Monday, October 20, 2008

LittleBigPlanet Delayed Due To Qur'an References

Several readers over at Slashdot have pointed out that Sony's much-awaited LittleBigPlanet has hit a snag and will be delayed worldwide. The delay came after it was discovered that a song licensed for use in the soundtrack contained audio samples from the Qur'an. All advanced copies sent to retailers for the target release of October 21 in North America, 22 in PAL territories, and 24 in the UK and Ireland, have been recalled.

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Next Tony Hawk Game To Include Skateboard Peripheral

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Analyst Doug Creutz of Cowan and Company has looked into his crystal ball and believes that Activison will include a skateboard peripheral with the next edition of the Tony Hawk series. Expected to be released sometime next year, Creutz feels that the addition of peripherals with games will boost sales for the franchise after a year's absence from the market.

According to a report from, in his latest letter to investors Creutz stated:

"We believe that the extra year of development time and the opportunity for consumers to shake off franchise fatigue could contribute to better unit sales than the franchise has enjoyed in recent years.

"We also view it as highly likely that the game will include some sort of skateboard peripheral with all SKUs when it ships, given the massive success (and higher price points and profitability) of Activision Blizzard's Guitar Hero franchise."

It's worth remembering that a similar story was leaked this summer, so this certainly isn't the first time we've heard about the possibility of Tony Hawk sporting an added peripheral. Furthermore, the move is pretty much a no-brainer considering how popular Wii Fit has been with its Wii Balance Board accessory. With Nintendo and other developers working on ways to integrate the board into future IPs, the days of owning a lone controller have quickly become a thing of the past.

If you factor in the how popular the music gaming genre and its peripherals are, it's clear that gamers have no problem paying extra for something that will enhance their gameplay experience. Keeping that in mind, it's safe to say that Creutz probably isn't far off in his predictions for the Tony Hawk franchise -- even if this obvious assumption of theirs is something gamers have known for a long while now.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Dude is ADDICTED To World Of Warcraft

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Think you play too much World of Warcraft?

Compared to "Prepared," you don't.

In a case of game addiction gone officially bananas, gaming blog Joystiq reports on what is surely the biggest Warcraft fan of them all. Known only under the moniker "Prepared," the gamer plays a stunning 36 World of Warcraft accounts on 11 different computers...simultaneously.

Stemming from a desire to manage raids -- large-scale gameplay sessions that typically require the teamwork of multiple players -- all by himself, the die-hard gamer seems undaunted by both the financial and lifestyle commitments to such a geeky endeavor.

"It costs me exactly $5711 in subscription costs per year with 36 accounts on the 6 month pay schedule," he writes. "Not bad considering I'm looking at it like it's a hobby and there are more expensive hobbies out there than World of Warcraft."

Like yachting, perhaps. And despite the downturn in the economy, Prepared can't wait to get his hands on the upcoming Warcraft expansion, Wrath of the Lich King.

"I plan to be at the store when it opens and will purchase 36 copies of it. With tax, it should be about $1500 for all of them."

Word of Prepared's over-the-top addiction comes on the heels of the annual Blizzcon Convention, a fan-oriented celebration of the games created by Warcraft publisher Blizzard.

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First Wii Music Tracks Revealed

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The Japanese website for Wii Music is listing six of the songs featured in the game BUT IS IT A GAME OR IS IT A TOY OR IS IT ART OR IS IT A GAME OR OR OR.

According to Siliconera, they include the theme tunes to Super Mario Brothers, Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing: Wild World.

You can also expect Mozart's Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and Ode to Joy from similarly dead composer Beethoven. And finally there's My Grandfather's Clock - a bluegrass song since covered by J-Pop artist Ken Hirai.

Wii Music is out in Japan this Friday, and will be released in Europe on November 14th. OR WILL IT yes actually.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Obama Campaigning On Xbox 360

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Last week we noted unconfirmed sightings of an “Obama for President” billboard in the Xbox 360 racing game Burnout Paradise. Today we’re able to report that it is, in fact, an official advertisement placed by the senator’s campaign team.

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“I can confirm that the Obama campaign has paid for in-game advertising in Burnout,” Holly Rockwood, director of corporate communications at Electronic Arts, the game’s publisher, told me via email, noting that EA regularly allows ad placements in their online games. “Like most television, radio and print outlets, we accept advertising from credible political candidates,” she continued. “Like political spots on the television networks, these ads do not reflect the political policies of EA or the opinions of its development teams.”

