PIXEL COUNT: Video Game News Roundup for November 2nd, 2011

A game news article

Happy Hump Day, kids, and welcome to another edition of Comics Bulletin and Infinite Ammo's video game news roundup! But I would also like to welcome you all to the NEW Comics Bulletin! It's brings you all the content and writers that you loved on the site before, but with a nice, clean Web 2.0 face. In other words, it's like that person that you are physically attracted to is also smart and likes to play The Elder Scrolls series. I urge you to click around the site and discover all the cool stuff that is up on it. My personal favorite thing about CBv2: RSS feeds. I know that it is a strange thing to like, but it really is a critical thing for a site to have. It still needs some work and we are powering through at all hours of the day and night to make it perfect, but it is a huge step forward for the site.


That said, let's get back to video games in today's installment of...










Grand Theft Auto V trailer has premiered! And it's set in San Andreas!




As I am sure most of you know, the trailer for Rockstar Games' recently announced Grand Theft Auto V went up today on Rockstar's site (as well as every video game news site and all your friends' Facebook feeds).


The trailer shows us that the new game's city (as many of us were wondering) will be a return to San Andreas, but in a modern setting.

Much of the Interweb has been flipping out over the location and why they didn't put it in Vice City or why they didn't pick a different time period or why are they calling this Grand Theft Auto V instead of making it another installment of the Grand Theft Auto IV series. Personally, I just can't wait to steal cars and run over prostitutes... 

(bit from Rockstar Games' site)



GameStop's Android tablets will go on sale on November 4

 GameStop has joined many of its retailer brethren in selling tablets in their stores. On November 4, 200 of GameStop's locations will begin selling game-focused Android tablets in their stores.


The three tablets they will start with are the 7-inch Acer Iconia (8GB for $329), the 10.1-inch Asus Eee Pad Transformer (16GB for $399) and the 10.1-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab (16GB for $499). Each will come with six games -- Dead Space, Re-Load, Sonic CD, Monster Madness, Riptide and Cordy (a personal favorite of mine on my Android phone) -- pre-loaded, right out of the box along with the digital version of Game Informer magazine and the Kongregate Arcade app. You will also be able to buy a Bluetooth wireless controller, designed by GameStop's R&D department, for $39. 


GameStop plans to merely begin with these 200 locations before branching out across their entire network. 


While I usually hate GameStop and choose not to shop there due to their shady business practices, I have been wanting to get an Asus Transformer for a while now and might just go and get the GameStop version just to have those games. Damn it!


(bit from GamesIndustry.biz)



Ubisoft acquires RedLynx (developer of Trials series) 

Trials Evolution

French publisher of many great games (including the Rayman and Ghost Recon series), Ubisoft, has acquired Finland-based developer, RedLynx. RedLynx is known primarily for their physics-based motorcycle game series, Trials. 


Ubisoft CEO, Yves Guillemot, said of the acquisition: 


"Their expertise in asynchronous online games and physics-based game mechanics provides us with a great opportunity to bring their powerful brands, most notably Trials, to an even broader range of fast-growing digital platforms." 


This acquisition could very well bring RedLynx's games across many platforms. The Trials series has only been on Xbox LIVE Arcade and PC, so far. But that does not mean that RedLynx's next game in the series -- Trials Evolution -- will no longer be an Xbox LIVE Arcade-exclusive. Director of marketing and PR for RedLynx, Jason Bates, has said, "We will still be working directly with Microsoft to bring Trials Revolution to Xbox Live Arcade once it's ready." 


Unlike EA and Microsoft, I am never too worried when Ubisoft purchases a developer that I like. I'm sure this will be nothing but a benefit to the formerly small-developer. I can't wait to see what they bring out with someone like Ubisoft behind them. 


(bit from GameSpot and Joystiq)



PS3 shipments nearly tied with Xbox 360 worldwide

PlayStation 3 

With Q2 having come to a close on September 30th, Sony's shipments of the PlayStation 3 have totaled to 55.5 million units from the system's launch. It is quickly rising up to the Xbox 360 total of 57.6 million shipped units, despite launching a year after the 360, and could very well overtake Microsoft for the #2 position of most shipped consoles (Nintendo's Wii holding the #1 spot with 89.36 million, despite also launching a year after the 360 and not being a very good system, in general). 


This recent hike in Sony's numbers could very well be due to the recent price drop of the PlayStation 3. In such troubling financial times, $50 is a lot of cheddar and easily makes the PlayStation 3 stand out more. And after you add the number of wonderful exclusive titles that Sony's system has, why would you not pick up a PS3 over a 360? 


