Duke Nukem Rocks Faces

Duke Nukem has been gone so long, missing persons reports have been filed over him. Still, if this trailer means anything, it’s like he never left.

Google Announces Ad Opt-Out For Chrome

Google has announced that they are adding a “Keep My Opt-Outs” add-on to Chrome which will let users permanently opt out of ad tracking from certain companies. This announcement comes days after Mozilla and Microsoft announced that they would do similar moves with their browsers.

There are more than 50 companies that are members that offer opt outs via these programs, including the top 15 largest ad networks in the U.S. wrote Sean Harvey and Rajas Moonka, Google Product Managers. Some, like Google, enable you not only to opt out, but to tailor the personalization of ads by specifying what types of ads you re most interested in seeing.

Some of the reoccurring issues with such a program is that they usually rely upon brower cookies which might be deleted. By making the program a downloadable browser plugin, it makes op-out choices more permanent.

We’ve designed the extension so that it should not otherwise interfere with your web browsing experience or website functionality, wrote the Product Managers. This new feature gives you significant control without compromising the revenue that fuels the web content that we all consume every day.

Source: GooglePublicPolicy.Blogspot.com

Nintendo: Achievement Still Locked

One of the biggest trends to come out of this generation of consoles is the idea of achievements which are scored and kept track of across numerous titles. Nintendo has bucked this trend, however, and the 3DS will have no such integrated system.

“We’re not opposed to Achievements,” noted Bill Trinen, head of product marketing for Nintendo of America, who added, “When they create their games, [Nintendo’s designers] don’t tell you how to play their game in order to achieve some kind of mythical reward.

Nintendo has included achievement-like features in a handful of games, like Super Smash Bros. Melee and Wii Sports Resort. As it stands, however, there’s no interest in making a concerted effort for similar rewards in Legend of Zelda or Super Mario games.

“Basically, the way the games are designed is they’re designed for you to explore the game yourself and have this sense of discovery,” noted Trinen. “To that end, I think that when you look specifically at games from EAD [the group long led by Mario and Donkey Kong creator Shigeru Miyamoto] and a lot of other games that Nintendo has developed a well, there are things you can do in the game that will result in some sort of reward or unexpected surprise. In my mind, that really encourages the sense of exploration rather than the sense of ‘If I do that, I’m going to get some sort of artificial point or score that’s going to make me feel better that I got this.’ And that, to me, is I think more compelling.”

Source: Kotaku

Capcom Thinks New Consoles May Have Overshadowed Okami

Okami has been heralded as a great title by many critics, but the game never received equal success at retail. The game came out late in the lifecycle of the PS2 (Fall 2006 in America) and may have been overshadowed by the already available Xbox 360 and the impending PS3 and Wii.

“I can’t comment officially but, personally speaking, I think it had a lot to do with the announcements for new consoles,” said Capcom producer Motohide Eshiro. “That was overshadowing any other game news at the time.”

The sequel Okamiden is set to release for the DS on March 15, mere days before the official launch of the 3DS.

Source: Official Nintendo Magazine

Sacha Cohen Returns As The Dictator

Paramount Pictures has announced that Sacha Baron Cohen (known for his roles portraying Borat and Bruno) will be working on a new film called The Dictator. Launching May 11, 2012, the film will be directed by Larry Charles, who also directed the Borat and Bruno movies.

The film tells the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed, said the release. It is inspired by the best selling novel ‘Zabibah and The King’ by Saddam Hussein.

LittleBigPrius Goes Green

As previously revealed, there will be a special contest resulting from a collboration between Toyota and SCEA. As you can see by the trailer, there’s a good amount of variety in the custom Prius level.

Microsoft Upsets Japanese Game Maker

Microsoft has had a rough go of it with their Xbox platform in Japan despite efforts to boost the Xbox 360 in the region, it still languishes far behind the competition. While shooter-developer Cave has brought some top-down shooter games (sometimes called shmups) to the Xbox 360, developer Makoto Asada has expressed public displeasure with an “M company” on Twitter.

“There’s a limit to how many unreasonable requests you have to respond to and we hope they realize that soon, said Asada. “We’re frustrated at having to fix things as a result of human error on Microsoft’s side.”

Developer Alchemist also had to change their game Gal-Gun of late, due to requests from Microsoft, and hinted later that they might change their target audience as a result.

Source: Kotaku

Dead Space Action On IPhone

Some have wondered how the iPhone version of Dead Space would look in action or what you would do to control it. Wonder no more with this video, which shows the Dead Space experience mostly intact.

Virgin Signs With EA Sports For Online Tournament Management

EA Sports has announced that it has signed an agreement with Virgin Gaming. Under terms of this deal, Virgin will provide all head-to-head competitive play, pay-to-enter and sponsored tournaments for certain EA Sports games.

EA Sports is the leading sports video game brand and publisher in the world, and we are thrilled to offer our members the opportunities to compete in some of their very best multiplayer sports games, said Rob Segal, CEO of Virgin Gaming. Virgin Gaming is a unique convergence of competitive gaming, video games and social/community networking, and we are excited that EA SPORTS shares our vision for the platform and its potential.

Competitive online gaming is an increasingly popular component of our industry and a great way for EA Sports and Virgin Gaming to help connect gamers around the world through the global language of sports, said Peter Moore, President of EA Sports. Virgin Gaming demonstrates the system-wide integrity we desire, and this is a great opportunity for EA Sports fans to experience secure and impeccably managed online tournaments for some of our top titles.


Telltale Announcing Games February 17

Telltale will be announcing five new projects on Thursday, February 17 according to invitations sent out. While no specifics were given, the invitation indicates that there is one based on a just-launched property from the TV and comic book world whose popularity is changing life as some know it.”

Some are speculating that this unnamed property is Walking Dead. The show, based on the Image Comics series, launched on AMC in October 2010 to heavy acclaim, and deals with social mores on the backdrop of a zombie apocalypse.

Telltale is probably best known for their work on the Sam & Max series (based on a comic) though they have done numerous CSI games (based on the TV show) and a Back to the Future game (based on the movie).

Source: 1UP