Saturday, February 9

Creator of Brain Age Turns Down 22 Mil

...I guess the world isn't full of greedy people.

The creator of the brain age series, Professor Ryuta Kawashima, turned down his Royalties check for 22 million dollars(thats 2.4billion Yen). Ryuta is content to live off of his annual salary of 11 million yen (100,000 dollars). When asked if he considered taking the money and moving to a tropical paradise he replied,"I wouldn't know what to do there. If I had such time to spare, I want to do my research."

Since Brain Age's release in japan in may 2005 the game has sold 17 million units(it prints money), and thats only for the DS.

If I were him I'd take the money and do something awesome with build a pool full of Tay Zonday to never sing again...

Sigh...One can dream...


Yahoo-Microsoft Follow Up

It seems Yahoo is going to be turning Microsoft down on the $44.6 billion offer on Monday according to both the Wall Street Journal and New York Times...Though, nothing is final yet and we'll find out on Monday what happens. If Yahoo accepts the offer however, Microsoft will be given a huge economical advantage over many other industries.



Friday, February 8

Dragon Quest Swords New Release Date

Square Enix has just announced that their first Wii title, Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors (what a mouthful) is being pushed up to a release date of February 19th, from a previous date of February 26th...

Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors is a Wii-exclusive RPG that will follow in Dragon Quest's footsteps but adapting the Wii's motion sensor for battle, which should be super fun if they play it out right.

Look forward to this one, I know I am.




Thursday, February 7

A Quick Round of Applause

I'd just like to give thanks to everyone....

Who's been keeping up with us. So far Gaming In B&W has seen over 500 unique hits in little over 3 or 4 weeks now, thanks a ton! Also today, we went all out and bought ourselves the domain name! It'll be the same old blog but without that annoying .blogspot part. ;)

So thanks from the staff (ryizzel and undrallio) for all of your support! Let's make it a record and keep going!!

-The Staff


Juno as a video game?

Yes, you read the title right, Juno is getting a freaking game.

For those of you who don't know,(the cave dwellers), Juno is a romantic comedy starring Arrested Development's Micheal Cera and Jason Bateman. It's been Nominated for 4 Oscars and apparently did pretty well in the box office.

Yesterday, at the D.I.C.E. summit in Las Vegas, the intellectual-property migration specialist, Keith Boesky was quoted saying "People are making a game based on Juno just to cater to the [casual] market."


I really hope they are kidding about this game. To be honest, I've never heard of such a bad idea for a game before. I just don't understand why Hollywood feels that it needs a video game for every "blockbuster" movie. The only people who buy movie games are clueless parents and fans of the movie expecting a quality re-creation for them to play through. Surely there can't be that much of them buying these games to make them profitable for the studios.

Take Beowulf for example, excellent movie, but gave birth to a shitty game. The average review for the game is 4.6 and guess what? It sells for 20 seriously check it out).




Wednesday, February 6

Burnout Paradise DLC Coming Soon

EA has announced that additional content for Burnout Paradise will be coming to all whom play online, whether they pay for it or not....

Publisher Electronic Arts confirmed to Multiplayer today that “Burnout Paradise”’s additional content allows gamers who choose to opt out of engaging with new content to still see the new content in-game while playing online. Additionally, EA says the content will be a combination of pay-to-play and free.

It seems like the content will not be playable unless you pay, but you can still drool at the pretty cars, paint jobs, or whatever it is exactly that the DLC will feature. Though the part where it mentions "a combination of pay-to-play and free" gives me hope that those of us who are penny pinchers will still get to add a few new shiny toys to our collections.




Tuesday, February 5

Metal Gear Solid: The Essential Collection

Konami has confirmed that a collection of the Metal Gear Solid series will be released as a build up for Metal Gear Solid 4 which will be coming out for the Ps3 in Q2 of the year.

Metal Gear Solid: The Essential Collection is to feature MGS1 for Ps1 and the Director Cuts of both MGS2 and MGS3. The whole she-bang will retail at 29.99, a delightfully cheap price for about 40-50 hours of gaming.

As of yet a release date hasn't been set, or at least not that I've heard of. However, has the set available for pre-order with a shipping date of March 18th, 2008.

The collection seems to be ideal for those who are interested in MGS4 but are new to the series. I wish I had heard about this one earlier though, I just picked up MGS2 after finding my old copy of MGS1, so all I have left to get is Snake Eater. Needless to say I'll be passing on this one.

Happy gaming everyone!




Monday, February 4

New Nintendo DS Lite Color, Cobalt/Black

Are you bored of the color of Nintendo DS that you own? Or are you looking to buy one, but none of the six other colors interest you? Well fret no more because Nintendo is bringing out yet another color scheme for the DS Lite, Cobalt/Black.

Really though, Nintendo sure knows how to make the DS print money (yeah, I recycled ryizzel's already recycled joke). Polar White, Coral Pink, Onyx, Crimson/Black, Gold/Metallic Rose. That is PLENTY of colors for anyone in my opinion. However, it's not my say if the consumers are going to bite, that's their problem.

Colors are nice if you're coming in for the first time, but for long time buyers who started with the original color set, that sort of sucks for them. At least it does if a new color that you absolutely must have comes out, you get to blow another hundred dollars on a DS that you really didn't need.

I digress though, Cobalt Blue (with the black bottom) should be hitting shelves at a store near you February 10th. Have fun collecting them all.



Sunday, February 3

Yahoo To Gain Blue Screen of Death?

The ever growing Microsoft made an offer to buy Yahoo! for a decent little bit of pocket money. A $44.6 billion offer to be precise...

"We have great respect for Yahoo!, and together we can offer an increasingly exciting set of solutions for consumers, publishers and advertisers while becoming better positioned to compete in the online services market," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

If this deal goes down, meaning Yahoo! ponders over the offer and accepts it, it will be complete by the second half of '08. Your system has experienced an illegal activity, please hold Ctrl+Alt+Del until you develop a malignant tumor.

Good luck Yahoo!.