Saturday, September 13

Apocalypse Strikes Fallout 3 Survival Edition Stock (Sold-Out)

I was planning on buying the Survival Edition of Fallout 3 on the PS3 from (only place you can get it dontchaknow) but it seems that the old saying is true. I snoozed, and I losed. Er..lost...

The whole stock of the Survival Edition has been snatched up by excited Playstation 3 owners, no doubt wanting the life-sized Pip-Boy 3000 replica, but the 360 and Games For Windows remain up for grabs.

If you missed it, the Survival Edition includes:

* Fallout 3 (yes, it has the game)
* A life-size replica of the Pip-Boy 3000, the wrist-mounted device worn by characters in the game.
* Vault Boy Bobblehead: Your very own Vault Boy collector’s item is direct from Vault-Tec.
* The Art of Fallout 3: Features nearly 100 pages of never-before seen concept art and commentary from Bethesda Game Studios artists.
* The Making of Fallout 3 DVD: An exclusive, inside look at Bethesda Game Studios and the team behind the game.
* Vault-Tec Lunch Box: A fully customized metal lunch box.



Friday, September 12

Anti-spore Blog is the work of a Troll

This past week I've been hearing a lot about a blog called antispore that claims spore is teaching our children very, unchristian values. Now normally, I would have writen about this site the second I heard of it, but something seemed...very off about it.

Heh, I'm glad I waited.

Well, it turns out anti-spore is just the work of the most epic troll in internet history. Seriously, never have I seen that many people get trolled so easily.

I guess this proves us gamers are a very touchy group of people after all.



Thursday, September 11

No More Exclusives from Capcom

Further proving that the days of exclusive titles are numbered, Capcom has declared in its fiscal 2008 shareholder's report, "All major titles launched during the next fiscal year or thereafter will be developed as multi-platform games".

But wait, there is more, Capcom will be using their, "internal MT Framework technology, "an integrated development environment built to provide common development tools for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC platforms."

....So wait...The wii doesn't count as a Next generation console now, seriously capcom?



Kano Kicks The Flash, AKA MK Vs DC Line-Up

The official Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Universe character line-up has been announced, bringing super villains and heroes against the bloodthirsty Mortal Kombat denizens.

I'm a little disappointed that Goro didn't grace Mortal Kombat's ranks.

FINISH HIM!! (Click through for the list)

Mortal Kombat

  • Scorpion
  • Sub-Zero
  • Sonya
  • Jax
  • Shang Tsung
  • Liu Kang
  • Raiden
  • Kitana
  • Kano
  • Baraka
  • Shao Kahn

DC Universe

  • Batman
  • Superman
  • Catwoman
  • Green Lantern
  • The Joker
  • Shazam
  • The Flash
  • Wonder Woman
  • Deathstroke
  • Lex Luthor
  • Darkseid

Dibs on Lex and all cakes he might be stealing.



Wednesday, September 10

Take A Listen: Star Ocean 4 Battle Music

I'm pretty gosh darned excited about Star Ocean 4, even though us Americans wont be seeing the game grace our shores until Spring 2009, but that wont stop me from fantasizing of what can only be the best Star Ocean to date.

To make this even better, a "video" was just put out on the internet (YouTube) that gives us a delicious taste at what we can expect from the battle music. I'll tell ya, it's pretty extreme. Good extreme, not the bad kind. I wouldn't be making a post about bad extreme.

Anyways, enough rambling, check it out!



Resistance beta applications up

Sup folks, is now taking applications for the Resistance 2 Beta. Better hurry up before all the spots are filled.



Rumor confirmed: Ensemble Studios Closing

Following reports of Ensemble shutting down, Microsoft has confirmed that the studio will be closing.

Microsoft released this statement about the closure, "This decision does not reflect at all on Ensemble's talent or the quality of Halo Wars -- in fact, many people who have had a chance to test drive Halo Wars agree that it is on track to being a fantastic game."

Though the studio may be closing, Ensemble's "leadership team" will form a new development team and has agreed to support Halo Wars post launch and several other MGS titles.



Tuesday, September 9

Bethesda globally censors Fallout 3

Following Australia's decision repeal the ban on Fallout 3, Bethesda has decided to edit all versions of the game to be identical.

