In L.A. Noire, you play a detective cracking cases on the mean streets of 1940s Los Angeles. One of the most heralded parts of the game was its historical accuracy: The landscapes and buildings are modeled on how they really were in the '40s. But what would someone who was actually there think of the game? In Eurogamer, Christian Donlan tackles that question. His father grew up in the '40s and, even better, his grandfather was a beat cop. Read what both Donlan and his dad think of the experience here.
Last night, Sony announced it's purchasing Gaikai, a service that lets you stream video games in a similar way to OnLive--servers stream video games to an electronic device as you send controller movements back to those servers. Kotaku has a thoughtful article on what this means for the future of games (hint: probably no more physical games and consoles). Check it out.
Okay, so: The obvious question here, in 2012, is "Is there any reason to buy a dedicated portable gaming system when I already have a smartphone?" And I will say yes. I'm not a hardcore gamer, and I found the Vita to be not just the most powerful handheld console ever made, but also an awful lot of fun.
The Sony PlayStation TV beams a different image to each player's eyes, so no more splitscreen--which means no more "screen-cheating," and no more half-size screens
By Joseph A. Bernstein
Posted 02.09.2012 at 2:52 pm 4 Comments
Gamers who prefer their multiplayer limited and local, as opposed to massive and online, will be familiar with the practice of screen cheating. The technique involves sneaking glances at your opponent’s section of the bi- or quadrisected television screen to determine his or her location to gain an advantage. If you were good at the seminal split screen multiplayer games--GoldenEye, Mario Kart, the first Halo--you screen cheated. If you were bad, you screen cheated.
If you can’t afford a Playstation, or maybe just like wasting paper, then Receipt Racer is the video game for you. Created by Joshua Noble and undef, Receipt Racer is a game played on paper as it's rapidly churned out by a thermal receipt printer. It prints a racetrack with random obstacles that the player must avoid by using a Dualshock 3 controller to steer a tiny car projected onto the moving paper by a light beam.
Hackers used Amazon’s Elastic Cloud Computing service to wage an attack on Sony’s PlayStation network last month, according to a report by Bloomberg News. If it’s true, it’s the first acknowledgement that a cloud service — billed as a cheap, dynamic solution for safely storing data and ramping up processing power — has been used as a platform for a cyber attack.
When most companies promote a new product, they follow a pretty standard formula. Write a press release, tape a demonstration of the device, and maybe send out some schwag. Yawn. To promote its new line of video projectors, Epson kicked it up to the next level, creating a PS3 gaming rig that let's the user play anywhere there's a flat surface.
Imagine playing a frantic session of the video game Modern Warfare 2 in the virtual ruins of suburban USA, and suddenly seeing a scrolling message that announces a real manmade or natural disaster appear on the TV. Such a meta-experience may soon arrive via your Xbox, PlayStation or Wii, because New York State officials have begun testing a plan for emergency alert broadcasts over online gaming networks.
Very funny, Sony. We get that Microsoft's Project Natal has grabbed a lot of attention with the full-body motion control concept. But you had to take it a step further and tap into our emotions as video game controllers, didn't you?
Welcome to 2009. We have seen the future of gaming, and it looks a lot like its for your mother, grandfather and ADD-afflicted pals. Cheerfully, there's still hope for hardcore PC and console enthusiasts. It just doesn’t come in a shiny, shrink-wrapped retail box.
You can shoot ’em up on any console, but a DIY world is hard to find
By Steve Morgenstern
Posted 06.16.2008 at 2:57 pm 2 Comments
The hearts of PlayStation 3 fans are beating a little faster right now, with the release of Konami’s Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots exclusively for Sony’s system. This is more than the final chapter in a fan-favorite series, though; It’s probably the last blockbuster title—other than Sony’s own creations—we’ll see released by a third-party publisher exclusively for PS3.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.