Videogame lovers keen on battling evil and embracing storytelling will get to do just that when "Wolfenstein: The New Order" is released Tuesday. Evil comes in the form of a fierce Nazi regime in an alternate history where Germany won World War II thanks to mysterious advanced technology in its arsenal. Devotees of the decades-old Wolfenstein franchise will get, for the first time, to see into the life of hero protagonist and US soldier B.J. Blazkowicz. The game opens with Blazkowicz waking from a coma in the 1960s to find that Allied Forces lost the war and that the world is ruled by iron-fisted Nazi overlords. "It is a tale of revenge," said Tommy Tordsson Björk, narrative designer at MachineGames, the Sweden-based studio behind the game. "The player has to go up against the Nazis, who have taken over everything." The original Wolfenstein title dates back to 1981 and is credited with helping establish the first-person … [Read more...] about Swedish Nazi videogame creates pre-launch buzz
I never thought I’d see the day when I saw videogame footage on the White House’s Official YouTube channel, much less footage of heads blowing up. Yet in an lovely act of pettiness, here we are. After the Parkland School shooting in Florida, Trump’s White House has doubled down on the tired scapegoat for gun violence: videogames. The video is obviously meant to create some sort of emotional response in the viewer, compiling scenes of people killing people in videogames without any commentary. But like, why even post this on YouTube, a place where the gamers already visit to watch gory death scenes out of their own volition? I mean, searching “goriest videogame deaths” nets me 10,700 results. At the very least know your audience. Just look at that dislike ratio: Or maybe the White House really just wanted to make an awesome compilation of videogame gore. And on the plus side, the focus on videogame violence might finally be how Trump alienates some of … [Read more...] about White House posts a great compilation of videogame gore on YouTube
Adulthood is not easy. Back in the 1980’s and early 90’s life was delightfully simple. Go to school, play games, rinse and repeat. Of course, we all have different hobbies in addition to videogames, but in general terms it was simple to balance everything out. Long gaming sessions were frequent and easy to arrange. 50 plus hours games seemed not daunting, but a rare treat to savor and dissect. It were friendlier times, when you couldn’t get games fast enough to satisfy the amount of free time you could assign to them. But then, as it is said, shit happens, and said “shit” is growing up. Apart from a few lucky exceptions, I believe most gamers in their late 20’s and early 30’s have to push gaming into de background, it is an insidious process, happening over time, starting when we have to give more of our time to our education in college, or in some cases very time consuming training. And before we know it, in spite of still considering it quite … [Read more...] about How to lead an adult life and keep playing videogames?
Move on over Tetris, someone else is reigning in on your parade after it was announced that the popular puzzle game hit the 100 million mobile download mark. According to Guinness World Records 2010 Gamer’s Edition, Snake is being hailed as the ‘most played videogame of all time’. First released way back in 1998 by Nokia for the 6110, it’s estimated that roughly 1 billion people have played the game over the years. Although time has seemingly modified the game to cater to advances in the graphical department, it still remains to be popular among handset owners. From its black and white roots to the complex interactions with 3D environments, Snake engages the player to this day by acting quickly to avoid utter failure. With the backing of the largest mobile phone maker in the world, it’s not too hard to see why it’s able to accomplish such a feat – having a large existing market share doesn’t hurt in gaining this title.via Pocket Gamer … [Read more...] about Snake hailed as the ‘most played videogame of all time’
Millennials can now storm the beaches of Normandy and fight Nazis with a new level of realism. Sure, past games like like Castle Wolfenstein let them role play America’s Greatest Generation. But the recently released Call of Duty: WWII provides a more human and realistic dimension of war, whereas previous videogames delved into fantasy or featured cyber-mutant soldiers out of a bad '90s movie. WIRED OPINION ABOUT Lionel Beehner and Major John Spencer (@SpencerGuard) are research director and deputy director, respectively, of the United States Military Academy at West Point’s Modern War Institute. Will all this realism help future soldiers perform more effectively on the battlefield? To answer this question, a team of West Point researchers headed for the wooded hills that encircle the upstate New York campus, where every summer cadets must perform a series of challenges and exercises to demonstrate their leadership capabilities, ability to work in teams, and so forth, all … [Read more...] about Even Realistic Videogames like Call of Duty Won’t Help Us Win Wars