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Atlus promises Demon's Souls servers until March 2011


Jul 22
// Joseph Leray
Yesterday, Atlus sent a note to its fanclub, the so-called "Faithful," promising to maintain Demon's Souls' North American servers until at least March 2011. I suppose that you could play it as a single-player game, but ...
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Play Modern Warfare 2 with Dane Cook, pretend he's funny


Dec 22
// Conrad Zimmerman
In a move certain to draw hordes of people to the service, Microsoft has announced their latest "Game with Fame" promotion. This coming weekend, players of Modern Warfare 2 will have the opportunity to play the game with...
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Sledgehammer Games gets a Web site, speculation ensues


Dec 09
// Jordan Devore
Sledgehammer Games, you know, that fairly new Activision studio formed around Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey? Believe me when I say they are working on something mysterious. The developer's Web site has just recently gone...
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Beyond Good & Evil 2 'on hold'


Aug 25
// Jim Sterling
Do you hear that? That's the sound of nerd anguish, my friend. The announcement of Beyond Good & Evil 2 was something that many gamers had been longing for, and when it finally came it was like a dream come true. Unfortun...
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iDOLM@STER DS game contains a trap


Jul 13
// Dale North
Japan's iDOLM@STER games, up until now, have focused on the guidance of potential female pop stars as well as a bit of rhythm gaming, but an upcoming DS release in the series has mixed up that formula up a bit. Or should I sa...
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Wilde, incest, and the Bible: Tale of Tales announce Fatale


Jun 25
// Joseph Leray
This is how Tale of Tales (The Path, The Graveyard) creators Auriea Harvey and Michael Samyn describe their new game, Fatale, which is based on the biblical story of Salomé:We're interested in the idea of a love story ...
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The most blatant PSP rip-off the world will ever see


May 11
// Jim Sterling
Ladies and gentlemen, let us introduce the Geda VX690HD, perhaps the most blatantly obvious rip-off in the world. You almost have to congratulate Geda for summoning the kind of stones required to release a system that doesn't...
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It's a trap: Final Fantasy IV sequel coming to XBLA is most likely bullsh*t


Jan 28
// Jim Sterling
A story is currently flying around the Interwebs concerning a potential release of Final Fantasy IV: The After on Xbox Live Arcade. Apparently, there was a page on Microsoft Japan's Xbox Web site which confirmed the release, ...
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Chinese government to outlaw Internet anonymity


Jan 16
// Jim Sterling
China loves repression like the English love football riots, and today's Communist smackdown comes courtesy of a new law requiring all online gamers to register with their real names online. No more hiding behind a screen nam...
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Dirty PSP upskirt action: PSP used as indecent panty snap grabber


May 29
// Jim Sterling
The deputy head of a Nagoya technical college has been arrested for allegedly using a PSP and its camera peripheral to look up the skirt of a 19-year old woman. The dirty 59-year old administrator supposedly performed the wic...
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Fight fires for 'real' with Real Heroes: Firefighters for the Wii


May 12
// Nick Chester
"Running into a burning building" can be found on my ever-growing list, "Things I Will Never Do Because I'm a Pussy." I understand and respect the role of firefighters, whether they're braving a blaze to s...
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Too Human will make it if we just BELIEVE!


Mar 05
// Jim Sterling
Silicon Knights president Denis Dyack has made a heart-tugging statement explaining why he's stuck with Too Human, despite its notorious problems.  Say "Too Human" to any gamer right now and you can expect a re...
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Bargain Bin Laden #33: Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty


Jan 03
// Jim Sterling
Ask anybody, I'm a massive Metal Gear Solid fan. For me, Hideo Kojima is a God when it comes to developing characters and storylines in games. This series stands next to Konami's other great line of titles, Silent Hill, and o...
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Videogames cause brain damage now


