Posts Tagged ‘Activision’

Telltale Ends Its Quest For A King’s Quest Revival

By John Walker on April 4th, 2013.

I’ll admit, I’m rather bemused by the desire for more King’s Quest. It seems that everyone else has far more affection for the series than I ever mustered, far preferring the runs of Police Quest, Space Quest and Quest For Glory. I’d throw money at a Police Quest Kickstarter so hard it’d fall over backward. But reviving King’s Quest is clearly the dream for many, and until recently, was a dream of Telltale’s.

Read the rest of this entry »

, , , .

39 Comments »

Funky Little Boatrace: Activision’s Astonishing Face Tech

By Alec Meer on March 28th, 2013.

Vasquez?

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH

Also, wow. NVIDIA aren’t the only ones doing remarkable things with videogame faces – Activision have their own take on a very similar real-time rendering concept – and indeed using the same bald, parfait-obsessed character. This is apparently all done on current hardare – a GeForce 680 can muster it at 120FPS, they say, although obviously that’s without anything else being rendered. More impressively, Activision R&D are demonstrating this face-sim at GDC, using a two-year-old laptop, whereas NVIDIA talked about their own tech needing a GeForce Titan. I don’t own a GeForce Titan. I might have mentioned that once or twice.

If you aren’t at the show, you can watch this surprising video. I should warn you that the phrase ‘frozen fruit’ may take on faintly nightmarish associations for the rest of your natural life.
Read the rest of this entry »

, , , , .

89 Comments »

Green Screen: TMNT: Out Of The Shadows Footage

By Craig Pearson on March 21st, 2013.

I wanted to have Michelangelo here, but he looked well stupid.
Readers! I have a joke for you. What’s green, has four shells, and lives in the sewer with a big rat thing? And also knows ninjutsu and orders pizza? The answer is… wait! This isn’t a joke book. It’s my diary from 1989. I thought all the punchlines were worryingly personal. How did a joke book know about my imaginary butler, Pierce Craigson? It turns out back then I was really into the Turtles, and imagined myself to be the fifth crime-fighting green thing. I was “Indiana Jones Turtle”, used a whip, and had some rather iffy ideas about April O’Neal. I was clearly an unimaginative idiot. Anyway, ten year-old me and thirty something (ahem) me both agree that the footage of the upcoming TMNT: Out Of The Shadows looks surprisingly good. Ooh, we can pretend we’re all going in to the sewers. Follow me down.
Read the rest of this entry »

, , , , .

91 Comments »

Activision Fire 30, To Make Fewer Licensed Games

By John Walker on February 20th, 2013.

Activision has promised to stop making terrible games. Well, okay, that’s not quite true. But they’ve said to Kotaku that this year they’re planning to release “fewer games based on license properties”, which is publisher speak for, “Good lord, that James Bond game was terrible.” This coincides with the announcement that the company is laying off 30 employees, thought to affect CODBLOPS developers, Treyarch.

Read the rest of this entry »

, .

48 Comments »

Wot I Think: Family Guy – Back To The Multiverse

By John Walker on November 26th, 2012.

It’s something of a Herculean effort that has seen me get far enough through Family Guy: Back To The Multiverse (you can tell how proud people are of this – there’s no official site, and developers Heavy Iron don’t mention it on their site) to be able to let you know wot I think.

Read the rest of this entry »

, , , , .

99 Comments »

BioWare Laughs Off BLOPS2/Mass Effect 2 Mix-Up

By John Walker on November 14th, 2012.

There are a few different ways BioWare could have reacted to their game, Mass Effect 2, being accidentally shipped in boxes of Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2. It’s looking like they’ve picked the best possible one. Rather than getting upset, the studio is seeing it as splendid marketing, a promotional opportunity, and explaining to those who’ve received a copy of their game that “the universe thinks you should be playing Mass Effect right now.” They’ve gone so far as to create a competition for those with the wrong disc.

Read the rest of this entry »

, , , , .

84 Comments »

10 Awful Things I Saw In The First Hour Of 007 Legends

By Alec Meer on November 12th, 2012.

And number 11 is...

