The Pron Stash

Looking good: Screenshots and new media
StarCraft II Beta Tips: The Basics from lead designer Dustin Browder.
Monster Hunter Tri ads mock non-monster hunters.
Gratuitous Space Battles trailer heralds the impending arrival of a new expansion.
Picross 3D trailer allows Nintendo and HAL Labs to pick your brain in 3d.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow screens are suitably moody.
Dragon Age: Origins Awakening trailer reveals a new character, complete with backstory.
Blacklight trailer shows off newly downloadable X360 / PS3 release.
Command & Conquer 4 video shows a tour of the set.
Metro 2033 trailer details furry monsters.
Just Cause 2 Trailers get a bit teasing, but still informative.
Alan Wake screens only help the anticipation get worse.
God of War III ad only released in Europe.
Splinter Cell: Conviction trailers show off play styles, co-op story…

Interesting… Assorted bits and pieces
Avatar was influenced by Final Fantasy XIII, suspects Square Enix.

A Legal Matter: Gamers in court
Blizzard ordered to pay up in copyright case relating to fonts used in the Chinese version of WoW.

Independently Released: Often better than AAA
Zafehouse 2 gets a new combat window and some shiny mechanics.
Doom II gets BioShock’s Arcadia demake, courtesy of 2K Games designers.

In Development: Games in progress
Halo Reach: Currently full of robot voices, until composer Marty O’Donnell records the proper dialogue.
MLB 2K10 outlines the details for their Million-Dollar perfect game – and there’s a few.

Not just for calls: iPhone updates, games and releases
Gravity Hook HD is from the guys who made Canabalt.
Assassin’s Creed II Multiplayer released free on the iPhone, for a limited time only.

Console yourselves: PlayStation, Xbox 360, Wii
PlayStation Arc trademarked …wonder what that could be?
Nintendo have sold more than 10 million Wiis in Japan.

In good company: Business news
Rare opens new offices in Birmingham, to be used as a test-bed for Natal.

Tuneful: Rock Band / Guitar Hero DLC
Rock Band Network: 100 songs approved… what do you want to see, here?

MMO to love: Massively Multiplayer Online details
LEGO Universe team headed over to LEGO World Copenhagen, had a great time.
World of Warcraft considered a ‘risk factor’, but it’s not all bad.
Second Life viewer Imprudence launches v1.3, which brings a bunch of improvements to the already ‘featureful’ experience.
PoxNora gets a major update, including some decent-sized changes.
Dungeons & Dragons Online celebrates one million players and four years in the biz.
Turbine made more money by giving its MMO away for free than it did trying to sell it.
Silkroad Online wants you to create your own weapon …ingame, of course!
City of Heroes extends free transfers …yet again.
World of Warcraft authenticator keylogger source identified, it’s a fake WowMatrix AddOn Manager.

Music in Games: The tunes behind the action
Resonance of Fate has music for you via their website.

Developmentally Challenged: The dev perspective
God of War every 2-3 years would make the series irrelevant, says director.
God of War 3 combat designer chats about the “titanic” design process involved.
Split/Second is the Modern Warfare 2 of racing games, according to their developer, anyway.
EA’s future lies in digital distribution, says Peter Moore.
Terminal Reality reveals upgrades to Infernal Engine, as seen in Ghostbusters: The Video Game.
Telltale Games looking to become more relevant, work with great characters to tell great games.
Super Street Fighter IV blog features Matoko, who brings “something new” to the game.
Splinter Cell may have a future on PS3, once exclusivity deals lapse.
God of War III is 6-7 times bigger than anything out, claims their art director.
Mirror’s Edge took 7 years to make, DICE co-founder muses that the ‘second generation’ may be better.

A little light reading: Books about games or the industry
Random House wants to publish more game books, take storytelling across media including video games and social networks.

Oops. Retractions and damage control
Star Trek Online offer removed after early adopters complained newcomers were getting an easy ride.

Hoorah! Good news, everybody!
IGF and Direct2Drive reveal finalists for their 2010 Vision Award – Max and the Magic Marker among them.
The Adventure Game Studio Award Winners Announced – congratulations, Time Gentlemen, Please!
Neo Geo: Happy 20th Birthday!

Advertising: They want you to buy stuff
Dante’s Inferno guerilla marketing: A look at their weird, awful, effective campaign.

Sweet Tweets: News in 140ch
RUSE to get some “big news” on Wednesday, according to @UbiLeak.

Downloadable Content: Fix it later
Borderlands DLC to get disc release – in the UK, for PC and Xbox 360 next month.

Mark your calendars: Events, announcements…
Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo all missing from GDC keynotes, as…
GDC moves away from big announcements, but that’s not to say there’s nothing in store.
Experimental Gameplay GDC Session cancelled – this won’t be among them.
Alpha Protocol to arrive June 1, thanks Sega!
Brink dates are “speculative” despite sweepstakes link.
GRID: Reloaded hits PAL PS3 on March 11, complete with two DLC packs.

RUMOURED:
Unannounced Justice League video game screens revealed?
Konami working on a new Gradius game if trademarks are to be believed…

RELEASED:
Grand Theft Auto IV, via Games for Windows LIVE Games on Demand.

UPDATED:
Toki Tori, with the ability to rewind time.

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