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games, games and more games...and me

Monday, May 30, 2005

Huxley (for the Xbox 360) movie

The Xbox 360's Huxley (MMO coming Summer 2006...supposedly) is looking better and better with every new pic I see, and now we have a movie! None of this seems to be in-game footage (feel free to prove me wrong) but the environment looks cool nonetheless. I'm such a graphics whore...

Friday, May 27, 2005

A moment of silence please....

The Matrix Online takes place after the events of the 3rd Matrix film. The cool thing is that the players get to drive the story as it continues. As a product of this it was recently announced, apparently during a life event inside the Matrix Online, that Morpheus has passed away. You can read more about it here or here. I sure am going to miss that guy....

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Official PS3 site

I noticed Sony now has the PS3 on their hardware site. Click Here

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Will Wright Spore video

Found a video of Will Wright's anti-big production, pro small dev team game Spore presentation he made at this year's GDC conference. Free registration is required on that site.

PS3 vs Xbox 360 vs Revolution

Now that there are all kinds of details about the next generation of video game systems coming our way, who has the best system? Post your comments about the different systems. Personally, based off of the numbers and engineering facts, I put my money on the PS3. Of course Xbox 360 has got Halo 3 coming to it (according to Bill Gates himself). Halo has been the number one reason to buy an Xbox for quite some time now. Will it also move the 360 off the shelf as well as it did the first Xbox? I think if Killzone for the PS3 is as good as it's looking right now, Microsoft might be in a little bit of trouble. Let us also not forget the Revolution. It sounds like a dream come true to have the ability to download any game that Nintendo has ever made for any of its console systems. Pricing is going to be a big factor in the future of the console wars. I think the pricing might be more competitive than some people are saying. The PS3 has some pretty insane specs, and I bet Sony takes a hit in profits and sells the PS3 for a lower price than we expect. Microsoft is now making its own computer chips and doesn't need to contract out to other companies to produce computer chips. This will indeed help Microsoft control it's selling price a little better. Nintendo has always been the bargain gaming platform and I would venture to say it will stay that way moving into the next generation. The war may wage on between the systems but the good news is for the gamers. The competition will spwan some pretty sweet games for the next round and I sure as hell am excited to see the games I'll be playing next year.

Please post your comments!

arstechnica digs into the Xbox 360

If you dig looking at or reading about hardware specs, arstechnica has up an article detailing the innards of the Xbox 360 and the various patents Microsoft has filed. It's a good view of how the technology could work and how developers could possibly use it. Procedural synthesis sounds pretty cool, from the article:
In a nutshell, procedural synthesis is about making optimal use of system bandwidth and main memory by dynamically generating lower-level geometry data from statically stored higher-level scene data.
Umm yeah, If that got your engine reving, this article is perfect for you.

New Maps for Halo are Delayed...

Bungie announced that the next package of maps for Halo 2 will be delayed. Both the coming retail version and the downloadable version. It appears the downloadable pack via Xbox Live will be delayed by a week because bungie has some issues with matchmaking and autoupdate to work out. Read it here in the weekly update.

Bungie really seems to be proud of their new maps. I really want to play on some new worlds, but hasn't Microsoft grossed enough money out of us for this game?

New Writer

Hello everyone! This is Drseuss, I'm new here and hopefully you will enjoy my posts. Tell your friends and your friend's friends 'cause this page is going to rock!

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Xbox 360 Dead or Alive HD trailer

Check the trailer out here. It looks nice but it's flippin huge!

Monday, May 23, 2005

Factor 5 to go with PS3 over Xbox 360

In what kind of seems like a slap to the faceof Xbox 360, Factor 5 is bascially dumping any Xbox 360 work in Favor of PS3. Stating in an article on Cnet:
The choice boiled down to performance, Eggebrecht said at E3 in Los Angeles. His company has worked with Microsoft's Xbox 360, but found PlayStation 3's 3.2GHz Cell chip offered more processing power. The additional performance allows the gang at Factor 5 to more easily simulate the real world for a better game experience, he said.
We all know that more power doesn't necessarily lead to better games. Is there something else going on behind the scenes here? Maybe the next-gen Playstation is easier to program for or maybe Sony is going to be giving them some kind of deal. It'll be interesting to see if any other developers follow suit.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Xbox 360 to play nice with all kinds of devices...

