Aperture Science is proud to announce its latest advancement in portal technology: The Aperture Science Heuristic Portal Pinball Device. After lab testing resulted in only minor casualties, the product has been certified to be shipped worldwide. This device comes equipped for fun with all the quality features you’d expect from an Aperture product. It’s got blue portals, orange portals, various cubes, and more robots than you can shake a stick at. Thanks to Aperture’s partnership with Zen Studios, Portal Pinball is available now for $2.99 as an add-on for Pinball FX 2 on Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Check out the trailer below to see the device in action.
The Enrichment Center would like to inform you that Zen Studios is teaming up with Valve to deliver a brand new pinball testing initiative. Portal Pinball will take you through Aperture Laboratories as you guide Chell and Wheatley through a series of test chambers. Help the duo escape the facility by infiltrating the Turret Factory, teaming up with Atlas and P-Body, and battling GLaD0S. Portal Pinball will quantum tunnel its way to Pinball FX 2 the week of May 25. Check out screenshots of the table after the jump.
Source: Zen Studios Blog
Seemingly everyone’s favorite PC developer-publisher hybrid, Valve, is planning to ship out prototypes of its so-called “Steam Box” micro gaming PCs within four months’ time. The Steam Box — of which there will be many varieties produced by different manufacturers, including one from Valve itself — aims to transplant the PC gaming experience into a living room near you.
Dedicated game consoles have dominated that space ever since the Nintendo Entertainment System brought the industry back from the precipice of what many prognosticators of the time thought was a no-continue bottomless pit the home console business had fallen into in 1985. Microsoft entered the console business in 2001 and has been anything but shy about its designs on owning the living room. Its next console, believed to be launching this holiday season, is no doubt being discussed by some individuals in Redmond this very moment. In addition to the usual competition from Nintendo and Sony, Microsoft’s next-gen Xbox will have to deal with Valve’s boxes attaching themselves to the back of consumers’ televisions like some sort of hidden bloodsucking leach.
Microsoft isn’t worried.
While physical retail software sales appear to have trailed off at this stage in the Xbox 360’s life cycle, XBLA has reportedly experienced its strongest year yet in 2012. …
Let us take you back in time. The year? 2001. When it comes to multiplayer gaming, the PC platform is king. Even up to present day, PC fans will still argue that it is the superior platform. They plea their cases, arguing that playing with a mouse and keyboard will allow you to have better gameplay and graphics are superior. While all of this can be true, there is one thing that you had to combat when you played on a PC: Hackers. Does the terms “Aimbots”, “White wallers”, “Speedhacks” ring a bell?
Nothing was more frustrating as an up-and-coming gamer to enter a server and see that fellow players were running through the maps at high speeds and getting headshots with a pistol from the entire length of the map away. One of the worst culprits with hacking was in Valve’s Half-Life Counterstrike. Even after Valve’s VAC (Valve Anti-Cheat) was released, it felt like you could not find one server that did not have at least one hacker in it.
Where is all of this going in terms of XBLA? Well, the folks over at Valve and Hidden Path Entertainmnent are looking to revive our love for the game by releasing: Counter-Strike Global Offensive, for the XBLA, PSN, and Steam network. The developers are tickling our nostalgia bone by offering updated versions of the eight classic maps (De_Dust, Aztec to name a few), as well as adding eight more maps. As seen in the videos after the break, the game has made significant advancements, and at 1200MSP is a steal for old and new fans of the Counter-Strike series.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive can be in your hands as soon as this summer. Developed by Valve in coordination with Hidden Path Entertainment, the newest installment in the Counter-Strike series will have …
Last week we took a look at the top five XBLA in-game songs that help establish a mood while you venture through five various games. But for this week let’s take a look at the top five XBLA end game songs that make the payoff for making your way through a campaign that much more sweet. These are the songs that mark an epic ending to a great adventure. The kind of song so good, it’s almost worth paying through the game a second time just to hear it again. But luckily we have YouTube for those of us who want listen over and over again. And with that said, let’s take a look at our list: