Google Introduces 8-bit Google Maps to NES

Posted by | March 31, 2012

Google has long sought to make the world a better place. And how else can they make the world better? They could add their flagship mapping service to the old fashioned NES using today’s technology. Now you can switch out your golden Zelda cartridge and also view maps on your NES system. Link over from Google’s YouTube channel.


Developers Want Open Consoles, Easier Updates

Posted by | March 31, 2012

Consoles have been a closed box to most developers, allowing only a few updates to games on their systems, and only then after long periods of waiting and testing. The best way to see the effects of this is to compare Team Fortress 2 on the Xbox with its PC brother. One is a fine shooter that has proved itself through the test of time, the other is a fine shooter that has proved itself through the test of time with a huge ecosystem of crafting and collectibles that change the very nature of the game. As rumors of next-gen consoles begin to gain a foothold in reality, developers are hoping for more access and open platforms to showcase their work. Gamasutra has the story.


InXile to Return to the Fold with Obsidian Partnership, Maybe. Also, Wasteland 2

Posted by | March 31, 2012

The original Wasteland was one of the first serious computer RPGs, and laid the groundwork for what would later become the Fallout series. Maybe you’ve heard of that one? Studio InXile has recently opened a Kickstarter project to help fund a resurrection in the form of Wasteland 2, and has seen a surprising wellspring of support from fans. If the Kickstarter is successful enough, InXile will be able to secure the services of Obsidian, a studio that houses many of the developers who made the original Fallout games. Game Politics has the story.


Are Game Consoles Doomed? Will Wright Talks Hardware

Posted by | March 30, 2012

Game consoles are under attack from portable handheld platforms, smartphone games, computer gaming, and really amazingly shockingly poor business decisions. Will they survive? Will Wright, creator of the Sims, chimes in with his thoughts on the twilight of the consoles. Gamesindustry has the story.


Aurasma Augmented Reality System in Action

Posted by | March 30, 2012

Augmented reality will become a way of life in the future, but right now, the technology is limited to smart phones and certain handheld gaming devices. What does augmented reality look like? Check out this bit with the Aurasma software in action.


Warhammer 40K MMO Purged for Heresy, Now a Single-Player Game

Posted by | March 29, 2012

Warhammer 40K: Dark Millennium Online was going to be an MMO about space marines and other fun giant shoulderpad people, but then the happy folks at THQ discovered MMOs cost money. Instead, they’re rebuilding the game into a single and multi-player online title. Best of luck. Rock, Paper, Shotgun has the story.


Who Wants to Sing? Kicking it Old School with MC Hawking

Posted by | March 29, 2012

Because we really don’t get enough hardcore gangsta astrophysicist rap in our day. Here’s his take on Grand Theft Auto 3.


Flash Notices Gaming Makes Money, Want Their Cut

Posted by | March 29, 2012

Adobe, makers of the popular Flash media program, have noticed that on occasion, Flash-based games make money. Because companies like to get paid for doing nothing, Adobe has decided they deserve a cut of that money. Apparently buying the Flash developer tools isn’t enough anymore. Will Microsoft start demanding a cut of any book written on Microsoft Word? Webmonkey has the story.


Xbox Completes Journey to the Dark Side — More People Use Xbox to Watch Movies than Play Games

Posted by | March 28, 2012

The Xbox 360 has long been used as a sort of media center, and the Kinect system has only empowered the console as a media platform. Now the day we all feared has come, and Xbox has turned to the Media Side. The Los Angeles Times has the story.


The Temptation of Sony — PlayStation 4 rumors

Posted by | March 28, 2012

They’re calling it Orbis, so the rumor goes, and what we know isn’t much. Apparently, it’s set to pack horsepower equal to modern computer, and can handle a much bigger HD image. Just as an aside, “orbis” is a word that is associated with eyes. If there’s any truth here, it’s likely the new PlayStation might be built around a camera interface like the Xbox’s own Kinect system. Kotaku has the story.


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