Call of Duty Parody Hits 1.25 Million Downloads

When People Can Fly studios released their First Person Shooter (FPS) parody Duty Calls (directly mocking the Call of Duty series), they just wanted it to be a satirical view on the realisticFPS genre and an anti-demo for their game Bulletstorm. Basically, what they were saying is that our game, Bulletstorm, is not this game. It is definitely everything but this game. Look at this game. This game is stupid. You know which game we are talking about, right? Yes, that game., more or less.


It is, in essence, a rather large (~800MB), ESRB rated 17+ (or so their website claims) game that parodies the Call of Duty games, and is pretty funny while doing it. Coming from the folks that created Painkiller and Gears of War, it is a pretty bold move to reclaim the First Person Shooter market dynamics. It was, in a sense, and advertisement for their game too as I have made it clear with my inherent knowledge of psychology, psychoanalysis, psychohistory, psychogeography and other psycho subjects in the first paragraph.

The developers were (obviously) very happy with this, and decided to enthusiastically tweet about the success of Duty Calls. How best to celebrate this grand success, you ask? By releasing Bulletstorm wallpapers, naturally:-

1.25 million Duty Calls downloads! We say thanks with Duty Calls Wallpapers over at our Facebook page:

Do take a look at Duty Calls, the parody of your beloved FPS series here.

D2D Introduces a Brand New Tell-A-Friend Program

The subtitle reads Gamers Now have More Ways to Save Money and Contribute to Charitywhich, very accurately and precisely, describes the Direct2Drive (D2D) Tell-A-Friend program that has been launched. IGN’s digital distribution store has embarked upon an ambitious new referral program to increase the number of customers of their platform. Whenever a customer refers a game to a friend and the friend buys that game, the referring customer gets a discount on the next purchase, a PayPal refund or the option of donating some money to a charity.


The program details follow:-

All referred friends receive a 20% discount for their first purchase at D2D.
If the referred friend makes a purchase of $49.95 or more, the referrer gets to choose one of the following special offers:

  • 20% off any future order at D2D
  • $10 deposited into their PayPal account
  • $10 donation made to Make-A-Wish Foundation of America

If the referred friend makes a purchase between $29.95 and $49.94, the referrer gets to choose from the below offers:

  • 20% off any future order at D2D
  • $5 deposited into their PayPal account
  • $5 donation made to Make-A-Wish Foundation of America

Coupled with their Bathroom Safety Saleof 20% off all games, it seems that D2D is definitely trying to woo customers away from Steam or Impulse. Go ahead and tell a friend today about some great D2D games!

Activate3D wants to increase your immersion in games

Motion Sensing is all the rage these days, and it’s all Nintendo’s fault. Starting with the Nintendo Wii’s Wiimotes and eventually ending up with the Sony PlayStation Move controller and the ever-modded Microsoft Kinect, motion-based gameplay has come a very long way. We all have seen how Microsoft’s revolutionary motion-capturing controller has allowed for a lot of awesome hacks and mods. So what could possibly better all of these brilliant pieces of tech?


A new kind of software technology, of course! Activate3D has come up with a new piece of tech called Intelligent Character Motion (ICM) technology. The ICM basically allows the player to feelthrough the virtual world as if they were in it the ultimate goal of most of these motion control input devices. Based on the input (via a Kinect sensor or a Wii wand or any other motion-sensing device) and the surrounds of the virtual avatar, the ICM predicts the most accurate action based on the context. This means that climbing ropes, walking around and swinging on bars would be intuitive.

ICM has been developed after a lot of academic research in this field. CEO and co-founder Jeff Levy said:-

The next few years will see huge advancements in motion input devices.   Translating these new paradigms into compelling and fun games will be challenging.   We are excited about the possibilities that ICM will bring to these next generation games.

We sure are looking forward to immersive gaming based on this new technology!

Portal 2 PS3 Version Will Include SteamPlay Version Free

Well this is a first for both Valve and Sony. The highly anticipated successor to the really awesome First Person Puzzle Solver That Ate Your Brains Out While Being Ridiculously Funny Portal will very probably be one of the firsts in gaming history; Portal 2‘s PS3 version will come with an activation key for the Steam version to play on your PC (or Mac), completely free!


All you need to do is type up the key on Steam and voila, you’ll have Portal 2 waiting to be downloaded and played by you, the gamer on the go. Apparently, this cross-platform gaming will also include PS3-to-PC chatting between players, and might also involve a good deal of cross-platform play (obviously) and will include syncs between your PlayStation Network (PSN) ID and your Steam account.

However, the clincher is that the PS3 version will include SteamCloud support which means that if you save at a certain point on your PS3, it syncs to Steam’s servers, and you can start the game from the exact place on your PC! So, just in case GLaDOS screws you over at a certain level and you decide to throw your controller at your PS3 very forcibly (thereby killing it instantly), fear not for SteamCloud will come to the rescue (of your game, not your console).

Here’s to looking at more console and PC friendships!

