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Sony pulls ‘masturbation’ PlayStation ad from YouTube

- November 24th, 2014

Sony has pulled a controversial PlayStation Vita ad from its YouTube, The Verge reports.

The ad starts with a porn-staresue doctor seemingly accuse the viewer of chronic masturbation:

“I know you’ve already done it today and I bet you really enjoyed yourself,” she begins in a sultry voice. “How many times did you do it yesterday? Are you afraid you’re doing it too often?”

Then she goes on to list on the places the viewer likes to do “it.” Eventually she pulls out a PS Vita and it becomes clear that she’s actually been talking about the the remote play feature the device shares with the PlayStation 4 and Xperia Z smartphone.

Business Insider reports Sony first posted the now-pulled ad on its European PlayStation YouTube channel on Friday, but it has been reposted elsewhere. You can watch it below.

What do you think? Does the ad go too far?

Blood Sport Kickstarter suspended

- November 24th, 2014

UPDATE: The Blood Sport Kickstarter campaign has been suspended. $3,390 of the $250,000 target had been pledged.

Blood Sport wants to take consequences of gaming to the next level by literally draining your blood when you get injured in an attack.

A new Toronto Kickstarter campaign, Blood Sport connects a standard video game controller to a blood collection machine and is designed to work with any game that utilizes rumble technology. When normally a controller would rumble, the Blood Sport collects blood instead:

“Using just two wires, we’re able to connect your controller to the blood collection machine via an Arduino Board. The Arduino Board has two jobs: One, to keep the signal going to the blood collection system and, two, to keep track of how much blood is being pulled so that Blood Sport powers down before you do. We’ve done this by allowing you to input your age, weight and any preexisting medical conditions.”

In addition to making the gamers weaker as they play, the team’s ultimate goal is to create  a multiplayer blood collection rig for gaming events.  It makes a little more sense than a home version, where you’d just collect your own and your friends’ blood in medical bags and then just drop it off at a hospital nearby. Also, you really want to make sure you sterilize the needles between uses.

The project hopes to get off the ground March 17 in time for the release of Battlefield Hardline, which will likely have many people clamouring for multiplayer matches.

The campaign is looking to raise $250,000 so the team can travel across Canada with the machine. For a donation of $100, you will get a chance to try out Blood Sport two weeks before its launch at a studio in Toronto’s Chinatown.

No word on whether you’d get a cookie or orange juice afterwards.

(H/T Kotaku)

Demo footage of ‘Firefly Online’ released

- October 16th, 2014

As part of a New York Comic Con panel last week,  the creators of Firefly Online revealed some test video for its upcoming massively multiplayer online game.

Firefly Online

“Firefly Online.” (Supplied)

As the developers explain in a post on the game’s site, this is not actual cinematic game footage, but simply a demonstration of the Firefly Online 3D Environment Engine:

“This brief ‘walkthrough’ of a procedurally-generated derelict ship should give a sense for the level of detail Firefly Online will offer in both encounter maps and player avatars.”

And you do get to hear Mal and Jayne chatting in the background – and they are clearly voiced by Nathan Fillion and Adam Baldwin who played the characters in the one-season Fox show and follow-up Serenity film. (It was announced back at San Diego Comic Con, that the original cast would provide their voices for the game.)

Firefly Online is a strategic online role-playing-game that lets you fly around in the universe of the TV show:

“In Firefly Online, players assume the role of a ship captain as they hire a crew and seek out adventures, all the while trading with and competing against the millions of other players to try to survive in the Verse: find a crew, find a job, keep flying.”

According to io9′s coverage of the panel, the game will include a Cortex app that will allow users to manage their account from anywhere. And as a special feature, this app will include 14 cast interviews. These interviews consist both of original cast members, such as Fillion, Baldwin and Morena Baccarin (Inara Serra), and new game cast members, such as Michael Dorn (best known as Worf from Star Trek: The Next Generation) and former model-turned-actress Kelly Hu (Dr. Rae Chang from Sunset Beach).

The game will be available for PCs, Macs, iOS and Android devices. Users can register for for a Firely Online now but there is no firm release date for the Cortex app.

