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If you're a girl, go buy a Techno Kitten Adventure shirt


Jul 08
// Bob Muir
A lot of times, girls don't have the opportunity to buy licensed t-shirts in their own sizes, having to make do with guys' sizes. Luckily for them, this Techno Kitten Adventure shirt is available only in girls' sizes. You can...

The results of our puppy (and kitten!) E3 predictions!

Jun 17 // Chad Concelmo
As a quick summary, I went into the shelter with a list of yes/no questions provided by you, the community. By asking each animal the questions, I observed their reactions to determine their answers. In addition, I had all the animals interact with three videogame controllers (Xbox 360, Wii, and PlayStation 3). Whichever controller they played with the most would decide who that animal thought would “win” the annual press conferences. But, again, you can read the original article for a full breakdown of the entire, emotional experience, the detailed predictions that were made, and how everything worked. This post is a just a roundup of the dramatic results. Oh, and to make it official, we took a vote at Destructoid about which of the main three companies (Microsoft, Nintendo, or Sony) “won” the press conferences. The majority voted for Nintendo, so that was used to help calculate these prediction results. So, let’s get to it. How did these animals do? Did they make better predictions than the highly paid industry analysts? Let’s go! (Original prediction) manasteel88 asked: Will Kevin Butler be at the Sony press conference this year?Baby said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) SuperMonk4Ever asked: Will Star Wars: The Force Unleashed III be announced?Baby said: Yes.Incorrect! (Original prediction) CorruptAI125 asked: Will there be a new Silent Hill: Downpour trailer with actual gameplay?Baby said: No.Incorrect! (Original prediction) Wolfy-Boey asked: Will The Last Story finally get announced for U.S. and PAL territories?Baby said: Yes!Incorrect! (Original prediction) Nic128 asked: Will The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword be delayed and released on Nintendo’s next-generation console?Baby said: Yes.Incorrect! (Original prediction) Who will "win" the press conference?Baby said: Nintendo!Correct! (Original prediction) Danzflor asked: Beyond Good & Evil 2?Lady said: Yes.Incorrect![Editor’s note: The game was brought up, but nothing official was shown.] (Original prediction) ManWithNoName asked: Will there be a reveal of Persona 5?Lady said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) SuperMonk4Ever asked: Will a new Prince of Persia be announced?Lady said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) Scissors asked: Will Valkyria Chronicles 3 be announced for North America?Lady said: Yes.Incorrect!(Original prediction) CoruptAI125 asked: Will the NGP cost more than 400 dollars?Lady says: Yes.Incorrect!(Original prediction) Who will "win" the press conference?Lady said: Microsoft!Incorrect! (Original prediction) rexwolf2 asked: Will The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword meet its expected 2011 release date?The Situation said: No.Incorrect! (Original prediction) crackity jones asked: Will The Last Guardian release this year?The Situation said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) SilverDragon1979 asked: Will Sony announce the PlayStation 4?The Situation said: Yes.Incorrect! (Original prediction) SteezyXL asked: Will Mass Effect 3 win the Destructoid “Best of E3” award?The Situation said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) that1dood asked: Will we see Final Fantasy VII HD announced?The Situation said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) Who will "win" the press conference?The Situation said: Nintendo!Correct! (Original prediction) Lenigod asked: Will we see L.A. Noire tech in the next Grand Theft Auto game?Devon said: Yes.Incorrect![Editor’s note: This could be true, but we didn’t find out during E3 specifically.] (Original prediction) VGFreak1225 asked: Sly Cooper 4?Devon said: Yes.Correct! (Original prediction) Morty asked: Will there be news about TimeSplitters 4?Devon said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) Hohojirozame asked: Will there be any new and exciting AR card "gaming" for the 3DS?Devon said: Yes.Correct![Editor’s note: Pokedex!](Original prediction) bbain asked: Will Fez be released for PSN?Devon said: Yes.Incorrect!(Original prediction) Who will "win" the press conference?Devon said: Microsoft!Incorrect! (Original prediction) Ali D asked: Will there be a new game announcement from Rockstar?Andre said: Yes.Incorrect! (Original prediction) Knivy asked: Will Diablo III release this year?Andre said: No!Correct! (Original prediction) jjjenigma asked: Will Double Fine's Sesame Street game make the Kinect a must-have peripheral?Andre said: No.Incorrect![Editor’s note: This question is very subjective, but after the amazing reception over Once Upon a Monster, I would say the answer to this question is “yes”.] (Original prediction) LK4O4 asked: Will Prope announce a U.S. release for Rodea the Sky Soldier?Andre said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) LazyEyelids asked: Will there be a new Onimusha?Andre said: Yes.Incorrect!(Original prediction) Who will "win" the press conference?Andre said: Microsoft!Incorrect! (Original prediction) Time Glitch asked: Is the Halo remake real?Peaches & Cream said: Yes.Correct! (Original prediction) CelicaCrazed asked: Will we finally get a new Jet Grind Radio?Peaches & Cream said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) Sir Legendhead asked: Will there ever be a true sequel to Hulk: Ultimate Destruction?Peaches & Cream said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) ZombiePlatypus asked: Will we see anything from Doom 4?Peaches & Cream said: Yes.Incorrect! (Original prediction) Kylehyde asked: Will there be some more news about Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney?Peaches & Cream said: No.Correct!(Original prediction) Who will "win" the press conference?Peaches & Cream said: Nintendo!Correct! (Original prediction) Projectexodus asked: Will we see the announcement of Grand Theft Auto V?Patience said: Yes.Incorrect! (Original prediction) smurfee mcgee asked: Will Pikmin 3 be at E3?Patience said: Yes.Incorrect![Editor’s note: It was “confirmed” as a Wii U release, but no other information about the game was announced.] (Original prediction) CoruptAI125 asked: Will we see Metal Gear Rising at Microsoft's press conference?Patience said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) Wolfy-Boey asked: Will Naughty Dog go back to the Jak and Daxter series?Patience said: No.Correct!(Original prediction) Lord Death of Murder Mountain asked: Will there be a Mirror's Edge 2?Patience said: No.Correct!(Original prediction) Who will "win" the press conference?Patience said: Nintendo!Correct! (Original prediction) SuperMonk4Ever asked: Will the sequel to Darksiders be unveiled?Beverly said: Yes.Correct!(Original prediction) Scissors asked: Will Double Fine talk about Psychonauts 2?Beverly said: Yes.Incorrect! (Original prediction) rexwolf2 asked: Will Chad meet Miyamoto?Beverly said: Yes.Incorrect![Editor’s note: Dammit!] (Original prediction) crackity jones asked: Will we get Metal Arms 2 due to Jim Sterling's recent article?Beverly said: Yes.Incorrect!(Original prediction) SilverDragon1979 asked: Will a StarTropics sequel be announced for the 3DS?Beverly said: Yes.Incorrect!(Original prediction) Who will "win" the press conference?Beverly said: Sony!Incorrect! (Original prediction) Blindfire asked: Will we see Torchlight 2?Ryan said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) Lenigod asked: Will we get any new information on StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm?Ryan said: Yes.Incorrect![Editor’s note: There was a trailer, but it was revealed before E3.] (Original prediction) Hohojirozame asked: Will we be able to battle Pokemon using AR cards?Ryan said: Yes.Incorrect![Editor’s note: Not yet, at least.] (Original prediction) Elsa asked: Will Sony announce cross-game voice chat?Ryan said: No.Correct!(Original prediction) Handy asked: Will we get any info on El Shaddai?Ryan said: Yes.Correct!(Original prediction) Who will "win" the press conference?Ryan said: Microsoft!Incorrect! (Original prediction) Knivy asked: Will Sony switch to Steam as their online delivery system?Babino said: NO.Correct! (Original prediction) that1dood asked: Will we get to see more of the gorgeous indie mech game Hawken?Babino said: NO.Correct! (Original prediction) jjjenigma asked: Will we see some new 2D Castlevania games?Babino said: YES.Incorrect! (Original prediction) CelicaCrazed asked: Will we see Burnout: Crash City?Babino said: YES.Incorrect!(Original prediction) Kylehyde asked: Will we see a 2D Metroid for the 3DS?Babino said: YES.Incorrect!(Original prediction) Who will "win" the press conference?Babino said: Sony!Incorrect! (Original prediction) Projectexodus asked: Will there be an announcement of a Metal Gear Solid HD collection?“Dr. Yang” said: No.Incorrect! (Original prediction) CoruptAI125 asked: Will there be a Final Fantasy XIII Versus gameplay trailer?“Dr. Yang” said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) ChillyBilly asked: Will Project Cafe have cross-game chat similar to Xbox Live?“Dr. Yang” said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) that1dood asked: Will Project Cafe be the first Nintendo console to break the $250 barrier at launch?“Dr. Yang” said: Yes.Incorrect![Editor’s note: This is most likely true, but there was no news at E3.] (Original prediction) SuperMonk4Ever asked: Will the Simpsons arcade game be ported to PSN/Xbox Live Arcade?“Dr. Yang” said: Yes!Incorrect!(Original prediction) Who will "win" the press conference?"Dr. Yang" said: Nintendo!Correct! (Original prediction) Scissors asked: Will Retro Studios make the next Star Fox game?Scarlett said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) that1dood asked: Will we see Half-Life 3?Scarlett said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) Kylehyde asked: Will a new Advance Wars be announced for the 3DS?Scarlett said: Yes.Incorrect! (Original prediction) Projectexodus asked: Will The Last Story get a western release date?Scarlett said: Yes.Incorrect! (Original prediction) SuperMonk4Ever asked: Will we hear more about Alan Wake?Scarlett said: Yes.Incorrect!(Original prediction) Who will "win" the press conference?Scarlett said: Microsoft!Incorrect! (Original prediction) SuperMonk4Ever asked: Will we see some more new characters for Mortal Kombat?“Sabin” said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) bbain asked: Will Mother 3 ever be released in the U.S.?“Sabin” said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) Projectexodus asked: Will Nintendo show anything F-Zero-related for Project Cafe?“Sabin” said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) ZombiePlatypus asked: Will Square-Enix announce a sequel to Super Mario RPG?“Sabin” said: Yes.Incorrect!(Original prediction) crackity jones asked: Will PSN be up and running during E3?“Sabin” said: No.Incorrect!(Original prediction) Who will "win" the press conference?"Sabin" said: Nintendo!Correct! (Original prediction) Wolfy-Boey asked: Dark Cloud 3?Kate said: Yes.Incorrect! (Original prediction) ManWithNoName asked: Will Sony’s new handheld be officially named NGP?Kate said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) garethxxgod asked: Will we get Star Wars: Battlefront III?Kate said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) Scissors asked: Will they announce Klonoa 3DS?Kate said: No.Correct! (Original prediction) VGFreak1225 asked: Will Microsoft announce the new Xbox?Kate said: Yes.Incorrect!(Original prediction) Who will "win" the press conference?Kate said: Nintendo!Correct! So, the animals of the Burbank Animal Shelter got 49% of the predictions right. Not amazing, but not too shabby either. I mean, they are ADORABLE ANIMALS after all, so getting approximately half of the predictions correct is pretty darn impressive, if you ask me. As for each individual animal, here is a rank of the results from most correct to least correct: Peaches & Cream – 83%Kate – 66%Patience – 66%“Sabin” – 66%The Situation – 66%Devon – 50%“Dr. Yang” – 50%Ryan – 50%Andre – 33%Babino – 33%Baby – 33%Lady – 33%Scarlett – 33%Beverly – 17% With a score of 83%, the dynamic duo of Peaches & Cream wins! Pretty good showing! Congratulations, you adorable pups, you. But looking past all this harmless fun, let’s get to the most important thing. Did any of these animals get adopted since the article was posted? Amazing news! Since posting the article, “Sabin”, Patience, The Situation, and Lady have been adopted. YAY! This news makes me feel so good. In the original article, I stated: “If even one of these fine, loving animals gets adopted because of this prediction post, I will be the happiest person on the planet.” Well, I am now the happiest person on the planet. And, even better, since the article, there have been numerous calls and visits to the shelter to check out the amazing animals. Which is incredible news. It is only a matter of time until all of these dogs and cats find wonderful homes. And you can help make that happen! If you live in Southern California, give the Burbank Animal Shelter a call, check out their website, or, heck, drive down and pay the place a visit! Any of these animals would make a wonderful addition to your family. I may be taking one home myself soon ... Thanks again to all the staff of the Burbank Animal Shelter for being absolutely welcoming and helpful through this entire process. And, most importantly, thanks to the sweet animals. Not only for assisting with these E3 predictions, but for just being kind, gentle creatures, full of nothing but love. Just being close to you changed my life. I hope I can return the favor soon.
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A week before E3, I posted a predictions post that featured the adorable (and adoptable!) animals of the Burbank Animal Shelter making predictions about what they thought would happen at this year’s mammoth industry eve...

