Archive for the ‘Games’ Category

Marek Okon.

Posted: February 16, 2011 in Games, Software

Found this amazing Polish artist, Marek Okon, who works in video-game industry, creating conceptual arts for games, as well as covers for magazines and fantasy/sci-fi books.

Just look at his Photoshop skills!

Here is his personal web-site:

http://www.okonart.com/

Makes me wanting to start leaning how to draw.

Mass Effect 2 for PS3.

Posted: January 17, 2011 in Games, Technology

Mass Effect 2 will go on sale for PS3 tomorrow (on 18.01.2011) in North America.

What’s interesting, people would be able to purchase this game on Blu-Ray and in downloadable form via PlayStation Network (the installation pack will “weight” around 12 GB). Hmmm… Looks like Sony is taking online video-game distribution quite seriously (I think this is the first time when you will actually be able to download an entire game from PlayStation Network; it has been used for beta-versions and additional media only until this moment).

Doesn’t it look strange to you? A 1-year-old game is being released on PS3 in January, which is, probably, one of the quietest seasons on the market. It seems like Sony is just experimenting with all this online distribution stuff. If ME2 succeeds, we might expect to see some more big projects that would be entirely downloadable from PlayStation Network by the end of 2011.

So, people, please be quiet. The fate of optical disk drive for PlayStation 4 is now being decided.

A few words about dying PC-gaming.

Posted: January 15, 2011 in Games, Polls

Blizzard Entertainment has sold over 4.7 million copies of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm in the first month after its release. And that saddens me, my friends.

Think about it. An expansion set, an addon to the game that was originally released back in 2004, easily beats StarCraft 2 in less than 30 days! MMORPG is still the most popular game-genre among PC players, and that what weakens PC as a gaming platform. There is no need to go and buy yourself an upgrade in form of a new graphics card if the only thing you do on your computer is overplaying the game that is 6 years old! Low demand for new and powerful hardware leads to some financial difficulties for the companies that develop it, forcing them to find alternative ways to stay alive, which, overall, slows the progress badly.

Game developers can’t develop new games with high quality graphics for PCs, because they wouldn’t be able to sell them to anyone. Nobody has a computer that could run these games on high settings! The only way to survive is to make games for consoles, Xbox 360 and/or PlayStation 3, but the progress in video-game industry is going slow anyway, because those platforms don’t have to compete with PC anymore…

The current, 7th generation of video-game consoles has lived the usual 5-years life spam already (Xbox 360 was released during the end of 2005, which was 5 years after the release of PlayStation 2, the first console of the 6th generation), and there are no announced plans for any 8th generation game consoles yet (of course, there have been some minor modifications along the way, such as PS3 Slim or Xbox 360 S, plus a few addons, such as Kinect and EyeToy (also, they are the things that should be banned for the sake of technological progress!!!), but they are, basically, the same consoles as they used to be anyway, just with a slightly improved hardware characteristics). The competition isn’t that tough anymore to try to invent something significantly better and more powerful.

Back to PC. What exclusive titles have been released on personal computers since 2007? The first Crysis (the second one will be multiplatform), StarCraft 2, Civilization V, a few other RTS games that nobody really cared about (I’m not counting multiplatforms, such as CoD’s and NFS’s, in, because they hardly represent PC as a platform)… And the biggest PC titles of 2010 have been outperformed (in terms of sales) by some expansion set for a dorky game that was released back in 2004! That’s RATHER sad.

Console world is far more interesting, at the moment. So many good game franchises in there, from Halo to Killzone, from Mass Effect to Uncharted, from Final Fantasy to Heavy Rain.

I miss the good old times, when PC had its own big and exclusive titles. We all remember enjoying playing the games of such series as Heroes of Might & Magic, Age of Empires, DOOM, Warcraft (I’m talking about RTS series!), Diablo, Half-Life, the first Far Cry and F. E. A. R…. Lot’s of good memories.

Today, unfortunately, as it seems, MMORPGs are holding the industry back, and there is nothing anybody can really do to change it…. :(

So, yeah, WoW is the one to blame!

And, of course,  as it usually happens, nobody cares. Let’s go back and continue playing Angry Birds…

*EPIC SIGH*

P. S. By the way…

Mass Effect – done!

Posted: January 7, 2011 in Games

I’ve been catching up on some 2007-2009 Xbox 360 titles lately. This morning, at 4 am, I finished the first Mass Effect. Took me over 33 hours to do so.

The game is incredible. It is certainly the best 2000’s RPG I’ve played so far.

Mass Effect unravels itself  slowly. It took me over 6 hours to get into it, and the more I played it, the more I liked it. You have to spend at least 5-7 hours exploring all of its features, unraveling different storylines and learning about its universe in order to start really enjoying the game.

The Mass Effect’s universe is so well developed and thought through that it could easily compete with the majority of modern sci-fi novels. You could spend a decent amount of time just reading all the additional info about the background history of the world you’re in, examining diplomatic situation between different galactic species, browse through orbital and chemical characteristics of the planets that lie in the different solar systems that you’re going to travel to during the game. Knowing all this info wouldn’t influence the gameplay much, but what it certainly does is that it enriches your perception of the surroundings. You’re really starting to get into the game, feeling that the digital world you’re playing in has it’s own complex history, it’s own culture. The fact that its universe is so rich and deep makes Mass Effect so amazing.

The main storyline itself is also pretty impressive. The depth of the characters is phenomenal.

As in many other modern RPGs, you can choose different directions of conversations during dialogues, which can influence the flow of events and open up some unexpected twists, which makes this game quite replayable.

What’s interesting, the game only lets you choose the direction of conversation, and not the actual phrases/sentences that your character is going to say, which adds realistic effect to the gameplay (in real life, you just think of what you want to say, and all the wording process happens automatically, on the fly, so to speak… in most cases), and that also saves your time by preventing you from reading the entire paragraphs that you’re going to hear anyway.

The realization that your actions influence the storyline can create an interesting psychological effect, if you’re the kind of person who usually puts himself/herself in the shoes of the main character. For example, there was a situation when two of the main characters (my team members), were in danger, and I could save only one due to the time limit, so I had to choose between two (taking into consideration all the background info on their biographies, personalities, how have they connected with my character during the past storyline, etc). I had to sacrifice one to save the other. And that made me really sad. I mean really, emotionally sad. Isn’t that what you might called an Epic Win for the producers of this game? I think it is.

Well, as I said earlier, I spend over 33 playing this game, I finished the main storyline, but there are still many side missions and quests, plus a few tens of star clusters that left unexamined by me. I’m still feeling  like I didn’t experience the game on 100%. I’ll probably replay it one more time before I start Mass Effect 2.

Mass Effect isn’t just a video-game. It’s an entire interactive Space Opera! Certainly one of the must try products.

I’m rather impressed.

P. S. Ah! Almost forgot about soundtrack. The music in this game is good, not perfect, but good. It contributes to the atmosphere greatly.

P. P. S. And, yeah! The, so called, “sex scene” in Mass Effect. It’s not worth all the attention it has brought from the media back in 2007-2008. I recommend you to watch this Debate on Fox News. I can’t understand how does anybody allow this bitch to publish books on psychology! The things she talks about in here (all the stuff about children and video-games) have been, pretty much, disproved multiple times by different researchers all around the world! Who the f*ck needs that kind of “experts” anyway?

Also, watch the parody on this issue. It’s hilarious.