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Pirates kill the new Ace Attorney in some retail zones


Feb 18
// Jonathan Holmes
Brizamila is the company that distributes Capcom's DS games in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg, or at least, they usually are. They are passing on Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, as they fear that R4-e...
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Wife forces man to choose between her and an Orc


Jan 05
// Jim Sterling
A husband has been forced to make the ultimate compromise -- his wife, or his six-foot-tall World of Warcraft Orc statue. For years, 42-year-old Robert Cushnie was living the ultimate dream, sharing his home with both his wom...
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George Costanza's Frogger high score beaten in real life


Jan 05
// Jordan Devore
What's the deal with Frogger? It's an interactive recreation of a tragic daily occurrence in which frogs become roadkill. Also, it faithfully reproduces how frogs often jump from turtles to logs to crocodiles in order to reac...
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M.U.L.E. gets a sleek new look, continues to torment me


Dec 08
// Jordan Devore
M.U.L.E. Now there's a game I've heard a heck of a lot about, but was never really able or willing to fidget around with for long enough to "get it." Now that I think about it, sitting down and learning to not suck at this re...
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GameStop lets you become the Nintendo 64 kid


Dec 04
// Jordan Devore
Similar to the promotion GameStop ran for Left 4 Dead 2 in which you could become a zombie using a simple picture of yourself, Internet voodoo, and a whole lot of patience, there's a new one that turns you into the infamous N...
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Real Girlfriend screens make me feel physically sick


Dec 01
// Jim Sterling
Real Girlfriend is yet another in a long line of Japanese erotic games, except this one is slightly more advanced than your usual wad of glorified hentai. This particular game joins the twenty-first century with 3D graphics, ...
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Huge surprise: Silent Hill 2 movie sounds pretty sketchy


Nov 19
// Jordan Devore
The Silent Hill movie tends to pop up on occasion when discussions about good videogame movies happen. The only problem with that is, when compared to everything else in the medium, even the best films based on games tend to ...
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Yakuza designer would 'never want to make' a GTA game


Oct 19
// Jim Sterling
Sega's Yakuza series has often been likened to Grand Theft Auto, since both games involve gangland dirty work in the big city. Despite the similarities between the two games, however, franchise designer Toshihiro Nagoshi seem...
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Activision yanking Kurt Cobain Guitar Hero 5 footage


Oct 14
// Jim Sterling
Looks like the legal shenanigans between fish-faced Courtney Love and fish-hearted Activision are not over yet. The latest development in the battle for Kurt Cobain's soul has seen Activision yanking Youtube footage that show...
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Geon Cube is more super and Pac-Man than Super Pac-Man


Sep 30
// Jonathan Holmes
Have you heard of Geon Cube? Yeah, I didn't think so; I hadn't either until I got this press release. That lack of press alone probably spells doom for this game. No matter how great it turns out, people aren't going to buy i...
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Secrets abound in NES Punch Out!!, here's one


Aug 08
// Matthew Razak
I played the original Punch-Out!! on the NES until my fingers bled. This was mostly because I sucked at it, but I was determined to beat it. I did, once, during a weekend night of glory that I have attempted to recreate, but ...
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Guards bring PSP into nuclear warhead recycling facility


Jul 16
// Jim Sterling
Brilliant. Three Tennessee security guards have recently been busted for bringing game devices, including a PSP, into a nuclear warhead recycling facility. Due to the obviously sensitive nature of the work, electronic devices...

