Cliff Bleszinski's Opinions On The Next-Gen Consoles

Face melting graphics and his smoking hot girlfriend, you have to see this!

No More Scion xB, xD Models

There won't be anymore Scion xB and xD models being produced anymore...

DayZ Zombie Mod

A great zombie mod for the tactical shooter game, ArmA II: Combined Operations. Very recommended for people who love zombies!

Cars Crushed To Avoid Jailtime

Two lovely looking Nissan R33s destroyed for having no VIN identifications.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 Killed

The studio who bought you the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series has been shut down, but a surprise awaits...

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Horrific X Games RallyCross Accident

Keep in mind, if you don't like to see human beings turned into crash test dummies, don't watch the videos!

With the ongoing action sporting event, X Games Los Angeles 2012, which ends tomorrow, one event that truly reminded everyone that RallyCross is a dangerous auto sport was when yesterday, Finnish driver Toomas Heikkinen jumped a 50 foot gap and fell short of the landing, causing his vehicle to crash head on into the steel ramp.

Heikkinen is a X Games rookie and having this happen to him will leave a strong impact on him, as his RallyCross inspired Ford Fiesta landed upside down at the bottom of the gap, causing his vehicle to catch on fire as he escaped from the Fiesta.

Although, good news is that Heikkinen only suffered minor abdominal pain and a broken ankle, which could have been worse if it wasn't for the safety features in his vehicle. As for now, it's his decision if he still wants to compete in the RallyCross portion tomorrow, glad that he is okay.

Longer version with aftermath

And take note of the cheesy sound effect when Heikkinen collides with the ramp.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Half-Life 2: Episode 3 Rumored Concept Art

With another rumor that goes into the book of Half-Life 2: Episode 3 rumors, is it actually official concept art or just fan made? Or is it just Valve trying to delay Episode 3 much further by trying to give fans little to no updates on the progress?

A fan site dedicated to Valve, (Link to Thread), has recently made a thread that shows possible concept art for the next Half-Life 2 Episode, showing proof that the art is made for the setting of post Episode 2. Examples include a crashed helicopter in an arctic setting and character Alyx wearing Eli's jacket. Also, the drawings also featured alternate dimension Xen and the Advisors for the Combine in Xen.

One thing to know that these images were from 2008, but were "uncovered" yesterday, as these images might not set the tone for the current development of Episode 3. Do you think these concepts are official? Already, there have been many arguments made by readers, as many went bonkers or just made fun of Valve.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Scrolls Trailer

From the makers of Minecraft, Mojang has released a trailer for their upcoming game "Scrolls." Scrolls is a fantasy collectible card game, for example, Yu-Gi-Oh or Pokemon and such, where you make your decks consisting of spells, monsters, and structures trying to destroy three of the five "idols" that the opponent has as you try to protect your own from the opposing player. If that was confusing to you (which was confusing to me), you can watch the trailer below showing some gameplay.

The game is approaching the closed alpha testing stage, as it will have single-player and multiplayer matches. Although, an open beta stage will be released to the public in similarity to the way Minecraft was distributed, where you can buy the game at a reduced price. Mojang hopes to add numerous features to the game, as they said in their post on the game's website today, saying:
"We will still have a big bag of goodies that we plan to include over time, such as an auction house where you may buy or sell scrolls from each other and additional features in the world such as character customization, items, quests and so on. If you’re wondering why we would release a game that’s obviously not finished, the reason is simple: We want your feedback in good time to help us shape Scrolls to be the next big online Collectible Card Game!"
If you want to learn more about Scrolls, head to the game's website here.


Saturday, June 23, 2012

A Weird Craigslist Car Find

If you've seen an image of a red car that has been warped with another vehicle throughout the internet, here it is! For you car lovers, this would tear your heart out, as a Craigslist post from Pike, Kentucky, which is in the hills of the Appalachians, shows a result of car surgery.

The title for the posting "1962 International rat rod?" can definitely say that the owner has no idea if this piece of abomination is a rat rod or not. Consisting of parts and full pieces from other various vehicles, features include alloy wheels, tilt steering, power seats, cruise control, and a dashboard. What looks like to be a Pontiac Grand Am, it is mashed up with a cab that is from a 1962 International pickup, classy eh? Lets get to the pictures of this fail rat rod:

The asking price is $3000 firm, and in the post, the poster puts "-have probly twice as much invested", showing that the owner put his time and money into this project. The owner says there isn't any problems with the vehicle besides an issue with the air conditioning unit, as it is titled under International. The owner also says that he has many other projects in the works, and I hope those projects don't like the this!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

PC Requirements for Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition

With the future release of the PC version of Dark Souls, Dark Souls: Prepare To Die Edition on August 24th, system requirements have been revealed.

