Whatever line there was between retail games and downloadable titles has essentially been torn down.
But wait. There’s more.
The final release of Summer of Arcade hits this week - on Wednesday precisely. And it’s been getting stellar reviews.
Shadow Complex further blurs the line between retail and downloadable games - if not completely destroying that line.
Shadow Complex is a Metroid/Castlevania-style game that features 2.5D side-scrolling action gameplay. Based on the praiseworthy reviews, this one sounds like a winner.
The NFL decided to broadcast the first live 3D football game. It was shown in theaters in LA, Boston and New York last night. Team owners, journalists and producers were invited to see the technology developed by 3ality Digital. They planted three 3D crews, with their own commentary, next to 2D counterparts for the game between the Oakland Raiders and S.D. Chargers. They call it an “up close, personal, visceral experience.” We call it a little too close to the action and were glad to hear that it is not going to happen on a large scale any time soon.
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Navigon has introduced its 7200T, a slim and portable GPS device with a flat frameless panel touchscreen. With 2D and 3D map views, it features Reality View Pro, Lane Assistant Pro, landmarks in the U.S. and Canada, and free r/t traffic updates for life. Also included is Speed Assistant, multi-destination trip planning, automatic standby, and day/night mode. Pre-order the 7200T on Amazon for $449.99 for a September 28 delivery.
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The Korean Company 3DIS has come up with an LCD monitor that allows you to see in 3D without the silly glasses. The 1040S utilizes ALT (Advanced Layer Technology) which results in a clearer, brighter image for the Parallax Barrier type screen. The monitor also allows a wider viewing angle and can change from 2D to 3D with a single switch. The Korean company’s CEO Sun Joo Lee claims that there is an increasing demand for 3D in today’s market and hopes to adapt the technology for laptops. We can’t really see much of a view from this image, but the 1040S will be on display during the CES 2008 in January if you would like a personal peek.
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Excellent news for fans of point-and-click adventure games: Gray Matter, the newest game series from Jane Jensen, creator of the popular Gabreil Knight PC adventure game series, will see its first installment show up in playable form at the Leipzig Games Convention later this week. Jensen describes Gray Matter as a “paranormal/investigative series…updated to be more unique and cutting-edge, dealing with Matrix-like questions about the nature of reality… the power and potential of the human mind.”
Of special note is Jensen’s decision to design the game in 2D. She explains, “For an adventure game, you want atmosphere. Moving the camera is not only unnecessary, but [also] a real detriment for many people. Studies have shown that women and older people don’t like moving a camera in 3D, and these demographics are an important part of our audience.”
Perhaps the pure adventure game isn’t quite dead. The first chapter of Gray Matter, currently subtitled Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made Of, is scheduled for a first quarter 2008 release, courtesy of publisher dtp.
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