We got a nice swag pack from Ubi the other day containing a "Prince of Persia" pixel tee designed for PAX and a limited edition print of a page from the upcoming "Prince of Persia" comic by Penny Arcade.
Starting October 15 and running through Dec. 2 (when the new "Prince of Persia" game debuts), you can check out the comic here:
Judging from the print we got, the artwork is quite impressive. We'll be sure to check it out on the 15th and report back any crazy developments.
Yesterday, we told you about Obama's in-game ad in the Xbox 360 version of EA's "Burnout Paradise".
Today, we have confirmation that the ads are also appearing in "Madden 09," "Nascar 09," "NHL 09" and "Skate." And, Rachel Maddow, of MSNBC's "Rachel Maddow Show" said last night that the ads are appearing in nine games total.
Of course, with those ads come some McCain-Palin spoof ads. You can view some good ones here.
If I had the time today, I'd like to photoshop my own. For now, I'll offer you a few premises. "NHL 09," + hockey mom Palin = "Hockey Moms Do it Better" and "That ain't lipstick, that's blood" (hockey joke about losing your teeth and bleeding...in case the Secret Service is looking).
Then, there's McCain. Of course, the good 'ol "I'm old" jokes float through the head, but I'd like something a little more esoteric. Perhaps you could name your "NHL 09" team "The Keating Five" (of course, that leaves out the goalie...who makes the save-ings and loans).
I guess, I'll fold to my easy-joke filter and suggest yet another "NHL 09" ad: "McCain: It's cold in here. I need a blankey."
Ah yes, that feels right.
Far Cry 2, the new open-world first-person-shooter from Ubisoft, asks a lot of you. It's definitely not a dumbed-down game and it surely is not for beginners. It's spartan features and rigid gameplay elements make it sort of the masochist's Mercenaries 2.
The game begins with a long opening movie of you, a mercenary for hire, riding into a civil war-torn town somewhere in Africa. Out of the civil war two main factions have emerged: the Unified Front for Liberation and Labor (UFFL) and the Alliance for Popular Resistance (APR).
Because this brought up memories of the all-to-real events in Sierra Leone over a decade ago, events so hauntingly recounted in Ismael Beah's "Long Way Gone," I had to come up with my own names for them, so I got in the habit of calling them: the United Federation of Lame-o Losers and the Association of Postal Retirees. There, that feels better.
Fary Cry 2's main story arc is based upon you finding and eliminating Jackal, an arms dealer who supplies weapons for both sides of the war. This devil of a man is responsible for every bullet and every death in this war ravaged region, essentially giving you that warm fuzzy feeling for meting out justice with, well, bullets and death.Continue reading ""Far Cry 2" Review - Not for the Weak of Heart"
On Wednesday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will review a 2007 ruling of a San Jose federal judge finding that the 2005 Anti-Violent-Videogame law, written by state Sen. Leland Yee (D - San Francisco), is unconstitutional.
There is little doubt that the Court of Appeals will uphold the ruling, as the law as it is written violates the first ammendment.
Which leads me to think that the timing of this is awfully convenient, what with an election a mere 10 days away. Yee and his fellow state Sens. can claim that they're fighting for families when all they're really doing is pretending to be concerned.
As Ali so eloquently has written:
The problem is, when the politicians write such laws and they make such noise, they are undermining the work of the ESRB, leaving parents confused. If the politicians are serious about this issue, they need to back up the ESRB and their rating system instead of fighting them at every turn. And, until the politicians do back up the ESRB, I can only assume they are looking our for themselves, and not our kids.
Let's face it, the economy is in the crapper. You don't have $60 to spend on a new video game. And, why would you when there are so many great games out there for bargain prices?
I have assembled a list of five games which will give you hours and hours of gaming pleasure, for around $20 each.
This prep school sandbox game has the mechanics and production quality of a Grand Theft Auto (both are made by Rockstar Games) but without the bloody violence. Instead, you get an engaging story with memorable characters.
In it you play as Jimmy, a troubled kid who gets sent to prep school. Your goal is to rise through the ranks of the social hierarchy, attending classes, kissing girls, and using your slingshot on the football team. Bonus: You can steal lunch money.Continue reading "Top 5 Values in Gaming"