Apr
30

By Hans Wuerflein

Halo developer Bungie has signed a 10 year deal with publisher Activision.

Under the deal, Bungie remains an independent company, and will own any and all new IPs created while under the deal.

This means that all Bungie made games for the next decade will possibly, if not probably, be available on multiple platforms instead of just Microsoft systems.

However, it doesn’t mean that Halo will be ported to the PS3 any time soon.  Or ever.  Don’t bother asking about it.

Apr
28

By Hans Wuerflein

(Note: I wrote this the other day on Negative Gamer and it hit number six on reddit, so I thought the few of you that hadn’t seen it yet might want to.)

I’ve been involved with the Gamers of OSU for the last five years, four of those as an officer, three as president. Yesterday, I helped host what was in all likelihood my last LAN party as an officer due to my upcoming graduation. It’s a weird feeling. It’s something I love doing, but something that is a frustrating endeavor that barely pays off 7 times out of 10.

I’ve seen LANs of 30 people, and LANs of 3 people. I walked into the scene in the aftermath of World of Warcraft’s decimation of not just our group, but organized LANs everywhere. I kept thinking that the next big FPS would turn things around, and a dozen “next big things” later the scene is still on life support. Hell, we wouldn’t be able to keep going if OSU didn’t let us use some of its facilities for free.

But as I’m reflecting on this occasion I have some thoughts from a half decade of experience:

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Apr
26

By Hans Wuerflein

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’m super excited about the upcoming Special Edition of the second Monkey Island game.

Now long time series fans like me have another reason to eagerly await its release: Developer commentary.

Destructoid has a trailer up showing Tim Schafer, Ron Gilbert, and Dave Grossman, the driving forces behind the original game’s creation, will be giving insight into how the game was made.

If you haven’t ever seen game commentary here’s a video of some from Half Life 2.

Apr
23

By Hans Wuerflein

Our long national nightmare is over: Marvel vs. Capcom 3 has been announced.

Not much is known right now, but it’s great to see them reviving the franchise.

Apr
21

By Hans Wuerflein

Keeping with the theme of classic games getting updates, Splatterhouse is getting a new game and it looks incredible.

Splatterhouse was one of those series that flew under the radar for most people, but just about everyone that played one of them loved it.

It’s a shame that the originals are hard to find these days, but it looks like the original three will be included as a bonus when the game ships this fall.