Review: Spelunky Is Frustrating, Random and Brilliant | Game|Life | Wired.com - Spelunky, originally released for free on PC in 2008, has been thoroughly refreshed and polished up for its Xbox Live Arcade debut this week. Its gameplay mechanics are the product of roguelike design principles applied to a fast-moving side-scrolling platformer visually reminiscent of the classic Broderbund game Spelunker From X Isle
5 Crucial Lessons Learned by Watching Kids Play Video Games - Watching my kids play video games is like watching a virgin fumble around with his first prostitute. You just want to put down the camera, strap on your dildo hat and say, "No, look, you do it like this." For a long time, I thought that they just sucked at gaming, and grounding them for in-game deaths obviously wasn't working.But the more I analyze their suck, the more I'm realizing that it's not their fault. It's the games themselves. And watching how the kids play -- and what they refuse to put up with -- will tell you everything you need to know about the future of gaming. From cw
Damn Mario, Lookin' Good!: Algorithm That Smooths Out Old Video Game Pixelation - Two researchers are developing an algorithm designed specifically to 'de-pixelize' 8-bit (and 16-bit) video game graphics in real-time into smoother, more flowing ones. This. changes. everything. No, no it doesn't -- but it does change the amount of time I'll spend playing NES games on an emulator while I'm supposed to be working. From cw
China used prisoners in lucrative internet gaming work - As a prisoner at the Jixi labour camp, Liu Dali would slog through tough days breaking rocks and digging trenches in the open cast coalmines of north-east China. By night, he would slay demons, battle goblins and cast spells.Liu says he was one of scores of prisoners forced to play online games to build up credits that prison guards would then trade for real money. The 54-year-old, a former prison guard who was jailed for three years in 2004 for "illegally petitioning" the central government about corruption in his hometown, reckons the operation was even more lucrative than the physical labour that prisoners were also forced to do. From cw
Fallout 3 Monopoly Set by ~swanboy - Fallout 3-themed Monopoly set. The custom-built game board is set under glass and housed in a 21"x21" lidded pine box (lid not shown, bears the Vault Tec logo and attaches via brass clasps on the sides). The box is built to be as low-profile and lightweight as possible, tipping the scale at (I estimate) about 15lbs. From cw
Mod Madness - Fallout: New Vegas Locations - New Vegas is actually home to one of the greatest player houses ever conceived. The presidential suite at the Lucky 38 Casino is a work of art. Full sized kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, rec room, and study with all the amenities you could want. Well, maybe not all the amenities, because the modding community has been hard at work creating their own locations for storing your loot and putting your feet up. Hit the jump for three of my favourites. From cw
AP - There are a lot of futuristic things we're still waiting on: jet packs for the entire family, self-driving cars and time-travel, to name a few. But one new, pretty darn amazing bit of technology has finally come to fruition, thanks to the folks at Microsoft.
YouTube - Portal 2 E3 Demo - Part 1 (HQ) - The first part of Valve's recently released master copy of their Portal 2 demonstration at this year's E3. In this portion, you'll meet the game's new AI construct and get your first glimpses into the changed Aperture Science facility. From cw
The Last Man to Play Halo 2 on Xbox Live - He is Apache N4SIR. Nearly a month after Microsoft shut down the original Xbox Live, he was one of the Noble 14 who kept their connections running. Their numbers slowly dwindled, and today, he was the last Spartan standing. From cw
10 New BioShock 2 Screenshots - 2K Games released another batch of new screenshots for their upcoming sequel ėBioShock 2.We all already know that we will be controlling Big Daddy in the sequel and facing off enemies such as the usual Splicers, other ėBig Daddy and the mysterious Big Sister, but we did not know that we will be facing Hulk-like Splicers which are the size of Big Daddy himself. The screenshots shows off some close-ups on some new enemies and as well as old ones. BioShock 2 is scheduled for release in Feb 9th worldwide From cw
Could you run as far as your WoW character? - Over at Hack a Day, there's a blurb about two guys who wanted to ‚Äúsee what it would be like to run as much as their World of Warcraft characters. I guess the existential weirdness of watching your avatar live more healthily than you do had gotten to them, too. From cw
How Meet the Spy Machinima Helped Double TF2s Popularity - Team Fortress 2 has already been on the market for 18 months, but the multiplayer shooter from Valve Software didn't reach the peak of its popularity until last weekend thanks in part to this month's release of Meet the Spy, the latest in a series of machinima shorts Valve produces to introduce the game's characters. Up until last week, Valve's director of business development, Jason Holtman, told me in a conference call, TF2 was hitting maximum concurrency numbers of 32,000 players; over Memorial Day weekend, however, that more than doubled to 68,000. (The single best sales day was also last weekend.) From cw
Science gleans 60TB of behavior data from Everquest 2 logs - Thanks to a partnership with Sony, a team of academic researchers have obtained the largest set of data on social interactions they've ever gotten their hands on: the complete server logs of Everquest 2, which track every action performed in the game. From cw
Survey finds over half of adults play video games
- AP - After a day of dirty diapers and "Dora the Explorer," of laundry and homework time, when her four kids are finally asleep, Sarah Ninesling begins roaming the ruins of a post-apocalyptic Washington, D.C., fighting mutants to help save the survivors of a nuclear war. From cw
The 40 Greatest Uses Of The Super Mario Theme - Today, hundreds of people are attempting to recreate his music with a variety of instruments. This includes the organ, hand farting, burping, and even tesla coils. Check out the list below of some of the top uses of KondŇć‚Äôs Super Mario Bros. theme. From cw
Top 5 best Atari games - It's almost impossible to hear the word "Atari" and not reminisce on joysticks, paddle controllers, stick-men animation, beeps and blips and countless gaming classics. If it weren't for Atari, there probably wouldn't be Nintendo, PlayStation, or Xbox Ė at least as we know them.
