Gaming News December 2008

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2008 Video Game Awards Review
Gamepyre :: Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Some of the worst video games that I reviewed this year were some of the top winners (or at least nominees) and I am absolutely shocked. For starters, the game that won best multi-player game and also the best PC game, Valve’s Left 4 Dead is a complete dud. I do not see how anyone in their right mind could nominate this game for anything except the worst game of 2008. The game was filled with graphic bugs, the multi-player was very limited, extremely redundant and boring and no real gamer will tell you otherwise. As mentioned earlier I absolutely believe that some of the awards given were completely rigged. I stand behind that statement, and unless Spike TV is willing to completely disclose their funding over the last year I don’t think that they have any merit whatsoever to challenge my statement.

Review – Prince of Persia
YouGamers :: Monday, December 29, 2008
The Persian Prince is back. After the incredible Sands of Time Ubisoft has tried to match the sheer genius of the first re-boot of the long running series and has so far failed twice. Prince of Persia reinvents the visual style and tries to bring the story closer to the original theme. Preview videos already proved that it looks amazing but how does it play?”

The Spike 2008 Video Game Awards in Pictures
Primo Technology :: Monday, December 15, 2008
Didn’t manage to catch the Spike 2008 Video Game Awards show on TV or the internets? Thankfully, we were on-hand with our trusty ‘Prt Scr’ button to capture the whole event for you! Over 50 captioned pictures from the event. Many are accidentally hilarious.

The Games of Christmas ’08: GPU Performance Part 1 
Hardware Canucks :: Thursday, December 11, 2008
Hardware Canucks is pleased to present our The Games of Christmas ’08: GPU Performance Part 1 article. Part 1 covers high end GPU performance in some of this holiday season’s most popular games while Part 2 will focus on the performance from more budget-minded cards.

Left 4 Dead and A Vampyre Story reviewed 
Game Connect :: Thursday, December 11, 2008
Zombies. Left4Dead has a lot of zombies. There’s weapons, and ammo, and enough shell casings to build a life-size replica of the Taj Mahal, but mostly, Valve’s lastest shooter is filled with zombies. Do you enjoy teamwork? Are you into atmospheric locales that would give Dario Argento and George Romero the creeps? Are you enthrealled by cooperative gameplay? Do you often find yourself cursing your cowardly team mates for leaving you behind in dire straits to save their own skin? Left4Dead delivers all of the above, and then some, provided you don’t object to zombies.”

Prince Of Persia (Xbox 360 and PS3) Review 
Gaming Heven :: Wednesday, December 10, 2008
The new Prince of Persia is a departure from the previous games in the series, the design philosophy has changed and he shares the story with a rather attractive female companion. Is this enough to freshen up this platform hopping franchise however?

Legend Of Spyro: Dawn Of The Dragon Review 
Gaming Heaven :: Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Dawn Of The Dragon is the third title in the Spyro series and the first to be developed by relative unknown Etranges Libellules. Today even though the game ships on the Wii, Playstation 2, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 we are going to focus on the 360 & PS3 versions because there are numerous improvements, such as more advanced particle effects and higher resolution textures.

Top Ten Video Games for Parties
Futurelooks :: Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Now that you’ve had the opportunity to deck the halls with boughs of holly, you can relax and enjoy this season where it’s apt to be jolly. Whether you are suffering through some holiday travel to get to grandma’s house for dinner or you’re just staying at home and hosting some of your friends for a Christmas party, you will want to have some entertainment on hand. Why be passive and watch some TV specials when you can get engage in some great video game action?

NVIDIA provides early look at PhysX with Mirror’s Edge
Tweak Town :: Monday, December 08, 2008
“Mirror’s Edge is a game that is getting a lot of attention behind the scenes and internally as the next big game to really take advantage of the latest PC technology. It is a first person action-adventure video game developed by EA Digital Illusions CE (D.I.C.E.) – it has already been released last month on PS3 and Xbox 360, but the PC version is still getting its final touches.

