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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

2011, a good year for gaming?


2011 was overall quite a disappointing year for gaming.
There were some gems, but mostly bad titles and hardware.

Let's take a look at some of them. + its games's a useful way to navigate the 360's dashboard. That's about all the Kinect has been good for shortly after people buy it. Why? Because it's been out for over a year now and there still aren't any proper games for it beyond cheap kids titles and party games.
Not good, Microsoft.

The 3DS + its games
This has to be the most disappointing gaming handheld of the 21st century.

"A botched reveal, a ridiculous price-tag, a cumbersome UI, no second thumbstick and no decent games." 

Pumping out the same handheld and games for years won't do much good, Nintendo. 
 Duke Nukem Forever
Ahh, Duke Nukem. Him and I go way back. Duke Nukem Forever has been in development since 1996, but came out this year. Was it worth the wait? No, no it wasn't.

There were such high hopes for this game. A lot of money was spent, a lot of hype generated. Then people played it, found out the setting was stupid, the story overwrought, the singleplayer terrifyingly short (both on length and ideas) and the multiplayer a novelty that was never going to lure people from whatever shooter they were already playing. 

Like Homefront, this was an original title that many had high hopes for. Its bold art design couldn't hide a launch marred by technical issues and people not quite "getting" the game, though, and while it seems to have stabilised in recent months, Brink will never be the top=-shelf multiplayer shooter it wanted to be. 

2012 seems promising, though.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Diablo III
Doom 4

Dota 2

Final Fantasy XIII-2

Final Fantasy Versus XIII

Guild Wars 2

Mass Effect 3

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

Soulcalibur V

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

The Last Guardian

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Valve HQ Snackbar

Check out this video showing us Vavle HQ's snackbar!
Oh man, who wouldn't like to work there?

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

About time! New Skyrim patch adds support for extra RAM.

Up until last night, people with decent 64 bit PCs couldn't use that extra 'juice' on TESV: Skyrim, unless you installed a mod for it.
In other news, Bethesda are currently working on official mod tools for Skyrim, which should arrive early next year.



Monday, December 19, 2011


You know that game called Minecraft?
I think you do, I mean, It only has about 18,511,000+ registered users.

Well, the creator of the game, Markus 'Notch' Persson, made a small game called 'Minicraft', as an entry in the latest Ludum dare competition where developers are challenged to create a game in 48 hours based on the theme “Alone.”

You can play the game right here.
It has a workbench, multiple biomes to explore and different enemies to kill.
Sounds a bit like minecraft.

Oh, but let's not forget the motherf***ing pow glove


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Humble Indie Bundle 4!

The humble indie bundle  returned yesterday with a fourth release, and has made over $1,268,700.00 (And rising) already!

The bundle contains 5 games and you choose the amount you pay, but if you pay over the average donation (which is as of typing this $5.35) you get 2 extra games.

The games are: 

  • Jamestown
  • Super Meat Boy
  • Bit.Trip Runner
  • Shank 
  • NightSky. 
  • Gratuitous Space Battles (If you pay over $5.35 only)
  • Cave Story+ (If you pay over $5.35 only)
You can choose the amounts you'll give to the developers, to charity (Red Cross and Child's Play) and give a 'humble tip'
(The Humble Tip goes to Humble Bundle, Inc. itself, which pays for the bandwidth and development of this promotion.)

Do I recommend doing this? Of course! If the bundle keeps selling at this rate, it could hit the $14 million mark when it ends in 12 days time. 
Humble Bundle organiser Richard Esguerra is understandably quite pleased. “We’re thrilled to see the gaming community respond so enthusiastically to this bundle, which has been about half a year in the making,” he says.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Bearded Dragon playing Ant Crusher

She's quite skilled!

Mojang is maybe going to release 'Cobalt' on Friday


Mojang have told Edge that they’re hoping to publish their first third party game, Cobalt this Friday, if all goes to plan.

“We haven’t told anyone [about the release date] yet because we’re aiming for Friday, but we don’t know if we can make it,” Mojang managing director Carl Manneh said to Edge. “But I think we can.”
Cobalt is a quirky robot platformer from Oxeye Game Studio. Mojang and Oxeye are working together to give it some extra polish before Friday. Like Minecraft, it will be released as an alpha and then regularly updated until it’s done.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Epic announced their new game 'Fortnite'

Epic announced a new game over the weekend called Fortnite. It’ll have a Team Fortress 2-esque art style and, according to Epic, is directly inspired by Notch’s indie block builder, Minecraft.

It looks like Fortnite will revolve around building forts to hold off waves of enemies that attack during the 'nite'.

In a tweet spotted by Eurogamer, Lead Designer Lee Perry says: “Minecraft was an inspiration for sure.”

Perry also says that chances are high that “weapon crafting/traps, lvl system, underground exploration, Boss fights, team survival mode,” and “rare loot” will be part of the game. He also tweets to say that Fortnite’s building system is “not scripted or just boarding up existing structures,” but won’t be completely free form. “Minecraft let’s you build ANYTHING, we are focusing on constructing ‘buildings’ specifically” he says.

Epic apparently haven’t yet decided a release window or platforms for the game.

I hope that they will release it on PC, I think Minecraft-type games are always the best when played on a PC

Just like Minecraft, it looks like you'll build during the day and cower in/defend your fort overnight.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Skyrim - Unarmed Badass Viking Commentary

I am actually going to try this HA! He has some nice tips, aswel.

I'm visiting family right now, haven't played any game for a week now.

I currently have
A nord, level 26, one handed, destruction- and restoration magic
A dark elf, level 9, magic only
Next is probably a Khajit, unarmed only. My mouse is going to feel it...

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Are we taking this meme too far?

"I used to be an adventurer like you, until I took an arrow to the knee."
That's what many guards say in the land of Skyrim when you talk to them.

Tattoo artist Nikkisny originally uploaded the tattoo to website FunnyJunk, noting:
I have a lot of silly tattoos along with tattoos that mean a lot to me. I am a professional tattoo artist and plan on being heavily covered. So I do NOT need to hear people bitching about how I'll 'regret it later'. I WON'T. I DO NOT REGRET ANY OF MY TATTOOS! I only live once so I'm doing what makes me happy.. whether you approve or not!

It's creative, for sure. But I wouldn't of done it.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Skyrim on Kinect

How do you make the controls TESV:Skryim even more awkward than it is?
By adding Kinect controls, of course!

Let's not forget that you'll look like a bloody geek. But it's a nice idea.

You can use shouts and switch weapons by yelling at your Kinect.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Notch steps down as Minecraft lead designer

As of yesterday, Jens Bergensten is the new lead developer on Minecraft. He will have the final say in all design decisions, so he will kinda sorta become my boss, I guess. I’ve promised him to not pull rank. ;)
 Don't worry, lads. That doesn't mean Notch is leaving, he's just planning on a bit of a rest after working on minecraft for a year now. There still will be plenty of updates.