Lionel Messi ads boosts WeChat to 100 million users outside of China

Lionel Messi WeChatMessaging app WeChat moved from 70 millions users outside of China to 100 million, according to Tech in Asia.

China’s largest web company Tencent, the makers of WeChat, tapped football star Lionel Messi in July as its new global ambassador and TV ad star. Billboards and TV spots featuring Messi appeared in numerous countries, which seem to have accelerated WeChat’s registered user base outside of China. WeChat went from 50 million users to 70 million in six weeks and from 50 million to 100 million in three months.

WeChat’s last reported total registered user base was 400 million. Tencent revealed yesterday in its Q2 2013 earnings report that 236 million of its 400 million registered users are monthly active users.


World’s fastest Tetris player shames your gaming skills


So, you think you’re a bad dude at a particular video game? Well, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll ever be as talented as this cat at Tetris.

Itagaki to be playable in upcoming Saints Row

Courtesy of Joystiq

As if Saints Row: The Third wasn’t crazy enough, it just got crazier. Well-known Japanese video game designer Tomonobu Itagaki will be featured as a playable character in THQ’s open-world adventure game.

GameSpot reported the feature during a demo at the Tokyo Game Show. Using the title’s customization options, the developers were able to create an in-game version of Itagaki. Read more of this post

Microsoft’s slim Xbox 360 compared to an original

Scott picked up a new 360 today and we thought we’d share its glossy paint job with some moving pictures, enjoy.

Check back in a few days for Scott’s shakedown of the system.

Microsoft’s Kinect priced by online retailers at $150

If you haven’t heard yet then here it is:, GameStop, Best Buy along with other retailers have priced the new accessory for the 360 at 150 stones along with the first round of Kinect games, which GameStop has priced at the usual $60.

Ubisoft E3 2010 news conference: Ghost Recon Future Soldier, Rayman Origins and Michael Jackson

Child of Eden: The creator of Rez and Lumines, Tetsuya Mizuguchi started the show off with his new game Child of Eden. Like the other games, Child of Eden throws a barrage of psychedelic colors and electronic music at the player while their actions change the beat, rhythm and colors. The kicker is Child of Eden is played with gestures thanks to Project Nat … Kinect.

Opinion: I’m not a big fan of motion controls, especially on the Wii and my brief experience with Sony’s Move controller at GDC tells me the same story, but this game may have sold me on buying a Kinetic. And if it’s as good as the original Lumines was on the PSP then it may be worth all the blood I’ll need to sell to buy it.

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood: Ezio returns to this new installment of Assassin’s Creed story as a leader of an posse of white-hooded assassins against the Knights Templar in 1500’s Rome. This will also be the fist Assassin’s Creed game to feature multiplayer.

Opinion: I think this is a case of the rumors being more interesting than the truth. A couple of months ago I heard that the new Assassin’s Creed was going take place in World War II and, at the time, I was finishing up that god-awful game The Saboteur and it game me a glimmer of hope that there could be a decent sandbox game in World War II. Other than that it’s good to see that they’re adding multiplayer to the mix and the animation, especially in the combat, looks good.

Shaun White Skateboarding: According to Ubisoft the premise behind Shaun White Skateboarding is having everything be an opportunity to skate on. The game is also taking a page out of The Saboteur because the world starts out in black and white and as you skate around the world color and life pops into the world. Another feature of the game is being able to build rails and lines that are built in real time which can open up new areas in the game and replacing the drab buildings with quarter pipes and rails. It’s also in 3D.

Opinion: Honestly, this looks like another adaptation to the old Tony-Hawk system. I appreciate the steps they’re taking with the color scheme and the custom lines, but after games such as the Skate series I’m underwhelmed by the flying tomato’s new game.

Battle Tag: Laser tag that syncs with your computer.

Opinion: If I was nine-years-old or my name was Barney Stinson then this idea would be legen — wait for it — dary.

Innergy: This is a game that’s supposed to help you relax by reading your heart rate via a sensor that attaches to your finger. Think of it as Brain Age for stress management.

Opinion: Innergy: The Wii Vitality Sensor Strikes Back

Motion Sports: Wii Sports from Ubisoft with Kinect.

