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    by Published on August 2nd, 2011 14:18
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    An article at Ars goes through some of the biggest sins game publishers commit when porting a console game to the PC. At the top of the list, predictably, are annoying DRM and inconvenient game settings. From the article: 'PC gamers like to play with their mouse settings, adjust the amount of detail in the characters or environment, and change the audio mix between the music and the sound effects. We want to adjust the resolution, the aspect ratio, and even the field of view settings. The more options given to PC gamers, the better. While some engines support more options than others, there is a minimum amount of tweaking that should be available when we jump into the game. For an example of how badly PC gamers can get screwed on this issue, we can take a look at Bulletstorm when it was launched. Not only was mouse smoothing turned on as a default, but there was no way to turn it off. You had to find the configuration files, which were encrypted for some insane reason, and then install a third-party program to be able to turn off mouse smoothing and get the game feeling like it should on the PC."

    http://games.slashdot.org/story/11/0...-Games-PC-Port ...
    by Published on August 2nd, 2011 14:13
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    You could use PlayStation Vita as a controller for PS3 games, Sony has revealed.

    This Wii U-like capability was explained by Sony Europe R&D manager Phil Rogers at the Develop Conference 2011.

    "What could you do with all of this?" Rogers asked a room of developers and Eurogamer. "Here's a few boring technical ideas: you could drive a display from a PS3 game, for example.

    "PS3 can send data down to Vita and Vita can display it. You could use the unique features [of Vita] - gyroscope, touch front and back - as a control device for a PS3 game.

    "You can run software on both devices and use the network to sync the game states. And that's pretty good, because you then have the processing power of PS3 doing that work, Vita [doing] fancy graphics - however you want to do it. You're not sacrificing the PS3's CPU to be able to have a rich experience on Vita."

    Rogers said this was "a fairly new idea", and encouraged developers to talk to Sony if they have any ideas for it. "Most of the time we'll be OK with it," he said.

    Another thing Vita can do is cross-platform play. This was demonstrated with WipEout 2048 on Vita talking to a bespoke compatible build of WipEout HD on PS3. The two games connected via PSN and, after a lengthy wait for the Vita version to load, worked together seamlessly. The PS3 version had a visibly higher frame-rate and was the better looking of the two games, although the difference at a glance was minimal.

    Rogers mentioned that pool game Hustle Kings will also support cross-platform play. He also confirmed Vita Remote Play support for platform launch, whenever that will be.

    "At launch we're going to have some PSN features that work across both platforms."
    Phil Rogers, manager, Sony Europe R&D
    "At launch we're going to have some PSN features that work across both platforms," said Rogers. "You could access data on each side and access scoreboards, for example. We're building on that.

    "Obviously we had to bring certain things on and make sure that servers work against all the features and it doesn't break the PS3 experience, because there's a lot of PS3 users.

    "For launch we'll also have Remote Play, which does look good on Vita - I saw an early version of it running recently."

    Remote Play allows the Vita to receive encoded video output in real-time from PS3.

    One of the more ambitious and alluring PS Vita capabilities is called Continuation Play. This allows a PS3 game to be played and then taken on the move on PS Vita.

    "We have a system called Title User Storage, which allows 1MB of data on our servers for games," explained Rogers. "And that can be accessed on both platforms; you can access that same data.

    "You can save your game on PS3, go over to Vita, pull that data back and swap it between them, so you can play a game at home, take it on the train and continue."

    "You can save your game on PS3, go over to Vita, pull that data back and ... take it on the train and continue."
    Phil Rogers
    Rogers said Ruin, a Diablo-like action RPG, was the only announced PS Vita game that currently uses Continuation Play. "But there's probably a few that we've seen via the support site that we can't talk about," he teased.

    "The feature is there," he added. "We've told developers that you can use Title User Storage to push the game data across."

    The connection between PS Vita and PS3 will be handled via Wi-Fi and through the PlayStation Network.

    "The important thing to note, and people always forget this, is that the Network exists; you don't need fancy cables, you don't need to have that there," said Rogers. "You're connected over an access point; send IP to each other - it just works.

    "We did support USB, but [there's] not really much more point for that - wireless is fairly decent."

    Further down the line, Rogers said developers will be able to retroactively patch-in support for Vita in existing PS3 games.

    He also said Sony was making a concerted effort to encourage developers to use these new ideas arriving with PlayStation Vita.

    "There's a push from our third-party team for encouraging licensees to be having those features [cross-platform, continuation play] in game," he said.

