Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Everyone should have one of these.

In two weeks Microsoft's biggest Xbox 360 related product is going to be launched. Kinect is Motion Controller that gives the players ability to use full body motion to control games. In Microsoft's words it makes you the controller. Kinect also has in-built microphone array for picking up multiple voices within a room. the product was first announced at the annual E3 game show in 2009. It went down a storm with gamers each of them wondering how it could affect there gaming experiences. The technology that was shown at E3 2009 was reminiscent of the technology dreamt up for the film minority report. while other companies were pushing button based technology such as the newly Playstation move Microsoft has gone button free.

Kinect is set to launch on the 10/11/10 in the united kingdom. there is a wide variety of content at launch with the 15+ titles available. these titles span many different game genres from exercise games to dance games.

Zumba Fitness
Game Party: In Motion
Motion Sports
Kinect Adventures
The Biggest Loser: Ultimate Workout
Kinect Joy Ride
Adrenaline Misfits
Kinect Sports
Dance Central
Dance Masters
Sonic Free Riders
EA Sports Active 2
Your Shape: Fitness Evolved

This trailer show off a range of experiences that can be had with Kinect. The E3 announcement trailer

Features of Kinect:

-Voice Control: users can utilise voice to command there Xbox using Kinect. Films and Music can be played, stopped, paused in addition to a number of other abilities. Microsoft uses the motto for if you can see it say it.

-Video Camera: video calls can be made between Xbox to Xbox and Xbox to PC using MSN. Kinect has motor in it which enables the Kinect to swivel when someone moves or is about to walk out the room.

-Touchless Menus: players can move there hands in the air to interact with menus.

Reasons why I am buying Kinect:

- Controlling the menus with my hands appeals to me and I think it looks cool.

-Future applications into hardcore games. There has been a number of hardcore games that has already been announced for Kinect. such as Steel battalion: Heavy Armour.

-Its good for gatherings and players can instantly jump into game without game play stopping.

-Finally Dance Central. End of it the best music game that I have played.

Dance Central:

Is a Music/Dance game for Kinect where players have to use there whole body to recreate movements from on the screen. The game teaches inexperience dancers how to dance with the break it down mode. Break it down Mode does what it says on the tin and slows down each move to grades you on your ability.

The Dance Central has a good track list with more downloadable content on the way. Dance Central has jerking.

  • Audio Push – Teach Me How To Jerk
  • Basement Jaxx – Rendez-vu
  • Beastie Boys – Body Movin' (Fatboy Slim Remix)
  • Beenie Man – King Of The Dancehall
  • Bell Biv DeVoe – Poison
  • Benny Benassi – Satisfaction
  • Cascada – Evacuate the Dancefloor
  • Christina Milian – Dip It Low
  • The Commodores – Brick House
  • Craig Mack – Flava In Ya Ear (Remix)
  • Dirty Vegas – Days Go By
  • Eric B. & Rakim – Don't Sweat the Technique
  • Fannypack – Hey Mami
  • Jay Sean ft. Lil Wayne – Down
  • Kool & The Gang – Jungle Boogie
  • Kylie Minogue – Can't Get You Out of My Head
  • Lady Gaga – Just Dance
  • Lady Gaga – Poker Face
  • Lipps Inc – Funky Town
  • M.I.A. – Galang '05
  • Nelly Furtado – Maneater
  • Nina Sky – Move Ya Body
  • No Doubt – Hella Good
  • Pitbull – I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)
  • Quad City DJ's – C'mon N' Ride It (TheTrain)
  • Rihanna – Pon de Replay
  • Salt-N-Pepa – Push It
  • Snoop Dogg/Pharrell – Drop It Like It's Hot
  • Soulja Boy Tell 'Em – Crank That (Soulja Boy)
  • Wreckx-n-Effect – Rump Shaker
  • Young MC – Bust A Move

Friday, 22 October 2010

Edge Review Scores

Vanquish – 8
Medal of Honor – 7
Fist of the North Star – 5
Lost in Shadow – 6
Deadly Premonition – 7
Super Scribblenauts – 6
EA Sports MMA – 6
Shaun White Skateboarding – 7
The Ball – 6
Final Fantasy: 4 Heroes of Light – 4
Professor Layton and the Unwound Future – 7
Gods vs. Humans – 5
Costume Quest – 7

Monday, 18 October 2010

My Logo for All Projects and Business Cards

So I asked arekkz to design me a logo for my business cards. Here is the near final concept.

