Nerdy Bits: NES Controller Pipe, FemShep Barbie, Doctor Whooves Episode 2, Boy-Band Tribute to ‘HALO’ and MOAR!

- 06-25-12Cool Stuff, Funny Videos, Videogames Posted by Sarah Moran

Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

Above: Here’s a personal submission to Nerdy Bits. This beauty was found at a weekend summer festival I attended. It’s an NES pipe! And honestly, what better way is there to repurpose such a classic controller. Remember you can send in your own submissiong for Nerdy Bits at the email above!

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E3 Rundown: Microsoft Breaks Down Walls, Shows Off New ‘Halo’ and More

- 06-04-12Featured, Videogames Posted by Jason Tabrys

These things are made to seduce us, and as a natural born cynic I’m supposed to take every E3 announcement with a grain of salt, because while everything is ambitious and amazing now, we are far away from these companies delivering on these promises and living up to the hype.

With that said though, as a lead off for E3, Microsoft got things started right — showing us a look at games like Halo 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Splinter Cell: Black List, Tomb Raider, and everything that the Kinect and Xbox Live can and will do on the 360.

There was no mention of a next generation console, but plenty of talk about knocking down the walls that keep our numerous devices separate. The voice recognition on the Kinect is the first part of Microsoft’s 3 tiered campaign toward evolution — with voice command you can choose a film genre, then a film, and have your Xbox respond. While playing a game like Madden 2013, you can stand in and call audibles at the line and call out individual players to run routes, as was demonstrated by NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana.

The second part of Microsoft’s plan is Xbox Smart Glass, a way to bridge the gap between your Tablet, Microsoft enabled smartphone, and your console. With Smart Glass you can watch an episode of Game of Thrones on HBO GO on your console and your Tablet will show you a map of Westeros, detailing where each character is (particularly helpful when there are 272 main characters on the show, I guess). Don’t want to call in a play using voice command while playing Madden? Take your tablet and draw up a play, Xs and Os style, changing routes on custom plays mid game.

The third part of the evolution of the Xbox is real web browsing via Internet Explorer on Xbox Live that allows voice command to help you use Bing search for whatever you need. You can also navigate the web via a downloadable ap that lets you use your smartphone as a mouse. Not just a Windows 8 enabled smartphone either, but any smartphone, including Android and Apple devices.

All of this together certainly gives Microsoft an edge and increases their lead in the motion “peripheral” field over Sony’s half-assed Move and even the new Wii U because of the hands free nature of Microsoft’s device and it’s increasing ability to be intuitive and user friendly. This also comes about because Microsoft has another advantage over Nintendo and Sony, they’re Microsoft, and really, for the first time that is something that they are taking advantage of, sharing the benefit of the upcoming Windows 8 with Xbox console havers. Now, with a full Windows 8 enabled line of products — from Tablets and phones powered by the OS to Xbox Live and your console, there really is no wall left standing and nothing to hold us back from full immersion. So basically, goodbye sunlight.

Another big Xbox Live announcement is all of the content that the service is promising to provide. The NBA, the NHL, Paramount, Nickelodeon, and Univision, are all signed on to provide movies, live sports (which can be watched via a voice controlled split screen), and more. There is also Xbox Music, which promises 30 million songs and a revolutionary way to share and listen to music.

So basically, this is Microsoft going after iTunes and Apple, and really, you have to marvel at Microsofts balls here, because they’re trying to become the ultimate entertainment hub, and they have the resources to do it, and no one, not Apple, not likely Sony, and certainly not Nintendo, have the software or the support to beat them to it. The question is, how long will this hardware, this generation be the hub, and there was nothing offered that shed any light on that. The thing is, these promised improvements aren’t really Xbox 360 dependent, with changes taking place on XBL and the new Windows OS, meaning they could easily function as well and probably better on a next gen console, whenever Microsoft feels the need to invest in that. Bottom line: These improvements, if implemented properly and as promised (always a big if), can extend the Xbox 360′s lifespan for a good long while.

With that said, now on to the games!