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E3: My dog Luna wearing a Sonic the Hedgehog hat


Jun 09
// Chad Concelmo
Last night at the 20th anniversary Sonic party (an event that was as amazing as it was completely, wonderfully surreal), the SEGA reps were handing out big, blue Sonic the Hedgehog hats. This morning, I decided to put one on my dog Luna. She was so annoyed ... but so adorable. This is the most important E3 article I have ever written.
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Activision's Wappy Dog videogame pet detailed


Jun 02
// Dale North
Activision is formally announcing their collaboration with Sega Toys, called Wappy Dog. We've heard a bit about it before, but now we have the full details on this terribly named robo mutt. Wappy is a virtual pet that is ...

Adorable (and adoptable!) puppies make our E3 predictions

May 31 // Chad Concelmo
Before we get to the predictions, here's a little background on how all of this worked. Similar to last year’s post at the L.A. Zoo, I went into the Burbank Animal Shelter to get the predictions for two main things: 1) The community yes/no questions and 2) the “winner” of the press conferences. A few weeks back, you all lovingly and wonderfully provided a gigantic list of yes/no questions about things you want to know about this year’s E3. Using these questions, I entered the shelter and used different techniques with the animals to see how they would answer a handful of those questions. For example: if a dog licked my hand or face after I asked a question, that was a yes! If the dog turned away, the answer was no. Similarly, if a dog barked or got excited after I read a question, that was a yes! If he didn’t do anything at all? Yup! That’s a no. In addition to answering the questions, I wanted each animal to make a prediction about which of the big three companies (Microsoft, Nintendo, or Sony) would “win” the E3 press conferences. To do this, I actually let all the animals play with actual Xbox 360, Wii, and PlayStation 3 controllers, noting which controller they played with the most. Each controller represented the company the animal predicted would “win” the press conferences! If an animal drooled on an Xbox 360 controller, for instance, their “winner” pick was Microsoft! Since the premise was very similar to what I did with the L.A. Zoo predictions from last year, I wanted to do something different to make this year stand out. That’s why I chose the Burbank Animal Shelter. After last year’s zoo post, there were people who jokingly said how much they would love to take home one of the animals that made a prediction they loved. While taking home a giant hippo, while awesome, would be pretty much impossible, the idea of taking home an animal in need from a shelter is not only realistic, it is very much possible! So that was my motivation. If even one of these fine, loving animals gets adopted because of this prediction post, I will be the happiest person on the planet. With all that being said, let’s get to the predictions ... and this wonderful, magical, absolutely incredible experience I got to take part in. The Burbank Animal Shelter is a small, yet active facility in a very unassuming part of Burbank -- just a mile down the road from some major movie studios! When I pulled up with notebook and camera in hand, I was pleasantly surprised by how warm and inviting the entire building felt. Most animal shelters intimidate me with their industrial ceilings and concrete floors, but the Burbank Animal Shelter had the vibe of a school, with hand-painted artwork and colorful walls around every corner. As I entered, I was greeted by a woman who would be my guide through this entire experience. Take a look a this picture. This is a picture of one of the most kind, caring, and warm-hearted people on the planet. This is Denise Fleck, President of the Volunteers of the Burbank Animal Shelter (VBAS). After introducing ourselves, she immediately brought me back to see all the animals. I was excited, but nervous, as I had no idea how I would feel after interacting with all these adorable creatures. As I stepped into the back area with all the animals, my heart overflowed with feelings of love, excitement, compassion, and the need to drive home with about fifty new members of my family. But I held back -- I am a professional videogame writer, dammit! -- and headed to the area where the predictions would be made. So here we go! The results of my experiment! I present to you Destructoid’s E3 2011 predictions ... as made by a bunch of adorable (and adoptable!) animals at the Burbank Animal Shelter. First up was Baby, a five-year-old female American Staff mix. She was as cute as she was energetic, and unbelievably friendly. It was easy to tell she was a happy dog, as her face was permanently plastered with one of the biggest dog smiles I have ever seen. manasteel88 asks: Will Kevin Butler be at the Sony press conference this year?Baby says: No. SuperMonk4Ever asks: Will Star Wars: The Force Unleashed III be announced?Baby says: Yes. CorruptAI125 asks: Will there be a new Silent Hill: Downpour trailer with actual gameplay?Baby says: No. Wolfy-Boey asks: Will The Last Story finally get announced for U.S. and PAL territories?Baby says: Yes![Editor’s note: There was an interesting reaction for this question. Baby seemed to light up after I asked it!] Nic128 asks: Will The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword be delayed and released on Nintendo’s next-generation console?Baby says: Yes.Click here for more information on how to adopt Baby. When I first met Lady, all I could think about was “Lady” from Game of Thrones. And this made me cry. And cry. And then cry a little bit more. At first I couldn’t decide if I was crying because of the emotions of the day, or because I was just an extra-sappy guy with a serious, unhealthy obsession with Game of Thrones. While the day was refreshingly emotional, it was definitely the latter. Danzflor asks: Beyond Good & Evil 2?Lady says: Yes.[Editor’s note: Hell yeah!] ManWithNoName asks: Will there be a reveal of Persona 5?Lady says: No. SuperMonk4Ever asks: Will a new Prince of Persia be announced?Lady says: No. Scissors asks: Will Valkyria Chronicles 3 be announced for North America?Lady says: Yes. CoruptAI125 asks: Will the NGP cost more than 400 dollars?Lady says: Yes.[Editor’s note: Yikes!]Click here for more information on how to adopt Lady.   The Situation, a beautiful and rare-for-a-shelter Doberman Pinscher, is not just named after the popular Jersey Shore character of the same name (although that is where his name originally came from). You see, The Situation was brought to the Burbank Animal Shelter after his owner moved, and to quote Denise Fleck, this caused quite “the situation” for him. rexwolf2 asks: Will The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword meet its expected 2011 release date?The Situation says: No. crackity jones asks: Will The Last Guardian release this year?The Situation says: No.[Editor’s note: The Situation smiled, but turned around and completely walked away after I asked this question. Was he offended?] SilverDragon1979 asks: Will Sony announce the PlayStation 4?The Situation: Yes.[Editor’s note: The Situation may not have noticed, but I let out an audible gasp after this answer came back with a “yes.” Could it be possible?] SteezyXL asks: Will Mass Effect 3 win the Destructoid “Best of E3” award?The Situation says: No. that1dood asks: Will we see Final Fantasy VII HD announced?The Situation says: No.GREAT NEWS! Since researching this feature, The Situation has been adopted! AMAZING! Like most shelters in Los Angeles, the Burbank Animal Shelter has a good number of Pit Bull mixes. Either because people are scared of them (given their unfair reputation) or because Pit Bulls are still one of the most bred animals in the area, many Pit Bull puppies are left at shelters all across the city. But if sweet Devon is any indication, people have nothing (and I mean nothing!) to be scared of. Devon was one of the sweetest dogs I got to meet at the shelter. Lenigod asks: Will we see L.A. Noire tech in the next Grand Theft Auto game?Devon says: Yes. VGFreak1225 asks: Sly Cooper 4?Devon says: Yes. Morty asks: Will there be news about TimeSplitters 4?Devon says: No.[Editor’s note: Devon was such a sweet, excited puppy that this answer could have also been a “yes.” It was tough to say!] Hohojirozame asks: Will there be any new and exciting AR card "gaming" for the 3DS?Devon says: Yes. bbain asks: Will Fez be released for PSN?Devon says: Yes.Click here for more information on how to adopt Devon.  On the days I visited the shelter to research this article, I had a special bond with Andre. The Pit mix was so gentle and warm with me, that it took everything I had not to just adopt him on the spot. There was just something about those perfect eyes that said so much. Every time Andre looked at me, my heart smiled a little. Ali D asks: Will there be a new game announcement from Rockstar?Andre says: Yes. Knivy asks: Will Diablo III release this year?Andre says: No![Editor’s note: Maybe it was because I was lost in Andre’s magical eyes, but this prediction felt a like a big “no” for me.] jjjenigma asks: Will Double Fine's Sesame Street game make the Kinect a must-have peripheral?Andre says: No. LK4O4 asks: Will Prope announce a U.S. release for Rodea the Sky Soldier?Andre says: No. LazyEyelids asks: Will there be a new Onimusha?Andre says: Yes.Click here for more information on how to adopt Andre.   Okay, get ready for the cutest story you will hear all day. Peaches & Cream -- a terrier mix and chihuahua, respectively -- were actually found as strays wandering the streets. Sad story, of course, but get this: They were found together. Despite the fact that there is still no explanation as to why two completely different breeds were found wandering the streets of Los Angeles together, Peaches and Cream are the best of friends and are inseparable in the shelter. I can only imagine Peaches or Cream would be so happy for each other if one of them got adopted, but I can’t imagine them ever being apart. Their story is too sweet and amazing to think about separating them. These two adorable, wonderful dogs would make perfect partners in someone’s loving home. Time Glitch asks: Is the Halo remake real?Peaches & Cream say: Yes.[Editor’s note: On some of these predictions, I got slightly different answers from each dog. In those cases, I just went with the more dominant answer.] CelicaCrazed asks: Will we finally get a new Jet Grind Radio?Peaches & Cream say: No. Sir Legendhead asks: Will there ever be a true sequel to Hulk: Ultimate Destruction?Peaches & Cream say: No. ZombiePlatypus asks: Will we see anything from Doom 4?Peaches & Cream say: Yes. Kylehyde asks: Will there be some more news about Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney?Peaches & Cream say: No.