Changes made to the game include the removal of real-world drugs and "the reward and incentive" for in-game drug use has been reduced.



Rumor: Ensemble Closing Shop After Halo Wars is Finished

You guys soooo didn't hear this from me but, rumor is Ensemble studios is closing down after the completion of it's latest RTS, Halo Wars. Apparently anyone not on the development team for Halo Wars has been fired, with incentives being offered to anyone on the team to stay until the game's completion.



New Sly Game Quite Possible

Who loves Sly Cooper? Damned near everyone, and if you say you don't it's quite possible you're someone made of pure evil and yucky. The thieving raccoon is one of the more loved of the plethora of platformer games that came out on the PS2 and we miss him.

Though, from the sounds of a discussion between Sucker Punch and at the Leipzig Games Convention a Sly game is very possible to be created at some point. That some point being once the PS3 gains more young players, the traditional target audience for such a cute little raccoon.

"... we only make one game at a time, and we all really focus on it. Right now we're making Infamous," said Fox. "However, we all really love the Sly franchise and would love to get back to Sly."

Fox noted that the current PS3 user base doesn't suit the Sly Cooper franchise. "Right now, in the lifecycle of the PlayStation 3 the people that own them are largely adults. As we get deeper into the lifecycle more kids will have access to them. It makes sense for us to do an adult game or a teen rated game earlier on," he explained.

He concluded: "I can't imagine that I won't make another Sly game in my life. It's really fun."



The Gamer Bill of Rights

A couple weeks ago (yes, I'm terribly late on this one) Brad Wardell, CEO of Stardock made headlines with what he called the Gamer's Bill of Rights. They are a list of 10 things that he feels PC gamers should be granted, regardless of publisher or developer.

Not only that, but Brad says Stardock follows the BoR as well; believing it will help boost sales and the PC game industry itself.

Which if I do say so myself, should definitely help pick it up if enough devs get into this. Surely PC gamers are sick of throwing tons of money into updated graphics cards, more RAM, bigger HDs and then go out and buy the newest FPS only to have it be a broken shell of what could have been an awesome game.

"As an industry, we need to begin setting some basic, common sense standards that reward PC gamers for purchasing our games," explained Stardock CEO Brad Wardell. "On the PC, publishers can release games that are scarcely completed, poorly supported, and full of intrusive copy protection."

Check out the Gamer's Bill of Rights after the break, and yell out your battlecheer (whether it be w00t, yarrr, or KHAAAAAAAAAAN).

The Gamer's Bill of Rights
We the Gamers of the world, in order to ensure a more enjoyable experience, establish equality between players and publishers, and promote the general welfare of our industry hereby call for the following:

  • Gamers shall have the right to return games that don't work with their computers for a full refund.

  • Gamers shall have the right to demand that games be released in a finished state.

  • Gamers shall have the right to expect meaningful updates after a game's release.

  • Gamers shall have the right to demand that download managers and updaters not force themselves to run or be forced to load in order to play a game.

  • Gamers shall have the right to expect that the minimum requirements for a game will mean that the game will adequately play on that computer.

  • Gamers shall have the right to expect that games won't install hidden drivers or other potentially harmful software without their express consent.

  • Gamers shall have the right to re-download the latest versions of the games they own at any time.

  • Gamers shall have the right to not be treated as potential criminals by developers or publishers.

  • Gamers shall have the right to demand that a single-player game not force them to be connected to the Internet every time they wish to play.

  • Gamers shall have the right that games which are installed to the hard drive shall not require a CD/DVD to remain in the drive to play.

  • -Undrallio


    Monday, September 8

    Reggie Says Storage Solution Not Necessarily a HD

    Since the end of the last console generation it has become increasingly obvious that Nintendo thinks its still 1985. Whether its by forcing us to trade 90 digit friend codes to play with each other, or limiting the memory on the Wii to microscopic levels to ensure we can't download everything on the virtual console, Nintendo knows just how to make us wonder "...are you mad at us?"

    In the latest issue of the Latin American magazine, Club Nintendo Reggie Fils-Aime says this regarding Nintendo's solution to the Wii's puny HD, "We are working on a storage solution ... We have never said that it will be a hard drive nor have we mentioned how we will fix this issue, but we are going to deliver a better way to store the games."

