Since last Wednesday night I have been playing Oblivion as much as I possibly can. This game is addicting and fantastic. I have never been into RPG type games but this game, is simply amazing and I just can not put it done. I no longer even play G.R.A.W. or have any interests in it because of this game. Though I know I will go back eventually and finish beating G.R.A.W. on Hard for the gamerpoints and maybe play with some friends here and there, especially when new maps come out for the game which is expected soon if I recall hearing correctly, either way, they always release new things for previous Ghost Recon games, so no doubt they won’t sometime soon.
Also, the other day I ended up putting in Call of Duty 2 and updated it. The new update is good, no problems at all. Experience no game lag (not network lag) and it was fantastic but very different since I have not played it in forever and having gone from COD2 console to COD2 PC was really hard to get used to even just for 30 minutes because on console you can only play with 8 people including yourself, and on PC, it is what? 32? 64? somewhere around there or less and much more fun and not looking for people forever.
Anyways, I have midterms this week in school. My database essentials class is a pain and the midterm project for that is going to be a headache. My networking class I should have no problem in and I’m not too worried about it.
Back to Oblivion, I am taking it slow, I am around 45 hours into the game and at Level 4 (as I said, taking it slow) I don’t want to move up levels and end up missing something I could of had (trainning, upgrades, etc). I just finished every mission in the Dark Brotherhood tonight, I recommend doing the Dark Brotherhood missions, I thought they were pretty cool and you get and to wear an awesome suit.
Other than that, I’ve been good. I tried the demo of Blazing Angels and thought it was pretty cool. Not a game I’d buy though but definiately rent off of GameFly. I just received The Outfit from GameFly this past Saturday and have yet to even play it because of Oblivion though I will someday soon.
According to the job listings posted by Rockstar North, they are looking for experienced network programmers. When Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories said it would have multiplayer, many hoped that it would let players shoot at each other (deathmatch). Sadly that did not happen, but their recent job postings show that there could be more complex online play in the future.
The minimal listing says that the Scotland-based shop is “looking to expand their experienced and talented teams” with the addition of…network programmers.
What will Network Programmers most likely do?
Network programmers specialize in code that allows for multiplayer gaming via a LAN, wireless connection, or online.
About the ad
The ad in question has been up for more than a month, meaning that positions remain open. That’s a sign the company is hiring for more than a few slots–which could indicate a potentially large project is in the offing. Since the network programmer job is at Rockstar’s Edinburgh headquarters, not at the handheld-centric Rockstar Leeds, it means that the game in development is almost certainly for a console or PC. However, with Rockstar’s history of debuting games on consoles–specifically the PlayStation 2–it is most likely the former.
While speculation is already beginning that that the network programmers will be working on the next-generation console version of Grand Theft Auto, it must be stressed that nothing is official other than the listing.
Source: Rockstar North’s Official Website (Go to Menu then Job Listings)
A week after the last wave of PlayStation 3 news, Sony has spoonfed its waiting fanbase more details of the console’s planned features.
Speaking from the Games Development Conference in San Jose, USA, Sony said their new console will support the downloading of full games and other content, eliminating the need to leave the comfort of your living room. This service turns the heat up on the PS3 versus Xbox360 battle, as both consoles see the internet as an indespensible next-generation tool.
Not only will the console be online-savvy, but every unit will be region free. This means games purchased in any of the world’s regions will run on any of Sony’s consoles. This eliminates the need for die-hard console gamers to modify their units in order to play import games.
What is unknown however is how the console will deal with the problems of cross-platforming games from different regions, for example a PAL game bought in Europe may not display correctly on an American NTSC television.
Despite this the news is still exciting, as Sony appears to close-in on the Xbox360 with every new announcement. However Microsoft has already proved it can deliver, as the whole world waits for Sony and Nintendo to do the same.
Source: IGN’s PS3 Portal
At Tokyo’s 2006 PlayStation Business Briefing Sony Computer Entertainment have announced that they are delaying the release of their long-awaited PlayStation 3 console till November due to technical difficulties.
Despite not providing a more detailed release date, the company have said they will ship one million units per month after the launch and plan to have produced six million PS3s before the end of 2006. Not only will the unit be completely backwards compatible, but will rely on a 60GB Linux-based hard drive unit which Sony is now reporting may or may not be included in the box.
Ken Kuturagi, Sony’s PlayStation guru, said: “The hardware was developed with the hard disk in mind.”
Sony also let slip their plans for the online element of their new console, which will be free to play via the “basic” package and include community tools such as a lobby matching, voice chat and commerce features incorporating software bootable directly from the PS3′s hard drive.
Games will come in the form of Blu-ray in the hope to minimise piracy, though the machine will of course play movie DVDs and PS2 DVDs. SCE also said that developers will get their hands on the console’s software development kit (SDK) not in June as first announced, but July.
