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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

Game Releases 1/21 – 1/27

January 21st, 2007 . by Josh

Playstation Portable:

  • Sid Meier's Pirates!
  • Legend of Heroes III: Song of the Ocean

PC:

  • Close Quarters Conflict
  • Europa Universalis III
  • Hexic Deluxe

Nintendo DS:

  • Hotel Dusk: Room 215
  • InuYasha Secret of the Divine Jewel

Well, for one thing, at least the game industry is consistent. If they plan on releasing crap, they at least release it several weeks in a row.

Ready To Ditch That Gamecube?

January 20th, 2007 . by Josh

Well if you are then starting tomorrow GameStop/EBGames will have a similar trade in system for the Wii just like they did for the Playstation 3. Of course, the Playstation 3 trade in was $100 off for a Playstation 2, one controller, one memory card and all cables. But for $50 off the Nintendo Wii you must trade in your beloved Gamecube to the evil empire of GameStop or EBGames.

And oh ya, similarly you can trade in your GBA SP for $50 off your DS, but who wants one of those, honestly! 

[Source GameStop via Kotaku

25% Discount For Games!

January 19th, 2007 . by Josh

News from Xbox360fanboy is that Tower Records will be offering a 25% online discount on all video games. Thats right, that includes new games, older games, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii, DS. You name it, you can get it at a 25% online discount.

So if you're looking to get some newer Playstation 3 or Xbox 360 titles cheaper, this seems like a good time to take advantage of that.

[Source: Xbox360fanboy

The Godfather: Blackhand Edition (Wii) Video

January 19th, 2007 . by jb

Fresh off the GameTrailers presses, it's a new Godfather Wii video!  The video showcases all the moves you can do, and how they are all gesture based.  While a similar video was recently released, this video is much more clear and interesting.

I have to say, it looks pretty decent.  He has some trouble performing some of the moves, so lets hope that gets ironed out before it gets released.  One thing I hate hate hate about the Wii is that sometimes my moves don't register in certain games.  Losing because of hardware faults is f'ing awful…

WarioWare: Smooth Moves (Wii) Impressions

January 17th, 2007 . by jb

The GangBefore you get to reading about my thoughts on the new WarioWare game, you should probably know that I'm a bit biased.  I've loved every WarioWare game that's come out.  The complete randomness of the controls and the gameplay and the visuals makes the series AAA to me everytime.

So with that out the way…

WarioWare: Smooth Moves gives the players exactly what they would expect from a WarioWare game on the Wii.

  1. 200+ mini-games?  Check
  2. Hilarious Visuals?  Check
  3. Mii Integration?  Check
  4. Multiplayer Action?  …kinda…check?

So while I only have about an hour of multiplayer time to speak of, I can tell you that the depth of the experience is a little shallower then the GameCube version.  I would have liked to see multiple Wii Remotes used at the same time, so it's truly a party experience.

Single Player is short initially, but the longevity comes with unlocking all of the mini-games.

In conclusion: Smooth Moves is awesome, needs some more multiplayer.

Halo for the GBA…Real?

January 17th, 2007 . by jb

A video has popped up online that appears to be an alpha version of Microsoft's Halo…only for the GameBoy Advanced.  Check out the video after the jump and judge its authenticity for yourself.

Now show me a DS version, stat!

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GamesIndustry.biz Confirms Obvious

January 17th, 2007 . by jb

OH NOES!Insert beatingDeadHorse.jpeg

In what is still considered news apparently, GamesIndustry.biz is reporting that 50% of game retailers have PS3 consoles in stock, with the Wii having none available.  The article then goes on to quote a Sony representative as saying:

"It isn't because demand has weakened, it is because we have kept the supply pipeline moving"

So, the PS3 isn't selling like hotcakes.  The Nintendo Wii is selling like hotcakes (and selling more).  Yet, PS3 consoles being in stock is not an indication of waning interest?!  You can argue price points all you want, but if there are units in stores at this early stage of the launch, then no, it isn't going well.

I don't hate the PS3 (want one myself), I just hate shoddy news stories and Sony's shoddy PR.   Gamers want games, not excuses.

[Source: GamesIndustry]

Just A Wii Bit Loud

January 15th, 2007 . by Josh

Not only does the Nintendo Wii reboot itself for every little thing you do with it. But now a report has come out that the little console that could also makes the most amount of noise.

At least while reading disc media that is. But still, what a surprise that is, I thought the Xbox 360 would take that title by far.

[Source: Joystiq

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