[Editor’s note: Aw, man!]Click here for more information on how to adopt Peaches.Click here for more information on how to adopt Cream.  In addition to dogs, there is a huge selection of cats at the Burbank Animal Shelter. I assumed there would be going in, but I was surprised to see the amount of sweet cats (AND MY GOD, KITTENS!) that were lovingly wandering around the nice size “cat area” of the shelter. Here are few cat predictions for all you cat lovers out there! Patience is a stray cat that was picked up and brought to the shelter a couple of months ago. While she was a little scared of me and my camera at first, she quickly warmed up and rubbed her cute face against my hand as often as she could. So that is how I made the predictions! A gentle rub was a yes and a sassy look was a no. Projectexodus asks: Will we see the announcement of Grand Theft Auto V?Patience says: Yes. smurfee mcgee asks: Will Pikmin 3 be at E3?Patience says: Yes.[Editor’s note: I have asked this question every single year in the hope that it will actually come true, but, sadly, it still has yet to happen. Let’s hope this E3 is the year Pikmin 3 is finally, officially announced. Come on, Patience!] CoruptAI125 asks: Will we see Metal Gear Rising at Microsoft's press conference?Patience says: No. Wolfy-Boey asks: Will Naughty Dog go back to the Jak and Daxter series?Patience says: No.[Editor’s note: I would love it if this actually happened!] Lord Death of Murder Mountain asks: Will there be a Mirror's Edge 2?Patience says: No.Click here for more information on how to adopt Patience.   Beverly is a new mom who just gave birth to some kittens at the shelter. It was very hard for me to take a picture of the kittens because they were running around and playing so much … but also because I kept “ooooohing” and “ahhhhhing” over them and it was tough for me to hold the camera still. Here is the best picture I took: Seriously, I WANT ALL OF THESE KITTENS! SuperMonk4Ever asks: Will the sequel to Darksiders be unveiled?Beverly says: Yes.[Editor’s note: This most likely is true!] Scissors asks: Will Double Fine talk about Psychonauts 2?Beverly says: Yes.[Editor’s note: Um ... WHAT?! AMAZING!] rexwolf2 asks: Will Chad meet Miyamoto?Beverly says: Yes.[Editor’s note: YES! You rule, Beverly!] crackity jones asks: Will we get Metal Arms 2 due to Jim Sterling's recent article?Beverly says: Yes. SilverDragon1979 asks: Will a StarTropics sequel be announced for the 3DS?Beverly says: Yes.[Editor’s note: Wow. What a positive cat!]Click here for more information on how to adopt Beverly.   Ryan is one of the older cats in the shelter, but also one of the sweetest. And while he is only ten years old, he has been a guest on Access Hollywood many times, which is much more than I have accomplished in my … er … more than ten years on this planet. Now welcome to Internet fame, Ryan! Blindfire asks: Will we see Torchlight 2?Ryan says: No. Lenigod asks: Will we get any new information on StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm?Ryan says: Yes. Hohojirozame asks: Will we be able to battle Pokemon using AR cards?Ryan says: Yes.[Editor’s note: Okay, this would be cool.] Elsa asks: Will Sony announce cross-game voice chat?Ryan says: No. Handy asks: Will we get any info on El Shaddai?Ryan says: Yes.Click here for more information on how to adopt Ryan.   Okay, now back to the dogs. And just because the cats were only featured in the “Kitty Half-time Show” of this article, it doesn’t mean they are any less important or worthy of an amazing home. In fact, all the cats (AND OMG KITTENS!) were as sweet as can be. By all means, go out and adopt a cat today. Seriously, right now. HURRY! THE CATS ARE WAITING! When I first approached Babino, his size and serious stare intimidated me a little bit. (He is a large Border Collie and Doberman mix.) But, man, he couldn’t have been a nicer pup. Like a few of the other dogs in the kennel, Babino stood tall and tough ... but his wildly wagging tail completely gave him away and revealed him to be the big, cute lummox that he is. Knivy asks: Will Sony switch to Steam as their online delivery system?Babino says: NO.[Editor’s note: I will be typing all of Babino’s predictions in all caps, because that is how I envision him talking if he could speak.] that1dood asks: Will we get to see more of the gorgeous indie mech game Hawken?Babino says: NO. jjjenigma asks: Will we see some new 2D Castlevania games?Babino says: YES. CelicaCrazed asks: Will we see Burnout: Crash City?Babino says: YES. Kylehyde asks: Will we see a 2D Metroid for the 3DS?Babino says: YES.[Editor’s note: I WOULD DIE FROM HAPPINESS!]Click here for more information on how to adopt Babino.   There are some animals in the Burbank Animal Shelter that don’t have names yet, usually because they are brand new to the shelter. While this made it tough to talk to them, it did allow me the opportunity to give them temporary names, which I gladly did by naming them after some of my favorite videogame characters. Once of my favorite “nameless” animals of the day was Dr. Yang, a ridiculously cute pup that kept flinging around a chew toy every time I asked him some questions. Seriously, look at that face. HE IS SO DR. YANG! Projectexodus asks: Will there be an announcement of a Metal Gear Solid HD collection?“Dr. Yang” says: No. CoruptAI125 asks: Will there be a Final Fantasy XIII Versus gameplay trailer?“Dr. Yang” says: No. ChillyBilly asks: Will Project Cafe have cross-game chat similar to Xbox Live?“Dr. Yang” says: No. that1dood asks: Will Project Cafe be the first Nintendo console to break the $250 barrier at launch?“Dr. Yang” says: Yes. SuperMonk4Ever asks: Will the Simpsons arcade game be ported to PSN/Xbox Live Arcade?“Dr. Yang” says: Yes![Editor’s note: Big squeak from the chew toy after this question!]Click here for more information on how to adopt "Dr. Yang".   Scarlett is the dog with me in the header pic, and, as you can see, right before the picture was taken, the precious three-year-old Border Collie licked the side of my face. Yup, a big ol’ slobbering kiss right up next to my ear. My heart almost exploded. I am this close to going back and adopting her. But if you want to do it, please, feel free. I just might have to visit you from time to time. We can play videogames and pet Scarlett! It will be fun! Scissors asks: Will Retro Studios make the next Star Fox game?Scarlett says: No. that1dood asks: Will we see Half-Life 3?Scarlett says: No.[Editor’s note: Dammit!] Kylehyde asks: Will a new Advance Wars be announced for the 3DS?Scarlett says: Yes.[Editor’s note: Okay, this kind of makes up for the Half-Life 3 prediction. Kind of ... ] Projectexodus asks: Will The Last Story get a western release date?Scarlett says: Yes. SuperMonk4Ever asks: Will we hear more about Alan Wake?Scarlett says: Yes.Click here for more information on how to adopt Scarlett.   Another “nameless” animal, I decided to call this noble and strong German Shepherd “Sabin” because he just reminded me of the brave, somewhat mischievous hero from (best RPG ever!) Final Fantasy VI. Also, I think he may or may not have tried to hit me with an adorable Blitz attack when I was leaning over to pet him. SuperMonk4Ever asks: Will we see some more new characters for Mortal Kombat?“Sabin” says: No. bbain asks: Will Mother 3 ever be released in the U.S.?“Sabin” says: No.[Editor’s note: <sigh>] Projectexodus asks: Will Nintendo show anything F-Zero-related for Project Cafe?“Sabin” says: No. ZombiePlatypus asks: Will Square-Enix announce a sequel to Super Mario RPG?“Sabin” says: Yes.[Editor’s note: Sadly, I can't see this ever happening. But maybe that's for the best. If it did, I would most likely die.] crackity jones asks: Will PSN be up and running during E3?“Sabin” says: No.[Editor’s note: Dag.]Click here for more information on how to adopt "Sabin".   Okay, this is when everything got real. After interacting with all the dogs and cats, I had already been on a pretty emotional roller coaster -- seeing the animals was wonderful, but also a little sad knowing that I had to eventually say goodbye. But, all in all, I was so grateful to be at the shelter that the happy far outweighed the sad. Then I met Kate. When Denise brought Kate out so I could play with her I instantly fell in love. Those big, beautiful eyes! Those droopy jowls! And then it happened. In the middle of talking with Kate, I asked a question and she slowly walked over to me and sat in my lap. And not just an accidental “oh, I am going to sit right here and it just so happens to be by your lap” kind of sit. No. She plopped down on my legs and snuggled up against my body. And then she looked up at me with one of the most loving and motherly looks I have ever seen. I will never forget that look for the rest of my life. Wolfy-Boey asks: Dark Cloud 3?Kate says: Yes. ManWithNoName asks: Will Sony’s new handheld be officially named NGP?Kate says: No.[Editor’s name: This may be correct!] garethxxgod asks: Will we get Star Wars: Battlefront III?Kate says: No. Scissors asks: Will they announce Klonoa 3DS?Kate says: No. VGFreak1225 asks: Will Microsoft announce the new Xbox?Kate says: Yes.[Editor’s note: This was the question that resulted in Kate sitting on my lap. I have no idea if it is right, but I don’t think it even matters anymore. I will tell you this, though: If this prediction is correct and Microsoft does announce the new Xbox, every time I talk about that new console I am going to think of Kate. And that makes me very happy.]Click here for more information on how to adopt Kate.   So, there you go! What do you think? Do you think the cats and dogs of the Burbank Animal Shelter made accurate predictions? Which animals are your favorites? And what are you most excited about at next week’s E3? Sound off in the comments! And make sure to check back a week after E3 for the official results! Which animals got the most right? Are cats and dogs more accurate than industry analysts? (They are easily more adorable.) As I mentioned before, this entire experience was absolutely life-changing, Working and interacting with these brave, loving, genuinely happy animals was one of the best experiences of my entire life. If you fell in love with any of them, check out the Burbank Animal Shelter website for information on how you can adopt all of these amazing creatures. You could take home any of the animals in this article. IT COULD ACTUALLY HAPPEN! And if you don’t live anywhere near Burbank -- or California, for that matter -- no worries! Just contact your local shelter, and -- if they are anything like Denise Fleck and the incredible staff of the Burbank Animal Shelter -- you will be invited to visit with open arms. And who knows? You may just leave with a new best friend.
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Doing this year’s E3 predictions post was tough. I didn't want to duplicate the same ideas I did in years past, but I knew it would be challenging to top the fun and mysterious energy of going to a psychic in 2009, and ...

