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6:00 PM on 08.15.2009

Check out Made of Myth, wish you could read French

Kotaku posted about a new French gaming magazine called Amusement a few days ago that caught my eye and today they got some very cool images from one of the mag's stories. I'm going two ways with this story so stick with me. ...

Matthew Razak

11:40 AM on 08.14.2009

PlayStation World Magazine bites the dust

I know we talk here and there about the death of the print magazine, but seriously folks, it's not looking so good. This morning, MCV reported that Future Publishing has announced that they will be closing PlayStation World M...

Colette Bennett



That's our Eidos: Arkham Asylum review score shenanigans photo
That's our Eidos: Arkham Asylum review score shenanigans
by Jim Sterling

Oh Eidos, your PR department is really, really bad at keeping this crap under wraps, aren't you? The company has become notorious for trying to fix and/or "encourage" high review scores for its games, first becoming infamous as a central figure in the Jeff Gerstman/Kane & Lynch Gamespot controversy and then making waves for meddling with Tomb Raider reviews. Now the company's at it again, this time with Batman: Arkham Asylum.

According to The RAM Raider, Eidos has been "encouraging" review scores of 90% and above by offering an early embargo break to any magazine that gives Arkham Asylum such a rating. Not only that, but willing magazines also have to make Eidos' Batman game the cover story for that issue. If you can guarantee a 90% score and a front cover, you can run your review earlier. 

This is, sadly, a common practice. I've been made similar offers by other publishers in the past, none of which have particularly interested me. However, the fact that it's Eidos, yet again, that can't cover up its chicanery is hilarious. If Eidos wants to be a corrupt, politicking, shady publisher, that's up to them -- however, they're going to have to learn to get way better at making sure people don't find out about it. 

Eidos, for their part, are denying the allegations, claiming that there is "not one single shred of truth" to the story. Considering the fact they've done it before, coupled with the other fact that it's been done many times in the past by other companies, I don't see why now would be any different from Eidos' usual MO.

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2:00 AM on 07.05.2009

New EGM to invade all of your devices at once

Electronic Gaming Monthly as you knew it may have folded, your subscription turned into Maxim, pictures of Street Fighter’s Ryu now a hot-young-actress-of-the-moment in lingerie. But the magazine (at least in name) is f...

Nick Chester

4:40 PM on 05.21.2009

BioShock 2's Big Daddy design revealed in GamePro

If you loved the first BioShock as much as I did, surely you've been keeping up with the details on BioShock 2. In that case, you'll likely be quite interested in this image on the cover of the July issue of GamePro. The issu...

Colette Bennett



Breaking: 1UP acquired by UGO, EGM is officially no more photo
Breaking: 1UP acquired by UGO, EGM is officially no more
by Jordan Devore

Yes, folks, the rumblings were true: 1UP has been sold by Ziff Davis to UGO Entertainment and its parent company, Hearst Corporation, including 1UP's associated Web sites GameVideos, MyCheats, and GameTab.

Sadly, the acquisition will undoubtedly result in many layoffs, which is something we never want to see in this or any industry. Further adding to the sad news, Electronic Gaming Monthly has made like Batman's parents and will no longer be in print as of the current January issue.

All jokes aside, EGM was one of the last great gaming magazines, and while it's not shocking to see the publication come to an end, it's still an unpleasant sight to witness.

As for the 1UP acquisition business, we're already getting word on some of the casualties, namely the 1UP Show. I have always been a supporter of the show and I can safely say that it will be greatly missed. Our hearts go out to all of those who are now out of a job.

[Via Gamasutra]

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12:45 PM on 10.22.2008

Strauss Zelnick: In better shape than T2's shares

Strauss Zelnick has a few things going for him. First, he’s the chairman for Take-Two Interactive and successfully ousted the evil EA Empire out of his front room. Secondly, he’s ripped. GamePolitics is reporting ...

Brad Nicholson

5:20 PM on 09.09.2008

OPM is tossing out some Kratos action for LittleBigPlanet in the UK

According to CVG, Media Molecule and the guys at Official PlayStation Magazine in the UK have teamed up to offer a fairly exciting download code to be used with LittleBigPlanet. Included in the packaging of issue 24 will be a...

Brad Nicholson

5:31 PM on 08.14.2008

Gaming magazines aren't dead yet

It seems like everyone is saying "print is dead" lately, especially when it comes to videogame magazines. Even though I write for a gaming Web site, I really enjoy reading gaming mags -- even the sh*tty ones. Does a...

Dale North

2:29 PM on 07.24.2008

Grand Theft Auto IV to PC confirmed

According to the front Malaysia’s “premier gaming mag” PC Gamer, Grand Theft Auto IV is coming to the PC. As we aren’t in Malaysia, when the misadventures of Niko Bellic and company will be invading yo...

Brad Nicholson

4:12 PM on 12.10.2007

TIME names top ten games of 2007

This list ought to cause some waves in the internets. TIME has complied their top ten games of the year, in numerical order, which will certainly but subject to a great deal of disagreement, flame war and general crap slingin...

Colette Bennett

2:37 PM on 11.14.2007

Game Informer to reveal Ghostbusters game in December issue (Update)

Well, it's official, and Surfer Girl was correct: there's most certainly a Ghostbusters videogame in the works. Game Informer is set to reveal all of the information on the upcoming game -- which is said to be a sequel to two...

Nick Chester

9:23 AM on 09.14.2007

Final Fantasy IV remake for DS gets new system

It seems that a graphical overhaul isn't the only thing that Final Fantasy IV's DS remake is getting. Next in line for the Square-Enix Self-Whoring Parade, Final Fantasy IV will actually get a brand new system feature to go a...

Jim Sterling



Famitsu: New glimpse of No More Heroes photo
Famitsu: New glimpse of No More Heroes
by Niero Gonzalez

While we sit idle waiting 48 hours to see what lies behind the curtain of the new No More Heroes site, Famitsu unzips the pants of the protagonist and offers up a few more photos of the game.  The scan was posted by a French Web site which our own Blindside thankfully translated for us Eau De Toilette impared:

You are Travis, number 10 assassin. In the game you go around to kill the other 9 so you can be number 1. Take missions to get better weapons and more money and other things. Wiimote controls weapon and nunchuck moves Travis on foot and vehicle.

This game is totally punk. I'm a huge fan of cell shaded games -- it reminds me of being excited about older titles like Cool Cool Toon and Jet Set Radio on the Dreamcast.  Killer 7 would have been totally forgetable if it wasn't for the amazing attention to art direction, so I'm also hoping that there's a little more under the hood here than clever shaders. July's new scan and an archive of additional back issue scans are posted in the gallery below:

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6:05 PM on 06.05.2007

SimCity Societies, amiable alliteration abounds

EA's long running city building franchise is due a fifth installment, according to CVG, who report that the next issue of US Games for Windows magazine will see the announcement of what has become known as SimCity Societ...

Jim Sterling

8:20 PM on 05.04.2007

Art Attack Friday: Kamekichi

You know what my favorite kind of art is? The kind that rips apart everything you're used to and are made by artists who were dropped on their heads into a lake of crack, meth and cocaine! So it's only natural that t...

Hamza CTZ Aziz