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Hyper Frame

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HyperFrame is a new puzzle game offered by Shockwave.com that combines 3D graphics and an engaging soundtrack to create a compelling interactive experience. The goal of the game is fairly simple: connect each pair of same-colored blocks with an unbroken line that does not cross over, or use the same …

Alien Loves Predator

Aeropause

I couldn't stop with the laughing.

Crazy Ball

Independent Gaming

The Crazy Ball demo features four levels of Marble Madness style of gameplay, where you use either the keyboard or mouse to control the movement of a ball from one end of the field to the other. Graphics are pretty impressive for an indie 3D action puzzler.

That a headline you ever expected to read? Well we never expected to write it, either, so there you go. But this is what a report over at MTV.com is claiming, with the star of Sin City and lead actreess from TV's Dark Angel having apparently helped develop an extreme sports game that will be rolled …

Wow, with enemies like this, who needs allies. After taking credit for Eidos' announcing a delay on "25 to Life", Jack Thompson waded into a related GamePolitics comments thread with a quickness. I'll protect the police my way, and what exactly are you doing to protect them besides staying off the …

Boys in the hood playing GTA

Joystiq

The Washington Post follows two sets of gamers as they play Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. One group consists of poor kids living near the rough parts of South Central Los Angeles. These guys are certain that GTA:SA was designed by a bunch of gringos, but they appreciate it …

Proof! Nintendo Revolution Controller is Tiring"The discussion if the new Nintendo Revolution controller is any good is running hot. I found now a photo from the Nintendo Keynote speech that was held at the TGS 2005 proofing my point that the new controller makes your arm tired. See grandpa …

Ok so this never really dawned on me but someone had to think of it. Worth1000 has a truckload of different Photoshop contests all the time. This time around it's people, sometimes celebs transformed into Anime-like characters. After parusing this gallery it made me realize that Japanese anime is …

According to Wired, there is some major brouha a brewing with some discontented Suicide Girls (repetitive, I know) deciding to part ways with the fem-friendly, punk-infused, tattoed company: "The only reasons I'm doing this and I'm sticking my neck out is that people, especially females who are 18 …

A complete collection of videos or ascii tablatures from the Radical Software Group on "How to Win at Super Mario Bros." Only these are not videos of actual gameplay. They're instructional clips of someone operating the joystick and pressing the buttons. Crazy. Then there's "Prepared Playstation …

After blogging yesterday’s big Nintendo event in NYC, we wandered down 5th Avenue and into one of those electronics-stores-cum-tourist-traps that no self-respecting game or gadget freak would ever enter. Call it morbid curiousity. Horrors awaited us inside. We managed to snap a …

The format of this post may seem silly right now, because mobile blogging, while "the shit," doesn't have all the options one would imagine it has. Bear with me.... Playing "Indogo Prophecy" is more or less playing Simon with a story. The game itself is a mere cutscene behind the primary …

The PS3’s “different direction” for its standard controller may seem a bit strange to some—and, thankfully, still a “conceptual design” to others—but there might be an ergonomic precedent for Sony’s DualShock-ing new ways: the strikingly similar …

Video games have come so far in the past twenty years. Back in the old days players sought cheat codes that unlocked extra lives, invincibility, level selects, or maybe mighty power-up. Today's gamers want to unlock new dogs. What an...

Grandma finished her game this morning, just in time to return it to Hollywood Video and rent "The Ring Two" and "Monster In Law;" both horrific movies in their own way. I knew Grandma would have had to at least form a final opinion of the game, after a few days of standing in between "this is a …

He just wanted to break the news to fellow gamers about GTA San Andreas "going gold" but his ill-advised methods have earned him a criminal record.As reported in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Stephen Dottoli, 24, of Gloucester, NJ was sentenced by a federal judge to two years' probation for stealing …

Best. Bug. Ever.

G-pinions

From the November EGM, the developer of Oblivion talking about a "nasty" bug: "There is a unicorn in the game, and the other day when I was playing I found it dead," explains Howard. "The Minotaur killed it; he's supposed to protect it, but his A.I. is just too aggro." If we're lucky, they'll make …

Warning: Contains nudity. Another good shmup from Japan, Hellbound features more alien levels and bosses for your alter ego to wreck havoc on. The sprite designs are absolutely outstanding. Only one key is used for both shots and shields. When you release the shift key, a shield will momentarily …

This gets back to game design eventually, I promise. If anyone has paid any attention to television this fall, as the new season kicks in, you’ll have noted that it’s been a little wierd. After a seeming eternity of every show being a bad Law and Order ripoff, with half of them being …

[Update: observant reader Hans Tseng points out that the website used to have a different picture there with an identical file name, “revolution.jpg,” so that the forum post picture was updated when the original page swapped the mockup picture for the real picture. Thanks, Hans.] There …

Sega Shows Off Lindbergh Technology - Virtua Fighter 5Sega's japanese website has some new images showing off the Lindbergh arcade technology. It has been rumored that the Lindbergh Arcade system is based on the Xbox 360.Related Links:Sega: LINDBERGHSega: LINDBERGH - Virtua Fighter 5

I'm not too sure this ad is real. If it is, it's a risky one for Nintendo. They're not known for ads like these. Of course he's just...ahem playing his Nintendo. Where's his Girlfriendo? Found on Flickr via Adverblog

Monkey Island turns 15

Blackwood.dk

Ron Gilbert writes on his weblog that 15 year ago this month, one of the greatest adventure games of all time (heck, it’s one of the greatest games period, no genre needed), Monkey Island, made it’s way to the store and onto computers all over the world. Ahh… the memories.

Revolution Editor Roundtable News Story From 1UP.com"Is the world ready for Nintendo's Revolution?You've already read and reread our hands-on impressions with Nintendo's ambitious controller for their upcoming next-generation Revolution controller, but we're only just starting to realize its …

Multiple gameplay videos of Perfect Dark Zero have been unleashed online, underscoring Microsoft’s secret plan to make PDZ the Halo-style launch title many future Xbox 360 owners have been hoping for. (Note: somewhat ironically, the video files have been encoded in Apple’s QuickTime …

Xbox 360 controller up on eBay

Joystiq

An auction for a new Xbox 360 controller has popped up on eBay and promptly sold for $91US. The seller “tukiz7” claims he “got” the controller whilst attending a game developers conference hosted by Microsoft. That “got” could mean only two things; either …

Planet Xbox 360 has the first in-game screenshot of Perfect Dark Zero and it’s a rather impressive display of next-gen power. But the real bonus here is a biography on Ms. Joanna Dark herself, just in case you were wondering about her likes and dislikes, special skills and attributes, or where …

Earlier this month, Blizzard added a new dungeon (Zul’Gurub) to World of Warcraft.  Dwelling in the dungeon is a monster called Hakkar, who has the ability to infect players with a virus called “corrupted blood”.  It appears that Blizzard intended to limit the infection to …

Love is in the air

Games

I attended a wedding this weekend in the wilds of Scotland, and so to celebrate the happy event of Gregor's and Ally's marriage, we thought we would compile a list of the top games which feature the most romantic couples in interactive entertainment.

Somehow I think the “most viewed” list of my Flickr photos gives a rather clear, in perhaps not terribly surprising, glimpse of the general taste.

There’s a very interesting Interview and Responses up on Slasdot today. They a series of community chosen questions to Blizzard presumably to be answered by the developers themselves. Interviews like this in the past have been extremely successful for both the interviewee, as well as the …

Gearlive has some shots and a description of a mod'd cube with an Xbox, PS2, Gamecube and an LCD all built into one. It's like an electronic video game suitcase. I want to see a smaller version of this only instead of consoles, you use all portables like a DS, PSP, Advance, Micro, Game Gear and …

God of War 2 & God of War 3 Tid BitsElectronic Gaming Monthly's October 2005 magazine reveals some interesting tid bits about the future of the ambitious God of War franchise. A small bit tucked into the rumors corner basically says that the sequal for God of War will be on PS2. It also indicates …

Xbox 360 Controller up for grabs on eBay!The seller known as "sym5" on eBay has managed to get ahold of an Xbox 360 controller. The original listing was ended early. The item has been relisted with some updated photos. I suppose the sellers 100% positive feedback rating wasn't enough credibility …

It seems like everyone and their brother is talking about Satoru Iwata's exclusive interview with G4 from the Tokyo Game Show, and the thing hasn't even aired yet. G4 has garnered a lot of attention simply by posting a short clip from the interview, in which Iwata mentions that he's pushing Shigeru …

As seen on Aggro Me: Faarwolf, she of the Bat of Misery, former board moderator for EQ2, is now selling her stuff and going home. Home, mind you, being not safe for work. (Hopefully no dark elves were hurt in the making of that site.) OK, enough snark. (Like I could ever resist snark.) The [...]

Iwata: Mario for Revolution launch"Satoru Iwata has confirmed for the first time that current Nintendo planning slates the firm’s new Mario game for Revolution launch, it emerged today.During an interview with hit and miss US games channel G4, conducted at this year’s Tokyo Game Show, Iwata said …

Ask Me About the Revolution"Chris Kohler, contributor to Wired Magazine, had a chance to take Nintendo's Revolution for a run while he was at the Tokyo Game Show, and he's opened himself to questions. He's generously started a thread over on the Gaming-Age forums where he offers to answer people's …

David Jaffe (most recently served as game director and lead designer on uberhit God of War) answers questions put to him by Edge Magazine. Edge manages to ask him 20 questions without eliciting much of interest from the man, but he did make an interesting comment on why better graphics are …

Be careful....

"Sony's balancing act is becoming more and more interesting to watch by the day. Forced into revealing its next-generation hand far earlier than it would have liked by Microsoft's rush to get the Xbox 360 out while the Xbox is dumped unceremoniously into an early grave, much like a protesting …

Ant Kendo is a game where you battle another ant in kendo with a bamboo stick above a body of water. The object is to knock your ant samurai opponent into the water with some fancy kendo moves. You control the movements of your ant with the mouse and click above, below or directly on the ant for …

Stop Jack Thompson, StopStopKill.com!StopStopKill.com is a website dedicated to bringing people the truth behind video game violence. This is basically an pro first amendment effort. Gamers come in all ages and games should be rated like movies are. If a game is pornographic in nature, then it …

A "Super" Doom 3 For PS3?"The latest print issue of Game Informer magazine has a new interview with id Software programmer John Carmack who chats about a number of things including his Doom RPG cell phone game. his opinions on the upcoming Doom movie, and prospects on any possible Doom game sequel ( …

Say what?Jack Thompson was in rare form today, charming readers of GamePolitics like crazy. Jack hasn't been this bubbly since he drove Howard Stern to satellite radio. Among his bon mots:"I love the smell of burning gamers in the morning. I am receiving thanks from cops all across the country. Let …

Obligatory Leeroy Jenkins link for the week — Soundboard. The quality leaves a lot to be desired, but who can get enough of this stuff? I sure can’t.

New model army

Intelligent Artifice

There's two fairly high profile games coming out soon that were developed using a different approach than what's used for most games....

Red eye

RagnarTornquist.com

Big deadline tomorrow, and everyone’s worked the weekend. Two ten-to-twelve hour days followed by another busy workweek? If it wasn’t so damn rewarding, I’d probably be bitching about it. But I can’t bitch. I love it. I really do. So has it been worth the blood, sweat, and …

    They came in droves to see this man, Shigeru Miyamoto, at his first public appearance in New York’s Nintendo World. This was not about trading Nintendogs or collecting Miyamoto-signed DS skins; no, it was a pilgrimage. A snaking line of hundreds (probably, thousands) …

99 Nights Gameplay Footage and Screenshots Some nice in game screen shot here as well as a 10 min video (no sound). This looks like it could be a must have for the 360.Related Links:Actual Game Screenshots(445.62 MB) (960x540) Video w/ no sound(167.5 MB) (480x270) Video w/ no sound

The King's Quest IX Trailer is available now from Adventure Europe. Great job by Dimitris Manos and the gang in keeping the spirit of adventuring alive! The first episode will be released this winter. The game is freeware.

Heartless writes "If you aren't an Evercrack addict or a World of Warcraft fanatic then chances are you may just be interested in some of these updates for non-mainstream MMORPGs. First off we have Pirates of the Burning Sea accepting beta applications. Darkfall Online has a leaked gameplay video …

A New Goal For Me

Zen of Design

Now, I’ve screwed up in the past. Many times. In the MMO space, screwing up is almost inevitable, and the real question is how you respond. But I haven’t yet screwed up enough to get the attention of the mainstream media. In this case, BBC reports on the WoW plague, in [...]

