- Chris Morris at Plugged In3 days ago
Ouya? Oh no.
On Tuesday, we got word that Ouya, the Android-based machine that kicked off the micro-console flood, is in dire financial straits and is desperately seeking a buyer. But take a look at the company's history of missteps, and it's really something of a miracle that it lasted this long.
Ouya was one of the first real breakouts on Kickstarter, raising $8.6 million from gamers eager for something new. With its $99 price tag, sleek design, and promise of affordable gaming, the system seemed poised to shake up the console hierarchy.
It didn't take long before things started to go wrong, though. And the mistakes began compounding. In its short history, Ouya has made just about every possible mistake a gaming start-up can make - and invented a few new ones along the way.
I first met with Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman in March of 2013 to talk about the then-much-anticipated system and learn more about the company's business plan. By the time I walked out of that meeting, alarm bells were shrieking in my head.
- Ben Silverman at Plugged In3 days ago
The not-for-profit Internet Archive has been a boon for fans of classic video games. Thousands of games spanning old, outdated systems like the Atari 2600, Colecovision, and Vectrex are available to play, for free, right in your browser.
As it turns out, you also can drop them into tweets. Some of them, at least.
Chris Kohler over at Wired hipped me to this particularly awesome bit of Web know-how. If you tweet the URL of any of archive’s hundreds of MS-DOS games, it appears fully playable if you then view that tweet in a browser.
So for instance:
If you view this tweet on the web, are you playing Zork? https://t.co/JvRcWgbm63
Or how about something with a little more bite?
In honor of the new Wolfenstein releasing next week: https://t.co/R6vYUruC0T
- Chris Morris at Plugged In5 days ago
Life has changed quite a bit since 1960, the year classic board game The Game of Life first sent players down its twisting path. But despite incremental updates over the past five decades, many of the original game’s career options haven’t changed much at all.
So in an effort to bring their game up to speed, Hasbro is giving ho-hum vocations like accountant, computer consultant, and salesperson the boot and replacing them with careers that are a bit more relevant to today's kids.
To determine exactly what those new jobs would be, the toy maker went to the source, polling children between the ages of 8 and 12 about what they want to be when they grew up.
The top pick? Video game designer.
- Chris Morris at Plugged In10 days ago
For the past five years, Team Fortress 2 players have been able to cash in on their in-game creations. Now, fans of Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim are getting their chance.
Valve is slowly opening up its Steam Workshop to other games - and Skyrim is the first in line. And though it might seem a minor thing, there's big money in virtual swords and other modifications. As of June 2013, Valve has paid over $10 million to people who have created in-game items for Team Fortress 2.
But does Skyrim, a game that came out some 3 and a half years ago, still have a fervent enough audience to make paid mods a potential windfall? Absolutely.
The game is a regular among the 10 most played games on Steam. At press time, there were over 31,500 people playing the game, according to Valve.
As with Team Fortress 2, the introduction of paid mods, items and maps doesn't mean you won't still be able to find free ones. There are over 24,000 free Skyrim mods available today - ranging from quests to soundtracks to graphical improvements.
- Chris Morris at Plugged In11 days ago
Grand Theft Auto is prepping for its close-up, and it's pulling in some serious talent to help tell its tale.
The BBC has confirmed that Daniel Radcliffe and Bill Paxton have signed on to star in "Game Changer" (working title), an upcoming documdrama that tells the tale of the people who created - and fought against - the Grand Theft Auto franchise.
The 90-minute drama is being made by the BBC and is based on David Kushner’s 2012 book, Jacked: The Outlaw Story Of Grand Theft Auto. It covers how the violent crime game became an unprecedented commercial success despite tremendous opposition from parents groups and moral crusaders.
Radcliffe will trade in his scar and invisibility cloak for the dark shades and bearded look of Sam Houser, co-founder of Rockstar Games and the principal creator of the GTA series. Paxton will portray Jack Thompson, the prominent attorney who dogged Rockstar for much of the early 2000s.
