... and eats puppies! Ok, those statements might be exaggerated, but Gears of War designer Cliff Bleszinski has been quoted as talking about porting Gears to the PS3.
So far this is just noise, and Microsoft isn't having any of it. Sources say that this is the result of the recent fights between Microsoft and Epic, mainly Epic keeps wanting to put out free content for Gears of War and Microsoft keeps wanting to charge for it.
While overall, Epic's give free shit away strategy has made them a fan favorite, but this talk of helping out "the enemy" with a port is causing some fanboys to rebel against Epic.
And this might all be a case of wanna be rockstar Cliffy B shooting off his mouth when he shouldn't have been. After all, everyone knows you don't cross Mr. Gates.
Thursday, May 31, 2007
As a note, Ashley and I actually saw the re-release of Dirty Dancing in theaters this month. It was great to see it on the silver screen in all its dirtiness. "I carried a watermelon."
Monday, May 28, 2007
Mark Rein, VP of Epic, has announced that there will be a free auto update sometime soon. Part of it will be another attempt at fixing the roadie run/sticking to walls problems. Part of it is supposed to take care of some other bugs/exploits. But the most exciting part? New achievements!
250 points worth of achievements, to be exact. Some of which will deal with Annex and some of which will deal with the newest maps. So as long as you have all the updates and maps, the achievements are free. Otherwise, you'll have to wait until September for the maps to be free.
Friday, May 25, 2007
"The SIMS has done an interactive version of an old story, which is what it's like to have infinite power and how do you deal with it . . . Given that that's an old story, you can imagine how easily that would translate to traditional story telling."I would rather see Lost Planet become a movie before SIMS. I can't see where this story could possibly go or how entertaining it will be to watch someone build a house and then make friends and pets to interact with. Some producers in Hollywood have too much money and not enough brains.
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Anyway, as we've stated before, it will be released on the PS2, PS3, Wii and Xbox 360. It will feature wireless guitar controllers, new play modes, online multiplayer and downloadable content. The guitars will have removable faceplates.
However, now some of the songs that will be playable have been named. These will be played and sung by the original artists:
The developers have also acquired the rights to four songs that will be performed by cover artists:
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Anyway, here's a recap of all the info so far: Yes, it is being created by Bethesda. Bethesda also owns the rights to create Fallout 4 & 5. When is it coming out? I have no idea. Bethesda actually finalized their rights to it in 2004 but apparently weren't concentrating too heavily on it until Oblivion came out.
Liam Neeson will do some voice work for Fallout 3. New screenshots were released today. And a trailer will be out in June(possibly the 5th).
Saturday, May 19, 2007
I'll try to throw up some more info later. Right now I'm late getting ready for a wedding. Here's a link for the trailer they showed at the Korean event where they announced it.
Edited by Jester013 5/21/07
Sorry for the delay. Hangovers and travelling... Besides, now there's more news to share!
First off, Starcraft II will be only for the PC and Macs, no consoles. There will be single player and multiplayer modes. Battle.net is expecting some changes to rock out Starcraft II's multiplayer more. The Humans, Protoss and Zerg will all return with some new units and with some new powers for the old units. No word yet on if there will be other races.
Starcraft II takes place four years after the Brood War expansion for Starcraft. The humans in Starcraft II will be the "evil empire" of the Terran Dominion. The ancient Xel'Naga will figure into Starcraft II's storyline, but no word if we'll actually see any or if they still exist. No plans for any water battles.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
This will give me a chance to show the beta to my friend Will when I'm up in Pennsylvania.
See how I'm updating the blog because my beta download is taking forever while Josh and Charlie are both playing without me!
Edit by Jester013:
And here's some photo evidence that Josh is telling the truth.
For all you Halo fanboys (looking at you Josh), if you really want to prove your loyalty head on down to your local video game store monopoly (Gamestop) and pre-order your very own Halo themed Zune!. That's right kiddies, not only do you get a pretty sweet media player (f' those lame ass Apple lovers) but it comes pre loaded with a metric shit ton of Halo related media, songs, videos, images, and a real live version of Cortana, the artificial intelligence female program, well... maybe I made that last part up. Anyhow I actually have regular old Zune, and it really is a good media player, but I don't think having a Halo design on it will help it pass up Apple's stranglehold on the mp3 market. Still very nice fan service on Microsoft's part. Good job uncle Bill.
