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:

Looking good: Screenshots and new media
MapleStory commercial is in Korean.
Alpha Protocol video diary reveals that your weapon is choice.
Alan Wake trailer shows what’s involved in making a thriller game.
Transformers video introduces multiplayer!
Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions dev diary shows off some of the gameplay variety.
GameTrailers recap thanks to GoNintendo.

A casual affair: For the less hardcore.
Human Tetris Project: Become a Block, it’s the way of the future.

Interesting… Assorted bits and pieces
Every platform since PSOne, defined by a single game – how do you think they went?
How much does Metacritic impact you?

History: Where we’ve been
On this day… EA launched their first website, back in 1995. Awww.

Independently Released: Often better than AAA
Synopsis Quest cuts a long story short, is a parody of jRPG stereotypes.
Who are The Voxel Agents?
GDC Vault adds Carmel’s IGS Indie Fund talk, among others.

In Development: Games in progress
Monster Hunter sneaks into Peace Walker, confirms Konami.
Nintendo and Google team up for “Google fight”-like game, which we told you about a while ago.
UFC Undisputed 2010 demo details released, exposing fighters and game modes alike.

Console yourselves: PlayStation, Xbox 360, Wii
PS3 Hacker claims custom firmware returns “other OS” option, has video proof.

In good company: Business news
Ron Gilbert has left the (Hothead) building, as we get closer to the release of DeathSpank.
Gazillion Entertainment hires David Bass, formerly with Champions Online.
Battlefield producer leaving to join Visceral, still under EA’s umbrella.
Fallen Earth lead game designer is leaving to join Gargantuan Studios, home of the Marvel Universe Online MMO.

Comedic Value: Laughter is the best medicine, etc
Gamer’s Hell, xkcd style.
StarCraft II gets all Tetris-y, because someone has too much time on their hands.
I Hit It With My Axe Episode 4: A Lot of Spiders.

Arcade Antics: Sometimes, people still go there to play
Super Street Fighter IV heads to arcades, sometime.

MMO to love: Massively Multiplayer Online details
WoW: Cataclysm changes detailed for shaman, warlocks, as part of the leadup to something big.
Warhammer Online courts notable bloggers, inviting them to ask questions of the developers.

Music in Games: The tunes behind the action
Orange Music puts PC into guitar amp, looks cool – but we still don’t know why.
Final Fantasy XIV soundtrack leaked, at least in part.

Developmentally Challenged: The dev perspective
Richard Garriott’s Next Journey would be a great title for a game, but it’s an interview.
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 gets a Q&A.
Splinter Cell: Conviction will be more difficult on disc than it was in the demo.
Sam Fisher’s voice actor doesn’t like violence, made Ubisoft tone it down a bit.
Zelda team ‘pressured’ by Monster Hunter Tri graphics, which can only lead to good things.
StarCraft II: A chat with Dustin Browder, Master Craftsman.

Oops. Retractions and damage control
“ZOOgate” sees Australian magazine editor fired after refusing to write a happy review, allegedly.
Settlers 7 still plagued by DRM issues, two weeks after launch.

Compete amongst yourselves: Competitions, pro-gaming, etc
Left 4 Dead 2: The Zune is very cool, and only at Kotaku.
The 2010 StarCraft II Video Contest has some cool prizes.

Crafty: From people who are good with their hands.
Nerdly bookmarks help keep your place, stylishly.

Hoorah! Good news, everybody!
Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer celebrates 200,000 year anniversary, on Xbox Live.

Art in games: Real paintings, sometimes.
Carebear Carnage was created for the Autumn Society’s 80’s Pop! Show.
Welcome to Warp Zone, t-shirt style.

Silver Screen: Game-to-film (or vice versa)
Frozen Crossing: The Best Modern Warfare fan film US$209.42 can buy.
Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva to be released in English! …possibly with a new name and some new bits and pieces, but y’know.

Downloadable Content: Fix it later
Xbox Live Marketplace Release Schedule April 6th.

Mark your calendars: Events, announcements…
R.U.S.E. open beta test closes April 12th, so you’d better get in some last-minute gaming now.
IGDA Melbourne Event: The Voxel Agents, One Year Into Indie (wish I could go…).

RUMOURED:
New Old Duke Nukem game rated in Australia (yep, it’s Manhattan Project, what did you expect?).

NOT HAPPENING:
Star Trek Online for consoles is “mostly dead”.

RELEASED:
Wings of Prey expansion: Wings of Luftwaffe.

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