The Daily Pron Stash

We scour the net for the Pron Stash, our daily roundup of game bits and pieces. Click through for more about:

Ubisoft trademarks Horse Gaga and nobody knows why.

Looking good: Screenshots and new media
Lost Planet 2 trailer features 4-player MP action.
Frobot footage comes from PAX East.
Red Dead Redemption screens come with a list of achievements and trophies!

Analyse this: They look at the industry
Did Nintendo doom its new handheld even before its release?

Interesting… Assorted bits and pieces
Can video games be campy?
Tetris can reduce long term stress after major trauma. Sounds good to me!
Poke-walking through PAX is actually a nice little read.
Lord British claims he owns the moon, which seems logical.

A Legal Matter: Gamers in court
Gamers involved in the GTA “Hot Coffee” class action are getting their payouts now.

Independently Released: Often better than AAA
Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet is coming to Xbox Live Arcade, and the trailer looks amazing.

In Development: Games in progress
Get early access to the Lost Planet 2 Demo, if you act fast.
Fired EA staff set up their own studio, Downsized Games, who have just announced their first game!

Not just for calls: iPhone updates, games and releases
Apple App Store game update for the week of March 22-28.
How the iPad is already reshaping the internet (hint: the lack of Flash is the secret).
iPhone OS is still king of the mobile web-space, but Android is getting ever-closer.
Creepy Caverns is Australian-made and released now!

Console yourselves: PlayStation, Xbox 360, Wii
PlayStation 3 no longer supporting Linux after the 3.21 firmware update – in an apparent attempt to thwart modders.
Cardboard Brown Nintendo 3DS demonstrates Mario and some other games – looks good!
The next console cycle could be the last, according to analysts.
Look, it’s the insides of a DSi XL, thanks iFixit!

Comedic Value: Laughter is the best medicine, etc
Look what came in the Capcom mail today?

Tuneful: Rock Band / Guitar Hero DLC
Jimi Hendrix comes to Rock Band with Axis: Bold as Love and Valleys of Neptune.

MMO to love: Massively Multiplayer Online details
MapleStory’s upcoming Dragon Master Evan quest line detailed.
Xsyon is a sandbox post-apocalyptic MMO and it’s slowly opening to the public.
Global Agenda: I Alliance are the first to win a Conquest Zone – congrats!

Music in Games: The tunes behind the action
Anamanaguchi providing the soundtrack for Scott Pilgrim, not sure who gets more cred.

Developmentally Challenged: The dev perspective
Red Steel 2 review scores are ‘mixed’, says Ubisoft’s Jason Vandenberghe.
Ninja Theory explain that Heavenly Sword didn’t turn a profit, and seem to blame this on the decision to go multiplatform.
Rare say they don’t need to return to old franchises unless they can see a way to make them betterer.
Will Wright is working on a tv show …as you do.
Suda51 is “interested” in making a game for Nintendo or any other first-party.
Big Huge Games barely survived, and lived to tell the tale.
Assassin’s Creed was once coming to the PS2, with a whole different story.

A little light reading: Books about games or the industry
StarCraft II novel collector’s edition announced, and there’s a pre-order deal there, too.
EVE Online: New novel released, called The Burning Life.

Localisation: Merci!
StarCraft II Open Beta is only in Korean internet cafes.

Buy me this: For the gamer who has everything
Advance Wars: The Board Game… what did you expect?
Lost Planet 2 Collector’s Edition is for Australians only.

Crafty: From people who are good with their hands.
How to Brick a console and still play Pong.
World of WarCrafts travels through Azeroth and announces an art contest.

Hoorah! Good news, everybody!
Texan student shatters Rock Band record (heh, puntastic).

Closed for business: Industry closures / layoffs
Hitman developer IO Interactive lays off 35 employees, as part of a ‘natural process’.
Cheyenne Mountain Entertainment selling off Stargate assets, sigh.

Sweet Tweets: News in 140ch
@real_SamFisher is now tweeting in character in the leadup to Splinter Cell: Conviction.

Downloadable Content: Fix it later
LittleBigPlanet: This Week in DLC (The Incredibles come to LBP!)
Super Mario Kart hits the Virtual Console this week!
Echoshift Add-On Levels are free but only until April 1st.

Leaked Xbox 360 release list mentions all sorts of things – Call of Duty 7, DJ Hero 2, James Bond Racing, Dragon Age…?

BioWare Bazaar, as a weird anti-climax to their website countdown.
Skate 3 Demo arriving April 15th for PS3 and Xbox 360.
No new Game Room titles until late April, explain MS.
DSi XL will cost Aussie gamers AU$299.95 when it is released on April 15.
Battlefield 1943 is coming to PC before 2043, or so we hope.

This week in PC games March 29-April 4.

Command & Conquer 4, with some new MP maps and a Worldbuilder editor.


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