In one experiment, patients are made to play a racing game where their car is broad-casted into the amlyopic eye and the other cars are shown in the good eye. Obstacles on the track are sent alternatively to each eye.
Although the technique is as yet unproven, Dr Richard Eastgate from the university's Virtual Reality Applications Research Team (VRART) says that early results seem favorable, "We thought we'd develop a system that needed about 400 hours of treatment like patching. In the end we achieved the same effect in an hour."
It is not yet been announced that this game is also likely protected with much talked about "Starforce" as previous games by Ubisoft uses the same protection method.
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Ed note: What other console games would you like to see ported to Windows? Is the PC as a gaming platform dead?
The Nintendo keynote was interesting not for what Satoru Iwata said, but for what he didn't say. The Nintendo President barely said anything about the upcoming Revolution video game console. Instead the entire keynote was dedicated to the Nintendo DS and two of its latest games, Metroid Prime: Hunters and Brain Age. The combination of a FPS, handheld with WiFi multiplayer and the analog control of a touch screen is definitely interesting. I haven't played Metroid Prime: Hunters so I will withhold judgment. However the average two handed console controller is crummy for FPS games in my opinion. Using an analog pointer for aiming seems ... well ... obvious. Could the Revolution with its TV remote control looking doohickey be the killer controller for FPS games? It would be a strange twist if the children friendly Nintendo became the platform of choice for violent shooters. At the end of the keynote Nintendo gave everyone in attendance a prerelease copy of Brain Age. At least we think it was a prerelease copy. The text in game seemed to hint that the version we got was a demo. However playing it extensively we couldn't find crippled or excluded features. We went and talked to a few of the Nintendo people and either they didn't know or gave us conflicting answers. Our best guess is that the game was a prerelease copy. Tom was the only one who actually brought his DS to the conference. All four of us spent a lot of effort fighting for control of the only DS we had to play Brain Age. Could this indicate maybe a hit?
Ed note: Is there still room for an independent publisher these days?
Darwinia nearly swept the IGF awards, taking away awards for Technical Excellence, Innovation in Visual Arts and the Seumas McNally Grand Prize. Shadow of the Colossus dominated the GDC Awards getting an awards for Innovation, Visual Arts, Game Design and Best Game. My favorite Guitar Hero picked up an award for Innovation and Best Audio. Guitar Heros developers, Harmonix were honored with the Maverick Award.
The GDC awards is once again an enjoyable event. David Perry and MobyGames friend and fan Tommy Tallarico MC'd the event and Mega64 provided entertainment. David and Tommy did a wonderful job. Not only are these two guys well spoken and articulate, but the rapport they have together and the affection and love they have for games is obvious. So much better than last years nasty undertones and awful entertainment. The venue was also much better than last years ad hoc lay out. Well done to everyone involved and congrats to all the winners.
Like any large corporate, Sony's keynote was polished and relatively devoid of new details. They laid out a rough road map for updates for the PSP. I have to say I love my PSP. Some of the updates in the works are interesting, if not entirely useful. There will be RSS support for audio. They will support flash in a new release of the browser. Sony will also be launching a GSM receiver and a camera for the PSP. The mockups of the external doohickeys look terrible. I hope in real life the actual accessories are not so hideous, but I am not overly optimistic.
David Jaffe demoed a no interactive movie of God of War II. The big surprise for me was SCEA is going to release God of War II on Playstation 2 and not Playstation 3. The spin Sony put on this was that there is a huge PS2 install base and there will be a long life for the platform even after the launch of PS3. Jaffe even joked that there was a technical limitation on PS3 that would prevent the God of War II three way sex scenes from properly rendering. One may read into this and think that Sony feels that the install base of the PS3 at or near launch will be too small to justify launching a AAA and obvious best selling title on the PS3 platform. It appears Sony is willing to take a short term windfall on sales for a game on a legacy system rather than juice demand even further for their new platform. This could also possibly signal even further delays and probably huge shortages.
Sony also released some details about what I am calling Playstation Live. Sony is creating an online network ala Xbox Live. There will be the usual features and functionality. Community features like messaging and buddies. There will be downloadable content. There will be purchasable content such as levels, skins, casual content through micro payments. Blah, blah, blah. Sony mentioned briefly and relatively glossed over support for in-game advertising. I personally feel this is going to be a major part of gaming in the future. Whether you like it or not more and more people are playing games instead of watching TV. This is not lost on advertisers and they desperately want to get their marketing message out there. A lot of very smart people are working on how to get advertising into games. I personally believe there won't be Coke machines in the dungeon, but rather we will soon see advertising in the hated load screen. What an interesting and modern time we live in.
Sony also mentioned that people will be able to connect their PSP to the PS3 and do useless and boring stuff. Nintendo couldn't get major interest or support in GBA-Gamecube integration I am pretty sure Sony will not do any better.
The rest of the day was spent exhibiting at our booth. We talked with a ton of great people. If you are attending GDC definitely stop by, say hi or drop us a line. We would love to see you.
News Journal article
Yet another state wanting to "ban" violent games is Louisiana.
There is an article in the Shreveport Times that talks about the bills 421 and 254 to ban violent games sales to minors.
Shreveport Times article
Microsoft is holding a special midnight launch party for those lucky Sydneysiders. Head on down to the Pit Street Mall starting at 9PM on Wednesday. Further details can be found here. Happy Gaming!
