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Captain Obvious: We'll see Master Chief again, in something


Mar 04
// Brad Nicholson
So, yesterday, Captain Obvious and I were kicking it real cool. We played some games and went out for drinks. After half a martini, Obvious was spewing all sorts of hot, insider industry news. He told me that Nintendo will de...
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Captain Obvious: Famitsu Editor-in-Chief thinks Dragon Quest IX will sell


Jan 05
// Colette Bennett
In a brilliant flash of almost Nostradamus-like insight, Famitsu Editor-in-Chief Hirokazu Hamamura has come out and announced that he believes that the upcoming Dragon Quest IX will sell faster than copies of Twilight (yes, i...
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Captain Obvious: Atari will continue selling games to retail


Dec 03
// Brad Nicholson
At a recent London event, Atari told MCV that "retail is still a priority," thus the company will continue shipping their games to stores in an attempt to get them in consumers' hands. Awhile back, the publisher was...
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Captain Obvious: The games industry rejects conservative notions on videogames


Oct 01
// Brad Nicholson
Just thinking about violence in videogames and its social ramifications keeps us warm on those cold, wintry days when GTA IV isn’t blamed for some some tragic circumstance. Thankfully, the pundits in the media, as well ...
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Shocker! Most people don't like paying $60 for a new videogame


Sep 08
// Justin Villasenor
Instead of just sitting around grumbling about not being able to afford all the great releases coming out in the next few months, GameDaily called up some gamers to listen to them grumble about not being able to afford all th...
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Captain Obvious: XBLA needs better categorization


Aug 12
// Brad Nicholson
In an interview with gameindustry.biz, Proper Games CEO (Flock!) Paddy Sinclair was willing to say aloud what every executive in the industry only whispers in the vast labyrinth of developer-only smoking rooms underneath the ...
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Captain Obvious: 'Nothing about Gears of War 2 is family friendly'


Aug 07
// Brad Nicholson
A few days ago, we reported that Gears of War 2 would utilize two socially acceptable filters. The first of which would censor out all of the dreadful language that Baird spits out of his colorful mouth. The second filter was...
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Welcome to two weeks ago: Grand Theft Auto DS will support Wi-fi


Jul 31
// Nick Chester
We're not sure why this story is blowing up this week, but since it's all the rage, we'll go ahead and report it, too: Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for the Nintendo DS will feature Wi-fi support. The informatio...
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Captain Obvious: Nintendo doesn't like porn on their Balance Board covers


Jul 27
// Brad Nicholson
It seems as though Nintendo isn’t exactly appreciative to the more “artistic” Balance Board covers that have sprung up since the peripheral’s debut. The offensive covers by AMR Racing depicting rebel f...
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Captain Obvious: Guitar Hero note charts are unnecessarily difficult


Jul 24
// Jordan Devore
Anyone who has made it to the more difficult modes in both Rock Band and the post-Harmonix Guitar Hero games knows that there's a key difference between the titles, and it's not just the shape of the notes.This Captain Obviou...
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Captain Obvious: Naruto: Rise of a Ninja sequel in development


Jul 06
// Justin Villasenor
When Naruto: Rise of a Ninja was released last year for the Xbox 360 I was initially pretty skeptical. After seeing the way the Naruto franchise was being whored out with sequel after sequel -- very quickly becoming the new D...
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Study shows that gamers are not shy nerds


Jun 15
// Dale North
Though you all were already totally aware, it seems that the rest of the world is finally finding out that their image of the stereotypical gamer is mostly incorrect. Gamers aren't the shy, lonely geeks they think us to be. A...
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Captain Obvious: Sony admits PSP needs more games


May 09
// Colette Bennett
In a shocking blockbuster revelation, SCEA European big guy David Reeves has conceded to gamesindustry.biz that Sony is aware that the PSP needs a bigger game library. Oh David...I never thought I'd see you small and vulnerab...
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Jane McGonigal thinks that life should be more like a videogame. We're not going to argue.Last week at the South by Southwest Interactive Conference in Austin, McGoingal channeled the powers of Captain Obvious to tell her au...

