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It’s quite rare to find good original Mac games nowadays, and while original might not be the right word for Freeverse’s soon to be released Neon Tango, it does remix elements from games we love, such as Asteroids, Geometry Wars, and Time Pilot. There seems to be this trend of remaking vintage games with new spiffy graphics, especially from game consoles developers for Xbox Live, Sony PSP, and so on. Just add multiplayer and I’d be sold.
Here’s what we know about it:
- Psychedelic retro arcade shoot-em-up genre.
- 50 stages of glowing enemies and pulsating bosses.
- Ability to bounce your shots off of walls and enemies
- Ability to charge up your cannon to deliver massive energy blasts
- Ability to stop time.
- Ability to use hyper thrusters.
- Uses OpenGL graphics.
- Killer soundtrack from Digital Droo.
- Three game modes: Campaign, Survival and Fast Score.
- Comes out on 5th February for $24.95
As you can see in what’s possibly the first video of Neon Tango’s gameplay, it looks quite fun. :)
Thanksgiving is the time of the year when American families get together to feast, a tradition started by the early English settlers (in Dec 1619) to give thanks for their harvest.
Since my family isn’t here, Thanksgiving is a time for me to be with friends, makan and play mad games. Almost every year, I go to Peter’s home for Thanksgiving, doing it potluck style.
I made my favorite Sweet Potato Casserole, and topped mine with both Glazed Pecans and mini marshmallows. Most people make either versions, but I wanted to have contrasting textures by having an all-in-one dish (crunchy & soft). It turned out so delicious I wanted to make more! This is one of those traditional American dishes I love to eat, partly because it’s a relatively easy to make side-dish which seems more like a warm dessert.
Of course we couldn’t just eat Sweet Potato Casserole for Thanksgiving, so others contributed as well. My housemate Hai Lee made Italian pasta salad to bring along, which was quick to make and great as an appetizer. When we arrived at Peter’s place, he had already prepared his delicious stuffed Turkey, his tasty stuffing, sweet carrots, and garlic mashed potatoes. To top it off, we finished off with his home made Creme Brulee for dessert.
In between the glorious food, we got to try out Peter’s new $160 Rock Band Xbox 360 game (the one with two guitars, a drum set and a mic for the singer). With Peter and my housemates, Kenny and Hai Lee, already Guitar Hero veterans, we formed a band with me frontin’ as singer. Florence, who celebrated her birthday recently, helped with the camera work.
I belted my grungy heart out to the likes of Nirvana’s In Bloom, Weezer’s Say It Ain’t So, Hole’s Celebrity Skin and Radiohead’s Creep. My favorite tune of the night had to be Beastie Boy’s Sabotage, of course.
There’s something quite artard about the game though; Rock Band made us replay these song over again and again just to unlock new ones. It’s not exactly fun singing the same thing a gazillion times, so we gave up and enter the cheat code just to unlock everything.
How was your Thanksgiving?
I bet it’s nothing as violent as this though…
… you should try to lose convincingly to her.
This guy went ahead to beat this chick 15 to 8 in the finals of a video gaming event today on campus. No chance of him getting her number now. ;)
A long time ago…
Reminds me of my recent trip to Singapore where I played a nostalgic game of Counterstrike with my friends at some cybercafe. They brought their girlfriends along and man did these ladies serve us guys our asses on a silver platter. I wanted to puke because I couldn’t fathom how ladies could do better than guys, especially in first person shooters. I asked them how they did so well and they simply said that they got bored watching their boyfriends play, so they joined in and learned the ropes. I find it strange because I know more girls than guys of are fast learners. I wonder if that hold true to the rest of you…
You don’t need to be a hardcore gamer to appreciate Portal, a new kind of action puzzle shooter which came out this week with Valve’s The Orange Box (aka Half-Life 2: Episode 2).
Unfortunately, those of us without souped-up Windows PCs or Xbox 360s won’t be able to join in the fun right?
Not anymore! Here’s the same Portal game, set in a flash-based world. Simply go over there now and play right in your web browser. Mind you, while the original game is in three dimensions, being two dimensional doesn’t make it any easier. Warning: Expect lots of highly unproductive work hours.