It's no big wup that the Xbox 360 will work with PCs since that's been known for a while. Shane Kim expanded on that feature:
"We're going to integrate really well with the devices and content that people already have stored on other devices," he explained. "We demonstrated that you'll be able to access your photos and your music that's stored on other devices, CD players, an iPod, even a PSP."
I wonder if the PS3 will be able to do all this connecting to various devices. I think so since they're aiming it to (allegedly) take over your living room and not have you notice a difference.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Shadow of the Colossus E3 report

A Kotaku editor got some hands on time with Shadow of the Colossus for the PS2 at E3 and apparently it's not looking too good which is disappointing to say. You would think that coming from the makers of ICO almost guarantees and awsome game. It's supposedly 80% complete which leaves us with little hope of any kind of fixing. From Kotaku:
While stylistically impressive, the game chugged along at a very slow rate. The controls were nearly painful, and the camera was similarly cringe-worthy. The game is supposedly at about 80% completion, but with that little time, I don’t see this one turning.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Race on

The MotorStorm footage that Evolution had for the PS3 was also amazing. The dirt and mud effects need to be seen to be believed. It acts so real. I'm not much of a racing game fan (how many times can you run around the same track?) but MotorStorm just converted me.

Unreal engine on PlayStation 3 demo footage

I think it was smart of Sony to bring all the footage they did. Everything shown so far just looks unfreaking believable. This demo showcasing the Unreal Engine running on PS3 is no different. To show that it is in-game real-time footage they even swoop a camera about the scene briefly to show it's not just a pretty movie. I need this system. And you do too.

Halo killed?

Killzone 2 is enough reason for you to buy the PS3. I mean have you seen the Killzone 2 footage from E3? Microsoft is planning to have Halo 3 counter the PS3 launch and they didn't come with any footage but yet Sony have Killzone 2 in-gmae footage? It looks like it could be in-game footage at least and Sony claims it is. The fact that it's all from the first person perspective makes it look more believable . I wonder if this is part of an actual level or just a demo. So far, PS3 is owning E3 and all comers, leaving Microsoft and Nintendo to duke out 2nd place. This footage is just great thought. All that madness, sign me up asap....please.

Castlevania on the Xbox

Looks like the next Castlevania installation, Castlevania: Curse of Darkness, iscoming to the Xbox this fall. Taking players in a new direction,
Players will take control of Hector, a Devil Forgemaster and former lieutenant of Dracula. Hector was lured back to the vampire's castle to avenge the death of his girlfriend and uncover one of those sinister plots with intricate webs of deception and such.

Quake 4 E3 movie

Here's a link to the not-too-bad E3 movie of Quake 4. It looks good and all but it's definitely not the most impressive I've seen the past two days. IGN has an interview up with id's Lead designer Tom Willits.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Xbox 360 press event video

Here's a link to the Xbox 360 press event video.

Sony PS3 press conference video

Check it out hizzle (here) my rizzels (readers):

dig it

And alas, the controller

PS3 controller doubling as dog/hippie frisbee. Play the hottest new console and keep your hippie friend entertained all at the same time. "Up for some frisbee golf brah?", "umm, sure...let me play with this one for a bit to see if I can get the hang of it..."

Now since there are hookups for like 20 (read: seven actually) bluetooth controllers, how many will be shipping with the console itself?

PS3 pic too-many-to-friggin-count-enjoy-the-shiny-colors

Shiny white to shiny black! Does this world know no bounds!

PS3 pic 4

Oh, how I do love shiny metal.

PS3 pic 3

Holy usb ports Batman, I'm going to need to buy gadgets to plug into this thing.

PS3 pic 2

Here comes the PS3 picture spam!

PS3 pic uno ("one" in spanish....or so I've heard)

Here's a pic of the Playstation 3. Looking almost like a kitchen appliance. I need to see some software demos. Supposedly it's "easier" to program for. We'll see.

