True Gaming Spirit: Why can’t we all just get along?

Hello gamers! Today I want to share with you all for those that haven’t seen or heard about it a real show of respect. This past week Sony released their PS4, an anticipated console and rival to Microsoft’s Xbox One which releases Nov. 22. Now as we all know, Sony and Microsoft have been at each others throats competing for the #1 title in consumers wallets. However, amid all of the chaos on the console battlefield, Microsoft was able to brush the dust off and congratulate Sony on a successful launch.

Yes you read right, Microsoft and Sony have engaged on pleasant terms with one another. It all began with a simple tweet from Xbox Live’s Director of Programming Larry Hyrb. Sony in response thanked them and shared equal sentiments for their launch of the Xbox One next week.

[tweet https://twitter.com/majornelson/status/401212999043538944]

Just yesterday morning, Microsoft on their official Xbox Twitter page posted this:

[tweet https://twitter.com/Xbox/status/401349054912663552]

It is truly amazing to see that these two companies, differences aside are able to appreciate one another’s successes. Maybe fans can learn something from this and learn to respect one another a little more than we do. Regardless of who you are Xbox fan, Play Station junkie, die-hard Nintendo fan or PC gamer, we are all gamers. It doesn’t matter how we do it, but what we get from it that matters. Until next time gamers!

Stay Calm and Show Some Love!

A Look at the Future of Gaming: The Oculus Rift and where it stands today

Hello gamers! Welcome back to WrmH0l3, today I want to discuss the future of gaming and what it will mean to us gamers in the near and distant future. I’m sure everyone has dreamed of jumping right into your favorite video game and being a part of the world inside the disc that you put into your console. Well the brilliant minds over at Oculus have been working hard at bringing gamers as close to that as possible.

The Oculus Rift is a new age virtual reality headset that will bring gamers a fully immersed experience within the realm of first-person games. With a 7 inch display that cuts 100% of the stereoscopic overlap in the 3D function, powerful 1080p retina display and a seclusion effect that blocks out the outside world throws players immediately into the game with visual stimulation alone.

With such powerful technology, one may think “well is it game ready yet?” The answer is “sort-of.” Although the development is progressing at a high rate and there are actually 3D VR renditions of popular titles such as Doom 3-4 and Half Life 2, they are playable through the development kit. Oculus is still hard at work perfecting every detail in the headset to bring to the consumer version. There are still some bugs such as screen door issues, not big ones but some that have been noticed.

Gaming is not the only technology that the Oculus Rift has branched into however, the headset has been turned into a pair of eyes for drone simulations as well and has the capabilities of being used in fields such as medical, architecture and many others.

A current status of the Oculus Rift is that it is PC compatible due to their ability to function at high resolutions that are needed to keep the visual display functioning at necessary specs. As for next-gen consoles like the PS4 and Xbox1, Oculus is unsure if they will be readily available for those consoles as the integration and necessary resolution functionality are not totally there yet.

Aside from it’s infancy problems the Oculus Rift is shaping up to be a powerful and incredibly intriguing piece of tech for gamers around the globe. Until next time gamers!

Stay Calm and Play virtual Reality

 

Braving the Storm: Blizzard finally solidifies it’s online brawler

Hello gamers! Welcome back to WrmH0l3, today I want to reach out to the PC crowd; fans of Blizzard Entertainment to be exact. If you have not heard yet, Blizzard is currently in the works of their own online brawler game. I’m referring to Heroes of the Storm.

Blizzard discussed the game at Blizzcon 2013 to their dedicated fans after teasing them for the past few years with it as they worked on whether they actually were going to make it. The game will feature 20 years of Blizzard gaming history, from iconic characters to the memorable landscapes players traveled in their journeys.

Players will be able to select from four types of characters: Assassins, Warriors, Support and Specialist.

Assassin characters will be able to deal severe amounts of damage, prefering to take out unsuspecting players. However, they need to be wary as they don’t take damage well. Warrior characters are as you might think, tough in battle and just as tough to take down. Another given character in the Support is your healer or buffer, they can change the tides of battle depending on how you and your team play. Last but not least, your Specialist characters, these are characters that play specific roles in the battle depending on how your team is playing that match.

This title is also a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena game (MOBA). Players of League of Legends should find some comfort in the playing style of Heroes of the Storm as you and a few teammates take on an opposing team to achieve a goal and win the match!

Aside from gameplay, players also have customizing their characters to look forward too. Heroes of the Storm is giving players the handle on how their character will fight and look. There will be a selection of masteries, heroic abilities and combat styles. Then you can work on their appearance with skins. Another feature is mounts that characters can ride into battle. Yes, Diablo stormed the battle field on a unicorn in the gameplay video.

