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Half Life: The next video game movie?

Remember that game where you use to be a first person shooter with all the high strung levels and adversaries in tow. Well Valve Software the maker of the Half Life platform has released a trailer on what could be the pre-cursor for a full length movie in the making. Entitled I’m the Freeman, it was originally created by Valve’s Computer Graphics guru Mark Spitoni. Well if you’re going to make a big film about the concept of Half Life might as well take the cue from the original creators and that is the reason why the majority of the fans are sitting on the edge of their seats waiting and hoping.

The trailer is as impressive as the real work of Spitoni and it shows the potential of Valve productions as being responsible enough to make Half Life a reality on the big screen. Hopefully someone will take it as a signal and producers can get some kind of motivation to finance such a film. Unfortunately this is where Spitoni ends his creativity as he can only produced a short trailer out of it. Doing some magnitude of a two hour film is too much for a lone CG master to take.

I’ll definitely watch it if in case the a full movie is created out of the Half Life adventure. I can relive even the famous multi player video game Counterstrike if it becomes a reality. What so special about Half Life that everyone is anticipating even in theatres. Your usual first person shooter with all the weapons and ammo packs you can think of that makes all the levels exciting. Once in a while you will still hear someone shout “fire in the hole” . Everything about the game makes Half Life a wonderful adventure to begin and end with maybe a movie.

Nintendo DSI: to have or not to have

After enjoying the fun filled Nintendo DS Lite for some time, now lets up the ante just a bit. The Nintendo family gives you the Nintendo DSI, extending its platform to a higher level and hoping that it would be a hit for Nintendo fans who have religiously followed and anticipated for an improved version of the Nintendo DS Lite. The Nintendo DSi or aptly called DSi XL, is not actually pertaining to the size of your Tees but focuses on the entirety of the console. It’s a little bit thicker than the PSP and the original DS but it will still fit your pocket easily.

The improvement most highly noted is the audio quality giving you clarity and an obvious boost of sound that can likely fill up an entire living room on maximum output. At the most it still retains the outer appearance of the Nintendo DS but the screen has enlarged a bit from the DS 3 inches to the DSi 3.25 inches giving you 260,000 colors of graphic display. It is designed on a matte finish to avoid fingerprints from marking around the console. A far cry from the DS which had a glossy outer shell.

Brightness for the DSI can also be adjusted according to five settings as opposed to the 4 settings of the DSi Lite. Last but not the least the power switch is replaced by the power button of the DSi, whether you decide on getting one that would bring a lot of joy to a son or daughter clearly the Nintendo DSi can ultimately fulfill its purpose. One of the best piece of advice for consumers is that it if you are getting a Nintendo portable gaming device for the first time this is the perfect day to acquire one through the Nintendo DSi.

Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect: The next step after Nintendo’s wireless controls

No qualms about being in the future what with all those speculations about flying cars and futuristic homes somehow I can feel that it is just around the corner. So far there are a bunch of products that acted as the cornerstones of the future of digital devices. We’ve got Steve Jobs apple products like the Iphone and the Ipad and Nintendo’s game console the Wii. Well apparently a product which is launched to the public with all those high tech features would guarantee a response from competitors.

Microsoft Xbox 360 gave us another facet of their wonderful research and technology by providing the Kinect with state of the art motion control system. Cheer out loud especially for people who don’t want to experience game pads and controls on their hands as Kinects microphone and built in camera makes it possible for people to enjoy the game by moving their bodies the way they move on the actual game. How does the system function? This is through facial and voice recognition where a number of features can be accessed. The whole concept of the Kinect is to make your body as the controller and your voice as the main communication to the system.

Well you’ve clearly gotten the message that as long as there are diehard 3D game consoles manufacturers around the competition will only get bigger and brighter towards the future. Kinect will start a chain reaction that would signal in technology at its finest in the gaming world offering convenience and a lot of jaw dropping features that previously can only be seen in films and TV shows. The future starts now and with console add-ons like the Xbox 360 Kinect it definitely came sooner than expected, a plus for all of us.

Relive the Lord of the Rings experience on Nintendo Wii

If ever you are one of those persons who loved the Lord of the Rings trilogy then maybe it’s time to hook up with your Nintendo Wii and relive the experience of Frodo and the rest of the gang in Lord of the Rings: Aragorn’s Quest. The start of the game will commence in a different setting as this is right after the War of the Ring has been concluded. Samwise Gamgee is now the mayor of Hobbit land and Frodo is with his sister Elanor, the main character you will play is Frodo but since the whole story will also revolve on a festival that is being prepared by the Hobbits with King Aragorn also being present the characters will switched sides.

