Category Archives: Online games

Your Tabletop Games Are In Your Pocket

There seems to be a growing perception that in an increasingly digital world, traditional methods of entertainment are falling by the wayside. In other words, we’re too absorbed in our computers and smartphones to bother with good old fashioned fun. Sometimes complaints about this shift are as simple as someone muttering that kids never play outside anymore, and sometimes they come in the form of a more thorough analysis of the state of human amusement. For instance, a piece at Medium titled “Why Can’t We Read Anymore?” recently took a pretty dire look at what’s happened to human concentration.

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Crysis 2 Leaked

Crysis 2 was scheduled for release on the 22nd of March, but that doesn’t mean anything to people who want a game and will release a game into the gaming world for us heathens to play ahead of time.

So a late developement build of Crysis 2 has gone up on certain sites, it includes the full game, including multiplayer.  It also includes the DRM Solidshield master key files, which only handles the online activation. No one is sure where the leak came from, but it’s especially damaging because the game is near to being declared gold and shipping to retailers.

PS3 Firmware 3.56 Includes a “Rootkit”

Well played Sony, you managed to put a root kit into your new firmeware update, that being if we actually updated our console. I myself will be staying on 3.41. It’s been reported that CFW disables your blu-ray play back.

Back to the rootkit though their own “rootkit” so to speak, which allows them, being Sony to execute remote code upon login. What code exactly? Well that can range from confirming system files, detecting custom firmware to searching for any installed homebrew that you may have put on. It’s rumoured that they will be able to “kill” your console but that has yet to be seen.

The Grateful Dead Get A Videogame

I don’t know about y’all but this is the most exciting video game news I have heard in a year. You can tell I like the Grateful Dead already? Well I do, they play music like I play video games, with reckless abandonment and somehow it turns out in a positive light.

The surviving band members gave the project their blessing, but the agreement was brokered by Rhino Entertainment, the Warner Music Group subsidiary that has managed all of the band’s intellectual property since 2006.

“We can’t wait for everyone check out the fun new toys we are building,” said David Lemieux, the band’s longtime archivist, in a statement.

Sony Takes Legal Action Against Infamous PS3 Hacker GeoHot

They mean business don’t they, and by they I mean Sony.  Geohot has been served papers and the charges include:

• 18 U.S.C. § 1030(a)(2)(C) – Confidential Information On Computer
• 18 U.S.C. § 1030(a)(4) – Intent To Defraud And Obtain Value
• 18 U.S.C. § 1030(a)(5)(A) – Knowing Transmission of Code
• 18 U.S.C. § 1030(a)(5)(B) and (C) – Intentional and Reckless Damage And Loss
• 18 U.S.C. § 1030(a)(6)(A) – Trafficking in Password
• 18 U.S.C. § 1030(a)(7)(B) – Intent to Extort

Oh but don’t think it ends there the papers were also served to 27C3 lecturers and fail0verflow members Marcan aka Hector Martin and sven aka Sven Peter and 100 John Does, as posted on IRC and his site.

Activision Adds EA to $400 Million Infinity Ward Lawsuit

Activision fired a shot at its biggest rival, accusing fellow publisher Electronic Arts of “hijack[ing] Activision assets for personal greed and corporate gain.”

Activision is seeking $400 million from the three defendant parties.

Kotaku has the full text of the 39-page document, which claims that the Medal of Honor publisher “set out to destabilize, disrupt and to attempt to destroy Infinity Ward.”

I for one wished I could have sued EA back when they bought all rights to NFL games a few years back.  It looks like EA might be a bully in the the video game world, hopefully no more after this lawsuit.

Gears of War 3 Beta Slated for April, There’s A Catch Though.

Epic Games will give early access to the Gears of War 3 beta to anyone who buys Bulletstorm for Xbox 360, the publisher said Friday.

This has to be one of the most highly anticipated games for 2011, but is it worth paying full price for a game “Bulletstorm” that you might not even like? Microsoft and Epic seem to be dangling the carrot out in front of us but who will bite it? For me I knew I was buying Gears of War 3 the second I finished Gears 2, as I think a lot of people did.

I guess sales numbers will tell in February providing Bulletstorm isn’t postponed.

Tiger Woods Needs to Start Winning for Partnership to “Make Sense” in the Long Run, EA Says

Looks as if Tiger Woods may be getting the boot from EA if he continues his golf game slump.  EA has prided itself of having the  number one golfer on the cover of it’s games and since Tiger has now dropped to the number two golfer in the world EA may change their front man to keep that tradition alive.

Speaking with Reuters (via NBC Sports), EA CEO John Ricitiello reiterated that there’s “no threat against Tiger.” But he also noted what he referred to as their business relationship.

Play Tower Defense Games

A hugely popular type of online game of late is that of the tower defense game genre. One of the reasons for this rise in popularity is need for using intricate tactics, to defeat a logic based game, and the slow rise in difficulty making it feel fun but challenging. A tip to defeating these tower defense games is to use the towers which slow the enemy down. Sometimes you’re able to slow them down by placing things on the path. These are usually very cheap, so make sure to use them by placing them in range of your best towers.

At some stage if you have to deal with self healing enemies, make sure to make some towers at close to each other as possible, so they don’t have enough time to If there. You should also learn which enemies are vulnerable to certain towers and make sure you fit the creation into your strategy to beat the tower level. In some games you’re able to see a list of which type of enemy will be released. You can use these tactics in games such as Bloons Tower Defense 4 which, with it’s colorful, vibrant graphics, is one of the best games of this genre.

Rather than using a tower as your defense, there are also the purely defense type games, such as Snipe Down, which fans of “defend the house” style games will enjoy hugely. The objective being to use your trusty sniper, controlled with the mouse, to eliminate all the enemies before they are able to get to your “house”. As you advance through the waves, tougher enemies start to attack, the round length becomes longer, and more weak enemies spawn. To help you defend, every kill helps towards unlocking upgrades to your sniper rifles, automatic turrets and more. Can you survive until the last man standing is dead?

Although not a tower type game, Storm the house 3 is a defense type game which is worth playing. This game is the third in the storm the house series, where the objective is to defend your house from slowly increasing numbers of enemies, for 40 days. As you kill enemies you can upgrade and expand your weapon arsenal, as well as build turrets, or hire soldiers to repair your house, or assist you in defending. There’s also a range of mini-games, ranging from punching jeeps, to playing music by killing enemies. So if you have a spare moment, give these tower & defense games a go!