Month: February 2018

Phil Spencer Discusses Gaming’s Inspirational Value, Positive Workplace Culture
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Phil Spencer Discusses Gaming’s Inspirational Value, Positive Workplace Culture

Phil Spencer’s date with destiny began when his father brought home a Sinclair ZX81. Together, they’d play and create games. On stage at the 21st Annual DICE Awards, Spencer appeared wistful as he recalled the fearsome monsters of Ultima Online, and credited the MMORPG for being the first to create a genuine feeling of immersion. He revealed his imagination was captured not by “people in history, but what people have built together and accomplished together” — virtual worlds included. Spencer has stuck with this vision in his role as Xbox Chief: read more

Kick-ass Onrush Gameplay Keeps Hype Meter Up
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Kick-ass Onrush Gameplay Keeps Hype Meter Up

Codemasters is probably best known for realistic racing games like Grid Autosport, the Dirt series, and yearly F1 releases. Onrush is something a little different. It’s not quite Micro Machines, but it really seems to zero in on arcade flavours rather than straight-up simulation. Game Director Paul Rustchynsky believes this is something that’s missing in today’s console marketplace. He says “gamers are crying out for” an arcade hero. Onrush seeks to fulfil that role not with a cape, but with sick nitro boosts, blazing fast battles, and antics so jaw-dropping Houdini’s eyes would pop out. read more

Somewhere: The Vault Papers is a Dangerously Immersive Mobile Adventure
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Somewhere: The Vault Papers is a Dangerously Immersive Mobile Adventure

A real-time twist on the Catch Me If You Can formula, Somewhere: The Vault Papers positions you in a treacherous whistleblowing case as a fugitive’s assistant. Cat is her name. She’s a journalist gone rogue. After one of her text messages accidentally reaches your number, you’re stuck between two options: destroy the evidence and look even more suspicious, or help her investigate what the hell’s going on. You choose the latter. read more

Report: Sonic The Hedgehog Movie Coming Next Year
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Report: Sonic The Hedgehog Movie Coming Next Year

Not content with his brief cameo in Wreck-It Ralph, Sega’s darling mascot will be dashing to theatres in 2019 for a meatier audiovisual venture. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Sonic the Hedgehog film is a Paramount Pictures production and will employ “a mix of live action and CGI to bring the character to life”. Deadpool‘s director Tim Miller takes on the role of executive producer, while Sonic’s reckless charm will be penned by Golan the Insatiable scriptwriters Josh Miller and Pat Casey. The film is expected to release just ahead of the holiday season on November 15. The live-action/animation approach contrasts with Nintendo’s recent announcement of a Mario film which will be pure animation. Sonic and Mario have an extensive history competing against one another at the Olympic Games, so it seems natural they are extending their healthy rivalry to a new level. In other Sonic news, Bandai Namco and Sega are playing swap by letting players speed through the mazes of Pac-Man as Sonic or enjoy Sonic Dash from Pac-Man’s perspective. read more