Switching sides means when Samwise tells all the heroic details of Aragorn’s quest you will also play as  the great Aragorn himself. A second player depicts Gandalf who is played by Elanor during the story-telling of Samwise. In order to prepare Frodo in playing Aragorn, Frodo can be controlled to go to the various festival stalls in order to enhance his skills. All is fair in the field of battle as the tutorial will take you through the various combat systems.

At the very best you are getting the chance to relive the Lord of the Rings adventure with the main characters at the palm of the Wii remote and for a game that has a rich historical movie tradition it corresponds the platform with an excellent graphics output. The only drawbacks would be a motion detection that has imperfections and the mouth of characters rarely moves when they talk. You can still compromise a few inconveniences because what you’ve got is a great game to re-enact one of the best movies ever made.

Microsoft’s sci-fi shooter achieves record breaking sales

200 million in sales, achieved in just 24 hours that’s what putting in the works does for a video game called Halo: Reach. From promoting it, to creating midnight sale events just to stream it at retailers, Microsoft has made it big in the end. The game played for the new Xbox 360 placed second to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2’s which raked in a whopping 310 million in just 24 hours. Halo: Reach will be the last creation of Bungie which became an independent entity after dislodging its partnership with Microsoft last 2007.

Now Activision has managed to take the place of Microsoft by inking a 10 year partnership with the Seattle based company. It will have exclusive publishing rights to a brand new intellectual property.  Microsoft who created a different division to handle Halos big mainstream move to anime, books and comics will be capitalizing on the video games foothold on hard core gamers. This is absolutely great news for a lot of Halo fans out there but a bad one for competitors alike. Microsoft did an awesome job in advertising and promoting Halo: Reach enroute to one of the greatest sales ever.

At the first release of the Halo series Microsoft has managed to land a goldmine from the said video game. Halo: Reach comes in with Master Chief continuing the saga but this time it involves a special operations team called Noble Team. It will include them investigating a situation regarding a communication outpost that has been damaged. Bungie has managed to modify the Halo adventure into a better composition for the battlefront. This is evident by a number of weapons being changed and tweaked out delivering a more potent blow to the enemy. Let’s continue with the adventure of the Halo Trilogy.

Don’t throw away those old Playstation 2 games

Despite the rise in popularity of the famous Playstation 3, some hard core gamers have been adamant on parting ways with their collection of games from their previous game console Playstation 2. Call it a bit of sentiment or just collecting games as a hobby, but giving away games for the sole benefit of getting new ones for your Playstation 3 can be a bit difficult and starting all over again to purchase games so you can enjoy PS3 can be very expensive. Well there’s good news for everybody who wants to preserve their old PS2 games, a certain company called Siliconera is contemplating on making an adapter that would make backward compatibility for PS3 a possibility.

The said adapter would have its own power source and would include its own processor a DVD emulator/decoder and finally a graphics and sound processor. Obviously it would come as no surprise for certain companies to produce a device that can facilitate playing with old games a reality with a top of the line console. Ask the Sony people about this (although they are mum on the issue about the Siliconera plan) they can show you a great deal of history on backward compatibility on their previous versions of Playstation consoles. Sony had planned on launching a backward compatibility device for the PS3 20 and 60 GB launch systems. But as fate would have it, it didn’t materialized hopefully the plan of Siliconera would be a good break for PS2 games to be played once again on a Playstation 3 console.

By looking back at the games we played and enjoyed we can say that 3D console games have come a long way in developing games as mere entertainment. Personally I would love another challenge from other people on games that were played on PS2 so bring it on and let’s play it on Playstation 3.

A sequel to The Ship comes out for Xbox Live Arcade

Remember that multi-player game called The Ship where you had to scour a cruise ship to hunt down specific passengers while dodging personal stalkers. The game was released 2007 and was made by Ubisoft Outerlight Studios,  it garnered enough praise for a multiplayer shooter and as soon as the tide went down it was inevitable for Ubisoft to produce a follow-up and this came in the sequel of Outerlights Bloody Good Time.

This time the setting will be on various locations like a Las Vegas Hotel or the beach and there will be 8 players trying to kill each other armed with weapons and a host of unorthodox explosives. It would be a tough competition and Ubisoft has managed to take it in another level. Running on Valves Source engine which is also responsible for the all too famous Counterstrike and a host of other first person shooter games. Game modes will be in 4 different types ranging from your regular death match to revenge modes. First of all the main theme of the game are actors trying to audition out for a particular role and the competition comes in where you have to kill each other for the part.

