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Unauthorized Version Of Gears of War 3 Appears On The Web

July 9th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted in News

While gamers are patiently waiting for ‘Gears of War 3’ to be available in stores this coming September, it appears that a member of the developing team leaked a playable format of the game over the Internet. Most game developers are very particular about who they allow to play and test their games before they are unveiled, but a highly anticipated title such as ‘Gears of War 3’ likely had the help of hundreds of industry insiders. As such, it will probably be impossible for Epic Games to figure out how the leak occurred, but at least gamers will be able to get a taste of the new game.

Even though a playable version of the game is available for download, the average gamer wouldn’t have a clue as to what to do with it. Unless you are a video game developer with Xbox Development Kit loaded onto your computer or at least a similar program, the best that you can do is wait for more screenshots and demos to appear. While most video game developers fear that they will lose sales if too much details about their games emerge before go on sale, fans want to own ‘Gears of War 3’ more than ever.

Although Epic Games is trying to look on the bright side about the video game leak, they are still trying to establish how the leak occurred. If such a large security breach were to happen with one of their other titles, Epic Games could end up losing out on substantial profits.

2011 Games For Change Recap

June 22nd, 2011 | No Comments | Posted in News

Games For Change might not be the most heavily followed event in the gaming industry, but it does give gamers, developers and even the media the opportunity to see video game titles for what they really are. In the last few years, gaming has gotten a bad rap. Sure, there are tons of ultra violent titles to which there is no goal other than to slaughter thousands of computer generated enemies.

Some titles like “Little Big World” allow gamers to create their own worlds, giving them the opportunity to design the setting, plot and characters according to their own standards. But the 2011 Games For Change event touched upon how video games have evolved in different political and environmental climates. Keynote speaker Jesse Schell talked about industry innovators, Dani Bery, Will Wright and even television character ‘Mr. Rogers,’ and the effect that they have had on the gaming world.

In essence, Games For Change is not an event that focusing on the newest technologies in gaming, but rather the effect that gaming has had on the world. From games being used in the classroom, to government agencies looking into training soldier for combat with games, a pastime that most see as fun and entertaining is actually being a vital part of our society. Talking about gaming won’t end global warming, but it does give developers a platform to discuss their newest ideas. Without brainstorming sessions such as these, game makers might not know the full extent of the positive impact gaming is having on society.

More Playable Characters In Batman: Arkham City

June 12th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted in News

Warner Brothers has been teasing fans about the ‘Batman: Arkham City’ collectors edition title for months, but now it is known that both Catwoman and Robin will be playable charaters. The premise is the same as the original – play as Batman, Robin or Catwoman to bring down evil doers in Gotham City. In addition to the game itself, gamers will get the art book, four trading cards, a Batman figurine and a bunch of other goodies.

The game will focus on the single player format, but you can still invite your friends over and have a free for all. Judging from the quality of a few screenshots that Warner Brothers has so generously released, the game is incredibly true to life. Batman is bulky, rugged and carries an arsenal of cool, new weapons. The villains are decidedly dirty and gritty, but that’s what makes beating them up so fun.

It is not yet known what the game will be rated, however, its due out in store in mid October. If you are a fan of Batman or any other comic book character, it might be worth it to pick up ‘Batman: Arkham City’. There might be a real storyline, but you already know what to expect with a game like this. Look for clue, take down a few bad guys and save the girl in peril. Warner Brothers is certainly cashing in on each of its properties, and the new Batman title looks like it will deliver on all fronts.

New Study Shows That The Nintendo Wii Provides More Than Just Entertainment

June 5th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted in News

When the Nintento Wii was launched, skeptics were abound. They did not believe that it was possible for a game system to be able to inspire normally sedentary gamers to get up, move and improve their health profiles. A study conducted by the National Institute of Health and Nutrition in Tokyo shows that Nintendo Wii users have proven the naysayers wrong. In fact, researchers were able to prove that gamers were able to get a moderately intense workout just by playing interactive titles on the Nintendo Wii.

A few other less vigorously conducted studies have shown that children are more likely to respond to interactive game titles than other healthy initiates, however, dieticians continue to worry about what gamers are doing after they turn off the consoles. Since most people have their gaming consoles setup only feet away from the kitchen, they might be tempted to indulged in unhealthy snacks. Of course, anyone that is embarking on a journey towards physical fitness can be lead astray by temptations. The Nintendo Wii can’t solve all of these problems, but it is giving assistance to those that had given up on exercise altogether.

Nintendo will likely take advantage of the positive press by releasing even more game titles geared towards fitness gurus. So far, there are controllers, mats and other peripherals that are designed to encourage movement, but Nintendo is working on developing even more accessories that will help gamers to increase the intensity of their workouts. Microsoft might be right on Nintendo’s heels, but the originator has science to back up its claims.

Australian Video Game Classification Vote Delayed

March 5th, 2011 | Comments Off on Australian Video Game Classification Vote Delayed | Posted in News

Following in the footsteps of a few other countries, Australian lawmakers are working on putting together a new set of age specific guidelines that would determine how video games are marketed, packaged and sold. Originally, a Standing Committee of Attorneys General was scheduled in Wellington, New Zealand where ministers were to define which video games would get the R18+ rating. The decision was made after the overwhelming majority of adults polled in Australia agreed that violent video games with adult subject matter should be labeled accordingly.

What is puzzling is that Australian researchers have recently conducted a study that shows that playing violent video games does not make gamers more prone to exhibiting violent behavior. While many people may be uncomfortable with the idea of children playing first person shooters, the fact is that they will not grow up to become criminals. Lawmakers in the state of California are also trying to pass a bill that would prevent video game stores from offering violent video games to consumers under the age of 18.

School age children are exhibiting more violent behavior as a whole, but research shows that the rising popularity of ultra violent video game titles has nothing to do with it. Some feel that attorney generals in Australia will have a hard time passing a vote since there is very little conclusive evidence to support the effort. The next vote is scheduled to take place on July 21st and 22nd, which will give members of the gaming industry ample time to protest.