Monthly Archives: December 2010

  • Girl Gamers Left out of Black Ops

    Girl Gaming - Black Ops

    When Call of Duty: Black Ops was getting ready to hit the market Activision and Treyarch put together a Prestige Edition and a Hardened Edition package of extras for their dedicated players. The Prestige Edition came with a copy of Black Ops, a Black Ops RC-XD Car, a premium steelbook casing, custom Black Ops emblem medal, a woods Avatar outfit, and four exclusive co-op maps. The Hardened Edition came with a custom Black Ops emblem medal, a woods avatar outfit, and four co-op maps. Awesome deal right? – For guys; yes, but for girls; well lets just say we received the short end of the stick on this one.

    Unfortunately for those who have created a girl avatar on their Xbox Live accounts they were unable to redeem the woods avatar outfit. After attempting to enter the redeem code a fail attempt message popped up that read:

    This code cannot be redeemed because that item will only fit a male avatar. Your avatar is female. You may want to share this code with a friend who has a male avatar.

    While the stereotype that more guys play video games, specifically, Call of Duty, may run in the guys favor, that doesnt mean there arent girl gamers out there in the Xbox Live community who werent ecstatic about the release of the newest edition of the collection. I even ran into some girls while playing live that claimed to have changed their avatars sex just so they could redeem their free Black Ops gear.

    While it was a disappointment that Activision and Treyarch overlooked the female gaming community, they did do their best to make amends for their error. While admitting their guilt, Activision offered what many believe to be a fair compensation. Activision and Treyarch have released codes for Xbox Live so that those with female avatars can access their new Black Ops Girls.

    While it may be a minor detail that was overlooked, it is the small things in life that can make or break a gamers day.

  • Top 11 percent of WoW players account for over 50% of total gameplay

    Half of WOW Gameplay are by top gamers.

    Talk about fanaticism. According to a recent study from Raptr following players time within the last two weeks since the release of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, the top 11 percent of the most active users account for over 50% of total game play by all users. One of the most addictive games on the market clearly has its most addicted players wrapped around its figurative finger, capturing all of a certain group of peoples attentions and time much more than those of others.

    And thats not to say that the bottom 89 percent doesnt log in a fair amount of time, as the top 11 percent is made up of players dedicating their entire lives to the game. The highest reported hours came from the Warcraft communitys top player, who logged in an astounding 149 hours in a single week. To put things in perspective, there are only 168 hours in a week. That means he only took 19 hours of a break, equivalent to a little over 2 and a half hours a day, to eat, sleep, or use the restroom (Im going to assume he never left the house for fresh air, or anything like that). And I thought I was busy when I worked a 50-hour workweek this summer while taking a class!

    According to Raptrs study, the majority of players clock in only a few hours a day, which is why that top percentage exceeds the others so magnanimously. And to think, Ive never even played for a minute.

    How much do you play WoW, readers?

  • Xbox Match Making

    Finding love with XBOX LIVE

    Many parents dread the life of video games for their children, mostly because they fear it will lead to an anti-social life style. Fortunately there are companies like Gaming Passions, and Game Crush and there is even a facebook group, Xbox Live Dating , that are here to help take the burden off of meeting new people through video game social networking.

    The Facebook group, Xbox Live Dating, mimics the concept of online dating sites. It is a place where players can go to let the gaming world know that they are interested in meeting new contacts who would love to bond over their favorite games. However, this facebook group will not match you up with potential companions, it is each players own responsibility to put themselves out there in the social limelight.

    When logging onto the Game Crush site, the first line pretty much sums up what their intentions are, Meet, talk to, and play with the hottest gaming community on the Web. Dont just play what you want. Play who you want. The site allows users to chat live with over 8,000 PlayDate games, view exclusive images and videos and give them access to casual and console games when they join for free.

    Gamming Passion is also a website that offers free online dating and social networking for their users. They want you to, meet other video game lovers who get it. Much like Game Crush they too service console game and PC game lovers. Joining Gamming Passion gives users the opportunity to discuss strategy over chatrooms, message boards, and emails and arrange online competitions.

