Posts Tagged ‘online’
  • Microsoft killing 1 vs. 100 Live?
    by Mike
    Posted July 14th, 2010 at 7:26 am
    If you're an Xbox Live user, you've no doubt at least seen 1 vs. 100 Live on one of your weeks spent endlessly gaming through the night. For those who don't know, it's an awesome trivia show hosted over Xbox Live that gives players chances to win real prizes such as Microsoft points, cash, games, etc. After two seasons, I'd say it's pretty damn popular as many of the Xbox Live users I talk to speak of many a night positioned in front of the TV, getting their trivia on. But so far, Microsoft...
  • Gaming families rejoice: Microsoft outs Xbox Live Family Subscriptions for $99/year.
    by Mike
    Posted June 22nd, 2010 at 12:23 pm
    If there's one thing Microsoft has blown out of the park and done remarkably well with over the last 5 years, Xbox is definitely where it's at. Building off the original hardware console, Xbox Live has transformed international multi-player gaming into an extremely easy and intuitive affair. And now that multiple people in the same house probably want Xbox Live Gold accounts without paying $50 per person, per year, Microsoft is happy to oblige. Introducing Xbox Live Gold Family plans topp...
  • HOT HOT HOT: Sega Genesis games now $2.99 on Steam!
    by Mike
    Posted June 2nd, 2010 at 3:55 pm
    While many of the so called "hardcore" classic gamers already have gigabytes upon gigabytes of old ROMs, a few of you out there may want to stay more on the legal side of things. Today, Steam is making that a great deal easier with 11 new classic Sega Genesis games ripe for the pickin'. The best part is that they're only $2.99. Catch the list inside... (more...)...
  • Need for Speed World launching this July.
    by Mike
    Posted May 27th, 2010 at 12:14 pm
    This particular story is one I hold near and dear. Not because I have some random affiliation with EA, but because I love racing games in general. Need for Speed has been one of my favorite franchises over the years that has managed to maintain relevance in the fast paced world of gaming. Looking back at all previous games, I can honestly say that Need for Speed World set to drop this July has easily engrossed me more than any past NfS game. Here's why... (more...)...
  • Sony to unveil “real” Xbox Live contender: “PSN+”?
    by Mike
    Posted May 26th, 2010 at 10:18 am
    Are you a social gamer or one who cares more for eye candy and being locked away in a dark, somewhat smelly bedroom for hours on end? If you're the former, Xbox Live is pretty much your only choice. The integration with the console and the ease at which games can be played across continents to the simplicity of buying and downloading new games is second to none. But if you're the latter, Sony's PSN is more your flavor. I mean, how can you beat free? Sony realizing their PSN isn't quite...
  • The downfall of EA, used games, and online gameplay: EA to start charging $9.99 for activation codes to “unlock” online, multiplayer gameplay.
    by Mike
    Posted May 11th, 2010 at 10:13 am
    As the war rages on between the pros and cons of physical vs. digital game distribution, no clear winner has yet emerged. There's a good reason for that -- used games. With the control and ability to charge for every little aspect, game publishers are looking at DRM and the digital revolution to revitalize there sagging sales and "stop piracy". Not to mention, since people already trade used games via file-sharing, any legal variant is essentially hopeless. And of course, greed clouds their ...
  • Dropbox app now available for Android.
    by Mike
    Posted May 5th, 2010 at 9:02 am
    Those with a penchant for sharing files across multiple computers know how much of a pain swapping flash drives back and forth or emailing said files to and fro can be. Lately this thing called the cloud has saved the modern geek's life. Saving files to an online server/account that is accessible to any device with a browser is leaps and bounds easier than the two previously mentioned methods. If you spend a few minutes on Google, you'll come to find there are dozens upon dozens of cloud sto...
  • European gamer cites the law, receives partial refund for Sony’s self inflicted PS3 neutering.
    by Mike
    Posted April 8th, 2010 at 9:17 pm
    It isn't often that we here of the little guy, the consumer, the real victim in the great corporate sandbox getting what is dully theres. When Sony removed the other OS feature from the PS3 with the recent 3.21 update, a fair share of geeks around the globe were pretty upset. Granted, a "fair share of geeks" is quite small considering the overall global population. But it doesn't really matter how many people actually used the feature. The point is, Sony lied and senselessly removed a featur...
  • I think you’re getting a little too serious: CouterStrike player knifed in the head
    by Mike
    Posted March 24th, 2010 at 8:57 am
    Talk about taking something too far... A 16-year old CounterStrike player in China's Mishazi, Jilin province found himself, or in this case his head, on the wrong end of a knife, ending up with 1-1/2 extra holes after a brush with the local gang. Apparently the victim had a pretty insane score in CounterStrike. The gang suspected cheating and in return instructed the victim to install software on a public computer in an internet cafe. The teen refused. That's when things got all stabby......
  • Score one for the little guy: Common folk aren’t the only ones. Even the government hates NBC’s Olympics coverage failure.
    by Mike
    Posted March 1st, 2010 at 8:09 pm
    I as a commoner, a mere spec in the population bucket of the United States can sit here ranting and raving all I want about how NBC single handedly ruined the Olympics for the entire country. As an American, I'm ashamed and embarrassed to say NBC represented our country as the sole provider of Olympics coverage. And until today, you could even say I was alone (though 30 3 seconds on Google will quickly paint a vivid -- and expletive ridden -- picture). It is today however, March 1st 2010 that...
  • WebVision browser plugin to bring DirectX11 and beyond straight into the browser!
    by Mike
    Posted February 24th, 2010 at 5:24 am
    Even "modern" internet based games in the year 2010 are at best, current up to 2004 specs graphically speaking. The shortcomings are accepted though seeing as how browser support for advanced graphics simply aren't implemented in web standards. These little things called plugins however are on the verge of creating a new generation of web-based gaming. And I'm not talking about some hokey enhancements such as slightly less block faces and/or more shades of color. No, I'm talking about full b...
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