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First PS4 rumor points to backwards compatibility


Jan 17
// Dale North
Gamer.tm says that Sony is looking for a software engineer to deal with backward compatibility for both the PS3 and an unnamed next-gen console. Next-gen console, huh? Unless Sony has changed their naming scheme, this would p...
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Harmonix raises our hopes and crushes them, custom content still unlikely


Jan 14
// Qais Fulton
From the beginning of the meteoric rise in popularity of games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero people have clamored for a way to create and upload their own content. Valiant attempts have been made to fill the user created con...
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Perpetual Entertainment bails on Star Trek Online


Jan 14
// Colette Bennett
More news from the world of Captain Obvious and his sidekick, Blatant Bullsh*ttery: Developer Perpetual Entertainment (now renamed P2 Entertainment) has announced they will not continue development on much discussed MMO Star ...
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Microsoft explains Live outage causes


Jan 10
// Qais Fulton
Over at CES, Microsoft representative Albert Penello confirmed the suspicions held by most folks able to perform basic deductive reasoning; namely that recent Live downtime and connectivity issues were largely caused by a mas...
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Breaking News: Parents to blame for screwed up kids, not games


Jan 07
// Qais Fulton
In pleasantly shocking news, mainstream media outlet The Star-Gazette reports today that parents, not videogames, are responsible for the development of their own children.  I'm sure you're reeling from the shock of such...
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Captain Obvious: Brain Training DS does not improve cognition


Jan 03
// Colette Bennett
I doubt the scores of wailing Japanese that buy these games and their hundreds of knock-offs will care one whit about this news, but science doesn't lie. Despite celebrity endorsements suggesting otherwise, theyre is no hard ...
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Captian Obvious helps analysts predict Nintendo dominance for November sales


Dec 10
// Dale North
The great thing about our favorite superhero, Captain Obvious, is that he is always willing to lend a helping hand when it comes to reporting information to the general public. Hell, he even regularly flies by the Destructoid...
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Activision Blizzard reveal obvious forthcoming titles in fact sheet


Dec 03
// Nick Chester
The following should surprise no one, but you should sit down, just in case. There is a Call of Duty 5, a Guitar Hero IV, and a new Tony Hawk game "in the pipeline." I know, this is mind-blowing stuff, but we're not...
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Guitar Hero III boosts digital sales for songs featured in-game


Nov 21
// Jordan Devore
By looking at Soundscan’s sales figures for various songs included in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock before and after the rhythm game was released, Ars Technica has discovered that "increased sales for labels a...
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Captain Obvious: Parents frequently bungle game gifts


Nov 20
// Colette Bennett
My mother, without fail, would ask me to make my Christmas list every year. Like clockwork, she'd take it, go shopping, and more or less ignore it. I think it took a fit of hysterics at age seven or so to get her to finally l...
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Australia bans yet another game: Soldier of Fortune: Payback goes unrated


Oct 18
// Jim Sterling
Bad news for koala bears with a war fetish -- Soldier of Fortune: Payback has become one in a long line of videogames refused a rating by Australia's Office of Film & Literature Classification, resulting in a practical ba...
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Obvious: Unreal Engine 4.0 in development


Oct 10
// Nick Chester
During yesterday's tour of Epic Games' beautiful Cary, North Carolina offices, producer Jeff Morris showed us a few things. Epic's gorgeous mo-cap room; Epic's outdoor basketball court; Epic's break room; Epic's bathrooms. Mo...
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Captain Obvious: David Reeves says PSP should have had more original titles


Aug 24
// Colette Bennett
The desire to post a massive billboard of the ORLY owl on this post is almost impossible to resist, but somehow I fought off the burning need. According to this blurb from Gamepro via GamesIndustry.biz, Sony Europe president ...
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You can do it, put your back into it


Aug 19
// Dale North
When I'm not quoting Ice Cube, I'm busy playing video games, much like many of you. I'll be honest: my back and neck hurt like nobody's business after long gaming sessions. It may seem like a job for our very own Captain Obvi...
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Captain Obvious: How do you know if a new Xbox 360 has HDMI? Read the box!


Aug 10
// Dale North
Now that we know that Xbox 360s are shipping with HDMI ports, gamers were wondering how we could be sure that the system inside the box would actually have the ports on it. The answer is simple: read the box.Joystiq hits us w...
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Big shocker: Europe gets no Xbox 360 price cut


Aug 07
// Jim Sterling
It didn't really come as a surprise when Microsoft announced an Xbox 360 price drop for this Wednesday and it should come as even less of a surprise to learn that once again Europe is left out in the cold. Talking to IGN, Mic...

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