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E3 – Not all about the Software!

The SteelSeries Logo
The SteelSeries Logo

I had the chance to talk to some friends from SteelSeries today about some of the products they will be sharing on the show floor when E3 Officially opens tomorrow. The Electronic Entertainment Expo opens its doors to the crowds of industry representatives and the media June 10th and runs through the 13th at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

SteelSeries continues to develop accessories for the PC and Console Gamer with everything from Keyboards, Gaming Mice and awesome headsets. One product announced that can help your game play which is different from the traditional products in the company line is the SteelSeries “Sentry” Eye-Tracker

The SteelSeries “Sentry” Eye-Tracker has been developed in conjunction with Tobii Technology.  Gamers benefit with this device with a tracking of eye movements and shares that data with the user as bench-marked and compared to the movements of professional gamers.  The SteelSeries press release explains it easier:

“The SteelSeries Sentry Eye Tracker brings players an entirely new way to train for competitive gaming, by allowing the player to analyze a wide range of statistics based on where and how long a user focused, or fixated, on the screen. Fixations per Minute (FPM) tracks how often a user moves his or her eye gaze and attention around the screen; low values indicate that the gamer is able to process a lot of information. For comparison, FPM in eye tracking is the same type of correlation as APM or the total numbers of actions per minute a player can perform.”  While we could say it’s all in the wrist, obviously from this addition to E3, it’s also in the eyes.

SteelSeries StratusXL Game Controller for iOS
SteelSeries StratusXL Game Controller for iOS

SteelSeries has also continued with its development of products for the mobile gamers and introduced the StratusXL Wireless Game Controller for iOS. Now, users can immerse in the gaming experience on the iPad or iPad Mini and play a game title as they would on the console.

To check out more of these products, take a look at http://www.steelseries.com 

E3 and Call Of Duty Advanced Warfare

Screen shot of Call of Duty Advanced Warfare
Call of Duty Advanced Warfare

Today was the kickoff of the E3 – Electronic Gaming Expo in LA, California. The Entertainment Software Association presents this annual event for the media, vendors and retailers which will benefit from the enormous sales potential from Consoles, PC and Mac hardware upgrades, instructional manuals, accessories and of course the titles themselves.

At the Microsoft Press Event this morning, Xbox Grand Poo Baa Phil Spencer thanked Gamers and Developers for growing the user base of the Xbox One and the staff at Microsoft for its development. Phil reeled in the gaming crowd with his dedication to the community and began with the trailer of what Phil called the largest franchise for the Xbox console, Call of Duty Advanced Warfare. This new title takes place in the future of 2054 and will be available for the Xbox One. The Games DLC, Downloadable Content will also be available for the Xbox One as soon as they are ready.

Sledgehammer Games and Activision made sure of letting gamers know, the Call of Duty franchise will continue to develop and introduce new ways to play.

Spirit Walkers Available Free – Through May 25th 2014

Through May 25th 2014, Spirit Walkers: Curse of the Cypress Witch (Full) will be available for free on:  iPhone, iPad, Google Play, Kindle Fire, Nook, and Mac.

Spirit Walkers: Curse of the Cypress Witch unravels a mystery of a ghost of the young woman captured in these woods. You play as Maylynn who, with two female friends, goes on an innocent hiking trip and soon finds trouble befalling the group.

Things get creepy and scary, and on top of it, a ghost of a woman starts showing up in mysterious places and then one of your friends gets seriously hurt. Looking for help you end up at a beautiful and majestic cypress tree and there you meet the witch herself who offers to help you save your friends. In return however she asks for a favor: you’ll need to travel to a different time and dimension and undo a thing that once went wrong.

You’ll have to travel between times and dimensions, explore the world of ghosts and lost souls and overcome an ancient evil.

There are 32 locations, nearly 20 puzzles, and graphics are available in 3D.

Mobile Vampire game goes Free (until the 23rd of March 2014)

vampgameIt seems that people like vampires…and the vampires they find our prevalent in theatrical movies (Dracula, Twilight, Near Dark), Television shows (True Blood, Vampire Diary’s, Dracula) and of course books…

There has always been a sort of romantic nod to Dracula, sure he might give a tremendous kiss on the neck but lets remember, that kiss usually brings about death – or at least towns people all reeking of garlic. Either way, that romanticism with The Vampire is a 10 billion dollar revenue creator to the economy according to the article  from 2011 at DailyFinance.com – This during the Twilight Saga wrap up but the genre continues

And now, Gaming for the mobile devices resurrects the vampire genre with the game “Vampires: Todd & Jessica’s Story” is free from March 17 to 23 for iOS (iPhone/iPad), Android (Google Play and Kindle Fire), Nook and Mac.

According the Game Creators The Vampires: Todd & Jessica Story gives you the ability to take on a role of a vampire who longs to be human again. Todd is in the middle of proposing to Jessica, his one true love, when he’s kidnapped. Worse, Todd discovers that his close friend Zack, a charismatic and dangerous vampire, has sinister plans for Jessica. Now this desperate young lover must find his fragile fiancée and protect her from a terrible fate. Explore eerie locations, meet mysterious yet friendly characters, collect useful objects and solve brain-teasing puzzles as you experience an immortal love story with bite!”

The Title comes from Adore Studios, Check out more information here

http://www.adoregames.com/games/Vampires-Tod-and-Jessica-story/

 

Another Video Game to Movie BootUp..

Need For Speed
Need For Speed

There are some Video Game titles out there that just scream the need for a movie Boot up. I would gladly fork over the 8 bucks to see a Big Screen Version of the story lines and characters found in Call Of Duty.

 

In the world of Game to Movie Tie-ins, One of the titles that has been talked about heavily is the big Screen version of Need For Speed!

The Film co-produced by Electronic Arts is Coming to Theaters March 14th 2014.  The film version of Need For Speed Stars Aaron Paul (Jesse – Breaking Bad) as Tobey Marshall, a recently released jail inmate that was setup by his business partner and wrongfully convicted and put away for the crimes. His release means revenge against Dino, his ex partner, played by Dominic Cooper.  The actor most recently seen as Ian Fleming in the BBC presentation of “Fleming”

The Race is on with producers promising big action and great stunts. The Film is directed by Stunt Man turned Director Scott Waugh.