Square Enix is well known for its use of countdown clocks to announce new games. Last night the publisher launched another countdown teaser site that ends on December 11 at 10pm ET (via Polygon).
The countdown clock can be found here along with a starry, space themed backdrop. We see some planets and more importantly the word “STAR” in the top right hand corner. Many have suggested that this could be hinting at a new Star Ocean title.
Earlier this week we reported to you on next week’s DLC coming to Assassin’s Creed 3. Season Pass holders were lucky enough to get their hands on the game’s first DLC yesterday, but Xbox 360 owners weren’t so lucky when installing The Hidden Secrets DLC caused various parts of the game’s save data to be erased or corrupted.
Reports began popping up online yesterday where 360 users were claiming that the first DLC for the expansive AC3 was causing them to lose their game progress (via GT).
Not all users who installed the DLC experienced this but those that did took to the Ubisoft forums for support. The posts range from people who lost their main campaign progress upon installing the DLC pack to others reporting the opposite, where the main campaign progress is fine but all the side-mission data has been lost.
We try to do our best here at The Jace Hall Show to present ways gamers can IMPROVE their lifestyle and overall physical well-being. First it was the gamer inspired fitness series GamerFit, dedicated and created by GAMERS for GAMERS.
Today we’re introducing you to the program created by Jace Hall Show guest and friend of the program Lou Ferrigno called “Incredibly Fit.”
WHAT IS INCREDIBLY FIT?
The program includes a set of online articles and “reality style videos” from Lou himself, part of a 12-week advanced body toning and weight loss program inspired by the life lessons and skills of bodybuilding legend Lou Ferrigno.
Continue reading “Want to Train Like The Hulk? Lou Ferrigno Launches ‘Incredibly Fit’ Fitness Series” »
Hawken is a multiplayer mech-combat title from Adhesive Games. Today the game’s publisher, Meteor Entertainment, announced that the title will be going in to open beta next week. The free-to-play Hawken beta will be available worldwide except for China (via Polygon).
We last reported to you on Hawken when director Scott Waugh announced that he was working on a film for the game. Waugh talked about his interest in using the game engine in the film to really tie the two together. “One of the things I’ve been talking to the game developers about that I think is going to be so unique to this movie is that I really want to use the (Unreal Engine 3) game engine in the movie.”
IO Interactive, the creators of the Hitman franchise, have stirred up some controversy today with its recent Facebook promotion. Gamers and developers are quite displeased with the promotional app which allowed players to identify and send out an assassination message to their Facebook friends.
The app allows players to identify fiends by certain physical traits and then give a reason for them to be virtually assassinated. Agent 47 kills people for a number of different reason throughout the Hitman series, but certainly for these reasons.
Today we have news from Steam about some new titles making their way through Greenlight as well as the first batch of non-gaming titles on the service. Valve is bringing 13 more games and 6 non-gaming apps to the service, the company announced today. We previously reported to about non-gaming apps coming to Greenlight back in August.
“Valve today revealed the third set of games and first set of Software titles to advance through Steam Greenlight and be offered worldwide distribution via the popular platform for games and software”
We last reported to you on Mirror’s Edge when word from a former Battlefield lead Ben Cousins put Mirror’s Edge 2 in development at DICE. Even though when the original game didn’t quite meet sales expectations many wondered whether a sequel would ever happen.
Cousins said, “It is general knowledge in the Stockholm dev scene that Mirror’s Edge 2 is in production at DICE“ and today a video from a Battlefield 3 user showing off an interesting little Mirror’s Edge easter egg in the EA shooter thanks to Polygon (via CVG). Check out the video below to see the easter egg.
The Museum of Modern Art will now be adding video games to its collection. Initially there will be 14 games that will appear including Portal, The Sims and Pac-Man. We will begin seeing the game appear in and around March of next year.
The 14 titles are just a start though, the museum plans on adding several more to bring the total to around 40 of the industry’s most iconic offerings. According to the senior curator at the museum’s Department of Architecture and Design, Paola Antonelli (via Polygon), the 14 titles are just a “seedbed for an initial wish list of about 40.” Antonelli goes on to say that the initial 14 will act as the foundation for “a new category of artworks in MoMA’s collection that we hope will grow in the future.”
While those anime car commercials for Toyota made sense — maybe that’s because we all know what a Toyota looks like and take it on faith a cartoon will capture that same feeling (and had Hatsune in them) — it feels sort of weird to be advertising a fake horse through a science fiction franchise.
Yet it seems the Evangelion horse, shown here racing in a Japanese Derby, is now a real thing. Or maybe it’s not. Wait, what? Continue reading “Daily Anime: ‘Evangelion’ Horse Competes in Japanese Derby…Wait, what?” »
After years of ongoing legal hassles and repeated investigations — as well as an official raid — The Pirate Bay has decided enough is enough. One of the last surviving and truly enduring file-sharing sites, TPB has tried nearly every trick in the book to evade authorities, sometimes to no avail, as their highly-publicized 2006 raid proved.
Deciding that things could only get them closer and closer to MegaVideo/Kim DotCom territory, the Pirate Bay is finally making the move to cloud hosting. Continue reading “The Pirate Bay Defies Authorities; Moves to The Clouds” »
Putting together this week’s This Week in Gaming History was fun, but almost too easy, as some of the biggest events in industry history can be tied to this week.
If you are a gamer, you owe this week’s rundown a serious look.
