World of Warcraft Blizzcon Photo Update

Posted by | March 27, 2009

When thousands of Warcraft players gather, what you have there is a party. A really strange, geeky, somehow unclean party. Blizzcon 2008 is no exception, and for those of us who couldn’t make it, Blizzard was kind enough to take pictures and post them up. One-hundred and nine pictures. Of geeks. Of costumes. Of geeks in costumes planning on doing horrible things with those costumes up in their hotel rooms later.

Oh, did I mention the dance contest?

Check out the terrible evidence and photo gallery right here.

Fallout 3 DLC The Pitt Trailer and Dev Blog

Posted by | March 25, 2009

The merry folks at Bethesda have continued to expand the Fallout 3 universe with downloadable content, such as the Operation: Anchorage package, and now the upcoming addition, The Pitt. Set in the ruins of Pittsburgh, on the soil of the grand ol’ US of A, this expansion focuses on the struggle between the masters of this reborn city and those who live amongst its rusted shadows.

There will be industrial meatsaws.

Jeff Gardiner, the senior producer on the project, also took the time to post a dev diary on the experience of getting the Fallout DLC packs into the grasping and dirty hands of the Fallout community. Apparently, you can also blame him for the Oblivion horse armour disaster. The diary is over here, at Bethesda’s site.

While I’m all for developers …

Used Game Market Growing, Amazon Enters the Fray

Posted by | March 18, 2009

Just as the retail video game market shows no signs of slowing down, the used game market is coming up from behind to devour all obstacles in its path. The latest entry into this whirling pit of resale is, who has recently opened up a trade store offering online credit. That news hit the established players in the used industry like a back-alley mugger with chainsaw arms, slicing off a good and bloody 20% chunk of GameStop’s stock value. Other used merchants reacted in a similar way, setting off a small spike in gun, rat poison, and noose-worthy rope sales.

However, a report by Electronic Entertainment Design and Research, a company that monitors the video game market, has discovered that the used game segment of the industry is more likely to grow to match Amazon’s hunger, rather than cannibalize itself as many stores fear. …

House of the Dead: Overkill, Skullhumps Profanity Record

Posted by | March 17, 2009

Swearing? In a zombie game? Oh my. In a record confirmed by the Guinness people who don’t make beer, House of the Dead: Overkill takes the top place for most profanity in a single game. According the Guinness World Record folks, the f-bomb flies more than 189 times. That comes out to about 3% of the entire dialog in the script.

House of the Dead: Overkill is available on the (heh, heh heh) family-friendly Nintendo Wii console. This makes me smile on the inside.

Game Publishers Pressure Sony to Slash Price of Playstation 3

Posted by | March 16, 2009

Who would have thought? Priced about $150 more than the incredibly fun and exciting Nintendo Wii, and a good $200 more than the entry level, yet highly social, version of the Xbox 360, Sony’s Playstation 3 makes for a hard sell. Costing something around two paychecks and a first-born son, the Playstation 3 has come up short in the console wars.

This has caused developers for the platform to consider if their money and time might be better spent courting a larger installed base, like, say, that Wii system that’s been flying off the shelves for the past two years. While the Playstation 3 is perhaps the most powerful of the current generation of machines, power alone doesn’t make for good games. Consumers have been teaching this lesson to Sony in the form of falling market share for a while now.

Developers have urged …

Congressman Kucinich Seeks to Kill Army “Virtual Experience” Traveling Game Exhibit

Posted by | March 13, 2009

Six fully-armed military vehicles, 70 flat screen displays, 50 players. It’s 19,500 square feet of video game firepower, and the Army has aimed this beast directly at America’s youth. The Virtual Army Experience represents one of the latest examples of how the military has embraced video games both as a training, and especially, a recruitment tool. The traveling Virtual Army Experience allows recruitable teens to run through a simulated mission to deliver supplies to aid workers in a fictional city. It also lets them wield laser guns and show off their driving skills against virtual opponents.

Yesterday, Congressman Dennis Kucinich sent a letter to the House Committee on Armed Services requesting the financial head of the Experience on a platter. In the letter, Kucinich accused the game of being nothing more than a thinly-veiled recruitment tool that glorifies violence and killing. Well, yeah. …

Professional Outragers Rage Against Madworld on Nintendo’s Wii

Posted by | March 12, 2009

Once again, the less intelligent amongst us confuse a console for the games it plays. Yes, the Wii system can and does play such family-friendly fare as Wii Sports, Mario Everything, and Endless Ocean. That doesn’t mean it somehow can’t play games that gleefully splatter blood into your living room like Resident Evil 4, No More Heroes, and now, Madworld.

Madworld is a video game about a reality show, in the kind of reality where people with chainsaw arms go about slaughtering in a terrorist-controlled city for cash prizes. There are all sorts of stylized and over the top touches set against a Sin City-esque black/white/red palette but really, you either heard the term “chainsaw arms” in that special hidden little place in your heart, or you didn’t.

In a move about as stunning as the sun rising, the sort of people with nothing better to do …

Disney Invests in New Video Games, In-House Game Studio

Posted by | March 11, 2009

Sales of music and DVDs have gone down in recent times, what with the idea of luxury items being rescaled to include things like “food” and “rent.” But video games are chugging along apace, probably because they’re a great way to forget, for a time, how your twenty years of 401K and investments got cut in half last week.

Disney, the all-devouring giant of the end times, has decided that it wants a piece of the gaming pie, and not just that tiny, little slice it’s been taking from licensed games like Kingdom Hearts. No, the vast company/demon-god has recently discovered that video games in and of themselves make for good Intellectual Property, and so has pledged to inject over 200-million dollars into video game development. Disney’s goal is not just to churn out popular games through its own in-house studio, but to create video game …