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Sigur Góz

chewing pixels

So, while I was at university (and for a couple of impoverished years thereafter) I was a full-time musician. I don’t talk about it much because, well, it didn’t really work out in the end and I turned to videogame writing instead. Yeah, that was my fall-back. Sheesh. Anyway, I did a …

Pipemania...reincarnated

Gaming Nexus

by: Dan KeenerNEWS - Empire Interactive announced today that they will be releasing a new version of Pipemania for several different platforms, including the DS, Wii, PSP and PS2. The puzzler will have five different game modes, 70 levels and seven different themes. A release date and price were not …

by: Dan KeenerNEWS - The Ant Commandos (TAC) announced today they will be bringing out a new line of Musical Game Peripherals this Spring for PS2 and PS3 consoles. The new items include a Double Range Guitar ($49.99), The Widow Maker Wireless Bass ($59.99), The Breakfree Wireless Microphone Dual …

by: Charles HusemannNEWS - I'm kind of surprised Dan didn't post this one earlier but Major Nelson has word that a demo of Universe at War: Earth Assault was been released on Xbox Live this morning.  The demo allows you to try out two of the three races in the game as well as getting a feel for …

by: Charles HusemannNEWS - Since CVG let the cat out of the bag I guess I can tell you that Sierra revealed last week that they will be releasing a demo of The Bourne Conspiracy in May.  I can't tell you what I think about the demo but it does contain one of the early levels of the game where …

by: Dan KeenerNEWS - Microsoft announced today that the XBLA exclusive Rocky & Bullwinkle, as well as the classic arcade game Battlezone will be hitting Xbox Live Arcade. Rocky & Bullwinkle appears to be a Party game, with over 100 micro games built in. It also features eight playable …

by: Dan KeenerNEWS - Cal Ripken's Real Baseball, a Massively Multiplayer Online Sports Game (MMOSG), will be hosting a large tournament on Cinco de Mayo (May 5th). It will be a single elimination tourney, with registration opening today until May 4th. For more information, visit Real Baseball or …

by: Charles HusemannNEWS - It was really just a matter of time before a band debuted an upcoming single on Rock Band, I just never thought it would be Mötley Crüe.  Starting tomorrow you'll be able to download their new single "Saints of Los Angeles" for 80 MS Points on Xbox …

Military D&D Day

Shrapnel Games Blog

For everyone in the military into RPGs and currently deployed in the Middle East/Southeast Asia be sure to check out what this guy is trying to do this summer. Of course what we really need is a worldwide Dominions 3 day…

Spikes & Trolls

Only a Game

The Top 10 Videogame Emotions post seemed to be popular; I got a trackback from both Kotaku and Gaming News (thanks for the exposure, mysterious benefactors!) and the SiteMeter visits went up from the usual mean of 300 a day...

By now if you haven’t heard that Okami’s coming to the Wii, you at least know how badly I’ve wanted this to happen. In that light, here we have Okamiday, Final Edition. Okamiday is me posting assets and articles periodically about Okami, the PS2 game that’s widely considered …

Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People (SBCG4AP for short) will be arriving on Nintendo's WiiWare service and on the PC in an episodic format. There will be "five adventure-packed actionsodes" with the first episode arriving this June. Simple controls and online connectivity are promised but …

No, not really. It’s still April you fool. Even though April Fool’s Day has passed, the video game related pranks from that day have remained a much discussed topic on many of the gaming podcasts I listen to. The discussions have made me sad that I didn’t go forward with any of …

Mario Kart DS is a blast to play online if you don’t mind cheating or losing. The reason for this is largely that a simple exploit in the game, commonly called snaking, allows anyone who puts their mind to it to spend most of each race in a boosted state. How do you know someone’s [...]

The inimitable Square-Enix has announced they will be bringing their exciting Final Fantasy IV remake for DS to the US on July 22nd. A feature in the most recent issue of Nintendo Power (it’s shown on the cover) details just how much has gone into making this version unique, and it’s a …

In this month’s issue of “Fantastic Four,” readers are greeted by an amazingly bad example of product placement: a dude in a Guitar Hero III Mobile t-shirt. This sort of thing isn’t entirely new in the world of funnybooks, but as a fan of both comics and gaming, I can tell …

Time Heals Most Wounds

Aeropause

So I’m waiting in a Best Buy for a friend to show up, standing in the video games aisle, and I’m easily able to resist buying anything at all. It’s April, GTA IV is coming in a few short weeks, I’m up to my neck in work from my day job most evenings over [...]

The time has come for Aeropause to switch to a different Weblog system. I have spent many weeks migrating the 5,000+ entries, comments and tags over to a new system that I feel is better for the community. I won’t go and mention movable type which Weblog we have been using for 3 years now …

PlayStation 3 outsold Xbox 360 for the third month in a row, but the Nintendo Wii overshot the combined sales of its rivals, according to Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter.

Chicago-based Midway Games has promoted two execs to key positions, as the company makes efforts to return to profitability.

BLOG—Officially, the GDC as we know it began in 1987. But according to this video (http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1811357), it began in 1979 as a coke and LSD-fueled power meeting that resulted in all the iconic characters that we’re just not high enough to create today.

The current in-game ad space is overhyped, as some in-game ad paradigms are holding the market back, Exent Technologies CMO Yoav Tzruya has told Next-Gen.

The unique black and white Nintendo Wii title Sadness is being built on the Gamebryo game engine, which serves as the base for Oblivion and the upcoming Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning.

The average US game industry salary was $73,600 in 2007, with business and marketing positions leading the way a new survey says.

Im Mario-Kart-Wii-Artikel angekündigt, nun, nach tagelanger Arbeit, tatsächlich auf die Beine gebracht: ein neuer Reiter. Ganz oben. Online-Gaming. Wer will, kann unter diesen Artikel hier seine Wii-Freundescodes und Xbox-360- und PS3-Daten verraten. Wir werden dann die Liste in unserer neuen …

MegaTerrain SDK Released

GameDev.Net

MegaTerrain SDK is now officially available for download! It is a software designed to easily render very large and realistic landscapes in the real-time.

GameDaily BIZ has details of the upcoming MIGS conference later this year, parts of which will be available to the public.

Editors at Game Developer magazine, the leading video game industry publication, have released the results of its seventh annual Game Developer Salary Survey, calculating an average American game industry salary in 2007 of $73,600, slightly up from 2006's figure of $73,316.

The complete conference schedule for the 2008 ION Game Conference is now online. With over 100 speakers seated on almost 70 sessions, the agenda reflects the conference's promise to deliver cutting edge information and compelling networking opportunities across three full days. The 2008 …

In order to improve its usefulness to the independent development community, the IGDA's Independent Developers SIG will be holding an online meeting on Saturday April 19, starting at 7pm EDT in #indie-sig, on the FreeNode IRC network.

If you’re sick of that embargo-busting dogshit review we posted last week of Grand Theft Auto 4, you’ll be jumping up and down with apathy at the news that a good citizen has scanned in the Officially Corrupt “World Exclusive” GTA IV “review” from the Officially Corrupt Xbox 360 Magazine …

A Brief Fairy Tale Detour

Man Bytes Blog

While poking at the Grimm Bros over the weekend, I was on the Tale of Tales forum, browsing a thread that is chock full of Little Red Riding Hood images. In addition to the art there combining with the forces of Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Juno, King of Kong and Lars & The [...]

Man Bytes Blog, Episode #4: Today’s podcast delivers a twisted retelling of Jorinda & Joringel, a brief recap of the the last week of posts on theme and metaphor and issues a game design challenge that draws upon the conversation over the last week. Today’s podcast features …

First reviews are much like first comments in threads. Sometimes a little too keen and eager to shout "FIRST!" This time, it's The Official Xbox Magazine's turn with the first print review for Grand Theft IV. The bit-sized nuggets are: • Amazingly realistic world • Stunning action set …

Yes, Phil Harrison really does work for Infogrames/Atari. Like really. Instead, Harrison says this about upcoming Atari title Alone in the Dark and what the future holds for the company: I'm making is that I think the game is very relevant to the market, and I think will do very, very well. Can we …

Yeah, you read that right. Launches. Those Koreans who after 18 months sans official support still care, you have our sympathies. According to Nintendo Korea's website, the console will be getting its long-overdue debut on April 26, and will retail for 220,000 Won (USD$225), albeit individually: Wii …

Looks like the EA cafeteria's fresh out of humble pie. Speaking with the Financial Times, Electronic Arts boss John Riccitiello has said that like animation (Disney), television (NBC) and radio (CBS), gaming will one day be known for its one great company. And no, he doesn't mean Atlus, Grasshopper …

Movies, games, FIGHT! Electronic Arts' honcho John Riccitiello has his finger on the pulse of something and noticed that movie people are worried about big time video games. When not trying to take over Grand Theft Auto IV publisher Take-Two, Riccitiello says: There is more interest today from …

To: Crecente From: Ashcraft Week three of the wife in the hospital starts. Today she was feeling pretty bad, and her morning sickness is raging at full force. So exhausted taking care of the kid, writing magazine articles, blogging all day and finishing up my book. My schedule is insane. What …

This weekend Nintendo's 24-foot Mario Kart Wii truck will be pulling into Denver to give the city's residents a chance to check out the game and earn their own personalized Kart driver's license. The Mario Kart Wii Driving School has been slowly, quietly making its way across the country, allowing …

Former EA President of Asian Online Hubert Larenaudie might soon be returning to the fold as he takes a position with Take-Two Interactive as their President for Asia, spearheading the company's Asian expansion initiative. Take-Two is looking to expand their distribution throughout the region, …

Another Sega Master System title makes its way onto the Wii Virtual Console this week as Sega finally graces us with Fantasy Zone (500 Points). Pilot the famous Opa-Opa around insanely bright and colorful levels, taking out bases to lure out stage bosses and progress through the game's various …

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is the shit. This is the gist of Activision marketing director David Tyler's recent comments in UK trade mag MCV, where he called out recent EA and Ubisoft shooters for failing to catch the hearts of gamers around the world. "We're pleased to have Call of Duty 4 …

Kane & Lynch DLC Trailer [Clips]

Kotaku

newVideoPlayer("kanelynch414_kotaku.flv", 463, 280,""); For the five or six of you still playing Kane & Lynch on a regular basis, here is a trailer for the downloadable content that should be hitting your console of choice later this week. It contains four new multiplayer maps that you can choose …

Dammit Sega, quit teasing me already! I've got it preordered, okay? I've read the novelization of the film by Peter David, I've got movie tickets for midnight on my birthday, I have several of the action figures sitting on my desk in action poses, and my desktop wallpaper is Iron Man pounding his …

Fans of CD Projekt Red's PC RPG The Witcher are going to have their hands full this week, as a major patch, the Djinni Adventure Editor, and the first official new adventure hit all at once. Patch 1.3 polishes the living hell out of the game, adding more lines of dialogue, NPC models, and character …

According to Videogamer.com, the controversial European release of Rock Band just got a little worse. While we knew that Xbox 360 owners would get Rock Band earlier than everyone else (May 23rd), EA has announced that the Wii, PS2 and PS3 versions will not be released until August 29th. That's a …

While I wasn't looking, PlayStation.com updated their site with a listing for Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm, the first entry in the series for the PlayStation 3. Sneaky ninja. The game boasts cinema-quality cell-shaded graphics of a likes when have never seen, and if the screenshots are any …

For those who are looking to drop some of your extra dollars—raining from the trees and flooding your gutters—on DLC, enjoy this week's Rock Band update. The Classic Rock pack includes: "Call Me" by Blondie (master) "Simple Man" by Lynyrd Skynyrd (master) "Message in Bottle" by the …

Back in Leipzig, McWhertor and I hung out at Sega's booth while Crecente played Universe at War on PC for hours. After a while, he let me take his game for a spin. I immediately blew up a non-replaceable ship. As I may have mentioned before, he was not happy. But Universe at War looked fantastic, …

As we approach the launch of Grand Theft Auto IV, we've learned more and more about the game, but the incremental updates have made it tougher and tougher to piece the whole thing together. So we've created a GTA IV compendium to get you up to speed on the game before its release. Because the last …

Kaplan, the makers of all those test preparation books, is teaming with Aspyr Media to create an SAT prep program for the Nintendo DS. Sure, the same title will also be made available for the PC and Mac (probably just like the stuff we've seen for years), but the flashcard form factor of the DS …

Famitsu publisher Enterbrain is not encouraged by the Japanese console market. In fact, they've predicted that game console and software sales will peak this year with spending of 710.4 billion yen and drop to 671.1 billion yen by 2010. More from Japan Today: The market is likely to contract as …

At GDC, we had the opportunity to demo a Zune running an XNA game. And it looked pretty good. So what has been Microsoft's Zune team been thinking about in the several months since then? XNA commander and chief Chris Satchell fills us in:One of the things we talked about was the network play, and we …

For the uninitiated, Treasure's Ikaruga is a vertically scrolling shoot 'em up originally released for arcades, with ports for the Dreamcast and GameCube released in 2002 and 2003 respectively. It uses a simple mechanic of polarity—your ship, the Ikaruga, can switch between black and white …

This interesting bit of concept art for Sega's The Incredible Hulk game just showed in my mailbox today. What do you suppose it means? You don't think that Hulkbuster Iron Man could make a cameo appearance in the game, do you? Probably just a coincidence. I mean, the Hulkbuster armor is appearing in …

This week's Xbox Live Arcade offerings are brought to you by the letter B! Something old and something we hope you'll really like are coming your way, in the form of the arcade classic Battlezone (400 Microsoft points) and Rocky & Bullwinkle (800 Microsoft points). One is a fast-paced collection of …

Game Developer magazine has just published the results of their annual Game Developer Salary Survey. Their findings? The average American developer salary—excluding people like part time testers and richie rich studio heads—was $73,600 in 2007. That's up scant $284 from 2006. Other …

Maybe. Maybe. Speaking with German site derStandard, Gran Turismo series creator Kazunori Yamauchi has hinted that in order to take some money from the Chinese market, Sony may look at...unique ways of releasing GT: Es ist sehr sehr unwahrscheinlich, dass GT auf einer anderen Konsole herauskommt. …

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Oh, That MGS4 Headset Is Real (18,581 views, 118 comments) Yes, Yes, The *First* Grand Theft Auto IV Print Review (14,177 views, 151 comments) The GTA IV Compendium & FAQ (10,897 views, 100 comments) Activision: Army Of Two, R6: Vegas 2 Fail (131 comments, 3,215 views) EA Will …

Filed under: Nintendo DS, PC, Sony PSP, Nintendo Wii Things are marginally better this week for PS3 owners with the release of driving sim super sample Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, and PC gamers are getting some console ports like Turok and Rainbow Six Vegas 2. Wiis are even getting a nice release in …

Filed under: Nintendo Wii We do declare Emergent Technologies, you must have caught the vapors. The middleware company's Gamebryo engine, which lurks beneath the hood of a number of games including Oblivion and the forthcoming Fallout 3, has been licensed by Nibris for its vaporous Wii title Sadness …

Filed under: Nintendo DS, Action, First Person Shooters, Interviews When independent developer Renegade Kid first announced its follow up title to last year's Dementium: the Ward, few details were offered as to what it was exactly that the studio was up to. Titled simply Moon, the game was said to …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3 According to the US PlayStation Support site, the PSN store will be down for "scheduled maintenance" from 8AM - 11PM PST today. The PlayStation Blog is a little looser with the time of the maintenance, expressing it'll be from early today through the "early morning of …

Filed under: Features, PC, Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, Action, Adventure, Polls var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/gaming_news/GTA_IV_Poll_results_Achievements_DLC_put_360_ahead'; Last week, Joystiq (with some help from PS3 Fanboy and Xbox 360 Fanboy) asked you which version of Grand …

Filed under: PC, Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360 Did you know that it was scientifically possible to desire Fallout 3 more than you already do? We didn't until this morning when we saw the (unconfirmed by Bethesda) listing for the collector's edition of it at Gamestop. For $70, you'll get a …

Filed under: Retro, Nintendo Wii, ActionThis week, Nintendo reckons we're all in the mood to engage in some "perilous, heart-pumping adventures" on Virtual Console. That suits us just fine, as moments when we're not in that sort of mood are few and far between. Why bother getting out of bed if you …

Filed under: Nintendo Wii, Driving Even from the mysterious Joystiq oil tanker somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean, we could hear fanboy hearts preemptively breaking at reports of disc problems with Mario Kart Wii. (Seriously, it was loud. We had to turn the volume all the way up on our Tony Robbins' …

Filed under: Nintendo Wii, Business The official Nintendo Korea site states the country will join the chorus of global Wii worship on April 26, 2008 for 220,000 won ($225 USD). The console will launch with eight titles, including Wii Sports (not included in box), Wii Play -- one of the best selling …

Bourne demo coming next month

Joystiq

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, Action We've been cautiously optimistic about The Bourne Conspiracy, with all its groin-punching, dramatic framing bravado. But the rubber will truly meet the road (or fist meet the crotch as the case may be) next month when Xbox Live will be …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 2, Sony PlayStation 3, Peripherals As games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero continue to gobble up market and mind share, it's a safe bet you're going to continue to see more manufacturers trying to one-up the originals with their own take on the fake instruments. To that …

Filed under: Business Infogrames CEO, David Gardner, tells GI.biz that the company may drop its name (which rocks our world) completely for the Atari marquee brand. He wants the company thought of as a "start-up" and the name change to represent the "final mark" of transformation. Directeur Gé …

Filed under: Microsoft Xbox 360, Action Flying squirrel and talking moose news now, with fondly remembered 60's cartoon, Rocky & Bullwinkle, returning in HD on Xbox Live Arcade this Wednesday. The classic characters return en moose in a collection of over 100 "micro games," 25 of which use the …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 2, Sony PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii VideoGamer reports that EA has slated Rock Band's release on PS3, PS2 and Wii in Europe for August 29. This means the Xbox 360 will have three months of exclusivity on the exorbitantly priced enhanced cost game before it releases on …

Filed under: Mac, PC, Online, RPGs, MMO, Business World of Warcraft's Chinese overlords, The9, announced the game hit the epic (but not legendary) feat of having over one million concurrent connections. According to The9 it breaks the concurrency records set by the game's launch in China on …

Filed under: Nintendo DS, Action, Adventure The ESRB rated another unannounced title, informing us that we can expect Konami to release Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia at some point in the future for the Nintendo DS (it's rated Teen, for those who were curious). ShackNews notes that the title was …

Filed under: Microsoft Xbox 360, Strategy Much like the quests for a better mousetrap or to write a more perfect pop song than Rupert Holmes' "Escape," a great RTS on a console always seems to be maddeningly just out of reach. Developer Petroglyph's attempt on the great white whale, Universe at War …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360 It should come as no surprise that the very first review for Grand Theft Auto IV comes to us from a British magazine - the May issue of Official Xbox Magazine UK to be precise. Not only do magazines have a longer lead time but British ones are …

See Speed Racer Wii in action

Joystiq

Filed under: Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, DrivingLike (we'd wager) most of you, when we first saw the Wachowski Bros. take on Speed Racer, we thought, "Hey, that looks like a video game!" So, imagine our surprise when we saw the video game take on the Wachowskis' take on Speed Racer (courtesy of MTV …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360We're not going to tell someone who went through the trouble of (potentially) uploading the intro from Grand Theft Auto IV into the internet's loving embrace how to do a better job the next time they get their hands on a "leaked" copy of a highly …

Super Energy Apocalypse

jay is

Super Energy Apocalypse, 2nd place prize winner in our 5th game design competition, plays a bit like a tower defense game, in that most of the time is spent getting ready for the next wave, and the player is offered no control over the targeting of the enemies. Planning for the battle is the …

The Great Living Room Escape

jay is

What do a hamster, an umbrella, and half a pair of glasses have in common? I'm not telling, but The Great Living Room Escape just might. The just-released follow up to The Great Kitchen Escape from Pastelgames.com (the site Submachine creator Mateusz Skutnik calls home) is filled with brightly- …

The UN Foundation's Nothing But Nets campaign provides low-cost bed nets in an effort to reduce malaria-related deaths in Africa in particular. As a part of the campaign, they have created a game, Deliver the Net. If you play the game and sign up at the end, the organization will deliver a net to …

Capcom may be best-known for its Japanese-created franchises, from Street Fighter to Devil May Cry, but it's working hard to make Western-focused games and digital download a priority - VP Christian Svensson explains more.

As promised, here's the new trailer for Kane & Lynch: The Dope Bag, the new multiplayer map pack for Kane & Lynch that will be available for free this Thursday (April 17) on Xbox Live and PSN:

by: Charles HusemannNEWS - The PlayStation blog has a reminder that the PlayStation store will be offline all day today starting this morning and returning tomorrow morning.  This downtime is so that the Sony people can roll out the new version of the store. More On : Playstation Network …

by: Charles HusemannNEWS - Another week another pair of games for the Nintendo Virtual console.  This week there's a definite Sega vibe as we're getting Fantasy Zone (500 points), a Sega Master system game and Mega Turican (800 points) a Sega Genesis game.  Be sure to check back on Friday …

by: Charles HusemannNEWS - Engineers are one of the more under appreciated classes in Team Fortress 2.  Much like a lineman in football they are critical to the game but rarely get the attention of the so called skill positions.  Here's a video from the the folks over at Machinma.com have …

by: Cyril LachelREVIEW - Cyril finds more than a few scares and chills in this sequel.More On : Condemned 2: Bloodshot | Sega | Comment

Quake family tree

Gaming Nexus

by: John YanNEWS - Quake, while not the first multplayer FPS, is a classic that spawned many copycats as well as having its engine being used for a great deal of games. Take a look at this family tree and you'll see a lot of titles that spawned off of this iD classic. I forgot about some of the ones …

For this week’s Thousander Club update: Game Hours: 409.25(previous two years) + 42.5 (current year) = 451.75 / 1000 Game Ideas: 710 (previous two years) + 35 (current year) = 745 / 1000 I finally managed to fix the major problem I had with Killer Kittens. It wouldn’t run on older …

Next-Gen picks and ranks the cleverest marketing slogans in the history of interactive entertainment.

Publisher Take-Two is upping its focus on high growth Asia Pacific markets by broadening software distribution and launching online games, and has appointed Hubert Larenaudie to spearhead its expansion efforts.

Scottish schoolchildren are set to be taught game design as part of the country’s new national ‘Curriculum for Excellence’.

Enterbrain president Hirokazu Hamamura has speculated that Nintendo may be preparing to unveil a new DS at its E3 press conference in July.

Nintendo has announced that it will roll out its Wii console in Korea later this month.

A filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission has revealed that EA’s ‘hostile’ tender offer for Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two totals more than $2.15 billion.

EA CEO John Riccitiello says that the videogame industry, once viewed by many as a toy business, has become as ubiquitous as television and bigger than the movies.

Famitsu publisher Enterbrain has forecast that Japanese hardware and software sales will hit record highs in 2008, before tailing off over the following two years.

Having sacrificed racing integrity in Double Dash to side with social silliness, Nintendo has turned 180 degrees into an awkward halfway house.

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue has retained pole position in the latest Spanish and German charts, but lost out to Guitar Hero III in Sweden.

Crackdown developer Realtime Worlds has confirmed earlier reports (http://www.next-gen.biz/index.php?option=com_content task=view id=9767 Itemid=2) that it has raised $50 million in series B funding.

Correction

Next Generation

BLOG - In the feature The Top 100 Selling games of the Last 12 Months (http://www.next-gen.biz/index.php?option=com_content task=view id=9639 Itemid=50), the #45 game in the list should have been Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2. Next Generation has amended the list to reflect this, …

Jetpack Brontosaurus

Wonderland

Something strange is going on. Jetpacks on Brontosauruses! From Flashbang Studios, whose design process goes like this: As for our creative process? Alcohol > Joke > Prototype > Art > Holy Crap This Is Fun And Pretty > Game >...

Martha Stewart to buy Etsy? Oh noes! Virtual Worlds Help Drive 22% Year-to-Year Traffic Boost for Disney Online Secret of the iPlayer’s Success: No DRM Cory told 'em; guess they finally listened...! Guild Wars hits 5 million ...sales, that is. That's not bad, is it! IAC Targets 'Tweens With …

Schon seit dreißig Jahren weilen diese widerlichen Aggressoren unter uns, schon vor dreißig Jahren haben sie unsere Welt angegriffen, haben uns zu ihren Untertanen, zu willenlosen Sklaven, gemacht. Alles nur wegen diesen Kollaborateur Tomohiro Nishikado, der uns, die Bürger der Erde, vor dreißig …

John Scalzi, prize-winning SF author, visited Valve Software recently and reports: What did I see there? I can’t tell you (I signed an NDA). What did I do there? I can’t tell you (see above). Did I have a good time? Oh, yeah. Should you, as a video game fan, be immensely, immensely jealous? See …

Penny Arcade is setting up their own digital distribution system, Greenhouse, together with Hothead Games. This will be used to distribute PA’s game “On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness” (which is coming out for the Mac, yay), as well as… other games. They’re not …

The Daily GameDev.net

GameDev.Net

Since Monday morning is a perpetually terrible time for breaking news, I'd like to revisit some numbers that were published earlier last week. Next-Gen published a list of the top one hundred games of the last twelve months across North America and Europe ("[n]umbers are based on official …

All good things must come to an end, and unfortunately that includes the Smash Bros. Dojo blog that chronicled the development of Super Smash Bros. Brawl for the Nintendo Wii. Game director Masahiro Sakurai signs off today with one final...

