This week in gaming – Week Ending in 4/27

This Week in Gaming
(For the week ending in April 27th)


Royal Flush Magazine’s GamerGal runs through all the gaming news for the week that was
as we prepare for the week ahead.

This Week we run through:

  • Quick Hits – Featuring Quantum Conundrum Hijinks, Extra Credit discusses gaming harassment, and Adam Sessler leaves G4
  • Daily Breakdown – Featuring Max PayneGhost ReconFIFAHitman, and more!
  • In case you missed ‘em… – Run through on the latest from the staff at Royal Flush Magazine

Let’s get started!


QUICK HITS — THE MOST NOTABLE NEWS OF THE WEEK!

QUANTUM CONUNDRUM HIJINKS!
The folks at iam8bit and Square Enix are teaming up for a top secret event in the Los Angeles area!

[iam8bit has] teamed up with [their] pals at Square Enix to create a rather crazy experiment…and need your help!

It’s all in conjunction with this summer’s release of Quantum Conundrum, a new puzzle game from super-creative designer and co-creator of PORTAL™, Kim Swift, and developer Airtight Games.

While [iam8bit] can’t give away too many details, if you’re chosen to participate (as only 50 lucky people will be), it’s quite possible you’ll be transported to another dimension, all in the name of science. Seriously, we’re not messing around. And that’s all we can say!

All the non-secret details can be found here: http://www.iam8bit.com/quantumconundrum/.

STREET FIGHTER 25TH ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE – FAN ART DEADLINE
Looking to celebrate the upcoming 25th Anniversary for Street Fighter? I can’t think of a better way than to sketch, paint, or create a sculpture to submit to celebrate over 25 years of Street Fighter! The deadline is quickly coming up!

Adam Sessler bids adieu to G4
To the shock of many this week, the long time staple in the world of gaming, Adam Sessler issues a statement which confirms to all that he was indeed leaving G4 and hosted his very last episode of X-Play last week. We all wish him the best! G4’s loss.

Extra Credits – Harassment
This week the folks at Extra Credits, tackled “the rampant bullying, misogyny and hate speech that occurs within the gaming community.” However, everyone thought it was the right time to clutter the internet with more articles on the Cross Assault incident. It’s time that people see past that and see that it’s not just a FGC issue. But this week’s episode is still worth watching.


DAILY BREAKDOWN
NOW LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED THIS WEEK!

Monday – April 23rd, 2012

Max Payne 3 for PC: New Screens and Details Including System Specs and Digital Pre-Order Info Screenshots, specs and pre-order info! Oh my!

Rockstar unleashed all the juicy PC details for their upcoming Max Payne release.
Max Payne 3 PC System Specifications

Operating System:
Windows 7 32/64 Service Pack 1, Windows Vista 32/64 Service Pack 2, Windows XP 32/64 Service Pack 3

Processor:
Intel Dual Core 2.4 GHZ – i7 3930K 6 Core x 3.06 GHZ / AMD Dual Core 2.6 GHZ – FX8150 8 Core x 3.6 GHZ

RAM: 2GB – 16GB

Video Card:
NVIDIA® 8600 GT 512MB VRAM – NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 680 2GB VRAM / Radeon HD 3400 512MB VRAM – Radeon HD 7970 3GB VRAM

Sound Card:
100% Direct X 9.0 compatible – Direct X 9.0 compatible supporting Dolby Digital Live

HDD Space: 35 GB

DVD Drive

Please refer to your hardware manufacturer and www.rockstargames.com/support for current compatibility information. Some system components such as mobile chipsets, integrated, and AGP graphics cards may be incompatible. Unlisted specifications may not be supported by publisher.

Max Payne 3 for PC will be available May 29th in North America and June 1st in Europe, with the Special Edition available in North America exclusively through GameStop and throughout Europe from select retailers. For those who prefer their PC releases served up via digital download, you can pre-purchase Max Payne 3 from select digital retailers and receive pre-order bonus content including some of the bonuses from the Special Edition (The Classic Multiplayer Character Pack & Disorderly Conduct Multiplayer Weapons Pack).

UBISOFT® ANNOUNCES FUTURE NFL SENSATION JUSTIN BLACKMON AS SECOND MEMBER OF TEAM GHOST


Tuesday – April 24th, 2012

EA SPORTS UEFA EURO 2012 Digital Expansion Pack to FIFA Soccer 12 Available Today!

(Photo: Business Wire)

Electronic Arts Inc. announced today that EA SPORTS™ UEFA EURO 2012™ is available in North America and Europe as a paid digital expansion pack to fans who own EA SPORTS FIFA Soccer 12 on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system, or PC.

… Fans will be able to compete for glory as their favourite European country in the UEFA EURO 2012™ tournament against rival nations in the group stage, progress through the sudden victory knockout rounds, and ultimately compete for the chance to be crowned UEFA EURO 2012™ champion.

Today EA SPORTS unveiled plans to determine the best players in the world playing UEFA EURO 2012 on the PlayStation®3 and Xbox 360®. The two best players on each console will be determined through a series of online qualifiers. Those players will meet in the championship final on the pitch at Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, hours before their heroes step onto the same pitch to compete for the UEFA EURO 2012™ championship. Competition details are available at www.ea.com/intl/football/1/euro12-tournament

EA SPORTS and Coca-Cola Zero™ are teaming up to deliver an online service that will drive real-life story lines from the UEFA EURO 2012™ qualifying campaign and during the tournament into the game, enabling fans to relive dramatic moments with challenges based on real-life matches. Fans are able to submit matches and vote on the ones they want to replay by visiting the EA SPORTS football community at http://www.facebook.com/easportsfifa. Challenges that receive the most votes will be pushed into the game weekly between April 27 and July 5, 2012. Challenges will enable fans to earn experience points and level up their EA SPORTS Football Club profile.

