Gaming has never been better. Consoles, PCs, mobile devices and the Web all offer unique and innovative gaming experiences. Here, our geekiest gamers review the latest releases, talk trends and — once in a while — even go analog. We are the Button Mashers.
A super-fan by the YouTube name of Blitzkrieg1981 mapped the Dunder-Mifflin offices from NBC’s The Office in the fist-person shooter Counter-Strike, and all it took was “as much as 500 hours playing and pausing episodes, looking at the office tally and blue prints.”
Admirable dedication, indeed, though there’s something sort of deeply unsettling about watching a gunman make his way through the beloved set to the tune of the cheery TV theme.
But if you have a lot of time and you like what you see, Blitzkrieg1981 is looking for someone to help him finish. That’s what she said.
The folks over at the Middlesex-London Health Unit are launching a sequel to their online sex-ed game for youth, Adventures in Sex City.
Featuring heroes (including one named Wonder Vag) getting thwacked with porn-style face-shots from a penis-armed, STD-ridden villain named The Sperminator, it’s easy to see why the original game was banned by the district’s Catholic school board.
Now, social conservative types love to get outraged about sexually explicit content made available to impressionable youth, and I usually find myself on the anti-censorship, pro-sexual education side of these debates, but this game, well …
If the Mayans ever predicted a 2012 apocalypse, they were probably referring to the world as seen through the eyes of Leon S. Kennedy and Chris Redfield, protagonists of Capcom’s Resident Evil 6.
Launching for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on Nov. 20, 2012, with a PC version to follow, Capcom is promising RE6 will be the series’ “most ambitious, immersive and feature rich title of the series to date and promises to be the dramatic horror experience of the year.”
The performance – behind the instruments as well as the controller – is pretty serious stuff.
In their own words:
Bit Brigade elevates game music to its proper place in the foreground of epic technical rock and plays the games like they don’t need the extra lives. Which, for the record, they don’t.
And with the crowd demanding high fives, screaming and chanting “holy s–t,” dare I say the whole thing plays out like a sort of unintentional “It Gets Better” video for nerds. (I found it quite inspirational, anyway.)
Every five or six years we stand on the cusp of a new generation of gaming hardware, a shift that sparks excitement in gamers’ hearts while striking fear in our beleaguered wallets.
We’re not quite there … yet. But it’s within sight. In fact, 2012 will be a transitionary year, when we get our hands on some new gaming gear, hear about what else is just around the corner and possibly witness a few surprises.
Sometime this year we should get preliminary word of new consoles from Xbox and PlayStation, though they certainly won’t show up on store shelves before 2013.
In the meantime, here are four new — or sort of new — gaming platforms to keep an eye on over the next 12 months, and why you should care about them.
Infinity Blade is one of the top grossing, and best produced, games for iOS.
So you were a very good boy or girl last year, and someone — be it your spouse, your mom or a fat guy in a red suit — got you an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad for the holidays. Welcome to the iParty.
While your new device is certainly great for music, Web browsing, taking photos and a plethora of other useful tasks, it’s also a pretty amazing mobile gaming platform. In fact, there are more than 72,000 games available for download from the iTunes App Store. Start exercising those fingers.
If you’re new to the iGaming craze, here are 10 titles from my own collection that I wholeheartedly recommend as an introduction to gaming on Apple’s wunderdevices. Best of all, you can get all 10 of these for less than $25 total.
Beware, though: These games may destroy your productivity and ruin your relationships. Which could put a serious damper on any gift-getting next year.
In fact, I’d go as far as to say the folks who worked on the first Silent Hill have watched the misadventures of Detective John Kimble even more times than my friend (and fellow Button Masher) Kerri Breen, who has been known to stand on office desks late at night attaching old computer mice to the ceiling , and when questioned, announce: “I put up these lasers to protect us.”
Gaming has never been better. Consoles, PCs, mobile devices and the web all offer unique and innovative gaming experiences. Here, our geekiest gamers review the latest releases, talk trends and - once in a while - even go analog.