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:

Watch this now, please:
Magnasanti is a city that has achieved “perfection” in SimCity 3000.

Looking good: Screenshots and new media
Zeno Clash XBLA trailer reveals ‘Zeno Rush’ mode.
Hexyz Force trailer comes with bonus screens!
Super Mario Galaxy 2 website updates with screens, art, music and footage! Oh my!
LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4 trailer is block-tastic.
Gimme Ten trailer explains a bit about this indie title.

Analyse this: They look at the industry
NPD analysis from Anita Frazier: Wii gets best non-holiday month since March.
Battlefield: Bad Company could be the Modern Warfare killer, surmises Mike Hickey.

Interesting… Assorted bits and pieces
One of Swords has some thoughts on the Celestial Steed.
Building a StarCraft bot that plays like a pro, but hopefully without the match fixing.
Amazing pro-gamer NoM4D is paralysed from the neck down, and plays games using just his lips and chin.
How does playing video games affect your sleep? This study tries to find out.
The den of the convalescent gamer tells you what to surround yourself with.

Independently Released: Often better than AAA
The interface is part of the gameplay, as Brenda Brathwaite wants us all to know.
Indie Game Links: Granny’s Desktop Interface.

In Development: Games in progress
Google has hired an Android / Chrome OS game developer – I wonder what that means.
Music Master: Chopin commemorates the 200th anniversary since the composer’s death, and will be similar to Guitar Hero.
Comic book legend Jack Kirby’s lost works being resurrected as video games.

Not just for calls: iPhone updates, games and releases
Cammy is coming to Street Fighter IV iPhone!
Chimes will soothe your mind with the pentatonic scale and some flashy lights.

Console yourselves: PlayStation, Xbox 360, Wii
No More PSN Thursday, welcome PSN Tuesday and Wednesday!
Project Natal can determine your gender, but I know a few people who will confuse it.
PS3 supply will continue to be ‘tight’, says Sony.
Watch the original Xbox Live promotional video, now without pants!

In good company: Business news
Activision expects Q1 2010 to be better than original forecast, despite shooting their golden goose.
EA explain that Activision actually shot their ‘race horse’, the one who won the Triple Crown.
Sega also revise their earnings forecast, predicting a profit in Q4.
David Gosen leaves Microsoft, the VP of strategic marketing in Europe moving on to other projects.
Allan “Brenlo” Crosby steps down from EverQuest 2 and leaves Sony Online.
2K Australia is 2K Marin… what?

Comedic Value: Laughter is the best medicine, etc
The Lion King Fortress 2.2 sees Disney meet Valve.

MMO to love: Massively Multiplayer Online details
TERA Online gets a website overhaul and a pile of new lore.
This week on the MMO report is missing the coffee-stealing werewolf.
Final Fantasy XIV equipment will include intimate apparel, re0w.
Captain’s Log: A beginner’s guide to Star Trek Online from Massively.

Politically speaking: Gamers are grownups, too!
The case for an Australian R18+ rating, in 108 seconds.

Developmentally Challenged: The dev perspective
Get well soon, Tom Hall, game designer and Dopefish inventor who suffered a stroke at age 45.
Bionic Commando Rearmed team forms new studio, Might & Delight rising from the ashes of GRIN.
Firemint’s Rob Murray recognised as one of the best in a new list by Gamasutra.
Splinter Cell dev defends Ubisoft and their always-on DRM.
PlayStation want to know your Flower story, if you don’t mind sharing.
Fall of Man lead designer was “horrified” to hear of the Infinity Ward sackings, and happy that he wasn’t working with the company.
Even if Nintendo choose to retire him, Miyamoto plans to continue working, which makes us happy.
Garry’s Mod creator wants you to pick his brains, if you’re that way inclined.

A little light reading: Books about games or the industry
StarCraft novel: Heaven’s Devils preview online, yes please!
Upcoming novel will ‘flesh out’ the Dead Space 2 universe (geddit?)

Buy me this: For the gamer who has everything
Kill Screen. I’m going to keep mentioning it until you do.

Compete amongst yourselves: Competitions, pro-gaming, etc
Win a Guild Wars costume, thanks to Massively.

Crafty: From people who are good with their hands.
Pac-Man pouf DIY, in case you need some new furniture.

Hoorah! Good news, everybody!
Red Steel has sold 50,000 copies in the US, up to April 3rd.
Guild Wars celebrates their five year anniversary, with a bunch of announcements and screenshots!
Nintendo DSi XL sells 141,000 in four days, not that we expected much less.

Silver Screen: Game-to-film (or vice versa)
Will Wright to produce Science Channel programming (yes, it’s tv, but it’s still cool).

Mark your calendars: Events, announcements…
The Passing hits Left 4 Dead this week, with various celebrations planned.

PlayStation Move’s motion fighter is now The Fight: Lights Out, which we suggested the other day.
Xenonauts is another X-Com inspired game, under development by Goldhawk Interactive, former Crysis modders.
Demon’s Souls coming to Australia, June 25th.

Grand Theft Auto IV: Episodes from Liberty City to v1.1.1!
Max and the Magic Marker, to v1.03.


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