While arcade hits make up the lion's share of popular games found on Atari systems, original favorites also call the platform home. Wooden-panel consoles, we salute you with the best Atari games.
Virtual Murder - A Japanese woman who murdered her virtual husband after the pair got divorced in an online computer game is facing a ¬£3,000 fine and a possible prison sentence.The 43-year-old piano teacher used his identification and password to log onto popular interactive game 'Maple Story' to carry out the virtual murder in mid-May, police revealed.'I was suddenly divorced, without a word of warning. That made me so angry,' she told investigators after admitting the allegations.The woman had not plotted any revenge in the real world, police in the northern city of Sapporo said. From cw
SUPER 3D PORTALS 6 - FINISHED - Super 3D Portals 6 is a bootleg demake of Portal for the Atari 2600! Unlike some demakes, this is actually programmed for play on a real Atari 2600 or emulator, making it completely accurate to the system specs. From cw
Pandemonium Warden: Final Fantasy XI's 18 Hour Boss Battle - Drawn out boss battles in massively multiplayer games are nothing new, but Final Fantasy XI's Pandemonium Warden (pictured at right) takes the concept to a ridiculous extreme: A recent (unsuccessful) attempt on the Warden's life raged for 18 hours. From cw
Retirees find video games to their liking - FLORIDA WEEKLY PHOTO MICHELLE START Phyllis Bogen, a resident at Cypress Cove retirement community, winds up to throw a simulated bowling ball in the Nintendo Wii game. The elderly get a chance to play sports such as tennis without the physical demands.Residents at Cypress Cove retirement community are proving that video games are not just for kids.Every Friday afternoon, they gather together to play Nintendo Wii."We started about two months ago," said Mil Puglisi, activities coordinator. "Folks from the Lee Foundation approached us saying they had a Wii game and asking if we wanted to try it. We tried it a couple of times, but the residents liked it so much that we went out and bought our own game."Last week, the residents bowled along with the Wii. From cjdusa
Retired U.S. justice O'Connor unveils video game - NEW YORK (Reuters) - America's first female Supreme Court justice unveiled a videogame project on Wednesday to teach children how courts work, saying she wanted to counter partisan criticism that judges are "godless" activists.
Ultra Awesome: NES coffee table FINAL POST!! RAH!!!! - I've finally finished my giant NES controller/ coffee table/ storage box! Awesome!The piece of glass that I had ordered arrived today, it looks super fresh.Here are the photos of the final thing, with the glass on top: From cw
Press Play On Tape: Geekiest Band In The World? - Press Play on Tape are a band from Copenhagen, and they're on a mission: to revive the Commodore 64. Their live performances consist of covers of game music, using various instruments, but usually with a bit of a rock twist. Those Scandinavians love a bit o' metal, after all. From cw
Interactive outdoor augmented reality collaboration system : - ARQuake is an Augmented Reality (AR) version of the popular Quake game. Augmented reality is the overlaying of computer generated information onto the real world. We use a head mounted display, mobile computer, head tracker, and GPS system to provide inputs to control the game. Using ARQuake, you can walk around in the real world and play Quake against virtual monsters. Check out the photos below and also the videos section. From cw
Programmer pops question on girlfriend's video game - Hiding a ring in a bouquet just wasn't enough when a computer programmer decided to pop the question. Bernie Peng reprogrammed Tammy Li's favorite video game, "Bejeweled," so a ring and a marriage proposal would show up on the screen when she reached a certain score. From cw
The Multari - The Multari is a portable Atari 2600 with 32 built-in games built by myself, Marshall.It features a vacuum-formed styrene plastic case, 5" LCD, and no big cartridges to carry around. From cw
13 Worst gaming innovations of all time - For all the worthwhile game innovations thrust at us, we've had just as many awful ones that - after their initial praise - have ruined the gameplay of almost every game that followed. Game developers, take notice of your broken and boring ways. We know you can throw millions of dollars at a project - how about giving us that televised revolution? From cw
In a UK Video Game Tournament Man Wins £50,000 - Mark Gardiner last week won ¬£50,000 in a nationwide video game competition. Mark was one of 32 people at the Play.com PES Rankings tournament in Wembley competing for the biggest prize in British computer gaming history. Video game tournaments are considered a game of skill and therefor are legal even in the US.The Hillhouse man competed against 2000 people in online matches to grab one of the 32 places available at the Wembley finals on Saturday 15th March 2008. From cw
