It’s that time again when gaming companies start to turn the vice and squeeze as much money out of your wallet as possible. The first downloadable map pack for last year’s highly successful first person shooter Call Of Duty: Black Ops is gearing up for release on February 1st. It will probably mark the first of three pieces of downloadable content for the game and just like before they’ve included some tempting new qualities which they hope will hook you into buying.
Holy Schnikes Batman! Here’s the trailer for the sequel to Warner Bros Interactive Entertainament’s highly popular console game Batman: Arkham Asylum, which proved itself a smash hit with gamers across different platforms. This new game, Batman: Arkham City, promises to expand on all the elements that made it predecessor so successful, while at the same time expanding on Batman’s story and adding in a new villain Prof Hugo Strange.
When we’re not navigating through the murky waters of internet entertainment, we here at the HMS Friday like to relax with a little video game time. And what better game to relieve some stress than a multiplayer session on Call Of Duty: Black Ops. Except it’s not very relaxing, if it’s not the squeaky voiced American kids killing us repeatedly then it’s…wooden boxes from the sky? Easily the best “WTF?” kill we’ve seen yet.
Further proof that no matter how good you are something will always come along and make you feel like a right prick.
Apparently if you shoot the heads off all the mannequins in the multi-player Nuketown map level of Call Of Duty: Black Ops something special happens. After many attempts a group of gaming marauders unlocked the secret much to their collective delight and they were kind enough to video their effort to share with everyone else. Gaming geeks, don’t you just love them? (via Joystiq)
Personally speaking we were hoping for something more like a freedom fridge:
The crew here at HMS Friday have been religiously putting in the hours playing Call Of Duty: Black Ops and haven’t so far been disappointed in the latest addition of the first person shooter franchise. But one thing which has soured our experience is the noticeable rise in the number of online players with swastika flags for their clan tags and gaming cards which show up etched onto their weapons during play.
The two pictures above clearly illustrate how some players have hand designed the Nazi flags using the customisable options Treyarch have built into the multi-player section of the game. Yes, you could argue the swastika is everywhere on the Zombie Maps and has popped up on numerous occasions during single player campaigns in previous Call Of Duty games, but for a player to actually spend time and effort creating a replica Nazi flag, either to be deliberately controversial or worse, is offensive for gamers like us who see it as a representation of Nazism. Should developers Treyarch enforce a ban on those responsible? What do you think?
UPDATE: You Tube has some videos where players have uploaded instructions on how to make and design swastika flags for Call Of Duty: Black Ops. Here’s two examples:
Following on from their highly successful Western themed sand box game Red Dead Redemption, gaming giants Rockstar have proudly unveiled the first official trailer to their highly anticipated new title LA Noire. Set in the city of Los Angeles in the 1940s , drawing obvious inspiration from the likes of LA Confidential, Chinatown and other film noir from the same era, the game is centred around a young detective and his efforts to crack a series of mysterious murders. The game was announced over six years ago and fans have been in a state of anxious anticipation since then. Obviously, with all of their titles, it will be a well researched game giving players that specific feel of authenticity Rockstar are known for.
One thing we did notice was how the lead character looks uncannily like actor Aaron Staton, whose most famous role to date is that of Ken Cosgrove in the excellent 50s drama series Mad Men. What do you think?
Everyone here aboard HMS Friday has so far refused to relinquish to the temptation of using so-called move technology for gaming. Whether it’s the Nintendo Wii, Playstation Move or Xbox Kinect we all feel that it’s a little…well a little shit. Now with Microsoft and Sony in direct competition with Nintendo, (ie, now that they’ve shamelessly stolen Nintendo’s original idea to capitalise on a market they initially poured scorn upon), there has been a steady rise in the number of motion detection related injuries. You know years ago when people jumped up and down in their front rooms, waving their arms about and pulling weird contorted positions it was called a party. Here’s three of our favourite videos demonstrating just how f**king stupid you will look when using these devices and how we really all are rapidly hurtling towards a future filled with obesity, social exclusion and general idiocy.
N.B. Watch the man who clearly hasn’t done anything remotely athletic for a long time announce that he is going to pull off some ‘neat tricks’ for you and yet still have no clue as to the dangers of such a proposition.