As you can see, Halo 4 looks brilliant. I gave up on 360 last winter and got a PS3 because I’m a baseball sim freak and wanted The Show, and also I wanted Uncharted and a Bluray player, but Halo 4, and all the above mentioned enhancements honestly fill me with regret. The environments look brilliantly detailed, and the cinematics are a knock out. The chances of me not re-buying a 360 are minuscule at best, in part because of my excitement level over this game.

Splinter Cell Black List has smooth animation and Kinect voice recognition support that allows you to call over to a potential mark, or alert that mark to your presence when your dog barks, or the phone rings.  The game looks as if it lacks the fluidity of motion that Max Payne 3 has, but it’s a clear upgrade from past iterations. I’m the wrong guy to talk about Sam Fisher games, as I left the franchise a long, long time ago.

Fable The Journey looked like a fun Kinect game, but the animation disappointed me, as I favor as realistic a look as is humanly possible. Same goes for the teaser trailer we saw for Ascend New Gods, though Ascend had giants ripping people in two, so you know, it’s got that going for it.

The new Gears of War footage was all cinematic trailer that had all the usual pretty bells and whistles, but these show nothing substantial to game play, so we’ll have to hope for more footage at a later date.

The new Tomb Raider, which is an origin story, was the second 3rd person shooter we saw, and it looks much quicker than Splinter Cell, and more immersive with water and debris hitting the screen, as if it were built for a 3d experience. The sequence where Lara Croft falls down a waterfall may have been the visual stunner of the entire presentation and this might be the Tomb Raider game that reclaims the adventure title belt from the Uncharted series, though it’s goona take more than amped up action to do that.

I mentioned Ascend New Gods before, but there were 2 other snapshot teasers — one for Loco Cycle, which looks to be an assasain motorcycle, and man should they have showed more of that to earn a bit more buzz and a few less eyerolls. Speaking of showing more, all I know about Matter from Gore Verbinski is that it is called Matter, it’s from Gore Verbinski, and it may be starring the Toclafane from Doctor Who, or something of close relation.

The gameplay from an extended look at Resident Evil 6 looked great, with solid combat and up close and personel zed kills. The zombies look great, but if I have to have a complaint, I’ll note that some of the after-effects of the bombs and up close shots dont live up to the impressive graphics. I imagine a grenade thrown into a hallway of 7 or 8 zombies doesn’t leave little to no damage on the structure and it surely doesn’t divide the horde into a tidy pile of cleanly severed limbs. I fully expect and fully hope to see that corrected by the street date though, as that can be a little distracting if left unresolved.

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone were probably the best part of the presentation in terms of showmanship, though the pretty yet overly enthusiastic girl who demonstrated Wrecketeer sure gave it her all to take that crown. While on stage the guys poked fun at Microsoft’s cross platform ambition, while also talking up South Park: The Stick of Truth, an epic adventure game that really does look as if you’re playing through an episode of the show as a new kid who is a part of the gang.

Following the guys from South Park was an Usher song and dance number that I was super excited to see, because it meant I could get up and take a piss. When I returned, I was treated with another extended gameplay look at what will likely be the biggest selling game of 2012, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, which toured the (in the future) destruction of LA from an on the ground perspective. What can I say, it’s a COD game, and it looked stupendous, and also, I swear I heard Michael Rookers voice in the cast, but that could have been a joygasm afterglow hallucination.

Well, that’s everything I saw watching Microsoft’s live E3 Xbox presentation. Over the next few days NerdBastards.com will bring you recaps like this for Sony and Nintendo, as well as trailers and video game news as they break. So keep checking back, tell us what you’re excited about in the comment section, and happy gaming!

If you want to watch or re-watch Microsoft’s presentation, go here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

XboX 360 May Be No More: Microsoft Court Battle Could Make U.S Government Remove ALL Xbox 360 Consoles

- 05-23-12Videogames, WTF? Posted by Veronique Medrano

Hold on to your Xbox 360 nerdy dudes and dudettes ’cause the U.S Government may be making a new court ruling that will have the popular video game console removed  from store shelves Nationwide this fall. How did this happen and why haven’t you heard of this sooner? Well it’s quite simple, recently the case surrounding this suggested ruling has been kept under wraps due to the parties involved.