Blizzard first introduced Heroes of the Storm to Blizzard fans at Blizzcon 2010 to test the waters with their abilities in the battle arena genre. The game resurfaced at the next Blizzcon in 2011 with a lot more support from fans and Blizzard alike. Here is a video with the developers behind Heroes of the Storm!

Blizzard is working to bring a fresh taste of the Brawler genre with Heroes of the Storm. And with more to come in the next few days, we will certainly hear more about the title! Until next time gamers!

Stay Calm and Battle

The Fantastic World of Gaming

Hello gamers! Welcome back to WrmH0l3. Today I want to discuss a new console that is coming to players next summer that can very well change the way that gamers interact with their consoles. I am referring to the OUYA.

The OUYA is an all new console gaming experience that will change how gaming is done. It is an android powered “hackable” device. Powered by a Tegra 3 processor, 1 Gigabyte of RAM, and 8 gigs of flash storage.

When I say “hackable,” I literally mean hackable. The developers behind OUYA are promoting their device to be suited up with more powerful technology as an “open console.” Giving developers and other gamers the opportunity to develop new content and reveal their potential in video game development.

With so many great minds in the world with just no way to get their ideas to become realities, the OUYA steps up and allows players to develop their own games via the Unity development software or other software that can be downloaded to the console.

For those who aren’t that interested in development and just want to dive into the new gaming experience, the OUYA has a lot to offer gamers. To begin, it has access to several professionally made emulators for the N64, SNES, Gameboy Advanced and a few others.

It also has software for cloud gaming where you can download and play tons of your favorite titles and have them live streamed to your living room to the OUYA. OnLive, the cloud gaming service has recently struck up partnership with OUYA to bring hundreds of big-ticket games to the console at launch. Along with several indie titles that have been in development and already developed like The Cave by Double Fine Studios!

Cloud-gaming is on the rise, and finding a great partner in the OUYA. (image provided by: http://www.gamefm.com.br/2012/07/27/onlive-sera-acessivel-pelo-ouya/)

Cloud-gaming is on the rise, and finding a great partner in the OUYA. (image provided by: http://www.gamefm.com.br/2012/07/27/onlive-sera-acessivel-pelo-ouya/)

You’re probably wondering to yourself, “such a unique console has to be expensive, I can’t afford to drop another $300 or $400 on a console!” Well, you don’t have too! The OUYA is going on retail for $99! Not only is this innovative technology impressive, but affordable as well.

For more information and new news on the OUYA console, visit the OUYA Blog at: https://www.ouya.tv/blog/

Let me know what you think of the OUYA here at WrmH0l3 via comments, Facebook or Twitter! Until next time gamers.

Stay Calm and Develop On

 

 

 

Not Everything is Alright in the World of Pokémon!

Hello gamers! There is some unfortunate news floating about the web about the new Pokémon X and Y games. As some of you are familiar with, people like to hack games to make things ideal for their game (ex: creating “perfect” Pokémon). Well, someone discovered how to hack into the 3DS and the new Pokémon games as well. The results are both interesting and devastating.

The nifty but possibly detrimental trading feature of Pokémon X and Y, Wonder Trade (image provided by:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1BhLa-XBnE)

The nifty but possibly detrimental trading feature of Pokémon X and Y, Wonder Trade (image provided by:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1BhLa-XBnE)

A feature offered to Pokémon trainers  back on the Nintendo DS titles Pokémon Diamond, Pearl and Platinum, the Global Trading System is a world wide way that players can connect and share Pokémon with one another. It used the online capabilities of the DS and its predecessors to put the data from your game up for trade with other peoples.

However, with the recent rising of hacking in the new Pokémon titles, there have been illegitimate creatures being created and distributed along the network. You may be thinking “So What? It’s not like it will do anything if I get a hacked Pokémon.” You would be wrong.

The hacked creatures bring with them a game-breaking glitch that is irreversible. According to Bulbapedia, a popular website with news, tips and information on Pokémon, in an article on KPopstarz, “Due to people trying to Wonder Trade off hacked Pokemon they will appear as ‘Bad Eggs.’ They cannot be traded or released, and they will multiply until it fills all of your boxes.” Bulbapedia continued, saying, “This will also delete any of your Pokemon that are stored in your boxes as it will replace them with bad eggs. Trade at your own risk!”