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Dragon's Dogma cares not for mythological animal rights


May 16
// Jim Sterling
Is there a PETA for mythological creatures? I'm wondering if there should be after checking out what happens to unfortunate griffons in Dragon's Dogma.  These new screens show a griffon getting utterly destroyed in the n...
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Tokyo Jungle lives! New details on the PS3 game


Apr 21
// Dale North
I was so excited about PS3 title Tokyo Jungle when I played it at last year's Tokyo Game Show. Since then we've heard next to nothing about the strange and hilarious animal survival title. I've cried a few times. The latest F...
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EyePet sequel coming to PS3 later this year


Apr 08
// Conrad Zimmerman
Over on the PlayStation Blog, it has been announced that EyePet & Friends is currently being developed for a 2011 release on the PlayStation 3. New features for the game will include support for PlayStation Move and ...

Review: nintendogs + cats

Mar 24 // Dale North
nintendogs + cats (Toy Poodle and New Friends tested) (3DS)Developer: NintendoPublisher: NintendoRelease date: March 27, 2011Price: $39.99 Those that played the original nintendogs will feel right at home with nintendogs + cats. This pet ownership sim has you doing many of the same things as before. You'll still play with your pet, train it, feed it, groom it, walk it and even pick up its poo on outings. And just like before, while none of that sounds like it would be fun on paper, Nintendo somehow makes it adorable and enjoyable. How do they do that? There are plenty of upgrades in this new version aside from adding three cat breeds to the 27 dog breeds. The biggest upgrade is in visual quality. In this new title, the dogs look quite a bit more realistic than they did in nintendogs. I laughed out loud in a roundtable conference at E3 last year when Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto said that he was most proud of the fur technology in this new version, but now that I've played it, I get it. The fur looks really great! Don't laugh. It moves pretty realistically and actually looks soft, which is a huge change from the original title. The in-game world, from the city walks to your "house," looks really great on the 3DS' top widescreen. I loved the last game, but there was no denying that it looked a little rough around the edges. The increased power under the hood of the 3DS makes nintendogs + cats a much better-looking game. Of course, there's 3D support in this title, but I found that it added very little to the experience. Beyond the first day of playing, I've kept the 3D switched off for this game. The upgrades aren't just visual. There's more to do in n+c with your pet. As before, you can use the touchscreen to 'touch' your pet, and the microphone to speak to it. The voice recognition is much better this time around, and you can assign just about any word to a command now. With the 3DS' front-facing camera, the dogs are supposed to recognize your face, though I haven't really noticed any kind of marked advantage to this. Dog walking can be done in a more literal sense with the 3DS' built-in pedometer. With the game cartridge in and walk mode set, the game will count your steps and advance your pet down the block in real time. Finally, you can snap 3D photos of your pet in action and save them to your gallery. The images in this article come directly from my Nintendo 3DS and my nintendogs + cats pets. One of the more nifty upgrades in this version is the Augmented Reality application. Using the AR card included in the 3DS package, you can hold your little pet in your hand, or make it appear in your workspace. You can dress your pet up in hats and have it appear in your real world, and then use the photo button to snap and save an image. The AR card is also used in training, but it really doesn't add anything but a mild cool factor to the experience. You'll get more out of sharing pictures of your corgi in a Link hat with your friends. Nintendo took the original game's Bark Mode and upgraded it using the 3DS StreetPass functionality. When you walk past other 3DS owners that have nintendogs + cats, you'll automatically collect gifts and pictures from them. Your information will be sent to them at the same time. This is how you'll open up new breeds to collect in the game. Through StreetPass you'll get a copy of their puppy for your puppy to play with. Visiting a place in-game will let your pet play with theirs, and you'll see their Mii watching on as they play.  nintendogs + cats is really cute. Ridiculously cute. That does wear off quickly, though. You could easily blow through all the game's features in a week if you wanted to. And while Nintendo did add several new features, it's hard to shake the feeling that you're just playing a better-looking version of nintendogs. If anything, nintendogs + cats is a fun diversion that you'll play for about ten minutes at a time for a few weeks. It serves as a good system launch game that shows off the 3DS' new features. Don't go in expecting deep entertainment and you'll likely enjoy this. Again, what it lacks in depth it more than makes up for in cuteness.
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When the Nintendo DS game nintendogs was first released, it became an easy target for some gamers. The dog ownership simulation title was easy to make fun of, with some saying that it wasn't really much of a game at all. Eyeb...

