‘Simpsons’ video game spoofs industry

31 10 2007

In the latest antics of The Simpsons, Bart chases a giant ape through a video game factory, Lisa destroys a logging camp, and Marge storms city hall with an angry mob.

But don’t look for those episodes on TV.

They are levels in The Simpsons Game that hit stores on Tuesday amid praise from critics for its faithful recreation of the hit TV show’s look, feel, and humor.

“That was one of the big design challenges on this game, to make each of the levels feel like episodes. We wanted to make the game feel like a fully playable season of the show,” said Hans Tencate, lead producer on the game at Electronic Arts.

Several writers from the TV show injected the game with the irreverent wit The Simpsons is known for, coming up with some 8,000 lines of dialogue–enough for a full season.

“Few games embrace their license’s soul so well–The Simpsons Game nails the show’s trademark humor, in-jokes, and social satire, plus it features impressive cartoony graphics and the real-deal voice actors. This is total fan service, meaning Simpsons fans–and apologists–will be pleased,” gaming news site 1up.com said in its review.

The new game is the latest addition to the already large catalog of more than 20 Simpsons titles, which range from 1991’s arcade machine to 2003’s The Simpsons: Hit & Run.

But this appears to adhere most faithfully to the show.

Developers came up with a way that let them create Homer, Bart, and other characters in 3D yet retain a look that is remarkably like the cartoony visual style of the show.

“It’s actually much harder to do than you would think partly because The Simpsons is hand-drawn. We came up with proprietary technology…that gives the game a little more of what the TV show would look like,” Tencate said.

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Metal Gear 4 Delayed

31 10 2007

KONAMI announced today that “METAL GEAR SOLID 4 GUNS OF THE PATRIOTS”, the latest in the METAL GEAR series, is scheduled to be released in the second quarter of 2008.

KONAMI had initially intended to release “METAL GEAR SOLID 4 GUNS OF THE PATRIOTS” this winter and has been working on the production of the title. KONAMI has decided to delay the title’s release in order to make further improvements to the quality of the game and provide even greater enjoyment for more customers worldwide.

KONAMI will continue its efforts to make “METAL GEAR SOLID 4 GUNS OF THE PATRIOTS” meet everyone’s expectations.

Further information regarding the release date will be announced as soon as possible.

Call of Duty 4: 16 players for the Xbox 360 and 18 for PS3

31 10 2007

We live in a world of irony and there’s no better example of that to hold true than the gaming industry. Infinity Ward’s much hailed Call Of Duty 4, which was coincidentally the premier showcase title for the Xbox 360 during this years E3 (ala Assassins Creed), seems to offer PlayStation 3 owners a better package in Online play. Screenshots of the game for the PS3 have shown it to support 18 players whereas the Xbox 360 version has 16 players.

Not to mention the game is looking absolutely spectacular on Sony’s machine; are we finally seeing the beginning of the balance in terms of quality for multi platform games that the PS3 has been criticised for?

Check it out here

Xbox LIVE Account Sharing and Gamesave Tampering (Don’t Do It!)

31 10 2007

Don’t share your account information.  If you run into that person in Halo 3 who claims if they could have your LIVE ID name and password to recover your Xbox LIVE account to their Xbox and they’ll rank you up or find you all the hidden skulls in Halo 3, I urge you not to fall to temptation. While it may be appealing, in addition to violating the Xbox LIVE Terms of Use it can also result in you permanently losing your account. If that ‘friend’ of yours decides not return your account and buys a bunch of Arcade titles and movies on your account, there is nothing we can do except cancel the account since you willingly shared your information.Cancelled.

As in you can never get it back.

In addition to losing your Gamertag, you’ll also lose your Gamerscore, saved games and any points you have on the account.

While I am on the subject of things you should not do, I strongly urge you not to tamper with your Gamerscore and Achievements. If you decide to employ some nefarious techniques to artificially increase your Gamerscore or obtain achievements by manipulating the Xbox software without playing the game, bad things will happen. What type of bad things?  For one thing we may remove the entire Gamerscore for an account that contains manipulated gamerscore. Let me be more clear: If you use tampered gamesaves to boost your Achievements and Gamerscore, you may sign in to Xbox LIVE one day and discover that we have removed your Gamerscore. Once we do that, you will never be able to re-earn those achievements on that account. Even worse, you might have your account and/or console banned from Xbox Live.

As you can imagine, we know how to find out if you do this and we do take action. And we’ll continue to do so.

The best way to increase your Gamerscore or gain that Achievement is to earn it like a real gamer; play the game. Then you can rightly be proud of your Gamerscore as you earned it yourself and not have to worry about anything.  I imagine that the majority of you earn your Gamerscore honorably, but I know there are some people out there are may not be as honest.  In short: Don’t do it. It’s not worth it.