Last Saturday (1/26/2013), there was a huge space battle in EVE Online, a massively multi-player online role playing game (MMORPG). What started out as a minor raid became one of the largest battles in the history of the game, involving more than 2800 ships and 3200 players. All because one player clicked the wrong command.
Archive for the 'Gaming' Category
Atari’s famous video game Pong wasn’t intended to be an actual product. And it generated a lot of backtracking on the part of Atari, as they slowly realized how popular it was going to be. The linked article has details.
Ever wonder what the all-time bestselling video game is, not counting the ones that were bundled with gaming systems? Turns out it’s Tetris. I purchased a copy back in the late ’80s, and the linked article prompted me to buy the Tetris app for my Kindle Fire.
When I first joined Google+, I realized that its lack of games was a problem (my primary reason for joining Facebook was to play online Scrabble). Well that has now changed.
EA Sports publishes the popular Madden NFL video games. Each September, they run a simulation of the upcoming NFL season using the game. Their record is impressive—they’ve picked the correct Superbowl winner seven times in the last 8 years. Note that the linked article, written in September 2010, correctly predicted the Green Bay Packers as the champions.
Last September, the Lord of the Rings Online MMORPG switched from paid subscriptions to a free-to-play model. The result has been a tripling of revenues and a significant increase in the number of players. The core game is free, but you can pay for expansions or a full VIP membership.
PC gamers are having problems with StarCraft II, because it’s causing their graphics cards to overheat and shut down. The linked article essentially says this shouldn’t happen unless your PC’s cooling system isn’t working properly, and then explains how to restore it back to normal by removing accumulated dust and organizing your cables.
Just ran into this neat little nugget. Machinarium is a puzzle game with great artwork. I think of it as Myst lite. Because of rampant piracy, they’re holding an “amnesty” sale where you can purchase the download version of the game for only $5.00 (discounted from $20). The sale ends on August 12th. The website has a demo of the first three levels, so you can see what it’s like. They also have some wallpaper images available for download. Runs on PCs with Windows or 32-bit Linux, and Macintosh computers.
An Oregon man has broken the all-time high score in Asteroids, reaching 41,336,440 points. It took him 3½ days without sleep. Go ahead and put that on your resume!
So you have a game console that you don’t need anymore. Thinking about selling it on eBay, donating it to charity, or perhaps giving it to a friend? The linked article explains how to remove personal information that may be stored on the console’s hard drive.