Tag Archive | gaming

First 40 titles of Xbox games for Windows 8 announced.

Via: http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/windowsexperience/archive/2012/08/31/first-wave-of-xbox-games-for-windows-8-unveiled.aspx

It looks like Windows 8 will be quite formidable for gaming. As with Windows Phone, the tie-in with Xbox live including achievements has been the source of some very good games becoming available on this platform.

Xbox games for Windows 8 too will have Xbox Achievements as well as the ability to take advantage of certain Xbox features such as leaderboards, multiplayer modes, and connecting with friends.

So here is the list of titles that will become available through the Games app which comes with Windows 8 and will be available through the Windows Store.

  1. 4 Elements II Special Edition
  2. A World of Keflings
  3. Adera: Episode 1
  4. Adera: Episode 2
  5. Adera: Episode 3
  6. Angry Birds
  7. Angry Birds Space
  8. Big Buck Hunter Pro
  9. BlazBlue Calamity Trigger
  10. Collateral Damage
  11. Crash Course GO
  12. Cut the Rope
  13. Disney Fairies
  14. Dragon’s Lair
  15. Field & Stream Fishing
  16. Fruit Ninja
  17. Gravity Guy
  18. Gunstringer: Dead Man Running
  19. Hydro Thunder Hurricane
  20. IloMilo
  21. iStunt 2
  22. Jetpack Joyride
  23. Kinectimals Unleashed
  24. Microsoft Mahjong
  25. Microsoft Minesweeper
  26. Microsoft Solitaire Collection
  27. Monster Island
  28. PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX
  29. Pinball FX 2
  30. Reckless Racing Ultimate
  31. Rocket Riot 3D
  32. Shark Dash
  33. Shuffle Party
  34. Skulls of the Shogun
  35. Taptiles
  36. Team Crossword
  37. The Harvest HD
  38. Toy Soldiers Cold War
  39. Wordament
  40. Zombies!!!

Atari arcade classics brought back by Internet Explorer team in HTML5 with multi-touch optimization.

A very nice move. Atari and the IE team have teamed to bring back some of my favorite old arcade games including Asteroids, Centipede, Lunar Lander, Missile Command and Yars. They are available online at http://atari.com/arcade/ to be played in the browser using HTML5 and multi-touch.

There is more information about the project over on the “Exploring IE” blog.

WoW: Finally a victory over the Blood Prince Council in the Ice Crown Citadel.

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What a chaos! But we finally did it. Next stop: Blood-Queen Lana’thel.

Bad at video games? Brain structure may be at fault (via arstechnica)

Prior cognitive, psychological, and neurological studies have shown that
expert video game players are capable of outperforming novices in measures of
attention and perception. They also have demonstrated that, when novices train
on video games for 20-plus hours, they experienced no measurable increase in
cognitive ability. These two pieces of information would seem to point to an
innate difference between expert and novices gamers, instead of suggesting that
gaming is a skill that can be learned.

New neurological research,
published in—and made freely available by—the journal Cerebral Cortex has found a correlation
between the size of a trio of structures in the human brain and their owner’s
ability to learn and play video games. Animal studies had focused the authors’
attention on three distinct structures deep within the brain: the caudate
nucleus and the putamen in the dorsal striatum, and the nucleus accumbens in the
ventral striatum. It was known that the striatum was used in habit forming and
skill acquisition, so a role in video games skills makes sense.

I know who I am going to blame bad dps or hps on next time! My underdeveloped brain, that’s who!

Machinarium is one of the most beautiful point-and-click adventures I have ever seen.

Machinarium is one of the most beautiful point-and-click adventures I have ever seen. Brilliant puzzles, beautiful graphics, an ultra-cute help system and a very interesting story. This definitely is for adventures what “World of Goo” is for action/puzzlers.

Give it a try, if you find any time. Absolutely!

Downloadable directly from http://machinarium.net

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Dungeons & Dragons assistant video demo on Microsoft Surface

A team at Carnegie Mellon University created “Surfacescapes”, a
Dungeons & Dragons assistant running on Microsoft Surface.

They have a project site at. http://www.etc.cmu.edu/projects/surfacescapes/index.html

I remember many nights playing D&D (or the German DSA) and I thought
my character sheet and d20 dice app on a Tablet PC was high-tech. :)