Twisted Metal On PS3 Ships With Bonus

January 1, 2012 Leave a comment

The Twisted Metal series producer, David Jaffe, surprised long time fans with a holiday message on the PlayStation Blog. Among some updates on progress of the new game he announced the first run of Twisted Metal on PS3 will ship with a bonus voucher. The voucher allows users to download the PS2 classic Twisted Metal Black for free! This is exciting news for Twisted Metal faithful and just a good deal for early buyers in general. The post on the PS Blog also revealed the cover for the new Twisted Metal.

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Nothing better than cars strapped with weapons of mass destruction. Are you excited for the new Twisted Metal? Share in the comments section!

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Sony Reveals Launch Day Lineup Details for Playstation Vita

December 29, 2011 Leave a comment

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Sony has big plans for the Vita and they revealed them recently on the official PlayStation Blog including 25 launch titles and available accessories day one. It was previously reported on this blog, as well as many others, that Gamestop revealed the proprietary memory card pricing and they weren’t going to be cheap. There was quite a bit of negative feedback from fans surrounding the memory card prices and, not so surprisingly, when Sony revealed the official pricing it was lowered by up to $20 for the largest memory card. The prices are as follows:

4 GB Memory Card – $19.99

8 GB Memory Card – $29.99

16 GB Memory Card – $59.99

32 GB Memory Card – $99.99

Sony will be releasing a number of other accessories launch day:

In-Ear Headset – $19.99

Carrying Case – $19.99

Travel Pouch – $19.99

Protective Film (2 pack) – $9.99

Card Case – $5.99

Cradle – $19.99

AC Adaptor – $14.99

USB Cable – $14.99

And of course we are gonna need some games to play launch day as well.

SCEA Launch Day Titles:

Escape Plan (PSN Only)

Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational

Hustle Kings (PSN Only)

Little Deviants

ModNation Racers: Road Trip

Super StarDust Delta (PSN only)

UNCHARTED: Golden Abyss

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Third Party Publisher Launch Day Titles:

Arrmy Corps of Hell – Square Enix, Inc.

Asphalt Injection – Ubisoft, Inc.

BEN10 GALACTIC RACINGD3 – Publisher of America

Blazblue: Continuum Shift EXTEND – Aksys Games Localization, Inc.

Dungeon Hunter Alliance – Ubisoft, Inc.

Dynasty Warriors Next – Tecmo Koei America Corporation

F1 2011 – Codemasters

EA SPORTS FIFA Soccer – Electronic Arts, Inc.

Lumines Electronic Symphony – Ubisoft, Inc.

Michael Jackson The Experience – Ubisoft, Inc.

Plants vs. Zombies (PSN Only) – Sony Online Entertainment LLC

Rayman Origins – Ubisoft, Inc.

Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen – Namco Bandai Games America Inc.

Tales of Space: Mutant Blobs (PSN Only) – Drinkbox Studios

Touch My Katamari – Namco Bandai Games America Inc.

Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 – Capcom Entertainment, Inc.

Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition – Sega of America

The excitement builds as February 15th inches closer! What accessories and games will you purchase launch day? Share your thoughts in the comment section!

Starwolf Has Returned From Much Needed Christmas Break After Finals, The Blogging Continues

December 28, 2011 Leave a comment

Alas loyal fan base, I have am offically back from my hiatus. After a busy couple weeks leading into finals I was pretty burnt out and took advantage of the first few weeks of my break to enjoy the Christmas holiday. I am going to set a hefty goal of posting every weekday moving forward. You can expect my next post tomorrow afternoon after I get off work.
See you soon,
Starwolf

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Comparing Video Game Blogs: What Makes a Good Blog

December 8, 2011 1 comment

There are literally millions of blogs out there and thousands of them are created everyday.  While many are abandoned, there are also many who regularly post and are sincerely committed to crafting a successful blog.  Unfortunately, when there are millions to choose from, hard work and determination might not be enough to build a loyal fan base.  I look at video game blogs daily but for this post I wanted to focus on the smaller, independent video game blogs that seem to be headed in the right direction of building a loyal fan base and acquiring enough hits daily to receive advertisement deals. I want to point out the pros and cons of each blog and explain how simple tweaks can make a world of difference.  Analyzing a handful will allow you to see what works or doesn’t work with each and compare.  These blogs represent the individual who worked hard enough at what they love to do and was successful at it. I hope to be as successful or more so with my online journalism.

