Most of us will never make it to the century mark, it's just not in our DNA, nor are we willing to give up the debauchery of our youth in the off-chance that we'll defy Father Time. But, there are things we can do that could potentially extend our stay among the flesh walkers, like eating healthy and looking both ways before running red lights. Or we could play videogames.
Nintendo President Satoru Iwata announced a new digital network for the 3DS handheld and upcoming Wii U consoles that will finally bring the company's online operations up to par with its competitors, or so Nintendo hopes. It's called the "Nintendo Network" service, a platform that, among other things, will let gamers grab hold of gamertags. Welcome to the Internet, Nintendo, do stay awhile, would you?
Do you live and breathe the Steam platform? Constantly wondering what your Steam friends are up to when you're way from your PC? Do you start to twitch if you don't get your Steam fix every hour on the hour? You should try coffee or Monster or any caffeinated beverage. In the meantime, Valve has found a way to feed your obsession to Steam with a new mobile app for Android and iOS.
With the Consumer Electronics Show now in the rear-view mirror, it's time to start looking forward to other tech conventions like the upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), which will kick off this summer. It's possible Microsoft will announce its next generation game console at E3, and in the process dispel or confirm the many rumors surrounding the Xbox 720.
Nintendo offered a couple of excuses as to why it posted significant losses for the April-December period when one year prior the numbers were looking pretty rosy. The house that Super Mario built got beat up during the nine months ended December 31, 2011, with sales totaling 556.2 billion yen, or $7.2 billion, down nearly a third from the same time period in 2010.
We have some bad news to relay to raucous gamers who were looking forward to running wild at BlizzCon this year. Blizzard Entertainment today announced there will be no BlizzCon 2012 because it's so "heavily focused on getting Diablo III, Mists of Pandaria, and Heart of the Swarm into players' hands as soon as possible." BlizzCon will, however, return in 2013.
The Capcom Digital Collection is a marvelous medley of eight digital Capcom titles crammed into a single Xbox 360 disc. If you were to download these titles separately via Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA), it'd set you back a Benjamin (combined). The all encompassing disc will run $40, saving you 60 percent, and potentially some valuable hard disk space if you happen to be running low.
Capcom on Thursday said that Resident Evil 6 is in full development and scheduled for release on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation game consoles on November 20, 2012, "with a PC version to follow." The newest installment in the popular zombie franchise takes place ten years since the Raccoon City incident and will see Leon and Chris come together for the first time. They will also be joined by new characters, Capcom says.
For as popular as the Xbox 360 is, Microsoft's been notoriously slow to certify game updates to be rolled out via its Xbox Live service, a constant source of frustration for developers and gamers alike. That's reportedly going to change when Minecraft is ported over to Xbox Live Arcade, which could very well end up being the first game to tout frequent and constant updates.
Talk to any thirty-something who grew up playing Atari and NES, and he'll tell you today's games have made gamers soft. Ever tried beating Adventure on Level 3? Or the original MegaMan? Don't even get us started on Silver Surfer or Battletoads. That's not to say there aren't any tough games out there today, but Irrational Games clearly feels gamers are in need of a good old fashioned ass kicking, hence the introduction of a '1999 Mode' in BioShock Infinite. It's intended for "gamers who long for the days of games that demanded more of the player," Irrational Games says.