How to kill Call of Duty; aka, Why Battlefield 3 won’t win

17 Oct

Modern Warfare 3 or Battlefield 3?”

For some reason, people seem to think is a reasonable question to ask, but I’m never sure what they’re expecting to hear in response. I almost always hear the question asked with thinly veiled praise for one and blatant contempt for the other or as if it’s only possible to buy one or the other but not both.

Hey, Battlefield 3. You’re aiming the wrong way….

A much more interesting question is, “Which game will sell more copies?” The answer is, without a doubt, Modern Warfare 3, and the reasons why explain exactly what makes the original question so pointless.

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The Sad Tail of Mario

12 Oct

What would you say Mario is doing in the picture below?

Being awesome? Reenacting your childhood? Both good answers, but if given only one word to describe it, I’d bet most people would say Mario is flying. And, of course, it’s that weird little raccoon tail that’s granting him the power of flight.

The image of Mario soaring through the air with a striped tail instantly conjures up fond memories of Super Mario Bros. 3 for loads of people, far more than some might expect. Nintendo is aware of the soft spot so many hold for the iconic power-up, and soon, a new (though much smaller) generation of would-be Mario fans will see the plumber sporting a tail in Super Mario 3D Land. Unfortunately, they’ll wonder how such a lame ability ever warranted so much hype.

That’s because Nintendo is woefully ignorant of why the tail won our hearts in the first place. Continue reading

Developer to assist charity for Facebook likes, profile pictures

4 Sep

A video game developer is promoting an upcoming product by making a donation to charity based on the number of people who officially “like” the game on Facebook.

Hudson will donate 10 cents to Child’s Play Charity for every person who “likes” Lost In Shadow on Facebook and will up the donation to one dollar for anyone who changes his or her Facebook profile picture to one depicting a shadow.

Morgan Haro, marketing specialist at Hudson, said the event, called “Shadows To Light,” reflects the theme of the game, which revolves around the shadow of a boy climbing a mystical tower.

“The journey is all about overcoming hardships and the barriers that prevent you from reaching your goal,” Harrow said. “Child’s Play is a charity that sees hundreds of thousands of young children in a similar journey, only grounded in reality.”

Haro said her personal goal is to get 10,000 “likes” by the event’s September 7 deadline.

“At the very least, this would enable us to donate $1,000 to Child’s Play,” Haro said. “However that’s not factoring in how many of those 10,000 would have changed their profile picture to a shadow. Hopefully, we’ll see a good amount of those.”

Hudson will count the “likes” and profile pictures on September 7 to determine the amount of its donation. Lost In Shadow comes out in North America January 4, 2011.

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Italian-American group wants stereotypes cut from Mafia II

20 Aug

Mafia II tells the story of a Sicilian gangster's rise in the 1940s and '50s.

UNICO National, “the largest Italian service organization in the USA”, voiced its disapproval of Take-Two Interactive’s upcoming video game Mafia II, which places players in the role of a Sicilian gangster as he rises through the ranks of an Italian crime syndicate in the 1940s and ’50s.

Andre’ DiMino, UNICO National president, said Mafia II perpetuates the stereotype of all Italians and Italian-Americans as being connected to organized crime, a stereotype he said is based on a small percentage of truth when compared to the prevalence of other ethnic groups involved in organized crime. Continue reading

University tests concussions with Wii Fit (Washington Post)

19 Aug

An athlete measures his balance with Wii Fit.

The Washington Post’s Steve Yanda reported on the way some colleges are using Nintendo’s Wii Fit game and balance board to determine the status of athletes recovering from concussions by using the game’s balance exercises as a reference point for progress.

“The athletes love it because what we’ve done is we’ve incorporated this fun game that they’re playing at home into their rehab system,” said Tamerah Hunt, director of research at the Ohio State Sports Concussion Program. “But they’re also enjoying it at a time when they’re injured or at a time when their spirits are down, and they have to come into the athletic training room every day and they have to get all this treatment . . . and it’s kind of a reaction of, ‘Oh, this is fun.’ “

Read the full article in The Washington Post.

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