video games

video game industry, consoles, reviews, diaries and more

by

Cost Components that Make up a Typical Video Game’s Retail Price

What are the cost components that make up the retail price of a typical video game? Put another way, how much does each participant in the video-game development / distribution chain get? I get this question all the time. In this presentation to Columbia University students, Steve Perlman, OnLive’s founder, both demos the OnLive system

by

Sony’s E3 2009 Press Conference Summary

Sony’s 2009 E3 Press Conference can be viewed here.  See also my 2008 Sony E3 coverage. Click on images below for larger views. Exclusive PS3 Games Shown  God of War III:  (demo’d – coming March 2010 ) Looks terrific! Except, that is,  for Sony’s continued reliance on quick time events in boss battles. Grrr! But

by

Nintendo E3 2009 Press Conference Summary

Nintendo’s 2009 E3 Press Conference can be viewed here. This has to be the most boring E3 conference I’ve ever watched.  See also: My 2008 Nintendo E3 coverage. Announcements Multiplayer Mario co-op: (holiday 2009 – yawn) Wii Fit Plus: 6 new exercise modes, 15 new balance games, available as software-only (fall 2009) User Generated Content:

by

Microsoft E3 2009 Press Conference Summary

The Microsoft Press Conference can be viewed here. See also: My 2008 Microsoft E3 coverage. Big Announcements: Halo Reach: Bungie teased this new Halo game, set for a fall 2010 release. Whoo hoo! If its a Bungie shooter, and it has the name Halo on it, I’m in! Is ‘Noble 1’, Will Master Chief?  

by

Left 4 Dead

  (3.5/5) – shooter – zombie – survival horror Reviews: Metacritic 89% | Game Rankings 89.17% | zero punctuation  Reference:  | Achievements Walkthrus: Mahalo | WikiCheats | GameFAQs Developer: Valve Corporation, Engine: Source  This is not my normal style of game. I hate zombies. I hate zombie games. I fully expected to hate this game. However,

by

50 Cent: Blood on the Sand

  (2.5/5) – shooter Reviews: Metacritic 71% | Game Rankings 72.47%   | zero punctuation Reference:  | Achievements Walkthrus: Couldn’t find any – you won’t need it!  Developer: Swordfish Studios Engine: Unreal Engine 3 In 50 Cent: Blood in the Sand, rapper Curtis Jackson (aka ‘50 Cent’) was to be paid for an African concert with

by

Prince of Persia (2008)

(3/5) – action – adventure Reviews: Metacritic 81%| Game Rankings 80.68% | zero punctuation Reference:  | Achievements Walkthrus: Mahalo | WikiCheats | GameFAQs Developer: Ubisoft Montreal, Engine: Scimitar / Anvil Game Synopsis In Prince of Persia (“PoP”), an unnamed prince, who isn’t really a prince, travels with Princess Elika to each of the 24 regions,

by

Best Video Game Podcasts - Updated

This is an updated version of the earlier ‘Best Video Game Podcast’ post I made on April 18, 2008. I have listened to, and abandoned, many video game-related podcasts. Those listed below have survived the culling and, with one exception, are recommended without hesitation. At the bottom I list the deadpool – formerly good podcasts

by

November 2008 NPDs – Nintendo Blowout

It’s time to create a whole new category for the Wii phenomena. Holy cow– more than 2 MILLION in sales in North America in November is crazy. Yet, to this day there still isn’t a single game on the Wii I’d want to play – not one. Yet you can’t deny those sales numbers. Video

by

Replacement Xbox 360 Arrives

On November 3, I wrote about my Xbox 360 experiencing the Red-Ring-of-Death (RRoD) (original post here). Today, twenty-five days after shipping my unit out for repair/replacement, I received a replacement unit. Replacement Unit: The manufacture date of the replacement unit is 2008-05-29. I presume it is a Falcon. I did not receive a new power

by

Yeah! My 360 Experienced the Red-Ring-of-Death – Just on Time!

