Starting next week, GameSpot is going to bring you The Lobby, a weekly live show where we’ll play games, talk with developers, bring you news highlights, and give away awesome prizes.
What are those prizes going to be? Unfortunately, they’re so big we can’t tell you, but you’ll be able to find out at exactly 12:05 PST on Tuesday.
The show itself will air every Tuesday at 2PM PST. And check out the behind-the-scenes look at the set in the image to the left! As GameSpot host Danny O’Dwyer explained on Twitter, it’s our spiritual successor to the On the Spot show, but with 100% more fine leather and rich mahogany.
And keep your eyes on GameSpot to learn more about the show and find out how you’ll be able to win all of our fabulous gaming prizes.
Three days after it started, the Twitch Plays Pokemon stream is only getting stronger. Against seeminly impossible odds, the stream now has four badges under their belt, and over 70,000 people are currently watching. Even if just a relatively conservative 10% of those people are actively taking part in the chat, that’s still 6k people trying to lead Red on his journey to become a Pokemon Master.
Responding to the the surprise success of the stream, Twitch’s VP of marketing Matthew DiPietro wrote the following in a message to GameSpot, “This is one more example of how video games have become a platform for entertainment and creativity that extends WAY beyond the original intent of the game creator. By merging a video game, live video and a participatory experience, the broadcaster has created an entertainment hybrid custom made for the Twitch community. This is a wonderful proof on concept that we hope to see more of in the future.”
The broadcaster chooses to remain anonymous, but he did share how the channel works. “I wrote a script in Python that listens for buttons said in chat and simulates a keypress for the corresponding button in the emulator. The script also outputs button presses to a locally-hosted website which provides the overlay. I use Open Broadcaster Software to merge the website and emulator output into a video feed that gets sent off to Twitch.
“SaltyBet incited my interest of automated Twitch streams with a heavy focus on viewer interaction. I thought that a collaborative attempt to complete a game would be entertaining to watch and participate in. Pokemon seemed like a natural choice due to its lack of reaction-demanding gameplay and very forgiving difficulty. When making it I didn’t know if anyone would be interested, it was intended more as a proof-of-concept.
“I didn’t have any expectations of how people would interact with the stream, but I was very curious. I thought most people would play around with it for a few minutes and leave but it’s very engrossing to a surprising amount of people. I never planned on this many viewers/players so I’m glad that it’s holding up as well as it is.”
The original story appears below.
Here’s a neat way to spend Valentine’s Day if you’re all alone (or just because you want to). Over on video streaming site Twitch right now you can take part in a crazy cool concept called “Twitch Plays Pokemon.”
An intelligently designed emulator allows viewers to input text commands like A, B, Start, and Select, which in turn control what happens in Pokemon Red/Blue. The video has been live for nearly 48 hours and viewers have, miraculously, already beaten the first gym and have a level 23 Pidgeotto.
There are currently more than 7,000 viewers on “Twitch Plays Pokemon,” and the chat is ablaze with commands. It’s a wonder to see in action, and simply proves that there are even more ways to enjoy 15-year-old video games.
The game is available starting now until Sunday, February 2, at 11:59 PM (PST). But if you miss out on the deal, there’s more Zelda coming soon: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is coming to the Wii U eShop (it’s been available on the regular Wii shop for a while), and there will be “a special Art Academy SketchPad event in Miiverse.” Unfortunately, there’s no announcement about bringing A Link to the Past to the DS eShop.
In related news, you might’ve seen that GameSpot gave our 2013 game of the year award to The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. If you haven’t played it, I’ve heard that game is pretty good.
Happy Friday! It’s time for our To-Do list, filled with sneak peaks of this weeks shows, chances to win awesome stuff, and of course the community challenge. For those of you who don’t know, the community challenge is a task that you must finish by Monday and can be anything from writing a feature to getting a high score in a game.
This weekend on GameSpot
On the Top 5 Skyrim Mods, we’ll be joining Kevin VanNord as he fights for his life across the Skyrim wilderness. There might also be some drunken hijinks and shenanigans to be had by your favorite Elder Scrolls hosts, Seb Ford and Cameron Robinson. Remember, you can tune in every Saturday at 12pm PST for the latest episode of the Top 5 Skyrim Mods Show. [ Top 5 Skyrim Mods Show Page]
Ever wonder why you feel more intellectual than the average non gamer? Well this Sunday at 12pm PST on Reality Check, Cameron will be giving you four reasons why video games make you smarter, explaining specifically what benefits video games have on the brain. [Reality Check Show Page]
This week’s episode of House of Horrors is going to be a little different than our previous episodes since Jess and Zorine are celebrating Australia day. Be sure to tune in this Sunday at 7pm PST where we’ll be playing Lucius, a psychological horror game from Shiver Games about the 6 year old son of Satan, enjoy! [House of Horros Show Page]
This week’s Community Challenge is about Nintendo. It’s been a hot topic here around the GameSpot offices. As you can see we’ve written about it, talked about it, heck it was even a discussion point on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show. So today we’re here to ask your opinion, should Nintendo move away from hardware? Should they open up their games to other platforms? Or are they perfect just the way they are? If you need some help coming up with ideas there are awesome conversations in the Nintendo forum. The community team has kicked off this challenge with their own blogs, so check out what ohaifrancy and digitaldame had to say. Agree or disagree, we want to hear what you have to say.