After I downgraded my PSP to version 1.5, I tried out the emulators that have often been held up by others as "the only reason to own a PSP". Of the systems that interested me, only one was worth my time (NesterJ). In the end, I upgraded back to my 2.0 firmware so I could have the web browser. For …

This Washington Post story doesn’t seem to have any actual news for people who already pay attention to the videogame industry. But if you know someone who doesn’t, and who is impressed by anything about this article, consider showing that...

Interesting exchange over at Control+V about the recent appearance of ads in the Escapist. Basically, the author was shocked to find advertising for "beer and tits" in an online magazine that he otherwise likes a lot. In the comments, the publisher responds that the ads for Carlsberg beer and Second …

Controller Concepts: Gun Games"What might a light gun-like attachment for Revolution's controller look like? And how might it function? Speculation and mock-ups inside.The bigwigs at Nintendo have finally pulled back the curtain on their next-generation system's unique controller. Dubbed the " …

You know G4, right? The first television network dedicated to video games? G4 seems to be heading down an aimless path away from video games and into general stereotypical mens' entertainment. Recall, if you will, that the video game channel...

Rooster Teeth, the company that shot to fame with its sitcom machinima made with Halo's game engine and which has since gone on to be commissioned by the likes of EA to do the same with The Sims, has started work on a new series inspired by Monolith's upcoming FEAR (it stands for First Encounter …

Greg Costikyan, who you might know as the author of a recent article in...

Just received this press release... "Sony PlayStation Online delivers one of the hottest online gaming environments on the market today...Sony recognizes that the online world is also full of challenges, and crowded with people at all age ranges and personal beliefs.""Subscribers within Sony …

Chasing the Dragon

Cathode Tan

How many bloggers do you know would dare use a heroin euphemism to describe a religious movement? Well, it's early and I'm cranky. Those awaiting geekier and gamier bits should wait until tomorrow. I'm talking about Intelligent Design for a moment. Simply because I keep hearing it on the news and …

A videogame culture book called Smart Bomb is headed your way soon. I love reading books on games and cultural studies. It's published by Algonquin Books and is written by the authors Heather Chaplin and Aaron Ruby. Smart Bomb looks at the celebrities or "Spielberg's" of the video game industry, …

Speaking of games that game developers can’t seem to help making, Generate yourself some crappy WWII FPSes!. Masterful. Spotted on Q23.

Recently, my Zaurus went missing. I think some idle hands may have done away with it. I had just gotten used to using it as a music player at work, so I was a little bummed. However, The Girl and I just got these fancy new cell phones and mine, a Nokia 6230 labels itself as able to play MP3 …

Chief of the old blocks

Edge Online

The last time we met 18-year-old Justin Stebbins (in Edge issue 135), his Lego-based videogame figures for Halo and Metal Gear Solid 2 were attracting attention from the likes of Hideo Kojima. Not one to rest on his laurels after such high profile recognition, however, he's branched out to make …

It turns out that a lot of you out there are on board for the Nintendo Revolution. I still want to see some games in action, but I've been buying Nintendo products for nearly twenty years and I'm unlikely to...

FAQ: David Jaffe

Edge Online

Every Friday, Edge Online speaks to a games luminary and asks them to answer 20 fixed questions about themselves, the games they play, and their thoughts on the industry. This week we talk to David Jaffe. Most recently responsible for Sony's excellent mythical adventure God of War as game director …

Next generation of violent video game more realistic than ever"THE next generation of the controversial video game Grand Theft Auto is set to feature more realistic violence, according to the latest reports on the production.Staff at the Edinburgh design company Rockstar North are hard at work …

So the good news (really good) is that Ultimate Spider-Man is all wrapped up! Activision just put the press release out this morning and we’re shipping to retail now. It’s always a bit surreal when the game is released...

Tactics Arena Online

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From Digital Seed Entertainment comes Tactics Arena Online (TAO), a turn based strategy game the likes of Final Fantasy. By commanding an army of characters on a battlefield, your goal is to decimate your opponents team in a battle of weapons and abilities.

Get a Load of This!

Gaming Steve

Does anybody remember back in the mid 1990s when CD-ROMs were brand new and a whole bunch of "CD-ROM Magazines" came out? Who could forget the ever so popular Blender, Launch, and Digizine CD-ROM 'Zines? Basically they were magazines designed specifically for a CD-ROM, and they lasted about a year …

"Put down the lightsaber before you hurt someone" I should be working but instead I kill the hovering droid balls with fricken lazer beams shooting out of it. via |Digg|

Now you, too can cut down tall grass and break clay pots! And maybe kills some monsters. Bid! [Via Joystiq]

This year is the five year anniversary of the venerable Baldur's Gate II, and Gamebanshee is celebrating with a series of walkthroughs, an interview, and game art displays. From the interview with co-lead designers James Ohlen and Kevin Martens: "I have two primary memories burned into my mind from …

Next Generation is running an article entitled Gaming's Digital Future, discussing the reality that digital downloads are likely to be commonplace in the industry in the near future. Today they've polled publishers for their opinions, with developer and distributor opinions later in the week. From …

Out This Week

Next Generation

We profile 20 of this week's retail releases. Catching up from a strong PSP showing at TGS, the DS has begun its cavalcade of fall delights including Trace Memory (pictured). Also, some decent compilations and a creative D D effort. Oh, and some sports games.

The past week was pretty active.  The gamerati continued to digest the design implications of the revealed controller for the Nintendo Revolution, Microsoft was sued for a hard shell case, the NBA signed five deals in the video game world, Activision pledged 40 titles for the Xbox 360 during …

I don't seem to be happy with any videogames lately. I'm having trouble sustaining any kind of extended play sessions. I picked up Metal Arms: Glitch in the System. It's a nice looking platformer. Needs an auto-targeting system. Didn't grab me the way Ratchet and Clank did. Also got Malice. It's …

Rumors abound that EA had a “little” problem with a roster update to the Madden 06 series, accounting for the presence and quick disappearance of that particular update.  If screenshots are spot on, it appears that the update resulted in a minimization of NY Jets offensive lineman …

More MGS 4 Details

The Console Wars

More MGS 4 Details"In an interview with the Norwegian news site Dagbladet.no, Kojima reveals many new details about Snake, MGS 4 and his game design philosophy. Here is a summary from the interview which we have proudly ripped from CVG.Technology has evolved where emoting can now be done through …

How’s that for an analogy? If you don’t buy it now, that may change come October 4th. Microsoft recently revealed that this is the date when Perfect Dark Zero marketing begins—with a budget on par with the amount spent for Halo 2 (the reigning king of hype). In a recent conference …

Top 10 Selling games in japan this week were: 1. Dynasty Warriors 5: Mosho Den (incl. Limited Edition) For the PS2 BY Koei 2.Famicom Mini: Super Mario Bros. (20th Anniversary version) For the GBA By Nintendo 3. Tamagotchi Connection: Corner Shop! For the DS By Bandai 4.World Soccer Winning Eleven 9 …

I don't think the Marble Madness genre of games will ever die. Some of the more recent reincarnations I've enjoyed recently are ISO Infected and Neverball. Well now it appears you can create your own 3D floating plane in the sky, marble navigation game. It's called Game Level Editor and it's by …

The King's Quest IX Trailer is available now from Adventure Europe. Great job by Dimitris Manos and the gang in keeping the spirit of adventuring alive! The first episode will be released this winter. The game is freeware.

Jesus plays World of Warcraft

Joystiq

Landover Baptist shares with us a story on the trend of Christian gaming enthusiasts who have flocked to Blizzard’s popular World of Warcraft game to proselytize, by violence if necessary, as evinced by one guild leader who has engaged in “conversion duels on multiple servers where …

Grand Theft Auto shots for PS3 show sex scenes"Rockstar will be in bother againGRAND THEFT Auto developers Rockstar are once again putting themselves in the headlines the only way they know how, by courting controversy.Just last week we reported that Miami anti-videogames crusader Jack Thompson has …

Xbox's [360's Huge] Power Source"Tonight, I got back from an interview with Okamoto, who was promoting his new boardgame-like 360 title. My seat was right next to the Xbox 360 they were using to power the machine. So, I touched it and took a picture. It felt warm. There was a fan connected to the …

Why Nintendo Gets It, or Why Sony Should Start Trying"Not convinced? That's OK, neither is Chris. He wrote a response in his article, Revolution and the Next Generation, or Popular Belief and the Gaming Industry. Check it out.And I thought they had logged out:It blows my mind that Nintendo has so …

After being called out, I'm back on track in GTA: San Andreas. I have to believe anyone who bad mouths this game for its gratuitous violence hasn't played through very much of the story (if at all). I'm continually amazed at the the production values and attention to detail Rockstar has put into …

Game wallpaper part 2

Aeropause

I ran into some more high res game wallpapers here. And in case you missed the last bunch.

Doom 3 on the CheapBox

Cathode Tan

I finally found my Doom 3 Disk 1 last night and re-installed it onto the CheapBox. The Girl and I have company for a week, so I didn't really get time to put it through it's paces ... but the bottom line is - it runs OK. I'm probably stuck on low quality mode, but it's hard to tell because I …

I'm finding it difficult to watch movies recently and I'm looking at games as the culprit. Whenever I'm watching a movie I get a little restless and I feel like I should be doing something, I've realized that on a subconscious level I want to control the story, not watch it. I've always been a …

OF FOOLSCAP AND JESTERS

Broken Toys

Harlan Ellison and the Penny Arcadians don't get along. As anyone familiar with both of their collected works would attest, this would be about as surprising as Ann Coulter having an unkind word to say about Randi Rhodes. They're both of the same school: foul-mouthed, immature, possessing a world- …

Wired is reporting on the Hollywood depiction of games and gamers, and how it has improved (or not) over the years. From the article: "... has Hollywood finally figured out how to realistically depict gaming culture? For years, they've been achingly bad at it. Gamers have long been accustomed to …

Greg Costikyan today revealed his new digital distribution venture: Manifesto Games. After spending several years ‘ranting’ through various mediums, Costikyan has quit his comfortable job at Nokia to start up Manifesto with Dr. Johnny L. Wilson, a games journalist, novelist, and believe it or …

Chinese MMOG Yulgang has amassed a massive audience of 9 million registered players, just two months since its launch. This is more than double World of Warcraft's global audience.

Gaming and mens mags

Games

One of the interesting things to come out of my blog about Microsoft's 360 showcase event, X05 - which I have actually now been invited to, expect a post next week about Gamesblog's lack of attendance at the Suntan Expo in Australia - was that games reviews in lads/mens mags are "bought" or …

Opniyama

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"Climb the slopes of Opniyama (yama means Japanese mountain) and take part in this interactive play while adding to your liking of the trees with the landscape! Discover the jokes of this vertical world! Direct your misadventure and hoist towards the higher plates while launching the hook!"

New Madden NFL 06 Xbox 360 Screens"In its 16th year and with more than 43 million copies sold, Madden NFL Football continues to stand out as the most popular football videogame franchise of all time with a combination of innovative new features and the most authentic football gameplay.Reflecting the …

More cryptic info about Xbox 360 Origen"OrigenXbox360.com has caused quite a stir in recent weeks. Over 600,000 gamers have checked out the site hoping to get some idea of its purpose, but with no luck. The wait looks like it may be about to end as the gates to Origen are about to open.A press …

Halo 3 For May 2006 Release?

IGNIQ

Best Buy have fuelled the rumour that Microsoft will use Halo 3 as a weapon against the launch of the Playstation 3 next year. Sony's CEO recently said the PS3 would make its appearance in the Spring of next year, while Best Buy's website now lists Halo 3 as set for release on the 15th of May.While …

Eidos has delayed its controversial urban shooter 25 To Life from an October release to next year .

Rockstar Games will begin selling Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas again on October 18th for the Xbox and PS2. The game will be sold without the hidden sexual content unveiled by the Hot Coffee mod and will be rated M for Mature. A Reuters article explains what the reissued GTA bundles will include …

Moving Beyond Darwin

Only a Game

Moving Beyond Darwin This essay was first published six years ago in a very obscure publication. Since it has only been read by at most half a dozen people, I have decided to post it here where we might make...

