Gaming Trends Part 2: The State of PC Gaming

320w ago - Over the past few weeks, I've been noticing quite a few themes that have been making their way through the industry.

Throughout last week at GDC, many of these took center stage in a variety of forms. Today, we examine the state of PC Gaming. Every year a multitude of publications come out proclaiming "PC gaming is dead! All units bail out!" It's all getting to be a little ridiculous.

Now, let's not be naive. PC gaming as we know it is in hot water and is very analogous to an arms race. Who's going to be the first with a water-cooled, overclocked, dual-quad-SLi rig that can run Crysis at an insane resolution with every setting jacked to the point of no return? This is the disarray that Cliff Blizenski was speaking of when talking to Stephen Totilo of the MTV Multiplayer blog.

Arguably the biggest factor of the "disarray" that the PC is facing is piracy, which inadvertently causes more and more former big-time PC exclusive titles to make their way to consoles.

Go back two years, and I 'm fairly certain that you'd be hard-pressed to find a hardcore PC gamer that wouldn't scoff at the mere idea of Unreal Tournament or Command & Conquer making their way to a console.

This is the very reason that World of Warcraft and every Sims 2 expansion on the...

Exclusive Screen of Shadow of the Colossus 2 for PS3!

320w ago - Our secret agent managed to extract massive amounts of awesome in the form of 8 days info but s/he also managed to snag a screen for Shadow of the Colossus 2, the one of two new titles that's being developed by Sony's Team Ico studio.

There seems to be a green, arachnid-esque colossi on the right that was blurred out intentionally by the developer. (Or by our spy, who knows.)

But the real treat is the picturesque desert scene. Enjoy.

How Uncharted: Drake's Fortune makes Home really cool

320w ago - While Resistance: Fall of Man's integration with Home should have bonus content fans excited, old school run-and-gun shooter fans should be pretty pumped about what they may be getting with Uncharted: Drake's Fortune's contribution. We hear that the Home portal for Naughty Dog's PlayStation 3 adventure will follow in Resistance's footsteps, allowing Home avatars to explore the game's levels without the threat of being shot at, a nice feature.

But it's the Uncharted mini-game that has us far more pumped.

According to our sources, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune comes to Home armed with a side-scrolling 2D arcade game, described to us as reminiscent of both Contra and Out Of This World. Sounds kind of like Capcom's 2D remake of Bionic Commando in its execution, full of enemies and exploding barrels to shoot.

Sony is apparently pitching features like these to developers to extend the lives of their titles, using strong first and second party development showcases to prove that Home can effectively market outside of traditional means. We hope they take them up on their offer, because we're definitely excited about the prospects.

Is Sixaxis a white elephant?

320w ago - Just in case you're not familiar with the phrase, a White Elephant is something that is more trouble and more expensive than its worth and therefore a liability. Sound familiar? Welcome to our 15 month appraisal of Sixaxis - PlayStation 3's controversial motion-sensitive controller.

After nearly a year and a half, it's hard to use the defence that it's 'still new technology'. There's a wealth of evidence by which to judge its success and second-generation games should have learned from the mistakes of the launch titles.

But we have to say, it's not a very convincing case file. While Ratchet and Clank: Tools of Destruction used the tilt feature sparingly to decent effect, High Velocity Bowling actually used arm motions to control the swing's power level and in-car MotorStorm steering was a lot of fun, these are the few worthwhile efforts.

Who could forget Lair, which didn't only lack the sensitivity and precision to make control anything but a struggle, but forced the player to use tilt, even though the controller has two analogue sticks that would have worked just as well, if not better.

Formula One: Championship Edition had a large dead zone in the centre of the controller making fine direction changes near-impossible, and Uncharted: Drake's Fortune was a bit flaky when it came...

March 2008 Upcoming Games List

320w ago - This is a List of all the up and coming games for the month of March 2008:

- Age of Conan: Hyborain Adventures- PC
- Army of Two-PS3, 360
- Boom Blox- Wii
- Bully: Scholarship Edition- 360, Wii
- Buzz! The Hollywood
- Buzz! Jr. Robo Jam- PS2
- Chessmaster- PSP
- Command & Conquer 3: Kane's Warth- PC
- Condemned 2-PS3,360
- Dark Sector- PS3, 360
- Dawn of War: Soul Storm- PC
- Destroy All Humans: Big Willy Unleased-Wii, PSP
- Destory All Humans 3: Path of Furons-PS3, 360
- ECO Creatures: Save the Forest- DS
- Final Fantasy Crystal Chronides: Rings of Fate- DS
- Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core- PSP
- God of War: Chain of Olympus- PSP
- Go Pets: Vacation Island- DS
- House of the Dead 2 & 3 Returns- Wii
- Imagine: Figure Skater- DS
- Indoor Sports- Wii
- Lost in Blue- DS
- Major League Baseball 2K8- PS3, 360, PSP
- Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer- DS
- MLB 08: The Show- PSP, PS3
- N+- PSP, DS
- Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword- DS
- Ninja Reflex- Wii
- Naruto: Ulimate Ninja 3- PS2
- Paws & Claws Pet Report- DS
- Petz Bunny- DS
- Odscure Aftermath- Wii, PS2
- Rainbow Six Vegas 2- PS3, 360, PC

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