Unlike the current Kinect, Microsoft’s next Xbox should offer true motion control without lag that’s supported by quality software.
stories by Billy Guinigundo
A look back on a Guitar Hero/Rock Band devotee’s journey
Within the limits of time and money, a gamer presents a wishlist for the next generation of consoles.
Skulls of the Shogun proves to be an excellent TBS title which shines with its Cloud save portability and multi-device platform availability.
Exploring the effects of combining the game and movie media in Uncharted: Golden Abyss
The next generation of console must mean more than just prettier games but rather new experiences.
Drive safely. It seems so simple and yet if ever I needed a reminder between video games and reality, this warning should not be taken lightly. It really hit home when I drove in to work this morning after a single night, half a night even, with the game and I went to shift gears. The problem? I drive an automatic.
Which do you remember more fondly: Adventure or The Adventure of Link? Packed with nerd cultural references from the 80's, Ernest Cline's Ready Player One highlights a more distant and distinct gaming past that feels more historic than nostalgic. Despite the gaming generational gap, I found the novel remarkably fresh and surprisingly meaningful.
I'm not sure why I flung myself headlong into Trenched, but I'm glad that I did. Maybe it was the positive reviews, the promise of multiplayer goodness, the mishmash of genres. I'm sure it was some combination of all. What actually pushed me over the edge, despite the fact that it proved to be barrier to some, was the 1200 MS threshold.
I had high hopes for Child of Eden, perhaps unreasonably high. I wanted it to be THE Kinect showpiece. While I have been impressed with the technology, I waited for the game that used the Kinect to provide a natural, yet innovative, experience impossible without it. Think Elite Beat Agents and its use of the DS's touch screen. We're not quite there yet.
"If I wanted to play against <expletive> camping <expletive>, I would have played <expletive> Call of Duty." The things you hear on Xbox Live. Sadly, after that peer pressure, I promptly began the next round, hit left on the D-pad, and roadie-ran to my death with a Gnasher shotgun clutched in my dead, lifeless fingers — or what remained of them.
Golf is known as a "gentleman's game." Rules and regulations are very specific; some are even viewed as arcane. Even more strange than the rules themselves, however, is the fact that the player is supposed to call his own penalties. I ain't no gentleman because I'd much rather have fun. And the same is true when I game.
It was as if someone had asked me whether I wanted my first child to be a boy or girl — or something like that. I was on the precipice of hours and hours of gameplay, and my copy of White was forcing me to make the most important choice of all: deciding who would be my starting Pokémon.
I discovered that I like something about the slow pace and build up of titles like Halo Wars and Pokémon. I mean, what's the allure of a two-year-old game whose development studio has since disbanded and stats tracking faced offline discontinuation until saved by a rabid community uprising? Why the addiction to collecting them all despite the fact that the basic gameplay of subsequent versions has remained largely intact? One word: strategy.
We used to joke about the "European ending" going to the theater. It is not happy. In fact, by the end of the movie, anyone I would have liked or hoped the best for would be dead, perhaps in spectacular fashion. The boy does not get the girl. "Oedipus, those are your OWN eyes!"
I think I am ready to let go. After some 1200+ games of Halo: Reach, I am going to give up the obsessive, unending stockpiling of in-game credits. I have completed over 200 daily challenges, finished seven weekly challenges, and amassed nearly 12,000 multiplayer kills earning16,922 medals. Why? It all began with Kameo.
If you were on Xbox Live this past weekend, you witnessed firsthand the transformation of BW, Colonel Grade 3, to The Spectator — seen but not heard. I played no Halo: Reach on Sunday and Monday, but I earned 300 G between Kinect Adventures and Dance Central. That's not to say I am hanging up my controller, of course, but at whatever core, Microsoft must be thrilled with its device's success.
The way I see it, Microsoft owes me. I'm not saying they owe me a lot. For the most part, I do not really regret the purchase of the HD-DVD player that has gone the way of the Betamax. No, the least Microsoft can do is give me the chance to spend the money I want on the things that I want. So why does Zune Marketplace not offer the newest movies for HD purchase?
The Spectator, Iss. 2
I haven't quite gotten around to reviewing Tom Bissell's Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter, but [spoiler alert] I don't want to believe it's just because they're addicitve like cocaine. Yesterday, I fired up Forza Motorsport 3 for the first time in a long time. It's usually a pretty telling sign when you have to download a title update though that may be in part due to the updated dashboard as well. All the Gran Turismo 5 talk and reviews made me want to revisit the Xbox's answer to the Playstation's popular racing series.
On November 21, 2005, I took a half-day at work. I arrived at Best Buy just before 12:45 p.m. and would spend the next twenty hours or so waiting in the Ohio autumnal cold for my chance to be the first to experience the next generation of console gaming. Fast forward five years and 37,000 G and I find myself wondering what type of celebration should be held for the 360.
Bungie kicked off Season 3 of Team Arena this month with a new “pro” game type. The standard arsenal consists of DMR/Magnum and two frags. The motion sensor is gone and the loadout options have been reduced to three: sprint, armor lock and hologram. The idea was to create an MLG-appropriate option, a balanced playing field testing player skills, asymmetrical maps notwithstanding.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 sold some 4.7 million copies on its first day of release. That $310 million dollar first-day gross was just the beginning of a run that saw the game bring in over a billion dollars within two months. At midnight tonight, I am sure many retailers are hoping to see similar sales when Call of Duty: Black Ops becomes officially available. Me? I suspect I will be on Xbox Live, playing Halo: Reach, and working on my Colonel ranking and gold visor helmet purchase.
"It was twenty five years ago today, Shigeru taught us how to play…"