The Daily Pron Stash

Looking good: Screenshots and new media
StarCraft II beta / Launch of exposed by X-Play.
True Crime screenshots are subtitled “Hong Kong hustle”.
Alan Wake trailer involves terrifying farm equipment.
Split/Second demo trailer shows off a level set in Downtown Central.
Prison Break: The Conspiracy screens detail main man Tom Paxton.
Just Cause 2 trailer reinvents the rocket jump.
TERA screens give us a new look at the MMO.
Bit.Trip Runner trailer ditches rhythm for platforming.
Last Stand trailer is all torn up by Tyranids and Chaos.
Fist of the North Star trailer features quick time events.
Clash of the Titans screenshots are shiny and new.
Double Impact footage shows off Final Fight / Magic Sword.

A casual affair: For the less hardcore.
Ribbon Hero will make you appreciate MS Office more. Or less.
Touch Pets monetization: a case of trial and error.
MySpace goes ‘gaga’ for Games, nothing to do with the singer.

Hardware: Stuff to play games on
Razer releases SDK for motion-sensing PC controller, looks intriguing.
Razer also reaffirm their commitment to Mac gamers, which is nice of them.

Independently Released: Often better than AAA
Neptune’s Pride gets a play diary from a bunch of industry journalists.

In Development: Games in progress
Super Street Fighter IV: Final character revealed, is a bit greasy.
Need for Speed World english beta testing begins, says VROOM.

Not just for calls: iPhone updates, games and releases
Yakuza 4 hostesses tell the time in Bijin Tokei, out now for iPhone.
Street Fighter 4 iPhone version finally released.
Doodle Jump exceeds 3 million paid downloads – more than any other indie dev.
Surviving High School dev explains why iPhone games need microtransactions.

Console yourselves: PlayStation, Xbox 360, Wii
Nintendo say a Wii successor is a long way off.
Microsoft ‘asked’ for FFXIII on 360.
Qore Episode 22 looks at FFXIII, Dead To Rights: Retribution, Lost Planet 2 and the God of War Graphic Novel.
PlayStation Move / Eye bundle will be US$100 in that country.

In good company: Business news
Project Natal producer joins Softkinetic, to oversee commercial gesture-based games.
Even EA thinks Infinity Ward vs. Activision is ‘disappointing’ – shows how bad it really is.

Tuneful: Rock Band / Guitar Hero DLC
Jay-Z vs. Eminem coming to DJ Hero March 25.

MMO to love: Massively Multiplayer Online details
Star Wars Galaxies outlines the road ahead in a producer’s letter.
Poisonville is new, and looks interesting, if familiar.
GodsWar gets a new look and some new mounts.
Earthrise’s Atanas Atanasov chats about grinding and other elements of gameplay.
Fallen Earth gets a Mac beta client, hoorah!
Aika open beta kicks off March 16th.
LEGO Universe beta starting, getting ready to brick computers (heh).
TERA demo to be shown at GDC, closed beta on now.
Funcom Community Managers chat about upcoming projects on this new podcast.

Music in Games: The tunes behind the action
APB Podcast episode 17 looks at the music of the game, and the music editor that is packed with it.
Heavy Rain: The soundtrack review, in case you were interested.

Developmentally Challenged: The dev perspective
EA Sports fine-tuning is based on user data.
Mafia II producer chats about the game’s delay and how long you’ll play it.
Black 2 lacked direction, “kind of bit the dust”, says Codemasters.
Sony Santa Monica currently working on two new projects.
Star Wars: The Old Republic is EA’s largest ever development project, and is kind of a big deal.
Runic Games are putting ‘serious effort’ into Torchlight on console, it’s a definite maybe.
ThatGameCompany’s Santiago, Hunicke talk exploratory development.
Final Fantasy XIII: Production drove content decisions, but elements will return.
Blur dev: “Activision doesn’t just churn sh*t out”, news which will surprise some gamers.

Localisation: Merci!
Arc Rise Fantasia dubbed into English for the US release.
Yakuza 3 has been cut more than you thought, because otherwise you wouldn’t get it.

Buy me this: For the gamer who has everything
Custom-made Mario furniture looks amazing.

Compete amongst yourselves: Competitions, pro-gaming, etc
Design a Lost Planet 2 Energy Canister, win a game and a salamander.

Hoorah! Good news, everybody!
Final Fantasy XIII has sold a lot: three million or so, since December.

Silver Screen: Game-to-film (or vice versa)
Oscar-winning duo working on Ghost Recon movie.

Closed for business: Industry closures / layoffs
Rebellion cuts 20 staff, closes Derby studio, sad, but unsurprising.

Downloadable Content: Fix it later
White Knight Chronicles to get weekly quests – free!
True Crime has no DLC planned, at this stage anyway.
Resident Evil 5 DLC available as one package: “Untold Stories”.
Battlefield Bad Company 2 to get “extensive” paid DLC over the coming months.

GDC 2010:
Indie Summit Round-ups, day 1.

Mark your calendars: Events, announcements…
Tokyo Game Show announces changes for 2010, including expanded business functions.
F1 2010 will kick off in September, while the real one starts this weekend.
OnLive will launch June 17th in the US, for $15/month.

Quantic Dream job listing reveals next game will feature online?

EA Sports Active 2.0, will feature heart monitor, “wireless control system.
Sniper: Ghost Warrior for Xbox 360, quite different to Ghost Whisperer.
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, coming to PS3, Xbox 360 and PC as a downloadable title in the US summer.
Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes heading to PS3, Xbox 360.

R.U.S.E. now to be released June 8th, not the 3rd.

Global Agenda to 1.2, on the test servers.
PlayStation Home to 1.35, features faster load times and enhanced log-in process.


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