The Pron Stash

Looking good: Screenshots and new media
Warhammer 40K: Space Marine first-look screens are pretty impressive.
Space Ark trailer shows a 3-step guide to terraforming.
MAG developer trailer offers details on being a Platoon Leader.
Photo Dojo trailer illustrates that the game exists!
Natural Selection 2 trailer launches a surprise strike.
Sin & Punishment 2: Star Successor trailer is all full of stars.
Lunar: Silver Star Harmony trailer continues the theme.
Splinter Cell: Conviction – making-of teaser trailer (to see the full thing, you’ll have to pre-order the game).
Alpha Protocol trailer shows “a man alone”.
No More Heroes: Heroes’ Paradise trailer contributes to gamer frustration.
Skate 3 gets a new cover, screens and a dev diary, what more could you want?
Red Dead Redemption screens introduce some new characters to the game.
Tetris Party Deluxe media triggers a tetrimino explosion!

Analyse this: They look at the industry
Natal may cost more than $50, DSi XL ‘won’t be a success’, says Pachter.

Interesting… Assorted bits and pieces
Foxy, feisty women are finding love through WoW – gotta love mainstream media interpretations.
Manly cover art is required to sell games in the US, observe Settlers 7.
The most influential women in MMO development, Part 4
Boycott Sonic 4 …by purchasing Sonic 1. Of course.

Independently Released: Often better than AAA
Return of the British bedroom game designers …on the BBC!

In Development: Games in progress
StarCraft II: How to play replays offline, if you don’t have always-on internets.

Console yourselves: PlayStation, Xbox 360, Wii
Nintendo: 76 Wii titles have sold more than a million – that’s an awful lot of Wii-mote waggling.
Project Natal gets a hands-on review, and it’s …complicated.
Wii successor isn’t coming ‘any time soon’, say Nintendo.
Crackdown 3 may come to Natal, muses Ruffian.
Heavy Rain is selling well, no need for PS4 yet, gush Sony.
Nintendo virtually confirm Zelda will return to Wii in 2010, but doesn’t know about Zengeki or The Last Story in the US.

In good company: Business news
CCP to open office in UK, EVE Online developer promising to work on “current and future” console projects.
EA announce ‘groundbreaking’ new project, and expands Salt Lake Studio.
Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment refused requested board changes, in the midst of bankruptcy filings.

Tuneful: Rock Band / Guitar Hero DLC
Guitar Hero / Band Hero March DLC includes OK Go, Blink 182, Flogging Molly and an 80s track pack.

Arcade Antics: Sometimes, people still go there to play
King of Fighters XIII announced for arcades, but we don’t know much more than that.

MMO to love: Massively Multiplayer Online details
Star Trek Online survey: one player’s response – “What would you change about STO if you could?”
TERA enters third closed beta test, despite only just being announced.
Stronghold MMO free to play, for fans of the RTS series.
DC Universe Online release their new Q&A video via Facebook.
APB community Q&A focusses on customisation and grouping – in case you were curious.
Tales of Fantasy provide class preview – boils down to fighters vs spellcasters.
MapleStory gets two new levels: Neo City and Kerning Square.
EVE Online’s latest Quarterly Economic Newsletter shows the effect of Hulkageddon.

Music in Games: The tunes behind the action
God of War 3 soundtrack will feature Trivium, Dream Theater, Opeth…
Audio designers need face-to-face client feedback, rather than email or on paper.

Developmentally Challenged: The dev perspective
Metro 2033’s Dmitry Glukhovsky and Huw Beynon chat about the novel the game’s based on, and why the game’s not for PS3.
Halfbrick studios chat about Age of Zombies, raaaaarghhhhh.
Unreal modders aren’t all creating Gears of War clones, thank goodness.
Gas Powered Games’ Chris Taylor is the Independent Farmer …no, really.
Castle Crashers for PSN: A progress report from The Behemoth.
Two Worlds II is a “huge leap forward” for RPGS, so they say.
Star Trek Online’s Craig Zinkievich discusses the game.
God of War team ‘inspired’ by visuals from Killzone, Uncharted – both ‘raised the bar’ when it comes to graphics.
THQ planning something big for E3.
Blizzard get together for BlizzCast #13 – the StarCraft II beta special!
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 – the Modern Warfare 2 question (plus some server details).
Heavy Rain: Behind the scenes with David Cage, Pascal Langdale (Ethan Mars).

Localisation: Merci!
Game localisation animation partnership announced: Image Metrics and Babel Media make sure the lip synch is right.

Hoorah! Good news, everybody!
Missile Command: new version playable online to celebrate the game’s 30th anniversary.

Downloadable Content: Fix it later
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 getting extra multiplayer maps, one on Day One, more coming next month.
Lucasarts releases Star Wars avatars for Xbox Live, including bobblehead Vader. Nawww.

Mark your calendars: Events, announcements…
The Scourge Project due in March 2010, the sci-fi co-op third-person shooter to be released through Steam.
Yakuza 3 for PS3 hits North America on March 9th (that’s the same day as Final Fantasy XIII, but I doubt there’ll be much crossover).
Again arrives on DS, March 30th – for the first time.

Trine on XBLA, sorry.

Pac-Man Battle Royale: it’s not a fighting game, but does have a trailer.
Mass Effect 2 DLC: Hammerhead and Firewalker Mission Packs will arrive in March through the Cerberus Netowrk

FIFA 10: Ultimate Team out now on PSN, XBL.

Elemental: War of Magic beta – to Beta 1G (the last of the Beta 1 builds).


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