Dec 26
// Jim Sterling
Taiwan news sources are reporting on a new study that claims the playing of videogames, especially violent ones, may cause harm to brain functions and have an impact on their learning capabilities and emotional control. On to...
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IT'S A TRAP: Play as a tranny in the new Saint's Row


Dec 18
// Jim Sterling
This is the best news I've heard all day. As a self-confessed lover of all things transgendered, the news that Saint's Row 2 will give you the ability to play as a delicious trap is something that I cannot simply ignore. I ma...
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Microsoft offers ten free Arcade games in new promotion


Nov 20
// Jim Sterling
Microsoft is feeling generous lately. First we all got Carcassonne for nothing, and now the company is offering ten free Xbox Live Arcade games to new and existing customers as part of a fresh promotional campaign.New Xbox 36...
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PS2 modchip on a memory card?


Nov 07
// Dale North
The Memor 32 is basically a modchip on a a memory card. The device uses a USB connection to allow loading and unloading of save games to and from the PC, but less savory/more clever gamers have managed to do more with the dev...
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Germans busted in Japan during PC Engine celebration


Nov 06
// Dale North
I'll come right out and say that I always have had mad love for Hudson, NEC, the PC Engine, the TurboDuo, Bonk, and all related things, but even I missed the 20th birthdate of the PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16 on October 30th. Thre...
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Electronic Arts thinks videogames cost too much? I know how weird that sounds


Oct 31
// Jim Sterling
I have to admit something to you all -- I am seriously becoming a fan of Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello. Having accused the games industry of stagnation in the past, and seeming to want to move his notorious company int...
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Middle America finally gets you: WoW dating, CBS style


Oct 24
// Earnest Cavalli
The footage in that box up there comes from a CBS sitcom called How I Met Your Mother. Other than starring an older, less Hippocratic Neil Patrick Harris, it has recently become notable for revealing that Middle America fin...
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Games time forgot: CSI: Miami


Oct 02
// Anthony Burch
I'm pretty sure none of you have played this game -- I know I sure as hell haven't. Mathematically speaking, there's no reason to think that this game would be even the slightest bit enjoyable: licensed games suck, "myst...
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Lost Odyssey will stretch over four DVDs. Sony fans will love that


Sep 20
// Jim Sterling
Firstly, let me just say that I honestly don't get the great hardship in changing DVDs. People talk as if having something contained on more than one disc will require an infinite and gruelling journey to the console to switc...
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Guilty Gear 2 footage is as confusing as Bridget's sexuality


Sep 19
// 8BitBrian
No. This is not Guilty Gear. I'm not even sure what's going on. Before, we've only had some images to take a look at, but now we've got a montage of an entire "round" from Guilty Gear 2. You play as Sol, running ar...

