Tag: PC Gaming

What Are You Playing This Weekend?

Posted on June 4th, by raymond padilla in PC Gaming, Videogames. 32 comments

For some reason, my recent gaming choices have been all Nintendo. This weekend I’ll be playing more Glory of Heracles for Nintendo DS. It’s a fun RPG written by Kazushige Nojima, who worked on several Final Fantasy games, various Kingdom Hearts titles, and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. On the Wii  I’ll be playing Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love. It’s a strategy RPG that’s…well…very Japanese — very quirky and unusual in a way that I love.

How about you? What’s on your weekend playlist?… continued

Coffee Talk #154: Best Addition to Gaming in the Last Five Years?

Posted on June 3rd, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, PC Gaming, Today's Specials, Videogames. 43 comments
Gaming evolves at a ridiculous pace. Thinking about the videogames I played as a kid and what I play now...it's just crazy! The improvements made in the last couple of years -- just a few years! -- are also impressive. Today I'd like to know what your favorite gaming innovation is from the last five years.

PSA: BlizzCon Tickets on Sale Tonight

Posted on June 2nd, by raymond padilla in MMO, PC Gaming, PSA. 2 comments

Here’s a friendly reminder that tickets for BlizzCon 2010 go on sale tonight at 7PM Pacific Time. If it’s anything like the past few years, tickets will sell out fast. If you’re on the fence, I suggest buying tickets anyway. You can always get rid of them later. Anyone planning on going?


Virgin Returns to Games with…a Frickin’ Countdown Clock

Posted on June 1st, by raymond padilla in PC Gaming, Videogames. 5 comments

For the last week, rumors have been swirling about Virgin’s return to the gaming world. Virgin Interactive was once a big player in the business, releasing several major titles in the ’90s. It didn’t keep pace with the rapidly changing market and quickly fell apart at the end of that decade. Fortunately Sir Richard Branson, chairman of the Virgin Group, is a billionaire and can afford to fund another foray into gaming.

A lot has changed since Virgin Interactive was around. It will be interesting to see how Virgin Gaming … continued

What Are You Playing This Weekend?

Posted on May 28th, by raymond padilla in PC Gaming, Videogames. 58 comments

I think I’m finally over my Scrabble phase (well…mostly). This weekend I want to jump back into the world of gamers’ games! I have Alan Wake and Split / Second waiting on my Xbox 360. This seems like a fine weekend to tackle both. On the downloadable front, I’m going to give Rocket Knight a shot. It looks like a cool old-school platformer. Lastly, I ordered Glory of Heracles in a pretty awesome Amazon deal. It’ll be arriving today and I’m totally down for some turn-based RPG excitement on my … continued

Mark Hamill to Retire as The Joker in Batman: Arkham Asylum 2

Posted on May 27th, by raymond padilla in PC Gaming, PS3, Videogames, Xbox 360. 28 comments

Actor and nerd icon Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker, Cocknocker) has done a tremendous job voicing The Joker in Batman: The Animated Series and Batman: Arkham Asylum. Sadly, his run as The Joker is coming to an end. He recently told IGN:

This will be my last, there’s no question about that. But it’s the last hurrah.

As a huge mark for Hamill (see what I did there?) and Kevin Conroy, I’m sad that the duo won’t be sharing the screen again. They are absolutely brilliant together. Like most … continued

Mafia II Shows Off its Nvidia PhysX

Posted on May 27th, by raymond padilla in PC Gaming. 1 Comment

Here’s a video of the PC version of Mafia II that shows off its use of Nvidia PhysX. The game will also be available for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but the PC version offers a little something extra with PhysX. Here’s the skinny from 2K Games:

Mafia II will include NVIDIA PhysX technology in all platforms of the game. Particularly, the Windows PC version of Mafia II will feature a thorough integration of NVIDIA PhysX and 3D Vision technology into 2K Czech’s Illusion Engine. The integration of PhysX and


Coffee Talk #151: Where Do You Play Games?

Posted on May 27th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, PC Gaming, Today's Specials, Videogames. 40 comments
Whether I've "known" you for a few weeks or few years, one thing we have in common is that we love to play games. You're probably thinking, "Duh!", but stay with me for a sec. One thing I don't know about you is where you play games. Do you have your living room decked out with a crazy surround-sound system? Perhaps you prefer playing in bed while leaning on your favorite pillow. Maybe you've constructed an elaborate man/woman cave for gaming. Today I want to hear all about your gaming setup. So please take this poll and tell me about your rig!

Front Mission Developer Diary 1: Bringing FM to an Action Setting

Posted on May 26th, by raymond padilla in PC Gaming, PS3, Videogames, Xbox 360. 1 Comment

Double Helix and Square Enix kick off its Front Mission Evolved developer diary series in this video. The team talks about bringing the Front Mission universe to an action game. The previous installments were strategy games known for their tactical gameplay. This upcoming Front Mission game focuses on shooting action, but with strategic elements that stay true to the series.

Front Mission Evolved is set for a September 14, 2010 release for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Windows PC (in stereoscopic 3D). I loved the old FM games, but I’m … continued

Coffee Talk #150: Do You Want to Control Games with Your Voice?

Posted on May 25th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, PC Gaming, Videogames. 31 comments
Google Android's voice recognition is pretty outstanding. I've been loving it on the Evo 4G and I'm surprised that it works so well. The voice capabilities of the phone got me thinking -- if voice recognition can be effective on a mobile phone with a 1GHz processor, then shouldn't it just completely rock on a console with a multi-core CELL chip? Sure, games like Seaman and Hey You Pikachu were gimmicky, but I think the right developer could use today's voice recognition and console power in a really fun way.