There's lots of enthusiasm for a Nintendo amusement park. I know I'd go provided it offered something for the adult fans, and no that doesn't mean I'd expect a "Ladies of Nintendo" burlesque show headlined by Princess Peach and Samus...

Heatwave has just reached an important milestone. After a year of successfully bootstrapping ourselves consulting for an undisclosed three-letter-media company on the East Coast and several other gaming entities, Heatwave is breaking out on its own. We've decided to exchange the bootstrapping …

newVideoPlayer("baja_owen_kotaku.flv", 520, 410,""); The image associated with this post is best viewed using a browser. I would have thought that Desert Bus would forever remove both "real-time" and "desert terrain" from the marketing lexicon of any playable video game. As the brand new trailer …

You can expect this out of me if I'm running TWIG from now on — the WTF drop of the week is the lede, and this one is for High School Musical 2 (Two): Work This Out. A Disney press release spends reams of copy talking about the franchise's marketing chops and about a paragraph explaining why …

To: Luke From: Owen Re: Commenting A pretty rocky follow-up to a first week filled with commenter love and kudos. Thought we put out a lot of good stuff, but my execution was off. You know how a couple screwups create a rolling-thunder effect? Well, we had the problem with the modded Xbox …

Here's a look at Mario Kart Wii's ghost glitch cheat in action. All players have to do is one lap and turn around the wrong way once they finish to get an unbeatable race time. Nintendo's going through and erasing these ghost glitch high scores off the leader boards. Ghost Glitch in Action [ …

We're not sure if this is adorable or cruel! Kotaku commenter Purple-Penguin writes: My son is dressed as a plane, a radio controlled plane, or you can look at it as I made a plane out of my son. Here's what's going on: Dress up as an airplane or make a three dimensional airplane out of anything …

Looks like Nintendo are up to something. First they sell a bunch of land on their Redmond HQ to Microsoft. Then they move a bunch of people to San Francisco and New York. It's almost as if they're hinting at something. Something like the fact Nintendo of America are thinking about moving house? Bet …

Last week, Capcom went and registered the trademark Spyborgs. Two weeks before that, they registered the domain name spyborgs.com, which at time of writing sits empty and unused. This of course means absolutely nothing right now, but at an unspecified future time, when writing about Capcom's …

Coin-Op NES [Retro]

Kotaku

Want to play? Get out those coins. Here's a coin-operated Famicom that was hooked up to standard TVs in Japanese hotels and inns. One hundred yen coin got players 10~15 minutes of playtime. There's a Zapper and everything! Hit the jump for the pricier Super Famicom, which only doled out 5 minutes of …

Since earlier this year, there have been rumors of an inevitable no-brainer BioShock movie. If true, that adaptation would need a proven director who's able to handle dark, atmospheric movies. That adaptation would need Hellboy director Guillermo de Toro. The helmer writes on his official message …

Ever hear someone say "oh, man, that game's just like that other game, just with different multiplayer"? Course you have. Most games are just successors/homages/rip-offs of games that came before them. As it is with most creative mediums. And few games inspired so many of its competitors/descendants …

Darts? Dangerous. Devil May Cry darts? Extra dangerous. Reader Landon writes: I was at some game center/bowling/darts place and I saw these Devil May Cry darts in the window. I'm a huge DMC fan, so I would've bought them if they were cheaper, but I couldn't justify the $25 price tag. Obviously the …

Local television commercial schtick, baseball, Wii Sports, Hyundais, Nissans, this ad for classy, up-market car dealership Hamilton Nissan has it all. Though I'm a little suspicious at the editing on that last sequence, with the "easy" home runs. I don't remember them being that easy, but then...ah …

Not real. Pffft. What the hell do I know. Turns out that Bluetooth MGS4 headset is real, as over the weekend we learned that the product is not only already appearing in the catalogue of peripheral manufacturer PDP, but has also begun turning up in retail databases across Europe and the US. You can …

PSTWO FIT - No Wii DVD playback = this. Spotted by reader Tom in a Fuji Grand store in Matsuyama, Japan.

Yes, there are Mac gamers. And some of them play World of Warcraft. This individual here laser-etched MacBook Pro. Took about twenty minutes to do on a laser-etching machine. Well, whaddaya think? MacBook WoW [Flickr via Geekcrafting and Uberdork via Alice]

Filed under: Culture, Online, Polls Sorry folks, you'll have to make up your own crazy theme for the webcomic wrapup this week. Let your imagination be your guide! In the interim, we'll do what we do best, throw out some comics and let you vote for your favorites. Here's our picks for the week's …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3, Sony PSP What do you think about this new PS3 ad campaign? Check out high resolution images here, whilst you read our weekly recap.Previews Warhawk: Operation Broken Mirror (PS3)We get our hands on the upcoming multiplayer expansion. NovaStrike (PS3)We play …

Filed under: Nintendo DS, Sony PlayStation 2, Sony PlayStation 3, Sony PSP, Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360, BusinessThe numbers and arrows were quite bland this week -- all systems kept their same rankings, with only minor shifts throughout. The PSP remained in its throne (lovingly crafted by the …

Let's analyze this Gutsdozer "sprite" bead art by the numbers (according to creator Doctor Octoroc's Flickr description): "over 16,000 beads between fifteen pieces on six layers." Our pixelated hats off to him. (Thanks, GenoBoost) Check out the highlights for today:JoystiqueryJapanese hardware sales …

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A tribute to the Moai series, Doeo takes the same basic principle of frantically mousing over moving targets while racking up enough points to move to the next level. Instead of the statuesque Moai that inhabit previous games, here you try to collect as many pink and blue Doeo as quickly as possible …

Planet of the Forklift Kid

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Planet of the Forklift Kid is a whimsical physics-based platform puzzle game, controlled with the keyboard. Your goal in each level is to reach the exit, usually by operating switches to open the doors blocking your path. It is an all-around well-crafted game that is so charming and odd that it's …

The joy of 2D avatars

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I've been looking at 2D avatars lately. It's been a fascinating trip into a wierd little area of game art that I haven't dabbled in before. Like quite a bit of game art, there is a very obvious craft involved in the creation of 2D avatars. It reminds me a lot of the techniques that went into old …

When you think alt history (or if you prefer, counterfactual) the majority of books and discussions revolve around military conflicts. Questions on other points in history seem to be far rarer, although they are out there if you look. This weekend I was thinking about the history of computer …

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Or as Chris sez, the kii-ring. Ka-ching. I quite want one.

According to the Virtual Worlds Management Report, as reported by Virtual Worlds News, there are over 100 youth-oriented virtual worlds already live or in development. Based on a comprehensive research available through Virtual Worlds News, we've found that there are...

WoW laser etchings

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Okay, this is actually a bit silly :-) From AustinLaserArt's flickrstream, via Geekcrafting and Uberdork.

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Hey, I have a baby! A little one, and she really, really wants one of these, I can tell by the way she's screwed her face up and has gone bright red. She must be holding her breath in protest...

The final preview of the new Traveller rulebook is up at Mongoose Publishing’s website, giving fans an early peek at a Scout ship. Despite the company’s aborted attempt at an in-house printing facility, the new edition arrives at the end of the month, so it’s almost time to try out …

I had a conversation with someone the other day who argued that Microsoft was the standard platform for the desktop and it was therefore not terribly useful to fore-go the use of their software. The industry, he avowed, is almost entirely Microsoft so why fight it? Moments later he was railing …

OK, at risk of starting a deluge of copycat messages into tips, here's another kit-bashed Wii wheel. The reason this is worthy is a) the engineers are remarkably honest about how bad it performs, and b) they sound like three middle school-age at-risk kids and I want to encourage them to stay off the …

Tetris: The Movie [Clips]

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The tagline: "A brother dies. A hero is born. Get in line for adventure. Tetris is here." Absurd premise. Tortured rendering of gameplay into live action. Wretched over-acting and every cliche known to man. I'm surprised this isn't a real game-to-movie adaptation, and is instead just a pretty slick …

Just a reminder, the Playstation Network Store will be down from 8 am to 9 pm US Pacific Time (11 am to midnight, US Eastern, and 9 am to 10 pm Crecente). This is for the widely anticipated update to the Playstation Store. So all you unemployed gamers and kids playing hooky, don't start raining …

Someone stuck this on reddit an hour ago — can't find the source, but love the filename: OH HAI. Indeed. That looks like at least half-a-dozen sentinel guns, and Engineer's enjoying his beer. Good ole Engie. And just to justify this so-win picture, Machinima has an excellent video on how to …

NCsoft is stepping up the battle against IP theft, in this case targeting illegal servers in eastern Europe (concentrating on Greece and Russia). Last year, they successfully brought a suit against a Greek company who was profiting from the use of illegal Lineage II servers; they're continuing the …

Who needs boring tumblers when you can prove to company exactly how geeky you are? Etsy seller saaio is offering these Zelda etched glass tumblers for $20 a pop. A little steep, but I'm a big fan of eclectic kitchenware sets. [via Wonderland]

Alright, well, this had me last night, but now I am not so sure. And while I was dithering over whether the video here is in fact real, or a fake, I missed out on an actual leak of an actual trailer for the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars. And it was taken down from YouTube before I could save …

Last week, Douglas Wilson made an impassioned argument for why the term gamer needs to go; this week, Rene Patnode, a fellow soldier in the grad school trenches, responds with his take on why the term gamer does not need to go the way of the dodo: ... change to the fan sub-culture appears inevitable …

MSNBC has a feature up: The top 5 games to play before you go to bed. This means PSP and DS games, mostly, unless you pass out on the couch after a marathon session on your console. They seem to be looking for mental challenges to tucker your brain out so you go straight to slumberland. The games: …

For those of you who like game design challenges, GameCareerGuide has started a weekly design challenge: Starting this week, we'll be running a weekly Design Challenge. The Design Challenge is an exercise in becoming a game developer, asking you to look at games in a new way — from the …

Alright, we have visuals here that are not fake: Actual game play video of Street Fighter IV, at a location test for the game (which is to be released for arcades this summer). We've heard of the luchador, El Fuerte and seen some stills in action. Now here is Rufus, a surprisingly nimble fat guy who …

Game Developer editor Brandon Sheffield mused on why it is that with so many creative and talented people, so many bad games get made - both in terms of making awful licensed titles, and people not taking the 'plunge' to do original and exciting titles: I see conferences and talks on the future of …

We'll be two weeks from the release date as of Tuesday, so we're starting a regular feature here, wrapping up what's been going on in Grand Theft Auto IV in the previous week. It's a warehouse for things you might have missed or, in case you see something rad and wonder if you discovered it first, …

We all know and love (or hate) the expansive list of video game tropes; the TV Tropes wiki has put together a shockingly extensive list (also home of a wiki version ofthe grand list of RPG clichés), spanning all sorts of genres and with plenty of examples. My favorite is "Malevolent Architecture …

According to one writer, seven games parented the genre of the multiplayer FPS. Halo and Call of Duty: Not on it. Ed Borden reasons they did not add gameplay innovations, merely perfected the themes. That's up for discussion (and why I'm posting it, of course), but a fair point. The seven titles we …

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...

Filed under: Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360, Fighting, Sports We know that 2K Sports' upcoming stab at the world of professional pugilism, Don King Presents: Prizefighter, is the only official video game endorsed by the titular, wispy-haired promoter -- which is a damn shame, if …

Filed under: CultureWe can still fondly recall those afternoons during our formative years when, while returning from school, we would notice a rolled-up, plastic sheathed bundle of gaming journalism joy poking out of our mailbox. We're sure it's an occasion that most of you can warm-heartedly …

Filed under: Microsoft Xbox 360, First Person Shooters The long-awaited (but never viewed) first salvo of Gears of War action figures should be landing in your neighborhood Hot Topics and comic book shops in the next few weeks -- as a special teaser, manufacturer NECA released a plethora of …

Filed under: Nintendo WiiDid your nearly two years of anticipation come to an anticlimactic conclusion last month when your stubborn, soiled Nintendo Wii refused to play the pristine copy of Smash Bros. Brawl you'd just purchased? If you were one of the unlucky owners of an unkempt Wii whose dust- …

Filed under: Culture, Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, Action, Adventure, Casual, Galleries "Are you Mr. Stern, by chance?" A built man in a black suit asked, standing in front of a black Cadillac. His black sunglasses evenly split M.I.B. and The Matrix.I'd just stumbled into the daylight …

Harvest: Massive Encounter

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Harvest: Massive Encounter is a survival-based real-time strategy game with several modes of play that lend a free-form tower defense feel to the experience. You play the humans defending an expanding plot of land against swarms (and I do mean swarms) of alien UFOs, mechanized bots and other baddies …

An anonymous reader writes "African Americans spend more money and time playing video games than whites, yet only 2% of game developers are black. This past week, MTV's Multiplayer blog interviewed five black game industry professionals for their perspective on race in the industry. Intelligent …

A "graphic" and "shocking" Kane & Lynch advertising campaign has been banned in the U.K.The Advertising Standards Authority said it had upheld 26 complaints about both print and television ads for the game, according to MCV, and has ordered Eidos not to print or broadcast them again. In one double- …

There's some fresh content coming for Kane & Lynch on April 17. It's a map pack called "The Dope Bag" and contains 4 new multiplayer maps for the Fragile Alliance multiplayer mode. The pack will be available for download on Xbox Live and Playstation Network free of charge.The 4 maps are: "Clean Cut …

I’m back playing on-line and I have to say the X-Box LIVE has definitely helped me re-live all the fun and excitement I used to get from the PC. I couldn’t help but notice certain behaviors that I think don’t quite accomplish what players are trying to achieve. Here are some tips …

howies® - Always in Beta 3 pounds goes to ORG! Resident Evil 5 stirs concerns of racism Uhoh. Gamasutra - The Casual Games Manifesto Ooh GOOD STUFF. Wrath Of the Lich King Is In Alpha Here it comes! Batten down the hatches!

[Yeeeahhhh. Here's the correct version. We now return you to your regularly scheduled Kotaku Time. Sorry about that. OSG] Sometimes I pick up my controller, even if I'm not playing any games, and fly it around imagining it's a space fighter. That's about as far as I get with modding these things. …

As an 8-year-old in 1981, I would read this Atari game catalog and think about all the amazing $40 games they offered that my paperboy earnings could not cover. And then I'd turn to the back page and read about the Atari Game Club, in Sunnyvale, California. Sunnyvale. It had a videogame Wonkaland …

If GTA IV is going to be truly groundbreaking, then it will have to break ground in another realm: Real-life crimes to blame on it. Happily, GamesRadar is on the leading edge of this, spotting eight new crimes that imbecilic mainstream media will be thrilled to pin on "gamers," Rockstar, and this …

Filed under: Hacks, Nintendo WiiWe've all witnessed the incredible ways that technomancer Johnny Lee can put a Wiimote to good use, but apparently, attendees of the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference were unaware of the handheld peripheral's vast potential. You can actually hear …

I've had quite an amazing first month as an agile coach. I've made a few trips to studios adopting Scrum to give classes and coach quite a few teams. These studios were ideal because they had:Talented and very experienced teams and management.A history of successful games.An openness about …

by: Charles HusemannNEWS - I still haven't seen the Novint Falcon in action but Ben was impressed with what he saw at CES in 2007 when it debuted.  If you're unfamiliar with the technology it's a new mouse technology that allows you to get force feedback from the game.  For instance if you …

by: Charles HusemannNEWS - Here's the latest GRiD developer diary that shows off the three distinct racing environments (US, Europe, and Japan) as well as what kinds of races and cars will be available in each different environment. More On : GRID | Codemasters | Comment

by: Charles HusemannNEWS - The new version of the PS3 firmware is due out next week and the big new feature is the addition of DTS-HD audio which provides a new level of audio for Blu Ray movies (assuming you have the receiver that can decode the signal).  The patch will also include the new …

Europa Universalis: Rome, developed and published by Paradox Interactive.The Good: Simplified gameplay should appeal to a wider audience, improved graphics and performance, interesting dynasty dynamicsThe Not So Good: No objectives, very Rome-centric, non-interactive non-voiced tutorial, reduced …

When key Halo and Battlefield designers founded Tyrant Studios, we had to ask them what they were up to—and it’s more than just a game.

Casual Connect proved how tough it is to make big bucks in the casual market.

A blue-collar worker, a dodgy alarm and a journey to the moon: such things dreams are made of.

Quake generations

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The Quake family tree, from Wikipedia, courtesy of Bits Bytes Pixels & Sprites: Okay. I want to play Quake now. WoW can wait. Where's my railgun.

Pwing Dr Kawashima

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Hah! Reminds me of the Tetris rocket. I actually did that. Sad. (via Hot Milky Drink)

Well, one way to bypass the awkward UI is to just go hand-waving instead... Linden Lab is experimenting with a new way to interact with its Second Life virtual world with nothing more than a Webcam. Codenamed Segalen, the technology...

MapleStory: 71m members

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O RLY? Yes, 71+ million members (worldwide), according to Gamasutra's interview with that dewy-cheeked Min Kim fellow. Amazing. Although no detail on how many actives. Raph wouldn't like that. Some interesting little tidbits in this interview, like: It almost seems...

It's been a long time since I've played a point-and-shoot on-rails action game, so reviewing The House Of Dead 2 & 3 Return from Sega for the Nintendo Wii was a little like riding a bicycle after several years behind...

The writer of design blog ProsumeThis says this Metal Gear Solid 4 headset he designed is real, in production, will cost $60, is officially licensed and will be available on June 12, same as the game. While I'd love to believe him, I don't, but that doesn't make the design any less pleasing on the …

Happy Saturday to all of you out in Kotakopolis. Here's a quick recap of our original stories in the past week, highlighted by Flynn getting sucked into a real-life, real-time spy mystery like a wide-eyed, amnesiac Matt Damon. We also got looks at child labor inside the Bashcraft origami household …

Mainland China is the place to be for outsourcing, but Disney's game branch is bypassing that whole 'farming out to other companies' thing in lieu of purchasing GameStar, the company they've been using for outsourcing. Founded in '02, GameStar has offices in Shanghai and Wuhan, and will become the …

Remember the hand-holding satire "You Have to Burn the Rope" from last week? If the game play was a little ... unsophisticated, then at least the soundtrack got a solid thumbs up from the peanut gallery here. "It's like Still Alive epic!" said commenter Bokusatsu_Tenshi. t0yrobo called it "better …

As a color-blind gamer, I can't recall having many eye-rubbing hangups over which side to attack, who was friend or who was foe. You don't need colors to tell the opposite side in a game like Star Wars: Battlefront, for example, and the only way to miss red versus blue in Halo would be to lack all …

I'm not entirely sure what's going on with the HBMG Foundation's 'ArtSpark' competition (designing a stage play or a video game seems to be a pretty broad spectrum of potential products), but in case you're feeling creative, submit an application for the 2008 collaborative competition. Since we …

Grand Theft Auto IV has been on pre-order in my Amazon account ever since I got laid off last May and bought a lot of crap with my severance. The original release date was, what, October? At that time I thought I'd still be looking for work, and GTA is one of the great unemployed game franchises of …

I'm not much of a religious man, but every time I have to break out the kitchen shears to open a set of earbuds or a spare controller, I consider joining a faith just so I can believe in a hell just so whoever designed clamshell packaging can burn in it. And if you've skinned your knuckles trying …

Daniel Cook of Lost Garden has another thought provoking article up on Gamasutra, this one on the casual games market. Targeted more at developers, it's still an interesting look at the promises and pitfalls of the current distribution models: In the new world of high profit margins, limited …

My undergraduate thesis was long, kinda boring, and involved dead imperialists; two students at McMaster University have created a Half-Life 2 mod called Half-Life Havoc for theirs, and attached a little paper on the history of video game physics. Half-Life Havoc (HLH) is a lesson in video game …

Sir Cucumber at The Resigned Gamer has penned four haiku (haikus? Is this like "deer" or something ...) on the essence of video game love, prefaced with a rather creepy comparison to ... uh, butter. Nnnhkay. The chuckles include Disaster Report, Bully (the obligatory dude-on-dude kissing) Mappy-Land …

Only a Game has a fun post on the 'top 10 video game emotions' - emotions that people recognize as both present while they're playing, and enhancements of gameplay: Based on the 1,040 responses to the DGD2 survey, I have ranked the top 10 emotions with their average score out of 5 to get a rough-and …

When it came time to pop the question, reader Brian Klima did it right. No scoreboard message at a baseball game, no skywriting, no jewelry buried in the dessert. He proposed marriage to his one true love with all the charm and romance that is Super Smash Bros. Brawl Grab your hankies and hit the …

Told you we'd have another Hot Flash. And here's a sweet one right in your hot little hands: Compulse, which excels as only a flash game can: stupid-simple premise, a thought-provoking challenge, addictive replay and best of all, entrancing Asian-theme music. Best of all, it will save your progress …

Min Kim, Nexon America's director of game operations, sat down with Gamasutra to talk about the free to play model, Nexon's expansion to the 360 and the DS. On the issue of people dismissing the business model: I don't want to discount people, but I don't think they're doing all the right research …

Brandon Erickson at Gamecritics puts forth an interesting question. Is there a "critical period" in children for learning video game skills, the same as there is for language? It doesn't preclude the learning of languages, or the innate hand-eye coordination specific to video games, later in life, …

Filed under: Culture There are many reasons to desire a shirt emblazoned with the countenance of Sega's spiky, azure mascot -- perhaps as a celebratory measure following the formal announcement of Sonic's upcoming 2D/3D adventure, Sonic Unleashed. Maybe you want to want to make your own personal …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3, First Person ShootersWe were jazzed to see our tipbox lined with messages heralding the release of this "Exclusive Debut Teaser" for the follow-up to the PS3's inaugural first person shooter, Resistance: Fall of Man. However, we must say that after watching this …

Filed under: Culture, Nintendo WiiWe imagine that Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of some of the most recognizable intellectual properties on the planet, doesn't like coming in second place -- let alone ninety-second place. Unfortunately for the banjo-plucking game designer, that was the case in last year …

Filed under: Business We've all suffered an injury or two at the hands of a hermetically-sealed package containing a shiny new controller or other accessory, but did you know that 6,500 people visited the emergency room with a plastic packaging-related injury in 2004? That's not all -- these " …

Via Water Cooler Games — Chris Crawford’s presentation yesterday at the Game Developers Exchange in Atlanta, on his “Nine Breakthroughs” useful in developing Storytron. Good stuff!

Weekend Download

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Driving, driving everywhere, but not a brake to squeek. Er... never mind about that lousy rhyme, its driving time! So hop in, close the door, and press that pedal to the floor. And you can also play the other non-driving games. You know, if you want to.

