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Articles tagged with: gamer

Sony Invests $20M In Independent Games

Sony, this week, announced a three year investment to increase its PlayStation Network user base. After the devastating attacks occurred at Sony, the company is trying to figure out what they can do to give them a better edge against Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and a better foothold in the gaming industry.

This is not to say that Sony has slipped to third spot, at least not yet, but I feel that the company is trying to take preventative care before it is too late.

US Supreme Court Rejects Ban On Violent Games

The US Supreme court has recently rejected the 2005 California law that banned the sale or rental of violent video games to anyone under age 18. Now, parents could still purchase these violent games for their children, but any store caught selling the game to a minor could face a fine up to $1,000.

The court ruled against the ban 7-2, in accordance with the free speech rights found in the US constitution. Contrary to some beliefs that violent video games pose a bad influence on young children, the courts upheld that they did not want to filter what children are exposed to and essentially left that duty up to the parents or caretakers of the child.

Get The Full Scoop On The PSP Vita!

We’ve briefly covered the PlayStation Vita, Sony’s next generation portable gaming console, but I wanted to cover it in-depth this time, now that we know more about it. The PSP Vita is powered by an ARM Cortex A9 processor, a PowerVR SGX543MP4+ GPU.

As we have wrote before, the WiFi and 3G model will cost $300 in the US while the Wifi only model will be $249, and it is expected to ship on November 4th of this year, making it a hot commodity.

Plants Vs Zombies Arrives On Windows Phone 7

Plants vs Zombies is an awesome game that was first introduced to Android as a tower-defense type game. Instead of your standard tower defense game however, the player strategically places sunflowers on a lawn which generate sun energy to be used to “purchase” weapons (A.K.A peashooters).

The peashooters shoot peas (go figure) at the slowly approaching zombies until they fall over and perish. It’s a great children’s game, but I know a few adults who are into it too.

Console-Based Battlefield 3 Available Only In 720p

PC users will rejoice when hearing this news. DICE has recently claimed that the new Battlefield 3 game (which is available for both console and PC) will only run in 720p on game consoles, at 30 frames per second.

The PC version, however, will run at 1080p at 60 frames per second. If you just bought a new graphics card for your desktop computer, you made a good choice. And, if you just got a new Xbox360, well, you’ve always got Halo to look forward to.

Next Generation Xbox Unveiled At E3 2012

According to VideoGamer, it looks like Microsoft is planning to unveil its all-new Xbox360 successor at next years E3 trade show. In fact, Crytek, has already begun creating a new TimeSplitters game for the new console.

No clue on what we can expect the specs to be but we do know that the next gen console will run on DirectX 11 (the same platform that the latest Windows 7 PCs run on). Both Microsoft and Crytek declined to comment on the issue, perhaps hoping to make it more of a surprise as the next E3 closes in.

Army Sniper For Android, Check It Out!

As a gamer, I find it quite hard to find shooter games on the Android platform. I think it’s because shooting games are touted to be ideal for 3D graphics and therefore most people enjoy first-person shooters on consoles such as the Xbox360 or the PlayStation 3.

But why does all shooting have to be three-dimensional with top-of-the-line graphics? Can’t I enjoy some 2D sniping once in a while? With Army Sniper, a new Android game, I can. Army Sniper’s main objective are to simply snipe terrorists. To move the sniper scope to your target, the user must tilt the Android tablet or Android phone and press a button to shoot.

Rent Games On Android, Through T-Mobile

If you enjoy having Netflix shipped to your door, or GameFly giving you the option to test drive games before you buy, you may want to hear this. T-Mobile and Wild Tangent are pairing up to unleash a new rental games service, for gamers who don’t want to waste money on games they don’t like.

Although with most Android apps, you can return the game within 15 minutes of purchase, sometimes it takes longer than that time frame to make a decision on whether a game is worth it.

Razer’s New Mouse Offers 6400 DPI

A good mouse is important for a number of reasons. Good mice are absolutely essential for those who game, as a greater DPI (dots per inch) allows the gamer to quickly re-aim his or her gun in a first-person-shooter game without losing too much time. For work, a mouse with a high DPI is essential for the telecommuter to quickly travel on the screen’s real-estate, allowing for patterned responses to come with ease.

At E3, computer manufacturer Razer unveiled their newest gaming mouse that is equipped with a 4G Dual Sensor that uses both an optical and a laser sensor.

New Study: The Average Gamer Is 37 Years Old

Don’t worry too much if someone has told you that you were too old to be playing video games, they’re wrong. According to a new study released at E3, 72% of Americans play videogames, and of the 72%, 82% of gamers are adults.

The research was collected from 1,200 nationally representative households that were identified as owning either a video console or a PC that was used to play videogames. It turns out that the average American gamer is 37 years old, and has been playing for 13 years.