Here is the main issue at hand:

“Motorola and Microsoft have been tied up in a copyright battle for a while now, over some Motorola WiFi and video codec patents used in the console, and U.S. Judge David Shaw has actually recommended against the continued sale of the Xbox 360 in the United States until the matter is resolved.” -Blastr News

Judge Shaw, in an interview with IGN, divulged the reasoning behind his suggestion to discontinue the sale of the Xbox 360:

“Enforcing intellectual property rights outweighs any potential economic impact on video game console buyers,”

While Shaw believes that Sony and Nintendo could fill the void left by Xbox 360 for the U.S. videogame market, Microsoft argues that shutting them out of the market completely would leave them at disadvantage and be unfair to consumer.Now that Judge Shaw has heard the case and made his recommendation, it is now up to ITC  to make the final decision on the matter this August. If the International Trade Commission (ITC) agrees with Judge Shaw’s recommended ruling we could be seeing some major problems with console sales, along with a standstill in production for their star game of the year ‘Halo 4′.

This news really could not have come at a worse time for Microsoft. With E3 only a week and a half away , what will come of the projects the company plans to unveil this year? Will it be empty promises or plausible productions? Last year their sales promotion was the bundled pack of KINECT & Xbox 360 with a  revamped user interface, and it was a huge success in sales for the Christmas Season. But if Microsoft is removed as part of the ‘Big Three’, other console company’s will take the chance to crush Microsoft while its down.

At this point it seems out of Microsoft and Motorola‘s hands, and if the International Trade Commission (ITC) agrees with the recommendation to remove Microsoft from the market the only person who can overturn that is the  U.S. President.

The Library is Open: What are your thoughts on the matter at hand?

–Update 05/23: 11:00 p.m.—-

Microsoft Response & Press Release:

On the current news of ITC’s ruling in the Fall,   “the full Commission will rule on this in August, and until that time, nothing will change.”

“The recommendation by the Administrative Law Judge is the first step in the process leading to the Commission’s final ruling. We remain confident the Commission will ultimately rule in Microsoft’s favor in this case and that Motorola will be held to its promise to make its standard essential patents available on fair and reasonable terms.” –Microsoft.

 

Nerdy Bits: DIY ‘Portal’ Rings, An Awesome Game Of Thrones Video Game, A Little Something For The Ladies and MOAR!

- 04-13-12Cool Stuff, Cosplay, Funny Videos, Videogames Posted by Luke Gallagher

Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

ABOVE: This is Naomi VonKreeps in her “Come to the Dark Side” photo shoot by A Rebel Photography 2012. “Come to the Darkside”? *scoffs* I already came (If you know what I mean) [ObviousWinner]

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‘Kinect Star Wars’ Has Your Fan Service Needs in Mind, Features Slave Leia Dance Off

- 02-27-12Videogames Posted by Sarah Moran

Kinect Star Wars is easily the most anticipated Kinect game yet. I know my Kinect has been gathering dust waiting for its release. Frustratingly, the release date was pushed from late 2011 to early 2012 with Amazon now listing the official release date as April 3rd. And dammit, if Microsoft and LucasArts know what’s good for them I will have the game in my hands come April. I need to pretend I’m a Jedi and look like a fool while doing it!

We’ve only been able to see bits and pieces of the game thanks to trailers and the E3 presentation, but this video of a game demonstration reveals more of what kind of gameplay will be available. In addition to being able to weild the force players can pod race (1:07 mark), rampage through Mos Eisley as a rancor (2:45) and dance with slave girls in Jabba’s Palace (3:40).

Yup, there is a dancing component a la Just Dance or Dance Central. And you thought the lightsaber fighting would make you look like you’re spasming like the Star Wars kid.

Let’s be honest here, there is one reason and one reason only to include Leia in her metal slave bikini dancing. Fan service. Thanknyou LucasArts, you know what 13 year old boys want more than lightsabers and mind powers.

Me? I’m way more excited to tear shit up as a rancor! I think that’s the most ingenius bit of extra gameplay I’ve seen yet!

Source: io9

Mass Effect 3 – Is Everything Better With Kinect?