Build-a-lot 2 is a real estate tycoon sim game where you must improve the value of different towns by meeting goals set by each area's mayor. Tasks range from building a number of houses/buildings to earning a set amount of cash or increasing rent income to a certain level. All the while you must …

Games industry curmudgeon and interactive storytelling proponent Chris Crawford spoke at the Game Developers Exchange conference here in Atlanta yesterday. As a part of the talk he explained the "Nine Breakthroughs" that were important to his work on Storytron. I recorded them here, after the jump.

by: Charles HusemannNEWS - I know I'm in the minority but I'm looking forward to Resistance: Fall of Man 2 more than I am Gears of War 2.  The co-op is going to be better and the multiplayer is going to be a hell of a lot bigger.  Here's the new teaser that debuted on Gametrailers tonight …

by: Randy KalistaNEWS - Articles Episode 2: It's Always Sunny in Rapture" is up at Defunct Games, capturing some more Q&A with high-profile game characters playing the role of Ann Landers. WarCry delves into philosophical concerns in the Darkfall Developer Journal #25: Philosophy …

Title: Hoyle Puzzle & Board GamesPublisher: EncoreLicense: CommercialWebsite: http://www.encoreusa.com/product.aspx?ProductID=79564Every year or two, Encore comes out with a compendium of games under the title Hoyle Puzzle & Board Games. It is huge collection of puzzle, logic, board, and …

This Saturday, make that tomorrow, the Nintendo World Store will be hosting the launch event for the Teenage Zombies: Invasion of the Alien Brain Thingys event. Stop by the store between noon and 4 p.m. EST and you can get a chance to check out a demo of the game. They will also have the three lead …

It sounds like tonight's episode of GameTrailer's TV with Geoff Keighley is going to be a must watch. Not only will they be showing the first gameplay footage of Yoda and Darth Vader as playables in Soul Calibur IV, but they will be premiering the teaser trailer for Resistance 2 from Insomniac Games …

Mafia II, sequel to multi million seller Mafia, is under development for a simultaneous release on the PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, 2K Games announced today. Mafia II will expand upon the original game, giving players a chance to play through mob life in the 1950s, according to the publisher. 2K …

Commenting [Day Note]

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To: Ash From: Crecente Re: And The Best Food In Japan Is... I woke up this morning to a pretty ugly sight: This post and its comments. I lost it a bit and wrote a rant and the reaction was mostly well-informed and thoughtful. Heck there were even some really good suggestions in it about ways to …

18-year-old Jean Pierre Orlewicz is currently on trial for first-degree premeditated murder, after he and a friend ambushed 26-year-old Daniel Sorenson last November, stabbing him multiple times in the back before sawing off his head and burning his body. After the prosecution spent the better part …

What will we do when GTAIV actually comes out? Play it for 1,000+ hours? How lame. We'd much rather waste our time on zany flash ads that only take 1 minute or 2 a pop. For instance, if you're as cool as us, you'll have an awkward conversation with a representative from Goldberg, Ligner & Shyster... …

Don't forget folks, this weekend is the Chessmaster Live Hip Hop Weekend on Xbox Live, where you could win fabulous prizes just for playing a Chessmaster Live match online! Sponsored by the Hip Hop Chess Federation and Xbox.com, players who register either online or by downloading the Chessmaster …

The9 Limited, the operators of World of Warcraft in China, has announced that they recently achieved a peak of one million players online at the same time. That's not the fudgy sort of numbers you get for subscribers either - that is one million World of Warcraft accounts online and playing at one …

Well, this is it folks, the final Friday of regular Smash Bros. Dojo updates and, essentially, the final Dojo Dump wrap up. The final daily update to the official site will be on Monday, but we expect the odd new post, sometime around the launch of the PAL version of Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Oh, the …

Rock Band's impending European launch isn't getting the kind of PR Harmonix and MTV would like. Something about the price, or something. Well, feeling the sting of the internet barbs that have been slung their way, Harmonix have spoken out in defence of their pricing structure, with VP Greg LoPicolo …

Echocrome's out in Asia. Nowhere else. Which is kinda cooky, since the game (at least the Japanese edition) features an English voice-over. While there's still no word on when the game will be seeing an official (online-only) release in the US, a listing has appeared on the PlayStation UK site, …

And the entries are pouring in! Above, reader Daniel cosplays as an airplane. Here's what's going on: Dress up as an airplane or make a three dimensional airplane out of anything tangible, but paper. So you can't make CGI planes! And you can't draw them either! But, you can make them out of anything …

The latest issue of Nintendo Power, which is in the hands of subscribers right now features an interview with Masato Maegawa, the president of the beloved action game developer, whose Bangai-O Spirits is due to hit the Nintendo DS stateside this quarter. The Xbox Live Arcade remake of Ikaruga just …

A new fact sheet for the upcoming Lego Indiana Jones has been released today. Anything of note? Let's see here..."Tongue-in-cheek humor presents The Original Adventures in a manner only LEGO can whip up"....no. "Explore the globe and solve puzzles that encourage creative thinking through the use of …

Maybe Def Leppard don't know their downloadable content from their full-price retail products. Few weeks back they told a radio show that three of their songs would be appearing in Guitar Hero IV. And hey, they still might, but the timing of that interview and today's announcement that three of …

A Call To Ban Comment by: KeroseneClimax Nominated by: Witz I was ready to comment on that article featuring N'Gai Croal's thoughts on RE5, but after scrolling down, I said the hell with it. Why bother? I was ready to really analyze Croal's words and apply them to my own personal thoughts on the …

Well... Have a look at the Resistance 2 trailer. Thoughts? Feelings? Impressions? Thanks, shindokie for the tip!

There's word that cheaters (you bastards!) are apparently moving in full force on Mario Kart Wii. Either that, or there's a bug. The Time Trials mode is getting hit hardest with all sorts of impossible times appearing. According to Mercurys Phoenix at the Official Nintendo Magazine forums writes: I …

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Filed under: Microsoft Xbox 360, Rhythm, Business If you're a gamer in Europe (sorry about that) and have your heart set on purchasing Harmonix's multi-pronged take on the instrument protagonist genre, you'd best stop tossing your coins into the well and start aiming them at your precious porcelain …

Filed under: RetroAlthough we skimmed a little bit on this week's Ask Joystiq, we'll be back in full force next Friday!If you have any burning questions, unsolved gaming mysteries, or just a desire for musings from our knowledgeable cadre of writers, drop us a line at ask AAT joystiq DAWT com (and …

Filed under: Nintendo DS Just as with our beloved DS Lite, DS Fanboy Lite is like the original, but smaller. Sleeker. Only not necessarily better. Herein you can see some of the best we've had to offer in the last week, encapsulated for your reading ease.Community The DS Life: You've made your …

Filed under: Nintendo DS, PC, Sony PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360 We had some big items this week, including some time with Fallout 3, a video walkthrough of the upcoming Halo 3 Legendary Map Pack and the new Warhawk expansion (not to mention a metareview of the indie darling Mario …

Filed under: Nintendo DS A reader-submitted (via IGN) from January 2004, brought back to our attention by DS Fanboy in light of today's DS revision rumor. We gotta say, they were oh so close to the final design. (Fingers crossed for the "DS Evn Liter" announcement.) Check out the highlights for …

The sequel to Sandlot's Virtual Villagers-esque hit sim Westward has finally arrived! Westward II: Heroes of the Frontier continues the old west drama with a whole new batch of improvements, including 3D visuals, new buildings to construct, more scenarios to complete, and a brand new sandbox mode. …

by: Charles HusemannNEWS - Harmonix has announced the songs for Rock Band next week and it's not a bad selection.  While I'm not a hardcore Blondie fan I'm thinking "Call me" is going to be a bit of fun to sing.  Here's the full list: "Call Me" by Blondie (master …

by: Charles HusemannNEWS - Here's the first trailer for World in Conflict: Soviet Assault which is the console port of World in Conflict but with a new Soviet campaign interwoven into the single player side of the game.  I saw the game earlier this week and while I can't talk about it until the …

by: Charles HusemannNEWS - It looks like Russian gamers will be able to get their co-op Zombie fix later this year as Akella and Valve have signed a deal that will allow Akella to publish Left 4 Dead in Russian stores later this year.  This is certainly good news for Russian gamers as Left 4 …

by: John YanNEWS - It's no secret the launch of Hellgate: London  has been marred by a few problems but it's nice to hear they're doing well in Korea. In fact, they have had the most successful online launch there in three years with over 1 million accounts in the first two weeks of the open …

by: Charles HusemannNEWS - The folks at Midway have just released this new video that shows off one of the new dunks in their upcoming game NBA Ballers: Chosen along with the real life inspiration for the move. More On : NBA Ballers: Chosen One | Midway | Comment

by: John YanNEWS - I picked up one of the new wireless Rock Band guitars today at my local Gamestop and have already run into a problem. It seems the tilt sensor won't activate Overdrive for some people. Now I've tried a few suggestions on the boards short of taking it apart but nothing I do …

by: Charles HusemannNEWS - If Sega keeps cranking out these behind the scenes videos from the new Iron Man game I wonder if there's going to be much game left to explore.  Here's the newest one that shows off how they brought the characters to life by bringing in the talent from the movie.  …

by: Charles HusemannNEWS - If you're still playing Spellforce 2 - Dragon Storm or Spellforce 2 - Gold you might want to download this patch as it fixes a host of multiplayer issues as well as a camera bug that "occasionally" crops up. More On : Spellforce 2 - Dragon Storm | Aspyr …

by: Dan KeenerNEWS - 2K Games today announced that Mafia 2 would be coming to the Xbox 360, Games for Windows and Playstation 3 platforms in a simultaneous release. In addition, eight new screens were released. Check out all the screens and details after the jump:More On : Mafia 2 | 2K Games | …

Today at PCFair, someone asked me for my autograph. It felt a bit weird since I've never thought myself as the type who'd be admired or important enough to request for my John Hancock. And I don't think the schoolboy who had asked for my signature was a big fan or anything - his actions suggest that …

Talk to Francoise Mouly these days and she sounds a bit harried, not to mention tired. It’s not too surprising. In addition to her day job as art editor of The New Yorker magazine, Mouly — who, along with her husband, Pulitzer-Prize winning Art Spiegelman (“Maus”), created the seminal art- …

In our most recent press release (which if you missed it can be read here) we sent out a call to writers, specifically interested in genre fiction. I just wanted to take a moment and mention that what we’re looking for is purely standalone entertaining fiction. It does not have to tie into …

Nintendo was the top winner at the UK-based MCV Industry Excellence Awards, thanks to its contributions to the games industry over the past 12 months.

Codemasters has appointed an ex-Sony Computer Entertainment Europe distribution exec to its own distribution team.

The founders of Hitman developer IO Interactive have re-formed the Copenhagen, Denmark-based development studio, Reto-Moto.

A new report quantifies how retail sales figures greatly underestimate the real reach of videogames.

Longtime games journalist Dan Shoe Hsu has announced his resignation as editorial director of Ziff Davis' 1Up Network.

The Montreal International Game Summit will be taking place this fall, and for the first time will have free activities for the general public.

BLOG - A design student from London has made new footage of a suit/goggles system that makes him look like an in-game avatar to himself... bah, click through to see what I mean.

Heute endlich zum ersten Mal den wundervollen und herrlich lustigen „The Big Lebowski“ gesehen. Ich werde das Bowling bei „Wii Sports“ nie mehr mit den gleichen Augen sehen können: „Has the whole world gone crazy!? Am I the only one here who gives a shit about the …

Um es auf den Punkt zu bringen: Mario Kart ist Mario Kart. Es ist ein riesiger Spaß und ich muss es wissen, denn mit Videospielen hatte ich schon lange keinen riesigen Spaß mehr, nein, der Spaß pendelte immer zwischen „so klein wie diese komischen Wesen aus der Nibelungensage“ und &# …

DI-Guy, industry-leading COTS software for Human Simulation, announced today that Version 9.0 is shipping. DI-Guy 9.0 provides a render-neutral SDK (eg DirectX, OpenGL, OpenSceneGraph and Unreal) on Windows and Linux. DI-Guy is an integrated suite of human simulation software that features SDK …

Hey all. Check it: I will now be cutting off journal entries made on Friday of the week this wrap-up is posted. I'd like to get it up during the day when I know I'll be around, instead of tonight at some point whenever that may be. To be fair to everyone, that means not noting any journal …

XNB Texture Viewer 1.0

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Desdinova.it website has released the 1.0 version of the XNB Texture Viewer. This application is used to view XNB texture files compiled by the XNA Content Processor. You can drag and drop your file on the executable or run the application and open the texture manually. You can also save the …

First a dance video, now a cooking story? Yes. Here is Shuna Fish Lydon, in her own inimitable style, telling a story about a day at work, ten years ago, cooking at the French Laundry. Finally Eric says something that makes us all look up from our minute, detail oriented tasks. “You heard me, …

After weighing in with his views on the despicable racist filth depicted in the Resident Evil 5 trailer, “respected” (in the same sense that Edge is “respected”) games journo N’Gai Croal gives The RAM Raider an exclusive video interview in which he names and shames even more unacceptable …

Shockingly…

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…generic. That was my first thought looking at Sonia, the new femme fatale in Ninja Gaiden II. Is it some kind of parody of Dante from Devil May Cry? Seems that way since she’s packing guns.Whatever the motivation was behind her creation, there’s really no excuse to throw out such a …

Today’s post is going to wrap up our examination of the themes of the Grimm Brother’s traditional fairy tale Jorinda and Joringel.[1] While previous posts this week have spelunked for the theme by digging into various metaphoric elements within the text, today’s post is going to …

Oooohhh, "top xx" charts! British industry mag types Develop have just released their "Develop 100", which lists the world's top 100 developers according to the amount of cash money they took in over the past 12 months (in the UK). In first place? Nintendo, who took in £129 million, almost twice …

Just in case you don't trust those shifty, foreign types from the continent, British store Shopto have confirmed to Gamesindustry that they'll be selling a Grand Theft Auto IV hardware bundle, consisting of a 40GB PS3, Sixaxis and a copy of GTAIV. It'll be available on April 29, and will set you …

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It's Friday! Know what that means? It means it's Friday! This weeks has been a rough one, but we've made it through in one piece. For that, we thank our Sponsors. Without them, we'd be eating mayonnaise sandwiches in a trailer. This week, Kotaku was kept going by Ace Combat 6, Coors Light, Netgear, …

Good news! XBLA and PSN title Bionic Commando Rearmed seems like it's getting one step closer to digital shipping. On developer GRIN's official site, the game's Creative Director Simon Viklund blogs: The final date for completing Bionic Commando Rearmed is closing in - we're stabilizing the game …

Robots are awesome. Really, really awesome. Robots made from erotic games? Ditto. The Sofmap in Akihabara made this "erotic game robot" out of 80 copies of PC ero title Slave Commander Clarice. The name of this shameful game 'bot? "GR01-CLARICE ROBO." What does it do? It stands there and radiates …

Design student Marc Ownes created a wearable device that simulates 3D person environments for the wearer. There's a head-mounted camera and VR googles that enable to folks to see themselves from a 3D perspective. While this experiment has already gotten webplay, Boing Boing TV has a clip of it in …

To: Crecente From: Bash RE: From Ghostbusters to Mario Super Sluggers ...Osaka's, hands down. Tonight's dinner: Takoyaki, yakisoba, okonomiyaki, beer. All bought at a food stall a minute's walk from my house. Damn good eatin'. What you missed last night Severed heads are A OK More new PSN store …

Sony today confirmed that the Metal Gear Online Premiere Beta will be launching in Europe on April 17, just days after the freshly redesigned Playstation Store goes live today. The sexy new store will also have the Lair: Diabolical Dragons Pack and Skyguard Upgrade pack as well as Warhawk: Operation …

Masahiro Sakurai is not amused! Apparently someone has been fostering an unnatural fascination with getting a peek at Princess Peach and Zelda's panties, sending them in to the Dojo on a regular enough basis that Sakurai needed a disclaimer at the bottom of the picture page. Please understand that …

I doubt many superheroes have had nearly as many costume changes as Iron Man has over the years, and Sega recognizes this fact by including several unlockable classic armors in the game. You've got your classic red and gold, the dull metal prototype version Stark crafted while in captivity, …

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I woke this morning to find Kotaku at a crossroads, one peopled with a mob. It seems there's a decision to be made: Do we want Kotaku to be represented by the chatter of a thousand voices, people trying to be heard over one another, many not stopping to think before they talk. Or do we want to cull …

From worst to first! Just last month, Flagship's Hellgate: London made 1UP's list of the top five botched PC game launches of all time, with regular server crashes and people being billed multiple times for premium subscriptions. The Southeast Asian launch went even worse, with Infocomm Asia …

newVideoPlayer("strongbad.flv", 463, 387,""); I find myself getting absurdly excited about the upcoming WiiWare Strong Bad game. I know I'm setting myself up for at least a modicum of disappointment, but I just can't stop. Someone, help me, pull me away from the Homestar Runner.

Several of you have pointed us to an amazing opinion piece by Naomi Alderman at The Guardian titled "If we deny children access to all computer games, we deprive them of a rich and magical experience", a beautifully written response to recent events in the UK like the Byron Review and the banning of …

At the MI6 marketing conference earlier this week, various Microsoft staffers presented a talk outlining how they successfully marketed Halo 3 to the masses. They explained how their main goal in expanding the audience for the third installment of Bungie's saga was to put a more human face on Master …

According to Bloomberg Japan, Enterbrain (Famitsu's parent company) honcho Hirokazu Hamamura has said that Nintendo might unveil a new DS model at E3 2008. While Ash is asleep and our Google Translate only takes us so far, there doesn't appear to be any other information of note other than Nintendo …

When gamers think "Halo," do they think Microsoft, Xbox 360 or Bungie? That's a question Bungie faces going into the future with its umbilical cord severed from the Microsoft machine—especially when accounting for the millions in branding dollars that tied the Halo franchise so closely to …

2D Boy Drops Historic First F-Bombs During A Nintendo Presentation. Kudos to 2D Boy's Kyle Gabler, for bringing the adult language to the Nintendo Media Summit. It's certainly the first Nintendo media presentation to feature the phrase "Fuck that" delivered by a presenter. Later, Kyle kept it rated- …

Brett Tosti, Executive Producer and Emily Morganti, Marketing Coordinator, from Telltale Games publicly demonstrated Strong Bad's Cool Game For Attractive People this morning at the opening of day two of the Nintendo Media Summit. The WiiWare title, announced yesterday, will feature the e-mail …

Sony Computer Entertainment UK's Ray Maguire, amidst a discussion on the Byron Report (chastising it for not keeping up with a growing internet-based industry), made a prediction about the future of games:...ten years from now the ratio of games sales will have gone from 90 per cent in-store to 90 …

You can't fault a guy for thinking the whole Steven Spielberg making video games scenario seems just a tad disingenuous. On a movie set, the director is quite possibly the hardest working, most involved person on staff. Transplanted as a game designer, they show up every once and a while to check …

Amazon is in the middle of another Gold Box Wii game day, where a different Wii game is available for a discounted price every couple of hours. This one sort of snuck up on us, so as of right now the deal of the day, Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Games, is still available for the low price of $29.99 …

I was shocked today to read that long-time EGMer and guiding force Dan "Shoe" Hsu is leaving Ziff Davis Media and the 1Up Network for personal reasons. His last day will be April 25. Shu is quick to point out that the decision was his alone and not one forced on him or dealing with any sort of lay …

The official Grand Theft Auto IV site just updated with another wealth of information including details on four new multiplayer modes. The new modes, all described in detail on the jump, include Team Mafiaya Work, Team Car Jack City, Turf War and Race. Hit the jump for a run down of the ones we …

As we head inevitably toward the launch of Grand Theft Auto IV, Rockstar's information tap seems to have been opened wide. Today, along with the new multiplayer modes, the developers have dropped these two, short, but still funny videos. They seem to be showing off a bit of Playboy X's character and …

Microsoft's group manager for the XNA platform, Chris Satchell, wants you to know that user-generated content can lead to bad things. Like cooties.I think there's a potential risk on any platform where you're allowing...where you're running in what we call native mode, where you're writing straight …

newVideoPlayer("bio5_eng_080324_gawker.flv", 463, 387,""); Since the Resident Evil 5 trailer debuted, it's stirred controversy. And even more recently, it's stirred controversy again. Now a Famitsu interview has surfaced with the game's producer Takeuchi-san. Aside from telling us quite a bit more …

With a planned nine straight days of obligation gaming, defined as titles I might not necessarily play on my own time, I think I'll be taking it easy this weekend, doing my best to re-beat Ikaruga and keeping my hands controller free. I'd beaten the Dreamcast import version of Ikaruga a few months …

Dammit, I knew I should have hit up eBay earlier. GameStop has the details on the collector's edition of Fallout 3 due out this fall, and some of the contents look rather familiar. For $20 more than the normal edition ($79.99 console, $69.99 PC), you'll be receiving the much-coveted Vault Boy bobble …

It sounds like tonight's episode of GameTrailer's TV with Geoff Keighley is going to be a must watch. Not only will they be showing the first gameplay footage of Yoda and Darth Vader as playables in Soul Calibur IV, but they will be premiering the teaser trailer for Resistance 2 from Insomniac Games …

If I can, allow me to break the fourth wall of buttonmashing for a moment. As some of you may know, I am an associate pastor of a rural church. One of my primary responsibilities is working with young people. A goal of mine is to lead and encourage them to live in faith, morality, genuineness, [...]

Filed under: Hacks, Sony PlayStation 3 Forget that "PlayStation Portable" nonsense you've got sticking out of your pocket. If you're going to be carrying around a PlayStation, why not make it a proper one that can play Warhawk and Uncharted? Consumer electronics crammer, Ben Heck, has finally …

Filed under: Nintendo DS, Action, First Person Shooters, Interviews Dementium: The Ward, developer Renegade Kid's debut release for the Nintendo DS, certainly pushed the frontier of what we expect from handheld gaming, but it was far from perfect. Company co-owner Jools Watsham conceded as much to …

Filed under: Culture, PC, Action, Online, MMO Last year's launch of Flagship Studios' Hellgate: London was not exactly what we'd call a family album moment, its release plagued by client crashes and enough bugs to have the Orkin man calling for backup. Still, one person's trash is another's treasure …

Filed under: Fighting Right, so you may remember on April 1 when we stumbled upon Noob.com (Mortal Kombat chief Ed Boon's personal site) and tried to made some sense out of the coded images there. At the time, we thought (thanks to reader Batzarro) that the site was hinting at a new game in the …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3, Sony PSP, Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360 The PS3 rode the Blu-ray past the 2 million sales mark in Japan recently according to Media Create. GI.biz reports the PS3's little milestone was severely overshadowed by the incredible sales the PSP is currently pulling off …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, Action If we were making a game as hotly anticipated as Resident Evil 5, we'd hope our publisher wouldn't say anything about it until it was done. We'd just pull up in our sleek Lamborghini (which all game designers drive) throw a disc into their …

Filed under: Nintendo DS, PC, Sony PlayStation 2, Sony PSP, Nintendo Wii, Fighting When we see that a developer we're not familiar with is making a game for the "Wii, PS2, PSP and DS," our shovelware alarms usually start to go off around Joystiq HQ. But when we saw this morning that developer Twelve …

Filed under: Nintendo DS, Sony PlayStation 2, Sony PlayStation 3, Sony PSP, Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360 Pop quiz time, hot shot: Name 60 characters from the Indiana Jones movies. Having trouble? We got to about a dozen before we had to start stretching the definition of "character" with things …

Filed under: Culture Parent-oriented video game site WhatTheyPlay.com had a poll earlier this week which caused the site's own editor to post W.T.F. on his personal blog. The results of the unscientific poll showed that respondents were almost equally disturbed by the idea of a "graphically severed …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3 While North America is used to getting things early, it looks like European Metal Gear fans will get the last comically exaggerated laugh after all (really, stop laughing, we get it). After a brief mention in a SCEE press release, Konami has confirmed that the "Metal …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, Rhythm We've known for a while that inclusion on a video game soundtrack can help drive music sales, but usually the song in question is actually available for sale when it appears in the game. Not so for Def Leppard's new single, "Nine Lives," …

Filed under: Nintendo DS, Portable, Retro All you jerks out there who are used to lording your shiny new DS Lites over Phat-owning early-adopters might have to get used to playing second fiddle soon. In the latest issue of Japanese gaming rag Famitsu, publisher Hirokazu Hamamura speculates that a …

Filed under: Culture, Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360 Usually, an early glimpse of gameplay from a high-profile title stirs gentle butterflies of excitement. But after perusing Capcom's newly translated Resident Evil 5 video interview this morning, more than a few of us were feeling uneasy; …

Filed under: Culture, Hacks var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/gaming_news/Dan_Shoe_Hsu_leaves_the_1UP_Network'; [Update: 2:20PM: Shoe has posted a blog about the move, noting that his departure is "my own decision; I'm not being forced out or laid off or anything like that." Hsu writes that he …

Filed under: Microsoft Xbox 360, Video var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/xbox/Halo_3_Legendary_Map_Pack_complete_walkthrough'; Our pals at X3F scored early access to Halo 3's looming Legendary Map Pack, and -- bless their hearts -- they've decided to share. True, Bungie gave us a tour just yesterday …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, Online, Rhythm We're sending out an SOS to the world to try and stop us from downloading the tracks in next week's Rock Band update. We fear that $5.50 has already jumped out of our wallets, run over to the console and is attempting to push itself …

Filed under: Podcasts We've returned yet again to sweep the leg and bring you the best podcast that no money can buy. This week, we're talking Metal Gear Solid 4, European Rock Band pricing, Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People, Microsoft's motion controller and so much, much more.We also …

Filed under: Culture, Online, Business The founders of Hitman and Kane and Lynch developer IO Interactive have left to form Reto-Moto, a Copenhagen, Denmark-based studio "committed to redefining the online multi-player space." While the team isn't talking about its initial project, a press release …

Filed under: PC, Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, Action 2K Games has announced the target platforms for its "beautifully crafted look into the dark and unforgiving world of the Mob," Mafia II. Surprising no one outside of the most hopeful and delusional Wii fans, it has been confirmed that …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, Online Rockstar unloaded a mess of new information and time-wasters onto the Grand Theft Auto IV website today. Most notable are full details of two out of the four major subsets of the game's definitely-not-tacked-on multiplayer component, Team …

Netshift

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Netshift is the Web-based successor to Blackshift, an action puzzle game download from Rob Allen, the man who brought us the Hapland series and many other excellent titles. Netshift, currently in beta, makes the original game more accessible, and it even includes a level editor with which to create …

Vigile writes "Despite all good intentions, Intel continues to see a lot of its work on ray tracing countered not only by their competition, as you'd expect, but also by the very developers that Intel is going to depend on for success in the gaming market. The first major developer to speak on the …

Nexon's free-to-play online game MapleStory has 72+ million users and makes $16 million per month worldwide via microtransactions - but why does it work? Nexon's U.S. director Min Kim talks to Gamasutra.