'Sonic Unleashed' Leaked Screenshots? - Several screenshots for an upcoming Sonic game, possibly the rumored "Sonic Unleashed" game, have surfaced online. The screenshots are appearing on various sites, but nothing has been announced or confirmed by SEGA. The screens are rumored to be taken from a pre-rendered movie. From cw
9 Home Gaming Setups Better Than Yours - Most gamers have to make do with a drab setup comprising couch and standard plasma TV. There‚Äôs nothing wrong with that but on the other hand, take a look at nine of these ultimate games rooms below. These are some of the most elaborate and expensive, home gaming setups and video arcades ever. Playing PS3 or Xbox 360 at any one of these awesome gaming rooms would be like immersing yourself right into the game, rather than just playing it. You can literally feel like you‚Äôre in the cockpit, on the battlefield, or surrounded by zombies at any of these ridiculous game rooms. From cw
Xbox Live gamers to get game, gratis - Free download to celebrate service's fifth birthday
Microsoft plans to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Xbox Live by giving away free games and MS points to the service?s gamer From cw
Halo 3 Global Kills Heatmaps - Is carnage splattering the walls of Valhalla's hot gates? Should you be adding camping stools into the top of Construct via Forge.Our stats radar is tracking every kill and death in Halo 3. The darker the red, the more frequent the carnage. From cw
Play on XBOX Live thru your Windows Mobile cell phone - XBL with your cell phone?! You bet! If you are in an area where broadband is unavailable, and your only means of an internet connection is dial-up, then you have an alternative. Your cell phone. For XBL, and much more. Read on about how we had 10 XBOX 360's connected to XBOX Live via my cell phone.I know this, because until just recently, I was in that situation. I live in a rural hell which I define as anywhere without available broadband internet.I am a resourceful person. I searched and exhausted any and all options to get broadband at my house. Cable/DSL/T1... you name it-- I have looked into it. None of these were an option for me. Of the 3 or 4 different cable companies in my area, none serviced my address, nor had any immediate plans to. My house is too far away from the nearest telecom station for me to recieve a DSL signal. A T1 connection would just cost too much. Not a realistic choice. I was stuck with dial-up, which never yielded more than 26kbps for me. My internet was slower than two old people scrumping. From bofh
Suicide Bombing Makes Sick Sense in 'Halo 3' - I used to find it hard to fully imagine the mind-set of a terrorist.That is, until I played Halo 3 online, where I found myself adopting -- with great success -- terrorist tactics. Including a form of suicide bombing.This probably bears some explanation. I'll begin by pointing out a basic fact: A lot of teenage kids out there play dozens of hours of multiplayer Halo a week. They thus become insanely good at the game: They can kill me with a single head shot from halfway across a map -- or expertly circle me while jumping around, making it impossible for me to land a shot, while they pulverize me with bullets. From cw
Wii woes for the wee ones on Xmas - Thousands of angry videogame fans are hitting the blogosphere as word spreads that Nintendo won't be able to deliver enough of its popular Wii gaming console to meet demand this holiday season.
Gamers spend about $170M on 'Halo 3'
- AP - Video game enthusiasts in the United States plunked down about $170 million on copies of "Halo 3" in the 24 hours after the Xbox 360 game went on sale, Microsoft Corp. said Wednesday. From cw
Reuters - "Halo 3," the highly anticipated
video game from Microsoft Corp , won high praise on
Sunday from game reviewers who gushed over the lush settings,
cinematic feel and array of multiplayer features.
The Asshole Physics Manifesto - A long time ago during the golden age of video games interactivity meant facing a pixelated stripper and pressing the spacebar to give her a dollar in exchange for a quick flash, the going rate for a titty flash at the time. Exciting stuff for a 12-year-old I know. While it taught me how a real economy works, it wasn't very advanced. Video game physics were defined by a strict set of scripted rules. If something moved in a game, it did so because George Broussard told it to. And that goes for all games, not just the ones he designed. From cw
Doom creator unveils its new video game, Rage - The creator of classic computer game "Doom," id Software, unveiled on Friday its eagerly anticipated next game, "Rage," in which players fight an oppressive government in a post-apocalyptic world. From cw
AP - A Japanese computer science student fails to take a full load of university classes and loses his student visa. A 10th-grade Indian girl is detained because of a high school essay she wrote on the Department of Homeland Security. These are two of the characters in "ICED!" ó a new video game that invites players to step into the shoes of foreigners who run afoul of the U.S. immigration system.
