Author - MondoPest

Boeing Prepping an Offensive Anti-Ground Laser Aircraft

Gizmodo is reporting that Boeing has retrofitted a C-130H cargo aircraft with the necessessary gear to fire an airborne laser cannon at ground targets. This is the other bookend project in Boeing’s aircraft-laser program, the other being the missile defense plane they have created. Boeing says demonstrations should be ready sometime in 2008.

Gamestop Opening ‘Tournament-Focused’ Stores

GamesIndustry is reporting that Gamestop has announed the opening of what it calls a ‘tournament-focused’ store in San Jose, CA. The store is 4000 sq ft in size and already planning it’s first tournament on December 15th, featuring Madden NFL 08. According to the article, local tournament events will occur most weekends, with system-wide tournament finals occurring at least once a quarter.

Eurogamer First-Look: Tom Clancy’s EndWar

Eurogamer has posted it’s ‘First-Look’ at the upcoming RTS Tom Clancy’s EndWar. The game has been touted as the first ever to be controllable totally by your voice commands. No need to click and drag over units or hit hotkeys – just talk to the damn thing!

From the article:
‘The first menu consists of individual units, say ‘Unit 1’, ‘Unit 2’ and so on, and also general functions like ‘Calling All’. Depending on your order, subsequent menus will pop-up with relevant commands until you’ve completed the Who-What-Where and you can enjoy Watch.

Say, for instance, you want to group off your gunship units to command under a single order. ‘Calling All’, ‘Gunships’, ‘Create Group’. Easy as that. Want to dispatch a unit of tanks to deal with the enemy’s frontline? ‘Unit 1’ (Who), ‘Attack’ (What), ‘Hostile 3’ (Where).

For the first 10 minutes or so, a mixture of uncertainty and mild embarrassment caused us to bumble disjointedly through the steps. ‘Unit 1…. Um, er…. Attack…. Um…. Lima?’ Hardly Henry V. But then, it just clicks, and orders start to flow with increasing assurance and authority. ‘Unit 4 secure Alpha!’; ‘Calling all gunships, attack hostile 5!’; ‘WMD Lima!’. ‘DIE, ****S, DIE!”

Alien Vs Predator: Requiem Production Stills

Yahoo Movies has posted several production stills from Alien Vs Predator: Requiem. Some are actually pretty cool! Below is, imo, the best of the bunch.

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem is the upcoming sequel to 2004’s Alien vs. Predator film. Filming began on September 25, 2006 in Vancouver with Tom Woodruff, Jr. and Alec Gillis from Amalgamated Dynamics handling the special effects (as they did for the previous installment) and Daniel Pearl as director of photography. The Brothers Strause (Colin and Greg Strause) have directed the movie from a script by Shane Salerno. Actors Steven Pasquale and Reiko Aylesworth will play leading roles in the film. Unlike the PG-13 rating of the original, which garnered some criticism, the film is rated R for violence, gore, and language. The BBFC’s classification decision for the movie is the same as the original.

ROCCAT Creates Line of Gaming Peripherals

ROCCAT Studios is introducing a line of gaming peripherals. Their new mouse, the Kone, sports adjustable lighting around the perimeter of the device. However, the dpi and polling rate are not mentioned yet on the website. The Valo, is a gaming keyboard with 2Mb of internal memory for storing profiles, illumination, lcd screen, and 40Mhz response rate. They also have a new mouse pad out called the Sense. The keyboard will cost roughly $147 dollars and the mouse will set you back $103 dollars. They currently will release in Europe during February, but we will work on obtaining review units ASAP.

Call of Duty 5 Rumor

Joystiq has posted a rumor that Treyarch is prepping to set Call of Duty 5 back in World War II once again. The series, most recently set in modern times with Call of Duty 4, has been praised for it’s realistic depiction of weapons and their lethality.

Deus Ex 3 Plot Detail Leak?

GamesRadar reports that there are apparently two versions of the Deus Ex 3 trailer floating about. The original featured the date ‘2027’ written on the ‘Biopolitic’ ballot box. The other version has the same scene, but no date on the box, a last minute detail catch? If that is the date at which DE3 takes place in, that means it will take place 20 years prior to the events of Deus Ex.

BioShock Widescreen PATCH!

VideoGamer has posted regarding the recent BioShock patch that allows gamers to use the originally intended widescreen field of view. This, as you may recall, was a source of controversy as the retail copy of BioShock included a ‘widescreen’ mode that was actually a cropped ‘standard’ mode, not a full widescreen resolution. This has been fixed and 2k invites you to enjoy the game as it was originally intended. Below is a pic from VideoGamer that shows the contrast in widescreen field of view with and without the patch.

BioShock 2 In Development Already & New X-Com Game!

Gamespot, the recently reviled gaming site, is reporting on a rumor from a ‘trusted-source’ who is claiming that BioShock 2 is in development at 2K’s latest studio in Marin County, CA. Unfortunately, if this is true, it means that 2K Boston will not be helming it this time around, although there are several BioShock alums at the new studio. Most startling, however, is that 2K Boston is rumored to be working on ‘Project X’…

From the article:
‘As for Levine and co., Surfer Girl states that she has confirmed with
one of 2K Marin’s new staffers that the mysterious Project X will be
set in the X-Com universe. ‘Project X is a new X-Com title, as
previously reported by the Internet, and this post has been confirmed
by one who left for San Francisco,’

Thats right, looks like a new X-Com is on the way! Gamers rejoice! Also, we should be happy it is being helmed by VERY talented people.

Gerstmann-Gate Updated Information

Joystiq has posted a great summary/recap of Jeff Gerstmann’s firing from Gamespot and the surrounding controversy, including recent comments made by Gerstmann to Joystiq. Apparently there are, ‘legal reasons’ why Gerstmann claims he cannot speak about the firing (Advice from his lawyer or NDA?). There are also several of Greg’s colleagues at Gamespot who have chimed in on the situation at their blog pages. I highly recommend checking it out.