Xbox 360 IS backward compatible

Hearing that the Xbox 360 will be backward compatible makes me feel better about possibly buying one. The news that sent me full on into the Xbox camp is that Microsoft convinced Square Enix to bring Final Fantasy XI to the Xbox 360. It will take advantage of the systems graphic capabilitites as well and all the Xbox live goodness. Microsoft is also looking to have 25-40 titles available for the Xbox 360 launch (up to 3 months after the release date). There will be two version of Xbox Live, Silver, which will offer basic Live functionality like the ability to send voice and text messages and "other" basic features, and Gold. GoldMembers will pick up the multiplayer functionality and spectator mode which you will be able to...ummm....spectate. All Xbox 360 buyers will get one month of free Gold service for buying the new system. Woah, that's a lot to take in. No word on whether Squre Enix is doing any Xbox exclusives but the fact that they're bringing a Final Fantasy game to the Xbox 360 means they saw something they liked. If they like, I love. I'm all over the Xbox 360. Maybe. I think Microsoft sending me a free Xbox 360 would put me completely in their camp :)

PlayStation 3 coming at cha in 2006

I guess the Sony conference went well. Sony offically announced the Playstation 3. It will use Blu-Ray discs as it's main media format for it's games. They can hold up to six times more data than what the current generation's DVDs hold. It will also read CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD R and will be backward compatible all the way back to the original Playstation. It will also have slots for Memory Stick Duo (of course), and SD slot, a compact memory slot, and a detachable 2.5 inch hard drive Xbox360-style. Sounds all good so far...how about being able to support up to seven Bluetooth controllers and up to six USB slots for peripherals (four in front two in back). Now to get all geeky on you:

  • Cell processor running at 3.2 GHZ

  • 2.18 teraflops of overall performance

  • 256MB XDR RAM at 3.2GHZ

  • 256MB of GDDR VRAM at 700mhz

  • Graphics Chip
  • the RSX "Reality Synthesizer" based on Nvidia Technology

  • 128bit pixel precission

  • 1080p resolution

  • 512MB of graphics render memory

  • Capable of 100 billion shader operations and 51 billion dot products per second

  • 300 transistors

  • The RSX will be more powerful than two GeForce 6800 Ultra video cards

Not to be outdone by the Xbox360. You will also be able to video chat, access the internet, views your digital pics, audio and video. Basically do anything you could ever want.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Halo 3 confirmed

In a recent article from Time magaizne, Bill Gates himself confirms Microsoft's plans for Halo 3. He states:
It will be part of the all-important second wave next spring. "It's perfect," Gates says, radiant with bloodlust. "The day Sony launches [the new PlayStation], and they walk right into Halo 3."
We all knew it was coming, but it's still good to hear from the man at the top that probably one of the most important Xbox 360 games, Halo 3, is going to counter Playstation's PS3 launch. What if Sony bumps up the PS3 launch to this year, I wonder how that would affect Halo 3. I doubt that Bungie would just happen to have the game ready months ahead of time. But you never know I guess.

PlayStation 3 coming soon...real soon....

Looks like the Sony hype machine is starting to prep the PlayStation 3's announcement with the new billboards that state "Welcome Chang3" with the 3 obviously in place of the E. There is even some word that Sont might attempt to get the Playstation out in time for the 2005 holiday season. This would be an attempt to squash Microsoft's chances of making a big splash with the Xbox 360. If that's the only next-generation console out, do you think consumers will make the jump or sit around and wait for Sony and Nintendo to catch up?

E3: Nintendo Revolution news

Here will be all the Nintendo Revolution news. I'll stick just all Nintendo related news here...

E3: Xbox and Xbox 360 news

Just gearing up for this week. I'm going to stick all Xbox and Xbox 360 related posts here so check back often.

Friday, May 13, 2005

In-game Footage of Xbox 360 Test Drive

I'm all over these Xbox 360 videos coming out lately. Test Drive looks awsome. I wonder when we'll get some of Perfect Dark Zero. Gamespot has some nice videos of some Xbox 360 Test Drive. After so many generations spent playing racing games with pop-up issues, in this videos there barely seems to be any background popping up. It just looks all around nice. Test Drive has been around for-friggin-ever so I hope that this incarnation does the series good (not that it would be too hard to).

Proof Windows is bad for Billboards

This is pretty funny. Looks like an ungawdly amount of screens were used to build this larger than life Sony PSP. Too bad it doesn't work, zing!