Ubuntu to the Rescue

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Per the suggestion of commenter Tough_Nutz in my previous post, I burned the Ubuntu Linux distribution to a CD, booted the OS from the CD-ROM drive, and transferred my critical files to an external hard drive. It totally worked! I’m so happy that I haven’t lost my files. I’m going …

by: Cyril LachelARTICLE - Cyril stretches the definition of Retro to make an otherwise dull week a bit more livelyMore On : Retro Round-up | Gaming Nexus | Comment

by: Randy KalistaNEWS - Patches A new patch and adventure editor are out for The Witcher:  v1.3 patch; D'jinni Adventure Editor. AtomicGamer has a full listing of all Medieval 2: Total War Kingdoms patches (v1.05), including European gold editions. Advanced Tactics: World War 2 v1 …

by: Randy KalistaNEWS - Take a trip through the various versions of Iron Man's armor that emerged over the years.  The latest video only offers brief, spinning glances of the armor, but we've got the renders and the details on where and when each particular suit emerged (whether it's a comic …

by: Randy KalistaNEWS - Season two of the Sam & Max series came to a close today (Thu., Apr. 10) for Gametap subscribers and for everyone else on the planet tomorrow (Fri., Apr. 11) with Sam & Max Episode 205:  What's New, Beelzebub?  And, to ease that differently-angled learning …

by: Randy KalistaNEWS - If you've spent at least one trimester on an American college campus, then you've already been summarily introduced to the weekly web show, Homestar Runner.  If you haven't met the cast, then some upcoming, wacky, monthly episodic video game called Strong Bad's Cool Game …

by: Nathan MurrayNEWS - Cookie Jar Group (no connection to cookie monster) has announced that the site for the game Magi-Nation: Battle for the Moonlands is up running and ready for young kids to spend hours adventuring in the Moonlands. The game is Flash Based so it is played on a web browser and …

by: Nathan MurrayNEWS - The Wachoski Brothers made a little video game history with Enter the Matrix so let's hope that the video game based on their latest work Speed Racer will exceed standard movie tie in expectations. Warner Bro.s Interactive Entertainment is working on Speed Racer the Video …

Last week I picked up Ace Combat 6: Fires of Liberation and have been having a pretty good time with it. I know I’m the first person to say gameplay always trumps graphics, but I don’t think you can mention the game without remarking on how gorgeous it looks. It’s probably the only [...]

Naturalistic Astrology?

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Why is there no naturalistic description of astrology, that is, a description of astrology in terms of scientific materialism? Is it because there is a prior assumption that all aspects of this field can be dismissed on the grounds that...

Yesterday we gave you the raw data on the games people bought in the last year. Today we use that data to illuminate several observations about the individual companies and platforms and genres as well as gain some perspective on the industry as a whole.

BLOG—Rejoice fans of Homestar Runner! Telltale Games is bringing Strong Bad and all his zany friends to WiiWare via episodic content in June.

Disney’s Virtual Magic Kingdom (VMK) closing in May Oh noes!

Mark Rein (Epic), Shannon Loftis & Peter Zetterberg (MGS), Min Kim (Nexon) and Ross Erickson (Sierra Online) are among the names featured in the Business & Production program at this year's Nordic Game. One of the four core programs at the Nordic Game conference will be Business &# …

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One of the most interesting stories of the week comes from the closing session of this year's MI6 conference where Laurent Detoc, Peter Moore, Nolan Bushnell, Alex St. John, and Kathy Vrabeck all discussed the future of the games industry as they see it in twelve years (with an emphasis on …

Among my list of favorite books is Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. These are tales which draw upon familiar themes in such unexpected and unsettling ways, all the while smiling and winking and letting you know not to take them too seriously, that your …

Amazon.com is having another sale on Nintendo Wii games, and once again they're offering up limited time bargains for today only. Last time, as you'll recall, the offerings sold out in mere minutes after being revealed, so you'll want to...

D3Publishing is looking for a few good gamers. They're looking for folks who live in Los Angeles and own Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords on any platform to help them focus test the next game in the PQ franchise, which I believe is Puzzle Quest: Galatrix... or maybe it's Puzzle Quest: …

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To: Bash From: Crecente Re: So, Yeah, I Watched The Transformers Cartoon And... Try to keep a closer eye on the site over the next week or so. McMike was at the Nintendo Media Summit today and will be returning tomorrow. The embargo lifts, I'm told, like in the middle of the night on a weekend or …

galleryPost('sbcg4ap', 3, 'Strong Bads Cool Game For Attractive People'); All the way this morning ago Telltale games announced that they'd be publishing an episodic WiiWare title starring Strong Bad of Homestar Runner fame. This video gives you a first glimpse into what I'm sure will be a blast to …

My consoles absolutely hate Ben Heck. Every time he releases a new mod, such as this gorgeous PlayStation 3 laptop, similar to his Xbox 360 Elite laptop from awhile back, I tend to spend many hours sitting in my living room, eyes moving curious from consoles to the cabinet where I keep my (barely …

The original spoony bard makes his triumphant return to the states as Square Enix announces a July release date for the Nintendo DS remake of Final Fantasy IV! Finally you'll be able to associate voices to your favorite characters in the all-new CG cutscenes! Utilize the new Augment System to assign …

Nintendo of America kicked off its two day Media Summit with a handful of presentations this morning, highlighting a handful of upcoming titles and previewing Mario Super Sluggers, the Wii baseball title previously known as Super Mario Stadium Baseball. The event, currently going on in San Francisco …

The Metal Gear Solid 4 reveals, they don't stop til the game drops. Few months back, Sony posted a shot of the box art for the MGS4 hardware bundle (the normal one, not the newly-announced "steel" one). I didn't like it, figured it could do with some changes. Sony obviously took note, and while the …

You know, I think this is the first time I've actually seen Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning in motion? You'd have thought I would have caught site of it at an event or something, but nope. Now that I search back a bit, I did find this cam footage from back in 2006, but it hardly compares to this …

This week's Media Create hardware sales chart looks nearly identical to last week's as Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G domination continues to decimate the competition. PSPs are outselling everything, with the only change for the week of March 31 to April 6 a barely noticeable increase in share from …

It's not on the scale of the dreaded (do you dare speak its name?) RROD, but lately, some attention's been focused on PS3 owners getting an error message which reads "An error occurred during the start operation. 80010514". Not as catchy as "Red Ring Of Death" then, either. Do you know what it means …

In line with the earlier post on race in video games, Newsweek journalist N'Gai Croal offers these insights about the Resident Evil 5 trailer: I looked at the Resident Evil 5 trailer and I was like, "Wow, clearly no one black worked on this game." Because I wonder, and I haven't sort of really dug …

The current list of video game all-stars making unauthorized appearances in Unreal Tournament 3 thus far includes Master Chief from Halo, Samus Aran from Metroid and now Snake from Metal Gear Solid. Specifically, we're talking about Old Snake from MGS 4, the latest top biller to get a fan made UT3 …

For all the hate and bile often thrown at gaming, EA's Peter Moore says they're going to change the world. Make us happy, the world better, EA richer. Peter Moore believes in games. Taking a page from the Nintendo handbook, he says: Games have a key role to play in health and wellness. People will …

Courtesy of SCE Japan, here's a few more shots of what the new PlayStation Store will look like when it goes live next Tuesday (April 15). Well, what it'll look like for Japan. The rest of you/us, go right ahead and in your mind's eye substitute those indecipherable lines into something like "Latest …

Which handheld is the most popular in Japan? Which one is most popular with men? With women? Questions! Endless!! Net Asia Co., Ltd. polled 401 mobile phone users ranging from 15 to 29 years old. Here's the breakdown by sex: Males Nintendo DS Lite: 30.3 percent Nintendo DS: 16.8 percent PSP: 42 …

You may have noticed we don't run many PAL Virtual Console updates anymore. Mostly because, more often than not, they're just not worth mentioning. Today, though? Well, today is worth mentioning. On the Master System we've got Wonder Boy and Fantasy Zone, which is, well, OK enough as it is, but when …

Since Street Fighter IV was announced, there's been a ton of reminiscing about Street Fighter II. And all of it's positive! How good it was, how great it was, how it brought your estranged parents back together, how it ended the war in Bosnia...all valid points, but you can't just remember the good …

Judge Flavio Rabello has barred the sale of Bully in Brazil, following requests for its banning from a youth centre in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. State prosecutor Alcindo Bastos says the reason for the game's banning stems from the fact "the aggravating factor is that everything in …

Joystick penis joke alert! Joystick penis joke alert! Above is a clip from a 2005 Hustler piece that featured a pantsu-less woman in a Ms. Pac-Man costume. The article includes lines like: Is that a roll of quarters in your pocket or are you happy to see me? So clever. Hit the jump for the full …

Poor Lair. Looked gorgeous, but, yeah. You know. Controls. Sucky. Well, the rumour that was so good it turned up twice in February has been confirmed by Sony, with a Lair patch due in Japan on April 17 adding the option of analogue controls for the much-maligned shooter. I know what you're going to …

France Gets Wii Clone [Vii]

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It's spreading. To Europe. China's Wii rip-off, the Vii, has apparently been reskinned for the French. This made in China machine plays six games (Tennis, Football, Boxing, Bowling, Ping Pong and Baseball) and retails for €40. Accessories include a bat and what looks like three spoons rackets. …

The PC version of Mass Effect gets shinier graphics, better load times, less pop-up and a fancy new HUD. It's got the 360 one beat, hands down. Oh, except for "Bring Down The Sky". That won't be shipping with the PC version. Before you stab madly at the "publish comment" button, though, bear in mind …

Just look! That's some seriously Japanese girl DS bling. Up top is a &4,830 (US $47.45) custom flower DS jacket. Below? That's a ¥12,810 ($125.85) "love dot" decoration job. Both are featured in the current issue of Koakuma ageha. You can learn all about it here, sparkles and all! DS Lites in …

Ireland Goes MAD For Mario Kart Wii - From the Mario Kart launch at a GameStop in Dublin, Ireland. Look at that crowd!!!!! Totally out of control.

A recent poll on parenting game guide What They Play, asks this: As a parent, which would you find most offensive in a video game? The most offensive? A man and woman having sex. Second most? Two men kissing. Third was a graphically severed human head. Always found it odd that violence is okay, …

Infogrames boss David Gardner has told Reuters "we want to stop losing money". No shit, Dave! As for how they're going to do that, well...they're hoping to sell a lot of videogames. Like the new Alone In The Dark. Over the life of the product in this business year across platforms we are expecting …

Filed under: PC, Nintendo Wii, Adventure After a delay of a few hours, Telltale Games has launched the website for Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People. In addition to F.A.Q., the site features a trailer for the game that shows off the game but provides few details -- it's in 3D, it features …

Brazil bans Bully

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Filed under: Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360No sooner does Rockstar finally succeed in getting Manhunt 2 unbanned in the UK than another Rockstar game gets banned in another country. This time around it's Bully: Scholarship Edition that's been banned by a Brazilian judge, as the AP is reporting. …

Filed under: Arcade, Culture, Puzzle, RPGs D3Publisher of America is looking for volunteers to focus test the "next game in the Puzzle Quest franchise." If you live in the Los Angeles area and have played the original Puzzle Quest, contact lisa[at]mindofthegamer[dawt]com and place "Puzzle Quest …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 2, Sony PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360, Action, Business Infogrames CEO, David Gardner, tells Reuters he believes Alone in the Dark will sell two to three million copies this fiscal year. That means that, between its June 24 release and next March, the …

Filed under: Features, Microsoft Xbox 360 Another busy week for Xbox 360 Fanboy has flown by, and thus we must do our best to condense it into this tiny post. As usual, we have a new Fancast and new episodes of X3F TV and all the news coverage you've come to expect (more than we can fit here, …

Filed under: Features, Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360, PeripheralsEach week Jeff Engel and Geoff Brooks contribute Counting Rupees, a column on the business behind gaming: With the Wii's apparent runaway success this generation, there's no doubt that both Sony and Microsoft are trying to figure …

Filed under: PC, Adventure, Joyswag "Holy rollerblading geriatrics on a steeply inclined lido deck, Max! The deadline for our Season 2 giveaway is set to pounce tomorrow at 5PM EST!""Dead lion, Sam? I thought we adopted a strictly enforced ban on ferocious, undead felines in the office.""You crack …

Filed under: Culture GamePolitics had a pretty sweet idea this week when it polled readers on who they thought the biggest political hypocrite is when it comes to the games industry. Was it Boston's Mayor Menino, who's seeking to pass a "games as porn" bill while trying to woo developers to the city …

Filed under: PC, Nintendo Wii, AdventureToday, Telltale Games announced its WiiWare episodic series Strong Bad Cool Game for Attractive People, but was there a hint of a Homestar Runner videogame before today? As Joystiq reader Christopher A. points out, an easter egg in the April 1 sbemail " …

Filed under: Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, BusinessAnd what such a prestigious achievement amounts to is, well, an awfully large amount of money. You see, the Develop 100 aims to rank "the world's most successful game studios" based on the revenues earned by their products at UK retail. Leaping to the …

Filed under: Culture, Sony PlayStation 3 There Will Be Snake, a simple little image mashup from Joystiq reader Ben C. We've had the strongest desire to say, "Now I'm sneaking your milkshake" every time we glance at the picture. Check out the highlights for today:JoystiqueryJoystiq impressions: …

Filed under: Culture At the MI6 marketing conference in San Francisco, GameDaily reports on how Halo 3's marketing molded the image of Master Chief. Jerret West, global group product manager at Microsoft, explains they didn't want to portray Master Chief "as a reckless American cowboy." They needed …

Link Dump Friday

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This week's Link Dump Friday pours out a paint-based shooter, a once multiplayer basketball game adapted for solo gamers, an adventure parody and a few twists on some old-style brain teasers. It's better than peanut butter!

simrook writes to tell us that World of Warcraft's second expansion, Wrath of the Lich King, has entered closed alpha testing, as reported by WoWInsider. Wrath of the Lich King, which we've discussed previously, will raise the level cap to 80 and introduce a new class: Death Knights. World of …

Get your Sim on

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by: Dan KeenerNEWS - EA announced today that they would be shipping The Sim Box, a collection of five games from The Simes franchise.  Normally reatiling for $100, The Sim Box will only cost $39.99.  The titles included are SimCity Societies, SimCity Societies Destinations, SimCity 4 …

by: Dan KeenerNEWS - Nintendo announced today that they were hitting the Mario bank machine once again with a new baseball game for the Nintendo Wii titled Mario Super Sluggers.  The game will feature characters from the entire Mario Universe and use the Wii Remote to simulate …

by: John YanNEWS - Two editions of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots will be unleashed and if you want the limited one you can ONLY get it at GameStop. The limited edition will run you $85 and will feature two making of documentaries and a soundtrack CD as well as a different packaging. As …

2007’s Command and Conquer 3 proved that real-time-strategy games can work just fine on consoles if you follow a few rules. Keep the gameplay simple and focus on the combat....

Recently-appointed Infogrames CEO David Gardner expects Alone in the Dark to help edge the money-losing company towards break-even.

Since Nintendo made its move from Redmond to the Bay Area, the company’s seen a lot of changes.

Konami has announced details for the GameStop-exclusive Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Limited Edition SKU.

Epic Games' Mark Rein, Microsoft Game Studios' Shannon Loftis and Peter Zetterberg, and Nexon's Min Kim will be sharing their insights at the upcoming Nordic Game Conference.

Edge 188

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The May issue of Edge is out now

Next week, Sony will be releasing a firmware update for PlayStation 3, which will enhance the audio in Blu-ray playback and give users access to a new PlayStation Store.

Etsy rummage

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Because it's been a while. A Hyrulian etched glass to drink your milk from: A clever pair of companion cube earrings: A This Is My Alt tee, available in both boy and girl sizes: Amigurumi pastel Pac set. Kawaii! And...

Obama? McCain? Clinton? Alles Nullen, alles Loser, sage ich. Ich sehe nur einen als Gewinner aus der Wahl hervorgehen: Den hier! (1027×768) Ihr seht richtig, genau den hier! (1280×1024) (Verwirrt? Wikipedia klärt mal wieder auf. Bild übrigens von der, nun geschlossenen, Seite.)

GameRecruiter, the leader in recruitment services for the interactive entertainment industry, is excited to announce the launch of their debut 3D artwork contest for the games industry, the "Battle of the SuperModelers." Presented in celebration of GameRecruiter's 20th anniversary in the games …

Crytek's Cevat Yerli, maker of such visually impressive games as Far Cry and Crysis, talks about ray tracing, rasterization and how Intel fits into the mix.

Genetica 3.0 Announced

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Spiral Graphics Inc. has announced Genetica 3.0, a powerful new version of its popular seamless texture and graphics application. A video showcasing the major features to be introduced in Genetica 3.0 is available here.

The Daily GameDev.net

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In a story brought to you by a great deal of consumer research on the part of OTX commissioned by the organizers of the MI6 game marketing conference comes the positively depressing number of forty-nine million. That's 49,000,000 gamers who indicated that they buy "both new and used games." Why …

I don’t post for weeks and what do you get? A music video. What can I say, I am a sucker for dance videos. Incredible! from kwest on Vimeo. (Via Kottke.) Share This

Today we continue to the exploration of the themes of Jorinda and Joringel by examining the metaphors contained within the text.[1] We have one more major element to discuss before pull our focus back a bit and look at the overall theme of the narrative. This element is the, “blood-red flower …

Today we continue to the exploration of the themes of Jorinda and Joringel by examining the metaphors contained within the text.[1] If you’re just joining us, I read and discussed this Grimm fairy tale in my last podcast and followed up with a post talking about the birds that appear in the …

The Super Smash Bros. Brawl development blog is nearing the end of the line and we're into the last few days of new material. Since everything is winding down, game director Masahiro Sakurai has offered up an explanation of just...

It's an interesting question. Telltale's own Bone died before its time, SiN did likewise, and most full game sequels come around faster than Half-Life 2's "episodes". So why, the, does Sam & Max stand as the only successful episodic series to date? For the other companies, Valve and Ritual, they …

Michael Bay is a powerful man. He's not a fucking retard. So when Uwe Boll called Michael Bay a fucking retard, the Armageddon director thought he should, you know, say something. On his own official message board, Bay wrote: I find people who rant like that - calling shit about both me, and George …

Mario Kart Wii comes with one pack-in Wii Wheel. But what if you'd like to get some 2 player Wii Wheeling on, that means an extra purchase. For those who don't want to shell out US $9.99 for another Wii Wheel, a Japanese blogger has an economical solution. That, after the jump. Unfortunately, it' …

Lego Star Wars, Lego Indiana Jones, Lego Batman, you can see why they're made. Those kind of properties make money. Bubba Ho-Tep, on the other hand...the marketing possibilities are somewhat limited. Which doesn't bother mod-maker trepaning from putting together Bubba Lego-Tep, a mod that doesn't …

Maybe this is just a kwinky-dink. Who knows? Nintendo does! The 2008 Japanese Club Nintendo has a picture of Mario Kart Wii for April. And of course, Mario Kart Wii goes on sale in April. Taking this rubrick, let's look at December, which shows a picture of... Hit the jump for an image of December …

Heeeeey, it's Toro, Sony Computer Entertainment's kooky mascot cat. And his friends! And their new official line of action figures/desk paperweights. You may be ordering yours (as we speak!) as a devoted fan of all things PlayStation, but since the figures come with interchangeable faces, I'm …

To: Crecente From: Bashcraft RE: Transformers? Bah! Boy, oh boy, did it stink. This has made me gun shy about pretty much everything I liked as a kid. Funny how memories can play tricks on you, huh? Rather, cruel. What you missed last night Every other effin' black video game character Bay …

In Japan, when you want to send an important message and letters or email or faxes won't cut it, there is another option: The Pocket Monster Telegram. For only ¥2,100 (US $20), residents of Western Japan can send Pokémon telegram trophies to each other. Think about it. That's magical. Hit …

Ah, the Cole Train. Not exactly the deepest of characters. Says Morgan Gray, Senior Producer at Crystal Dynamics: Here's the thing: Cole Train on his own, no harm no foul. But what is Cole Train? Cole Train is basically like every other effin' black character in a video game. Like here comes the …

Various European retailers are showing listings for a Grand Theft Auto IV PS3 bundle. Euro retailer Bart Smit lists "Playstation 3 Gta-4 Pack" above the regular and special editions of the game. Other retailers are stating for fact the bundle is definitely coming to Europe. Sony Europe has called …

Ah, Operation Darkness. A tactical RPG set in WWII. But with vampires and werewolves. Last time we saw it, I was getting a little down on it. The fact they were pretty rough trailers may have contributed. But this? This has revived my flagging spirits. Mostly because it's as cheesy as a triple- …

Fear not, brave Europe! The Metal Gear Online beta isn't lost to you. Konami has been in contact with several popular European gaming websites today, letting them know that there will indeed be a beta test for the online component of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. Are you ready for the …

PlayStation Store senior manager Grace Chen walks us through the finer points of the retooled retail space, debuting in mid-April. It certainly looks easier to navigate, and I love the idea of having video previews and screenshots that pop-up on the screen, though I am sure things won't be quite as …

Homestar Runner is coming! Homestar Runner is coming! Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People, a series of episodic games for WiiWare, is coming to the Wii this June, Telltale Games announced today. The game will be released as a five-episode season, coming out on a monthly schedule. Release …

WARNING: The following article contains some spoilers. When I saw Fallout 3 at last year's E3 I thought it looked cool but not being one of the cult of Fallout, I viewed it with the same sort of interest that I do most games I know nothing about: Curious, but not what I would call overly excited. …

If you're going to deliver bad news, accompanying it with a tasteful selection of screenshots is the way to go. These shots of the unique character models created for The Chronicles of Spellborn, and are delivered with the news that the game is being pushed back to Fall of 2008, due to the …

While the big Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots news today might seem like the details of the standard and limited editions of the games and their price, the real news seems to be that as of today Konami is planning on selling the Limited Edition version of the game only through GameStop. …

It's no secret at this point that there are a ton of gamers in the armed forces over in Iraq and Afghanistan. Handheld video games are among the most requested items from our troops stationed in the Middle East, right up there with a home cooked meal and possibly going home sometime soon. There have …

Towards the end of the Gameboy Color era, developer Two Tribes released their first game, a charming little puzzle platformer called Toki Tori. Now the developer is taking their first steps into console development, and what better companion to have along than a brave chicken with magical devices? …

Not that this has ever happened to us, but sometimes, we've heard, if you're like jumping around and stuff, while playing Rock Band/Guitar Hero—once again, not that we'd know—it's theoretically possible for your Overdrive/Star Power to be accidentally activated. What can a gamer do in …

Manga Fighter is an excellent way to introduce your children to the world of third-person shooters without having to worry about them being 'desensitized to violence'. Unless of course you're a cartoon cat, in which case you're screwed. OnNet USA is celebrating the Grand Opening of Manga Fighter, a …

Treasure's classic shoot 'em up Ikaruga has a simple premise. Turn your ship white, become immune to white attacks. Turn your ship black, become immune to black attacks. The casual onlooker would say the premise sounded simple. The seasoned Ikaruga player would say the premise sounded deceptively …

newVideoPlayer("wiibow_gizmodo.flv", 463, 387,""); Most Wiimote accessories are pitiful mockeries of the real thing. Cutesy, plastic tennis rackets don't make me feel like Andre Agassi. And the Wii Zapper doesn't make me feel like a Dirty Harry. But this Virtual Archery Bow by Thomas Foo is a full- …

Nintendo kicked off its Media Summit this morning with a quick preview of its next mascot-filled baseball title, now known as Mario Super Sluggers. Nintendo of America's Bill Trinnen walked the gathered press through a single inning—much speedier than the real life thing—featuring the …

You'll be pressed to find bigger fans of cel-shaded Link than me or Luke Plunkett, but these classic renditions of Link by famous illustrator Katsuya Terada are enough to put the whole realistic vs. cartoony argument to rest. Rescued from a fading edition of Nintendo Power, they are yours until your …

I'm generally pretty good about restraining from DS accessories purchases, but these classic Nintendo cases from an Etsy seller are a little piece of fantastic. Constructed of hand-sewn felt, the pieces are far from polished, mass-produced products, but that's precisely what makes them so charming …

Mario Kart Wii

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It appears that those who were worried about Japanese copies of Mario Kart Wii not loading on US Wiis through Freeloader may have been breaking a sweat for nothing. Import retailer NCS tested the game on v3.1U firmware and found it to run just fine. Yes, this information directly conflicts with an …

It doesn't sound like a bunch of news has shaken out from Nintendo's Media Summit being held in San Francisco today and tomorrow, but we do finally have a release date for the Steven Spielberg brainchild Boom Blox. The puzzler with character will be hitting North America on May 6 and Europe on May 9 …

Yes, this TNA Wrestling clip is from way back in January, but after MTV spotted it and we hit the play button, it was truly one of those magical gaming sights that one simply can't unsee. Two 250+ pound men running around a ring while pretending to play fake, plastic guitars in front of thousands of …

Yesterday McWhertor pointed out these kick ass Super Mario Mushroom Drum Pads for Rock Band. Today the folks behind them announced that they plan on selling three sets of them on eBay and raffling the last set. No details on how or when all of this will work, or, more importantly, what the asking …

Electronic Arts today unveiled a five pack of Sim City's best that will go on sale this June. The SimCity Box contains SimCity Societies, SimCity Societies Destinations, SimCity 4, SimCity 4 Rush Hour and The Sims Carnival SnapCity. Purchases seperated, the whole thing would set you back $100, but …

Sony have announced that the gun-metal PS3, previously thought only to be a Japanese exclusive, will be making its way to the US for Metal Gear Solid 4's launch. It'll form part of a hardware bundle that Konami are saying is "VERY, VERY Limited Edition", and I'm not inclined to disagree with them on …

Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G continues to put a hurtin' on the competition, with the PSP expansion shipping close to another half million copies. Most impressive, Capcom. The week is surprisingly heavy in PlayStation family titles, with a quartet of Japanese franchise favorites securing the top …

He's not bad but the "freak show" culture around his TV appearance is so typically Japanese and kinda depressing....

