s sweat levels and eye movements, as part of the company’s ongoing efforts to incorporate user emotions into gameplay. As VentureBeat reports , Mike Ambinder, Valve’s resident experimental psychologist, discussed the developments at last week’s NeuroGaming Conference and Expo, held in San Francisco. Continue reading…
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Valve looks to sweat levels and eye controls for future game design
Microsoft today revealed new details about its IllumiRoom technology — an augmented reality home entertainment system that expands gaming content beyond the realm of a TV display, and onto living room walls. Brett Jones, part of the team that created the project at Microsoft Research, detailed the system during a presentation Tuesday at the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) in Paris, describing IllumiRoom as an immersive technology that “makes your living room come to life.” When Microsoft announced IllumiRoom at CES this year, it fueled widespread speculation that the technology may be incorporated into the next-generation Xbox, to be unveiled next month . Subsequent teasers only amplified this speculation,… Continue reading…
Markus ‘Notch’ Persson, the man behind Minecraft , has launched a new browser game called Drop . While the stark graphics are based around a cube, that’s about the only similarity you’ll find with his previous block-building sensation; Drop is a game about typing speed and word play. One by one you type letters that form an endless spiral of words, but let one pass you by and it’s game over — Persson cites Super Hexagon as an influence, and much of that game’s DNA shines through in Drop ‘s unforgiving rotations, simple visuals, and pulsing soundtrack. There’s little reason not to check it out; the game is completely free, and your first attempt is only likely to last a few seconds.
If you just can’t wait until October to see Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe star in the PS3 game Beyond: Two Souls , there’s some good news, as 35 minutes of game video has been released. The footage was revealed as part of a two hour-long panel at the Tribeca Film Festival, which featured both Page and game director David Cage. According to the PlayStation blog , the scene was chosen carefully “to avoid many of the major, major spoilers” in the game, though if you want to go into the experience completely fresh you should probably avoid clicking play (if you’re wary of spoilers you can check out the brand new cinematic trailer instead). For the rest of us, it’s a great chance to see just how well the game manages to blend the worlds of film..
Watch 35 minutes of Ellen Page in ‘Beyond: Two Souls’
A friend of mine has a very bleak assessment of Game of Thrones: If you love a character, they’ll die unfulfilled. If you hate a character, you’ll come to learn how they became so hateful and start to love them, and then they try to redeem themselves and die unfulfilled. It’s not quite like that,
On Friday evening, Philadelphians were treated to a larger-than-life version of a gaming classic. The side of the Cira Cenre — a 29-story building lined with programmable lights — was turned into a massive Pong game, letting players control three-story-high paddles via a laptop. Dr. Frank Lee, the Drexel University professor who programmed the show, was inspired by seeing the Cira Centre’s lights five years ago
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Watch a giant ‘Pong’ game played on the side of a 29-story building
As you make your way through a colorful Mexican village, you wander past a sign advertising a fight between Business Cat and Bachelor Frog. Not far away there’s a poster depicting a wrestling duo dubbed Los Super Hermanos — The Super Brothers, one wearing red, the other green, and each sporting a fine moustache. As you’d imagine from its name, Guacamelee , a newly released title on PlayStation 3 and Vita , isn’t the kind of game that takes itself too seriously. It’s a cartoonish take on Mexican folklore that’s absolutely brimming with pop culture references, whether it’s other video games or internet jokes.
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How do you keep ‘Guacamelee’ fresh? Memes, memes, memes
derekmead writes “Having completed intense review of the aircraft’s flight systems and functionality, component reliability, two weeks ago Boeing completed testing on the last item on its list, the plane’s battery housing. The FAA on Friday approved the new system. That means the 787, which Boeing has continued to build while new battery solutions were developed, will now be able to resume regular flights as soon as workers are able to carry out an overhaul of the planes that need the upgrade. ‘FAA approval clears the way for us and the airlines to begin the process of returning the 787 to flight with continued confidence in the safety and reliability of this game-changing new airplane,’ Jim McNerney, CEO of Boeing, said in a news release announcing the approval.” Read more of this story at Slashdot.
The FAA Will Let Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner Fly Again
Microsoft is working on a number of launch titles for its new Xbox console. One of the first games to launch on the next Xbox will be Ryse , according to multiple sources familiar with Microsoft’s Xbox plans. Microsoft originally unveiled Ryse at E3 2011, promising an exclusive Xbox 360 release with Kinect functionality.
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Next-generation Xbox launch titles include ‘Ryse’ and a new ‘Forza’
Electronic Arts’ launch of the new SimCity game has been plagued by server issues, resulting in everything from features being taken offline to EA calling off some of its promotional efforts for the game. The company hopes to make up for it, however, by offering a free game to users. In a blog post tonight , Maxis’ Lucy Bradshaw apologized for the problems, admitting that the game’s developers simply underestimated the number of people that would sign online to play the title.
EA offering free game as apology for ‘SimCity’ issues
An absurdist joke is spreading across Twitter in a viral pattern. No one has control, no one is safe, and after two days, the contagion is still growing. The virus will likely hit your stream soon if it hasn’t already, but it’s not so easy to spot — it looks like any other normal tweet. “Wow,” it reads, with a link.