Peripherally Speaking: Nyko's Perfect Shot

Jul 14 // Jonathan Holmes
Perfect ShotCompany: NykoMSRP: $14.99Ugh.OK, so here's what I can tell you about the Nyko Perfect Shot. It is a white toy gun with a rectangular cavity that you can insert a Wii remote into. You can also connect a Nunchuk to the Wii Remote through the gun's handle. The downside to all this is that the only button you have access to on the Wiimote while it's in the toy gun is the B button, which is pressed by pulling the trigger. All this comes together to make playing shooting games on the Wii feel a little less like aiming a remote control and "turn-off-to-death" a bunch of zombies/aliens/terrorists/whatever-targets-are-in-the-game-in-question, and a little more like aiming a real gun at your TV and killing the zombies/aliens/terrorists/whatever-targets-are-in-the-game-in-question. REVIEW END.What, you want more? Huh. Alright then, I'll tell you about the rest of my experience with the Perfect Shot thus far, but don't say later that you didn't ask for it.To really make this review thorough, I invited some friends and family over to try out the Perfect Shot. They ranged in age from 6 to 69. We played about ten games, some of which were intended for play with the Perfect Shot (House of the Dead: Overkill, Ghost Squad, Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles, House of the Dead 2 & 3, Link's Crossbow Training) and some that weren't (The Munchables, MadWorld, Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop, The Conduit, Animal Crossing: City Folk). The kids and old ladies present at this most strange house party universally preferred playing games with the Perfect Shot. It didn't matter if it was Ghost Squad or Animal Crossing; the consensus among the very young and the pretty old was that "every game is more fun when playing with a gun." That said, the old ladies generally  had the most fun when not playing any videogames at all, regardless of the shape of their controller, and the kids could usually only last about thirty seconds before unplugging the Nunchuk, abandoning the game, and using the Perfect Shot as toy pistol. It's in this regard that the Perfect Shot really stands out, as these days, toy guns that look like actual guns are pretty scarce. As you can see for yourself, the Perfect Shot looks way more like a real gun than the Wii Zapper, that NERF thing, or your average G.I. Joe or Transformers licensed piece of crap plastic. The Perfect Shot also has a really nice sense of weight to it. When using it for gaming, or just pretend-shooting people, it really feels like the thing could do some damage.The Perfect Shot takes a little bit of a stumble when playing games that involve use of the Wii Remote's face buttons. Most, if not all, of the games that the Perfect Shot was meant to be used with don't require any use of the Wiimote's face buttons, so it's not totally fair to fault it in this area. The reason I bring it up is that the Wii Zapper, the Perfect Shot's primary competition, actually does give you fair access to the Wii Remote's face buttons, which can be a nice thing. Since the Wii Zapper cradles the Nunchuk for you, you can let go of the Nunchuk if you need to to use your Nunchuk hand to press the Wii Remote's face buttons without dropping the analog stick. The Wii Zapper also places the trigger close enough to the A button that you can hit it with your trigger-hand-thumb if you need to. With the Perfect Shot, the trigger and the A button are miles apart, making a trigger-hand-thumb reach-around an impossibility. As for using your other hand for face button work, taking hands off the Nunchuk means dropping it completely. That can really ruin your fun time if you need to quickly pause your game while avoiding a smack upside the head from a little kid armed using an oversized Totoro foot warmer as a giant, furry boxing glove.The Perfect Shot also makes playing games like Trauma Center: New Blood nearly impossible. That's a shame, because as a lot of you know, the Wii Zapper really does make it easier to keep a steady hand during stressful videogame surgeries. When it comes to unconventional uses like that, the Perfect Shot isn't in the same league as the Wii Zapper. This is a plastic gun for plastic gun games only (and maybe The Munchables.)  To sum up, the Perfect Shot is a great toy gun, a good all-game peripheral for people who don't like videogames, and a fine fake gun controller for the games it's actually designed to be used with. It can't be played with quite as many games as the Wii Zapper can, but what you lose in versatility you make up for in doesn't-look-like-a-long-and-curvy-white-turd-ability. Thanks, Nyko!
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Three things you should know about me before reading this: I hate doing stuff I don't feel like doing (some call it laziness, I call it "strong willed"), I'm a sucker for free stuff, and I hate gaming peripherals. T...

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D3 trademarks Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond


Apr 28
// Jim Sterling
D3 Publisher has trademarked the name Matt Hazard: Blood Bath and Beyond, revealing what may be the title of the next chapter of the Matt Hazard series. Although nothing is specified beyond the name, it's possible that this c...
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Noby Noby Boy multiplayer teaser is kangaroo


Mar 24
// Jim Sterling
Noby Noby Boy creator Keita Takahashi has allegedly posted teaser footage of the PSN game's upcoming multiplayer mode. I say "allegedly" because, really, the footage could be of anything. It's just kangaroos and the...
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Fable II Pub Games cheaters are going to get screwed.