Two dudes talk about how much they love Missile

Mar 08 // Chad Concelmo
*** It goes without saying that there are UNBELIEVABLY MASSIVE SPOILERS BELOW! Please proceed with caution. *** Chad Concelmo: Last month I wrote a post called "The ten best videogame puppies EVER!". At the time, I hadn't played Ghost Trick, but, no joke, about half of all the comments on the post mentioned Missile. Everyone said I was ludicrous to not include him on the list. I couldn't respond with my "I HAVEN'T PLAYED GHOST TRICK YET!" replies fast enough. But, now that I have played (and loved!) the game, I totally understand what people were saying. Missile is awesome. I seriously am in love with that cute pup. Tony Ponce: For those of you who have yet to play Ghost Trick (and don't mind some major spoilers), you take play as a recently departed spirit named Sissel who must use a bevy of paranormal abilities to solve the truth behind his murder and how he connects to the game's overarching mystery. Along the way, you meet many unforgettable characters such as a smooth-talking police inspector with serious Michael Jackson moves and a romance-intrigue novelist with hair shaped like rose petals. One of the earliest characters you meet is Missile the Pomeranian, the loyal companion to our female protagonists Lynne and Kamila. Unfortunately, he's already dead when we first meet him. Chad: As a huge dog lover, I was overjoyed when I met Missile. HE IS SO ADORABLE! But then I kind of freaked out when I saw him get shot in the face and killed right after he was introduced. That really kind of traumatized me. I mean, seriously. PEOPLE SHOULDN'T SHOOT CUTE DOGS IN THE FACE! But once you make everything right again I felt much better about the situation. And communicating with Missile in the spirit world is an absolute joy. Missile has so much personality, and, for a dog that gets shot in the face, quite the positive attitude! Tony: I absolutely love how naive about the world he is! He can't stand the black "Hello!" because every time one of his mistresses picks it up, she ignores him! When he meets a stranger, he just wants to bark a lot and welcome him! Instead of trying to grasp the nuances of human lifestyles and activities, he just tosses up his paws and says, "I'm a Pomeranian! What do I know?" But he loves his mistresses, and understands life and death enough to know that it's his duty to protect them at all costs. Even from beyond the grave. That's loyalty. Kinda reminds me of a reverse Hachiko. Isn't Missile like Hachiko, Chad? Fan art by Eaglebird Chad: Oh my gosh, you did not just pull out the Hachiko card. Do you want me to start crying right now? Seriously. I am totally getting emotional. Hachi is so amazing. But, yeah, Missile is like Hachiko. He is such a loyal pup, but obviously not nearly as mellow as Hachi. At first, Missile is kind of this quirky dog character that you obviously love, but don't think he will factor into the story as much as he does. He just feels like another one of the many quirky, memorable characters that pops up in Ghost Trick. But as the game goes on, you start to realize the major role Missile plays in the story. There have been many other dogs in many other videogames -- some that even serve as important companions (Secret of Evermore comes to mind) -- but never has a dog felt so complex and vital to a game's plot. It really is such a refreshing thing to see in a videogame. It makes me laugh to think back about some of the long, important conversations my main character had in the game ... and how many of these conversations were with a cute puppy. It's absurd. And once you find out the even more major twist about who Sissel really is at the very end of the game, those conversations feel even more absurd. Awesomely absurd, but absurd nonetheless. But looking past the amazing role Missile plays in the story, the part that really took me over the edge (outside of the game's grand final reveal) was when Missile actually joins you in your mission and becomes part of the gameplay. Once you have to alternate control between Sissel and Missile to solve the game's puzzles I was ridiculously impressed. And they both have completely unique powers! Working together with Missile adds such wonderful variety to an already stellar game. The more I think about Missile the more I genuinely miss him. It has been a long time since I have fallen that in love with an in-game videogame character. How about you, Tony? Did you fall more in love with the character of Missile himself? Or were you more impressed with just the simple fact that Missile -- a Pomeranian -- is featured as one of Ghost Trick's main (and most important) characters? Fan art by Celestiale12 Tony: Missile is one of those characters in a work of fiction who explodes beyond the creator's expectations. In Destructoid's interview with series creator Shu Takumi, he expressed hope that Sissel would have a lasting impact on players, joining the ranks of Capcom icons like Mega Man, Ryu, and even his own Phoenix Wright. Much to his surprise, it was the support character Missile who was the big crowd-pleaser. Every Ghost Trick impression I've read has heaped tons of praise upon Missile, and it's clear to see why after playing the game. All the characters have their own little quirks that make them memorable. For me as well, Missile was lovable right from the start, but so were most of the others. My love went into overdrive precisely because of how his role expands. What makes Missile so special is how the game plays with your expectations. He starts off as just an ordinary house pet. After Sissel rewinds time and prevents Missile's death, Missile races out after Kamila to protect her from future harm, but not before comically bonking his head against the apartment door for several minutes trying to get it to open. You watch this scene, giggle, remark "what a cute doggie," and then move on. Missile bites the big one a second time halfway through the game, but this time he possesses ghost powers that rival Sissel's! Sissel can manipulate inanimate objects, but Missile can swap objects of similar shape no matter how large or heavy they are and he has a longer reach than Sissel! On top of all that, he too has the power to turn back time! At this point, Missile is no longer a support character. He's not just the stalwart canine companion anymore. He's not Rush, called upon every now and then to help Mega Man cross a particularly perilous chasm. He's not Red XIII, who doesn't seem to fit alongside real warriors like Cloud, Barret, and Tifa. He's officially one of the major players. Unlike other games with animal protagonists like Star Fox or Banjo-Kazooie, the world of Ghost Trick is more or less the real world. In the real world, animals are sadly not awarded much significance. A house pet as a hero? Who is this, Underdog? But he is! Just imagine how awesome having a time-traveling, fate-altering ghost puppy would be! Fan art by Kikulina Chad: I couldn't agree with you more about why Missile easily became the fan favorite. Everything you said is spot-on. He is such an adorable, loyal, brave character that it is impossible to not fall in love with him. I would even argue he is one of my favorite characters ever created by Shu Takumi. And this is the guy who created both Ghost Trick and the Ace Attorney series, games filled with a ridiculous amount of memorable characters! What did you think about the ending? When you found out that Ray was actually an older version of Missile, were you surprised? Not only was I shocked to find this out, but when they showed the image of an older, graying Missile, I may have cried a little bit. Seeing that brave little pup instantly turn into an old, wise, even braver dog was a highly emotional revelation for me. Having a dog of my own whom I love very much did not help the situation. Missile was so fleshed out and likable that he started reminding me of my own dog Luna. Seeing Missile dramatically aged at the end of the game made me think of my own dog and what she will look like when she is much older. This moment killed me, because I can't even imagine what my life is going to be like once Luna is not a part of it. Damn, I can't even type this without wanting to cry. It's crazy that a dog character in a very fantasy-heavy game has the power to affect me this much. Damn you, Missile! WHY DO YOU HAVE TO BE SO AWESOME?! Fan art by Chad Concelmo Tony: Now you are making me choke up! And I don't even have any pets! The "Ray is Missile" revelation is mind-blowing on multiple levels. I mean, he's indirectly responsible for how every major event in the game turned out. He saw how that one night played out, watched all his loved ones die without his having the necessary skills to reverse their misfortunes, and then went back in time ten years. With his prior knowledge, he was able to determine the best course of action for Sissel to follow, but he had to remain as a spirit for ten years to do so! Talk about patience! Speaking of patience, ten friggin' years! The average Pomeranian lifespan is about 12 years. If you figure that Missile was only a year old or so before at the start of the game, that means he spent quite nearly his entire life waiting for the opportunity to undo a single night's misfortune. Even though he's a ghost, it would appear that a ghost's powers dwindle around the time its natural life would end. This was his final mission before he passed on. Oh my God! I really do feel like crying now! I feel like we're in mourning! Fan art by Venomshock Chad: This post just went from "Two dudes talking about how much they love Missile" to "Two dudes crying". And I am fine with that. Missile rules. Now hold me, Tony.
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Fellow Destructoid editor Tony Ponce and I are in love with recent Nintendo DS game Ghost Trick. Like, obsessed. It is easily one of our favorite games of the year. The other day, we were talking about how great the game is o...

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3DS: My Nintendogs corgi's Kirby hat, or in Link hair


Feb 26
// Dale North
The Augmented Reality functionality of the 3DS was kind of lost on me until I unlocked it in Nintendogs + Cats. Now I'm able to make my almost-real tri-colored Pembroke Welsh Corgi appear in my environment. And with the added...
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3DS Nintendogs + Cats: F*ck Yeah Corgi


Feb 26
// Dale North
I wish I could have thought up the name in the headline, but there's actually already a blog called F*ck Yeah Corgi. Fantastic site. That and Obsessive Corgi Disorder (corgiaddict.com) are regular reads for me. These and s...
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3DS: Nintendogs + Cats has the cutest box ever made


Feb 26
// Dale North
I didn't think much of the box for my copy of Nintendogs + Cats for the newly released Nintendo 3DS. I got the Toy Poodle & New Friends release and I feel it was a waste that they didn't call it Beautiful Corgi Pu...
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Dog types in Nintendogs + Cats versions revealed


Feb 15
// Dale North
Your day-to-day stress might be about how you'll properly pass a difficult test, or how you'll tackle your mountain of work before the boss kills you. My stress was over what version of Nintendogs + Cats would have ...
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Five new Kinectimals plush pals on store shelves now


Feb 15
// Dale North
There's playing with virtual animals and then there's playing with virtual animals using stuffed animals. If you want to go all the way with this stuff you'll need one of the Kinectimals plush pals. Lucky for you, five new pl...
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Miyamoto wanted fifteen versions of Nintendogs


Feb 08
// Jim Sterling
Nintendo's handhelds have a cheeky little sideline in multiple versions of borderline identical games. Popularized by Pokemon, it's not uncommon to see a DS title coming in two flavors. Nintendogs pushes it with three, but ap...

The ten best videogame puppies EVER!

