I'm working on a small concept demo for a friend and I'm stuck on the UI. I'm trying to build something akin to an FPS interface (using mouse-look and the iconic WASD). I'm working in a Windows environment (Win7 to be precise), so I figured I'd use the standard Windows messaging system. So far I've managed to make use of the mouse effectively enough. However, I'm having problems with WASD. From what I can tell (yes, I use MSDN), character keys will be processed into WM_CHAR messages. That "wouldn't" be a problem if they weren't capital sensitive making "w" and …

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As is a custom now with the video game pre-orders, Activision released the first pictures today of their Hardened and Prestige collector editions of [I]Call of Duty: Black Ops[/I] today (August 12th). The $79.99 [I]Hardened Edition[/I] includes a copy of the game, a limited edition Black Ops Collector’s Medal with matching display case, four extra co-op maps, an exclusive Black Ops Xbox Live or PS Home avatar outfit, and comes enclosed in a premium SteelBook case. [ATTACH]16635[/ATTACH]The $149.99 [I]Prestige Edition[/I] is great for all the player’s sitting around in fatigues speaking to their friends in the phonetic alphabet. It includes …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16601[/ATTACH]According to a report released by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) yesterday (August 10), the video game industry put $4.9 billion dollars in the U.S. economy’s back pocket in 2009, laughing in the face of its financial ruin. The statistics, featured in [I]Video Games in the 21st Century: The 2010 Report[/I], show the gaming industry growing at a rate of 10% from 2005 to 2009, which was more than seven times the entire U.S. economy combined. Total sales were at $7 billion in 2005, raising to an industry high of $11.7 billion in 2008, before declining back down to $10.5 …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]16431[/ATTACH]Blitz Arcade, the downloadable division of Blitz Games Studios found themselves a World Record holder today, despite having accomplished this feat last year. With the creation of[I] Invincible Tiger: The Legend of Han Toa[/I] in 2009, Blitz now holds the Guiness World Record for the very first stereoscopic 3D console game. This was exciting news for the developer, as well as a fitting birthday present as [I]Invincible Tiger[/I] turns one year old this month. The game is a 70's Kung Fu movie-style side-scroller that sends gamers on a quest through China to reclaim the Star of Destiny. Although fully playable …

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Soundgarden, one of Seattle’s seminal grunge acts, is breaking new ground in the midst of a comeback, and I’m not talking about headlining the main stage at Lollapalooza this Sunday. With the release of their first album in over 10 years on Oct. 5--[I]Telephantasm: A Retrospective[/I]--the grizzled 90s vets are smashing video game industry guitars on their way back to center stage. [ATTACH]16372[/ATTACH]In conjunction with Activision’s new [I]Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock[/I], due out on Sept. 28, Soundgarden will be bundling their latest album with the initial million shipments of the game, marking the first time a retail CD has …

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According to reporters at [URL="http://www.pocket-lint.co.uk/news/news.phtml/13450/14474/Manhunt-2-given-UK-release.phtml"]Pocket Lint[/URL] it would seem that the controversial ban upon the sale of the equally controversial video game Manhunt 2 in the UK has been overturned. The site reports that the Rockstar Games developed title has been edited to the satisfaction of the British Board of Film Classification (which control certification of games as well as movies in the UK) and will be released with an adults only 18 certificate. Actually, that might not be quite true as it appears the BBFC twice rejected the title, and even went as far as taking the battle against …

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Six weeks ago I wrote that video game stocks were going to be a good play for the duration of 2007 - - and probably well into 2008. As I said at the time, anyone with a 12-year-old boy in the house recognizes the familiar hoots and hollers from the den or playroom, when the kids fire up the Wii and really get rolling. For my part, I don't mind as long as my boys balance out the Wii time with some fresh-air, outside time. Inside, I'm just happy a Wii console hasn't crashed through my TV screen. But the …

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I have to admit, on my perch here overlooking Wall Street, of the industries traders typcially jawbone about, video games arean't at the top of the list. Exhibit "A". At a dinner Wednesday night with three options traders over some Kobi steaks and some good wine, all the talk was about consumer stocks, and how they might be impacted by the ongoing credit crunch (in fact, August consumer confidence numbers released today are down a bit). On the other hand, I have two boys, both of whom choose their "good report card" rewards from one industry - - and one …

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The End.