Activision CEO Bobby Kotick is reportedly keen to raise wholesale video game prices by US$10 according to TheStreet.com here. The article notes that other companies have raised pre-order prices for Xbox 360 titles according to a survey of online retailers. The article reports Kotick as saying at a …

UK based Codemasters' online business has launched it's website Funsta.com.au, part of a chain of Funsta websites around the world offering online games for download. The Australian site flicks between US and UK currency, while the map of Funsta sites around the world has a truly dodgy flag picture …

WarDevil: Full Length TGS 2005 Trailer"A longer version of the RTE1080 WarDevil trailer was released today showing more details from The Monastery, one of the game environments of WarDevil that has already been featured in previous RTE1080 trailers.Again, all graphics are in-game, displayed via the …

We found Last Call Poker through an email sent into the ARGN tip-line this morning. We're not sure exactly what to think yet, but the site is definitely... interesting. It has all of the standard signs pointing towards ARG -- registration, automated email replies, suspicious video, voice mail, and …

Burnout 3: Takedown had me shouting with glee, but Burnout Revenge turned me into a nervous mess.

Peter Moore Talks 360, Japan, Blu-ray, PSP & More"Microsoft's corporate VP of worldwide marketing and publishing for Xbox believes the 360 will succeed in Japan and he explains Microsoft's thinking on offering one SKU in Japan versus two in the U.S. and Europe. Refreshingly, Moore also had some …

The Problem With Demos…

Aelon.net

This week saw the release of the latest Serious Sam 2 demo. As someone who has long loved the series right back to the very first ‘test demo’ of the first game, this was a moment of great excitement for me. The charm of the series has always been it’s shameless in being a video …

Atoms

jay is

function atoms(){w=OpenScrollWindow('http://www.atome.bliesch.com/atome.php3','Atoms',500,500)}Atoms is a Flash puzzle game of elegant design that loosely borrows elements from Chemistry for the basis of its gameplay. Created by Florian Bliesch of Hamburg, Germany, the object of the game is simply …

Tomonobu Itagaki of Team Ninja told his interviewers at Tokyo Game Show that he thinks “Xbox 360 is the best game console on the earth. It’s better than PlayStation 3.” Why? “PS3 has too complicated of architecture.” Team Ninja is currently developing games …

Frogger strikes back

Joystiq

We can’t say too much about this little clip without ruining the surprise. Go ahead and click the link below for an 18-second WMV video shown on Adult Swim, an adult-oriented TV program that runs on Cartoon Network. Sound required. [Via Guardian Games Blog] Read | Permalink& …

Today, NCSoft and ArenaNet’s love child Guild Wars has reached one million users. Granted these are not the numbers brought in by World of Warcraft or EverQuest (ironically, many who worked on Guild Wars were ex-Blizzard employees), but it is still quite an accomplishment for a MMORPG that …

EA Sports apparently has decided that they've simulated everything there is to simulate about pro tour golf, and instead just gave up started taking psychotropics. Because a bad acid trip is the only way I can explain this: In Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 06, gamers will attempt to settle the old debate of …

Poo-Natics

Bing Bang Blog

So that awful Loonatics show finally premiered, to the sounds of Mel Blanc and Chuck Jones rolling over in their graves.

Because Rockstar needs to find a way to make up for that lapse of cash flow when San Andreas was pulled off the shelves, come October 18th expect to find two new special editions of San Andreas to further entice gamers who must buy all things Grand Theft Auto, gamers with a scratched copy, or (yes, …

Did you ever wonder...?

Portico

I recently finished an article for Computer Games Magazine for their Revisionist History column (now with PC games!). Part of it dealt with innovations, contributions, that sort of thing. Because, as an amateur historian, the origins of things really interest me. I'm not talking about the first RTS …

Xbox 360 premium bundle w/PGR3: $479.99 from Costco"Costco is offering its own bundle for the Xbox 360 including the premium edition of the hardware (that comes with a hard drive), Project Gotham Racing 3, another wireless controller, and a Play & Charge Kit for $479.99 in stores and online. The …

Nintendo plans to reduce the price of the Nintendo DS by £10 in the UK and Europe. The price drop, bringing the hardware down to £89.99, will become official on October 7th - the same day that Nintendogs arrives in shops. This is no coincidence: Nintendo will also be releasing official Nintendogs …

Nintendo Controller Bests Xbox Buzz""The feeling is so natural and real, as soon as players use the controller, their minds will spin with the possibilities of how this will change gaming as we know it today," said Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, who presented the new gadget to the Tokyo Games Show …

Merrick Confirms a "classic-style" Controller"In a recent interview, Nintendo of Europe’s Senior Director of Marketing Jim Merrick divulged various details concerning the Revolution’s controller, game interaction, and the winner of the next-gen cycle, among other topics.Foremost, Merrick …

ARGN recently recently broke a story regarding the emergence of the trailhead for Falling In Time. Apparently, this was not only a new game, but the second coming of one of the first group of widely played g-roots games, entitled Project Gateway. While allusions to the past game and its characters …

The first in-game footage of Project Gotham Racing 3 for the Xbox 360 has been released online, albeit through an indirect (but permitted) videocamera recording. Though the video itself is rather dark—due to the many shadows in the urban environment, in addition to the indirect feed— …

From the "Why didn't I think of that" file: The most cliched game review ever (via Kieron Gillen's Workblog)

Just in case you missed any treats, here's a cherry-pick of some of the best features Next Generation has been running in recent days.

Low-cost PC manufacturer Dell has outlined its commitment to the gaming sector, launching three upscale models aimed at the entertainment consumer and trialing PC kiosks with retailer GameStop.

Yep, this is my Tiger Woods 2006 avatar. This is as close to the real me as possible - according to my wife. 2006 is packed with way more features; even more then the console version. The avatar creator or "game face" has way more options as well. The fun comes in playing against friends online and …

*sigh* I cannot describe how annoying it is to fly out to a far-flung zone in Warcraft, hoping to score a few raw materials for raid/combat supplies, only to find the ENTIRE ZONE HAS BEEN STRIPPED CLEAN BY THE PROFESSIONAL FARMERS. (CAPS will have to suffice.) This isn’t primetime, the …

Halo 3 for Xbox 360 could be near"Microsoft Xbox 360 and Future's Xbox World Magazinedelivers some news that Halo fans are hoping for. Halo 3 for Xbox 360.Could the November teaser of Future's Xbox World Magazine be news of Halo 3? Something is going on, and Halo 3 might be closer than we think.The …

Ridge Racer 6 Hands-On (Xbox 360)"A new console, another Ridge Racer game. It’s quite amazing that this time the new console doesn’t have the name “Sony” emblazoned on it. Whether you are a fan or not of the arcade racing series, there’s no doubting its influence on console launches. It …

An article in Forbes reports that Xbox has lost Microsoft $4 billion in 4 years.

Submachine

jay is

Point-and-click fans, this next game has you written all over it. Submachine is a relatively easy game of the escape-the-room variety that will engage your puzzle-solving skills for about 10-15 minutes. And if you haven't played this one already, you're in for a simple treat.

Pixel Games

Aeropause

You don't see too many pixel- styled games on purpose. PixelHugger has 3 fun Shockwave games to waste some time with. I like pixelDrop.

The GameGame is Out!

The Ludologist

Aki Järvinen has released his game about games, the GameGame. The GameGame is a crazily recursive idea of Aki’s, to make a game about game design, where the cards of the game represent ideas and components in the game design process. It does make sense, and I completely believe it can work …

A few weeks back Atari and watch company Fossil announced that they were partnering on a range of watches for fans of the company's famous games such as Centipede, Breakout and Asteroid. Today, Atari has revealed what the first batch look like, with each different design featuring a motif from an …

Doom movie be damned

Joystiq

Doom (the movie) is due in theaters on October 21 and a trailer’s out. How does a triple-A game with awesome graphics and high production values get transmogrified into a B-movie cheesefest that manages to disappoint even our lowest expectations? Here’s how: Trite dialogue …

Hyped up

Games

One of many interesting comments that came out of my "Don't believe the hype" blog was the view that GTA: Vice City was more enjoyable then San Andreas. And I agree. VC had the perfect setting, more focussed action and, let's face it, better music.

Riotball

Independent Gaming

Riotball is a surprisingly good entry in a market that is saturated with Breakout clones. What impresses me about this game is that it's chock-full of features that most of the other titles in the same genre do not have. Some of the power-ups are pretty innovative. Collecting the wrong power-up can …

Snowy: Fish Frenzy

Independent Gaming

Snowy: Fish Frenzy is the latest release from Alawar Entertainment that features everyone's favourite bear. Basically you control an animated on-screen hand that will prove useful in keeping away cats from stealing the fishes that Snowy caught. Holding down the mouse button will accumulate the …

Open Letter to EW

Bing Bang Blog

Dear Entertainment Weekly: I have been a subscriber to your magazine for approximately 15 years, and I am a hair's breadth away from letting my subscription lapse. The reason? In my estimation, simply put, your magazine has suffered an unforgivable degradation of editorial quality over the last …

Gameloft Sales Lift

Next Generation

Mobile games publisher Gameloft has announced a sales rise of 134% for the first six months of 2005.

Virtual World News

Jason Craft

Not just for MMOGs anymore. Was having a conversation with my little brother a while ago, and we came upon comics writer Geoff Johns as a topic. Both of us buy a fair share of his work (he writes a lot of books), but without any particular passion, and we found ourselves asking why. Anyone who …

I’m Disappointed

Zen of Design

We got a drizzle, nay, a light mist, around 9 PM last night, and nothing beyond that. I feel vaguely cheated. I was all primed for the apocalypse, or at least a bit of wind. The fiancee and I went to the Pecan Street Festival today. Two days ago, its bold [...]

Current-generation game price drop likely"Activision's Robert Kotick tells conference that older-console software will become cheaper; publisher will release 40 Xbox 360 games in 2006.It's a sad fact of life that games for the Xbox 360 will not be cheap. Though no official software price point for …

360 looks for Perfect start"“If you take one thing away from this conference, then it must be that Perfect Dark Zero will be to 360 what Halo was to the original Xbox,” said Microsoft this week as it revealed its Xbox 360 retail launch plans.The Redmond giant gave 329 Gamestation store staff …

New GUI screenshots for Xbox 360 and Xbox LiveBetaNews has posted a gallery of images with some new shots of the upcoming Xbox 360 console's GUI. 3 Images here and 9 more at the link.Link: BetaNews | Xbox 360 User Interface

So you want a Revolution ..."Nintendo released information Friday about its new gaming system, due out in 2006.In 1889, Nintendo started as a playing card company. Today, Nintendo is the longest running company in the video game console industry, and its future just got a lot brighter.Why, you ask …

Doomstalk writes "PSP news site PSP Updates is reporting that a buffer overflow flaw has been found in PSP firmware v2.0's photo viewer. So far it's only been used to corrupt the menu display, but it holds great promise for running homebrew code on upgraded PSPs." From the article: "Thanks to the …

Magic

Terra Nova

Why do so many virtual worlds feature magic? One explanation is that virtual worlds have to be the same as the real world to a great extent (so that players aren't distracted by trying to understand an alien physics), but...

Xbox 360 vs. Playstation 3: Microsoft steal PS3 fan base"According to native magazine Famitsu Weekly, the Japanese public are showing a growing interest in Xbox 360. After the Tokyo Game Show where Microsoft showed off such Japan favorites as Bomberman, Armored Core, and Ridge Racer the interest has …

GamePolitics received a cryptic e-mail last evening from Miami attorney and self-described "anti-game crusader" Jack Thompson.The message contained no text, only the following ominous subject line:"Lawsuit to be filed Monday to stop release of 25 to Life"25 to Life, of course, is Eidos' …

CNN.com - More colleges offer gaming theory courses — Two catches that I can see with getting your degree in game theory or design: 1. you cannot convert your playing time to college credit and 2. YOU WILL HAVE TO GRADUATE.

Nintendo has announced its participation in the previously discussed IGN Live event. According to the tongue-in-cheek announcement, this could be bad news for some IGN editors: As if that weren't enough, you can use IGN Live as a public forum to exact your long-planned revenge on the editors of the …

1up.com has a piece on the making of Shadow of the Colossus, the sequel to Ico (arguably one of the first innovative titles for the PS2). From the article: "In the works for nearly four years now, Shadow of the Colossus is clearly the result of different thinking. While Western development teams try …

JoaoPinheiro writes "In an unexpected change from the big three companies slagging each other off, Microsoft's Peter Moore gives kudos to Nintendo's new controller! Xbox VP Peter Moore has said he wanted 'to give kudos [to] Nintendo for its attempt at innovation with the new controller.' Whether the …

Intruder Alert!

Bing Bang Blog

When I learned how to create my own stained glass this summer, I realized that old school game graphics lent themselves perfectly to the medium.Look closely and you'll see the humanoid hero from the Atari 2600 port of Berzerk. Viva la geekdom!

