Thursday, September 30, 2010

5 reasons that show the evolution of Civilization V

Since its release in 1991, Civilization established himself as a recognized not only in the genre of turn-based strategy, but in the history of video games. September is the month in which Civilization V is released and here are five reasons why you should not miss this new version.

1.Modificable. Civilization V will allow users to create weapons, characters, accessories and other objects by means of tools included in the title and make the experience something completely custom, best of all, these changes can be shared without restriction.

2. Renewal graph. Today's computers deserve a new visual appearance, Civilization V has stunning graphics, the units are very detailed, the historical leaders of different countries are more real and have more texture maps and terrain than ever.

3. Field. For the first time, the land is divided into hexagonal blocks, the traditional square behind us. What does this mean? No more stacking of units and a much more fluid. There will also be city-states controlled by the CPU ready to be conquered, make deals or negotiate diplomatic.

4. Technological breakthroughs. In previous releases there was an exchange of technology, now two civilizations that are at peace can make a pact to investigate and obtain rewards together.

5. Características.Un out of 18 new civilizations with their leaders, various conditions for success in the missions, units and unique buildings for each one, and Artificial Intelligence divided in four levels to taking care of things, are reason enough not to let this title.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Mafia II and the girls of Playboy

Mafia II, along with Dead Red Redemption, one of the games best atmosphere you can find in the shops this year. His story takes us through the America of the fifties, with changes in fashion, hairstyles, music and vehicles that occurred during the decade. Regardless of your gameplay, this is a title for nostalgia.

And one of the cultural influences that characterized the historical period was the emergence of Playboy magazine in 1953. Magazine for over 50 years has been part of American cultural scene offering its readers interviews and reports, as well as photographs of the most beautiful women in the world.

The developers of the game, 2K Czech, wanted to pay homage to the publication including some of the most famous cover girls in magazines of the time we can find on the stages of the game. Mafia II takes place in the imaginary town of Empire Bay, an urban mix between Chicago and New York. So you can be sure that the inhabitants had no shortage of kiosks where you can buy 50 copies of magazines with their "Playmates" cover.

In the online magazine PCGameTrek you will find a complete guide for all magazines, with illustrative videos and a map which marks its location.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Women still minority in the gaming industry

We know from recent reports that women ADES declared active gamers are already about 19% of the market. In a world where the user has always been mostly male, is good news for some time that this part will be balancing things.

However, in the workplace women remain a minority. According to a survey by the British Sociological Asiciación only 4% of employees in the gaming industry in this country are women. Even more troubling, if possible, taking into account that in 2006 it stood at 12%. The jobs have been consulted animation, programming, design, engineering, marketing and human resources.

According to the authors of the survey, the cause of the decline would be due to "high number of hours required in the industry." Of the 457 women surveyed, 43% argued that working in a video game company "required too many hours for their welfare." 32% work more than 45 hours per week and the rest of respondents exceeded this figure long, to 10% of them exceeding 56 hours per week. A rhythm that is not willing to support anyone, either male or female.

A more flexible working hours would reconcile family life and give the industry a better picture of labor market face. Another striking data is that 79% of respondents had no children.

Despite being a newly established industry, the gender gap also exists.

Source: PCGameTrek UK, Latest Online Gaming News

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Best Sites That You Can Find Latest PC Game Reviews

Here you can find links to all the best PC sites that offer PC game reviews, previews and news! Click on the text to be taken to the site!

IGN - One of the best gaming sites on the web, constantly updated news, along with great reviews and previews on many games.

Gamezone - Has many game reviews and interesting articles.

Gamespot - Great site with plenty of reviews, previews and cheat codes.

Gamefaqs - Part of Gamespot, this site has reviews and cheats, but also thousands of faqs and walkthroughs for hundreds of PC games.

1up - Great site with reviews, previews, cheats, game trailers and guides

PC Game Trek - A smaller site compared to the other commercial ones, though still rich in content and has many interesting sections that you wouldn't find on the bigger review sites.

Game Rankings - Takes reviews from game sites all around the Internet and ranks them. The rank is determined by the average score given by the reviewers. Also lists and ranks the all-time best and worst games.

You Gamers - Another great PC game review site featuring very up-to-date news in the world of gaming.

CVG - Computer and Video Games has been around since 1981 in magazine form. Has great reviews, previews, news and forums.

Tom's Hardware - A great site that reviews loads of different PC hardware and has news articles relating to the goings on in the PC world.

GamesRadar - Has plenty of reviews, previews and articles about new and upcoming games. Also has the latest cheats and game trailers.

PC Mag - Plenty of reviews and news about computing technology here. Top site and very professional. Also has resident columnists who discuss the latest issues confronting the PC world.

GamePro - Official site for the Game Pro magazine. Good amount of reviews and news. Has some nice prizes too.

Christ Centered Game Reviews - This is completely different to any other review site listed (or on the entire Internet!). It has a fair amount of game reviews, but unlike any review sites I've come across, it also has a 'morality score.' Check it out, pretty interesting! Oh, and it also has a 'verse of the day' from the bible.

Firing Squad - A game and hardware review site for the hardcore gamer! If you love overclocking and only stocking your PC with the absolute best, then this site is for you!

Yet Another Review Site - Exactly what the title says, though these reviews are written for gamers, by gamers.

Giant Bomb - According to the owners is "the world's largest editable video game database".