While I love my Xbox 360, if I am honest with myself (and all of you), I probably do prefer my PlayStation 3. Sony does a great job with exclusive titles and grabbing exclusive launch content for the games that happen to be on both systems. Not to mention the fact that some many of the current games that are coming out are spread across numerous discs on the Xbox 360 (which chose to use the archaic DVD format) versus the PlayStation 3, which always sticks to a single disc, thanks to the Blu-Ray format. There are two things where I prefer the Xbox 360 over the PlayStation 3: Xbox LIVE (which is, beyond a shadow of any doubt, worth the $60 per year) and the controller. But, since I bought a controller that switches the placement of the D-pad and the left thumbstick, I'm pretty happy getting my games on PS3. 


(bit from Joystiq)



The Kinect sensor is getting a new software bundle for the holidays!

Kinect Holiday bundle 

Microsoft has released information on their upcoming holiday bundle for the Kinect sensor. This season, the Kinect sensor will be released for a limited time along with not just Kinect Adventures, but Fruit Ninja Kinect and The Gunstringer! The bundle will still retail for $149.99. 


Microsoft recently added a download code for Child of Eden (which, if you have not played, is fucking AMAZNG) with their last batch of Kinect sensors, but this bundle is pretty sweet. If you were already planning on getting one, make sure you pick this up. Or go now and get the Child f Eden one. Either way, you'll be happy. Even if you don't have a Kinect, get Child of Eden. It's still great using a controller. And, frankly, less exhausting. 


(bit from Major Nelson's blog)



Silicon Knights lays off much of its staff 

Canadian developer of Too Human, Silicon Knights, has reportedly laid off 45 members of its staff after a recently canceled game.

CFO Mike Mayes explains why the layoffs needed to be done: 


"We had another project lined up that had been in the works for months, which had been green-lit and at the final second, at the high corporate level, the project got cancelled. We don't know why. Probably something to do with the publisher on their side, but that resulted in us having too many people so we had to do a layoff." 


The teams last two games -- Too Human and the extremely underwhelming X-Men: Destiny -- were met with low sales and not such great reviews. No one knows why their recent game was canceled, but this easily could have been one of many reasons behind it. 

Hearing about layoffs in any consumer-based, artistic industry (comics, video games, music, etc.) is always a sad thing to hear. 


(bit from GamesIndustry.biz)



Sony holds patents for a Biometric PS3 controller and handheld

Sony Biometric Patents 

While Siliconera was combing through Sony's patents, they had found some for biometric controls.

Sony Biometric Controls

The patent reads that they will measure three biometric factors: skin moisture, heart rhythm and muscle movements. How could these be used in a game? Sony lists some ideas within the patent:


    • Weapons that change depending on how stressed you are. An increase in stress level could make a weapon more accurate or less steady, which will make it difficult to target an enemy. Sony specifically mentions a sniper situation where the weapon becomes more steady if you’re relaxed.
    • Tensing up your muscles to withstand an attack or charge up a shield.
    • A video game character whose facial expressions, movements, posture, and even voice changes depending on your biometric data. For example, this character will sweat when a player is nervous.
    • An adrenaline style boost which will let you run faster, jump higher, and punch harder when stressed.
    • A health bar that depletes more rapidly if you have a high stress level.
    • An attack button that changes a character’s move depending if the player is stressed or relaxed.
    • Background music and scenery that changes depending on your stress level. Matching music is one example, but Sony also proposes to change music to make a player more relaxed. Brightness of objects and the zoom level, representing a higher level of focus, are two ideas for scenery.
    • A game that adapts difficulty levels depending on a players stress level.

Sony Biometric

I would actually like to see these controls become a reality. Imagine what a survival horror game would be like if your character acted exactly as you are while playing the game. It's a future I would very much like to be a part of! 


(bit from Siliconera)







Amazon has a Buy 2, Get 1 FREE deal going on with many of their games from now until 11:59pm PST on November 5!

LA Noire is only $19.99 for Xbox 360 on Amazon this week!

Limbo is only 600MS points (or $7.50 in real life) for Xbox LIVE Gold members this week!






Gameplay Preview for Ghost Recon: Future Soldier



 I can't wait to play this game in March! I have really missed the Ghost Recon franchise...


Saints Row: The Third shows you how to really use an electric car


 So what if Grand Theft Auto V is coming out. Have you seen this game?! It's going to be riDONKulous!


Adam Sessler and how beauty is only skin deep...even in games!


 Adam Sessler talks about how Battlefield 3 may have fallen short of the Modern Warfare franchise.




Child's PlayThe last thing I wanted to let you all know was that the Child's Play charity has just kicked off its annual Holiday Season! 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 next time, kids...




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.

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