Bu-Bye Wii Service

As some might know with the ‘sucessful’ launch of the WiiU it was only a matter of time before Nintendo started to gracefully remove some of it’s efforts on the Wii services. Since November 2006 Nintendo has been building it’s fan base aiming mostly at light gamers and kids. Whilst this was a market that was heavily under-valued it has allowed for the Wii to make it’s own mark in the gaming community.

And then the Wii-U came along.

With the likes of Kinect and Playstation move it was only time before the ‘better graphics’ came out for the Wii, they did, we laughed, we moved on.

However, it seems now that Nintendo are now disabling some services on June 28th, this services are purely for the online Wii shop but they spell a pretty dark picture for all those who game on the Wii;

  • Nintendo Channel
  • News Channel
  • Forecast Channel
  • Everybody Votes Channel
  • Mii Contest Channel
  • Data exchange with Wii Friends*

* Exchange of Wii messages on the Wii Message Board, exchange of Mii characters on the Mii Channel and message/data exchange within some games will be disabled

When companies begin to disable things, it pretty much states “We are giving up” so, here is to you Wii! See you in the antique store next summer!

Steam Weekend Sale 12-4-13

Steam are at it again! This time they are bringing some insane options to the table that couldn’t be any different from one another, in my opinion at least. As some might be aware, Steam do love a good barging for the weekend and this time they are offering a huge Half Price deal on two rather successful games, and if you have been eyeing up one of these games for a while, now is the time to buy them!

First off we have a very unique simulator game – Farming Simulator 2013, the name pretty much is a dead give away for what it is and that is being a Farmer, I won’t lie – I haven’t played the game at all so wouldn’t feel just in talking about it or even commenting on it but if you enjoy something a bit different they you can get this game for under £10 which ain’t to bad a price for a game that came out this year.

The other one is something that has had huge ravings and people love it in general, I didn’t though. But hey, I know I am among the minority when I say that as the game known as Dishonoured received nothing, but raving reviews before it even hit the shelves, slapping it squarely at just under £15 it is pretty much a steal to anyone who would be remotely interested in a fantasy, steam punk stealth game. So what are you waiting for people? IT’S GAME TIME!

Tweet me some music – Wait, WHAT?!

It would appear that the long awaited ‘Twitter Music Store’ is now going to be live very soon. Putting it simply, not only can you now do a 150 character update about your life, but you can put some background music to it. I am a fan of twitter when it is done correctly, merely doing short and simple ‘status updates’ with a few # thrown in there for good measure. What I’m not a fan of is people just… well, being morons on it. Seems that now we will be able to find what music touches some people and what other people can then rip into you for. So Instagram has replaced real cameras, Twitter has replaced texting and is now aiming to hit out on music lovers as well.

But onto the actual bit of information rather then an opinion mixed with a bit of spite. The founder of “We Are Hunted” Stephen Philips has been tweeting several playable tracks coming from Both Rdio and Soundcloud, showing that both music wesites may be part of Twitter’s musical app.

We can only wait and see what comes out of this, but I’m seeing Soundcloud getting a lot more traffic their way.

Sourcehttp://mashable.com/2013/04/12/twitter-music-site-launch/

Free To Play, In The Wrong?

Many games these days offer a wide range of things to buy over the internet, be it a quirky little add-on or even a mini expansion (EA’s Mass Effect Series for example). Recently the number of ‘Free To Play’ games has dramatically increased with games such as Star Wars, RIFT and many others offering a much better ‘Free To Play’ option to consumers, which allow you some, if not all aspects of the game for you to play without spending anymore than you did in getting the actual game, which was free of course.

This being said, it seems that the OFT (Office of Fair Trading) has written to companies offering free web or app-based games, seeking information on in-game marketing to children. This is merely the first step in an ongoing investigation that could prove to be a waste or time, but it could also change the way Free To Play games are made, marketed and sold in general.

