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Entries for December 2008

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I’ve been reading Head First: Design Patterns book, which is fine view on design patterns (that can be used in coding). I’ve done a little bit of research on how to handle object oriented code when it comes to games. There seems to be one tiny problem: everybody knows the RIGHT way to do …

Control Freak

chewing pixels

This graphical representation of the evolution of game controllers is neat. The hands shown in each image are of a consistent size meaning that the controllers are to scale. But more notable is the stat rundown underneath each image revealing how the number of sticks and buttons gamers have had to …

Gears of War 2

Gaming Nexus

by: Sean ColleliArticle - Sean Colleli revs up his Lancer and tears into Gears of War 2Comment

by: John YanNEWS - One of the things about the PC version of Mirror's Edge is the fact that it will take advantage of NVIDIA's PhysX technology to give you some really cool effects. Below you can see the comparison video and how much different it looks with the feature on than off. The changes are …

by: John YanNEWS - Joining Activision, Vivendi, LucasArts, iD, Crave, and Codemasters NCSosft is leaving the ESA according to Game Politics. NCSoft is falling on tough times and leaving the ESA will also help reduce some of the costs as it takes money to be a part of the organization. The membership …

by: Dan KeenerNEWS - Microsoft announced today that Halo Wars, the RTS title rooted in the Halo series, will be hitting retailers in the U.S. on March 3rd, several days after the Asian (2/26) and European (2/27) launch. For those that choose to pre-order the game, an in-game Warthog with flame …

by: Dan KeenerNEWS - Microsoft announced today that Meteos Wars and PowerUp Forever will be hitting the Xbox Live Arcade this Wednesday. Meteos Wars (developed and published by Q Entertainment) looks to be a puzzle style game that tasks players with defending planets from the falling Meteos. PowerUp …

For this week’s Thousander Club update: Game Hours: 409.25(previous two years) + 165.5 (current year) = 574.75 / 1000 Game Ideas: 710 (previous two years) + 63 (current year) = 773 / 1000 Thanks to Ludum Dare #14, I put in a lot more hours this week. I’m too exhausted to go into it, but …

I uploaded the time lapse for the past weekend:

Northrend

Wonderland

Licky King is fully underway (and full of level 80s already). Yes, that about sums it up. As, of course, does this. Level 70.6 and counting.

Tetris Bracelet

Wonderland

Although at $70 this is out of the stocking-filler range, unfortunately. (via SP)

As part of a larger corporate partnership with the U.S. government, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is launching a free multi-player PC game in Kenya intended to change HIV risk perception, attitude and behavior. Called "Pamoja Mtaani" ("Together in the Hood"),...

Greetings from Gaming

Wonderland

That's Gaming, Austria. Image (c) ntendaj on Flickr.

Can Apple push its way into the gaming industry with the iPod Touch and iPhone? It sure looks like it. They obviously cannot challenge the game consoles with these small devices but they can challenge Nintendo DS and Sony PSP. The WSJ reports in the video below that Apple recently started marketing …

This trailer for a Ghostbusters video game is getting a lot of buzz. The graphics look great. It won't be out until June, 2009. The official website for the game is at ghostbustersgame.com but it's just a teaser site as of this writing. There is a new Ghostbusters movie in the works as well. …

Eidos has released Tomb Raider Underworld, the latest video game in the ongoing Tomb Raider series. The offical website is at tombraider.com. Actress Alison Carrol - who has been playing Lara Croft in the real world - explains how Lara Croft has been motion captured for the first time in Underworld …

I've worked with many operating systems over the years: from the humble CP/M, to early versions of DOS, to  Windows 3.0 (if you can even call that an OS), along with many different versions of Linux since 1993, a smattering of VMS, and, of course, all the recent flavors of ...

And our arcade diorama-rama is in full swing. Reader Ed sent this pong creation. For this contest, you can use anything you like to create your diorama: paper, toys, whatever. All we ask is that you made an arcade-themed diorama and include a Kotaku and Arcade Mania sign so that we know you made it …

Who likes numbers? Well, lucky for you, we have numbers. Lots of numbers. Numbers about American gaming habits. Let's dive in: • 53 percent of American adults play video games of some sort • Young adults are the most likely group to game • One third of adults in the 65+ age group game …

Games can be expensive. Christmas is coming. The world lurches towards economic oblivion. What's a product that covers all three of those bases? The Onimusha bundle, that's what! Called Onimusha Essentials, the pack combines the first three PS2 games - Onimusha, Onimusha 2 and Onimusha: Jean Reno - …

No, that's not a kitchen appliance. That's the SOM, a hands free you-know-what machine. Ironically named game developer Overflow has synchronized the "dream" device with its erotic game Cross Days. The game's website points out the the machine moves in real time to corresponding on screen motions …

New classes? Better graphics? We are pleased, Relic. Proceed.

Stealth title Tenchu 4 for the PSP will be released February 12 in Japan. The Wii version of this title was released last October and featured motion controls. The PSP version uses classic button pushing. From Software published title will be priced at ¥5.040 (US$54). 「天誅 4」、PSP …

Kinda hard to believe that we're at Christmas 2008's doorstep and people are still without Wiis, but hey, apparently that's the case. If that's you, and you're reading, Wal-Mart will be of assistance. The mega-retailer are promising that, starting today, "tens of thousands" of Wii consoles will be …

We knew that there were a lot of shoot 'em ups for the Xbox 360. We didn't know exactly how many. At the recent "Xbox 360 Shooting Festa!" in Tokyo, Microsoft provided a breakdown: • Nine packaged shmups (5 of those titles are already on sale) • Twenty-one Xbox Live Arcade shmups (20 of …

Little bit loathe to post this, seeing as it's mostly corporate chest-beating, but then, there's value in this corporate chest-beating beyond the actual chest-beating. During his latest podcast, Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb got to talking about E3. And Microsoft's marketing strategy for …

Recessions smession! Nintendo is having a great holiday shopping season so far. In the US, the company sold 800,000 Wii units during the Thanksgiving holiday week. For those keeping count, that's 350,000 more than it sold during the same period last year. DS sales were also up 20 percent in the US …

Just in case you haven't spent enough money on Gears of War already, along comes these limited edition statues from Mindzeye Studios. And by statues, we mean statues. These aren't vinyl "toys". They're cast in metal, either bronze or platinum-coated, and as such are heavy, and as such are expensive …

Britain's The Times (Online) have a piece up on Home. The headline reads "PlayStation fiends finally get a second life". To stave off the Second-Life-induced yawns, however, it offers something. That something being a firm release window for the game. Which, if The Times aren't pulling things out of …

It's the end of the year. Know what that means? Time for lists! End of year lists! And know who loves lists more than anyone else? TIME magazine. Those guys are crazy for lists. So crazy they've attempted to list 2008's ten best games. And by "they", we really mean "Lev Grossman". And Lev...you did …

Microsoft Games published Crackdown selling 1.5 million copies pretty much guarantees a sequel. If that doesn't, then two Microsoft execs talking about how they'd like Crackdown 2 should. In a recent Major Nelson podcast, Xbox Live’s director of programming, Larry Hryb said, "I'm here to tell you …

Wii bloodbath Madworld is all about artistically debraining a stream of bad guys in a black and white setting. You can cleave them in two in a spike-encrusted dumpster, thread them together with a torn off caution sign, toss them into various grinders, even. And along with all of that strung- …

To: Crecente From: Bashcraft Finally! Tomorrow, Mrs. Bashcraft and Micro will be coming home. Sleepless nights ahead — really really excited and cannot wait. We'll all be home. The four of us. Good times, good times. What you missed last night Microsoft, At Least, Are Throwing Down At E3 …

Deadly Creatures makes the predatory leap from interesting to extremely interesting as THQ announces quirky Hollywood talents Billy Bob Thornton and Dennis Hopper as voice talent for the nature documentary turned video game. While THQ doesn't specify which actor will be taking on which role, so we' …

Eschewing the "episodic" format utilized by Telltale's Strong Bad series, Videlectrix strikes out on their own with the innovative "Roomisodic" gaming model, guaranteeing several minutes of entertainment with their first release, Behind The Dangerdesque. Dangerdeque is a small slice of point and …

I just unpacked my guest room in preparation for this week's Funde Razor here in Denver. Before you sits the wall of stuff I'll be giving away as door prizes throughout the night. Keep in mind that the stuff in the back is sitting on top of boxes of other stuff. I didn't use fancy risers to take …

This week's Nintendo Wii downloadables update balances two new and untested WiiWare games with the lesser of two Sonic the Hedgehog sequels. Kicking things off this week is Bruiser and Scratch from Steel Penny Games (1,000 points), a WiiWare puzzler featuring a anthropomorphic dog and cat duo who …

Help Wanted Picks

GameDev.Net

Hand picked projects from our very own Help Wanted forum! Look inside for opportunities to work with an experienced indie developer, a funded start-up with an interesting concept or if you'd like to try working with an enthusiastic beginner who shows some promise. We've also got a whole slew of …

When Gears of War 2 was released, one of the biggest complaints about the game was that its matchmaking system didn't work properly for multi-player games, leading to unreasonably long wait times. After trying to placate players with mostly useless suggestions, Epic finally released a patch to …

Edward CastronovaPew has a report out that include some data on virtual worlds. Their view is that virtual worlds have yet to catch on. Data they cite: only 2% of internet users (Edit: in the text, the authors say "gamers" here.)...

Here’s my top 7 list of games to play on Christmas, not in any particular order: Left 4 Dead (amazing multiplayer action, I’m hooked) The Old Man Game (it’s sooo funny themed game) Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst (polished game - and only $6,99 with the game club …

I finally got the game to include buildings and roads. As you can see, the cars don’t know about them yet, and in fact they drive over them. Now that the game is aware of the concept of intersections and buildings, I’ll be able to randomly place the Bank and require the cars to only …

LD#13: Lunch and Learn

GBGames' Blog

Since dinner almost killed me, I decided to have a salad. Romaine lettuce, walnuts, and raisins, covered in lemon juice. Pita chips and tapenade on the side. And of course Orange Juice, still a proud sponsor of GBGames. I took the time to jot down some notes about how I want to proceed. How will the …

It’s hard to see from this partial screenshot, but the getaway car has reversed direction after hitting the road block. The road blocks are temporary and disappear after some time, and you place them by pressing the space bar. Only six hours left to go. I still want the getaway car to rob …

Here’s the final entry with link: The binary-only download is about 1.5MB in size. http://www.gbgames.com/downloads/ld13/roadlockdown-gbgames-linux-r71-test.tar.gz FIXED SHORTLY AFTER THE DEADLINE: http://www.gbgames.com/downloads/ld13/roadlockdown-gbgames-linux-r77.tar.gz I’ll leave the …

This review originally appeared in issue #185 of The Comics Journal, which was a looong time ago. The Villa of the Mysteries #1by Mack WhiteFantagraphics Books“The Villa of the Mysteries,” a new collection of comics by Texas artist Mack White, takes its name after a famous frieze in Pompeii, …

Tennis Elbow 2009, developed and published by Mana Games.The Good: Realistic game mechanics with unique shot positioning, challenging AI, online play, robust season mode with customizable characters and attribute progression, variable help with shot destination indicatorsThe Not So Good: Subpar …

About the only thing that garnered more press attention than a game made by Will Wright was a game made by Will Wright with some really strict DRM. DRM which, in this case, did very little other than annoy actual, legal owners of the game, leaving the pirates who stripped all the SecuROM bullcrap …

Watch the Wario butt… watch the Wario butt… I grabbed Warioland: Shake It during Amazon.com’s recent Wii game sale and so far I’m really digging it. If my First Thirty is anything to go on, it is a pure 2D platformer, full of the grumpy, greedy charm that makes Wario such a …

After spending literally minutes (well, slightly more than one minute) going through our IP logs, we gave up on trying to decipher whether or not SavyGamer’s landslide victory was down to rigging or just an exuberant fan base.“I am voting SavyGamer for Unwankiest Blog. They post lots of deals, …

Is it really time for another new season of Adult Swim's Robot Chicken already? The show that has brought us so many memorable video game parodies is back with a new episode tonight that features an appearance by PaRappa the...

Rosie's my tank killer. I've given her a gun with limited range, but upgraded damage and a bigger clip. When she gets behind the tank it's as good as dead. I could use a heavy weapons unit for it, but she’s more mobile, and her machine gun keeps her useful against infantry. More so, I kind of …

With Wrath of the Lich King out, everyone's forgotten Age of Conan ever existed. But Funcom's level design gave its own title a head start to the trash can. Writer Nelson Williams over at Vox ex Machina gives a detailed takedown of how an MMO goes from 700,000 subscribers to nearly zilch in six …

TorrentFreak put up a list of the top 10 games copied and shared over BitTorrent for the year 2008, and Spore, quite unsurprisingly, leads them all by a country mile. Naturally, the hard feelings and retaliation over its DRM inclusion helped boost the number of torrents for this game, already …

Ludacris put a bonus track on his November release "Theater of the Mind" called "Press the Start Button." It's a hip-hop salute to just about every game — by name — ever made. The track, it seems, was only included on the Netherlands release of this album, but it's available for your listening …

The blog Hardcasual is back with a bang after a lengthy hiatus, channeling the voice of Cliff Bleszinski of Epic Games (which, if you can't parse that statement, means Bleszinski didn't actually write this) to discuss some of the current problem with game journalism and reviews. It's pretty damn …

We mentioned the somewhat odd BusinessWeek Arcade back when it launched; now Ian Bogost has taken up the whys and wherefores over at the Journalism & Games Project blog. The titles selected for BusinessWeek Arcade had little to do with business, being a collection of seemingly random indie hits. Ian …

MCV earlier this week said GameStop was eyeballing a bid on Woolworth's. A statement from GameStop says, actually, it's not, calling out MCV in the process. "Claims originating from games industry publication MCV hold no merit and are completely inaccurate." says GameStop. I guess that settles that …

A survey by UK music charity Youth Music suggests that rhythm and singing games are driving them to take up real musical pursuits. It's yet another study on the subject, and it may not sound like an overwhelming number — 19 percent of youngsters now playing instruments or signing said a game …

When I was 13 my Mom bought me the classic "How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way." It did a pretty good job of convincing me I could draw superheroes, when I really couldn't. Now there's an easy step-by-step tutorial showing us how to do something about as formulaic: Design video game characters the …

Michael Abbott of the Brainy Gamer has a post up on the issue of dissonance in games; like a lot of these things, it's more interesting if you take it alongside the comments. Abbott's contention is that we quite possibly need more dissonance in our games, not less — the all important …

We mentioned Pascal Luben's series on the 'megatrends of gaming' back when it kicked off with part one; since then, he's done a second part and is now back with part three. Unsurprisingly, multiplayer gaming is a big trend — big enough to get a whole essay devoted to it. Luben looks at a …

At a time when my generation is un- or underemployed and wiping with Basic Red asspaper, Lexus decides the annual reminder we can't give cars for Christmas isn't enough. So it craps on our childhood. Sure, a lot of people may think this is cute. But this isn't much of an homage to a treasured …

I sometimes feel like discussions on game piracy ought to be shelved alongside scintillating 1960s publications from the Rand Corporation like Counterinsurgency in Manchuria, except the piracy discussions are considerably more engaging. Leigh Alexander has spoken with the ESA and PC Gaming Alliance …

Warner Bros. and the U.S. government are delivering a free multiplayer PC game to Kenya in hopes it will change HIV risk perception, attitude and behavior there. The game, developed by Virtual Heroes, Inc. is called "Pamoja Mtaani." (which means, "Together in the Hood.") It follows five strangers as …

Last month, Brash Entertainment laid off 20 workers and axed some projects, but pointedly remained committed to publishing a game based on the film SAW. Now that has been cut loose. The blog Bloody Disgusting, quoting unidentified sources, says SAW is seeking a new home. The project was near …

Last week was probably the last hurrah for major drops in North America for the year. Looking at 2008 in video games, the remaining big names are all releasing in Japan. So Sonic Unleashed on PS3 and Prince of Persia for the PC — both went out on other platforms already — are sort of the …

A friend of mine once interviewed the late Don LaFontaine — the "Voice of God" for zillions of film trailers — and on request Don left him a splendid in-character voicemail. So this sort of thing must be common to the biz. Because Sadie UltraNeko, who writes Sadie's Gaming Infection, swears …

Smooth Chili [Weekend Note]

Kotaku

To: Luke From: Owen Re: The $1K Puppy This handoff will be short and sweet. Last night I made "smooth chili." It peeled skin off the roof of my mouth, and this morning I sent for Basic Red reinforcements. I'm also getting a cold and the dog next door won't shut up, though I don't blame the poor guy …

Review of 'Second Lives'

Play Journal

My Independent review of Second Lives, Tim Guest's journalistic account of a year spent in the Second Life virtual commuity. The book puts reportorial flesh on Edward Castronova's more analytical account of Synthetic Worlds, also reviewed in this blog. An...

Startling news from a Play Ethic friend, Eric Zimmerman of GameLab, that they're getting over a million dollars to start up a new school in New York which uses "gaming and design" as its primary teaching methodology. The full press...

Not entirely serious article from me in Comment is free, about the sheer inappropriateness of the proposed Harry Potter theme park going to Orlando, Florida, rather than what I regard as the book's spiritual home, Scotland. Most of the subsequent...

A interesting outcome of my keynote speech at Lego's anniversary conference in Billund early this year is this article for Playground, the newsletter of Lego's organisational consultancy arm, Serious Play. I thought I'd print my attempt to wrestle the 'seven...

Tony Wilson, founder of Factory Records and the Hacienda, and Northern England's cultural magus, has just died of cancer. What a terrible, thoroughly premature loss. I once spent a brilliant, careening day with Tony in Manchester in the late eighties,...

A beautiful obituary of Ingmar Bergman from his relative (and detective novelist) Henning Mankell, with some insights into his genius that all players will recognise and glory in:Music, I believe, was always one of his main sources. The other I...

Sorry, all, for tardy posting - been a bit consumed with things Scottish and musical, now establishing an equilibrium over all projects. Apropos of completely nothing - other than a search round the databases, and a wee bit of pridefulness...

Very much enjoyed my time at Channel Four's latest incarnation of In The Wild, their forum series exploring wellbeing, kids education and Web 2.0 - this time as a sideshow to the Scottish Learning Festival in Glasgow. I have to...

Wikinomics review

Play Journal

Here's a review I wrote for the Independent on Don Tapscott's and Anthony Williams' Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything. Not very favourable, I have to say. An extract: There's a weird blindness at the heart of this book, with...

Things move passing slow in academic life ... but the estimable Steven Linstead has just sent me the final printed results of my 2005 York University Management Department seminar on the Play Ethic and Organisations, which has turned up in...

Extremely positive announcement by the Westminster Labour government on a new "Children's Plan", in which the provision of play spaces and the validation of their exuberance and explorations is front and centre. The BBC news report quotes the relevant minister,...

Not often one can get a Premier League football manager, and the 20th century's greatest sexual icon, into one week's post about play... But here we go... Firstly, Arsene Wenger, the manager of Arsenal F.C., exulting over the performance of...

