NBA 2K12 — Debate The Greatest

Well, now that it looks like the entire NBA season has been torpedoed due to labor issues, all that we have to talk about is the great teams of the past. NBA 2K12 is well set up for this scenario with its multiple great teams of the past and 2K Sports has set the stage humorously with these various debate videos.

 

 

Mario Vs. Pac-Man And Other Animations

What appear to be a bunch of animations from Russia sponsored by some sort of potato chip company show a charming amount of detail with the subject matter. The subject matters vary from game characters to movie heroes.

 

Shinobi 3DS Launches From The Shadows

Shinobi 3DS did not make a great initial impression on a lot of people, but Griptonite Games rededicated themselves to the project and the end product is much more impressive. Check out the hot ninja action below!

Become Part Of The Twilight Saga History

A destination website has been launched asking fans to contribute to the Twilight Time Capsule where they can become a part of Twilight Saga history by uploading and sharing their memories. Access this interactive fan community to view all of the official trailers, posters and other content for all Twilight movies in one place right next to all of the fan-generated videos and photos. Browse and see what other fans have created and shared throughout the years, comment on their photos and videos, and share them with friends.

Mobile Revenue: How It’s Shifting

The growth of mobile spending is meteoric, equaling $1.5 billion in the U.S. alone, and $5.6 billion worldwide; by 2014, worldwide revenue from mobile gaming is expected at $11.4 billion. At the same time revenue from purchased apps is expected to slide from 92.5 percent in 2010 to 12.5 percent in 2014.

Source: mixpanel.com

DanceDanceRevolution Partners With American Diabetes Association

Konami has announced that they are teaming up with the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) School Walk for Diabetes. They will include DanceDanceRevolution tournaments which will be hosted at select cities participating in the School Walk program and the ADA logo will be added to DanceDanceRevolution II console boxes.

“Konami recognizes the unsettling trends in children and diabetes, so we have made concerted effort to help promote physical activity through DanceDanceRevolution,” said Shinji Hirano, President of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. “Meanwhile, The American Diabetes Association has done an incredible job in educating the public on the importance of healthy lifestyles, so we hope bringing DanceDanceRevolution into such an ambitious campaign will help us achieve our goal of getting kids off the couch and engaging in an active lifestyle.”

“Cutting the risk factors of type 2 diabetes begins with making some important lifestyle changes. Keeping active is a critical part of staying healthy and DanceDanceRevolution has been an inspirational craze across the country that has had a positive impact in the fight against childhood obesity,” said Mary Baumann, Director of Youth Markets for the American Diabetes Association, Houston,Texas. “We are excited to work with Konami to bring the popularity of the DanceDanceRevolution video game to the ADA’s School Walk for Diabetes campaign.”

Call Of Duty Elite’s Continued Trials

Call of Duty Elite has been suffering under the crush of new users, though features like title, emblem and Double XP for all members are available now. However, the service is still prone to intermittent failures and Beachhead Studios is well aware of the matter.

“Here are two updates on issues you’ve brought to our attention. We are working on a solution for gamers currently being inconvenienced by age restrictions in different countries,” says the site. “We are in the process of implementing this change and we’ll update you on our progress shortly. Also, while many people are curious and excited to use Call of Duty Elite’s mobile applications, we plan to release the iOS and Android apps when we’re confident the service will be able to handle the extra traffic they will generate – so stay tuned.”

“If you have activated your premium membership, but haven’t yet received your Founders’ entitlements mentioned above in-game, please log into elite.callofduty.com,” the site added. “If you see this green skull icon next to your gamer ID, that means your Founder status is activated, and your benefits should appear in-game within a matter of hours. If you’re still having difficulties, please visit Activision Customer Support.”

Source: callofduty.com/elite

Facebook Games ‘Not One-Size-Fits-All’

Gareth Davis, head of gaming at Facebook, indicates that Facebook increasingly features more games for hardcore gamers. In fact, he indicates that there is now a niche for every Facebook gamer.

“We have so many users now on Facebook that we can have really big niches. 100 million user niches. We see the emergence now of companies on Facebook who are building what they’d call a core game. Games targeted at people who played PC games back in the day, strategy games,” said Davis. “They’re at the quality level now of those PC games. We think that area has really emerged in the last 18 months.”

“I think we’ve really seen the game developers understand that it’s not one-size-fits-all, it’s about different kinds of game for different audiences,” he added. “So we’re seeing this broadening now of the kinds of games and audiences and you can be very successful, creating different types of games and you can make a lot of money doing it. We’re seeing a real maturing of the eco-system as people figure out the right opportunities and go after them.”

Developers like Kabam and A Bit Lucky are currently serving the hardcore crowd on Facebook, leading to new markets being served. “I think as we’ve been tuning this the games industry on Facebook has been very successful,” said Davis. “It’s continued to be able to gain mass markets of users, tens of millions of users. They’ve worked out how to engage their users – the engagements levels have been way up over the last couple of years. And monetization. They’ve really figured out how to provide the right things to the right people so that they’re willing to pay for it.”

Despite this, Facebook is not looking to make games of its own. “We’re not going to build games because games are really hard to build and our expertise is in building the platform,” noted Davis. “So we are 100 per cent focused on building the best possible platform to enable developers to build social experiences everywhere, particularly mobile, today.”

Source: GI.biz

 

Final Fantasy XIII-2 U.S. Collector’s Edition

Square Enix has confirmed that a Collector’s Edition of Final Fantasy XIII-2 will release in North America. It will be available in limited quantities for GameStop, Amazon and Best Buy for $79.99.

Final Fantasy XIII-2 Collector’s Edition will feature “premium packaging featuring artwork by Yoshitaka Amano, an impressive 4-disc official soundtrack and a collection of concept artwork. The full-color concept art collection contains material from the making of Final Fantasy XIII-2, with a variety of never-before-seen illustrations, environments and more.”

GameStop will offer a downloadable alternate costume for Serah for those that pre-order, Amazon will have the exclusive Omega boss battle, who will join the player’s party afterward. Best buy will have the Collectible Hardcover Book Final Fantasy XIII -Episode i- novella that bridges the story of the first game and it’s sequel.

Source: Joystiq

Halo Living Monument Comes To Life

Microsoft is marking the launch of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary with HaloLivingMonument.com. Fans are invited to upload moments of their favorite Halo memories from the last decade, which will become part of an interactive, 3D mosaic image of Master Chief.

“Users can explore the content of the mosaic, rate their favorite submissions and share them with friends on Facebook and Twitter. Contributing to the mosaic is as easy as uploading an image from Facebook or leaving a comment about your favorite Halo memory,” says Microsoft. “In addition, fans who add their photos to the interactive memorial can see their contributions immortalized in a personalized, live-action “Halo Tribute” video that honors the dedication and support of the Halo community over the franchise’s ten year history.”