Category Archives: Entertainment

Why Gamers cheat

Forbes has an article on why gamers cheat, breaking down the reasons into 4 buckets:

There are four major reasons why players cheat in a game: they’re stuck, they want to play God, they are bored with the game, or they want to be a jerk.

It goes into detail on each of these and also explains why cheating is actually good for you.

The author is Mia Consalvo an associate professor in the School of Telecommunications at Ohio University. Her current research examines women’s game play, the economics of the videogame industry and pedagogical uses of games. She has just written the book Cheating: Gaining Advantage in Videogames , to be released by MIT Press in 2007.

 

Spike TV Hosts the Video Game Awards

The awards show for Video Games is being hosted by Spike TV this year, the show will be broadcast tape delayed on Dec 13. If you’d like a sneek peek at a few of the results, here you go:

“The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion,” a fantasy role-playing game, was the top winner at the Spike TV Video Game Awards in Los Angeles on Friday, taking home five prizes, including “Game of the Year” and “Most Addictive.”
 
“Gears of War,” an alien shooting title, captured four honors, including “Studio of the Year” for developer Epic Games.
 
Nintendo Co. Ltd.’s new Wii video game console, which has wooed gamers with its intuitive one-handed motion sensing controller, took home the prize for “Breakthrough Technology.” 
 
Best Performance by a Human – Male: Patrick Stewart in “The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion”
 
Best Performance by a Human – Female: Vida Guerra in “Scarface: The World is Yours” (Vivendi /Radical Entertainment) 
 
Critics’ Choice: “The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess” (Nintendo)
 
Cyber Vixen of the Year: “Alyx Vance” in “Half-Life 2: Episode 1” (Valve)
 
Best Original Score: “The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion”
 
Best Graphics: “Gears of War” (Microsoft Corp./Epic Games)

Breakthrough Technology: Nintendo Wii

Mech Commander 2 Source Code Available

I found this on MSDN, basically MC2 is now ‘shared source‘:

If you’re interested in how real commercial games are built, look no further than Mech Commander 2, a real-time strategy game with full source code available released by Microsoft Game Studios. If you’re a C++ developer you can learn how to build your own mods to Mech Commander in these three free webcasts

Cost: Free

Get it: Download the full source code (1GB)

Code it: Mike Klucher from the XNA team gave a 3-part on-demand Webcast series on how to mod Mech Commander 2 that you should use as your starting point: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

MC2

Wii Have a Problem Here

Nintendo

Now just when I thought I had heard it all, along comes a class of gamers that make you wonder just how far a person will go to play their console games.  Well, the Wii has been out for a bit, and as always, there are horror stories to be told about user experiences.  By far, the most prominent complaint yet has been the malfunctioning strap for the WiiMote. (pictured below)

Wiimote

This device is used in a number of ways, swinging or lunging while holding it, to mimic the use of a sword, or sports equipment, etc.  To many players demise, the strap that is supposed to hold the WiiMote to your wrist while flinging around at mach speed, breaks quite easily, and has damaged or outright destroyed many TV’s, Laptops and windows across the US.  Nintendo has agreed in many cases already to replace the wrist straps, hopefully with something a bit stronger!  Too bad they won’t replace a 60 inch plasma TV, in the case of one dismayed gamer, or a 10ft piece of picture window glass in the case of another.

A group of kids in Tokyo, Japan have taken a insane initiative, and have superglued the WiiMotes to their hands.  They see it as a status symbol, and show them off in public.  Parents have dismissed this as a wacky and bizarre action, but are wary of the problems it can cause.  Some gamers in the US have taken to using duct tape or strong rubber bands to keep the device from slipping out of their hands.  In the extreme, some doctors have claimed they have been approached with proposals of having the device surgically implanted in their hand!

Now come on folks…  I’m all for playing some new games on a new console.  But to be a slave to a conotroller is just going way over the line here.  Can you say “Nintendo-Borg”?

[Found via BBSpot.com]

 

The Air Guitar Lives

Research Scientists in Australia have developed a high tech shirt that creates sounds depending on the wearer’s movement.  Using this shirt thats hooked up to sensors and computers, it allows the user to mimic the classic air guitar stance and use one hand to set chords, while the other creates music with a plucking motion.

Air Guitar Shirt

Now how cool is that?!?  I could have used this thing when I was a teenager in highschool and trying to impress the girls!

[Found via Guardian Unlimited]

Harrison Ford says he’s ‘fit’ to reprise ‘Indy’ role

Harrison Ford has declared himself physically fit to play Indiana Jones one more time. Ford, who is now 63, appeared at the Rome Film Festival this weekend where he also said that Sean Connery could return to play Indy’s Dad, as he did in the last movie, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Spielberg and Lucas are collaborating on the script which has been in the works for about a decade.

Create your own Simpsons Treehouse of Horrors promo!

Simpsons fans can take a crack at generating their own promos for The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror XVI, which is airing Nov. 5 on Fox.

A Web-based editing tool at thesimpsons.com/treehouse will allow fans to customize a 30-second promo using Treehouse video clips, sounds and music; title cards and text also can be added.

A panel of judges will choose the best fan-generated promo after the deadline at 11:59pm Oct 30. The winner receives a trip for two to The Simpsons‘ 400th episode party in Los Angeles in May and a chance for the promo to air on Fox.

City of Heroes: Issue 8 on Test Server

 

NCSoft announced today Issue 8 for City of Heroes and City City of Heroesof Villains is now available on their Test Server for subscribers. To Protect and Serve features Safeguard missions, Police Band missions similar to the newspaper missions of the villains from Issue 7, Pocket D Arenas where heroes and villains can battle each other, a new, reborn Faultline which has become a city zone, and for both heroes and villains a Veterans Rewards Program, which retroactively rewards players for their past active playing time.

More info about Issue 8

How to access the Test Server

How to build an igloo (a Microsoft office prank)

Check out this video of a bunch of geeks trying to prank their coworker who’s off getting married. Good stuff.

Note: If you’re a developer and don’t already follow Josh Ledgard’s blog, you should save his rss feed, he gives a great insider’s view to the Developer Division at Microsoft and the developer community efforts he’s involved in. I found this via Sara Ford’s blog, another one worth saving!

What happened this day, Sept 26 1964?

What happened today 42 years ago? Here’s a hint:

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale,
a tale of a fateful trip.
That started from this tropic port
aboard this tiny ship.

That’s right, we can’t let the day end without honoring the debut episode of one of the greatest shows ever: Gilligan’s Island.  With the exception of Seasame Street, more kids in the 60’s/70’s/80’s were probably raised watching this drivel than just about anything else.

RIP Gilligan and Gang, we loved ya but don’t miss ya…As far as castaways are concerned, GI is old and busted, ‘Lost’ is the new hotness!

Gilligan's Island