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Minecraft + Kinect = Internet Glory

The Microsoft Kinect motion-sensing gaming system is probably one of the finer and sharper tools in comparison to the blunt, uncivilized clubs that are the PSMove and Wiimote. Actually no; I was kidding in a bid to start a console war on the comments thread of this post. In fact the Kinect is the most different piece of equipment in that it uses a infrared depth sensing camera (and some other technological wizardry) so that your movements in front of the camera translate into movements in the game.

Minecraft, on the other hand is E Lego, as my friend eloquently put it. You have blocks, lots and lots of blocks and you can build a lot of things from within the game world. The maximum surface area achievable on Minecraft is eight times that of the surface area of the Earth. People have been busy building a lot of absolutely gorgeous automated machines, gargantuan sculptures and horsing around with the source code to make ducks sound like they hate you.


That is all very cool but what have the hackers been up to? More importantly, what is the connection between the previous two paragraphs? The title puts it well, I believe. Nathan Viniconis, a retro cool Python programmer (retro cool was our addition) did something completely awesome. He took a Kinect and made it take a picture of him. He then made Python scripts to import a pixel version of the 3D image into Minecraft, resulting in some gloriously blown up sculptures of him and people/things around him.


Hit up his website (which is under severe pressure from RPS, Kotaku and Reddit) to get the code. Also, tell us if you actually implemented all that Python-fu!

The Razer Switchblade Concept PC Will Blow Your Mind

At the Baskerville estate, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson have a rather curious conversation:

Watson, how do you play your High Def games on the go?

Well Holmes, you must know that I use my Alienware M15x. It’s huge, it’s bulky, but it delivers near the wild Dartmoors and keeps that wretched Hound at bay!

An Alienware? Come now, Watson if you really want to game on the go, you should use the Razer Switchblade portable PC.

Ha but that is still a mere concept! How will I ever use it?

Elementary, my dear Watson; all you have to do is write sufficient blog posts to generate enough buzz about the platform and you’ll have the hardware in no time.

You are right, Holmes, as always!

Alright, it got strained towards the end, but the Razer Switchblade is probably one of the most ambitious projects to come up in the Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC) platform in ages. It was made specifically to cater to the correct form of gaming: PC gaming.


You see, Razer is a company that strives to perfect the PC gaming experience, and makes boatloads of cash while doing so. Their equipment is extremely expensive, but satisfyingly awesome. I have no doubt that their foldable UMPC, the Switchblade will be the same.

The Switchblade concept features a multi-touch ultra-precise touchscreen, a USB 3.0 port and an HDMI port. What sets it apart from any other UMPC (or laptop, for that matter) is the beautiful, adaptive keyboard. Now, it’s hard to describe just how beautiful this keyboard concept is, and while it has been done before it’s never been done this well. You see, each key of the keyboard has a tiny color LCD screen at the head of the keyboard. These can change to show the normal QWERTY layout, or (as in the case of the Switchblade) show tiny icons of shortcuts for the game that you are playing. Like the icon of a gun in Quake, or a spell in World of Warcraft.


I’ll let the pseudo-solemnly-epic video do the major part of the talking here:-


If implemented, the Switchblade will feature an Intel processor and a dedicated graphics card (obviously). The hands on preview is available at CES South Hall #30754. Since it’s still a concept code, the name is bound to change to a predatory animal’s as soon as the device is in production.

Recettear Sells a Hundred Thousand Copies. Follow Up Hinted

It’s no secret that I adore the little pseudo JRPG called Recettear: An Item Shop’s Tale. I call it pseudo because it is not, in fact, a total JRPG. Instead it has this incredible idea of what if the player was an NPC?. More accurately, what if the player was the shopkeeper to whom the heroes of JRPG games came to buy swords, shields, magical amulet and pink toffees from?. Yes, that is exactly what Recettear allows you to do, and while the idea itself may sound half-baked and prone to cause easy boredom, the game is not. It’s been the darling of many reviews, coming from the Japanese stock and westernized by Carpe Fulgur.


So when a recent Steam sale pushed up their sales to a hundred thousand copies, they are bound to be so happy that they would have stopped developing and gone on a collective vacation, right?

The head business dudeof Carpe Fulgur does not think so. Andrew Dice explains in a blog post about what the sales mean, what they do not mean and what ramifications these figures would have in the future. One of the most important points raised was that the sale was done at an extremely low price. Recettear was sold in a pack for about $1 (five games for $5). Since Valve prefers developers more than publishers, the lion’s share of the profit went to the Japanese developer EasyGameStation. Not that Carpe Fulgur is struggling right now (they are doing very well, but they need to release another game within the next year).

Lastly, Dice very cheekily hints at the next game that would be released by Carpe Fulgur for the world: Another EasyGameStation title called Chantelise.

In all the future of westernized JRPGs looks bright indeed! Yayifications!

Angry Birds Now Available For Netbooks and Laptops

Update: In addition to download Angry Birds for the PC you can also play the Angry game online now. Check oout how you can play Angry Birds Online.

