The Pron Stash

Looking good: Screenshots and new media
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 gets TV ad, full of what you’d expect.
Marvel vs. Capcom 2 finally get theri ultimate combination / instructional video – and it’s downloadable from their website.
Infinite Space trailer provides ship-building, story and …cheesecake?
UFC Undisputed 2010 screens are “knockout”, har har.
R.U.S.E. video doesn’t really explain what the game’s about.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 walkthrough video includes a first-look at the Rush map, Valparaiso.
Metroid: Other M screens boast a higher resolution than they’re meant to.
Pokemon HeartGold and SoulSilver combo trailer …just as we suspected.
Clash of the Titans screens look not bad, for a game/film tie-in release.
Dawn of War II: Chaos Rising trailer introduces new units.
Super Street Fighter IV media is awfully pretty.
WarioWare DIY trailer demonstrates mini game creation.

Analyse this: They look at the industry
The ten most expensive video game budgets (apparently).

Interesting… Assorted bits and pieces
The most influential women in MMO development, part 3.

In Development: Games in progress
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker was originally Metal Gear Solid 5 – makes sense, as it’s a fully-fledged sequel despite the new moniker.
Blur will include Twitter support – don’t drive and tweet!
FlingSmash – more than just a funny-sounding name.
Battlefield Heroes: finally taking action against cheaters, brandishing the (perma) ban-hammer.

Not just for calls: iPhone updates, games and releases
Super Monkey Ball feedback helped Sega develop more games, with a major split between casual and core players.
Dizzypad, an arcade-style action game for the iPhone looks pretty nifty, with bugs and frogs.
Mimeo and the Kleptopus King features four different types of nostalgia, looks awesome.

Console yourselves: PlayStation, Xbox 360, Wii
PS3, Xbox 360 pricing not where EA would like, because we care about their opinion.
Sony restructuring SCE, splitting out the networking service and any mobile operations, keeping the PlayStation brand separate.
PSN is “a lot more egalitarian” than Xbox Live, or so say Sony.

In good company: Business news
Left Behind + Guitar Praise creators form Christian gaming ‘supergroup’.
Judobaby are a new developer for Wii, with a decent pedigree behind them.

MMO to love: Massively Multiplayer Online details
City of Heroes: Issue 17 edges ever closer, reveals new details.
Darkfall introduces seven day trial for one dollar – sounds like a good deal!
Hello Kitty Online Food for Friends 2 event a success, donating US$18,038.30 to Doctors Without Borders.
TERA’s third closed beta test announced, celebrate with new screens.
Crisp Thinking introduce NetModerator, for parents who worry about their kids playing MMOs.
Silkroad Online heads to Egypt in new Heroes of Alexandria patch.
Aika prepares for their second closed beta test, but still find the time to chat to Massively.
World of Warcraft chief for NetEase, Li Riqiang, resigns.
Age of Conan demystify their Alternate Advancement system, which is nice of them.
EVE Online Tyrannis update to overhaul the Scorpion, according to these new screens.
Champions Online: Bill Roper discusses the Revelation update on Massively.

Music in Games: The tunes behind the action
Japanese game composers sound off: Nintendo, Square Enix, Atlus, the list goes on…
Chip-hop artist A_Rival plans release party in San Francisco – he’s also a Street Fighter champ, we hear.
Nobuo Uematsu has spent half his life composing music for videogames, and has now branched out on his own.
Katamari Damacy – The Sounds of Shibuya tries to explain the soundtrack to westerners.
Koji Kondo discusses composing for Mario – we could have had harmonicas.
Dragon Quest composer looks back at 24 years of gaming, and the music therein.

Politically speaking: Gamers are grownups, too!
Philadelphia Mayor wants more local game developers and has proposed new tax policies to make the location more attractive.

Developmentally Challenged: The dev perspective
Bungie refuse to confirm (or deny) their new IP will arrive on PS3. Interesting.
World of Tanks producer offers insight into their upcoming game.

Localisation: Merci!
Otomedius: is Konami seriously bringing it to the West?

Buy me this: For the gamer who has everything
World of Warcraft Magazine – it’s your last chance to get your copy of Issue 1!
BioShock 2 now shipping Sinclair Solutions Syringe Pens, perfect for penning manifestos and such.

Hoorah! Good news, everybody!
Quake Live celebrates first birthday, present gamers with a new map.
Qtest memories from John Carmack and others, as they celebrate its 14th birthday.

Silver Screen: Game-to-film (or vice versa)
Blizzard: Warcraft film will be “just a good movie”, as they understand the perils of game/movie tie-ins.
Visceral: Dante as movie hero would not resonate well with film goers, so if a movie does eventuate, he’d have to change.

Downloadable Content: Fix it later
Lucasarts invades PlayStation Home, with lightsabers, Stormtrooper costumes, posters…

Mark your calendars: Release dates, events, announcements
Monster Hunter Frontier arrives on Xbox 360 in June, with details of a beta program for the X360 title.
Nintendo reveal a whole stack of European dates for releases and such.
Infinite Space touches down March 16th for DS.
Split/Second: Velocity has a new name, launch date – arriving across Europe on May 21st for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.
Alpha Protocol dated (again) for June, complete with new trailer.
Heavy Rain Custom Theme hits PSN tomorrow, in Japan at least.
Nexuiz planning an announcement next month. Wonder what they’re working on…
Super Mario Galaxy zooms in, May 23rd in the US.
Sin & Punishment 2 arrives – finally – in the US on June 7th, as “Sin & Punishment: Star Successor”.

RUMOURED:
Steam coming to Mac OS?
Half-Life 2 and Episode 1 to get achievements? …that pesky Steam beta has a lot to answer for.

ANNOUNCED:
Grease: Electrifying its way onto Wii and DS
Disney’s Guilty Party: a whodunnit of mini-games, which looks to feature a lovely art style.
Dragon Quest IX: published by Nintendo in US.
Crasher announced for PC, XBLA, PSN.
The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile promises to be “bigger, better and more badass” than Dead Samurai.

UPDATED:
Global Agenda – to 1.1, overhauling crafting, adding a friends list, tweaking queueing.
Diablo 2 – to 1.13b (on the PTR), stay tuned for a full release.
MAG – v1.03 “the best patch yet” (you’d hope so).

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