The RPG genre can offer so much and in so many different ways that it’s hard to actually say there is an “RPG Genre” at all. Diablo is proof of that as you are playing a role in a game but the game is not about you or your role. In fact at most you are a tool to help dozens of other people solve their problems because of lack of ability. It’s almost as if you’re a super powered gofer who has no agenda of their own, nor could you. The goal is to be good, stop evil, and occasionally get things for other people in order to make their lives slightly better… and when you look at Diablo III like that, it’s mystique starts to wear off and you realize that it’s entire charm is it’s ability to tease you with the next magical item that will make you feel bad ass. Keep reading for more.
We’ve known Marvel wanted to do an MMO for a while now and that it was going to be free to play. Looks like the game is less like WoW and more like Diablo. Choosing to go over head, point and click action rather than the macro centric giant world with millions of players that we’ve known from so many MMOs in the past. Even the game’s levels will be randomly designed like Diablo and it can be played solo or with friends. With free to play of course will come the options to pay for content we’re sure. We also know that the game will you playing as well known Marvel characters rather than creating your own like DC Universe Online. This can be hit or miss for fans as it becomes more about branding with the already established characters rather than letting players explore the Marvel world along side known characters. It could attract more players because of that, but could also stunt it’s growth as players won’t feel unique. Keep reading for mor details and a trailer with in game footage.
The world was ready to log on at 12:01am PST as Diablo III’s servers went online. Gamers from all over had their copies installed and ready to go. I was on Skype with my good friend Sean who had actually introduced me to the series a whole decade ago when Diablo II was out and we were both just out of high school. There we are, accounts ready to go and the flood gates opened. Diablo III went live and Error 37 was born. North America wouldn’t be able to play for a whole hour and a half while server issues were worked out. Keep reading for our first day of gaming.
Blizzard is making their last big marketing push before Diablo III launches next Tuesday, May 15th. The trailer explains Diablo III’s play structure, the random level structure, the addictiveness of it’s play style and it’s classes. Also showcasing a second of PvP (which we have not heard good things about) and more, Diablo III is positioned to be one of the biggest games of the year. Get ready to get that loot! Click to watch the epic new trailer.
DOTA is just plain strange. A mod made by some gamers was getting two fully fledged sequels from the two biggest studios in PC gaming and then they caught wind of eachother and the lawyers got their claws out. Valve’s DOTA 2 which is currently in closed beta testing was up against Blizzard’s Blizzard DOTA which features and all star cast of their characters. Fitting since the game is now being retitled Blizzard All-Stars. Gabe Newell, co-founder of Valve said “We’re pleased that we could come to an agreement with Blizzard without drawing things out in a way that would benefit no one. We both want to focus on the things our fans care about, creating and shipping great games for our communities.”
It’s actually rather smart to not use the title DOTA in Blizzard’s game as it removes confusion and since DOTA stands for Defense of the Ancients and therefore has absolutely nothing to do with Blizzard characters going to battle with each other. To leave a comment or for Blizzard All-Stars and DOTA 2 trailers click here.
Battlefield, Call of Duty, TF2, Halo, Mass Effect, James Bond, Half-Life 2, Mario Kart… Have those ever been in a video together before? No? Well why not?! This video highlights the brilliant instakills through modern gaming history. I absolutely love this video for it’s simplicity and awesomeness. Huge props to Corridor Digital for making yet another great video. Click to watch.
I love Portal. I love everything about the franchise and I wear, on a daily basis a band that states I’m an Aperture Test Subject. I’ve seen mock ups of the turrets from Portal in the past but never one that actually makes sounds, tracks your movement and fires. This student has rigged up MATLAB and an Arduino processor to a couple servo mounted USB rocket launchers and a webcam that tracks a pink shirt and fires on it when it’s stationary. It even has the red laser. Pretty cool stuff. Sure it’s not as fluid and right now the frame is lacking, but for an early start it’s pretty great. Click to watch the video of this awesome project.
Two of my favorite indie games collide with a great texture pack and a smart designer who decided to make some of the levels from Fez in the world of Minecraft. I think i’m going to snag this texture pack actually and play with it. You can do the same by going here and downloading it. Huge props go out to InTheLittleWood for making this and the Fez Facebook page for sharing it. Click to watch.
We spent our time with the Diablo III Beta which was informative to say the least. We loved how classically old school it was while retaining a new look and visual feel. It’s a pretty game with a lot going for it, especially it’s multiplayer content. Now Blizzard has launched a new TV trailer where they smartly punctuate that it’s for both PC and MAC. Basically any computer in the world is going to be able to play this game. I’ve even seen the beta run on a Mac Book Air. That’s saying a lot. Watch the gorgeous trailer below.
I found myself yelling “CHARGE!” into my microphone at 2am in an effort to move my troops forward in the new game Binary Domain. This wasn’t a gesture I was making because I was so into the game, the same kind of gesture a gamer makes when turning the controller in hopes that their actual movements might make their character move just that perfect amount. Rather this was something I’d have to do in order to actually get my troops to be effective in combat. I pity my neighbors. Read on good citizen.