Welcome to vernonchan.com’s first Blast from the Past! While Ziwen takes us forward with new game releases, I’m going to pause for a bit and take a breather and while I’m at it, throw in an article of one of my favorites from the 90’s. If you’re a huge fan of Sid Meier’s games like I am, you’ve probably heard of Colonization – Microprose’s turn-based strategy game, released in 1994 on DOS (holy crap!) which was later ported to Windows 3.1 (oh my!), the Amiga and Macintosh in 1995. Although Civilization 4 attempted to “remake” Colonization with their expansion under the same name, (Civilization 4: Colonization – 2008) it never captured the simplicity and fun of its predecessor.
Why stop while it’s hot? Rovio Entertainment‘s very hot and ever-growing ‘Angry Birds’ franchise is in the process of being made into a TV cartoon series by year end. According to Rovio, it will be rolled out as a weekly animation series, consisting of a total of 52 episodes of 2-3 minutes each. It is understood that the animation is being produced in-house at Rovio’s studios in Finland.
With over 250,000 votes, Electronic Arts wins the Golden Poo Award 2012! Congratulations EA, I guess Bank of America will have to try again next year! If you are not sure what the Golden Poo Award is, it is the award for the Worst Company in America, held annually by vote at “The Consumerist” website.
Welcome to the 7th Annual Worst Company of America Award 2012.
After enraging their loyal fans for countless of titles, Electronic Arts (EA) has emerged as a finalist, voted to be the worst company in the US for 2012. The Mass Effect debacle would be one of the many contributing factors to them being voted as such, aside from the obtaining and subsequent closure of many fan favourite development companies, low quality pay-to-play content, low quality games and DRM’s that continuously irk their customers.
Arguably the most controversial game ever to hit the stands, it is probably the only series ever created to appear on FOX News and labelled “porn”, ‘accidently’ raised $50,000 USD for charity and cause an uproar of fans demanding alternate endings to the game just a few weeks after the game’s release (close to 70,000 users on the Bioware forums voted for better endings).
This is Mass Effect, with its third instalment which hit stores early March 2012. Before I go along to give you a review of how this game is, you’ll probably need a summary to follow.
Admit it. You’re drawing now. And doodling. Or at least you’re trying. It’s 3am and you’re still trying to figure out WTF your Facebook buddy just described on screen in what seems to be an incongruous series of lines and ink blots. If like me, you’re hooked to a certain social mobile game called Draw Something, then congratulations, you’re part of the fraternity of millions of doodling idiots spread across 84 countries – drawing, pondering, thinking, pulling out hair.
In just two years, the iPad has become one of the most popular gaming devices in the world. Kick-ass hardware including the graphic powerhouse A4/A5 processor, a high definition screen plus a thriving selection of games on the App Store has spurred the growth of the platform. The inclusion of an accelerometer and later gyroscope have added new dimensions to portable gaming. One particular genre that has thrived from these technologies is racing sims. I guest-blogged at TM’s Everyoneconnects where I present my Top 5 picks for Racing Games on the iPad. Credit to the uber cool John Lim for the opportunity.
ZeptoLab’s – Cut the Rope, a popular wildly addictive puzzle game previously available on iOS and Android, is now available on PCs. The game, playable directly from the web at www.cuttherope.ie, showcases the advanced and powerful HTML5 capabilities of Microsoft’s latest web browser, Internet Explorer 9 (IE9).