The Pron Stash

Looking good: Screenshots and new media
Fable III new screenshot: Lionhead wants your feedback.
Final Fantasy XIII: exclusive first 10 minutes, in English, over at MSXboxWorld.
Red Steel 2 trailers showing off a bit of swordplay.
Supreme Commander 2 trailers reveal more experimental units, are narrated by Chris Taylor.
Street Fighter IV trailer displays Rose’s new combo moves (explained here).
Red Dead Redemption trailer introduces the women: Sinners, Saints and Survivors.
Dragon Age Awakening trailer takes in a member of the dead.
Metal Gear Arcade: first-look trailer based on Metal Gear Online, with goggles.
Age of Conan: Rise of the Godslayer trailers are a travel guide for new places to visit.
Heavy Rain European television ad – for the game that’s out this week.
Monster Hunter Tri 101 video interview explains what makes the game so much fun.
A Slow Year trailer will probably only interest artsy, indie types. But they’ll love it.

In Development: Games in progress
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing tidbits covering music, locations, difficulty… everything you need to know.
Subversion gets some screenshots and some details.
Fallout: New Vegas plot details discovered …in USA Today?
Super Meat Boy headed to XBLA, before hitting WiiWare and PC.

Interesting… Assorted bits and pieces
Subs or Dubs? Japan surveyed on their preference for Western games.
‘Xbox Effect’ the reason for more Chick Flicks – more boys play games, more girls go to the movies.
Frag Dolls: Game Industry Women to know in 2010 (one day, I’ll be on that list).
There are secret messages on your BioShock 2 posters. Creepy.

Developmentally Challenged: The dev perspective
DICE 2010 video interviews – Richard Garriott, Bruce Shelle, Chris Taylor…
Red Steel 2 director wanted dual Wii-mote controls – but this proved too expensive.
DICE former CEO claims Battlefield 3 will “blow everyone away”. Better get a move on, then.
Ruffian explain that they “don’t do cutscenes”, avoiding traditional methods of storytelling.
Fallout co-creator liked Fallout 3, but would have done things differently.
Unreal Engine 4 is “still a long ways off”, says Mark Rein.
Richard Garriott is braced for the skeptics as he returns to the industry.
House of the Dead: Overkill was B-movie for a reason, which Headstrong are happy to explain.
Insomniac Games: Sometimes you have to kill your babies – how a failure lead to today’s Ratchet & Clank.
Activision founder David Crane speaks to X-Play: Know your roots!
Brink lead designer explains his game will flow like Assassin’s Creed.
Epic are using Unreal to strengthen the PC games market.
Avalanche are already working on their Next Big Thing, as they wrap up Just Cause 2.
MTV Games confirm they are working on a project for Natal – our money’s on it being Rock Band.
Bungie say it’s “premature” to claim they’ll never make another Halo, but Reach is it, for the foreseeable.
Remedy discuss the long development cycle for Alan Wake – “Some of your parents might be aware of our previous work…”

Not just for calls: iPhone updates, games and releases
Apple targets estimated 5,000 “sexy apps” for deletion following their crackdown on smut.
Brothers In Arms 2: Global Front hits the App Store, brings new screens and video.
Street Fighter 4 released in March with 8 characters, for US$10.
Apple plans to expand iPhone OS to more platforms – can’t say as I’m surprised, as such.

Console yourselves: PlayStation, Xbox 360, Wii
PSP will see big titles this year, promise Sony.
Red Steel 2 could work well with Arc, not so well with Natal.
PSP will still be supported by Square Enix, who promise both “disk-based and digital content”.
PlayStation Home: What’s going on? …big things in store for 2010.
Project Natal: Timing the delay – will this make it unusable for complex games?
PlayStation 3 Slim sweeps 2009 Engadget Awards, congrats!
Sony explains the PS3 approach to motion control: Speak Softly, Carry a Big Stick.
Project Ten Dollar will alienate customers, says a retailer representative.

Arcade Antics: Sometimes, people still go there to play
Sega combining UFO Catchers with Balance Boards

In good company: Business news
Ngmoco acquires iPhone dev Freeverse, completes $25M funding round.
Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment buys Rocksteady, and everyone is happy.
Linden Lab move upstairs into a bigger office
Take Two forms Japanese Publishing Arm, to publish 2K and Rockstar titles.

MMO to love: Massively Multiplayer Online details
TERA: The Making of the MMORPG is an informative little clip.
Star Trek Online: latest Ask Cryptic explores skills – it’s their 20th update, too!
Warhammer Online development diary explores new changes, focussing on Scenarios.
The Secret World gets some ARG attention
Mortal Online analysed by Gamasutra, who find it a strange world.
Bounty Bay Online celebrates their third birthday with a few special promotions.
Lord of the Rings Online opens Isengard private preview program for lucky hobbits.
Second Life gets a Red-Letter day, in the form of new 2.0 viewer and more.
World of Warcraft chat to role-players Shadowclan to celebrate their 5-15 year anniversary.
Eskil Steenberg chats about Love, which is out very soon.

Music in Games: The tunes behind the action
PixelJunk Eden + Dr. Mario composers team up for the third “In the Collaborations” project.

Politically speaking: Gamers are grownups, too!
How Australia’s proposed internet censorship will (and won’t) affect video games – fascinating read at Kotaku.
Australian Attorneys-General announce their stance on R18 games ahead of this weekend’s discussion paper deadline.
UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown talks up UK Game Development, are you listening, Molyneux?

A little light reading: Books about games or the industry
Assassin’s Creed Renaissance arrives in the US, novelisation of ACII.

Localisation: Merci!
3D Dot Game Heroes developers Atlus discuss localisation, and whether or not it will be in “authentic Engrish”.

Hoorah! Good news, everybody!
Penny Arcade celebrates 11.5 years – well done, guys!
Shigeru Miyamoto to receive BAFTA Fellowship, because he is awesome.

Sweet Tweets: News in 140ch
Natal in October? – thanks to Jonathan Ross. Microsoft aren’t commenting.
God of War 3 will not install to your PS3 HD, says Sony Santa Monica Director of Technology Christer Ericson.

Downloadable Content: Fix it later
Borderlands reveal the Secret Armory of General Knoxx this week on Xbox 360.

Demonstrations: Sample-sized releases
Yakuza 3, on PSN before the game’s launch in March.
Supreme Commander 2, soon? …as early as “tomorrow”, we hear.

Mark your calendars: Release dates, events, announcements
Darksiders demo heads to PSN this week, showing off the entire first dungeon of the game, Twilight Cathedral.

The Agency Covert Ops: New name / new game? – we love trademark filings.
Penny Arcade Adventures: Episode 3 to be revealed at PAX East? – Hothead hope so, at least.

Kick-Ass movie/comic tie-in coming to PSN and iPhone.
The Settlers 7 pre-order bonus, gold edition: mmm. Shiny!
Army of Two: The 40th Day DLC Announced, due early April.
Worms Reloaded, a new 2D version from Team17, to be distributed via Steam.
Batman: The Brave and the Bold from WayForward, based on the Cartoon Network series of the same name.

Tales of Graces, due to a serious number of bugs – in Japan.

Mass Effect 2 to v1.01, fixing a bunch of stuff.
Sins of a Solar Empire: Diplomacy to v1.01, making a number of changes to the pirates.
BioShock 2, introducing widescreen support and the promise of bigger things.


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