On October 15, 2004 we reported that Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas had gone gold without notification from Take-Two or Rockstar. Our source was one “Steve Dotolli” (actually, Stephen Dottoli) of Inside Gamer Online. Mr. Dottoli had assured the gaming public that San Andreas would be …

It seems that a recent update to Electronic Arts's Madden had an unintended side effect: Michael King of the New York Jets has been shrunk to a mere seven inches in height. How that one slipped by the development team...

WHEN TWO TRIBES GO TO WAR

Broken Toys

Sometimes the obvious needs to be restated. My Tribe doesn’t fire on people risking their lives, coming to help us. My Tribe doesn’t curse such people because they arrived on Day Four, when we felt they should have been here before breakfast on Day One. We are grateful, not to say indebted, …

Treasure Promises Shooter for X360"Thoughts of Radiant Silvergun and Ikaruga dance in our heads.The Xbox 360 won't be without its shoot 'em ups -- that's for sure. Treasure, the maker of Radiant Silvergun, widely regarded as one of the greatest shooters ever created, has announced that its top …

Toshiba strikes back at PS3 Blu-ray w/ 30GB HD-DVD - PS3"Toshiba Corporation said Wednesday that the company has developed a 30GB dual-layer HD-DVD-R disc. The new disc capacity was approved at the DVD Forum's Steering Committee on Sept. 14th.Toshiba previously announced that the HD-DVD format …

Tum te tum

Wonderland

98% formatted......

The game mechanics, the technology or the story (assuming there is one)? By game mechanics I mean the system(s) used to run the game, the rulesets that determine legal moves, transactions and their results. By technology I mean how the game is physically modeled, whether that's a set of dice or a PC …

Earlier this month, developer Cyan Worlds cut its staff...

Lucky I can still type while excitedly hyperventilating. Take a look at this footage of the in-car view on PGR3, looks fabulous. Terrible, shakey-cam footage but the brilliance is abundantly clear. At long last, accurately rendered car interiors.

On Monday, the cover of the latest issue of Xbox World 360 was posted on French gaming site, jeux-france.com, and seemed to indicate a Halo 3 feature inside. Well, to clear things up, first, Xbox World 360 is a real magazine published by Future (the fifth largest magazine publisher in the UK). It …

Sony in Japan says it will not make an announcement on PlayStation 3 pricing until very close to the machine's launch; a date that has yet to be decided.

Wow...speechless. I just played the single player demo and I think it's rather spectacular. WW2 FPS's have always been my favorite genre of games on the PC. I've played and own every Medal of Honor and Call of Duty expansion. Not to mention Battlefield, Day of Defeat and many others. I am running a …

In the latest edition of Time Magazine, Lev Grossman recalls a time when J.R.R. Tolkien was uncool, comics were for nerds, and games were for the scrawny bookish kids who wore thick glasses and got picked last for kickball. ”Over the past few years, an enormous shift has taken place in …

As the RAM Raider predicted, PC Zone has become PC Gamer. Months of sneering at PC Gamer’s irrelevant Extra Life section has given way to the birth of PC Zone’s Freeplay, which is an exact copy. You might almost think they’re being written by the same people. The RAM Raider knows this isn’t …

Newsweek has an article about how game developers are focusing more on women and developing games with more of a social and element element to them. Of course, there are amny women that love playing first-person shooters and action video games but this particular Newsweek article focuses on game …

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Little Shop of Horrors

AFK Gamer

This Warcraft alchemist supplier shares a similar sense of style with my third grade teacher, Mrs. Bellhorn. More than two decades later, the horror is still fresh in my mind.

Submachine

Independent Gaming

Submachine is another entry in the crowded "escape the room" genre. Well-made, won't stump most players too much and very little pixel hunting compared to other games with similar objectives. Only complaint is perhaps it's a tad short and some items can be really small. Plenty of other flash games …

Double the Awesome

Sir Eigen's Values

This morning there was a freak transporter accident. It seems that those idiot gnomes got something wrong and the transporter spawned an evil me somewhere in the world. Just the thought of having 2 of me brings a tear to my eye. Imagine.. DOUBLE DOOMING, double the horde killing, its just double …

When I was a kid my older brothers were always using their LEGOs to build the entire Star Wars universe. By the time I got older, LEGO was doing that for me—kinda took away from the fun, you know? I’m relieved to find out that you can’t buy the LEGO-version of just any popular …

The Gizmondo company and its handheld device has always represented a bit of an enigma. It's a British-born games device sold through a variety of retailers including an official Gizmondo store on Regent Street. It's arrival was met with a star studded launch party, but little hardware and software …

It’s Banned Books Week, and the American Library Association released the annual most challenged books list for last year. A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict library materials on the basis of the objections of a person or group. The most challenged books of 2004 were: “ …

MPH has released a working 2.0 to 1.5 PSP Downgrader (which may or may not have been based on an exploit discovered by Toc2rta). It reverts an updated PSP’s firmware back to the 1.5 version, which is a bit more amenable to running homebrew applications on, despite the successful work of …

Along the same lines of my experience fliptopping my PS2, this isn't recommended for the faint of heart. But the PSP downgrader that has been released for those machines which have a version 2.0 firmware does work. I had to endure the shock of seeing a firmware upgrade fail at 99%, but now that my …

”The T-shirt in the crowd said it all: ‘Miyamoto is God.’” Reports of Nintendo creative icon Shigeru Miyamoto’s first public appearance in America on Sunday have filtered through the internet, and have finally made it onto MTV. And so the above quote began …

This week's Escapist has an interview with the legendary game developer Chris Crawford. The man behind strategy classics Eastern Front '41 and Balance of Power sits down with Max Steele to mostly discuss Crawford's timeless theme - why games suck. Well, that's a bit of an oversimplification. He …

Sony Announces PlayStation 3 Tool Licensors"Officials from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) have made a number of announcements regarding development tools for the forthcoming PlayStation 3 console. As part of these announcements, the company will begin its tools and middleware licensing …

Serenity Game Kinda Small

Cathode Tan

I can just hear Jayne growling, "It's kinda scrawny, don't ya think?" There is a game licensed for the soon to premiere Joss Whedon space flick, Serenity, but it's not what any of us would have hoped. The movie, based on the much beloved but short-lived TV show Firefly, will only have a mobile …

The big secret that everyone's been curious about, the Xbox Origen puzzle, has been revealed. From the article: "The Origen Xbox 360 site has counted down, and it appears to be promoting a contest for European gamers to win a trip to an Xbox 360 launch party in the U.S. As for the updated site, it …

Origen Xbox 360 exposed"The countdown reaches 0, obviously followed by a boom.For several weeks, Microsoft has carried out yet another of its very original and somewhat bizarre marketing campaigns. In the same line as Ilovebees.com to promote Halo 2, the company launched OrigenXbox360.com featuring …

That grand old dame Commodore is back - again. A new company has been set up, called Commodore Gaming, specializing in retro games products.

Magic Match

Independent Gaming

Magic Match is the latest release from Codeminion that attempts to introduce several new spins to a tired genre and succeeds in just about every area.The player is required to trace a line to match similar items. Mana can be collected by turning over blue tiles, which in turn can be used to cast …

She Devil

Sir Eigen's Values

Sorry I haven't updated you all in a while. Problems at home. Sure, I single handedly DOOMed the Beast and solved the Troll mysteries in the jungles of Straglethorn, but when it comes to women I am just a lvl 1 n00b. As you might have guessed Kat threw me out this weekend. It seems that whilst I was …

Here are two emerging videogame controversies from the states. First, according to the NY Times on Saturday, New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly has called for a boycott of Activision's True Crime: New York City which he says, "depicts New...

The Popstation Portable

Joystiq

A good way to start any day is a with a good video of a copy-cat hardware product.  Fortunately, just such a video has been making the rounds.  A wonderfully cheeky fellow, with a perfectly positioned accent, created a video review of the “Popstation Portable” - a low tech …

Amanda Linder, a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, now uses Anarchy Online to teach Technical Writing. While past teachers had students read a sci-fi novel as the context for all the writing assignments (reports, instructions,...

Forbes takes stock of Microsoft and asks what the behemoth is gonna do about some of its woes. The biggest problem facing Microsoft is its size. At 60,000 employees and $40 billion in revenues, the company isn’t as nimble as it once was, and newer products are not yet earning the company …

The current business model being used by Gamestop and EBGames is so fundamentally broken that I'm surprised they are still trying to use it. Of course it works because there are just enough hardcore idiots....er...fans to make it viable. The concept behind a pre-order is relatively benign. A game …

With so many people supposedly updating here you'd expect updates more often, eh. Following is a quick rant about game pricing, thank you. Let's say I wanted to buy Fantastic 4. Ok so I actually don't, 'cause I know it'll suck if I do, but for argument's sake let's continue. It'd cost me £29.99. …

Eidos' upcoming 25 to Life has been under intense pressure from Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), law enforcement groups, families of fallen police officers and now Jack Thompson. This morning Eidos announced that the game would be delayed from a planned October release until sometime in 2006.Was the …

Travel company Orbitz has decided that their mini flash-based web games were so effective at selling flights that they merited the launch of a mini portal. C’mon, Orbitz. The only reason we played your games is because they sucked less than other pop-ups that were being splashed on our …

As the old X-Files adage goes, I want to believe. There's a flurry of rumors regarding Mother 3, also known as the sequel to the classic Super NES RPG Earthbound. Mother 3 has quite the rocky history, if you'll recall....

:::::::::: Hamish :::::::::::War Angels(Formerly Known As Factor X 2) Hello everyone. For those who know me, I apologise for leaving you without updates for five months. For those who don't, let me introduce myself and my game. I've been making freeware games for about 10 years now and have taken …

Developer Introversion has released a patch for it's highly-regarded (it won the Edge People's Choice Award last month) game Darwinia. But as well as offering the customary updates and new level to explore, the team has added something else: a brand new control system.

Wir machen’s kurz: Burnout Revenge hab ich auf PSP probiert, und muss sagen, dass mich das Fahrverhalten an Gurken-Spiele wie "Roadsters" (Playstation / Dreamcast) erinnert: Also ohne Fahrphysik. Spielt sich wie das Autorennspiel auf der Panasonic 3DO Sampler CD. Es ist fast egal …

Aspyr has finally released a demo of the Mac version of Doom 3, several months after its release on the platform. The demo features three levels from the single player game and weighs in at 463MB. Here’s a list of mirrors to help you get into the game: MacGameFiles - Includes torrent …

In case the warning hasn't reached you yet, here it is: the sequel to the Dungeons & Dragons movie exists, and is nearly upon us. Hide your loved ones, and...

If you haven't tried Google Desktop Search yet I suggest you install it immediately. It extends the Google search engine to your hard drive so you can use it to search your files, emails, etc. I find it really useful for searching through source code. It's much faster than Visual Studio or Explorer' …

Ich hasse sie, diese nervenden, surrenden, kleinen Viecher. Bevorzugt verschandeln sie an Fensterscheiben den Blick ins Freie. Auch schwirren sie gerne um die Schüssel mit dem Obst und erzeugen so ein leichtes Ekelgefühl. Letztens habe ich erst wieder zwei von ihnen in der Küche …

Rockstar Games Upload IV

Aeropause

The Rockstar Games Upload contest number 5 is up. Enter for your chance to win a lot of coin. Top prize is $5k. "Upload welcomes participation from amateurs on the come-up and industry professionals alike, with no limitation placed on genre or subject matter in any category. The devious minds …

Open-ended gameplay, cinematic script & epic soundtrack; yes GTA fans, a Special Edition of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas experience for the PlayStation2 will be here. A DVD on The Introduction and Rockstar’s debut documentary film, Sunday Driver will be in stores on October 18, 2005 …

Springs World 3D Bots

Aeropause

Inspired by Soda Constructor comes Springs World 3D. Just think of building a robotic creature like Soda only in 3D with faux reflections and a rotating camera. You can save your creation to a database for others to share and load them anytime. There's also a forum. Let's get these robotic mutants …

Earlier last month Vivendi Universal released a single player demo of F.E.A.R. which featured quite a few ‘jump out of your seat’ moments. Now they’ve announced the release date of the multiplayer demo of the game; so you can scare the bejesus out of random strangers on the …

MythTV

Grumpy Gamer

In a perfect storm of being bored, being a nerd and the new TV season starting, I've created a live feed to everything that is currently record on my MythTV setup.  This is not a list of the shows that are scheduled to be recorded, but the shows that are waiting to be watched (complete …

In Thomas and the Magical Words, your quest is to help the protagonist escape from an unfortunate situation by creating chains of words to reach the exit point of each level. Some basic word game rules apply. The storyline is well-written, and there's a dictionary in-game that you can access at any …

