Category Archives: Technology

Why Diablo 3 Shut Down The Auction House

A huge announcement was made yesterday for Diablo 3 fans. Blizzard has (finally?) decided to shut down BOTH the Gold Auction House (GAH) and Real Money Auction House (RMAH). The official announcement is available here: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/10974978/ While the sudden announcement has the community chattering about the relevancy of the AH system, most people (including myself) see this as a boon to this game and simply wonder why this wasn’t done sooner ? Having a medium for players to trade and making there lives easier is great. However, Blizzard made a few huge mistakes while creating Diablo 3 and it seems that they Read More →

IllumiRoom – Projecting Game Effects

A quick note on something super interesting that I came across a few days ago. IllumiRoom uses Kinect and their projector to translate any game into an immersive environment with projected effects. See the full 720p video here (5 minutes 29 seconds): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2w-XqW7bF4 Its pretty awesome to see all the effects one can input as a developer and make this a truly immersive experience. This may be an excellent intermediate next step for console gaming before devices like the Oculus Rift for 3D gaming become more popular. A few screenshots are given below:

Humble Bundle

I think Humble Bundle is a really neat initiative. They provide interesting Digital Games (Origin, Steam) and eBooks (Mobi, PDF, ePUB) for a really cheap price and the providers donate proceeds to charity. Lets look at the current bundle. You get the following games for any price that you want. I believe the minimum is one dollar. And if you pay more than the current average price ($4.80), which will be $4.81, you get Battlefield 3 and Sims 3 too. There are a few reasons why this is interesting: 1. Price: Even though the games are old, its a really Read More →

Amazon, Google, Apple vs. Vita, Ouya, Shield

This is a long post, hence I’ve structured it out. I highly advise reading it in its entirety, but the TL;DR is at the end in the “The Future” section. EDIT: It seems that post caused a bit of confusion. I am NOT comparing the PC, XBox One, PS4 or Wii. I am looking and comparing other handhelds and consoles being introduced this year. I am also comparing the possibility of Amazon, Google & Apple introducing consoles and how they would fare against these new additional consoles. Background:The first digital game I ever played was on a handheld. It had only Read More →

Oculus Rift

Over the last year, I’ve been hearing a lot about the Oculus Rift. I still remember the first time I played a VR (Virtual Reality) Football (Soccer) game where the balls bounced of my body when I was acting like a Goalkeeper. It was like magic and I couldn’t believe that I could play a game without touching any kind of hardware. Fast Forwarding 12 years, Oculus Rift (OR) seems to be the defacto gadget discussed whenever speaking about gaming and VR. I have been waiting for a while for some reviews and I finally found a good review of Read More →