Opinion: Yay …

Raving Rabbids Travel in Time: The rabbids are back and are traveling around in a time-traveling washing machine on the Wii.

Opinion: These stupid things are one of the best new icons in gaming, yeah I said it, but I’m not sure how much longer Ubisoft can keep going with these games before they become another obsolete annoyance.

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier: Killing terrorists with robots, exoskeletons, smart bullets and cloaking devices in a future coming soon. Ubisoft has taken the prototypes of the near future and applied them to their game. The most notable is the active camouflage which lets players walk around unseen by the enemy. In the demo the Ubisoft team played as the Ghosts who were infiltrating an Northern European town to kidnap a VIP. The game will be available to be played in four-player co-op and in 3D.

Opinion: As cool as this game looks with all it’s new toys of destruction I’m a worried about the gameplay. Why? Because if I can walk around the battlefield invisible while capping dumb-ass Russian soldiers who are too stupid to hear a pair of combat boots sneak up behind them then it sounds too easy and broken. Granted they didn’t go into any detail about how it camo system will work, but I didn’t see any indication on the HUD of a timer or a meter.

Driver: San Francisco: Players take up the wheel as John Tanner an detective aiming to take down a convict, Charles Jericho. Ubisoft says this plays into the plot of the game and as the two have been rivals since the second Driver game. Ubisoft boasts that there will be over 100 cars, all of which will be taking damage if players get sloppy and decide raise their imaginary insurance rates. The game also features the ability for Tanner to jump from car to car on the fly in the middle of a chase allowing for gamers to change directions and set up crashes instantly.

Opinion: Big fan of chase movies, not a big fan of chase games because they’re too repetitive. Also the idea of jumping from car to car seems a bit stupid. First impression of this game is I wouldn’t pay full price for it.

Rayman Origins: He’s back and was built by five people.

Opinion: Big fan, release date plz.

Mania Planet: A user generated computer game that allows gamers to make their own content. The three mania — trackmania 2, shootmania and questmania — will be coming out starting in the fourth quarter or 2010 with the Trackmania 2 beta test.

Micheal Jackson: Not even death can keep the King of Pop from getting another video game. This time with 90 percent more dancing and 10 percent less side-scrolling. According to the Micheal Jackson website, the game is an interactive performance game, so dancing, that will highlight Jackson’s musical career.The website says the game will teach user to emulate some of Jackson’s more iconic moves.

Microsoft E3 2010 news conference highlights

Metal Gear Solid: Rising trailer

The first game play footage of Rising was shown and it was remarkably different than any other Metal Gear game to date. Don’t expect a stealth game here; it looks to be an action game through and through.

Opinion: Tomonobu Itagaki, eat your heart, because producer, not director, Hideo Kojima’s Metal Gear Solid Rising: Watermelon Cutting Action starring Raiden has come for watermelon juice, I mean, blood.

Gears of War 3 four-player co-op

Step aside Halo. There is a new four-player co-op juggernaut for the Xbox 360. Cliff Bleszinski’s brainchild game series, Gears of War, received an overhaul to its co-op, doubling from two-player to four-players. The new foes called the Lambents looks like creatures straight out o the film Tremors.

Opinion: For the past couple of years I tend to enjoy games more playing co-op with one of my friends on Xbox Live.

360 Exclusive Crytek game: Codename Kingdoms

From the creators of the Crysis and FarCry franchises, Crytek, comes an exclusive console game for the Xbox 360. All that was shown at the conference was a live-action teaser trailer of what looked to be warrior-like characters walking through a desolate battlefield.

Opinion: Codename Kingdoms felt like watching a commercial for Deadliest Warrior on SpikeTV. If this game is anything like the TV show pitting gladiators vs. apaches or pirates vs. knights, then cue my internal excitement.

Fable III has a ship date

Fable III will be landing on store shelves October 26th approximately two years from the date when Fable II was released.

Opinion: Oh, Peter Molyneux, for the one of the rare times, he didn’t come on stage and blow my mind setting off thinking grenades in my head with his grandiose ideas to revolutionize gaming. He kept his appearance on stage to announcing the release date and showing a new trailer.