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First Person Shooters (Games)

F.E.A.R. 3 Announced For This Fall 53

Posted by Soulskill
from the creepy-psychic-girls-need-employment-too dept.
Warner Bros. has announced that the third game in the F.E.A.R. saga is in production and planned for release this fall. Unlike the first two games, F.E.A.R. 3 will not be developed by Monolith Productions, but by Day 1 Studios, who ported the original F.E.A.R. to the Xbox 360 and PS3. The new game is being developed for those two consoles and for Windows. "Day One is the studio behind MechAssault, MechAssault 2, and Fracture, so they've got all the mech and shooter experience one could hope for, but what about horror? Publisher Warner Bros. Interactive has that covered as well, with famed horror director John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing) and 30 Days of Night writer Steve Niles acting as consultants to enhance the game's scary bits. Alma returns for the third game, but her sons, Point Man and Paxton Fettel, are the stars, both featuring unique powers to help create what the developer is calling divergent co-op, where the characters' powers affect each player's game, and not just their own."

Comment: Re:Legal pirates made me a annoyed panda (Score 1) 216

by TheBlackSwordsman (#29822679) Attached to: <em>World of Goo</em> Creators Try Pick-Your-Price Experiment

I paid one cent for the game (actually, I paid two cents for it, as the site crashed on me during the first transaction and I was forced to do it all over again). I don't feel bad about it, though. Fact is, for me this game wasn't worth buying. I tried the demo and it was pretty enjoyable, but not enjoyable enough that I felt like spending money on it. However, if offered the chance to get the game for free, or in this case almost free, then sure, I'll take it. How exactly am I a pirate? 2D Boy told me to pay what I felt like paying and that's what I did.

Your argument is just as bad as claiming that a pirated copy of a game, song, movie etc. automatically equals a lost sale.

Comment: Sora developed Smash Bros Brawl, not Game Arts (Score 4, Informative) 29

by TheBlackSwordsman (#26621791) Attached to: <em>Smash Bros.</em> Creators Behind New TMNT Game
Sora, headed up by Masahiro Sakurai, was responsible for Super Smash Bros. Brawl, not Game Arts. Game Arts was simply one of many developers who contributed to the game because the project was so massive. In fact, much of the game's music was composed by people who work for companies other than Nintendo.

From the game's Wikipedia page:

Nintendo enlisted outside help from various developer studios, including Game Arts, who spent excessive amounts of time playing Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Calling Game Arts "the developer for Super Smash Bros. Brawl" is pretty disingenuous. But it certainly is a good way to make people think that your game probably won't suck, attaching the Smash Bros. name to it like that.

Comment: Re:My top 10 - and a few other picks (Score 1) 477

by TheBlackSwordsman (#21771676) Attached to: What Is Your Game of the Year?
9) God of War 2 (PS2) - epic in scale, utterly exhilerating to play, the perfect demonstration that you don't need a fancy gimmick controller to make a game's controls immersive. Probably the best looking game that will ever hit the PS2.


I stopped reading as soon as your silly bias against the Wii reared its head. I probably don't even really disagree with your list, but it's hard to take you seriously when the fanboyism is so blatantly obvious.

Nintendo

+ - Nintendo announces some Megatons 2

Submitted by
DeanCubed
DeanCubed writes "Nintendo has just made some major announcements this morning!

First of all, Sonic the Hedgehog is now in Smash Bros. In addition, they have unveiled the WiiWare service which allows Wii owners to purchase and download original games from various developers. Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles and an online multiplayer Dr. Mario headline the launch of the service.

Two new Channels have also been announced — one to compare and vote on Mii creations, and a demo/minigame download channel for the DS. Next, motorbikes have been added to Mario Kart.

Mario Baseball for Wii was announced.

The latest firmware update has enabled full USB keyboard support for the Wii, and Logitech has announced a Wii keyboard. Finally, one of the huge upcoming blockbusters in Japan, Monster Hunter 3 from Capcom, has been changed from PS3 exclusive to now appearing on Wii.