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3 Sony KONPYUTAENTATEINMENTOJAPAN has announced that the revamped PlayStation Store will open its virtual doors on Tuesday, April 15th. Update: SCEA has confirmed that loud-mouthed, spendthrift American PS3s will be allowed to roam the aisles on the same day, as will …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3, Action Factor 5's Lair is getting a rather timely update. As reported by IGN in a rare moment of headline snark ("Will this push the score past 5?"), the game will finally support analog controls. The patch, coming out in Japan on April 17 (and likely everywhere else …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3 Being really huge video game nerds doesn't leave us much time for other kinds of nerddom. So we're not even going to pretend that we're hardcore enough audio geeks to tell you the implications of PS3 firmware 2.30, which Sony announced this morning will add DTS-HD …

Filed under: PC, Nintendo Wii, Adventure var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/nintendo/Strong_Bad_episodic_series_coming_to_WiiWare_this_June '; Telltale Games has revealed that the "new WiiWare episode series" hinted at during GDC08 will be Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive people, based on the …

Filed under: PC, Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, Action, Adventure, RPGs, Galleriesclick to enlarge var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/gaming_news/Fallout_3_impressions_new_details_images '; In a hotel conference room, Bethesda's Pete Hines recently demoed the latest version of the Fallout …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, Action, Adventure, Polls In case you've been living under a very large rock surrounded by an even larger rock structure, Grand Theft Auto IV is expected to come out at the end of the month. (Barring any accurate Pachter predictions, of course). We …

Filed under: Business Many of you are going to breeze right on past the post, and it's OK, we don't blame you. This isn't everyone's cup of tea. But if you're someone who loves to attempt to win internet arguments by citing sales figures, this list of the top 100 selling games from the past 12 …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Limited Edition - click to enlarge var digg_url = 'http://www.joystiq.com/2008/04/10/ugh-metal-gear-solid-4-limited-edition-exclusively-at-gamestop/'; Though Amazon already spoiled the Metal Gear Solid 4 Standard Edition …

Filed under: Nintendo Wii A sequel to the Wii's most electrically-charged Japan launch title is in the works. The latest issue of Official Nintendo Magazine (via CVG) reportedly says that Elebits 2 is due out on the Wii later this year. We haven't been able to yet get a copy of the magazine …

Filed under: Culture, Online, Polls That initial glitch in the webcomic wrapup polling didn't affect the final vote. VG Cats' Poké-strip (as in comic strip and not ... eww) was given the rather dubious award for week's best game-related webcomic with quadruple (make it quadruple!) the vote of …

Filed under: Nintendo Wii, Sports Previously revealed as "Super Mario Stadium Baseball" last October, and now apparently dubbed, Mario Super Sluggers, the Wii sequel to Mario Superstar Baseball has been confirmed for US release, likely later this year. Nintendo briefly demonstrated the game today at …

Filed under: Nintendo DS, RPGs Square Enix sent word by airship today that Final Fantasy II Final Fantasy IV is ready for its 3D re-envisioning on July 22 in North America. This DS version of Final Fantasy IV -- beyond the graphical upgrade -- also features some fully voiced cutscenes and added …

Boom Blox dated May 6th

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Filed under: Nintendo Wii EA previously had the entire month of May blocked off for the release of its Steven Spielberg collaboration Boom Blox. They put a finer point on things during a presentation at Nintendo's Media Summit in San Francisco today, knocking 30 blocks off their May calendar, …

Filed under: Culture, Retro What's VGA, you ask? No, it's not Spike's Video Game Awards. It's the Video Game Authority, a group that issues grades based on the condition of old video games, in a manner similar to action figures and trading cards. After paying a fee, gamers send in their beloved …

Filed under: PC, RPGs Don't expect to play Mass Effect's "Bring Down the Sky" downloadable content on the day the game releases for PC. Developer BioWare tells IGN that the DLC will not be included in the PC release, though there will be an "announcement soon" about "additional content" for it. …

Filed under: PC, Simulations EA announced today that it'll release The SimCity Box in June, which includes SimCity Societies, SimCity Societies Destinations, SimCity 4, SimCity 4 Rush Hour and The Sims Carnival SnapCity. The best part of the bundle is the very friendly $40 price tag; however, the …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360, Online, Video A day after the BBC announced a version of its iPlayer streaming video service for the Wii, an obvious follow-up question arises: "Why isn't a similar service available for the PS3 and Xbox 360 as well?" A partial …

Filed under: Nintendo Wii, Online, Puzzle You could be forgiven for missing out on Toki Tori, a cute little Game Boy Color puzzle-platformer released in 2001, just as the Game Boy Advance was swallowing up everyone's portable gaming attention. You'd also be forgiven for missing last week's trailer …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3 Metal Gear?! Such an exclamation will no doubt emanate from a friend's mouth as he steps into your extravagant living room and gazes upon a "Gunmetal Grey" PlayStation 3. Konami's Brandon Laurino has confirmed on the official PlayStation Blog that this "VERY, VERY …

Filed under: Mac, PC, MMO You might not believe us sweet, innocent Joystiq readers but, legend has it, there are places in the world where people tirelessly track the status of Wrath of the Lich King, the forthcoming expansion to uber-MMO World of Warcraft. They listen, following the faintest …

I suppose “digital materiality” (among other things, the topic that Matthew Kirschenbaum treated so well in his recent Mechanisms) is no longer widely considered an oxymoron. A scholarship is being offered this year along library and information science lines for PhD study of “ …

Cheese Dreams

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Cheese Dreams is a cute little platformer from Nitrome starring a bouncy bit of cheese (which just so happens to be the moon), mice in spacesuits, and Mario-esque pipes that send you soaring. As our orange protagonist snoozes one night, a massive mouse spaceship comes along and scoops it right up. …

Nicolas DucheneautIn line with the recent discussions we had here about the role of voice in virtual worlds (see for instance this post, and more recently this one), some new research by Greg Wadley from the University of Melbourne adds more...

Starting a new design column for Gamasutra, Sinistar co-designer and LucasArts veteran Noah Falstein presents a comprehensive design critique of Valve's acclaimed Portal - from intro to 'Still Alive'.

This week the final episode of Bow Street Runner went live. It’s been a fantastic project to watch grow and develop over the previous five months from conception to conclusion. I’m proud of the work I put into it, of how closely the final product resembles the original Game Design …

Mako

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by: Dan KeenerREVIEW - Dan pushes the Razer Mako to its limits and thinks he has found a black pearl.More On : Mako | Razer | Comment

by: Charles HusemannNEWS - Score one for the gamers as EA is now making all the weapons in Battlefield: Bad Company free for everyone. I know I'm in the majority who didn't think this was a big deal as long as the weapons didn't impact gameplay but it looks like we won't have to worry about that now …

by: Randy KalistaNEWS - Demos Cry of the Infected is an indie first-person zombie shooter -- with you as the zombie. Articles Too lazy to read?  Let Defunct Games read for you (!!!) in "Episode 2: Cyril Reads Ninja Gaiden (Chapters 3 + 4)." WarCry has a full-fledged …

by: Randy KalistaNEWS - New Chronicles of Spellborn pics show off a variety of characters.  The architecture and lighting all look well and good, but the character models look like they were aiming for a fantasy-fiction version of Team Fortress 2 ... but they were afraid to really push the …

by: Charles HusemannNEWS - It looks like Games for Windows magazine (formerly Computer Gaming World magazine) has gone the online only route.  It's not much of a surprise but it it still sad to see one of the pioneering gaming rags shutting down for good. The number of print gaming magazines …

by: Randy KalistaNEWS - Marvel and Sega announced the voice talent that will populate The Incredible Hulk video game -- and it looks like all the game characters will be voiced by their silver screen actors.  Edward Norton (as the Hulkster), Liv Tyler (as Betty Ross), Tim Roth (as Emil Blonsky …

by: Dan KeenerNEWS - Atlus U.S.A. released wight new screens and the final box art for Summon Night: Twin Age yesterday. The screens show off more of the gameplay features. Summon Night: Twin Age is scheduled for a May 20th release. Check out all the details and screens after the jump:More On : …

by: Dan KeenerNEWS - The Game Factory announced two new casual gaming titles aimed at females for the Nintendo DS. The games, titles Zenses Ocean and Zenses Rainforest, are puzzlers in the peaceful settings of a rainforest or ocean. A preview build of Zenses Ocean will can be seen at the Nintendo …

by: Randy KalistaNEWS - Looks like the horror-themed MMO, Requiem: Bloodymare, is pulling out some of the stops -- since this batch of screenshots is rather ... mammary-laden.  Don't say we never give you nothin'.More On : Requiem: Bloodymare | Gravity Interactive | Comment

by: Randy KalistaNEWS - Taking a rather exclusive approach to their beta program (as opposed to, say, over half a million testers pounding their way through Warhammer Online's beta), the comparatively few -- 15,000 -- lucky bastards that lie, cheat, and steal their way into the Age of Conan beta …

My grandmother bought me my first paperback by Michael Moorcock back in 1982, knowing that I had a penchant for fantasy stories. It was the Knight of the Swords, the first of the Corum novels, and I devoured it voraciously...

Nintendo has outranked studios including, EA Canada, Ubisoft Montreal, Infinity Ward, Maxis and Bungie in terms of UK retail revenues in 2007, according to Develop.

GAMING IN 2020

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What will gaming look like in 12 years time? Industry experts give their answers...

When the multiplayer beta for Electronic Arts' Battlefield: Bad Company went live, gamers raised an awful stink when they found out the best weapons went to those willing to cough up the cash.

BBC announces Nintendo Wii deal iPlayer to go to the Wii. MI6 MMO Panel: Free-To-Play The Way To Go Space Invaders Pillow Kinda ugly. I prefer Etsy ones. English of the Dead uses zombies to teach a new language! Oh I love this :) Slashdot | 11 Innovation Lessons From the Creators of World of …

Bow Street Runner in full

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In case you missed it, Bow Street Runner's full five episodes are up and playable in full. We've had some really great feedback from this game, and so I want to point the spotlight again in the direction of the...

In my inbox today from sagasnet: Wanted: Europe’s most innovative games – reward €35,000 In the last few years, the games sector has turned into a driving force for the whole IT sector. Hardly any other sector has made such...

Mark Morris from Introversion wrote an article that was recently published on Bit-tech.net on how to start your own game company. The crew from Introversion certainly know their business, so click on through to read the full piece.

Showcase on Image Metrics

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CG Society posted up a brief article about the technology of the ImageMetrics facial animation system. I missed checking this out at GDC and after seeing the video I wish I hadn't. This is some sweet tech; I'm sure I'm not the only one who can't wait for this to become available to those …

Morrisville, NC - November 12, 2007 - SlickEdit Inc., provider of the most advanced code editors available, announces the release of the SlickEdit Plug-In v3.3 for Eclipse. This version is for Eclipse 3.3 and CDT 4.0. The SlickEdit Plug-In allows developers to use the popular SlickEdit code editor …

Dear Abbey, Teh Hilarious

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Dear Abby,I have a man I can't trust. He cheats so much, I'm not even sure the baby I'm carrying is his.Snopes has a series of apparently true letters to Dear Abbey which are, while a bit non-standard for Cathode Tan, nonetheless hilarious.

Yesterday my acceptance as a Standard Developer popped into my inbox. I wasn't entirely sure what to do with it and it's already been a long week, so I waited until tonight to play around with it.To say that the legit method of getting a native iPhone app running on your iPhone is a bit obtuse …

Eurogamer has a response by Harmonix's Rob Kay about why the full Rock Band package is selling in the UK for double the US price. It features a lot of spurious arguments from Kay who, admittedly, isn't in charge of these things, and no small amount of self-agrandisement about their product. I …

It's rare that I make it out the local cineplex these days unless former Village People cowboy Randy Jones gives it his stamp of approval. Fortunately for Uwe Boll and whomever bankrolled his latest video game adaptation Postal, they've got a tenner coming their way, fresh from my wallet! Just …

Transformers? Bah! [Day Note]

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To: Bash From: Crecente Re: Does The Transformers Cartoon Hold Up? I hate to admit this, but Transformers was never really my thing, I think I was a touch too old when it became popular. I'm more of a Space Ghost and Speed Racer guy myself. Oh and Scooby Do, I love Scooby Do. I used to watch it …

Grey drum pads? Cripplingly boring. Super Mario Bros. style mushroom drum pads? Oh, yes, please! This adorable little Rock Band drum controller mod is, I hope, the start of a trend, inspiring more custom controller art and hopefully fewer video game tattoos. Express yourself via pad, kids! There are …

The arrival of Ubisoft's catalog on Steam continues to clunk along, as gamers hoping to be "one of the first to play the PC adaptation of Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed" find themselves without a playable version. The PC port is currently on sale at traditional retail locations but the digital unlocking …

JayisGames announced the winner of the Casual Gameplay Design Competition, number five, with more than $10,000 in cash and prizes handed out to indie Flash game developers. Top of the heap was The Last Canopy, a shump which makes up for sketchy art direction with addictive play and the ability to …

Trism, the clever iPhone puzzler from Demiforce, will be arriving in June for the very reasonable asking price of five American dollars, according to an update from the game's developer. The Bejeweled-esque title uses the iPhone's accelerometer for a hardware appropriate block matching twist on the …

After the shitstorm of dissension in the ranks of gamers upset over the possibility of EA's upcoming Battlefield: Bad Company including weapons that were only available for purchase via Xbox Live or in the special Gold Edition of the game, DICE senior producer Karl-Magnus Troedsson has come forward …

Screenshots? Bah. Video is the wave of the future! To wit, Bungie's latest "vidoc" focuses on Halo 3's upcoming Legendary Map Pack, combining video walkthrough goodness with good old witty banter from the map's designers and developers. If you want to get an in-motion perspective on the trio of …

The engineers at Sony can't be too thrilled with fighting the constant battle against PSP hackers, issuing firmware updates that "strengthen security" in a futile attempt to curb piracy and homebrew applications. Going by a recent survey commissioned by Sony Computer Entertainment, passed on to us …

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The BBC announced earlier today, along with Nintendo, that the British broadcaster's iPlayer service has been tailored for Wii Internet Channel users. BBC dot.life blogger Darren Waters poses the question, "Why didn't it come to the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3?" Well, Waters writes, it's due to the …

Why is Australia getting a very special edition of Grand Theft Auto IV, one slightly less offensive to the sensibilities due to edited content? It's not just luck! Rockstar Games chalks it up to the lack of an R18+ rating available from the nation's Office of Film and Literature Classification. In a …

Do you want to spend a weekend with 14,999 not-so-close friends participating in ferocious Age of Conan PVP combat? Are you willing to sign up for a GameSpot account to make this happen? Eidos and Funcom have just announced a unique beta partnership with GameSpot that will allow 15,000 players to …

Used games, the bane of publishers and the bread and butter of retailer GameStop, is a $1.3 billion business in the U.S. alone, reports research firm OTX. Their findings from the MI6 summit breaks down the used games biz, showing the buying habits of folks who dabble in the pre-owned, all of which …

We've touched on the subject before and have even come to the same conclusion, but there's something charming about X-Play's Adam Sessler delivery of the material in this installment of Sessler's Soapbox. Perhaps the best thing about these segments is that this is exactly how a conversation with …

It may be lacking in Koopas, power ups and an underworld—not to mention the dreaded embedded MIDI soundtrack—but this Super Mario Bros. clone packed into 14 KB of Javascript is still damn impressive. Using no graphics, rendered entirely in compressed script, the exercise is definitely …

Some cheeky posters over on the PS3news forums have allegedly found a way for you to download version 1.00 of Home, which going by that lovely round figure should be the build that's used for the upcoming public beta. Any possible celebrations regarding this news will begin with news that …

Daigasso! Band Brothers (ie Jam With The Band) was, early in its life, one of the DS's best games. Basically you and your DS-owning friends sat around and made beautiful music together. Sadly, it was never released outside of Japan. Anyway, it's got a sequel on the way. Called Daigasso! Band …

So say Latino Review, who according to "multiple sources in Hollywood" tell them the Jarhead's not merely in the running, but that Disney have already offered him the role. On first thought, he seems more "nice" than "dashing/swarthy". But on second thought...yeah, this could work. He's an awfully …

Alrighty! Since none of you bastards (I repeat none) are willing to cosplay as airplanes, we're going to change up this contest. And giveaway another copy of Ace Combat 6 in the process. That's right, we're giving away two copies of Ace Combat 6 to the winner and the runner-up. New contest: Make a …

Hear the one about the boy who cried Haze? Cried about a release date too many times, so when the game actually did appear, nobody believed him, and the game bombed at retail. Wise words. Those unable to heed the teachings of Aesop, however, may as well know that Ubisoft have announced a May 23 …

Doesn't look like multiplayer chat DS game LOL is getting a bricks and mortal retail U.S. release. Known as Archime DS in Japan, the game is party game that has players think up challenges while the other players battle it out in a sexied-up Pictochat. The game goes good with booze. According to the …

Maids! No, wait. American maids! That's right, instead of reading about maids, you Americans can go visit them in America. Previously, a maid opened in Canada. Then it closed! And now, another maid cafe is giving North America a go. This month, Royal/T Cafe is having its grand opening in Culver City …

This internet thing sure moves fast. No sooner do we hear that people are downloading the public Home beta than we see this video footage of someone apparently downloading it, installing it then getting access to it, complete with placeholder end-user agreement and welcome screens. Remember: it's …

So EA & DICE have, as you've probably heard, altered their decision to charge users for certain weapons in the upcoming Battlefield: Bad Company. Cue high-fives and slapped backs across the internet. It's a victory! Score one for the little guy! Take that, big business! I'm sure a lot of people feel …

If you've ever bought action figures or comics or anything like that on an auction site, there's a fair chance it's been graded/appraised by a third party. This lets the buyer know that someone who's not the seller has independently vouched for the quality of the item in question. Well, if you're …

Egg Contest Winner [Contest]

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We've got a winner! That person wins!! And gets all my stuff!!! (Plus a neato Fallout 3 signed shirt.) That's right, as voted by Kotakuland, the winner of the Spring Cleaning Contest is Jonathan C., the individual who made this Portal egg. So Jonathan C., the individual who made this, shoot us an …

First announced last October, Rocket Riot, a collaboration between Coin-Op, CodeGlue and THQ, is looking great. Slated for release sometime later this year on Xbox Live Arcade, here are some early screens of the game in progress, which show that, hey, you can make a Worms clone look interesting. …

This month's Wired has a look at MMO Arden: The World of William Shakespeare. Armed with a US $250,000 MacArthur Foundation grant, Indiana University profession Ted Castronova and his students created the MMO, which as the professor points out, was "no fun" and "failed." Castronova and his team and …

It's officially official. Today, a Sony press release states that the Japanese PSN Store is getting its update the evening of April 15th. The slicker, easier to use store will hit with the 2.30 Firmware update. Download! PS3 Store Update [Sony]

Gaming addicts with sore eyes and tired brains may be able to perk up with “Game Suppli”, a new Japanese supplement developed specifically for the country’s thousands of fanatic players. Link. For some reason, this doesn’t strike me as the greatest idea.

I bet this is something you’ve never considered: Gaming while Color Blind. (via Instapundit) Eventually I realized there were blue, green, AND red people in the game. *sigh* Green and blue guys are teammates. Red guys are enemies. That seems simple enough, except that I couldn’t tell the …

No Wii puns here

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That last post was kind of a downer, so here’s something a little less depressing: General Petraeus playing Wii Golf. (Click to enlarge) This pic and story are a bit old, but I saw it for the first time this morning on Deadspin and it made me smile.

Filed under: CultureAt the request of our lawyers, we've placed Real Mario after the break to protect children's dreams If you ever wondered why Nintendo didn't enter the high-definition era, all questions were immediately quashed at the first sight of the infamous "Real Mario." Now, in the …

Filed under: PC, Adventure, Joyswag Wouldn't it be terribly sad if you missed the opportunity to play Sam & Max: Season 2 for free? As far as deeply depressing events go, we'd say it's on par with a plane full of puppies crashing into an orphanage. Only you can prevent it by naming your favorite …

Filed under: PC, MMO It's been awhile since we've had an update on Interplay's long-promised Fallout MMO. To get some of you up to speed: plans for a Fallout MMO that could revive the ailing company were teased out of a November 2006 SEC filing. In April of the following year, Bethesda - already …

Filed under: Microsoft Xbox 360, Action, Sports If you've been looking forward to Blazing Lizard's upcoming XBLA release Pirates vs. Ninjas Dodgeball, you might want to sit down and re-read our hands-on impressions from last month, as publisher Gamecock just sent word that the game has been pushed …

Filed under: Nintendo Wii You know what we love most about the Wii? The fact that it's the perfect system for sweet multiplayer action. Which games offer the best multiplayer on Nintendo's latest console? Well, you'll just have to check out our latest feature to find out. So get to clicking, already …

Filed under: Culture, Reviews, Nintendo Wii, Action Zero Punctuation discovers that we could use another hero (and a way home) in this week's review of Suda 51's No More Heroes. Rightful finger-pointing at Suda 51's pretentiousness starts the review, but it soon gets slashed away by Yahtzee's belief …

Filed under: Microsoft Xbox 360, Peripherals Amazon is joining the ranks of a few other retailers in offering a consolation prize to those who purchased an HD DVD player. Engadget HD has a letter from Amazon stating that customers who purchased an HD DVD player (including the Xbox 360 drive) prior …

Filed under: Nintendo Wii, Driving It's already Thursday in Japan, which is a particularly mundane trivia fact until you realize that Mario Kart Wii is also scheduled to hit Japan on Thursday. Ergo, logic dictates that the game is out now. For the rest of the world who has to wait until Friday ( …

Filed under: Culture, Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, First Person Shooters, Online The developers of Battlefield: Bad Company have heard the outcry regarding the premium weaponry, both from Sarcastic Gamer and other outlets. Speaking to IGN, DICE Senior Producer Karl-Magnus Troedsson said …

Filed under: FeaturesEach week Mark Methenitis contributes Law of the Game on Joystiq, a column on legal issues as they relate to video games: Patents seem to be the intellectual property du jour for conflict in the video game world. After all, it was only a matter of time before the conflicts that …

Filed under: Culture, Business You may not know this about us (only our closest loved ones do) but we love Eegra.com. It's not exactly newsworthy very often (which is why you don't see us linking to it more) but it's always a great read. So we were delighted to see they were doing something we could …

We think this comic by ncomment sums it up pretty well. Check out the highlights for today:JoystiqueryEditorial: 2-year-old dies after beatingFamily Album: ActivisionJoyswag: Win a copy of Ikaruga (XBLA)Law of the Game on Joystiq: Patently ComplicatedReminder: Win Sam & Max Season 2!Wii Fanboy …

Filed under: Mac, PC, Adventure, Online This week GameTap takes Sam & Max to meet the man downstairs in the season two finale. Will the dog detective and his rabbity-thing companion survive to make a third season? We hope so. Ice Land 2 (Windows) - Mortimer the penguin must collect …

Filed under: Culture, Business Much like what she did last year with women in games, MTV Multiplayer's Tracey John is in the middle of a week-long series that looks at black professionals in the video game industry. So far she's talked to Newsweek's N'Gai Croal, Crystal Dynamic's Morgan Gray and …

On the topic of game design competitions, Brian Crecente over at Kotaku sends word that he's currently running a game design challenge to create a game about teen dating violence without using any violence. There is a $1,000 first prize up for grabs and the deadline is May 15th. For a complete list …

Bow Street Runner

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Bow Street Runner is a mystery adventure series commissioned by Channel 4 (UK). Set in London's Covent Garden in the 1750s, crime in the city has risen to such a level that local magistrates were forced to take action. The Bow Street Runners were born, created to instill order in the increasingly …

netbuzz writes "A new survey finds that more than half of K-12 students believe that educational video games in school would help them learn (no surprise), although only 15% of teachers and 19% of parents agree. Adults might not want to scoff, however, because 11% of teachers are already using video …

Gamasutra posted up an article that has been bouncing around in my documents folder for a little while. The original title was "A Services Strategy for Casual Games", but the new one is a bit more punchy. One response that I've heard quite a bit is that portals will never allow user data to be …

by: Dan KeenerNEWS - Atlus U.S.A. released 10 more R-Type Command screens today. The PSP title is due out on May 6th, but a demo with ad-hoc multiplayer support can be downloaded from the Sony Playstation Store currently. Check out all the screens after the jump:More On : R-Type Command | Atlus Inc …

by: Dan KeenerNEWS - Mad Catz announced today that they have signed a multi-year agreement with Arsenal Football Club of the English Premier League to begin producing branded controllers and accessories in Europe. Included accessories will be controllers, faceplates, Console Skinz and cases for the …

by: Randy KalistaNEWS - If you're a PC-only gamer (and we at Gaming Nexus can't fault you for that) then you're still wondering -- or stopped caring about -- what all the Assassin's Creed fuss was.  Now, O Console Shunner, you ... you can find out.  All those fidgety complaints about the …

It's hard to imagine that the author of the romantic comedy Pretty Face would return with a shonen series. What's even more surprising that it's entertaining and breezy series to read. I became curious about the series after noticing several anon on /a/ gushing with praises about this series, and I' …

Empires in Arms, developed by Austrailian Design Group and published by Matrix Games.The Good: Deep gameplay with tons of strategic options, play-by-e-mailThe Not So Good: No tutorial, unwieldy user interface, only one scenario and no editorWhat say you? If you can get past the incredibly steep …

What are the most popular emotions of play in videogames? Based on the 1,040 responses to the DGD2 survey, I have ranked the top 10 emotions with their average score out of 5 to get a rough-and-ready estimate of the...

