Posts by Chris Morris
- Chris Morris at Plugged In21 hrs ago
Flappy Bird may fly again.
Roughly one month after deleting the game from the Apple and Android app stores, Dong Nguyen says he’s having second thoughts. But if the game comes back, it’ll be a bit different.
Flappy Bird, of course, became a breakout hit earlier this year, frustrating players to no end as they attempted to guide a ridiculous 8-bit bird through a series of pipes that looked a lot like something out of Super Mario Bros. But at the height of its popularity, Nguyen yanked the game, later saying he was concerned that people were playing the game too much and becoming obsessed with it to the point of ignoring other parts of their lives.
Now, in a talk with Rolling Stone, he says he’s “considering” bringing the game back to the app stores. The new version, though, would come with a warning asking players -- heck, pleading with them -- to take a break occasionally.
- Chris Morris at Plugged In5 days ago
Disney’s oft-troubled video game and internet division is laying off approximately 25% of its workforce.
Disney Interactive announced plans to cut 700 jobs on Thursday. The move comes as part of yet another restructuring, which will (once again) shift its focus to mobile games.
Game output at the division will be cut in half as a result of the moves.
"Disney Interactive has consolidated several lines of business as part of an effort to focus the division on a streamlined suite of high quality digital products," a Disney spokesperson said in a statement. "As a result of this restructuring, we have undergone a reduction in workforce. These actions were difficult but necessary given our long-term strategy focused on sustainable profitability and innovation."
- Chris Morris at Plugged In6 days ago
Roughly three months after the Xbox One hit stores, its price was cut.
On February 24, Microsoft lowered the retail price of its next generation console in the UK from £429.99 to £399.99, the equivalent of a $50 price cut in the U.S. At the same time, the company unveiled an upcoming Titanfall bundle in both regions, which includes a copy of the system's most anticipated game at no additional charge.
The bundling of such a big game raised some eyebrows, but the UK cut really set gaming forums ablaze. Was Microsoft acknowledging weakness in Xbox One sales? Was it "pulling a Nintendo" to remain competitive? Was the company throwing in the towel?
Not at all, but it’s clear the company -- and its flagship console -- have their work cut out for them.
- Chris Morris at Plugged In7 days ago
If you ever meet technical designer Kevin Bates and he offers you his business card, take it!
While the business card most of us carry is an outdated remnant of the pre-smartphone era (seriously, who still keeps a Rolodex on their desk?), Bates has made it relevant again -- or at least a lot more fun -- by including a playable game of Tetris on the back of his.
The card, dubbed the Arduboy, comes with a small OLED screen and tiny piezo speakers. Buttons on the back let the user control the dropping shapes. Since the power requirements on the game are low, card owners will enjoy about 10 hours of entertainment on a single cell battery.
The card's a bit thicker than the one you carry in your wallet, but not as big as you'd expect, coming in at roughly the width of a penny. And while Tetris is the only playable title at present, Bates is already coding other well-known properties, including one that bears a striking resemblance to Pokemon.
- Chris Morris at Plugged In7 days ago
Given the pedigree of previous South Park games, there was very valid reason for gamers to be worried about South Park: The Stick of Truth. The game's multiple delays did nothing to assuage those fears.
But as the game hits stores today, critics say there's actually a lot to love. It is, however, absolutely not for the faint of heart.
South Park: The Stick of Truth, which currently boasts a Metacritic average of 84, is being called one of the funniest titles in years -- and that's being credited to the direct involvement of series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
- Chris Morris at Plugged In8 days ago
With the year of Luigi drawing to a close, is Nintendo's favorite dinosaur about to get his time in the spotlight?
Nintendo has announced a Yoshi-themed 3DS will go on sale March 14 - in conjunction with Yoshi's New Island, the first Yoshi-themed title from the company in eight years.
The game won't be bundled with the $200 system, but fans will get a green 3DS with Yoshi's image on the front, as well as a series of Yoshi eggs on the back.
Yoshi's New Island is a direct sequel to Yoshi's Island DS - which was a 2006 sequel to 1995's Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. (Clearly, this is a series Nintendo does not want to hurry along too much.)
As with the previous games, Baby Mario, Baby Luigi and Baby Bowser play a role, but it's the green dino who does most of the work, laying and throwing eggs to defeat enemies. Yoshi can also transform into a helicopter, a submarine, a bobsled and a hot air balloon in the game.
- Chris Morris at Plugged In11 days ago
Can a game about breaking bricks and building stuff make it as a movie? Warner Bros. and Minecraft creator Marcus "Notch" Persson are interested in finding out.
Persson revealed via Twitter yesterday that he's working with the studio to create a Minecraft movie.
Deadline followed up on the news, reporting that Warner Bros. is indeed working on a live-action film based on the game. Roy Lee and Jill Messick have been tapped as producers.
For Lee, it will be something of a return to familiar territory. He produced “The Lego Movie”, which has been a big hit with audiences and critics since its release earlier this month. It’s grossed more than $280 million in just three weeks.
Warner Bros. is paying special attention to the app and gaming worlds these days for its upcoming films. Last November, the studio was said to be in negotiations to turn iOS hit Temple Run into a film. David Heyman, who produced the "Harry Potter" movies as well as Oscar contender "Gravity," was said to be on board.
- Chris Morris at Plugged In12 days ago
Nintendo has never been a leader in the online space -- the efforts of the Wii and DS in this area were always fairly weak -- but those who used the service certainly appreciated it.
Those days are coming to an end, though, as the company has announced plans to discontinue its Wi-Fi Connection service as part of the slow, ongoing sunsetting of both systems.
The move, announced by Nintendo of Japan, will mean the end of several features. Online play, matchmaking and leaderboards will cease in many popular games, including Animal Crossing: Let's Go to the City, Mario Kart Wii, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and the Pokemon series on DS.
Nintendo says it plans to pull the plug on May 20, 2014.
Not all services will be canned, however. If you're using your Wii or DS to surf the web, watch Netflix or YouTube videos or digitally purchase games, you'll still be able to do so after the Wi-Fi Connection service is shut down. And, naturally, players on the 3DS and Wii U will continue to have full access to those features.
- Chris Morris at Plugged In14 days ago
The daughter of the New York mobster responsible for the downfall of infamous mob boss John Gotti is suing Rockstar Games, saying the developer used her life story in Grand Theft Auto V without her permission.
Karen Gravano, daughter of Sammy "The Bull" Gravano and a former star of the VH1 reality series “Mob Wives,” alleges that a character in the best-selling crime game, Antonia Bottino, is based on her image and life story.
In the game, Antonia Bottino is depicted as the daughter of Sammy Bottino, the "Gambetti" family crime boss who eventually becomes an informant. She’s upset that her father won't let her star in the fictional show "Wise Bitches," a not-so-subtle jab at the VH1 series.
To Gravano, it all hits way too close to home.