    Funny, I didn't know it was possible to resolve a storage problem without actually implementing HD.



    Project Origin Gets A Name Change

    Just a little snippet of news here, but Project Origin, the first full sequel to F.E.A.R. just got a name change and is officially titled "F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin".

    Personally I preferred just plain old Project Origin, but a lot of people seem fairly pleased about this one so I'll let it slide.



    VC/WiiWare Update for September 8th - 14th (Final Groovy Trains?)

    Well heck, it's Monday and that means that the virtual console is getting it's weekly update. This time around there's three new games for you to download and play (at the rate of $1 = 100 pts).

    Groovin' Blocks
    (WiiWare) - A fun music-based puzzle game, totally radical maaan.
    Final Soldier (Virtual Console) - Old school 2-D vertical shooter, ah nostalgia.
    Cho Aniki - One word, weird.

    For full descriptions straight from Nintendo and screenshots hit the break.

    Groovin’ Blocks (Empty Clip Studios, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 800 Wii Points): A music-based game like no other, Groovin’ Blocks adds innovative musical game play to an addictive action/puzzle game foundation. Play to the rhythm of the music to increase your score, and try to hit “Superbeats” to double your multiplier. Go for the high score in each of the 27 stages as you collect stars to unlock 15 levels of power-ups. Groovin’ Blocks features three skill levels, from the accessible Casual to the fiendish Hard mode. Play with your friends in co-op mode or against them head-to-head. Head-to-head brings it up a notch as the power-ups now become attacks on your opponent. Play head-to-head with people of all skill levels using a golf-style handicapping system.

    Final Solider (TurboGrafx16, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone—Mild Fantasy Violence, 700 Wii Points): A vertically scrolling shooter from the well-known Soldier series. In the 23rd century, invaders from the future suddenly attack Earth. Controlling a fighter created by the world’s scientists, you rise to meet the enemy. Collect power-up units, such as LASER, E-BEAM, FIRE and MISSILE, and then equip them in Options to launch a variety of attacks. For each of these weapons, you can freely select from three different types in SET-UP. Anticipate enemies’ strikes and deftly switch between weapons to defeat the invaders. In addition to NORMAL GAME, there are also 2 MINUTE GAME and 5 MINUTE GAME score-attack modes. The most perfect blend and balance of any game in the series, Final Soldier is a title you don’t want to miss.

    Cho Aniki (TurboGrafx16 CD-ROM, 1 player, Rated E10+ for Everyone and Older—Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes, 900 Wii Points): The odd world in this shooter made for quite the conversation piece in its day. Players control either Idaten or Benten, celestial warriors out to bring an end to the tyrannical rule of the emperor of Planet Builder, who holds muscular prowess to be the supreme virtue of the universe. Aided by able-bodied muscle-head options Adon and Samson, they must battle to defeat the emperor’s army across five stages. Use the buttons to fire away and lay into the Builder forces. Power up your character and options with protein from defeated enemies to have them “bulk up” with a yell, and take their macho battle to the next level.



    Sunday, September 7

    Demo/Beta Confirmed for Left 4 Dead

    In an interview with GameTrailers, Chet Faliszek, the writer for Left 4 Dead confirmed that there will be a demo/beta for both the 360 and PC versions of the game available before release.

    Regarding the online play, dedicated servers will be set up so players can experience the least amount of lag as possible. You will still be able to blast zombies solo or with your friends via system link however.

    Interview after the break.



    Life With Playstation On the Way

    The Playstation Blog has just revealed that their newest project Life with PlayStation is going through some final paperwork, but what is Life with Playstation you might ask?

    Convenient paragraph from the PSBlog ahoy!

    We’re going to offer this as a free service that will be easily accessible directly from the XMB. Life with PlayStation will feed live content to your PS3 with updates on news and weather on a visually stunning and interactive global map. Imagine being able to wake up to your PS3 to see if you need to pack an umbrella for the day. Or just relax as you listen to your favorite tunes while reading up on top news from around the world.

    Sounds just like the Wii's news section, but better thanks to the fact you can listen to music or run Folding@Home while you read up on the day's headlines.