The Pron Stash

Looking Good:
Fist of the North Star is not already dead, still not sure if it’s being released outside of Japan.
Zeno Clash gets new weapons (and a new trailer).
Final Fantasy XIII actually looks like this on Xbox 360.
Yakuza 4: check out five minutes of girls, massage and fighting (just what I always wanted!)
MAG developer tips: Rapid Assault – more from the guys behind the Massive Action Game.
Borderlands discuss their upcoming DLC: The Secret Armory of General Knoxx.
Prison Break: The Conspiracy breaks out with this new trailer.
Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening trailer introduces Sigrun, Legion of the Dead survivor.
Amnesia: The Dark Descent gets a new name and a new trailer, one more scary than the other.
Super Street Fighter IV video shows off Ibuki, her raccoon (that’s not a euphemism).
Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown – arcade-only at this point, and pretty stylised.
House M.D. iPhone screens – they’re not that special, but I still can’t believe this game exists.
Magic the Gathering: Zelda Edition – unfortunately just a fan-creation at this point, but wow.
MSPaint: Favourite video game moments Sure, it’s not screenshots, but they’re still awesome. Spoilers abound.

Interesting:
Is your life just one big RPG? Jesse Schell’s mind-blowing speech from DICE 2010.
The most influential women in MMO development chat to Massively.

In good company:
Activision “regrets” choosing Red Octane over Harmonix.
Zynga discuss being ‘social’, first and foremost (and printing money a close second?)
EA believe no developers can compete with DICE online – tell that to Infinity Ward.
Avalanche studios buys The Hunter franchise, bringing it into the same stable as Just Cause.
Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment, developers of Stargate Worlds have filed for bankruptcy (Chapter 11, they can still operate and develop Stargate Resistance).

Not just for calls:
Apple removes all sexy apps from the app store.
Stunt Squirrels win GameSalad Challenge at Macworld 2010 – and it’s available now on the App store!

In Development:
Final Fantasy XI is not dead yet, Yoichi Wada squishes rumours.
3D Dot Game Heroes has been enhanced for North America (and we’re not just talking about the extra-long sword).
UFC Undisputed 2010 crushes its 2009 counterpart, or so they say.
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed heads to the planet of Hoth in this new DLC level.
Darksiders: Free Red Faction promo open even if you lost your code.
Tecmo Bowl Throwback is no longer a rumour, thanks to the ESRB.
Mount & Blade Warband gets an open beta for those who already play the original.
Darkstar One: Kalypso Media reveal some early details.
Metro 2033 will ship with Steamworks on PC.
Borderlands lives up to expectations, selling more than 3 million copies since launch.

Hardware:
OnLive CEO claims that faster broadband leads to greater piracy

Console yourselves:
Sony working on new PlayStation 3 IP, according to job ads.
PS3 backwards compatability might never happen, as the manufacturer concentrates more on PSN releases.
Sony files patent for “universal game controller”, back in August 2008.

Developmentally Challenged:
Richard Garriott chats about Portalarium, leaving NCsoft, and his “space epiphany”.
Sega confirm: Sonic 4 developed by Dimps and Sonic Team, not just one or the other.
Metro 2033 confirm they are not using the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. engine, despite rumours.
Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight developer Sam Bass talks about Kane and Tiberium.
Alan Wake is “leaving the doors open”, for what they’re calling “Season 2”.
Vicious Engine 2 adds Wii, PS2 and PSP support to its already existing Xbox 360 and PS3 abilities.
Next Assassin’s Creed will feature “justified” multiplayer, plus a full campaign.

Tuneful:
Rock Band to get Marilyn Manson, HIM, The Police, KSM

MMO to love:
Free Realms introduces T-Rex and Flying Dragon mounts, only available for paying customers.
World of Warcraft’s Tom Chilton looks back on the game’s history – and forward, to the future!
Star Trek Online promise: more Kingons, soon!
Faunasphere goes to Facebook, to teach them pesky casual gamers a lesson.
City of Heroes launches beta testing for dual pistols pow! pow!
Dungeons & Dragons Online turns 4! (how time flies…)

Demonstration Purposes:
Achtung Panzer: Karkov 1943 demo and pre-order available

Analyse this:
Games software business to approach $65 billion worldwide …by 2013. Yowza.
Retailers have “lost faith” in PC games, says Imagine Publishing’s managing director.

Sweet tweets:
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 demo downloaded more than 3.5 million times on Xbox 360 and PS3.

Downloadable Content:
Resident Evil 5 Avatar Clothing is Go! …and some looks pretty nifty.
Resident Evil 5: How to unlock the “Classic” camera, thanks Kotaku!

Mark your calendar:
EverQuest II: Sentinel’s Fate to launch online on February 23rd
Greed Corp launches next week on PSN, XBLA.
Final Fantasy XIII UK launch event will reward cosplayers who dress up on March 9th.
Fragile Dreams arriving in Europe on March 19th

RUMOURED:
Next Call of Duty to be set in the Cold War? – job posting hints at Vietnam and Russian involvement.
Flight Control coming to WiiWare? a recent Firemint interview throws down some obvious hints.

ANNOUNCED:
Dragon Ball: Origins 2 for DS, to be released this year.

RELEASED:
ImpulseTV video features added to Stardock’s Impulse client

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