Ridiculously long time not blogging on the Play Journal, I agree, but have been dealing with family illness (all well now), paradigm revolution in the music business, constitutional evolution in Scotland... But with some luck, I'm back. And to kick...

The New York Times recently published what looks like a front-cover Magazine article on play, covering all the significant scholarly figures in the filed (Stuart Brown, Brian Sutton-Smith), and focussing very much on the biological-psychological dimensions. A classic quote here...

From the World Question Center at Edge.org, Alison Gopnik on how she's re-evaluated the role of play and the imagination in human cognition: I thought that kids' pretend play, and grown-up fiction, must be a sort of spandrel, a side-effect...

My review in the Independent of two excellent (the second of them groundbreaking) books on web culture - We-Think by Charles Leadbeater, and Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky. An extract:No one could object to sprawling processes of "mass innovation"...

Been alerted by an American publicist to a very well-produced website for a book called Brain Rules, written by an enthusiastic scientist called John Medina. The interesting bit is 'Rule One - Exercise', where the claim is that our sedentary,...

Here's my review of Larry Lessig's new book Remix and Cory Doctorow's cyber-thriller Little Brother. An extract: Doctorow's America is essentially the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld regime, after the Next Big Attack. Their panoptical paranoia provides him with many opportunities to show the...

I was delighted to be asked to review the social thinker Richard Sennett's new book The Craftsman for the Scottish Review of Books. I have devoured his last four books - Corrosion of Character, Respect, The Culture of the New...

A fascinating morning recently, delivering a keynote speech to the Toy Industries of Europe 'Toy Safety' conference in Brussels. The toy industry has had its troubles to bear in 2007 - many safety recalls of toys from major manufacturers, largely...

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I’ve been so busy the past few weeks that there won’t be a “November in Review” post and I guess I’m not seeing much in terms of new releases other than Prince of Persia, so there won’t be a Monthly Releases post, either. I do have a few updates I’d like to …

Filed under: PCDespite possessing "draconian DRM" meant to thwart an internet that's currently teeming with PC gaming pirates, Electronic Arts' controversial (in more ways than one) life-sim Spore recently topped a list compiled by TorrentFreak which charts the most pirated PC games of 2008. With 1. …

Filed under: Microsoft Xbox 360, Casual Denki, the Dundee-based developer behind the well-received GBA puzzler Denki Blocks, might just be the Girl Talk of board game mash-ups. Their upcoming Xbox Live Arcade title, Quarrel, is an amalgam of three "off-the-grid" titles: Risk, Scrabble and Countdown …

Filed under: Business Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick has had a pretty big year, all things considered. The sales success of his company's titles helped soften (but not completely abate) the blow of the economic crisis, garnering the company a smaller stock drop than their fellow big-name …

Filed under: PC, MMO As the recently released expansion for World of Warcraft clearly displayed with its mind-boggling sales figures, add-ons for MMOs (particularly ones with a large player base) can be lucrative undertakings. Despite this fact, Mythic developer Mark Jacobs recently issued a …

Filed under: Mac, PC, Meta (about Joystiq) We are waist deep in the holiday season now but that doesn't mean Big Download is slacking up. Far from it in fact. Here are our highlights for the first week of December:Exclusive features Previews: We go hands-on with three upcoming Atari games: …

Filed under: Business Earlier last year, screenwriter William L. Crawford III sued Midway, claiming they had stolen the plot, characters and designs featured in his 2001 screenplay, titled Psi-Ops, for their 2004 action game ... titled Psi-Ops. We kinda see the similarities therein, and were fairly …

Filed under: Nintendo DS, Sony PlayStation 2, Sony PlayStation 3, Sony PSP, Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360, Business It's that wonderful time of year once again -- temperatures are plummeting, houses are being adorned in blinding flecks of incandescence, folks are dressing up like Eskimos, and …

Things I Know. Part I.

Grumpy Gamer

Henry Fonda and Jack Klugman starred in 12 Angry Men.

[Platform: Download (Windows)] Alabama Smith in Escape from Pompeii is a new adventure game that builds inventory puzzles into a hidden object-style interface. You play the young Alabama Smith, an archaeology student who has just been given the opportunity to study in Naples. His mentor tells him …

Esklavos Chapters 1-17

jay is

[Platform: Flash] The Esklavos series is a seventeen-chapter series about two outer-space delivery men named Ungo and Virop. One day they get distracted and crash into a planet called Akea, and as they find out after getting separated, it's in a state of war. With their help, the Akean population …

Nintendo DS Spa

Water Cooler Games

Here's a different take on games for health: the Nintendo DS Spa, which I spotted recently at Lenox Mall in Atlanta's Buckhead neighborhood. The service offers complimentary massages, during which time massagees are invited to play DS games. If in-mall massage-demos weren't enough …

A little over two years ago, Reuters made headlines by setting up a reporter as a go-between for Second Life and the real world. Now, they've evidently decided that the buzz is no longer there, so they've ended the virtual-reporting experiment. The reporter, Eric Krangel, offered his own take on the …

Any process can be used to make games, but no process is perfect. Even if we were to find a perfect process, the constant change in our industry would make it quickly obsolete. Scrum is not a process, it’s a framework for creating your own process. It can help any organization create …

Soon after I finally managed to make the squad car controllable, my friend came over with another friend and made steaks and salad. As you can see, there is some Sapporo Reserve the wash it down with. But there was also a lot of other beer. I woke up feeling dehydrated and found the following in my …

I’m going to drop a huge spoiler for Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia: the game makes a highly anachronistic reference to Rachael Ray! Real spoilers follow. Well, not exactly. What happens is Dracula, who is an absolute pain in the ass as always, has an attack called something along the lines …

Never thought "in-game DRM deauthorization" would be touted as a huge feature in a patch, but it's one of two options PC users now can take advantage of in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3. The other is Worldbuilder for Red Alert 3, which Electronic Arts says allows players "to utilize the same exact …

MTV's Multiplayer Blog reports on recent announcements from Activision Blizzard which confirm that sequels to several popular franchises are on the way. The games include a new Guitar Hero, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and a new Tony Hawk, which will use some kind of non-standard controller. "At …

The Symposium is On

Flash of Steel

A couple of days ago, I pointed you to some questions Shawn Elliott was going to pose to a symposium on game reviews that never quite got off the ground. Well, it’s on. And he has gathered some of the best and most interesting writers in the business. My respect for Tom Chick, Kieron Gillen …

I’ve written before about my general barbarism when it comes to game music. I could probably come up with an alternate rock/folk/showtune soundtrack for any game that would be superior to whatever the game producers stuck on the disc. One reason I love the period music of say,Bioshock or HPS&# …

Welcome to the new digs of Make It Big In Games.  MBG is now running a Tim Aste design on our shiny new One Press Community (OPC) theme and Wordpress 2.7.  OPC is one of the first offerings of our new company, Push Button Labs.  While I don’t want to announce all that it will [...]

You have a chance to get some really good stuff (ebook, link, copy of game) so check this out. Please notice that this offer is only available December, and ends when I get back from my Christmas trip (around 26th day). Yes, there’s one catch… I started the contest where you readers can …

I happen to fall into the artist-designer skill set, so I often find myself trying to prototype ideas on teams rich with programmers. As such, I'm always looking for better game development techniques that work well for this particular team mix.Here is a very lightweight prototyping process using …

by: Dan KeenerNEWS - Vuzix announced yesterday that the VR920 is now compatible with World of Warcraft with the v2.4 software upgrade. In addition to WoW, support for Fallout 3, Crysis: Warhead and Crysis: Wars was added to increase the total titles supported to 79. We have an appointment to visit …

Check it out! The squad car is chasing the getaway car! This is actually about 200% of the size. You can control the squad car, but I also set both cars to follow the border of the game screen so I can see what it looks like when it runs on its own. Oh, uh, what [...]

After getting some boilerplate code down, I took a break to have lunch: Peanut butter, cinnamon, and raisin sandwich, plus some blue corn chips and hummus, washed down with Tutti Frutti flavored Jaritos. Also, some carrots (not pictured). I spent lunch and the hour after trying to nail down a …

I grabbed the Wii Speak Channel today, and since I figure a lot of people either A) Are not picking up the Animal Crossing City Folk Bundle or B) Think $30 is too much for a USB microphone accessory, I thought I’d give everyone the nickel tour. Although the documentation is vague and confusing …

If I’ve worn my love for PlayNTrade on my sleeve and tired you folks of it, it still hasn’t been enough. A friend of mine named Jonathan is a regular at the store now, and every time he’s there, he dutifully checks the place for things I might like. Yesterday he texted me, asking …

Ein Glück kommen nicht alle Musik-Spiele mit so viel Zubehör daher, daß man sich darüber Gedanken machen muß, die Möbel in seiner Bude umzuräumen. Auditorium zum Beispiel, da muß man weder Wiimotes als Rasseln schwingen, noch in irgendeine Mikrophonierung grölen, sondern „dirigiert&# …

Cuss a lot when you play Left 4 Dead? Has EvilDaedalus got the mod for you. The brains behind some splendid TF2 machinima replaced The Tank's screams with Tourette's Guy's ravings (language NSFW). See (and hear) for yourself. "Where's my pants?" Kinda funny. But when Tank's lit on fire, it goes …

We here at Kotaku Tower have spent the better part of two months reviewing games, triple-A titles, triple-F titles and everything in between, but there's only so many games we can review given our review policies and the number of writers we have. I know there are plenty of titles we missed out on, …

Phil Harrison, former Sony and current Atari exec, has heaped love on PlayStation Home, saying his former company "brilliantly realised" its goal. Then he smoochy-smoochied the NXE. Hey, it's all bidness, right? Harrison, in comments to Eurogamer during last week's Atari Live event, said Sony "will …

Circuit City might be reading Chapter 11, but that means deals for you. It's offering 20 GB 360 hard drives, and a controller, for $40. Recent Arcade buyers can round out their console for cheap. If you bought an Arcade, Microsoft's enticing you with a $99 "starter pack" that gives you a 60GB new …

There's a wonderful interview at Gamasutra with Hiroyuki Kotani, creator of Patapon — a game that I still adore, having snuck in quite a lot of time with it on my PSP. The interview touches on a number of subjects, from how the idea for Patapon came into being and the actual development …

Some guy who ran a six-figure game-copying operation from his home pleaded guilty and will do about a year in the slammer, mostly because he was also popped for drugs and child endangerment. Wait, child endangerment? What the hell was this guy pirating, Vampire Rain: Altered Species? Legendary? Haze …

It's been one hell of a week for Chinese company NetDragon, who announced (along with EA) the development of a Dungeon Keeper MMO. In addition, they've announced the development of Disney Fantasy Online. The game is to be launched in China in Spring '09; full release after the jump. NetDragon and …

Can you ever get enough Rock, Paper, Shotgun? The answer is no, especially not during the holidays — last year saw the gaming advent calendar, and this year has two new features. The first is their RPS 'Now That’s Why I Love A Best 2008 Ever!', which takes a month-by-month look at '08; next …

Of course, now it all makes perfect sense! Hardcasual's Sam Ryan takes a swing at Konami's head-scratching MGS tease and comes up with three slightly — and we mean slightly — plausible answers for it. The reasoning? “A Next Metal Gear” isn’t just broken English. It’s not another sign …

Jack Black's hosting Spike's 2008 "Video Game Awards" (their quotes, not mine). Here are a couple promos goofing on mo-cap. Being clever works. Poop jokes always work. And ping-pong peepees = can't-miss crowd pleaser. Death by eagle? Oh come on, Jack, don't make me beg you to do a Falcon Punch. Come …

Just another friendly reminder that Funde Razor, the party for Child's Play, gets its philanthropy on in three locations including Denver on Wednesday. It's also another excuse to post that awesome Lego art. Bald Bull, plus 8-bit brick mosaics of Sonic and Mega Man, will be among the oodles of door …

If you've got some time this afternoon, the Escapist has a nice answer to holiday excess — several pages of free indie gems you probably haven't heard of. Covering a pretty wide variety of games in its four pages, the article has something for everyone — and besides, it's all free: Your …

GameSetWatch has a nice essay up from Gregory Weir, who takes a look at why Puzzle Quest was so damn successful at creating a satisfying hybrid. Weir takes a reasonably detailed look at how designers successfully married RPG and match 3 elements, and why Puzzle Quest is the best example of a well …

Not every pics post over at GamesRadar has the booby in it. Sometimes they haul off and do something thought-provoking, as in these comparisons of Fallout 3's Capital Wasteland with the real Washington. The verdict? Bethesda did a damn good job. Of course, when you're dealing with iconic monuments …

Hawty McBloggy is holding a vote, open until midnight Monday, to select the Fugliest NXE Avatar from these seven butt-fugly candidates. You're well past the deadline to submit yours, but you can still be heard! Me, I'd pick No. 4, who looks like the Cat Lady went to prison and got a skullface tattoo …

With Wrath of the Lich King out, everyone's forgotten Age of Conan ever existed. But Funcom's level design gave its own title a head start to the trash can. Writer Nelson Williams over at Vox ex Machina gives a detailed takedown of how an MMO goes from 700,000 subscribers to nearly zilch in six …

This is a strangely mesmerizing and legitimately deep video from The Resigned Gamer — whose pessimism about life and games is well known, but always an informed perspective. Let's all take a ruminating journey with Balloon Fight, read the wisdom of some of society's greatest thinkers, watch video …

WRUP is going Off the Grid

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Filed under: Meta (about Joystiq) Sure, we're overloaded with games to catch up on, but there's no reason we can't set those aside for a night and enjoy gaming sans electricity. We're going to take this moment just to say that Monopoly Here and Now is not a version of Monopoly we at Joystiq HQ will …

Filed under: Nintendo DS, Puzzle Developer 5th Cell is known for their unique use of the Nintendo DS touch screen in their titles, which include Drawn to Life and Lock's Quest -- however, their next project makes those two titles seem like the creative equivalent of Madden 09. In a recent interview …

Filed under: PC, RPGs, Business Michal Kicinski and Marcin Iwinski, co-founders of Polish video game publisher and distributor CD Projekt, were recently recognized by financial firm Ernst and Young, who named the pair Poland's "Entrepreneurs of the Year" as part of a contest the firm holds in 50 …

Filed under: Microsoft Xbox 360, Business As evidenced by our weekly sales charts, the Xbox 360 is finally making some (see: any) headway in Japan, strengthened by a recent salvo of Square-Enix releases on the system. As such, Microsoft finally has the customer base to justify exporting a feature …

Filed under: Nintendo Wii, Peripherals Nintendo must be pleased as punch with the McDuck-esque mountains of money that their motion-sensitive system has garnered -- though they seem to be focusing on making sure their well-received one-handed peripheral is at its waggliest. In addition to …

Filed under: Action In a recent interview with MTV News, Sigourney Weaver discussed her potential involvement in two upcoming ludological adaptations of hit 80s films in which she starred. Weaver claimed she turned down an offer to work on an Aliens title as she believed the digi-Ripley portrayed in …

Weekend Download

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[Platform: Download (Mac, Linux, Windows)] Did you know that the original meaning of the word "weekend" referred to the time from noon Saturday to Monday morning? Did you also know the word "download" seems to have originated in 1980? AND, did you know I spent a little too much time reading about …

Parking Dash

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[Platform: Download (Mac, Windows)] Who would have thought parking cars could be turned into a casual game? Parking Dash, following in the long footsteps of other time management games such as Diner Dash, Wedding Dash, Cooking Dash, etc., twists the genre's formula around a bit to park the game at …

Journal Land Pick of the Week Just Glad to Be Here - rmadsen, coming out of crunch-mode, shares a mini-postmortem on his last completed title, Luxor: Quest for the Afterlife. He goes over, in this post, the things that went right during development and is aiming to bring to you what it's like …

When all of the headlines around you are blaring that the world is coming to an end, the economy will never bounce back, and “it’s different this time”, you should be backing up the truck, and be moving in the opposite direction. From Blog Post Pics As the chart below shows …

I am beginning to think that Flash games are going to be a great place for Indie developers to find a huge audience and make a living. In fact, I have been giving a game design presentation called Games for the Non-Hardcore, in which I outline a lot of facts about Flash and why [...]

What got me started on this article was a conversation with Ben Garney last week about how he was going through all of the old Nintendo games with an emulator. He noticed that playing with the tools to not have to go back to the start of the level after dieing actually made the [...]

In the days before the Internet, my method of getting knowledge was reading magazines. I probably read at least 50-75 magazines per month, and figured that any tidbit of knowledge that would help my business was worth the four bucks. On the other side of the fence, in order to get info out to …

My son, Jonathan, wants to be a game designer some day, so, on my recommendation, he is taking a bunch of art, design, and writing classes at the University of Oregon. In one of his classes he created this very cool series of famous video game characters as graffiti on local buildings. I [...]

In 1999, myself and my partners started GarageGames with the goal of democratizing development, and brought a low cost game engine to market. We started calling shareware authors Indies, and changed the landscape of Indie and low end development. Yesterday, Phil Harrison, former Sony Worldwide …

As a producer you have to be open to reducing your expectations. Your customers only know what the end result is, not what you were thinking anywhere along the development process. I think it is always best to start with an idea that has a lot of room for expansion, then cut it back [...]

After several months of being undercover we are finally opening our new start up to the world. Push Button Labs has put up an initial site. While we are not exactly announcing our products yet, there are some hints as to where we are going. Our mission statement is: Make great products with …

I was getting ready to write a different post about how I think a lot of money could be saved on big production games, and I was going to use last year’s Beowulf movie for a certain example, when I reminded myself of just how HORRIBLE that movie was. For a budget of $150,000,000, [...]

Right About Lively: A couple of months ago when Google launched Lively, their Second Life competitor, I speculated that they had gone outside the reach of their core business competencies. Most people did not agree with me. Turns out I was right. Google is closing down Lively next month. PC Mag …

I’ve happily dived into the world of BlitzMax, and using Leadwerks to create 3D games (yes, you can create 3D games using BlitzMax). I asked at the ShareThis

I liked the idea of the police strategically blocking certain roads so that the criminals can’t get away. Road Lockdown is my current name for the project, but it might change. B-) From this mock-up, you can see the red getaway car of the criminals as well as the squad cars blocking the roads …

LD#13 Theme: ROADS

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So the theme is Roads. According to the voting results, it was the only one with a positive number of votes overall, and yet the IRC channel is erupting with people surprised that it was the theme that won out. What are some ideas? - Building roads between cities to facilitate commerce. - Managing …

LD#13: Breakfast!

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I woke up this morning kind of groggy. I had to sleep on the couch because my cats left me a smelly surprise on my bed. I guess they didn’t like being locked out of the office. B-( It snowed a lot last night. It’s very white out. I need to drop off my laundry at [...]

