2008 has been an amazing year for videogames, many beautiful titles for all the consoles and Pc.
Fallout 3 (Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3). This is absolutely my favored game. Fallout 3 is an action role-playing game released by Bethesda Game Studios. It is the third major game in the Fallout series, which has also spawned the spin-offs Fallout Tactics and Fallout: Brotherhood of Steel.
It takes place in the year 2277, 36 years after the setting of Fallout 2 and 200 years after the nuclear war that devastated the game’s world. The game places the player in the role of an inhabitant of Vault 101, a survival shelter designed to protect a small number of humans from the nuclear fallout. When the player’s father disappears in mysterious circumstances, the player is forced to escape from the Vault and journey into the ruins of Washington D.C. to track him down.
The game is set in a redesigned rendition of Liberty City, a fictional city based heavily on modern day New York City. It follows Niko Bellic, a war veteran from Eastern Europe, who comes to the United States in search of the American Dream, but quickly becomes entangled in a seedy underworld of gangs, crime, and corruption.
Fable II (Xbox 360). Fable II is an action role-playing game developed by Lionhead, published by Microsoft Game Studios. The sequel to Fable and Fable: The Lost Chapters, it takes place in the fictional world of Albion, five hundred years after Fable’s setting, in a colonial era resembling the time of highwaymen or the Enlightenment; guns are still primitive, and large castles and cities have developed in the place of towns.
The game begins in the city of Bowerstone, where a young child known as Sparrow and older sister, Rose, dream about living in Castle Fairfax, the home of Lord Lucien. The game then develops into a great epic drama, when Sparrow becomes adult and an hero, fighting Lucien that reveals to be the evil guy.
X³: Terran Conflict (Pc). Last but not least, my favored space sim series. X³: Terran Conflict is a space combat simulator from German developer Egosoft and is the culmination of their X series of computer games. It complements the known story of previous games with the history of the solar system in the years after Kyle William Brennan’s jump into the X-Universe and the events after the end of X3: Reunion.
Compared to X3: Reunion, Terran Conflict features a larger universe, more ships, and entirely new missions which were created though the new Mission Director system. The flight control using a mouse was improved and the interface reworked to feature a new context menu system. The Terran faction was added with their own set of gigantic stations, powerful ships and technology. Many new weapons systems were developed such as smart swarm missiles and ships with multiple missile turrets.
Seems that Technology industry will have enough difficulties in 2009, considering the global nature of the recession, but smartphones and netbooks will sell well.
Smartphones are mobile phones with Personal Digital Assistants hearts. They offer features that can not be found in standard phones, like MP3 players, Web browsers, Bluetooth, Voice recording, Digital cameras, Video recording, GPS. And of course there are also innovative games that use the power of the smartphones systems.
Many consumers in 2009 will upgrade from old cell phones to smartphones and they will buy special services or software especially designed for these nice gadgets.
Netbooks are very small, light-weight laptops, primarily used for Internet based services such as web browsing, e-mailing and instant messaging. They are also suitable for office and educational software.
In 2009, consumers will buy also these mini-notebook computers. Industry sources say computer makers sold more than 11 million netbooks worldwide in 2008, and netbook sales will double in the new year.
A friend asked me if there is any connection between my Weblog and the Avnet Tech Games… well, no connection at all! But I think I can dedicate a post to explain what are these “Tech Games” because the topic is very interesting.
The Avnet Tech Games is an annual multidisciplinary technology competition open to all colleges, institutes and universities in Arizona. The event offers students the opportunity to apply what they are learning in school to real-world scenarios. Teams of students compete to win prizes and scholarships.
The games are very different, I can’t explain all of them, but I’ll talk about the ones I like most.
AMD Build and Tune the Fastest Computer – Teams compete in two phases: First phase is a timed event on building a computer the fastest. In the second phase, teams compete to tune the computer to perform the fastest. Scores are combined to determine finishing order.
This can bring important results for every pc user.
Robot Race Obstacle Course – Using the Standard LEGO Mindstorm® NXT Robot kit, each team will have five hours to build and program a robot to maneuver around an obstacle course and to perform a set of predefined tasks. The robot that is best able to complete the event with the fastest time wins.
I had a very unusual problem with my Xbox 360. The component video after a “green” screen, stopped working. I tried everything, I contacted the customer service. The person at the call center was very kind, I must say that Microsoft call centers are the best. Well, I reset the video settings using the “Y + Right Trigger” combination at the startup, as suggested by the Microsoft technician. Nothing… the video was dead. Unlucky? Read the rest.
Since I don’t want to wait the necessary weeks for the substitution of the console, I decided to buy an Xbox Elite.
I must say that the old Xbox 360 had also other problems, like the drive not opening (I had to “slightly touch” it everytime to make it open) and also the rear usb port fried (too hot there!!)
Ok, so, I bought this beautiful Xbox Elite, the perfect console! I was happy to setup everything and play again with my favourite games. I started the console… System error! The 120gb HD was fault!
So I went back to the shopper, and he kindly gave me another black HD. Ok, it works and finally everything is ok…. but… hey… anyone had a similar unlucky experience?
But I’m back in control of my games. This is the important and happy part of the story, and Xbox is still my preferred console.