PIXEL COUNT: Video Game News Roundup for December 6th, 2011

A game news article


Hey there, gamers! I hope you all aren't too lost with the Xbox dashboard update to forget to read Comics Bulletin's one and only video game news roundup that we all like to call...











Xbox 360 Fall 2011 Dashboard Update is LIVE!

If you have an Xbox 360, then you should notice that your dashboard has been tweaked quite a bit. Not only has the interface changed quite a bit, but the content has, as well.


There are new apps (in the new Apps section) like Epix and ESPN. The system now has Cloud Saves so that you can save your game saves to the cloud and access them when you are away from your Xbox (like carrying your character over to a friend's house to play MW3 alongside him). There is also a new tab for Bing search, where you can not only search through the Internet for something, but search through your console. And, so far, it has worked fairly well for me.


The biggest change comes in the new streamlined interface. Your entire dashboard can be controlled in three ways: your controller, Kinect gestures and Kinect voice control. No longer do you have to go to a weaker, content-deprived Kinect Dashboard. Your entire dashboard can be controlled without you ever having to turn your controller on. And, for those of us with Kinect, that is an exciting development.


Most of your apps have also been reconfigured and set to the new dashboard. You can watch Hulu and Netflix without needing to go to a watered-down Kinect interface. Your entire app is available without you needing to turn on your controller. It has always been great to tell Netflix to pause your video, but now I never need to use my controller to get to my show. It is marvelous!

There are many other changes that I may not have covered. If you would like to know more, you should check most tech sites like Engadget or G4tv. But I urge you to just turn your Xbox 360 and and go to town! If you're a tech geek like me, it might make you smile.



Grand Theft Auto III: Anniversary Edition Hitting Mobile Platforms This Month!

When Grand Theft Auto III turned 10 this past October, Rockstar announced its plan to release a mobile version of the title on iOS and Android devices by year's end. Well, folks, we have a release date!


Grand Theft Auto III: Anniversary Edition will be available on iOS and Android on December 15 for $5!


Five bucks is pretty great for what they are giving you!


Remember, it will not be available to all iOS and Android devices.


iOS: iPad and iPad 2, iPhone 4 and 4S, iPod Touch 4th generation

Android Phones: HTC Resound, LG Optimus 2x, Motorola Atrix 4G, Motorola Droid X2, Motorola Photon 4G, Samsung Galaxy R, T-Mobile G2x

Android Tablets: Acer Iconia, Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Dell Streak 7, LG Optimus, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1, Sony Tablet S, Toshiba Thrive


I think I need a better Android phone...


(bit from GameSpot)



Nintendo to Gamers Experiencing Skyward Sword Glitch: "Avoid it."

There is a game-breaking glitch in the recently released The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword where you will be completely unable to progress if you complete a quest in the wrong order. When told of this glitch and asked by many what to do, Nintendo had this to say:


We have been made aware of the issue that results in being unable to progress in the Song of the Hero quest. If the game has been saved after completing the sequence of events, it will no longer be possible to proceed through the game on that save file. The only options at that point are to either start the game over or to use an earlier save file to continue.

The situation is caused by performing the following sequence of events during the Song of the Hero quest:

1. At the beginning of the quest, go to Lanayru Desert to retrieve the song of the Thunder Dragon.

2. In the Lanayru Mine, speak with Golo the Goron.

3. Complete the Thunder Dragon's event, and receive his song.

4. Before heading to the forest or volcano regions, speak with Golo in the mine again.

5. At this point, the forest and volcano events will no longer occur, making it impossible to continue.


• This issue WILL NOT OCCUR if the Fire and Water Dragon songs have already been collected before collecting the Thunder Dragon's song. Talking to Golo in the Lanayru Caves will also NOT trigger this issue.

• If the game has been saved after completing the sequence of events, it will no longer be possible to proceed through the game on that save file. The only options at that point are to either start the game over or to use an earlier save file to continue.

I wish I had a better answer, but I'm afraid there currently is no other fix available. I can assure, however, that we are documenting all feedback we receive on this issue. Thank you for your patience and support.


Sharon Matheny


So, in other words, just do it this way! No indication that they plan to fix the glitch. Not even a bloody apology!


That is not the way to handle that, Nintendo! You know better!


(bit from Zelda Informer)



Gore Verbinski Making a Kinect Title

While I personally am not a huge fan of the director's films, I am somewhat intrigued by this story.


Gore Verbinski's transmedia production company, Blind Wink, has partnered with Microsoft to provide original content to Microsoft platforms. Their first endeavor: an Xbox LIVE Arcade title for Kinect that will be released in late 2012.


Blind Wink's first project, Rango, was a resounding success, both critically and financially. It would be interesting to see what they turn out. Blind Wink is seeming to become what Oddworld Inhabitants had promised to be with their decision to leave games full-time. And since we have yet to see any project from Oddworld Inhabitants since 2005 (since Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath), Blind Wink could end up filling that void.


(bit from GameSpot)



New SSX Screenshots!


Here are four new screenshots of EA Sports' upcoming reboot to their long-lived arcade snowboard franchise, SSX.

Click for FULL SIZE:






Golly, this game looks pretty!


(bit from NeoGAF)







Adam Sessler Talks Rayman Origins



Adam Sessler is in love with Rayman Origins as much as I am!







Child's PlayThe last thing I want to let you all know is that the Child's Play charity is still taking donations for the sick kids that need a bit of a holiday distraction.


Child's Play -- from the creators of the Penny Arcade webcomic -- is a charity dedicated to improving the lives of sick and hospitalized children with video games and toys in over 70 hospitals around the world. Since 2003, millions of dollars have been donated and used to help these kids have fun rather than just sit in a hospital room.


Child's Play works in two way: You can click on a hospital on the Child's Play donation page and pick a gift to donate from the wish list or make a cash donation through PayPal -- which Child's Play uses to buy video games, consoles, toys, books and other fun stuff for kids throughout the year.


It is a great cause and if you would care to donate, please go to the site and make a kid a little bit happier this holiday season.


Thank you.





Until tomorrow...










Nick Boisson grew up on television, Woody Allen, video games, Hardy Boys mysteries and DC comic books, with the occasional Spider-Man issue thrown in for good measure. He currently roams the rainy streets of Miami, Florida, looking for a nice tie, a woman that gets him, and the windbreaker he lost when he was eight. He sometimes writes things down on Twitter as @nitroslick.



Community Discussion