    However, while mingling online with new friends please stay safe and dont revile any personal information that may danger you or loved ones. Stay safe and game hard!!!

  • Early Access to Gears of War 3

    When Gears of War 3 got pushed back, most of the office was pretty bummed out about it, but we're excited to hear that the game Bulletstorm will include early access to the Gears of War 3 Beta. EA and Epic Games have announced that the Epic Edition, of Bulletstorm will include the beta access as well as a 25,000 EXP bonus and some multiplayer visual upgrades.

    Aesthetically, Bulletstorm looks awesome. The color palette shown throughout the trailers doesn't show a gritty looking shooter with dull browns and grays nor cartoon like greens and purples, but has it's own unique look that confidently displays a sci-fi looking world with fluorescent blues and orange. Bulletstorm's unique and untested look could be why the Gears of War 3 beta is being included.

    In any case, be sure to pre-order Bulletstorm for the 360 so you can be alongside Evil Controllers as we rip the Locusts apart on the first few days of the beta.

    Bulletstorm comes out for the PS3 and the 360 on February 22nd.

  • Need a sentry here, need a sentry here, need a sentry here...

    Ever play TF2 and notice how every Scout spams the voice command "NEED A SENTRY HERE" over and over and over till an Engineer (most likely me) gives in and builds a sentry? Well apparently I guess there's an annoying Scout at Valve's HQ and I guess the programmers there decided to give in like I do. Only thing is, their sentry is real (well except for the shooting bullets part).

    Actually the team behind Team Fortress 2 got to visit Weta Workshop (the same people who did animatronic work for the Lord of the Rings movies and the upcoming The Hobbit movie) a while back and made a request to make a Level 1 sentry for their home office. Well it just arrived recently and Weta went the whole nine yards. The sentry (which took several men to deploy and move) has a state-of-the-art motion detection camera and will "fire" on those in its paths. This is probably like every TF2 fanboy's dream to own one of these near replicas. The same goes for this blogger. Hopefully one day I can show up at Valve's HQ in my BLU Engineer cosplay just to see it....until I find out at the last minute it's a RED Sentry.


  • Kim Jong Il's second son is too much of a gaming loser to run the DPNK

    Politics in Games - North Korea not going be lead by a Gaming Loser

    One of Kim Jong Il's sons is apparently too busy playing video games to take over the reins of his father and run the world's most secluded militaristic oppressive country. Wikileaks (you know that organization that just likes to be the fly in every government's luncheon soup) has released information from a 2008 U.S. government consulate cable in Shanghai to the U.S. State Department. In addition to the information about the future prospects of North Korea and its leader being in very ill health they released this:

    "...the two youngest sons, Kim Jong-chol and Kim Jong-un, far too inexperienced and incapable of effective governance. xxxxx, observing that KJI's oldest son, Kim Jong-nam, is "too much of a playboy,"Kim Jong-chol is "more interested in video games" than governing, and Kim Jong-un is simply too young."

    Well looks like that if that's the problem...this blogger has no worries about North Korea's next line of leaders. If Kim Jong-chol is given the reins, I guess we can have some sense that he'll be more distracted by Black Ops and Starcraft than wondering how to build a nuclear missile. And his onlyinvolvementwith nuclear missiles is trying to get a 25 kill streak in MW2.

    Course....there will be weirdpropaganda like his father. Kim Jong Il is said to have played golf for the first time and got all hole-in-ones. What's this kid gonna have? "He played Black Ops for the first time and released attack dogs while being a level 1?"


  • Back to the Future game coming in the near future

    Back to Future Game Available Soon

    Coming soon to a future near you: the Back to the Future franchise is launching into the video game world, with the first game installment hitting stores for PCs at the end of this month.

    The game will pick up where the third film left off, in the first of five installments. Players will be able to play as Marty McFly and Doc Brown, traveling through time and encountering off the wall characters and peculiar situations. However, few details have been let out about where in time the game will actually take the player.

