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Nintendo announces the 3DS: Get ready for 3-D gaming without 3-D glasses

E3-nintendo-DS3_240.jpg  Image Credit: Jonathan Alcorn/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesIf the folks at Nintendo were worried about Microsoft’s Kinect stealing its innovation thunder at this year’s E3, it was game over for those concerns yesterday after the venerable videogame company debuted the 3DS, a handheld gaming device that features a 3.5 inch 3-D screen that works without 3-D glasses. Just look at the screen with your plain old eyes, and a multi-dimensional Mario brightly smiles back at you. The 3DS case looks basically like the current Nintendo DS handheld device (including a second, 2-D touch screen), with a new analog controller, motion sensitivity, and two external cameras that let you take 3-D photos. I got to use a 3DS for all of 90 seconds after the show, and even though the demo was just a series of screens featuring classic Nintendo characters, I’m fairly certain I briefly achieved Nirvana while holding it.

Okay, not really, but it is an uncanny experience, looking at a flat screen and seeing depth with just your naked eyes. READ FULL STORY

E3: Sony sets its (3-D) eyes on hardcore gamers

E3-clownImage Credit: David McNew/Getty ImagesThe main message Sony conveyed during its two-hour E3 presentation Tuesday afternoon was this: “Hardcore gamers, we’re here for you.” While Microsoft has spent most of its energy (and money) touting its intuitive motion-detection device, Kinect, and Nintendo has continued to position its Wii and the new 3DS as family-friendly systems, Sony assured hardcore gamers (men in their 20s and 30s who crave ultraviolent shooters and prefer their controllers to include 84 buttons) that they hadn’t been forgotten. In fact, Sony brought out Kevin Butler, the company’s fictitious vice president in its TV ads, to issue a gaming manifesto. “Gaming is having a ridiculously huge TV in a tiny one-bedroom apartment,” Butler proclaimed to the audience, which erupted into laughter and applause. “(Gaming is) staying up till 3 a.m. to earn a trophy that isn’t real. And it’s girls who know that the way to a man’s heart is through a melee attack. I love gaming!”

True, Sony spent a significant chunk of time on its own motion controller, the PlayStation Move (out Sept. 19), which is basically a supercharged Wii Remote. But the tech giant knew what most of the assembled audience truly wanted to see, and it delivered on that front with demos and glimpses of READ FULL STORY

Microsoft Kinect: We tried out the games, and they're fun (for the most part)

KinectImage Credit: Damian Dovarganes/AP ImagesMicrosoft announced Monday that Kinect, its new motion-detection add-on for the Xbox 360 gaming system, would hit stores Nov. 4 with a slate of 15 games. This announcement followed an elaborate presentation on Sunday that portrayed Kinect as nothing less than a significant step forward in human evolution. Okay, but is it any fun? I got to try my hand at several of Kinect’s launch titles, including Kinect Adventures!, Kinect Joy Ride, Kinect Sports, and Your Shape, and yes, Kinect is certainly fun. But at the moment, the device comes off as merely a slightly upgraded version of the Nintendo Wii. There’s huge potential here, but Kinect still needs some tinkering. After the jump, a detailed report of each game: READ FULL STORY

Kinect: Microsoft's answer to the Wii

xbox_360_slimAfter a year of speculation and a blockbuster presentation last night, Microsoft officially revealed (most) of the important details surrounding its motion-control camera — once dubbed Project Natal, now called Kinect — to assembled gaming press and industry today in Los Angeles. The camera system will debut in North America on Nov. 4 with 15 launch titles and will be compatible with all current Xbox 360 consoles. Curiously, Microsoft did not announce a price for the Kinect, although gaming blog Kotaku is reporting that GameStop is charging $149 for Kinect pre-orders. As a kicker, Microsoft also announced that a smaller, slimmer version of the Xbox 360 (in a shiny black case, with a 250 GB hard drive and wifi internet capability built in) will be shipping to stores today for the same $299 price as the old Xbox 360.

But back to Kinect. Is it worth all the hype? Depends on what kind of gamer you are. READ FULL STORY

'The Office' wants fans to create a 'Fanisode.' Dibs on the shootout scene.

the-office-fanisodesImage Credit: NBCScience says summer starts on the Solstice, June 21, but I say it starts when your favorite show airs its finale. Then, depression sets in. Lucky for us, the good people behind The Office recognize the void they’ve left in our hearts and — in the spirit of Michael Scott — thought of a time-wasting, fantastically entertaining way for us to fill our days.

Starting today, fans can sign up to help create an Office fanisode. It will work similar to the Star Wars Uncut project, where fans are asked to recreate a small portion of an episode — in this case season 6′s ”Murder” — and submit it for a chance to be included in the final product, which will be posted on NBC.com toward the end of summer. The 86 segments are up for grabs now at NBC’s page for the contest. Up to three people sign up for each segment, and you have two weeks to get your video in. Best one makes it into the final product, which will be posted on NBC.com toward the end of summer.

