Quick Hit: The Tale of the Infinity Gems

From Comic Book Resources, an in-depth look at the Marvel Universe origins of the Soul (later Infinity) gems.  An excellent trove of Silver age panels tracing the origin and evolution of the gems. (via)

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I F’N KNEW IT a.k.a Proof I’m Not (completely) Crazy

Max Payne 3 ‘Cheater Pool’ is live

While spending some serious time this weekend emptying twin automatic 9mms into punks from Hoboken to Sao Paulo, it struck me that there some insanely frustrating details about Max Payne 3’s multiplayer. For instance:

Situation: I’m going to shoot an enemy, press fire; whoops, guess I’ll just lay down instead. Result: Get shot & die.

Situation: Spot a group of enemies below me, perfect time to throw a grenade! Pull out grenade and instead of throwing it, I’ll just hold on to it.  Result: Get shot & die.

Situation: See an enemy on the other side of a chain link fence, empty two automatic weapons at him. Result:  My guns are ineffective against chain link, yet somehow increase the damage of my enemies gun. Get shot & die.

Situation: Melee an enemy. Enemy does not die. Result: Get melee’d & die.

Situation: Spawn in front of the same enemy repeatedly. Result: Variable: take one step then get shot & die or stand still, get shot & die.

Beyond your run of the mill multiplayer nonsense though, there was a special brand of bullshittery happening and now I’m convinced at least one of my opponents was hacking. How? Well, you’re telling me I can’t kill a guy even though I get the drop on him & hose him down with bullets? That he can shoot through a building to kill me? That I keep spawning in front of him?  This was all in the same game, against the same guy. Aggravating on one hand, controller-throwing blind rage on the other.

But now news today from Rockstar Games, that a playlist has gone live where cheaters can nowonly play with other scum-sucking cheating bastards and can leave us honest grinders alone. I’m beyond glad to see that Rockstar is getting out in front of this issue, unlike Activision with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare & CoD: MW2. Towards the end of CoD4’s lifecycle people were flying. Flying.

Anyway, if you’re on PS3 and want some in Max Payne 3, my screen name is Savage6000. (Yes, my Rockstar Social Club handle is different.  Clearly I have identity issues.)

Max Payne 3 stats

**UPDATED** What Do You Think about OUYA?

OUYA Kickstarter page

A $99 Android based, hackable video game console.  Is this the future of gaming or is this the next OnLive?  The goal is admirable: to disrupt home console gaming, which let’s face it,  could probably use it.  But, is this just mobile apps blown up for the TV? It initially seems that way but it also seems ridiculous to limit what this device could be to what it will be initially.

Ultimately, this feels like it will be successful.  It’s already beaten it’s funding goal on KickStarter.  The desire to merge the app game creation space with what is still the center of the living room in the television is a tremendous opportunity and with such a low barrier to entry; how could this not take off?  I could see it moving in a similar fashion to the Xbox Kinect hacker movement, but even more so with a $99 price point as the entry.

Speaking of removing barriers to entry, the OUYA has even fewer than just the low price.  Every console is a dev kit! No licenses. No SDKs.  For programmers & developers who have Android experience, they can jump right in.

The interface (shown in the intro video on the Kickstarter page which WordPress will not  let me embed for some reason) looks like a cross between an AppleTV and Netflix, though maybe to you it looks like Roku or Boxee.  It’s tiles that flip around! Everyone uses flippy tiles!

The specs:

  • Tegra3 quad-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB of internal flash storage
  • HDMI connection to the TV, with support for up to 1080p HD
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth LE 4.0
  • USB 2.0 (one)
  • Wireless controller with standard controls (two analog sticks, d-pad, eight action buttons, a system button), a touchpad
  • Android 4.0

So, what do you think? Answer the poll or leave comments!  Maybe this is the future; instead of consoles and cable boxes we just collect sub-$100 set top boxes, stack ’em all up and use which one is applicable to our interest at that moment.

**07/11/2012 Update: Kotaku chimes in to throw a little bit of cold water on OUYA, arguing that “History is littered with the corpses of failed game consoles“. Definitely an interesting read and worth considering.

Super Golden Friends

(ed. note: Intrepid contributor ViciousPjuraHead is spending the summer in Italy and will be filing dispatches of a gaming or comic related nature, when he gets around to it.)

I may be in Rome for the summer but I’m not going to let that stop me from spending an inordinate time on YouTube, tracking down delighful Golden Girls mashups.