E3 2012: Is Ubisoft's Watch Dogs the next big thing?



Watch the below video first if you haven't seen it yet or watch the shorter clips provided below.

The E3 2012 Ubisoft Conference Watch Dogs presentation in its entirety.

There is something brewing at Ubisoft Montreal. It's a game you smell, of course. It's open world. It's technically beautiful, and more importantly it most defintely got everyone's attention at the end of Ubisoft's E3 2012 Press Conference. If buzz and not droids is the word you are looking for you have landed in the right place. So now what? You've now seen a very impressive vertical slice of a game very few people knew about prior to a little more than 24 hours ago. Take a look again if you need to below.

Watch Dogs gameplay video #1

Are you still excited? If so, why do you think that is? I'll be the first person to say it took me quite a bit to get my jaw up off the floor after seeing this for the first time. It's so good it had many thinking it was a game meant for the next set of unannounced consoles after the target platforms went undeclared by Ubisoft. Although what we were shown is spectacular what is it that we really know about this game? 

You'll roam around a city with high tech gadgetry looking for targets after manipulating the NPC's you encounter on the way only to get into cover based fire fights just like every other action game set in an open world. Are you coming down from Cloud 9 yet? Of course you aren't. We all want everything we see that looks like a beatiful woman/man to be just that. Once we get our hands on the goods that's when we'll start to realize that their face might not be quite what we had imagined from afar. Maybe it'll be just like I'm Gonna Git You Sucka? Remember that scene in that movie. That is almost exactly what happens to us everytime we get hyped for pretty things. Give the PR team a hand. They sure know how to back that hype up with some solid PR gold too.

In Watch Dogs, players enter the dangerous world of Aiden Pearce, a new class of antihero whose ability to hack into any connected system could be his most powerful weapon.  Whether it’s triggering a 30-car pileup by manipulating traffic-lights to trap an enemy during a downtown shootout or tapping into the city’s omnipresent security cameras to access anyone’s personal information, Pearce is capable of coercing and controlling almost every element of the world around him.

“Watch Dogs goes beyond the limits of today’s open-world games by giving players the ability to control an entire city,” said Jonathan Morin, creative director, Ubisoft.  “In Watch Dogs, anything connected to the city’s Central Operating System becomes a weapon.  By pushing the boundaries, we can provide players with action and access to information on a scale that’s never been seen in a video game before.”

Watch Dogs gameplay video #3

Promises, Promises, Promises! I'm seen this before and so have you. Watch Dogs may turn out to be every bit as good as what was just shown. I truly hope so. But, before then I'll take a look at this other game announced at the beginning of this generation, Frame City Killer. Remember that game with quite a bit of E3 hype? You don't. That's because it never came out.

'Portal: No Escape' short film wows


From time to time there are games that seem to scream "Make me into a movie". Portal isn't exactly one of those although anyone who's played the either game will have more than likely thought of quite a few uses for a portal gun if it were a reality. 

The closest we are going to get to the real deal right now unless Area 51/Groom Lake has some secrets up its sleeve is the short film below that does a marvelous jump at translating Portal to live action. 

(via 1up/Reddit)

Come on! WTF? #1: Trolling (NSFW)


Sometimes there are things in life that do nothing but befuddle you. When these things happen, that's when we'll explore the all to often response you'll likely have. Come on! WTF?


We all know what trolling is, right? If not, lets define ( Via Wikipedia).

In Internet slang, a troll is someone who posts inflammatory,[2] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response[3] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.[4] The noun troll may refer to the provocative message itself, as in: "That was an excellent troll you posted". While the word troll and its associated verb trolling are associated with Internet discourse, media attention in recent years has made such labels subjective, with trolling describing intentionally provocative actions outside of an online context. For example, mass media uses troll to describe "a person who defaces Internet tribute sites with the aim of causing grief to families."

Now that we're all familiar with what Trolling is, lets get down to brass tax. Why would you do this? Seriously! There's no fun in causing others anger and grieve on purpose, or is there? It's obvious some find it hilarious to watch others in misery. We get it. It makes you feel better, if only because it's not you. 

We were sent a link to the following video on Twitter by . According to this reader it's "Funny As Hell". And while it's easy to respect another's sense of humor as we all have differing tastes, this one most definitely causes a Come on! WTF? moment. Trolling in the online world is one thing, but when you bring it into the world of the real (IRL for the cool kids) you quickly see that things are very different when those you provoke are right in front of you and can see your face as you can see below.

See how stupid trolling is? If you don't, Come on! WTF?

Video: Street Fighter IV Ultra Combo's come to life, sort of


We've all seen videos of people trying to recreate their favorite moments or "moves" from various games, but a certain few are clearly above the rest. To get to the point, the below video is one of those videos that you day-dream about making as you occasionally practice you hadoken motion with the best of the air guitar nation. 

[Via GameVideos]

Video: LA Noire 'The Technology Behind Performance'


Rockstar Games' next entry into their now stellar catalog of games is surely but slowly going to grace your platform of choice (sorry Wii only owners). From what we've seen of LA Noire so far, the game is pushing ahead just where Rockstar fans would like. Story is king and the technology to make that possible is crucial. The next video to showcase the technology of LA Noire has arrived.

[Via Rockstar Games]

Video: Homefront Dev Diary #2


 Below is the second, "Large Scale Warefare", in a series of videos looking behind the scenes into the development of this alternate universe affair. 32 player Multiplayer is the new hotness this go around with the focus on, The Ground Control System, Battle Points and how you spend them, plus Large-scale Vehicular Combat. Enjoy!

Is this you when you play Street Fighter?


Ever play a videogame and have an exorbitant amount of rage toward said game only to keep coming back for more? Sure you have. That's the sort of thing that separates a "gamer" from everyone else who quits upon their first occurrence with the endemic and inevitable stares at the ground and/or sky with a first or third person game. When it comes to a fighting game though, the precision of control needed to do certain things is at the up most importance, but when an input is keyed only for that action to not occur on screen is when feats of rage are bound to ensue. 

I personally play a lot of Street Fighter of any flavor (especially Super with "Vanilla" originally of course) and the below video is most definitely something that I can safely say I've done may times over. If you don't like or care to hear profane language or if NSFW means anything to you you might want to hedge your bets on watching this video otherwise welcome home. "Shit just got real" for this Super Street Fighter IV player. I've been there on a near daily occurrence and I'm sure you have too.

Video: Homefront Dev Diary #1


THQ's newest IP in Homefront is set to take the gaming world by storm come 2011. Insight into this new FPS can only be fitting if it were to come in the form of a developer diary and so shall it be done. Below is the first, "The World of Homefront", in a series of videos looking behind the scenes into the development of this alternate universe affair. Enjoy!