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Tabula Rasa Takes Beta Sign-ups

January 7th, 2007 . by Josh

Though this is a day or so late. Richard Garriott's latest game Tabula Rasa has now gone into the phase where they begin taking sign-ups for user beta testing. 

If you are interested in signing up for this beta test, head over to their website and fill out the forms required for the waiting process to start. 

And The X-Mas Console Winner Is…

January 2nd, 2007 . by jb

XBox 360 LogoThe XBox 360! 

After all of the holiday sales, the final numbers for console sales is estimated to be:

Xbox 360:  2 Million Units
Wii:  1.8 Million Units
PS3:  .75 Million Units

Would the 360 have won had more Wii and PS3 consoles been available?  No.

That just isn't the case, however, and more children saw the "Gray and Green Machine" under their tree this holiday season.  I think I speak for everyone when I say that I'm glad the launch hype is settling down and we can focus on playing vs. wanting.

[Source:  GamesIndustry

Game Releases 12/24 – 12/30

December 24th, 2006 . by Josh

Yeah, the week of Christmas. But what does it offer? Well here is a list of games coming out.

Playstation 2:

  • Brave: The Search for Spirit Dancer

Playstation Portable:

  • Bubble Bobble Evolution

That's it folks, only Sony consoles seem to be getting games this week. Sad isn't it?

Classic Games For The Go

December 19th, 2006 . by Josh

Konami will be offering older titles such as Castlevania and Contra for mobile phones through the use of a emulator. This apparently dubbed the Konami Mobile Portal is attempting to be a easy and efficient process.

"Our customers appreciate being able to browse and sample the wide variety of products," said Joe Morris, vice president of mobile content for Konami.

"Once they do decide to buy, the speed of our store is unparalleled, with most customers receiving the content an average of 90 seconds after choosing it."

"Additionally the Konami Mobile Portal allows us to develop an ongoing relationship with our customers. We're committed to developing new ways of making the mobile experience easier and more enjoyable, and other companies are finding ways to use our technologies for a variety of applications beyond gaming,"

 I'm not a big fan of mobile games, but classic NES mobile games? Well, they got me there I suppose.

[Source: GameIndustry.biz

Jack Thompson Still Hates GTA

December 18th, 2006 . by jb

Horse Beating ComicIn his most recent public outing, Jack Thompson decided to (again) target Rockstar Games' GTA series.   He goes into detail about how you can stomp on dead people until they bleed a pool of blood that gets left on the streets.

He also goes on as to say:

"I'm out to shut down Rockstar because they're run by a bunch of sociopaths and they're a one company crime wave."

This is all lame to me, as the video game clearly says on it (and I'm paraphrasing here):  "Rated M for Mature, contains hooker beating and cop killing.  Please be advised."  The only people playing the game are people that are old enough to buy it, or the kids of dumb parents.  Where is the problem?  By saying that Rockstar can't put out excessively violent games, Jack is implying that the ESRB is a complete failure and these games go flying off the shelves to little kids.  This goes fairly contrary to recent surveys.

I've seen non-legal minors buy liquor with less hassle then kids get at local game stores. True story.

In the end, Jack is just a hypocrite.  He's been beating a dead horse for quite some time now.  Punching dead animals ranks a lot higher up on the quackometer then shooting people, I'm almost positive.  People get shot all the time, but when was the last time you heard about someone going to jail for assaulting dead horses?

Let Mr. Ed rest in peace…

[Source: CVG

Game Releases 12/17 – 12/23

December 18th, 2006 . by Josh

This is the last holiday before the big money grubbing holiday people, go buy those games!

Playstation Portable:

  • Bubble Bobble Evolution

Xbox 360:

  • Rapala Trophies

 PC:

  • Model Train 3D
  • Paws & Claws Pet School
  • Hipsoft Puzzle Game Collection

This week is god damn awful for video game releases!

Capcom Showing Some Love

December 13th, 2006 . by Josh

Ever since the Dead Rising text problem, Capcom seems to be very responsive as to how their player-base feels about their games. From my perspective that's a wonderful thing. A company the size of Capcom actually listening to their fans? Literally insane, but amazing!

Capcom's statement to 1up.com and changes to Lost Planet:

"Capcom has been reading boards, emails and blogs, collecting thoughts and ideas directly from our growing community. Capcom would like to thank all of those people who have taken the time to share their thoughts on Lost Planet; the game is now that much stronger for it," said a company spokesperson.

  • Private slots can be set by host.
  • Invite friends to a match.
  • Number of players in a room will be displayed next to name of the room.
  • Players will not be kicked all the way out to the main menu if they try to join a full game.
  • New button allows players to refresh the match list without going out to the main menu and selecting Quick Match again.
  • Players will now go to a post-game lobby at the end of a match, not kicked back to the main menu.
  • The ability to replay a match with the same group without leaving the post-game lobby.
  • Cycling maps on replayed matches when map selection is set to Random.
  • Text size on the team selection screen will be greatly increased when using non-HD resolutions.
  • When manual team selection is set to ON, players will have 20 seconds to form teams.
  • The time limit on each match will be maxed out at 60 minutes, instead of the current unlimited time.
  • A player's custom match criteria will now be saved.  

 Rock on Capcom!  Just bring me better Mega Man and Street Fighter games, and we can make sweet, sweet love again.

[Source: 1up

Eternal Forces: Religion-Inspired Violence

December 13th, 2006 . by jb

Jesus Vs. SatanIn Left Behind: Eternal Forces, players join the struggle against one-world-government after the rapture.  The object is to kill or convert opposing factions.  This is described as "defensive" and "not contrary to church teachings."  Apparently the game's makers skipped Sunday school on the one day they taught the whole "turn the other cheek/love thine enemies" doctrine.  In the game, players lose "spirit points" for committing murder, but can replenish these points through prayer (just like in real life).  

Not surprisingly, Left Behind: Eternal Forces received a "T" (for teen) rating from the ESRB due to its violent content.  On its website, the company defends the violence:  "Our game includes violence, but excludes blood, decapitation, killing of police officers."  Well, that certainly makes the violence more palatable for the impressionable teeny-boppers, doesn't it?

[Source: USA Today

Fallout MMO Discovered!

December 12th, 2006 . by jb

Fallout!Remember that little gem of a game called Fallout?  That little gem that arguably has the most rampant fanbase just waiting for FO3?  Well those fans just may have something to cream their pants over!

Titus Interactive, the parent company of Interplay, filed for bankruptcy.  Boo!

But while they were filing for bankruptcy, information about a confidential Fallout MMO were revealed.  Yay!

Interplay retained the rights to this Fallout game, so it is entirely possible that such a game could see the light of day.  Heck, just to see the name Fallout again is a breath of fresh air, let alone in MMO form.

The proposal for the game calls for a whopping $75,000,000 budget (doesn't it look crazy with all them zeros?!).

For all of our sakes, let's pray that this is all going to become a reality, because the gaming community yearns for some Fallout action. 

[Source: Next-Generation]

Playstation Ruined English Football…apparently

December 12th, 2006 . by jb

English FootballCan Sony buy some horrible good press nowadays?

In some non-gaming story about the current status of England's Football program, some guy from Northern-Ireland says:

"When we all grew up, we didn't have Playstation, or PS2 or 24-hour TV….so we played football (soccer). If my son played football (soccer) as much as he does with his Playstation, he'd be a better player, it's a fact of life."

The Wii may be causing some minor damages lately, but apparently the Playstation will ruin your ability to succeed in life.

I need some time to rethink my existence…

[Source: Reuters

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