 

SNK PLAYMORE USA Releases IKARI III: THE RESCUE on PlayStation® Store
SNK PLAYMORE are continuing their “retro-arcade emulation” project with yet another title I’m not fully aware of but maybe someone out there would be able to enlighten me about it. Ikari III joins Athena and various other noteable SNK titles this week. It can be found as a PlayStation® minis title on PSP® (also compatible with PS3™), via the “New Releases” category and the “SNK NEOGEO” Featured Publishers page available on the PlayStation®Store


Wednesday – April 25th, 2012

MARVEL VS. CAPCOM 2 FIGHTS ITS WAY TO THE APP STORE
Fighting games have seem to have found a home in iOS, so it’s no shocker that Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is now available for iOS devices. Feel free to check out the game in the app store.

 

Ice Age: Continental Drift – Arctic Games is Announced!
Just in time for the upcoming Summer release of the next Ice Age movie, Activision has announced Ice Age: Continental Drift – Arctic Games.

Get ready to brave the icy cold glacial games in Ice Age: Continental Drift – Arctic Games, from Activision, in partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products. Developed by Behavior Interactive, Ice Age: Continental Drift – Arctic Games is the video game extension of the upcoming fourth installment of the Ice Age franchise, Ice Age: Continental Drift, where gamers of all ages can use teamwork or go head-to-head as Manny, Sid, Diego and their furry friends in motion controlled competition that’s fun for the whole family. Ice Age: Continental Drift – Arctic Games is planned to arrive on shelves this summer on the Wii™ system from NintendoNintendo 3DS™ and DS™ hand-held systems, and Kinect™ for Xbox 360® from Microsoft.

For more information on Ice Age: Continental Drift – Arctic Games please visit www.activision.com, and for more information on the feature film head over to www.IceAgeMovie.com.

The game is rated “E” (Everyone) by the ESRB.

EA and ESPN Announce Calvin Johnson, Jr. as the Fan-Voted Madden NFL 13 Cover Athlete
Another year and another NFL athlete joins the Madden cover ranks. Below is a look at the game details and trailer.

… To complement the Madden NFL 13 season kickoff, the first game details were released via the feature Playbook today, with additional details to be released leading up to the game launch on August 28.

Presentation — Madden NFL 13 delivers world-class presentation with an entirely new look and feel; plus, new commentators bring the game’s broadcast to life.

Gameplay — With a revamped passing game and the all-new read and react defensive AI system, Madden NFL 13 achieves greater realism on the virtual gridiron on both sides of the ball.


Thursday – April 26th, 2012

SQUARE ENIX | DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION – ULTIMATE EDITION FOR MAC NOW AVAILABLE

Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in the Americas, today announces the critically acclaimed and best-selling action-RPG video game DEUS EX®: HUMAN REVOLUTION™– Ultimate Edition for the Mac is now available at local and online retailers in North America for US $49.99.

For more information about Deus Ex: Human Revolution, log on to http://www.deusex.com. To check out information exclusively about the Ultimate Edition, visit: http://www.feralinteractive.com/deusexhr.


Friday – April 27th, 2012

KINGDOM HEARTS 3D [Dream Drop Distance] Screenshots



HITMAN: ABSOLUTION Screenshots


In case you missed ’em…
Just a quick recap on what the latest from RoyalFlushMagazine.com


ZUMA’S REVENGE (DS) – RETURN OF THE CASUAL GAME
Zuma’s Revenge (Popcap Games) is the sequel to the original game, Zuma. In it, you must survive a newly evolved world of Zuma that is ruled by evil tiki bosses. You play as a frog spitting colored balls to knock out paired matches of balls travelling along a predetermined path toward a skull. The balls which are travelling along the path consist of both the colored ones and special power up ones entered randomly and according to the game mode. If the balls create a consecutive match of at least three, the segment disappears. The object is to keep performing this action until a meter is filled, causing the train of balls to stop. From here, simply clear out the remaining balls to finish the level and move on to the next. Its repetitive in its simplicity, but that’s to be expected in a casual game.

 

THIS AVENGERS MOVIE LOOKS GREAT

 



WALKING DEAD RELEASE TRAILER
I can’t speak for everyone here at Royal Flush, but I like Walking Dead; the zombie violence, human drama… unlike most zombie works, the world of Walking Dead feels like it could really happen. I also enjoy Tell Tale and Adventure games, I case you didn’t notice from my favorable reviews of Sam and Max from literally forever ago.

The Walking Dead the game is a new story in the comic universe and will be broken up into five Episodes starting today and rolled out over each next month or so.
Check out the story trailer and screenshot on the full page.


RED VS BLUE SEASON 10 TO FEATURE ELIJAH WOOD
No, not the Venezuelan look alike either; the real, nine fingered, ring toting Elijah Wood will be featured on Red vs. Blue as the A.I. Stegma. Check out the trailer here!



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GamerGal // Pop Culture Editor

GamerGal, more commonly known as Dani, is a Pop Culture Editor for Royal Flush Magazine. She is a lover of all things gaming. Her favorite game franchises include Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Kingdom Hearts, Halo, Dance Dance Revolution, and Rock Band. When not gaming, she’s navigating the dangerous waters of Web Development while having a long lasting love/hate relationship with IE7.

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