No doubt about it -- 2011 is shaping up to an absolute barnburner
of a year for gamers. But not all great franchises are getting in on the act.
While anticipated sequels to the likes of Uncharted, Gears of War and Mass Effect
are headed to consoles, some of the industry's biggest names will be taking the
No doubt about it -- 2011 is shaping up to an absolute barnburnerRead More »from Franchises You Won’t See in 2011
Normally, when you buy a video game, you get exactly what it says on the box, if
you're lucky. But Sony release LittleBigPlanet 2 (Buy | Search), out this week for the
PS3, ships with a toolkit (and exhaustive set of tutorials) that don't
just let players make their own levels -- they actually empower them to
make their own games. It's a level of flexibility above and beyond anything we've seen on console platforms so far.
Just how flexible is it? You'll see -- but before you do, here's a look at how the game looked before its recent beta test let fans really start fooling with it.
Pretty cool, right? Maybe -- but you ain't seen nothing yet.
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Media Player. Games. And yes,
At last, I've had a chance to spend quality time with the 3DS, Nintendo's new glasses-free 3D handheld—and yes, it lives up to the hype, although I found that a little 3D on the 3DS's 3.53-inch display goes a long way.
Slated to arrive in the U.S. on March 27 for $249, the 3DS looks pretty much like the DSi, complete with the usual dual displays, the DS slot, and the standard D-pad.
Take another look, though, and you'll spot the new analog stick on the left side of the console, as well as the twin 0.3MP cameras on the top cover for taking 3D pictures. (Click here for more specs, launch titles, and other details.)
The 3D slider switch
Of course, the feature we've all be waiting for is hinted at by the little 3DRead More »from Eyes-on with the Nintendo 3DS
The Grateful Dead Gamers are about to embark on a long, strange trip.
Provided, that is, they decide to truck along with a virtual world based on iconic jam rockers The Grateful Dead. Due to launch in August,
the online game is being handled by Curious Sense, who recently created 'Find Your Own Way Home,' an online venture based on the substantially less influential REO Speedwagon.
Sound crazy? Not to Curious Sense CEO Adam Blumenthal, who told Rolling Stone that the Dead is "one of two or three perfect bands for this kind of multi-channel game
Multi-channel is right. The new game world will be accessible from a variety of services,Read More »from The Grateful Dead to get online game
including Facebook, the band's official site, and mobile
- Mike Smith | Plugged In – Wed, Jan 19, 2011 10:12 PM EST
LittleBigPlanet 2's star cracks a grin
it's a lovable, character-packed platform game in its own right, it's
not new release LittleBigPlanet 2's supplied levels that are making
headlines this week. Instead, it's the game's astonishing array of tools
for creating your own -- a suite of intricate gadgets and gizmos that'll let you pull its gameplay apart, reassembling it as anything
from an action-packed shooter to a Rock Band-style virtual instrument.
Limited only by your imagination, and with the ability to share your
creations with a world of other players, it's gaming's Youtube.
Which is also one of its weaknesses, according to critics. Like many complexRead More »from “Gaming’s Youtube” proves it’s not such a little planet
tools, you're going to have to
- Mike Smith | Plugged In – Wed, Jan 19, 2011 2:11 AM EST
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
The recent breaking of the Playstation 3's hardware encryption by a team of hackers is an unexpected windfall for Playstation owners
seeking to run homebrewed apps and games on their machine, but it's proving disastrous for fans of 2009 best-seller Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Buy | Search).
The hackers' work, which allows savvy PS3 owners to run non-Sony-approved
code on their machines, has resulted in a wave of cheaters and hackers
targeting older Call of Duty titles, leaving them "in total shambles and unplayable," as one fan told Joystiq.com.
Some of those who happened upon hacked servers have suffered permanentRead More »from PS3 hacks render Modern Warfare 2 online modes “unplayable,” say fans
consequences, including the deletion of all their accumulated
The good old days. It's rough being a video game icon in the transmedia age.
With titles like "Red Faction" and "Halo" starting to expand
beyond their gaming roots into novels and television, some of the rights owners
for the games that made the industry big in the first place are exploring their
options. And it's not a pretty picture.
Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Merv Griffin Entertainment is planning to adapt Pac-Man as a reality series.
The show is envisioned to be a "big, crazy Wipeout-typeRead More »from Pac-Attack: The desecration of a gaming legend
event with a lot of energy," Roy Bank, Merv Griffin's TV president, told
the site. "The idea we have is to take what Pac-Man is and bring it to
life, to bring what is essentially the world's
- Ben Silverman | Plugged In – Sat, Jan 15, 2011 3:10 AM EST
Brain power! Gamers spend hours honing their skills by twiddling their thumbs. But according to new research, their expertise might be entirely in
Researchers from the University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign say they can predict a subject's skill at video games simply by studying their brain using standard image scanning technology, reports Wired. The
study, which will be published in online journal PLoS One, set out to determine whether subtle differences in brain structure could be found in people more naturally gifted than others in performing complex tasks -- including games.
Using MRI scans, researchers mapped out the brains of 34Read More »from Stink at Call of Duty? Blame your brain, say researchers
If you found an Xbox 360 waiting underneath the tree last month, you're not the only one. Figures released this week by market research
organization NPD Group indicate December was the system's biggest month ever.
In fact, Microsoft sold so many, they're apparently running out. The
manufacturer was forced to dip into hardware reserves allocated for
January and February shipments to meet the holiday-season demand, and
even had to resort to air-freighting deliveries to sold-out retailers.
Resulting shortages could persist all the way into February, a Microsoft
spokesman told Bloomberg this week.
The stellar December numbers cap off a banner year for the Xbox 360. It'sRead More »from Holiday season was big win for Xbox 360
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