Yesterday’s Project Natal extragavanza was a camera free event. So, baring a few shaky YouTube videos, most of the world is still waiting for a glimpse of some of the Kinect goodness that Microsoft unleashed in their launch party. Fortunately for us, IGN has managed to get their hands on the trailers of some of the games and features demonstrated yesterday.
Last year, Microsoft showed us what it envisioned the future of gaming (or at least casual gaming) to be, and left us floored. Now that the Kinect is here, does it live up to the expectations? Check out the official gameplay videos and decide for yourself, but color me impressed. Sure, I would still prefer a gamepad for hardcore gaming, but Kinect does look to be genuinely fun. It definitely looks a lot more impressive than PS3 Move and is at the very least capable of stealing Nintendo Wii’s thunder.
So, it’s official now. Project Natal will indeed be rechristened as Microsoft Kinect. I don’ know about you, but as far as I am concerned, “Project Natal” definitely sounded way cooler. In case you have been left bewildered by all the hoopla surrounding Microsoft Kinect, you have come to the right place. I will try to explain in brief exactly what Microsoft Kinect is and why everyone is so excited about it.
In many ways, Nintendo kick-started a gaming revolution with Nintendo Wii. Wii replaced a traditional gamepad with a motion sensing controller and made gaming fun again to a wide section of the population (not just the hardcore gamers). As a result, Wii has been selling like hotcakes ever since it was released.
Kinect is basically Microsoft’s response to the Wii. With Kinect, Microsoft has eliminated the controller altogether. Simply stated, it is an add-on for Xbox 360 that uses a sensor, containing cameras and microphones, to enable you to interact with the system through gestures, spoken commands and other objects. If you are having difficulty in wrapping your mind around this concept, have a look at the videos embedded below.
Last night, Microsoft officially announcedKinect in an elaborate spectacle at the Galen Centre. Amidst extravagant performances by Cirque du Soleil, Microsoft demoed some of the games that will be using Kinect.
Joyride: This is the racing game shown in the first video. You can control your car through various gestures executed by your hand and body, including rotating an imaginary steering wheel and changing (once again, imaginary) gears.
Kinectimals: This game lets you train and play with 20 different virtual cats including lions, cheetahs and tigers. As adorable as the game is, Microsoft really needs to fire the guy who keeps coming up with these bewilderingly stupid and confusing names.
Kinect Sports: Given the raging success of Wii Sports and Wii Fitness. It’s no surprise that Microsoft has decided to imitate them. Kinect Sports includes boxing, bowling, beach volleyball, track and field, soccer and table tennis. Once again, you will be using your entire body while playing. So expect the experience to be a whole lot more physical than your typical gaming session.
Kinect Adventures: With Kinetic Adventures, you don’t even need to head outdoors to get a taste of adventure. Finish obstacle courses or participate in river rafting time trials by jumping, swaying and executing other full-body movements. To make the experience even more fun, you can play K.A. with up to four friends.
Dance Central: This one is developed by MTV games and basically brings “So You Think You Can Dance” to every household.
Other games demoed include an unnamed fitness game for yoga and martial arts practice, and a truly kickass Star Wars game. Microsoft has tied up with content providers like Disney to ensure that plenty of games are available for the Kinect at launch.
Kinetic will definitely be launched in time for this holiday season. We are expecting an October-November launch; however, we will have to wait until Microsoft’s E3 keynote for the official word. Pricing is another aspect, which Microsoft has declined to comment on. Subscribe to Techie Buzz for more Microsoft Kinect updates.
Microsoft Kinect is the re-christened name for Project Natal and will be available in the holiday season of 2010. There are no details available about the pricing or release date yet, but you might see some announcement coming out today or during the course of E3.
There are many different reasons as to why CD Projekt RED is becoming one of my favorite game development studio. For starters, they made one of the best RPGs I have ever played. Later, they even patched the copies of the game and removed DRM. Now, the developers of what is probably the most anticipated RPG, The Witcher 2 have gone all out and sent an email regarding their policy on DRM.
Marcin IwiÅ„ski, CEO of CD Projekt, and head of GOG.com (which notably sells DRM-free classics for dirt cheap prices) quotes:-
Being a player myself, I’m always surprised to see how many companies focus solely on preventing piracy instead of thinking about how they might encourage players to acquire original game copies.
While Adam KiciÅ„ski, CEO of CD Projekt RED, the developers of The Witcher and currently producing The Witcher 2 said- (emphasis added for effect)
Our aim is to produce games that provide the best and most satisfying playing experience. Copyright protection can’t stand in the way of that. Especially since it makes life difficult for players who acquire legal game copies, that is, those to whom we owe our greatest respect. Paradoxically, those who play pirated copies usually do not face the same impediments. In our view, aggressive attempts at stopping piracy are less important than ensuring that the relation between game price, game quality, and any additional services offered in connection with a game are favorable enough to encourage players to reach for original game copies.
This, in light of an interview with Rock Paper Shotgun where senior producer Tomasz Gop chided Ubisoft’s DRM, bodes well for a community of legal gamers who do not want to be bogged down by software that restricts their legal usage.
