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The Rise of AI in Communications

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The War Z MMO Lands On Our PCs Soon

July 19, 2012

One thing I've often said, for years actually, is that there should be more zombie games out there. There's so much room for zombie games to happen in the first place--why on earth not bring them into play? Zombie shooters, zombie builders, zombie RPGs...well, seems that someone finally took me seriously, because The War Z is coming our way fairly soon...and it's an MMO.

Moreover, The War Z has a downright impressive release schedule in mind. It's currently in alpha state, and looks to launch a closed beta ahead of its release by the end of the year.

Roccat To Roll Out Power Grid At Gamescom Show

July 18, 2012

With E3 now just a fond memory, and the next PAX show so far off in the distance you can't even really see it from here, the next game show, such as it is, will be the massive German extravaganza known as Gamescom, which will hit Cologne, Germany August 15 through August 18. When it does, the folks at Roccat will be ready and waiting with their long-awaited Power Grid system ready to show.

The Power Grid system is part controller, and part game augmentation. The Roccat Power Grid allows users to take their smartphones and incorporate them into a whole new control scheme for many popular games. It provides an access to not only communications systems like Skype and TeamSpeak, but also a means to control certain in-game functions like the dispensation of healing items and the like.

Paramount Looks To Launch World War Z Game

July 17, 2012

While I'm not very fond of the work of Max Brooks--it's a great idea, overall, but his execution isn't all that great, and his fascination with the Shaolin spade drives me up a wall---there's plenty of people who love both his zombie guide and his novel, World War Z. Sufficient people, in fact, to get Paramount interested in launching a World War Z game.

The trademark has been registered, but no one's quite sure just what it's going to be about. The immediate guess is that this will either be a real time strategy title or a first person shooter, perhaps both at once. Given the nature of World War Z, there are plenty of possibilities.

There are also plenty of possibilities for a zombie game that isn't just a shooter, and this one may well take advantage of some of them.



Deadpool Hits Trailer Scene With Comic-Con Trailer

July 16, 2012

Ask many Marvel Comics enthusiasts--like myself--who their favorite character is, and more than once you'll likely hear the word Deadpool come up. While many Marvel characters have made their way to games, the Merc with the Mouth hasn't had the opportunity to get his own game...until now.

The trailer for the Deadpool game emerged from Comic-Con, which is widely regarded as a great source of information about television, movies, and video games, especially if they're about comic books in some way. Getting Deadpool involved is an exciting prospect, especially since some believe a Deadpool movie may not be too far out of the picture, given how the Wolverine movie went.

The trailer itself, meanwhile, is classic Deadpool, complete with multiple narration boxes, attractive young women in skintight clothing, a bouncy castle, and lots and lots and lots of gunplay. The voice comes from none other than Nolan North, who had previously performed the voice role of Deadpool in several other video games previously.



Fortnite Going To PC--And PC Alone, At Least For Now

July 12, 2012

Bad news for all you console gamers out there, like me: Fortnite, a surprising little title that got a little face time out at the San Diego Comic-Con today, will be making its first appearance on the PC. Perhaps worse news, however, is that no one's sure if it will make an appearance anywhere else.

The word is that running Fortnite is going to take a pretty impressive amount of hardware to run, since it will be packing the Unreal Engine 4 under the hood. Moreover, the PC-only release is likely to be gradual, with a rolling release likely starting with a "friends and family beta" and carrying onward from there.

Considering that it's already been described as a kind of hybrid of Minecraft and The Walking Dead, it's not hard to be enthused about such a release. But such a release being only available for the PC, as opposed to including a little love for the Xbox 360 and PS3 crowds, isn't a welcome development.



God Of War Still May Hit The Silver Screen With Some Saw Help

July 11, 2012

While the thought of a God of War movie leaves me cold at best, there's some fresh word about this one that may leave some even colder...but may perk some up for a potential winner in the making.

The early word says that the writers of Saw IV through VI, as well as the Feast trilogy, Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, are taking over the script for the God of War title, which was formerly the province of God of War's executive producer David Self.