Solitaire Mahjongg

Independent Gaming

Coded using only DHTML/CSS and Javascript, this version of Solitaire Mahjongg requires only a Javascript-enabled browser to run. The objective is to clear the board by matching tiles with the same symbols.If the game is running slowly on Internet Explorer, try this. Click on 'Tools/Extras', ' …

VirtuSphere

Aeropause

At first glance at this picture and the name of the product, I thought it was just a metal ball to walk around in like the circus people do. But no, it's fully interactive with VR-type applications and games. The Virtusphere goes where you go. When you walk the sphere walks with you. The sphere …

In Thomas and the Magical Words, your quest is to help the protagonist escape from an unfortunate situation by creating chains of words to reach the exit point of each level. Some basic word game rules apply. The storyline is well-written, and there's a dictionary in-game that you can access at any …

Tiger Woods 06 high resolution Xbox 360 screenshots"Electronic Arts may have been passed over the NHL for Xbox 360 treatment but they are certainly giving Tiger Woods a spiffy new makeover based on these new screenshots.The first two screens are taken from the 18th hole at Carnoustie Championshop …

Gizmondo cracked for homebrew

Joystiq

A guy called “Firefly” over at the Gizmondo Forums (not the official one, that would be silly) is claiming that’s he’s created a crack for the Gizmondo that allows him to run unsigned code. Unfortunately, the only proof in the thread that he’s done so is a single shot …

The Games For Health conference took place in Baltimore on Thursday and Friday at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. We've seen limited press coverage so far, but will report more as we find it.We are also hoping to hear from conference organizer Ben Sawyer with a report and maybe a …

It seems that 25 to Life isn't the only game arousing the ire of the law enforcement community these days.The New York Daily News is reporting that NYPD Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly has called for a boycott of Activision's upcoming True Crime: New York City. The sequel to 2003's True Crime: …

Just learned from *The Wisdom of Crowds* that there was a Bowling Company Stock Bubble in the fifties. After the invention of the automatic pin-setting machine, bowling company stocks were the darlings of Wall Street. Predictions about how the market...

Thesisboy

The snoozeblog

Yes, that's right. I've now officially started my thesis. It's tentively entitled 'Power and influence in the interactive entertainment industry' and obviously deals with the structures of power in the industry. The idea is to look at and map out the different power structures that are readily …

Baby Drake Anthony Castoro, was born on Sept 21st, 2005 at 9:59PM. His critical info: - Boy - 8lbs 5oz - 20" long This picture was taken with my Treo 600 phone camera. Looks better than I though it would! We're all home and mommy is doing well. Araceli is being a great big sister and …

6 Colors

PC Logic Games

Title: 6 ColorsAuthor: Pvya Net!License: FreewareWebsite: http://pyva.net/eng/ The people who brought us Pyva Lights are back with another addicting way to kill five minutes. 6 Colors is a two-player strategy game of territorial conquest. You start with one little region in the lower left corner. …

Apostate

Tea Leaves

by: peterbFor Friday, it's a miscellaneous grab bag of opinions that will get you in trouble if you say them out loud in the wrong crowds. I didn't dislike Super Mario Sunshine because it was "childish." I disliked it because it was "hideously boring." No one, anywhere in the entire world wants …

Question

b0r3d's Blog at 1Up.com

An interesting question I often pose to myself, which I am reminded of by this topic over on MollyRocket (https://mollyrocket.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=170). What sort of game would you, and ONLY you, make? What is so unique about this game that no one else would make it, because it's solely a …

Sigh

b0r3d's Blog at 1Up.com

The Behemoth on their new game: "The idea is to save the princess, and every character has a different magical affinity... One guy is ice, one guy is fire, one guy is lightning, and one guy is poison." I mean, mad props to the Behemoth for actually getting their game on all the consoles, …

Crates. Now that we've perfected graphical crate technology, and Half Life 2 certainly showed our physical crate simulation is at the same level, there's only one next step. Smart crates. Intelligent crates that can finally fight back from their oppression as power up containing servants of the …

Well, Facade is out and it's fascinating - read more here: http://grandtextauto.gatech.edu/2005/07/05/facade-is-released/#more-857 A lot of AI in games, viewed as if it was a real person, can act as if it was schizophrenic - it doesn't recognize the reality of the game, only it's much simpler …

Earlier in the week you may have read that it’ll be possible to change your Gamertag with the Xbox 360. We thought this sounded cool since in the current Xbox Live once you’ve chosen a Gamertag, you’re stuck with it. Unfortunately we couldn’t find a source legit enough to …

Next April, in preparation for the increasing demand of next-generation eye candy, Sega plans on opening a studio that focuses entirely on CG – both in-game visuals and pre-rendered FMV’s. The studio plans to work on artwork for Sega games, games from other studios, TV animation, and …

A few days ago, Mario came out on top as winner of the Character Battle, beating Crono by about 10% in the reader’s polls. Mario moved onto the Tournament of Champions, where previous years’ winners (Link, Sephiroth, and Cloud) were placed. Sephiroth beat Mario, Link beat Cloud, and in …

We recently received a distressed message from loyal Joystiq reader, Thundercizzle. His message was simple, “Don’t Buy Marvel Nemesis!” Indeed, the Marvel vs. EA fighting game landed in stores this week amidst sub-par reviews. We didn’t even consider the releases to be …

Advance Wars Get Crafty

Aeropause

Very nice paper craft works for the Gameboy and DS games: Advance Wars and Advance Wars 2. They were designed by Ninjatoes and AWBunker has all the details and instructions on how to build your own. Very cool. via |WMMNA|

Inhuman Games, has announced the release of their 3D RTS, Trash. Trash has been mentioned here before during it's open beta phase and was, at that time, quite playable. Trash may or may not get the level of interest of some of the more popular RTS games of yore, but it's sure to have a long term …

Not that this is "old, old news", necessarily, that's actually a quote from John Romero! Oh man, what a fake-out! Yeah,...

With my wife's blessing, I have a new display at home for my Kubrick figure collection. Check it:It's not just Kubricks, of course, although Kubricks are my favorite. I'm pretty selective when it comes to which ones I get, and I never get crazy about completing a set (expensive and/or next to …

John Romero has started another game studio. The co-founder of both id Software and Ion Storm Inc. has had a long and twisty ride through the game industry. On the one hand he created the game studio responsible for a revolution in the computer gaming world, working on titles such as Doom, Quake and …

VR games in 3 weeks

Aeropause

This really is virtual reality day here. Building Virtual Worlds (BVM) brings programmers, designers and engineers together for group projects to create interactive virtual reality worlds. Looking through their gallery and videos I've come to the conclusion that they're quite impressive! Given that …

Rockstar has announced a new version of San Andreas for PlayStation 2 which will include a DVD of The Introduction and the company's debut documentary Sunday Driver.

Ok, there is this: Firing Squad has a feature on building a gaming PC for only $600. So if you don't believe in the power of the CheapBox, you might listen to them. Personally, I think there is a huge market for this. If someone like Dell or Alienware offered a $500-$700 game box that could …

EDITOR'S NOTE:California is so hot right now - will Arnold sign the legislation? - that GP has decided to re-run this interview we did with ESA boss Doug Lowenstein earlier this year. The interview originally ran on May 11th, but is still quite relevant to California's situation.On the eve of the …

Sony Understands

Only a Game

It's not every day that I am headhunted for Sony. I can't accept, even if I wanted to, as the positions are in London and my wife has expressely stated that she doesn't want to live there again. Still,...

I'm back at Games for Health for the second day this morning. As with yesterday, I'll be covering the sessions as they happen (save the ones I'm participating in). Click through for the session by session coverage (updated 9:30am ET)

GameSpot recently spoke with Michael Dell during a media event in NYC to announce his company’s new gaming machines. In addition to talking about the obvious advantages PCs have over consoles (faster hardware evolution, more capabilities), Dell also suggested the PC platform has a higher level …

Next Generation is reporting that Chinese Massive title Yulgang has hit 9 Million subscribers, just two months after the game's launch. Joystiq has commentary, and clarifications: " First, Yulgang does not require a registration or a subscription fee - and as many of you have pointed out in regards …

Atari 2600 Lives

Aeropause

Perhaps the re-release of the old NES, making it available for any company to come out with their own version has given Atari an idea. I am only discovering now that a new Atari 2600 is coming out. The look of the console, aside from being smaller remains the same including the joystick. All the 40 …

God Dropped His Bunny

Cathode Tan

Story at Ananova. Thanks FiringSquad.

While "$4 billion" might seem like a lot, "$4,000,000,000.00" seems like a lot more. That's what I noticed when I compared this Forbes story, which mentions that Microsoft's Xbox division "has lost $4 billion in four years and isn't yet in the black," and this Voodoo Extreme story, which references …

We’d like to thank you (our readers) again for finding what we write here compelling enough to create links to it in the blogosphere. As a result of our popularity (we’re certain it’s not our good looks—why do you think we’re blogging and not on TV?), we’ve …

Earlier in September, word went around that Cyan Worlds - developer of the Myst series of games - was to close its doors, having made all staff but company bosses Rand Miller and Tony Fryman redundant. Today, however, it has emerged that an 11th hour reprieve in fact seems to have saved the company.

1up has posted an extensive post-mortem about the recently-released, cinematic Indigo Prophecy, aka Fahrenheit. The post-mortem is written by the game’s writer/director David Cage. I haven’t played Indigo Prophecy yet, but definitely plan to. Clearly Cage and his Quantic Dream team …

Lets face it, the games industry’s image is too serious for a body primarily concerned with having fun. As gamers, we’re constantly being bombarded with staged screenshots demonstrating either pre-rendered graphics or super serious game characters with pained expressions. Penny Arcade …

A PC game that helps kids understand the importance of healthy eating has been introduced by the Agriculture Department.

So how does Blizzard attract 1.5 million Chinese subscribers to World of Warcraft? Signage, baby! On a recent visit to the Middle Kingdom, we couldn’t walk more than a few blocks in Shanghai without seeing subway posters, taxi ads, murals in KFCs, and collector Coke cans pushing the hit MMORPG …

Oben ist meine aufgeschraubte Dreamcast zu sehen, die momentan bei Nicole aka Schatzy untergekommen ist. Aber warum sollte ich mir die Mühe machen und das Teil aufschrauben? Das Problem war ganz einfach, dass die Dreamcast keine Sicherungskopien (der Homebrewsoftware) mehr lesen wollte die alle auf …

Yesterday, we reported the launch of Manifesto Games (../../../index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1170&Itemid=2). Today, CEO Greg Costikyan answers a few questions on how the company plans to create an online retail hub for indie and niche game developers and publishers…

Australia's largest videogame developer, Krome, has managed to keep its own IP and sell two million copies of the Ty the Tasmanian Tiger series. CEO Robert Walsh talks about how it was done and what the company is planning now.

Mean Wind Blowin’

Man Bytes Blog

The wind started kicking up shortly after midnight. When I wasn’t having dreams that poked me awake with their unsettling imagery, I was lying awake listening to it. I have this… metaphoric mindset that latches onto things like wind storms and turns them into some sort of personal …

10 years of PlayStation ads

Games

It is ten years since the PlayStation brand launched a new kind of gaming experience. Central to its success are their consistently excellent ad campaigns, featuring top-name directors and cutting-edge animators. To celebrate the anniversary, gamesblog brings you a not-even-close-to-comprehensive …

I've been struggling a lot lately of letting go of my ideas and watching other people build them. I've always enjoyed the satisfaction of stepping through everything and being able to feel my way through the ideas. It is a vastly different feeling trying to effectively communicate these ideas to …

The balance between yin and yang, dark and light, heat and cold, pirate and ninja may have been disturbed by Ninja Gaiden Black (exclusive for the Xbox), which has reaped an impressive Metacritic score of 95. Here’s what the critics have to say about it. 1up: 100/100 …

What is the very worst game released in 2005 for each of the current gaming platforms? Here’s the tally of the year’s biggest wastes of shelf space, as determined by their Metacritic scores. Winner: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. That may not be chocolate in those vats, judging …

A couple Sunday’s ago I watched the 57th annual Emmy awards on television. I’m not a big TV fan to be quite honest, I only watch a couple shows regularly, but for some reason I find the awards shows to...