    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/20...ps3-controller ...
    by Published on August 1st, 2011 16:51
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    Voting for the GamesMaster 2011 Golden Joystick Awards is underway - and you can go and support your favourite online right now.

    Games in the nomination list for the event's 14 categories include Portal 2, Call Of Duty: Black Ops, Dead Space 2, Bulletstorm, L.A Noire, The Witcher 2 and many more.

    The most hotly contest prize, the Ultimate Game Of The Year, is this year fought out by 20 huge titles.

    Voters who participate in all 14 public categories are in with a chance of winning the GamesMaster Ultimate Gaming Prize - including consoles and copies of many award-nominated games.

    Robin Alway, Editor-in-Chief of GamesMaster says: "The combination of 1.5 million votes last year and an outstanding 12 months for games meant the pressure was really on when it came to picking the shortlist for the Golden Joysticks. But while that was difficult, voting is easier than ever and we want every gamer to have their say.

    "The shortlist features huge sequels living up to the hype, new IP establishing itself, and incredible innovation and creativity wherever you look. There could be some major upsets when the winners are announced."

    New categories, including dedicated gongs for downloadable, mobile and free-to-play games, allow for a wider breadth of games than ever before, including success stories like Minecraft and Angry Birds.

    Winners are announced at the awards ceremony, taking place at the Westminster Bridge Park Plaza on Friday 21st October. Among the surprises on the night will be a number of exclusives and reveals from all across the games industry.

    Simon Maxwell, Group Publisher of Future's Entertainment portfolio, says: "We're drawing on 29 years of heritage to make this year's Golden Joysticks the biggest and best ever. Table sales are moving at speed, so don't delay if you want to be in the room for the gaming event of the year.

    "We can't wait to crown the very best gaming has to offer - get voting and make sure your favourite gets the recognition it deserves."

    The full list of categories reads:

    Ultimate Game of the Year
    One To Watch
    Best Shooter
    Best Action/Adventure
    Best RPG [Role-Playing Game]
    Best MMO [Massively Multiplayer Online game]
    Best Fighting Game
    Best Racing Game
    Best Sports Game
    Best Strategy Game
    Best Music-based Game
    Best Free-to-play Game
    Best Mobile Game
    Best Downloadable Game

    http://www.computerandvideogames.com...ce-2-and-more/ ...
    by Published on July 28th, 2011 12:24
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    Hi all its been too long but the hacking of the site a few months ago made us update security features and to the latest version of vbulletin.

    One of the downsides was a massive loss of positions in Google which is one reason for the bringing back of all the DCEmu Network sites whilst keeping the new DCEmu CMS system..

    But also since then no one has been able to register and even get their lost passwords back.

    finally last night Martin traced the bug that caused this and that side of the site is now working properly again, thank god.

    Ill be sending an August newsletter out detailing all the recent news and fixes on DCEmu in the next few days.

    This weekend im hoping to bring back the remaining sites inc the coders sites and open new ones covering PSvita, 3DS, WiiU.

    Thanks for now. ...
    by Published on July 20th, 2011 21:45
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    Sure, some flight-sim junkies want to imagine themselves dogfighting with an F-16, afterburners screaming as they climb into the sky. But for virtual pilots less interested in white-knuckle air warfare, Mad Catz has unveiled a product line based on that ubiquitous trainer, the Cessna 172 Skyhawk. The company's Saitek brand now offers a Yoke ($200), Trim Wheel ($50), and Rudder Pedals ($210), all officially licensed from the airplane manufacturer. Buy them all together and you'll receive a free Flight Switch Panel, thereby completing your cockpit ensemble. Remember, though: you're in this for the pure, majestic joy of simulated flight. It's not a competition, so don't let this guy and his $300,000 flight simulator get under your skin. Cool?

    http://www.engadget.com/2011/07/20/s...ets-you-simul/ ...
    by Published on July 20th, 2011 21:41
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    When Gears of War 3 lands in September you'll be able to pick yourself up a special edition Xbox 360. If you've already got an Xbox though, you don't have to skip out on the branded accessories game completely. Mad Catz has you covered with a trio licensed goodies, including a throat communicator, a stereo gaming headset and a 7.1 surround sound headset all decked out in the iconic blood-red and black of the franchise. The special edition of the surround sound set (above) is actually just a slightly updated version of the company's Tritton AX720 headgear with a new decoder box and an extra two channels of sound. Those who want to shout at their opponents without donning bulky ear-wear will likely gravitate towards the throat communicator. All three will launch alongside GOW3 on September 20 for $30, $100, and $180 respectively. You can pre-order now at the more coverage link but, before you go, there's a pair of pics and some PR after the break.

    http://www.engadget.com/2011/07/20/m...audio-gear-ge/ ...
    by Published on July 19th, 2011 21:30
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    A top-of-the-range £249.99 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 headset will accompany the game’s release in November.