Xbox for your gun? - MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Police who have raided vice-ridden Mexico City neighborhoods in a push against drug violence hope to take guns off the streets by offering to swap them for computers and video-game consoles.
Man dies after 7-day computer game session - A young and overweight internet addict from northern China collapsed and died after spending the entire lunar new year holiday playing computer games, local media reported today. From cw
`Second Life' gets chatty
- AP - The virtual 3-D world of "Second Life" has always been a place where people could gather and communicate ó but only by silently typing notes to each other. In attempt to add more realism, "Second Life" is about to get a whole lot noisier. From cw
The 12 Awesomest Games of 2010 - 2010 should be an awesome year. At least for those of us outside the Bird Flu Plague Zone. And for those of us not fighting in the wars against Iran, North Korea, Syria, China, Iraq and Afghanistan. For us, it'll all be about the games... From cw
The phony economics of Second Life - What the business press didn't tell you
Analysis - Two weeks ago, business leaders at Davos gave their blessing to Linden Lab's Second Life. They hailed the spectacular growth of its virtual economy while politicians spoke of democracy itself moving into its online world. From cw
Reuters - Shares of video game publishers THQ
Inc., Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., Activision Inc. and
Electronic Arts Inc. were down on Friday, after Microsoft Corp.
cut its Xbox 360 video game console shipping target for its
fiscal year ending June 30.
Super Columbine Massacre RPG! - Super Columbine Massacre RPG! is a controversial computer game centered on the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School in Jefferson County, Colorado near Littleton. The opening screen displays the following statement: "Welcome to Super Columbine Massacre RPG! You play as Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold on that fateful day in the Denver suburb of Littleton. How many people they kill is ultimately up to you." From Popper
SCEA: PS3 Production 'Running Smoothly' - Despite analyst claims that it would fall short of its shipment goals for the year, Sony said Wednesday that it still plans to ship 1 million PlayStation 3 consoles to the US before the end of the year. From cw
Did the PlayStation 3 Truly Launch on Friday? - Maybe you were one of the many who stood in line waiting for your first chance to own a PlayStation 3. Perhaps you were also one of the many looking to sell it for triple its selling price or more. In any event, there could be more dissatisfied Sony customers today than satisfied ones. So in the history of product launches, does this one count as a fizzle? Or is it too soon to tell? From cw
Crowds gather to buy Nintendo's Wii - NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nintendo's new Wii video game console debuted on Sunday as thousands of die-hard fans, some of whom camped out for several days, welcomed the final entrant in the three-way scramble for dominance in the $30 billion global game market.
PlayStation 3 Loses as Much as $307 Per Unit Sold - In its highly anticipated teardown analysis of the initial production run of Sony's PlayStation 3, being introduced this week in Japan and North America, technology analysis firm iSuppli reported that for each 20 GB model sold for $499, the manufacturer loses $306.85. From cw
PS Fight Shuts Down Wal-Mart - A fight broke out at the Super Wal-Mart broke out in Palmdale in California when store employees decide to move the line from inside to outside.According to a television station, a group of PS3 line-waiters got angry when they were told they could no longer wait inside a Wal-Mart for the PS3 and would have to go outside instead. The group ran through the store knocking everyone and everything in their path over. From cw
Microsoft to Release Halo 3 Beta - Microsoft said Wednesday that it would offer a public beta of its highly anticipated "Halo 3" video game to Xbox 360 users via Xbox Live in the spring of next year, along with new downloadable Halo 2 content. From cw
88,400 PS3s Sold in Japan in 2 Days - Supplies of the PlayStation 3 are all but gone after retailers blew through their inventory in under a week, Japanese gaming magazine Enterbrain reported. 88,400 units were sold over the weekend. From cw
Game On at the Science Museum - Videogames exhibition wows the crowds
The Science Museum's Game On videogame exhibition opened last week in a blaze of national press publicity, proclaiming a new respect for the medium. From cw
Wrinklies find Sadville - Third Age seeks Second Life
The relentless hype promoting the online game for sad people, Second Life, has unsurprisingly caused a spike in traffic for the site. And wrinklies are the demographic group that's most curious about the virtual landscape populated by giant penises and cross-dressing Guardian journalists. From cw
Game Evolution - The other day I saw my cousin playing a football game on his Atari Playbox. I haven't owned a games console in about ten years, and it looked about as much fun as pressing the red button on your digibox during Match of the Day. It also made me feel very old. I remember when my spectrum *actually speaking* "Tresshure Isshland Disshy" upon loading "Treasure Island Dizzy" made me speak in tongues, it was so bloody miraculous.Anyway, I've taken screenshots of the same game genres on the ZX 81, an 8-bit, 16-bit and a 32-bit or above computer, and put them side to side just so that you can see how these games have evolved over the years, and moreover to mock the ZX81's limitations. It may not be interesting, but I have done it now and here it is. From cw
Judge Blocks Ban on Violent Games - Louisiana is the latest state to have courts block a law banning sales of violent video games. A federal judge rules the ban unconstitutional on First Amendment grounds.
