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Is Their an Overabundance of Video Game Awards?

Alongside the kinds of awards other media also have, games have another category of awards that has no counterpart in any other medium (to the best of my knowledge): preview or demo awards, best represented by the Game Critics “Best of E3” Awards. Can you imagine awards for Best Film Previews or Best Single Released Well Before the Album being as present in the public consciousness as “Best of E3” Awards are in the gamer world?

Bioshock Infinite vs. The Last of Us: One Year Later (Part Two)

As Part One of this article explained in more depth, this is a showdown between Bioshock Infinite and The Last of Us, two of my most anticipated and most satisfying games of 2013. My comparison is based not on replay value or how the games have aged, but on how influentially they’ve stuck with me a year after my initial playthrough of each.

Aug 7

Why Online Gaming Is Good for Kids

Technology has changed the traditional ways that people interact, especially young people. The good news is parents don’t need to fear online gaming. Many studies have shown that gaming builds character and improves decision making skills. Growing up is a difficult time for any kid and a hobby like gaming can actually help kids cope. Here are 5 good reasons to let kids enjoy their gaming.

Five ways Destiny flat out rips off HaloUnless your home is an impressive network of underground caves without access to the web (which would make reading this article difficult), you’ve probably heard of Bungie’s next game. After playing the beta, I can safely say that Destiny has all the makings of a truly great title worthy of the praise it has received so far. That having been said, you don’t have to look very deep in order to see Bungie’s previous work in this new adventure.M.O.R.E. —-> http://ow.ly/zy59e

Five ways Destiny flat out rips off Halo
Unless your home is an impressive network of underground caves without access to the web (which would make reading this article difficult), you’ve probably heard of Bungie’s next game. After playing the beta, I can safely say that Destiny has all the makings of a truly great title worthy of the praise it has received so far. That having been said, you don’t have to look very deep in order to see Bungie’s previous work in this new adventure.
M.O.R.E. —-> http://ow.ly/zy59e

PlayStation 4 gets 3D Blu-Ray support next week

Despite a number of recent updates, this will be the first time that Sony has added new functionality to the console since its firmware revision back in April. That was the update that brought ShareFactory to the console, among other bits and pieces.
The news comes just days after Microsoft announced 3D Blu-Ray support for Xbox One. Slated to arrive in the console’s August update, those in the current dashboard preview programme already have access to the feature.
Microsoft has been updating its console with new features every month after early adopters complained at the console’s somewhat vanilla launch offering. Xbox boss Phil Spencer has said that regular updates will continue and that the company has a roadmap of features planned for release each month until at least October.
Source: Eurogamer

PlayStation 4 gets 3D Blu-Ray support next week

Despite a number of recent updates, this will be the first time that Sony has added new functionality to the console since its firmware revision back in April. That was the update that brought ShareFactory to the console, among other bits and pieces.

The news comes just days after Microsoft announced 3D Blu-Ray support for Xbox One. Slated to arrive in the console’s August update, those in the current dashboard preview programme already have access to the feature.

Microsoft has been updating its console with new features every month after early adopters complained at the console’s somewhat vanilla launch offering. Xbox boss Phil Spencer has said that regular updates will continue and that the company has a roadmap of features planned for release each month until at least October.

Source: Eurogamer

Have Certain Retro Games, Stood the Test of Time?

On the positive side, I’ve recently returned to text-based games (or interactive fiction), an even older genre with no graphics, and found the interface, while frustrating in some ways, less off-putting than the earliest D&D games and graphic adventures. Similarly, I don’t see myself playing retro games such as the original Wolfenstein or Doom anytime soon, but I have still enjoy returning to the retro Super Mario games from time to time (and my wife’s a big fan of Pokémon Snap, a game that I also still enjoy).

Jul 7
Hacker Claims to Demonstrate an Exploit to Mod a Wii U System and Mario Kart 8The Wii and DS systems suffered from extensive hacking and unauthorised mods, which allowed people to create their own apps and, alternatively, download and use ROMS of games for free. The homebrew scene was one aspect, though accompanying piracy was a substantial problem that impacted software sales and has been the source of litigation efforts from Nintendo around the world.To date the 3DS and Wii U have remained relatively secure, with potential workarounds on the portable struggling to make progress and Nintendo remaining active in shutting down any security weakness through regular system updates. The Wii U, at more than 18 months old, has also been largely unaffected, though YouTube channel MrBean35000vr claims to have streamed and now uploaded footage of it utilising a browser-based exploit to modify and change code in Mario Kart 8, and to also tweak fonts in the main Wii U operating system.Beginning with claims that they’re fully in control of a Wii U, the Mario Kart 8 demonstrations involve mixing up music files to play quickly from the beginning and fall to silence; we’re then shown track names getting changed. After that the fonts on the Wii U system menu and the WaraWara Plaza are changed.Full Story —> http://ow.ly/ySua5

Hacker Claims to Demonstrate an Exploit to Mod a Wii U System and Mario Kart 8
The Wii and DS systems suffered from extensive hacking and unauthorised mods, which allowed people to create their own apps and, alternatively, download and use ROMS of games for free. The homebrew scene was one aspect, though accompanying piracy was a substantial problem that impacted software sales and has been the source of litigation efforts from Nintendo around the world.

To date the 3DS and Wii U have remained relatively secure, with potential workarounds on the portable struggling to make progress and Nintendo remaining active in shutting down any security weakness through regular system updates. The Wii U, at more than 18 months old, has also been largely unaffected, though YouTube channel MrBean35000vr claims to have streamed and now uploaded footage of it utilising a browser-based exploit to modify and change code in Mario Kart 8, and to also tweak fonts in the main Wii U operating system.

Beginning with claims that they’re fully in control of a Wii U, the Mario Kart 8 demonstrations involve mixing up music files to play quickly from the beginning and fall to silence; we’re then shown track names getting changed. After that the fonts on the Wii U system menu and the WaraWara Plaza are changed.
Full Story —> http://ow.ly/ySua5

Jul 7

When Is It Time to Give Up Mid-Game?

As I’ve gotten older and face more demands on my time, I’m more likely to put down a game that’s sort of fun but a big time commitment. Take for example Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, a PS3 game I got last year. I was pretty excited about it at the time, because I’m a big fan of Studio Ghibli, the anime production company that was doing the art for the game, and I really liked the PSP game Jeanne D’Arc, a turn-based strategy game by Level 5, the developer of Ni no Kuni. But about 15-20 hours into NNK, I just wasn’t having that Grand Theft Auto IV much fun.

Can Halo Add Interesting In-Game Narratives to Its Great Gameplay?

Halo will continue to live or die on the strength of its gameplay and its fan service to the devotees of the expanded universe. Strengthening the game narratives may help the 343 Industries titles pull some of the Mass Effect and Half-Life crowd who want to combine exciting gameplay with stronger narratives in-game (and in a series that offers co-op play). What do you think about the Halo narratives? Am I off base in characterizing most of them as incoherent and uninteresting in terms of personal storylines? Is the turn toward the personal in Halo 4 a misstep for the series? Am I wrong in thinking that narrative is even worth paying attention to in these games?

Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Review for Nintendo Wii

The graphics are better than older games, but Legend of Zelda stays true to the cartoon-like look of the characters. Cinematography and graphics are similar to older games, but just like any new video game, Skyward Sword has better graphics than its predecessors.