Feb 03 // Chad Concelmo
I have a surprising amount of compassion for the completely misunderstood dog in NES classic Duck Hunt. First off, he doesn’t even have a name. Abandoned when he was a puppy, the poor pooch lives in a swamp and is forced to retrieve dead ducks for random hunters for scraps of food -- anything he can get to make it through his laborious, never-ending days. Every time a player hits START he is there, ready for action. And although he occasionally laughs at you for missing a shot with your (light) gun, those giggles do nothing to hide the pain that hides behind those adorable puppy dog eyes. Plus, how many of you have tried to shoot at the dog in Duck Hunt every time he pops up on the screen? Shame on you. At the start of Animal Crossing, K.K. Slider -- a cute, white pup -- greets the player with a guitar and welcomes them to their village. During the game, he sits on a stool by the train station and plays songs for anyone that asks for one. So, yeah, he is a puppy that sings and plays guitar. Is there anything else that needs to be said? The first time I encountered Peter Puppy in cult classic Earthworm Jim I thought he was absolutely precious. But then things changed rather quickly. I think my entire train of thought progressed like this when I reached the “For Pete’s Sake!” level: “Aw, look! That puppy is so cute! He is pink! Awwwww!” “MY GOD WHAT IS HAPPENING?! THE CUTE PUP JUST TURNED INTO A GIANT MONSTER AND IS EATING EARTHWORM JIM!” When angered or injured, the deceptively adorable Peter Puppy turns into a massive beast with nothing but maiming on his mind. I think it made me love him even more. Sure, Rush is not an organic puppy and could cause tetanus from petting him too hard, but that doesn’t make him any less cute (or helpful!). First appearing in Mega Man 3 for the NES, Rush is a robotic dog created by Dr. Light to help Mega Man in precarious situations. When called, Rush can transform into many different forms, including a spring, jet, or submarine. Yeah, that’s right: A FREAKIN’ SUBMARINE! As much as I love my dog ... I really wish she could turn into a submarine. The underrated Secret of Evermore for the Super Nintendo is the strange spiritual successor to the legendary Secret of Mana. Although the gameplay is very similar to the classic Mana, Evermore sports many differences. For one, it takes place in a modern-day setting, following a young boy that has been transported to the mystical land of Evermore, a world composed of various regions based on different periods of real world history. And instead of other human-like companions joining his party, Secret of Evermore finds the game’s main character being accompanied by a friendly pet dog -- a computer-controlled puppy that will attack enemies and help the main character out in many ways. Oh, did I also mention this loyal pup changes form depending on the region the main character travels to? Awesome. In a few levels of best 2D platformer ever made* Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island, Yoshi and Baby Mario ride on top of maybe the cutest puppy to ever grace a videogame: Poochy. Oh, Poochy. You and your massive smile and dangling tongue. You are just as adorable as you are absolutely nuts. You may be completely insane, but you can run on hot lava and deadly spikes without a hint of slowing down. Not a lot of dogs can do that. Well, except my dog. She can do anything (outside of turning into a submarine). *In my humble opinion. In most videogames, dogs are usually side characters that only appear to help the player in different situations (see: every pup on this list so far). Boney (best name for a dog ever?) in Mother 3, however, is a fully playable character that joins the party when main character Lucas grows up. And he is not one of those RPG characters that is useless and under-powered. Not only does Boney have one of the fastest attacks in the game, he boasts some pretty powerful moves. And Boney can only equip hats and collars throughout the entire game, just like a playable dog RPG character should. So cute. Still not convinced of his greatness? Please click here to see what Boney looks like later in the game when he is forced to stand on his hind legs and put on a shirt and hat to sneak into a nightclub. If that doesn’t make you smile there is no hope for you. Okay, how do I best explain Mira’s role in Silent Hill 2? Eh, I guess it’s best to just type it and let you judge for yourself how awesome/ridiculous it is. There are massive spoilers below, so if you haven’t played (or completed) Silent Hill 2, skip ahead. This reveal is too amazing to ruin. Silent Hill 2, while known for being one of the best and scariest survival horror games ever created, is notorious for having many different endings, each one offering a separate explanation for what the heck happened during the game's disturbing and twisted narrative. One of the endings -- cleverly referred to as the “Dog Ending” -- shows main character James Sutherland walking into a room to find a Shiba Inu puppy pulling levers on a massive computer. Mira the puppy, as the dog is known, is revealed to be the mastermind behind the events of the game. Yup, I am not kidding. After falling to the ground in disbelief, Mira then proceeds to hop down from the computer and lick the face of James Sutherland as the game fades away to an absolutely ridiculous credit sequence that needs to be seen (and heard!) to be believed. While completely absurd, Mira and the “Dog Ending” of Silent Hill 2 is one of the best and most memorable videogame conclusions of all time. Parappa from funky PlayStation game Parappa the Rapper is awesome. We all know that. But let’s just take a moment to list exactly why this is: -He raps (obviously).-He wears a rad beanie.-He practices kung-fu.-He drives a car.-He bakes.-He pees in a human bathroom. I mean, come on. Just ... come on. "I Gotta Believe!" As much as I love all the pups on this list, Interceptor from Final Fantasy VI was an easy pick for my #1 videogame puppy of all time. Interceptor is the pet dog of fan favorite Shadow, the mysterious ninja. When playing as Shadow, Interceptor will sometimes attack enemies, performing devastating moves that inflict a surprising amount of damage. Even outside of battles, Interceptor is incredible. Befriending character Relm for reasons I would never spoil here, Interceptor proves to be just as sweet and playful as he is deadly. Throughout the entirety of the perfectly-constructed Final Fantasy VI, Interceptor is the one character that knows nothing but loyalty and love. If I were to select one videogame pup to have by my side on an epic adventure -- and snuggle with me at night -- Interceptor would be my first choice. And in quick, Twitter-length bites, here is a list of runners-up -- some other memorable videogame dogs I didn’t have the heart to ignore. What do you think? Do you agree with my picks for the best videogame puppies of all time? Who are some of your favorites? Have any of you out there named your real-life pup after a dog featured in a videogame? Talking about puppies never gets old, so hit the comments! (Cute puppy pics are welcome.) And don’t forget to watch the Puppy Bowl this Sunday on Animal Planet. It airs all day, so you can’t miss it! PUPPIES!
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No disrespect to fellow editor Samit Sarkar and other sports lovers, but SCREW THE SUPERBOWL! As fun as it is to watch sweaty grown men ram into each other over and over (and over!) again, your best bet for the most entertain...

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Nintenhorse, Nintendolphin almost happened


Jan 10
// Nick Chester
The stuff of your potential nightmares -- Nintenhorse and Nintendolphin -- were almost 3DS games. This massive bombshell was dropped by Nintendo's president Satoru Iwata during the Nintendo World Event in Japan last week. Unf...
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New Monster Tale trailer


Jan 05
// Conrad Zimmerman
Majesco's Monster Tale is looking like an interesting title. The people behind it (also responsible for Henry Hatsworth) seem to really dig the idea of making players play two different games when faced with a pair of screen...

Review: Kinectimals

Nov 11 // Nick Chester
Kinectimals (Xbox 360)Developer: FrontierPublisher: Microsoft Games StudiosRelease date: November 4, 2010Price: $49.99 The world of Kinectimals has you visiting Lemuria, a fictional island devoid of human life, and heavily populated by animals, including cuddly tiger cubs. How you arrived on the island is unclear and unaddressed (which is an even creepier proposition when you consider the player might be a young child), but it’s the perfect set up for going on an adventure, and that’s all that really matters. As you reach the isle you’re greeted by Bumble, a peculiar English-speaking rat/cat/butterfly creature who acts as your guide. As he puts it, he arrived on the island over 200 years ago with one Captain Able Blackwood, a good-natured pirated in search of a long treasure map. Apparently fed up, Blackwood ditched Bumble and the island after only finding a single piece of the map. With the help of Bumble, you’ll start uncovering parts of the map as you explore the island. Man, is Blackwood going to be pissed to learn that within 15 minutes you’re able to find a piece of map that evaded him for two centuries… That’s the set up, and already you can see that there’s more to Kinectimals that simply taking care of your little furry friend. Sure, you’ll name, pet, bathe, and play with your animal, but Kinectimals isn’t really a Nintendogs-like pet ownership simulation. Instead, it’s a deeper bonding experiencing, mixed with a series of gesture-based mini-games, some of which are surprisingly fun and oftentimes quite a work out. Interacting with your animal is strangely compelling, and it’s not something you’ll really understand until you actually experience it. The idea of talking to and building a relationship with an on-screen pet is certainly a foreign concept, but Kinectimals proves that it can work if you’re open to the experience. You’ll find that even though there’s nothing physically in front of you, you’re going to want to instinctively reach out and touch the animal,  On-screen hands appear to mirror your movement, and you’ll move left and right in front of the Kinect sensor to get a better look at the creature or scratch behinds its ears. Yes, there’s a bit of a disconnect between hands that appear on the screen and your own, as Kinect won’t be able to read your fingers making scratch motions. Instead, you just sort of move your hands over the areas you want to scratch, the digital fingers do all of the work; your pet reacts with pleasure accordingly. Even still, I found myself making the scratching motions, as I got into the action to make the pet purr and nuzzle the screen. Even stepping back and watching others play, it’s fascinating to hear them talk to and see them interact with the animal, almost oblivious to the fact that there’s nothing really there. For adults with stifled imaginations, these kind of interactions might seem lifeless or abnormal, but it’s a certainty that children are going to easily connect with this part of the game. To spice things up, Kinectimals throws a series of challenges at you, many tied to the toys you’ll uncover and purchase to use with your animal. The games vary, from throwing or kicking a ball, tossing a Frisbee, and even navigating a small RC car that you pet will chase around. The items can be used on their own, and almost at any time, to “play” with your pet, but Kinectimals breaks everything down into scored (or timed) mini-games. An example would be tossing or kicking a ball to knock down objects, or racing the RC car (with your cub happily riding on top of it) around a track. The mini-games are simple, but most of them are surprisingly enjoyable for what they are. The controller-free stuff really gives some of them a unique feel, particularly the soccer or volleyball games where you smack (or kick) the ball between you and your cub. Tossing a ball seems a bit odd at first, and requires a gentle underhand touch; because there’s no way to signal a “release,” it’s a matter of finding the sweet spot and timing for bringing your hand up. All in all, there are no mini-games here that you haven’t really seen before, it’s how you play them --without a controller in your hand -- that makes them feel fresh. Playing with your pet and playing the somewhat shallow mini-games with no pay off wouldn’t be much fun, so Kinectimals ties in these actions by rewarding you with new areas, items, and things to discover. As you interact with your cub or complete games, you’ll earn coins and points that unlock new areas, which eventually leads you to hidden areas and new other areas of the island. You’ll also be able to mix things up by using “The Plunderscope,” a magnifying glass-like objects, to find hidden treasures in each of the game’s areas. Coins earned can also be spent on upgrading your house, like buying new furniture and decorations. What’s so surprising about Kinectimals is that there’s quite a bit to explore here, well beyond anything one could have expected after seeing the E3 demo. What could have been a simple game revolved around just interacting with your animal and keeping it content is actually an unexpectedly polished and fleshed-out product. Microsoft says there’s some 40 hours of game here. While I didn’t spend nearly that much time with it, it certainly seems plausible when you take into account all of the mini-games and items to be found. The most open-minded adult will likely only find a few hours of amusement here. But for a child with an active imagination (and a soft spot for all things cute and fuzzy), Kinectimals goes a long way in making Kinect “a must have” this holiday.
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Naughty Bear DLC: Pirate-themed chapter 9 released