As someone without a scientific background, this one has been rolling around in my head for a while. Pound for pound, human beings are weaker than our closest living relatives. What exactly is the evolutionary advantage? I've heard various explanations, but they all sound . . . weak. One is that our …

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Dungeon Keeper 3! The… MMO. Eh? Oh if *only* it could end up being Dungeon Keeper Online, and then if only it could come over *here*... Viacom to cut 850 jobs and freeze bosses' pay Broadcasting is not a recession-proof business. NESTA: UK Games Biz To See Slump? All the talent is apparently …

Does this week's Animal Crossing: Wild World controversy illustrate weaknesses with the ESRB's content ratings, particularly in games that can display potentially offensive user generated content? Not according to the ESRB. MTV Multiplayer's Stephen Totilo questioned whether the "Game Experience May …

Japanese design team Tibori Design have a blog called Dotter Dotter. And that blog is nothing but a front for some of the best damn 8-bit-inspired pieces of digital art we've ever seen. Game & Watch, Mario Kart, Mega Man, it's all there, it's all 3D, it's all shiny. There's a selection below, while …

Nintendo Sends Game to Journos With Racial Epithet Surprise Comment by: Jonman As someone who has, over 3 decades, renamed in-game characters with comical and obscene names wherever possible, I fully support this. I must confess though, doing so did sap some of the emotional value from Final Fantasy …

Do you like arcades? What about making stuff? Making stuff about arcades? Golly, do we have a contest for you — yes, you. For this contest, you can use anything you like to create your diorama: paper, toys, whatever. All we ask is that you made an arcade-themed diorama and include a Kotaku …

Few months back, we told you how Microsoft, in their wisdom, decided to sponsor a soccer team. The locally-based Seattle Sounders. Well, 360 fanboys, those jerseys are now on sale. Doubt there's any better way - Jamzy excepted, of course - to show your love of Microsoft's console than to wear a $90 …

You know, the NES never really caught on in Australia. It was always Master System/C64 country. No wonder, when you look at horrific, blankie-clutching stuff like this. [via Go Nintendo]

Ah, yes. TUD. T-U-D. That does not stand for "Tress Under Distress," but "Tell Us Dammit." Rather, TELL US DAMMIT. Here's how it works: We ask a question, you answer it. Simple and no strings attached! This isn't some marketing survey or whatever. It's an emotional investment in you. Yes, we're …

So Nintendo learned there are other powerful words that begin with "Ni" and by that I don't mean nickel, nor "nimrod," though one surely was fired following this week’s Animal Crossing racial epithet grabass. The ghetto salutation/extremely foul word made it out in copies of Animal Crossing sent …

Contrary to what you have heard, the hottest toy for gamers this year is NOT the Wii Fit. Nor is it the PS3 or those YALENDS (Yet Another Limited Edition Nintendo DS) that were released for black friday. No, this years hottest game system is the Nintendo DSi. If you own the DSi, I guarantee you …

This month’s free game from Invisible City is Space Monster, a mostly cooperative game pitting the players against the horrible beast terrorizing Deep Space Outpost 233-B. I say mostly cooperative because it’s always an option to race for the lone escape pod, leaving everyone else to …

Kotaku reports that Mirror's Edge will be getting downloadable content in January which contains several new time-trial maps (seven for the Xbox 360 version, eight for PS3). "The freedom of movement and control in first person has been the most popular aspect of Mirror's Edge so we decided to …

TorrentFreak has posted some statistics on the most pirated games of the past year. Leading the list by a large margin is Spore, made infamous even before its release for the draconian DRM attached to the game. It was downloaded through BitTorrent roughly 1.7 million times, with The Sims 2 and …

If you think the exponential growth of game development budgets is unique, watch this:

This is an amazing oil painting. By Diego Gravinese. Click on image for further detail. Click here for another. Via This Isn’t Happiness, where else?

by: John YanNEWS - Ubisoft has sent some interesting Far Cry 2 news today. They are helping with Intel launch their new I7 processor with a video and a giveaway. First up is a new trailer debuting on Gamespot which you can see below. Between now and December 30th, one I7 processor and 50 copies of …

Age of Booty got a Trophy patch today on the PS3 just after a set of free Map Packs hit the PlayStation Store yesterday. PS3Fanboy is celebrating with a giveaway of a voucher to download the game to one lucky commenter. I know I’ve dissed Capcom for taking its time with promised Trophy …

  Over the years here at Aeropause, we have had numerous articles and complaints about the whole open games policy of Gamestop and Electronics Boutique.  Well, it seems that those open boxes may have another huge consequence for the unsuspecting PC gamer that decides to buy one of those open cased …

Chrono Trigger is now out for DS, and my preordered copy came from Amazon.com with the bonus CD that we were all led to believe would only go to those who preordered at Gamestop. Now that such nonsense is behind us, let’s have a look and listen at the CD. Click on the image for [...]

So, I was highly expectant to see Wonderfalls and Pushing Daisies cross, I just didn't expect them to pull out one of the more obscure character to do it with.Yeah, if I was a serious Wonderfalls geek, I would have recognized the Muffin Buffalo routine, but as it was I missed it. In retrospect, I …

Georgia Moffet, who played The Doctor's daughter in, well, The Doctor's Daughter, is the daughter of Peter Davidson. Who played the Fifth Doctor.

You've seen enough "game within a game" things for LittleBigPlanet to make you ill. Gradius, Tetris, whatever, it's been done. But you haven't seen Lumines, especially one that comes from Q Entertainment. Yes, Q, the creators of the original, have teamed up with Media Molecule and Sony to launch an …

Thought only Tecmo's Team Ninja were the masters of in-game boob physics? Ha! Japanese game developers AC Gateway and Gadgetsoft seem to have invested a lot of energy into perfecting boob physics. In new PSP title Masquerade Maid Guy: Bouncing Battle Royale, the devs used what they're calling the …

Last week I received a mysterious case, delivered to a local storage facility with instructions to post a video in order to receive an unlock code. Now the case has been opened - what's inside? The small metal case was found inside a storage locker a short drive from my home, following directions …

Or is politics getting all Gears of War? Who knows. Either or, take your pick. All we know is, there's an exhibition going down right now at the bakehouse art complex in Miami (as part of Art Basel), and this massive painting is part of it. By Daniel Ortiz, it's called "Gridlock", and yes, that's …

While Singstar's holiday fare is fairly Christmas-centric, Microsoft's Lips takes the more politically correct path, offering up a little something made out of clay to help balance out the holiday cheer. Kicking things off right we have that old standard, "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year …

Nobilis and Frozenbyte proudly announce Trine, a beautiful new fantasy action game coming to the PC and PlayStation Network next year. Trine is essentially a 2D platformer that allows the player to create and destroy objects in order to solve puzzles and defeat challenges as they battle to save …

Former City of Heroes and City of Villains players are cordially invited back for a free weekend in order to check out the new features introduced in Issue 13: Power and Responsibility. Now through 11:59 Eastern on Sunday night, lapsed City of Heroes players in good standing will be able to log in …

The Wireless Keypad for the Playstation 3 is an innocuous little snap-on peripheral, that adds a full QWERTY thumb board, touchpad and a few instant access buttons to your controller. The Playstation 3's $50 keyboard is a bit lighter, thinner and offers a few more features than its Xbox 360 counter- …

In the latest edition of the Official Xbox Magazine, developer Starbreeze details the multiplayer in The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, including a Pitch Black mode that is guaranteed to make players jump. Multiplayer is a new addition to the remake of 2004's Escape from Butcher Bay …

Spike TV is really lining up the exclusives for their Video Game Awards show this time round. The latest goodie they've snagged is the world premier of Rockstar Games' first Grand Theft Auto IV episode for the Xbox 360. Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned will world premiere at the 2008 Video …

Capcom Europe has dropped details on the limited Collectors Edition Box sets for Street Fighter IV that European and Australian fans will be able to get their hands on come February 20th. The boxes themselves are rather attractive in their own right, featuring a classic Street Fighter scene on the …

While downloadable content for Star Wars: the Force Unleashed has mainly consisted of new costumes so far, LucasArts has announced the release of a new single-player level for the game - and more new costumes. The new level takes place on the Planet Coruscant inside of a Jedi Temple, where the …

Sigourney Weaver talks about participating in video game film adaptations with MTV's Josh Horowitz, revealing that she once once asked to apear in an unnamed Aliens video game, but turned it down due to character innacuracy. “They wanted me to do Ripley and I said, Well you have Ripley killing …

Two co-founders of Polish publishing, development, and distribution company CD Projekt have been awarded the coveted Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Poland. Michal Kicinski and Marcin Iwinski, co-founds of CD Projekt, Poland's largest games distributor - were chosen from a field of …

The motion-sensing microphones for karaoke killer, Lips for the Xbox 360, will eventually work with Rock Band 2, Harmonix is saying. “Microsoft and MTV Games are working together to ensure that consumers will be able to use the wireless mics from ‘Lips’ with ‘Rock Band 2’ after launch. …

Chrono Trigger fans around the world will no longer have to wonder if there's a link between Rick Astley's hit song and Robo's theme. When you combine Robo's theme with Never Gonna Give You Up, the shocking result is this. It's pretty amazing how similar they sound and fit together, and this has …

Last month, the World of Azeroth got a great deal larger as Blizzard released the second expansion for World of Warcraft, Wrath of the Lich King. The ambitious new expansion pack gives players access to the icy continent of Northrend, home to the Lich King, the ungodly powerful melding of former …

Awhile back we saw the first glimpse of Eidos' latest Batman game, but that was just of the game's environments. Now, we get to finally see some action. We're treated with some scenes of what looks like Batman delivering a captured Joker to Arkham. The Joker then escapes (again!) and causes havoc …

Dr. Awesome, Microsurgeon M.D has quite a spectacular name. And the premise, ridding patients of disease with the help of your iPhone or Touch, magnificent. It even has the over-the-top, finger-pointing, absurdly kitchy graphics and dialog of some of Japan's greatest imports. (I'm looking at you …

Now that the holiday game release assault has subsided, it's time to bring back the fun. That means weekend gaming in between bouts of visiting the post office and attempting to be social. I've got a copy of Lips laying about that needs some experimenting with, plus some new Soulcalibur IV outfits …

The folks over at 1up spoke with Gordon Hall of Rockstar Leeds, the developer behind Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for the DS. In the interview, Hall describes how the touch screen interface will be used in the game, or more specifically, how much. Besides allowing access your PDA for things like …

German filmmaker Fabian Hübner picks the brain of Uwe Boll for over 50 minutes in Visiting Uwe. If you've ever wanted to learn more about the man behind the movies, well, now's your chance. Visiting Uwe: The Uwe Boll Homestory goes behind the embarrassing megalomaniacal Boll quotes for a look at …

Popular Dutch DJ Tiësto has added his pseudonym to the list of musical acts appearing in Activision's DJ Hero, a game the publisher has yet to officially announce. Tiësto spilled the beans via his newsletter. The newsletter read "We are proud to announce that Tiësto has teamed up with the game …

You know, it's videos like this that made me wish the Wii was out when I was still in college. Playboy hosted a Rayman party at West Virgina University (one of the nations biggest party schools). Good choice, If I must say so. No, there's nothing suggestive about this video AT ALL. I do remember one …

Harmonix has confirmed what the band No Doubt announced last night — thirteen tracks from the group's The Singles 1992–2003 will be available for Rock Band next week. Which two songs didn't make the cut? That would be "New" from the band's album Return of Saturn and "Trapped In A Box" form …

The $1K Puppy [Note]

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To: Ash From: Crecente Re: Got Good Advice On Hiding Presents From Kids? Well Tristan is 7 and he still believes in Santa. In fact we're reading a book together right now about Christmas and early on they bring up the fact that Santa might not exist. What the hell? Shouldn't they slap some sort of …

Word broke last night that the PlayStation 3 version of Lumines was getting some cross-promotional help from Media Molecule's LittleBigPlanet. Today Q Entertainment released video of the LittleBigPlanet-themed skin in action. While Q Entertainment still won't date the game more accurately than " …

Nintendo of America has launched the North American version of its customer rewards program known as Club Nintendo. Don't get as excited as we did — there's little more than placeholder information there. No, there are no snazzy Mario hats or hanafuda cards decorated with Mushroom Kingdom …

Two Mesa, Arizona boys have admitted to local law enforcement that they strangled a four month old cat with a video game controller and stoned it to death. Who's to blame? Grand Theft Auto. Yes, GTA even kills kittens. That's according to Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio who, according to a local …

Why there aren't more video game themed cereals escapes me. After seeing G4's spoof on Gears of War's game-to-breakfast port—"Grains of War"—with an appearance by Lester "Augustus Cole" Speight, surely someone will step up. Oh, the delicious shapes!

As promised, Drawn to Life and Lock's Quest developer 5th Cell has announced its newest Nintendo DS game. It's called Scribblenauts and it may be one of the most fascinating games for the handheld. Ever. Scribblenauts may look like a traditional thing-collecting platformer, but it uses the Nintendo …

It doesn't look like The King of Fighters' jiggly ninja Mai Shiranui will be returning for The King of Fighters XII, but that won't stop SNK from pumping out another plastic knock-up of the girl. After all, it's been a good six months since she's been sculpted into a T&A-showcase pose. Or has it …

I’m not a fan of the site (Double Viking) but this is pretty sweet: (via GromBlog)

A next Metal Gear is ... apparently being teased by a barren and maddeningly cryptic page on the Kojima Productions website. The internet detectives among you have likely concluded that a green power icon can only signal one thing. (That the game will require electricity!)Before you folks tear open …

Filed under: Microsoft Xbox 360, Action You may have heard that we in America were going to have to wait a bit longer for the Resident Evil 5 demo than those in Japan, where it arrived this morning. But that's the thing about us Americans: We're unwilling to wait for anything we want, and we're …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, Sports In a move that might -- might -- get us excited to play a hockey game again, EA has announced 3 on 3 NHL Arcade, a super-deformed "hockey-lite" coming to XBLA and PSN in February for $10. EA describes it as a "no rules, fast paced" take on …

Filed under: Microsoft Xbox 360 What's that, Xbox Silver members? Come again? Sorry, we Gold members had a hard time hearing you from the private Gold Member hydrofoil. Oh, you want a taste? A taste of the suite life? Well, ask and ye shall receive.What's that? Oh! The sweet life! Sorry, the Bellini …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3, Action If manic shooting's your thing (and why wouldn't it be?), then you may want to keep your sights pointed at Astro Tripper, the latest from Mutant Storm dev PopPom Games. The game is set to blast a hole right through Europe's PSN on December 11, with a US …

Filed under: Culture Wow, we knew the economy was in a bad way, but who knew that the recession had traveled as far as Zelda's kingdom? The evidence is clear from the security photo, which shows a man sporting the Hylian symbol on his cap robbing People's Bank in Waterbury, Conn. earlier in the week …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3, First Person Shooters Ready to jump aboard the Killzone 2 hype train? Sony has announced that Guerilla Games' much-hyped PS3 shooter will infiltrate North America retailers on Friday, February 27, 2009 (via G4), where it will face fierce competition from pretty much …

Filed under: Business Things are looking grim for the company that once gave us Gorf, Arch Rivals and Spyhunter. The Chicago Tribune reports that Midway may default on its staggering $240 million debt, and that according to an SEC filing the one-time arcade dynamo has just 50 days to get $150 …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3, Puzzle The upcoming release of Lumines Supernova for PlayStation Network will have a LittleBigTheme for players to groove to, according to Dengeki Online. The Japanese news site is not reporting, as some outlets have claimed, that Lumines is being released as a game …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3, Online, Business, Casual Though PlayStation Home seems forever out of reach, this hasn't stopped Atari's Phil Harrison, one of the original architects of Sony's much-anticipated virtual landscape, from singing its praises. The former Sony exec was one of Home's chief …

Filed under: Microsoft Xbox 360 In its continuing and unyielding quest for world exclusives, Spike TV is adding another notch to its already pretty well-notched VGA belt with the "world premiere" of "The Lost and Damned," the first of two Xbox 360-exclusive DLC expansions for Grand Theft Auto IV. …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, Rhythm As announced on the band's website, 13 of the 15 tracks from No Doubt's The Singles 1992-2003 album are heading to Rock Band next week. Harmonix has made the official announcement, and it looks like "New" and "Trapped In a Box" are the two …

Filed under: Nintendo DS, Business In this case, the "D" in "DS" stands for "dangerous." BBC News reports that the British government is warning parents about the dangers of counterfeit Nintendo DS and DS Lite systems being imported into the UK. According to the BBC, these "fake" handhelds include …

Filed under: Microsoft Xbox 360, Peripherals, Rhythm What rocker wouldn't want to add a little sparkle to the mic? Lips developer Keiichi Yano said it could be done. Microsoft and MTV Games say it will be done: We "are working together to ensure that consumers will be able to use the wireless mics …

Filed under: Podcasts True story: Moments after Randall Smith posted this picture of his gorgeous Joystiq Podcast Appreciation Group Podcast Joystick, Wesley Johnson started the Joystiq Podcast Appreciation Group Podcast Joystick Appreciation Group. Yes: The JPAGPJAG. God bless you, Facebook, you're …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3, Puzzle Following today's earlier revelation of an LBP skin for Lumines Supernova (watch it in action above!), Q Entertainment has officially dated the PSN game for "winter." In fact, a press release claims Supernova is "arriving this month" (December), despite …

Filed under: Microsoft Xbox 360, Video Look, we're lazy. We're content to wait for the Resident Evil 5 demo to come to us. X3F? Sure, our Xbox brethren are lazy, too. But they're also fanboys. And fanboys leap at the chance to play anything -- no matter what the cost (in this case, a 48-hour …

Filed under: Business While talking up better-than-expected Black Friday sales at a Reuters Media Summit in New York, Take-Two Chief Executive Strauss Zelnick took a moment to tackle the global financial situation and its effect on the games industry. "I think everyone was encouraged by Black Friday …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360 With new publisher in tow, and new 10-hour campaign out in the open, Starbreeze's more-make-than-remake Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena is barreling towards that early 2009 release with a few more tricks up its sleeve ... well, …

Filed under: PC Talk about perfect timing: the economy is in the crapper; the holiday rituals are bleeding you dry; and your 486DX2 is having trouble keeping up during those late-night Left 4 Dead sessions. But don't lose hope! Our PC-inclined cousins at Big Download are giving away an iBuyPower …

[Platform: Download (Windows)] Hungry for a great-looking adventure/puzzle game? Mortimer Beckett and the Time Paradox is your greasy bag of delicious potato chips. Which... is a good thing! A follow-up to the original Mortimer Beckett, this installment features a wonderfully imaginative visual …

Games of the Ninja 2008

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As night approaches, be wary - the Day of the Ninja is in full effect, and silent death lurks around every corner (and in today’s graphic). However, to celebrate the occasion, and to distract said assassins when they come for you, we’ve put together a group of products we like to call …

The Daily GameDev.net

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Drew was out of town yesterday part of Wednesday and Thursday and, apparently, called me sometime Wednesday asking me to do his Daily for him. Little did he know that my cell phone was left all by its lonesome for a day and a half after I left it at a friend's house. Let's go ahead and blame him …

The IGDA has just launched the Student Scholarship Program for GDC09. Twenty-five university students will be awarded complimentary "Main Conference" passes to the 2009 Game Developers Conference. The deadline to enter is Thursday, January 15th, 2009. Recipients will be announced mid February. …

The students in my Comparative Media Studies Workshop have just shared their Web edition of the first anthology of Imagist poetry, edited by Ezra Pound and published in 1914. Des Imagistes was not (as far as I could determine) previously available online, isn’t in print, and is not even very …

In a jocular Gamasutra interview, Capcom's Ben Judd and GRIN's Ulf Andersson discuss the companies' key Bionic Commando remake, from reshaping established IP to Japanese/Western contrasts.

Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. I spoke to Mr. Shelley a few weeks ago, and he was very generous with his time when I was writing my series on ancient games. Of the twelve inductees, six have reputations in the strategy game arena - Meier, Wright, Molyneux, Bunten, Morhaime and now Shelley. …

Empire: Total War Q&A

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I sometimes flake on linking my Gameshark stuff, but here’s my recent Q&A with Creative Assembly about the upcoming Empire: Total War. This is the game highest on my radar for 2009.

This morning I was accidentally checking out EA’s www.Rupture.com just to see that the site got hacked or something. The content is seen in the picture below. I don’t know how long this hack was active, since couple of minutes later everything was back to normal. Well, it was enough for …

by: Randy KalistaArticle - Randy thought Spyro might be sleeping on a pile of gold. But Randy was very wrong. Comment

by: Charles HusemannNEWS - 50 Cent:Blood in the Sand is shaping up to be my guilty pleasure title of 2009 as the game's plot and tone are fairly ridiculous but the gameplay will more than make up for it.  It's not really shown off much in this new trailer but the game could surprise people when …

by: Randy KalistaNEWS - Though something of a system hog for the PC back in 2002, the six-year-old Arx Fatalis (GN Grade: B) is now patched up for Windows XP and Vista and is available at Good Old Games (GOG.com) -- and will probably run magnificently now on the machine sitting in front of you.  …

by: Randy KalistaNEWS - Sega lovers have a new place to call home at PlaySEGA.com.  It's a social networking site that's already chock-full of arcade, word, card, puzzle, quiz, sports, and Sonic games -- all free.  There's also Brain Assist (originally for the Nintendo DS) as well as Sonic …

by: Randy KalistaNEWS - Meeting the Prince of Persia again for the first time. Here's an update to TheTechLounge's 1TB Hard Drive Roundup. You'll do a double take looking at the AeroCool AeroRacer Pro PC Case. Carrying the brand's typical enthusiast charm, it's the Gigabyte EG45M- …

by: John YanNEWS - Has it really been three and a half years since that Killzone 2 incident where they were showing it off only to be called out on it being a pre-rendered trailer? Well, no matter as February 27th, 2009 will be the date that PlayStation 3 owners can get their hands on the game. Don' …

Personalize your G9

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by: John YanNEWS - The Logitech G9 mouse is still the one I primarily use for my PC gaming. I've been a little disappointed to see that there hasn't been any new grips coming out for the sucker but that's going to change a little now. Here's the first new product to update the mouse and it's a long …

by: John YanNEWS - NYKO's got you covered if you are breaking your pedals with your plastic drum sets. The Metal Pedal works with both Rock Band games and Guitar Hero: World Tour on ALL consoles. The pedal has metal plating, rubber feet, coiled wire, and a wide base. It sells for $20 so if you're …

by: Charles HusemannNEWS - Ummm...wow.  Those were the first words out of my mouth once I finally got into a Killzone 2 match.  It took a while as there are some glitches when you try to get into a game but I think that's probably why they called it a beta.  Guerrilla Games has a …

by: John YanNEWS - It shouldn't be a surprise but the most pirated gamed according to Torrent Freaks is...... Barbie Fashion Show for the PC... No wait. It's Spore of course. Coming in at a whopping 1,700,000 downloads since September. Crysis is in the top 10 but what maybe is nice to see is that …

Ludum Dare, the 48-hour solo game development competition, will start tonight at 10PM CST. You can check all of the action at the main competition blog. The theme voting had been separated into four rounds. The winning theme will be announced at the start of the competition, and we’ll have 48 …

Is It I? (Terranova)

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In my feeds this week was this piece by Greg L at the virtual worlds mega-blog Terranova. Here's an extract:At a conference recently, I heard someone say that she had several avatars in several virtual worlds, including World of Warcraft...

I want to state that the minute you sign exclusive distribution rights with Wal-Mart of all places your artistic integrity hits rock bottom. I have nothing against Wal-Mart, but I think it’s also safe to say there is no other company that actually possesses a distribution channel wide enough …

Atari dumps Davenport Lyons' piracy nastygram campaign • The Register Sleazy, IP-snooping lawyers. Davenport Lyons, DigiProtect and Evil Angel — criminal scammers? Looks like the lawyers were part of a scam, no less. Disney Developing Disney Fantasy Online for China Disney Fantasy Online …

Faithful readers know my opinion of Steam, so naturally I was bit surprised to hear that they're offering refunds (on a case by case basis, apparently) of Grand Theft Auto IV because the darn thing is just too buggy.Considering Valve fought me tooth and nail to refund a product that would do nothing …

The following floated across a mailing list I’m on. It’s an email from Bob Moore, Ph.D. Bob is, “a sociologist and game designer looking for a job in the MMO/virtual world industry. Ideally I’m looking to fill a role that does not yet exist in the industry but which I believe …

This is a bit late, but I didn’t want November’s Round Table to slip me by. It probably goes without saying that I spend a lot of time with games. Over the last 20+ years of my life, gaming has risen in prominence from casual hobby, to obsession, and finally–to career. Nearly my …

With regards to video games–what, exactly, is the primary function, or purpose, of game mechanics? This question is an interesting one and it is almost certain to spark a heated debate if you were to ask it while out for pints with a bunch of game developers. In fact, it’s one I’ll …

Here we are at the final round table discussion of 2008! My thanks goes out to all the bloggers that contributed this year and made the round table such a success. This month’s topic continues the theme of the last two months, but asks us to peer into our crystal balls… December ‘ …

The Nintendo DSi is still the best-selling platform in Japan, with its camera-less predecessor similarly selling in the tens of thousands. But Sony's PlayStation 3 saw the biggest gains this week, thanks to Konami. The developer-publisher's World Soccer Winning Eleven 2009 sold over 168,000 copies …

The world economy is going to shit, but the video game industry continues to thrive. But for how long? Take-Two chairman Strauss Zelnick hops on the "cautious optimism" bandwagon, saying "slightly down is the new up." He tells Reuters that his company had a Black Friday that was "better than …

A People's Bank in Waterbury, Connecticut was robbed on Monday morning. Pretty routine news story. Oh, except for one thing: the perpetrator may be a total Nintendo fanboy. Security cameras captured footage of the man in a supermarket before he walked into the bank and handed over a note demanding …

Here's a TV spot for THQ's Saints Row 2, which was just released in Japan. (It's, well, interesting. Like PaRappa on crank or something.) The pun-filled ad focuses on the game's customization with the male character telling the female character that she had been a man until yesterday — a claim …

Business types Marketwatch are giving out awards! Important ones! Ones like "Best CEO 2008". Eligible were CEOs from all walks of life. Mining companies, banks, you name it. And who came second? Bobby Freakin' Kotick. Yes, the Activision boss joins three other runners-up - the big men from Heinz, JP …

According to this Tech On! report, Nintendo are in the process of evaluating their Wii Remote accelerometer technology. Seeing if other companies can supply better gear than their current suppliers can. One firm - Kionix - definitely can. Currently, the Wii Remote's accelerometer sensors are …

You, or somebody you know, have probably broken their Rock Band/Guitar Hero drum pedal. They're made out of plastic, and plastic is simply not cut out for the demands of rock and roll. Enter Nyko's Metal Pedal. Everything you need to know is encapsulated in that name. It's a drum pedal that works …

While that Gears of War 2 remote control Centaur Tank might looks good in blurry newspaper scans — that's about it, it seems. Italian site HobbyMedia brings word that RC car site Big Squid RC has reviewed the tank. It's a video review, because something must be seen to be believed. The tank …

OK, not just Gwen Stefani. No Doubt. Though these days, when I think "No Doubt", I think "Gwen Stefani career advancement vehicle", so excuse my conclusion-jumping. According to No Doubt's official website, 13 of the 15 tracks from the band's singles collection will be made available for Rock Band, …

Last year's Spike Video Game Awards uses nearly naked ladies instead of envelopes with paper to announce the winners. Hardly traditional, the VGA had woman painted with game motifs walk on stage. But what about at this year's show? Spike TV's Casey Patterson has told game blog Multiplayer that the …

We haven't done a Kotaku Stalku in ages. That makes us think, hey, we should do one! Good thing reader Jaime sent us this picture and note: Tonight was the release party for Rogue Leaders: The Story of LucasArts at Chronicle Books headquarters in San Francisco. I met THE Tim Schafer while standing …

Venerated SEGA developer Yu Suzuki (Hang-On, Virtua Cop) changed the way people played. His titles have been revolutionary regarding how players interact with arcade games and arcade game cabinets. But Suzuki thinks there's more than can be done. Like? Like arcade game players getting chipped &mdash …

A new flash site has just gone live on Konami's Kojima Productions website. The flash site is barebones, showing them Konami logo and the above image with text that reads "A Next Metal Gear Is..." Now what do those green icons refer to. The text is green, the Xbox 360's image color is green, so make …

English is hard. But, really, if you are a Japanese developer making video games, there is one English word you should know how to spell: "Battle." As game site Insert Credit points out, there are three super common English words in Japanese gaming: "Start," "Fight" and "Battle." All three are used …

How do you make a sci-fi shooter, the continuation of a sci-fi shooting series that's always been good (good but not great), look a lot more amazing than it has any right to be? That's right. You use GIANT HAMMERS.

Back in May, people started to notice something odd: the GTAIV promo art lady had one finger too many. While an extra finger would come in handy while, we dunno, playing the piano, most were baffled. Count the fingers in the image above. Why did the artist include another finger? What does it mean? …

Poor Midway. They sure ain't what they used to be. From arcade powerhouse to third-rate console publisher, today it's been revealed the company are now facing a new low. An SEC filing uncovered by Variety shows the company have 50 days to settle their outstanding debts. Debts that, as of today, …

Got a big binge drinking "problem" where you live? We do in Australia. And government types are unsure on how to combat it. Oh, unless you're the City of Melbourne council, that is. They've released a game called Grogger, which is Frogger, only instead of navigating a busy highway, you navigate a …

Sexy Soul Calibur wallpaper? Please. The PAL store is a place for those with refined tastes. Sure, the SC wallpapers are there, for the crass, but who could overlook four wallpapers featuring the burly, bloodthirsty men of Far Cry 2? Well? OK, most of you. Primarily because GTi Club + is now out, …

You've seen enough "game within a game" things for LittleBigPlanet to make you ill. Gradius, Tetris, whatever, it's been done. But you haven't seen Lumines, especially one that comes from Q Entertainment. Yes, Q, the creators of the original, have teamed up with Media Molecule and Sony to launch an …

It's the season of giving. Right now, we're going to give you a reminder and a round-up. Happy Holidays! Don't forget that Funde Razor is next Wednesday. There are three locations for folks across the US: Brooklyn with Boing Boing Gadget's Joel, San Francisco with Gizmodo's Blam and Denver with our …

Thought only Tecmo's Team Ninja were the masters of in-game boob physics? Ha! Japanese game developers AC Gateway and Gadgetsoft seem to have invested a lot of energy into perfecting boob physics with new PSP title Masquerade Maid Guy: Bouncing Battle Royale. The devs used what they're calling the …

...it'd sound a little something like this. If you thought you'd get through 2008 without seeing the words "Django Reinhardt" and "Super Mario Bros 2" in the same post, sorry, you were dead, dead, wrong. The Original Plumber [growabrain]

Everyone's favorite upcoming goofy Hollywood flick Dragon Ball is apparently getting a slightly reworked title: Dragonball Evolution. This isn't yet confirmed by studio 20th Century Fox, but URL DragonballEvolutionmovie.com redirects to FoxMovies.com. The movie, based on the popular Dragon Ball …

The US video marketplace launched in November, 2006. In case you just joined us, it's now December 2008, and poor old Japan still doesn't have access to a store of their own. Courtesy of the console's increased popularity in the country, however, that's about to change. Microsoft have announced that …

To: Crecente From: Bashcraft RE: Bad Week For Media Yah, what's happening with the economy and people's jobs is some horrible, horrible stuff. But let's think of happy thoughts — like pink children and Christmas. Spoiler: Those who still believe in Santa Claus, do not read from here. Got a …

Mediterranean Migas

Jason Craft

We’ve been riffing on this one for a while.  As a more basic variant, eggs and sun-dried tomatoes served with pita and tzatziki is great all day long.  The chips give it some good migas texture, and like any migas dish it’s a good way to get rid of the bottom-of-the-bag chip fragments …

Link Dump Friday

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Link Dump Friday noses throughout a physic electron. A carrot reflects Link Dump Friday under the wound. Link Dump Friday sweeps behind the obnoxious comedy. The tax courses an encouraged pot within this joke. How can games caution within Link Dump Friday?

Watch yourself today - you never know when they’ll strike. We’ll have a little something to honor the sneaky fellows later today (they’ve already begun their assault, as you can see), but in the meantime, stay on your toes. The Day of the Ninja is nigh!

A couple years ago we discussed Benjamin Heckendorn's modification which turned the Xbox 360 into a laptop. Now, he's completed a new, revamped design which includes a removable Xbox 360 hard drive, an internal Wi-fi module and a new button layout. It looks a lot nicer, too. He's also posted a …

Jupix writes "It took Rockstar most of a year to port Grand Theft Auto IV to the PC, and while they claim this was because they wanted polish and quality with their PC release, it appears the result has been less than satisfactory. Players all over the internet are furious over numerous bugs in the …

Jordan Mechner's evocative 1997 adventure game The Last Express is a cult classic flop, but time-reversing Prince Of Persia inspiration - Gamasutra documents its fascinating genesis.

Namco's Pac-Man Championship Edition for XBLA is an inspired update of the seminal franchise -- and Gamasutra has a rare interview with the Namco Japan creators behind it and Galaga Legions.

Malory: Total War

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Developer Neocore Games has been slowly unveiling more information about their medieval strategy game King Arthur, a game they are calling a Role Playing Wargame. Judging from the shots of both the battle engine and campaign maps, it looks a lot like a Creative Assembly game. But so did Imperial …

As I try to make sense of the games that I have to play, I recommend reading one of my favorite Tom vs Bruce articles. This month they’ve uploaded a classic from the past, Gary Grigsby’s World at War.

This year has seen a lot of chest baring and sackcloth wearing about the differences between reviews and criticism in game journalism. I’m from the school that says not all reviews are criticism and not all criticism is a review, but that the best of both have elements have each. In other …

Dungeon Keeper was a Peter Molyneux game before that name became associated with grandiose claims that could never be fulfilled. It was a fantasy city-builder with RPG elements. You were the master of a dungeon and this meant expanding your capacity for loot, attracting more powerful monsters to …

Mostly familiar titles, but it’s a starting point.

War Plan Pacific Gold

Flash of Steel

Mid December release looks likely. Stay tuned.

I’ve spent the last few days knee deep in two new releases, the Vae Victis expansion for Europa Universalis: Rome and Tilted Mill’s light strategy game Mosby’s Confederacy. It’s hard to conceive of two games so different from each other on the surface, but both use characters …

I will have more to say about the EU: Rome expansion and how the game expands the roles of characters, not always to good effect, but here are some initial thoughts about Vae Victis’s strengths and weaknesses. - Big warning. It’s very unstable. I’ve had the game crash at least a …

Trend Savvy?

Flash of Steel

While I putter around in Vae Victis to decide what I really think about, check out Typealyzer, which claims to identify what Meiers-Briggs category your blog falls into. Flash of Steel is ENTP - Visionary. The charming and trend savvy type. They are especially attuned to the big picture and …

Right About Lively: A couple of months ago when Google launched Lively, their Second Life competitor, I speculated that they had gone outside the reach of their core business competencies. Most people did not agree with me. Turns out I was right. Google is closing down Lively next month. PC Mag …

interesting and funny...Photographer Robbie Cooper shows just how focused young video-game players can be.Kids' Expressions While Playnig Video Games (video on New York Times' Video Library - via swissmiss)

Agile principles emphasize face-to-face communication wherever possible. The benefits of this are demonstrated best at the team level. When teams sit apart from one another, the overhead of communication and the problems that arise from a lack of easy communication are seen daily. Studies have …

Ryan Wiancko at Industry Broadcast has been recording podcasts of many game developer blogs and articles. Recently he has added a few of mine as well. Ryan does a great job at capturing a wide range of good posts from all over.

In distant past projects I encountered a strange phenomenon during the beta phase. Our team would enter alpha, the publisher would throw a couple dozen testers on the project and all of us would focus on the bug database. During this time I felt more productive than any other time of the project. …

Today I got a phone call from some guy who was asking for the person who “is in charge for marketing” in my company. At that point my brain told me to click the red button to end the call, but of course I didn’t do that… the guy started saying that he just needs [...] …

I’ve been using Blitz3D to develop the couple of newest Dead Wake versions, but recently decided to finally switch to BlitzMax (and Leadwerks). Since I have strong background in BASIC languages (started with C64 Basic, then QBasic, Visual Basic, Blitz 3D’s basic and now finally BlitzMax …

Exactly three years (and 1000 blog posts) ago I wrote my first blog post ever. I had this idea about writing short, practical tips for game developers. Here’s what I wrote: This is a blog about independent game development. This blog is for those who are just starting their indie career (and …

I found this via Techdojo’s (one of our forum moderators) website. I think this could very well be a motto for indie game developers: “If you liked this game please tell your friends, if you didn’t, please tell us!” Nice sentence that sums it all. ShareThis

Now is your chance to win any video game of your choice. All you need to do is: 1) Tell me what game you want (name/url/whatever) 2) Write a comment in this blog post: convince Santa (or me…. at least you know who is going to guide Santa Claus on this) to buy that game to you. 3) [...] …

I don’t have details on how much the MCF games have sold individually, but now as the 5th title Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst in this series was launched Big Fish Games reported that: “The Mystery Case Files franchise has sold more than 2.5 million units thus far.” Not …

It’s time to launch the Game Producer Christmas Calendar for year 2008. What would be better way to start than hot babes, so proceed: Click here to see the hot babes. (Please notice it’s at least K18 stuff there so minors don’t even try to click that link) ShareThis

I checked out system requirements for the new Big Fish Games product: Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst (which can be bought for as low as $6,99 - see info here). This game has low system requirements (Window, 800 Mhz, DX 7.0), but the file is is 290 megs (and about 90 megs for [...] …

In the 4th day of game producer calendar, I’m going to reveal one thing about me. Today I got a call where I needed to speak English. I can write decent English, and can speak well enough to make my point, but there’s one tiny problem I have with spoken English: the alphabetic ( …

I was after something at BlitzMax forums when I run into this hilarius (and sametime sad) one year old forum post. Oh dear… I guess he doesn’t know how to set up the the world’s simplest version control/backup system in 5 minutes… ShareThis

I’ve reached the final level of Call of Duty: World at War, my troops within spitting distance of the Reichstag, the last icon of Nazi dominion that must be toppled before we Russians can enjoy a quadruple vodka while watching the end credits roll. In what’s become something of an annual sadism …

Nominations Please

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Yesterday Chewing Pixels was voted one of Wired’s Top 5 Favorite Interesting Gaming Blogs, which is quite the thing. I’m a fan of all the other recommendations that the Game|Life team makes, from Leigh’s Sexy Videogameland through to the watchdog-like Magical Wasteland, so it is an …

Second Hand Memories

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“Um, hi. Do you think you could tell me anything about this game? I, er, found it on the bottom shelf back there.” “Gunstar Heroes? Hmm. I’ve not heard of that one. Let me take a look.” This is Mad Andy. We’re not friends and that’s certainly not a nickname of my invention. Rather, it …

A few years ago my friends at thetriforce.com launched a get-rich-quick scheme offering £10 shares to 100 of their forum members. The idea was that the money generated by the forum would be invested in some sort of project - either for fun or profit but ideally a bit of both - the nature of [...]