When they released The Witcher, CD Projekt brought back a stagnant genre to life with a beautiful and gritty world. With the release of their new game, they wish to make a statement about the old gold era of computer gaming sans restriction. If you ask me they will be as successful as they were with their first game. Kudos, CD Projekt!
To expand on that slightly vague title, Stardock’s Impulse Digital Distribution store has put some of its best games on sale. The major games on sale are its beautiful and expansive Sins of a Solar Empire epic space strategy and Galactic Civilizations II Ultimate Edition. Both of these awesome games are up for $9.99 only region free!
Four classic first person shooters are on a 40% off weekend on our favorite classic games website GOG.com! AquaNox, Postal 2, Painkiller: Black Edition and Redneck Rampage are the four games with a lot of runnin’ and a lot of gunnin’! Needless to say these are the best ways to let off steam from a heavy day or even a heavy week!
AquaNox: Though most fans regard this as a flawed sequel to the Aqua series, it is still a decent game to play. Though technically not a run and gungame, it plays a lot like Freespace only it’s underwater!
Postal 2 Complete: You’re the Dude, dude! Shoot things, buy milk and kill everyone in a queue to return library books! Remember that this hilarious game is only as violent as you want it to be. So while you can play the entire game without (much) bloodshed, you can also play it with unnecessarily large amounts of blood too. Fun!
Painkiller: Black Edition: As one reviewer on the game page says, this is the one true sequel to the original Quake. Paying due homage to old-school FPSs, the game is all about level design, insane and horrifying enemy hordes and oodles of shooting fun! It’s a cult hit and the Black Edition also includes the Battle Out of Hell expansion pack for 3.5GB of gaming insanity!
Redneck Rampage: Crash-land UFOs, cuss at jack o’ lopes in the desert and ride over people in a Swamp Buggy and an armed motorcycle. Oh, did I mention that there was a lot of cussing? Play this hilarious game for weeks of redneck shootin’.
As you already know, Steam has become available for Mac users around the world. With their Steam Play service, Valve has decided to give one license for both PC and Mac games. This means that if you own a PC version of a game that has a Mac version, you will be able to play it on your Mac without any additional fees!
To inaugurate this, Steam has put up two great Steamplay packages!
These packages are:-
The Steam Play Indie Pack is a collection of some of the best Indie games on Steam! These include the ever-adorable World of Goo and Machinarium as well as the cross-platform galactic strategy Galcon Fusion and the wonderful And Yet It Moves and Osmos. All these games for just $20!
The Telltale Steam Play Pack includes two episodic, hysterical adventure games. Tales from Monkey Island Complete Pack brings back memories of LucasArts’ hilarious games while Sam and Max: The Devil’s Playhouse is best described on its Steam page as an epic comedic saga. For $29.99 these two are steals!
Do tell us how you enjoyed these games on your Macbook!
What is your favorite kind of strategy game? Do you like to think it out like chess with turn-based strategy or ante up the offense with real-time strategy like Rook’s Revenge? How about tower defense? In this kind of strategy, your enemies will come in waves, and you have to construct turrets on their path to destroy them. Usually they need to be destroyed before they can destroy some invaluable building of your faction. I’m sure most of you have played some game of this type but I assure you that you have never played an FPS-tower-defense hybrid.
That is exactly what Iron Grip: Warlord is all about. Set in the Iron Grip universe, you are a defender of Atelia, a nation that is being consumed by the Confederacy. Over the course of several maps, you defend your Strongholds from basic soldiers to spider-walkers. While you can build your turrets and traps, you can also fight it out with muskets, rocket launchers and machine guns man-to-man!
The surreal effect of the entire game projects of war and a vague story reminded me a lot of Gone with the Blastwave, the game has a lot of addictive gameplay bundled with it. Based on the Quake3 engine, the game looks decent enough by today’s standards and will run on most computers. However, many of the game’s features seem incomplete. Nevertheless the developers are actively at work, and have even started integrating Steamworks with their game.
Oh, yeah, did I tell you? This game is available on Steam for $7.99 this week only. Go buy it now! Orâ€¦ wait for my review that can take anywhere between one day and two years to arrive.
YouTube-anima (n): A portmanteau of the words YouTubeand Machinima.
For the lack of a better word, I created my own and left the interactivepart all alone. Why did I do this? Because YouTube user xlr105 pretty much made the most epic machinima of Team Fortress 2 and it is in the Choose Your Own Adventureflavor (although the ending is the same).
In other words, if you liked this:-
you are going to love this:-
Props to the creator for having a scene of thugs who ask you riddles. That was full of win. Also, kudos on having an innocent and cute (?) Heavy!
If non-evil succubae were game devs, they would be part of CD Projekt, or GOG.com. There is something to be said about the site and how well it mashes up great games, no DRM and insanely awesome sales. They are leeches they suck away all the precious money I’ve collected over days and months and seduce me into buying their great games in one of the best designed websites around. Especially when they have periodic sales for no other reason than to just have sales floating about. The Spring Sale is one of them, and it has already bitten my PayPal balance!
There’s Beyond Good & Evil a game I’ve played over at least three times without getting bored, Evil Genius which I bought automatically when I saw its price, and Fallout which is pretty much the best SF RPG till date.