Some Xbox 360 launch titles

Now this makes sense. Looks like Project Gotham Racing 3, Kameo and Perfect Dark Zero are aiming up to be some of the Xbox 360 launch titles when the Xbox 360 launches this November. That would explain the Project Gotham, Kameo and Perfect Dark images given to us through the Ourcolony game/website. Perfect Dark underwhelmed me during the Xbox-MTV event last night. They didn't really show too much footage of it though, just a lot of MTV-style cuts (they ARE MTV i guess) and quick flashes. Hope we get some gameplay movies soon.

small blurb about the Nintendo Revolution

Nintendo's VP for Corporate Affaris stated in an NYTimes article that the Revolution would be "very, very sleek." Describing the console as being horizontal and no taller than a stack of three DVD cases. Everyone's really jumping on this horizontal thing. Props to Playstation for pioneering that movement. The Revolution will also be able to play DVDs (why couldn't the GameCube do that again?) and will "feature" a wireless controller.

Xbox 360 Ghost Recon screenshots

These screenshots from Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 3 are looking mighty fine. This Xbox 260 launch title will also be available for the PS2 and Xbox. It just won't be as cool.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

OurColony.net video

Sorry for not posting the link, here's the downloadable video available for all.

Ourcolony.net final pic is up...

...and it's not a pic at all, it's a movie with the Xbox 360 team and various Xbox software/hardware guys talking about the console and how dope it's going to be. Video messages and the ability to play games and burn DVD all from the same device is gonna be schweet! So far, the Xbox 360 is looking pretty damn good. Here are some final Xbox 360 docs from Kotaku.

That's it?

I knew more about the Xbox 360 before the show! Now I must rock out with my Duke out!

Not over yet?

You lost punk!

Oh schnap

perfect chick gamer quote - "i'm already in the kitchen, i'm just kicking your ass with one hand" beeyotch!! (beeyotch added for affect)...

Ryan "needs no more hair product" Cabrerra

i no longer lust for the Xbox 360

My wife doesn't understand

who in their right mind would rather watch Beethoven's 2nd over Xbox 360 footage! my wife, that's who...as long as she watches the kids ;)

Perfect Dark Zero DeathMatch

Nice, can't wait for that. Most of the footage shown so far seems like it could be mostly cutscenes...Kewl Darth Vader commercial though

J Allard you dirty tease

Customize this and customize that...not too bad. Interesting to see how the whole Xbox Live/Micropayments thing works...

Music Videos, wtf?

No music, just games...damn you Mr. Marketing-Person-who-thinks-it's-cool-to-mix-music-vids-and-games, I want games, not Mr Brightside!!

Suckin Fhit

So I guess it's officially the Xbox 360 now eh? Almost minute-by-minute posts of the Xbox 360 show coming up.

Want to see a real life Katamari ball?

Namco loves Katamari. So much so, they will be building a real Katamari ball at next week's E3 Expo. The ball will be made up of items from attendees and "should NOT be x-rated in nature or include clothing, books, magazines, papers or garbage". I wonder how big the ball will be by the time the show's over.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Nintendo's Revolution coming mid-2006

Nintendo's Revolution memory provider MoSys Inc let slip that the Nintendo Revolution is coming mid-2006. From MoSys CEO and CFO Mark Voll:
We are excited to be a participating member of the Nintendo team once again as Nintendo will roll out its successor game console to the GameCube in mid-2006."

I would think the PS3 would ship around the same time if not a little earlier. Gives me a couple of months to give my Xbox 360 some undivided attention. Nice.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Microsoft and EB Games tag team store-goers

Microsoft is going to be teaming up with EB Games to bring Xbox Live enabled kiosks to 25 EB Games stores. Basically they will give shoppers the opportunity to walk into an EB store, pick up a controller and play whatever game they designate over Xbox Live against the other stores or anyone else with a GamerTag. Each store will have their own GamerTag and each will have all of the other stores on their friend's list. I don't know about you, but I'm not wearing a headset that has touched more than two heads. You never know what kind of "product" people could be using these days. Could be a fun experience. You probably won't be able to get too into it in the store but it should give users a taste of what's out there.

Xbox 360 to make you say OH!

Is that Omarion getting down with the Xbox 360? I would like to ask him if Perfect Dark Zero was good enough to make him say, O! That is the sound when it's going down you know.