Colin McRae developer Codemasters has partnered with an external realtime rendering and visualization firm to exchange modeling expertise.

Interplay hopes that a Fallout MMO and future development of owned properties including Earthworm Jim, Dark Alliance, Descent and MDK can bring the company back to form.

Usually I love the non-games people who talk at MI6. It’s always worth hearing what the TV or music or advertising guys have to say about the game industry. So I was looking forward to hearing CSI creator Anthony Zuiker’s (pictured) take on the future of entertainment.

EA’s music supremo Steve Schnur isn’t the shy and retiring type. He’s been in the music biz since the days of disco, knows his subject and isn’t in the least bit afraid to enlighten the rest of us.

What exactly have consumers been buying in the last year? Next-Generation has compiled stats and analysis aggregating all western retail game sales to find out the answers. Here are the top selling 100 games from the last year across North America and Europe, including sales figures.

Capcom's PSP game Monster Hunter Freedom 2G has shipped 1.5 million copies in Japan, continuing the success of the four-year-old franchise.

BLOG - If you watch MTV you’ll have noticed that, every now and again, those guys take the opportunity to mention Rock band, developed by MTV Games.

The biggest obstacle facing the burgeoning in-game advertising sector is a lack of standard metrics, according to a panel at MI6 today.

IndieCade submissions open

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IndieCade's always a good place to find extraordinary indie games. Submissions for IndieCade '08 are open! IndieCade supports independent game development and organizes a series of international events showcasing the future of independent games. It encourages, publicizes, and cultivates innovation …

The Daily GameDev.net

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Yesterday, the PC gaming industry saw the loss of one of its longest-running hallmark publications: Games for Windows Magazine shut down (it was previously known as Computer Gaming World) after twenty-seven years of operation. While the print version of the magazine is dead, the magazine's top- …

After a morning of rushing about on various errands, my desire to get the beta Renown decks off to the printer, and the need to prep for an online presentation this evening, there’s simply no way I’m going to get a coherent post out the door this afternoon. I can certainly work on it a …

Japan is getting all the good stuff once again. Previously we've seen Nintendo release a Super Famicom controller that is Wii compatible and now the company is at it again, this time with a GameCube controller meant for use with...

Video game characters aren't content to remain in digital realm forever. We know all too well that beloved figures such as Mario, Link, Samus Aran, and even the Game Boy system itself have moved on to conquer the printed comic...

So, did you do anything interesting this past weekend? It's moments like this one that make me second guess the trip to Target as being a highlight of my Sunday afternoon... This last weekend the producer I work with on...

Mark Rein's best cheerleader? Mark Rein. And man, is Mark Rein ever excited about that Game Informer article on Gears of War 2. Like, it's probably the best thing Mark Rein has read all month. Says Mark Rein: Awesome... I've had a chance to read the Game Informer story now and I think when people …

Never mind that Sega's crack legal team already confirmed Sonic Unleashed, Official Nintendo Magazine (UK) has a world exclusive! The Wii game will be out this winter, use the Wii-mote and Nunchuk, but won't have online, it seems. Fair enough, the game seems like an old school Sega platformer &mdash …

Still waiting on that promised ability to transfer Blu-Ray's from a PS3 to a PSP. In the meantime, I'm going to point out something you're never going to buy, and a situation you'll most likely never find yourself in, but is interesting nonetheless. At least on a trivial level. Above is Sony's BDZ- …

These are art, not shoes, because unlike the garish-yet-limited run of expensive designer sneakers we normally feature, these are hand-painted. Which means getting them wet or performing any kind of strenuous activity is just totally out of the question. As is wearing them to literally kick a man's …

I like Burnout Paradise, but I'll admit, it's not without its problems. Its glitches. Its "characteristics", as a used car salesman would tell you. Hoping to rectify some tons of those in one fell swoop, Criterion have announced that on April 24, both the 360 and PS3 versions will receive the " …

Today is special. You get not only one, but two Chocolate Reins. That's right, Mark Rein is back! This time, he's going on and on about the Unreal Engine 4. Of course, Epic's current Unreal Engine 3 powers tons of big time games. So when's the next engine coming out? Probably when the PS4, the Xbox …

Phoenix Wright rival Miles Edgeworth is getting his own DS spin-off, Perfect Prosecutor. The DS title co-stars detective Dick Gumshoe as Edgeworth searches for crime scene evidence that coppers missed in a new third person walking search and deduction system. Walking in an Ace Attorney game? What …

Buggered your DS screen? I have. Too much Advance Wars. Thing is, I can't be bothered ponying up AUD$180 just for a new DS Lite when the rest of it works just fine. You got the same problem there, Tappy McScratchSmash? If so, here's a guide on how to replace your own DS screen. All you need is a …

[Little old, yes, but largely unseen, so here it is] Sure, in both Rainbow Six Vegas games, the city's "overrun" with terrorists. Then you, along with your Rainbow Six buddies, bust in and kill them all. Most will see that as a triumph of good over evil. I don't. What if the poor terrorists weren't …

To: Crecente From: Ashcraft RE: Smoke and Electricity Bit of a crying fit tonight. Kid wanted to see his mother. :/ Pacified him with promises of renting the original Transformers cartoons. Loved them as a kid, but haven't seen them since then. Kinda worried about, you know, watching them, because …

Will Wright is speaking at NASA's upcoming Yuri's Night Celebration in the Bay Area this Saturday. Yuri's Night is an annual celebration of space exploration. On April 12th, 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human being in space, orbiting around the Earth once during a 108-minute flight. Exactly …

Ernest Cline, the writer of the on again, off again movie 'Fanboys', has just sold the script for a new comedy film to Lakeshore Entertainment, and the topic hits pretty close to home. 'Thundercade' follows the story of a video game junkie in his mid-30's who learns that a young gamer has beaten a …

Doctor Who is coming to the Wii...sort of! The BBC has announced that their iPlayer replay service will now be functional on the Nintendo Wii. The service, made available last month on the iPod Touch and iPhone, presents time-limited replays of BBC shows, such as Doctor Who, Torchwod, and whatever …

The Advertising Standards Authority is not amused by the recent UK advertisements for Kane & Lynch: Dead Men. The watchdog group has recieved 26 separate complaints against the violent ads, which include a TV spot, posters, and print ads. The main offender was the poster, which featured a gagged, …

Interplay Entertainment sure is making a come back. Late last year they were talking about securing cash for their proposed Fallout MMO, then they set up a sexy new website and now they're gushing about their 520 percent jump in revenue and churning out sequels. During their annual earnings report …

Atlus just sent over this batch of fresh new R-Type Command screens. R-Type Command is set to hit the Playstation Portable on May 6, but you can grab a demo (which includes a taste of ad-hoc multiplayer) for free on the PSN store. I don't know if it's a good idea for me to own an R-Type on a system …

While the Japanese are able to learn English with Zombies, we'll soon be able to learn Japanese with Virgin! Virgin Play is working on a new series of games for the Nintendo DS called Mind Your Language. With development overseen by the Berlitz language academy, Mind Your Language titles will be …

Not so long ago, a major rumor dropped courtesy of an MTV source that Microsoft was developing a Wiimote-style peripheral for the Xbox 360. Many were shocked at the totally crazy news, but truth be told, there have been rumblings about the possibility for some time. That report just added a big pile …

The latest chapter in the ever-expanding Lord of the Rings Online introduces Forochel, a new region which lies in the far, frozen north of Eriador, which gives players their very first chance to see the ocean in the game. It's funny how you don't notice such a thing missing until it's pointed out to …

Yesterday the truth was finally revealed behind the mysterious cell phone received in the mail a few weeks back. I was still pretty unsure of exactly what was going to go down yesterday, so I sent a final text message through the phone asking what was going on. A few minutes later I received a reply …

Seeing as I've been eagerly awaiting a showdown between Crecente and I on the Pirates Vs Ninjas front, news that Blazing Lizard and Gamecock are delaying the release of Pirates Vs Ninjas Dodgeball for Xbox Live Arcade doesn't phase me whatsoever, because a true ninja knows patience. The game is …

OK, folks. We're almost entirely passed the debacle that was HD DVD. But we thought that we'd betterlet you know that Amazon is offering $50 of credit back to those who purchased HD DVD players before February 23, 2008. But if we're reading the fine print correctly, there are two super cool things …

While Yahtzee was a little bit late to squeeze into our No More Heroes Frankenreview, he still offers a pretty enjoyable review of the game, likening the experience to, among countless other colorful, non sequitur metaphors, Branston Pickle. Having never consumed Branston Pickle, I can only assume …

We blame our under indulgence in late night foreign infomercials, but still, how did we all miss the Jackie Chan J-Mat Fitness? Released back in 2005—two years before the world exploded over Wii Fit—the J-Mat featured four buttons that allowed users to follow along Chan's aerobics …

When we heard that Rock Band was coming to the Wii without DLC, we'd long since anticipated the problem, our psychic powers stemming from the Wii's obvious lack of decently proportioned internal hard drive. Now Harmonix's design director Rob Kay has confirmed that the Wii's lack of storage was …

Wii Nintendo got their paws on Mario Kart Wii and filmed two hours of direct feed of them playing through all 32 courses of the game's 150cc level. WiiNintendo offers up their opinion on the game at the link pasted below. In general they seemed to love it, though it sounds like 50cc and 100cc racing …

For Kotaku's ever-growing chef contingent, this Zelda-inspired cutting board is built from the finest (we don't really know if it is the finest, but it sounds good) walnut and hard-maple wood for chopping as many leafy vegetables as it takes for gems to pop out. We know the $125 price tag will prove …

Criterion is releasing a large update to Burnout Paradise for PS3 and Xbox 360 on April 24th. Apparently they've fixed the top ten player complaints about the game including bugs and exploitations, but Criterion has also made a ton of other tweaks to the game that you didn't necessarily ask for, …

The latest issue of Famitsu Weekly reveals that Square Enix will be bringing Atsushi Okubo's manga series Soul Eater to the Wii. The series, which will be adapted in video game form as Soul Eater: Monotone Princess, just began airing as an anime series. The Wii version currently has no date, but …

The deadline for the Life Love Game Design Challenge, which we first announced back in February, has been extended by a month. The new deadline for the Flash game design contest, which challenges designers to create a game about teen dating violence prevention without violent content or a violent …

THQ Wireless and Team17 Software have teamed up to develop a new Worms game for the mobile phone. Worms 2008: A Space Oddity will include four new mini-games, an enhanced single player campaign, new landscape view mode and new weapons, including the Impact Frag, Atom Packs and Cluster Frags. In …

And some of them have (and play) video games! In an unrelenting attempt to make the tenuous violence-and-video games connection, we get a story like this. The media will not let up. Look for a ban on video game controllers soon, backed by Senator Clinton. This deplorable behavior by the boyfriend …

Filed under: Culture, Nintendo DS OK, we've said it before, but other than the constant threat of dying, one of the things we know troops serving in Iraq or Afghanistan suffer from is boredom. So, when Peter Gallagher sent us a tip about his site GamesForHeroes.com, we felt the least we could do was …

Filed under: Adventure It's the contention of a couple of us around the office that Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney's Miles Edgeworth is one of the best video game characters ever. We've always dreamed of a game featuring just him, but like our imaginary Lost spin-off that featured Christian Shepard …

Filed under: Culture, Nintendo WiiNow that the Wii has brought TV web browsing to millions of homes, web services are tripping all over themselves to make sure they're fully compatible with the Wii's Opera browser. The latest organization to trip is the BBC, which announced today that its iPlayer …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, Action After watching the above trailer we were thrilled, because we figured a hilarious joke about Iron Man and the Un-can-ny Valley was well within our grasp. You know, because cans are metal and Iron Man, he's ... well, the short version …

Family Album: Activision

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Filed under: Features, Business var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/gaming_news/The_Activision_Empire_starring_Infinity_Ward_Bizarre'; Thanks to a pending merger with Blizzard, the Activision family is going to be growing in the near future, but a look at its current development resources reveals …

Filed under: CultureLate Monday night, 2-year-old Darisabel Baez died from injuries sustained from a brutal beating by her mother's boyfriend on Sunday. The boyfriend, Harve Johnson, reportedly used a video game controller.We've received numerous tips and followed various developments about this …

Filed under: Nintendo Wii, Rhythm Speaking to CVG, Harmonix Design Director Rob Kay states the Wii needs a hard drive for Rock Band to offer downloadable content on the console. Actually, Kay does more of plea, "Come on Nintendo, we need a hard drive."Kay explains that Harmonix would "jump on" …

Filed under: Microsoft Xbox 360, PeripheralsAfter one of us who shall remain nameless had to sing Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend" on a certain podcast as the result of a lost bet, we've learned not to doubt Jacob Metcalf. You may remember him as the first to report the Bungie/Microsoft split. He says …

Filed under: Nintendo DS, RPGs Misdirection isn't just for magicians anymore ... apparently Nintendo Power practices it too. While everyone was focused on the hints of a U.S. localized Final Fantasy IV DS in the magazine's ten-page cover feature on the game, no one seemed to notice that the game was …

Filed under: Nintendo Wii, PeripheralsNintendo has announced via its Japanese website that a Wii-white Gamecube controller is due for release this month ... in Japan. Looks like the old controller still has some manufacturing life left in it yet, too bad we can't get any more wireless Wavebird …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360, Action, Adventure Thanks to Batman Begins, we're now all familiar with the concept of "rebooting" a series -- ignoring one or more of its previous installments to start over with a clean slate. Sega's apparently familiar with the …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360 After perusing the lengthy list of fixes and "game experience enhancements" contained in Criterion's second update for Burnout Paradise - codenamed: Bogart - we're not sure how to respond. Should we applaud the new age of connected consoles, where …

Filed under: Nintendo DS, Action, Sports, Mobile Did you know that Oblivion and Fallout 3 dev Bethesda had a sibling named Vir2L Studios? Known primarily for releasing games for cellular phones, the ZeniMax-owned outfit has announced plans to bring a pair of titles to the Nintendo DS this summer. …

Kane & Lynch ads banned in UK

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Filed under: Culture, Business After receiving a whopping 26 complaints, the Advertising Standards Authority in the UK has banned a "graphic" and "shocking" poster (seen above) for Kane & Lynch: Dead Men. The Guardian reports the ASA ordered Eidos not to print or broadcast any ads created for …

Filed under: Culture, Hacks We feel kind of dirty giving any sort of attention to the cancerous boil on film directing that is Uwe Boll, but when the guy is acting this freaking weird we just can't help ourselves. Boll has followed up his offer to stop directing if an online petition against him …

Filed under: Culture, Business, Fashion Gamers tired of being pushed around by game retail behemoth Gamestop can check out a potential ray of hope at this week's International Franchise Expo in Washington, D.C. There, game retailer Gamer Doc will be showing off new store prototypes that "will change …

Filed under: Microsoft Xbox 360, Action, Joyswag Treasure's Ikaruga holds a special place in our hearts. If you're like some of us on the Joystiq crew, today's Xbox Live Arcade release will be the third time you pick up this classic shooter. At only 800 Microsoft Points ($10), this HD re-release is …

Gamasutra's latest 'Analyze This' asks analysts from Screen Digest, OTX and The simExchange a simple, yet vital question: "Do you think the video game industry will be recession-proof this year?"

Ikaruga was the game I wrote a ‘try-out’ review of for Edge magazine following its Japanese Dreamcast release in the summer of 2002. While I prefer its forerunner Radiant Silvergun by some margin, it still holds a special place in my mind as being the game that marked my entry into …

by: Sean ColleliNEWS - Sheesh, I knew Nintendo was a little, ahem, zealous about game piracy, but now they're cracking down on counterfeit Pokemon cards.  The raid has been going on for over 16 months, with millions of phony products seized and numerous arrests made.  Remember kids, keep …

Think of the Children

Gaming Nexus

by: Dan KeenerARTICLE - Dan is back for another look at the week in the ESRBMore On : Think of the Children | Gaming Nexus | Comment

by: Charles HusemannPREVIEW - Chuck shares some of his experiences with the recently release multiplayer demo.More On : Battlefield: Bad Company | Electronic Arts | Comment

by: Randy KalistaNEWS - Okay, Stardock, we give up.  Not only did you release the simply-elegant Sins of a Solar Empire, you're now following up on your famed GalCiv series with the Galactic Civilizations 2: Twilight of the Arnor expansion.  Obviously developer Stardock isn't satisfied …

by: Randy KalistaNEWS - The latest trailer is out for what Sega calls "this year's most anticipated video game" -- Obviously Sega is oblivious to the fact that Iron Man is coming out the exact same week as Grand Theft Auto 4 and Mario Kart Wii.  Regardless, there's a sweet quotable in …

by: Sean ColleliNEWS - I am repeatedly amazed by the staying power of the PS2.  Apparently SNK Playmore is too, because they just shipped Fatal Fury: Battle Archives Vol. 2 exclusively for the venerable PS2.  This collection has three classic Fatal Fury titles on one disc, so if you have …

by: Sean ColleliNEWS - Mastiff is putting the finishing touches on Major League Eating, their first game for WiiWare, but to keep gamers from getting hungry while they wait, they're also running a contest at the same time.  From April 7th onward, there will be a weekly drawing for each of the …

by: Randy KalistaNEWS - If you're a PC-only gamer (and we at Gaming Nexus can't fault you for that) then you're still wondering -- or stopped caring about -- what all the Assassin's Creed fuss was.  Now, O Console Shunner, you ... you can find out.  Except all those fidgety complaints …

by: Sean ColleliNEWS - In an announcement that is sure to make the blood pressure of RPG fans everywhere go down a little bit, BioWare says that Mass Effect for PC will have a new tactical HUD.  With a press of the space bar, powers, abilities and commands all appear in a neat, tidy interface.& …

by: Nathan MurrayNEWS - THQ hopes that those few (million) who own a Nintendo Wii will want to play another Avatar- The Last Airbender game. This one is titled Avatar- The Last Airbender: Into the Inferno and was built from the ground up to take advantage of the Wii's unique control scheme. Not …

by: Randy KalistaNEWS - Cyril Lachel over at Defunct Games takes a lengthy four-page look at why a download-only future is bad from a financial standpoint.  He looks at everything from Grand Theft Auto 4 to the Xbox Live Marketplace to downloadable songs in Rock Band and Guitar Hero.  …

by: Nathan MurrayNEWS - The World Cyber Games Committee was so excited about announcing Cologne, Germany as the destination for their 2008 World Cyber Games that they decided they wanted to do it again. Alas since they already decided on this years location they had to tell everyone where next …

by: Nathan MurrayNEWS - ... I would scatter them behind me in hopes of slowing down the opposition. Alas you won't be able to pelt opponents with loose change but that doesn't mean Focus Home Entertainment's new free downloadable TrackMania game entitled TrackMania Nations Forever will be any less …

by: Dan KeenerNEWS - Atlus released nine new screens and the final Box Art for Drone Tactics yesterday. They continue to show off the gameplay and the Mechs.  Drone Tactis is scheduled to release on May 13th. Check out all the screens and complete info after the jump:More On : Drone Tactics | …

by: Dan KeenerNEWS - Atlus announced today that due to brief delays, the Arcana Heart release will be pushed back until April 10th. In addition, the final box art was released. Check out all the details after the jump:More On : Arcana Heart | Atlus Inc | Comment

by: Dan KeenerNEWS - Atlus U.S.A. announced yesterday that Octomania is now available at retailers Nationwide. The arcade puzzler for the Nintendo Wii supports up to four player online play through the Wi-Fi connection. Octomania is available for $19.99. Check out all the details in the release …

One of the things we talked about on the Chicago Game Developer Gathering panel was underserved markets. I didn’t get an opportunity to mention it at the time, but even if you assume that the current generation of consoles is meeting the demand, which it generally isn’t, you wouldn’ …

So Games For Windows nee Computer Gaming World has now gone the way of so many other magazines, becoming a memory in our collective gaming consciousness. All that’s left now is PC Gamer. Can Coconut Monkey pick up the torch or are they soon to be another dead man walking? Is the failure of …

Rock Band developer Harmonix says the Nintendo Wii's lack of a hard drive is the main reason Rock Band for Wii will be missing out on downloadable content.

Statistics. It is the key to our evolution. GameStrata's Barry Dorf explains...

What does it mean to be “next-gen”? What makes this generation of games different from the last? What does it mean to be a modern game? The answer doesn't always lie in graphics or fancy features, but simple usability.

Even though I purchased fewer titles than last month (and to be fair, 5 of those titles were in the Orange Box alone) there has just been a slew of good games this month. Portal, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and Elebits were all great titles and I’ve also found that Half-Life 2 was definitely …

D&AD judging

Wonderland

I've got a day off from looking after Junior, and I'm not only dressed with hair out of my eyes, I'm out of the bear cave that is my house at the moment. I'm in Docklands, at the D&AD judging...

Michigan Tax Incentives signed into law. Up to 42% for Film and 25% for game development, perhaps more if done right.