Destructoid review: Guilty Gear: Accent Core

Sep 14 // 8BitBrian
This new version of Guilty Gear sports several updates. First, they promised new artwork for the game. The full-body character art has been redone, making the images cleaner, and giving yet another picture to ogle at. In addition to this, all the backgrounds have been updated, giving longtime players something new to look at. What needs updating the most, though, were the sprites. They haven't been re-drawn at all, and sorely need it. These are the exact same sprites that have probably been around since Guilty Gear X. It's the number one problem with the series -- before long, the game's beautiful graphics are going to seem too old and outdated. The game was released in Japan long before it was worthwhile to consider developing on either system, so Sammy stuck with the PS2. Hopefully the next iteration will appear on one of the two consoles, and will feature new sprites. Many of the voices for the game have been re-recorded to give the characters more phrases for their attacks, so that the old ones will finally be swapped out. Unfortunately, the announcer ("Heaven or Hell! Fight!" voice), has been swapped out for someone who sounds decidedly less macho -- a change that I could do without.The character moves have also been shifted around plenty since X2#Reload, enough so that I've actually had to change my strategy for fighting with Anji. For some characters, they've acquired some new moves, or had some shifted to a "Force Break," a new feature in this game. Normally, you have special moves which consume 50% of your special bar. Force breaks, on the other hand, consume only 25%, and are a less powerful alternative, but can still do some serious damage.As for the contents of the game itself, there's the Arcade, vs. CPU/2P, Survival, and Medal of Millionaire mode -- this revision lacks a story mode. This edition introduces A.B.A. and Order Sol into tournament play, and removes Kliff and Justice. For those of you who were wondering: Order Sol is just as irritating as regular Sol.Why should I even bother with Guilty Gear? This is what I'm sure some of you are asking. Think of this game as a combination of Street Fighter and Marvel vs. Capcom. The game has fairly straightforward play sensibilities (like Street Fighter), with two characters facing off against each other -- no allies, no character switching, etc. Now, add in the seizure-inducing special attacks that are common in Marvel vs. Capcom and the later Street Fighter titles, and you've got an idea of what Guilty Gear is like.The game features slash rock tracks, all done by the game's creator (and character artist), Daisuke Ishiwatari. The music adds to the bright visuals produced by the game, between the unique character designs and the beautiful stages. To boot, the game's got a great story that's periodically updated (Guilty Gear X2#Reload is the most recent update on a console).So, you've taken the bait -- should Accent Core be your first purchase? Well, for one thing, this is the most updated version of the game, with further play balancing occurring as well as the inclusion of all the characters that people will be playing as. If you intend to get serious with this game, then you might as well start off with Accent Core.Does this nullify you buying all the past versions, though? Well, no. Each of the major versions -- Guilty Gear, Guilty Gear X, and Guilty Gear X2#Reload -- build upon the game's universe through the story mode. Accent Core doesn't feature this, and so you'll have to either buy X2#Reload or read all the Wikipedia information available on Guilty Gear to figure out why the characters are fighting.Accent Core provides some new updates to keep veteran players on their toes, along with making it easier to actually buy a PS2 Guilty Gear game (I've had to resort to eBay to get all of mine). A new story mode would have been nice, so as to give the game some more playtime. The graphics update is a nice touch, but is ultimately marred by the fact that the sprites are showing signs of old age. In the end, it's an update -- but it's a hell of a lot more new stuff than what's in the same ol' Madden box each year.Final Score: 7/10Forget it!/Rent it!/Buy it!And yes, this game still does make you gay for Bridget. He's still straight, too. There's even more evidence in this game.
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Guilty Gear: Accent Core is the latest revision of, technically, the original Guilty Gear. Guilty Gear X, Guilty Gear XX, and all the other games in that direct line, have been revisions and updates to the series, sometimes a...

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GameStop to retool layout of its stores to include newer genres of games


Sep 12
// SRVSLPS
While Christmas is still a few months away, retailers are already in high gear doing whatever magical things they do behind the scenes in order to separate you from that hard earned dollar you've been hiding away in that shoe...
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Weekend Reading: Bridget is straight


Aug 19
// 8BitBrian
From time to time, I love to play devil's advocate. Such an opportunity came across recently, and so I wanted to turn it into a full-fledged post. This week, I'm delving into the depths of /bridget/ itself, in an attempt to a...
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China's Jack Thompson: online gaming is a major cause of stupidity and crime


Aug 18
// SRVSLPS
Jack Thompson may be the one most of us associate with the anti-videogame stance, but he's hardly cornered the market with his view on the subject. Hailing out of China is a 61-year-old Sociologist named Tao Hongkai who has a...
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RTFM moment: Sony PSP battery explosion


Aug 09
// Dale North
Fun Tech Talk is running a story that isn't as much news as it is a public service announcement. A Florida man's PlayStation Portable was charging on his nightstand for about an hour until it suddenly exploded, sending t...
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Xbox 360 dashboard update for guitar justice


Aug 07
// Jim Sterling
Xbox 360 owners will be treated to an involuntary system update on their consoles today, as Major Nelson has confirmed that it's to create compatibility with the incoming wireless guitar controller that will release with Guit...






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