Oddly, I enjoyed the last few titles in the Saw series, thanks to the introduction of the "Jigsaw's legacy" subplot as personified by Jigsaw's protege Detective Hoffman taking on Jigsaw's widow, Jill Tuck. Personally, I was Team Hoffman all the way, especially after Tuck's little trick with the reverse bear trap--man, how low was that?--but that odd little detail aside, the thought of Dunstan and Melton being involved gives me a note of encouragement for God of War. Especially if they throw in some of the surprising humor that the Feast series brought into play. The end credits on Feast 3: The Happy Finish alone were a delight of bizarre comedy.

This may well prove better than I expected originally. It may not. There's only one way to find out, and since there's no word as yet on release dates, we may be in for a bit of a wait.





Android-Powered Ouya Makes Kickstarter Goal In Less Than A Day

July 10, 2012

Looks like we're going to be seeing a new entrant in the console wars before too much longer has passed. Specifically, we'll be getting eyes on with the Ouya, an Android-powered console that made its $950,000 Kickstarter goal in well under 24 hours.

It's set to sell for $99, and will be powered by a Tegra 3 processor running the Android platform, making it an unusual item to say the least. It will be packing eight gigs of storage, a wireless gamepad, and was designed by no less than Yves Behar.

Ouya hopes to have this one available on shelves by the first quarter of 2013, which is a crying shame, because they'll miss the Christmas shopping rush that will hit within the next four months.

A $99 console sounds like a good idea, though one question that immediately springs to mind for me is the games.





Help Wanted: Mists Of Pandaria Occupations Emerge

July 9, 2012

While, not so long ago, people regarded the concept of Mists of Pandaria as little more than an in-joke, the in-joke has become a reality. Now, we've got a first look at one of the newest occupations in Mists of Pandaria: tailoring.

For a society that basically looks like Kung Fu Panda times a million, it's not surprising that they're not doing a whole lot of metalworking and armorcrafting. No, from the look of the early reports, the newest chapter of World of Warcraft will bring a lot more working with cloth.

Specifically, so the newest reports put it, Windwool cloth, which will be to Mists of Pandaria what Embersilk was to previous iterations. But this time around, there will be a premium on tailors willing to go out and kill their own bad guys, as some of the best stuff will require very specific items that may not readily be found at auction.



NiGHTS Into Dreams To Make HD Comeback

July 5, 2012

Just recently, we were discussing the future of Sega as a company, following news that they were about to launch a big old slew of layoffs from their European branches, among others. But now, news that Sega is planning to bring back an old favorite: NiGHTS Into Dreams.

The release is set for sometime this fall, and will boast not only a 16:9 aspect ratio, but also achievements and trophies, as well as a "Saturn mode" that offers as yet undetermined extra capability.

That's not the only unknown packed into this particular game, which will be hitting both Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network as well as PC when it actually does hit. Some have wondered if the Christmas NiGHTS content would make the re-release, and Sega, for its part, is staying mum about such things.

But this, in and of itself, is a fine idea.





Final Fantasy 7 To Hit PC Via Square Online Store Soon

July 4, 2012

Now stepping into the "Coming Soon" slot is no less than one of Square's biggest releases in history, as the PC version of Final Fantasy 7 will be hitting Square's online store in the not too distant future.

The game will be released in a variety of languages, including French and German, and is also said to feature a way to boost characters' stats in game without the need for leveling up or associated grinds and farming. This particular point has raised more than a little ire across the gaming community, though a case can comfortably made for this point. There are many gamers out there who like playing games for the sake of the plot, and a way to make your characters overpowered sufficiently to tear through boss fights and get on with the plot, well, that's appealing.

Still, it's easy to understand why many are annoyed, as for many, a game is about the challenge, with the plot being a reward for challenge achieved. I, on the other hand, am not one of them for two significant reasons: one, I'm one of those who plays games for the plot, and two, I, unlike most of the civilized world, preferred Final Fantasy VIII.



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