The Tribune Company has launched Jumble.com, a resource offering downloadable and mobile word scramble games. Jumble.com is the new flagship site for "everything Jumble." The site also offers a Jumble shopping experience where fans can buy books, board games and other puzzle and game products. …

Here is a short video of Quake 3 running on the iPod Touch via 9to5mac.com. Fortune's Apple 2.0 blog says the iPod Touch/iPhone version of Quake 3 comes from HermitWorks Entertainment, a casual game developer based in Grande Prairie, Alberta. Permalink | Recent Headlines | RSS Feeds

If you live in the United Kingdom, getting your hands on a copy of Grand Theft Auto IV at the end of this month may be a bit of a challenge, if retailers are to be believed. UK shops GAME, GameStation and Play.com have told trade pub MCV that they're already at or are nearing pre-order capacity. It' …

The Ultimate Fanboy [Top]

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Sometime in the year 2952, when video game consoles aren't just ingestible, but viral, count on the term fan boys having an all together different, more sinister meaning. "Resistance is futile, but Resistance Fall of Man IX, now that's a kick ass next, next, next, next, next, next, next, next gen …

The studio that Sega built specifically to work on its driving franchises has been shut down, reports Develop Magazine. Established in 2005, pulling in talent from UK area development houses like Rockstar, Criterion and Codemasters, the studio only got its hands dirty with one racer, the …

I posted a rather lengthy (too lengthy) write-up of my impressions of Grand Theft Auto IV's multiplayer gaming earlier today. If you're not up for reading through the whole thing, and getting some samples of what the play was like and whether I liked it, you can just hit the jump and read the fact …

Those of you who read my review of Arcana Heart for the PlayStation 2 earlier today might have been a bit flummoxed when calling your local purveyor of fine video games, as the female fighting game is nowhere to be seen. This is due to a last minute shipping delay, which Atlus assures us is due to " …

Still saddled with that Xbox 360 HD-DVD add-on? You know, the "most affordable way to jump into the next generation of DVD technology" that was recently discontinued? Studio support may be down the toilet, but the thrill of downloading software updates for the thing isn't over yet, as Larry Hryb …

Nine-year-old Kieran Price is the latest victim in a brutal Xbox 360 signature erasing spree from Microsoft's repairs department. According to the Nottingham Evening Post, the traumatized Kieran had a handful of signatures from WWE wrestlers removed from his Xbox 360 when it was sent in for repairs …

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To: Ash From: Crecente After successfully wiring and hanging a new eight-bulb light above our entrance way over the weekend I become convinced that I am, in fact, an electrician. I became so convinced that today I decided to run out today and pick up a new wall dimmer switch for that fancy new …

With the announcement from EA that Rock Band's European release would arrive in the continent on May 23 came the inevitable bad pricing news. At an impressive 240 Euro (or £180) for the full package, the Being European Tax was like a swift guitar smashing square in the bollocks. (Am I doing it …

If you're making the journey to the New York Comic Con, which runs April 18 to 20 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, you may want to bring a bit more walkin' around money, especially if you're into Metal Gear. The Con will feature a massive number of exclusives, from bobble-headed Obi-Wan …

The uncanny valley in video games is only made deeper when polygons attempt to recreate celebrities, as illustrated by this Iron Man story trailer. The odd lighting on robo-Terrence Howard isn't helping, but I remain convinced that Sega can make up for the PlayStation 2 travesty that was Astro Boy …

A two-year wait gives us plenty of time to read up on THQ's Warhammer 40K MMO, so you can take your time with this. A sentence a week should ration things out nicely. The latest issue of PC Gamer has some real, actual information on the project, including the fact there'll be large-scale combat, you …

The 4th Edition of Dungeons & Dragons is heading our way in June, and Wizards of the Coast is gearing up to bring the game online in a big way. They're readying Dungeons and Dragons Insider - a suite of online software tools for the game - for release along with the new rule set, and it could change …

Next week, April 15, Halo 3 gamers will be soaking in new, Bungie-created downloadable content, a moisturizing formula of Ghost Town, Avalanche and Blackout. Just imagine the slurs you can toss out in these new environments! I can't promise these 27 screen shots of the new Legendary Map Pack will …

Let's face it, the U.S. economy is in the crapper and it looks like it's only going to get worse for everyone that isn't working in Hollywood—or GameStop. It's one of the few retailers that's not seeing slowing sales, partially from all that second hand game selling they love to do, but mostly …

Sure the PC version of Mass Effect got pushed back a little bit, but don't be sad! The team at BioWare just want to make sure you've got the best damn Mass Effect you can possibly get, and to prove it, they've released some new screens of the very reason I decided to hold off on the Xbox 360 version …

"Guess the Date Owen's Xbox Returns" is officially over. Corey Goupil correctly guessed April 7, winning a Rock Band hoodie and some other great schwag. But really, there's only one winner here: Me. I got my Xbox back yesterday, delivered to my office. As you can see, I have properly memorialized …

World of Warcraft's big. Bigger than the Beatles and Jesus combined. But it can't last forever, and one day, sure as the sun rises, it will peak, before beginning the slow, torturous decline into oblivion. Any bets on when that peak will occur? If you ask THQ's Jack Sorenson, it's right now: I wish …

Yes, we've definitely heard all about Uwe Boll's claim that if a million concerned gamers were to band together, say via internet petition, he'd stop making movies. You can throttle bak on the tips, Turbo. While no one at the Kotaku Towers complex believes that Uwe will give up the movie biz for a …

Sega has teamed up with Japanese clothes retailer to make, you guessed it, Sega Uniqlo shirts. There are Virtua Fighter, House of the Dead and Sonic shirts. I quite like that hedgehog one right up there. The shirts cost US ¥1,500 (US $14.63). Oh geez, just look at that exchange rate. So sad. The …

WARNING: Some will try and tell you this is just every K.K. Slider song played on top of each other. They are lying. What's happening here is damaging to eyes, ears and souls alike, and also most likely totally NSFW. Unless you want a portal to the 7th level of Hades to tear itself open beneath your …

While we're still a little light on info relating to the inevitable console ports of Crysis, developers Crytek are more than happy to tell us all about the game's engine, and how they think it'll run once its chugging along on a console. Crytek's Harald Seeley: We expect the final outcome will …

Can't wait for the Dragonball movie? You'll have to! It's been delayed to next spring. To hold you over, here are some images from Spanish site Infotaku. Here's a pic of Justin Chatwin's stunt double dressed in his Goku outfit — previously, we saw Chatwin himself in an orange t-shirt. There …

Thought it couldn't get creepier than the real life Mario? Oh man, yes it can, yes it can. The freakazoid now moves and, worse yet, talks. The animation was created by Deviant artist Portrix by using "Crazy Talk 5 Pro" to honor the originally, nightmare-inducing Mario. Link below is scary. Animated …

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li dropkicks an official movie blog. The first update provides a full cast list as well as info about the director ("Relax, you're in good hands"), actor Michael Clarke Duncan ("...this mand does ALL HIS OWN STUNTS...") and cockteasing about who will play GEN ("our …

The long-lost PS3 iterations of Call of Duty 4's first map pack aren't looking so lost these days. Infinity Ward have announced that the PS3 maps are done and have been submitted to Sony for certification. From there, all it'll take from Sony is for them to certify that they're awesome, and you PS3 …

New contest! This one is a cosplay contest. But not any just cosplay contest. A radical cosplay contest. Here's the deal: Dress up like an airplane. Any type of airplane is fine! Pose with a Kotaku sign. Send it to kotakucontestATgmailDOTcom. THAT'S IT. Easy, huh? Bandai Namco has agreed to give …

And now announcing for Grand Theft Auto IV... Karl Lagerfeld? The influential fashion designer will be one of the game's radio station D.J.s. Makes sense as he apparently owns like over 70 iPods and 60,000 CDs. Lagerfeld said that his relationship with Rockstar was "friendship at first sight." What' …

Know this before you go on: the current "Atari" isn't really Atari. The original company is loooooong gone. But the memory of them lives on! And it lives on through stuff like this catalogue from 1981, dug up by huguesjohnson, which features not only the company's lineup of games for the year, but …

Hey, Australia. All that fuss over Rock Band that went down last night? You know, about the release, and then the price? Don't worry about it. None of it applies to you. While European and Australian release dates are normally in-step, for Rock Band they're not, with EA Australia only telling us " …

Capcom did a fine job handling the multi-platform Devil May Cry 4. You know, making sure all versions looked the same. But was that easy? Producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi explains: The Xbox 360 and the PC are close in structure, so it was easy to switch over. The PS3, the CPU and the design are unique …

Gorgeous. Nintendo are releasing sometime later this month a new, white GameCube controller, no doubt to satisfy the growing throngs of not only Smash Bros (and soon to be Mario Kart) players, but Wii-white console colour fetishists as well. It'll retail for a suggested price of ¥2000 (around USD$ …

Ikaruga Pleases Me

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Quite possibly the greatest shooter of all time is being released tomorrow on Xbox Live for 800 points. I’m seriously considering taking my first ever personal day just for a video game. It is the only game I have played consistently for almost three years. This game is not for the faint of …

Filed under: Meta (about Joystiq), MMO Yes, the news that we were becoming Hello Kitty Online Insider last week was actually a joke, and we're back covering the World of Warcraft and all of its ten million players (most of which showed up on the Isle of Quel'danas this week, as you can see above, …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, Rhythm Reaction to Rock Band's European pricing -- the equivalent of about $360 combined (instrument bundle and game are sold separately) -- has been swift and vocal. For example, Guitar Hero III (with guitar) costs £65, while a Rock Band …

Filed under: Microsoft Xbox 360, Peripherals Major Nelson has informed the populace that the next time one of the surviving members of the defeated HD DVD army watch a movie they'll be prompted with an auto update. No, the update will not magically convert the dead format into a Blu-ray player, …

Filed under: PC, RPGsclick to enlarge "But how could the PC port of a game that was released in November be delayed?" you moaned, upon hearing the unfortunate news that Mass Effect would be delayed from May 6 to May 28. Beats us, but we've got three letters to make it all better, friend. Aich. You …

Filed under: Microsoft Xbox 360 The brouhaha over Microsoft's ever-present Red Ring of Death is sooooo 2007. The "Red Light of Death" is the new Xbox 360-breaking craze for the oh-eight ... if a Consumerist post is the front end of a trend, that is.Unlike the distinctive three red lights of the RRoD …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, First Person ShootersWe've gotten tips from a lot of you about the Sarcastic Gamer-fronted effort to boycott Battlefield: Bad Company, and we haven't posted about it until now for one simple reason: We don't get it. If you want to boycott a retail …

Filed under: Driving, Business Sega has confirmed closure of its Sega Racing Studio, which, despite ballooning to more than 60 employees, has managed only a single release since its creation in 2005. One, and done. "The decision is part of a review of Sega's Western Development Studios to ensure …

Filed under: PC, Online, Strategy, Casual The official Scrabble Facebook application has recently launched, but don't expect the Scrabulous boys to be shaking in their word-savvy boots anytime soon. Copyright issues prevent the game from being played in the US and Canada, and numerous game-breaking …

Filed under: PC, Strategy Galactic Civilizations II remains one of PC gaming's best kept secrets, something that has more to do with the game's single player focus than its ability to lurk in shadows. Now the game is set to get its second and last expansion, dubbed Twilight of the Arnor, an addition …

Filed under: PC, Sony PlayStation 2, Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, Simulations, Sports With the puck set to drop tomorrow night for the 2008 NHL playoffs, the prognosticators at EA Sports have once again looked into the future vicariously through the studio's latest NHL video game offering …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3 Although we already referenced it in a post from yesterday, we couldn't help but once more show off Geek Pulp's dirty little secret: Metal Gear Selleck: Guns of the Private Eye: Tactical Moustache Action. Must. Buy. Now. Check out the highlights for today: …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 2, Nintendo Wii, Adventure, Interviews Our waggle-loving friends at Nintendo Wii Fanboy had a chance to sit down with Didier Malenfant, Ready at Dawn's president and co-founder, to talk about the developer's port of Okami for Wii (also dubbed "Okam-Wii"). Malenfant …

The Last Canopy

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A good shoot'em-up is like a symphony. The enemies are the musicians, the bullets the notes. And the player is the soloist at center stage, riffing a melody over the chaos, flirting with death, performing miracles. The Last Canopy is a landmark Flash manic shoot'em-up that feels dramatic and …

by: Charles HusemannNEWS - Sierra has launched a new website for Prototype, their upcoming open world game.  Outside of the usual screenshots and videos the site features an area where you'll be able to input codes to get access to new content from the game.  The codes will be hidden in …

by: Dan KeenerNEWS - Eidos announced today that the Classic Arcade game Gauntlet will be coming to the Nintendo DS later this year. The game will be reworked to enhance the visuals and accommodate the style of play on the DS. It will offer four-player Wi-Fi Co-Op Mode and the ability to use the DS …

by: Randy KalistaNEWS - Get ready for more Exteel screenshots than you really need -- largely because no one pic tells a very different story from the next.  It'll be a tough sell to a western audience, but Exteel will attempt to do for mech combat what Dungeon Runners does for RPGs ... and …

by: Charles HusemannNEWS - Here's a new character video from Battlefield: Bad Company.  I'm interested to see how the single player portion of the game shapes up as DICE has never really been able to deliver a single player experience that's been any good.  Check back tomorrow for my …

by: Charles HusemannNEWS - If you're looking for more information on Force Unleashed and Resistance 2 you'll want to set the DVR to record "GameTrailers TV with Geoff Keighley" this Friday at midnight as Geoff is going to have new exclusive looks at both games.  While I know a lot of …

by: Charles HusemannNEWS - Sources have told CVG that a PSP version of Little Big Planet is in the works.  It's not hard to see the benefit of a portable version of the game as you could play and design levels on your PSP while you're on the road or even surf other people's maps to upload when …

by: Charles HusemannNEWS - The Adventure company announced today that it has shipped Sherlock Holmes: Nemesis to stores.  The game has the great inspector trying to stop French burglar Arscne Lupin from stealing several of Britain's great art treasures.  I guess you could call the a …

Who says HD-DVD is dead?

Gaming Nexus

by: Dan KeenerNEWS - Major Nelson announced that Microsoft released an HD-DVD update for the Xbox 360 today.  Next time you use your HD-DVD player and are connected to LIVE, the update will automatically download.  Here is what the update will do: -Compatibility improvements …

by: Charles HusemannNEWS - With the NHL playoffs starting tomorrow it's time to see which team NHL 08 thinks will win Lord Stanley's cup.  This year the simulation says that the San Jose Sharks will win out over the Montreal Canadiens in an epic seven game series.  I can certainly see the …

by: Dan KeenerNEWS - Vicious Cycle Software and Frozen Codebase have announced that the Vicious Engine will be the power behind the upcoming Xbox Live Arcade Title Elements of Destruction. The title should be one of the first to be developed with the latest Vicious Engine, Ve2. This version offers a …

by: Dan KeenerNEWS - SEGA let loose with its list of 2008 Mobile titles today, and it has a heavy dose of Sonic as expected with many of these making their mobile debut. Titles coming this year are Beijing 2008, Sonic at the Olympics, Samba de Amigo, Sonic Spinball, Medieval: Total War, Zaxxon, …

by: Charles HusemannNEWS - MTV's game division has learned that Microsoft may be working on an Wii like controller for the Xbox 360.  The controller would be a standalone controller(no Nunchuk add-on) and would feature a microphone, four buttons, and an analog stick instead of a D-pad.  It …

People everywhere love Flash. It has become the Web’s de facto standard for all manner of interfaces. From simple menus to full-blown games, you can bet that Flash is there. It has been called one of the best prototyping tools available, and game designers love it because they don’t need …

An unnamed source has spilled the beans to MTV News that Microsoft has been working on a motion controller for the Xbox 360 for a while now. Microsoft hasn't...

Title: What Makes Casual Games so Appealing, so Attractive: Looking for ‘the Casual’ in Casual Video Games Abstract: Given that video games are as wonderful as they are, why would someone choose not to play video games? It seems that video games for a long period of time have alienated a …

Instead of posting something new, encourage further discussion in the comments of a previous post. No time for a new post today, alas, but please join the lively debate about save schemes that began last week.

The Weekly Link Dump

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Here at Fuel, we’re always connected. As such, we’d like to think that our taste for interesting web content has been refined through simple causality: click more/learn more. Every week, I’ll be bringing you a quick glimpse into what we found interesting in the worlds of both …

UPDATE - Sega's young UK-based racing studio is the latest development house to shut down in a string of 2008 closures, Sega has confirmed to Next-Gen.

BLOG - The International Game Developers Association has issued a call for proposals for the 2008 IGDA Leadership Forum.

Developer Frozen Codebase (a.k.a. The Camaro of Game Developers ) has confirmed a partnership with Vicious Cycle to use Vicious Engine middleware for an upcoming Xbox Live Arcade title.

Electronic Arts has expanded its licensing deal with Unreal Engine 3 creator Epic Games to use the middleware in more than five upcoming projects.

Rock Band for Xbox 360 has just been dated for Europe, but gamers are already fuming over the pricing of the title.

UPDATE - Ziff Davis' Games for Windows Magazine will no longer be appearing in print, but not all is so grim for fans of the editorial content. We speak with Ziff Davis' Simon Cox.

BLOG—Kane and Lynch: Dead Men is back in the spotlight again, this time because of upcoming downloadable map packs for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360—available April 17th for free.

In the global market, near-simultaneous game launches are becoming the norm. How do marketers leverage their products globally, while retaining that all-important local touch with consumers?

The Daily GameDev.net

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In a rare story where a popular, well-known figure in pop culture comes out in support of video games, Stephen King does just that in a column for Entertainment Weekly. Despite not being a gamer himself, King comes out more against the concept of the government playing the role of a parent in place …

The University of Maryland is holding its first annual GPGPU programming competition! The challenge is to write a generic and efficient kernel for sparse matrix operations. The underlying goal of the competition is to help support future work and research by providing open and efficient solutions …

Spoilers follow for both shows, so stop reading if you haven't caught up to the latest on the British schedule (not American).We caught up on our Brit SciFi last night. Doctor Who's new season just kicked off while Torchwood ended their second one. Torchwood's second season is succinctly stronger …

I was tempted to start my exploration of Jorinda and Joringel* with the witch. After all, the tale begins with the witch and she’s certainly critical to the central themes. I’ve decided, however, partly in the interest of time (which I don’t have enough of today) and partly in the …

Fun With Modifiers

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Have you ever noticed how an awful lot of video game titles tend to follow a basic formula that revolves around adding modifiers to a basic franchise name? Anyone who needs a quickie title for a new game can just...

TILT

The New Gamer

I have pinball guilt. I'd occasionally dabble with the machines in a rollerskate hall when I was young, or give a go at an Addams Family machine every once in a while (there's still one in our local bowling alley) but, I've never fully embraced them the way I have video games. That's not to say I …

Quit rubbing your eyes, kid, this is real! EA have formally, officially and properly announced that Rock Band will be launching in Europe on May 23. The catch? As was pretty much already surmised, it's only appearing on 360, with the PS3, Wii and PS2 versions only vaguely scheduled for "Summer". No …

See BioShock designer Ken Levine squint? He's looking at his list of top five games. They are: Civilization IV, World of Warcraft, Heroes of Might and Magic 2, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Beyond Good and Evil. Alrighty Kotakuland, let's have your top five! BioShock Creator Picks [ …

Oh boy! Firmware updates! Sony have just announced that they'll soon be releasing firmware v3.95 for the PSP, an update that will undoubtedly take your good PSP and make it better. It'll be bringing two new features to the portable: custom button configuration for PS1 game playback, and the ability …

Ultima and Tabula Rasa creator Richard Garriott loves two things: Space and rattails. Man not only has his own sputnik, but his own rattails. This October, Garriott and his flowing locks will be blasting off to the International Space Station. He plans on making a spacewalk, which would make him the …

When Rock Band was released in the US, it cost $169, and came with the game, guitar, microphone and drums. Not a bad deal. But in Europe, on May 23? Good heavens. The game won't come in a single bundle. Instead, there's two products available at lauch. One is called the "Instrument Edition", which …

PS3 strategy RPG Valkyrie of the Battlefield: Gallian Chronicles is currently slated for the PS3 and the PS3 only. That could change! And you know what, that might even be easy to change. What, considering how the game apparently was planned for the Xbox 360. A former Valkyrie Chronicles staffer ( …

Still playing Kane & Lynch? Good for you. You're obviously a person who cares not for wild and baseless internet hate campaigns (remember kids, it was neither Kane nor Lynch themselves behind the Gerstmann mess). You're probably also the kind of person who doesn't make a habit of looking a gift …

Evangelion is so popular in Japan that it not only has its own coffee, but its own shameful movie parody. Hello Rule 34! Osaka porn actress Nao Ayukawa takes on the role of "Rei" in naughty movie EVAN AyaX Rei in Ayukawa Nao as she does things. Various things. You might remember Ayukawa from …

As a general rule, I hate MMOs. Elves, grinding, enchanted amulets, yuck. Though I've always set aside a condition that, should I ever run into one that's both decent and based on a franchise or IP that I'm keen on, I'd at least dip my toes in the shallow end. Perhaps the only one to potentially …

In case you missed it, Jon Stewart offers the funny on the recent virtual worlds Congress Hearings. Avatar Heroes [The Daily Show Thanks, TC!]

Thinking of importing the Japanese version of Mario Kart to get around the delay? Whoah, Bessie. Import specialists Play-Asia have, after a quick round of testing, found that neither US nor PAL Freeloaders will run the game on your non-Japanese Wii. Of course this is still unconfirmed by either …

If game exec Phil Harrison is worthy of gum stealing, surely, he's worthy of this Phil-meets-Back to the Future 2 style fan art. Found over at game site UK:R, where artist Dan writes: I drew this a long time ago when I was sick and Phil's life still mattered to some people. I was going to ask that …

Japan. Loves. Monster Hunter. The latest iteration in the franchise, PSP title Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G has shipped 1.5 million copies since going on sale March 27th. Yep, that's 1.5 million copies in the last two weeks. In-cre-di-ble. Monster Hunter? More like, Monster Hit. MHP2ndG Scores Big …

Heeeeyyyyy, it's new British sales data. What do we have this (well, last) week? Seems we have more traditional gamers winning a little ground back on Dr. Kawashima's henchmen, with the inroads made by games like Condemned 2 and Viking: Battle for Asgard so great that Mario & Sonic At The Olympics …

Citing "sources", British site CVG are reporting that a PSP version of Sony's free-form platformer LittleBigPlanet is currently in development at Sony Studio Liverpool. Sony are obviously keeping quiet on the subject, but with the PS3 and PSP growing more and more interconnected via things like …

Game designer Peter Molyneux worries. Always. If it's not this, it's that. And if it's not that, then it's that. This time Molyneux is worrying about money. Silly Moly, you work for Microsoft! You are swimming in money!! Still, he offers these concerns: one of the things that you talk about is the …

To: Crecente From: Bashcraft RE: Movies I could go for passing out on the sofa with a beer in my hand. Wife still in the hospital. Me still doing all the housework, taking care of kid, writing book chapters, rewriting book chapters and working on a couple magazine articles. Feeling the stress. …

Electronic Arts are expanding their licensing agreement with Epic Games, giving EA the right to use the engine in more than five upcoming games currently in development, the two companies announced today. Under the initial agreement, signed back in 2006, EA used Unreal Engine 3 on several games …

One would have thought the lawsuit filed last May by Florida resident and WoW player Antonio Hernandez against gold farming juggernaut IGE would have disappeared long before now, but it's still alive and well. Despite IGE's claims that their U.S. operation is no longer involved in the virtual gold …

While my character rose to great (hypothetical) heights of power during the closed beta, the open beta for CD Projekt Red and one2tribe's The Witcher: Duel Mail now begins in earnest, with players all over the globe invited to show them just how slow their game can run with all of you trying to beat …

One thing the Red Faction series was known for (if you remember it that is) was its destructible environments. Aside from that though, the series was a pretty typical linear shooter with not a whole lot to make it truly memorable. The developers of the newest game in the series, Red Faction …

First I said that I thought the Xbox 360 screenshots for Sega's game of the upcoming The Incredible Hulk film were pretty, and people bitched. Then I opined that the 360 trailer Sega released had completely failed to generate any excitement for the game, and people bitched some more. Now Sega has …

The Monolith folks at the Project Origin Community site were extremely concerned when they discovered that, based purely on the abomination video released last week, I wouldn't be able to play their game and control my bladder at the same time, joking that they would send some super-absorbent help …

Sure there's plenty of video game and computer game piracy going on around the world, but what about those nefarious paper pirates? The nairdowells who spend their days copying Pokemon trading cards, not digital assets. Well Nintendo is on to them too. In one case on March 26, law enforcement in …

"8-Bit Investigation" is among the more clever pixel art designs we've seen in some time. A tribute to Sierra's adventure games gone by, the shirt explores the aftermath of one character's graphic (pun definitely intended) fall from a building. From the splattered pixels on the pavement to the pixel …

While I still plan on one day being able to speak and read Japanese fluently, there are times when I am grateful that I can't. This is one of those times. This is an extended trailer for Sega's English Of The Dead for the Nintendo DS, which combines the joy of learning how to write and speak a …

A couple of months ago, before I had a chance to play GTA IV, I got into a discussion with an industry insider about Rockstar, and in particular, the Grand Theft Auto franchise. We were talking about whether the polarizing series, much beloved by gamers and reviled by non-gamers, had jumped the …

For those who want to experience the fun of downloadable content but refuse to play on any system but their vintage NES, the impossible has happened. RetroZone has released the game Glider for the NES. For $42, you get a quirky flying game (in which you navigate a miniature glider through a house) …

Bioware—along with development partner Demiurge Studios—has decided to delay the launch of Mass Effect for the PC. It's been pushed back to a May 28th release date in the US, and a June 6th release date in Europe. The delay will allow the development team to "incorporate more play- …

When Sony decided to officially support the PSP's original 2200mAh battery for the PSP Slim—which required the release of a larger, lopsided case door—Sony's sleek new PSP revision became the victim of a botched nose job at the benefit of some major batter life. But if the 2200mAh …

Games for Windows: The Official Magazine (formerly known as Computer Gaming World) has announced that the publication is pulling from the printed market to be hosted at 1UP.com. Games for Windows itself only made it through 17 issues before ceasing traditional publication. Despite knowing that my …

All-female 2D fighters are nothing new. Back in the days of the original PlayStation and the Sega Saturn, games like Asuka 120% and the Variable Geo series were a common sight in Japanese game stores, offering up hot girl-on-girl fighting action, but generally just that. The games lacked depth, …

Were you drooling over Europe's Rock Band track list, but ultimately happier that you didn't need to buy peripherals separate from the game for an astronomical price? Yeah, we were too. But MTV Games has confirmed that the UK-exclusive tracks will actually be reaching US Xbox 360s and PS3s through …

After dropping into a coma from severe brain injury, a 2-year-old-girl from York, Pennsylvania was declared dead last night. Her mother's boyfriend who confessed to the beating is charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, endangering the welfare of a child and reckless endangerment. The …

How long can you tolerate this monologue without cringing or fast forwarding? I lasted about 8 seconds before my by-proxy embarrassment got the better of me. That's better than my mechanical bull record! Okay, without the crusty old curmudgeon attitude, this is some solid Portal cosplay, with some …

When one thinks of games on the Wii, "creepy" perhaps isn't the first word that comes to mind. But, It is the first that comes to mind once you lay your hands on Deadly Creatures. Taking some inspiration from Bad Mojo, (the cockroach game) Deadly Creatures puts the player in the role of a spider and …

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ButtonMashing.com

It would appear a certain gaming blog was left off this list. A mere oversight, I’m sure. Certainly it will appear on there the next time around.

