John Carmack and Virtual Reality

Posted by | May 31, 2012

John Carmack of id Software is perhaps the most skilled programmer of our generation, and now he’s set his sights on virtual reality. Using Doom 3 as a base, he’s been working to create a new wave of virtual reality systems, including a new head-mounted display. So what has he been working on, what does it do, and when will you be able to get your hands on it? The Verge has the story.

A Review of Resistance: Burning Skies

Posted by | May 31, 2012

Resistance: Burning Skies moves the shooter franchise to the PlayStation Vita, so you can get your murder on, on the go. It’s a classic story of alien invasion and an ordinary man who can shrug off bullets and swallow an arsenal who fights them back. Check out this review of Burning Skies. HollywoodChicago has the story.

Let’s Play Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines! Episode 10

Posted by | May 29, 2012

In this episode of Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines, our little Ventrue runs down a bunch of sidequests in downtown LA. We follow the trail of a serial killer, discover the lair of another serial killer, and send a few people to be killed. All in all, a good day. Also, we cheese out the skillbook system for a bunch of free skill points.

It’s Your Scheduled Video Game Addiction Article

Posted by | May 29, 2012

Every now and then, it’s good for us gamers to take a look around and check out how the world sees us. Tonight’s attempt to view our little community from outside eyes is an article on video game addiction, or rather, what the author decides to call video game addiction. The best part of this article is where the author mentions the featured addict as being especially pathetic because he believed the people he played games with were his friends and part of his social circle. CoronadoPatch has the story.

Game Retail Stores Suffer Under Digital Download Surge

Posted by | May 29, 2012

Let’s talk Diablo 3. Huge game, massive release. Here’s the kicker, though. Millions of copies were sold directly over the internet, bypassing traditional game retailers like GameStop. That’s millions of sales those retailers didn’t get. Diablo 3 is the current big name, but it’s not the only one. Xbox LIVE Arcade, Steam, and whatever it is that Sony does are all taking a huge slice of the retail pie… and the brick and mortar types are forced to fight over what’s left. Increasingly, that isn’t much. ReadWriteWeb has the story.

Calling Master Chief, BBC Would Like an Interview After Picking Wrong UNSC

Posted by | May 28, 2012

It looks like someone at BBC News in the back has had a failure of their Google fu. Instead of posting the appropriate logo for the UNSC (United Nations Security Council) they plastered up the logo for the Halo UNSC (United Nations Space Command). The background appeared during an otherwise serious news report about Syria. Certainly, I think that the Pillar of Autumn or Master Chief would be welcomed by the U.K. and the Security Council, if the Space Command can spare him to help end the bloodshed. VentureBeat has the story.


Let’s Play Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines! Episode 09

Posted by | May 28, 2012

In this episode of Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines, we visit the many happy people of downtown Los Angeles and help them with their problems. Much of this help involves a fire axe, with a little spooky vampire mind control on the side.

A Literary Review of Xbox Minecraft

Posted by | May 28, 2012

Minecraft is a vast and brilliant sandbox game where everything is made of either blocks, or murderous monsters. Incredibly popular on the PC, Minecraft has recently come to consoles in the form of an Xbox LIVE Arcade title. Check out this thorough review of the game in its new consolized skin. California Literary Review has the story.

Rhode Island Now Owns a Video Game Company

Posted by | May 28, 2012

The game company behind Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, one 38 Studios, has suffered a critical existence failure. This leaves their major backer, the state of Rhode Island, with control of the company’s assets and intellectual property. So now, one of the smaller states in the union is in the game business. The lesson? Do your homework, and don’t be seduced into spending more than you can afford on an MMO. CNN has the story.

Mounted Combat Comes to Skyrim

Posted by | May 26, 2012

While Skyrim lacked many things on release, like stability, optimization, quests that could be completed, and challenge, one thing stood out before all others. You could find a horse, you could ride a horse, but you couldn’t fight from a horse. That has now changed. The 1.6 update is scheduled to include mounted combat, allowing you to enjoy the blissful perks of murdering from horseback. As usual, PC gamers will get the update first, with console players left to wait like urchins in a bread line. GameSpot has the story.

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