- Chris Morris at Plugged In13 days ago
The Xbox One didn't have a great start, to put it kindly.
Fans and critics savaged the system when the initial feature set was announced. Microsoft reversed course so many times, it gave gamers whiplash. By the time the company had settled on a steady course, Sony's PlayStation 4 had developed a commanding lead in the U.S.
Microsoft has clawed its way back, though, and thanks to a few timely delays, competitive pricing, and some smart maneuvering, 2015 could well be the year that the Xbox One becomes the industry's top-selling console.
The 2015 holiday season was initially setting up to be a doozie. Sony's PS4 exclusive Uncharted 4: A Thief's End has looked fantastic in previews, and the Nintendo faithful can't wait to get their hands on the long-promised high-definition The Legend of Zelda game for the Wii U.
But on March 11, Sony revealed that Uncharted wouldn't be coming out this year. Two weeks later, as well.
- Ben Silverman at Plugged In15 days ago
The Warriors aren’t just coming out to play, they’re coming out to win.
So says NBA 2K15 , at least. Now that the 2014-2015 NBA playoff match-ups are set, the geeky jocks at 2K Sports decided to run the brackets through their excellent NBA game. The simulation plays itself, so as to avoid any pesky human error in making the predictions. The results? Golden State will get its first title since 1975.
It’s not exactly the boldest choice. The Warriors led the the league with a stellar 67-15 record, enjoy the talents of (arguably) its best player in Stephen Curry, and can rely on a seriously deep roster to keep legs fresh during the grinding playoff run. And while Curry and fellow knockdown shooter Klay Thompson are best known for their ridiculous offense, the team also boasts the league’s most efficient defense. That wins championships, according to the cliche.
According to the simulation, though, it was mostly about making buckets.
- Ben Silverman at Plugged In16 days ago
The latest trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit film fans right in the feels, but they’re not the only ones getting a big new experience in the far away galaxy this year.
EA’s anticipated reboot of the epic multiplayer shooter Star Wars Battlefront finally has a release date: November 17, 2015 for the PC, Xbox One, and PS4. The game is set during the original trilogy and features massive, 40-player shootouts. No Bothans died to bring you this information.
During a short presentation at the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, representatives from DICE, the game's developer, showed off Battlefront for the first time since its unveiling at last year’s E3 show. But this time we got a glimpse of the actual gameplay rather than just glamour shots of the fancy environments.
Set on the forest floor of Endor, the hands-off demo showcased the frenetic action that made the original Battlefront games significant hits on the PS2 and Xbox.
- Chris Morris at Plugged In16 days ago
Sony refuses to vacate the top of the video game mountain.
The PS4 remained the industry's best selling video game hardware in March, though, as usual, by exactly how much remains a bit of a mystery. The number watchers at The NPD Group does not report specific sales numbers.
Never one to let the numbers get in the way of a good press release, Microsoft said in a statement it remains pleased with the Xbox One's performance to date, noting that sales for its current system continue to outpace those of the Xbox 360 at this point in its life cycle and that the amount of time Xbox One owners have spent on their systems was up 45 percent compared to a year ago. So, at the very least, people who own Xbox Ones aren't letting them gather dust.
Nintendo, similiarly, accentuated the positive, pointing out that overall sales of its hardware systems were up 60 percent in the first three months of 2015 versus a year ago. 3DS sales are up 80 percent, while Wii U sales are up 20 percent.
So what helped the PS4 rule in March? One word: Bloodborne. The PS4 exclusive was the month's second best selling title, trailing EA's Battlefield Hardline, which was released for five systems.
- Ben Silverman at Plugged In18 days ago
The excellent Mortal Kombat X revels in ripping off limbs, but one real-world fighter thinks the game also ripped off her look.
As reported by Kotaku, UFC strawweight contender Felice Herrig took a not-so-subtle Instagram jab at the new fighting game over character Cassie Cage, who happens to share Herrig’s blond hair, toned physique, and penchant for beating people up: