From the monthly archives:

August 2008

Ma, I Want To Be A Mayor One Day

by Stephen on August 19, 2008

City Life XL MMO

The latest installment of City Life series has been under development for awhile, and this time the PC standalone game is migrating into the realm of MMOs. The rules hasn’t been changed much: Plop down a few industrial, commercial and residential zones, sit around (or hit the fast-forward button) till they matriculate, collect taxes to buy a few roads, and zone more areas until you have the funds to keep the expansion process going. Eventually you’ll establish a brimming metropolis, and maybe toss in a disaster or two to see how well your city-planning skills hold. Cities XL hopes to perfect the boring city-builder genre, pushing the art of micromanagement to extremes. So kids, if you want to become a mayor, a governor, or a president some day. You may want to test your skills here first. TBA 2009. [Wired]

Fitness And Fun With Wii Sqweeze

by Stephen on August 18, 2008

InterAction Lab Wii Sqweeze Controller

Interaction Lab has come up with a dual function Wii controller. The device on the photo is called Wii Sqweeze, and it features control over Wii Games and also as a tool for exercise. To start playing the demo-games IA Labs designed, each player self-calibrates the device by squeezing 50% of your maximum. Once the control “recognizes” the hands of the player,  the rubber handles allow for shoulder abduction and adduction (Max Range of Motion-ROM ~2-3 inches) to manipulate movements. Among the games tested were Bowhunt, a Bow action shooter and Bopple, a Ball crushing game. Playing games while doing fitness anyone? [Exergame]

Tomb Raider Underworld Preview

by Stephen on August 17, 2008

Tomb Raider Underworld

Tomb Raider: Underworld, , is the eighth game in the Tomb Raider series and the third game in the series to be developed by Crystal Dynamics. This time around Lara can perform a swift melee attack that knocks enemy back when enemies like get too close. You also get to perform all manner of acrobatics to avoid enemies without the moves affecting Lara’s shooting aim. The game will take Lara to The coast of Thailand, frozen islands of the Arctic Sea, the jungles of Mexico, and beneath the Mediterranean Sea. It was announced that Tomb Raider: Underworld will be be released in October 2008. [TombRaiderChronicles]

Maggie Q Stars In Need For Speed Undercover

by Stephen on August 16, 2008

Need For Speed Undercover

Rather than focus exclusively on racing, the game would sport a stronger mission structure and narrative storytelling. This time, the gorgeous Maggie Q, plays Federal Agent Chase Linh, a seductive handler who recruits and guides players as they go undercover. Players will take on dangerous jobs and compete in races in order to infiltrate and takedown a ruthless international crime syndicate. Undercover will feature gameplay that resembles 2005’s NFS: Most Wanted, emphasizing car chases, underground racing, and highway battles. Need for Speed Undercover is expected to drift onto retail shelves in North America on November 18, with a European release following on November 21. Trailer after the break. [GameSpot and IGN] Read more

Mercenaries 2: World in Flames

Mercenaries 2: World in Flames is an explosive open-world action game set in a massive, highly reactive, war-torn world. The game is set in August 2010. The story follows the player’s hunt for Ramon Solano, a druglord who contracted the player as mercenary for a job then subsequently refused to pay and tried to kill him/her. Following a militaristic coup, Solano becomes the dictator of Venezuela, and later control of the country’s oil supply, resulting in an international oil crisis that may escalate to war for oil domination. Mercenaries 2 features the latest and most dangerous in civilian and military tech, everything from shiny new sports cars, to the future-tech satellite-guided bunker-busting mini-nuke. Features new to Mercenaries 2 include improved destructible environments, and an online co-operative mode, a fire effects engine that allows the player to ignite things such as oil, foliage, and trees and the ability to swim. Mercenaries 2 is due for release in the United States on August 31, 2008 and in Europe on September 5, 2008. Check also the video after the break. [IGN] Read more

Portable Wii With LCD Screen

by Stephen on August 15, 2008

Wii Portable 16:9 LCD Screen

ThinkGeek has come up with a solution for those who had imagined if there were portable Wii. As enjoyable as having the portable Nintendo DS, ThinkGeek has transformed your standard Wii console into a portable gaming powerhouse by picking up this Portable 16:9 LCD Screen. All of the ports on the back of your Wii are cloned (except for AV) so you can simply plug in your Nintendo power cable and keep all of your USB accessories. The high-res screen makes your Wii games look great and they play in full widescreen mode. Stereo speakers are built in to the side of the display so no headphones are required. Simply clips on. No modification to your Wii is needed. Yours for $110. [ThinkGeek]

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