I know, I totally owe you all an actual gaming review. But I read this report about Foxconn allegedly using forced student labor to build PS4s and I really wanted to weigh in with you. Mere minutes ago, my phone buzzed with breaking news from AppyGamer. According to them,
Apparently students from China’s Xi’an Institute of Technology have been told they will lose course credits if they don’t participate in Foxconn’s internship. The internship has students working in distribution and shipping as well as production, which have little, if nothing, to do with their program of study. Further, students aren’t being paid for their labor.
It is not clear whether Sony knows about this situation, reports NowGamer.
Looks like I’m turning into a JT Machinima fanMom. Was scrolling through reddit today and found this fantastic Skyrim video, “Moves Like Draugr,” performed to the tune of what else? “Moves Like Jagger.” Love it.
Parents, be wary of mods. They change the games. A lot.
Just read this piece on Digital Journal. Apparently Minecraft is being credited for a case in which a nine-year-old boy brought weapons to school. Now he has been sentenced by a Florida state judge to home confinement.
“The student, who has not been named, went to his school with an unloaded handgun and a magazine with six bullets, as well as a steak knife and a sledge hammer (a small-handled one), according to Kotaku.
The father also said that characters in the game use hammers to dig and guns and knives to protect themselves from zombies.
Gunning down zombies is something that players are not able to do in the regular version of Minecraft. The only way this is possible is if players played the PC version, which has to contain the mod.”
So what do you think — Minecraft, mods or parents to blame for boy’s actions?
Just for fun I’ve included @skyzm’s YouTube video about the hold Minecraft has on him. It’s “Real Life Minecraft” — enjoy!
We still haven’t decided whether we’re buying Xbox One or PS4 consoles in this gaming house, so you can imagine the excitement around here when we read the breaking news report from Appy Gamer this morning:
Some fantastic rumors are emerging this week, suggesting that Microsoft has been secretly testing a feature, to allow the playback of Xbox 360 games running on a PC — using streaming and Microsoft’s new-found cloud technologies.
As you may or may not already know, PS4 will not be accepting PS3 discs. That said, Sony and Gaikai are positioned to change the PlayStation gaming experience in a massive way with Gaikai’s cloud service. Gaikai and Sony plan to release a PlayStation app which would allow users to tether smartphones and tablets to the console’s hub. Users will then be able to stream mobile games and access PSN and the PS Store. Using Gaikai’s cloud, Sony plans to offer users remote play and streaming of PS3 games on the PS4.
I’ll provide more news about Microsoft’s plans to use their cloud for backward compatibility as I have it. Looks like the competition between the new-gen consoles continues to be close…
Many gaming enthusiasts are still on the fence about whether they’re investing in next gen Xbox and PlayStation consoles. At the beginning of August, JT Machinima recorded and published this YouTube video, which I featured on MOMmentary on Games blog.
The GOTY Edition is rumored to include all of the game’s released DLC to date, including:
Creature Slaughter Dome
Captain Scarlet’s And Her Pirate’s Booty
Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt
Mister Torgue’s Campaign Of Carnage
Tiny Tina’s Assault On Dragon Keep
Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade
Borderlands 2 is the sequel to the popular, first-person role playing shooter game, Borderlands. Borderlands 2 has been out for a year, with Gearbox finishing off the game’s season pass DLCs at the beginning of the summer. Borderlands 2 is available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. It’s a game I’ve been hearing a lot about at my house, so expect a review (and parents’ recommendation) soon.
Just watched PewDiePie’s recent gameplay of the indie puzzle platformer by Mike Bithell, Thomas Was Alone. Two words spring to mind: happy-making and visually-pleasing (OK, I cheated with the word count). It was first released as a browser game in 2010 but has recently been made to accommodate Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X in July last year. Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita versions were released in April this year.
If you’ve got a gamer of your own, you’ve likely discovered the playful, f-bomb-dropping Swedish YouTube gamer, Felix Kjelberg, better known as PewDiePie. He’s massively popular with GamerDude, and as of this week, with 12 million others who’ve subscribed to the 23-year-old’s unique brand of entertainment/game review. I could do without all the salty language, which honestly, doesn’t add anything to his videos. PewDiePie is very watchable — even for people over (ahem) 30. And often, as with Thomas Was Alone, he takes time to spotlight offbeat, visually unique indie games.
Here’s PewDiePie’s YouTube review. Check it out here:
Looking for a game that will delight everyone in the house? I think you’ll find it in Ibb and Obb — the winner of Best Title at Develop’s Indie Showcase at the beginning of July. The game developers plan to release this game on PC through Steam, but at present are focusing on their PS3 version, which has been available since August 6 in North and South America. They have plans to release it in Europe too.
Ibb and Obb’s play is a cooperative two-player game requiring both players to work together to advance. Its graphics and the lines are simple and beautiful, though there’s nothing simple about the game’s design. One of the most interesting and elegant aspects of the game is its interplay with a world consisting of two sides — both from which gravity operates in differing directions. The parallel perspectives of the players is a point of interest, a game challenge and one of the most aesthetically pleasing features of the game.
Not sure if you’ve heard the news about Xbox and Playstation — they’re soon unveiling their newest consoles: Xbox One and PS4 respectively. Microsoft is currently taking preorders for Xbox One and Playstation is taking preorders for its PS4. At my house the debate about which one GamerDude will choose to spend his dough-re-mi on is anyone’s guess.
Today we found this fantastic music video from Machinima which provides some insight into the gamer’s console choice dilemma:
*note, it gets a little sweary at the very end of the video. The swears are bleeped (for comic effect), so if that kind of thing bothers you, skip the end (or the video — your choice).