Perfect Dark Zero

Latest Ourcolony picture is out. Obviously it's for Perfect Dark Zero. This picture looks pretty dope. I doubt it's any kind of in-game shot though. Speaking of Perfect Dark Zero, it was apparently the only playable game at the MTV event the other night. Sounds like it will have a load of weapons as well as integration with the eye-toy camera-like peripheral. You might be able to scan a picture of yourself for use as an in-game avatar for multiplayer games for example. This is cool and all but I'm wanting to see some footage. I'm sure we will come this Thursday. Maybe not of Perfect Dark Zero but of something I hope.

Quick UT 2997 screenie

UT 2007 screenshot, I had to post it. These shots are so dang kewl!

Unreal Tournament 2007 details

Epic's next Unreal tournament game has been offically named...wait for it...Unreal Tournament 2007. With this incarnation of the game they're aspiring to "own the deathmatch space.". They are also looking to drop the Domination gametype and add some new ones. The weapons list isn't anywhere near finalized yet but they are planning a ton of weapons and "more, bigger, more" vehicles. Epic's AI programmer Steven Polge also want to enrichen the AI bots allowing for use of voice commands. Hoping they'll be able to tell you some enemies are coming around or over a certain structure or hill instead of being all vague. I just can't wait to play a game as good looking as this looks to be.

Nintendo teams up with IGN

Looks like Nintendo is going to have IGN create the network that will connect players of the Nintendo DS. This network is to enable DS players to play each other over the internet through WiFi hotspots. One game that will have this functinoality that a lot of people are looking forward to is Animal Crossing which is set for release November 21, 2005. A long as the don't try to charge me, I think I could have a good time.

Xbox 360 game Dark Sector trailer

Check out the not-too-bad-lookingDark Sector trailer and get a sense of how the Xbox 360 games could look. This trailer apparently uses all in-game footage. It looks downright pretty. I just hope it plays as fun and as well as it looks.

Monday, May 09, 2005

More Xbox 360 Specs Released

Wholiee burnt whopper batman, saw the latest Xbox 360 specs and they make the Xbox look like the Puny Human to the Xbox 360's Incredible Hulk. I mean, DVD-RW, 3 USB ports, WiFi enabled and ready, and 512 GDDR3 Ram. For some perspective, the Xbox has 64 MB of RAM, no DVD-R or RW drive and was not any kind of WiFi ready. Additional specs (alledgedly):

  • Support for DVD-video, DVD-Rom, DVD-R/RW, CD-DA, CD-Rom, CD-R, CD-RW, WMA CD, MP3 cd, JPEG photo CD

  • All games supported at 16:9, 720p and 1080i, anti-aliasing

  • Support for 4 wireless controllers

  • Detachable 20GB drive

  • Memory Bandwidth
  • 22.4 GB/s memory interface bus bandwidth

  • 256 GB/s memory bandwidth to EDRAM

  • 21.6 GB/s front side bus

  • Audio
  • Multi channel surround sound output

  • Supports 48khz 16-bit audio

  • 320 independent decompression channels

  • 256 audio channels

  • Custom IBM PowerPC-based
  • 3 symmetrical cores at 3.2 GHz each

  • 2 hardware threads per core

  • 1 VMX-128 vector unit per core

  • 1 MB L2 cache

Rockstar announces new game

Rockstar announces a new game called "Bully" in which you go back to the schoolyard days to play as a character who will have to
stand up to bullies, get picked on by teachers, play pranks on malicious kids, win or lose the girl, and ultimately learn to navigate the obstacles of the fictitious reform school, Bullworth Academy."
Interesting. I wonder how many hours of gameplay you can look forward to in this. I'm sure Rockstat will throw all kinds of minigames and hidden secret type stuff. If this sells well I could see them doing a college version. Maybe like a harder, more violent version of the single player SIMS experience.

Xbox 360 media remote control

Here is a pic of the Xbox DVD remote which looks like it'll controll a lot more than the DVD functionality. There's a Media Center button (green one towards bottom) and an eject/open tray type button (top left). I wonder if it will come with the Xbox 360 or cost $30.00. I'm guessing it'll be an extra charge.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Latest Ourcolony picture confirms skinability

Here's the latest Ourcolony picture. The pic appears to be of the power button with a five different skins. It pretty much proves that the Xbo 360 is going to have some kind of skinability. I wonder if they think people might be carrying these around to LAN parties and such?