Red Wolf Head:
TwoSixNine White Logo:

TwoSixNine Black Logo:

Sunday, 17 October 2010

The Birth Of A Thunder God. Raiden Rise

With Metal Gear Solid : Rising on the way, everyone's most hated blonde hair protagonist is on the raise. So this post is for those that are not familiar with MGS's thunder God/Ninja Raiden. These few videos will get you right up-to-date on who Raiden is.

Snake in the ninjas shadow:
A comical video about Raiden trying to Eraser snake from History

A Fan Made Trailer That Shows Raidens Rise To Badassness

Metal Rising Trailer E3 2010

Famistu Review Scores

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 (PS3/360) – 10/9/10/10
Vanquish (PS3/360) – 9/9/10/9
FIFA 11 (PS3/360) – 9/9/9/8
No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle (Wii) – 9/8/9/8
Medal of Honor (PS3/360) – 8/8/8/8
Me & My Pet (PS3) – 8/8/7/9
Beat Sketcher (PS3) – 9/7/7/8
Sports Champion (PS3) – 8/8/7/8
Time Crisis: Razing Storm (PS3) – 8/7/7/8
Minna de Bouken! Family Trainer (Wii) – 8/7/7/7
R.U.S.E. (PS3/360) – 7/7/8/7
FIFA 11 (PSP) – 8/7/7/7
Strike Witches 2 (DS) – 7/6/8/6
Kung Fu Rider (PS3) – 7/7/6/7

Saturday, 16 October 2010

The Origin Of Snake

Who is Snake?

Lots of people have played Metal Gear but still do not know the real story of snake. If you haven't seen this video which most people have not then watch this. the video is low quality but if your a metal gear fan or just want to know what its all about then this is the video for you.

Black Ops Retail Disc Leaked

Looks like a Black Ops info landslide is happening first MP then the retail disc is leaked. this is a full month ahead of retail release OH GIIDDDDYYY!!!.

Black Ops Multiplayer Footage

First Video Guy Goes In With the Sniper On Launch. Bare in Mind No Stopping Power Included

Team Deathmatch On Summit

Dogs and Copper Gunner

Making a masterpiece - Part 2 - Audio

Carrying on from the cinematics post earlier the one of the most overlooked things is audio in games. producers will rather opt for music in games that is normally annoying and repetitive over a full featured score/soundtrack. there are loads of games out there such as Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy and Zelda that pull of wonderful audio from music playing to voice acting. often the worst games have dull music and bad voice acting. one such example is Star Ocean 4.

In Star Ocean 4 the voice acting was terrible it was like they got a bunch of kids in the audio booth and said here kids you get candy if you pretend your on a spaceship. though the Japanese voice acting and audio may have feared better I was not willing to give it a chance after listening to the English voice acting.

Metal Gear Solid has one of the more memorable soundtracks and audio experiences. People come away for the game humming the soundtrack. some go as far as having the theme tune as there Ringtone or a sound effect as message alert.

Friday, 15 October 2010

Gears of War 3 Multiplayer All Access Preview

New Gears of War 3 Preview. Talks about Beta, Shotgun and how broken Gears 2 was at launch.

Gears of War 3 Multiplayer All Access Preview

Making a masterpiece - Part 1 - Cinematics

With my final year project looming I am thinking about what makes a game high-quality and masterpieces. over the next few days I am gonna do several post on what I think personally sets the classics apart for the rest. The mechanics of games that imprint a game on to your memory for ever.

One of the major factors in games is story telling. Games are getting closer and closer to films in the way that they portray stories. looking at cut scenes in games the game that I feel get it wrong are the ones with static over the cameras to me this is boring. As the player can't see the emotion on characters faces and static camera doesn't make the scene feel dramatic at all.

For a game to have good cinematic's I think the camera should pan and cut here and there. this simple movement can make a scene more dramatic and intense.

Watch this Video its amazing :]

MGS Top 5 Fight Scenes | Video Clip | Game Trailers & Videos |

Fan Made Trailer For Halo Reach With Alot of Cutting And Panning


Hi, My Name is TwoSixNine. I am currently a third year Computer games student at university. by the course I am taking you can probably tell that I love Computer games. Anywho this is my first time blogging so its likely that going to make some mistakes so bare with me.

Alright Then. Thought I may as well get this Blog thing out of way and start blogging about my efforts and experiences.

Tried to get Ogre3D engine up and running today OH MY!!!!!. One of the more stressful experiences I had trying to get software working. since I am finished setting up Ogre, I think may go play some games after I finishing watching Gilmore Girls On E4 :].

I currently have a couple of games to play at the moment.

Castlevania Lords of Shadow, Spiderman : Shattered Dimension,Final Fantasy 14
and Another Century Episode :R.

Oh and Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2.