Skyfall has becom the biggest-grossing, most heavily product-placed and most three-completely-different-films-mashed-together Bond movie of all time. Clearly then, the recently-released tie-in game must be a thoughtful, high-budget affair with a long development cycle and the upmost understanding of what makes Bond Bond. Clearly. 007 Legends essentially retells older Bold adventures but as starring Daniel ‘Mini-Hulk’ Craig and a raft of more modern technology. I knew in my bones that this would be a faithful and careful recreation of the cavalier Secret Agent fantasy, and definitely not a mucky, ugly, by the numbers first-person shooter whose PC version was less console port and more console diarrhea that had accidentally dribbled onto PC.

I put on my best (only) bowtie and went in. Here’s what I discovered in my first and only foray into 007 Legends. Would it leave me shaken or stirred lol zing etc?
Read the rest of this entry »

, , .

146 Comments »

Where Am I? – Black Ops 2′s Launch Trailer

By Nathan Grayson on October 17th, 2012.

Phew. Well, at least Call of Duty's the same as it's always been.

I just got off a plane, which purportedly took me back to San Francisco. However, as a free bonus, it apparently also catapulted me forward in time by a whole month! That’s the only explanation I can come up with for why there’s already a Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 launch trailer. Or maybe – just maybe – Activision saw fit to roll out the red carpet for the mannest of manshoots a month early. But no, that’s just crazy. Time travel is the only plausible call here. Definitely.

Read the rest of this entry »

, , .

91 Comments »

Wot I Think: The Amazing Spider-Man

By John Walker on October 1st, 2012.

Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can, apart from have sex with another spider. I’ve been playing The Amazing Spider-Man for a few days now. I think I’m about two-thirds of the way through. That is plenty of time wearing the mask, and I am now ready to tell you Wot I Think.

Read the rest of this entry »

, , , , , .

60 Comments »

Deader Than Ever: Black Ops 2′s Zombie Campaign

By Nathan Grayson on September 27th, 2012.


Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will have zombies. At this point, that statement is almost as much of a foregone conclusion as “Black Ops 2 will have guns” or “Black Ops 2 will provide Activision with enough cash to put Bobby Kotick’s brain into a fully weaponized robot body, ensuring this his dark dominion over Earth is equal parts swift and eternal.” But, like other aspects of the slightly-more-ambitious-than-usual sequel, zombie mode’s become a fair bit beefier. Observe, after the break, as intrepid survivors use whatever they can get their hands on to battle undead hordes on a bus, in a box, with a fox, in a house, with a mouse, and OK, actually none of those things except on a bus.

Read the rest of this entry »

, , .

43 Comments »

Goldfinger Also On Craig’s List: 007 Legends

By Adam Smith on September 18th, 2012.

The screenshot continues the proud tradition of crap villain introductions. The headline refers to the list of Bond films and their villains that are being recreated in shake and stir ‘em up 007 Legends, a list maintained by a pretend version of Daniel Craig, voice by the actual Daniel Craig who sounds like he’s doing a rushed and rubbish impression of himself. Clear enough? Legends will construct a bridge of continuity between On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Goldfinger, Licence to Kill, Die Another Day and Moonraker. The last mission apparently covers some Skyfall happenings, so there’ll be at least one surprise. Here’s a video of the Goldfinger scenes, which are extremely unsurprising.

Read the rest of this entry »

, , , .

40 Comments »

WoW Screenshots Allegedly Include Acct Names, IP Info

By Nathan Grayson on September 12th, 2012.

And that tiny mechanized chicken is to blame for all of it.
Well, this is more than a little upsetting. A picture, our forefathers (or someone’s forefathers, anyway) said, is worth a thousand words, but I’m willing to bet they’d have upped that wager a little if their pictures contained bits of decryptable info that revealed very sensitive personal information. Reports coming out of the world of World of Warcraft, however, suggest just that, and – given that hackers tend to flock to Blizzard products like ravens to places that will soon be dooooooooomed – it’s a bit worrisome, to say the least.

Read the rest of this entry »

, , , .

69 Comments »

Care Again: Heart Of The Swarm Beta Coming ‘Very Soon’

By Nathan Grayson on August 16th, 2012.

I'm pretty sure her hair is some new breed of zerg.

I like to imagine that creating an expansion for StarCraft is like disarming a multi-megaton bomb using live lobsters instead of wirecutters. One wrong move, and the whole thing will go sky-high. Also, you are constantly being attacked. By lobsters. Who, I guess, are the fans in this metaphor. I’m not really sure anymore. At any rate, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm is just about to start making its final zerg rush toward the finish line, and it needs your help.

Read the rest of this entry »

, , , .

96 Comments »