The Pron Stash

Playing nasty:
Australian developer “just days” from liquidation, suffering major outstanding tax debt, owing large sums of unpaid wages to current and former staff… former Interzone employee speaks out.

Roll the dice:
This April sees the launch of the Player’s Handbook 3, heralding a new era of Dungeons & Dragons. Pixelatedgeek is a little concerned about psionics.

Politically speaking:
Before the upcoming South Australian election, local political party Gamers 4 Croydon want (and need) your help.

Not just for calls:
Hell is coming: Doom 2 arrives on iPhone.
While a remake of Karate Champ sounded pretty good, a whole new Commodore Amiga emulator sounds even better.

MMO to love:
Want to be part of a world record attempt with Star Trek Online? What about if we look at the prizes on offer for participants?
Meanwhile, it’s always nice when a developer admits they’re not perfect: Star Trek Online producer confesses “It was pretty darn risky”.
Has World of Warcraft hit a plateau? Their announced player count is the same as it was two years ago.
…similarly, most new WoW players don’t go past Level 10.
Celebrate February 14th the best way you know how – with double XP in Aion.
APB will be ‘ground-breaking’ and only for PC. Didn’t we already know that?

Become a Future Soldier:
Ubisoft reveal a Q&A full of details about the Ghost Recon Future Soldier beta.

Become Prinny:
Prinny 2: Dawn of the Great Pantsu War features playable Prinny (that’s a lot of “p” words).

Here’s a handy character release chart for Resident Evil 5: Gold Edition DLC, to help you keep track of things.
…talking of RE – Resident Evil Alternative Edition’s Lost in Nightmares features Classic RE Camera.

An Apple a day:
Sorry, Mac gamers, the StarCraft II beta will be PC only, at least in the beginning.
…but you do get Tales of Monkey Island, which counts for something, right?

Marvelous to bring overseas WiiWare games to Japan, on their World Game Parade label.

That’s a lot!
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 demo downloaded 2 million times (combining the PS3 and Xbox 360 releases).

A little light reading:
A review of the novel version of Tom Clancy’s HAWX, which I never knew existed. It’s not written by Tom Clancy.

Developmentally Challenged:
A new dev diary for Mount & Blade looks at their new expansion pack, Warband.
Graphic violence was necessary in Aliens vs. Predator, say Rebellion.
An updated Q&A looks at a progress report of Elemental: War of Magic from Stardock.
Capcom have just confirmed RE5-style Split screen offline co-op for Lost Planet 2.

Console yourselves:
Disney weighs bringing Marvel games to ‘high-end’ consoles in its latest investor call.
The creative and technical process behind Red Dead Redemption explored in new Q&A.
Gamers ask why was Star Ocean: The Last Hope released on Xbox 360 first?
PS3 3D firmware update due in the coming months, apparently.
Following on from yesterday’s earnings call, Activision have confirmed the end of an era: No more Guitar Hero for PS2.

Gotta catch ’em all:
Pokemon Video Game Championships returning in 2010… yay?

Looking good:
I don’t know much about it, but I do know that Hudson’s new point-and-click, Rooms: The Main Building looks like something I need to play.
Upcoming PSP title from Capcom, Last Ranker gets some new screens.
Blink and you’ll miss it: Another glimpse of Brink, from Splash Damage.
Turbine have released some new screenshots from Dungeons & Dragons Online: Update 3.
We’re also suitably impressed by MLB 10: The Show, on the PlayStation Blog.
New screenshots show Marcus & Dominic from Gears of War, plus Wesker from Resident Evil – all in Lost Planet 2.
In a nice double-play, Crackdown 2 gets new screens and a new pre-order bonus.

Sounds interesting:
Bloody Good Time – Ubisoft’s B-Movie horror game for Xbox Live Arcade.

Hardware how-to:
The EU Playstation forums tell you how to use the PS3’s new invite feature.

It begins…
Scene It? Twilight released for DS. Need I say more?
…on a similar note, vampires and werewolves are popping up in Battlefield Heroes, for one month only.

Can you afford it?
Virtual currency company Offerpal is launching a task system for gamers to earn their payments.

Happy Birthday!
Bejeweled turns 10! …and it’s sold more than 50 million units. That’s a lot of match-three.

Happy Valentine’s Day!
Valentine’s Day Guide for Gamer Girls from The Feed.

