ZTE made an announcement through Twitter that it is going to launch a new advanced gaming smartphone at a special event in London. The phrases “advanced gaming smartphone” came from ZTE itself so it’s going to really fire up the interest of smartphone gamers. [Read more…]
Have you ever played any of Zynga’s multiplayer enabled games and had trouble compelling your friends to play with you? Or maybe you’ve been playing Cityville and you want to increase the number of people you interact with? It was relatively difficult to find like-minded players before. Apparently, Zynga also thought so.
Zynga has now addressed the actual social aspects of its games by announcing the creation of Zynga With Friends, a social lobby where players of Zynga’s many games can meet and play regardless of the social network they’re using or the platform on which they play. [Read more…]
Oh Nokia, how far you’ve fallen from your once-lofty mobile gaming ambitions. The Nokia Mosh repository carried so many wild and wacky games — until you threw away your entire developer community in favor of your clean and shiny Ovi app store. Now you can barely give away top-tier titles for free. N-Gage held so much promise as a mobile online gaming service, boasting such big titles as Tomb Raider and The Sims and Metal Gear Solid — until you unceremoniously killed the whole thing.
Now, to demonstrate the gaming capabilities of your new N900 smartphone, you’ve resorted to running classic games on retro console emulators. Never mind the sheer absurdity of using software emulation to sell the native capabilities of a piece of hardware. Sure, emulators are legal, and hardcore mobile gaming aficionados love emulators, but the game ROMs in your promo video are of questionable legality.
Now Nintendo’s thinking of taking you to court for copyright infringement. Considering that you’re the world’s largest cellphone manufacturer, that’s pretty frickin’ embarrassing.
The interactivity of new media allows levels of deeply personal engagement unimaginable in old media. In the case of one avid Japanese gamer, that engagement actually led to marriage.
…a man named Sal9000 married the love of his life. Her name is Nene Anegasaki, and she lives inside of a Nintendo DS video game called Love Plus. The wedding took place during a Make: Japan meet-up held at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. In attendance were a live audience, an MC, the bride’s virtual video game girlfriend â€” who made a speech â€” and a real human priest.
Don’t laugh, guys. If gaming rigs keep getting more and more powerful in accordance with Moore’s Law, someday videogame characters will attain humanlike artificial intelligence. By then, ever-improving Japanese gynoids could provide realistic bodies for such artificial intelligences.
Then they’d be able to nag you like only a real wife could.
(Via Lisa Katayama.)
Leave it to new media remix culture to expose the stupidity of old media manufactured culture. The inanity of The Twilight Saga: New Moon gets suitably butchered through the hilarity of The Sims 3: World Adventures, with this machinima parody featuring more drama and more lipstick.
This is why games outpace movies.
The two biggest complaints about the PS3 have been its ridiculous size and ridiculous price. Both are going down with the new $300 PS3 Slim. This little baby packs all the features of the similarly-priced 80GB clunker version, but with a bigger 120GB hard drive. [Read more…]