Архив: March, 2011

Scott Pilgrim vs.

While it’s unlikely Scott Pilgrim vs. the World will be sold out when it launches on the PlayStation Store’s virtual shelves next month, you may still want to pre-order the game. Ubisoft’s official online store is throwing in a special bonus: a free “Sex Bob-omb” t-shirt for your PlayStation Home avatar.

Okay, this may not be the most exciting pre-order bonus ever concocted, but there’s still good reason to be excited. The Ubishop has Scott Pilgrim listed at $9.99, bucking the recent trend of $15 downloads. We definitely approve.

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The NPD’s “PC Games Digital Downloads: Analyst Report” states that in 2009, 21. 3 million “full-game” PC titles were downloaded through digital distribution networks, while 23. 5 million physical units were purchased at retail. Yes, despite the explosion of digital distribution in the PC space, retail is still important.

Overall, digital distribution “accounted for 36 percent of dollar sales,” but the initial cost of a PC product — if it even has any upfront cost — doesn’t really give the full picture of the financial potential.

The top five “frontline” digital retailers (those who have the games that are also typically offered in stores) were:

  1. Steam (SURPRISE! )
  2. Direct2Drive
  3. Blizzard. com
  4. EA. com
  5. Worldofwarcraft.com

We’ve listed the top five casual digital retailers after the break. NPD notes that casual distributors have lost market share due to the rise of “social network gaming” (Facebook) and free, inexpensive mobile titles.

Continue reading NPD: PC retail and digital distribution sales reaching parity

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OnLive: The first few weeks

Much like reviewing an MMO, I didn’t really feel comfortable “reviewing” OnLive and I don’t know that I ever will. I can (and will) make a handful of declarative statements about my feelings on the service as it stands right now, but, like an MMO, sweeping changes could occur tomorrow that obliviate all previous statements. That said, as of right now, OnLive works.

In my experience with the service — on both coasts and three major US cities — it was quick, responsive, and relatively free of bugs (though I did encounter a couple). And demos are available for almost every game, so I put at least a bit of time in with nearly every title currently playable. Dirt 2 with DirectX 11 running on my 10-month-old (Apple!) laptop? Speeds along without a hitch. Unreal Tournament 3? No issues (well, other than not finding anyone to play against outside of bots). I was also able to hook up a wired Xbox 360 controller without any additional installation and it worked flawlessly — the Xbox guide button even brought up the OnLive guide and auto-paused games (madness!). And though I probably wouldn’t suggest OnLIve for hardcore, twitch gamers — and neither would the company itself — I would absolutely recommend it to everyone else.

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We’re hard-pressed to call a book full of concept art for Alien Breed: Impact created by clearly talented artists “kinda nasty,” but, well, part of it features images of gross bugs and stuff. More to the point: gross alien bug things.

If you’re into this kinda thing, we’ve dropped the whole set of images into the gallery below.

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Preview: Mortal Kombat

While E3 attendees file out of a darkened room after a demonstration of the new Mortal Kombat, series co-creator Ed Boon is approached by a pair of enthusiastic fans. He gladly gives them a few autographs, and his face lights up in surprise when he learns that they’ve grown enamored with the fighting franchise in their 18 years of existence — despite being born well after its inception. Has Mortal Kombat really been around for almost 20 years?

Working from NetherRealm Studios — owned by Mortal Kombat‘s new custodian, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment — Ed Boon doesn’t limit his interaction with fans to chance encounters. The upcoming reboot is being driven by three major requests from series fans, which Boon calls his “marching orders.” They’ve suggested a return to the M-rated presentation following 2008′s Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe (check), a deeper fighting system (check) and, of course, a new set of outrageous fatalities (check out that perforated spleen).

Boon claims that every combatant’s interior, from the soon-to-be-shattered bones to the sickeningly squishy internal organs, has been modeled. It’s not often that you get to literally see an artist’s blood, sweat and tears in a game, but Boon assures me that when attacks find their mark, all “that shit pours out of them. “