Requiem for a Dream

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This week marks the tenth anniversary of Sega Dreamcast’s Japanese launch, a console whose passing I mourn with a deep and enduring sense of loss. What the platform lacked in profitable software it more than made up with bold innovation and pitch perfect ports of the latest arcade releases of …

I am a sucker for most types of music game but I don’t think you need any sort of heightened interest in the relationship between music and interactivity to appreciate the brilliance of this three level flash demo for Play Auditorium. The game’s best understood through experience but, …

What’s in a Prop?

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Mrs Chewing Pixels’ hair conditioner looks exactly like semen (um, not that I know what semen looks like or anything, mum). I think we were around fifteen when my school’s English department booked an avant garde production of MacBeth to perform in front of the students. It was a small …

Last night Bow Street Runner, the episodic point and click adventure game I worked on with Littleloud for Channel 4 won a BAFTA. The game’s picked up a few awards this year but the BAFTA is the first one that’s widely-recognized outside of the new media/ Flash game industry bubble so I …

The chance to play with time is gaming’s greatest gift to the world. It’s something no other entertainment medium offers and yet, when we rewind the last ten seconds of Prince of Persia, un-jumping a mistimed leap, it’s can seem like the most natural thing in the world. In Race …

CEX Retro was an Aladdin’s cave of gaming obscurities. Long and tall glass cabinets housed rows of exotic titles you’d never heard of, neat lines punctuated every now and again by a piece of strange Japanese hardware that relentlessly winked and bleeped back at its viewers. It was a store that …

While browsing Flash games today I stumbled across Eco Battler, a horizontal shoot ‘em up with an ecological message. Straight away I recognised the character portraits in the introductory movie as being from an old arcade game that I’d played a few times on MAME. A bit more digging …

Tidbits from the garden

Lost Garden

A few odds and ends have collected in my inbox lately.Video of the Princess Saving Application is up! All the videos from the night are posted up on OfficeLabs.com. My talk starts 10 minutes into the first video and lasts approximately 30 minutes. There’s also a bit of Q &A after all the …

by: Sean ColleliNEWS - Atlus, a publisher known for its hardcore RPGs and niche favorites like Trauma Center is breaking into the racing genre with Trackmania DS.  The game seems to live on customization, with a ton of car add-ons and extras, a fully functioned track editor and a base set of …

by: Cyril LachelArticle - What do Vikings and Transformers have in common? Find out insideComment

by: Charles HusemannArticle - Chuck sits down with Positron and talks about the latest issue of City of Heroes and how the game has changed since it was releasedComment

by: Dan KeenerArticle - Only 23 titles this week from the ESRBComment

by: Matt MirkovichArticle - A trip to the countryside isn't always a peaceful adventure, find out where Matt's been with our Persona 4 preview. Comment

Exit DS

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by: Cyril LachelArticle - Looking for a fun, deep game? Cyril explains why you might want to pick this up for your DSComment

SAS Secure Tomorrow

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by: Dave GambleArticle - City-Interactive's SAS Secure Tomorrow is the next in a long line of budget-priced shooters. Is it worth taking a look at? Comment

Dokapon Kingdom

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by: Cyril LachelArticle - Looking for a mish mash between Mario Party and a RPG? Cyril explains why this game from Atlus falls just shy of the mark.Comment

by: Dave GambleArticle - Is it possible for a die hard, hard core flight simmer to have fun with an arcade-style WWII flight sim? Follow along with Resident Pilot Dave as he tries out Combat Wings - Battle of Britain.Comment

by: Charles HusemannNEWS - Naughty Dog officially announced Uncharted 2: Among Thieves today.  There's not a lot of detail on the game (like a release date or plot details) but they did release this teaser which indicates that Nathan Drake is going to be spending some time in the cold this time …

by: John YanNEWS - Gotta love when companies talk smack. Microsoft has issued a press release stating they had record sales for Black Friday by estimating a 25% increase over previous years and they are saying they outsold the PlayStation 3 three-to-one. Of course they can't say anything against …

by: John YanNEWS - For you Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 folks who want to experience The Witcher, The Witcher: Rise of the White Wolf is coming your way next Fall. I never played the PC version but I've heard good things about it. The game will have a new combat system and a new engine to take …

by: Charles HusemannNEWS - Here are a few things I missed while enjoy stretcher accidents a bit too much: The Molten Core from World of Warcraft goes 8 bit Filefront is handing out beta keys for Shin Megami Tensei:Imagine Online, go now Nintendo makes $6 on each Wii sold, no word on …

by: Charles HusemannNEWS - Afro Samurai is shaping up fairly well, at least in the looks department.  I'm still interested to see how the game plays and if hey can really capture the anime feel in the game.  I guess we'll find out soon enough as the game is schedule to be released at the …

by: Randy KalistaNEWS - Rather than pontificate on buyer's guides and games of the year, Defunct Games introduces the "29 Controls of Christmas." The Razer Boomslang Collector's Edition 2007 Gaming Mouse works as hard as you do for every frag. Champions Online Design Director …

by: Randy KalistaNEWS - You know those jewelry-box-looking things that start popping up before December, usually having chocolate tucked behind their doors, each door having a number painted on it, 1 through 25?  Right, Advent Calendars.  Well, Cities XL has got an Advent Calendar giveaway …

by: Dan KeenerNEWS - TikGames announced today that they are currently developing Interpol for Xbox Live arcade. The game touts itself as the first hidden object spy game for XBLA and will allow up to four person multiplayer or single player campaign to track down the elusive Dr Chaos. There will be …

by: Dan KeenerNEWS - Innovelis announced their newest product today called BudFits, which is designed to keep those iPod ear buds in your ear during strenuous activities. The BudFits convert the ear buds into over-the-ear headphones so they stay put. With iPods taking an ever increasing role in our …

by: John YanNEWS - It's been a long time since I've seen a Ready 2 Rumble game but here comes another one. The Wii's getting Ready 2 Rumble Revolution in the Spring of 2009. Of course, it's going to use the motion sensing control of the Wii but I don't see it mentioning if it's going to the use the …

by: Randy KalistaNEWS - Okay, several pieces of good news.  1) The always-energetic and entertaining Jack Black will host Spike TV's 2008 Video Game Awards, premeiring live Sunday, December 14th at 9:00 p.m. ET*.  2) Gameplay videos will debut for Tim Schafer's Brutal Legend, God of War …

by: Randy KalistaNEWS - Once again uniting Disney and Final Fantasy characters, Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories has shipped to North American retailers for the good ol' PS2.  Re:Chain of Memories bridges the gap between Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II, and is a full 3D remake of …

by: Randy KalistaNEWS - Gear up for yet another Rockstar Social Club Online Multiplayer Weekend, coming to Xbox Live, PlayStation Network and Games for Windows December 12th-14th.  Rockstar's got developers and publishers stationed all over the globe, and they'll be covering Grand Theft Auto IV …

by: John YanNEWS - The PC version of Grand Theft Auto IV is finally out and you can have it now via Steam or Direct2Drive. I'm interested to see how the game plays with 32 players online and seeing some of the creativity that comes out of the videos that you can create with the game. The game will …

by: John YanNEWS - Watching the video, I can say my expression probably matches some of them and I know Chuck's face looks like a few in the video. Here's a little art project called Immersion where you just see a kid's face as they play violent video games. It's an interesting look in seeing what …

by: Randy KalistaNEWS - TheTechLouge clamps on the over-the-ear Sennheiser HD 595 Headphones. Four ways the new Prince of Persia is (and isn't) better than the 80's Prince of Persia. Picking the right memory kit for Intel Core i7 Platforms. EverQuest Online Adventures interview …

by: Charles HusemannNEWS - Here are a few things I missed while cringing at the faux Disney remake of Akira: New Ghostbusters trailer released, looking good CD Projekt has two more projects in the works, this is good news folks Red Bull is the first official sponsor of Home, hopefully I …

by: Charles HusemannNEWS - Here's the outline for the one in Skate 2, nothing earthshaking but still solid Comment

by: John YanNEWS - Three great bands are releasing more tracks as DLC for Guitar Hero World Tour in December. On December 4th, The Smashing Pumpkins will have more songs for the game as G.L.O.W., 1979, and Everlasting Glaze will be available. Next week, Nirvana's You Know You're Right, Negative …

by: Charles HusemannNEWS - NC Soft has launched the latest free add on for City of Heroes today.  The Power and Responsibility pack adds in secret identities, new build out options, and a mac beta in addition to a host of other changes and improvements.  The other cool feature is the Pact …

by: Randy KalistaNEWS - GOG.com (Good Old Games) is bringing to fruition a long-overdue concept:  Having, erm, good old games -- available at a pittance of today's going rate of $50 and $60 behemoths.  Plus you have the peace of mind knowing that these have passed through some old timey …

by: Randy KalistaNEWS - The Prince can’t find his ass with both hands. To be more specific, he’s looking for his donkey, Farah, and hasn’t been able to locate her.  And despite the Prince’s “Dude, Where’s My Car?” banter, it isn’t long …

by: John YanNEWS - If you want to try it out, Microsoft has released a new client for Games for Windows - Live. I've downloaded and installed it and so far found nothing really exciting about it. There are some videos, a demo, and other small stuff but really it's just not worth the time if you can' …

by: John YanNEWS - In January, DICE and EA will be releasing DLC for Mirror's Edge featuring seven Time Trial maps with nine races. You'll have to pony up $10 or 800 MS points though to get it. PS3 users are getting an additional map for free as well. Those waiting for a PC version to try and see …

by: John YanNEWS - It was only a matter of time but it's finally here. EA has announced NASCAR Kart Racing for the Wii letting up to four players race around using some of the sports' biggest stars. The characters look 360 avatar-ish and they all race around in these go-kart like vehicles. Yeah, it' …

by: Randy KalistaNEWS - Three new free-to-play MMO titles have swept up onto North American shores by way of publisher EnjoyMMO Games.  I'll let them make their own introductions: Phoenix Dynasty Online is a fantasy action MMORPG set in the world of the Warring States period of ancient …

by: Randy KalistaNEWS - Fallout 3's Vault-Tec Wasteland Simulation Manual is posted for all to see. The professional, fits-anywhere NZXT Tempest Enthusiast Steel Mid-Tower Computer Chassis. There are other charities besides Child's Play? Like TheTechLouge's Toys for Tots raffle and …

by: John YanNEWS - EA has alerted us that a new patch is out for Command & Conquer Red Alert 3. The patch, version 1.05, features a DRM De-authorization tool and a map builder as well as some bug fixes and balancing fixes. At least there's something to help you move your copy of Red Alert 3 to …

by: John YanNEWS - Eight Xbox Live Arcade games will be available for free online play so those with Silver memberships can play with others for this month. The games include A Kingdom for Keflings, Aegis Wing, Bomberman Live, Hardwood Hearts, Hardwood Spades, UNO, Small Arms and Super Street …

I thought I would pass this information along since it doesn’t seem like most people know about it. From http://www.childsplaycharity.org/events.php: December 9th 2008 Chicago, IL. (Plan B Chicago, 1635 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647) Dawdle.com and Midway Games are sponsoring the …

For this week’s Thousander Club update: Game Hours: 409.25(previous two years) + 130.5 (current year) = 539.75 / 1000 Game Ideas: 710 (previous two years) + 63 (current year) = 773 / 1000 I spent a lot less time working on game development than I wanted to over my vacation, but I hope a daily …

Happy Thanksgiving!

GBGames' Blog

Just like last year, I want to take this opportunity to be thankful. These days it is easy to focus on the negative. The bad news about the economy is constant, hate and violence seems to be erupting all over the world, and there are plenty of fingers pointing blame in every direction. So it is …

But You Can't Dance To It

Mile Zero

The plan was to build a drum machine in Flash with Conway's Game of Life as its input, both as a way to prototype some sequencing code and to play with homemade light bloom effects. Turns out, unfortunately, that Conway isn't much of a drummer. But it's still kind of hypnotic...

Monte Cristo is full of contests this year! Another contest has been announced involving "Cities XL." This time you won't be taking photos, just answering questions about the game. None...

The shopping season is upon us. Shoppers get your credit cards ready! We have a list of simulation games that should be on your radar for the gamer on your...

Tomb Raider Underworld is easily the best Tomb Raider game yet. But it is not without some issues. It really speaks to the core experience, though, that we shrug...

With three fairly good real-time-strategy games already under its belt for the Xbox 360, EA LA pretty much has the genre nailed down on the consoles. Its latest game, Command...

Zombies (zombie-like creatures at least) and co-op shooting, is there anything better in the world of videogames? Point me towards the undead, give me a gun, and get the heck...

Sonic Unleashed is 50% high speed, ring collecting, loop-de-loop running classic Sonic perfection and 50% slow, clunky, bland combat that is completely out of place and spoils the fun. It...

After SD vs. Raw 08 was pounded by reviewers, developer Yukes took those criticisms to heart and tried to remedy as many of them as possible for this year’s release....

How do you follow what is arguably one of the best first-person-shooters ever? By imitating it as closely as possible, that’s how. And that is exactly what Treyarch has done...

Need for Speed goes back to its roots with Undercover after last year’s ProStreet experiment failed pretty miserably. Undercover brings back the police chases, open world city, and arcade-style gameplay...

Coming to Blows

Mile Zero

Jonathan Blow, designer of Braid, is a smart guy. I think he makes a lot of good points, and I dig his game. But his reaction to the game's reception is drastically wrong, as evidenced in his interview with the AV Club: And so even prior to the release of Braid, I go back and I read - I've …

Working Spore

Mile Zero

At this time, there have been something like 2,000 reviews of Spore on Amazon. A massive number of them are 1-star reviews complaining about the DRM--partially because it's the standard SecuROM crap, but also because a glitch in the activation servers apparently locked out a number of the early …

1. In Which The Problem Is Introduced and Prodded Gently Last week, during one of my interminable link posts (which generally signal a paucity of actual creative thought on my part, combined with the guilt of not writing something every! day! for you people, all three of you) I mentioned that …

Fire Sale, Second Edition

Mile Zero

Once again, I'm unloading surplus games on eBay for prices that are CRAAAZY! Capsule reviews follow. Chocobo Tales: A fairly enjoyable cardgame wrapped around a set of minigames designed with the sole purpose of destroying your DS screen. Magical Starsign: A surprisingly funny little RPG …

Axes and Allies

Mile Zero

After writing a post on a misogynistic shooter and being linked by the slavering hordes from gaming site Kotaku, Brinstar probably could have been excused from taking a long break from blogging, and possibly the written word as well. Instead, she put together an examination of how her own views …

Monolith

Mile Zero

During the opening scenes of Tarkovsky's Stalker, the scenes outside of the Zone are shot in a kind of not-quite-sepia, yellow-tinted monochrome, as if the black-and-white film were being projected onto a background of copper or gold foil. It is a striking effect, combined with the film's …

I Can Tell

Mile Zero

System Codes Individual games SombraDeSoledad Wii System code 1628-9897-4022-8595 Mario Kart DS 1 4 6 0 8 8 3 6 3 7 8 5 Animal Crossing DS 3608 3794 5993 Name: Thomas Town: Lexingtn Tetris DS 305750 622602 With the new XBox experience (will not capitalize!) out, it seems …

Holiday Lights

Mile Zero

Oh, how nice! Look what Microsoft got me for the holidays: a broken XBox. No, really. You shouldn't have.

Left 4 Red

Mile Zero

Valve's new shooter, Left 4 Dead, has not made much of an impression on me, a fact that I largely blame on the fact that I have no-one to play it with. The other night, I managed to snag the XBox away from its recent Wire-playing duties to give the game's demo a shot with That Fuzzy Bastard. …

“My kid could draw that!”No doubt you’ve heard that phrase spouted at a modern art gallery once or twice. Perhaps you’ve even uttered it yourself, along with a snarky, “That’s not art.”We tend to have set-in-stone notions about what constitutes art, and can get riled up when confronted …

Note: This review originally appeared in issue #284 of The Comics Journal.“Unpopular Culture: Transforming the European Comic Book in the 1990s” by Bart Beaty University of Toronto Press 320 pages, $29.95I wasn’t surprised that Bart Beaty’s new book, Unpopular Culture would prove to be so …

This review originally ran in issue #287 of The Comics JournalThe Blot By Tom NeelyThere’s a danger in reviewing Tom Neely’s new book, The Blot, of being too effusive, praising the comic to the skies to the point where the reader starts rolling his eyeballs upward and saying “Come on. It can …

One of the things that comics do remarkably well is provide the reader with a tangible sense of place. Unlike prose, which must rely on verbal descriptions, or photography, which can only show you a small section of a scene, comics can immerse you in a landscape, be it town or country, giving you a …

Grey Noon

The Escapist

Most people are raised to know right from wrong, but a visit to the grey expanse of the internet can change everything. Russ Pitts tells us of his time in that no-man's land, where morals are for people who could afford them and all the music is free.

Hit Them Where They Live

The Escapist

What happens when the war against Serious Business becomes Serious Business itself? Steven Croop analyzes Project Chanology, Anonymous' now legendary battle against the Church of Scientology.

Raiders of the Lost ARC

The Escapist

It's rare to be able to witness an extinction in progress, especially in videogames. Tom Endo examines the steady decline of the ARC community, a crew of retro-savants devoted to a dying game.

Doki Doki Majo Shinpan! isn't the be-all-end-all erotic underage witch-touching game, but there's something to be said for being the first. Brad Rice probes the gameplay of this not-so-obscure DS classic.

Want to reconnect with the games of your youth? Be prepared to break the law. Les Chappell explores the (not so) seedy underbelly of the online abandonware community.

Empty wallet weighing you down this holiday season? Nathan Meunier recommends a handful of indie gems that won't break the bank.

Extended family members giving you grief this Christmas? Colin Rowsell has some tips on how videogames can help you cope.

The Game of Giving

The Escapist

Giving a gift can be satisfying, tedious or just plain awkward - but can it be fun? L.B. Jeffries ponders the gameplay possibilities of gift-giving.

