Ubisoft Shows Jaw Dropping Kinect Integration In Tom Clancy

At Microsoft’s E3 keynote, game publisher Ubisoft showed Kinect integration with the next iteration of Tom Clancy Ghost Recon Future Soldier. When the demo started I was shuffling between twitter and refreshing the WWDC live blogs while playing the video on a separate screen. Then I gasped, my jaw dropped and I stayed glued while Ubisoft demonstrated some exciting Kinect integration features. What Ubisoft showed cannot be described in words but can only be enjoyed in video:

Playing with no controllers might get tiring but being able to configure guns by gestures is simply nerdgasmic. Ubisoft promised that future Tom Clancy versions will all have Kinect integration. Ghost Recon Future Soldier is expected to come out in 2012.

The Rundown to Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2010 – Livestreams, Schedules & What To Expect From E3 2010

Electronic Entertainment Expo, aka E3 is here. For a gamer/gaming enthusiast, E3 is one of the most sought-after events in the gaming industry. Events at E3 often define new trends and tantalize gamers with a preview of what can be expected in the near future. The big 5 – EA, Microsoft, Nintendo,  Sony and Ubisoft  – each have their own press conferences to demonstrate their products and keynotes.

Livestreaming schedules

Most of the major keynotes and demos will be  livestreamed, below is the schedule. ( all times mentioned are in PDT, do click on the time to get the time in most major places) :

Monday, June 14, 2010
  • 10:30: Microsoft Media Briefing
  • 12:30:  EA Media Briefing
  • 17:00: Ubisoft Media Briefing

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

  • 09:00: Nintendo Media Briefing
  • 12:00: Sony Media Briefing
  • 14:00: Microsoft Xbox 360 Demo (Possibly Natal ?)
  • 14:40: Ubisoft Demo
  • 15:00: Crysis 2 Demo
  • 15:40: Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2
  • 16:00: Madden NFL 11
  • 16:20: Sony Move Demo using Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11
  • 17:00: EA Sports MMA
  • 17:20: Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
  • 17:40: Halo: Reach

Where to watch the livestreams

A handful of sites are livestreaming the events – including YouTube which has tied up with IGN in providing an E3 channel. Gamespot will have a live streaming camera as they move across the E3 floors and across keynotes. If both the sites are not available, you could also check out G4TV’s live streaming option. Some more live streaming options have been covered in our prior post, so do have a look if these sites are timing our or causing problems.

What to watch pre-E3 ?

If you can’t wait for E3 to start, here’s some great videos and resources to check out which should keep you busy till E3 starts:

Mini series:

Game trailers:

What to expect from E3?

Here’s a list of some of the big publishers’ lineup for E3:

Other Notes:

  • Microsoft will officially debut, demo and name “Project Natal” at E3 ( as of now, Natal is still a codename).
  • Sony’s page mentions “new games and hardware” revealed. Is this is a reference to the PSP2 ?
  • The Last Guardian is most probably one of the most anticipated games of E3. Little is known about this game, apart from a brief video shown at last year’s E3. Wonder what’s in store ?
  • Valve has confirmed a “big surprise” for E3 2010, which will be in-place of the existing E3 event that was Portal 2 screening. What will it be?

This year’s E3 boasts of a killer lineup. I can’t wait for the press conferences to start. What’re your expectations ? Do post a comment and let us know!

Gaming Friday: Valve Games on Mac, PlayStation Move And Lot More

It has been one heck of a week for gaming enthusiasts – let’s have a quick recap on what’s been going on.

  • Ubisoft’s servers DRM servers, which are used to authenticate games like Assassin’s Creed II went down, rendering all legit users copies useless as they were unable to play the game. Ubisoft was quick to point out that the servers were down because of hackers – like paying customers are going to give a damn about why they aren’t able to play a $60 single player game without an Internet connection.
  • Mac gamers were delighted when Valve announced that all of their Source engine games, including Portal 2 would be ported over to the Mac. Pretty certain Mac gamers went ballistic after Valve’s confirmation that existing   owners will not have to purchase the games again, and the games would be native to Mac, and not emulated crap.
  • OnLive, the online gaming service which allows you to play games similar to how you can stream movies using Netflix or Hulu, announced that their service would go live on June 15.   If you have a good enough Internet connection and the $15 per month fee plus additional fees for actually owning/renting the game   doesn’t deter you, then OnLive just might be a good option.
  • Sony finally realizes that motion controlled gaming is the “in” thing, and introduces us to a rather silly named contraption, the PlayStation Move.
  • Palm announced that the awesome Unreal Engine 3 has been ported over to webOS. Wonder if will boost Palm’s fortunes significantly.
  • To round off, Steam has been having an Eidos Square Enix Deals week, and on the final day we have Batman: Arkham Asylum and Just Cause on sale at 50% off for individual games, and at 66% off for the full collection.

Happy gaming weekend, everyone!

Ubisoft’s DRM Servers Were Down Because of Hackers

It was a somebody set up us the bombmoment at Ubisoft. It could also have been an I told you so!moment from many anti-DRM factions. The diabolic DRM protection server of Ubisoft that it launched for two games (Assassin’s Creed II and Silent Hunter 5) had an outage for about six and a half hours, rendering both of them unplayable. Why? Because the games needed to be constantly authenticated via the DRM server while playing. So, denial of service from DRM server = no gameplay = sad (and eventually angered) gamers.

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In a tweet, Ubisoft apologized for the outage, claiming that it was due to an attack by (possibly, haha) hackers.

Apologies to anyone who couldn’t play ACII or SH5 yesterday. Servers were attacked which limited service from 2:30pm to 9pm Paris time

However, this was only the beginning of their woes, as they handled yet another attack on their servers today, that affected those who were trying to log in. This just goes on to show that the hackers were definitely people against such outrageous DRM-protection on gaming.

As for me, I’ll just do a “bet t all” and not buy any games that involve such pathetic DRM protection.

Annoying Assassin’s Creed II DRM: Needs Constant Internet Connection

You read the title right Assassin’s Creed II requires a constant internet connection while playing. If, in the midst of an intense battle, somehow your internet connection is broken, the game will pause as it tries to reconnect. If it cannot establish a connection to the Ubisoft servers, then the game will quit. The last save game is stored online directly for you to resume your workwhen you can reconnect.

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This extreme anti-piracy initiative is a first from Ubisoft. The publisher has also provided an FAQ for this service which boils down to these points:-

  • Buy the game.
  • Make an account on Ubisoft.
  • Anywhere you have internet access, you can play the game.

Nevertheless, this system works on a cloud and you can install your copy in as many machines as you want. Your saves are synchronized to the server and you can resume your gameplay from whichever computer you have. It is like Steam and its related cloud gaming system Steamworks. Only Steam does not always need a constant connection.

Oh the sorrow of legal gaming/music/movies.