E3 Announcement of Halo 4

Ok I have to get this out! I am so excited for the upcoming release of Halo 4, and to my great joy I just found the E3 footage of the game that played at the convention. I was thoroughly impressed with what I saw. Not only does it seem like 343 industries is doing a brilliant job of adding on to Halo’s legendary story, but they are doing so in their own way without destroying the game’s reputation. Although there is still a lot about the game that will be impossible to determine until its official release, I am comforted to know that, so far, this new release is going according to Bungie’s original plan.

I did have one concern about the actual gameplay footage that I saw. It seemed very reminiscent of Halo 3’s first mission titled Sierra 117. Although this critique is only based on watching the short 5 minutes of gameplay that are available on YouTube, it will be interesting to see how the game turns out. Despite this, I have no doubts that I will be purchasing a copy of this game.

What do you guys think about this new installment in the Halo 4 franchise and do you support 343 Industries in their endeavor to continue the Halo legacy!

 

 

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First Insight into the Upcoming Post-Apocalyptic Game Metro: Last Light

Today I was on YouTube and I just happened to stumble across the short film Metro: Last Light. It was actually an add on a video, and for the first time in history I did not choose to skip it after 5 seconds. In fact, I sat through the whole 4 minutes in a complete awe. Now, I am sure many of you know a lot about the game Metro 2033 which is based off of the Russian Novel with the same name. Metro 2033 is a post-apocalyptic style survival/first person shooter game, reminiscent of games such as Fall Out. The game takes place mostly underground in the Metro below Moscow, hence the name. Well, a first look into the sequel to this game has just been released in the form of this live action film. Here it is!

If you were not completely blown away by this film then I don’t know what is wrong with you! This is truly one of the best short films I have ever seen and it just makes me all that more excited for the release of Metro: Last Light. I’ll admit that I actually have never had the opportunity to play Metro 2033, but I am sure I will be picking up a copy of this game when it comes out early next year!

Let me know in a comment what you guys think of this short film and if you plan on buying Metro: Last Light in 2013!

BioShock Infinite Postponed untill 2013!!

Over the last few months I have made a few blog posts regarding the game BioShock Infinite. Well, just recently it was announced that the game will be delayed until early 2013. The game is now scheduled to be released on the 26th of February. This four month delay is supposed to allow the game developers to make minor but necessary tweaks to the game.

The creative director of the game, Ken Levine, made the announcement and commented on the matter, saying, “BioShock Infinite is a very big game, and we’re doing things that no one has ever done in a first-person shooter.” He continued to convince the fans that the wait is worth it, adding, “it means a bit more waiting, but more importantly, it means an even better BioShock Infinite.”

Many of the fans seem to be growing weary of waiting, as this game has been in the works for an extremely long time. The first trailer was released late last year and since then fans have been told to sit tight and wait. I have never played a BioShock game before so this wait does not really affect me, but it does make me excited to see what the final product will look like. I may even go out and buy the game when it comes out in 9 months.

What are your opinions on the postponed BioShock release? Are you happy that the developers are taking the time to make sure they release a perfect game or do you wish they would speed up the release process? Let me know in a comment!

Elder Scrolls MMO?

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This was something that, for better or worse, was bound to happen. Due to the elder scrolls being a popular RPG with a fairly dedicated following some company was bound to jump on the opportunity to make an MMORPG based on the elder scrolls world. Yeah… I don’t really know what to think about this. The Elder Scrolls has been a franchise I’ve really enjoyed. Each of their games have been thoroughly enjoying and honestly I don’t like the idea of a Elder Scrolls MMO. All fantasy MMOs are the same the only difference is how popular it is. So I certainly will not be partaking in this game. Mostly because I play games to have fun not to get addicted to them, and I know from experience that that is what MMORPGs do. My experience comes from the times I call “my dark days of gaming”, which is in which I played World of Warcraft. Yeah I know it’s pretty bad, but this was quite a long time ago. About 4 years ago to be exact, when I was young, dumb, and impressionable. So I suppose I’m getting a little off track, so whats the bottom line? Well I think this game will do extremely well, but I think it would be cooler if they made an online fallout. Because fallout has a completely unique landscape, story, and so on. It would be much more original, and I love originality.

