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Bumper Daily News - 10th March 2012 - 3 Days Worth Of Top-Drawer Gaming News!

Unreal Engine Working On Web-based Flash Player

This is pretty crazy. I remember hearing a while back that Epic were working on making the Unreal engine compatible with Flash players, but I didn't really expect it to work. It's the kind of thing that sounds sounds like magic, until they actually do it. And they have. You can now go and play "Epic ciadel" for yourself. Granted, there's not much gameplay there, just clikcing to move around, but the implications for the future are potentially enourmous. Imagine these kinds of graphics taking the place of standard HTML-style presentation, or of games that can look this good, and are only available on a browser. Flash games just moved forwards about 10 years. Play it for yourself, below.

Epic Citadel - Flash Version

What're you still doing here?!?! GET EXPLORING!!!



The Walking Dead Facebook Game Coming Next Month

If you're not watching The Walking Dead then either you're a massive loser, or you just hate things that are popular. If you are watching the Walking Dead though, chances are this will tickle your fancy. A Facebook game will be launching sometime around April and will allow you to send your friends on missions, fight walkers in turn-based combat and even socialise with characters from the show. It all sounds very cool, so long as I don't have to pay 10 Facebook dollars just to reload my shotgun...

Facebook zombies? Sign me up!



Mass Effect 3 Sells 3.5 Million In Under A Week

Not much to say here other than congratulations to Bioware, and that I'm personally thrilled to see a game other than Call Of Duty DESTROY IT in the sales department. Game must be kicking themselves.

Shepard knows what sells: Violence, explosions and hot, alien sex. Boo ya!



Valve Have No Immediate Plans For A "Steam Box"

Rumours have been going round recently that Valve may be developing some kind of Steam Box, whatever that may be. Logically that would assume something close to a console that lets you play your Steam games like a console, but Doug Lombardi, Valve's Marketing Director, says that it doesn't exist:

"We're prepping the Steam Big Picture Mode UI and getting ready to ship that, so we're building boxes to test that on. We're also doing a bunch of different experiments with biometric feedback and stuff like that, which we've talked about a fair amount. All of that is stuff that we're working on, but it's a long way from Valve shipping any sort of hardware."

It might make sense one day, but why fuck with what already works? Steam is the best right now, no need to jeopardise it.

I Googled "Steam Box". I got this.



Original Portal 2 Concepts Were... Interesting

At the Game Developers Conference that took place over the course of a few days last week, a far few developers held talks concerning their games and philosophies and such. One of these talks was conducted by Valve Writers Erik Wolpaw and Chet Faliszek. They talked about how the game could potentially have had multiplayer, contained a cool Truman Show parody, could have been a prequel starring Cave Johnson as the antagonist, may have had Chell speaking and may not have even contained any portals. It's all pretty cool, and to be honest, all of those ideas would have been potentially incredible... though I'm glad Portal 2 came out the way it did. It was pretty perfect.

The more I think back, the better Portal 2 was. Fantastic.



Gabe Newell Is The 854th Richest Person On Earth

Valve sominate the headlines! Well, according to Forbes, the owner of Valve Software (a company worth over $3 billion) has made it onto the rich list. Gabe Newell, co-founder of Valve, is reportedly worth $1.5 billion, making him one of only 1,226 billionaires alive right now. Impressive stuff!

Cheer up mate, you're fucking WADDED!



And Finally...

Say Hello To Kara, Quantic Dream's Newest Tech Demo

Heavy Rain developers Quantic Dreamdecided to switch things up after Heavy Rain, creating a brand new engine, one which they say won't be quite as good as Avatar's, but damn close. The video below was taken with version 1 of this newest engine, they're now on version 3, which they say looks even better. Take a look, and see how you like it.



Reader Comments (8)

Mass Effect sucks dude, there's been a halo 4 trailer. this whole front page should be a giant video of the new halo 4 trailer. :D

March 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLuke d

I've played Halo 1, 2, 3 and Reach and I've also played Mass Effect 1, 2 and 3 and I can DEFINITELY say Mass Effect is better by a certain degree of infiniteness.

The Halo 4 trailer will be in the trailer round-up... unless it sucks, I've not watched it yet lol

March 11, 2012 | Registered CommenterGaZZuM

I played Mass Effect, it was a whole lotta talking and not much action. It's not a trailer really, just the developers talking about the new features with some small clips of gameplay, plus halo is not made by EA, who are absolute pricks.

March 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLuke d

lol, well first of all, EA aren't pricks, 2nd, Halo has some of the limpest action I've ever played and 3rd, Mass Effect games feature some of the best storytelling ever in pretty much any genre, let alone in a game. If all you're after is action then ofcourse a game with a rich backstory, interesting characters and fantatsic script won't be for you... Buit it's your loss.

March 12, 2012 | Registered CommenterGaZZuM

haha i bought Mass Effect 3. I'm playing through it now, I'm more of a multiplayer guy and Mass Effect 3s does not cut it really. The storys pretty good though.

March 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLuke d

Ps EA are pricks, they use online passes, ruining buying second hand and the ancient tradition of lending games off friends and their servers are awful, The amount of times FIFA is ruined by their servers is pretty disgusting.

March 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLuke d

Maybe you just need a better connection?... Lol. I think the online pass stuff is fine, if you're gonna wanna play the game online you just buy it new, it's not too big of a deal. If you're into Fifa enough, you're not gonna be buying that 2nd hand.

March 18, 2012 | Registered CommenterGaZZuM

Nah the EA servers for FIFA are awful. I kid you not it was on watchdog the other night lol for the issue of people disconnecting.

March 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLuke d

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