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Graphics plateau?

Posted in Game Related, PC with tags , , on November 3, 2009 by blair0

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It’s usually at about this time in the console life cycles (4-5 years in) that the PC begins to pull ahead with raw power, and we start seeing noticeably superior games (graphically). Moore’s Law is still in effect, but being able to see large graphical improvements in games is getting harder to discern. There is usually always one developer who steps up with an amazing looking game on the PC, even if it’s only for bragging rights, but at this stage the two year old Crysis still holds the crown and there is not much else in the pipeline except maybe Rage, Project Offset, and S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat, although from the trailers I’ve seen none of these look better than Crysis.

This raises some questions. Have we reached a plateau with graphics? Is what we have “good enough”? If the PC is a barometer of where graphics are heading, as it has been in the past, then things are definitely slowing down. There is a case of diminishing returns as you get closer to photo realism and you don’t need any more power to make the side of a building or a race car track look more realistic than they do now on current technology. But surely there is still a long way to go with animations and rendering people? and physics could still be greatly improved. Maybe it’s just another indicator that the PC is a shadow of it’s former self as a major games platform?

Intel are hoping that their new Larrabee graphics cards will revitalise the market but unless they are blindingly fast and developers get on board with them they will only add to the problem because they have a different architecture to current GPUs which will mean more development costs when making games for them.

I hope we haven’t already had all the great leaps forward in visual fidelity and further improvements prove to be only incremental. I still want to be blown away. I guess we’ll have to wait for the next-gen of consoles to find out how significant the improvements can be.

Game gun!

Posted in PC with tags , , , on June 23, 2009 by guid0

OK, this is kinda amazing?! Screw all the other motion controllers! This guys has them all beat! It’s a gun, it’s a game, it’s GAME GUN!! Amazing!!

Thoughts about E3 2009

Posted in Game Related, PC, PS3, Xbox360 with tags , , , , , , , on June 10, 2009 by blair0

monkey-thinkingIt’s taken me a few days to pour through all the information from e3 2009. Needless to say it was an impressive show! Apparently the organizers got the balance just right this year – not too big, but not too small. Plus the presentations focused on entertainment not boring numbers and sales stats. I hope it will be the same again next year!

Here is the list of games I was most impressed with that showed actual gameplay:

* Uncharted 2 – Loved the building collapse. Game of the show for me.
* God of War III – Looks to be the same great game with with next-gen polish and even more epicness.
* Assassins Creed 2 – The developers stated they are focused on bringing more variety and better missions than the last game 🙂
* Splinter Cell – Bringing a slew of original new gameplay elements to the stealth action genre.
* Modern Warfare 2 – The snow level looked absolutely stunning.
* Mass Effect 2 – Not much gameplay shown but the trailer looked awesome!
* Alan Wake – Impressive lighting.

Best cinematic trailer:

* StarWars: Old Republic – I’ve heard commentators say this clip is better than all the prequels. I almost agree!

Motion control:

All the hype was for motion control this E3 and it is easy to get excited about the prospect of running around in games like Oblivion unleashing fireballs, swinging swords, firing arrows and picking up items via motion control…. but I’m not buying into it yet. It needs to be a significantly better experience than using a standard controller otherwise it is just a novelty that soon wears off. I have no doubt it will be massively popular with the casual audience as the Wii has proven to be, but I’m still unconvinced that it is the best way to control AAA hardcore titles like God of War, Grand Theft Auto, etc. Still, all it would take is just one killer app to change my mind. Sony mentioned their solution could easily control RTS games which blipped my radar (Blizzard games for PS3!?). If it does become the preferred way to play games it’s going to be harder for developers to release multi-platform games because each of the platforms technology is quite different.

Disappointments:

* Dragon Age – It didn’t bring anything new to the table for e3 but I’m still looking forward to it.
* OnLive – No show
* Lack of PC games coverage

Where 0.3fps does matter

Posted in Game Related, PC, PS3, Xbox360 with tags , , on April 22, 2009 by blair0

For any one who wants to geek out on the technical side of the latest games Inside Digital Foundry is the blog for you! *Warning* reading this blog may put you to sleep! lol But I find it quite interesting. The author seems pretty credible and he provides a lot of articles for Eurogamer as well. He does in depth analysis of the graphics performance of the the latest games and comparisons between the games on different hardware.
The biggest surprise for me is the number of games that are rendered in sub HD resolutions and then upscaled. It almost makes the HD era seem like a con job but I suppose the upscaling works so well that at the end of the day I can’t tell the difference and I’ve yet to see a game that looks low-res to the naked eye.

Fallout trademarked for Film & Television

Posted in Game Related, PC, PS3, Xbox360 with tags , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2009 by phyzznick

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Bethesda who brought us the brilliant Role-Playing game Fallout 3, which according to gamers all over the world is the best RPG game to be released this generation, has been reported to have just trademarked ‘Fallout’ for Film & Television.

I have no idea what kind of project Bethesda has cooked up but either a TV series or Movie in the Fallout world would be VERY cool! We could have the next Stargate and get a movie and then a few spin off series! Wouldnt that be sweet? 🙂

Red rings are out – E74 is in

Posted in PC, PS3, Xbox360 with tags , , , , , on April 16, 2009 by guid0

Microsoft have put the Red Rings of Death to rest once and for all – by renaming it E74 and giving it a shiny new Black Screen of Death to replace the traditional Red Rings 😀

Microsoft recently admitted that it’s the same old general hardware failure that the Red Rings all too frequently announced to 360 owners around the world and as such they have extended the extended warranty to cover the new and improved general hardware failure error, the E74.

Not quite as catchy but this hasn’t stopped IGN from renaming their weekly xbox podcast to E74 in the new error screens honour. It was previously called “Three Red Rings”.

Below is the image that shows E74 in all it’s glory and after that you can see the PS3 eqivalent. Yes, it’s not an Xbox exclusive! Sony too has their own port of the E74! It’s called the Yellow Light of Death! :-p OK so it’s not that great but hey, it’s in beta!! There’s a firmware patch coming out that’s gonna make it blink in time to your own custom theme music!! :-p

I’ve also added a pic of a great parody of the RRoD and as an added bonus there’s a pic of a great BSoD t-shirt so the PC doesn’t feel left out 🙂 As far as I know the Wii doesn’t have any such flashy error message but according to a Nintendo PR they aren’t in direct competition with Sony and Microsoft and therefore don’t need to match the competitors feature for feature and feel that most people don’t want flashy error messages anyway.

Doom + Diablo = Doomablo

Posted in Game Related, PC with tags , , , , on March 17, 2009 by phyzznick

Shooter or RPG?

Doomablo: Shooter or RPG?

Well its certainly been quite awhile since my days playing Doom, and almost as long it feels since I played the game that started me into PC gaming and online play, and still a fav of mine – Diablo.
There was always trash forum talk of ideas of a combination of the two being a great idea… but no-one picked up the slack on it or took it seriously. Until now! Some 15 years later!! lol 😉
If Sofware has created ‘Doom: Fall of Mars’ – a game based in the Doom Universe mixed with diablo gamplay. Its shooter vs RPG. Its still a concept and in early development but my rare retro-style senses will keep and eye on this classic arcade merger.
You can even try the Doomablo demo here…
Would be great for a free PC arcade play, or if they developed it for the iPod Touch it would be a money-making hit for sure!!