On October 14, 1977, the Atari Video Computer System was released. Known later as the Atari 2600, this console ruled the industry for a number of years and popularized the concept of interchangeable cartridges. Continue reading “This Week in Gaming History: Atari, Sega, and The Most Important Week Ever?!?” »
As mind-boggling as it may seem, the debate over whether or not evolution actually happened is still up in the air some 140 years or so after Darwin wrote The Origin of the Species.
The recent discovery of a 520-million-year-old Fuxianhuia protensa fossil (also known as an arthropod, or what eventually branched off into lobsters, spiders, crabs, and other multi-legged insects/crustaceans) – which those scientists believe could provide them with a better clue as to the evolutionary link between modern-day crustaceans and insects – provide yet more hints as to when our very own brains began to develop. Continue reading “Have Scientists Found One of Evolution’s Biggest Missing Links?” »
Activision has recently announced that Call of Duty Elite will be free for everyone with the release of Black Ops 2.
Previously a subscription based service, Call of Duty Elite will indeed be free but downloadable content will be sold separately with both a discounted “Season Pass” as well as with “Map Packs” of which there will be four $15 bundles.
The Season Pass will run you $49.99 and like past Call of Duty DLC, the Black Ops 2 maps will be available on Xbox Live first. The DLC for Black Ops 2 will begin to roll out come 2013. For more details check out the video and image gallery below. Continue reading “Daily Gaming: Call of Duty Elite Goes Completely Free [Video, Gallery]” »
Fresh off his latest competition in the KingIce rap battle, Sir Darkseid is back with another nerdcore tribute to Batman. This one is all-inclusive, taking time to factor in all of the Caped Crusader’s incarnations in both the world of comics and films.
In “I’m Batman,” he’s even made time for Caesar Romero and Adam West, and pretty much every major Batman villain is even a part of the song.
…which may be more than we thought. Forget The Phantom Menace, how many remastered versions of Episodes IV-VI has Lucas made over the past 15 years? (The total numbers of re-releases is 3, by the way, with well over a hundred changes Episode IV alone.) More than Prometheus, more than Blade Runner with the Deckard voice-over, more than the 80th re-dubbed version of Akira, the Star Wars movies and their re-edits have incensed fans to no end.
Now one man has decided to change that — by going in and fixing everything that Lucas got wrong.
YouTuber Adywan calls his project Star Wars Revisited. He’s been at it since 2004, beginning with A New Hope, Continue reading “Man Sets Out to Fix Everything That’s Wrong With Star Wars Movies” »
On the tails of the widely popular Minecraft, Markus “Notch” Persson is hard at work on his next offering, 0x10c. The title will be similar in design as Minecraft but will be a space set sci-fi sim instead where players will control a space vessel as they explore far away planets. Today we have some new footage of the game you can check out below.
We last reported to you on this new title when Notch released some tech footage of the game through his personal Youtube account . We saw some basic mechanics and lighting and a very minor glimpse at what the game’s overall feel will be.
We previously reported to you on the aging engine that runs the upcoming Black Ops 2 and how the game’s developers stand strong behind the modified IW 3.0 framework. Today we get a look at the engine in some multiplayer screenshots of a few new maps (via GT).
After Treyarch explained how the IW 3.0 engine has been modified with new lighting and rendering as well as completely re-worked gameplay mechanics, the development team has served up a brief look at some new maps including ‘Express’, ‘Hijacked’ and ‘Overflow’ on its official site. Until now we had only seen images of the “Yemen”, “Turbine” and “Cargo” multiplayer maps. Continue reading “Daily Gaming: Call of Duty: Black Ops II Brand New Multiplayer Screenshots” »
So technically Eclectic Method isn’t a nerdcore rapper, so much as he is a cinema nerd who’s extremely talented at compiling random scenes and putting them to great music — sometimes his own, sometimes others — and making some pretty hypnotic videos out of them.
In “The Future”, he pays tribute to cinema’s most amazing visions of the future. There’s also been some pretty shitty visions as well, which Mr. Method dutifully points out here.
Here, Eclectic Method’s compiled everything from the Back to the Future movies to Minority Report to Idiocracy and especially Blade Continue reading “Daily Nerdcore: Eclectic Method Compiles Sci-Fi Cinema’s Greatest (And Worst) Futures” »
There’s good news and bad news for otaku/mangaphiles this month, with Manga sales managing to be at both the highest — and the lowest — they ever have.
In print, manga is dominating the graphic novel market in a way it rarely has in the past: after having retained the top spots on the bestseller list for the last few months, both DC and Marvel’s graphic novels have been knocked off their top spots by the new Sailor Moon and Naruto issues. Altogether manga holds a total of 8 different spots on BookScan’s Top 20 bestseller list.
On the other hand, the opposite could be said for manga digital sales, which have plummeted like they never have in the past month. Continue reading “Daily Anime: Manga Sales At All-Time High (and Low?)” »
We previously reported to you about Microsoft launching its new online store that will include everything from movies and TV to music and games. Unfortunately, according to Forbes, Microsoft will not be allowing any mature rated games on its new service either in North America or Europe.
Titles with a rating any higher than 16+ PEGI will not be sold or supported. In the U.S Microsoft will not be supporting any games rated mature. This is both bothersome and mildly confusing being that Microsoft not only supports and sells M-rated content through Xbox 360 it is also a major game publisher for some pretty serious violent and otherwise mature titles.