Will hefty price tags put gamers off of new motion controls?

26 06 2010

The 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo was a prime spot for both Microsoft and Sony to introduce their takes on motion controls for games in order to compete with Nintendo’s successful motion control game system, the Wii.

Both the 360 and PS3 will debut motion controllers, but will the cost be too much for gamers?

Both companies introduced their motion control accessories the Kinect and the Move, alongside an array of motion control enabled games at the expo, in an effort to capture “casual” and family gamers that have long been turning to the Wii for its ease of use and collection of games that are meant to appeal to a broad base of people.

However, both motion controls are featured as an accessory to an already existing system (the PS3 or 360) and not as a vital counterpart to play games, as par the Wii. This translates to a higher cost for the non-essential accessories in order for gamers to get in on the motion-control action. Read the rest of this entry »





The Pause Button’s video recap of DEVASTATION 2010

23 06 2010

The large gaming event known as DEVASTATION recently concluded over the past weekend at the Phoenix Convention Center in downtown Phoenix, Arizona.

The Pause Button’s own IncreaseBlue was there to cover the gaming, the players, and all of the rest of the action that went on at the event. The above posted video is a quick insight into how the event was set up, what went on, and the overall atmosphere of DEVASTATION as a whole.

For more information about DEVASTATION, visit their website or read some previous Pause Button posts about the 2010 event.

To view the full tournament bracket results, visit the DEVASTATION bracket result page.





DEVASTATION: Day 3 (The Finals)

20 06 2010

The grand finals for the DEVASTATION event began Sunday afternoon at the Phoenix Convention Center with the biggest and best players reserved for last, as they battled each other for the first place gold medals in their respective games.

Large bleacher seating was pulled out for attendees to watch the finals in true competition style.

The room’s setup changed to accompany the grandiose nature of the finals, as many of the casual setups and booths were taken out, and full stadium style bleachers extended out for attendees to watch the last matches of the event on the dual projection screens. Read the rest of this entry »





DEVASTATION: Day 2

19 06 2010

The second day of the DEVASTATION gaming event started off Saturday with packed rooms and stiff competition in the downtown Phoenix Convention Center.

Both gamers known as King Salmon and Kraziecd brought some intense matches early into the Soul Caliber 4 tournament.

Tournaments for Soul Caliber 4 and Marvel vs. Capcom 2 began the day on the large projection screens and treated the thousands of attendees to terrific and intense matches between players. Read the rest of this entry »





DEVASTATION 2010: Day 1

18 06 2010

The multi-game tournament event DEVASTATION kicked off competition Friday morning at the Phoenix Convention Center in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. 

Two large dual screens projected different game matches throughout the day.

The event opened up to attendees with casual setups for Halo 3, Tekken 6, Super Street Fighter 4, BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, and Soul Caliber 4, before starting off late-morning tournaments for King of Fighters XII and Tekken Tag Tournament. Read the rest of this entry »





Sony E3 press conference re-cap: The Move, PSN+, and no PSP2

15 06 2010

The Sony press conference at E3 Tuesday afternoon did not yield any grand system unveilings as Nintendo or Microsoft’s did prior, but it did address rumors and showed off its latest controller.

A demonstrator utilizes the Move controller on the Move-enabled game: Sorcery.

Jack Tretton, President and CEO of Sony, lined up several demonstrations to show gamers the full extent and power of their take on the motion controller, the Move. Read the rest of this entry »





Nintendo E3 conference recap: 3DS and Oldschool Gaming

15 06 2010

The Nintendo press briefing that took place Tuesday morning at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles offered up many plays on old game memories and the unveiling of Nintendo’s next big handheld jump.

Satoru Iwata holds up the new 3DS.

The biggest focal point of the conference was the unveiling of the 3D gaming handheld system, the Nintendo 3DS. Presented by Satoru Iwata, President and CEO of Nintendo, the 3DS shows off a new analog stick, 3.5 inch top screen display, two cameras apparently capable of taking 3D pictures, motion sensors, gyroscope, and of course, 3D graphical output. Read the rest of this entry »