To my knowledge, this Burnout ad is far and away the most prominent use of a major online game to promote a presidential candidate’s campaign. There have been near-misses, of course: In 2006, for example, when he was seriously considering a run for the Democratic nomination, ex-Virginia Gov. Mark Warner made an avatar-based appearance at a press conference in Second Life.

Of course, detractors could accuse Sen. Obama of sending out mixed messages; earlier this year he was telling audiences that parents need to “turn off the television set, and put the video games away.” Then again, since the Burnout billboard specifically advises gamers to vote early, maybe it’s his subtle way of trying to get them off the couch.

World's Coolest Slot Car Track

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I remember playing with slot cars when I was a kid. This trumps any slot car set I've ever seen. At almost 64 feet its the longest one I've ever seen (that's what she said).

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21 Hardest Nintendo Games

NES, SNES, GBA, DS, Wii, GC games all included. Enjoy!

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21. Jackal (NES)

20. Metal Slug 3
With its propensity for lobbing out insta-kill poisoned apples, the final mother brain boss in Metal Slug 3 is a graduate of the same school of evil as the Disney stepmothers.

Naturally, having survived helicopter attacks and close encounters of the bite-your-face-off kind, you'd be foolish for expecting SNK to just let you win at this final hour, but the random patterns of the golden delicious airstrikes make for a violent hike up in deaths.

19. Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz

18. Super Mario Galaxy
A walk in the most delightful astro-park for 119 stars, there is one particular challenge that almost put an end to our sanity. You probably know the one: Luigi's Purple Coins in the Toy Time Galaxy.

A field of panels stretch out beyond you. Touch one and it'll disappear. The conundrum? How to ooh, ahh, waa-hoo to the scattered 100 coins without destroying your route back to where the star appears.

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17. Maximum Carnage (SNES)

16. Etrian Odyssey

15. Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising
Aside from Neotank units and a smattering of new terrain features to cower behind, Advance Wars 2 wasn't much of a change.

So how could it destroy even the most experienced COs? Thrown in at the deep end, it was as if the developers saw this as a direct continuation of the original campaign (i.e. starts at the difficulty of that title's last mission and only grows harder).

14. Kuru Kuru Kururin
What does the title mean? It's the sound of your teeth grinding through your chin as yet another spinning stick journey through a don't-touch-the-walls maze ends with another loss.

13. Trauma Center: New Blood

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12. Super Ghouls and Ghosts
Super Ghouls And Ghosts had to feature somewhere - it is, after all, a genuine hardcore SNES classic that'll happily send you and your heart-dotted boxer shorts to the pearly gates within your first 15 steps.

The GBA version features here for some chug-tastic slowdown that transforms the tricky kneejerk reactions into a task of Sisyphean pointlessness.

If the wolves, skeletons, knights, demons, bats and zombies don't get you, the framerate will.

11. Castlevania: Circle of the Moon
Castlevanias have us wailing through the night. However, we reckon the prize goes to Circle Of The Moon. A GBA launch title, the dark gothic graphics were designed before the GBA's contrast specs were known, leaving gamers with a black screen which only an intense light source could interpret.

10. Batman: Dark Tomorrow

9. Zack and Wiki

Descending into our gaming inferno, the uniting factors in most of these games are reaction times and finger dexterity. Not so here. Unlike the frantic experiences of previous pages, Zack and Wiki is all about calmly letting you dig a massive logical pitfall, and serenely watching you fling yourself in.

Using that old thought muscle of yours, you'll burn bridges and hack through second chances without even noticing. Then do it again. And again.

8. Guitar Hero 3

We can argue about the toughest song until the cows come home - the fact of the matter is Guitar Hero 3 is freakishly hard. 'Through The Fire And The Flames' on Expert is a moving walkway of rainbow tiddly-winks, spilt over a seven minute hell-slog, and Raining Blood has us spitting the stuff.

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7. Battletoads

The whole descent into hell idea? Pinched from stage two of Battletoads. Not only is the toad's abseiling journey hard in itself - steel ravens can snip your cable in the blink of an eye - but reaching the bottom means facing stage three.

Turbo Tunnel is the stuff of agonizing legend - a journey through the densest network of insta-kill obstacles imaginable. Most galling? Despite the brutality, we still think it's one of NES's most original and underrated titles.

6. Super Mario Bros 2: The Lost Levels

And not that turnip yanking silliness Nintendo tried to feed the West, either. We're talking the real deal - the Japan-only sequel so hard that Nintendo were allegedly frightened it would collapse puny Western minds.

On the surface it may look like the original Super Mario Bros., but poison 1-up mushrooms, flying bloopers and gusts of wind that suffocate movement offer vast swear-volumes of evidence to the contrary.

