Forging the path for casual games on the...
Forging the path for casual games on the PS3, an upgraded version of the heralded FlOw flash game is about to debut on the console. For those who missed it: FlOw is a game of cellular survival. Progression and advancement through consumption on a cellular level. Be sure to check out the original flash game. It boasts an incredible art style and simple controls, and looks even nicer on the PS3 version. I recommend the HD Video.
Love the Wii interface? What if you could use it, along with the motion sensitive remote, to control every facet of your PC needs? Some ambitious individual has done just that. His PC boots to the standard Wii-looking menu, complete with chimes and dingy elevator music the Wii is known for. The "Channel" selections boot right into emulators running the selected games. Sweet setup, indeed.
World of Warcraft continues trouncing the competition while blanching the prospective de-throners. The Burning Crusade, released in January, is an incredible addition to the existing content and is sure to cause a noticeable drop in worldwide tech-related productivity. Blizzard has whipped up a really snazzy flash "mini-site" promoting the game, and it even includes some hidden mini-games to unlock further portions of the site. Very slick.
Flash developers interested in building...
Flash developers interested in building real-time multiplayer games should look at MMOcha, the server technology behind Stick Arena. MMOcha is a platform empowering developers to create multiplayer games and interactive social environments on the web, with hosted Server environments available at no cost to studios working to develop titles under an XGen Studios Publishing Agreement. For further information, please visit www.MMOcha.com.
The XGen team will be heading to the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, March 5th-9th. If you are a game developer or a publisher attending GDC and would like to meet up, please drop us a line at email@example.com
Update: The iPhone gains flash...
Update: The iPhone gains flash support... Maybe?
iPhone, Apple TV and a new widescreen iPod with touch controls are the highlight of Steve Job's Keynote Speech today at MacWorld 2007.
Apple TV is a device to connect your computer with your TV. Quite simply it allows you to stream HD quality video straight to your living room. Purchase TV shows, movies, and music from iTunes and forget about your cable or satellite provider. Pretty cool.
The iPhone is the most impressive announcement by Jobs; it features a full touchscreen and *no* stylus. Apple's new multi-touch technology promises accurate and quality control right at your fingertips, literally. More PDA then phone: the iPhone features everything you'd expect from a PDA plus the first fully-usable web browser on a phone, video and music playback and seamless integration with google maps (including satellite imagery) with the slickest of interfaces bringing it all together.
One thing we noticed about the web browser is that it apparently has no flash support as of yet. Jobs demonstrated the browser by loading the NY times website and clearly missing from the screen on the iPhone was a video-playing flash application. This squashes any fantasies we may have had about playing touchscreen Defend Your Castle on a mobile device, but we're confident Apple will work out all of the details in due time.
Happy 4th Birthday, XGen! ...
Happy 4th Birthday, XGen!
XGen Studios officially turns four today, and to celebrate we're giving away four free copies of Motherload: Goldium Edition / The XGen Classic Collection.
To win, be one of the first four people to send an E-mail to Games@XGenStudios.com with 'Happy 4th Birthday, XGen!' in the subject line. Remember to include a note on whether you'd like a copy of Goldium or the Classic Collection in the body of your E-mail. The four trigger-happy winners will be contacted via E-mail for their shipping information within 72 hours.
Additionally, we've featured another of Nitrome's irresistible titles. Roly Poly will have you frantically spinning your way to victory as you lead your pincushion pal through devious and destructive labyrinths.
[Play Roly Poly Now!]
Space... the final dimension[Watch the...
Space... the final dimension
[Watch the 'Go Ballistick' Trailer Now!]
Featuring 6 devastating new weapons, epic new arenas, and an all-new currency system, the highly anticipated expansion to Stick Arena will pit you against your foes in scenarios you've never dreamt of. We read tomes of E-mails, traversed the darkest reaches of our forums, and spoke directly with players to find out what you want. The results? An overdriven, adrenaline-fueled, explosive expansion with gameplay that remains irrefutably loyal to the legendary original.
With over 1.6 Million registered players and more than 40 million rounds played, its time to incite a second revolution in browser-based gaming. Keep your ear to the street; We'll be revealing additional details on weapons and features as we approach release.
[Watch the 'Go Ballistick' Trailer Now!]
[Play Stick Arena Now!]
Bow to your robot overlords. Nothing can...
