This year marks the 20th anniversary of NHL ’94, and while it wasn’t the first hockey game produced and published by Electronic Arts (EA), it’s often pointed to as a favorite in the long-running game series — even though they took out fighting :’-( . To celebrate this event, both EA and the NHL put together a tribute. NHL.com has posted some written and video features, interviews with players who played the game as children/teenagers, and a NHL ’94-ized Pavel Datsyuk highlight reel. Read the rest of this entry
Last year’s “The Walking Dead” adventure game from Telltale Games was one of the best games from 2012; it even won Game of the Year from the Spike Video Game Awards and from several other gaming news outlets. It seems like the comic book series, the AMC television show, and the video game have shown that the franchise can product top quality licensed products….until this. Because it’s always just a matter of time for someone to shamelessly milk the license for all it’s worth with little effort and respect for the intellectual property, ENTER: ACTIVISION and TERMINAL REALITY’s “The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct” first-person shooter. Read the rest of this entry
Howdy, Hey There, and Hello everyone! It’s another year, which means it’s time for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Now that the official first day of CES is complete, I want to give a few briefs about the products/stories introduced today at the show. I will be doing this for the rest of this week, so now, here are my top 5 favorite stories from day one of the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show. Read the rest of this entry
It was back in the day (particularly 1970) and under company president Charles Peter McColough, Xerox opened the Xerox PARC (Xerox Palo Alto Research Center) research facility, where hardware and software designers invented several of the most important elements of personal computing still in use today. Features such as the graphic user interface (GUI), the computer mouse and desktop computing are common and appreciated today, but the board of directors were very dismissive of them and ordered the Xerox engineers to share them with Apple technicians. Later, those features were taken on by Apple and, later, Microsoft — Pirates of Silicon Valley anyone? — and mainly thanks to those innovations, these two companies would then go on to duopolize (or however you would use “monopolize” in the plural-sense) the world of personal computing. Anyway, the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center is well known for its ability to be developing the “what’s next” in the technological world before most other competing companies can barely visualize it, and according to this video feature below from the guys at CNET, their current Xerox CTO Sophie Vandebroek needs to keep that spirit of innovation and creativity going. Read the rest of this entry
In the quest of more devices to prepare for the possibility to live a cable/satellite-free entertainment life (as cable TV time has been replaced by video games and streaming media for me), one aspect is to buy an affordable computer to use as a home theater PC (HTPC) and a digital video recorder (DVR). For just one TV, having a HTPC with DVR capabilities is not much of a hassle, but with a home with over 5 TV’s, 5 HTPC’s (or even TiVo boxes) is pretty steep on the good-ol’ wallet. Thankfully, the Simple.TV offers a simple and fairly cheap solution that can record and stream live TV content. Read the rest of this entry
Black Mesa, the long-awaited (and also long-delayed) fan remake of the classic game Half-Life utilizing the Source engine is now available FOR FREE!! It is an amazing recreation of the original Half-Life game with updated graphics, sounds, and controls. Read the rest of this entry
The Transformers!! More Than Meets The Eye!! Autobots wage their battle to destroy the evil forces of the Decepticons!! The Transformers!! Robots In Disguise!! The Transformers!! More Than Meets The Eye!! THE TRANSFORMERS!!
Retro fandom aside, the latest trailer for the upcoming multiplatform game “Transformers: Fall of Cybertron” — the sequel to “Transformers: War for Cybertron,” both serving as precursors to the live-action films — showcases some very excellent and radical (yes, RADICAL) guitar licks, including the awesome song “The Touch” from the original “Transformers: The Movie” animated film. The crown jewel of the trailer — in my own opinion — were the clips featuring a transforming G1 (Generation 1) Optimus Prime. Now that I’ve grabbed the attention of your childhood nostalgia, players that pre-order the game, developed by High Moon Studios, at any participating GameStop locations will not only receive exclusive in-game combat weapons AND the G1 Optimus Prime character for use in both the single-player campaign and multiplayer modes. Read the rest of this entry
This week on “The PractitioNERD Show,” I discuss:
the Carmen Sandiego movie adaptation [http://goo.gl/DX2SZ],
a Spanish bus station that could be a martian spaceship [http://goo.gl/nNBPg],
the U.S. Army becomes the literal “Android Army” [http://goo.gl/faajF],
my love for Retro City Rampage [http://goo.gl/ucFIV], and
why Pro Wrestling art show be in the Louvre [http://goo.gl/jjRYc] Read the rest of this entry
Yesterday, Microsoft officially announced their own Windows-branded product for the burgeoning tablet market, the Surface. With the release of Microsoft Surface into the wild along with the iPad and numerous Android tablets, the tablet market is bound to become better for consumers, thanks to that lovely word “competition.” The Surface features touchscreen and gesture technology (based on a feature of the upcoming Windows 8/RT operating systems) , a scratch-resistant case and even a built in stand. The cover for the device is also a multi-touch keyboard, which comes in handy as you can also utilize Windows 8/RT in the classic desktop-style mode without even using the touchscreen. WOW!!! Read the rest of this entry
Wait! A Call of Duty game that will have branching paths in the main campaign storyline for the first time in the franchise’s history? AND side-missions to add onto said storyline, taking a sandbox approach? AND the return of Zombie Mode? AND it takes place 13 years in the future in a (prayerfully) neo-Cold War 2025? Oh my goodness; I’m actually LOOKING FORWARD to a new Call of Duty game. Oh boy, oh boy; three-two-one, one-two-three, what the HECK is bothering me? Read the rest of this entry
Assassin’s Creed III confirmed by UbiSoft; the Assassins to Tag Team with George Washington (possibly)
After some American Revolution-era based Assassin’s Creed images and artwork was leaked a several days ago, Ubisoft has finally confirmed both the game’s setting and box art.
[Thank you Joystiq]
Thankfully, Nintendo is releasing a new “Kid Icarus” game for its 3DS portable system in the near future, but in the meantime, independent studio Flip Industries developed and created a 16-bit remake (a’la Super NES) of the classic NES title entitled “Super Kid Icarus.” This only has me imagine how awesome a Super NES version of the game would have been, but at least you can play it now. HERE. FOR FREE. Can it get better than that?!?