Earlier this year Adrian Carmack, one of the founders of id Software (but no relation to co-founder John Carmack), left the company, and it was presumed that he had retired voluntarily.  That seems not to be the case.  Carmack has sued his former co-owners, claiming that they forced him …

So-called child-rearing experts can’t agree. Parents can’t agree. Psychologists can’t agree. In short, nobody agrees whether games are an essential part of computer and cultural literacy in the 21st century or whether they’re unmitigated evil in digital format. The …

Even though legendary developer John Carmack gave a thumbs-up to the Xbox 360 as "the best development environment" during his keynote speech at QuakeCon 2005, he has revealed he's also been thinking about a DOOM 3 game for the rival Playstation 3. Computerandvideogames.com report that Carmack …

Edge Online reports that Greg Costikyan and Johnny Wilson have joined up to form Manifesto Games. The two game designers are aiming to promote and develop the independent games market over the next few years with their ambitious start-up. From the article: "Manifesto will distribute all the games it …

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro is on the 2005 Booker Prize shortlist. As Ishiguro won the Booker in 1989, his nomination here isn't a compelling endorsement; the judges like to reward their favorite authors based on their past...

Yulgang , a Chinese MMOG that is only 2 months old, has found success in 9 million registered users. However, there are a few clarifications that need to be made to this number. First, Yulgang does not require a registration or a subscription fee - and as many of you have pointed out in …

This morning I was just hopping over to Greg Costikyan’s site to grab a link from a recent post of his about game industry revenues, to bolster a comment I was making here about Chris Crawford, and to my surprise found that Greg’s friendly blue palette was replaced by a revolutionary red …

Will Microsoft Lose $4 Billion On Xbox 360?"At 60,000 employees and $40 billion in revenues, the company isn’t as nimble as it once was, and newer products are not yet earning the company much money. The Xbox division in particular has lost Microsoft $4 billion in four years.This next time around …

TeamXbox dug into the Origen Xbox 360 code the other day and discovered some interesting secrets not yet revealed on Microsoft’s curious site, including some of the additional ways to win spots at the Origen 360 launch party, as well as a $10,000 gaming rig which may or may not be the fabled …

Mediafour has initiated a countdown for the unveiling of a new PSP product. First off, this whole Internet countdown PR jazz is getting old, fast. But hey, if Mediafour is offering a new PSP product, we’re game. A quick look at Mediafour’s “About Us” page reveals that the …

15 Years later...

Grumpy Gamer

Fifteen years ago this month... Tim Schafer, Dave Grossman, Steve Percell, Mark Ferrari, Mike Ebert, Martin Cameron, Michael Land, Barney Jones, Andy Newell, Patrick Mundy, Aric Wilmunder, Brad Taylor and myself wrapped up The Secret of Monkey Island. I'd have you all over for a big BBQ …

EA has announced a an agreement with Planet Combat to create an online game service that expands the combat world of Battlefield 2.

Activision boss Bobby Kotick has announced a four-for-three stock split, rewarding shareholders, and spilling more shares onto the market.

It appears that id Software artist, co-founder, and co-owner Adrian Carmack (no relation to John) has been given his walking papers. In a lawsuit filed earlier this month by Carmack, he accuses id’s remaining owners of firing him because he refused an offer to be bought out of his 41% stake in …

A new independent game development company has been launched by industry stalwarts Greg Costikyan and Johnny Wilson.

Take 2 has announced that Serious Sam II has gone gold and will be available at your local retailer on October 11th. Serious Sam II who’s is developed by Croteam promises to offer online co-operative game play for the PC(16 player) and the XBOX(4 player).The game also gives players a chance to …

Fans of Mario Kart gather all your quaters and head over to the arcade. “Mario Kart Arcade GP” will be ready to play in October 2005, so buckle in and take to the streets in Namco’s arcade racer starring Mario. Namco and Nintendo have teamed up and the fun begins; the game …

I got my US version of We Love Katamari yesterday, the sequel to the innovative and clever sleeper hit Katamari Damacy. I couldn't wait for the European release (at the hands of EA) so went ahead and grabbed my Namco version instead. First impressions? Fabulous. Slightly different. Just as surreal. …

George Lucas gets some gaming love, the Flood prepares to invade your cell phone, and at long last, the Origen countdown is finished - so what have we learned? That rabbits like to eat psychedelic fruit, and even they are not certain what the “Origen” is. For those who are miss looking …

When going through my highly-anticipated games, I can't believe I completely neglected to mention Gun. The premise seems to be Grand Theft Auto meets the Wild West. Which is a fucking awesome concept. And judging by some of the new gameplay trailers out, it looks like they might nail it. Western …

Let’s get things rolling with a little chat about PR scum. For those of you who don’t know, PR people exist purely to deal with the press, despite PR being short for Public Relations. Another thing you might not know, unless you’re a journalist, is that the majority of them are complete and …

Last Friday, I resigned my position at Nokia.It's time to put my foot money where my mouth is.I suspect it will come as no surprise to those who've read the GDC Rant, my Free Play presentation, or my recent screed in The Escapist that I've been thinking a lot over the last few months about how to …

Aki Jarvinen has posted cards and rules for GameGame 1.0... which he pitches as an attempt to do for games what Understanding Comics does for comics: that is, to provide insight into the nature of games in a game, in the same what that Understanding is both "about comics" and a comic.Thus, his cards …

OrigenXbox360.com has finally ceased counting down and the site proper is now open for viewing. Those hoping for a Halo 3 announcement or a full-fledged alternate reality game with an involved storyline like ILoveBees will be disappointed; as it turns out the site is just a fairly lame vehicle for …

A member of the PSPHacks.net forums has delivered the hack PSP owners have been waiting for since Sony introduced the homebrew-blocking version 2.0 of the console's firmware - a way to downgrade to version 1.50.1.50 was cracked back in June and most of the homebrew apps available now work on that …

Grandma's slowly finishing up her first time through Indigo Prophecy, but she wanted to get a head start on some purchases. We drove up to the Aurora GameStop and Grandma was happy to share her stories with the friendly clerk. She picked up a brand-spankin' new copy of Sly Cooper 3 for PS2 to …

Worldview for the PSP

Aeropause

Worldview is now out for the PSP. Worldview gives you extensive information like maps of almost anywhere, locations and photos. A great tool when travelling. You can access the WV site right from your PSP here. WorldView for the iPod is coming out soon as well!

Buena Vista Games, in announcing that they will use the Unreal Engine 3 for their next generation games, also gave away that the first game to use the engine will be a sequel to everybody’s favorite dinosaur hunter, Turok, that will be released on the Xbox, the Xbox 360, PS2, PSP, and Nintendo …

Commodore, known best in the world of gaming for its classic machine the Commodore 64 (pictured), is hoping to return to the industry. Yeahronimo Media Ventures, who own the Commodore name, have outlined the phases in which the Commodore business will be developed. First, according Yeahronimo CEO …

Get Your GameGame

Grand Text Auto

As reported and described by The Ludologist, Aki Järvinen’s card game about making games, called GameGame, is now available! He had hinted about this at last June’s DiGRA, and now it’s ready to play. You’ll need to print out and cut up the cards, and read the rules, before …

Games Press, a free resource for game journos across the world, carried out a slightly ‘tongue-in-cheek’ interview with Lionhead Studios about the online community features of their upcoming game, The Movies. The interview covers topics ranging from how people will be able to share their …

Edge Online reports that Masahiro Sakurai, designer of the Kirby series of games and the recent DS hit Meteos has launched his own game studio named Sora. In an interview, he talks about the design process behind Meteos. From the article: "It was created by one designer, one graphic artist and one …

Microsoft has been indulging its media-agencies again. The amazing secret of OrigenXbox360 is 'media creatives are annoying'. Or perhaps, the secret is that 'the games press is ovine'.

As part of my final undergraduate semester at the university, I'm working on a research paper about Nintendo's upcoming Wi-Fi network. Today marked the initial presentation on the topic in which I introduced my classmates to the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection...

Ubisoft has confirmed it's working on a PSP version of action franchise Prince of Persia.

In his keynote address at mobile conference CTIA, EA's John Batter has unveiled a new generation of on-the-go content from the publisher.

New Jersey has joined the list of States proposing fines for retailers selling grown-up games to kids.

The Origen Xbox 360 site has counted down, and it appears to be promoting a contest for European gamers to win a trip to an Xbox 360 launch party in the U.S. As for the updated site, it went live at approximately 7:00 AM ET. The tree is now covered with flags from all over Europe instead of …

The next generation

Games

When will the next-gen bitchiness end? Yesterday we had Dead or Alive developer Tomonobu Itagaki saying he was convinced that Xbox360 is the "best games console on earth". Of course, this has little to do with his upcoming Dead or Alive 4 on the 360 and more to do with the "complicated architecture …

RitzCamera.com is offering an online-only special on both the Xbox 360 Core and Platinum Systems for $349.98 and $419.00, respectively. The $350 asking price for a Core System is ridiculous, of course, but the $419 for a Platinum is a pretty good deal—with no tax for most U.S. residents and …

The George Foreman PS3

Aeropause

"PS3Grill truly is the grill to be placed in the center of living rooms in homes around the world." Had a chuckle at this. I'm putting it out there that someone needs to Photoshop up a Neo Geo waffle maker.

Play Chess Against the Thinking Machine v4This is a little demonstration on how computer artificial intelligence works. It uses a chess game as it's model, which will help simplify the process to anyone who understands the game. Basically you play the game and the demonstration will show you what …

GamePolitics has just heard from a contact in Salt Lake City who confirms that a protest was indeed held outside the offices of Avalanche Studios, developer of 25 to Life. According to the source, about 80 people participated.As GamePolitics reported on Saturday, the family of slain Roosevelt, UT …

Overall I’ve had a good time with Guild Wars despite its flaws, and I heartily recommend it to any online or classic RPG fans. The game is full of stunning visual design and excellent story points. Also, Guild Wars is rock-solid technically, with almost none of the network problems or game …

Posts from last week in case you missed them.

TriJinx - Level 8

The Game Chair

How does a triangle fall downhill? More specifically, how would a group of triangles fall if their support was removed from beneath them? Furthermore, how would the triangles of that group settle into a group of triangles below when they complete their tumble? If you can see how gravity and 60- …

I was curious to pick up Genji: Dawn of the Samurai for a few reasons. The first being that this is the maiden effort from a new developer, Game Republic, whose founder was a former executive at Capcom. One long-standing Capcom samurai franchise is the Onimusha series, and anyone who has played …

TriJinx - Final Play

The Game Chair

You know you’ve got a good, addicting experience when you find yourself saying, “Okay, just one more game” more than few times in each play session. Last week, I was seeing triangles everywhere, and now my mind is so engaged that everything I see is filling up. I find myself rushing through …

TriJinx - Level 55

The Game Chair

Have I been challenged? Oh yeah…sometimes I’ll need to play a level five or six times before I advance. Has my computer been on the receiving end of a wicked tongue lashing? You’d better believe it has, and my table has taken a pounding as well. Have I pulled an Elvis and fired a pistol at …

The Shadow is almost upon us. With the mid-Oct. launch date looming, 1UP.com now has available a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming PS2 adventure, Shadow of the Colossus. This article (from the Oct. issue of the Official PlayStation Magazine) includes an interview with the game’s lead …

Snowy: Fish Frenzy is the latest release from Alawar Entertainment that features everyone's favourite bear. Basically you control an animated on-screen hand that will prove useful in keeping away cats from stealing the fishes that Snowy caught. Holding down the mouse button will accumulate the …

More Than Good and Evil

Pixel Kill

In their apparent quest to employ more and more ex-PC Gamer staffers in a freelance capacity, EuroGamer had Jim Rossignol review Fable for PC. That’s not the point of this blog entry though, no. The review got me thinking. The stark choice between good and evil (as seen in Black and White, …

I only wish I was making this up: It may be the oddest tale to emerge from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Armed dolphins, trained by the US military to shoot terrorists and pinpoint spies underwater, may be missing in the Gulf of Mexico. Experts who have studied the US navy's cetacean …

I was recently asked to apply to become one of a select few (thousand) bloggers to get an advanced screening of Joss Whedon's new film Serenity.  For the 2 people visiting this site that don't know what Serenity is, it's the movie version of the the Fox cancelled TV show Firefly, possibly …

Lots of nifty links from the past few days to tell you about, so we're just gonna wrap them up in one giant link-happy post. Weekly news mag Newsweek has a big feature on female gamers, called "A Female Sensibility."...

