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GoldenEye 007 Reloaded Unveiled

News; Jul. 20, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

GoldenEye 007 Reloaded Unveiled After having the name GoldenEye 007 Reloaded leaked on the Internet, some minor details of the game have finally slipped out. GoldenEye 007 Reloaded appears to be an HD port of the 2010 Wii version for Xbox 360 and PS3. The game itself is a remake or re-imagining of the Nintendo 64 FPS classic GoldenEye 007. As of right now, details are tight. The game appears to be a straight port of the Wii version with updated graphics to take...

Ubisoft Reveals New Online Multiplayer Pass

News; Jul. 15, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Ubisoft Reveals New Online Multiplayer Pass Similar to EA's “Project Ten Dollar” or PSN's upcoming online pass, Ubisoft has announced its own version of an online pass called “Uplay Passport.” The Uplay Passport will first be introduced in the upcoming title Driver: San Francisco. Each new copy of the game will come with a one-time use code to redeem online and use as a way to access online multiplayer components of the game. For those who get the game used, a...

The Last Story Officially Trademarked

News; Jul. 15, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

The Last Story Officially Trademarked Nintendo of America has recently filed a trademark for The Last Story, one of the three titles that fans and groups like Operation Rainfall have been urging Nintendo to localize for a North American release. The trademark was originally filed Jan. 13, 2010, but only recently issued a few days ago. It's worth nothing that Nintendo, among other companies, files trademarks regardless of whether it ends up releasing the game or not. But given the...

Tetsuya Nomura Reveals Kingdom Hearts III Details

News; Jul. 14, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Tetsuya Nomura Reveals Kingdom Hearts III Details According to a recent interview with Famitsu magazine, Kingdom Hearts director Tetsuya Nomura has revealed some details about the long-rumored-but-never-officially-announced Kingdom Hearts III. According to Nomura, KHIII will be the last game in the series to feature Xehanort, the main villain in Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II. There are also plans for future sequels to feature main protagonist Sora but with all-new plot and characters....

Troll Website Criticizes Upcoming FPS Modern Warfare 3

News; Jul. 12, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Troll Website Criticizes Upcoming FPS Modern Warfare 3 The next installment in the Call of Duty franchise came under fire this week before its November release in the form of a trolling website called ModernWarfare3.com. This seemingly legitimate website masqueraded as an official website for Modern Warfare 3, except instead of information about the game, scathing criticism and negative descriptions were in its place. One description on the website reads: "Modern Warfare is crap. On November 8, 2011...

Octodad 2 Announced

News; Jul. 12, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Octodad 2 Announced For those of you who enjoyed the indie title Octodad, you're in luck as the team behind the first title has plans to develop a full-fledged sequel, appropriately titled Octodad 2. In the original title, you played as Octodad, a loving father living with his adoring family in a classy suburban home. The player was tasked with completing simple household chores such as cleaning the kitchen or climbing a ladder. Due to the control scheme and way...

Rockstar Files Trademark for Rockstar Films

News; Jul. 10, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Rockstar Files Trademark for Rockstar Films Following Ubi Soft's decision, Rockstar Games has made a trademark filing for Rockstar Films. The trademark was originally filed December 2010 and is currently going through the registration process. It will be officially recognized and registered on July 19. The official statement for this branch of Rockstar describes the company making "animated motion picture films featuring entertainment, namely, action, adventure, dramatic, comedic,...

Burnout Makes a Return This Fall With Burnout Crash

News; Jul. 10, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Burnout Makes a Return This Fall With Burnout Crash The next entry in the Burnout series is coming this fall -- only this time, it's slightly different from the Burnout games we're familiar with. EA has announced that this fall, Burnout Crash will be released on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Crash differs from previous entries by being the first Burnout title to feature a top-down perspective similar to arcade racers from the '80s and the first three Grand Theft Auto titles (GTA, GTA London and...