That's the good news. The bad news for anyone trying to download the beta through Crackdown is that it isn't working yet. Boo (no yaka)
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Since Shadowrun is a multiplayer only game, there had been some speculation that it would come out at a lower than $60 price. Unfortunately, Micro$oft says no. Shadowrun for the Xbox 360 will be $60. Interestingly, Shadowrun for Windows Vista will only cost $50.
Microsoft says it is because those are the standard prices for those systems. However, I know of a number of games which are released at lower than $60 for the 360. My guess: wait a few months and you'll be able to find it cheaper.
Friday, May 11, 2007
The Friends and Family invites went out today. I checked my Bungie private message section and found no invite. It must be from all the ball kissing I talked about.
A new Halo novel is coming out this fall. It is titled Halo: Contact Harvest and is written by Joseph Staten, the writer of Halo:CE and Halo 2. So it should be interesting to see a story coming straight from the creators.
Bungie released a video showing gameplay of the Halo 3 beta. I've posted it below. Also Bungie has posted a bunch of new screen shots. The missile pod looks pretty cool. I know Eric is just as excited as I am.
There is also a new Halo 3 Beta forum section. Some things mentioned on the forums: needler rocks and makes a good weapon, one guest is allowed, crouching is faster than Halo 2 so teabagging is easier, the game films are saved to the harddrive or to file share and the user determines the amount of space to allocate for this, and slow downs with downloading the game. Seems like the 16th we won't be playing as much as we'll be downloading.
The new downloadable content for Crackdown went online yesterday. There are three different sets of downloadable content, the free title update, the free Free-for-All Pack and the 800 MS($10) Getting' Busy Bonus Pack.
The title update lets you completely reset the gangs in campaign, orbs now make more noise the more orbs you gather, new ground strike attack for 4 star strength agents, improvements to explosives, improved targeting and stunt rings are now more visible among other things.
The Free-for-All Pack adds a cheat mode, a vehicle impound option and co-op trophy sequences.
The Getting' Busy Bonus Pack introduces three new vehicles, five new weapons, street racing and four new game types. Personally, I look forward to roasting Josh in Rocket Tag.
And one cool thing: you can preview the new content without buying it by joining someone's game who already has it. Sweet.
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Sunday, May 6, 2007
00:00 - Intros with Josh, Andy, Eric, Charlie, and Grant
00:42 - Games that we're playing: Princess Peach on DS, Halo 2, LOTR online, GoW, Paper Mario, Guitar Hero II, Hotel Dusk, America's Army, and Farcry
04:17 - News which is mainly 360 news
27:47 - Roundtable about fanboys
44:00 - Slamming controllers
44:40 - PS3 Home Beta Invites: Chuck didn't get in
46:10 - Games We're Looking Forward To
53:15 - Counter Strike
54:20 - No Rants
55:00 - Gaming Magazines and their contribution to gamers
59:25 - Shout Outs and Satan makes an appearance
1:01:00 - Outro
Download XYBA Podcast Ep07
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Will Rockstar dumb down GTAIV to make it easier for consumers who don't want to buy the harddrive? Only if they want to see a shelf full of GTAIV at local stores.
"The winner will have their emblem design featured in Halo 3, and we will pick the winner based on purely aesthetic considerations. We will pick the one we deem best suited to appear in the game and if we don’t get one we like, we won’t use one."Email your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org or if you like to keep the postal service in business then send it to:
One Microsoft Way
So are you entering Eric?
In Shelby, NC, a 9-year-old boy named Davien Hayden likes to wake up early to play Mortal Kombat. When he woke up to play, he heard breaking glass and smelled smoke. He was able to alert his family to the danger and all 7 family members got out safely, although the house was pretty much gutted.
Here's a TV news story on the incident from WCNC.
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Apparently, those new rumored maps for Gears of War will be available on Thursday. They are:
I like the concept of traps or hazards on the map like they're doing with Bullet Marsh and Garden. We'll see how they work out.
If you want to get the maps on Thursday, they will cost you 800 Microsoft Points($10). But if you refuse to pay for stuff on the Marketplace, wait until September 3rd when they become free to all!