Ordnance Survey, Great Britain's governmental-mapping agency, has used its data to re-create the entire (almost) country in Minecraft. The massive 86,000-square-mile map uses 22 billion blocks to represent the continent's terrain, built using Ordnance Survey's own tools: OS Terrain 50 and OS VectorMap District. … Read more
Xbox One owners will be challenged to shed pounds and build muscles with a new online workout program dubbed Xbox Fitness.
Available exclusively for the Xbox One, Xbox Fitness will work in tandem with the Kinect to check out your vitals and monitor your progress. It can examine your heart rate, measure your muscles, and evaluate your performance. The goal is to get you in shape through a series of interactive workout videos.
The videos feature such fitness gurus as Jillian Michaels, Tracy Anderson, Tony Horton of Beachbody P90X fame, and Insanity's Shaun T.
"What makes Xbox Fitness … Read more
Gamers in China have won a key victory they've been after for years: the ability to buy consoles.
China's State Council, the country's top decision maker, announced on Friday that companies could eventually start selling game consoles across China. In order to get the hardware on store shelves, however, the companies would need to have their devices approved by the Ministry of Culture. It's not clear what might cause a particular console to be banned from sale.
The Wall Street Journal was first to report on the news.
China has banned consoles since 2000, when the … Read more
The future of EA's NCAA Football video game franchise is in doubt after the settlement of a series of lawsuits filed by former college athletes who accused the company of using their likenesses in the game without their permission.
The game publisher announced the settlements Thursday, adding that it would forgo creating a new game of the popular game series next year. Collegiate Licensing Company, which holds the trademark licensing rights for most US colleges and universities, also settled, leaving the NCAA as the lone defendant in the lawsuits.
The initial class action lawsuit, which was filed by former … Read more
Keith Knight doesn't use his hands to defeat other players in video games such as League of Legends. Knight, who has muscular dystrophy, instead uses his cheek to control a mouse, his leg to press external switches mapped to game commands, and a pen in his mouth to type on a keyboard.
A documentary released this week shows what real life is like for the 27-year-old disabled gamer -- better known online as "Aieron" -- who resides in an assisted living community in British Columbia, Canada. Knight has a form of MS called amyoplasia arthrogrypos. From birth, this condition caused his body to form less muscle mass while his joints gradually stiffened over the years.… Read more
The possibility of consoles topping PCs in graphical fidelity is nil, according to Nvidia.
Speaking to Australia's PC Power Play in an interview posted recently, Tony Tamasi, Nvidia senior vice president of content and technology, said that "it's no longer possible for a console to be a better or more capable graphics platform than a PC."
"Nvidia spends $1.5 billion per year on research and development in graphics, every year, and in the course of a console's lifecycle we'll spend over $10 billion into graphics research," Tamasi said. "Sony and … Read more
Gamers can get their latest inside look at Sony's upcoming PlayStation 4 through a series of tweeted images.
Posted late Tuesday on Twitter by PlayStation Community Manager Chris Owen, the images reveal the deep-blue screens for the PS4 and its companion mobile app. One screenshot shows a video capture of a PS4 game in action, another displays a "Live Stream" screen, and a third takes a peek at the video-edit menu.
It used to be that if you wanted your butt to buzz along with the action in the latest Michael Bay explosion-fest blockbuster, you had to go to a fancy theater equipped with Tremor FX seats. Now, you can enjoy the same good, good, good vibrations in the comfort of your own home.
RedSeat Entertainment has just launched Tremor FX Home using the same technology found in select high-tech movie theaters. Pulsating actuators embedded in the chair are triggered by the sounds from movies or video games.… Read more
Microsoft and Chinese Internet company BesTV New Media have announced a partnership to create a joint venture based on "family gaming and services."
According to a filing on Monday, the joint venture will possess starting capital of $79 million. BesTV will hold a controlling 51 percent stake, and Microsoft will take 49 percent of the venture.
The statement was vague in terms of the joint … Read more
The studio did not cite the usual reason for an MMORPG's closure -- the lack of a fan base -- instead saying Mythic's license with Games Workshop was due to expire.
"We here at Mythic have built an amazing relationship working with Games Workshop, creating and running Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning over the last eight years," the announcement reads. "Unfortunately, as with all licensing deals, they do eventually come to end, and on December 18, 2013, we will no longer be operating Warhammer Online."
As such, the company will no longer be selling three-month game time codes or three-month subscriptions. … Read more