It's been a long time coming, but we finally have some actual details about the first game to emerge from the partnership between Steven Spielberg and Electronic Arts.
Known as Boom Blox, the game, which will be available in May only on the Wii, is from EA's casual games unit.
It will have more than 300 levels, "a cast of over thirty wacky characters" and seems to be built around letting players take on "Blox-laying chickens or...baseball-throwing monkeys" or cartoonlike grim reapers in tiki, medieval, frontier, or haunted themed settings.
EA has never … Read more
It's going to be a few more days before the world gets a crack at the new and improved Apple TV. Looking to kill some time during that interminable delay? It's a perfect opportunity to check out the major competing hardware options that already offer the same on-demand Internet movie rental functionality. … Read more
Last month, Xbox Live experienced some technical problems. If you played multiplayer games like Call of Duty 4 or Halo 3 between Christmas and New Year's, you probably noticed shaky connections, dropped games, and even the complete inability to sign into Xbox Live. Microsoft noticed these problems, too, and even though the service has mostly stabilized by now, the company is still offering a little something as a "token of appreciation" to gamers who couldn't game.
From now until 11:59 p.m. PST Sunday, you can download the Xbox Live Arcade game Undertow for free. … Read more
EPISODE 20 We're a little bummed about Heath Ledger's death, and we talk about it at the top of the show. We also talk about Burnout Paradise, which is a pretty nice looking game, and a Mass Effect non-troversy.
Where are these people getting their copies of Mass Effect? I've seen several accounts of the game, and they seem to be completely divorced from the title I played for hours and hours. While I enjoyed a well-written, mature science-fiction action-RPG, it seems that radio pundit and columnist Kevin McCullough and FOX News anchor Martha MacCallum played an explicit interactive sex simulator.
This picked up steam a week ago, when McCullough claimed in a Townhall.com column that Mass Effect offered "customizable sodomy." I'm not quite sure what "customizable sodomy" is, and can only … Read more
49.2 percent of the 3,422 gamers polled indicated that their top reason for picking a console was "because it's compatible with the games they absolutely want to play." Forty-three percent of respondents said they buy the console that's most talked about, and only 6.1 percent care about price.
When asked which console they would choose next, an astounding 28 percent said they would choose the Wii, while 27 percent would choose the PlayStation 3.
Am I missing something here? Almost 50 percent of respondents to a survey, which could or could not have any real meaning, have purchased a console because of its software? If that's true, then why is the Wii such a popular device?
Of course, comparing Japanese buying preferences to North American preferences is extremely difficult. That said, there is one thing that we can derive from this study that easily applies to the U.S. market--very few people are buying the Wii in this country for its library of games.
Let's face it--unless you're a Nintendo zealot who can't keep your hands off everything your savior makes, there's not much to like in the Wii's library.… Read more