Posts by Chris Morris
Chris Morris at Plugged In 2 days ago
Microsoft’s most successful home console just turned 10.
Launched on November 22, 2005, the Xbox 360 had a busy decade. The system brought multiplayer gaming to the forefront of the console world, demonstrated that game systems could do a lot more than play games, sucked us in with its addictive Achievements, and hosted some of the biggest games in the industry's history.
But it didn't get off to a great start.
Rather than unveiling the system at a game industry trade show or news conference, Microsoft opted to debut the Xbox 360 on MTV in a show hosted by Elijah Wood. Even by 2005 standards, it was a painful thing to watch. It featured odd cameos from The Killers, the Pimp My Ride crew, and Lil' Jon. A model strutted through the crowd with a courier bag before plopping the system on a pedestal. Wood uttered the phrase "uber-gamers" and made shadow puppets in front of Xbox 360 artwork.
Chris Morris at Plugged In 6 days ago
The man behind legendary tough guys like drug kingpin Stringer Bell from The Wire and the titular obsessive detective in Luther is lending his gravitas and overall bad-assery to Ubisoft's Rainbow Six: Siege in an action-packed commercial and series of strategy videos.
But instead of simply being a celebrity gun for hire, Elba says he took the gig for one reason: He's a gamer.
"I play driving games and combat games, but I really like soccer/football games," the British actor told Yahoo in an interview.
He's an especially big fan of FIFA, though like a lot of gamers in their 40s, he says, he largely plays solo. He just doesn't have time or interest in dealing with the superior reflexes and incessant taunting of 13 year-olds. Celebrities: they're just like us!
"If I play online, I don't have the headphones on or anything like that," he says. "I don't want to listen to all of that."
He may, however, make an exception for Rainbow Six: Siege , he says. While he plays a prominent role in the game's marketing, he hasn't had a chance to play the actual game yet — and he's eager to rectify that.
Chris Morris at Plugged In 18 days ago
A replica of the helmet worn by Halo hero Master Chief, adorned with 25,000 Swarovski crystals, sold for $34,300 in an eBay auction on Friday.
The unique item, which weighs in at 11 pounds and produced over 120 bids, was the result of a truly Odd Couple collaboration between Taiwanese cosplayer Hsu Chia-Hao (alias Braid Clarke) and Australian fashion designer Jenny Manik Mercian. One of them made a Master Chief suit in 10th grade. The other has dressed Beyonce.
The helmet first showed up on eBay on Oct. 27. Bids quickly jumped up to $1,125, but things really started to take off two days later. By the time the day was over, it had topped $10,000. By the end of the following day, it was up to $32,400.
Neither Chia-Hao nor Mercian will see that dough, however. All proceeds are going straight to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Chris Morris at Plugged In 19 days ago
Created by Japanese studio Level 5 — the developer behind the beloved Professor Layton series — and first released in Japan two years ago, the Nintendo 3DS series makes no bones about being different (and Nintendo is certainly playing up that quirkiness in a series of loopy commercials).
In a nutshell, the game posits that lidfe’s various problems — forgetfulness, being overcompetitive, even having excess gas, for instance — are all due to invisible spirits called Yo-Kai. A special watch allows you to see these characters, befriend them, and lead them in battle against each other. Each Yo-Kai has unique strengths and skills, which you'll use to solve daily dilemnas caused by enemy Yo-Kai hidden throughout the world.
It's very Pokemon -esque, and clearly Nintendo is hoping Americans will respond to Yo-Kai Watch in the same way they do that franchise. To build excitement, the Nintendo World Store in New York City has been counting down the hours to the game's release on — what else — a giant watch.
Chris Morris at Plugged In 29 days ago
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is rightfully regarded as one of the best video games ever made. But one gamer just made it look like a pushover.
Runnerguy2489 is something of a savant when it comes to Ocarina of Time . Earlier this year, he did a test run, playing through three dungeons while blindfolded. He’s clearly played it to death, having full knowledge of the game’s various glitches and shortcuts.
If you've got 103 hours to spare, you can watch the full run on his YouTube channel, though the last three hours are the ones you're likely most interested in:
Runnerguy2489 played the game every Wednesday night after he finished work. He credited support from viewers, who set their schedule to the game, for keeping him focused on his goal.
On October 18, 1985, Nintendo renamed the Famicom and released it in North America as the NES. Not only did it ensure Nintendo would have a future outside of Japan, but it ensured gamers would have a future playing games at home.