5. Bart vs The Space Mutants

4. Gradius Galaxies

There's more than a smidgen of guilt in developer Mobile 21's decision to include a hints feature in their GBA take on Konami's space-shooter classic.

By offering exact routes for each section of the game, they were admitting that (as with all Gradius games) you just have to learn the set paths of every bullet in the game - all eight billion of them. While in space no one can hear you scream, sitting on a bus surrounded by old people is a different matter.

3. Contra 4

2. Mega Man and Bass

Like Contra, the trickiest Mega Man is open to debate. Victims of the original will claim it the hardest, but only because the experience was so horrible that it prevented them from playing another game since.

Modern times brought a modern enemy: this GBA reworking of Japan-only SNES title Mega Man And Forte, breaking you with both stilted platforming and entirely unfair health regeneration. Feel the GBA crumble like old paper.

1. F-Zero GX

Never have eight missions presented such grief - we'll see Rayman made the official Nintendo mascot before we complete the F-Zero Grand Prix story mission on Very Hard.

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Spore Announces Expansion Pack

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It seems the ephemeral Spore expansion that appeared on Amazon and GameStop earlier this month (only to quickly disappear) is indeed launching on November 18, as those listings seemed to suggest. A brand new listing for the "Creepy & Cute Parts Pack" has appeared on none other than EA's own online store (via Joystiq), showing it's already available for pre-order and confirming the earlier reported November release date.


Sure enough, the expansion pack has also reappeared on GameStop (but not yet Amazon). But all this hullabaloo over where and when the expansion is or isn't listed seems to miss the real question raised here -- is $20 asking a little bit too much for an expansion that at least seems to only offer some new creature parts not two months after the game released?

We know Maxis has a track record for releasing innumerable expansions, and we know Spore expansions have already been planned for a while, so it seems like this is just the first sign of many, many more expansions to come. We just hope the "Spore Ikea Parts Pack" won't be following anytime soon.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Grill Steak On Your PS3

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Monday, October 6, 2008

50 NES Games in 7 Minutes

This is awesome. I can name most of them. See if you can get all 50.

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AC/DC Version of Rock Band to Get Exclusive Achievements, Trophies

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Although it could be purchased for under $5, Sneak King still had Achievements, so why shouldn't the upcoming standalone expansion for Rock Band? Xbox 360 Fanboy is reporting that upon being asked if the game was going to include the meta content, a Harmonix developer going by the handle HMXHenry replied "Yes! There will be unique Achievements and Trophies for the AC/DC Track Pack, as well that are song specific."

Henry didn't indicate whether or not the additional Gamerscore possible would total 200 or 1,000 points, but we're tentatively guessing the latter since that's how much other similarly priced titles -- such as Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise -- include.

As for the song-specific Achievements, I hope their titles are as clever and entertaining as the STD-inspired lyrics of "The Jack," which just so happens to be one of the songs on the disc. Feel free to propose a few names in the comments section below.

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Friday, October 3, 2008

Save Wii Games To SD Cards

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With just 512MB of built-in storage capacity, it doesn't take many Virtual Console or WiiWare games to fill up the console.

Fortunately it appears that Nintendo is finally doing something to address this issue. Beginning in Spring '09, gamers will have the option to download games directly to SD cards. Still no USB HDD option though.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Now Nintendo Says New DS Coming

Contradicting an earlier report Nintendo plans to release a brand new DS. Get a free Nintendo DS Lite and other handheld systems here!

Nintendo plans to launch a new version of its popular DS portable gaming device with a camera and music player function, according to a report in the Sunday edition of The Nikkei Business Daily.

The new version will have better wireless capability for connecting to the Internet and will cost under ¥20,000 (US$189), the report said. It will be offered first in Japan, it said.

Nintendo was not immediately available for comment.

The company is scheduled to present an unnamed "new product" at a news conference in Tokyo on Thursday and speculation has been rife that it would be a new version of the DS.

The DS first went on sale in 2004 and a second version, called the DS Lite, debuted two years later in 2006. Both have sold extremely well with worldwide sales of the DS products at 77.5 million units as of the end of June this year.

In Japan, a total of 23 million of the devices have been sold in the country -- roughly one for every fifth person -- but in recent months sales have started to slow. In the April to June quarter Nintendo sold 580,000 units in Japan versus 2.1 million in the same period of 2007 so analysts have predicted a refresh of the DS might be coming to stimulate sales.

For the current fiscal year to the end of March 2009 Nintendo predicts it will sell 28 million units of the DS.

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