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Archive for February, 2012

Bethesda Hiring: The Rumor Mill Churns

Posted by J.C. Wigriff on February - 27 - 2012

Bethesda Studios, the company behind The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, is hiring for an “unannounced game on future-generation consoles”.

The posting was added to the ZeniMax Career Website, and read as follows:

“Bethesda Game Studios is looking for experienced programmers to work on cutting-edge technology for an unannounced game on future-generation consoles.

Requirements    

  • At least 5 years of game development experience with multiple titles shipped
  • Extensive experience programming and optimizing for the Xbox 360 and PS3
  • Experience with DirectX 11 a plus
  • Passion for making GREAT games, and being part of a GREAT team
Categories: Miscellaneous

Violent Video Game Tax Rejected

Posted by J.C. Wigriff on February - 27 - 2012

A bill recently proposed by House Rep William Fourkiller in Oklahoma, that would add a 1 percent sales tax on violent video games, has been defeated. The bill (HB2696) outlined that games rated Teen, Mature, and Adult Only by the ESRB would be subjected to additional taxing.

Rep. Fourkiller (That is actually his name – we couldn’t make this shit up) claimed he was inspired to write the bill based upon first-hand experience on how video games can lead to bullying and obesity.

“A gentleman shot a police officer and stole his car,” he told KFOR-TV in Oklahoma City, referring to a recent incident. “He had been playing Grand Theft Auto.”

Categories: Miscellaneous

World of Warcraft Helps the Elderly

Posted by J.C. Wigriff on February - 24 - 2012

A new study from Gains Through Gaming laboratory at North Carolina State University finds World of Warcraft potentially helps some elderly with cognitive function.

“We chose World of Warcraft because it has attributes we felt may produce benefits – it is a cognitively challenging game in a socially interactive environment that presents users with novel situations,” says Dr. Anne McLaughlin, an assistant professor of psychology and co-director of the lab.

The study had a group of 60 to 77-year olds venture around Azeroth for approximately 14 hours, over a 2 week span. At the end of this period, their cognitive abilities were tested against a group who hadn’t participated.

Categories: Video Games

Augmented Reality with Google Goggles

Posted by J.C. Wigriff on February - 23 - 2012

 

Smartphones have forever changed the way people connect to the world. Later this year, Google plans on changing things again – with augmented reality.

The Google Goggles App on iPhone is able to recognize objects in the real world, and provide you with relevant information. Unfortunately, this doesn’t happen in real time.

Google wants to change that with the release of Google Goggles. The goggles are eyeglasses that will project information, entertainment, and advertisements onto the lenses. Through a built-in camera on the glasses, Google will be able to stream images in real-time to their servers, and return augmented reality information to the wearer.

Categories: Technology

Sony Vita versus Mobile Gaming

Posted by J.C. Wigriff on February - 22 - 2012

The Sony Playstation Vita goes on sale in North America and Europe today, and gamers everywhere are wondering if the handheld system will be an enormous success – or a total flop.

Some are saying that the Vita can’t hold up in a market dominated by mobile devices. Everywhere you look, you see someone playing Angry Birds on a device that can also make calls, shoot video, check Facebook, stream music, and send texts.

I tend to agree with Barbara Ortutay, a technology writer for the Associate Press. Ortutay claims:

Categories: Video Games

Todd Howard talks Skyrim Bugs and Expansion Packs

Posted by J.C. Wigriff on February - 21 - 2012

Skyrim sold over 3.4 million units in 2 days, and was the 2nd best-selling game of 2011. Many  buyers found themselves faced with crippling bugs. Bethesda game director Todd Howard said, “They have every right to be pissed off.”

While at the DICE Summit earlier this month, Howard told Game Informer that Skyrim is still the company’s most solid release, and that the company is fixing everything. Skyrim has already received more updates than either Fallout or Oblivion has to date.

Howard seemed to emphasize the bugs experienced by PS3 gamers, admitting it took hundreds of hours for the team to solve the extensive problems users were having.

Categories: Miscellaneous

Futile Battle Over Video Game Bill Costs California Nearly $2 Million

Posted by J.C. Wigriff on February - 20 - 2012

A failed law drafted six years ago, under the pretense of protecting California children from video game violence, has ended up costing taxpayers nearly $2 million. The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that the law violated the First Amendment. Now California has agreed to reimburse the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) $950,000 for legal fees incurred while overturning the state’s law.

The California law aimed at cracking down on sales of video games to children. Former San Francisco Democratic Assemblyman Leland Yee, now a Senator, designed the law to fine retailers $1,000 each time they distributed a video game to minors where they could simulate murder, torture, cruelty, or other heinous acts.

Categories: Miscellaneous

Ghostbusters 3: Aykroyd Relentlessly Pursuing Disaster

Posted by J.C. Wigriff on February - 18 - 2012

Ghostbusters taught us that when asked if you are a god, you say, “yes!” Bill Murray has taught us that when asked if you want to make Ghostbusters 3, you say “No one wants to pay money to see fat, old men chasing ghosts.”

At least, that is the story that has been circulating. The National Enquirer recently reported that Bill Murray had attached a note with the aforementioned quote to a copy of the latest GB3 script rewrite, and then mailed it back to Dan Aykroyd, shredded into confetti.

Categories: Movies

Nostalgia Meets MMO

Posted by J.C. Wigriff on February - 17 - 2012

There are a couple of really groovy options out there for you to capitalize on if you want an MMORPG experience combined with a little 8-bit nostalgia.

 

First up is 8-BitMMO, a lo-res, 2D, construction-sandbox MMO that you can play right from your browser. You can build a home or a castle, quest, battle enemies, and even PvP! It is completely free-to-play, and rather enjoyable. I found the in-game banter to be amusing and witty, and the only real problem I experienced was some stuttering and slow-down in the starting area because of all of the traffic. The 8BitMMO team is constantly working to improve features, and they keep players up-to-date via Twitter. I would recommend checking this game out. Part RPG, part MMO, part Minecraft and part The Sims – Be careful with this one, because you might end up eating away an entire afternoon playing.

Categories: Video Games

Spicy Next-Gen Xbox News

Posted by J.C. Wigriff on February - 17 - 2012

Speculation has been flying since Nintendo announced the WiiU last year about the possibility of Sony and Microsoft announcing their next-gen consoles at E3 in 2012. Nobody actually knows anything, but that doesn’t stop the dedicated “investigative journalists” at GameSpot from digging up some dirt. Yesterday they posted an article concerning the next Xbox that truly shows journalistic excellence.They reported that:

Multiple sources reportedly close to the Microsoft next-generation team tell Kotaku that the system is currently in development as Durango. Durango is the name of a city in Colorado, as well as a state in Mexico.” ~ GameSpot

Categories: Miscellaneous
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