The Pron Stash

Looking good: Screenshots and new media
StarCraft II video illustrates more beta tips, this time for Resource Management.
Alice in Wonderland DS trailer is – predictably – Tim Burton-esque.
City of Heroes trailer features twice the bullets.
Command & Conquer 4 video reveals the new preorder bonus mission.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 launch trailer is a class act.
Plain Sight trailer is a bit exciting.
Metroid: Other M trailer features a soliloquy from Samus.
Just Cause 2 stunt trailer upgrades its ride.
The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile trailer and screens show off just what’s in store.

A casual affair: For the less hardcore.
Facebook will soon have its “Mario”, says the company’s platform manager …but at the same time…
Nintendo say you won’t see Mario on Facebook. I laughed.
Play a Facebook game to help the war effort on your Xbox 360 (or vice versa).

Interesting… Assorted bits and pieces
Dear Activision Support… (more people should be like this!)
GameSetCash allows you to bet on video games, no – really.
Capcom reveals the entries for the Ace Attorney Tribute Contest: Cosplay Category… sounds as good as it looks.
Gamers trust friends more than reviews, in a new report that slams video game marketing.
The Ten Logistics Commandments for Trade Show Exhibitors, from someone who knows.

Hardware: Stuff to play games on
Intel launches Atom development fund to encourage people to develop for the platform.

Independently Released: Often better than AAA
I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES 1N IT!!!1 sells 200,000 copies via Xbox Indie. Wow.

In Development: Games in progress
Tony Hawk RIDE a financial success, which I’m sure surprises some people.
Castle Crashers serve up new mode on PSN (heh, that’s puntastic).
Mega Man 10: Mega Man’s special weapons, explains what happens when you defeat Sheep Man.
Yakuza 4’s hostess component under the microscope.
Heroes of Newerth team up with the Peregrine PC controler glove

Console yourselves: PlayStation, Xbox 360, Wii
Nyko announces new colours of Wand for Wii, green, orange, yellow, red, oh my!
Wii Classi Controller Pro hits the US in April.

In good company: Business news
Judobaby promises to be Wii-centric, staff from Sony, Crystal Dynamics, Sega, and Capcom.
Valhalla Game Studios is the new home for former Team Ninja head Tomonobu Itagaki.
Activision stock dropping, after the Infinity Ward scandal.
THQ opening usablity lab at The Guildhall, the new primary usability test centre for all of THQ’s titles.
THQ liquidates Finnish mobile games studio Universomo – One door opens, another closes.
EA are still ‘great believers’ in Wii, Sports Active earns them $125million.
Media Molecule officially joins the PlayStation family, all is right with the world.

MMO to love: Massively Multiplayer Online details
Alganon goes “subscription free”, in an effort to stay competitive.
World of Warcraft unveils stat and system changes incoming with Cataclysm – you probably should check this out.
City of Heroes: Going Rogue open for pre-orders.
The Secret World’s Ragnar Tornquist chats and shows off some concept art.
World of Cars Online enters open beta – ka-chow!

Music in Games: The tunes behind the action
Darksiders Official Soundtrack now available via Amazon.
The convergent futures of music games and higher education, uh huh.
Xenoblade composer confirmed – welcome, Yoko Shimomura!
God of War III Blood & Metal EP out now, is a bit loud.

Politically speaking: Gamers are grownups, too!
Man charged with funding Hezbollah …by exporting PS2s.

Developmentally Challenged: The dev perspective
American McGee shows off concepts for Little Red Riding Hood (looks pretty Grimm…).
Crystal Dynamics staffed for two projects, discuss life post-Square Enix.
LA Noire lead actor likes to skip cutscenes – you may know him from Mad Men.
Bizarre Creations chat about powered-up racer, Blur.
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is rated T, Kojima wishes it was E for Everyone.
Irrational Behavior sees BioShock devs chat about what came before.

An Apple a day: The Mac side of things
Sam & Max voted next Telltale series to arrive on Mac, yay!

Advertising: They want you to buy stuff
Final Fantasy XIII hits a bus in the UK.

Sweet Tweets: News in 140ch
Hideo Kojima: Now in English as well as the original Japanese.
Cliffy B tells people to shush, stop taking him out of context, bring him some cake.
New Lara Croft project at GDC? Geoff Keighley seems to think so.

Downloadable Content: Fix it later
Forza 3 New Copy Bonus DLC, helps Haiti and is available to everybody.

Mark your calendars: Events, announcements…
Zombie Panic in Wonderland dated for WiiWare, arriving March 16th.
Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love pushed back one week, now arriving March 30th.
Eurogamer Expo 2010 to be held in Earl’s Court, October 1-3.
Bungie to drop a ‘bomb’ on the world this week, we presume it’s something to do with Halo.

RUMOURED:
Star Trek: More games in the works …we just don’t know what, yet.
“Surprise Sony Sequel” to be revealed via GTTV this week.
Blizzard planning more Diablo games to be released after D3?

ANNOUNCED:
Splinter Cell: Conviction 360 bundle, for North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Tecmo Bowl Throwback, for XBLA / PSN – officially, this time.
Tropico 3 expansion announced: Absolute Power, with bonus screens.
Hardgrip, for Wii – bringing mountain climbing to your loungeroom.
Shaun White will star in a new skateboarding title, he tells KROQ.
Vanquish confirmed for a Winer release on PS3/X360.
Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of Osborne House, the first game to bring the detective to the DS.

RELEASED:
Fallout 3 via Games for Windows LIVE Games on Demand.
Flotilla, with bonus demo, an intriguing little space strategy thing.

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