Second Life Rocks (Literally) - Bands like Duran Duran and rapper Talib Kweli are starting to play concerts in the virtual world. Are rock stars destined to become jerky, stiff-limbed avatars? By Robert Andrews.
Big shows and little legs - The bell tolleth for some
Comment - If you have legs, you will be delighted to hear that another big IT show is being cut down to size: it looks like the big computer games show, E3, is changing. From cw
Profanity Adventures - Theres a lot of websites dedicated to 8 bit gaming about. Some have shots from the game complete screens, whilst others have maps, cheats and interviews with grown men who at one point felt fit to use their mathematical expertise in order to make a worm simulator.I felt, however, that there was one thing which (as far as I'm aware) has never been celebrated.... swearing on text adventures.I typed in swear words into as many games on the Spectrum 48k as i could find, and below are the ones which understood - which a pleasing amount did... as, let's face it, the authors knew that most people would try it at some point when they'd gotten frustrated with the distinct lack of fun on offer. From cw
Play Quake 3 In your Browser! - omeone was able to port Quake 3 into Shockwave. Now you can play it right in your browser. Some minor effects and other elements are still missing, but still cool. From cw
Take Two subpoenaed for GTA clandestosmut - 'What did directors know?', asks DA
Take Two Interactive, the publisher behind the Grand Theft Auto series, has been ordered to hand over documents by New York District Attorneys. From cw
David Koresh: The Videogame - While walking to and from lunch today in College Center, I finally saw some people interacting with an art exhibit I'd seen the past couple days. It's a computer hooked up to a "helmet". The helmet is modeled to look like the face of David Koresh, and the computer is running a first-person-shooter style game. From cw
The Duke Nukem Forever List - "The List" originally started as a forum or usenet post somewhere and quickly spread around the internet in early 2002 to poke fun at George Broussard and the rest of 3D Realms. At the time Duke Nukem forever had been in development for five years. Well, nine years have passed since the original press release, dated April 25th, 1997- so I decided the list needed updating. Also, I realize that some of the games listed aren't released yet, they will be before Duke Nukem Forever. From cw
Sony: If We Make It, They Will Buy It - When Sony Computer Entertainment Europe CEO David Reeves admits that "key launch titles" will slip into 2007 he also admits that to Sony, it doesn't really matter what ships at launch."We have built up a certain brand equity over time since the launch of PlayStation in 1995 and PS2 in 2000 that the first five million are going to buy it, whatever it is, even if it didn't have games," From cw
Being Lara Croft - One of the big problems with the games industry is that whilst it has icons, it does not have many celebrities.Hardly any in fact. It is one of the reasons why, for the moment, video games will continue to struggle against the movie and music stars for newspaper column inches. From cw
Mavis Beacon ate my brain! - It's hard to explain just how wondrously bizarre Typing of the Dead is. It's a challenging, remarkably well thought out typing tutor, a tongue-in-cheek b-grade zombie movie, and the most hilarious multiplayer game experience you'll probably ever have-- all at the same time. From cw
2006 Games - Below is a comprehesive list of all(at least I think so)promisingPCgames slated for 2006 release.By "promising" I mean games with big chances of scoring at least AA, while extremely small chances of scoring below 7. I've tried choosing only games made by experienced developers(who made good games in the past) or for other reasons promising. From cw
Half-Life 1 trailer - Google Video - Trailer for Half-Life 1. Video appeared in 1997, primarily on demo CD's shipped with pc gaming magazines. Majority of the footage in the video never made it's way into the game. The content that did was changed drastically (observe the size of the bullsquid). From cw
Chinese Gold Farmers Preview - The documentary investigates gaming workshops in China that hire people to play online games like World of Warcraft and lineage. The gaming workers play at least 12 hours a day to produce in-game currency, equipments and whole characters, which are sold to American players. From cw
The Worst Decisions in Videogame History - The video game industry, let's face it, is not a perfect place. As alive as it is with quality software and great system hardware, there are mistakes that are made that leave the competition reeling and gamers fleeing for better pastures. Here now is a list of some of the most significant mistakes to come down the pike in the industry. I'm sure you're likely to reflect with some of these mistakes, and may even have them somewhere in your gaming collection. From cw
Mortal Kombat Fatalities - This is an .avi file containing every fatality move from the first four Mortal Kombat games edited together into one long blood soaked gore-fest. Pointless but entertaining! Whilst the original audio of the fatalities is missing, there is a Mortal Kombat soundtrack which plays along throughout the fatalities. From cw