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‘Wow’ all the way down: Donald Trump sparks Twitter’s latest weird meme
As of last night, Brooklyn Nets fans seeing a game at the new Barclay’s Center no longer have to worry about missing big moments while waiting in line for a drink, standing in the interminable bathroom queue, or just chatting with nearby fans. They’ll just have to open up the Barclay’s Center app on their iOS or Android device, where thanks to Cisco’s new StadiumVision Mobile technology, for the first time anywhere they’ll have instant access to live game footage from a handful of different angles, plus replays and stats from the game. And if they want to order nachos while waiting in the beer line, they can do that too. The Barclay’s Center is possibly the most technologically advanced stadium in sports , with 8,000 feet of LED signage,… Continue reading…
Welcome to The Verge: Weekender edition. Each week, we’ll bring you important articles from the previous weeks’ original reports , features and reviews on The Verge . Think of it as a collection of a few of our favorite pieces from the week gone by, which you may have missed, or which you might want to read again. Continue reading…
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The Weekender: Surface Pro review, the NFL’s head injury problem, and Amazon’s currency dreams
Real World Racing , a top-down PC racing game built using real satellite images, is finally available in open beta . It’s not the full, finished version of the game, but the beta will still give you a decent taste of what’s to come with six cars and three maps — Rome, Berlin, and London — in single player, time trial, and multiplayer modes. Developers promise the full game will launch with 80 cars, at least 50 tracks, and a career mode, so there’s plenty to look forward to. You can use a controller or keyboard according to your preference, and the controls are fairly simple: accelerate, brake, steer, and switch gears. And yes, you can drift
The US Department of Justice has announced that it’s settled with Macmillan in an ebook price-fixing case involving Apple and several other publishers. In a statement, the DoJ said Macmillan has agreed to lift restrictions on discounting ebooks, and to report on any joint ventures or collaborations with other publishers. Macmillan, HarperCollins, Penguin, Simon & Schuster, and Hachette were all accused of conspiring with Apple to raise the prices of their ebooks in response to Amazon’s low prices in mid-2012. Three of the publishers almost immediately settled, and Penguin followed suit in December, leaving Macmillan the only holdout besides Apple
Brett Ratner, best known for directing Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker in the Rush Hour series, is preparing to bring Zynga’s FarmVille to your TV. Ratner is one of three executive producers aiming to create an animated series based on the hugely popular Facebook game. We’re not yet sure how Ratner plans to incorporate farm cultivation into each half-hour episode, but he seems excited to be part of the project. ” FarmVille is one of the most exciting brands out there today and its cross-platform opportunities are endless,” Ratner said in a statement.
3DLT, a 3D printing service similar to Shapeways, took its site down today after Wired reported that the site was hosting pirated designs . The company has yet to officially launch — even though the site was live and open for business for some time — but according to Wired , 3DLT listed jewelry designs that belong to Nervous System without the owner’s knowledge or consent, under different names and with new descriptions. “We have hurt the reputation of ourselves and others.” When Nervous System co-founder Jessica Rosencrantz purchased one of these designs for $40, she didn’t even receive the necessary STL files to print them.
Sony Alpha Rumors has posted what it claims is the first image of Sony’s new entry-level NEX-3N . The camera is set to replace the company’s current “low-end” model, the NEX-F3 , and will reportedly include the same 16-megapixel sensor as its predecessor. The major alteration we can see is the inclusion of a zoom control lever, which hints that Sony may bundle its 16-50mm power zoom lens with the camera, rather than the 18-55mm manual zoom lens included with the F3. If this image is accurate, it marks the first time that Sony has fitted a NEX camera with zoom controls, and we’d expect the feature to trickle up to Sony’s more expensive cameras
“I’m obsessed with how little I sleep,” says Ouya founder and CEO Julie Uhrman, touching her Jawbone Up . She says her kids are to blame. However, it might also have something to do with another child of sorts, another Yves Behar-designed product: her company’s $99 Android game console . Once a Kickstarter project, the Ouya will now be sold at Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and GameStop this June, a tall order for a company as new as hers.
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Ouya founder promises new $99 console every year, better game discovery
Nobody does grandiose sporting spectacles quite like the Americans, whose annual Super Bowl extravaganza attracts massive audiences from all over the globe. This year’s title tussle isn’t short on dramatic storylines — with two brothers in charge of the finalist teams and a legendary linebacker making it his swansong game — but a great many people will still be tuning in primarily to check out the exorbitantly expensive half-time ads. You can track all the fun and frolics of those commercials right here, but that’s not all. We’ve also got insider reports from New Orleans, breaking down the technical challenges of recording, photographing, and broadcasting a game of such magnitude. Continue reading…
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Super Bowl XLVII: how to watch and what to watch out for
Those who played StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood Wa r likely remember the impressive cinematic segments that punctuated the game’s campaigns, and Blizzard’s latest trailer delivers the same excitement for galactic drama with the warring Terran, Protoss, and Zerg. The new opening cinematic, for the second installment of StarCraft II , shows off a huge Zerg mothership of Independence Day proportions, and an ensuing onslaught against besieged Terrans. While cinematic trailers with high production values aren’t usually a good indicator of how a game will look and feel, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm is said to be a thoughtfully designed sequel to a highly-regarded series; our friends at Polygon have previewed the single-player campaign ,… Continue reading…
In 2010, tiny UK-based studio Hello Games released its first game, Joe Danger , as a downloadable title for the PlayStation 3. The game was well received — and went on to spawn a sequel and a special edition on Xbox Live Arcade — but its success also left managing director Sean Murray “feeling really down.” The studio was expanding from its scrappy, four-man origins, and this meant that Murray didn’t have much time to do what he really wanted: make games. “Then I started playing around with iOS development in my spare time,” he says, “and it put a smile back on my face.” The result of that “playing around” is Joe Danger Touch for iPhone and iPad . After spending some time as a hobby project, relegated to weekend work with help from… Continue reading…
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‘Joe Danger Touch’ was born on PlayStation, but thrives on iPhone