The Pron Stash

Looking good: Screenshots and new media
Deus Ex 3 teaser image is teasing. What did you expect?
StarCraft II Beta Tips video – Today’s update: Offense.
Final Fantasy XIII tv ad is 360 exclusive, and from the UK.
Halo: Reach Trailer reveals multiplayer gameplay with alpha footage.
Dante’s Inferno DLC screens represent a prequel level, Dark Forest.
Fist of the North Star Musou trailer introduces motorbikes!
Trauma Team trailer lets you become a first responder.
Crysis 2 first look screens accompany a handy interview.
Soul of the Ultimate Nation trailers are pretty ultimate.
Prison Break screens show life on the inside.
Wumbo footage shows off 7 minutes of gameplay, is awesome.
Modern Warfare 2 Mythbuster videos are pretty impressive.
Nier trailer is magic…
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey trailer is legit, this time!

A casual affair: For the less hardcore.
Playdom acquires Offbeat, will we see Super Sorority Farkle Life?
Facebook Gaming in 2010, a prediction of things to come.

Analyse this: They look at the industry
Analysts see risks and opportunities for Activision following Fall of Duty / Infinity Ward drama.
BioShock 2 tracking in-line with BioShock, while you’d expect a sequel to do “better”.

Interesting… Assorted bits and pieces
SimCity used as illustration in multi-million dollar development project – and is found out.

In Development: Games in progress
Six Days in Fallujah Completed, cue more controversy.
CryEngine 3 will support Stereoscopic 3D, and be shown off at GDC.
Dragon Age Origins: Awakening – Oghren the dwarf is back!
Hexyz Force gets website, screens, blog post …and a partridge in a pear tree.
War Rock doing well, celebrates turning 3, with some new updates in store!
Take Two take a break from NHL 2K on 360, PS3, instead concentrating on Wii for a while.

Not just for calls: iPhone updates, games and releases
Dark Void: Zero heading to iPhone as well as PC this week.
Independent Games Festival mobile finalists run amok on the iTunes front page.
Skate It from EA coming to iPhone, should be interesting.
Soul comes to the App Store (talking about the game, not metaphysics).

Console yourselves: PlayStation, Xbox 360, Wii
New PlayStation Pavillion at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex… for the ultimate gaming experience.
Xbox 360 is the most used online platform, eclipsing even the PC.

In good company: Business news
LEGO extends deal with TT Games to 2016, meaning plenty more blockmen for everybody!
gamigo, German online games studio to open NY office and expand into the US.

MMO to love: Massively Multiplayer Online details
Trickster Online Revolution kicks off two new ingame events, join the party!
Warhammer Online to tweak weapon prices following a recent patch.
Forsaken World announced from Perfect World Entertainment.
Frenzoo offers home for displaced Thereians after closed down.
League of Legends champion reveal (plus a giveaway!).
Aion 1.9 patch details teased, with new screens and a video for 2.0!
World of Warcraft Game Director Tom Chilton chats about the hectic final months before a game is launched.
Frogster celebrates One Million NA users – congratulations!

Music in Games: The tunes behind the action
Square Enix allegedly axe their music team, citing budget reasons.
Game Audio still under funded, say composers.

Developmentally Challenged: The dev perspective
American McGee looks at social media and his new game, Red (that’s Miss Riding Hood, to you).
Hideki Kamiya discusses motivation behind Bayonetta, simply put: it appealed to him!
Suda-51 is interested in Natal, PS3 motion controller, wanting to build something to use one or both.
God of War III Design Director chats about the game.
Take Two claim Agent is still in development, just very quiet.
Splinter Cell director sees the benefits of system exclusivity – it’s easier to develop for a single platform.
BioWare’s Dr. Muzyka and Dr. Zeschuk chat about the challenges of game development cycles and the like.
LA Noire to feature groundbreaking new MotionScan Technology out of Sydney.
Capcom explains Super Street Fighter IV pricing.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 kick on connect fix coming, because that was really annoying.
Lead and Gold is “not really” like TF2, honest.
Insomniac Games think a Ratchet & Clank HD remake is “a cool idea” – so keep an eye out.
Ubisoft plan to take an “Activision-esque” approach to Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell releases.

Oops. Retractions and damage control
Ubisoft make emergency changes to PC DRM …after this rumour broke:
Silent Hunter 5 DRM cracked in less than 25hrs.

Hoorah! Good news, everybody!
Aliens vs. Predator is Sega’s fastest selling game of all time.

Closed for business: Industry closures / layoffs
Boom Blox developers let go by EA, apparently only a “small number” are affected.

Sweet Tweets: News in 140ch
Peter Molyneux has a secret project, which he probably shouldn’t talk about.

Downloadable Content: Fix it later
Resident Evil 5: Desperate Escape episode released today, plus some new costumes.
Borderlands promise more DLC on the way, but no details as yet.

Cheap Thrills: Games that won’t hurt your wallet
Darkfall: Limited Special Offer grab the game, six months subscription, for cheap!

Mark your calendars: Events, announcements…
Blur roars onto shelves in May, 25th in US, 28th in Europe.
Natural Selection 2 pre-orders transferable to Steam, if you’d like.
Red Steel 2 goes gold, is on track for March 23rd date.
Shatter coming to PC in March.
R.U.S.E. released June 3, after the beta.

Blizzard respond to Diablo sequel chat: “our full focus is on Diablo III”.

Test Drive Unlimited 2, for a 2010 release.
Metal Max 3, arriving in Japan “sometime this summer”.
Sims 3: Ambitions provides new career paths, due in June.
R.U.S.E. public beta hits Steam next week, with a bunch of new changes.
Sam Suede, to be revived by Apogee and Icarus Studios …but…
Al Lowe is surprised to hear it, is apparently not involved.
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA sequel, in Japan in July.
L.A. Noire, Mafia II, Max Payne 3 and Sid Meier’s Civilization V due before November, but “one may slip”.
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, a digi download later this year. No Tomb Raider in sight.

Red Dead Redemption pushed back to May, rather than late April.


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