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Kinectimals special editions come with stuffed animals


Oct 05
// Jim Sterling
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Nintendogs blamed for vicious dog attack


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Donkey Kong Country Returns vid shows Rambi in action


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Shots of jerks looking like dicks in front of Kinectimals


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The results of our L.A. Zoo E3 2010 predictions!

Jun 24 // Chad Concelmo
Before we get started, let me use this opportunity to once more thank the L.A. Zoo and all its incredible staff for helping make this experience possible. They were unbelievably open and accommodating with this entire process. I am forever grateful. I GOT TO FEED A GIANT TORTOISE A CARROT, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD! Now, let’s get to the results! Oh, and for arguments sake -- and to help determine the mathematical accuracies of these predictions -- let’s say that Nintendo “won” the press conferences. Honestly, though, I think most of us would agree with that, right? Guncannon asks: Will Nintendo announce a new Star Fox game?The cockatoo says: Yes. This is accurate ... ish! It is a 3DS remake of Star Fox 64, but it’s still technically a new Star Fox game. LK4O4 asks: Will the EA Partners project with Suda51 and Shinji Mikami finally be unveiled at E3?The cockatoo says: No. Correct! EdgyDude asks: Will Kid Icarus Wii be announced?The cockatoo says: No. This is accurate. Sure, a new Kid Icarus game was announced, but it was for the 3DS. Pedro Cortes asks: Will Nintendo release Mother 3 in the U.S.?The cockatoo says: NO! This one is obviously correct. But I think even a rock could have guessed this one. Studakris asks: Will we get more solid release dates on the Final Fantasy XIII sequels?The cockatoo says: Yes. Incorrect. Who will win the press conferences?The cockatoo says: Nintendo! Correct! Elsa asks: Will Sony finally announce a valid release date for Gran Turismo 5?The gorilla says: Yes. Correct! chrissmith9c asks: Netflix for 3DS?The gorilla says: No. Correct! Caspulex asks: Will Valkyria Chronicles 2 for PSP be demoed?The gorilla says: Yes. Correct! And it was awesome! Seltzermx asks: Will Raskulls get a release date?The gorilla says: Yes. Not accurate. Enkido asks: Will Microsoft announce a handheld gaming system?The gorilla says: No. This is accurate. Who will win the press conferences? The gorilla says: Microsoft! Incorrect! Takeshi asks: Will there be any news about another Ratchet & Clank?The lion says: No. Accurate! Trebz asks: Will we receive any more information on Kirby for the Wii?The lion says: Yes. Absolutely correct! And the game is absolutely incredible! Woopman asks: Is the 3DS's name going to change?The lion says: No. Wow. This one was a huge surprise, and the lion was right! ZombiePlatypus asks: Will we see any gameplay from Metal Gear Solid: Rising?The lion says: Yes. Yup! Correct! EdgyDude asks: Will Konami show any footage of a new Silent Hill?The lion says: No. Incorrect. So close to perfect, lion! Who will win the press conferences?The lion says: Nintendo! Correct! Tubatic asks: Will Konami announce a new Zone of the Enders title?The giant otter says: No. Correct. Monodi asks: Will there be an announcement of Mirror's Edge 2?The giant otter says: No. Correct! No Mirror’s Edge 2 ... yet. Volkarin asks: Will Respawn Entertainment announce the game they are working on?The giant otter says: No. Even though Respawn said they would make a huge announcement, they never did. Correct! BrunoDeckard asks: Will there be a Pikmin for DS or 3DS?The giant otter says: No. Correct. Also, BOO! mourning orange asks: Will we see a sequel to 1991's cult classic Metal Storm announced for home consoles?The giant otter says: No. This is accurate. Who will win the press conferences? The giant otter says: Nintendo! Correct! LazerJoe88 asks: Will we get any info on Half-Life 2: Episode 3?The flamingo says: No. Sadly, this one is correct. Mirax asks: Will Valve show Portal 2 gameplay?The flamingo says: Yes. It was behind closed doors, but ... correct! Danzflor asks: Will Call of Duty: Black Ops be as good/sell as well as the Modern Warfare series?The flamingo says: No. This one is tough to call this early, but I am inclined to say it is inaccurate. The footage shown was pretty extraordinary. Wolfy-Boey asks: Will The Last Story be playable?The flamingo says: Yes. Nope. Trebz asks: Will Interplay reveal more information on Project V13?The flamingo says: No. Correct. Who will win the press conferences? The flamingo says: Sony! Incorrect! Handy asks: Will we hear anything about Persona 5?The peccary says: Yes. Not accurate. Sebastian Paul Lopez asks: Will Nintendo announce their new home console?The peccary says: No. Correct! Double J asks: Is this the year we will finally see the fall of the music game genre?The peccary says: No. This is definitely correct. Dance Central was a huge hit at the show! The Silent Protagonist asks: Will Castlevania: Lords of Shadow fail to impress, just like every other 3D Castlevania?The peccary says: No. Again, another tough call. Based on word of mouth, I say this is pretty accurate. People seemed to like the game. CrimeMinister asks: Will Wii Music 2 be shown?The peccary says: Yes. Not accurate. You can breathe a sigh of relief. Who will win the press conferences? The peccary says: Microsoft! Incorrect! Matthew Razak asks: Will Nintendo actually have an impressive press conference unlike previous years' Reggie talk-a-thons?The zebra says: No. Incorrect! In fact, Nintendo kicked a lot of ass this year! Grafkhun asks: Will Blizzard show anything new related to Diablo III?The zebra says: Yes. Not accurate. WastelandTraveler asks: Will id Software reveal gameplay footage of RAGE?The zebra says: No. Incorrect. Takeshi asks: Will Kevin Butler do the whole Sony press conference by himself?The zebra says: No. Correct! He was there, though! Sonic9jct asks: Will Telltale announce a new episodic game based on either Full Throttle or Grim Fandango?The zebra says: No. Correct! Who will win the press conferences? The zebra says: Nintendo! Correct! VGFreak1225 asks: Will the new Zelda have a darker tone a la Majora's Mask?The jaguar says: Yes. Not determined yet, but I would say this is inaccurate ... for now. JTHomeslice asks: Will there be news on new home consoles from Nintendo? Sony? Microsoft?The jaguar says: Yes. No. Yes. Incorrect! Correct! Incorrect! No info on new home consoles from anyone! ZombiePlatypus asks: Will there be a Natal/Fable III bundle announced?The jaguar says: Yes. Nope. Mayiplay asks: Is there still hope for bringing Virtual Console between Wii and 3DS?The jaguar says: Yes. Not accurate. Mirax asks: Will Chad have a great time at E3?The jaguar says: Yes. Correct! I had an amazing time! Who will win the press conferences? The jaguar says: Nintendo! Correct! Morty asks: TimeSplitters 4?The giraffe says: Yes. Nope. Perri asks: Will Zelda Wii steal the show?The giraffe says: YES! I say this is inaccurate. The 3DS was easily the biggest success of E3. Ramalho asks: Will a new Paper Mario be announced?The giraffe says: No. Incorrect! And that is great news! A new Paper Mario game was announced for the 3DS! TheJesusNinja26 asks: Will we see gameplay of I Am Alive?The giraffe says: Yes. Incorrect. EdgyDude asks: More information on Parasite Eve 3 (a.k.a. The Third Birthday)?The giraffe says: Yes. Yup, this happened. Correct! Who will win the press conferences? The giraffe says: Nintendo! Correct! CelicaCrazed asks: Will Sega be announcing a new Jet Grind/Set Radio game?The lemur says: No. Correct! Davoidbot asks: Will Interplay make a major announcement?The lemur says: Yes. Not really. This is not accurate. Walrusmustdash asks: Will Capcom announce a new Breath of Fire game?The lemur says: No. As much as I wanted this to be wrong, sadly, it is correct. KyleGamgee asks: Will there be more 4-player co-op games for XBLA like X-Men or The Simpsons?The lemur says: Yes. Correct! Scott Pilgrim vs. the World! Well, I guess it is not announced on XBLA yet. Let’s just call this one half-correct. WastelandTraveler asks: Dead Space 2 has been confirmed for the PC. Will it still have the same co-op mode as the console version?The lemur says: Yes. It looks like this is correct. Who will win the press conferences? The lemur says: Sony! Incorrect! smurfee mcgee asks: Will we see a new Wii Sports?The black bear says: No. Correct. MowDownJoe asks: Will Monster Tale be a success?The black bear says: Yes. Again, hard to say. I will give this one an “N/A,” or, for this post, an “incorrect.” CrimeMinister asks: Will there be a new Boktai game?The black bear says: No. This is accurate. Nic128 asks: Will