The game "Metal Gear Acid 2" is going to ship with Solid Eye, a 3D adapter that fits over the PSP. The adapter is essentially a pair of 3D glasses formed around the PSP, letting gamers play the game in 3D. These 3D glasses will let gamers feel like they are in the middle of the game instead of on the outside, looking in. Surprisingly, the extra set of glasses is … Read more
What does this mean? Well, it doesn't mean, for now, that people will be able to run homebrew games on their Xbox, but it does mean, according to the site, that players will be able to run bootlegs.
It's not easy, apparently, requiring some experience with assembly language. But for those for whom hacking is a way of life, beating the new Xbox at its game should be possible.
For now, and until Microsoft fights back. Though it's unclear how the … Read more
Cabin fever gets bad in the north. Five months of snow and road construction pass before there's even a hint of flowers or freshly hewn golf courses. Football fans have the luxury of spending the low-light hours indoors with friends--good friends if they brought the beer. Until now, golfers didn't have anything to fill the void except for the occasional televised PGA tour. Five months without being formally reintroduced to the sun will lead to cabin fever, bad mood swings and bad golf swings.
While the Origami hype is finally dying down, the rumors of a Microsoft portable gaming device are heating back up.
A story in Monday's San Jose Mercury News suggests that the combination music and gaming device is moving from possibility into project, though it still could be years off.
The Merc reports that some of the top names from the Xbox unit are working on the product, including J. Allard and Xbox 360 designer Greg Gibson, along with division finance chief Bryan Lee.
Sony announced Wednesday that it will ship new PlayStation Portable add-ons in October. The add-ons will support voice over Internet Protocol, RSS feeds and Flash games in addition to the existing PSP features.
The new PSP-300 VoIP add-on and PSP-290 GPS receiver will also be available in October. Pricing for the new unit and add-on was not announced.
The PSP will still be compatible with existing game titles, movies and music. Currently, more than 107 games and over 347 feature films, TV programs and videos are available.
In a related trend, Sony and its movie partners will be shipping DVD-UMD (… Read more
AUSTIN, Texas--There's one thing that was clear after the "Secret Sex Lives of Video Games" panel at South by Southwest here Tuesday, and that's that there has never been a better time to be designing sexually oriented games.
To be sure, there has been sex in video games almost since there have been video games, but to hear the panelists--a collection of bloggers, journalists, magazine editors and game designers--talk about it, there's more interest and fewer roadblocks today to such games than ever before.
In one sense, that's surprising, since the political firestorm surrounding … Read more
AUSTIN, Texas--"World of Warcraft" is a game. There's no doubt about it. More than 6 million people around the world have signed up to go questing, kill beasts, search out loot, and have fun with friends and strangers alike.
But Joi Ito, a venture capitalist, blogger and longtime game player from Japan, thinks WoW is also a valuable business tool that can be used to help companies learn how to work better. That was the takeaway from his talk at the ScreenBurn beta festival, an adjunct group of presentations at the South by Southwest conference here. … Read more
If anyone is qualified to wax philosophical on the lessons of massively multiplayer online (MMO) games, it's probably Raph Koster.
Koster is the chief creative office of "EverQuest" and "Star Wars Galaxies" publisher Sony Online Entertainment and an old-school MMO philosopher. And he's recently laid out his thoughts, almost poetically, about what such games teach, according to Wonderland.
For example, he begins, "Lone heroes can't slay dragons. It takes an army."
Or, "Intelligent beings who have civilizations and languages of their own are generally evil and should be slain." … Read more
Put aside those stereotypes of gamers as young testosterone-laden men and make way for "Old Grandma Hardcore", a 70-year-old Cleveland resident who's now the "senior correspondent" for MTV's G-Hole.
In this G-Hole clip, which has apparently made its way through the Web with help from someone at Case Western Reserve University (via Chip Chick), Barbara St. Hillaire tells how she got into gaming and, among other things, notes the game that makes her curse "like a sailor" (the most).
The North American launch of Sony's much-anticipated PlayStation 3 could be delayed until next year, according to a research report issued by Merrill Lynch.
In the report (Click here for PDF), the analyst firm proposed the idea that high costs and Sony's decision to use an "ambitious new processor architecture--the Cell" is making it look like the company might not be able to meet its goal of getting the PS 3 out in the U.S. this year.
The report suggests the possibility that the PS 3 would launch this fall in Japan and in late … Read more