Sep 16
// Conrad Zimmerman
You know that old chestnut about how game glitches are actually "features" in disguise? It seems that sometimes they actually are.Yesterday, IGN posted their impressions of the first three hours of Fable II. Tucked ...
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Games of the week for 12/30/07: Screw Call of Duty 4 on Veteran edition


Dec 30
// Jim Sterling
Seriously, who was the crackhead who decided that Veteran mode was even remotely fun to play? It's not even worth completing the levels for 40 gamerpoints a pop. In fact, I'd rather cut out my own eyes and shove them up my ar...
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Videogame conventions II: Hand-me-down


Nov 16
// Leigh Alexander
I am the Hero of Legend.Long have been my travails in a vast and mysterious world, an environment largely hostile to me. When I departed the tiny, peaceable village where I spent the whole of my childhood as a mere farming bo...
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IGN modifies Assassin's Creed review after Destructoid's report (update)


Nov 14
// Jim Sterling
Yesterday I posted a report that IGN had critically slammed the PS3 version of Assassin's Creed, claiming the framerate issues were so bad, they affected the gameplay and that the former Sony exclusive fared poorly in compari...
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BioShock is NEVER coming to PS3, never ever ever: 2K crushes the dream


Nov 13
// Jim Sterling
A fresh rumor has been flying around that BioShock would be heading to the PlayStation 3 in 2008, no doubt sparking off fanboy flamewars up and down the Internet. Well, 2K Games has decided to squash those rumors in a most br...
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Force your filthy children off the Xbox 360 with technology


Nov 04
// Jim Sterling
The Xbox 360 fall update is on its way, and it's doubtless that millions of Internet Matlocks are already complaining about the hidden evils that Microsoft will smuggle onto connected consoles everywhere. One evil that will n...
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What Cooking Mama should have been? Hell's Kitchen game announced


Oct 25
// SRVSLPS
With the popularity of Cooking Mama, it was only a matter of time before somebody came up with the "grand" idea of giving the most entertaining chef on television his own game to punish us with. Announced for someti...
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Hands-on with Dynasty Warriors 6: Was fighting through cosplayers worth it?


Oct 21
// Jim Sterling
As promised, I attended the London Expo today with one thing on my mind -- Koei. My head full of giddy delights (and a lingering flu virus), I hopped onto the Docklands Light Railway and shook my head as I realized that I'd b...
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Hold your Hadoukens: Street Fighter IV is more than a year away


Oct 19
// Jim Sterling
I had to laugh when I saw the announcement of Street Fighter IV, thinking that this 'fourth' game was more like the millionth (without hyperbole). I do admit it's refreshing to see a Street Fighter title not followed by a cha...
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Another original IP on the Wii bites the dust: Pollen Sonata cancelled


Sep 24
// Jim Sterling
With Project H.A.M.M.E.R already cancelled and games like Disaster: Day of Crisis and Sadness going very quiet, the future for original franchises on the Wii looks pretty damn bleak. It's a tragedy then, that a true original ...
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Television is morally superior to videogames ... says a television station boss


Sep 15
// Jim Sterling
If you want to truly define the term 'biased,' perhaps you might want to take a look at ITV executive Michael Grade, who has made the ridiculous claim that television is morally superior to videogames. The boss of one of Brit...
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Phishers target Xbox Live members in the US and UK


Sep 13
// Dale North
Some Xbox Live users are being targeted by phishers according to posts on the Xbox forums. The sneaky criminals, posing as Xbox Support, are sending out a scam email in attempts to access the user information of members in th...
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Don't Cry: Devil May Cry 4 to be a bit kinder, says producer


Sep 05
// Dale North
Kinder? Maybe, but don't expect the upcoming PS3 and Xbox 360 game to be any easier than the controller-crushing Devil May Cry 3. Producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi tells Eurogamer in a recent interview that Devil May Cry 4 may be a...
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Banning videogames = social utopia? David Cameron believes so


Aug 28
// Jim Sterling
David Cameron, leader of the British Conservative Party and Gordon Brown's biggest challenger for the position of Prime Minister today detailed worrying plans for a rather sinister sounding "social covenant," a soci...
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This is getting conSKUsing: Best Buy lists Core System with HDMI


Aug 24
// Nick Chester
Can somebody, somewhere please admit that releasing multiple console SKUs is a set up for disaster? Haven't we learned by now that confusing customers and/or insulting their intelligence by offering sloppy, under-equipped pac...

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