Bandits and Skags and Rakk, Oh My! Let’s Play Borderlands Episode 1-15

Posted by | August 22, 2012

Let’s play Borderlands with the folks from MMO Anthropology! Our journey into the Dahl Headlands begins. Marvel as we talk to a claptrap, hang around a gas station, and do some sick jumps off a ramp.


League of Legends Wins Domain Name Battle Against Porn Site

Posted by | August 22, 2012

The insanely popular battle arena game League of Legends has been fighting a battle in the world wide web. The opponent in this match was LeagueofLegends.co, note the missing “m” on the end of that URL. Gamers who mistyped the address for LeagueofLegends.com would end up on the .co site, which just happened to be full of porn. Fortunately, League of Legends was successful in their fight, and now controls the .co version of their domain as well. Their next target? LeagueofLegendsPorn.com. Rule 34 is a harsh mistress. Fusible has the story.


Super Mario Bros on the Atari 2600

Posted by | August 22, 2012

Because all things are Atari. Gamer Sprybug over at AtariAge.com has taken apart the Nintendo classic Super Mario Bros and rebuilt it inside the Atari 2600. Right now, only a demo of World 1-1 is available, but Sprybug claims it might be possible to build 16 levels within the limitations of Atari 2600 programming.


Walking Dead First-Person Shooter Fails to Convince

Posted by | August 20, 2012

The Walking Dead has spawned a successful RPG video game, but Activision is also creating a first-person shooter version of the zombie apocalypse survival series. The design for this shooter is built around story and character, which is good, but as yet, we don’t have much to go on in the way of details. Especially worrying, the Gamescom presentation of The Walking Dead shooter didn’t feature hands-on play, or even more than screenshots. There’s also word that co-op play is out. Check out this article discussing the concerns about this upcoming shooter. IGN has the story.


Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Launch Trailer

Posted by | August 20, 2012

Transformers: Fall of Cybertron is the second Transformers game from High Moon Studios, following the success of their love letter to transforming robots, War for Cybertron. It’s due to hit the streets tomorrow, and the word is we’re looking at a great game that does Transformers right. The launch trailer is awesome. Check it out.


Diablo 3 Attempts to Solve Endgame Problem by Adding 100 More Levels

Posted by | August 20, 2012

Not more content, just more character levels. This new approach toward adding an endgame to the popular, but struggling action grindfest Diablo 3 is called the Paragon system. Under this system, characters will be able to earn up to 100 Paragon levels after reaching level 60 of the old, boring, outdated basic system. These Paragon levels will give characters bigger stats and built-in Magic Find. The Magic Find stat is especially useful, since that improves the quality of loot drops from monsters, and feeds directly into Blizzard’s real money auction house. Kotaku has the story.


Let’s Talk Indie Game Development with NimbleBit

Posted by | August 20, 2012

NimbleBit is a small game developer who recently found success with the game Tiny Tower. That’s not the studio’s first game, of course, with a number of small games like Pocket Frogs and Scoops under their belt. What makes this studio most interesting, however, is that they’re at the center of the Great Zynga Rip-Off, where the massive Facebook game company has cloned Tiny Tower into their own image. NimbleBit went public with their feelings on the matter, and word spread across the internet. How does a small indie studio compete in this industry against lumbering megaliths like Zynga? Develop has the story.


Is Your Brain to Computer Interface Secure?

Posted by | August 20, 2012

Brain to computer interfaces are becoming increasingly common. These devices read and record patterns in the mind to control a video game or a machine, and are useful for people who have problems with standard controls. As the fidelity of brain to computer interfaces increases, they will become even more a part of everyday high-tech life. How secure are these mind-reading devices? Could someone hack into the device and read out your passwords and credit card data? Check out this article which examines the interesting perils of brain to computer interfaces. Usenix.org has the story.


OnLive Collapses, Guts Sucked Out By Mysterious Corporate Predator

Posted by | August 20, 2012

The streaming game service OnLive suddenly froze up and fell over last week, losing a great many of its workforce in massive layoffs. The remains of the company were apparently bought up by a mysterious backer, leaving OnLive’s status as a living creature in some doubt. As a service, OnLive allowed gamers to play from a central server that streamed games as needed. The result was a smooth experience without having to download gigs and gigs of game before playing. While the service attracted some strong titles, like Assassin’s Creed and Bioshock, it stumbled on the part where they had to convince gamers to give them money. What is the future for OnLive and streaming games? CNN Money has the story.


A Hands On Trip Report with the Oculus Rift

Posted by | August 17, 2012

The folks at Oculus have been previewing their new virtual reality headset at Gamescom this week, much to delight of the press and fans. The demo game was Doom 3: BFG Edition, and it seemed to make quite an impression. While the Oculus Rift device they were showing off is a prototype, it also looks to be the real deal for virtual reality performance. Check out this article for a video about a hands on experience with the Oculus Rift. CVG has the story.


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