Category Archives: Xbox 360

Pach-Attack! And Other Awesome Links of the Day

Everyone’s favorite (or not) neighborhood friendly analyst Michael Pachter is getting the spotlight in a new video segment on GameTrailers called Pach-Attack!

And indeed that is what you will get in these short bits staring the Wedbush Morgan Securities forecaster; who has also guest stared in other GameTrailers’ programs like the Bonus Round.

So if you are like me, and enjoy Pachter’s insightful and funny outlook on the game’s industry, check out the first episode below where he lists his biggest winners and losers of 2009. And if you’re one of those people who don’t… well there’s a NeoGaf forum thread for you somewhere to vent your nerdy disgust.

Pach-Attack! Episode 1 [GameTrailers]

In other video game related awesome links of the day: an airport in Hong Kong have partnered up with Sony to install PlayStation 3 kiosks, Microsoft of Japan is launching a bunch of new commercials, and a Bitmob contributer argues for the use of Quick Time Events (which will make someone here angry and comment below.)

Plus you can also check out the discussion of the challenge of blending both game play and narrative with Rainbow Studios senior game designer Ara Shirinian on Gamasutra, and lastly, coming to Japanese theaters later this year (and a DVD rack at a Best Buy near you) is a live action movie based on Capcom’s Dead Rising series.

While this might not be Burger King, these awesome links are still flamed broiled hot – hot – hot!

Hong Kong International Airport Gets PS3 Kiosks [Joystiq]

New Xbox Japan Ads Are Reminiscent of Old Dreamcast Ads [Kotaku]

Quick Time Events When And When Not To Use Them [Bitmob]

The Uneasy Merging of Narrative and Gameplay [Gamasutra]

Capcom Making a Dead Rising Movie [GoNintendo]

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One Bored Gamer Remembers The Aughts: Part 1

Happy New Year everyone! We’re finally back from our holiday fun of making silly Youtube videos of me whistling Christmas tunes. Let me first say that my New Year’s resolution this year is to make sure things are erased off a flip camera, so that they won’t be later posted by a friend for the world to see. Other than that we both had a wonderful holiday season of doing absolutely nothing.

Now looking around the highways and byways of the internet, we see a bunch of gaming sites going into the way back machine, reminiscing about the past 10 years. The so called “Aughts.” And we here at One Bored Gamer Blog, being the geeky losers that we are, must jump on this bandwagon too.

So through out this week and perhaps continuing all month long, we’ll be bouncing around fond video game memories of the last decade. The highs and lows; the important and the nonsensical. So let’s get started.

Microsoft’s Xbox Launches In New York

The year is 2001. After the horrific tragedy that was 9/11, there was Bill Gates, richest man in the world and head of one the most successful software manufacturers, standing in front of a Toys “R” Us at New York City’s Times Square. He greeted eagerly awaiting gamers that stood in line for many hours in the cold November weather for Microsoft’s first bold attempt at the console gaming market, the original Xbox.

Say what you will about the software giant and it’s practices, but if it is one thing they know how to do is kick the competitions’ ass. It didn’t come without a huge price at first though, as Microsoft lost at lot of money with-in the first few years of business. But they’ve since taken a big chunk of the gaming market and built a successful platform with over millions and millions of users today.

Images provided by GameSpot.

A New Ridge Racer Game? And Other Awesome Links Of The Day

Yes after the last Ridge Racer for the PSP there will be a new Ridge Racer game, but not for the platform you think. Announced today was Ridge Racer Accelerated for the Apple iPhone. If there wasn’t any more given reason to hate people with iPhones, this might make me want to instantly chain-whip anyone I see that flips one out. But something is better than nothing for this really awesome arcade racing series from Namco-Bandai.

http://www.famitsu.com/k_tai/news/1230500_1350.html

In other awesome links of the day action: are Sony’s three big pillars of 2010, Andy Richter from The Tonight Show admits he was snubbed by the Video Game Awards for best voice acting performance, Dan “Shoe” Hsu’s disturbing tale of how his Xbox Live account was stolen, and Nintendo trademarking “Zii.” Oh lordy! Sounds like some juicy stuff to read!

Sony: Motion Control, 3D & PSN Are”Big Three Pillars” In 2010 [Kotaku]

Andy Richter upset at his Assassin’s Creed 2 voiceover VGA snub [Joystiq]

Hacked on Xbox Live: A Victim’s Tale [Bitmob]

Nintendo trademarks ‘Zii’ over in Japan, Creative is like ‘zaywha?’ [Engadget]

Arkham Asylum Sequel Announced

Spike TV’s VGAs kicked off with the announcement to an Arkham Asylum sequel.

The trailer showed a URL, Arkhamhasmoved.com but I can’t get the thing to work. Oh well.

BioWare on Dropping Violence from Games

In a recent interview with the BioWare founders, GameIndustry.biz discussed with them the maturing of the videogame industry.  Is there a possibility that as videogames mature, violence will be seen less.

That is not to say that violence will completely be dropped from games, but that games will use violence less and less as a way to attract crowds.  Most of us don’t remember the original MK for being a solid fighter.  It was about being able to rip your opponent’s head off.

The same goes for the original GTA series (although, I always found myself having more fun with those).  The first few games in the franchise were top-down views, and had no story whatsoever.  Yet somehow, they got us playing.

Even today, a lot of the people who enjoy Grand Theft Auto enjoy it because it lets them blow things up and shoot people.  I guess that’s fine, but it’s never been enough to keep me entertained for more than an hour.  Don’t even get me started on the missions.

What do you think?

You can also check out the interview here.