HALO 3 LAUNCHES

Halo 3 will be released for the XBox 360 on Tuesday. I know, you don’t play games, but this is one of those cultural events that are worth knowing about to keep from feeling old and out of touch.

It’s likely that the sales during the first 24 hours will be $155 million or more – allowing Microsoft to brag that it is the largest entertainment launch in history. […] continued

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MORE GOOGLE EARTH TRICKS

I mentioned a few days ago that the latest version of Google Earth includes “Google Sky,” adding the ability to zoom through the universe viewing high-resolution photos of stars and galaxies.

Many features have been added in the last couple of years for displaying photos, Wikipedia entries, 3D skylines, and more. […] continued

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SECOND THOUGHTS ON SECOND LIFE

Second Life looked like it was poised to be the Next Big Thing when the media gave it blanket coverage a few months ago. (I got caught up in the hype and wrote a description of it that was way too enthusiastic. I’m sorry.) It’s still growing and making its presence felt, but its growth numbers turned out to be exaggerated and many people have been discouraged by the difficulty of getting started and unimpressed by the experience of wandering the virtual world. […] continued

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SAM & MAX RETURN

Productivity is overrated. Close the e-mail program, shove those piles of paper aside, there’s more important things to do: Sam & Max are back in a new game, their first appearance on computer screens since the late, lamented Sam & Max Hit The Road in 1993. Here’s the web site for Sam & Max Episode 1: Culture Shock. […] continued

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SECOND LIFE

Make no mistake: MySpace is old news, YouTube is beginning its slide out of the headlines, Yahoo is over the hill, Flickr never stood a chance. Second Life is the hot online destination, the next cultural obsession, soon to be a household name.

Second Life is an online world; the visuals will remind you of online games, but there’s no gameplay, just an enormous open-ended space designed for endless exploration and creativity. […] continued

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XMAS FRUSTRATIONS – ANECDOTE 1

Products are appearing on the market faster than we can understand them – and manufacturers are moving so quickly that the products are too often half-baked, or not documented well, or not supported well. Technology is bringing us wonderful things, but too much of it comes with a full measure of frustration. […] continued

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GLORY DAYS FOR GAMING

A few years ago the gaming industry was in the doldrums. I recall articles predicting that computer gaming was on its last legs. New games looked like tired rehashes of old games. Gaming magazines were shrinking.

The turnaround is complete. The sales numbers are huge. Halo 2, a hotly anticipated game for XBox, had sales of $125 million in its first 24 hours on the market – and analysts see so many other big releases on the horizon that they weren’t sure Halo 2 would set the record for 24-hour sales this year. […] continued

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PARADISE FOR ACTION GAMERS

The computer gaming industry is about to get a double-barreled blast of publicity and revenue. Watch for the hype to begin, and be tempted by the extraordinary games that will be released soon – but keep a close eye on the hardware requirements!

Doom 3 will be released on August 3 – the most hotly anticipated game in years. […] continued

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DEATH OF THE VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY

Here’s a funny article predicting the death of the video game industry. The author makes some telling points – the technology used for games on computers and consoles has reached a plateau, the original gamers are aging and about to bail out of gaming altogether, and games are increasingly likely to be copies of games from previous years. […] continued

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REAL LIFE – THE REVIEW

If you’re a gamer, you might enjoy reading a review of the most accessible and widely accepted massively multiplayer online role-playing game to date – GameSpot’s review of real life. “Real life isn’t above reproach. In one of the stranger design decisions in the game, for some reason you have no choice in determining your character’s initial starting location, appearance, or gender, which are chosen for you seemingly at random. […] continued

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DOOM III ON XBOX

Microsoft has been losing money on the Xbox, and it hasn’t made much headway against the Playstation for market share. In part the reason has been a lack of high-quality games exclusive to the Xbox.

When Doom III is released late this year or next year, it will have a huge impact on the PC games industry. […] continued

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TOP TEN DYING GAME GENRES

If you’re a long-time gamer, you might get a nostalgic kick out of an article over at Gamespy listing ten types of PC and video games that are dead or dying. Number one, of course, is the late, lamented graphical adventure game – all those hours spent with King’s Quest, Space Quest, Zork, Monkey Island, Grim Fandango, and the rest. […] continued

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SAM & MAX HIT THE ROAD AGAIN

LucasArts announced that another game is in the works featuring Sam & Max, “popular madcap dog and rabbity thing.” Here’s the press release. The original game, Sam & Max Hit The Road, was released in 1993 and became a cult classic – one of the signature games for LucasArts. It’s one of the most wonderfully bizarre items ever released by any company. […] continued

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DUNGEON SIEGE

Got a new computer, an Nvidia GeForce 3 or 4 video card, and a bunch of free time? Check out the reviews of Dungeon Siege and see if it looks like you might be tempted. I don’t normally play role-playing games, but Dungeon Siege is so compelling – easy to get started, beautiful graphics, fun gameplay – that I’ve buried more hours than I want to admit over the last few weeks. […] continued

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XBOX LIVE AND ONLINE GAMING

The next hot market is online gaming – plenty hot already, but due for a big push in the next eight months. Many people are joining massive online worlds and investing oodles of time in their online characters. Everquest, Ultima Online, Asheron’s Call – all of them are more popular than you probably realized. […] continued

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