Street Fighter II goin' all-out on 360's Live Arcade - Thanks to a few choice words delivered from Peter Moore at CES the other day, we all know that Street Fighter IIí Hyper Fighting will be making its way to the Xbox 360's Live Arcade "in early 2006." What we didn't know was the extent to which the coin-op classic would be emulating its arcade roots in the process. From feelingravity
Is Apple making a game console? - What happens when Apple speculation and video game speculation meet: platform wars of biblical proportions! Under speculation here is whether or not Apple has any interest in reentering the console gaming arena with the expected relaunch of their diminutive Mac mini. From cw
Thanks to Windward Reports which is paying for the download bandwidth, Enemy Nations is now a free download. To download Enemy Nations please click here. And tell your friends, because then you can take them on in an online game. From cw
64-bit Half-Life 2 out - TechSpot News - Valve has unveiled a 64-bit version of Half-Life 2, which is intended to be played on AMD Athlon 64 FX processor-based systems. The company believes that combining the performance of AMD64 processors with the 64-bit version of Valve From cw
LiL Poison's Full Profile - LiL Poison is the youngest Professional Gamer in the World. He started his video gaming at a young age of 2 yrs old. Starting off with NBA2k for the Dreamcast console. He started to develop really quick with his skills and moved on to harder and more advanced games. When Halo for the Xbox console came out we started playing together and noticed how fast he developed his gaming skills even more. From cw
Spacewar! - The first version of "Spacewar!" was developed for the PDP-1 at MIT in 1960. The first CRT display was a converted oscilloscope used to play SpaceWar.The first trackball (and thus, the first mouse) was a SpaceWar control at MIT. It also is said that Ken Thompson salvaged a PDP-1 and created a new operating system, now called UNIX, so that he could play SpaceWar. The gameplay was inspired by E. E. "Doc" Smith's Lensman novels. It is a two player game, each controlling a ship, trying to blast each other with torpedos. There is a sun in the center of the playing field who's gravity draws you and your torpedos into it. You must try to aim torpedos, such that their trajectory is deflected by the sun's gravitational force until it hits the other player's ship, but watch out YOU don't get sucked in! From cw
Trio Charged With Modifying Xboxes To Pirate Video Games - Two store owners and a third man were charged on Monday in a federal copyright infringement case for allegedly selling modified Microsoft Corp. Xbox consoles that allowed them to play pirated video games copied onto a multi-gigabyte hard drive. From cw
Sock Master's Video Game Controller Family Tree - How did the current home-console controllers come to be? How have they evolved? You may have noticed some similarities between the current generation controllers, or between them and the previous generations of controllers. So, how do they all tie together? From Jeb
Game-Oldies.com : Play free arcade and console games online - Game-Oldies.com provides thousands of classic arcade and console video games to play directly in your browser, through innovative, fast and easy-to-use emulation technologies.The only requirements are a Java-enabled browser and a reasonably fast computer. From Jeb
Build a MAME Cabinet in 24 Hours - Please browse through the links at the top and bottom of each page. They will cover the construction diary (in blow-by-blow detail), the finishing of the unit together with a shopping list, prices and then information on the PC inside the unit. Finally you will be able to download some plans we created after building the device, together with some of the graphics that are on the unit. From cw
Star Wars Fans Flee Net Galaxy - Players of the massively multiplayer online game Star Wars Galaxies are feeling a bit like the films' besieged rebel army these days. To them, LucasArts is the evil Empire, raining down terror in their alternate universe. From cw
Xbox 360 Gets Its First Patch Already - Yes, it seems that Microsoft is back to its old habits. We've already grown accustomed to the patching/re-patching/re-re-patching, and re-patching-some-more habits displayed over the years by the giant from Redmond. But this is too much, even for them. Thus, according to German gaming site game7.de, the company has already issued a patch for the Xbox 360 software. namely for the Xbox emulator component. This patch is now available via XboxLive!. From cw
'Fatal1ty' wins championship tournament - A video game master from Kansas City, Missouri, won a $150,000 prize on Tuesday by besting a rival in the Cyberathlete Professional League World Tour Grand Finals. From cw
1980 games - Old online video and arcade games for free - The section "arcade" on this site offers you the chance to play the great 80's classics. These old arcade games are gaining a new lease of life thanks to an emulator that restores them to how they were upon their release. From cw