Under the sea:
In BioShock 2 news – fixes are coming for widescreen players, but no such luck for gamepad support, despite protests.
More problems are also floating to the surface, as gamers report BioShock 2 freezing in multiplayer.
(If you still love the game, you can grab the Official BioShock 2 Launch PS3 Theme…)

Perhaps not surprisingly, sports games are proving effective for in-game advertisers. I guess we see plenty of billboards around real-world sport, why not in games, too?

Level up!
New achievements for Borderlands hint at new level cap: 70!

Coulda been a contender:
The original lineup for Tatsunoko vs. Capcom includes Phoenix Wright, and Ghosts ‘n Ghouls. Dang.

A bit sporty:
EA to close NCAA Basketball franchise – 2011 will be the first year of no new basketball video games in 12 years.

GDC Austin is now GDC Online, returning in early October for its eighth year.
The Festival of Games, in Utrecht, will feature David Perry talking about cloud-based computing and Gaikai.

R for Racing:
Sonic & SEGA All Stars Racing looks pretty nifty as it gets ready for release in a few weeks.
Forza Motorsport 3 AutoWeek Car Show Pack available now to tie in with the North American International Auto Show.

In good company:
Onto a good thing, EA has sold eight million Hasbro-brand games. Looks like that Scrabble lawsuit paid off.
More on how wonderful they are: EA will still distribute Green Day: Rock Band, despite cutting back on third-party releases.
Wizards of the Coast sign up with Stainless Games, following the success of Duels of the Planeswalkers.
Big fish eats the little fish: Zynga have bought Serious Business, who created one of the first ever Facebook games.
It continues – Break Media buys FileFront Network.

A casual affair:
Mini-game champs, Miniclip targetting the Wii.
Big Fish announces affiliate program – bloggers can earn 70% of net revenue for all game sales generated by a qualifying customer for a full year.

Curiouser and Curiouser:
I’d just like you to read this article on Nintendo’s Australian pirate case, and think about it for a moment.

Downloadable content:
Every EA game will have online content in fiscal 2011, says COO John Schappert.
While it might be Modern Warfare’s ugly stepsister, Call of Duty: World at War map packs sold more than 8.5 million.

We’re working on it…
MAG is designed to be a ‘platform’, and one which sees some new balancing patches coming very soon.
America’s Army 3.0.7 coming soon, and they’re gonna make you re-take your training courses.

Mark your calendar:
Samurai Shodown Sen is now set for a (US) spring release.
It looks like you’ll be waiting until late April for Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter.
Before that, you can check out Resonance of Fate, dated for March 26 in Europe.
Resurrection, the new expansion for Rappelz, launches Feb 24th, bringing with it a familiar face.
Rejoice, foreigners! No More Heroes 2 in Europe in April.
Military strategy title Rise of Prussia to hit streets March 9th.

Sweet Tweets:
Cliff Bleszinski is NOT working on a horror game. He says. (For the record, the rumour started in an EGM column, back in 2008.
Metro 2033 previews “aren’t an accurate reflection of difficulty, say devs.

The first episode of Geek Actually Tech (from the home of Platforms) has launched, talking about the iPad.

No longer an Xbox 360 exclusive, All You Need Is Love comes to Beatles: Rock Band for PS3 and Wii.
Coming to Rock Band: Otis Redding, and (crossover alert!) Left 4 Dead 2 band, Midnight Riders.

Girls in gaming:
20% of the incoming class at Guildhall at SMU are female – hoorah!

Teething Problems:
Stargate Resistance released, without keys or the ability to download the game – but only for those who paid upfront. Oops.

Closed for business:
It looks a bit slash-and-burn as Activision close Luxoflux, announce layoffs at Neversoft and Radical.

Killzone 3 details in the “next few months”, leading many to suspect an announcement at E3.

Dead Space 2 for PC, “under consideration” at EA.

Closed beta for Battle of the Immortals, now due mid-April.

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2, the first in the series to feature wi-fi support.
Rock of the Dead, which uses Guitar Hero controllers on the Wii.

GTA: Episodes from Liberty City for Xbox 360
Toki Tori, some “misc bug fixes”.
Warrior Epic, introducing a “massive amount of new content”.
Fallen Earth, with a changelog as long as my arm.
Shattered Horizon, with a novella.
Nation Red, a whole pile of stuff.
Smashball – with some Big Gameplay Changes.


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