Posts Tagged ‘PC’
Those who may have skipped on the option to download the Developer’s Preview of Windows 8 last year don’t have to wait for the full retail release of Microsoft’s new OS to take a glance. Today, Microsoft has made the Consumer Preview available to download. I’m absolutely in love with the redesigned look and feel of Windows, and the new tile metro style they’re utilizing across all Windows products.
As part of the Consumer Preview, Microsoft has announced that all applications in the Windows Store will be free during the preview. Of course, once the retail version of Windows 8 launches, you’ll have to cough up some coinage. Still, quite a fantastic opportunity to really test out what Microsoft has been working on for the past few years.
You can download the preview here.
Awesome right? Play the game for free on PC here! Super Smash Land
After 14-years, Steve Jobs has decided to step down from his CEO position at Apple. Co-founding the company in the 1970s, Jobs has been credited with revolutionizing modern computers, mobile devices, and the entire music industry with the iPod and iTunes Store.
Here’s what Jobs had to say about his decision to resign:
“I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.” While now taking on the role as Chairman, Jobs revealed that Tim Cook would be taking over as CEO.
Despite urging investors not to worry about the state of Apple given his departure, supporters and Apple enthusiasts are surely going to miss Jobs as the face of the company.
Trying to compete with other social networks, Google+ now includes 16 games for folks to play, in between all the status posting and friend stalking of course. Incorporating games into + allows users to share their high schools instantly with other players.
Many around the net have complained that there just isn’t that much to do within Google+, so adding over a dozen flash games is certainly a way to keep people entertained. So far, titles include Angry Birds, Bejeweled Blitz, and Dragon Age Legends.
For the full list of games available to Google+ members, check them out below.
UPDATE: Oddly, Google pulled the Games tab, and the blog entry quickly after launching. I assume they’re having technical difficulties. Should be up soon enough.
EA has announced a deal to acquire PopCap Games, home of such iconic mobile software titles as Bejeweled, Plants vs. Zombies, and my personal favorite Peggle, for $750 million. PopCap games has quite a following, currently serving as the leader in the mobile games market, and number 2 in the social network gaming market.
The acquisition is expected to be completed next month. To read all the financial and business details about the deal, continue reading here: MarketWatch
A quick sidenote. I strongly believe Peggle is one of the greatest casual games I’ve ever played, and I’m really sick of Angry Birds hogging (pun intended) all the attention. Even though Peggle has been around for quite some time, I’m hoping EA shares my love for the quirky pong title.
Taking a drive down an LA road via Google Maps, I noticed a bit of bird feces splattered over the camera’s lens, distracting me from an otherwise scenic locale. Pretty hilarious, and nasty, no?
Google Maps FAIL!
A brand new Star Trek game has been announced, tying in with the recently rebooting film franchise. For the first time, players will get to play co-op style as galactic heroes James T. Kirk and Captain Spock. You can see from the above image that the characters are taken the likeness of the recent film’s stars.
The game’s original story has been penned by Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman — who wrote and produced for the relaunched film, and upcoming sequel — in collaboration with God of War writer Marianne Krawczyk. And if you’re somehow having doubts on the quality of the project, developers Digital Extremes of Bioshock 2 fame are working directly with production company Bad Robot and writer Damon Lindelof (Star Trek, LOST). Consider this project in great hands.
Star Trek will be released next year on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.
The original actor who portrayed Marty McFly will return to the franchise, making his vocal debut in fifth and final chapter of Telltale Games’ episodic Back to the Future: The Game. Michael J. Fox has agreed to return for a brief vocal cameo in the episode, titled “Outatime.”
Fox won’t be voicing McFly, leaving that work to the incredibly talented A.J. Locascio, who has done a terrific job in the previous episodes. Instead, Fox will voice the above character — apparently one who was featured at some point in the trilogy — who can be seen breifly in the trailer below. No word on if he has a larger involvement in the story arc, but regardless, it’s incredible to have both Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd attached to this project.
Well done, Telltale. Download episode 5 when it releases June 23 on PC and Mac.
Microsoft wasn’t about to let this week be all about gaming expos and Apple conferences. To steal a bit of thunder from their competitors, Microsoft revealed their latest in development operation system, codenamed Windows 8.
As you can see from the above video, the mobile app inspired UI is clearly optimized for tablet use, however the OS will be fully functional on touch-based PCs. These apps or “tiles” are what Microsoft is pushing to replace traditional icons, and I pretty much love them. This bad boy isn’t scheduled for release until 2012, so a lot could change, but what are your thoughts on the new OS? Shiny and pretty, or too little too late?
Those looking for new territory to roam will be ecstatic when four new multiplayer maps drop on May 3 for Call of Duty: Black Ops as part of the new “Escalation” DLC. This trailer shows off what you can expect, with insights by some of the development team. Each of the four, including Zoo, Hotel, Convoy, and Stockpile, look like pure heaven — you know, if heaven was essentially a hub of war infested ruins.
As my new obsession, I can’t wait for these new Black Ops maps. They may even rival the appeal of the original and addictive pack-in maps — Nuketown being one of the best. You’ll also gain a zombie experience mode with the DLC pack called Call of Zombies.