For more than a decade now, poker has undergone a dramatic transformation from a fairly niche card game into a legitimate global sport. This can easily be seen by the constant expansion and international television broadcast coverage presently enjoyed by the World Series of Poker – WSOP – and the World Poker Tour – WPT – circuit. Online poker websites have greatly contributed to the current success of the poker boom :: Read the full article »»»»
Around the same time last year we announced the immanent release of Sifteo Cubes Intelligent Play – Sifteo Cubes! The New Face of Smart Games – a clever little system where the timeless concept of building blocks where given a thoroughly modern makeover. Überclever cubes sporting a touch-sensitive color LCD display, onboard sensing technology, embedded computer, games, puzzles sent wirelessly from a handy PC or laptop.
Sifteo’s clever system has just been treated to an update.
The addition of a new Sifteo Base to the system allows players of the next generation system to venture beyond the radio range of the previous version. The maximum number of cubes available for gameplay has also been doubled for more complex puzzles, to unlock new levels or just to get more family members involved in the action.
The addition of the Sifteo Base completely eliminates the need for a nearby computer during gameplay by allowing game storage on the compact unit itself and wirelessly communicate with the Cubes. The base is battery-powered for portability as well as featuring built-in speakers for in-game audio.
Punters can buy and add games to the base unit using Sifteo Sync desktop software – via pc – as the name suggests, the new games automatically download to the Sifteo Base when it’s plugged into your pc :: Read the full article »»»»
Browser based gaming, while being fun they are commercial gaming’s poor cousin. Google is single handily changing this with a new updated Chrome, giving Chrome the ability to surf games. While working with the web is still Chromes daily bread Google is working hard to allow Google to run games at full speed. Native Client is Google’s new technology aimed at achieving this, gaming that combines the ease of use of browser games with the speed and detail of full commercial games.
Browser games are currently ruled by Flash, Java, HTML and CSS, which realistically has never had the speed or functionality to compete with commercial games. That’s not to say that browser gaming doesn’t have advantages. Browser based games win hands down when it comes to quick setup time and ease of use. With no applications to install, online accounts to setup or security keys to enter browser games are the king of quick play. Read the full article »»»»
The Release of Battlefield 3 is Upon Us, Yes Jets + Prone Are Back!
Battlefield 3 is just around the corner, and for those of us who await the next new title – with drooling anticipation – this latest instalment promises to be explosive military fun. Jets are back and a full range of vehicles, prone makes a return and 64 player makes a return for PC, bring on the chaos. For those unfamiliar with this game here’s a taste.
Are you the sniper? he watches the the parachute float down and lines up that shot! Play a range of solder classes from sniper to medic. Battlefield has single player and multi-player game modes I will focus on multi player in this review for a couple of reasons; single-player is not out until release (I’ll review it again on release) This was a beta test, single player is not often seen in beta releases.
Game companies use beta’s to stress test servers, where more than one person is connecting together to play on the same game, and receive feedback back from the player community :: Read the full article »»»»
Right about now, Sony has got to be wondering what the __ they did . . .
In another round of hack attempts, Sony has been forced to shut down almost 100,000 user accounts. The company said last night that it had shut down approximately 93,000 accounts on its online gaming and entertainment networks after detecting a mass, attempted sign-in by a third party using stolen IDs and passwords. Read the full article »»»»
The world of computer gaming is going through a quiet revolution. Free2Play games – F2P – are taking over the spare time of people everywhere. It’s not just for the boys either, girls are spending enough time on Facebook F2P games that their X-Box addicted boyfriends are complaining.
You may think that as the name suggests these are free games, sadly no. While there is still a wide selection of free and fun games out there, it’s the new entrants to the market – micro-payment games – that are most interesting. Unlike traditional games you don’t pay to join or install a copy of the game. It’s very clever, since you only pay little bits, its small enough that you don’t even think about it. Generally the payment is tied to something within the game making it just blend into the action. F2P is no longer just an alternative, don’t underestimate this new sales model – revolution. Read the full article »»»»