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Real Xbox 360 pic?

Is this a picture, a real picture, of the Xbox 360? Along with a wireless controller and what looks like a charger for the wireless control?I guess we'll see soon enough...

Nintendo Revolution 3D talk not true?

Thanks to an ex-Nintendo employee who is supposedly developing games for the Revolution comes word that the recent 3d talk about the Nintendo Revolution is false. The Revolution will have wireless, pressure-sensative controls that users squeeze to provide feedback to the game. Squeeze the controller to go faster was an example. "Advanced voice control" is supposed to be included whatever that means. How advanced can you get? Senior Anonymous also stated that the Revolution will sport a free Xbox-Live type of service. This would be kewl. I would seriously buy the Revolution just for that. Having to pay for Xbox Live after paying for my high speed connection is a pain in the arse. Senior Anonymous decliened to state what the exact "Revolution" will be saying that Nintendo had some big pre-E3 plans in that regard. We'll see if anything big pre-E3 comes from Nintendo. That would indicate how big of a chunk of salt to take this info with. check out the other Gamespot rumors in rumor control

Paris Hilton is pro-PSP, anti-uncoolness

Paris Hilton is cool enough for a PSP, are you? I wonder how long it'll be until she loses her PSP and someone hacks it (ie. turns it on) and finds all kind of nothing on it. That's hot. -via ShinyShiny-

Friday, May 06, 2005

MTV lets out Xbox release date month

Thanks to MTV again for giving us more Xbox goodness. This MTV on-air description of next weeks Xbox 360 unveiling clearly states
This special highlights the exciting new generation of XBOX. Packages include: Tours of the design labs Interviews with the designers Behind-the-scenes and inside scoop Never-before-seen footage of new videogames. Trailers of the newest games that are due out in November for the new XBOX.Trailers of the newest games that are due out in November for the new XBOX.
and some more text no one will probably read. Thanks mtv, you're swell. Looks like November is the month to look for. Just in time for the holiday madness. Now all we nee is some info on Halo 3 :)

When animals attack the green carpet

Who is this crazy looking woman!?!? She's being attacked by some sort of white-muskrat/monkey thing! Oh wait...sorry, it's justt CC Deville from Poison on the green carpet at the MTV Xbox unveiling taping...Rock on!
...more pics here...

Xbox 360 hands on reports start to trickle in

Since the taping of the MTV Xbox 360 unveiling was just last night (Thursday) it was only a matter of time until something got leaked. Kotaku has recieved reports that Perfect Dark was playable as well as versions of Unreal, Quake and Brothers in Arms. Apparently they all looked pretty damn slick, which was to be expected. It was also reported that the system doesn't look that different than all the pictures we've been seeing lately and the white controller pics are accurate. I've seen wireless and wired controller pics but no word on whether the controller is wireless or not. I'm starting to think the "wireless" shots were shots of a prototype or a form demo or something. Also, the pictured pictured above is said to close to the actual Xbox 360 logo (pic from MAjorNelson who has some pics from the event, no fun spoilers though). The actual logo being (supposedly)
a 4x5 square of dots, some empty, some filled.
You can almost taste the E3 in the air now. So.Close.

Next Xbox Logo

Here's is what the next-generation Xbox's logo will look like. It is what's being used at Club Avalon in Hollywood for the MTV unveiling party. Not all that much different and it doesn't tell us the name, but it's something to look at nonetheless. pictures of the logos from here.

Violent video game bill moves forward in California

The California Assembly's Arts committee passed the bill on a 6-4 vote, pushing the bill to the full Assembly. If the bill were to get approved, it would move on to the state Senate for them to review. The bill basically makes it illegal to sell violent video games to minors. Check out more details here.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Is Mario unveiling the Revolution? That's what the current rumor mill is speculating he's doing (or will be doing) in the E3 preview issue of Nintendo Power. I didn't think Revoltion started with "Lin" so I'm going out on a limb and suggesting it's probably a peek at the next Legend of Zelda featuring, say it with me now, LINk. -joystiq-

Next Unreal game to be more...unreal.