Hey, Angry fans, it doesn’t matter if you don’t have an , or based phones. is now available for Netbook and Laptops too in the Intel AppUp center.

Angry Birds Netbook Edition

As we had predicted earlier, the popular (and addictive) game Angry birds is now available for Netbook and Laptops. The app is available as a download through the Intel AppUP center which is an app store for netbooks.

Angry Birds for desktop PCs includes 195 levels for hours and hours of gameplay. Customers who purchase the game will be provided free updates and additional levels to the game in future.

The app is available for Windows XP, , and Moblin and is available at an introductory price of $4.99 for a limited period. Once the introductory period is over, the app will cost $9.99.

More updates at the official Rovio blog. You can purchase and download the game from here.

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Nintendo 3DS May Harm Children’s Eyes

The Nintendo 3DS is the next iteration of the popular Nintendo DS series of handheld gaming devices. What sets the 3DS apart from its competitors (basically the Sony PSP and the Apple iPod Touch) is that one of its two screens (hence the name DSmeaning Dual Screen) is a stereoscopic 3D display whose depth can be changed at will from flat 2D to full 3D, without the need for any clunky glasses. Previewers were struck at just how amazing the screen was in real life, and that you’d need to use it to feel the 3D effect as it is lost in cameras.


However, Nintendo’s Japanese website has issued a warning about their (normally) child-friendly device saying that the 3D mode should not be used by children below six years of age as the view has potential impact on the growth of children’s eyes. Stereoscopic 3D on the 3DS works by (mostly) sending the images at angle to each other to each eye. This means that when your brain reads these two images there’s a parallax barrier created between the eyes, creating a 3 dimensional effect. This effect may confuse developing eyes and thus the overarching warning was issued by Nintendo.

However, I cannot help but agree with Business Insider in that Nintendo is basically sticking up a DO NOT BUY THIS FOR YOUR KIDsign for parents on their newest model. Nevertheless, more light will come to this matter once the product is actually released to the English speaking countries.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Free Giveaway

Update: This giveaway has now ended. Thanks for the overwhelming response. Hang tight for the Apple iPad and Alienware or Dell XPS giveaway coming soon. We are not accepting entries for this giveaway anymore.

Congratulations to all you winners. We request all the winners to send us an email at [email protected] to claim your copy of Call of Duty.

Oh it is Christmas time. We do giveaway stuff for free this time of the year. If you might ask what we are giving away for free, let us tell you that we are giving away a Vanilla Alienware for free worth $1500 in next few days, apart from that we are asking users what they want too on our fan page, if you are not a fan, head here to tell us.

Call of Duty: Black Ops

Well we do have the , Nexus S, Samsung Galaxy Tab and more in choices, but here is your chance to win a copy of Call of Duty: Black Ops game for free, well three people have a change to win it.

So are you game at winning the Call of Duty Black Ops? Here are the rules, which we initially posted on our notes site:

We are giving away 3 COPIES of Call of Duty Black Ops game to three lucky Techie Buzzers. Contest starts now and ends tomorrow at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (20 December, 2010 [added]). What you have to do is become a fan of our Facebook page ( or follow us on twitter (@techiebuzzer) and leave a comment, wall post or a tweet on why you want this game.

MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE THE HASHTAG #tbgamer in your comment or tweets. The more you comment or tweet, the more your chances of winning. Sharing this post will earn you more brownie points.

The best entries will be picked by our team and the Call of Duty: Black Ops game will be shipped to you. You have the choice to choose which version of the game you want… aka Xbox 360, PS3, Wii or PC.

Winners will be announced on December 21, 2010.

Have fun and cheers.

Techie Buzz Team

Have fun and we hope you win one of copies of the game.

P.S. Activision is not sponsoring this contest. You can also go and buy this game at Amazon.

Disclaimer: This giveaway is not sponsored by Activision and is entirely sponsored by Techie Buzz.

Winners Announced

Here are the winners of the contest, and their status updates, we’ll get in touch with the winners in a short time to send them the game. We picked 5 instead of 3 winners, we just could not resist it.

All you winners you’ll get your COD soon.

Jen Twark Gersch on Twitter

I want to have this because I have 5 kids and a husband that love to play video games.!/bdiane34/status/16923710615191552

George BlackTemplar Solon on Facebook

Want one coz i don’t have the money to buy an original copy and would love to try out the multiplayer(never played COD multiplayer)

Simrandeep Singh from Facebook

I need this game as I’m the fan of Call of Duty and I love to play this game. I can’t afford the genuine version of this game. Hope I can win in this giveaway.

@Dark69Slayer on Twitter

@techiebuzzer #tbgamer I want the free giveaway of Black Ops coz i can’t afford one and heard its multiplayer is awesome.!/Dark69Slayer/statuses/16850842476875776

Geoffrey Carr on Facebook

I want it for my grandson for Christmas. things are very tight this year

Congratulations to all you winners. We request all the winners to send us an email at [email protected] to claim your copy of Call of Duty.