This devastating discovery has made the idea of trading via Wonder Trade a very unsettling idea to me. I certainly don’t want to trust it until Nintendo and the Pokémon Company figure out how to fix it. However, amid the hacking and ruining of peoples games. A ROM hacker has discovered a few interesting things within the data of the Pokémon games.

These are three possible legendaries that could have become DLC characters or just unreleased Pokémon (image provided by: http://www.kotaku.com.au/2013/11/three-new-mysterious-pokmon-discovered-in-x-y/)

These are three possible legendaries that could have become DLC characters or just unreleased Pokémon (image provided by: http://www.kotaku.com.au/2013/11/three-new-mysterious-pokmon-discovered-in-x-y/)

Diancie, Volcanion and Hoopa are the discovered Pokémon hidden within the data files of X and Y. Diancie is reported to be Rock/Fairy type, Volcanion is Fire/Water type and Hoopa to be Ghost/Psychic. These Pokémon if they are real will be two never before seen dual-types (Carbink takes the Rock/Fairy dual-type first).

Another discovery was the possible addition of giving Latios and Latias, two legendaries from Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald, Mega-Evolutions.

The possible Mega-Evolution of Latias, as uncovered by the ROM hackers. (image provided by: http://nintendo3dsdaily.com/nintendo3dsnews/mega-latias-and-mega-latios-confirmed-in-pokemon-x-and-y/)

The possible Mega-Evolution of Latias, as uncovered by the ROM hackers. (image provided by: http://nintendo3dsdaily.com/nintendo3dsnews/mega-latias-and-mega-latios-confirmed-in-pokemon-x-and-y/)

So what do you think trainers? Will you trust the Wonder Trade feature to complete your Kalos Pokedex? Do you think these “discovered” Pocket Monsters are real? Tell WrmH0l3 what you think in the comments or on Twitter or Facebook! Until next time gamers!

Stay Calm and Watch for Bad Eggs!

10 Video Games That Are and Would Make Fantastic Movies

Hello gamers! As I’m sure all of you have noticed over the years, video games are trying to make their way to the big screen! The latest game to do so (though not very well) was Prince of Persia. We can all agree that movie was not the greatest rendition of that franchise. However, there are some titles fighting for scripts and development such as God of War, Halo and most recently World of Warcraft! Here is a list of games that WrmH0l3 would gladly go see in theaters.

10. God of War

Though some scripting processes and trying to find all the pieces to make this a film have already gone underway, this would still be an incredible movie to go see. Players have already seen the cinematic quality that could be brought to the franchise with their television commercial “To Ashes” for God of War: Ascension.

This two minute commercial captures the origins of Kratos and his anger very well! Whats stopping a producer from making a movie like this? I have no doubt it would crush the Box Office no problem.  In an interview with series writer Marianne Krawczyk, development and scripting is underway but there is difficulty in rendering a gamer-approved Kratos after the series has dove so deep into the character. Check out the article here: http://www.gamespot.com/articles/god-of-war-writer-on-challenge-of-bringing-kratos-to-the-big-screen/1100-6413964/

9. Bioshock

Another topic discussed by many on forums and even big league gaming news outlets like IGN, Bioshock would make a compelling and terrifying movie. A “Great Gatsby-“like setting in an underwater metropolis that has been ravaged by the insane inhabitants and time. Following Jack as he uncovers the twisted history of Rapture.

IGN has done an article on how Baz Luhrmann, the director of the Great Gatsby, would be the best director for a bioshock movie! Check it out here: http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/05/18/why-baz-luhrmann-should-direct-the-bioshock-movie?page=2

8. Darksiders ( I & II)

These games were a journey of epic proportions, something that if done correctly could be made into cinematic gold. Darksiders is a game that is the post-apocalyptic journey of War, one of the horsemen of the apocalypse. He traverses chaos-ravaged earth in search of the culprit who has started the apocalypse. Before THQ went under in late 2012, the series was blooming with fan basis and a lust for a movie of some kind, animated or live actors. The cinematic quality the first game has with its opening cutscene are the makings of a truly impressive film.

7. Assassin’s Creed

Another highly sought out movie material by fans, a movie is currently in the pipeline for this franchise! Anticipated to be released May of 2015, Ubisoft has enlisted Michael Fassbender (Shame, Inglorious Bastards) to help produce and act in the movie. Along with the help of Michael Lesslie, and screen writer Scott Frank to write the script. It is funny that in an interview with The Daily Beast (IGN), Fassbender has never played an Assassin’s Creed game. We can only hope that Ubisoft and its cohorts stay true to the series and make it as epic as possible!

