Remember, remember, the fifth of November

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 | 11:18 AM | by
Battlefield 2142 has been officially confirmed. There were a lot of you that thoght it was some hoax. Nope. Later this year, we'll be driving mechs, baby.

This amuses me greatly.

I'm well into Oblivion by now. I think another day or two should suffice, and then I can write a nice review for you. Probably by this weekend.

Rumor has it that we're going to find out the final name for Nintendo's new system this week. Satoru Iwata is scheduled to deliver a keynote at the GDC tomorrow, that is supposed to reveal some major developments. Whether the Revolution project gets a final retail name, or if Nintendo decides to stick with the hardware codename, we may find out tomorrow.

Another rumor from the GDC is that Microsoft may be offering cheap development kits for the Xbox 360. Cheap to the tune of a hundred bucks. That would open up the door for any small developer to begin designing 360 games. Wow. Obviously we wouldn't suddenly get a dozen Ghost Recons or Fight Nights... games of that quality will often only come from experienced development houses. But we may end up with a dozen new geometry wars, simple independant games that pack tons of fun. Would be an interesting development, that's for sure.

I caught V for Vendetta last Monday, and I really enjoyed it. I had never read the comic book, so I was able to go into the movie without the stigma of "this is what it should be like". But I thought the movie was really well-executed. Nice style, great idea, and wonderful acting by Hugo Weaving. There's a lot of symbolism in the movie, and a lot of theoretical politics, so be prepared for that. But what it presents is a 'what-if' vision of the future mixed with some great fantasy. I'm intrigued to pick up the comic now.

Today is my sister's birthday. She's 23 today. Wow, where does the time go? Anyway, Happy Birthday, sis!

I need to get back to Tamriel. There are some gates to Oblivion that need closing.

Call of Duty Multiplayer- Finally

Wednesday, March 22, 2006 | 01:30 PM | by
Call of Duty on the 360 has finally been patched. There is a report that lists some of the confirmed features, and I'll repost them here to make your life easier.
  • Can actually host a game now.
  • Lobbies fully implemented including game options and pre-game smack talk.
  • Hoster can kick players.
  • Private matches are allowed.
  • You can select any map of choice.
  • Score and time limits configurable.
  • Post-game lobby after the game is over.
  • Can invite players to game.
  • You can see enemy names in-game.
  • No noticeable lag continuously disrupting games.
Wow. That's pretty much all the community bitching felled in a single, devastating blow.

Now the real question on my mind is this- is it too little, too late? There was a time I desparately wanted to enjoy CoD, but these issues, mainly the lag, made it very difficult.

But now I have G.R.A.W. and Fight Night on XBL. Not to mention Oblivion sapping man hours elsewhere. I'll tell you though, the CoD Killcam just may be enough to get me back in for a few rounds.

I had been considering doing a PC CAD GameDay this coming weekend, but now I'm pondering a CoD GameDay instead. I really hate to cold shoulder the non-360 owners that want to game with me, but XBL games are so much easier to host/manage.

I'll have to give this some thought. You'll have my decision on Friday.