By Bobby Holt
This past week I became one of the unlucky Xbox Live customers to have his account hacked, stolen or allowed “unauthorized access,” as Microsoft likes to call it.
My account of five years, which has been with me through break-ups and hard times, gone through several name changes (the recent being bobby be merkin) is now gone for the foreseeable future. With that goes my credit card information that was linked to the account. The perpetrator which is now transformed into a felon once he or she, but let’s be honest with ourselves, he, used my credit card to purchased $150 worth of Microsoft Points. Luckily, I caught the situation early enough and had my bank settle everything, including the refund for the falsified purchases as well as closing that account and opening a new one. While this caused little harm outside of requiring me to change all of my passwords to pretty much everything and not allowing me to play video games for the past week, it’s still frustrating. Read more…
First of all, I would like to say I’m sorry for the lack of posting, I was grinding through my last semester at the fine Stony Brook University and now that I am finally a college graduate, let the writing begin. I’m so ready to be back, like Duke Nukem Fore…wait a minute, not a good comparison. Anyway, I’ve been on a writing hiatus for pretty much the last three weeks, soaking up the I-don’t-have-to-do-anything-life, but now I’m ready to get back into it.
I’d like to take care of a few housekeeping things first.
-New website, again, is coming. Assuming you guys want that. Leave a comment below letting us know what you’d like to see on a new site, or if you even want a new site.
Ed. Note: Sorry for the lack of updates everyone. I’ve just been getting slammed with real-world work and what not. I hope to be posting a lot more in the coming days, weeks, months and years.
Well, if you were waiting for more Assassin’s Creed, you won’t have to wait much longer. Game Informer’s June cover breaks news of Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, and the final chapter of Ezio’s role in the Assassin’s Creed universe.
Surprisingly enough, Altair, Assassin’s Creed’s original protagonist from the first game, will be returning in Revelations, although the main focal point of the game’s story will be wrapping up Ezio’s place in everything.
If Street Fighter are the Beatles of the fighting genre, you can make the argument that Mortal Kombat are the Rolling Stones. MK has always been more known for upper-cuts and low-kicks rather than learning extensive combos and button-chains. But what MK lacks in technical prowess, it’s always made up for in over-the-top gore and violence, and that’s never more true than the latest edition of the series in 2011.
Mortal Kombat goes back to it’s 2D roots in 2011, and frankly it should have never left. In a sense, it owes some gratitude to Street Fighter for reigniting the 2D fighting genre. Granted, it’s not true 2D, but rather 2D in a 3D plane (or is it the other way around?). The environments are 3D but you fight in 2D. There we go.
Well, we assumed as much about Nintendo’s next console, and they confirmed it today.
Nintendo Co., Ltd. has decided to launch in 2012 a system to succeed Wii, which the company has sold 86.01 million units on a consolidated shipment basis between its launch in 2006 and the end of March 2011.
We will show a playable model of the new system and announce more specifications at the E3 Expo, which will be held June 7-9, 2011, in Los Angeles.
More Nintendo news hitting the wire today, as the Big N announced some details on the upcoming Mario game for the Nintendo 3DS.
According to U.K. based Edge magazine, Shigeru Miyamoto said the new Mario game is “a combination of Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario on N64. It won’t convey the message if I talk to you today, but if you play it at E3 that will give you more understanding of what I’m talking about.”
So, it should be available for E3 in June. He also said the game will be available before year’s end, so expect it around the holiday season.
Miyamoto used this reference to better ease everyone’s minds. “For example, the floors floating in space: in 2D it’s difficult to judge the distance, but in 3D it’s really easy,” he said.
Nintendo’s E3 is shaping up to be even better than last year’s conference. A new Mario game coupled with a brand new console is more than anyone could ask for. They are really pushing Microsoft and Sony to up their game for the show.
According to an article on IGN, Nintendo’s new HD console that should be announced at E3 in about six weeks could retail for as high as $400.
Aside from the price-tag, a reasonable one at that for a brand-new console, the article also detailed some specs for the new hardware. The processor will be faster than that of it’s Xbox 360 counter-part. It will support full 1080p HD and possibly stereoscopic 3D. Read more…