A Charlie Brown Christmas. A Muppets Family Christmas. A Christmas Carol. Every medium has made its own contributions to the Christmas tradition - except videogames. Chris LaVigne searches for a game that truly embodies the holiday spirit.

Behold, the same post about Mouse Guard in three different forums:http://www.enworld.org/forum/general-rpg-discussion/245987-mouse-guard-luke-gave-us-first-copy-wedding-gift.htmlhttp://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?t=426846http://www.therpgsite.com/showthread.php?t=12806Why? Read John's strategy at: …

Quoridor

PC Logic Games

Title: QuoridorAuthor: Mirko MarchesiLicense: Commercial Board GameAuthor: Martijn van SteenbergenLicense: Creative CommonsWebsite: http://martijn.van.steenbergen.nl/projects/quoridor/It has been a while since I did an entry on an abstract strategy game. So, here is a short one on a different two …

Football Mogul 2009, developed and published by Sports Mogul.The Good: Excellent playbook editor, custom league support, ratings for every player for the 2008 NFL season, lots of small enhancementsThe Not So Good: Limited to ten plays per category, needs more than two included playbooks, limited to …

Iron Grip: Warlord, developed and published by Isotx.The Good: Very challenging and requires team coordination, both first person combat and strategic defensive placements, plentiful upgrades based on performance, chaotic funThe Not So Good: Can’t play as the offense, brain-dead AI doesn’t …

Backyard Football ‘09, developed by FarSight Studiosand published by Humongous.The Good: Straightforward mouse-driven controls, simplified but entertaining gameplay, numerous game modes, real NFL teams and playersThe Not So Good: Completely unfair power moves, have to unlock some players, no …

Xpand Rally Xtreme, developed by Techland and published on Gamer’s Gate.The Good: Precarious new locations, irregular road surfaces, new XTREME cars, special stage and track racesThe Not So Good: Still have to unlock content, AI driver difficulty is sporadicWhat say you? This half-sim, half-arcade …

Dynasty Warriors 6, developed by Omega Force and published by KOEI.The Good: Straightforward controls and combat, objective-based battlegrounds, player-guided character growth, challenge mode, constant action, same-computer cooperative playThe Not So Good: Extremely repetitive and shallow gameplay, …

Europa Universalis: Rome - Vae Victis, developed and published by Paradox Interactive on Gamer’s Gate.The Good: Missions, simplified governorship with rebellious leaders, more sophisticated leader succession, tenuous republics, additional character attributesThe Not So Good: No manual and lacks …

Here are the results of the recent I Spy minigame. If an animal has scored, I've only listed the game that scored (and who mentioned it), but if no-one scored any points I've put in all the games mentioned that...

Crysalis

Only a Game

Returning to normal service gradually, I will be replying to comments today, then scoring the I Spy Minigame on Thursday morning UK time - so players of this have about forty eight hours left to score points. Then next week...

Any Requests?

Only a Game

I apologise for the lack of substantial posts right now... life is busy, and I haven't quite recovered my mental faculties. I doubt the usual flow of the Game will resume in earnest before Gregorian New Year - there will...

Opening Links

Only a Game

Here are this week's games links: Over on the ihobo blog today, we have a short post officially kicking off the new games blog on that site. A more substantial post will appear next Wednesday. While over on the Minigame...

The time has come to open discussions about the changes in my blogging. I will briefly describe my intentions, then open the floor to the players of the Game to raise any issues they might have. Here are my current...

After the Activision Blizzard fire sale of 2008, people started to wonder what would happen to some of those titles.  One of those titles was The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Athena, which had been scheduled as a remake of the classic Riddick game, Escape from Butcher’s Bay.  Now comes word …

How strange that after years of outright neglect, wistful memories, and frustrating will-they-won’t-they rumors, we now stand at two brand new Sam & Max adventures. Earlier this year, keepers of the flame Telltale Games shipped Sam & Max Season One for Wii… answering the …

What’s this? Am I to pick up a brand new PSTWO game so soon after publicly deriding Haygood over his pining for a backwards-compatible PS3? Oh, I am indeed shamefaced. Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories is shipping this week… and it’s totally a PS2 game. or rather, a semi-old 3D …

I didn’t know that the rock worm could kill you! They look so peaceful and kind! Via Machinima

Valve, which has been notorious for holding its sales numbers private, has decided to crack the door open ajar to let us look at their retail numbers going back to the original Half Life. Some of the numbers are surprising, like Garry’s mod selling over 300,000 units, but others like Half Life …

Michael Rudder, who voiced the Dark Prince in Prince of Persia: Warrior Within, was injured in Mumbai, India, during the recent terrorist attacks. Rudder was having dinner with a friend, when the terrorists exploded into the dining room of the Oberoi Hotel, and started firing off rounds.  Rudder …

So Grand Theft Auto IV dropped on Tuesday for the PC, and because I had been on the edge of my seat waiting for this game, I immediately started downloading it as soon as it became available. Now I sit here two days later trying to play the game.  First came the problem of downloading the [...]

I think Blast Factor is the first PSN game I bought, and I’m pretty sure it was the first game that had online leaderboards. I distinctly remember the handful of minutes I had the top spot against my friends before those without kids and other such afternoon and evening things to keep them …

After a lot of talk by Microsoft, a Games for Windows Live standalone client has been released.  The client is available for download here.  While this was big news for me initially, it ended up being a downer as you find out that there is almost no functionality in the client at this time. There …

DICE has announced their DLC plans for their recent release, Mirror’s Edge.  Expanding on the time trial concept, Mirror’s Edge will release the Pure Time Trial maps, which takes the city out of the equation and has Faith working through a rather abstract obstacle course of shapes and …

These are my slides for a panel talk on virtual worlds I’ll be giving today at the ECREA 2008 conference in Barcelona. Constructive Communitites View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: user content) Related posts Presentations (0) Facebook is upon us (2) What’s …

Numbers Lie

Unfettered Blather

Like some kind of crazed stalker, my X-Box 360 likes to keep track of what games I’m playing. If you look at the page there is a list of games and number of times they’ve been blogged. The list is not entirely accurate since I’ve had my 360 since January but the blog was activated …

One of the reasons I did not jump on the bandwagon and get Rock Band sooner was because when the game was first released the reports of poor peripheral reliability made it seem like a dodgy proposition. Guitars routinely had problems and the drum set bass pedal was prone to snapping in half, …

There is nothing that will put a dent in my game purchasing habits then receiving a game that sucks away my limited time budget. This month is extremely slim not due to lack of funds but entirely because of Fallout 3. Actually, my playtime has rotated between Fallout 3, Rock Band, and Rock Band 2 …

Why, it must be the run-up to the Holiday season! Let's go!I really like this extremely home-made looking invader badge, it's got real charm. Cute Zelda fairy bottle necklace. Quite decorer this. I'm waiting for the day when being dressed...

PlayStation credit card

Wonderland

At first I thought this was a scam because the graphic design is pretty cheap and nasty, but it looks legit from sonyrewards.com: the PlayStation credit card. It claims you can get $150 off an 80GB PlayStation 3 with one...

I Hear Idiots t-shirt Ho ho.

Ouch. Tabula Rasa cost over $100 million to develop, and - according to Sir Bruce - has about 70,000 subscribers. That's a cost-per-user of $1429. Ouch. Not unsurprisingly, three days ago they announced that it's a goner. Richard Garriott, meanwhile,...

This Gaming Life

Wonderland

While I was on holiday, I got to read Jim Rossignol's This Gaming Life , and I really enjoyed it. It's a personal hike through PC gaming and game journalism land, and even if you're a gameblog-reading obsessive (what, us?)...

I like this one a lot. .. and this too is a bit of a classic. That's one way for the universe to end... This one's a groaner: Ba boom.

MostPublic Index: UK Official BBC blogs (Eric H = The BBC Internet Blog) count as individual people? That's wrong. Interview, Erik Huggers: 'The last bastion is the living room' | Media | The Guardian BBC moves into focusing on software development.

Imagine: Dream Weddings

Wonderland

Spotted this in Borders at the weekend en route to the new Bond movie (omg that MI6 database UI. What were they thinking). They even give you a free MAGIC TUBE to vomit into when you've shelled out your thirty...

Xbox Teams Up With MySpace And Channel 4 For New TV Show Xmas special.

chrismukkah presents

Wonderland

This year I'm buying everything on Etsy. Handmade and one-off is the way to go! This Super Mario Skull teeshirt is pretty unique (I think): Also comes in a print, at a bargain $10.

Mind-set Research How kids and adults can be encouraged in learning. Fascinating stuff.

Needed: Network bailout? American terrestrial TV in complete crisis... Van Gogh Counter-Strike map WOW. Just wow. Mirror's Edge: Faith Is Not A 12 Year-Old With A Boob Job Heh. Quite right. I heart DICE.

Mirror's Edge in 2D

Wonderland

Ben sent this in, and I am incredibly shit at it. I can't even get past the first jump. Still, it looks like fun, and I oddly enjoyed attempting the first jump 35 times. Reminded me somewhat of Frak!. (Thanks...

Damnit

Wonderland

Meeting him once for 3s doesn't count does it? Facebook, you sodding tease.

This is just jaw-droppingly brilliant, and something I've wanted to get done for ages, but finding UK-based mappers is super hard. Any UK mappers out there?? Haunted Mansion done as a Counter-Strike map. Completely incredible. By Nipper. (Via Kotaku, and...

I picked up this weird-cute little copy of VICE magazine as overtaken by LittleBigPlanet in my local coffee shop today. There're Sackboy fashion shoots... ... fake Sackboy ads for perfume and clothing... and all sorts of other LBP-related stuff. Sackboy...

Cute Zelda mosaic

Wonderland

Arcade Art has just set up an Etsy shop, and she's selling these sweet little Zelda mosaics, amongst other game-related works.

Evil Avatar - Sony's Home Gets First SPAMvertisement "branded experiences" not being that well received by Evil Avatar.. Why the economic crisis could lead to a privatised Channel 4 Ooh. Super Punch: Monstrous Chesire Cat Ooh that's purty

Triforce tree topper

Wonderland

Superpunch linked this, and I can't work out who owns it or who made it, but eeeeoouhhhh isn't it luvverly?? I'd want one for our nerd tree, which I daren't get out this year, because Poesy has 8 teeth would...

Our first game out of the gate this year, and on Sunday it picked up a BAFTA interactive award: Wired's got the story, although thinks Channel 4 is something to do with the BBC. Not yet, anyway...The game has you...

This is the weirdest looking game I've seen in a very, very long time. I love it. The gameplay is idiotically simple, but the environment adds complexity by being such an assault on the eyeballs. It's art rather than a...

Big Picture Advertising: TV losing the war for attention? Ofcom's coinage: "stacking" (aka using the internet at the same time as watching TV. Uk stat = 74%) Essential Addons for Wrath of the Lich King For when I get five minutes to actually have a look at it :o( Gardening Mama: …

Back in Town

Grind That Authority

Hallo! Da sind wir wieder! Gibt’s doch zu, ihr habt uns nicht vermisst. Wir hatten hinter den Kulissen einige, öhm, technische Schwierigkeiten, daher waren wir für einige Tage fort. Entschuldigt bitte diese Angelegenheit, soll nicht noch einmal vorkommen. Jetzt muss ich nur noch im ganzen …

A Black Day

Cathode Tan

So I get home from Atlanta last night, not late late by most standards, but feeling late enough when you've spent hours in the air that had been preceded by hours in an airport which had been preceded by wondering if the rental car was going to get a flat which was preceded by driving in Atlanta in …

See more Jack Black videos at Funny or Die

Cathode has been a little neglected, partially due to NaNo, partially due to being on the road a considerable amount, and now partially because the main device I both watch movies and play games on is a cold brick. So here's a little make up before the holidays and even more travel steal me away: …

Think you've got what it takes to pull off a scary face? Prove it! Enter the Dead Space "Show Us Your Scared Face" Contest where one grand prize winner will receive a Dead Space standee of the character Isaac Clarke signed by the development studio. Approximate Retail Value ("ARV") of $200.Other …

Dead Short

Curmudgeon Gamer

There's a strange quality to the Dead Space “Dismemberment” demo. Weighing it at a meagre sub-400 megs on XBL, it basically consists of you playing as distinctive protagonist Isaac Clarke, running into a room with loads of monsters and blasting enough rounds in them to qualify you as a cover …

Continued from previously. Again, include all cognates. Again, exceptions as listed.Infect (if you're referring to bacteria then you get a pass, otherwise....)Assimilate (in all Borg-ish contexts, so Grand Theft Auto IV is allowed to use this, but you are not)World (the only exception here is …

Strictly as an exploration game, Tomb Raider: Underworld falls short of the standard set by the original Tomb Raider. However, it does provide a better run/jump/climb experience than either of its immediate predecessors, Tomb Raider: Legend and Tomb Raider Anniversary. Regrettably, that's about all …

The novelty of being able to play Civilization on a pocket-sized device got to me, and I bought Civilization Revolution for my DS. The result is rather good, excellent even, but it also suffers from a number of irritating little lacks, lacks that result from the developers not taking the DS version …

Another runaway winner, Dan Whitehead of the Unreliable Eurogamer lifts the coveted Couldn’t-Write-His-Way-Out-Of-A-Paper-Bag Writer 2008 award. Despite coasting along at a standard so low that his readers have to limbo under his prose if they’re to stand any hope of getting past it, his writing …

You wouldn’t believe the shit publishers pull in their quest to salvage good review scores out of games that are clearly underperforming. Publishers such as Eidos, with workmanlike shit that’s not worth your money like Tomb Raider: Underworld.The fun started when Eidos began laying down …

Although the majority of the votes in this category largely came from journos nominating their own mags (don’t mention who they are, or they’ll all be sacked), few would disagree with the winner.“I know you'd rather develop testicular cancer than read a Future Publication but this is the best …

Unless you’re a suited old cunt who thinks Nuts is the pinnacle of periodical history to be aspired to, yet works overseeing Future Publishing’s games rags, it’ll come as no surprise that the “official” mags led the voting for the cunt-rag category (sponsored by Edge). Winning by a narrow …

There’s an excellent piece that’s gone up on Robson’s site nicely explaining why mirthless cunts like N’Gai Croal can fuck off. If you’re still unclear about the difference between Old and New Games Journalism, then you’re probably one of those wilfully ignorant self-deluding cockwits …

GET! deals alert

Costume GET!

There have been sales all weekend long on some great games and a few more popped up today for “cyber Monday”. Check the full list here. Among the games listed that have costume options are Saint’s Row 2, Tomb Raider Underworld, Golden Axe Beastrider ($20!), Little Big Planet, Fable II, and …

With regards to video games–what, exactly, is the primary function, or purpose, of game mechanics? This question is an interesting one and it is almost certain to spark a heated debate if you were to ask it while out for pints with a bunch of game developers. In fact, it’s one I’ll …

The following floated across a mailing list I’m on. It’s an email from Bob Moore, Ph.D. Bob is, “a sociologist and game designer looking for a job in the MMO/virtual world industry. Ideally I’m looking to fill a role that does not yet exist in the industry but which I believe …

This is a bit late, but I didn’t want November’s Round Table to slip me by. It probably goes without saying that I spend a lot of time with games. Over the last 20+ years of my life, gaming has risen in prominence from casual hobby, to obsession, and finally–to career. Nearly my …

Here we are at the final round table discussion of 2008! My thanks goes out to all the bloggers that contributed this year and made the round table such a success. This month’s topic continues the theme of the last two months, but asks us to peer into our crystal balls… December ‘ …

So there's not much curiosity or interest or hope for the new Sonic Unleashed, apparently. I reviewed the Nintendo Wii version for Kombo (more on that later) and came away a little disappointed. The speedy daylight stages are pure Sonic...

Look, I like Duck Hunt too, but I think I'll wait until this one hits the bargain bin. You just know that if you want this game you'll be forced to buy a bundle package that includes the Wii Zapper...

Although Kombo hasn't published my review yet (you'd think it was a holiday weekend here in the United States or something), I regret to inform you that the Nintendo Wii version of the Sonic Unleashed experience is not worth the...

As 2008 starts to draw to a close we are left with one last task before the dawn of a new year: buying gifts for friends and loved ones. Choosing video game goodies for the people on your shopping list...

The wait is finally over as Sega has released Sonic Unleashed into the world. I had some high expectations (well, high for a modern Sonic game) going into this one thanks to the previews that placed a heavy emphasis on...

Perhaps you're still curious about Dead Space, the dismemberment horror adventure from Electronic Arts for the Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, and PC that emerged into the world as an instant franchise back in October. As you may recall,...

Not content to sticking to the digital domain, Sonic the Hedgehog has escaped into real world non-electronic games. There's a Sonic chess set on the way in which our beloved hedgehog and some of his friends act as the chess...

Once you get past the impressive visuals in Capcom's new Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix you'll probably find yourself captivated with the game's stellar soundtrack. Those new takes on classic tunes were created by game music fan community...

The nice thing about being in an economic recession is that if stores want to bring it holiday business then they'll have to offer better discounts on items. Amazon.com is taking advantage of that idea today with another big sale...

I never thought I would see the day when Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson were back in character as Ghostbusters Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, Egon Spengler, and Winston Zeddemore, but Atari has made my film sequel...

