Gerald A. “Jerry” Lawson, the American electronics engineer credited with creating the world's first cartridge-based videogame system, has passed away at the age of 70. You'd be forgiven for not recognizing the name, but if you've ever owned a home console, then you owe at least a few minutes of your time to honor the man who arguably started it all.
A forty year veteran of the electronics field, Lawson was a key...
Thursday 30 March 2006
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has voiced his concerns over the high prices that publishers are charging for the first wave of next-gen games, and claims he doesn't envision the same steep price tag being carried by Nintendo's titles for its GameCube successor, Revolution.
Speaking specifically about the US market, Iwata offered his belief that next-gen games would "cost an awful lot" - US gamers generally pay around $60 for an Xbox 360 game, which translates to
Nintendo's Revolution will definitely be online-ized, but how involved will superstar game designer Shigeru Miyamoto be in the games that take advantage of it?
"I am a game designer myself and what I want to do is make a variety of new games," Miyamoto told The Guardian. "If we have an online title I will have to spend all my time looking after one game.
"There are a lot of hurdles to be crossed to run an online game but we have fixed some of these, such as ease of connection and security.
Nintendo will announce a new franchise for Revolution at the annual E3 games show this May, with the goal of creating another big success story like gaming behemoths Zelda, Mario and Nintendogs.
"This year's E3 will be Revolution's coming out party", according to Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo's executive vice president of sales and marketing. In an online interview Reggie confirmed that new franchises and "a lot of information" will be uncovered at this year's event.
Reggie also revealed further
Will Wright, the genius (and we try not to use that word flippantly) behind Sim City and The Sims, has expressed his delight at Nintendo's Revolution controller.
"I'm really interested in Revolution and to see how the controller works out. That looks pretty cool," the founder of Maxis revealed during an online interview. "I like the idea of taking the games outside the box and into that close-body kind of space."
Revolution wasn't the only Nintendo innovation to catch Wright's eye as he said
Thursday 30 March 2006
The finalised tech specs of Revolution have been confirmed and fall in line with the console's mooted low-tech nature, according to development sources. Indeed, if reports are to be believed, very little has changed about the details Nintendo released at last year's E3 event.
Revolution's silicon guts really aren't that far removed from that of GameCube, revolving around a pair of processors known as 'Broadway' (CPU) and 'Hollywood' (GPU).
The processing speed of the
Jan 29, 2008
Conflict: Denied Ops (PC)
The PC version is by far the best of the three from the recent hands-on we had with the game. A co-op shooter that allows you to switch between characters at the push of a button, this works well online or off. It's a tad generic, but there are some nice moments in here. Worth a look for shooter fans.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 (DS)
After a somewhat anticlimactic showing on Xbox 360 and PS3, PES returns for a second kick at the goal on Nintendo's handheld
Sorry, no groundbreaking news on Revolution. That's what you wanted to know, right? Other than the Virtual Console announcement, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata's keynote speech at the Game Developers Conference offered no screens, no movies and no further revelations concerning the one piece of hardware that's boggling minds on a daily
Tuesday 28 March 2006
Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has stated that Revolution, Nintendo's incoming next-gen console, won't be receiving a global launch. "We don't think it's necessary to do the simultaneous worldwide launch simply because others are doing this," said Iwata in an interview with Bloomberg.
It's hardly a surprise, and not just because Nintendo has a history of taking its time with regards to western releases of both hardware and software. Global launches are a massively
Wednesday 10 May 2006
While all the beady eyes at Nintendo's pre-E3 conference were focused on every wave of Wii's wireless wand, another version of the controller was quietly being smuggled out of the back door, unannounced and unseen.
Without a word from Reggie or Mr Iwata on the subject, a digital snap of the smooth SNES-like controller appeared in our post-show press kit with no explanation, information, or even a mention on the console specs. All we have to go on is the filename