Once you have completed the challenge leave a link to your blog in the comment section below (leave us suggestions for future challenge to.) The community team will pick their favorites and feature them in Tuesday’s GameSpotting blog!
Wednesday is the day where we wrangle two of our GameSpot staff members to sit down and spend some time chatting with you, our lifeblood. The staff members are selected for a video, article, or review that they have published. They then will sit in the comments section of their content and answer all the community questions they manage to get to. If you don’t have any questions you can simply stop by and say hello. We love reading your comments and are excited to take the time to sit and chat with you.
Danny will be in the comments section at 1:00pm PST today to take your questions, comments, and feedback. Want to see more of The Point? The point goes live every Wednesday at 12:00pm PST be sure to subscribe to the show to receive notifications about the latest episode. [DANNY Q&A]
Nintendo has been the hot topic for the past couple of days because of recents news of their business model changes and news editor Justin Haywald had more than a few things to say about what Nintendo should do next.
In a recent article titled “Is the Wii U really doomed? Exploring the pros and cons of Nintendo’s next move?” Justin sat down with editor Tom Mc Shea to discuss some of the finer points about Nintendo’s battle plan, including whether they should go mobile, go third party, or simply get rid of the gimmicks. This article was extremely popular and we are sure many of your questions have gone unanswered. Justin will be in the comments section of this article starting at 1:00pm PST to take your questions and feedback. [JUSTIN Q&A]
Want to talk to a specific editor, video producer, or staff member? Tell us who you want to talk to and we’ll see about adding them to our Spot Talk lineup.
Capcom has released the dates for its Capcom Cup global qualifiers in a video the posted to YouTube today.
Today, Capcom released the dates for its Global Qualifiers for the 2013 Capcom Cup Finals on YouTube.
September 7-8 – Treta in Curitiba, Brazil. Winner qualifiers for Capcom Cup Finals
September 14-15 – The Fall Classic in Raleigh, North Carolina. Winner qualifiers for Capcom Cup Finals
September 22 – Tokyo Game Show Mad Catz Tournament in Chiba, Japan. Winner qualifies for Capcom Cup Finals
October 19 – Cafe ID in Seoul, Korea. Top 2 qualify for Asia Finals
October 26 – Location TBA in Taiwan. Top 2 qualify for Asia Finals
November 2 – Tough Cookie Gaming Cafe in Singapore. Top 2 qualify for Asia FinalsCup Finals
November 8-10 – Asia Finals at the Razer Headquarters in Singapore. Top 2 qualify for Capcom Cup Finals
October 12-13 – Play Expo in Manchester, United Kingdom. Winner qualifies for Capcom Cup Finals
October 12-13 – Shadowloo Showdown in Flemington, Australia. Winner qualifies for Capcom Cup Finals
The 2013 Evolution Championship Series Street (EVO) Fighter IV AE winner Ho Kun “Xian” Xian will have a direct invitation to the Capcom Cup finals.
The 2013 Capcom Cup was originally announced by Capcom during a panel at this year’s EVO. Capcom mentioned at the time that Capcom Cup would include both Street Fighter IV: Ultimate Edition and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 was not included in the video.
The prize pool for the event has not been announced yet.
Capcom Cup will take place on December 14 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in Burlingame, California. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. PST and the games begin at 10:00 a.m. PST.
Microsoft is taking applications for Kinect for Windows developer program; $399 payment required.
The Xbox One Kinect for Windows is now available for pre-order by developers, Microsoft has announced.
Revealed on the Microsoft website, the Xbox maker is taking applications from those who wish to take part in the Kinect for Windows developer kit program.
Accepted participants will receive a pre-release sensor and tools to assist with building applications when the program kicks off in November this year.
The program costs $399 (or “local equivalent”) and includes:
™ Access to the Kinect for Windows engineering team private forum and webcasts
™ Early SDK access (alpha, beta, and any updates along the way to release)
™ Access to all API and sample documentation
™ Pre-release/alpha sensor
™ Final sensor at launch
Applications close on July 31, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. PST, with successful participants to be notified in August.
The Kinect 2.0 will be included with the Xbox One, Microsoft’s next-generation console. For more on the latest Xbox One news, be sure to check out GameSpot’s Xbox One hub.
Tickets to this year’s BlizzCon in Anaheim to be made available in two batches in April.
Tickets for BlizzCon 2013 will go on sale in two batches later this month, Blizzard has announced.
The $175 tickets first go on sale at 7pm PST on April 24, with a second batch being made available at 10am PST on April 27.
BlizzCon 2013 will take place on November 8 and 9 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.
Additionally, a $500 ticket will go on sale Wednesday, May 1 which gives access to the BlizzCon Benefit Dinner alongside admission to BlizzCon itself, with proceeds going to the Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Only 200 of these will be made available.