    Co-creator/co-writer/co-producer of the films, Bob Gale, has been hard at work building the games, and original Doc Brown actor Christopher Lloyd has been voicing the animated version of his famous character. Created by Telltale Games, the game is shaping up to be pretty impressive.

    The game will be action adventure based and will include puzzle solving, item collecting, and miscellaneous quests. As of recently, screenshots and now video of game footage have been released on IGN.

    Footage from the upcoming game.

  • Mortal Kombat 9 Pre-Order Bonuses

    Mortal Kombat Pre-Order Goodies

    I've never had a huge issue with pre-order bonuses. In most cases, the content added through pre-ordering your game at a local game store always felt additional. It wasn't until recently that I've felt like pre-ordering was actually more like paying ransom. Since when did content that feels fundamental to the game suddenly get taken from the experience and split apart amongst different retailers?

    Mortal Kombat 9 is a prime example. At this point I think it's safe to say that 80% of the people that will be excited for the newest Mortal Kombat have experience with the old Mortal Kombats, they've been there and done that with Mortal Kombat. We'll be back though to see how they've improved something we love, but we'll also be back for nostalgia's sake. So why then, when nostalgia will be such a heavy part of the experience, are they going to limit available fatalities to where you purchase the game? Fatalities were what made Mortal Kombat.

    As of now, classic character skins and classic fatalities are limited to where you pre-order the game.Doing so at Amazon gives you the classic Reptile skin and Reptile's classic fatality, Best Buy gives you Sub-Zero's, and Game Stop gives you Scorpion's. For those of you that want all three I'd advise communicating with your friends and splitting your purchases. It's a shame though that we can't just get all three.

  • Dumbest and most socially connected burglar ever?

    Industry News - Stupid Burglar caught due to Facebook

    All I can say is wow. You have to be pretty thick to be a criminal in my case, but this just about tops it for dimwittedness.

    Apparently, a D.C. burglar thought his victims Facebook to be the best outlet to proudly flaunt his stolen prizes. Somehow, authorities have yet to catch the perpetrator, although of all the dumb things he could have done to give himself away and solidify the evidence, taking a picture of himself smirking with the stolen cash and winter jacket he took is probably at the top of the list.

    The burglar broke into Washington Post writer Marc Fishers home last Friday, running away with Fishers 15 year old sons laptop, iPod, some saving bonds, cash, and a pretty nice winter coat. He then proceeded to take a picture of himself with the laptops webcam, posing and smirking with the stolen goods, and then posted it on Fishers sons Facebook page.

    D.C. police officer Kyle Roe stated, Ive seen a lot, but this is the most stupid criminal Ive ever seen.

    As dumb as the cops may believe him to be, however, he has yet to be caught, and, even though he posted a very clear and visible picture of his face, very possibly will get away with the crime. According to police officers, most burglars in the D.C. area only leave with probation, so the law enforcement doesnt try as hard to catch them.

    As said by victim Marc Fisher, No wonder the guy in our photo wore such a confident smirk.

    If anyone happens to recognize this man, call it in to the D.C. police! He certainly deserves at least probation if not way more! I mean, who steals from a 15 year old kid?

  • Gran Turismo 5, now with real life damage!

    The latest patch for the hit PS3 driving simulator Gran Turismo 5 is going todelight those who were complaining about the details of damage in the game.After downloading the patch, "My Lounge" it allows you to choose exactly how much of mechanical damage you're willing to have on your car due from online play.

    To be more detailed about this patch's key feature, you can have your car take as much damage and be looking spiffy and untouched for theentiretyof online play with "NONE" option. In addition, with the "HEAVY" option, if you took a lot of damage during playtime, your car would look so damage, I don't think even Carfax would take it. And somewhere in the middle,there's a "Light" option where it shows your car taking some moderate damage but regenerates it over time....which I would have liked in real life, especially when I was driving through wintertime Iowa during my college years.

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