Tonight will be the 9th time the Video Game Awards will grace the stage, and television. Over the years, the award ceremony has been met with mostly criticism. The negative press seemed to have stemmed from the idea Spike TV was consistently trying to create a hip-award show, something that was similar to the MTV awards, rather than the film industry’s annual staple: the Academy Awards.
Tonight will be different then past shows. This year, the network, along with the producers, are listening to the gamers, or so they say. While the awards will be handed out, the acceptance speech will be prerecorded in 30 second clips, so other content can be the main focus. Viewers can expect to experience more trailers, more news and live demos on stage in an apartment. Basically, it sounds more like E3, with a few awards handed out in-between breaks.
After the jump, we will update all the winners and losers, and all the nominations. We will also be updating the site with each trailer, and live demo that is shown. (more…)
Less than a year ago, there were some reports of China was getting ready to end a 13 year band on video game consoles. The ban was originally implemented to protect children from an unhealthy lifestyle, which they believe influenced a child’s upbringing. (more…)
AVbyte decide to write a magnificent ‘West Side Story” tribute type broadway song, but the musical scenario has very little to do with two gangs living in new york. Instead, the rivalry is between PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC fanboys. Sadly, the Wii U isn’t mentioned in the console war song…just like in reality.
Disappointed so far in the next generation of consoles? Thankfully Ubisoft us trying to change that emotion, with to their highly anticipated sandbox game Watch Dogs.
And kudos to a mole within the company (or their advertising firm), the E3 trailer has leaked to the information super highway a day early.
Sadly the trailer does not have the actual gameplay, but it is instead giving us a glimpse of more of the main character’s hero like qualities. Clearly he’s a man of vengeance, and regrets some of the decisions he made in the past. And one way is dealing with his own demons is to take out the people that ruined his life, or the lives of others.
Check out the all CG trailer after the break. (more…)
A lot of us are taking for granted the arrival of Sony and Microsoft’s new system, which are both presumedly coming out of the end of the year. And while Nintendo already released their next-generation system last year — with the Wii U — they haven’t lived up to their own sales expectations. But most of us figure that the PlayStation 4, along with the next Xbox, will sell a higher quantity of systems.
But if you were the CEO of the biggest game publisher on Earth, you would have your reservations about these new systems selling like hotcakes in the upcoming years. And a lot of that has to do with the fact that you been seeing a steady decline in sales, and that Nintendo couldn’t convince the number of customers they wish to see purchased their console and handhelds these last few years.
There’s definitely been a blow back in the video game industry, and Activision boss Bobby Kotick is worried that trend will continue in this upcoming generation. (more…)
Nintendo’s future is getting bleaker and bleaker by the minute. DICE’s technical director Johan Andersson has tweeted that next-generation games running the studio’s Frostbite 3 engine, will not be making an appearance on the Wii U console.
“[Frostbite 3] has never been running on WiiU,” EA DICE’s technical director Johan Andersson posted on Twitter. “We did some tests with not too promising results with [Frostbite 2] & chose not to go down that path.”
As of right now, Electronic Arts — owns the studio DICE — has only confirmed one video game in 2013 using the Frostbite 3 engine. Unfortunately for Nintendo, it’s the publishers most anticipated game, which is Battlefield 4. (more…)
The last few months, EA has had some problems. And I’m assuming they would just like to forget about, them but they can’t. Now the company has confirmed additional layoffs for an “organizational update.” On the company’s official website, they posted the following statement:
“In recent weeks, EA has aligned all elements of its organizational structure behind priorities in new technologies and mobile. This has led to some difficult decisions to reduce the workforce in some locations. We are extremely grateful for the contributions made by each of our employees – those that are leaving EA will be missed by their colleagues and friends.”
“These are hard but essential changes as we focus on delivering great games and showing players around the world why to spend their time with us.”
A few weeks ago, the company reduced the workforce, and also released a small number of employees back in February. (more…)
If anybody really cares, EA has announced the cover athlete for Madden NFL 25. And for the first time it’s not going to be a current player, but a Hall of Famer, who Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders.
EA had an online poll tournament which consisted of retired players versus current roster player. Barry Sanders edged out current Minnesota Vikings superstar Adrian Peterson, who just last year almost beat the single season NFL rushing record.
According to ESPN, Sanders won with 58% of the votes, which totaled up to be about 700,000.
Just like every year, the cover athlete will no way affect the actual gameplay of Madden. Which means, if you bought Madden last year, don’t expect a whole lot different except a few small changes. But you’ll be suckered in to still buying it… I probably will too.
Madden 25 will be in stores on August 27 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. No word if EA plans on releasing it for the next-generation of system, but I suspect they will.