Namco-Bandai announce a release date for Tales of Vesperia PS3 in the U.S.?The black bear says: Yes. Nope. This was not announced. WastelandTraveler asks: More Diablo III goodness?The black bear says: Yes. Blizzard was completely absent from E3. Inaccurate! Who will win the press conferences? The black bear says: Microsoft! Incorrect! Blindfire asks: Will the next Rainbow Six title be announced?The komodo dragon says: Yes. The next Rainbow Six game was at the show, but no new one was announced. Incorrect. eternalplayer2345 asks: Will Zelda Wii get a release this year?The komodo dragon says: No. Good job, komodo dragon! Correct! The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword was confirmed to be released in 2011. ZServ asks: Will a Borderlands sequel show up or be hinted at?The komodo dragon says: Yes. Incorrect. Guncannon asks: Will there be any games announced that haven't been rumored or leaked beforehand?The komodo dragon says: Yes. Of course this is correct! Nintendo alone went crazy with surprise announcements! Ramalho asks: Will Milo make another appearance?The komodo dragon says: Yes. This is not accurate. Whew! Who will win the press conferences? The komodo dragon says: Sony! Incorrect! smurfee mcgee asks: Will we see anything from Pikmin 3?The tiger says: Yes. ARGH! Incorrect! WHERE IS IT, NINTENDO?! TheDRMaster asks: Will a new SSX game be announced?The tiger says: No. Correct! SirDregan asks: Will there be an Alan Wake 2?The tiger says: No. Accurate! CelicaCrazed asks: Will Nintendo be making a new Legend of Zelda: Four Swords game?The tiger says: No. This is accurate. SteezyXL asks: Will Unreal Engine 4 make an appearance?The tiger says: Yes. Correct! Who will win the press conferences? The tiger says: Nintendo! Correct! VGFreak1225 asks: Will Nintendo ditch the obsolete Friend Code system with the 3DS?The tortoise says: Yes. Not 100% determined yet, but it looks like this is accurate! Woo hoo! Cadtalfryn asks: Will a new Resident Evil be announced?The tortoise says: No. Incorrect! A new Resident Evil was announced for the 3DS! manasteel88 asks: Will Atlus localize 7th Dragon?The tortoise says: No. This is accurate. Projectexodus asks: Will Retro Studios announce the new game they are making?The tortoise says: No. Incorrect! Donkey Kong Country Returns made a glorious entrance! IT IS GLORIOUS! Guagloves asks: Will Nintendo do more with MotionPlus or the Vitality Sensor?The tortoise says: Yes. This was accurate. The new Zelda alone uses the MotionPlus extensively! Who will win the press conferences? The tortoise says: Microsoft! Incorrect! Professor Pew asks: Will an exclusive game be Game of E3?The rhinoceros says: Yes. It depends on what you think the Game of E3 is. This could go either way, but I will say it is accurate, since most of the popular games are exclusives (Kirby, LittleBigPlanet 2, Zelda, etc.). JusticeDude asks: Will Capcom revitalize the Gargoyle's Quest series or characters in any way?The rhinoceros says: No. This is accurate. Tron asks: Will Sony announce PS2 and Dreamcast games on the PSN as discussed earlier in the year?The rhinoceros says: Yes. This is semi-announced, so I am going to say the prediction is semi-accurate! smurfee mcgee asks: Will a sequel to Deadly Premonition be announced?The rhinoceros says: No. Correct! Double J asks: Will Shenmue III be announced?The rhinoceros says: No. Correct! Who will win the press conferences? The rhinoceros says: Nintendo! Correct! Guncannon asks: Will some games that actually use the Wii Vitality Sensor be announced?The koala says: Yes. Incorrect! There was no Wii Vitality Sensor at E3 at all! Studakris asks: Will Blizzard reveal anything new?The koala says: Yes. Correct! EdgyDude asks: Will Eternal Darkness 2 be announced?The koala says: No. This is accurate. TheJesusNinja26 asks: Will a new Strider game be announced?The koala says: Yes. Sadly, this is incorrect. Xzyliac asks: Will The Clash's “Guns of Brixton” be in Rock Band 3?The koala says: No response. I still laugh that the girl/koala didn’t recognize The Clash. Let’s say this one is accurate. Who will win the press conferences? The koala says: Nintendo! Correct! The Silent Protagonist asks: Will the Metroid Dread DS project be revived for 3DS?The hippopotamus says: Yes. Not accurate. BOO! Sonic9jct asks: Will the 3DS have a handheld virtual console for Game Boy and/or Neo Geo, Game Gear, and Atari Lynx?The hippopotamus says: No. Correct ... for now, I guess. Mayiplay asks: Will Okamiden get the attention it deserves with a loyal and wonderful ad campaign to bring in people of all types to play it?The hippopotamus says: No. This is pretty accurate. The game was even hidden at E3! ZombiePlatypus asks: Will Nintendo announce a StarTropics revival?The hippopotamus says: No. Correct! ZombiePlatypus asks: Will there be an XBLA title to tie in with Fable III, in the vein of the Pub Games that came out for Fable II?The hippopotamus says: No. Not yet. Correct! Who will win the press conferences? The hippopotamus says: Nintendo! Correct! Brain Candy asks: Will Sony announce a phone-capable PSP?The alligator says: No. This is accurate. Guagloves asks: Will any info on Beyond Good and Evil 2 come out of E3?The alligator says: No. <sigh> As always, this is correct RoninZero asks: Mega Man Legends 3 and/or Mega Man Online: Will we learn anything at all?The alligator says: Yes. Surprisingly, this is incorrect. buffaloAAA asks: Will Nintendo be releasing a new Wiimote that has Motion Plus built in?The alligator says: No. Correct! Monodi asks: Will we see Project Sora's project?The alligator says: No. This is incorrect. NEW KID ICARUS IS PROJECT SORA! NEW KID ICARUS IS PROJECT SORA! Who will win the press conferences? The alligator says: Microsoft! Incorrect! Xzyliac asks: Will Grand Theft Auto V be announced?The wreathed hornbill says: Yes. Nope. Inaccurate! superdance14 asks: Will Sony finally give me a Sly Cooper 4 or am I going to have to kill someone?The wreathed hornbill says: Yes. Incorrect! No Sly 4, but a Sly Collection was announced. Which is awesome! eskimo bob asks: Will Left 4 Dead 3 be announced?The wreathed hornbill says: Yes. Incorrect. Blindfire asks: Will we see more of the roster from Marvel vs. Capcom 3?The wreathed hornbill says: Yes. Correct! And, man, the game is so good! Wintersocks asks: Will a new Endless Ocean be announced?The wreathed hornbill says: Yes. This is inaccurate. Who will win the press conferences? The wreathed hornbill says: Sony! Incorrect! Masterron2 asks: Any news on Kingdom Hearts 3?The big horn sheep says: Yes. Not really. A new Kingdom Hearts for the 3DS was announced -- and it has a “3” in the title -- but it is not the next numerical game in the series. Incorrect. Enkido asks: Will we hear more about Golden Sun DS from Nintendo?The big horn sheep says: Yes. Correct! Wintersocks asks: Will a new Mother game be announced?The big horn sheep says: No. This is accurate. Handy asks: Obligatory! Will a Final Fantasy VII remake be announced?The big horn sheep says: No. This is definitely (and obviously) correct. Wolfy-Boey asks: Will Dragon Quest X finally be shown?The big horn sheep says: Yes. Nope. Inaccurate! Who will win the press conferences? The big horn sheep says: Nintendo! Correct! Scanning through all 120 predictions and results, it looks like the animals of the L.A. Zoo were 60% accurate. 60%! THEY ARE ANIMALS AND THEY MADE 60% ACCURATE PREDICTIONS! That may not seem like a lot, but, again, THEY ARE ANIMALS! THEIR ONLY REAL JOB IS TO BE CUTE! Are you as impressed by this as I am? As for individual animals, here is the breakdown: So it looks like the animal of the L.A. Zoo with the most videogame knowledge is the giant otter! PERFECT SCORE! Congratulations, giant otter! I will make sure to visit you for an extra long time the next time I am at the zoo. Are you surprised by the accuracy of all these results? Which correct prediction was the most shocking? Does this make you more or less interested in listening to the professional videogame analysts of the world? How did you like this experiment? Interesting? Cute? SUPER CUTE? Until next E3 ... CHURRO SUNDAES FOR EVERYONE!
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A few weeks before E3, I had the unique opportunity to visit the L.A. Zoo and ask the animals to "predict" what would happen at this year's annual E3 conference. Using the information I gathered, I put together our site's E3 ...

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E3 10: TIGER! Dead Rising 2 has one


Jun 19
// Jonathan Holmes
Dead Rising 2 is pretty amazing. All the excess from the first game is back with a bloody vengeance. The game has even more zombies on-screen (reportedly over one thousand) and even more bizarre ways to dispatch them. Sadly, ...

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