Video game achievements originally started when Microsoft launched Xbox 360 and have since become a very big part of video games. The Xbox Live achievements have ‘gamerscore’ points associated with them that contribute to your overall Gamerscore. Other platforms quickly/slowly adopted the concept…
Here’s an article about the achievement system and its effects on gaming. Definitely worth a read for any game designer!
Hi everyone, this is my first submission. I am an avid Bioware fan and love their work. Through searching for reference pictures for my upcoming Liara costume, I found these awesome papercraft models through deviantART.
This article was posted earlier today on Penny Arcade, and let me tell you now this is the most perfect example of what not to do to a customer. If you plan on starting a company (gaming-related or not) take notes. The gist of the article is this:
Basically, Ocean Marketing developed a housing for the PS3 controller that was supposed to be released before Christmas. A concerned customer emailed them asking about the status of the product in mid-December, and managed to get a reply from the worst PR person ever to exist. Ever. Hilarious name-calling, name-dropping, and dissing ensues. Especially after Gabe (of Penny Arcade) gets involved.
I caught wind of this on my twitter feed after Notch tweeted about it. After I read it, I did some quick Googling to see what else had occurred. Apparently they have their very own KnowYourMeme page now!
I think the best part of this whole thing is that Gabe finished off the article by listing Ocean Marketing’s contact information. Needless to say they’ve probably received more hate mail than their servers can handle. Also interesting, the Ocean Marketing Rep name dropped a ton of industry people in the emails, Scott Lowe from IGN being one of them. Along with getting the company banned from PAX, they earned themselves a few response tweets from Scott Lowe:
…which Engadget RT’d among other popular gaming news sites. They’ve also been mocked by Kotaku via Tweet and the email transcript has been posted to Avenger’s Amazon listing, effectively destroying most of their business. GG, Ocean Marketing.
But I also got a 3DS!! Woo! Now I’m fully prepared to preorder & purchase Animal Crossing when it releases. Until that day, however, I’ve got Super Mario 3D Land! I’ve really enjoyed it so far, even though my boyfriend has played it more than I have since I got it, haha.
It’s actually a pretty addicting game with some challenges that seem impossible without the tanuki suit. It’s also painfully easy to get lives. Steven’s died quite a few times, but it’s okay because he currently has eighty seven lives to spare. Assuming you can keep the tanuki suit until the end of the stage, there always seems to be a way to float to the top of the flagpole (which means an instant 1-up!). It kinda makes the game seem short, but since I haven’t beaten it yet maybe I’ll be surprised.
The game is clever and it’s cute and it’s Mario, so what’s not to love, really? I highly encourage going back and fully exploring levels, as it seems there’s a few ways to get to the end. Not to mention the star coins hidden throughout, which are fun to find.
Anyone else get this game for Christmas? Anyone else enjoying it?
It sucks, because I see & hear all of this great stuff about how Skyrim is so awesome, and I need to play, and I just can’t afford it right now. It’s so lame. This is why one day I’m going to be rich. Then, I will be able to buy ALL the games!
A couple of nights ago I was frustrated by my lack of Skyrim (and my lack of money), so I decided to go bother strangers on Omegle and whine about it. Read more to find out what happened…this guy, I swear.
The best thing about any SpiderMan is actually not SpiderMan. It’s this guy, right here. Bruce Campbell, that snarky narrator who makes you feel like a complete idiot for not getting the controls right.
But there’s no way you can possibly be mad at him for insulting your intelligence because he’s so funny.
So, I worked tonight and missed a bunch from Spike TV’s Video Game Awards. I’m kind of pissed about that, but at least I was working so there was income involved. I’m watching it now and just witnessed the Mass Effect 3 preview.
It looks so pretty! And so epic! Gah! I’m so excited for this, hahaha. Man, I really really hope I can get my desktop PC before it comes out. I will buy ME1 & 2, and marathon the crap out of both of them so I can be ready for ME3.
….wait. Is that Kevin Jonas introducing Rainbow 6 Patriots?!
“If you think internet anonymity is a license to act like a racist, sexist, foul-mouthed bigot, you’re a douchebag. In fact, what you need is a therapist and a swift kick in the gooch.”— Zachary Levi, VGA 2011
This might look like a normal game of Tetris, but do not be deceived! This game of Tetris has “special” blocks that do different, completely messed up things. I don’t want to give the magical surprises away, but I will say: This is not a game of Tetris for the faint of heart. This is a game of Tetris that is hard-f’ing-core.
You're talking to a random stranger. At least he understands.
You:Hi. Can you explain something to me?
You:Why is no one here culturally relevant? D: Why does no one like Skyrim?!
Stranger:Liking Skyrim doesn't have to do with one's culture.
You:It's the most anticipated game of 2011, this side of Modern Warefare 3. For all of the 16 year old males I've run into, it's a part of their general lifestyle. It's a work of art marketed directly to them.
Stranger:Well. I don't play much, apart from SC2.
You:See, now that's okay. But having to explain to them where Skyrim is on a map is perplexing. That's like asking where Mar Sara is.