- 01-18-12Videogames Posted by Mark Poynter

Bioware is one of those companies that can make a good game. This NerdBastard is not to sure about the Kinect connection yet. Watch the video and come to your own conclusion but this NerdBastard thinks this is going to break up a lot of relationships and make a lot of roommates angry. You see the player has to yell out to change items or commit actions. So you might want to sleep but your husband or roommate is yelling:

Shotgun . . . SHOTGUN!!!

or

Carnage . . . CARNAGE!!!

Or maybe your playing the game and your roommate is talking on the phone and your suddenly changing weapons or running backwards. Sounds like it might be confusing and annoying, but that’s just this old NerdBastard’s opinion.

 

 

Could the Xbox 360′s Replacement Be “Loop”?

- 11-09-11Tech, Videogames Posted by Sarah Moran

We’ve been enjoying our Xbox 360s for six years now. Just think back on all those late nights you and your 360 have spent together. Think of all the times you’d waste your friends online in either HALO or Call of Duty. At six years the 360 has outlasted its predeccesor, Xbox, by two years. Which has to have you wondering, when will Microsoft release its next gaming console?

With the Kinect, Microsoft introduced true motion control to the 360 and that almost felt like we had a whole new machine. Until the brief coolness of motion controlled games wore off and we went back to sitting on the couch, mashing buttons and stuffing Doritos in our mouths.

The Microsoft rumor blog, MS Nerd has what they think are the specs for the next Xbox, which is a project under the codename, “Loop.”

With a heady mix of rumors, tips and speculation, I am now stating that Xbox codename ‘loop’ (the erstwhile XboxTV) will indeed debut a modified Win9 core. It will use a Zune HD-like hardware platform—a ‘main’ processor with multiple dedicated assistive cores for graphics, AI, physics, sound, networking, encryption and sensors. It’s reported that the new console will be smaller and sell for less than the Xbox 360, which makes it perfect for Kinect adaptation.

Obviously there’s been no confirmation from Microsoft but stay tuned, who knows, we might hear something solid from them about the next Xbox early next year. Or, never, because this all unfounded rumor we like to share just to drive you fans mad. ‘Cause we’re bastards, remember?

Source: Geek Tyrant

SDCC 2011: The ‘Star Wars’ Original Trilogy Deleted Scenes, Plus the R2-XBOX!

- 07-22-11Film, Videogames Posted by Sarah Moran

Star Wars and Comic-Con. They’ve been together since 1974 and are one of the longest and strongest relationships in the whole geek world. Could you imagine a Comic-Con without legions of Stormtroopers and Slave Leias? Unthinkable!

This year they brought out some real goodies Star Wars nerds are going to lose themselves over. First, in celebration of the entire Star Wars saga coming to Bluray we were treated to a sneak peak at those promised deleted scenes. This sizzle reel of clips shows off never before seen footage from the original trilogies, like Luke with his new lightsaber and R2-D2 running like hell from a Wampa. Or rolling, he can’t really run.

Excited? It’s new Star Wars that wasn’t a hack job to score more money from fans! Or, wait, these probably are included to give us more reason to throw away money on movies we already own five times over. But, whatever, whoo! Star Wars on Bluray come September!

For the other big Star Wars announcement today, you’ve heard of Kinect Star Wars, right? The new Kinect game releasing this holiday season which will allow you to be a Jedi. Well, as close to a Jedi as Microsoft and LucasArts can manage, which from what I’ve seen looks pretty damn good. With the Kinect you’ll be able to wield a lightsaber, control the force, pilot a pod racer and possibly even murder younglings but I haven’t been able to confirm that yet.