Sigourney Weaver back as Ellen Ripley in ‘Alien: Isolation’ DLC

- July 9th, 2014

Ellen Ripley and the rest of the Nostromo crew are back in video game form.

While the upcoming Alien: Isolation takes places 15 years after the events of the original 1979 Ridley Scott film, there are two missions starring the original cast that will be available if you pre-order the game, Sega has announced.

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“Last Survivor” DLC for Alien: Isolation. (Supplied)

Sigourney Weaver, who played Ripley in the film, told The Associated Press:

“It was eerie how quickly it happened. Honestly. I had to start with this sort of sign-off, ‘This is Lieutenant Ripley of the starship Nostromo.’ You know, that paragraph. I felt like no time had passed. It was really strange, actually. If anything, it was more affecting to me to read it again 35 years later.”

But not only does Weaver return to voice Ripley, her co-stars Yaphet Kotto, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton and Ian Holm are also returning to voice their film characters, according to the game’s IMDb page.

In the so-called Nostromo Edition, the first mission picks up after Kane (John Hurt in the film) and Brett (Stanton) have been killed. You can play as Ripley (Weaver), Captain Dallas, (Tom Skerritt in the film, whom AP says also reprises his role) and Parker, the chief engineer (Kotto).

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“Crew Expendable” DLC from “Alien: Isolation.” (Supplied)

Though since Ripley and the cat are the only two that survive, it seems kind of foolish to pick anyone other than her.

It’s the first time Weaver has provided her voice for an Alien game. However, it’s not the first time she was asked.

She told AP:

“The ones I turned down — I remember one of them, anyway — was shoot the alien, shoot the marine, shoot anything that didn’t move. That didn’t make any sense for my character. Ripley was more interested in protecting life than annihilating it. It just didn’t make any sense for me to be part of that.”

But she found reprising her role here an “interesting idea.”

The main plot of Alien: Isolation focuses on Ripley’s daughter Amanda who is briefly mentioned in James Cameron’s 1986 sequel.

Weaver added in the AP interview:

“I feel like they followed through. Emotionally, what would Amanda want? She’d want to find her mother. She’s drawn to the same line of work. There are a lot of things that were arresting to me. I have no idea what the game is like. I hope it’s creepy and suspenseful and engaging in a way that other games are not — an experience.

The Verge reports to get the first mission “Crew Expendable” you simply just have to pre-order the game. But to get the second mission “Last Survivor,” you specifically have to order the game through GameStop.

Alien: Isolation will be released Oct. 7 on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.

‘Super Mario Bros.’ beaten in under 5 minutes

- June 28th, 2014

You’ve been playing Super Mario Bros. wrong your entire life.

Okay, maybe not your entire life. I mean, the game only came out in 1985. But I doubt you’ve ever played it like this.

YouTube user LordSaradoc posted a video of himself breaking the speed run world record for the Nintendo classic.

Super Mario Bros. world record speed run

“Super Mario Bros.” world record speed run. (Video Screenshot)

If you are not familiar with speed runs, they are exactly what they sound like. The point is to beat the game in the shortest time possible. The score is irrelevant. LordSaradoc, or Blubbler as he’s known on the Speed Demos Archives Forum, managed to beat the game with a time of 4:57.69. (The previous world record time, according to Kotaku, was 4:58:09.)

The player, of course, got this low time in part due to skipping over levels. As is largely known among Super Mario players, you can warp to world 4-1 from 1-2 and to world 8-1 from 4-2. (The record for not skipping levels in 19:12.)

But also key to the run is the player didn’t concern himself with getting coins or killing minions. He completed the game with a score of 102,150 but only collected a measly 25 coins and killed a paltry eight baddies – nine if you count King Koopa (aka Bowser).

He also took advantage of a glitch in world 8 that allowed him to run over a few short gaps, instead of jumping. Also in world 8-2, another glitch saved him a second or two, as Mario didn’t have to run from the flag to the castle. (As these programming errors, taking advantage of them is not considered cheating.)

All in all, it’s a pretty impressive feat. You can watch the run below.