United States Magistrate Judge Richard Seeborg granted Capcom's Motion to Dismiss the lawsuit instituted by The MKR Group, which claimed that Capcom's mall-zombie-game Dead Rising infringed on its Dawn of the Dead IP rights. In dismissing the lawsuit Judge Seeborg reportedly found that "To the …

In an earlier posting, we reported that Take Two sued the Chicago Transit Authority after the CTA removed ads for Grand Theft Auto IV. The CTA's actions appear to have been a response to a Fox News reporter's on-air question about why the CTA was carrying the ads. Take Two and the CTA have now …

Submitted by Karine Bellavance Sony has been ordered to pay $18.5 million to Agere Systems following a successful patent infringement lawsuit filed in 2006. Agere Systems alleged that Sony violated its "wireless local area network apparatus" patent. Agere's patent covers the storing of headers in …

Amy Taylor, a 28-yeard old British woman, was shocked and distressed when she walked in on David Pollard, her husband of three years, having sex with another woman. This was not the first time she'd caught him in the act, but it was the final straw. Ms. Taylor filed for divorce. The novel spin on …

Davis LLP is pleased to announce that Chris Bennett, a partner in the Vancouver office, was selected as one of the Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 at a gala event in Toronto last night. "Chris Bennett is incredibly deserving of this honour," says Robert Seidel Q.C., National …

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The Classification Board of Australia has refused to classify F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin FPS, which will prevent it from being sold in Australia. The Board hasn't given an explanation for its refusal, but it likely stems from the fact that the highest rating currently available in Australia is MA15 …

Harmonix, MTV, EA and Viacom, the creators of the game Rock Band, are the defendants in a class action lawsuit for having allegedly shipped defective drum pedals in a scheme to cheat consumers. According to plaintiff Monte Morgan from Kansas, the drum pedal has a design defect which causes the pedal …

Can you battle zombies in a mall (or depict such events, anyways) without worrying about infringing on the IP rights of MKR Group, the owners of the "Dawn of the Dead" licenses? Capcom, the company behind the Dead Rising video game, certainly thought so. In fact, Capcomp brought a motion to block …

Submitted by Karine Bellavance Sony Computer Entertainment America's head of hardware marketing, John Koller, has said that although piracy remains a problem for the PlayStation Portable (PSP), it has trended down in recent months. Although it has been reported that sales for the PSP hardware have …

Back when we brought word of the Dance Dance Revolution musical, we didn't have any pics, just a Photoshop from the fellas at GayGamer. Now we have pictures of the 40 person show — from the opening night nonetheless! Click through the pictures below sent to use by reader Dan. There does seem …

Square Enix are serious about cracking the Western market with games that don't include the words "Final" and "Fantasy". Want to know how serious? They just made a takeover bid for Eidos. Home to Lara Croft, Eidos have been in a financial pickle of late, and are already in takeover talks with Warner …

One day, Atari's Phil Harrison believes, physical game media will be no more. No more DVDs, CDs, and no more video games in plastic boxes. Phil's take: "There’s a generation of kids being born today and probably already alive who I’m pretty confident will never buy a physical media product. They …

All three home consoles are built in Asia. Two of the three platform holders are based in Asia. So what happens when Western currencies start dropping like a stone, courtesy of the "economic crisis"? We face the prospect of prices being jacked up to compensate. In Britain this week, such a move has …

We're approaching the end of the year. Time to look back at all that we've done and all that we didn't plan on doing. Internet trend site Goo has a poll up that asks about this year's impulsive shopping. Here's the question: This year, what did you carelessly or accidentally purchase? 1. Salted …

What we did know: Jack Black is in Brutal Legend, and Jack Black will be hosting the Spike VGAs. So Brutal Legend will be there in some capacity. What we now know: creator Tim Schafer is hyping that there'll be "some sort of news this month" regarding the up-in-the-air heavy metal love-in. OK, that' …

Platinum Games' MadWorld is black and white — and red. Besides blood, everything is monochrome. Just because early video games were black and white that doesn't mean it's easiest to churn out a B&W title. Platinum Games producer Atsushi Inaba says that it's actually pretty hard. According to …

What, the prospect of apple fries (?) and a tub of macaroni & cheese doesn't sound appealing enough to you, purveyor of fine, fatty American fast foods? What about some crap Nintendo toys? Yeah, now you're interested. Cashing in on America's love of both active video gaming and passive waist …

To: Crecente From: Ashcraft RE: Resistance is Futile Totally agree with you. Sometimes level design seems designed to have you look stuff up online. That's fine if you are used to that, I guess. But if not, well, that's no good. Really think that game developers are going to need to consider more …

If Country Music Television can be believed Rock Band is about to add a little bit country to its rock and roll. CMT blogger Alison Bonaguro writes that on December 16 Rock Band will be adding five country songs to its 400-plus repertoire of mostly rock. The songs will only be added via the online …

The South Korean government says they will invest 350 billion won in the computer game industry by 2012. In a meeting Wednesday about plans to develop the game industry in the country, Culture, Sports and Tourism Minister Yu In-chon said they country's game industry hit a billion-dollar export goal …

MARIO KART (REMI GAILLARD)by nqtv Famed french prankster Remi Gaillard took to the road in a little cart recently to act out a real life (and potential death) version of Mario Kart. In the video Gaillard can be seen tossing bananas under the tires of nearby cars and motorcycles. Gaillard also …

DICE plans on keeping Mirror's Edge players on their toes next month with the January release of a downloadable Time Trial Map Pack, featuring seven new maps for your running enjoyment. Players will be able to strive for the fastest times in nine races spread across the seven maps, all for the low …

Frogster's hodge-podge MMORPG Runes of Magic has progressed to the point where they're just about ready to let everybody in for a taste, announcing the launch of the open beta on December 15th. The game that isn't afraid to take the finer points of more established games and make them its own will …

Microsoft has quietly released version 2.0 of the Games for Windows Live software, which includes an exciting new client that allows you to browse a nearly empty Games for Windows LIVE Marketplace. As I said, things are relatively barren right now, with a handful of trailers that we could just as …

You know the United States Army is hard up for recruits when they start poking around in the unicorn-filled virtual world of Linden Labs' Second Life. The Army will be setting up two islands in the virtual world. One is a recruiting center with information and means to contact the recruiting office …

EA has announced a February release date for NASCAR Kart Racing for the Nintendo Wii, the game that finally adds the two elements keeping the sport from greatness - jumps and falling boulders. Shipping to retailers on February 10th, just in time for the 2009 season, NASCAR Kart Racing lets players …

If Facebook and LittleBigPlanet got drunk and had an illegitimate offspring it might be Sackbook, a fan-created community website dedicated to connecting sack people with sack places for sack fun. The creation of LBP fan Chris Warren, Sackbook is a place where players can keep up-to-date on the …

Sumner Redstone's offloading of the majority ownership of Midway on Monday has had a profound negative effect on the company's stock, which has fallen 40% since the beginning of the week. The stock has actually been dropping regularly since Monday, going as low as $.18 cents a share on the day the …

Microsoft has launched a month-long Friendship is Free program, that will unlock multiplayer functionality in eight Xbox Live Arcade games so Silver members can get a taste of what they've been missing. They've chosen a pretty nice cross-section of games for the promotion as well, unlocking the …

New Concept Gaming Ltd. has answered the prayers of gamers who for years have wished they could combine playing of Wii and PlayStation 2 games with the fun of running in place. The Jog, or jOG in hipster screwed-up capitalization marketing speak, is a device that connects between your system's …

Famed movie critic Roger Ebert has a fascinating piece up on his Sun-Times website about the death of film criticism and rise of the “CelebCult”. In it he blames America’s (in particular America’s newspapers') fascination in the trivial and trite when it comes to pop culture and celebrity, …

Japanese Wii owners will soon be able to get their manga on without even turning their heads away from the TV screen. Welcome to the future, don't forget to eat and sleep. From January 6th, Sun Denshi will be opening their own WiiWare store selling chapters of Princess Ai Monogatari. The first 3 …

Along with the announcement of the premium Time Trial Map Pack for Mirror's Edge, DICE has released a video showing off just where and how you'll be fighting against time, and it's rather spectacular. As someone who has never had occasion to play the game, this video, with its vertigo-inducing …

When SNK Playmore finds a formula, it tends to stick to it (see King of Fighters XII, Metal Slug 7). The developer's latest entry in the Metal Slug series doesn't stray far from the path. It arrives strictly for the Nintendo DS — an Xbox Live Arcade version is due later — doing little to …

Namco Bandai Games has Japan locked down with Gundam, Tekken, Tales and Tamogotchi, but now it wants you, John Q. Western Gamer. Today it announced Surge, a new studio and label aimed at Westerners. The Surge label, according to Namco Bandai, is "dedicated to providing cutting-edge, genre-defining …

Codemasters are trundling out eight new cars for GRID fans today as they launch the GRID 8-Ball Pack for Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game. The new motors are the McLaren F1 GTR, Nissan GT-R, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X, Honda S2000, VW Nardo, Pontiac Firebird Trans AM, TVR Cerbera Speed 12 …

What do you get if you cross Destroy All Humans with Duck Hunt? Look, never mind "I don't know" - I'm not trying to tell you a joke. This is a serious rhetorical question. The answer is that you get Martian Panic. Look at the pictures, it's obvious. Martian Panic is a Wii shooter for up to four …

A day after their game, Tap Tap Revenge, was revealed as the top free download on iTunes, the folks behind the title are announcing a new line of games featuring big names in music. Tap Tap Dance hit iTunes for $5 today with music from Daft Punk, Justice and Moby and was created in conjunction with …

An 18-year-old shot and killed by an Aurora, Colorado police officer Tuesday was wanted for stealing an Xbox 360 at gunpoint from an acquaintance, News 9 is reporting. Police say Brandon Winn had offered to buy the 360 for $170, but when he met the man at an Aurora apartment, he pulled a gun and …

A federal judge has ruled in favor of Midway in a copyright infringement case over its 2004 game Psi-Ops. A California screenwriter sued the publisher last year, claiming Midway swiped elements from his movie script, also titled Psi-Ops. William L. Crawford II filed suit against Midway in March of …

US megachain Gamestop have never had much of a foothold here in the UK - they have a couple of shops but are tiddlers compared to big fish GAME. This may change. Former high street kings Woolworths (no longer connected to the American company F.W. Woolworth) have fallen on hard times and gone into …

Level 5's third puzzle-filled Professor Layton adventure for the Nintendo DS tops the Media Create charts this week, fending off a strong PlayStation 3 newcomer with almost 350,000 copies sold to Japanese gamers. With more than double the sales of Konami's World Soccer Winning Eleven 2009 for the …

HM Customs (as in Her Majesty's - the Queen hates smuggling) has issued a warning against fake Nintendo DS Lites that can (possibly) cause you physical harm as well as financial. A big batch of the fake handhelds (the UK is awash with them this Xmas, apparently) were seized in a freight depot raid …

Bad Week For Media [Note]

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To: Ash From: Crecente Re: Yup, Yup Aging Keeps On Truckin' Man, it's been a dire day for media across the board today. Viacom is in the process of laying off 850 people, or about 7 percent of the company's global staff. CNBC is said to be laying off 80, NBC Universal is cutting people, The Arizona …

EA will officially announce NHL Arcade tomorrow, a three-on-three hockey game for Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network, IGN reports. It is not, we repeat not, a re-release of EA's NHL 94 for the Genesis. Now that you've come to terms with that distressing fact, what is NHL Arcade? It's " …

There's plenty to download for your PSP in this week's PlayStation Store update. The real draw, of course, should be the two Soulcalibur IV wallpapers featuring Ivy and Hilde in sexy Santa gear. Unfortunately, they're both a tad of a letdown, something that won't stop us from downloading the new …

The January issue of EGM spills the beans on the video game adaptation of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Raven Software's actio-adventure starring Marvel's most popular mutant. And 1UP has the first shot of Logan in action. 1UP says we're looking at Wolverine's in-game model, illustrating just how …

Bruce Shelley - the nice man who helped bring you Civilization, Railway Tycoon, Age of Empires and other classics - is to be inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Hall Of Fame. Shelly got his big break working with Sid Meier at Microprose - culminating in the production of …

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe boss David Reeves issued a strong "nuh-uh" to his Xbox competition, saying that the PlayStation 3 is still outpacing Microsoft's console in PAL land. By a good 300,000 too! Reeves tells MCV that, despite Microsoft's claims to the contrary, that Europe is still Sony …

The next big PlayStation 3 exclusive will be hitting North America early next year, as Killzone 2 has been officially dated for February 27, 2009. Sony announced the launch date on today's episode of X-Play. The sequel was infamously confirmed at E3 2005 with a pre-rendered teaser trailer, making …

Here's my review of Larry Lessig's new book Remix and Cory Doctorow's cyber-thriller Little Brother. An extract: Doctorow's America is essentially the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld regime, after the Next Big Attack. Their panoptical paranoia provides him with many opportunities to show the...

I just scored The Last Guy, PixelJunk Eden, and echochrome for $15 total on the PSN store. Prices are good for about a week. There’s more, but I’m being lazy. Here’s other things that may make other people happy.

May 8, 2009

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I have this spot in my soul that comes out every so often to play. I don’t talk much here about movies, but this cannot come soon enough. If you do some digging, you’ll find the Cloverfield monster.

Immersion

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Photographer Robbie Cooper shows just how focused young video-game players can be. Come back here and let me stab you! Link.

There is usually one day a year I go nuts. Ape crazy. Today wasn’t that day. However, I did score a lot of games today. All of them but two are Christmas gifts to my son (read: me) and myself. I’ll only get to touch two of them till after December 25th.

How can a game that has absolutely zero conflict compete in today’s hyperviolent market? Welcome to the most relaxing game of 2008. DO: Take a scrubby patch of land and transform it into a thriving kingdom. TYPE: Building/Resource Management PLATFORM: XBLA PRICE: 800 MS Points MEAT: You are …

Out Of Time

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Wednesday was a glorious day.  Why? Chrono Trigger DS just landed in my hands today and I’ve already sunk far too much time into it.  For a 13 year old game, it still holds up amazingly well and the new tweaks are kind of nice. There’s also the added bonus that I finally have a …

Happy Holidays, fellow Buttonmashers!

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Say, the next time you want to try to win your daughter back, just get her a pony. The apocalypse just doesn’t cut it. - the Prince. I deem Prince of Persia to be good. Above my expectations even–and they were high.

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This has been traveling around the net on fire for the last couple of days. I spent almost all of last night enjoying it. Certainly the best music/game app on the web right now. Please come to the DS. Play it.

A game on the edge of pure brilliance and utter frustration. Mirror’s Edge is 90% exuberant fun and 10% controller-smashing annoyance. DO: Run through a stylized metropolis, pull off incredible jumps and try to outrun bullets. TYPE: First Person Parkour PLATFORM: PS3 & 360 (360 Reviewed) …

So you thought THIS was a joke? Oh no, we already have donations running in, and therefore we will update! First, this dude has made an impressive movie style poster of Monkey Island: Impressive! Check out his other work too. Bill Tiller, [cmi] artist who you love, has finally released …

How much would you pay to see The SCUMM Bar return? Paypal us, and we’ll re-open the site!

I don’t go clubbing as much as I did in my younger, hipper days, but I would certainly get down to something like this.

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The ISP company that originally hosted this site is long gone, but due to inertia I had not asked for any sort of server upgrade when the site changed hands. Now I have been involuntarily migrated to a new host....

Filed under: Sports, Peripherals Though we'll leave the exact placement and nature of the controller for you to figure out, Activision is insistent that the item used to beat the Tony Hawk skateboarding franchise out of it stale stupor won't just be any ol' paddle. "You're not going to be playing …

Filed under: Business Honestly, we're starting to lose track. In what we can only imagine is routine for its flagship heroine, Lady Croft, Eidos (née SCi) is being courted by a gaggle of interested suitors, ranging from the longtime admirer Warner Bros. Interactive, to recent newcomers EA and …

Filed under: Microsoft Xbox 360 Now that the rush of video game releases has receded, you can finally focus on putting your money where it really belongs: On smaller pieces of video games. New downloadable content is now available on the 360 for Force Unleashed, GRID and Vigilante 8: Arcade.We're …

Filed under: Culture The Timothy Plan, one of our top 10 favorite conservative Christian, Florida-based investment firms, has just applied frowny-face stickers to "30 most offensive video games." (Offensive like killing hookers, not offensive like Haze or Imagine Fashion Horsez.) Our favorite entry …

Filed under: Nintendo Wii, Driving, Casual Awwe, will you look at that? Little Kasey Kahne went and got himself a booboo. Electronic Arts announced that when it brings its long-held NASCAR license to the Wii early next year, it will be shorter, cuter and full of "cartoon mischief." Billed as a …

Filed under: PC, Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, Actionclick to enlarge Has there been a more difficult, frustrating and incredibly satisfying challenge this year than the time trials in Mirror's Edge? We think not -- least of all when we end that spectacular string of wallruns, coil jumps, …

Filed under: Culture, Action, First Person Shooters, Sports, BusinessActivision: Call of Duty 6, Guitar Hero 5 talk 'speculative' originally appeared on Joystiq on Thu, 04 Dec 2008 13:55:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read | Permalink | Email this |& …

Filed under: Business How low can you go? GI.biz reports that Midway's stock has plummeted some 40% since majority shareholder Sumner Redstone cast off his stake in the company to investor Mark Thomas on Monday and ran for the hills. Midway's stock currently trades for around 23 cents a share, an …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, Business Speaking at the Reuters Media Summit in New York this week, Shane Kim confessed that Microsoft's Magic 8-Ball is as broken as everyone else's magic crystals, bird baths, mirrors and good old wild guesses have been during these volatile …

Filed under: PC, Action "We are aware that a small number of fans are having problems running GTA IV on their PC's and we would like to assure them we are working to help solve these as quickly as possible," comes a statement from Rockstar, shortly after several players reported encountering …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360, Peripherals Well, well, well. As it turns out, Harmonix hasn't been entirely honest about the unused input on the back of the Rock Band 2 drum set. Sandwiched between the orange kick pedal and multi-colored cymbal ports (see above), …

Filed under: Microsoft Xbox 360, Rhythm What gift do we want most this year? The ability to get the Lips ... "lips" out of our minds forever. That likely being impossible due to their (its?) extremely disturbing nature, we'll settle for some holiday ballads as DLC for the game. Oh, look, Microsoft …

Filed under: PC, Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, Action, Video Starbreeze wasn't cooling its heels while it waited for word on a new publisher for The Chronicle of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, as evidenced by this first video of the game in all its current, two-games-in-one glory. We've …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, Rhythm Well, we reckon it's almost official now. According to Country Music Television's (CMT) blog, the previously mentioned Rock Back country music pack is coming on December 16th to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The report claims five songs will …

Filed under: BusinessNamco Bandai has announced the formation of "Surge," a new studio and publishing label aimed at "providing cutting-edge, genre-defining games that are targeted at satiating the appetite of western gamers." Much like Square Enix's recent English-centric efforts, Namco hopes to …

Filed under: PC, Sony PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360, Action, Video Developer Terminal Reality isn't ruling out the chance that the final holdout from the original Ghostbusters cast, Rick Moranis (Louis Tully), will lend his voice to its upcoming game. Still, he's not present or …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3, Sony PSP It's a free episode of the wait-isn't-this-stuff-just-promotional digimag Qore! But don't fret dear subscribers, y'all still get the benefit of an exclusive Flock demo ...Okay, moving on. In other PSN news, we've got an unpronounceable shooter, Soldner-X: …

Filed under: Nintendo DS, Sony PlayStation 3, Sony PSP, Nintendo Wii No. 042 20 Picarats Coins: 10 "Luke, why don't you solve this one? Correctly order the following games in terms of their sales in Japan this week.""Okay professor. …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, Action, Video If Wanted: Weapons of Fate - the direct video game sequel to the Angelina Jolie action flick - looks a little like the love child of Dark Sector, Gears of War, and Stranglehold to you, it's not a coincidence. Developer GRIN (the …

LGJ: Class Dismissed

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Filed under: FeaturesEach week Mark Methenitis contributes Law of the Game on Joystiq ("LGJ"), a column on legal issues as they relate to video games: It seems almost weekly a new article appears on Joystiq referencing yet another class action filed against the game industry. If it's not consoles, …

Tomorrow night is the awards ceremony for the Writers' Guild Awards. For those of you who'd like to see me win the Best Game Script category for my work on So Blonde, please wish me luck, keep your fingers crossed and sacrifice a goat in the hope that it will influence the outcome in some way. And …

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... at least, something not connected to So Blonde. :) I've been experimenting a little with a new style. Not fully sure, yet, how it will actually work in game and which game I'm going to use it on, but I think it would be fun to do.