Taking a break from the heavy material, here’s something I enjoy in my spare time. These Halo 3 related images I shared seem to be making rounds from my Flickr feed. Too bad flickr doesn’t show trackbacks or referrals, so I’ve no idea who’s linking to them.
Above you see the ActionClix Halo figures and as you can see, I got a super rare invisible Arbiter. I do feel embarrased buying them since they’re meant for kids, but I love the detail on these tiny figures. Besides being toy figures, they doubles up as part of the ActionClix game, which looks quite fun. I don’t plan to collect them all since it’d be too expensive. Still, I do wish the Wizkids folks would sponsor me all 90 figures!
Here you see one many Halo-related merchandise. There are pins, buttons, iron-ons, stickers, tshirts and caps on sale now. Aren’t they cute?
Here you see a high-res shot of me executing a perfect knee from above. The blue enemy had first shots at me so I was certain to die… that was until I somehow executed an aerial move with a melee from above, killing him instantly. Thanks to the amazing built-in film editor mode, taking screenshots and video clips of past games is easy. Even my non-Halo friends were amazed at how I could pause time and move the camera around, much like bullet time in the Matrix.
I find it amazing how much data gets recorded by the game servers. Military ranks show multiplayer experience, while skill points indicate one’s ever fluctuating standing against other players. Halo 3 features several layers of gameplay, for the straight shooter, to the meta-game (collecting skulls, achievements, unlocking hidden armor), to machinimists, and so on.
If you play Halo 3, look me up as xX10kiloXx. Otherwise, check out the rest of the “Halo 3 maddness” photo set…
Data Mining blog did a comparison between halo, resident evil and borne, so I thought I’d do a little better…
All over the web (actually about 351 news articles from mainstream and online sources), the predictions for Halo 3 were clear. As yesterday’s LA Times noted, “… the video game is expected to pull in more than $150 million in sales in 24 hours. By comparison, “Spider-Man 3″ blitzed box-office records when it took in $151 million at theaters during its three-day opening weekend in May.”
So now that Halo 3 (major video game) is out, how did it do over Spiderman 3 (major motion picture)?
As seen on my chart comparing “Halo 3″, “Spiderman 3″ and “Resident Evil” (ironically, its both video game and movie), you can see the results for yourself. It’s still a bit early to tell, and I don’t have the financial figures, but an initial look at the amount of buzz in the blogosphere (tracked by no. of blog posts) gives us a clue as to how many people have likely bought and played Halo 3. As seen in the chart above, the amount of “Halo 3″ related posts in the first 24hrs might not trump that of Spiderman 3, but it’s certainly more than half. Since video games are typically less accessible media compared to movies, these numbers are quite impressive.
Still, what would the opening day sales be like? Well, given that a movie ticket might cost around $12 while a present generation video game cost around $60, that’s a five time multiplier for every sale made. Even with the roughest of estimates, I think that if Halo 3 captured just over half of the bloggers who watched Spiderman 3, that’s two-and-a-half times more dough to roll around in.
According to PricewaterhouseCoopers, what makes the video game business tantalizing is the potential profits. For Sony Corp., the estimated profit margin for “Spider-Man 3″ is 46%, according to entertainment research firm SNL Kagan. Microsoft Corp., which publishes “Halo 3″, has the potential to see a profit margin of 90% or more for the game.
The LA Times article breaks it down further for us, including how Spiderman 3 weighed in about $400 million to make and market, while Halo 3 around $60 million. Do give it a read to learn more about these industries differ, and how we might start to see an entertainment shift towards the use of digital actors, independent production (corporations).
While we see the lower cost online media (e.g. blogs, videocasts) eroding advertising dollars from traditional print media (e.g. newspapers, magazines), it’s not as simple for movies to lose appeal compared to video games. However, I might see a shift occur where ideas might break in video games first before hitting the movies (a shift in being prime media).
UPDATE: The figures are finally out. Microsoft announced that the Xbox 360 exclusive game “Halo 3″ has officially become the biggest entertainment launch in history, garnering an estimated $170 million in sales in the United States alone in the first 24 hours. Yes, Halo 3 eats blockbusters like Spiderman 3 for breakfast.