The news marks the first time Sony plan a global release for their PlayStation hardware.
Source: IGN PS3
So yesterday I woke up and still felt completely sick, sore throat, headache, the works. Decided to finally call of work though I did not want to and was trying to take crap to where I can at least pull through, no luck. So I called off and then all of a sudden minutes later my project lamp blows. Fantastic…. so I bought another one for $300, probably one of the only cons to getting and owning a projector and then to find out it was back ordered, so cancelled the order and ordered through somewhere else, was cheaper, saved on paying tax and cheaper overnight shipping so I should get it here friday since it wasn’t ordered in time to get sent out yesterday.
Went to sleep for hours… woke up and had known stop soup and such, sore throat medicine, blah blah. Did some school work then ended up getting really bored so I hooked up 360 to my tv again and wow, how horrible it is to play games on a tv again. My eyes kill after playing for a few hours on it, can’t wait till I get the lamp back.
This game is incredible and anyone with either Xbox/Xbox 360/PC (soon) should get it. I plan on getting it for PC when it comes out as I expect it to be great on there, it should be known it is a different type of game for the PC, which is cool and another experience to experience. Not sure if I’ll play online though as I am addicted to 360 GRAW and would rather play online there though might enjoy it more online because on 360 you can not change the sensitivity of the joystick which is fine sometimes but a lot of times not.
I have already since beat the game on normal and going to go through it again on hard. It is a short game, took me around 8 hours, probably could of finished it sooner but I took my time to get a good experience out of the game and did some sight seeing.
First week of school was alright, I really do not like one of my classes which is Database Essentials for Decision Making. I just find the assignments so far utterly useless.
Kiefer Sutherland will take a well-earned break from all-day whiskey benders when day 5 of 24 finishes in June. But not for long. After months of speculation Sutherland has finally signed up to star in the first of three 24 movies. Bruce Willis, who is reportedly begging for a piece of the action, has already sent his die-hard vest to the cleaners to demonstrate his readiness for another A-list action role. The production clock is ticking: filming should start later this year.
Tom Clancy’s Firehawk (PS3, Xbox 360, PC) – March 2007
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six 5 (PS3, Xbox 360, Rev, PC, PSP) – November 2006
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon 4 (PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Xbox, PS2) – March 2007
Assassin (PS3, Xbox 360, Rev, PC, PSP) – March 2007
Lumines 2 (PS2, PSP)
Game 5 (PS3, Xbox 360, PC) – Spring 2007
Alive (PS3, Xbox 360, PC) – Spring 2007
Naruto (Xbox 360)
Rayman 4 (PS3, Xbox 360, Rev, PC, PS2, handheld) – November 2006
Dark Messiah of Might & Magic (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Brothers in Arms 3 (PS3, Xbox 360, PC, Nintendo Revolution, DS ) – February 2007
Ninja Turtles (PS3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Revolution, PC, handheld) – Spring 2007
Highway Battles (Xbox 360)
Enchant Arms (Xbox 360) – July 2006
Blazing Angel 1.5 (PS3, Xbox 360, Xbox) – November 2006
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Half of all malfunctioning products returned to stores by consumers are in full working order, but customers can’t figure out how to operate the devices, a scientist said on Monday.
Product complaints and returns are often caused by poor design, but companies frequently dismiss them as “nuisance calls,” Elke den Ouden found in her thesis at the Technical University of Eindhoven in the south of the Netherlands.
A wave of versatile electronics gadgets has flooded the market in recent years, ranging from MP3 players and home cinema sets to media centers and wireless audio systems, but consumers still find it hard to install and use them, she found.
The average consumer in the United States will struggle for 20 minutes to get a device working, before giving up, the study found.
Product developers, brought in to witness the struggles of average consumers, were astounded by the havoc they created.
She also gave new products to a group of managers from consumer electronics company Philips (PHG.AS), asking them to use them over the weekend. The managers returned frustrated because they could not get the devices to work properly.
Most of the flaws found their origin in the first phase of the design process: product definition, Den Ouden found.
Source : Yahoo! News: Technology
Well I got Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter in the mail today (overnighted it on my pre-order awhile back). I must say, this is the most amazing Xbox 360 game I have yet to play. Yes, I have played other 360 games that were amazing but this game beats them even though the others are still good and nothing wrong with them such as Fight Night Round 3. I’ve already completed a few missions but I know I got awhile to go, beating everything on Normal first to get a feel of things and then going to do it again on Hard (mainly for the gamerpoints but for more of a challenge as well even though playing on Normal is quite a challenge).
My vacation was not bad, relaxed, played COD2 on PC and other stuff. My new computer has been up and running if I did not mention that earlier. It too is amazing. I started my new classes this week, so far so good, I think there will be a little bit of a challenge for me in the networking class I have but so far I am just going through basic stuff.