Check http://www.n-sider.com/ or http://www.ign.com/ for all the stories."
Microsoft

+ - Apple is more of a control freak than Microsoft->

Submitted by
Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "While still on the fringe, Apple is continually gaining ground in the corporate environment. Recent studies have shown that universities, too, are seeing a surge in OS X usage — some of which will soon translate into enterprise demand as those graduates enter the work force. While many users laud Apple for the freedom that it gives them, recent developments indicate that Apple might be even more of a "control freak" than Microsoft. http://www.networkworld.com/columnists/2007/101007tolly.html"
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Wii

+ - Wii System Update Adds USB Keyboard Support

Submitted by Kemanorel
Kemanorel (127835) writes "I woke up this morning to a pulsing blue light from the disc slot of my Wii. Upon turning it on and checking through the 3 messages from Nintendo, I found that there is a new system update that adds USB keyboard support across several portions of the console. The Wii Menu/Message Board and Internet Channel are the first to see instant use of the keyboard. Now it's up to games to include support as well.

For something that should have been there from the beginning though, it's about time."
Microsoft

Teacher Avoids Getting Sent to Siberia For Piracy 252

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the off-the-hook dept.
Piracy Support Line writes "Russian principal Alexander Ponosov will not be visiting Siberia any time soon, at least not for the allegedly illegal Microsoft software that were preloaded on the computers they bought and Microsoft supported the reseller's story. Although Bill Gates rejected Mikhail Gorbachev's personal appeal for mercy on behalf of the teacher, the judge was kinder. Judge Elvira Mosheva decided to dismiss the case because 'Microsoft's financial damage is too insignificant for a criminal investigation.'"
Television

Aqua Teen Stunt Costs Turner and Agency $2M 557

Posted by Zonk
from the can-you-say-extortion dept.
evw writes "The NYTimes reports that the Turner Broadcasting System and the ad agency responsible have reached a $2M settlement with the city of Boston and state and federal agencies that treated the light boards placed around the city as an act of terrorism (as covered earlier on /.) Half of the money is to cover direct costs associated with the response. The other $1M goes to 'goodwill funds' that will be used for response training and public outreach."
First Person Shooters (Games)

The Crossing - A New Way to FPS? 184

Posted by Zonk
from the if-it-works dept.
1up has a look at Arkane Studios' extremely ambitious new project. Called The Crossing, the FPS title looks to combine single and multi-player modes in a new way. From the article: "In the simplest sense, story missions are single-player shooting with an exception: Naturally intelligent human opponents take the place of A.I. There are two types of players: Elites and skirmishers. Elites are gamers playing the game in story mode. They're beefed up, heavily armored, and heavily armed. They have to be able to hold their own against a swarm of skirmish players. Skirmishers are gamers who typically play on multiplayer maps: well-trained, rank-and-file soldiers playing primarily to have some quick fun and increase their rank through defeating the occasional Elite. Skirmish players can also invade story maps and 'possess' A.I.s ala Agent Smith in The Matrix." So even if you're playing through the story, you'll still be challenged by the 'NPCs', all of whom will be played by a real-life human. Sounds like it could either be awesome or a total flop. Which side are you leaning on?
Wii

Woman Killed In Wii-Related Competition 784

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the natural-selection dept.
snuffin writes to tell us that a local radio competition to "hold your wee for a Wii" has ended with a Sacramento woman dead from water poisoning. From the article: "An Associated Press interview with another contestant, named James Ybarra, claimed that contestants were initially given eight ounce bottles of water to drink every fifteen minutes, with larger bottles being used once contestants began to drop out. According to Ybarra, 'They told us if you don't feel like you can do this, don't put your health at risk.' He described the victim as 'a nice lady' and that 'she was telling me about her family and her three kids and how she was doing it for her kids.'"

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