C3 WiR(e) – 2013-09-30

Yes, I realize I’m posting this a day late, but we were running in to some delay issues over at SportsRants.com. No worries, the WiR(e) is still up and ready!

Transcript for the C3 WiR(e) 2013-09-30

Ranters! It is September 30, 2013. I am Anthony Rossi, aka Hyp3rSint4x from the Coffee and Cornchips gaming blog with the C3 WiR(e), a week in review recap of the gaming world. This week’s headlines include:

  • Possible casting for the World Of Warcraft Movie
  • Thief Pre-Order Bonus
  • Southpark: The Stick of Truth has a release date!
  • Xbox reveals Xbox Fitness with Kinect
  • In EA News: St. Louis Blues are predicted to win the Stanely Cup and NCAA Football is canceled, and finally
  • Prepare for your livingroom to get a bit “Steamier”

News has recently surfaced regarding the upcoming movie, Warcraft, based on the MMO World of Warcraft. According to a news article by Deadline.com, the list of possible leads includes Paul Dano from Prisoners, Travis Fimmel from the History Channel series “Vikings”, Anson Mount from the AMC series Hell On Wheels, Anton Yelchin from Star Trek, and most recently Colin Farrell and Paula Patton.

A new trailer has been released giving us a quick glimpse of a pre-order bonus mission for the upcoming Thief game. The mission is simply called “The Bank Heist” and involves, well, breaking in to a bank for a major score. Specifically, the Stonemarket First Bank to steal the coveted family heirloom, the Star of Auldale. In this special mission, players will be required Break in to the bank, outwit the guards, and search around for additional unique loot. Thief has a release date of February 25, 2014.

South Park: The Stick of Truth has a release date! Ubisoft recently released a new trailer for the South Park based RPG which identifies its release date as December 10th, 2013. However, the trailer also shows that the game will be released for current gen systems, not the Xbox 1 or the PS4. Head over to southpark.ubi.com for more details.

Xbox recently launched a promotional page for Xbox Fitness, a feature using the Kinect for exercise and training. According to the page, you’ll be able to access training videos from Jillian Michaels, Tony Horton, Tracy Anderson, and Shaun T. Since these video with work with the Xbox Kinect, it will know when you’re not doing all the moves. It will also give users instant feedback on your screen and be able to track your progress instantly. Head over to xbox.com for more details and the promotional video.

From the EA camp, I’ve got two news worthy clips for you. The first is that the results for the NHL 14 Season Simulation are in, and it has been predicted that the St. Louis Blues will win over Pittsburgh Penguins to win the Stanley Cup. On the announcement page there is also the predicted records and stats for all the other teams and players, based on the game’s algorithms. Also, some unfortunate news; EA will NOT be releasing a college football game next year. In a blog post by Cam Weber, GM of American Football, EA Sports, quote “Today I am sad to announce that we will not be publishing a new college football game next year, and we are evaluating our plan for the future of the franchise.” This comes after the developing news between EA, the NCAA, and the Sudent Athletes seeking compensation. It is also stated that this will not affect their commitment towards NCAA Football 14.

The announcements have been made! Over the past week, Valve has made a series of 3 announcements regarding what they are heralding as the future of Gaming. Last week, I mentioned that valve was set to make the first of these three announcement, which occurred at about the time that this segment was broadcasted. That first announcement was introduction of the SteamOS, an opensource operating system designed to function as a PC Based gaming console and entertainment center for the livingroom. On Wednesday, it was announced that the name for such a console is to be referred to as a “Steam Machine”. How this will differentiate from the other consoles is that it will opensource, upgradable, and designed to work with the Steam Store. On Friday, the final announcement was made and we were introduced to the new controller, whose most identifying feature included dual “Trackpads” rather than Analog sticks for thumb control. Since track pads inherently offer less physical feedback than a thumbstick, Valve has developed a new kind of haptic feedback, quote, “The Steam Controller is built around a new generation of super-precise haptic feedback, employing dual linear resonant actuators. These small, strong, weighted electro-magnets are attached to each of the dual trackpads. They are capable of delivering a wide range of force and vibration, allowing precise control over frequency, amplitude, and direction of movement.” All this information and more is available at steampowered.com/livingroom

That’s all for the C3 WiR(e)! For more of my gaming commentary, visit my blog at coffeeandcornchips.wordpress.com. You can also find me on facebook at facebook.com/coffeeandcornchips, or follow me on twitter @C3Blog. Until then, Respect the Game!

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