The Pron Stash

Looking good: Screenshots and new media
Napoleon: Total War trailer creates their own personal Waterloo.
Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 2 gets new screens, final roster – more than 40 characters!
Just Cause 2 trailer is self-explanatory: “Fire Truck vs. Passenger Jet”.
Fallen Earth show off their new Slug Thrower, does not throw real slugs.
Ace Combat Joint Assault trailer is full of explosions and other stuff.
Killzone 2 concept art displays previously unseen designs, Visari as a child.
Dead Space 2 gets new screens, in French.
Dungeon Fighter Online screens show “many” different weapons available.
Borderlands DLC trailer “kicks it up a Knoxx” with a pun we can’t resist.

Just Cos…play: (‘sif you need a reason)
BioShock 2’s little sister invades Australian aquarium – creepy.

Independently Released: Often better than AAA
Morsel is the focus of this week’s Indie Pitch.
No Programmer? No Problem looks at artist-only indie games.

In Development: Games in progress
MLB 10: The Show gets real, dev diary explains how.
Just Cause 2 will not support Windows XP, you’re living in the past, man.
Final Fantasy XIII for 360 will take 18gb to install – but you don’t need all of them. Or any of them. It’s your choice.

Not just for calls: iPhone updates, games and releases
Apple attempts to explain “double standard” over smut in the App Store.
Final Fantasy I and II begin their iPhone Quest this Thursday, in the UK – no word yet on anywhere else.
Ngmoco / Freeverse consolidation terrifies iPhone fans.

Console yourselves: PlayStation, Xbox 360, Wii
Microsoft will be “very careful” with Natal releases, because they want gamers to have the best possible experience.
PlayStation 3 developers now able to access 70MB more RAM, thanks to a firmware upgrade.

In good company: Business news
Red Octane founders are staying with Activision, as the company evaporates around them.
Rebellion’s Derby studio on the brink of shutting down – byebye, Lara Croft’s birthplace.
En Mass Entertainment formed by ex-NCSoft, Blizzard staff, as a new MMO publisher.
Little Monsters developers are looking for a publisher – good luck!

MMO to love: Massively Multiplayer Online details
Allods Online releases updated statement over their cash shop, also call for player input.
Dragonica Online unveils “Side-Scroller Showdown” – calling on free-to-play online gamers and asking them which is more fun!
World of Warcraft: Cataclysm prologue quest added to game – spoilers abound, beware.
Jade Dynasty: server-wide effort unlocks new PvP area.
Digimon MMO trailer released, alongside some more scattered details.

Music in Games: The tunes behind the action
Heavy Rain soundtrack now on iTunes – as always, track names may contain spoilers.

Developmentally Challenged: The dev perspective
Infinity Ward promise: No zombies or Nazis at any point in Modern Warfare 2 – a breath of fresh air!
Cho Aniki 0 developers are funny, discuss their PSP shooter.
Richard Garriott plans “Ultima-esque” games, has big plans for Portalarium.
Heavy Rain has four characters because David Cage is interested in schizophrenia (shouldn’t really surprise you).
EA believe that Medal of Honor and Bad Company 2 are “different enough” to justify them being released close to each other.
Black creator says: current FPS are “f**king boring”, and he should know.
Peter Molyneux hints that Milo is a character in a “bigger and more dramatic story”.
Naughty Dog are listening to your patch feedback.
DICE former designer analyses in-game user interfaces, comes to fascinating conclusions.
Borderlands: The Secret Armory of General Knoxx: One-Question Interview …a must-read.

A little light reading: Books about games or the industry
Guild Wars novel bridges the gap between 1 and 2, out later this year.

Localisation: Merci!
Yakuza 3 in the west will differ from the Japanese, with the removal of Japanese history quizzes and hostess clubs.

Art in games: Real paintings, sometimes.
Naughty Dog on display at the “Unleashed” exhibit – kicks off in Hollywood on March 6th.

Silver Screen: Game-to-film (or vice versa)
Missile Command the latest Atari game shopped to movie studios, following Joust and Asteroids!

Mark your calendars: Release dates, events, announcements
Echoshift for PSP out this week featuring 56 levels and three different game modes.
Dragon Age comic coming in (very) late March, despite reports to the contrary.
Dark Void Zero arriving – globally – on March 5th.
F1 2010 will be unveiled on March 17th, three days after the real F1 kicks off in Bahrain.
No More Heroes Paradise due in Japan in April for PS3, Xbox 360.

Activision wants Harmonix? …pure speculation at this point, but…
Sonic 4 leaked images show old-school Robotnik, and retro gamers rejoice.

Metroid: Other M and Super Mario Galaxy 2 confirmed for release “between June and August”.
Worms: Reloaded and PC Worms 2: Armageddon are the same, to reduce confusion.
Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse coming to PS3, thanks ESRB!

Last Ninja 3 from the EU Virtual Console due to some major bugs.
Maji de Manabu LEC de Ukaru DS Kikenbutsu Toriatsukaisha Otsushu 4-Shu, Japanese-only DS edutainment title.

Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, to 1.3.4 (click for extensive patch notes).
Borderlands, to 1.30 with full patch notes to accompany the DLC release.


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