Computer Gaming World is the oldest gaming magazine and just reached 25 years in age indicating that gaming became serious … when I was born hehe!
And from this point on Microsoft has taken “the” most respected magazine under its wing and it will be renamed to “Games for windows: the official magazine” (GFW for short), which is also the branded logo on games which will ship especially designed with Vista compatibility.
Moreover the first 100 issues of CGW have been scanned and are available as free download for Nostalgic fans.
A Swedish magazine has some Halo 3 screenshots and interview with the designer. Well I was never amazed by Halo’s graphics, it was always about the gameplay that fascinated me. And Halo 3 seems to be no exception again. So, I wasn’t intrested in the scans of the magazine but I was intrested in the scoop.
But whats radically new. This game was a trend setter, but is it really taking the things ahead or just getting pale in its own famedom? Well right now after reading few comments from the design team I aint expecting much from them.
“We definitely have another strategy than Epic Games (Unreal series, Gears of War) when it comes to graphics. We’ll never engulf our game environments in lots of details like that. Gears of War looks absolutely fantastic, but we want to avoid compromising Halo’s unique visual style. That’s why we’re making a clean, sharp game as opposed to one with insane amount of details.” -Brian Jarrard
I don’t think that “unique”… I think that is “cheap”. People are not requesting an art style change, just add more details. Who wouldn’t love to see the Halo world in full foilage and bloom lightning.
“A lot of people ask us about bots. They think that the AI in Halo was pretty damn good, and would work well in MP as well, but it’s really not that simple. The enemies in Halo are optimized for encountering the player in large numbers. They would be a lot worse at abstract thought AI like ‘I have to defend my flag’ and so forth. In short, to create bots for Halo would be an immense undertaking, and we rather put that time into making new levels, weapons and netcode.” -Jaime Griesemer
They just keep forcing us the believe that people at Bungie are “Lazy”. Don’t think I am Halo hater, I love the game, but I hate to see it suffer due to laziness and Bungie who have earned so much from the series.
The complete scoop and scans @ VideoGames Blogger
Just checkout the box of the much hyped “Gears of War” Collectors Edition, its so damn irresistible in its Jet Black looks:
And its not just about the box, the Collectors edition will also include:
- Destroyed Beauty, the Gears of War hardbound art book
- Bonus special features DVD, including
- An inside look at the making of Gears of War
- The “Art of Gears of War” trailer
- Gears of War: The Race to E3
By far the biggest news yet, both Peter Moore and Peter Jackson, on stage at X06, have announced the future of “interactive entertainment” with the foundation of Wingnut Interactive and a new Halo game. The new titles from Jackson, however, are still in the theoretical planning stage, and no genre has been defined as of yet.
“My vision, together with Microsoft Game Studios, is to push the boundaries of game development and the future of interactive entertainment,” said Jackson at X06. “From a movie-maker’s point of view, it is clear to me that the Xbox 360 platform is the stage where storytellers can work their craft in the same way they do today with movies and books but taking it further with interactivity.”
Microsoft has announced Halo Wars, a real-time strategy game by Age of Empire creators Ensemble Studios, for the Xbox 360. Halo Wars is being developed exclusively for the Xbox 360, and takes place prior to Halo 1.
Halo was originally designed as an RTS, before becoming a third-person action title, and finally an FPS. and now this FPS is being converted into RTS… funny isn’t it.
Watch a trailer @ MetaCafe
Reuters is reporting:
A new Iranian computer game sets players the task of blowing up a U.S. tanker in the Gulf to block the sea route for much of the world’s oil supplies, a newspaper reported on Saturday.
Well I don’t understand why this is an issue. American games have forever depicted destroy this and that of other countries in their games. No one ever complained then. Whether its “conflict: desert storm” or “delta force: task force dagger”, they have all pushed the brains of people into considering such acts as deeds of patriotism, but when Iran does it from their point-of-view its not patriotic, it becomes terrorism? Those are double standards to me.
Read the actual story @ Reuters
Joystiq is running a story that they have been tipped off to a leak of Gears of War on some Usenet warez groups. While no one knows if the leak is actually real, this is an unfortunate turn of events for Epic.
It must be really hard for them when they work so hard on such next gen titles, and games are leaked out even before hitting retail. But 90% of piracy starts from the office. Charity begins at home! and this again proves it.
Read more @ Joystiq
Ok for all those who think that Gamers are just fat geeks.. this site is to present most gorgeous amers of all. Its basically a “Hot or Not” type voting system. You register yourself and upload your photos, other (registered) gamers will vote whether you are hot.
So, you wanna checkout who are the hottest girls and guys of gmaing world, check out the site.
Gorgeous Gamers @ Gorgeous Gamers
Roughly six million addicts should be reason enough to bring World of Warcraft to the consoles. Yet, the game’s developer, Blizzard, remains hesitant. Says the company’s chief operating officer Paul Sams:
We’ve met with Microsoft, we’ve met with Sony, and we are exploring these things, but the list of challenges is long. One really big challenge is that one of the key features of a massively multiplayer game, especially WOW, is consistent and regular content updates. They require hard drive space, and there’s a finite amount of that on each of those platforms… On PC, we make it, we test it, we deploy it. On console, we could be waiting for days, because you’ve got to submit and test it. And if they don’t like something, we’ve got to go back to the drawing board.
In short: Sams thinks console gaming isn’t where it’s at. And who’s to say he’s wrong? Blizzard has been incredibly successful by sticking with the PC, a platform that ultimate gives the company more freedom, control and, well, money. But, what does he think about console gaming’s online service?
I think that Live will reign… [Microsoft] has a much longer track record and history of multiplayer gaming, and I think they absolutely will have the lead. It’s going to be excruciatingly difficult for anyone – including Sony – to take that away from Microsoft. They’re way too far ahead.
More @ Eurogamer
Here is a quick comparison of amount of launch titles available for next gen consoles:
The Xbox 360 launched last year with 18 games in the US, although only a handfull were exclusive, and 11 of them were sports games. The Wii counters with it’s games spanning numerous genres (maybe even inventing some new ones) and over 20 exclusive titles. The PS3 is currently sitting at 15 confirmed games on it’s November 17th launch day. The current Wii launch list (which you can see below) is far from final, and we wouldn’t say it’s a stretch to expect to see at least 30 games on launch day.
Original source @ nWizard