There isn’t a better place to find the paramount components of roleplay, than in our own history. The struggle to survive and overcome odds as people and communites band together can all be found in an upcoming MMORPG Frontier 1859, set in the American West.
(Article by Kevin Ducommun, read more)
Sony is deciding to use their new Blu-Ray disc technology in the long-running, ever-famous movement to stop piracy. The PS2, Xbox, and Xbox 360 use DVD discs to play their games, but Sony decided that they should change from the DVD format since DVDs are too easy to pirate. The PS3's Blu-Ray discs, on the other hand, are designed in a special way that should prevent pirates from copying PS3 games.
Kutagari also officially announced that the PS3 will have an online gaming service similar to Xbox Live, something that the PS2 lacked. The PS3 will also include a hard drive like the Xbox and Xbox 360. The hard drive is essential to run PS3 games, as it comes loaded with the Linux operating system which will be used to play PS3 games, connect to the Internet, and store saved games. (Hmmm...does that mean that you can play PS3 games on a PC loaded with Linux?) However, it has been undecided whether the hard drive will actually come preinstalled on the PS3. If not, that means that when you buy the PS3, you cannot play games on it until you also buy the hard drive. Let's hope that the hard drive will come preinstalled with the PS3.
Overall, in my opinion, the PS3 has gone through lots of technological advancements since it was originally announced, so many that I finally may say that the PS3 will actually be superior to the Xbox 360. (I've always preferred the Xbox over the PS2 and the Xbox 360 over the PS3). Although that final decision won't be made until the PlayStation 3 comes out, it's looking like it'll be an ideal platform for gaming.
In other news we got the call we have been dreading for almost two years. XO is closing the data center we use for MobyGames. We've been watching as more and more customers have been leaving the facility. Once a large online seller of event ticket ( who will remain nameless because they suck ) left we realized it was only a matter of time before some bean counter somewhere decided to pull the plug. We have thirty days to move to a new co-location facility. Unfortunately we have GDC next week so we do not have a lot of time.
Speaking of which; If you are going to be at GDC definitely drop by, say hi. If you feel you would like a more formal meeting definitely contact us and arrange a meeting. See you there!
Webchats.tv have organised an online chat with Shigeru Miyamoto on Friday, 17th March at 8 PM CET. Right now you can login to that site and leave your questions, then check out the live chat and hope that he answers. Just make sure you have the latest version of Windows Media Player, otherwise you may miss out on all the fun.
Speaking of the king, Miyamoto will be awarded with a knighthood in the Order of Arts and Letters in Paris next monday. Michel Ancel (creator of Rayman) and Frederick Raynal (Alone in the Dark) will also be awarded the title.
"Without any announcements so far, the spring release is impossible," said Takeo Takasu, president of the game and toy giant Namco Bandai Holdings yesterday. "We are developing titles for PlayStation 3, but the release of the games depends on the timing of the hardware."
Original Story: GameSpot.com
The lawyer stuff is completely unrelated to the pending nuptials. We have some contract junk to go over and since Brian and I will be in the same place I feel it is an efficient use of our time. Plus we actually like our lawyer. He LOVES games and I think he likes working on MobyGames stuff so much better than the typical IP biotech work he normally does.
We will not be back for a little while. I am getting married in Vieques, Puerto Rico. Vieques is a tiny little island the Navy bombed up until a few years ago. It is such a nice place albeit a little rugged. If you get the chance I would definitely recommend visiting the island. For the time being Rob is minding the shop. Everyone play nice.
PLAY! A Video Game Symphony will be presented in Chicago at the Rosemont Theater on Saturday, May 27, 2006, featuring a number of big name soundtracks including Final Fantasy, World of Warcraft, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and Halo. You can find out more via the following website.
Kart wants to move to Chicago ... if only for a week.
In other news: Microsoft has entered its 5000th patent, a new record, in the US. The patent covers technology used in the Xbox 360 to allow users to log into the Xbox Live system and spectate other gamers as they play ... Rockstar's first Next Gen title isn't Grand Theft Auto, nor a violent or radical action title, not even Midnight Club. It's in fact Table Tennis, and is set for a May launch for Xbox 360 ... Kart ponders the possibility that players will be able to launch deadly attacks on opposing players if they miss the ball ...
The real reason AOL wants to charge for delivering email is to get a piece of the spam action. Spam sucks. Everyone hates spam. Yet spam works because millions of morons buy carp or give their credit card number to some thief because they got some email. Now if I am a spammer and I pay AOL some dough AOL will stick a certified sticker on my email. If one extra person in a thousand buys my garbage and I make 10 bucks per sale. That means that the AOL sticker is worth 1 cent to me. If AOL charges 1/2 a cent per email I make extra profit and so does AOL. Everyone wins. Except of course all those customers getting spammed and probably that fool who bought the piece of garbage.
The real question I must ask is, "Who the hell has an AOL account these days?"
Kart would like to predict a DS 2 on the back of this news, but it's hard to tell. Perhaps a simple upgrade is all it will be ...
Meanwhile, remember Acclaim? Well, they're back ... though in a different way, of course. Howard Marks and Ken Chan are behind the wheel, which will see Acclaim publish free to play online games, translations of Japanese titles previously published by NHN corp. For those in the know, Marks was also behind the rebuilding of Activision in the 90's.