SAN FRANCISCO--As is often the case during most large conferences, swagis given out to attendees. This year's Game Developers Conference was no exception, though those who managed to sit in on one of Google's two sessions on Chrome ended up walking out with something more than a free GDC tote bag--they got a laptop.
Following the sessions, Google handed developers blue cards saying they could exchange it at the end of the day for a "surprise gift from Google." What that ended up being was a Cr-48, the reference design hardware that houses Chrome OS, … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--It's no secret Rovio has made a small fortune off its sales of Angry Birds on the App Store (and other platforms), but there had been some question about the success of its dabbling in the in-app purchase market.
That question was answered this afternoon by Rovio's "mighty eagle" Peter Vesterbacka at the Game Developers Conference here. In a talk outlining the company's efforts to build the Angry Birds franchise beyond its humble beginnings, Vesterbacka announced that 40 percent of new Angry Birds buyers had purchased the 99-cent "mighty eagle" add-on, which … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--The wave is one of the most universal ways of saying hello or drawing attention, but how do you create an entire language of gestures that people know, make sure they work with your specialized camera system, then make it work around the world?
Microsoft faced that problem while developing the Kinect, which the company discussed today during a session here at this year's Game Developers Conference, which kicks off in earnest on Wednesday.
On hand was Kate Edwards, who is a geocultural content strategist for Englobe, a company that specializes in geopolitical and cartographic consultation. Edwards briefly … Read more
Last week a Modern Warfare-themed countdown site dubbed findmakarov.com went live, sparking rumors that Activision would reveal its latest Call of Duty project at this week's Game Developers Conference.
Now, that notion appears to be false.
In a statement sent to GameSpot, Activision said the following about the Web site: "There seems to be a great deal of speculation about the next Call of Duty project. Let me be clear that we are not revealing [anything] yet. Anything indicating otherwise is a hoax."
A start-up has its sights set on improving advertising in mobile games.
The company, called Tap Me, unveiled today an "integration library" for iPhone and iPad app developers. Tap Me's service integrates advertising into different areas of a game. Ads can be placed in power-up opportunities, in-game rewards, and on other types of game content, all with the goal of improving relevance and decreasing annoyances. For example, if an achievement in a respective title is "speed," Tap Me's platform displays an ad for, say, sneakers, when that achievement is earned.
Numerous reports coming out of Japan claim the Nintendo 3DS has sold out in that country.
According to the reports, 400,000 Nintendo 3DS units were sold since the device's launch on Saturday. A sell-out was expected. Most retail outlets in Japan sold out of their preorders prior to the launch of the portable-gaming device and were already taking orders for the next shipment.
The Nintendo 3DS will be one of the more interesting launches this year, thanks to its unique feature-set. The platform, which went on sale in Japan for 25,000 yen (about $300), allows gamers to … Read more
In 2009, Activision used the Game Developers Choice Awards--the Game Developers Conference award ceremony--to premiere the trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. The preview was a bare-bones affair, with audio clips auguring the controversial content of the now internationally infamous "No Russian" airport-massacre level.
Now, it appears history is about to repeat itself--almost. This morning, the site findmakarov.com opened with graphics and sound cues straight out of Modern Warfare 2's ad campaign (as of 12:50 p.m. PT, the site appeared to be experiencing intermittent connection problems).
The site's title also references Vladimir Makarov, the ultranationalist terrorist who was the primary villain for a large portion of the 2009 blockbuster actioner--more than hinting at a Modern Warfare 3 reveal. (The site itself is owned by a URL-registration front company used by corporations to hide their Web domains.)
While I wouldn't dream of encouraging such socially divisive behavior, the makers of "We Dare" would like to offer you about 35 "fun and flirtatious" games that will help you relax in the company of Mrs. Galloway from number 47. And her slightly creepy husband who always wears a check cardigan.
The "We Dare" trailer is already enjoying so many parody versions posted to YouTube that Ubisoft appears to be scrambling to protect its behind--I mean, copyright (YouTube has already yanked a few of the clips).
Some people, though, will be less concerned with Ubisoft's copyright and more concerned about how uber-titillation can make their weekends complete.… Read more
The Nintendo 3DS is just hours away from launching in Japan.
The portable gaming device is scheduled to hit store shelves tomorrow in Japan for 25,000 yen (about $300), while U.S. buyers have to wait until late March. The 3DS features the familiar dual-screen design customers have grown accustomed to with the Nintendo DS, but allows gamers to play titles in 3D. The most interesting aspect of the 3DS is that it doesn't require users to wear special glasses to see the 3D effect.
Aside from that, the platform comes with an accelerometer and gyroscope to improving … Read more
Sony's NGP console might not be out until near Christmas, but we're already rather excited. It packs some monster hardware, including two--count 'em--two analog sticks and an intriguing touch-sensitive pad on the back.
But it's enormous! Measuring in at 182 by 84 by 19mm, it really stretches the definition of "handheld." We were so blown away by those dimensions, we decided to enlist the help of our loyal cohort of Facebook followers to illustrate the NGP's gargantuan girth.
Click on the photo above to check out more of what our faithful CNETeers came up with. The first entry up there comes courtesy of Photoshop maestro Marc Crane, who adequately illustrates the challenges faced by shops offering home delivery for the NGP.
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