Unfortunately, I didn't win the Writers' Guild Award. However, a big congratulations to Rhianna Pratchett who wond the award for her script for Overlord. And many thanks for the very kind words in your acceptance speech, Rhianna. Well done, too, to Andy Walsh who fought our corner when there was …

enDice

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[Platform: Flash] enDice is a puzzle game that is based on a very simple objective: move all blocks the number shown on each one to bring them all to rest on the dotted spaces. You will have to use your logic and reasoning skills to get through all 35 levels in this engaging and thought provoking …

My Tribe

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[Platform: Download (Mac, Linux, Windows)] In My Tribe, you play as sort of a guardian angel for a tribe of island-dwellers, telling them what to do, dragging them from place to place, and occasionally sprinkling them with a (hopefully) beneficial potion. Harvest food, wood, and stone to build with …

Link Dump Friday

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Life is better with corny jokes. Especially when they're about produce. What I mint to say is it's good to laugh. Even if you're laughing for no raisin. Give a good chortle as often as you can and you'll live a happy, healthy life. Do we have a dill?

[Platform: Download (Windows)] The wait is over! The release of the latest Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst is finally here. Big Fish Games Studios takes the hidden object genre to unprecedented new heights with an absolutely gorgeous, hidden object / adventure hybrid that is sure to …

Onamis 4

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[Platform: Flash] Onamis seems to be a portmanteau of the French words for "friendly" and "one". As soon as you are trapped inside, you might start to wonder just how friendly people really are. There you are, with no map, no guide, and no inventory. You don't have the ability to turn around or …

Toxic II

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[Platform: Flash] Nitrome's Toxic 2, baby. It's here. In a world where machines rule over humanity with a literally iron fist, a lone, slightly overweight, Hazmat-suited warrior must discover and destroy the robot overmind. That's right, it's Man Versus Mechanaloid: Rumble in the Nuclear Waste …

[Platform: Flash] Reemus and Liam continue their journey to save the kingdom from the plague of death slugs that appeared from nowhere in the first chapter. Zeebarf is a fantastic animator and he uses his talents to tell an imaginative story full of interesting characters and fantastic situations. …

[Platform: Flash] Rodrigo Roesler is back with the third and final installment of his Trapped trilogy of point-and-click adventure games. Trapped Pt. 3: The Labyrinth puts you right back into familiar territory: you've just killed a man and now you must escape from a strange house. Oh, and it's …

Minions

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[Platform: Flash] Minions is a Flash version of the ridiculously popular Defense of the Ancients mod, but instead of medieval fantasy warriors, you control little tank-bots with powerful weaponry and big muppet-like googly eyes. Created by Flash tower defense gurus David Scott and Paul Preece.

Weekend Download

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[Platform: Download (Mac, Windows)] While playing all the games that I do to find something worthy of a Weekend Download, I get to see a huge variety of wacky, creative, strange, bland, and forgettable game titles. Not featured in this edition of Weekend Download (nor in this plane of existence): …

Hotel 626

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[Platform: Flash] Hotel 626 is an amazingly innovative, beautifully-produced nightmare of a game. After "checking in" (giving the website your name, email and creating a password), you are immediately whisked away into the opening movie: your awakening, in the middle of the night, in your room at …

[Platform: Flash] It's sad to see Mateusz Skutnik's delightful hidden object series coming to an end. This penultimate installment of 10 Gnomes, titled "The Remains" takes place along a quiet village street, and might be one of the most charming and challenging yet. Can you find all the gnomes? Try …

Doom

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[Platform: Flash] You kids these days with your Halos and your Gear Wars and your Half Lifes... you don't appreciate what we had to work with! Back in my day, we didn't have no fancy-schmancy high-end graphics in our shooters! No complex storylines, neither. We didn't even have a jump! You know …

[Platform: Flash] A short and sweet old-fashioned adventure game from Videlectrix, the faux video game company of the animated Homestar Runner universe. For the Homestar un-hip, "Dangeresque" is the hard-boiled detective alter-ego of Strong Bad, who is the lead narrator and practical jokester at …

Fat Cat

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[Platform: Flash] Been wondering what Nitrome creative duo Simon Hunter and Aaron Steed have been up to since the release of Final Ninja? They've been very busy being amazing, and Fat Cat is the strange hybrid product of their amazingitude. It wears the face of an exacting bullet-fest such as The …

As those of us in the States gluttonize on Thanksgiving turkey, those of you who haven't seen it might want to try out PETA's "unauthorized" Cooking Mama satire Cooking Mama: Mama Kills Animals, which hit the web a week or so ago. Like PETA's KFC attack game Super Chick …

One of the interesting things about serious games development is the opportunities to create titles about unusual subjects, topics that might not otherwise find their way into games. Here's such an opportunity. The Association of State Floodplain Managers has issued a RFP for "FloodManager …

Gamasutra has published my latest "Persuasive Games" column, Disjunctive Play. The column mostly discusses Jason Rohrer's new game Between, but also tries to extrapolate a different kind of multiplayer experience from that title. When we talk about games, we normally use the language …

jOGging In Place

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Kotaku disdainfully points out New Concept Gaming's jOG controller, a motion-sensing belt-clip that promises to translate physical movement (e.g. jogging) into character motion on-screen in any game. A video appears after the jump.... (read more)

Georgia Tech is hosting the fourth iteration of our Living Game Worlds conference today and tomorrow, December 1-2. This year's theme is "Interplay: Multiplayer Games and Virtual Worlds"; speakers include Raph Koster, Chris Klaus, Richard Bartle, Randy Farmer and more. The program is …

From the contemporary British spoof 1980’s educational TV program Look Around You, here’s an introduction to computer games: I find its distortions eerily accurate - the crazy assumptions about what would be the future of games and technology; the “graphics are very realistic&# …

You may be aware of Penn & Teller’s unreleased Desert Bus game, wherein you have to drive a bus the complete 8-hour realtime trip between Tucson and Las Vegas. Since the bus veers to the right, and since there is no pause or save function, this may be the most boring game in the world. And …

Those of you who’ve been following the comments of the Gen Con sale story already know, but it’s worth repeating in the main news feed: according to Adrian Swartout, President of Gen Con LLC, the “Gen Con Acquisition Group” that filed a letter of intent to buy Gen Con - well …

Now in its second year, Paizo Publishing is firing up its RPG Superstar contest again. Last time, the multi-round contest asked budding game authors to submit progressively longer and more elaborate RPG projects, eventually whittling 32 selected entrants down to a final four and their competing …

LivingDice.com tells us that activity continues on the Gen Con front: a letter of intent for purchase of the assets of Gen Con LLC, currently undergoing Chapter 11 restructuring, was filed last Thursday with the bankruptcy court. The letter names a “Gen Con Acquisition Group” as the …

File under the Revisit and Upgrade category: Steve Jackson Games is updating one of their older titles, Frag. The updated version, Frag: Gold Edition, due out in February ‘09, will boast a two-sided solid gameboard, plastic figures instead of cardstock, dry-erasable character cards, plenty of …

In the latest BattleLore Designer Update over on Fantasy Flight’s website, FFG’s Jason Steinhurst had this to say: Yes, the Heroes expansion does exist, and at the present time, it is right in the midst of the development process. That means it’s currently in the middle of being …

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More WotC layoffs

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Just like back in August, Wizards of the Coast has laid off employees today. Rumors are still swirling about the number of employees affected, though around 24 seems the prevailing estimate. According to a post at ENWorld by Paizo CEO Lisa Stevens, today’s layoffs include the following: Randy …

Still a significant publisher in tabletop gaming, Mongoose Publishing has just given its fans a status update in the form of its annual State of the Mongoose report (also copied below). Points of interest include plans for Hammers Slammers, a full color Traveller-powered game based on David Drake’ …

The turkey and stuffing may not even be on the table yet, but the Cave dwellers have been hard at work to make sure you’re ready for the holiday shopping season. To that end, we present part one of our eighth annual recommendations list, the OgreCave Christmas Gift Guide 2008. This first list …

Global Jam Approaching!

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Just shy of 2 months from the Global Game Jam! To all you passionate, sleep-avoiding developers, students and game hobbyists: get out there and Jam!

Mirror’s Edge

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Great piece in the Guardian on innovation & contemporary game reviews- focused on Mirror’s Edge (Thanks, Checker). While EA DICE’s wonderful Mirror’s Edge has been garnering mostly positive reviews, it looks like the title won’t be up there in the Metacritic rankings …

My Phone is F’d

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If you have called me in the last week or two, it’s not that I don’t love you. It’s that my phone no longer registers missed calls or marks incoming calls. Text also seems spotty - mail no longer updating unless I force the sync. POOPIE! Damn you, Seattle! It’s been busted …

New Media & Youth

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The digital youth ethnography project that Mimi, Matteo, danah and others have been working on at Berkeley has begun to publish its findings! The brief summary focuses on the role of technology in self-directed learning & social connection…. longer pieces on technology’s impact on …

The Daily GameDev.Net

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It's Two Days To Turkey, so let's buckle down and finish this off. To be honest, I'm not that big a fan of turkey. It's got nothing on, say, cornish game hen. However, there are several very awesome games involving turkeys. And then there's that whole Black Friday thing coming up. Are any of …

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The Australian Classification Board has refused classification for Monoliths FEAR 2: Project Origin. The decision will render the game banned from being sold in Australia. So far no reasons have been given for the decision but the group is said to have been strict with other games in the past, such …

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Happy Turkey Day to my fellow Americans today, and to all the rest of you celebrating Thanksgiving out there in the wide world. The holidays generally extend for many people through Friday as well this year as it's pointless to travel back from visiting relatives to spend a day in the office before …

Graphic Remedy is proud to announce the release of gDEBugger Version 4.4. This new version adds in-depth analysis of the OpenGL memory usage by tracking graphic memory allocated objects, their memory consumption and allocation call stacks. Also new in this version are graphic memory leak detection …

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Welcome to the first GDNet Daily of December. In order to prepare for the madcap sprint that the Christmas release season will soon bestow upon us, I suggest you start by focusing on your glutes and thumbs. In the event of Wii-related injuries, see a noted chiropractor or just let the …

GDC Europe Announced

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Think Services will present the Game Developers Conference (GDC) Europe in 2009 in conjunction with gamescom, the leading game industry European event for consumers, publishers, and trade professionals. GDC organizer Think Services, a division of United Business Media, has recently acquired the …

The editors of Think Services' Game Developer Magazine have named the finalists for the 2008 Front Line Awards, the magazine's eleventh annual evaluation of the year's best game-making tools in the categories of programming, art, audio, game engines, middleware, and books. Each year, Game …

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Turkey Day, Black Friday, Cyber Monday...Some people think the holiday season in the US is a difficult to grasp cultural phenomenon. The truth is that it's actually quite simple -- we like buying things. Food, clothes, electronics, toys, appliances, we want them all, and we will trample right over …

We are pleased to announce the release of Equalizer 0.6, a major advance in parallel OpenGL rendering, supporting:Automatic 2D and DB load-balancing DPlex (time-multiplex) compounds Paracomp compositing backend

The 3rd Annual ELAN Awards announced the extension of their submission deadline today due to an unprecedented response from the industries they award. Top titles from Video Games, Animation and Visual Effects from all around the world are expected to enter the global award show. "Given our …

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The Intel Smoke framework demo source was released last week and somehow totally slipped through the cracks. The smoke framework was initially demoed on the Nehalem platform (successor to the Core/Core2 platform) back in April. The demo represents what Intel believes is the future in threaded …

Three Rings, a leading independent developer of casual massively multi-player games, has announced the inaugural Flash Game Developer Challenge for its player-created virtual world and Flash game development platform, Whirled. Flash developers who create games using the Whirled APIs can compete for …

Okay so here's the deal. I was planning another double-week epic Weekend Reading post for this Friday, since Turkey Day hangover prevented me from compiling anything last week. However recent family matters have cropped up that has me traveling for the next two days which means I won't be around to …

Atari lite-C version 1.5, the game development language by Conitec and Atari, was released last week. The lite-C package contains an all-in-the-box game development system, with a 3D model and terrain editor, script editor, compiler, debugger, the A7 game engine, a physics engine, and a tutorial …

The Carolina Games Summit will be held 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturday, February 7th, 2009 at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro, NC. Tickets are available to the public for $10 each and may be purchased online or at the door. The event includes industry speakers, video game tournaments, live …

As reported earlier this fall by the San Jose Mercury News and others, UC Santa Cruz recently received more than $450,000 from Sony Computer Entertainment America (as part of a class-action settlement) to fund undergraduate scholarships. I’m happy to announce that application information is …

Michael’s here at MIT and just gave a great talk. While he was preparing for it, apropos of conversations I’ve had recently with him and Beth Cardier, I wrote something that I think is a story generator, and which is a self-contained 1K python program. Here it is: story1.py (Update: This …

A great programming language, which I happen to have used very productively for computational experimentation, art, and teaching, has just finally been released after many years of development and (very functional) beta versions. It’s Processing 1.0, now ready for download. Congratulations to …

The 2009 Foundations of Digital Games conference is now accepting applications for two student-oriented programs. For PhD students there is a Doctoral Consortium, chaired by Ian Horswill, with applications due December 19th. For advanced undergraduate and Masters students there is a Student …

Sam Deese is working to foster student digital scholarship projects at Boston University. He asked me about good free software for editing video and for producing slideshows with voice-overs. I didn’t know the answer - do you?

To follow up on the 1K story generator I posted ten days ago, here is a slightly revised version of that generator and two new ones. story1.py - Story generation by elision. This is a slightly modified version of the November 20 “original.” It uses a sequence of (specially written) …

email trouble in 1K

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e-mail trouble: love & addiction @ the matrix By S. Paige Baty University of Texas Press 1999 167 pp. e-mail trouble, published after the author’s death from a heroin overdose in 1997, deals with email addiction in an autobiographical, feminist mode. The odd subtopic interested me - as if …

Jason Nelson’s new game is called “i made this. you play this. we are enemies.” The game deals with the difficult issue of his current residence in Australia. It is an investigation of the link, and of corporations and communities on the Web. There are video snippets with unusual …

Dear GTxA readers, come one, come all to the inaugural open house at the new Tiltfactor Laboratory at Dartmouth College! Student researchers, lab staff, affiliated faculty, and I will be hosting our open house and holiday festival: TUESDAY the 2nd of December, 2008, from 3-7. We will be showing …

djpretzel writes "OC ReMix just released a free download of our official soundtrack to Capcom's Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix game for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles. While video game companies have worked with fans in the past, HD Remix is the first major video game with a …

ttsiod writes "When I was a kid, I used to play the Knight's Tour puzzle with pen and paper: you simply had to pass once from every square of a chess board, moving like a Knight. Nowadays, I no longer play chess; but somehow I remembered this nice little puzzle and coded a 60-line Python solver that …

arcticstoat writes "In what could be seen as an easy answer to the Vista-capable debacle, Microsoft has introduced a 'fully conformant software rasterizer' called WARP (Windows Advanced Rasterization Platform) 10, which does away with the need for a dedicated hardware 3D accelerator altogether. …

Gamasutra is running an opinion piece praising recent horror-action game Dead Space for its pacing and gameplay while simultaneously criticizing the plot and the attempts to scare the player. Quoting: "What Dead Space is, is carefully and stylishly unoriginal. You'll love playing it, but when you …

MarkN writes "Video game music has come to represent much more than just the beeps and boops of early video games that often got muted out of annoyance. It's a genre that stands on its own, stylistically and musically. It necessarily differs from typical soundtrack fare in a few important ways & …

fortapocalypse writes "Duke University in collaboration with Virtual Heroes (who created America's Army) has produced a game called Virtual Peace, the intention of which is to help the gamer develop disaster relief and conflict resolution skills. Virtual Peace also is the winner of the HASTAC/ …

Today, the Black Mesa Team released an impressive trailer for their remake of Half-Life . The remake is a total-conversion mod for Half-Life 2, bringing the updated graphics and AI of the Source engine to the original game. The team has been dropping hints lately that the project, which began in …

Gamasutra reports on a set of standards (PDF) published by the Entertainment Merchants Association to promote the use of technology that would "disable" games and DVDs until they are activated when purchased. "The effort is codenamed 'Project Lazarus,' and the EMA says it's assembled a consortium of …

SlappingOysters writes "Racism in video games has been a key topic of discussion in the game industry this year, thanks in large part to the controversy surrounding the Resident Evil 5 launch trailer. In this article, GamePlayer speaks to developers, publishers, activists and journalists about the …

Early last month, Atari announced the production of a new Ghostbusters game featuring many of the original actors and set for some time in 2009. Now, they've announced that the game will be scheduled for June. Atari executives also took the opportunity to discuss several of their popular franchises …

Gamasutra is running an article written by Tim Hong of EmSense in which he describes the research his company did into the physiological reactions various games engender in players. In addition to outward cues like breathing and movement, EmSense also scans brainwaves and heart activity to provide a …

IEEE Spectrum is running a feature about the progress of game AI, and how it's helping to drive AI development in general. They explore several of the current avenues of research and look at potential solutions to some of the common problems. "The trade-off between blind searching and employing …

Ars Technica is running a story about recent comments by Valve's Gabe Newell in which he bluntly stated, "As far as DRM goes, most DRM strategies are just dumb. The goal should be to create greater value for customers through service value (make it easy for me to play my games whenever and wherever …

Two ominous signs have come recently for Age of Conan fans; developer Funcom went through a round of layoffs, and they announced plans to merge some of the game's servers in order to maintain a "healthy" population. Despite this, Funcom has maintained that development will continue for both the PC …

Edge Magazine is running an interview with Nintendo game designer Shigeru Miyamoto about some of the company's recent projects, such as Wii Music and Wii Fit. Miyamoto talks about his ambitions for the titles, as well as the difficulty in continuing to entertain players by surprising them. He refers …

Veteran designer Pascal Luban (Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory) continues his series on the "megatrends" of the gaming industry, this time tackling multiplayer - from co-op and griefing to addiction.

How can you measure player reaction to games? From Half-Life 2 through Gears Of War, this Gamasutra article compares engagement levels via brain, heartrate, and temperature checks.

Sony's unusual rhythm-strategy Patapon franchise is one of the PSP's critical standouts thus far, and Gamasutra sits down with creator Hiroyuki Kotani to discuss its inspiration and creation.

In this Adobe-sponsored feature, the Photoshop and Flash creator showcases the new features of its Director 11 software, which allows complex game and multimedia integration.

Well That Was Quick

Terra Nova

Greg LSo in 2009, Google Lively will be Google Dead-As-A-Doornaily. We never got too excited about Lively's current form around here. I was always confused about how it aligned with Google's core business. Still, it's too bad to see the big...

It's Not an Addiction

Terra Nova

Nick YeeTwo years back, a rehab center in Amsterdam made news headlines because they started a treatment program for video game addicts. They saw gaming problems as analogous to substance abuse and used similar treatment techniques. But today, the founder of...

Is it I?

Terra Nova

Greg LThis isn't a post as much as a few questions. At a conference recently, I heard someone say that she had several avatars in several virtual worlds, including World of Warcraft and Second Life. I was surprised, though, that she...