This Sunday sees Sony using household objects as controllers, Techland’s Dead Island still in development after 2 years of silence, and a 26-year old Easter Egg revealed in Donkey Kong
Sony Use Household Objects As Controllers
Sony seem to be really busy bees recently. After only just revealing their motion control wand at E3, Sony has patented new motion control technology with the unique ability of allowing gamers to use any real-world object as a controller. This technology will work using the PlayStation Eye Camera, which will read any object shown to it, then allowing the player to use it as a controller in-game.
The U-shaped block is an example used. When the Eye Camera reads the object and its position, this will give the player power to control the game world using the block. For example if the player is holding the U-shaped block upward, this activates a lightsaber type sword. When facing the block downwards this de-activates it. This patent could end up coming to nothing, or be a replacement for the wand which uses pretty similar technology, but anything allowing you to control a game using a packet of crisps sounds fascinating. [Siliconera]
Dead Island In Development
Zombie game Dead Island may have been quiet recently, but publisher Techland assure us that development is well underway. Nothing has been revealed since the game's announcement over two years ago, but Techland’s Blazej Krakowiak broke the silence saying “All we are allowed to say is that the game is in development and doing great and that all future updates regarding the game will come directly from the publisher”. The non-linear first-person shooter allowing you to use anything in your surroundings as a weapon will be coming out on the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3. [Bigdownload]
26 Year-Old Easter Egg Found In Donkey Kong
The coder responsible for writing the Atari 400 port of Donkey Kong revealed last year it contained an Easter Egg, but really wasn’t worth anyone’s time getting it. Someone has now finally found it. Don Hodges explains in order to get this Easter Egg you must first: set a high score of either 37,000, 73,000 or 77,000, after this kill off your remaining lives and make sure the last one is by falling, then set the game difficulty to 4. The reward for doing this? The programmer’s initials, LMD, appear in small writing at the bottom of the title screen. Head-bursting excitement or what? [DonHodges]