Microsoft has issued a challenge for developers and newbie developers worldwide to use Microsoft's XNA Game Studio 2.0 to build their game for the Xbox 360. This year they are accepting teams from 1 to 7 people to compete. First prize is $40,000, second is $20,000, third $10,000, and fourth is $5,000.
The deadline is September 23, 2008, after which the judges will be choosing the best entries on 3 main criteria: Fun Factor (40%), Innovation (30%), and Production Quality (30%).
Welcome, guys and gals, to the inaugural edition of the Gaming Roundup. The aim of this little column? Well, if you can’t deduce that from reading the title, then Lord bless you, at least you’re trying. Regardless, I implore you to sit back, relax, and enjoy some gaming news in tiny, fun-sized pieces. And if that doesn’t work, you can just read this article.
There's never been a better time to get more GPU bang for your gaming buck, but if you're shopping for an Nvidia graphics card, be prepared to be inconvenienced. Why? Because for some inexplicable reason, Nvidia has decided to enforce Manufacturer Advertised Pricing (MAP), which prevents e-tailers from advertising a price below a pre-determined cutoff point. So instead of seeing the actual price you can expect to pay, you must first add the item to your shopping cart before seeing the final cost. E-tailers that choose not to comply will face a series of penalties, but it's you, Joe Consumer, that really pays for this new pricing strategy.
The death-defying urban acrobatics of free running—seen recently on the
big screen in the Casino Royale remake, The Bourne Ultimatum, and Live
Free or Die Hard—are replicated to great effect in Assassin’s Creed, an
action-adventure console port that puts you in the nimble shoes of a
12th-century assassin. Light feet and tremendous upper-body strength,
rather than overwhelming firepower, are your greatest assets as you
scale walls and barrel across rooftops in one of the most refreshing
games we’ve played.
It’s easy to be seduced by Alienware’s m15x notebook. From its handsome silver-gray case to its cool-yet-tasteful LED accents to its comfortable lap weight of less than eight pounds, this 15.4-inch machine had us at hello. Of course, only excellent performance would keep us interested.
With the price of oil surpassing $100 a barrel, the apocalypse imagined
in Frontlines: Fuel of War may not be so far away. In this vision of
the future, the world’s remaining superpowers—split between two
factions—clash in a winner-take-all war for Earth’s last oil reserves.
Lucky for us, this makes a great backdrop for some intense multiplayer
4X (explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate) strategy games rarely
gain widespread popularity. They’re like the mathletes club in high
school—a haven for only the most hardcore of geeks. Sins of a Solar
Empire vitalizes the genre by automating most of the micromanagement
and replacing monotonous turn-based drudgery with faster-paced