Video Game Sounds - Back in 1982, my best friend had a Sony stereo walkman recorder. Audio was the conventional recording media back then and we recorded all kinds of stuff. One day we were on our way to the arcade 'Just Fun' in Ithaca, NY and came up with the idea to record video game sounds. From cw
The End of the Affair - This is one of the abiding mysteries of games: Why do they let us go so suddenly? Every gamer I know describes the same abrupt drop-off, totally unexpected, arriving after hours or even weeks of feverish play. It is like a curious, unintentional form of cold turkey. You wake up one day fully expecting to spend another four hours in an eye-glazed stupor, only to discover that the thrill is gone. From cw
Attack of the Gaming Grannies - Barbara St. Hilaire spends about 50 hours a week wielding a machete, dismembering demons and battling a slew of thugs, zombies, and other nasties of the video-gaming world. Having recently nailed a 100% score in Outlaw Golf 2, she's now focused on mastering the top levels in God of War. It's a passion that has earned St. Hilaire, 69, the moniker "Old Grandma Hardcore." From Jeb
Xbox 360s playable at Wal-Mart today? Confirmed. - A reader in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin wrote to tell us that his local Wal-Mart has a playable Xbox 360 on display with demos of Call of Duty 2, Kameo, and King Kong. There are also looping videos of other games. We called that Wal-Mart to confirm and were told by the person working in electronics that this is in fact true. According to him, ďWal-Marts are going to be the first stores to have Xbox 360s.Ē He said that a Microsoft representative came by and just decided to set up an Xbox 360 in Sun Prairie. Go figger. From cw
Nintendo lands supersized Wi-Fi deal - Traditionally, the idea of seeing anything toad, turtle, or donkey related in a McDonald's would put people off eating the fast food chain's mass-produced edibles. However, the Golden Arches are welcoming Toad, Koopa Troopas, and Donkey Kong into their establishments with open arms. From cw
Scanned video game manuals - We're collecting scanned video game manuals and putting them up here. Our library currently has about 5500 scanned game manuals, magazines, maps and posters, all of which may be downloaded from here in PDF format. From cw
The Most Violent Arcade Game - With all the controversy about violent video games from Grand Theft Auto to Mortal Kombat, it's hard to believe that a crude game from 19 years ago outsplatters them all. In 1986, Exidy, who brought you arcade classics like Crossbow, Mousetrap, and Venture, released Chiller, truly the most sick and perverse mainstream videogame to ever be released! From feelingravity
Classic Games - Zombies Ate My Neighbors - This game is my favorite game for the Snes, despite the cheesy title. In this, a mad scientist named Dr.Tongue brings the undead to life and is attacking the world.
With ROM download! From feelingravity
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories - There are a million stories in Lberty City. This one changes everything. Once a trusted wise guy in the Leone crime family, Toni Cipriani was forced into hiding after killing a made man. Now he's back and it's time for things to be put right. The first killer app. for the PSP and it's got multiplayer! From feelingravity
We Love Katamari - The King of All Cosmos grew to stardom after taking all of the Prince's katamaris and replacing the stars. His fans knew no bounds and wished to see more katamaris fill the sky. The King of All Cosmos desired to appease all of their requests and recruited the Prince and his cousins to help. Now they are tasked with rolling up even more clump, each larger and more than the one before.
Sequel to last years strangest and very addictive game Katamari Damacy. From feelingravity
Battlefield 2: Modern Combat - This is no minor skirmish - this is all-out war.
The award-winning Battlefield franchise finally explodes onto the PlayStationģ2 and Xboxô, dropping players into the heat of battle with Battlefield 2: Modern Combatô. The game brings the over-the-top action and excitement of the Battlefield series into the modern era with a bleeding-edge arsenal of vehicles and weaponry allowing for the most extreme ďBattlefield MomentsĒ yet.
F.E.A.R - F.E.A.R. (First Encounter Assault Recon) is a unique fusion of stylized first person combat and supernatural suspense in which you are an elite soldier trained to deal with situations others can not even imagine. Be the hero in your own spine-tingling epic of action, tension, and terror and discover the true meaning of fear.
Must be 18 to access site. From feelingravity
Land Of The Dead - Prepare for the horror.......
A horrific plague breaks out and mobs of zombies are raoming throughout the tri-state area, killing people at random. You play Jack, a simple farmer who must rise beyond fear, and make your way through hordes of terrifying undead who are bent on spreading the zombie plague. You encounter a mysterious man named Mr. Kaufman who has established Fiddler's Green, a luxury condominium situated in a fortified city, which holds the last of the living. He has offered you a special job, with an exceptional reward. An offer too good to turn down, but will you live long enough to reap the rewards?
