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9:30 AM on 02.19.2013

Pachter talks more about Nintendo's Wii U 'mistake'

Following yesterday's angry protests from Nintendo fans, industry analyst Michael "Fishy Sunday" Pachter took to NeoGAF to clarify his statements.There was uproar when Pachter said the Wii U was a mistake Nintendo may never r...

Jim Sterling


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Mistwalker Celebrates Terra Battle's 500K Downloads Milestone

Having now surpassed 500,000 downloads, Terra Battle fans will soon enjoy new characters from the original character and dragon model designer of Panzer Dragoon, Manabu Kusunoki. For more information on upcoming milestones and recently unlocked milestones, please visit Terra Battle's Download Starter.




2:00 PM on 03.05.2012

Scandal: Pokemon team had a poo fight in a hotel

Sometimes, every Christmas that's ever existed merges to form a Super Christmas, and the magic of this time paradox creates a truly wonderful event to happen somewhere in the world. This phenomenon must have recently occurred...

Jim Sterling



The official Legend of Zelda timeline revealed photo
The official Legend of Zelda timeline revealed
by Jim Sterling

A few days ago, we told you that an official Zelda art book containing the definitive timeline for the series would be released. Well, with the book out in Japan, that timeline has been officially revealed. All the historic events and videogames have been reconciled, with various splits into alternative universes. It's pretty crazy. 

The existence of an official "timeline" has been a source of frantic debate among gamers. Some have claimed no such thing exists, and even among those that do, there has always been arguments over the sequence of events. No matter what happens, nobody can ever seem to agree. 

One would think that this timeline will put an end to one of the oddest gamer controversies around, but something tells me that many still won't be satisfied. 

In any case, you can view the chart (as seen on Zelda Universe) below. Don't read if you never want to know, obviously!

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11:40 AM on 04.08.2011

Sony's Tretton: Nintendo systems are 'babysitting tools'

Wow, Jack! You troll as much as I do!  An article on CNN Money has PlayStation boss Jack Tretton talking smack about Nintendo's game offerings. He says that the Wii hasn't aged well, and that he doesn't really see it as ...

Dale North

8:40 AM on 03.31.2011

Sun says 3DS making hundreds dizzy, Nintendo disagrees

UK tabloid The Sun has claimed that "hundreds" of gamers are "slamming" Nintendo for causing a wave of dizziness with their new 3DS system. Nintendo UK says it hasn't received a single complaint. That's weird, because The Sun...

Jim Sterling



Scribblenauts caught in 'sambo' racism controversy photo
Scribblenauts caught in 'sambo' racism controversy
by Jim Sterling

It had to happen, really. With over 22,000 words in its vocabulary, it was only a matter of time before someone managed to find a racist angle with Scribblenauts, and that racism came in the form of the word "sambo." The word, commonly regarded as a derogatory term for black people, is in the game. Even worse, it conjures up a watermelon when used -- a fruit classically portrayed as the favorite food of a stereotypical black man. 

According to 5th Cell, this racially charged imagery occurred totally by accident. Creative director Jeremiah Slaczka told Joystiq that "sambo" is an Ecuadorian name for "fig leaf gourd." The gourd looks like a watermelon because 5th Cell reuses art for a number of in-game items.

"Fig leaf gourd looks a lot like a watermelon," he said. "It's just an alternative name in a giant list of tens of thousands of names."

Slaczka then pulled the classic, "we're not racist, look at all our not-racist stuff" card, detailing a number of black characters in the game, and going so far as to talk about 5th Cell's previous title, Lock's Quest, and pointing out that one of the characters in it was black. In addition, Slaczka also claims he had no idea that "sambo" was a racist term.

Did 5th Cell do this on purpose? I sincerely doubt it, since everybody's so terrified of looking like a racist that I can't imagine this was intentional, even as a joke. Nevertheless, I am amazed that nobody within 5th Cell knew any better and figured that using the word "sambo" was perhaps a bad idea. Anybody with a shred of social intuition should have seen this mini-controversy coming a mile away, no matter how silly it is.

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9:40 AM on 03.24.2009

GTA: Chinatown Wars gets Nintendo Power banned from school

The latest issue of Nintendo Power has been banned from a middle school library in Ohio because of the cover, which features a piece of artwork from Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. The cartoon image of a woman holding a gun...

Jim Sterling

12:40 PM on 01.21.2009

Only one Xbox 360 game gets into Japan's top 100, DS gets 47

Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu has released a load of dirty sales data from the Land of Pixelated Porn, revealing the top 100 selling games of 2008. These games have been broken down by platform, because console wars are fu...

Jim Sterling

6:20 AM on 09.28.2008

Drug dealing minigames in GTA DS cause 'controversy' already

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars isn't even near release yet, and British comic The Sun has already begun to cultivate its own controversy around the game. Having caught wind of the drug dealing aspects of Rockstar's portable...

Jim Sterling

8:27 PM on 03.10.2008

Exclusive: The truth about the 'Holocaust' game

Some gamers have chosen to call it "creepy" and "disgusting." Media outlets, those even belonging to the videogame press itself, have misrepresented it as "Holocaust DS" or a "Nazi torture game." The truth of the matter is th...

Jim Sterling

11:05 AM on 03.10.2008

IT'S BABYSITTING MANIA! SURVIVE A BABYSITTING FRENZY! JESUS CHRIST!

The multi-tasking mayhem ensues as Majesco brings a brand new game to the Nintendo DS! Yes, you've all heard the highly anticipated rumors and bated your breath with excitement for the announcement, but we can finally confirm...

Jim Sterling





7:36 PM on 02.01.2008

ELSPA shoots down the '90 percent' R4 story

We all knew something was up with a recent quote by John Hillier, Manager of ELSPA's Intellectual Property Crime Unit. The Sunday Post, a Scottish newspaper, quoted Hillier saying "In America it's thought 90 percent of N...

Dale North

9:02 AM on 11.12.2007

The worst ideas in gaming listed

Last week we went over Next-gen's list of the 50 greatest gaming innovations, noting that they forgot tentacle porn in the line up. Now they've put together a list of gaming's worst ideas ever, and again, tentacle porn is mis...

Dale North

3:31 PM on 11.09.2007

Gaming periphery as filler: videogame look-alikes

Hollywood steals ideas constantly, authors have been lifting plotlines for millennia, and Glengarry Glen Ross was directly stolen from a dream I once I had via David Mamet's brain-draining dark magic. Since every other creati...

Earnest Cavalli

4:08 PM on 10.02.2007

Geometry Wars: Galaxies features video: love is a trapezoid!

The above video is a promotional highlight reel of the upcoming features found in Geometry Wars: Galaxies, the upcoming semi-sequel to Xbox LIVE Arcade mega-smash Geometry Wars. Galaxies, while not as pretty as the XBLA ver...

Earnest Cavalli

4:22 PM on 09.07.2007

Gaming causes violence: young girl thrown from bus edition!

I want to go on record as saying that this story is not about video games. Yes, a dispute over a Nintendo DS broke out and it resulted in a young girl being thrown from a school bus, but that, ladies and gentlemen, is not the issue here. Hit the jump for the cold hard truth (aka stuff you already know). 

Earnest Cavalli