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GTA : Vatican City Stories

January 24th, 2007 . by joshtest

Poped

Having solved the issues concerning priests who love little boys, the pope has turned and very slowly walked up to the stand today. This day being the Vatican's communication day, he obviously had to denounce something!

Straight from the holy man himself,

"Any trend to produce programs and products – including animated movies and video games – which in the name of entertainment exalt violence and portray anti-social behavior or the trivialization of human sexuality is a perversion, all the more repulsive when these programs are directed at children and adolescents,"

Games are bad, mkay. Does this come as a real surprise? We can argue things such as the average gamer age being around 27, that there is a reason why ratings exist, and that parents should take an active stance in what their kids are doing. But, who cares! The Pope has spoken. And looks very angry.

Pope attacks with demoralization stare … You lose 13 constitution and piety.

[Source: MCV

LoL Cosplay

January 24th, 2007 . by joshtest

FF CosplayEurope : Final Fantasy 12, February 23

Many cosplayers, left side. 

Square has announced a cosplay competition for the release date of FF12 in Europe. "The top three Final Fantasy XII cosplayers will win a two-night trip to London to show off their costumes onstage at the official launch event, as well as goodie bags"

Right side, many virgins. 

Handle it…

[Source :  Square-Enix]

Halo 3 … I dare say Confirmt

January 24th, 2007 . by joshtest

November 15, 2007.

Halo3?

This is the rumor date floating around the interwebs right now. From ActiveXbox, "an anonymous executive in Microsoft's Xbox group" has leaked the information regarding the date of release.

Obviously, there is no real comment from Microsoft, or Bungie. However, we can probably expect to see some sort of recognition soon, through Bungie most likely.

Oh that crafty Master Chief, how we love thee.

[Source: Computer and Video Games]

Wii Flags : Great Adventure

January 24th, 2007 . by joshtest

The VP of the American Division of Nintendo, Perrin Kaplan, has made the announcement that the Wii will now be infiltrating Six Flags amusement parks. 

Yes, you heard that right, MORE LINES – MORE PEOPLE. I dont know about most people, but when I goto Six Flags (if I ever go), I'm there to ride roller coasters, not play Wii Sports

 Six Flags CEO Mark Shapiro has stated, "This agreement with Nintendo enables us to partner with a company, and a product, that has major relevance in the lives of today's families. When this audience is not in our parks, more often than not they are at home playing video games – and now they can do both in one place as we continue to build Six Flags into a supermarket of entertainment." … O RLY?

To credit TheLastBoss,

 "Too bad Sony already has a PS3 ride in the works – it's like Top Thrill Dragster ride, except you go up and over a stack of 10,000 PS3's. The cell processors combined run the entire amusement park and cut waiting lines in half."

[Source: Gamasutra, Nintendo, TheLastBoss]

Havok Suite to Make PS3 Shine?

January 24th, 2007 . by jb

Make it so number 1...Like games where the stuff on the screen interacts in a realistic way?  So do we!

Havok had traditionally been a PC engine used specifically for physics emulation in games.  Nowadays, Havok has a full suite of tools they offer including:

  • Havok Physics (for physics!)
  • Havok Animation (for…animation!)
  • Havok Behavior (assists developers with AI)
  • Havok FX (for "physically-based 'special effects' phenomena…!!!)

With all these technologies being updated, Havok is boasting that PS3 development will be greatly enhanced, estimating it is 5 to 10 times faster then their previous release of the Havok Suite.  The trick is that Havok has built in heavy support for the PS3's many SPUs to help ease the load.

Hopefully this suite will help developers make the PS3's games feel like they are being played on a machine that is $200 more then it's competition.

Make it so! 

[Source: Gamasutra]

Ubisoft Exceeds Sales Expectations

January 24th, 2007 . by jb

$$$$$$$With the success of Rainbow Six: Vegas (360), and the high sales of Red Steel (Wii) and Rayman (Wii): Ubisoft had a very good holiday season.  They have become the #1 publisher for the Wii in North America and Europe because of these recent successes on the system.

Take it away Yves Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft!

"We saw excellent sales for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas – which ranked as the third best-seller in December for the Xbox 360 system in the United States – as well as sustained success for Red Steel and Rayman, which have ranked number two and three in sales for the Wii in the US and Europe since the console launched."

But Ubisoft hasn't shot it's load yet, oh no!  They are just getting started.

Intending to push it's domination further, Ubisoft will be releasing a new FPS, Haze, for both the PS3 and the Xbox 360, as well as 3 new Wii titles.

You go Ubi, show EA who #2 is!

[Source: QJ

Burning Crusade Burning Dollars

January 23rd, 2007 . by Josh

Millions of dollars are just being vaporized as Blizzard's expansion to their popular mmorpg World of Warcraft has sold 2.4million on day one of release.

For all your World of Warcraft addicts, I'm not sure if this is good news, or not so surprising news. We'll go with good news since now you'll all be stuck in Outland and ignore good old Azeroth.

[Source: Next-Gen

Psycho Mom Looks for Mario 360, Hilarity Ensues

January 22nd, 2007 . by jb

PSYCHO MOM!This story is insanely annoying and funny at the same time.  The sheer ignorance of this person is great.

I fully encourage you to check out the entire story over at Retail-Sucks, but the highlight reel of this event consist of:

–  Psycho-Mom insinuating a Mario 360 game exists
–  Psycho-Mom attempting to get employee fired
–  Psycho-Mom smashing her RAZR on the floor in anger

You have to feel for the guy, as I'm sure he just wanted to lash out at this person.  Kudos to him for keeping his cool in the face of terror.

Had I been in his shoes, I'm sure I would have found a way to paper-cut her to death with a Zelda cardboard stand-up. 

[Source: QJ]

Luke Smith Interviews David Jaffe

January 22nd, 2007 . by Josh

Ahh David Jaffe, the man who brought us Twisted Metal, God of War and soon Calling all Cars, In a recent interview for the 1UP Show, Luke Smith gets fairly hard core on the Sony first party developer, asking such questions as "Did SCEA send Resistance to die?"

Well the interview was actually really well done, and a lot of information came out of the upcoming Playstation Network downloadable game and many of Jaffe's views on the entire game industry as we know it. Definitely a worthy watch if you want to see his opinions on Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony's latest console and strategies.

Shigeru Miyamoto Giving GDC Keynote

January 22nd, 2007 . by Josh

Legendary developer Shigeru Miyamoto will be giving a Game Developers Conference keynote. According to GameIndustry.biz this will be Miyamoto's first keynote since 1999.

"The Game Developers Conference is a place for developers to learn from one another, and I think it is safe to say that every member of the community has at one time or another fantasised about having Shigeru Miyamoto as a mentor and teacher," said Jamil Moledina, executive director of the GDC.

"By guiding us through his creative vision with a keynote at this year's GDC, Miyamoto is allowing all attendees this incomparable privilege."

For those who are unaware of who Shigeru Miyamoto you need to pull your head out of the ground. He is the man who brought us Donkey Kong, Mario Bros. and Legend of Zelda. One could even say he's the reason why Nintendo focuses on game play and innovation, rather than features and graphical boosts.

[Source: GameIndustry

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