Electronic Entertainment Expo 2016  (Known as E3)


The Xbox One S comes in a white color.  40% smaller than the xbox one.  There’s a USB port on the front.  The remote controller almost looks the same although better texture and more sharp.  Supports high-dynamic-range (HDR), and also supports 4k resolution and Blu-ray Disc.  The power supply plug is also slimmer.  The Xbox One S also supports Bluetooth.

Xbox One S Trailer

Project Scorpio from Microsoft

In late 2017, Microsoft will unleash a new gaming console.  The Scorpio will have eight-core CPU with 320 gigabits per second of memory bandwidth, and 6 teraflops of graphical performance.  The console can support 4K gaming, and also virtual reality.

The Scorpio Gaming Console Announcement

Sony Playstation announces new God of War Game.


Dawn of War 3: Game Trailer Release

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 3 Trailer Release

In the trailer:
Windy sands blowing at the soldiers, also there are monsters that attack soldiers. There is a great battle. There is also a big monster with a sword that slashes at others in the battlefield.

Some quotes from the trailer:
In darkness, there shall be light. In times of doubt, there shall keep faith.
The vengeance, there shall be no mercy. In the midst of battles, there is no fear. There is no remorse.


Dawn of War 3 Link


Xbox Live Online Once More After the Outage

xbox live goes offline hacked

Microsoft Xbox live is online again. It had been unavailable to users in the United States and in Canada following an outage on Monday at around 8 pm E.T.  A Hacker group known as the Lizard Squad  claimed the responsibility of the attack.

The lizard Squad claims to have DDOsed the server. They also tweeted, “ That’s a small dose of what is to come on Christmas #LizardSquad”  and that the Microsoft would receive a wonderful gift from them on Christmas. The group seems to be promising more mayhem to come in the following days through their tweets. It had also claimed the credit for causing the outage of the online only game Destiny. The late October saw it go down for a whole 4 hours. They have also taken the credit for disabling and many other services this year.

The attack used a method known as Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS). This form of attack bombards the server with requests and the server becomes unable to respond to genuine users requests. Xbox 360 users were completely offline and Xbox One users could sign in, but were unable to view their friends list. Xbox Support page was also disabled and the page displayed a run-time error.

The Lizard Squad threatened more attacks on Xbox, Playstation and such at Christmas time. They have not released an official statement specifying the reasons behind their actions. It is unknown if they are trying to make a point, are protesting something or for a cause.

Millions of users were unable to watch movies or play their games. The threat to do something similar at Christmas time will also affect many people who would try to use their consoles that they receive as gifts and others who would like to do some catching up with their game during the holidays. The users are upset and many protesting were targeted by the Lizard Squad. The users don’t appreciate the attacks and consider them as shameful acts of cyber terrorism.


Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Launched with the Battlefield Moving to South Korea

The latest installment from Activision’s Call of Duty is proving to be a winner as it has clearly managed to impress its fans as they have given it an amazing score of 9.1. Advanced Warfare is one of the most successful and largest departure from what is usually expected from the makers of COD since Modern Warfare launched the series a few years back. The game is still based on the fast paced run-and-gun shooting which made it a household name. The only change is that it has become even faster by focusing more on flexibility and mobility.

The story of the game is quite ambitious with its theme being based on real-world news topics such as political breakdowns, weapons of mass destruction and American intervention. The game also sees Troy Baker and Kevin Spacey convincingly bringing their characters to life.

You get to use some very impressive weapons like threat grenades and lasers that burns through heavy armor, a number of attachments that turns the customary shotgun into a fast-firing monster of death.

The developers of the game Sledgehammer Games though were not too happy about the fact that some of the details of the game like the DNA bomb and zombie mode was leaked well ahead of the release of the game. Glen Schofield the co-founder of Sledgehammer Games said that these leaks destroys the surprise element, but he has accepted it as part of the world that we are living in. Fans of the game got the opportunity to play Advanced Warfare a day before the official release thanks to the day zero edition.

Advanced Warfare makes for a credible base of futuristic yet relatable armed combat that is worth looking into and spreading out further even if the settings today has run its course just as World War II did years ago. It is a deluge of action-film bravado and it is hard to not be carried away by its sheer force.


Sony and Microsoft Take Center-stage at E3 2014

Electronic Entertainment Expo, popularly known as E3, is a premier trade show for video games and computer related products. The expo takes place in Los Angeles Convention Center from June 10-12 every year. This year’s event featured a tough fight between the two giants of the video gaming industry Sony and Microsoft. Entertainment Software Association or the ESA is an institution dedicated to serving public affairs and business needs of companies producing video game consoles.

The event attracts a lot of attention every year with thousands of professionals from all over the world coming here to experience the future of synergistic entertainment. Some very influential people come to visit the expo to witness some new and innovative technology that has never been seen before in hand-held systems, video game consoles among others.

What happened previously at E3 2013?

During last year’s expo, Sony clearly outperformed Microsoft which resulted in the PlayStation 4 outselling the X box One. This happened mainly because Sony put a lot of emphasis on allowing people to share and swap their games. This step taken by Sony was a very consumer-friendly option which attracted a lot of customers to it.

However, if you consider the sheer number of games available to the user, Microsoft was clearly ahead last year. But the scene has changed this year with Sony getting ahead of Microsoft in terms of the volume of titles they had on display at the show. The only drawback, so to say in Sony’s portfolio were the missing first party titles.

