I never knew he cared…
Australian dance music icon, Severed Heads’ Tom Ellard writes on The Golden Age of Adventure Games.
Adult film star Ron Jeremy says sex, not violence, is beautiful and natural.
The next Assassin’s Creed to include “Innovative Assassination Multiplayer”, all while set in Rome.
And you won’t have to wait too long, with the return of Ezio Auditore da Firenze due by April 2011.
Also in 2011 will be “something far-reaching from Mass Effect”.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution registered as a trademark, is this the new title for the action/RPG prequel?
Not Just For Calls:
Originally released on the TurboGrafx-16, back in 1989, Military Madness is coming to the iPhone.
Going the other way, Pocket God has cut a deal and will be appearing in a comic book near you.
Red Dead Redemption gets Golden Guns, Warhorse – but only if you’re in the UK or North America and you pre-order from certain shops.
There’s also a deal for the upcoming release of Metro 2033, with an exclusive in-game weapon and art cards.
Don’t like physical copies? Pre-order Metro 2033 on Steam, get Red Faction Guerrilla free!
Gaming analyst Michael Pachter has something to say about Natal and Arc.
Appearances (can be deceiving):
Wil Wheaton to speak at PAX East in March, where he will “speak to all gamers”.
Xbox Live Arcade will soon meet the Ancients of Ooga, from NinjaBee, “the most gluttonous game you’ll play in 2010”.
PlayStation Home welcomes the Villain’s Lair at the Mall, boasting new minigames, aquariums, and lasers.
Someone apparently noticed the “conflict of interest with an existing IP” given the title of Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman!, withdrew it from sale.
Battlefield Bad Company 2 will have additional content at launch, an in-game store offering free and fee-based bits and pieces, including “really cool stuff” on day one.
As part of the move to consoles, we hear that BlazBlue: Continuum Shift has picked up another character!
May 4th, two days before the cinematic release, Iron Man 2, the video game will hit shelves (in the US).
In Good Company:
Level-5 are working on new titles for PS3 and Wii, despite historically working mainly with handhelds (see: Professor Layton, Inazuma Eleven).
They’re also planning an American expansion, but we’re not sure if the two are linked.
Ubisoft offer some new numbers – 495 million euros in revenue, down slightly on the 508 they took for the same period last year.
RedLynx enjoy a record 2009, launching four games, selling 1.5 million copies.
Epic updates Unreal Development Kit, adding a new colour picker among other useful bits and pieces.
MMO to love:
More than just talking in a funny accent or spamming emotes, The Tattered Notebook offers roleplaying advice for veterans and newbies alike.
EverQuest II unveils a new puzzle upon Norrath, and you’re invited to help solve it.
Ever wondered how much your ships in EVE are really costing you?
Previously only available on iTunes, Uncharted 2 Soundtrack now available on CD, with bonus tracks!
Hironobu Sakaguchi has taken some time on his Mistwalker Studio blog about The Last Story, including details on the battle system – but no details on whether we’ll see this outside of Japan.
R for Racing:
We’re still not sure when we’ll see it “in the flesh”, but here’s some Gran Turismo 5 Online Racing Menu Screens to tide you over.
Meanwhile, Forza Motorsport 3 sells 2 million copies, releases Nurburgring Track DLC – I can think of worse ways to celebrate!
That Ferrari Racing Pack for Need for Speed: Shift is exclusive to the Xbox 360 version.
Puzzler/platformer Trine is 75% off on Steam (bringing the price down to a bargain US$5!).
An entire list of what’s in store for Dante’s Inferno, in case you were curious.
Avatar goodies from BioShock 2 released, dress as a Big Sister or Big Daddy, or maybe something more subtle with a branded t-shirt.
Look who’s talking:
Blizzard’s Greg Canessa talks Battle.net with a new preview and video interview. Can’t wait!
Naughty Dog’s Amy Hennig chats to the LA Times about how this one-time film student caught the videogame bug (in 1989!).
X-Play investigates Korean professional gaming – serious business.
What’s going on:
In their latest developer featurette, find out how Trauma Team created a captivating character for their game
The latest Ask Cryptic addresses various fan concerns, focussing mostly on Champions Online.
We knew it was big, but…
It seems that Mass Effect 2 outsold all major releases in January by Six-to-One. Wow.
The latest Steam Hardware Survey shows Windows 7 eclipsing Windows Vista in gaming PCs.
The price is right:
Cerberus Network introduces free armor, weapon for Mass Effect 2, and more to come?
(EA say there will be “more things like Cerberus Network”, so if you’re not into ME2, you may still be in luck.)
RISEN FROM THE DEAD:
Mist Online: Uru Live (we’re not counting how many times that is, now.)
Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, for PC, 360, PS3 and Wii by the end of 2010.