OS: Windows XP , Windows Vista, Windows 7, or newer

Processor: 2.6 GHz Dual-Core

Memory: 1 GB (XP), 2GB (Vista/7)

Hard Disk Space: 4 GB

Video Card: 512 MB RAM, ATI Radeon 4850 or higher, NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT or higher

DirectX®: 9.0c

Sound: Direct Sound Compatible

At least the game isn't as demanding on the computer as most modern games are today, which can mean anyone with a decent computer can run Dark Souls pretty smoothly. For more details, you can check out the game's steam page here.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Xbox Tablet, Details Leaked

This is now a false document, Microsoft has announced the Surface Tablet on 6/18.

Since the leak of the 56 page document of the next Xbox a few days ago, more information has been leaked, but not about the next Xbox, but a tablet. Reports have been popping up throughout the internet showing that Microsoft is ready for a press release of a tablet named, "Xbox Surface."

Details have been leaked for the tablet, showing that it will have a 7 inch multi-touch LED screen with a maximum resolution of 1280 by 720. Also, the Xbox branded tablet also has support "for up to four wireless game controllers" as well as a storage space of 250 gigabytes. The power of this tablet is quite powerful for a tablet, boasting various high performance parts. For a full detail of specifications of the tablet, you can check them out here, and you might want to expand the image for a clearer view:


A press conference will be held today by Microsoft in Los Angeles, as people speculate that the tablet will be announced there. Will it be another normal tablet? Or will this kick every other one's in the butt? Also, do you think this is real? Or just another troll attempt by Microsoft?


Saturday, June 16, 2012

New Xbox 720 Rumors

With the next Xbox coming up, people have been anxious to hear when the 720 is coming out with what features. Eventually, a document was discovered online consisting of 56 pages of information about the next-gen Xbox, to believe or not believe?

The "Xbox 720" in the document is said to be launched sometime in 2013 with a price tag of only $299. With that price tag, it will also include the second version of the Kinect, "Kinect V2." More features will include Blu-Ray as well as visuals that are said to be 4-6 times better than the current 360. A codename called "Fortaleza," appears in the document, showing "Augmented Reality" glasses that is said to be in development by Microsoft and to be used with the 720. Although, the glasses won't be coming out after the release of the 720 until sometime in 2014. A ton of other information is available through the document, please view in full screen for maximum pleasure.

UPDATE: The document has been removed, ordered by law firm Covington & Burling, who advises Microsoft. :(
XBox 720-9-24 Checkpoint Draft 1

Don't get too happy, as this document was released back in 2010! Some details that were revealed in the document have already been announced by Microsoft such as "Smart Glass," which was unveiled during E3 2012. Is this a fake? Maybe...maybe not. What do you think?

Thursday, June 14, 2012

A Very Fresh 1962 Impala

Since the "stance" style has hit the globe, the notorious quote "low is a lifestyle" doesn't have any limits. Lowriders have been in the scene for quite a while, born in the United States of America itself. Although, this special 1962 Chevrolet Impala made its way to the other side of the Pacific Ocean, in Australia.

The owner, Ben Clarke, has kept the old timer very fresh, looks like it just came out of the lot. Even the interior looks brand new, very well done Mr. Clarke, very well done... Pictures can be seen below, provided by Daniel J. Oxer:

All images provided by Stance Works, you can see more vehicles here.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

DayZ Zombie Mod

Credits go to forum user vforcengel

What is DayZ? DayZ is a zombie apocalypse mod for Bohemia Interactive Studio's ArmA II game, where the player will step foot on a fictional region of land called "Chernarus", which is plagued with the undead and sparse survivors. The region is open world, consisting of 225 km^2 (squared) of land to adventure in!

Features in this mod include the zombies that spawn, as well as new weapons and vehicles that join the ranks of the many other weaponry/transportation that are available for use. Weapons range from military weapons to personal pistols/rifles, and non conventional weapons such as crossbows. Vehicles that are available for use can be repaired and can even be scavenged for parts! Although, many of the vehicles will be missing parts, so your scavenging skills will be put to use.

Here is a fan made trailer for DayZ, credits go to user 00998tim:

The default ArmA II medical system is revamped for DayZ, as getting shot will cause bleeding and loss of blood until the wound gets bandaged. If the loss of blood becomes too great, the player will fall unconscious, fun huh? Getting shot in the leg won't help with your surviving skills, as you won't be able to walk after getting hit down there, unless you inject yourself with morphine and straggle away. To make injuries more realistic, pain is also a factor in this mod, as pain will cause the screen to shake until you take painkillers.

New objects have been added to the default game, and a lot of them were added, from small details to large details. Water canteens will be very useful as they were added with tons of other objects such as , food, junk, car parts, and many other objects.