Based on the George A. Romero film, Land of the Dead, this intense 3D zombie FPS will grip and terrify you like none other From feelingravity
Offspring play for the WarCraft folk - The affair between music and technology takes a new twist today with the Blizzard Entertainment revealing that The Offspring will appear at its next event. From cw
Sexual Moments in Video Game History - Video Games and Sex. In recent years, it seems like the two have been going together like peanut butter and jelly. Grape jelly. With recent titles such as "Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball" and "BMX XXX", it's obvious that sex sells ... especially to horny little gamer geeks. Back in the day, however, this was not quite the case. Well, at least not intentionally... most of the time. From Jeb
Unpacking the Game Boy Micro - So we were able to get our greedy little mitts on Nintendoís adorable little Game Boy Micro a few days in advance (no pun intended), and figured weíd share the joy of opening up a new toy with you in our grand tradition of gadget unpacking sessions. Itís a little like sneaking downstairs to open your presents the night before Christmas, if you think about it, but a little more anticlimactic. From cw
Gameboy Retrospective - As videogames push their way into the third dimension, creating realism and detail in graphics is becoming more and more important. Modern games are becoming extremely life-like, with realistic speech, facial expressions, and environments. The goal seems to be creating the most realistic digital world technology allows. How, then, does a console whose graphics are utterly ‚Äėunrealistic‚Äô and whose games are largely 2d, become the highest selling game console in the world? Nintendo‚Äôs Game Boy is this console, despite the obvious lack of powerful hardware. From cw
Guild Wars 10-hour free trial offer - Play Guild Wars Free for 10 hours! Guild Wars promises the cure for online role-playing gaming tedium, with fast-paced action right out of the gate, and a ďmission-basedĒ game design that sustains the action with cinematic, story-driven gameplay. I've been playing this game since it's release. It's worth checking out. From Jeb
Mobile Gaming Helmet makes Safety Fun for Kids - So your child does not want to wear a safety helmet inside the car eh? Maybe this new helmet developed by amateur inventor Michael P. Fleming will make your kid change his mind. Actually, there is no child safety gadget designed specifically for the head protection of kids inside cars but Fleming, a Houston lawyer by profession, is convinced that it is required. He is so convinced that he has filed a formal patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for his helmet. From cw
Take 2 Games - Investor Relations General Information - Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO) announced today that the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has changed the rating of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on all platforms from "Mature 17 " (M) to "Adults Only 18 " (AO) because of the so-called "hot coffee mod," an unauthorized third party modification that alters the retail version of the game. Take-Two cooperated fully with the ESRB's investigation. From cw
replacementdocs: The original web archive of game manuals - - Have you ever rented a game that came with no instructions?- Have you ever bought a used game and found out later that the package you received didn't come with an essential map or answers to copy protection questions required to play the game?- Have you ever bought a re-released game and then realized that they only included an Installation Guide, no game instructions at all?- Has your wife (or husband!) ever just thrown out all your game manuals because they thought "you didn't need them anymore"?If so, replacementdocs is here to help! We're here to provide you with those manuals for situations when you really should've had them to begin with. From Jeb
The game's plot was already objectionable to many: its main character seeks bloody vengeance on gang-filled streets, firing automatic weapons and picking up women along the way.
After downloading and installing a modification to the game ó one of many "mods" available on Web sites maintained by videogame enthusiasts ó a new world opens up in which the girlfriends appear nude and engage in explicit sex acts, according the mod's author. From Popper
Also found this while patrolling around. Guy is selling all MAME ROMs and CHDs for $25 plus shipping. No idea if he is trustworthy or not, but certainly tempting. I am considering ordering the CHDs thru him.
Hackers Break In to Sony PSP - Sony released version 1.51 of firmware yesterday, which the company said will prevent the exploit. The latest version includes several security updates to fix vulnerabilities that hackers seek to abuse. Older versions of the handset are still exploitable unless the software is updated. From Popper
I am a big emulation fan. These are a few emulating sites. If you know of others, pls list.
http://www.emuunlim.com/ From Popper
Virtual Games, Real Taxes - Players buy and sell virtual property on sites like eBay, Ige, and Gamingopenmarket, with the Times noting annual profits of 25k, 100k or more taxable to the gamers. From cw
There was a lot of hype last week about the next generation of game machines. Microsoft said the Xbox 360 will ultimately reach 1 billion consumers worldwide, while Sony gave a laundry list of features for the PlayStation 3, showing some jaw dropping footage along the way.
(Nintendo promised a Revolution, but didn't go much further than that.)
I hate to be a wet blanket, but it's time to come back to reality. From Popper
While games have been hinting at sex and nudity for years, actually seeing a breast or a sexual act was the exception rather than the rule until a few years ago. As more games have done so, the issue has become more political.
Game developers say the rising age of gamers makes including sex and nudity more acceptable in certain circumstances. Parent groups say adding these elements teaches young players that women are nothing more than objects. (Games featuring sex and nudity are rated M (for Mature) and are meant for players 17 and older.) From Popper
Nintendo to launch new game console in 2006 - Nintendo Co. said on Monday it planned to launch its new videogame console sometime next year, missing the key 2005 holiday shopping season and putting it a step behind Microsoft Corp. in the race to market a next-generation game machine.
Welcome to the "Luna City Arcade", our home gameroom! - The gameroom encompasses two large rooms. The main gameroom has blacklight carpeting and overhead black lighting. The room is divided into two sections, with a total square footage of approximately 500 sq.ft. The main section is 19' x 18', and a railed elevated section measures 22' x 7'. The extended gameroom is about 11' x 26' (286 sq.ft.) and has checkered vinyl flooring and rope lighting.