The original Larry Laffer returns with new jokes and puzzles
It's been nearly two decades since the last Leisure Suit Larry game launched. No need to check our math, we're intentionally ignoring the releases of Magna Cum Laude (2004) and Box Office Bust (2009), both of which inexplicably shunned Al Lowe in the development process even though he made it be known he wanted to participate. But let's not cry over spilled beer, the original Leisure Suit Larry is back on the prowl, and this time, Al Lowe was involved from start to finish.
Shield console suffers a minor setback just prior to launch
Nvidia said a final round of quality assurance (QA) testing turned up a mechanical issue in its Shield handheld gaming platform, prompting the device maker to delay the system's launch until sometime next month. The issue relates to a third-party mechanical component, and while Nvidia didn't specific exactly which piece of hardware is acting up, the company did say that it's working around the clock with the part's supplier to resolve the issue.
The next generation of game consoles from Sony (PlayStation 4) and Microsoft (Xbox One) isn't just about the hardware, it's equal parts software and whether or not the gaming industry as a whole is ready to transition to a digital distribution model. For the most part, the transition is mostly complete on the PC side thanks to services like Steam, and had Microsoft stuck to its guns, the Xbox One would have leaned much more heavily on digital downloads than physical media. As for Sony, it wasn't even a consideration, because gamers simply don't want to buy games online, the company says.
Good news, gamers. Nvidia has decided to slash $50 off the price of its upcoming Shield handheld gaming device, thus giving it a new MSRP of $299 (down from $349 previously). For those of you who already pre-ordered a Shield, you don't have to go pound sand. Nvidia says that you, too, will be charged the new price when the product ships.
Another month is in the books, and yet again, NPD Group noted a drop in overall game sales compared to the same period a year ago. No minor decline, total game related sales dropped 25 percent to $386.3 million from May of last year when hardwre, software, and accessories totaled $517 million, according to NPD Group's data. Breaking it down by category, software sales fell 31 percent to $175.1 million and system sales declined by the same percentage, raking in just $96 million.
Microsoft made a splash at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) last week by showing off a number of fantastic looking games for its upcoming Xbox One console. It was hard not to get excited by some of the titles, including Dead Rising 3 and Forza Motorsport 5, but as it turns out, the game demos we saw might have actually been running on Hewlett-Packard PCs running Windows 7.
Patriot Memory on Monday announced that it's teamed up with Meteor Entertainment to launch a "one-of-a-kind" SuperSonice Rage XT promotional bundle with Meteor's online mech action game, Hawken. The bundle pairs Patriot's 64GB USB 3.0 Supersonic Rage XT NAND flash memory drive with a game changing 7-day Hawken Double XP Boost, allowing gamers to level up faster in the multiplayer mech title.
In just less than two weeks from now -- June 25, 2013 -- Arma III will release to PC in beta form, though you don't have to wait until then to see what the upcoming open world tactical shooter is all about. Maximum PC Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang made his way over to Arma III's booth at E3, where he was able to record several minutes of gameplay footage and extract some information about the title.
Former Microsoft director Adam Orth found himself in hot water after issuing a barrage of snarky statements on Twitter related to the Xbox One and the concept of always-on game consoles, and not long after, word spread that he resigned from his position. Such is the sensitive nature of maintaining a relationship with gamers who aren't down with the idea of a console that requires a persistent Internet connection. It also begs the question of what a gamer should do if he has slow Internet or no Internet at all. In that case, Microsoft says you should stick with the Xbox 360.
Battlefield 4, the 13th installment in the popular Battlefield franchise, is due to release on October 29, 2013 in North America and shortly after in other parts of the world on PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. Some of the elements will be the same or similar to prior versions, like the heads-up display (HUD) with a mini-map and compass in the lower left corner, and ammo counter and health meter in the lower right. The potential for destruction is greater than it's ever been, as we got a chance to see first hand at E3.