Archive for March, 2012


In case some people haven’t realized yet I’m a BIG Assassin’s Creed fan and have been from the very beginning.  I’ve played too many hours wandering through Acre, Masyaf, Roma, Firenze, and Constantinople.  These images give us a better idea of what the landscape and environments will be.  I’m very excited that, once again, there’s been screens that have been leaked regarding AC3.  It does make me wonder if this is Ubisoft’s way of doing “viral” marketing that has become so popular these days (ie: MarkOfTheSpiderMan.com).  I’m not complaining if it is, but I think Ubi has enough clout around them that it would still be a big deal if they officially released images of the game.

Well without further adieu, feast your eyes on the ASSASSIN CANOE! 😛

The Apple iPad 3 launch event will be kicking off any minute now…

What do you think we’ll be seeing?

  • iPad 3 with Retina Display?
  • Apple HDTV?
  • Macbook Pro update?

Only time will tell so I’ll update after the event!

[Update]

Well it’s been a week or so since Apple’s big announcement.  I have to admit I’m a little underwhelmed by the whole thing.  It was an iPad, but it wasn’t the iPad 3.  The formal name for the new iPad is just that, the New iPad.  Now I know what you’re thinking, okay tell me what the name is…Let’s not get into the whole “Who’s on first?” gag, k?  That’s the name of it, the New iPad.  So, I didn’t take marketing in college and I don’t claim to be great at marketing, however I do think this is a terrible name.  This makes me wonder what the name of the next iPad will be.  Will it be the iPad 3?  Or better yet, it’ll be called “the Newer iPad,” the one after that will be “the Newest iPad,” and finally the one after that will be “the New New Girlfriend iPad.”  Okay, so enough criticism.  Beyond the silly name there’s something to be a little excited about.  Let’s start with the stats.  Rather than listing them all out myself I’m providing a screen shot from Engadget that they’ve already done:

Now if none of that makes sense to you let me sum it up for you… It’s 4G/LTE-ready and sporting a higher resolution Retina display that Apple iDevices have become known for.  To compliment the high resolution screen is the upgraded rear-facing camera, so now it matches up with the iPhone 4/4S rear camera. Alternatively, other updates are its processor, which is now sporting Apple’s A5X chip.  I will admit I was a little bummed that it wasn’t the A6 chip that Apple is already using in their Mac laptops and towers, but it’s still a step up and it’s definitely not something to sneeze at.  The great thing is even with the extra horsepower under the screen it’s still toting the 9-10 hour battery life as its predecessor.  There’s one downside to this digital wizardry, though, the New iPad actually weighs a little bit more, but still not that heavy (ie: you still can’t lay down in bad and watch something without the risk of the new meme I just coined “FacePadding.”

The other thing the Cupertino team skimmed over (and I mean skimmed) was the newly updated Apple TV.  Not to do the same as Apple, but here’s a quick overview.  Basically it’s the same great Apple TV except with some UI updates and the introduction of iCloud’s Photo Stream.  It’s still only $99 which is a great deal since it’s now supporting 1080p video output.  It’s still has the A5 chip inside so there’s really nothing else that’s new with the Apple TV.  I could get into the nitty gritty, but that’s really it.

Now it wouldn’t be an iDevice release with an update to their mobile operating system, iOS.  It, too, received an update on the day of the conference.  It was upgraded from iOS v5.0 to v5.1.

It was mostly bug fixes, however AT&T users can now claim that they’re on a 4G network when that’s not exactly true.  It did, however, introduce two great features that will help the “every person” in their everyday use.  The lock screen permanently displays the camera icon and can now be accessed by swiping the lock screen upward.  This opens the camera and unlocks the phone simultaneously.

When iOS 5.0 came out I turned Photo Stream on in iCloud and suddenly all the photos I had taken were uploaded and I had no ability to delete them…until now.  Now iOS 5.1 fixes that problem and grants you the ability to delete photos from your Photo Stream in iCloud.  You can either select the photo and click the trashcan icon, just as you would a picture in your camera roll.  You can also click the little “share” icon in the bottom left, select however many photos you’d like, click “Delete,” and *POOF* they’re gone forever from your Photo Stream.  Note, however, that if you didn’t delete the image from your Camera Roll then it will still be on your phone.

So that’s basically it for the Apple Conference…until the fall when they release the New iPhone (j/k).  Stayed tuned for my next article coming up.  Let’s just say the game industry and game canon may never be the same again…

Last week was filled with new flurries revolving around the upcoming Assassin’s Creed game, titled Assassin’s Creed 3. It all started when Game Informer magazine posted a promo banner for the new hub on their site for AC3 with them quickly pulling it down.  Later we found out that the first link in the hub would be the cover reveal for the next Game Informer magazine.  Next up was some leaked concept art that we now know is the cover for the special pre-order edition of the game, currently being displayed by BestBuy.com.  Then Ubisoft, either causing this frenzy or succumbing to the frenzy, whetted our appetites with the cover art for the standard editions for the game.  Many new outlets displayed the imagery, however I think Joystiq did it best. Next there was more supposedly leaked images (which didn’t look fake at all) with screen shots with what look like in-game images.  By the closing of Friday the gaming industry was in an impatient uproar as AssassinCreed.com was updated with a snowy battlefield background and a countdown timer.  It was ticking down to Monday morning (today)…

Finally the wait was over.  At 9 AM this morning Ubisoft relaunched the Assassin’s Creed website for their upcoming Assassin’s Creed 3 game.  IGN also did a live reveal and trailer analysis in which they also revealed more information.  If you watch the trailer below you’ll notice the Assassin’s weapon of choice was nowhere to be found, however IGN confirmed that the hidden blade will indeed still be in the game.

I don’t know about you, but I’m as excited as can be regarding this news.  I’m excited for the departure from well established cities and the order that comes from being well established.  As we see Desmond off in his final outing I’m anxious to see how travel will work as we sprint across the trees instead of rooftops.  I pose one question though, will haystacks be replaced with snow drifts? Maybe we’ll get our answers at PAX East in Boston or PAX Prime in Seattle.  Only time will tell and on October 30th we’ll have our answers.

[UPDATE: Just found this image that is pretty bad ass.  Still no sign of the hidden blade, but we see a sweet new dagger.]

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