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
Front Mission Evolved screens are set to be pretty awesome.
Shattered Horizon trailer shows off “Firepower”, the new content patch.
Dungeons + Dragons Online commercial is coming to a TV near you!
Armalyte video is a bit of a retro throwback.
Alpha Protocol trailers introduce Mina Tang and Conrad Marburg.
Backbreaker trailer showcases the animation at work.

Interesting… Assorted bits and pieces
The Video Game Marriage Proposal …awwwww.
No hablan Español addresses the fact that not every blog is in English.
Is Deadly Premonition gaming’s greatest love story?
The Life and Death of Stealth Action “Being a superspy sounds a lot cooler than it is.”
How to honour the man who started everything – RIP Gary Gygax.

Hardware: Stuff to play games on
AMD’s 3.2GHz hexacore Phenom II X6 1090T gets a bunch of reviews.

Independently Released: Often better than AAA
The Voxel Agents: Retrospective of Year 1 is the summary of their IGDA Melbourne presentation.
Indie Links Round-Up: Tough Meat does all our work for us!

In Development: Games in progress
My Wife: A Wife Just For You could only happen in Japan, right? Right??
Age of Conan: Rise of the Godslayer is due in May.
High Voltage say that “Conduit 2 > The Conduit”, which I guess is the direction you should be heading in.
The Last Story gets a full reveal …at last.

Them’s Fightin’ Words: You probably shouldn’t have said that, sir…
NY Times: “as an overall entertainment and design experience, Chaos Rings is more successful and ultimately more enjoyable than Final Fantasy XIII”.

In good company: Business news
EA treats developers like “building blocks they can mix and match” is another snippet from an interview with Bodycount’s Stuart Black.

Comedic Value: Laughter is the best medicine, etc
Mason’s Law looks at the correlation between hammer units and time.

MMO to love: Massively Multiplayer Online details
Fallen Earth developers turn to Twitter for some crowd-sourced interviewin’.
EVE Online’s Frans Olafsson chats about Tyrannis.
World of Warcraft opens the Arena Tournament for 2010.
Guild Wars 2 blog spills the beans on just about everything to do with the game.
Aion’s producer chats about casual leveling.
Tian Long Ba Bu is a free-to-play martial arts MMO, and it’s opened a European beta.
Alganon: Quest Online responds to lawsuit from their former lead developer.
Age of Conan takes levelling offline, in the new 1.07.2 patch.

Music in Games: The tunes behind the action
Square-Enix CD soundtrack samples courtesy GameTrailers.
Fan cover of Juri’s Theme from Super Street Fighter IV is celebratory music for US launch day!

Developmentally Challenged: The dev perspective
PopCap’s Healthy DRM Philosophy: “look, we sell $20 games. If people are determined to steal them, they’re going to steal them”.

An Apple a day: The Mac side of things
Hey Steam for Mac, what’s new? …a secretive, closed beta, apparently.

Buy me this: For the gamer who has everything
Pac-Man cutting board with Blinky!
Chicken burger USB hub (no, reall, please don’t buy me that.)
iPhone app chocolates from iChocolates.

Compete amongst yourselves: Competitions, pro-gaming, etc
Bejeweled 2 contest has $5,000 in prizes.
BioShock 2 Vid-Cap Contest will give the winner $5,000 and a Big Daddy suit.

Crafty: From people who are good with their hands.
How I met your Motherboard: tales of early computing.
PS3 slim laptop is the handiwork of Ben Heck. Who else?
Embroidered Tetris!
A collection of stained glass windows – “Geek Orthodox” – heh.

Hoorah! Good news, everybody!
Australia’s longest running video games magazine today released its 200th edition – well done, Hyper!

Art in games: Real paintings, sometimes.
What if HP Lovecraft designed Pokemon? (fhtagn!)
The art of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is a shiny new book!

Downloadable Content: Fix it later
BioShock 2: Metro Pack out soon, more details here.

Mark your calendars: Events, announcements…
Lost Planet 2 event in LA to be hosted by Olivia Munn, on May 6th.
Seattle’s LOGIN Conference will tackle game addiction, kicking off on May 10th.
Rocket Knight reboot to hit networks in May – 12th for PC + XBLA, 18th for PSN.
Melbourne Zombie March, May 1st.

Capcom trademarks Mega Man Universe but doesn’t explain what it’s for.
PartnerNet snap hints at Shenmue II download, the same place that ‘leaked’ XBLA Jet Set Radio.


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