Filed under: Business Electronic Arts likes what it has seen from Unreal Engine 3, so much so that the company has extended its relationship with Epic, giving EA the rights to incorporate the popular middleware solution into more than five upcoming titles. As to what games this impacts EA won't say …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, Action With all the hubbub surrounding its Gamespot review and subsequent aftermath, there were plenty of areas in which Kane and Lynch didn't get enough credit. There were great characters and performances and style to spare, not to mention an …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3, First Person Shooters Well, someone in Sony's software certification lair is having a blast. Infinity Ward community manager "fourzerotwo" has noted on his blog that the $10 Variety Map Pack for Call of Duty 4, which hit Xbox 360 last week, has entered the …

Filed under: Nintendo DS, Sony PlayStation 2, Sony PlayStation 3, Sony PSP, Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360, Action, Video In our long years of outrageously nerdy existence, we've never been able to truly emulate the lifestyle of Mr. Darth Vader, feared Lord of the Sith and champion emperor …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 2, Sony PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360, Rhythm Electronic Arts has finally announced a release date for fake instrument extravaganza, Rock Band, in the chronically shafted land of Europe. Eurogamer reports that the music-and-rhythmer will launch as a …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, Action GameTap has finally gotten a chance to share the previously embargoed details of its recent hands-on time with Grand Theft Auto IV. The preview discusses four of the game's fifteen online modes: Team Deathmatch, GTA Race, Cops 'N Crooks (a …

Filed under: PC, Microsoft Xbox 360, RPGs BioWare's community coordinator, Chris Priestly, has announced via the official Mass Effect forum that the PC version of the interstellar RPG has experienced a slight delay. Originally scheduled for release on May 6th, Mass Effect's retooled conversion will …

Filed under: Sony PSP As if it weren't bad enough having to pine for the PS3 version of LittleBigPlanet, CVG is now reporting that we're going to have to look forward to a PSP version of the game too. It says an inside source has revealed that LBP is in development for the PSP at Sony's Studio …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, RhythmWe thought that the inclusion of "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," as the final song in Guitar Hero III was a pretty inspired choice, but it seems not everyone was as thrilled with the selection, including Charlie Daniels, the song's author …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3, Sony PSP, Retro Attention, people who enjoy playing console games on a portable system via a wireless internet connection: We have important news for both of you! The new PSP firmware version 3.95 offers two minor tweaks to enhance your remote playing experience. …

Filed under: Microsoft Xbox 360 The May 2008 issue of Game Informer, available in red and gray flavors, promises a "world exclusive first look at Gears of War 2" - lucky for us, a poster at NeoGAF took the time to share the juiciest Locust-filled bits with the rest of the class. Of course Marcus and …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, Rhythm Exclusive just ain't the word it used to be. Rock Band's European debut was going to have some exclusive tracks just for the continent, but ShackNews reports that MTV Games says those tracks will be available in North America as …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 2, Action It's a scientific fact that $20 is a magical price point for console games. It's the price at which our judgment of what's worth buying and what's not begins to blur and we falter, letting our baser instincts hold sway. "Why do you own Kinetica?" a friend will …

Filed under: PC, Adventure, Joyswag In celebration of this Friday's release of the Sam & Max Season 2 finale, "What's New, Beelzebub?" Joystiq and Telltale Games are giving away three full Season 2 bundles (valued at $34.95 each). If you've yet to point and click your way through the highly …

Filed under: Nintendo Wii, RhythmThose replacement discs and free guitar faceplates that Activision has been sending to jilted, mono-version buyers of Wii's Guitar Hero III are now enshrined in law. Gamespot is reporting that the publisher has officially settled the class-action lawsuit brought late …

Filed under: Culture, Hacks, PCThe list of defunct video game magazines has grown quite a bit over the last few years: Tips & Tricks; Computer Games; the Official PlayStation Magazine (the old one, not the new one). Well, we can add another name to the list today, as Ziff Davis just announced …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, Action UK gamers who didn't pre-order Grand Theft Auto IV might have a hard time getting their hands on the title when it's released April 29. MCV reports that major retailers across the UK are struggling to keep up with early demand for Rockstar …

Filed under: Mac, PC, Business THQ executive Jack Sorenson tells Eurogamer he believes World of Warcraft has "peaked." He's not daft though, recognizing that there may always be millions of people playing it and that WoW is a great business. On that note, Sorenson is playing the good cheerleader for …

Filed under: Culture Arizona's Senate Judiciary Committee killed House Bill 2660 in a 4-2 vote; the legislation would have held media content producers liable for violent acts committed by consumers of video games, movies, TV and books. GamePolitics reports that the sponsor of the bill, Rep. Warde …

Filed under: Microsoft Xbox 360, Action, Business The bottle no longer spinning, its narrow mouth points squarely at Vicious Cycle as the company's middleware solution is taken in hand by developer Frozen Codebase to the closet for a little lovin'. The Green Bay, Wisconsin-based studio selected …

From the call: Indiecade invites independent game artists and designers from around the world to submit interactive media of all types – from art to commercial, ARG to abstract, serious to shooter – for consideration. Work-in-progress is encouraged. A diverse jury of industry leaders will …

For those of you who have been waiting for Dream Chronicles 2: The Eternal Maze to be released at Big Fish, the wait is finally over! The second chapter of this gorgeous series of games is here and it offers a unique mix of point-and-click puzzles and hidden objects that are all woven together into …

Magneboy

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In the latest puzzle romp from Nitrome, you play the part of Magneboy, an orange robot powered by clockwork, with a dial in his chest set permanently to Neutral. He exists in a strange technological void, with pillars jutting out of the infinite blackness beneath. On each level, you must guide him …

Casual games are vital to the future of the biz - but how does a developer navigate the middlemen-strewn digital distribution future? Daniel Cook has a manifesto to help casual game devs get loyal customers with great social games.

Job News

Acid for Blood

I left my job at Xfire last month to work at a company that I couldn’t speak of until today. It was my first day on the job as a Community Manager for Guild Wars. How cool is it that I’ve been writing about the game as a player and now I’m working at ArenaNet? [...]

by: Sean ColleliNEWS - The people at Battlefront.com have issued a new patch for Combat Mission Shock Force.  The patch is extensive, making over 70 different improvements across nearly every aspect of the game.  Hit the jump for a full list of changes, and the various download locations. …

Rome is Gold

Gaming Nexus

by: Sean ColleliNEWS - Paradox Interactive has announced that Europa Universalis: Rome is now gold.  The game lets you strategize in some of Rome's most epic conflicts, so sharpen up your Gladius and get ready for the game's release.More On : Europa Universalis: Rome. | Paradox Interactive | …

by: Randy KalistaNEWS - The graphical trade-off now becomes wildly apparent between the Wii screenshots you see below, and the PS3/X360 shots released last month.  And while the Wii is not up to current PS2 standards yet, it's nice to see that the original Hulkamaniac isn't going to be reduced …

Lost Odyssey

Gaming Nexus

by: Matt MirkovichREVIEW - Matt was lost but now is found with his review of Microsoft's latest attempt at a JRPGMore On : Lost Odyssey | Microsoft | Comment

by: Dan KeenerNEWS - EA and Epic games announced today that they have extended and expanded their agreement for EA to use Epic's Unreal Engine 3. Under the new terms, EA has the right to use the Unreal Engine 3 in more than five new titles that are currently in development. No details on which …

by: Nathan MurrayNEWS - Crave just released a very large collection of card games for the playstation 2 called World Championship Cards. The games include Bridge, Gin Rummy, 10 variations of solitaire, Cribbage, Hearts, Spades and many others. With online play, the ability to use voice chat and the …

I am so smart S M R T

Gaming Nexus

by: Nathan MurrayNEWS - It seems to me with the number of braining training themed games on the market place that we'd see more people walking around with super brain powers like telekinesis. Well just in case you still haven't reached that level of incredible brain power MicroCreations has created …

Thanks to David Edery, I learned about an article on Gamasutra about fixing online gaming idiocy. Bill Fulton wrote about the problems with griefers as well as people who are just plain rude. Why do I care? Some gamers might be thinking “If he’s so thin-skinned that he can’t take …

Last night I dreamt of being a character in GTA IV. But it had GTA III graphics and as I ran along the streets jacking cars in my dream, I kept thinking that once I reached a certain percentage of completion in the game, I'll be Niko and I'll be in glorious HD graphics.Perhaps I spent a wee bit too …

"The premise behind exercise games - 'exergaming' - is fairly simple: Let people play videogames that use their whole body as an input device, and they'll have fun and get their daily workout at the same time. Sadly, something so simple has rarely panned out. The history of videogames is littered …

"I've been a sportsman since I was 3 years old and got hit on the head with a rugby ball. This is a rite of passage in New Zealand - if you haven't lost at least a few brain cells to the Great Game, you're a bit funny. Possibly a girl or a terrorist. Highlights of my brilliant career include over …

Bridges to the Middle

The Escapist

"Very few of us can be barbarian warriors or all-star power forwards - I personally want to be an all-star barbarian power forward warrior - but we can all enjoy being a part of something. Gaming and sports engage the mind and imagination and allow us to partake in a communal experience, whether it' …

"Although in the modern day we no longer run the risk of starvation and death unless we're in the depths of a serious World of Warcraft addiction, the competition for resources is still present in our competition for mates and jobs. At work, we chain ourselves to computers to earn promotions and …

"I press the center button on my iPod, and the pleasant male voice with a Palo Alto accent tells me I've been running for four minutes and three seconds. The voice reminds me of everything I hate about Californians and their smug, fitter-happier-smarter-than-thou attitude. I imagine he's just some …

Groundhog Day

Shrapnel Games Blog

When it comes to sequels Hollywood ain’t got nothin’ on video games. Sequels are so firmly entrenched in the digital world that not having a sequel is far more uncommon than having one. Sometimes sequels are even announced before the original game has been released! One mantra about the whys …

The MI6 game marketing conference promises to be filled with compelling insights into the profession over the course of the next two days, but there are 10 sessions in particular that we've declared must-attends.

One analyst doesn't foresee the typical summer doldrums of the games market, with catalog sales and big new releases driving strong sales in the summer months.

Recently shuttered Full Auto developer Pseudo Interactive was working on a new version of the classic vehicular manslaughter title Carmageddon, a source has told Next-Gen.

Jurie sends in a pointer to MMO Couples, a site dedicated to dating and romance in massively multiplayer universes. The focus is on WoW (of course), and it's written by a young Dutch lady who met her Austrian Night Elf...

Prototyping The Sims 3

GameDev.Net

gamesindustry.biz has a great piece on how the team over at the Redwood Shores office developed various prototypes to test out the new gameplay in The Sims 3. While creating the entire game in 2D before 3D is a nifty prototype, they went way more abstract in the initial stages to test out …

GarageGames, the leading technology provider for independent game developers, has released version 1.7 of their Torque Game Engine Advanced. In addition to offering support for most high-end video cards and now with rendering fallbacks all the way to DirectX 8, TGEA 1.7 comes with new game examples …

April 3, 2008 - (Singapore) Indie developer Fundictive today announced the start of Open Beta testing for its 3D online-only action/strategy game "Army of Earth". Army of Earth has been in development for 18 months and is now available for immediate download from www.armyofearth.com. Beta …

Toronto Indie Game Jam #3

GameDev.Net

Game developers, designers and artists from Toronto and its surrounding regions gather together for a weekend of game development madness! Running from May 9 - 11, 2008 full details are available off of the event website http://www.tojam.ca Register now!

DVD Watch: Battle Royale

Cathode Tan

Battle Royale is one of those things that is easier to just watch than have explained to you. Short version - it's a Japanese horror action flick with high school kids killing each other off in a three day struggle to be the last man standing and, hence, be allowed to leave the island.OK, I guess …

I wanted this to be good, I really did. I've never had an overly romantic notion of just how good the original Robotech series was, being three completely separate narratives put through the blender in what can kindly be called the early days of American publish anime.But still, Robotech was decent …

Having been disappointed by the previous entry in the series, the Gottleib Pinball Hall of Fame, mostly because the included games didn't click with me, this one was bound to be a winner right from the start. Williams games just seem deeper than Gottleib pinball tables from similar years. Overall …

I really like the idea of Nethack and the rogue-alikes (say, that would be a great name for a geek rock band). There's a certain purity, a mercenary clarity to the genre that I find refreshing. On the other hand, I just don't share the kind of masochism that allows other rogue-alike fans to [...]

The Xbox 360 may be getting its own take on the Wii remote later this year, reports MTV News, with Microsoft said to have been knee deep in "X-remote" development since Summer of 2007. MTV cites an anonymous developer who alleges that a motion-sensitive controller is being developed alongside a Mii- …

I was pretty wowed by the Apple presentation of Super Monkey Ball on the iPhone last month. The use of the tilt controls for this game in particular seem really intuitive. So any news about it, and games like iPhone Spore, make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Today Other Ocean announced that …

Job listings for the 2K Marin-led sequel to BioShock hint rather heavily that the sequel (prequel?) will be coming to more than just the Xbox 360 and PC. The team at 2K are looking for a Senior Designer, noting that "Playstation3 experience is required." Also preferred? Unreal Engine 3 experience. …

Sounds like 360 Magazine had quite a spread on Fallout 3 for this last issue, with nine pages dedicated to the upcoming Bethesda game. Fallout 3, A Post Nuclear Blog, has a run down of the magazine article as well as a number of scans from it showing off some new screens and art for the game. This …

We're not sure that you're ready to enter the world of custom, one of a kind My Little Pony creations, but perhaps the bitter pill of fandom tucked within a meaty treat will help the medicine go down. This unique pony, decked out in Master Chief's Mjolnir armor, is almost exactly how we pictured it …

Movies [Day Note]

Kotaku

To: Ash From: Crecente Re: You Watch Old Movies? Hmm old movies? You know as much as I love movies, I tend to not to rewatch them that often unless they're playing on TV. I do have some I really love though. I'm a big fan of older movies, like M, Jeanne d'Arc, old Humphrey Bogart flicks. I love …

Mastiff's video game adaptation of competitive ingestion, officially licensed by the Major League Eating organization, will not only justify your Wii purchase and the very existence of WiiWare, it will elevate the medium to an art form. Or it will just be one more scoop of digital detritus on the …

The Jerry Bruckheimer produced film adaptation of Prince of Persia finally has a leading man in Orlando Bloom, according to Hollywood.com. The 31 year old star of similar costume action pictures like The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Troy and Kingdom of Heaven should have no problem fitting into the …

Trauma Center: Under the Knife delivered big time on its promise of all the fun of cutting into human flesh with none of the mess. Now Atlus has announced that the DS sequel, recently announced in Japan, is heading to North American shores July 1st! The game is a direct follow up to the original, …

Sure, it may borrow wholesale from Independent Games Festival finalist Crayon Physics by Petri Purho, but Magic Pen is much more multi-platform friendly, requiring but a short download via your web browser of choice. Perfect for those of us not willing to walk from our Macs to our Windows boxes. You …

In case you missed it, Sonic jumps the shark becomes a werewolf version of himself in Sega's upcoming Sonic Unleashed, giving them an excuse to slow him down and deliver some sure-to-be thrilling 3D combat. This will effectively cut the classic 2D gameplay everyone is excited about, making sure no …

Smash Bros. Dojo To End Daily Updates Next Monday. This is it, folks; your last week of daily brain droppings from Masahiro Sakurai on the official Smash Bros. Dojo. Hopefully, Mr. Sakurai and the fine translation team at Nintendo will make the effort to freshen up the content now and then, giving …

Is there more to the design of Portal's end-game boss GlaDOS than previously thought? Game-ism weighs in with its own spoiler-filled theory on why the loopy and sentient computer puts protagonist Chell through such an intense series of tasks in order to ultimately reach her; that is, to kill her, …

You may remember the class action lawsuit filed against Activision this past November on behalf of owners of the flawed, mono-only version of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. The lawsuit, submitted by Samuel Livingston of California, sought "actual damages, individual restitution, equitable relief …

Will we get our first proper look at Resistance 2 for the PlayStation 3 this week? I'm going with "definitely maybe." "yes." GameTrailers TV host Geoff Keighley teases on his blog that the April 11 episode will feature "something special from our friends at Insomniac Games and Sony Computer …

For those who either missed out on the first line of Shooting Game Historica gashapon or feel the burning in their collector loins to complete the line, please note that National Console Support has commenced with pre-orders for the second batch. Joining the line this go 'round are the R90 Ragnarok …

Those first GTAIV multiplayer shots were nice, but these new ones (courtesy of Shacknews), they take a mighty ratchet to my excitement levels and they just ratchet. Them. Up. Co-operative assaults on armoured vans should be enough to whet most appetites, but no. No, they had to go show a mid-air …

When we heard that Full Auto devs Pseudo Interactive had been shuttered by Eidos and SCi, we were told that their closure would affect a couple of unnamed projects. What we hadn't been told was that, according to sources who have tipped off Next-Gen, Psuedo had in fact been working on a new …

After SOME ADULT upstaged four-year old Mini Bash, he spent the rest of the evening, trying to perfect his origami DS Lite. He noticed mistakes in his design — like the lack of a Dpad. What's more, he selected pink paper to match our pink DS Lite. He made seven total, not including the sheet …

Working at EA isn't as soul crushing and relationship ruining as it was just three years ago, according to internal survey results provided to GameDaily. You may remember that the work environment at the super-publisher was nothing short of a bleak wasteland not too long ago, during the "EA Spouse" …

The latest issue of Game Informer isn't quite on news-stands yet, but it is in the hands of subscribers. Said issue has a big feature on Gears of War 2's singleplayer, with all kinds of plot, character and gameplay revelations to be found within, all of which has somehow ended up on the internets. …

The above clip features not only the announcement that Darth Vader will be playable in the opening level of Lucasart's Force Unleashed, but also word that via the powers of the force you'll be able to pick a wookie up off the ground and wring his garbling, furry neck. Which should be the clip's …

Just as one contest wraps up (still need to post the finalists — will do shortly!), we've got another. This one is a cosplay contest. But not any just cosplay contest. A radical cosplay contest. Here's the deal: Dress up like an airplane. Any type of airplane is fine! Pose with a Kotaku sign. …

Ack! CREEPY. Human heads are not that big. Found at the Den-Den Town Kotobukiya shop, these are staff-created customized Haruhi Suzumiya Pullip dolls — poses, uniform and everything. There's another nightmare inducing pic of these dolls after the jump. *shiver* Pullip Dolls [Senaka Blog]

Quit rubbing your eyes, kid, this is real! EA have formally, officially and properly announced that Rock Band will be launching in Europe on May 23. The catch? As was pretty much already surmised, it's only appearing on 360, with the PS3, Wii and PS2 versions only vaguely scheduled for "Summer". No …

Voting time! Man, there were a fuckton of great eggs. So many that we don't have the usually lucky seven finalists. We've got 25. All the entries seem self explanatory, so what we've done is create a gallery. Click through to see all the finalists. Here's where it gets different: To vote, write "I …

Giving the decidedly average PlayStation Store a new coat of paint may not be the only changes Sony make to their online services this year. Speaking with GameDaily, Sony's Scott Steinberg has said: On the network side, we've stated that we're in a closed beta now for Home, we'll be rolling out …

Filed under: Nintendo Wii, Business The March NPD report is expected next week, but Lazard Capital Market's Colin Sebastian believes software sales will be up 35% for the month. GameDaily reports Sebastian expects top sellers to include Army of Two, Rainbow Six Vegas 2, and continued success by Call …

Filed under: Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360, Peripherals MTV News has a secret source who sent in the above "sketch" and some info on what they claim is a veritable Wiimote clone, courtesy of your friends and ours at Microsoft. Reportedly, the Xbox (marketing?) team has been hard at work aping …

Filed under: Culture Update: Well, that's a relief. ComingSoon.net relays word from Disney that Orlando Bloom has not been cast as the eponymous prince. As for David Zandi ... we're still rooting for you, mate!Original post:Just forget about focus group-favorite David Zandi; who needs a real Persian …

Filed under: Nintendo Wii, Action True story: We were originally going to call this post "The Incredible Hulk on Wii looks like The Incredible Hulk on 360 and PS3, but worse," but we realized that if we did that, we would be hitting the nail so squarely on the head that we wouldn't have anything to …

Filed under: Nintendo Wii, Peripherals, Business GoNintendo reports that the latest issue of Nintendo Power states the manufacturer's suggested retail price for the Nintendo Wii Wheel is $10. It appears that some retailers aren't taking the suggestion to heart, as Gamestop, Amazon and some other …

Filed under: Culture MSNBC asked 2K Boston's Ken Levine, creator of BioShock, what his top five games of all time are. Levine gets double bonus points for picking cult favorite Beyond Good and Evil, which he says "managed to combine whimsy and dystopia in one unforgettable package." Levine's other …

Filed under: Culture As children, we remember being horribly disappointed the first time we saw a hedgehog in real life. Where was the cobalt blue fur? The shoes? The Jaleel White-fueled attitude? Well, we learned today that hedgehogs share at least one characteristic with their video game …

Filed under: Features, PoliticsEach week Dennis McCauley contributes The Political Game, a column on the collision of politics and video games:If you pay attention to the First Amendment arguments offered in defense of video games, you'll often hear reference to something called the "slippery slope …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 2, Sony PSP Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has posted a portent of doom on its website concerning the online servers for several PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable games. SCEE notes that it has wrapped its hand around the power cord and is ready to give it a …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3, Business Swedish retailer Webhallen.com is listing a PS3 bundle for GTA IV at 4,499 SEK ($755). Engadget notes that there doesn't appear to be anything special about the bundle, unlike the not-sold-in-stores Xbox 360 GTA IV special edition.We contacted Sony America …

Filed under: PC, Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, First Person Shooters, Online, Video Looking for a good way to plan Call of Duty 4 strategies while you're away from your Xbox 360? Our sister site Xbox 360 Fanboy has put together a 5 1/2-minute walkthrough of the new Variety Map Pack, which …

Filed under: Nintendo DS, Adventure, SimulationsAtlus this afternoon announced plans to bring Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2 stateside, giving us plenty to keep busy amidst reruns of Scrubs and E.R. when the game ships for the Nintendo DS this summer. Atlus confirmed that the sequel, which follows …

Filed under: Culture, Business Only a few years after "EA Spouse" exposed Electronic Arts as a white-collar sweat shop, the company released to GameDaily results of an internal employee survey showing they've changed since then. The survey, completed by 77% of EA's global workforce, showed that 63% …

Filed under: Microsoft Xbox 360, Sports Have you always had a dark fantasy about watching Space Channel 5's Ulala play hot, sweaty tennis against Sonic's squeeze Amy Rose? If so, you repulse us, and we think everybody would be more comfortable if you'd just leave. Seriously, there's a back door, …

Finally, the NES gets DLC

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Filed under: Hacks, RetroWe admit that we don't share their same tendencies, but we love how many video game modders seem to come from the George Mallory school of thought. Why do you want to put downloadable content on the Nintendo Entertainment System? Because it is there. RetroZone are the ones …

Filed under: Sony PlayStation 2, Sony PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox 360, Action Ignore for about three seconds Sega's laughably broken Sonic Unleashed marketing which released gameplay footage before a teaser trailer (above), and just focus on what we'll soon be calling -- with …

Filed under: Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii We wanted to send some comfort and well wishes to Go Nintendo founder Kevin Cassidy, whose dog Buddy the Podcast Dog passed away this week. Many of the Joystiq staff can swear without a doubt that they are closer to their pets than other humans. Speaking …

Lost Pig

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In Lost Pig, you are Grunk, a rather dim creature who works on a farm and who, evidently, loses a pig. Using your best typing skills, find your way through the forest and beyond and retrieve that darn swine. It won't be easy, since pigs in Grunk's world are not cooperative. Utilize your intuition ( …