This year, Microsoft pitched its X box One as a next-generation gaming machine. The show got underway with the introduction of the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. The demo of the new game was showcased on the big screen at the expo with an impressive and frantic piece of game-play. Some of the other games which was introduced during the expo includes Far Cry 4, The Last of Us Remastered, Rainbow Six Siege, Dead Island 2, No Man’s Sky, Bloodborne among many others.

When it comes to console sales, how can Nintendo stay far behind? Nintendo will be featuring its products on June 11 midnight at the expo. The company however, will stay away from the keynote presentation. The President of the company Satoru Iwata also won’t be attending the event because of some health issues. The event has already become a huge success.

Gaming Movies and TV Technology

Amazon Launches Streaming Device- Fire TV

The world’s largest e-retailer, has the habit of coming up with a new product once in a while. This time, they have unveiled a video streaming device known as the Amazon Fire TV on Wednesday. It has the ability to pipe videos directly to television. With this launch, Amazon is prominently showcasing its wealth of knowledge when it comes to original programming skills. The streaming box was launched in New York by Peter Larsen, an executive of Amazon.

The Amazon Fire TV will be competing directly with products like Apple TV, Google Chromecast and Roku 3. The company is trying hard to capture a fair share of this market and as a result has priced the product at just $99.

The company claims that the Amazon Fire TV is much better than its direct competitors in terms of performance, speed and search functions. The device is powered by Google’s Android operating system. The tiny device has a quadcore CPU inside. Other additional features of the Amazon Fire TV includes easy accessibility to content from Hulu and Netflix.

It also has a feature that will automatically anticipate the program the user is likely to watch and cue it up immediately. You can also use the voice activated search using the microphone.

The potential for success of this kind of a device is huge as the Smart TV market is still growing and there is space for a lot more new products. As more and more people become aware of this segment, the chances of its growth is bound to increase. Amazon also wants to introduce some gaming capabilities into the Fire TV to challenge the supremacy of Playstation and Xbox 360.

The introduction of Fire TV is an interesting move and only time will tell how long it is going to last.


Developer Says Flappy Birds to Fly No More

Flappy Bird will no longer be available for downloading according to the game’s developer Dong Nguyen. The game was first released in May 2013, but for months no one seemed to notice. Then, suddenly, seemingly overnight, the game shot to worldwide popularity. Nguyen’s sudden decision to pull the game has fueled much speculation.

In a statement released on Saturday February 8, 2014, Nguyen said, I am sorry ‘Flappy Bird’ users, 22 hours from now, I will take ‘Flappy Bird’ down, I cannot take this anymore.

The game’s sudden rise to popularity seems to have fueled speculation about how it suddenly was noticed when the game had been relatively unsuccessful for eight months. Some people believe that bots were used to inflate the number of downloads artificially. If Apple can prove this, then it is very conceivable that Nguyen can face a lawsuit from Apple.

Others believe that Apple promoting this app that Nguyen says took him two or three days to develop in their stores is the reason for the success. On his behalf, Nguyen says that he did nothing to promote the app. The game had a four star rating in early February when it was pulled. Users had contributed more than 776,000 reviews.

Nguyen may be justified in saying that he cannot handle the pressure that people put on him because of the game. Some people reportedly are so addicted to the game that they blame the game for their marriages ending because one partner is so addicted to the game. He reports that he will still be producing games, so he may be building a market for his next new ap.

Those devices that already have the game downloaded will still be able to play the game. This has fueled a selling frenzy on popular online auction sites like eBay where sellers are offering devices with the game downloaded for as much as $15,000.


Elder Scrolls Online Releases Prices – $240 for the First Year

Some game players are excited about the release of Elder Scrolls Online. Players can preorder the game directly from ZeniMax Online Studios for release on March 31, 2014, or choose to order it from a major retailer, such as Amazon or Walmart, for release on April 4, 2014. Those who choose to order it through ZeniMax Online Studios will receive a book containing game tips and a 12 inch statue. Preorders are being accepted for $60 by the website, and about five dollars cheaper from retailers. The game will be released for PlayStation 4 and for Xbox One in June 2014.

It looks like players will need to by the pre-release Imperial collection to be able to play the imperial in any race. In addition, the white horse may run faster with the Imperial collection. In addition, those purchasing the Imperial collection may be able to get to the end of the game sooner.  These extra bonuses on a game that both costs money and a subscription fee has many game reviewers upset.

The catch for many game players will be that players will have to pay $15 each month that they plan to play the multi-person game. Therefore, if a player wants to play the game each month, the first year will cost players $240. Some game players may find that cost prohibitive.

Matt Firor in making the announcement said,

[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]We’re thrilled that gamers are looking forward to diving into The Elder Scrolls Online and we’ve been working hard to deliver the game that fans want – one that’s worthy of the Elder Scrolls name. Choosing the right business model is part of that. We are going with the subscription model for ESO[/quote]

Yet, many people remain skeptical if players are that interested in playing the game. Many who were provided with the Beta version of the game to test report that the beginning of the game is extremely slow. This observation has led many to believe that the studio is worried about recouping the money that they have spent on the game’s production.

Many players have also looked forward to being able to play the entire world of Tamriel, but those with the Beta version report that much of it is still locked off, although the studio has said they will be offering continuing updates to the game. The game has been in the planning stages since May 2012.