Sounds very unique for a video game, one of which utilizes a remote controlled exploding rat as weapons. Take that for ingenuity Ubisofts idea for mayhem originality may have contributed a lot in engineering a sequel to The Ship. Nasty as it is, it’s another original trekking for Ubisoft line up of games and this one definitely takes the cake.  The philosophy of Ubisoft is to deliver top notch video games and its offices are located all over 26 countries garnering significant sales in almost 55 countries all over the globe. For the year 2009-10 Ubisoft has amassed 871 million dollars in sales.

Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty makes a killing at the box office

Even Blizzard made a bold pronouncement when Starcraft II Wings of Liberty made its grand entrance, their prediction; 7 million copies sold by the end of the year, right now they’ve recorded a month sale of 3 million and they’re right on track. Upon its release in July 27 Wings of Liberty has sold 1 million copies in its first day, 500,000 on the second and Blizzard executives are grinning ear to ear. Even though it doesn’t even come close to the sales of World of Warcraft: Wrath of Lich King (sold about 2.8 million on its first day), Blizzard remains happy with the turn out.

As far as everyone is concern the sequel to the much highly sought after strategy game has managed to keep fans on the top of the interest level with Starcraft II. Who wouldn’t love that PC game as I started my interest on the digital world because of that particular hit. Starcraft was unbelievably simple yet the graphics was as exciting as no else has seen. Wings of Liberty will evolve almost just the same with the original Starcraft having the three main protagonists in the fold namely: Protoss, Zerg and Terran.

As I’ve said before it is where my gaming habits started and with Starcraft you just can’t get away in front of the screen of your computer just to have a break. I used to be late on my way to work because I had to finish a Starcraft level, it was hard not to get addicted. I do hope that one day they would make it available for PlayStation Portable and Xbox 3. Now let’s enjoy and make our winning strategy work by playing our hearts out on Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty, long live the Terran.

IPad joins the game console bandwagon

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars was all too famous from the time it was released until it went to its first game console via Nintendo DS. Actually it was a different scenario when the DS executives called the sales of GTA: Chinatown Wars “frustrating” to say the least. To remedy the situation the makers of the Grand Theft Auto group of families Rockstar, decided to reach out and branch to other platforms namely PlayStation Portable and even the IPhone. It doesn’t stop there as Rockstar will include Apples highly touted tablet the IPad.

September 9, 2010 is the target date of the GTA: Chinatown Wars invading the IPad platform. The $9.99 (the same as before) cost will include a tweaked out version that will give the Rockstar group hopes in elevating the reputation of the game. Features will include a multi touch user interface and the adjustment of difficulty levels. Hardcore users of the IPad will have something to look forward to because of the enhance HD display making the graphics top notch in clarity and high definition.

The theme will be focused on the pursuit of Huang Lee, a rising criminal from the Liberty City’s Triad crime syndicate. This one would be something new for GTA aficionados most especially IPad’s no control pad games. I love GTA and all the adventure GTA brings and from the results that Nintendo DS gave about its sales, I think GTA has a ton of revenues gathered. I don’t want to belittle the power of GTA to gather up its fans and collect them by the millions. It’s a great step for Rockstar in stretching it beyond the game consoles and with the rising popularity of the IPad it will be a great boost for both Apple and Rockstar. Kudos to Rockstar for giving us quality games in Grand Theft Auto.

Lenovo’s eBox

It’s sometimes hard to ignore game consoles when you know they are reaping success no end. This is what prompted a Chinese company to follow in the footsteps of Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft. Lenovo which is trying to launch a console in the market via its Kinect imitator called the eBox. This is where all 40 Lenovo engineers started to get the project of its feet by establishing a firm called Beijing Eedoo Technology with one thing in mind; to give big name players a run for their money. Better get ready Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony you’ve got competition ahead.

This one will really get you off your chair, eBox will utilize the same principles that the Kinect possesses; a console without the usual game pad controls. It will be up to a camera to track player’s movements and that my friend would be the clincher. But it doesn’t end there, with the propose console comes bundled with 30 games and would be a little expensive than the Nintendo Wii but definitely cheaper than the new Xbox 360. You are looking at a price ranging between $200 to $299, plus the main focus is the family which will have them participate actively while playing the games of eBox.

If ever it does succeed in the gaming market then a foresight for 1 million console a year is expected by Lenovo. First things first I don’t mind the competition for Sony and the rest of the players but we are talking here of a Chinese merchandise, no offense to the Chinese people but I have my doubts on the stability of the product as with other products that are made in China. Charge it to experience but I would rather have a product that is made in Japan than in China, again no offense meant.