Pokemon to Appear on Smart Phones This Summer

News; Jul. 7, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Pokemon to Appear on Smart Phones This Summer Earlier this week, Nintendo announced its first entry into the smart phone market with Pokemon Say Tap? BW, a music rhythm game in which players use Pokemon cards as visual cues to tap along with the music. The app will be released this summer and will be available for free on the Apple Marketplace. Despite this game showing up on smart phones, Nintendo has no plans on releasing any future Nintendo titles for any smart phone platform. According...

Gaming Industry Worth $74 Billion

News; Jul. 7, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Gaming Industry Worth $74 Billion Technology advisory firm Gartner Inc. recently released a report stating the worth of the video game industry as a whole, valuing it at $74 billion dollars, an amount that is only expected to increase as the years progress. Gartner expects that number to rise close to $115 billion in the year 2015, mainly due to the rise in popularity of mobile gaming. "As the popularity of smart phones and tablets continues to expand, gaming will remain a key...

Bungie Aerospace Fully Revealed

News; Jun. 30, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Bungie Aerospace Fully Revealed No, it's not a Halo flight combat game, and no, it's not some new corporation building Halo-inspired technology. The long-shrouded-in-mystery Bungie Aerospace has finally been revealed, and its identity is ... less dramatic. Bungie Aerospace is a partner program in which social and media development teams will have first-hand access to Bungie's resources such as Bungie.net and an audience with the Bungie community to garner feedback and play...

PSP Engine Specifics Revealed

News; Jun. 30, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

PSP Engine Specifics Revealed Sony recently revealed the specifics behind its PSP Remaster line with a breakdown on the PSP Engine, used to power PSP titles on PS3. Announced during the Games Tools & Middleware Forum 2011 this week, Sony announced specifically what the PSP Engine could do and what other PS3 hardware it would support. The PSP Engine will feature high-resolution rendering, stereoscopic 3-D output, and wireless controller support for the DualShock 3....

Opinions on Supreme Court's Violent Video Games Ruling

Opinions on Supreme Court's Violent Video Games Ruling On June 27, the Supreme Court made a final decision on a topic under debate for the last few years as to whether video games are protected under the First Amendment and, thus, to be treated as free speech. Also under debate was whether video games belong in the same category as films, literature and music, and are therefore considered an expressive art form. We at OMGN are passionate about video games and the industry that surrounds them. The...

'Geohot' Now Working at Facebook

News; Jun. 28, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

'Geohot' Now Working at Facebook George “GeoHot” Hotz, the hacker who gained national attention by hacking both the iPhone and PS3 through the ensuing court room proceedings has found employment at the social networking giant, Facebook. Hotz was offered the opportunity to hack the iPad 2 in a hacking challenge, according to rival hacker Joshua Hill, but he declined claiming that he wanted to maintain a low profile and focus on his new job. While unconfirmed, Hill...

Bungie Announces Bungie Mobile For iPhone and iPad

News; Jun. 27, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Bungie Announces Bungie Mobile For iPhone and iPad Bungie and Halo will be on two other platforms this fall besides Xbox 360: iPhone and iPad. Bungie has announced the launch of Bungie Mobile, a free downloadable app that takes many of the same functions from Bungie.net and provides a mobile-based stat tracking program for Halo: Reach, allowing players to view their stats, talk with other players, and share information. Bungie has said that this is “the first step” in making its...

Activision Registers 'Goldeneye Reloaded' Domain Name

News; Jun. 27, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Activision Registers 'Goldeneye Reloaded' Domain Name Activision recently registered a new domain name relating to "Goldeneye Reloaded." There was no mention of specific consoles, dates, or even what kind of game it is. With the release of the 2010 remake for the Nintendo Wii, speculation is that it could be a variety of games. A release of the 2010 remake for the Xbox 360 and PS3, an HD re-release for the upcoming Wii-U, or even a PSN and XBLA release of the HD port of the original Rare-made...

US Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Video Games

News; Jun. 27, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

US Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Video Games The Supreme Court has given its official statement regarding Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association today, striking down the California state law which banned the sale of video games deemed "violent" to minors. The majority opinion found that video games -- much like books, plays, and movies -- communicate thoughts, ideas, and social messages through the player's interaction with the video game world. This falls under the protection of...