:::::::::: Fost :::::::::::(Nick Tipping - Art and web design)Better Late... This is the dual dev diary for July and August. Sorry for the lack of updates - July saw a lot of issues with our webserver (see 'business' below) which ate time (which is always our greatest commodity anyway). It's …

Chat chat

Portico

I am in the process of reviewing a strategy game that is all about the multiplayer. Its setup, premise and design emphasize that the game is meant to be played with and against other people. It also has one major oversight that has the potential to cripple its multiplayer base. No chat. Since I'm …

Age of Empires III date set

Portico

Age of Empires III will be released to American consumers on October 18. A Collector's Edition will be available for $69.99 and comes with all the useless stuff that people cram into these editions. A book of concept art, a "making of" DVD, a super special manual, etc. I'll buy it, mostly because …

Ask Sid Meier

Slashdot: Games

Sid Meier is a household name in gaming. Titles he's designed, such as Railroad Tycoon, Pirates!, and Civilization, are pillars in the history of PC gaming. This year the fourth chapter in the Civilization series of games is being released, and we have a great opportunity. Today we're asking for …

A very basic "Hello World" program for the PSP version 2.0 firmware has been released. As PSPUpdates say, there's still a way to go, but the app represents a significant milestone for full homebrew programs on version 2.0:Unsigned code can only be run in the area of memory exploited by the buffer …

Ensemble Studios have announced Age of Empires III is to be released to retail in the U.S. on the 18th of next month, and gamers can now get their hands on the first playable demo of the game.The highly anticipated third instalment in the franchise will see players take the role of one of the …

Castlevania Goes Next Gen"Konami to continue series in current setting.Konami is currently planning a next generation development for Castlevania series, series producer Iga (just Iga) has revealed. Continuing the current setup of the series, where portable entries depict a post-Dracula world and …

Joshua Fairfield

Terra Nova

We're really delighted to welcome Joshua Fairfield into our little band of misfits, outcasts and ne'er-do-wells. Unfortunately he doesn't really fit our mold: he's got degrees from Swarthmore and the University of Chicago, he clerked for Hon. Danny J. Boggs,...

Advice for the lovelorn

Terra Nova

Dear Avvy I'm sick with sadness and I need your advice. I don't think my player cares about me any more. After we first met I thought that the relationship would be wonderful. He spent lots of time with me,...

Lisa Foster's opinion piece on women in the game industry (../../../index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1068&Itemid=35) and the 'glass ceiling myth' has attracted no shortage of comment. Here are some of your views.

Another controversial game has been delayed.Eidos announced this morning that its oft-criticized cops & robbers shooter 25 to Life has been pushed onto the company's 2006 release calendar. The game was originally scheduled to arrive in retail stores on October 25th. "Following the recent management …

Subtlety

Man Bytes Blog

Tonight I close for the fourth night in a row. Coupling closing shifts with a penchant for early rising results in a muddled mind, and I overslept this morning, so I don’t have a long rant ready, but I do have a request for you this morning. Name for me one game which has a [...]

Did you miss the special Nintendo promotional event held at the NYC Nintendo store yesterday? With the cost of gas, we can’t blame you for sitting this one out. Don’t sweat it, though. We’re giving away one of the special-edition DS skins that Nintendo was …

You can pretty much expect just about any popular television show or big-budget movie to be closely followed by a video game of the same name, but what sort of gameplay can be expected to come out of a soap opera about narcissistic teenagers? What button combination approximates “ …

Some things are just poorly-to-exceptionally badly named: 1) Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species had almost incomparably important things to say about a wide range of phenonemena, but it said next to nothing about speciacation (the origin of species, that is) 2) Reeves and Nash’ …

Mobile games company I-play has released a survey comparing the on-the-go gaming habits of Europeans with Americans, showing that US gamers are more active and competitive.

Tomb Raider's original producers Adrian Smith and Jeremy Heath-Smith have announced an IPO for latest development venture Circle.

Seit fast drei Wochen ist das Sorrow’s Furnace Update da, Guild-Wars-Fans frohlocken und stürzen sich in die neuen Gebiete. Einen neuen Soundtrack für diese Gebiete gibts auch, aber weil es ja zu einfach gewesen wäre, den direkt ins Update zu integrieren, müssen ihn Interessierte separat von …

In the latest issue of Edge (issue 155 - due in shops this Thursday, September 29) we've taken a long look at the ways video games have been adapted for the silver screen. During our investigation we had a chance to talk to scriptwriter Roger Avary, who has written the screenplay for the upcoming …

More Mario

Intelligent Artifice

What's funnier? Fist of the North Star Mario or gay Mario?...

RakNet 2.4 released

GameDev.Net

RakNet 2.4 has been released, including changes for memory usage, secure connection issues, endian compliance, and various other fixes....

Spam stampede

Blackwood.dk

This site is being overrun by spam comments at the moment. Just today it got hit by over 200 spam comments. But that’s not so unusual, the unusual thing is that most of them look like genuine comments but often lead to obscure websites selling obscure pharmaceuticals. It’s becoming quite …

Ohio State seems to have recovered from the “Texas hangover” they were suffering from during the San Diego State game to come to their offensive senses and take the Iowa Hawkeyes behind the woodshed and give them a royal thrashing. Pay back for last year or not, OSU laid the smack down. …

Tomonobu Itagaki Talks Dead Or Alive 4"Just after the last day of the Tokyo Game Show, Billy and Jeremy were invited to the offices of Team Ninja to go hands-on with Dead Or Alive 4 for the Xbox 360, and chat with its creator Tomonobu Itagaki.Game Informer: How was the reception of Dead Or Alive 4 …

Square Enix subsumes Taito"Taito will become a subsidiary of Square Enix starting September 28; move costs Square $565 million.TOKYO--Square Enix today announced it has successfully acquired Taito through its agreed takeover bid. Square Enix hoped to acquire at least 67 percent of Taito's stock (247 …

Consoles to plug digital divides?"We need more computers for the developing world - so what about old games consoles, wonders technology analyst Bill ThompsonMy son Max will be 13 in December and he wants an Xbox 360.I know that other games consoles are available, and I am pretty agnostic about such …

India Vies for Share of Video Game Market"BANGALORE, India -- Rajesh Rao, a 34-year-old businessman, spends a good part of his workday playing video games on his mobile phone. He also insists his new employees spend their first few weeks doing the same. He's not a flippant amateur refusing to grow …

A Revolution You Can Hold In Your Hand"This Week: Knee-jerk reactions to Nintendo's bold new controller.Probably the craziest news to come out of last week's Tokyo Game Show was the unveiling of the new Revolution game controller, which looks like a TV remote and tracks your movements as you point …

Randy Pitchford Interview - Q&A A while ago I had an interview with Mr. Randall Pitchford – Gearbox President, developer of the Brothers In Arms franchise. I contacted Mr. Pitchford again and asked him a couple of new questions – hoping that he’d tell us some exclusive stuff. Did I succeed …

A couple of weeks ago, we covered the October issue of Edge Magazine, which is based in the UK. It only makes sense that we also cover the October 2005 issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly, one of the most popular gaming mags in the U.S. Here are the highlights (and not-so-high lights …

So we were able to get our greedy little mitts on Nintendo’s adorable little Game Boy Micro a few days in advance (no pun intended), and figured we’d share the joy of opening up a new toy with you in our grand tradition of gadget unpacking sessions. It’s a little like sneaking …

Nokia,Along with GamesWorkshop and THQ Wireless have announced that they will be showcasing Warhammer 40,000: Glory in Death on the N-Gage at Games Workshops UK Games Day, in Birmingham, United Kingdom on Sunday September 25,2005. Along with it being displayed at Games Workshops UK Games Day the …

I just heard a very interesting panel at the Elective Affinities conference that is going on here at Penn. Benjamin Harvey from Mississippi State University spoke first about Virgina Woolf and her relationship to the British Library reading room, which was renovated early in the 20th century so that …

On holiday

Wonderland

Gone to Cuba! Back in two weeks: no monitor glow moontan for me any more, it's 35 degrees and flaming coconuts all the way. w00t! x...

cold as fuck

Grind That Authority

————————————————————————– now i want spirits to enforce, art to enchant,and my ending is despair,unless i be relieved by prayer,which pierces so that …

Fundsache

Grind That Authority

Sehr amüsant, über was man beim Googeln stolpert.Zum Beispiel über diesen kleinen subjektiven Bericht über die E3 2001. Hier ein kleiner Auszug: „This first and second picture are of some game which 8 people play in a game.. 4 on each team… The game looks pretty …

Game Paused

Aeropause

Game Paused is still accepting entries for the Book, DVD and exhibition project. You can submit any number of mediums like illustrations, indie games or music and sound et cetera. Submission details and examples, like Benjamin Mildenhall's Mario lego, can be found on Wearagame. Get creating!

PlayStation 3 vs. Xbox 360 booths represent eternal struggle of Dark vs. Light, Good vs. Evil"Nintendo stole the Tokyo Game Show with the unveiling of their new controller, but they also essentially conceded the fight for the hardcore gamer demographic to either Sony or Microsoft. So how did Sony …

entlich wisenschavtlich bewisen: fernseh und gäms verdumen. ich tu es zu geben. aber so dum wie spigelredacktöre tu ich nich sein. die könen noch nich mal korrelation und kausalität ausnanderhalten tun. doofis! dazu ein zünftiges… NARF! Edit: Hoppla, Spiegel denkt …

According to Best Buy, Halo 3 might not be delayed until 2007 after all. The retail giant has listed the game’s release date as May 15, 2006. This suggests that Microsoft still might play its ace against the PS3 launch in Japan, which is rumored to be next spring. Of course, Japanese gamers ( …

You may already know where this is going… What do you get when you take two teenage brothers and leave them alone in a house? Well, you might call it a party. Duncan Skiles’ short has all the right ingredients: a club-hopping single mom, 8 dudes—er, “dorks”—& …

With the Games For Health Conference just ending, it's a good day to bring up a couple of examples of game tech being used for healthcare success.WIST-10 (Columbia, SC) is reporting on 3-D game software (no engine specified) that helps oncologists target cancer cells with better precision, thus …

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More zombies

Wonderland

The slightly more 3D kind this time in Dead Rising: I saw this briefly at TGS, and it's more BatMan than Resident Evil - almost spritey looking, y'know? - and also, really really gory, in a rather bright-red carmageddon kind...

Urban Dead

Wonderland

Had a go yet? Jay's got a post on it at the moment, and the most startling thing that jumped out is the number of players - for a text based adventure game that looks like this: ... it's got...

Gamers, get ready to ride the streets of L.A. with style. Developer & publisher Midway has a new vision of how street racing should be with L.A.Rush, The Rush series of games popular among arcade racers. L.A. RUSH has gone gold and will be available for the Xbox and Playstation2 platform …

Atari's Paradigm Entertainment and DemonWare Sign Multi-Title Agreement to Network PSP and Xbox 360Dublin, Ireland 16th September 2005 - DemonWare today announced that it was working with Atari to deliver networking on a number of titles that will be launched on next generation console platforms …

Today, Microsoft pulled out its own wand to match up to Nintendo’s. Guild Wars reaches one million, and future Xbox Live users will be able to spam their friends with notices of gamertag changes. Here is a quick recap of everything that happened today: UK Nintendo DS pricing drops …

The newswires are atwitter today with word that more and more universities are offering courses on video games and are (in some cases) even offering video game degrees. The typical interpretation of this trend is that it’s a wonderful thing for games and reflective of the fact that …

First the departure of most of the founders, now: http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=6086

So, Sam and Max creator Steve Purcell says that 30,000 people signed an online petition against the Sam & Max 2 cancellation. If each of those people paid $50 (via online distribution), thats $1.5 million. Spending $750k to make 2D adventure game seems pretty reasonable, and that's doubling …

http://games.slashdot.org/games/05/07/22/194219.shtml?tid=10 Awesome.

http://www.gamasutra.com/php-bin/news_index.php?story=5983 Take Two's forecasts drop $45 million because of the rating change to adult. Impressive. Since the theoretical age range for M and AO rated titles is the same, one wouldn't expect it to make much of a difference... If any retailer actually …

So I'm sitting in a hotel bar in Newport Beach (what I'm doing there is an entirely different story), when this fellow from Kentucky strikes up a conversation. Now, what I love most about the South, and people from it, is that they are *friendly*. I lived in Atlanta for 9 years, and for a long …

Feel Like Crying?

Terra Nova

Via Kotaku comes mention of a survey conducted by Bowen Research on the role emotion plays in the game experience......

