In a new weekly series I will be providing you with information on gaming events, interesting articles, videos and my views on games I am currently playing. This series will complement the Game releases posts which are sometimes handicapped by the quality and quantity of what is being released. If any of you out there stumble upon any stuff you find exciting feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will try to post them in future Professional Gamer posts.
Starting off this first post are three videos on Halo. You can say what you like about the quality of the Halo series but the Halo fan community is one of the most loyal and creative groups out there. If you like Red Hot Chili Peppers you will love the first one, Halo ((All I Play-Oh)) . The next video can be true of any multiplayer game, The Clan . If your gaming affects your relationship, then you can always Blame Halo 3!
News & Articles
During last month’s Games Developer Conference (GDC) held in San Francisco, the OnLive service was demonstrated to a shocked live audience. The service allows the streaming of high end PC Games, like Chrysis, without using the end users’ PC hardware. Just a small box next to the monitor or TV. All the computing is handled and controlled by servers to which users connect. The only limitation to resolution will be Internet connection speed. This is where the skeptics of OnLive come in who believe that the infrastructure to handle all this is just not there. Eurogamer has an excellent article on Why OnLive Can’t Possibly Work. If it succeeds however it could be a Game Changer. EA, Ubisoft, Take-Two, Atari, Eidos, Codemasters, THQ and Warner Bros. have all pledged support for OnLive. The service is promised to be available this year.
The worldwide release date for COD4: Modern Warfare 2 is now officially November 10th of 2009. Infinity Ward, the developers of the game, unveiled their first teaser trailer at the GDC. Usually we just click on play, sit back and take trailer in. Then we might on occasion discuss it with some friends if at all. That’s it. I think the only trailer i discussed with anyone was for Killzone 2 about 4-5 years ago. I just don’t care that much about trailers. But it seems a lot of gamers of do. MTV Multiplayer’s Stephen Totilo recounts his experience with watching the reactions of the Infinity Ward team while reading the angry online comments on the trailer just after it was released to the public. “Since I was holding the laptop, I was the one reading the comments aloud. It began to feel awkward.” Read the whole story here.
…..Resident Evil 5 co-op online with a friend of mine. This game is not scary so if you are looking for some kind of horror experience like Silent Hill or Siren this is not the game for you. However, it is extremely tense. The limited ammo, the great number of zombies you have to face and the controls all add to the tension. Plus you really need to co-ordinate your actions with your teammate. He has saved my a** countless of times and vice versa. One will be shouting “RE! ELA VOITHA ME!” (translation-“HELP ME!) and the other one yelling “POU EISAI GMT?” (translation-“WHERE THE F*** ARE YOU?”) and for the next few frantic seconds adrenaline is at a high. The game constantly switches from the slow and peaceful exploration of the area to the hectic reloading, exchanging ammo and healing in the heat of battle. Resident Evil 5 is a true survival game and is superb in co-op so far. If only that damn PS3 headset stopped causing my ear to go numb……..
That’s it for this week. I hope you enjoyed the first Professional Gamer post. I wish you all Kalh Anastash and take it easy on the souvla and beer on Sunday.