The Pron Stash

Looking good: Screenshots and new media
Deadly Premonition trailer is disturbing.
Star Trek Online trailer battles the Borg.
Blur trailer examines the social gameplay aspect.
Transformers: War for Cybertron first-look footage
Civilization V debut trailer is as beautiful as you’d expect.
Metro 2033 trailer: Kill or Be Killed.
Skate 3 developer diary discusses the new university setting.
Seeds of Revolution trailer sees you planting seeds to overthrow a ruthless dictator.
UFC Undisputed 2010 screens are impressively similar quality to renders for 2009.
Supreme Commander 2 dev diary shows off Flowfield technology.
Valkyria Chronicles II screenshots from the heat of battle!
Infinite Space trailer shows just what’s in store.
MAG developer tips: OIC …comes with the biggest responsibility of the game.
Mario Galaxy 2 gameplay clips are unsurprisingly cheerful.
Splatterhouse screens live up to their name.

A casual affair: For the less hardcore.
Facebook Credits detailed, the publishers get 30% of the money spent by players – no small change.

Interesting… Assorted bits and pieces
Battlefield: Bad Company ‘borrows’ from the French military, but not in the way you might expect.
Seniors can be tricked into exercising …with video games!
We make characters that look like us? is an interesting peek into racial diversity in the games industry.
Most influential women in MMO development, part 5.

Hardware: Stuff to play games on
GPU shortage unlikely to be solved before May, spells problems for NVIDIA.

A Legal Matter: Gamers in court
Tecmo, Itagaki settle lawsuit, Itagaki responds.
Judge dismisses blind gamer’s suit against Sony, as Sony is “not a place of public accommodation”.

In Development: Games in progress
Mega Man gets sweets and a challenge mode.
NBA 2K10 PC online patch is being ‘worked on’, says 2K Sports.
Valkyria Chronicles 2: Your guide to Password content.
How Heavy Rain succeeds where Mass Effect 2 failed, in case you were wondering.
Splinter Cell: Conviction on PC will feature new DRM system from Ubisoft.

Not just for calls: iPhone updates, games and releases
Rayman 2: The Great Escape coming to iPhone in March.
Colorbind is “relaxing but challenging”, also the followup to Monospace.

Console yourselves: PlayStation, Xbox 360, Wii
PSP sales are down in 2009 vs 2007, as are music sales.

Tuneful: Rock Band / Guitar Hero DLC
Third Eye Blind track pack for Guitar Hero, Band Hero.
Rock Band gets Disturbed, so does the Lego version.

MMO to love: Massively Multiplayer Online details
Star Wars: The Old Republic gets post-apocalyptic with Taris, in this new dev diary.
Guild Wars reveal February 2010 skill balances, which should be helpful.
Neo Steam: The Shattered Continent available on ijji.com, yay steampunk!
World of Warcraft developer Twitter chat transcript, lovingly sorted by category.

Music in Games: The tunes behind the action
Kenji Kawai talks about his unique video game soundtrack experiences, including some from films, too.
Zombie Driver original soundtrack available for download.
8 Bit Alliance Tour travelling around the US – wish I could be there…

Developmentally Challenged: The dev perspective
Just Cause 2 demo to feature ’35 square miles’ of island – we don’t know what that is in metric.
Gearbox software play down the dispute with Steam/Valve, which saw CEO Randy Pitchford saying all sorts of things.
God of War III Lead Combat Designer chats about taking Kratos to the next level.
Avalanche CEO says more games should be cancelled, and that Avatar should never have been released.
David Jaffe no longer cares about specialist review scores, not like he used to.
Ubisoft explain: Prominent NPCs key to believable story, which sounds fair enough.
Disney talk about Nintendo, “withholding Mickey” …intriguing stuff.
DICE want to get back behind the wheel, returning to their roots as Battlefield: Bad Company prepares to launch.
Medal of Honor will include ‘big military’, EA tells IncGamers.
Dead or Alive: Paradise is not “softcore porn” or anything “degrading to women”, uh huh.
Pitchford is “really excited” for Colonial Marines, the Gearbox CEO still not going into detail.

Localisation: Merci!
Valkyria Chronicles DLC to only feature Japanese voice acting, so you can choose that – or silence.
Last Window is trademarked in Europe, is Nintendo bringing the Hotel Dusk sequel to the West?

Buy me this: For the gamer who has everything
Fable 3 merch: Tell Lionhead what you want! …simple as that.
AION: The Official Magazine is packed with in-game bonuses.
J!nx creative overlord sits down for a chat, talks t-shirts.

Hoorah! Good news, everybody!
LittleBigPlanet reaches 2 million levels, introduces widgets and other fun stuff.
Batman, Uncharted 2 top the Navigatr Awards (that’s the National Academy of Video Game Testers and Reviewers Corp., btw.)

Art in games: Real paintings, sometimes.
Fallout Artist reveals original “Childkiller” Vault-Boy image, observes that it is a little tasteless.

Closed for business: Industry closures / layoffs
GAME to close 43 stores, lose 247 employees (they should really be more careful).

Downloadable Content: Fix it later
Resident Evil 5 Premium Theme comes to Xbox 360.

Mark your calendars: Events, announcements…
Tokyo Game Show to be held in September in, you guessed it, Tokyo.
Just Cause 2 demo to hit March 4th, not long to wait now!
God of War III to launch in mid-March – the 19th in the UK, 18th in Australia / New Zealand, 17th for mainland Europe and other PAL regions.
StarCraft II beta to run “three-to-five months”, full game release in Q2 of this year.

RUMOURED:
Codemasters’ new shooter called Bodycount? Neither confirmed, nor denied.
Nintendo patenting a virtual steering wheel for DSi?

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