Bow to your robot overlords. Nothing can stop the methodical and unrelenting press of our mechanized superiors. Ah... maybe not just yet. But these robots are starting to look pretty scary. A foot tall robot dual-wielding katanas is now a personal nightmare of mine. And now at least now I'll have someone to handle all of my unsolved Rubik's cubes...
Imagine being able to take multiple images of an object or environment and organizing them into a cohesive three dimensional representation quickly and easily? And being able to navigate this virtual setup and move from photo to photo with ease? Microsoft's Photosynth is shaping up to be some impressive technology, you can try it out here (Internet Explorer is the only supported browser). Here's a video of the software in action for those who cannot install the applet.
Will it blend? This question has plagued mankind since the invention of the household blender. Well, not really. These guys seem to think so however. Care for some frappe'd ballpoint pens? How about a cool refreshing glass of marble dust?
Now I'll let you all get back to camping in line for a PS3... *cough*...
The holiday season is warming up and the...
The holiday season is warming up and the big players are stepping up to bat. Here's a brief rundown of what you'll be playing in the next few months:
Big hitters like Gears of War (XBox 360) and Final Fantasy XII (PS2) are already on the shelves, go get em while they're hot.
The Sony Playstation 3 kicks off next week (Friday) with a very hefty price tag and some less then stellar launch titles: Resistance - Fall of Man and Untold Legends Dark Kingdom being the picks. Later on you'll be treated to a souped-up version of Half-Life 2 and the promise of Final Fantasy XIII and a new RPG from Obsidian, makers of Oblivion.
The more affordable Nintendo Wii follows 2 days later with an incredible lineup: The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess, Metroid Prime 3 Corruption, Wii Sports and Red Steel. You won't even scratch the surface of these before the next wave of Wii titles hits you with the likes of Super Mario Galaxy and Super Smash Brothers Brawl.
Do you wanna be a Guitar Hero? Who doesn't? The sequel to the venerable "Guitar Hero" game on PS2 comes out today. The first game was slow to gain popularity; perhaps due to the goofy looking plastic guitar peripheral required. Improving on the addictive gameplay and true rockstar feeling of the original game, GH2 is bound to be a hit.
So concludes my wrap-up, I'm sure you agree that you'll be glued to your various electronic entertainment all throughout the winter. Why not? It's cold outside anyways.
[New XGen Buttons] ...
[New XGen Buttons]
Some fans have noticed the new XGen Studios logo in the top-left corner of our forums. Over the past 3 and a half years, XGen has grown from a single developer project (StickRPG, Defend your Castle) into the team of 7 behind Motherload, featured on portals including MTV.com and Shockwave.com, and more recently Stick Arena, which ranks among the world's most popular browser-playable MMOs.
XGen Studios is growing, but we're still an independent studio developing the games we want to play for our fans - And giving them away for free. We need the continued support of our community to keep doing what we love; We've put together a set of 8 buttons featuring our slick new logo to add to your MySpace page, your Blog, your Website, your Portal. Stick them anywhere and everywhere and show your support for XGen.
[New XGen Buttons]
To our loyal fans, who continue to support us - Thank-You.
Chaos Faction, our newest featured...
Chaos Faction, our newest featured title, is a frantic beat-em-up arena style combat game where you'll engage in satisfying bouts against a variety of devious opponents. With amazing depth, including 29 weapons, 18 characters, 15 levels, Chaos Faction has been under development for 14 months. Customize your character with components from defeated enemies, mixing and matching to create your own personal fighting machine!
[Play Chaos Faction Now!]
The holiday season is very quickly...
The holiday season is very quickly approaching and, as with every other year, the gaming industry wants your money. However, this year they may actually earn it. The Tokyo Game Show as well as X06 have recently wrapped up and there is no shortage of gaming eye candy still spreading through the net from both events. Here's my picks for most impressive: Lost Planet, BioShock and Assassin's Creed.
Last time I posted about paper sculptures, but check out what is possible with water and clouds. Spectacular.
Ever wanted to create your own 3D models but don't have the time or the means to do it? Well now you do. Here's a little Java applet called Teddy that lets you doodle your own 3D objects and even paint them. For those without Java you can watch this impressive video demonstration.
"You'd be insane not to give Defend Your Castle a download. Final Score: 9/10"
Defend Your Castle has been re-created from the ground up and utilizes the unique capabilities of the Wii, as well as the iPad and iPhone touch-screen