6.  Dead Space

Another movie that is under development with EA. Their latest video game rendition of Need for Speed with Dream Works has been set to release March of 2014. The Dead Space movie has to take on its proposals as scripts. An article by Variety talks with EA and its contributors on the Dead Space movie, you can read it here: http://variety.com/2013/film/news/dead-space-movie-alive-and-kicking-at-electronic-arts-1200565099/

A Dead Space movie would be very thrilling, a great horror movie to go see. However, it would have to be told from a more personal perspective of Issac Clark rather than the calamity that happened on the Ishimura. It would become an Alien movie if we watched Issac tackle necromorphs left and right on the big screen. He as a character has a deep rooted conflict within himself and his search for his love on the ship hoping she is alive. Playing on that would bring the film to life.

5. Halo

In years past, Neil Blomkamp had been recruited by Peter Jackson to create a Halo movie. However, the project fell apart. In its ruins however, Blomkamp was able to create the box office buster film “District 9” from the scraps of the Halo film. There havent been any recent reports on a pick up for the project, but I personally would still like to see a big screen Master Chief. A smaller film was created to introduce Halo 4, Forward Unto Dawn. This was a look at a Spartan training facility that is attacked by Covenant forces, Master Chief comes to the rescue and saves the star recruits. Worth a watch if you ask me. Blomkamp stated in an interview with LA Times that he’d be happy to reconsider “Halo” if he was given “control” of the project creativly. Check out the article here: http://www.hitfix.com/news/neill-blomkamp-says-hes-glad-the-halo-movie-didnt-happen-for-him

4. Ratchet and Clank

Another game that is confirmed to make a debut on the big screen, Ratchet and Clank was a popular family friendly series for the Play Station.

The quarky tales of the Lombax, Rachet, and his robotic side-kick Clank are taking their big step to theaters in 2015! Insomniac along with Rainmaker and Blockade Entertainment are going through Primary production, utilizing voice actors from the game franchise.

3. Legend of Zelda

The young elf warrior of Hyrule would bring hordes of fans to theaters. The epic journey through the lands of Hyrule in search of Princess Zelda would make a great film for all ages to appreciate. New fans who are just getting started with the series or older fans who followed the series from its beginnings. Nintendo has considered making a film but wishes to incorporate their unique gaming experience to make the movie an interactive experience.

2. Gears of War

The intense story of Gears would become instant block buster and break the box office. So many deep relationships were created between the players and the characters. It would make an absolutely fantastic movie, series even. Although development has been started for a film, it’s been stuck there for ages. Slowly being forgotten, lets hope that someone can revive the idea and bring it to life!

1. inFamous

The story of Cole MacGrath and his newly discovered superpowers would be a good take on the super-hero to super-villain choice that people were given in the game. No superhuman movies today have given their character the choice to use their powers as they wished. It was always some underlying reason to use their powers and generally for the greater good. But to have a protagonist possibly become an antagonist and destroy the city rather than save it? That is something that would make an impact on the crowd.

Doing some research, some of these movies tried to make it to the big screen, some are working on it, some have failed and died off, some haven’t even been considered. Who knows where the film industry will take our precious video games. Until next time gamers! For more on movies check out my friend Christians blog Film Grind! Filmgrind.wordpress.com

Stay Calm and Hope For Movies!

A Couple Things That Go Bump in the Night: A Halloween Listicle!

Hello gamers! Welcome back to wrmH0l3. It’s that time of year again; the leaves change color and fall from the trees, apple cider and pumpkin carving, but more importantly the monsters come out to play. Halloween is upon us! This article we will be looking at gamings most terrifying characters and the 5 games that will make you fear the dark.

5 Scariest Games:

Alright, lets start this off right. Here are the 5 scariest games you should play with the lights off, alone in a silent house.

Dead Space:

Space, such a vast and complex place. No one really knows a whole lot about it, whats out there, what could be living out there, or what could be watching us. Dead Space puts you into the vast reaches of space on an abandoned “Planet Cracker” filled with the eviscerated remains of its crew. Issac Clark, an engineer is sent with a small response team to check it out. However, what they discover is far from pleasant. An alien species has found its way on board that turns the dead corpses of the crew into horrific and gruesome beasts known as Necromorphs. You must survive the attacks and find out what happened to the crew and how to stop the species from taking over.

Amnesia: the Dark Descent 

The only thing scarier than waking up someplace you don’t recognize is waking up there and not remembering anything at all. Amnesia: the dark descent is a horror survival game that throws you into an abandoned castle with no clue as to why or how to escape. The castle is riddled with ominous screams, remnants of the past and horrifying monsters. You only have three options of playing: hiding, running, or dying a horrid death. It’s sequel, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, is just as, if not more so terrifying.