At the time, gamers were still feeling the aftershocks of the 1983 home console crash. Scared off by falling stocks and an abundance of low-quality titles, most retailers at the time suspected home video games were nothing more than a fad and backed away. The glory days of the Atari 2600 and Intellivision came to a stunningly fast end.
[Related: Happy 30th Birthday, Super Mario Bros.!)
Nintendo faced an uphill battle getting the NES on store shelves. The company first showed off the system at the Consumer Electronics Show in June of 1985, and it quickly ran into skepticism. Retailers, still jaded, were afraid of its complexity and balked at the thought of promoting another video game console.
Gun Media and Illfonic are bringing Friday the 13th back to the video game world — the first time the classic horror film franchise has been turned into a game in more than 25 years. The seven-on-one asymmetric multiplayer title, which launches a Kickstarter campaign today, is targeted to hit the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One next fall.
The scenario is a familiar one. Seven players controlling counselors at Camp Crystal Lake will be systematically stalked by the near-unstoppable killing machine Jason, controlled by another player. They can work together to find and repair vehicles to escape the area or search for a landline to call for help from the police. Or, if they're especially organized, they can try to find weapons and kill Jason before he kills them.
The story of how Friday the 13th: The Game came to be isn't typical. It's a triumph of dedicated fandom and happy circumstance rather than corporate exploitation.
"I've been watching horror movies and playing games since I was a little kid," says Hobbs. "I've always loved the games with one-on-one, where you're being chased."
The Call of Duty Twitter feed has 2.8 million followers, but earlier this week, someone at Activision changed the feed's name and bio from " Call of Duty " to the newsy-sounding "Current Events Aggregate" and began issuing alerts:
BREAKING NEWS: Unconfirmed reports are coming in of an explosion on the North bank of the Singapore Marina.
That was followed by multiple descriptions of an emerging conflict. Within an hour, the feed tweeted this:
UPDATE: Singapore Authorities have officially announced a state of emergency and declared martial law.
It went on to describe shots being fired at civilians, a convoy of military trucks with people in Hazmat suits, and the establishment of a quarantine zone.
Roughly two hours after the last 'update' about the 'situation,' the feed reverted to Call of Duty and admitted the previous tweets had been a promotion for the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops III.
@CallofDuty RATHER JUST HAVE A TRAILER THNX BAE
Chris Morris at Plugged In 2 mths ago
A few days earlier, lead designer Shigeru Miyamoto was line dancing. And he might dance again this weekend, when the world celebrates the 30th anniversary of the seminal video game.
"When we finished it, myself and Mr. [Takashi] Tezuka and Mr. Nakano — who has been working on the games with us for a long time; he's a programmer — the three of us went out to a small country music club close to the old headquarters in Kyoto and we all had a little kanpai [a celebratory toast] to celebrate the completion of the game," Miyamoto told Yahoo Games. "So maybe for the 30th anniversary, the three of us should get back together and go back to that same pub and do a little kanpai."
And it proved to have plenty of staying power. Taken together, the Super Mario games have accounted for over 310 million copies, making it the biggest franchise in video game history.
Exemplifying the credo of easy to play, difficult to master, Super Mario Bros. had no instruction booklet. But anyone could pick up a controller and quickly figure out what to do.
[Related: The 5 Best Super Mario Games]
Chris Morris at Plugged In 2 mths ago
Rich Uncle Pennybags, meet Nicolò Falcone.
The Italian board game fan hit the mother of all community chests Monday, pocketing $20,580 after winning the 2015 World Monopoly Championship.
Yes, that is a thing.
Held in Macao, China, the tournament lured the best players in the world. Falcone had to beat 26 other players in a seris of matches that ran an exhausting 10 straight hours.
The final battle saw Falcone take on challengers from Japan, the United States, and Norway. Ultimately, Falcone (playing as the race car) faced off against Norway's Bjørn Halvard Knappskog, the previous world champ. Knappskog chose the thimble.
Falcone's ace in the hole was his ownership of the orange property set (New York Ave,, Tennesee Ave, and St. James Place in the U.S. version of the game). Knappskog had the misfortune to land on two of those properties in succession. With their hotel-level rent as high as it was, that proved to be too much of a financial obstacle and eventually led to his bankruptcy.
The 2015 event markd the 13th Monopoly world championship. The first was held in 1973 and was won by Lee Bayrd, who was in attendance to watch this year's competition.