Yeah! My Xbox 360 finally experienced the dreaded Red-Ring-of-Death (RRoD). Over the last few weeks my 360 experienced random freezing-up while playing “Dead Space”. It crashed/froze more and more frequently until I couldn’t run the 360 for more than 10 minutes without a freeze. Many times it froze on the boot screen. Initially, I didn’t

by

Video Game-induced Nausea, Dizziness and Headaches

In the early days of console gaming, about 25% or so of all games made me nauseous, dizzy or gave me headaches to the point where I couldn’t play them. A prime example was Deus Ex: Invisible War. I enjoyed the game and wanted to continue playing it. But I couldn’t play for more than

by

Silent Hill Homecoming is Unplayable – No Y-Axis Inversion

Reviews: Metacritic 73%| Game Rankings 77% Reference: Achievements| Walkthrus:  WikiCheats | GameFAQ   | Mahalo Developers: Konami | Double Helix Games Genre: survivor – horror Status: Abandoned after escaping hospital As explained in my “Video Game-induced Nausea, Dizziness and Headaches” post, I had to abandon Silent Hill Homecoming due to nausea caused by the inability to

by

Mercenaries 2: World in Flames – Abandoned Due to Nausea

Reviews: Metacritic 73%| Game Rankings 72% | zero punctuation Reference: Achievements| Walkthrus: Mahalo |  WikiCheats | GameFAQ   Developers: Pandemic Studios | Pi Studios Genre: Third person shooter Status: Abandoned after first level As a shooter fan, I was looking forward to Mercenaries 2: World in Flames. Unfortunately, I had to abandon it after the first

by

Most Anticipated Fall 2008 Video Game Releases

Below are the fall 2008 video game releases that I’m most looking forward to, not sure of and two 2009 games that I’m chomping at the bit to play. Fall 2008 Can’t Wait Oct 17? – Max Payne 3 – Only Rumoured – but the Mark Walberg movie comes out Oct 17. Max Payne 1

by

Star Wars: Force Unleashed

  (3.5/5)  Reviews: Metacritic 72%| Game Rankings 72%  | zero punctuation Reference: Achievements| Walkthrus: Mahalo |  WikiCheats | GameFAQ   Developer: Lucas Arts Genre: Action-Adventure Engine: Ronin, DMM, Havok and Euphoria Pros: engaging story – music – excellent auto-save points – genuinely fun – first rate physics – achievable achievements – fair Cons: some camera issues

by

Too Human

Reviews: Metacritic 65%| Game Rankings 68% | zero punctuation Reference: GameFAQ | Developer: Silicon Knights, Engine: Proprietary Genre: Action-RPG Status: Abandoned after 3 hours Pros: beautiful, well-rendered environments – user selectable save points – good graphics/character models – solid cinematic production values – good death/penalty system – online co-op (though oddly without story elements) Cons:

by

E3 2008 Sony: Movie-TV Service Launch - Not Much More

  Sony Movie and TV Service: The biggest ‘news’ of the Sony press event was the U.S. launch, today, of the previously announced (see here) video service. Sony, Fox, MGM, Lion’s Gate, Warner, Disney, Paramount and Turner Entertainment have partnered with Sony to provide movie and TV content for the on-demand download service. The system

by

E3 2008 Microsoft: New Dashboard, Netflix, Final Fantasy XIII

(Click image to watch abridged version of Microsoft’s 2008 E3 press briefing) [Full Microsoft E3 2008 coverage is here] A new Dashboard Interface for the 360: It’s coming this fall. [ Watch demo here]It’s nicer than, but seems influenced by, the PS3 ribbon. It looks like it will be easier to use than the current

by

Battlefield: Bad Company - Diary #1

Diary: Entry #1,  Reviews: Metacritic | Game RankingsReference: GameFAQ | Developer: EA DICE, Engine: FrostbiteStatus: Finished “Welcome to Bad Company” (the intro level) Pros: Boat load of shooter fun – Immersive – Humorous – Destructible environment – Terrific death/penalty system – Save points therefore a non-issue – Very good graphics/character models – Difficulty Level is

by

I Abandoned Metal Gear Solid 4 (for now)

MGS 4 Diary: Entry #1, Entry #2, Abandoned!MGS4 Reviews: Metacritic | GameRankings.comReference: GameFAQ Walkthrus | As beautiful and cutting-edge as MGS4 is, after making it past the laughing Octopus stage in the second act, I abandoned the game, at least for now. This surprises even me. I have been waiting for years to play this

by

Metal Gear Solid 4 - Diary #2

MGS 4 Diary: Entry #1, Entry #2, Abandoned! MGS4 Reviews: Metacritic | GameRankings.comReference: GameFAQ Walkthrus | Progress: I made it to Act 1 – Crescent Meridian (7th of 8 parts to Act 1) What a difference a day makes. Discovering that Weapons/Items need to be equipped before they appear was important! (See Update in Diary