Personally, I think this whole thing revolves around a few kids getting a bit ‘over the top’ with their daddy’s credit card and parents are screaming ‘foul play’. If you are stupid enough to leave your card details within “point, click and bought” distance of your child you kind of deserve to be screwed out of money.

However, one might question if this would put games such as League of Legends, which is famous for its Micro-transaction deals, into the crosshairs as they too say they are “Free To Play”.

Source: CVG

New Xbox will ‘Not be backwards Compatible’

 

Talk about a blow to the face! It appears that the new Xbox will not be backwards compatible for all those out there who are looking forward to the new graphics, smoother game play and Halo 3 on their next gen Xbox.

It seems that Microsoft will be following the trend that the Playstation have been setting with the PS3 and Ps4. Whilst backwards compatible is a brilliant thing for many gamers it is understandable that companies will want you to buy the “HD” version rubbish where they literally just slap a new coat of paint and keep everything the same and epic you to fork out another £40 for the game.

This could mean one of two things, either Microsoft are trying to phase out the Xbox 360 games which would save them on some money or they are trying to have a ‘reasonable’ excuse to up the prices of Xbox360 games later down the years.

The new generation eh? Looks more like a nightmare to me. Best we can do is h0pe that the huge ‘reveal’ on May 21st doesn’t turn into a huge egg to the face for all Xbox fans out there.

Source: CVG

Eon Alter Set To Bring Tabletop To iOS

We have all been there, no matter if we are nerds or just the old school style of gamers where we have enjoyed, not the world we are in, but the one we can create in our minds. Tabletop was one of those things that was only really limited by what the mind could create. Sadly, as the computer world has grown, very few games offer such a wide social aspect that used to come with three or more people chilling around a table and then just “letting the dice roll”. There have been several attempts at making games that people feel they could become part of the world within, most of these were thrown under the title of “RPG” or “MMORPG” but none of them really came close, in my opinion, to what a tabletop game was all about.

With the introduction of the likes of iPhones and iPads, it seems that Apple would be interested to capture another gaming aspect that has since yet escaped them, who do they have to thank for this possible conquest? Eon Altar. What is this many of you cry! Well, I shall not tell you until you have a look at this gem of an introduction.

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Eon Altar is about five months in the development line and it looks sweet already! This might be the thing that will encourage me to actually go for an iPhone, even if I feel like I’m following a trend. The game itself is very close to a typical RPG with a set of styles and the like, but I can see coming from a vast amount of modding, expansions and holy heck was that a walking tiger?! But anyways, I digress. I personally find the game to be very promising and the fact that it is almost a local LAN party right there on your phone it seems to me that this would show the way towards something beautiful. I’ll keep you posted! That is for sure!

SourceEon Alter

Steam Weekend Deal – 29/3/13

Steam has gained quite a reputation for amazing gaming deals, and that trend seems set to continue with this latest batch of titles that are set to empty your wallet. Interestingly it seems they are feeding off the recent(ish) news about GTA V and are offering Grand Theft Auto IV & Episodes From Liberty City at a very low price of only £7.49.

If you are stuck for something to do this weekend, your ideal solution could be right there, what is more fun than out running the police or just getting your arrest rating up while driving around in a tank? Personally that is my kind of Sunday night.

What if you don’t feel like blowing up stuff in such a “Well, this is silly” kind of way? It seems that they’re offering you a chance to get into the cloak and daggers way of killing people with the most recent Hitman: Absolution. With a huge 75% off, it is at the small time price of £4.99. Now when you get a game for less than a fiver you must question it, but I feel that there is little to regret in buying a game that has been only on the shelves for less than six months and is now offered at a pretty decent price for what you are getting.

Believe me, you are getting enough for your money if not double! That game offers a lot of re-play ability and can be perfect for that weekend of boredom with the family around for Easter. Also, if you are a Planetside 2 player, you will notice that the fast expanding First Person MMO is now doing a Double Station Cash Weekend and that will last until Sunday 11:30PM  PDT, which is 7:30am for those in the UK on Monday Morning. All in all, it seems that Easter is looking up!