    It’s one of four limited edition Turtle Beach headsets which will be distributed by Lygo to UK retail. The accessories have been designed by the Modern Warfare 3 audio teams at Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games, and will be available for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

    The £89.99 Ear Force Foxtrot has ‘high-fidelity amplified audio’, while the £129.99 Ear Force Charlie uses eight ‘acoustically-angled’ speakers for surround sound.

    Going further up the range, the Ear Force Bravo (£169.99) features custom presets and the Ear Force Delta (£249.99) comes with a special case and voice prompts. The latter also boasts Wireless Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound and Bluetooth chat.

    “Turtle Beach redefined gamers expectations when they released the PX5 and XP500 Headsets earlier this year,” said Lygo’s media manager Craig Morrow.
    “The release of this new line of headsets shows its intention for future product. Having the games developer themselves creating sound presets means gamers will finally get the full gaming experience as it was intended.”

    Activision’s Modern Warfare 3 and the headsets will hit shelves on November 8th. The game will go up against big EA rival Battlefield 3 which is due out on October 28th.

    http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/lygo-...headset/082353 ...
    by Published on July 9th, 2011 22:08
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    For some reason this project makes us think of the Light Cycles in Tron. You know, the bike forms around the rider after they grab onto the wand that makes up its controls? Certainly you’re not going to see a car form out of thin air, but this driving controller let you grab onto nothing to control a racing game.

    You can see that it uses a Kinect to map the body of the player and convert your movements into motion control. The demo video embedded below the fold shows the calibration step, followed by the available control options. Pushing the steering wheel forward turns on the nitrous, leaning forward or back accelerates and brakes, and a few arm signals let you navigate the game menus.

    This works by mapping gestures to keystrokes. [Rajarshi Roy] tells us that there’s a very raw code package available in their repository but the plan is to clean it up this weekend. They will also work on a Wiki, documentation, and a tutorial on teaching the software new gestures.

    We just don’t know what we like better, seeing the kinect extended as a gaming controller like this one, or using it in robotics like that quadcopter.

    http://hackaday.com/2011/07/06/drivi...out-the-wheel/ ...
    by Published on July 7th, 2011 19:46
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    Over five years ago, I wrote a post on this very website about one enterprising Xbox 360 owner who velcroed a Jabra A210 Bluetooth adapter to the back of his controller, thereby freeing him from the tyranny of a wired headset. Back then, in the early days of the Xbox 360, some months before Microsoft introduced its own (terrible) wireless headset and before the PS3 was released with built-in Bluetooth headset support, this hack seemed all but guaranteed to make it mainstream. Of course, it hasn't.

    Now, over five years later, when the people at Turtle Beach tell me they have something they're pretty sure I'm going to like, I make my way to their E3 booth in the very last hours of the last day of the show and they hand over one of eight prototype Xbox 360 Bluetooth Chat Adapters.

    Included as part of its new XP500 headset – an Xbox-ification of last year's excellent PS3-flavored PX5s – this Chat Adapter aims to keep the XP500s totally wireless. If you wanted to use the PX5's microphone with an Xbox 360, it meant tethering it to a controller with a cable. If you wanted to go completely wireless, it meant picking up one of Microsoft's notoriously shoddy wireless headsets, which use a proprietary radio connection, similar to the console's controllers, to connect to the Xbox.

    http://www.joystiq.com/2011/07/07/tu...nds-on-or-one/ ...
    by Published on June 27th, 2011 20:35
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    The Japanese manufacturer Hori device began its work in promoting the new game controller designed Horipad 3 for the PS3. The new Horipad 3 comes with an additional range to improve your ability to play, but one of them is a unique and original, a rotation of the D-Pad. (But that is reminiscent of the D-pad Microsoft) If you are fond of the D-Pad is your solution, the rotation allows you to align the controller in accordance with your fingers for comfort and more precise control. As you can see in the picture, the D-Pad can be tilted to fit your hand and thumb position, and includes the setting of the sensitivity of the analog stick, three different levels of turbo button and a fast turn around at the back of the controller.

    The Pro Horipad should arrive in Japanese stores on July 21, but there is currently no information on the date of shipment to international or price, but the online site Amazon has already been provided. Source: TantaiCBS deaphroat Thanks for the information .

    http://ps3.gx-mod.com/modules/news/a...p?storyid=2832 ...
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