The Pron Stash

Looking good: Screenshots and new media
StarCraft II Beta tips video offers suggestions for Defense and Counters.
ModNation Racers trailer has a pretty funky soundtrack (in stereo!).
Vanquish first-look screens are drawing a mixed response.
Alpha Protocol trailer shows off some shiny new toys.
Metro 2033 trailer has a ghostly presence.
Brink art, dev diary are teasingly good.
Yakuza 3 trailer celebrates what came before.
Splinter Cell: Conviction trailer stars Michael Ironside, yay!
Dawn of War II: Chaos Rising trailer has new details on how the game’s changed.
Dead to Rights: Retribution dev diary wears blacksuits, little tiny dots, does some mocap.
Red Steel 2 trailer shows off the weapons you can play with.
Mafia II trailer says boom boom.
Dragon Age: Origins Awakenings trailer explains how the Darkspawn are becoming intelligent.
Star Trek Online trailer looks a bit infected.

A casual affair: For the less hardcore.
Platinum Life: Web Edition enters open beta on Facebook this week.

Interesting… Assorted bits and pieces
Is there a place for MMO magazines?
Something about Sex: Holding hands is a pretty nifty little read about emotions in games.

Employ me now! Jobs in the games industry
Nintendo are hiring for Mario Club, a new testing subsidiary.

Independently Released: Often better than AAA
ExZeus is the best looking game for Android, and it’s indie!

In Development: Games in progress
Halo 2 players get Halo: Reach beta keys as their original servers are shut down.
Twin Blades to get a ‘massive’ update sometime soon.
Lost Planet 2 has a new website.
Fable III will star Stephen Fry again, in case you were worried.

Not just for calls: iPhone updates, games and releases
Radio Flare Redux arrives in the App Store, is a rhythm-based shooter sequel.
Pocket Creatures is a kind of 21st Century Tamagotchi, looks awfully cutesy.
Mirror’s Edge on iPhone is reminiscent of Canabalt, and this is in no way a bad thing.
Street Fighter IV first video release, ‘March 2010’ date.
UniWar, Eco Punk free! …for today only.
abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz is a ‘sound toy’.
Apple may soon enable paid iPhone app upgrades, nuff said.

Console yourselves: PlayStation, Xbox 360, Wii
Xbox Live’s Stephen Toulouse discusses bans and mods, if you want the inside version.

Tuneful: Rock Band / Guitar Hero DLC
Rock Band Network Music Store launches on Xbox 360, brings 105 new downloadable songs.

MMO to love: Massively Multiplayer Online details
EVE Online player wins silver at the Winter Olympics – the real ones, not some in-game thing.
Black Prophecy gets publisher, decides on price structure (freeeeee!).
Dofus 2.0, with Massively as a tour guide – helpful!
Lord of the Rings Online gets new crafting shots from Volume III, Book I.
Kingdom Heroes offers transforming trebuchets, and more cool stuff.
Planet Calypso’s David “Deathifier” Storey chats about his purchases, and why he keeps buying stuff.
Runescape announce bonus XP weekend, get amongst it!

Music in Games: The tunes behind the action
Contra 4 soundtrack is Rocked n’ Loaded, and out now!
God of War III: get your free song now, thanks to AOL Radio.
Yakuza 4 end song performed by hostess candidate.

Developmentally Challenged: The dev perspective
Avalanche are hard at work on their next game even though Just Cause is still cooking.
Epic Games president chats game mods, iPhones, Unreal Engine 4.
Hideo Kojima talks trailers, and how many we’ll get for MGS: Peace Walker.
Insomniac Games reveal: What’s going on?
Splinter Cell: Conviction explains why Spies vs. Mercs was removed, in this video interview.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 devs love modders, even though the PC version doesn’t support them.
Red Steel 2 was nearly released as a new title, separate to the franchise.
Image Metrics, Xsens partner up for animation capture – both facial and full-body.
God of War’s Stig Asmussen chats about when they know they’ve taken things too far.

Oops. Retractions and damage control
Assassin’s Creed DRM tweaked, but otherwise broken, Ubisoft are a bit upset.
MLB 2K10 suffering multiplayer problems.

Compete amongst yourselves: Competitions, pro-gaming, etc
MLB 2K10 ‘perfect game’ entries already flying in, allegedly.

Hoorah! Good news, everybody!
PS2 turns 10! Happy birthday!
NAViGaTR award winners announced with an audio interview.
EA to publish DeathSpank and Shank on PSN, XBLA through EA Partners.
Shaun White’s Skateboarding has wheels, this time.
Aliens vs. Predator demo downloaded more than 4 million times – that’s huge!

GDC 2010:
Epic Games unveiling new Unreal Engine 3 features at GDC, including the…
APB demo on show, using Unreal Engine 3 (No, it’s not Gears of War 3, sorry).
New Tomb Raider to be shown behind closed doors at GDC

Mark your calendars: Events, announcements…
Sony announce Fan Faire 2010, in Vegas, August 5-8.

RUMOURED:
Deus Ex: Human Revolution seen in the wild, in a drop-down menu of your favourite games.
Sony to release PlayStation phone in 2010, in the news again.
GTA V to be announced before E3? (…they don’t really need to wait, y’know)
Killzone 3 to be motion-controlled, 3D-enabled, and out this year?
Sony patenting degradable game demos, which will remove features until you pay up?
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 DLC sneak peek footage, allegedly.
Fable III to have cross-compatible PC version? – gotta love job descriptions.

ANNOUNCED:
SOCOM 4: officially coming to PS3 from Zipper Interactive.
Pure Futbol from Ubisoft, arriving in May.
Fist of the North Star coming to Europe, hopefully Australia!
Shatter, coming to PC via Steam later this month.
Divinity II expansion pack, in August for PC and X360.
Batman: Arkham Asylum GOTY edition, which includes 3D glasses.
Galactic Taz Ball, from Warner Bros can’t be as bad as it sounds.
Advance! Defend! Fight! for PSP is the offspring of a vertical scrolling shooter and a tower defense game.

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