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Furthermore 39 per cent asked for directions to their nearest restaurant. But marketers are also considering the use of global satellite technology to verify market research. All too often when asked by market researchers to recall where we were, what we did and how long we spent doing it, the mind goes blank. Location-based marketing – whether it be harvesting information about your whereabouts or simply sending you ads – is the next boom area for marketers. In trials Navteq ran in Europe for a fast food chain, recipients were 14 times more likely to click through for more information than a regular banner ad on a mobile phone.   Increasingly advertisers are opting to have their location shown on Google’s map products so that when a query is typed into Google’s search engine on a mobile phone up comes an address and phone number for that business and, most importantly, how to get there. WHERE you are rather than who you are appears to be what the marketers want to know. Similar ads will appear on car satellite navigation systems as soon as the company that owns the technology is able to figure out how to prevent the ads from distracting drivers. Mobile phones and satellite navigation systems are emerging as tools for companies to help them investigate shopping habits as well as serve up ads based on your location. The technology could be used to track young people’s safe driving habits so that they could get better deals from insurers. ”Location is the new demographic. By the end of the year ads for fast food operators, petrol stations, hotels and pharmacies will begin appearing on mobile phones that have opted in to receive advertising messages. ”Now an advertiser can reach consumers when they are in a geographic position to buy and, in many cases, compel them to do so with coupons and special offers.”

Google reports one in three searches made by people on their smartphones is for information about services close to their location. Jason Buchanan of GPS Innovations, a company specialising in satellite positioning technology, said devices can be fitted on handbags, suitcases or simply clipped on to a person to help market researchers track their movements as they move around the city. It’s not just about age, gender and socio-economics,” said Kirk Mitchell vice-president of sales at Navteq, which is behind the new technology.

I spent a lot of this week wondering while playing (and enjoying) Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4, “What in the world am I gonna tell our readers about this that they don’t already know? “

Considering it’s the hojillionth Lego game to be released, what could I possibly impart about the latest iteration that isn’t a variation on the “This is a great game for kids of all ages and for parents with Harry Potter-loving children” descriptor? Thankfully, the answer was more obvious than I could have hoped: It’s just like Metroid with training wheels! … And, you know, with Harry Potter instead of a space bounty hunter.

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JoystiqReview: Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 02 Jul 2010 17:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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For its next charity fundraiser game, nonprofit publisher OneBigGame announced that it’s working with Parappa the Rapper creator Masaya Matsuura and his studio, NanaOn-Sha, along with Triangle Studios, to create WINtA, an iPhone/iPod Touch rhythm game.

OneBigGame describes it as “combining elements of pattern recognition challenges with the natural tendency of humans to tap along with music and words. ” It appears to put pulsing dots on the screen, leaving the player to tap them in time with the music — though not necessarily providing a clear cue when to tap. You can try to figure it out by watching early footage taken from the GameCity conference last year (via Pocket Gamer), after the break. That early footage looks nothing like the new screenshots (above), so there’s still an element of mystery.

Proceeds from sales of WINtA will benefit Save the Children, Starlight Children’s Foundation and other charities when the game is released later this year.

Continue reading Parappa creator and OneBigGame make music game for charity

JoystiqParappa creator and OneBigGame make music game for charity originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 04 Jun 2010 22:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The public demo for Kane & Lynch 2 — requiring no subscriptions or hoop jumping — will release sometime next week. The PlayStation 3 demo will go live Tuesday, July 27. As for the PC and Xbox 360 versions, um, Square Enix doesn’t seem to be too sure, but the company line is “next week.” The demos should be available in North America, Europe and other PAL territories.

Kane and Lynch’s Dog Days will start on August 17 and 24 in North America and the PAL lands, respectively.

JoystiqKane & Lynch 2 demo assaults the public next week originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 23 Jul 2010 21:20:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Start your engines and get ready to Race. Create. Share. with ModNation Racers, exclusively on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable systems. RACE through over 25 outrageous tracks with Friends and Family. CREATE and customize your own tracks, characters and vehicles and SHARE your creations with the world! Available everywhere May 25. Rated E for Everyone.

  • Leave a comment describing what kind of track you want to create in ModNation Racers. (Any mention of genitalia will get you disqualified! )
  • You must be 18 years or older and a resident of the US or Canada (excluding Quebec).
  • Limit 1 entry per person.
  • The entry period is now open and will end at 6:00PM ET on Wednesday, May 25.
  • At that time, we will randomly select 1 grand prize winner to receive a copy of ModNation Racers for PS3 and one PSP console (ARV $229. 98). 9 first prize winners will receive a copy of ModNation Racers for PS3 (ARV: $59. 99). Games are promotional copies not for resale.
  • For a list of complete rules, click here.

JoystiqJoyswag: ModNation Racers (and a PSP! ) originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 14 May 2010 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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