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10:22 AM on 12.15.2010

The Brothers Mario

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1:56 PM on 09.30.2010

New Mobile 'MMO' Shadow Cities

So I'm not sure how many people out there have read Daemon or Freedom by Daniel Suarez but this new gaming App for the iPhone from Finnish Developer Grey Area is similar enough to scare the bejesus out of me. It basically creates a gaming world based on your current city, using a combination of GPS and Augmented Reality. It even populates it with enemies and quests and allows for a brand of open world faction based PvP that has you hunting down other people in the real world.

From Massively:

"Gameplay consists of exploring, hunting down rogue spirits, and obtaining new spells as you level. Casting spells is accomplished by drawing rune-like shapes on the iPhone's screen, and players can also join one of two factions and battle other players in the same area of the game world."

This could mark the next step in 'Social Gaming' if it succeeds, and really an evolution of how immersed we're willing to be in a gaming world period.

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9:11 AM on 09.08.2010

Eclectic Method makes an 8BIT Mixtape.

Visual Remixers (and by that I mean they create mixes, songs and samples using video clips instead of audio clips) Eclectic Method created an 8Bit mixtape that's pretty awesome.

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8:29 AM on 07.14.2010

The Old Spice Guy likes Cliffy B and His Games. Shirtless.


Yesterday, The Old Spice Guy was creating Youtube video responses in real time to Tweets and Facebook questions. Cliff Bleszinski got a reply- and apparently chainsawing faces is more gratifying when done shirtless.

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8:52 AM on 04.23.2010

Sony sends out Emails, says it can take away content and data at will

In what I assume is retroactive justification for taking away OtherOs capabilities, I received this email this morning from Sony:

"From time to time, it may become necessary for SCEA to provide certain content to you to ensure that Sony Online Services and content offered through Sony Online Services, your PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, the PSP (PlayStation Portable) system or other SCEA-authorized hardware is functioning properly in accordance with SCEA guidelines.

Some content may be provided automatically without notice when you sign in. Such content may include automatic updates or upgrades which may change your current operating system, cause a loss of data or content or cause a loss of functionalities or utilities."

And if you don't like that? They tacked this on to the end of it:

"If you do not agree with the new Terms of Service and User Agreement or Privacy Policy, please contact Customer Service to terminate your PlayStation(R) Network account(s) and do not visit PlayStation(R) Network or our websites."

So now, if I do not agree to this, not only would I terminate my PSN account, but I am advised not to visit their network or websites.

Playstation Terms of Service and User Agreement V6.0   read

10:33 AM on 04.20.2010

Microsft celebrates Millionth console down under with custom made Xboxs

Microsoft is auctioning off custom made and celebrity signed/skinned Xboxs in celebration of their millionth console being shipped.

"To celebrate the sale of 1 million Xbox 360 consoles across Australia and New Zealand, we’re auctioning off one-of-a-kind consoles to raise funds for the David Peachey Foundation. There will also be a unique Halo console designed by Oscar-winning, Richard Taylor of New Zealand’s Weta Workshop. The winning amount for the Halo console will be matched up to $10,000 by Microsoft New Zealand for a donation to Cure Kids." - Konsoles For Kids

If you don't care for the Halo-and-gunfire themed Xbox shown above, you could always bid on the crystal-studded XBox, or Russel Crowe's Gladiator-Hood Face. (He's so ANGRY.)

Kotaku - Xbox Charity Auction - Microsoft celebrates millionth console with limited edition Halo Xbox 360   read

11:17 AM on 04.16.2010

Steve Thomas' Arcade-Games Propaganda

Illustrator Steve Thomas has recently posted some great propaganda art based on classic video games. I'm a sucker for soviet style propaganda art in the first place, but I think his take on Joust is phenomenal. The Donkey Kong one is pretty good too!

He's got some other cool stuff, including an illustration from an old Commodore 64 game called "Forbidden Forest."

Rocket Tours: The Art of Steve Thomas


8:54 AM on 04.15.2010

Why are we so in love with Revitalizing old Games?

Why is the gaming public so in love with bringing back old IPs? I get the retro gaming culture, and the excitement that comes along with seeing new stuff for Sonic, Mario and Link, but do we need franchises that span 20-30 years, that pretty much offer up the same thing, over and over? Mario Galaxy is just Mario....IN SPACE. Sonic tried to branch into other things, failed and is returning to it's roots, only to be met with cries of "It doesn't look shitty enough, the graphics need to be worse." I have to say, if I were working at Sega right now, I would throw my hands up in frustration and strangle a real hedgehog, just so I didn't drive home and do it to my children.

So why do we love watching our old games get remade over and over? Is it nostalgia? I think partially, yes. I also think that there's a level of comfort there, especially for the gamers that actually grew up with Mario, Sonic and Link. It's like, man, as long as there's a Mario game out, everything's okay with the industry and the culture- because for as long as we've been gamers there's always been a Mario game. It's like Nintendo is that cool grandparent now; the one that no matter how terrible everything gets, or how many people leave Infinity Ward, we're still comforted by the fact that they're even still around. Mario has achieved that iconic status that crosses all fanboy lines. You can wear a Mario shirt and show that yes, you're a gamer, but at the same time you're wearing a highly recognizable pop icon anymore. It's like gamer chic.

Which brings me to my next point: Why the fuck did Rocket Knight get remade? Why did anyone spend the time and money to remake a game about a flying opossum in medieval knight armor and a jet pack? Aside from completely ignoring the laws of physics (That jetpack would have to have some fucking lift on it) who wanted this game made? I know when it was announced I was like, "Huh, that's kind of random," and I actually played the original. Are we really that short on original ideas that we had to bring Sparkster back to life? I understand that cheap, downloadable content is gaining a lot of ground, and making a lot of money, but why not create something fresh and new? Because we're lazy? Because it's cheaper not to? Probably.

I say all this, but I'm still waiting for Vectorman HD and a MediEvil remake to be announced.   read

2:09 PM on 03.31.2010

'GameCrush' whores girls out on the Xbox.

So a service called GameCrush ( ) is selling time with girls (apparently the rate is $8.25/10 minutes of hot, filthy gaming) so that gamers can play video games. With girls.

From the Press Release:

"GameCrush, now available in public beta, introduces an entirely new interactive social gaming experience allowing gamers to meet, match and pay to play online games with other users (PlayDates). GameCrush is the only online service that allows gamers to choose a companion to spice up their favorite online games. Both Players and PlayDates define the experience they want- either "flirty" or "dirty", choosing from some of the most popular console titles and casual web-based games."

What the fuck.

I don't know about you guys, but I rather prefer my "PlayDates" (dramatic pause for vomiting) to be with someone I can have a real date with; not some girl I just paid to play a fucking video game with me.

All this does, for me at least, is re-enforce the article Anthony Burch posted not to long ago about Jesse Schell's GDC 2010 Speech on how we're hurtling towards a Brave New World scenario, one where our lives are dictated by the scores and achievements set out by companies and corporations.

Speaking of that, since it's only for the XBox at the moment, I wonder if there will be achievements?

Keep the pimp hand strong, GameCrush.   read

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