Wednesday, October 28, 2009

BrickGamers 38 - Gaming War Gear

If you're new to BrickGamers and wondering why the comic below is so hard to read, check back our past BrickGamers comic posts (under the mag label) to understand why :)

UPDATE! We've now enlarged our monthly BrickGamers comic (which appears in the GameAxis South-East Asia/SEA regional leading printed gaming magazine) to SVGA (800x600) size from the previous VGA (640x480) size after requests by readers! We'll go to XGA (1024x768) in due time! Click it below to enjoy the new bigger comics!

Moving on, this month's topic is about War Gear in Gaming, the electronic version of course - not the table-top role-playing game type of board games like Warhammer 40,000. We're sure many of you invest in such Gaming War Gear, it just depends on how much you're willing to invest - and how serious you are about gaming to utilise the best gadgets and devices to win in games. These days it's more about the type of hardware you have that will gain you advantages.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

MMO To a Casual Observer..

Any MMO players will be familiar with the standard routine of raiding AI camp, lure and kiting them out 1 by 1 to be killed within plain sights of the victim's comrades. To a casual observer however, the concept of this whole business can be very bizzare indeed...

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Australia's Zombies are less gorily

The strip is inspired by the news of Left 4 Dead 2 May Be Unbanned In Australia - Censored!
While we are aware of the possibility of "Off shore" edition might actually not work in Australia due to IP control but it is concluded the situation warrants a laugh from the above possible scenario.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Deadly Third World PING

If you have seen the movie Gamer you will get this. As cheesy and crappy as the show was, at least the show gave us the laughs of our lives when we realised this can actually happen - especially in Malaysia. Want to know more? Check out our comic that poked fun at Malaysia's so-called broadband Internet speed over on BrickTech in a previous post here.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

.NET Games for Windows - LIVE version 3

This is a cross-post between BrickGamers and BrickTech to help gamers out who may be having problems with modern games which rely on Games for Windows - LIVE online service from Microsoft.

This online software service is integrated into games like Halo 2, Gears of War, Grand Theft Auto IV, Fallout 3, Warhammer 40,000 - Dawn of War II, Street Fighter IV, Batman - Arkham Asylum, Resident Evil 5, and so on. You can see the full list of Games for Windows - LIVE here.

Keep in mind this is different from Games for Windows, which you can see the list here, but is categorised alphabetically. To see it as a whole page, go here.

To see an even bigger list, including upcoming games, and BOTH Games for Windows AND Games for Windows - LIVE games, check out this full list here.

So there's 2 types of Windows games? Sorta. You see, Microsoft, in order to "Get into the Game" so to speak, has ventured on a branding exercise to promote games which are designed for Windows with the "Games for Windows" moniker. The Games for Windows - LIVE is an enhancement which requires an online service component called Games for Windows - LIVE to be installed - even if you don't play that game online.

What this LIVE component does is enable linkage with you and other gamers who have the same such game installed - be it on the PC or Microsoft Xbox or Xbox 360 gaming console. Of course, if that said game doesn't support multi-player, then you can't play with others, but you can still link with them to see their scores, chat, etc.

The whole idea is to integrate Windows gamers with Xbox gamers, since in many places in the world, like Malaysia, Microsoft doesn't launch the Xbox here. This is due to rampant piracy and slow broadband, making Xbox LIVE online gaming service being not condusive for Microsoft. Their ultimate aim is to link up all users of Microsoft products to LIVE Anywhere. Feel free to make jokes if you reverse the LIVE word above, it becomes...EVIL :)

Anyway, this Games for Windows - LIVE also ties up with their Windows LIVE online services, which the most popular being Windows LIVE Messenger, followed by Windows LIVE Mail. So what's this got to do with gamers?

Some Windows XP gamers are unaware the latest Games for Windows - LIVE, version 3 (30MB), requires Microsoft's .NET Framework software to be installed, with the latest being version 3.5 Service Pack 1 (200MB). Games for Windows - LIVE, version 2 (20MB), does not require .NET to be present. You can see what's new with version 3 here.

By the way, if you're having problems installing the MSI (Microsoft Installer) installation file of Games for Windows - LIVE version 2 above, your MSI might be outdated. You can get the latest version 4.5 here.

Going back to XP Games, so if you're having problems playing some of the new games on XP which need Games for Windows - LIVE, you can either install Games for Windows - LIVE version 2, or go for version 3 but you'll need .NET as well. Some of you may already have .NET for games like Sims 3 which need it. Of course, if you have Windows Vista or Windows 7, it comes with .NET already.