Once again, here are some Hot Topics In The Gaming World You Need To Know About.
Sega’s going through a rough patch, as massive losses have lead to layoffs and game cancellations. Video games are making an appearance at the Smithsonian, and Hitman: Absolution and Assassin’s Creed III have some new visuals for you to take a gander at. Being a game tester isn’t as cool as it sounds, and the baton has officially been passed for one of gaming’s greatest franchises. Read on to learn more.
General Gaming News
This should be especially appealing to Guysgirl readers: “The Difficulties and Controversies of Designing Female Characters – Or, How Not to Add a Woman’s Touch”
Here’s some big news: the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C. is hosting an exhibition titled “The Art of Video Games” and runs from March 16 to September 30. You can read this review for more information about the exhibit as well as the author’s thoughts.
IGN has compiled a list of the top 100 weapons in video games. Take a look and see whether your favorites made the list.
Think being a Game Tester and playing games all day for a living is a dream job? Well, think again. IGN reached out to quality assurance testers to hear what they had to say, and the results are alarming and surprising.
Here’s some fun April Fools tomfoolery courtesy of Google: 8-bit Google Maps.
Check out the new Hitman: Absolution trailer.
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Armored Core V hit store shelves March 20, but if you’re still on the fence or looking for a new game to play, then check out IGN’s reviewof the game. Calling it “the best mech game in a long while,” IGN gave it a 7.5-out-of-10, good enough for a “Good” rating.
Devil May Cry HD Collection, consisting of the three original Devil May Cry games remastered in HD, hits store shelves this Tuesday, so check out IGN’s review of the collection. It’s worth noting that this is the first time that these three games are available to Xbox users.
Here’s an interesting article about Mass Effect: Thwacke, a multidisciplinary think-tank of academics that aims to bridge the gap between games and science, examines evolution and how the aliens in the Mass Effect universe relate to species here on Earth.
SEGA is expected to lose about $86 million this fiscal year and his restructuring its operations to be more streamlined as a result. The number of titles being produced will decrease, and some games that were in development have been canceled. Four franchises are safe: Sonic, Football Manager, Total War, and Aliens. However, the rest are in jeopardy. Layoffs have also been announced.
Microsoft — Xbox 360
March 31, 2012 marks a bittersweet day for Halo fans as Bungie, the original developer of the Halo franchise, handed full control of the franchise over to 343 Industries. Bungie will no longer update stats and service records, host user-generated content, or operate Bungie Pro but will maintain historical Halo data on their website “for as long as the Internet and Bungie’s data storage systems remain functional.” Check out this infographic to learn some staggering Halo stats.
This is something you should be aware of: according to experts, hackers can steal credit card information from your old Xbox. Researchers at Drexel University purchased a refurbished Xbox 360 from a Microsoft-authorized retailer and were able to uncover the original owner’s credit card information using a basic modding tool and some elbow grease (no headlight fluid, though). Microsoft responded, issuing a statement saying that the company was conducting a thorough investigation into the researchers’ claims but that the Xbox is not designed to store data locally. The statement also said that all refurbished consoles have their data wiped clean.
Aiming to follow in the footsteps of last year’s Disneyland: Kinect Adventures, Kinect Rush delves into the world of Pixar’s animated films. Unfortunately, the control scheme isn’t very intuitive or responsive, taking away from the game. Read the full review here.
South Park: Tenorman’s Revenge will be making its way to Xbox Live sometime soon, and IGN took the time to reviewthe game. It received a “Good” score of 7.0 and does a great job of capturing the feel and experience of the show. However, there some minor annoyances and gameplay issues, so the reviewer recommends downloading the trial version first.
Rumors are circulating that “Xbox Lite”, a stripped-down version of the 360, is being developed for release late next year. This is not the next-generation Xbox but is rather a cheaper version of the current console that will lack some of the features of the 360, including maybe the disc drive. In response to the rumors, Microsoft issued the world’s longest “no comment”.
Skullgirls will be available on Xbox Live on April 11 for 1,200 Microsoft Points.
Anomaly: Warzone Earth is coming to Xbox Live on April 6 and will cost only 800 Microsoft Points.
Sony — PS3 & Vita
Check out this list of Easter Eggs in Resistance 3, including one that will only be available on April Fools’ Day. Here’s a hint: how do you like garden gnomes?
Good news: Mortal Kombat Vita will be released on May 1 in North America.
The next PlayStation has yet to be officially unveiled, but according to a Kotaku report, the new console is codenamed “Orbis” and is scheduled to be released for the 2013 holiday season. The article is chock-full of details, but the high points are that the Orbis will not be backwards-compatible and will have some sort of anti-used games countermeasure built into it. For a second opinion of the rumored Orbis details, check out this IGN analysis.
Last week we reported a rumor that Zipper Interactive, the studio behind the SOCOM series and Mag, was being shut down. Well those rumors have been confirmed, sadly, as Sony issued a statement confirming the move.
The upcoming PS3 and Vita title Dragon’s Crown is still in development.After reports that
Amazon was canceling pre-orders, one of the game’s illustrators took to Twitter to set the record straight and confirm that the game is indeed still being developed.
Nintendo — Wii U, Wii, & 3DS
The Wii U has garnered rave reviews from developers. The latest person to heap praise on Nintendo’s next-generation consoleis Gearbox co-founder Randy Pitchford, who said that the Wii U version of his studio’s upcoming Aliens: Colonial Marines will be “the definitive version of the game thanks to the system’s innovative new controller.” Pitchford also said, “There are some opportunities that are just not possible on any platform that does not have that device.”
The Pokemon Spring Regional Championships will be held in eight cities across the United States and Canada on April 14-15. Winners will earn an invite to the US and Canadian National Championships later this year. Further details can be found here.
Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion will be coming to the 3DS this year, and the first details have emerged. The game is a sequel to the Sega Genesis game Castle of Illusion.
Okay this isn’t really gaming news, but it’s just too cool not to include: Microsoft’s Applied Sciences Group has created a see-through 3D desktop. Remember Tony Stark’s holograpic computer from Iron Man? This isn’t quite that, but it’s close.
Taking the plunge into the world of MMORPGs for the first time can seem pretty daunting. New players may feel intimidated by the complexity of the classes and by the social protocols that are new to them. The makers of Guild Wars 2 are trying to ease that entry as much as possible, and you can find out here.
A new SimCity is on the way and will arrive in 2013. In the meantime, you can read about the new features incorporated into the game, including online multiplayer.
The Tropico 4: Modern Times expansion pack, already available on the Xbox 360, will be available in stores for PC users on Tuesday for $19.99. It is currently available via digital distribution through Amazon and Steam.
Game Releases for April 1-7
- Kinect Star Wars (Xbox 360)
- Fallout 3 Oblivion Double Pack (Xbox 360, PC)
- Xenoblade Chronicles (Wii) – April 6
- Funky Barn (3DS)