Archive for June, 2010

Twilight: Eclipse: The YouTube game!

Posted in Gaming, News with tags , , , , on June 30, 2010 by parasomia

I’ll be honest and awesome at the same time — Nothing about Twilight interests me at all.  It’s all lame-o and those Burger King ads give me migraines.  However, this little idea here is a pretty cool concept even if it does deal with the excruciating pain in the ass that is — Twilight.

The idea here was by several people who turned Twilight: Eclipse into an 8-bit NES style game using YouTube as its chariot.  Basically, it is a choose your own adventure game (remember those books?  Remember reading?)  You watch the scene, and then the YouTube annotations will pop up allowing you to choose what happens next.  It’s actually pretty nifty.

Have a go at it:

Milo not coming this holiday season

Posted in Gaming, News with tags , , , , , , on June 30, 2010 by parasomia

There is some talk going around lately about the golden “game” for Kinect — Milo.  Rumors are spreading back and forth that the game is simply a tech demo and will never reach retailers while others are claiming that it will be here… at some point.  Considering the reception last year to the E3 video (although clearly edited), it had many people excited.  And yet, a year has passed and no one has seen the virtual boy again.

According to Aaron Greenberg when asked about the status of Milo (rather, Milo & Kate), “Obviously, that’s a tech demo — and technology — that continues to exist, but right now it’s not a game that we’re planning to bring to market”.

Obviously, rage ensued.

But Sam Van Tilburgh of Lionhead Studios tweeted the above picture showing off the Project Milo team, which has about 50 people working on it.  A team that size shouldn’t be simply working on a tech demo.    While Tillburgh couldn’t make any official comments to Joystiq.com, Greenberg did release another statement saying, “Project Milo absolutely continues in development at Lionhead Studios, it is just not a product that we plan to bring to market this holiday.”

Sounds like a lot of questionable questions need answered here.  Why we can’t simply just say what it is and what it isn’t without being super mysterious is beyond me.  While it’s future is unsure, with that big of a team working on it and even Molyneux mentioning it last week, one would think it would eventually be released.

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PlayStation Plus information

Posted in Gaming, News with tags , , , , on June 30, 2010 by parasomia

A lot of people, including myself, were none too happy to hear that Sony would be introducing a Plus service for their Live network.  After all, we enjoy having the ability to try out all the demos and various offerings for free.  And if it was anything like Xbox Live, there would be quite a difference between a free vs. non-free service.  But Sony has went into an interesting route here with the PlayStation Plus and it really isn’t all too bad.

The service will be priced on a three month or yearly basis.  The three month service will cost $17.99 while the one year service will cost $49.99.  If you do buy the one year deal, they are offering three free additional months.  So the price isn’t bad, but what are you getting?  What are the differences?

During each month with PlayStation Plus, you will have access to a certain amount of games that you can play at will.  Consider it renting to a degree.  For example, in the first month you will be able to access Wipeout HD, Age of Zombies, Rally Cross (PSOne Classic), episodes of Qore and even a full game trial of inFamous. You can also receive discounts, exclusive offers on demos/betas/early purchases and automatic downloads.

While the service still seems a little unknown and slightly confusing, according to Sony they do not plan to change anything about the free service.  You will not Need PlayStation Plus to continue enjoying online gaming.  It does seem that Sony has taken this in an interesting direction that is friendly for their consumers.  Let’s see how friendly PSN continues to be in the future.

Check it all out on the PlayStation Blog.

PlayStation 3 gets 3.40 firmware — Support for PlayStation Plus and Move

Posted in Gaming, News with tags , , , , on June 30, 2010 by parasomia

A bit of a surprise here as Sony seemed to have discreetly launched their newest firmware for the PS3 — v. 3.40 in North America Monday night.

The new firmware includes some new features such as an updated Photo Gallery, Video Editor with Uploader, Five Star Rating Support, and Power Save Settings.  There’s also the PSN Facebook app which will allow you to make happy new friends and even show off that e-trophies you so highly covet.  Probably the biggest additions though are the support for the soon-to-be-released PlayStation Move (hey, why not just have it ready to go?) and the new PlayStation Plus service which you can now subscribe to if you’re feeling special.

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Some specs of the Kinect

Posted in Gaming, News with tags , , , on June 30, 2010 by parasomia

Engadget has found some interesting specs about Microsoft’s Kinect device.  Actually, some pretty interesting ones if you were wondering exactly how amazing this device really is or at least could be if it doesn’t get flooded with niche-casual games.  Here are the specs directly from Engadget:

  • Field of view is relatively limited, something we could sense when spending time with Kinect at E3. The unit sees 57 degrees of horizontal and 43 degrees of vertical, with a 27 degree physical tilt to keep you in the action.
  • Depth of view is similarly strict, ranging from 4 feet to 11.5 feet.
  • Skeletal tracking is limited to two active players at a time, as we knew, but the system can at least keep its eye on up to six people at once — like that totally optional pair of backup dancers in Dance Central.
  • Resolution, because we know you were wondering, is detailed as well: 320 x 240, 16-bit at 30 fps (we’re guessing this is the depth camera), 640 x 480, 32-bit color at 30 fps (yeah, this is the color one), and 16-bit audio at 16 kHz.

Also, if you were wondering what came in the box when you purchase a Kinect, Play.com has it in their listing (if this is correct, of course):

  • What’s in the Box?
  • Sensor
  • Power Supply Cable
  • Kinect game
  • Manual
  • Wi-Fi Extension Cable

Apple instructs reps on how to handle iPhone 4 reception issues

Posted in News, Tech with tags , , , , on June 30, 2010 by parasomia

One of the biggest complaints (and for good reason) over the iPhone 4 is the strange and overlooked design of it that causes reception issues when held a certain way.  This of course will cause a ton of dropped calls and the like which is not acceptable.  So while Apple hasn’t had much to say about it besides, “hold it the other way”, they have explained to their reps on how to handle the situation if anyone calls complaining about it.

Basically, the AppleCare reps are to focus on managing expectations instead of fixing the problem.  What does that mean, exactly?  They are basically to tell you the same thing that Apple already has, “avoid covering the black strip in the lower-left corner of the metal band.”  And though Apple may agree that adding bumpers could fix the problem, they refuse to accept this alternative to help out their loyal customers… for now at least.  Another message to the reps also said this, “we ARE NOT appeasing customers with free bumpers — DON’T promise a free bumper to a customer.”

Stay classy, Apple.

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Hulu Plus coming for various devices soon

Posted in News, Tech with tags , on June 30, 2010 by parasomia

Love that Hulu with all of its media content?  Wish you could have more Hulu wherever you went besides on your computer?  You’re in luck… if you wish to also pay a premium for it.

The Hulu Plus service plans to cost $10 per month and will have access to entire seasons of shows that are only available in small quantities on the regular service.  Hulu Plus will extend its capabilities to other devices such as the iPod/iPad, TV’s that offer their own apps (Samsung, Vizio, Sony) which should be available in the Fall of this year.  It will also reach out to the Playstation 3 in July and as rumored, on the Xbox 360 as part of the Gold Membership (which should mean Free to use).

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