Category Archives: Xbox 720
The Field Hockey Game: OXCGN’s Exclusive Interview
The devs trying to bring that ‘other’ hockey into video gaming
by David Hilton
© 2013 David Hilton
However, there is another hockey that is played by many more nations and also features in Olympic challenges, yet has never been brought to video gaming.
Sometimes called ‘field’ hockey, this hockey used to be a slow, plodding grass sport that was played largely in schools as an extra sport elective. But the game has evolved dramatically, much to most people who take the time to find out’s surprise.
Now more often played on high quality artificial water or hybrid turf, the game is fast and skilful like ice hockey, but tactical and engrossing like soccer/football. With changes to rules to get rid of offsides and most of the whistle calls, the ploddy grass game has become much more exciting to watch and play.
A group of hockey players and game developers have decided to get a video game version of the sport onto the market. After all, if AFL football, a game exclusively played in only a small portion of Australia, can have a video game, a sport played by millions around the world should get one too.
I asked Simon Buckley, founding member of Urbanwarfare Studios and team lead for the FHG project, a few key questions to see how they planned to get this game made, considering most people in the big spending markets (eg. USA) still don’t know much about the ‘new’ field hockey.
Here’s what they had to say.
Nintendo’s Got Their Game Face On
Are Sony and Microsoft doing it wrong?
by Victoria Carvajal
© 2013 Victoria Carvjal
Anyone who’s paid any attention to the recent E3 conferences can tell you that Microsoft’s conference was widely considered to be, to put it lightly, sub par.
Even if the console is in and of itself innovative, Microsoft’s approach to selling their product was disastrous.
While always an Xbox fan, I found myself leaning towards the PS4. However, Sony’s approach to selling their console was not perfect either: while their console is arguably more user-friendly, the conference was riddled with low-blows and sarcasm aimed at Microsoft and the Xbox One.
During this increasing animosity, I decided to take a different approach. I took a more earnest look at what Nintendo has to offer, and I’m truly glad that I did.
Call of Duty vs. Battlefield: How Gamers Ruin Both… and Gaming
When competition ruins appreciation
by Michael Gilbert
© 2013 Michael Gilbert
This shooter is realistic because head shots kill people in one shot, this racer is awesome because my Camaro sounds really loud (just like Dad’s—for those of us with dads that have Camaros), this Mario game is fun because it makes funny sounds and I laughed my ass off (LMFAO for you more apt readers).
We also make comparisons based on games we did or didn’t like before.
Halo is better than Quake because the graphics are better, or, for a more ignorant comparison, World of Warcraft is the worst game ever “’cuz only nerds play that game. YOLO. Swagg.”
But what we fail to do is recognize the smaller accomplishments that actually construct a game’s ‘personality’, as I like to call it.
Something that comparing a game to another simply just can’t do.
What’s Next for Call of Duty?
The future examined
by Kent Sobey
©2013 Kent Sobey
Well, it’s about that time of year again since they seem to do their announcements around April or May, so I thought I would give it another shot.
I came close last time (granted, I used the scatter gun approach by guessing several different options) but it might be a little trickier this time because the Modern Warfare franchise has come to an end (or has it?).
So, what are the options?
Battlefield 4 Gameplay Premiere
Is this the next gen of warfare?
by Nicholas Laborde
©2013 Nicholas Laborde
Recently, a sequel has been teased via artwork and a website, leading up to now.
Finally, EA has delivered a whopping seventeen minute video on Battlefield 4... but is this truly the next generation of warfare?