Kinect object scanning adds some color to Joy Ride

Posted in Gaming with tags , , , on September 20, 2010 by parasomia

by Ludwig Kietzmann on Sep 18th 2010 9:33AM

As you would expect, Microsoft’s Kudo Tsunoda has expressed an optimistic viewpoint on Kinect’s rarely utilized ability to scan real-world objects and incorporate them into games. At a recent Tokyo Game Show demonstration of Kinect Joy Ride, he revealed a small example of how Microsoft-owned developer BigPark utilizes the motion-sensing camera’s capture capabilities. It’s not quite a scanned skateboard, but it’s enough to spur some color commentary.

Kinect Joy Ride features some minor pre-race vehicle customization options, starting with your car’s color. If you’re dissatisfied with the selection of bold colors in the game, Kinect can take a peek at any item positioned in front of the camera (within a small, on-screen reticle) and transfer its color onto your car. You could apply a dark shade of red (apple), an uplifting purple (GameCube) or a disgusting, sickly white (game journalist arm).

It’s worth noting that this technology is hardly new — you might have used it to capture textures in LittleBigPlanet with a PlayStation Eye — and the implementation is far removed from Kinect’s promotional promises. It’s not even a particularly interesting addition in the case of Joy Ride, but right now it’s in Microsoft’s best interests to shift its conversation with consumers, away from, “What can’t it do?” and onto “What can it do?”

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Starcraft 2 patch 1.1 going live next Tuesday

Posted in Gaming with tags , , , on September 20, 2010 by parasomia

by Griffin McElroy on Sep 18th 2010 9:00PM

The balancing overhauls and new features outlined last month for Starcraft 2 will be implemented this coming Tuesday, September 21, when Blizzard updates the successful strategy title to version 1.1. These new features include support for NVIDIA 3D Vision displays, left-handed hotkey options and new map editor functionality. The full list of features and balance changes can be read over on Battle.net.

The patch will go live during a maintenance period starting Tuesday morning at 5 a.m. until 11 a.m. PDT, at which time the game’s online multiplayer modes will be temporarily offline. If you’ve got a score to settle with a distant rival, you probably shouldn’t schedule your grudge match during that downtime.

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These Catherine trailers aren’t getting any less bizarre

Posted in Gaming with tags , , , , , on September 20, 2010 by parasomia

by Griffin McElroy on Sep 18th 2010 7:30PM

If we had our druthers, every trailer for every game would be structured like the promo for Atlus’ Catherine, posted below. There’s character introductions, romantic intrigue, and then a metaphorical examination of the nature of OH NO IT’S A DEMON BABY WITH CHAINSAW HANDS.

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Capcom report says Marvel vs. Capcom 3 will launch by end of March

Posted in Gaming with tags , , , , on September 20, 2010 by parasomia

by Griffin McElroy on Sep 18th 2010 4:30PM

The “Games Software Sales Forecast” included in Capcom’s latest financial report includes launch windows for a handful of the company’s upcoming titles — the most intriguing of which is Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds. According to the report, the game is set to launch sometime during the fourth quarter of the current fiscal year, meaning Capcom’s planning to release it some time between January 1 and March 31, 2011.

Capcom’s no stranger to releasing its blockbusters during the first few months of the year — however, this strategy became riskier with the arrival of this year’s first-quarter “second Christmas.” As such, the report states that Capcom “will further refine our long-term portfolio by deploying major titles in each quarter of the fiscal year.” If only every other game company would be so prudent, we might be able to avoid the crushing load of games we have to wade through during the year’s occasional busy release months. How about it, gaming industry?

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Voice Actions for Android 2.2

Posted in Tech with tags , , on September 17, 2010 by parasomia

This is a discussion on Voice Actions for Android 2.2 within the Droid News forums, part of the Droid Forums category; For those of you who don?t know what Voice Actions are, they are a series of spoken commands that let you control your phone and …

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Verizon gives us clues as to LTE network expansion: Yay NFL!

Posted in Tech with tags , , , , on September 17, 2010 by parasomia

This is a discussion on Verizon gives us clues as to LTE network expansion: Yay NFL! within the Droid News forums, part of the Droid Forums category; If your a Verizon fan (and I know you are!) and your a football fan (and I hope you are!) then do we have some …

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3D Blu-ray on the PS3: it works! (video)

Posted in Tech with tags , , on September 17, 2010 by parasomia

By Tim Stevens posted Sep 17th 2010 9:06AM 3D Blu-ray on the PS3: it works! (video)We’ve been waiting for 3D Blu-ray support to hit the PS3 for a good long while now, and Sony’s been promising it would happen for, well, exactly that same amount of time. Yesterday the company confirmed that the 3D-enabling 3.50 firmware update is less than a week away, dropping on September 21, and here’s proof that it works: a demonstration unit up and running at TGS. Fully animated evidence after the break.

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