Slender: The Arrival

For those who aren’t familiar with pop culture, Slender Man is a fictional creature created for a horror competition that has quickly ascended to modern horror icon. In a previous video game title, Slender: The Eight Pages, you are stranded in the woods with a less than functional flashlight on the hunt for 8 pages with warnings on them. You must avoid contact with Slenderman. In The Arrival, you are tossed into a much more intense environment, uncovering a disturbing story about the shadowy figure.

The Evil Within:

Although not released quite yet, this is a horror survival game of its own right. Shinji Mikami, the creator of the game is a father of horror survival. Him and his team are working to create an intense game with an in-depth story, highly-crafted environment and horrifying anxiety that fully immerses the player to draw you in from the start.

F.E.A.R:

A FPS survival horror game that puts players in the shoes of a character called the Point-Man. An operative working for the government special ops forces F.E.A.R who deal in paranormal threats. him and his team are given a mission to eliminate an enemy known as Paxton Fettel who is working with Delta Forces after taking command telepathically of a controlled army of clone super soldiers.

Now it is time to dive into the five most feared characters in all of gaming!

5. The Wallmasters (Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time)

The horrid phantoms that dwell in the dungeons that Link crawls. (image provided by:http://www.ugo.com/games/wallmasters)

The horrid phantoms that dwell in the dungeons that Link crawls. (image provided by:http://www.ugo.com/games/wallmasters)

So these creepy mofo’s are the reason that countless players have spent ridiculous amounts of time trying to complete one dungeon in the Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. They will transport our favorite elf warrior back to the dungeon entrance and make him start his adventure all over again if he is caught by the severed phalanges.

4. Shibito (Siren: Blood Curse)

What's worse than an undead creature with a taste for flesh? One that is both intelligent and can turn into some insect-like abomination! (image provided by: http://www.taringa.net/posts/imagenes/15135511/Los-Personajes-Mas-Aterradores-en-los-Videojuegos.html)

What’s worse than an undead creature with a taste for flesh? One that is both intelligent and can turn into some insect-like abomination! (image provided by: http://www.taringa.net/posts/imagenes/15135511/Los-Personajes-Mas-Aterradores-en-los-Videojuegos.html)

A terrifying, super-zombie hybrid from Hell, the Shibito are the coherent revived malevolent spirits of Siren: Blood Curse and the main enemies. They can turn themselves into insect-like creatures such as spiders and maggots, because that’s a totally fair thing for an already terrifying creature to be able to do.

3. Necromorphs (Dead Space Series)

The dead are.... exploding... now growing extra limbs.... oh god... are those claws? (image provided by:http://deadspace.wikia.com/wiki/Necromorphs)

The dead are…. exploding… now growing extra limbs…. oh god… are those claws? (image provided by:http://deadspace.wikia.com/wiki/Necromorphs)

The alien parasite that turns living tissue into horrid killing machines in space. Makes me totally want to be an astronaut when I grow up! Syke! These horrible enemies like to trick Issac Clark as he explores the deserted Ishimura. Varying from Slashers to Pregnants, they are all out for blood and will do anything from play dead to hide in the ventilation systems.

2. Pyramid Head (Silent Hill 2)

The executioner ain't got nothin' on Pyramid Head (image provided by: http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/silent-hill/images/18521231/title/pyramid-head-photo)

The executioner ain’t got nothin’ on Pyramid Head (image provided by: http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/silent-hill/images/18521231/title/pyramid-head-photo)

 

The iconic villain in Silent Hill 2, Pyramid Head was the bane of sweet dreams for anyone brave enough to make the venture into the dark history of Silent Hill and into the psyche of James Sunderland. This abomination stems from James’ want to be punished for the death of his wife, whist taking on his executioner appearance from the towns dark past of executions.

1. Unagi the Eel (Super Mario 64)

The most terrifying eel you will ever meet in your life. 'Nuff said. (image provided by: http://zombiesatemygames.com/2012/10/theres-something-in-the-water/)

The most terrifying eel you will ever meet in your life. ‘Nuff said. (image provided by: http://zombiesatemygames.com/2012/10/theres-something-in-the-water/)

Nothing was more petrifying as a child then to innocently swim to the bottom of Jolly Roger Bay looking for the Power Star. Only to find that as you encroach on the sunken pirate ship, a giant M***** F****** Eel has the thing hanging at the end of its tail. I literally couldnt finish this game because that damn thing scared me so much as a child.

I think that’s enough to give you all nightmares for a few days, until next time gamers.

Stay Calm and Don’t Look Behind You