Rumor: Dragon Quest X May Appear on Wii U

News; Jun. 24, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Rumor: Dragon Quest X May Appear on Wii U The million-copies-sold JRPG series, Dragon Quest, may appear on both the Wii and Wii U. Dragon Quest composer Koichi Sugiyama recently said there is a strong possibility that a new Dragon Quest title will be available in 2012. “I'm aiming for next year and am in the middle of composing music for Dragon Quest,” he said. While this comment did not specifically address Dragon Quest X, a recent Square Enix investors' meeting heard head...

City of Heroes to Enter the Free-To-Play Market

News; Jun. 24, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

City of Heroes to Enter the Free-To-Play Market Following the trend of many large MMOGs (APB, Champions, Star Trek Online), the popular City of Heroes will be made free-to-play later this year with City of Heroes Freedom. Freedom is a modification of the existing City of Heroes title, but this time, it will follow a structure shared by many free-to-play MMOs by limiting the areas and content for free users and allowing the full selection of content and areas for premium users. However, free...

The 3rd Birthday Review

Review; Jun. 24, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

The 3rd Birthday Review Right off the bat one should take note that The 3rd Birthday is not called Parasite Eve 3, despite sharing the same main character, Aya Brea, and some minor characters from the past two titles. In fact, if it were not for the main character, Birthday would not even be in the same family as the previous Parasite Eve titles. Birthday is a completely different title with a completely different premise and game play mechanics. Fans of the series...

Valve Currently Developing Free-to-Play Title

News; Jun. 21, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Valve Currently Developing Free-to-Play Title According to Valve's Doug Lombardi, a new free-to-play game is currently in the works. Valve, developer of hit titles such as Portal 2, Team Fortress 2, and the Half Life series, has recently stated in an interview with the French website Barre de vie, that Valve is working on a free-to-play title to accompany the recent influx of free-to-play titles now available on Steam. While Lombardi didn't comment on what the title is...

Halo Anniversary to Have Kinect Support

News; Jun. 21, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

Halo Anniversary to Have Kinect Support If this year's E3 was anything to go by, Microsoft was adamant in showing its support for the Kinect and the slew of titles which would support it. Add Halo Anniversary to the growing list of titles. During a recent interview with Microsoft Game Studios head, Phil Spencer has confirmed that Kinect support will be included with the upcoming release of the newest title in the Halo series. "As a first-party, we believe that Kinect will be important...

E3 2011: Our Final Thoughts

E3 2011: Our Final Thoughts This year, OMGN took four of our staff to E3 2011 in Los Angeles, Calif.: Robert F. Ludwick, Kyle Hovanec, Jenner Cauton, and Ryan Goodman. The four of us frolicked and cavorted in video games' biggest expo and survived to tell the tale. We left the show with sore necks, sore feet, and sore shoulders (from all of the free swag!), and now that we've had some time to reflect, we'd like to offer our opinions of the show as a whole.   What less...

E3 2011: Frogger 3D Preview

Feature; Jun. 15, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

E3 2011: Frogger 3D Preview Tak Fujii became an E3 legend in just one press conference after his enthusiastic presentation for Ninety Nine Nights II. Soon the phrases “One million troops” and “You'll be sucked” were tossed all over the Internet and cemented his reputation as an eccentric and upbeat game designer overnight. For all intents and purposes, a game like Frogger 3D should not be made by Tak Fujii. “There are so many people who like...

E3 2011: Wakfu First Impressions

Feature; Jun. 15, 2011; Channels: Video Games; By Kyle James Hovanec

E3 2011: Wakfu First Impressions Wakfu is a turn-based tactical MMORPG and a continuation of past titles Dofus and Dofus Arena. In the game, your job as the player is to travel around the world, play different classes and learn new professions, all while fighting different creatures and earning new skills and loot. I was given 15 minutes of playtime to test the game and get a feel for the combat mechanics, farming mechanics, and navigation. However, despite the time with the...

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