1up got to check out the next Unreal game from Epic Games. It's coming along good it looks like. They're getting the gameplay down first, running through blocked out version of levels to make sure it's fun before thay add all the pretties. What sounds good is that the game is now pushing million of polys instead of just thousands. The game will also support voice commands and communication. That's one of the features that made Halo 2 a blast to play. They are also looking at making the single player experience better and more engrossing since more people play the single player game than the multiplayer. Interesting. Another game my PC probably won't be able to play. I'll wait for the Xbox 360 version. Check out the article here.

Famitsu gets Team Ninja to spill next-gen projects

Looks like Team Ninja is plugging away on Dead or Alive 4. There also might be an action-rpg of sorts being added to the DOA series called Dead or Alive Code Cronus. It also looks like that will be an Xbox 360 title if anything. They are also re-working Ninja Gaiden to come out as Ninja Gaiden Perfect Edition or Ninja Gaiden Hurricane Pack Series on the Xbox 360. It's good to know that there will be at least one game I won't be able to beat (at least right away) on the Xbox 360. From Ferrago and Kotaku...

Edge to have feature on next-gen Xbox to celebrate 150th issue

On May 17, UK gaming mag Edge will have an indepth report on the ins and outs of the next-gen Xbox. They apparently were first to report the acutal next-gen Xbox specs and will have hardware shots and in-game screenshots of the games it will have. By reading .this press release on the TeamXbox site, you would think they think no one is going to watch the MTV special and probably know and or see a lot of the details they'll have. I'm sure they will have some good new content though. They usually come through. Look out for it.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Arg ye land lubbers!

Apparently there's a group of World of Warcrafters that only speak in pirate talk and walk around attacking people. A GM tracked them down and gave them a good speaking to and they stayed in character the whole time. Damn funny it be! Tally ho scallywag! Check out the transcript here...via BoingBoing.

Xbox 360 goodies

Here's the latest pic from the Ourcolony.net game. It looks like it's a still from some kind of motion graphic. TheXbox 360 intro movie perhaps? Who knows. We'll find out soon enough. For some more Xbox next-gen goodness, check out this pic of the previous Ourcoloy pic that looks to be from Gears of War running off the Unreal 3 engine (ie. looking dope). Also check out what looks to be a prototype of the Xbox 360 controller. I say prototype meaning that it's not final since there's no logo on it and it has a wire attached to it. I thought it was supposed to be wireless? It better be. Check it out here.

1up recently trecked out to Japan to check out some Legend of Zelda goodnees. If you can spare some time, check out their verbose log of their journey (and a new Legend of Zelda video!) here.

Now this is living. From Major Nelson comes this sweet setup with three DLP screens. Apparently this was done with a special build of Forza that supports multiple montiors. No word on if the offical release of Forza Motorsport will have this functionality. More details out here.

Monday, May 02, 2005

Get your Street Fighter on

Get your Street Fighter II Special Championship fix with these plug and play controllers that come with a mini Sega Megadrive and controllers, which you can plug into your TV for some old school fun. Check'em out here.

Gamespot puts up Tomb Raider: Legend trailer

Tomb Raider: Legend trailer has hit and it looks alright. The video quality isn't all that great so it's not the most flattering we've seen Ms Croft. The game is looking pretty decent. I think I saw some urban environments in their also, they looked pretty cool. The puzzle element looks like it will be in tact. From this video you don't gather much but it gives us something to speculate about. For about the next 2-3 minutes or so at least. Check out the trailerhere

Bill Gates metions some Xbox 360 tidbits

Bill Gates spilt a few good morsels while making the rounds at the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. He talked about the next generation Xbox as being a device that people will use (they're hoping at least) to chat with their friends, grab pictures from their PC or jam to some music. He also stated that the Xbox 360's interface will resemble Windows Media Center, to what extent isn't really clear. Check out the full article here.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Shadow of the Colossus

From the makers of Ico comes "Shadow of the Colossus" (formerly Wanda and the Colosuss). The whole David and Goliath vibe is so intriguing to me. The story is basically about you having to find your love. To find your love, you need to obtain this special power which can be unlocked by obtaining the essence of 16 colossi. Gamespot has up a hands-on preview here. If it's coming from the makers of Ico, it can't be too bad.