The Pron Stash

Interesting… Assorted bits and pieces
Electronic Gaming Monthly: digital version demoed, using “ScreenPaper”.
Are games addictive? Jack Thompson passes judgement on Bobby Kotick’s DICE speech – knew he couldn’t be gone long.

Analyse this: They look at the industry
Pachter predicts the best-selling game of 2010

Looking good: Screenshots and new media
Age of Conan: Rise of the Godslayer gets new trailer, showing off the gates to the East.
Dragon Age: Awakening gets new comic from the Penny Arcade guys.

Music in Games: The tunes behind the action
Dante’s Inferno / BioShock 2 composer Garry Schymann discusses the release of both soundtracks.

A little light reading: Books about games or the industry
Street Fighter history chronicled in upcoming book.
Wolfire games recommends “Great game development books” – a must-read.

MMO to love: Massively Multiplayer Online details
World of Warcraft: 3.3.3 update brings new achievements and new just about everything else, as it’s unveiled on the PTR.
Guild Wars: Skill update planned for this week
Star Trek Online trailers explore the starship Destiny, and meet the Undine.
Love developer Eskil Steenberg muses out loud about in-game ads and subscription models.
Planet Calypso debuts their new mission system …with a bang!
World of Warcraft’s battleground system being overhauled.
EVE Online: Tyrannis expansion to allow mining on planets

A casual affair: For the less hardcore.
FarmVille now boasts 80million monthly users, as I consider quitting to spend time on real-world things.

In good company: Business news
EA exec John Schappert explains how to survive the next three years, at DICE.

Not just for calls: iPhone updates, games and releases
Dancing Lights is a game that is “played by sound and touching light”, and inspired by Nintendo president Satoru Iwata.

In Development: Games in progress
Metal Gear Arcade’s head-tracking 3D glasses – exposed!
Command & Conquer 4 will not have dedicated servers or LAN play, not that we expected it.
Corpse Party: Blood Covered … Repeated Fear has long title, is coming to PSP.
Perfect World Entertainment discusses the delay on Battle of the Immortals – now dated mid-April.
Serious Sam HD dedicated servers released, deathmatch mode still incoming.
Age of Conan for Xbox 360: Still Alive! (but the delay has been a ‘missed opportunity’).
Vanquish has a mysterious suit, and some other details.

Console yourselves: PlayStation, Xbox 360, Wii
Valve say they will develop PS3 games …eventually.
Nintendo patent points to force-feedback stylus, or so it seems.
PSPgo now sold with bonus game in the US and Canada – choose Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines or LittleBigPlanet.
Microsoft respond to ‘corrupt’ Xbox Live Moderator claims.
Uncharted 2 is Sony’s fastest selling first-party title for PlayStation, not bad, Naughty Dog!

Developmentally Challenged: The dev perspective
EA Sports looks forward to Tiger Woods’ return to golf, following his apology.
Borderlands: Analyst was “wrong” when he predicted the game would fail.
Junk Battles developer, Antic Entertainment, chat about browser-based games – and why they love them.
SiniSter Design explain the Top 6 reasons to support Indie RPGs (in particular, their newie, Telepath RPG: Servants of God).

Silver Screen: Game-to-film (or vice versa)
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time director sucks at Prince of Persia …let’s hope he doesn’t suck at directing, too.

Buy me this: For the gamer who has everything
Bioshock 2 gets new swag – faceplates, skins, “mousing surfaces”…

Sweet Tweets: News in 140ch
God of War III uses 35GB of Blu-Ray space, Sony exec comments “Thank heavens for Dual Layer Blu-Rays”.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 pre-orders also getting Battlefield 2142 in North America, or so we hear.

Cheap Thrills: Games that won’t hurt your wallet
Peggle Nights: Free! (if you sign up for a PopCap Passport).

Mark your calendars: Release dates, events, announcements
Dark Void Zero hits PAL DSiWare on March 5th, is “better than the game its based on”.
Valkyria Chronicles DLC arriving Feb 25th, looks awesome.
NVIDIA predict something big is gonna happen on Monday.
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift set for July 1, in Japan. Wah.

Subversion, from the creators of Darwinia …me wantee.

New Twisted Metal? “Soon, b*tch,” apparently.
DS2, PSP2 at E3?, Ignition thinks maybe.
Mass Effect 2 DLC announced at GDC, claims an “inside source”.
Motorstorm 3: new domain name registered by Sony …intriguing.


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