The blogs I chose for this comparison are titled as follows: The Lone Gamer,  That VideoGame Blog and Video Game Blogger.  I will begin by talking about The Lone Gamer.  It is a blog about video games started and authored by a single soul named Marco Dimaano. I found this blog on more than one web site containing a top video game blog list.  It has a unique sense of character and without a doubt favors some game/topics more than others.  The blog is powered by WordPress and was recently upgraded to a premium WordPress site by the creator (Premium users receive better benefits, more options and most importantly get the “wordpress” lopped off their web address). The content of the blog aren’t updated daily and posts seems to come in spurts. I happen to even post more than this author,  still the blog has seen its fair share of success and continues to thrive.  The blog’s design theme and colors as well as the banner image at the top seems to match the authors personality (based on site content. I don’t know the guy) and I enjoy that.  Dimaano has all the essential sidebar tools including Twitter, search bar, tag cloud, monthly archive, blog roll and top posts. There are more but that is a good amount to have because you don’t want to over do it like he did with his categories.  The categories on this site are too specific.  These categories are basically another set of tags.  I also like that the ads are outside of the sites content.  A good blog if the Lone Gamer’s style is your style.

http://www.thelonegamer.net/

The Lone Gamer

The second blog I wanted to talk about was That VideoGame Blog.  This is a blog that shares little information about its origin but I really like it. It has minimal clutter, it’s easy to navigate and has a clean, simple layout. It lists posts from most recent to older with images to support each one. The four hottest posts are posted across the top of the page with enlarged images. The ads are seamless with the sites design. It has a search bar that returns easy to comprehend results and sports a virtual calendar that serves as an archive of past posts.  The sites content is updated very frequently with a up to 15 posts or more each day.  The blog currently has 16 authors on its “Staff” page, which makes a world of difference when trying to remain current with your posts and content.  It also gives the impression of professionalism.  These are reasonable expectations I have for my own blog one day.  However, this blog has minor imperfections.   It could use categories to easily sort past posts into relevant information to what the user is looking for.  I would also like to see an “About Us” page to give a little background information about how the site got started and what its goal is.  Other than those minor gripes this is the most complete blog out of the three I am comparing

That VideoGame Blog

The last blog I chose for this comparison is Video Game Blogger.  At first I was thoroughly impressed with this blog. It has an impressive interactive layout that, for the lack of a better term, provides a preview window (shows a picture related to the post) that rolls through the top 5 posts like a slide show.  As it cycles through the top posts you can jump to one by clicking in the preview window.  This is a feature that has been adopted by many top sites and one I would like to implement into mine.  There are categories lined across the top of the page that allow the user to reach the material he/she is interested in with a click.  There is also a search bar that basically serves as a custom category of your choosing though it is surrounded by ads.  At first I was impressed with the all the ads because ads mean money.  Then I started to notice how many of them there were crammed into the side bar distracting the reader from the content.  It is hard to differentiate between the ads and the useful sidebar tools like the search and the “Daily Gaming Update.”  I am all for ads to make some extra cash (Isn’t that what life is all about?) but that is just careless design that in a weird way shows disrespect to your readers. Still it is an easy fix but I honestly don’t see any maintenance in this sites near future as I there hasn’t been a post since January 2011. At first when I was looking at this sites posts I thought they were from November and December of this year.  Though it proved useful for this comparison the blog has most likely been abandoned.

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By comparing these blogs it is easy to see what does and doesn’t work.  Though it differs depending on the blogs content some of the hards and fast rules like posting regularly and readability without distraction are well, hard and fast.  Over all I give mad props to all the creators of these blogs because making one that is successful with fan base and all is way, way, way harder than it sounds.

 

Update: I got it!

December 7, 2011 Leave a comment

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Categories: Xbox 360

Xbox Live Dashboard Update “Slightly Delayed”

December 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Xbox fans woke up this morning with a little spring in their step as they turned on their Xbox in hopes of finding a new dashboard update waiting to download as it was announced it would be released 10 am est today. Unfortunately Microsoft’s Major Nelson announced via Twitter at around that approximate time that the update would be “slightly delayed.”

In video game terms slightly delayed could mean days but fortunately Major Nelson revealed some good news about 2 hours ago that the updates are being “rolled out.”

YES!

But I realize things are never so simple as I turn my Xbox on to find that I am having trouble connecting to Xbox live at all. When I finally do, it says that a “System update is ready for download. Would you like to download now?” But to my dismay when I choose “Yes” an error message dashes my hopes again. Major Nelson whatchya got for us?

YES!

Sony’s Justification for Proprietary Memory Cards

December 6, 2011 Leave a comment

As was expected and I previously posted, Sony Division 2 software lead Muneki Shimada spoke in an interview and attempted to answer criticisms of Sony’s choice to use proprietary memory cards.  According to Shimada, proprietary cards were made to ensure that all customers were provided with a consistent experience that will avoid format and transfer issues as there are various speeds and classes of SD cards.  Shimada also mentioned that the cards will help deal with security concerns.  The PSP, the first Sony handheld, was constantly plagued with firmware hacks that lead to the piracy of video games and movies.  Now more than ever, with the sudden trend of hacking making its splash in the digital world, security is of the utmost importance and a fair justification.