Afraid that you'll lose data when a server crashes? Don't worry, as all statistics are saved on an external database, and will load once you log back in.

As you spawn by the shore of Chernarus, your best bet is to scavenge for supplies as soon as possible, and as once you have supplies, you're ready to survive as long as possible.  A vital part in DayZ is eating and drinking,  as wild animals can be killed and eaten, which will let you live longer and regain blood.

The requirements for DayZ is having ArmA II: Combined Operations, the DayZ files which can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of the post, and the balls to play! Here are the current statistics for the mod below:

Stats on 6/12/12

The average life expectancy for all players of the mod is only 31 minutes, up from around 27 minutes a couple of weeks ago when I checked.

Here is an infographic that you should read before getting the game, only outdated by a tad, but has a lot of information inside!

For more information and the download for DayZ, click here.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Updates Coming And The Elder Scrolls Online

Hello readers! In the coming hours and days, the site will be remodeled heavily and changes will be made. Don't fret if you see many weird layouts and misaligned boxes, as I will be busy trying to find a great layout that will make the site much better to look at and navigate in. So stay tuned!

In recent news regarding E3: 2012, gameplay for The Elder Scrolls Online has been revealed. The game's mission is to be "accessible" to many people as possible, as well as keeping the style similar to the main Elder Scrolls games. You can watch some gameplay in the video below:

Up to "200 players" will be allowed in a game at the same time, fighting battles and such. Also, there will not be dragons available, as the game will be set in the second era. So, what do you think?

Friday, June 8, 2012

E3 2012: Analysts Say New Xbox/PlayStation To Come In 2013

Some video game analysts suggests that the next generation of consoles will be coming by the end of 2013, too early perhaps? Arvind Bhatia, an industry analyst, predicted that the next PlayStation 4 and Xbox will come near the the end of 2013, in a more likely probability. Bhatia says that, 

"Based on various conversations we had at the conference, we believe it is all but a given that either Microsoft or Sony or both will launch their new consoles next year"

Another analyst agreed with Bhatia's predication, Colin Sebastian, who expects both consoles to be launched late in 2013. Sebastian went into details as he says the next consoles will have much better processing power all around, making improvements in all fields such as power, graphics, and speed.  Also, new features in the next consoles predicted by Sebastian include implementation of new features for online and microtransactions as well as free to play "revenue models" that are "flexible".

Bhatia eventually said E3 2012 failed to impress so far since there weren't any major announcements made. The reason for Bhatia to be disappointed is that he was hoping that announcements on price cuts would happen , as well as the Wii U price, and the software that comes with the Wii U. Eventually, none of that occurred...

What do you think about the next generation of consoles? Will they be coming out sometime next year or in 2014?

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Jaguar XF Designers Destroy Clay Model

Once production of a vehicle begins, what happens to the real size clay models of the vehicles? Well, the automotive designers at Jaguar who designed the XF decided to take a different route, by using axes to destroy their clay creation.

A stress reliever? I say yes, busy bashing away must of been fun. You can check out to the video below, showing three Jaguar engineers busy destroying a full size model of the XF to pieces. Enjoy!

The well done editing and music made the video much more interesting, what do you think?

Monday, June 4, 2012

E3 2012: Crysis 3 Screenshots

Coming from the Electronic Arts(EA) press conference during E3, video game company Crytek revealed their latest game, Crysis 3, and showed it off for an audience with a demo of the game. With the stunning visuals, you will be awed by the improvements over the years.

One thing to be alert is that the in-game images are somewhat blurry, as they were taken during the demo, but enjoy!

(All screenshots are provided by GameInformer)

Inside Crytek's Demo of Crysis 3, main character Prophet using a "lethal" compound bow to take down a helicopter.

And welcome to the urban jungle!

The release date for Crysis 3 is set for next February, as the main character, Prophet, is set to return to New York City, where the city is covered by a dome, causing the city to turn into an urban jungle with seven different environments. The game will be utilizing Crytek's CryENGINE 3. If you want more information, you can check out the Crysis 3 website here.

You can also check out the game's official announcement gameplay trailer right below

I guess its time to get new computer parts?

Friday, June 1, 2012

E3 2012: SimCity Release Date

EA has stated in a press conference that SimCity will come out in February of 2013, which is next year! So girls, if your guy loves SimCity, you might as well buy it for him as a valentines gift. No other details were mentioned, just only a release date, but no exact day in February yet. So, here are some SimCity videos that you can check out!

All video credits go to the SimCity team's YouTube, SimCityEA

Insider's Look: GlassBox Game Engine

Insider's Look: The Economic System

Insider's Look: Water System

Insider's Look: Fire System

Eventually, more videos will be revealed by the SimCity team in the future. You can read my previous articles about SimCity [SimCity News 3/29/12] & [SimCity is Back! 3/6/12]