Author Archives: Mike Priest

OnLive – video game console killer?

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The most interesting thing to come out of day one of the 2009 Game Developers Conference currently being held in San Francisco is start up company OnLive and their new video games on demand (GOD?) service. Essentially, it will allow gamers the world over to stream the hottest titles (they name checked everything from Crysis to Mirror’s Edge) via a fairly speedy internet connection directly to the lowest-end PC or netbook for instantaneous playback without the hassles of video cards or hard drives. Sounds pretty pie-in-the-sky to us but it does have the backing of some big publishers (EA, Ubisoft, Warner Bros) which if they can pull it off could spell the end of console gaming as we know it. Doom Doom Doom.

[hit up Kotaku for the full story]

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Rockstar announces Max Payne 3

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‘This is Max as we’ve never seen him before, a few years older, more world-weary and cynical than ever. We experience the downward spiral of his life after the events of Max Payne 2 and witness his last chance for salvation.’ Words directly from the mouth of Rockstar’s Sam Houser himself. Sounds pretty solid to us even if the official site is a little scant on details. We look forward to what will undoubtedly be a game filled with violence, bullet-time and one brooding old codger of a leading man.

Due out Winter 2009 on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

Etisalat almost releases Blackberry Storm

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The latest addition to Etisalat’s sturdy Blackberry portfolio comes in the form of RIM’s turbulent entry into the touchscreen smartphone market. Tepid reviews for the device aside, it’s good to see that it has finally hit our shores. Well nearly, the official Etisalat page still marks it as coming soon with nary a confirmed release date to be found but it does give you the option to register for a chance to win yourself a handset. Whether anyone actually wants one is a whole other story.

We’ll keep you posted on any concrete changes.

UPDATE: We’re not officially allowed to say anything yet, but we’ve just had notice of a joint press conference between RIM and Etisalat on Monday, April 6. For some reason it makes us think of that Ed Harcourt song: The Storm is Coming. And, no, we are not in any doubt.

Nutter side down: the Super Nintoaster

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Not content to separate your breakfast from your gaming? Well now you don’t have to – the above mod has ripped the guts out of a standard household toaster and replaced them with all the awesome bits that make up that quintessential vintage system of gaming, the SNES. Okay, so it doesn’t actually toast your bread (we’re guessing due to possible fire hazards) but you do load the game cartridges by pushing down the toast lever on the side. Breakfast of champions, indeed.

[Via Craziest Gadgets]

Video Game Hype: Dark Void

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In the lead-up to this year’s E3 in June, we will be taking a look at a bunch of upcoming games that we’re trouser-soilingly excited about. First up we have Dark Void from Airtight Games:

Platform of Choice – PS3/Xbox 360/PC

The 411 – Third person shooter centering around a cargo pilot named Will who crashes rather unfortunately into the Bermuda Triangle. Earth threatening battle of epic proportions against an Alien race called the Watchers ensues.

Hype Worthy CriteriaCrimson Skies pedigree is nothing to sniff at. Vertical cover takes Gears of War and points it skywards. Nicola Tesla makes a guest appearance as the game’s very own Q. Jet-packs transition gameplay from on foot to in flight fire-fights giving us that Rocketeer game that never was, but always wanted.

Media Dump –  Hit the official website for a teaser trailer.

Amazon releases Kindle-killer App for iPhone, huh?

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In a move that can only be described as an effort to cut the legs (with a freshly sharpened samurai sword) from under their e-book reader revamp before it even has a chance to get out of the starting gate, Amazon has launched a free iPhone app that has all the functionality of the Kindle 2 minus gimmicky e-ink and the inflated price tag (yes, you read right, it’s FREE). We definitely applaud your cojones Amazon, but worry that this all might be a tad counter productive.

Street Fighter IV tournament

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It’s time to limber up those digits – Pluto Games is hosting a Street Fighter IV gaming tournament at Wafi City’s E-City on the March 6 and 7, giving gamers from all over the UAE a chance to put their Hadoukens where their mouths are and duke it out for the title of Supreme Button Masher of the Universe. Okay, that last bit may have been made up but there are some fairly swish prizes up for grabs so head over to MEGamers to register if you think you’ve got what it takes to go up against the region’s best.