Hot off the heels of today’s previous Gearbox news comes a few interesting statements from Gearbox President Randy Pitchford. Mr. Pitchford is quoted, when discussing the Nintendo Revolution, as “looking forward to making games for it.” This is indeed another bit of good new …

Some clever fellow named “foo bar” has managed to figure out a buffer overflow condition for Sony’s PlayStation Portable device. This means that programmers can now create and run custom programs on the PSP, opening up the potential for unofficial applications to run homebrewed …

-pms-mistletoe writes "Hot on the heels of World of Warcraft's breaking the 4 million subscriber mark, Guild Wars has also reached a big milestone with over 1 million users. The differences and similarities between the two games are marked, especially given Guild Wars' lack of traditional sharding …

Gamecloud has a piece on the moddability of Civilization IV. The article goes into detail about the numerous levels at which content creators can change the game of Civilization. From the article: "The next level offers Python and XML support, letting modders with more experience manipulate the game …

A new developer diary for Conflict: Global Terror has been made available by 2k Games to the public. This game puts players in a modern day situation of being counter terrorists and helping the world eliminate danger. The developer Diary is as follows: The console versions of the Conflict series of …

Gamasutra has a chat with EVE Online Senior Producer Nathan Richardsson to discuss the relative success of this open-ended and sometimes ruthless MMOG where player-run corporations can span into galactic empires.

A lot has been made of the fact that other games are quickly adding elements of MMOs to their games, such as persistence and content updates. Of course, the fun flip side of this is that they are also inheriting MMO-style problems. Such as a roster update for Madden ‘06 that made a [...]

Robert Kotick, the chief executive at Activision has given a speech at an investment conference in the U.S., predicting both good and bad news for gamers.Kotick predicted that next-generation games will likely cost about $10 more than a current-gen title, and said that he expected developers to …

Halo 3 for Xbox 360 Launch: May 15th 2006?According to the electronics retailer behemoth, Best Buy, Halo 3 will be released on May 15th, 2006. Of course this seems to be more of a best guess and not an official statement. At this point Microsoft has not confirmed a release date. Statements from …

Dead Rising in New Xbox 360 Screens"Fresh screens from Capcom's zombie game.Capcom's zombie-based action game, Dead Rising, enjoyed a successful TGS last week and still looks fantastic in these new screens.The survival horror game from the company that brought you Resident Evil stars a hero named …

Vision Gran Turismo: TGS 2K5 Cam TrailerAt GameTrailers.com they have updated their media section for Vision Gran Turismo. It features both an High Def version and Standard Def version.GameTrailers.com - Vision Gran Turismo Media

MGS at TGS Official Information RoundupKojima Productions at Tokyo Game Show 2005 Konami of Europe today unveiled further information on three new Kojima Production titles being displayed at the Tokyo Game Show for the first time.A new Konami development force, Kojima Productions is named after and …

Namco have a great reputation. The Penny-Arcade guys say they will play anything the house of Pac-Man puts out. And yet when they’re given an easy pitch on games like StarFox Armada they don’t seem to do right by Nintendo...

The week that was

Games

All of this week's posts on Gamesblog.

Yeah, I know the last one was only 5 months ago. This is the third year of the blog since August. So there. Now that we've all had a week to fiugure out if Nintendo's new Revolution controller will raise Nintendo back to market dominance or be the blow that drives Nintendo out of business [...]

Gearbox software is quite familiar with Epic Games and its Unreal engine, having previously used it for its Brothers in Arms series, so it should come as no surprise that Gearbox has decided to use Epic Games’ beautiful Unreal Engine 3 exclusively for future PC and next-generation console …

Infendo has uncovered an aging information page for a mysterious Microsoft project. Could the XWand be Microsoft’s answer to the Nintendo Revolution controller? Not likely. According to this report, the XWand isn’t being designed for gaming apps, unless you consider adjusting the …

Pit Green: Micro Golf

Aeropause

Tiger Woods 2006 is now out for the PC, XBOX, Gamecube and PS2. Speaking of Golf and my last post on tangible gaming, imagine having the ability to control one of these cool mini golfers via a Tiger woods-like golf game. You could operate the golf club mechanism and Tiger would swing away. Wouldn't …

It seems like there have been recent technological achievements in - I'll call it: tangible interactive virtual reality, where we are seeing more and more experiments pop up. Such as the demo of the guy driving a video game controlled vehicle on a real life table. I have lost the link to that video …

I love Zombie games, movies and anything else Zombie related. As much as the next person, maybe more. Gaming Horizon has a whack of new screens from this awesome game, headed for the 360. Look at the depth of field in this shot! I'm a sucker for aesthetics. The hero in this shot is a little too …

They Came From Hollywood.

Aeropause

The Octopus Motor game company consists of "a guy and a chick" as they put it, NOT working in the basement because that'd be a clichè. No really it's because there is no basement. Lars Norpchen - the programmer and Sparky the designer are a two man/woman band working on an enthralling game called …

Hardcore gaming gets a lot of press attention for the intense graphics and the meaningless violence. Despite this, there are millions of gamers who enjoy their entertainment in a more casual vein. One of the champs of the casual PC market is Maxis behemoth The Sims 2. The sequel to the original, …

GameGal's resident game guy Dan has been busy at his, ahem, day job at CNET reviewing high-end Media Center PCs. The roundup of super-expensive living room systems is right here, complete with videos, but the real reason I'm posting this...

Modding Civ IV

Portico

Shacknews has a note from Firaxis' Barry Caudill and screenshots that reveal a little more about the world building tool that we will see in early 2006. Not only will the Python and XML scripting be wide open to Meier-wannabes, but the Civ IV SDK will be made available allowing for some pretty deep …

SWAT 4 Expansion Announced

IGNIQ

VU Games have revealed an expansion pack is in development for the popular FPS SWAT 4 and is due to be released in the first quarter of 2006. Entitled The Stetchkov Syndicate, the expansion will add 7 new single and multiplayer levels to the game as well as new weapons for both the SWAT and the …

GameTunnel.com has their August 2005 Indie Game Monthly Round-Up online. There is one gold award, for Water Bugs, which is apparently exactly the same as Cosmo Bots, with a water theme.Silver awards go to War World, Evil invasion, Desperate Space, and Bricks of Atlantis.

Frontier announces "The Outsider", its first 'next generation' projectDavid Braben hails a Golden Age of gamesCAMBRIDGE, UK – September 16th, 2005 - Frontier Developments Ltd. ('Frontier'), the leading independent games developer, today announced its first new game for fifth generation consoles …

MGS at TGS Official Information RoundupKojima Productions at Tokyo Game Show 2005 Konami of Europe today unveiled further information on three new Kojima Production titles being displayed at the Tokyo Game Show for the first time.A new Konami development force, Kojima Productions is named after and …

INTERVIEW: MARK REIN"Epic's VP on UT 2007, next generation pricing, second hand games and the key challenges facing next-gen developers...You'll probably remember the Leipzig Games Show, when Epic Games ever-ebullient Vice President Mark Rein revealed the existence of Unreal Engine 4 to a salivating …

Atari's Paradigm Entertainment and DemonWare Sign Multi-Title Agreement to Network PSP and Xbox 360Dublin, Ireland 16th September 2005 - DemonWare today announced that it was working with Atari to deliver networking on a number of titles that will be launched on next generation console platforms …

The Countdown Begins: Xbox 360 to Hit Store Shelveson the 22nd Nov in North America, 2nd Dec in Europe and 10th Dec in JapanManufacturing kicks into top gear as Microsoft braces for unprecedented global demand.TOKYO — 15th September 2005 — Fuelling global anticipation for the arrival of its …

Ninety-Nine Nights Hands-On (Xbox 360)"It was truly a match made in heaven when renowned games producer, Tetsuya Mizuguchi (Space Channel 5, Rez, Lumines) and his newly formed company, Q Entertainment, was paired with the Korean-based development team at Phantagram (Kingdom Under Fire series). …

PlayStation 3 for Spring debut"Chairman and CEO of Sony America, Sir Howard Stringer, has confirmed that the company plans to launch PlayStation 3 in Spring 2006, as expected.The exact details of the launch still remain top secret, leading to some interesting media speculation. GamesIndustry.biz …

We here at Joystiq will do anything to watch more of Iwata with his one-handed wonder—the Revolution remote (er, controller)—even endure a short promo for a G4 interview airing September 27 (at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT). But hey, it’s Geoff Keighley asking the questions, so maybe that TGS …

CBS News have posted a feature on the upcoming game that will attempt to fuse zombies and humor; Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse. The title is due for simultaneous PC, Mac and Xbox release later this year. The feature takes special interest in the time zone within which the player …

Spend some time perusing these screenshots and you’ll likely learn a few things about the planned capabilities of the reincarnation of Microsoft’s Xbox Live service for the Xbox 360. The Xbox Live marketplace screen, for instance, indicates that gamers will be able to purchase “ …

Slashdong reports on the puzzling frequency with which gamers seem to want to believe that Nintendo’s newly unveiled Revolution controller is some kind of sex toy. They write, “I don’t remember anyone shoving TV remotes up their ass anytime in the last 40 or so years we’ …

The Associated Press reports that some entrepreneurs are fighting for India to become as known for video games as Bollywood is known for movies. India’s got all of the right ingredients: lots of highly technical people, low wages, and a long history of producing creative, high-impact art. …

No surprise there

G-pinions

Breaking News: "If you take one thing away from this conference, then it must be that Perfect Dark Zero will be to 360 what Halo was to the original Xbox," said Microsoft this week as it revealed its Xbox 360 retail launch plans. Hmmm.... where have I heard that before? April 25, 2005 "If Perfect …

Zzzzzzz

Cathode Tan

Eyes blinking and caffiene crashing, I'm totally swamped in AJAX related expirements today and if I get four minutes of free time I'm mostly likely to simply micronap. Or perhaps I'm still bummed that last night the CheapBox kinda choked on FEAR and crashed on Guild Wars, who knows. Best things I've …

Games for Health 2

Grand Text Auto

I’m continuing my live blogging of Games For Health. Chris Foster Baltimore Business and Economic Development Invests in life science industry. Spends most of the talk on the wellness crises facing the nation and the world. Mentions that there would be a $165 billion a year savings from …

A little birdy tells me that game developer n-Space is heading to Japan next week to get their first hands-on experience with the Nintendo Revolution controller. You may remember n-Space from such games as Bug Rider and Geist. From what...

Videogame censorship has become a hot-button issue on the American political landscape. Dana Massey explains why American politics can have major effects on the game industry, even in his own Canada or other parts of the world.

DragBot

The Escapist

"Ladies and Gentlemen, the story you're about to read is true. Only the names and story have been changed to protect the innocent." Shawn Williams explains the MOP Squad.

Meet the Team!

The Escapist

This week's question is: "What was the first 'R'-rated movie you saw when you were under 17 without a parent or legal guardian?"

Piracy, second hand games... the games industry complains about a number of 'profit leaks'. But they seem to have forgotten that the single largest leak from their profits is excluding a large proportion of potential customers. Alice reports on how...

For anyone interested in game writing, or digital narrative in general, please support the Austin Game Writers Conference, either by attending or by spreading the word to everyone you know. It's taking alongside the Women's Game Conference and the...

Japan Gaining Interest In XBox 360??"According to native magazine Famitsu Weekly the Japanese public are showing a growing interest in MS' upcoming console. After the Tokyo Game Show where MS showed off such Japan favorites as Bomberman, Armored Core, and Ridge Racer the interest has definitely …

Don't believe the hype

Games

Maybe it was listening to Radio 6, who are doing something similar with albums, or maybe it was playing Halo 2 on Live, but I thought it was about time we cut through the hype and compiled our own list of the most-overrated games of all-time.

We didn’t think that portable video game screens could get any smaller than the squint-inducing display on the Game Boy Micro, but the makers of the Casino Pen have proven us wrong once again with their recent attempt to snaz up that most-utilitarian of tools. This latest foray into the world …

The furor over 25 to Life continues.Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) fueled the outcry over the urbanized cops & robbers shoot 'em up last June when he called upon retailers to boycott the game, and for Sony and Microsoft to cancel their licensing deals with Eidos."Little Johnny should be learning how …

Games and politics..

Wonderland

American McGee's talking to Idle Thumbs about Bad Day LA. There's a pic of him up too - I always pictured him as looking like Marine in Quake, or maybe Sarge in QIIIA. In fact he looks a bit like...

Reduction to SAT

Grand Text Auto

I made that fortuitous discovery that Busted, a novel by Emma Harrison - surely not this Emma Harrison? - is now online. And it’s a hypertext, because the definitions of the SAT words that appear in the novel - one of the SAT Vocabulary Novel Series - are all linked. Yes, you no longer have …

It's been a long time coming, but jME (jMonkey Engine) version 0.9 has been released. This "maintenance" release has gone a long ways towards alleviating memory issues. While no major functionality was added, the core API has been greatly optimized and en...