I’m still trying to decide exactly how I want to re-produce “Murder”‘s closing shootout scene between Andy, Dwight, and Michael, since claymation and animation require real talent. It’ll either be Twilight dolls (Bella-Edward-Jacob), Mad Men Barbies or EW staffers.

But what about you PopWatchers? Are you going to give it a try?

The 100 Greatest Characters of the Last 20 Years: Here's our full list!

1105_coverTo help celebrate Entertainment Weekly‘s 20th anniversary (one more year and we can finally drink booze!), the writers and editors have carefully curated a list of the 100 greatest characters in pop-culture over the last 20 years. Whether the fictional women, men, ogres, muppets, babies, and cartoon rockers who made our list were initially created before 1990 didn’t matter so long as they made a lasting impact in the culture after 1990. Some characters were so inseparable in our minds and hearts — like a certain highly articulate TV mother and daughter, for example — that we simply listed them together. (Hey, it’s our list, so we get to make the rules.) Rest assured, we carefully deliberated, debated, argued, and bickered over who would make the cut and where they deserved to be ranked; after you take a look at our list, please feel free to do the same in the comments. READ FULL STORY

Andy Richter might host new 'Pyramid': It's not another sitcom, but we'll take it

andy-richterImage Credit: Noel Vasquez/Getty ImagesConan O’Brien is headed for basic cable on TBS, but his old sidekick is likely keeping it old-school at CBS. The L.A. Times reports that Andy Richter is currently “sealing a deal” to host a new version of Pyramid, the game show Dick Clark used to host in the ’70s. (Apparently, Donny Osmond hosted a previous Pyramid reboot in 2002-04…. Must have missed that.)

According to the Times, Richter wasn’t exactly CBS’ first choice: “Last year, there were two pilots made, one with Dean Cain as host, the other with Tim Vincent, and neither got off the ground. An effort to land Howie Mandel fell short.” Ouch.

But you know what? I think this could be a good move for Richter. His goofy affability is just right for a game show host. And it’s not like his attempts to become a sitcom star have worked out. (Sorry, Andy Richter Controls the Universe and/or Andy Barker, P.I. fans.) Anyway, I know I’d rather watch a Richter-led Pyramid than another game show hosted by Howie Mandel. How about you?

Pac-Man on Google.com: You can play it!

In honor of Pac-Man’s 30th anniversary this week, Google is hosting the actual game. You think it’s just a cool image, but then it’s an actual game. You don’t even need to “Insert Coin” — the game will just start for you! And then you’ll switch to another one of your 37 open tabs and forget that it’s still going and someone will approach your door and say “HOW DO YOU LIVE LIKE THIS?” because without the visual context, you’re just sitting there willingly listening to ambulance sirens. Then you’ll realize you should start playing Pac-Man again, and there goes your afternoon. Sorry, your boss!

What’s your favorite Pac-Man snack? Mine is the strawberry, though I was always intrigued by the anomaly of root beer. I always appreciated that strawberry came second because I was terrible at Pac-Man. I used to believe the creators of Pac-Man had put my favorite two fruits in the beginning so that I’d be momentarily giddy and then not feel like that big of a loser when I lost. But then I grew up!

Annie on Twitter: @EWAnnieBarrett

EW Exclusive: Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, and Selena Gomez songs heading to 'Band Hero'

Every tweenager’s dream of being a singing, dancing Disney star is inching one step closer to reality: Activision is releasing a three-song download for Band Hero and Guitar Hero of Miley Cyrus’ “7 Things,” Demi Lovato’s “Here We Go Again,” and Selena Gomez & The Scene’s “Falling Down.” The “track pack” will be available May 18 for the Wii and May 25 for Xbox and PS3. Check out the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

A Magic 8-Ball movie? Signs point to yes.

magic-8-ballToys and movies: Two great tastes that taste great together, right? Hollywood executives certainly seem to think so, as a recent episode of The Simpsons so nicely lampooned with this trailer for Tic Tac Toe: The Movie. Universal, which has a deal with Hasbro, already has films based on Battleship, Monopoly, Candy Land, Stretch Armstrong, Magic: The Gathering, and the Ouija board at various stages of development. Now comes news that Paramount — which hit the toy-to-movie jackpot with a little franchise called Transformershas optioned the Magic 8-Ball as the basis for a potential live-action adventure film. Sure, we all played with Magic 8-Balls as kids, shaking up that little black fortune-telling sphere for answers to our most profound questions, like whether the girl we had a crush on in fifth grade liked us back (“Reply hazy, try again”) or whether we’d be rich and famous when we grew up (“Don’t count on it”). But can you picture an entire movie based on that? Concentrate and ask again.

What do you think? Does the idea of a big-screen Magic 8-Ball movie leave you thinking “Outlook good”? Or “Very doubtful”? While we’re at it, what game do you think Hollywood should set its sights on next? Hungry Hungry Hippos? Boggle? Jenga?

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