In another totally awesome way to smuggle more money from us they’ve released a Kinect Star Wars bundle with what may the coolest skin for an Xbox 360…ever! It’s an Xbox designed to look and sound like Artoo with a golden controller channeling Threepio’s shiny ass! Just look at it! It’s soooo beautiful. It’s only going to set you back about $500, but for this much beautiful awesomeness, that’s chump change. Here are the specs,

-Kinect Star Wars game
- Custom R2-D2-themed Xbox 360 Console with custom sounds
- White Kinect Sensor
- Custom C-3PO-themed Xbox 360 Wireless Controller
- 320 GB Hard Drive
- Xbox 360 Wired Headset
- Kinect Adventures game
- Exclusive downloadable content

Take a look through the gallery for more images of the fabulous console. Has Comic-Con delivered on some great Star Wars stuff, or what?!

sources: GeekTyrant, IGN

Guess What, Hackers? Microsoft is Giving You the Keys to the Kinect

- 02-22-11Tech, Videogames Posted by Sarah Moran

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Turns out Microsoft is changing their minds about hackers and the awesomeness they create. Changing their minds because I’m sure they’ve realized what kind of dough could be made from such an enterprise. Originally, Microsoft released a statement in response to proposed Kinect hacks,

Microsoft does not condone the modification of its products. With Kinect, Microsoft built in numerous hardware and software safeguards designed to reduce the chances of product tampering. Microsoft will continue to make advances in these types of safeguards and work closely with law enforcement and product safety groups to keep Kinect tamper-resistant.

But they are whistling a completely different tune with the release of an official Software Development Kit, or SDK. First reported by Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC’s technology correspondent, through his twitter account we’ve now learned that the SDK will be called, Kinect for Windows SDK from Microsoft Research. Crazy news, right? Microsoft is actually saying, hackers of the world, please take apart our new motion-controlled bit o’ hardware and develop really cool things to do with it. Here’s Microsoft’s official statement on what the kit will contain,

The starter kit will give academic researchers and enthusiasts access to deep Kinect system capabilities such as audio, system APIs, and direct control of the sensor.  Microsoft will deliver a commercial version of the SDK later. There are no further details to share at this time.

We’ve already seen some cool hacks for the Kinect. Take the dudes who developed a way for gamers to control their World of Warcraft avatars with Kinect,

Who knows what could come down the line if Microsoft actually works with hackers. Maybe Sony could take a hint from what Microsoft is doing here. If you haven’t heard, Sony is in the middle of serious crackdown on hackers which is covered in depth over at Geohot’s blog. Whose Geohot? Oh he’s the one Sony is suing for releasing their, “PS3 metldr key and a jailbreak to allow homebrew(and just homebrew) to be played on your personal PS3.” I’m no hacker so for all the gritty, techy details about Sony’s case check out his blog. If you want the gritty, techy details about how awesomely cool Microsoft is being check our their official news release at Microsoft Research.

I’m really hoping some great games and features come from this. Since I’ve opened my Kinect it’s been used only to show off for visitors. There really isn’t much to make me play it for myself, I can only play so much beach volleyball. Get crackin’ hackers!

source: Geek

Video Game News Round Up: Marvel vs Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat, and Halo Kinect?

- 02-01-11Videogames Posted by Thomas Landry

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Its only Tuesday and we got some news from the video game world that may interest some of you gaming bastards. First off, we got two news bits on Capcom’s Marvel vs. Capcom 3. With the game set to release later this month, a lot of videos and pics are sure to show up on the net and recently, the internet provided us on whom the final boss is. It is none other than the Devourer of Worlds, Galactus.

Shouldn’t be a surprise to past gamers that know how Capcom loves to throw in giant final bosses just to fuck with us. Check the video of Galactus in action out after the jump.

The other news bit for the upcoming fighting game is that it seems the game will have a voice option that is similar from Street Fighter IV, which should make some of you vocal elitist happy.

If you’ve been following the upcoming Mortal Kombat game, then you probably already know about the X-ray Attacks. When a character performs a certain attack, we see a close up x-ray look on how damaging and painful the attack was towards your opponent. IGN got a highlight video on the whole x-ray attack that is worth checking out (available after the jump). Personally, it gives the franchise another way to portray how awesome and gory it can be.

Lastly, it seems that Microsoft has went on to purchase the domain name of KinectHalo.com While it shouldn’t be a surprise that Microsoft would want a Kinect game based on one of their biggest franchise. Who knows what type of game or what type of movements players will do but I’m sure 343 Industries will figure something out or else fanboys will start a fucking riot about it… on the internet.

Via Destructoid 1, Destructoid 2, Topless Robot 1, Topless Robot 2

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