So what do you think of Elder Scrolls, MMORPGS, or online games in general? Let me know in a comment!

Positive Effects of the Wii for Kids with Cerebral Palsy

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It is a well-known fact that the current generation is spending a considerable amount time playing video games. Some would argue that we are so attached to our virtual machines that we are missing out on key aspects of daily life, such as being social. Well, a contrasting study was done on kids with cerebral palsy (CP) which showed that it may actually be the opposite for these kids.

The study focused specifically on active video games, especially the Nintendo Wii and its vast assortment of different physical games. The study monitored 17 different kids with different severities of CP as they played four different Wii games: Wii Bowling, Tennis, Boxing and Dance Dance Revolution (DDR). They monitored the kids’ physical responses to the gameplay, such as their muscle activity. In the end, the data showed that active video games did have a positive effect on kids with mild CP. The low-key physical exertion required to play active video games along with the rewarding aspect of beating games and leveling avatars encouraged the kids to do repetitious physical movement which may promote neuroplastic change.

On top of these benefits, the kids also highly enjoyed playing the games. This allowed for increased attention spans and longer exercise sessions. Although this method for promoting physical activity in kids with CP does not replace traditional outdoor activities, it is a good way to mix up the routine and provide a fun a new way to get daily exercise.

What do you guys think about this new evidence that shows the positive aspects of the Wii and other physical gaming consoles? Do you believe that this is a good way to help kids with cerebral palsy train their muscles and get more exercise? Let me know in a comment!

First Impressions Are Hard To Erase

But Prototype 2 certainly erased my impression of the first one! I had played the first one and didn’t really care for it, but I did see potential in the series, and that is what propelled me to buy the second one.

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Two Thursdays ago I purchased the game Prototype 2 and spent a good portion of that weekend playing through the game. I was yearning for a little more after fully completing the game, side missions and all. The only thing I really had left to do was completely upgrade my character, but that consisted of aimlessly flying around the open world New York landscape searching for enemies with consumable upgrades. So instead I started playing the game on insane difficulty. I haven’t gotten very far yet, so it’s still fairly easy. It was very interesting to watch a series change so drastically into a much better game. As gameinformer said, “radical has come out of the prototyping phase”. Awful pun aside I definitely agree. I see the original Prototype much more like a little test run. I’m glad it turned out to be a good game, because it is one of those games that just makes you feel like a legitimate badass. Every time you gain a new ability, you explore new ways to wreck havoc. And by the end of the game with everything upgraded nothing can even put a dent in you. So you get to cruise around New York Zero destroying things at will. and when all is said and done, isn’t that what a video game should be about?

So what do you think of Prototype 2, emerging series, or video games in general? Let me know in a comment!

Who Wants an Xbox for $99.00??!

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Just recently Microsoft has announced that they are offering a very special deal on the new Xbox 360. If you have been long awaiting your chance to score an Xbox but you just can’t seem to come up with the cash, well then you may just be in luck because Microsoft is lowering the price of a new 4GB Xbox 360 with Kinect to just $99.00.

If you think that this sounds too good to be true, well then you are correct. The catch to this deal is that it comes with an Xbox Live package. In order to qualify for the Xbox discount, you must be will to sign up for 2 whole years of Xbox Live at $14.99 a month. This is nearly double the price of an Xbox Live membership if you pay annually. If you compare the two different methods for purchasing an Xbox along with an Xbox Live subscription, buying the $99.00 dollar will actually cost you about 10% more. On top of that, the deal only qualifies for the 4GB Xbox, and it locks you in for a 2 year contract so you have no way of cancelling your Xbox live membership without paying a cancellation fee.

Although this may seem like an obvious marketing ploy by Microsoft, you have to keep in mind that this may be what makes the Xbox affordable to many low income families. If you pay off your Xbox over a period of 2 years it will have a dramatically smaller impact on your immediate financial status, even if it means paying a small amount more.

So what are your thoughts on this new offer from Microsoft? Do you think that it will attract more people to buy a new Xbox or will most people realize Microsoft’s mischievous ways? Let me know in a comment!