Today we get an early look one of the next biggest games to take advantage of GPU PhysX and we even have a video to show you which demonstrates the difference with the physics technology enabled and disabled, side by side. First off, though, let’s go over several slides that NVIDIA sent over to us promoting the new game and its technology.”

EncodeHD v0.71 Beta
Xbox Scene :: Monday, December 08, 2008
Dan released the first ‘technology preview’ release of EncodeHD to replace the Encode360(info ) tool. EncodeHD is a an application to re-encode all types of video files for use on your home media player or on-the-go device. It aims to provide a simple interface with no fuss. From : <BR><I> So firstly, let’s talk EncodeHD. Look at the current beta release (0.71) as a ‘technology preview’ of sorts. The idea here is to verify that we’ve got the primary encoding mechanisms up to scratch. So what I’m looking for here is to make sure that video converts for all devices as expected and that the quality is good (or great). The key things to note for EncodeHD are: * Outputted video is MPEG4 and H.264 with AAC (or AC3) audio, NOT WMV (this is not strictly for X-Box 360 anymore) * This means that 5.1 audio for the X-Box 360 is not yet supported in these formats * Subtitles are also not yet possible, although I’m looking into it As of now, there’s still a lot of unimplemented functionality that will be added later. If you want to see something in particular, please let me know. However, if it’s going to cludge up the interface and start making things complex, I may not implement requests. We’ll have to see. One of the nice things about EncodeHD is that it has built-in bug reporting. If you hit a problem, it will ask you if you want to submit a bug report – including all the details I need to help solve the issue. If however, the problem is with video output, it may not detect any problems. In this case, could I ask you to email my bug-tracking system:, and attach the EncodeHD.Log file which you can find in your Temp folder (Click Start > Run and type %TEMP% to access it). </I><BR><BR> Official Site: Download: here

NetFlix Streaming Performance Statement
Xbox Scene :: Monday, December 08, 2008
From : <BR><I> Recently some Netflix members using Roku or Xbox movie players noticed lower quality streaming than they had experienced earlier. This was a temporary issue that we believe we have resolved. Working with our content distribution partners and key carriers, we made some specific changes that should restore everyone’s experience to where it was before – high quality streaming. </I><BR><BR>

Microsoft Launches ‘Deal of the Week’ and ‘Friendship is Free’ Promos
Xbox Scene :: Thursday, December 04, 2008
From the press release: <BR><I> Deck your Marketplace with loads of content: This week Xbox 360 is kicking off two global 30-day specials to bring great deals on select Xbox LIVE content and even free multiplayer for a list of great games. Each week one piece of content from Xbox LIVE Marketplace will get a limited-time only discount in the Deal of the Week. Every Monday this month check out Xbox LIVE Marketplace for the featured piece of content. It could be a movie rental, a map pack or even an Xbox LIVE Arcade game. The Deal of the Week is only available for Xbox LIVE Gold members, so if you aren’t a Gold member, upgrade today to the service that brings you online multiplayer, access to Netflix in the U.S. and much more. For only about $4 a month*, Xbox LIVE Gold gives you incredible entertainment for an incredible value. Are you a Silver member wanting to get a taste of the multiplayer experience before upgrading? This month, we are also offering “Friendship is Free,” a free multiplayer trial for Silver members. Over the course of this month, multiplayer will be available for all Xbox LIVE members for eight Xbox LIVE Arcade games. The Xbox LIVE Arcade team will open up the multiplayer functionality for “A Kingdom for Keflings,” “Aegis Wing,” “Bomberman Live,” “Hardwood Hearts,” “Hardwood Spades,” “UNO,” “Small Arms” and “Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix” (regional restrictions may apply). So what are you waiting for? Both the Deal of the Week and Friendship is Free are going on now and will only last the month of December. will have all of the details and will let you know what the new discounted content is each week. If you are not an Xbox LIVE member, December is the month to join. For only a few dollars a month you and your family can experience all the best gaming and entertainment available. </I><BR><BR>