The Daily Stash

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

Security Breach: Cat’s out of the bag…
MMO Champion has acquired a WHOLE BUNCH of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm assets from the Friends & Family alpha. Spoilers abound.
“The Failure of Secrecy” looks at what these leaks mean for the community.

Looking good: Screenshots and new media
Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker commercial debuts, in Japanese.
Super Meat Boy footage is a montaaage.
Skate 3 trailer brings the good times.
Red Dead Redemption trailer is subtitled “Revolution”.
Test Drive Unlimited 2 trailer is shiny, and very fast.
Castle Crashers footage from PSN features volleyball minigame!
Super Street Fighter IV footage shows “combo insanity”!

A casual affair: For the less hardcore.
We wish that FarmVillain was a real game, but it’s still pretty cool.

Interesting… Assorted bits and pieces
The Picnic Spoils the Rain – Ian Bogost looks at Heavy Rain.
Buff(ing) For BlizzCon: Choose your quests wisely.
Who Killed the High Score – part 2.

Independently Released: Often better than AAA
Golem Crusades is the return of the Druid Hasrinaxx of C64 fame.
Puzzle Bots has been released, with a demo thrown in as well!
The Humble Indie Bundle is an “Epic Success”, say Wolfire.

In Development: Games in progress
‘My Wife’ gets an official website and it is appropriately pink.
Final Fantasy IX is coming to the PlayStation store soon.
StarCraft II subscription model for South America, like Russia, for gamers who can’t afford to buy it outright.
Bad Company 2 balance patch incoming, which should please a bunch of people.

Not just for calls: iPhone updates, games and releases
iPad gets Australian price, release date and it’s surprisingly “not bad”.
The Game Trail is a new app designed to help you find new, good, iPhone games.
Jailbreak your iPad, use it as a SNES – with a Wii-mote controller!

Console yourselves: PlayStation, Xbox 360, Wii
Nintendo 3DS will let you turn off 3D elements, and feature anti-piracy measures.
Sandisk ships the first licensed Xbox 360 USB flash drive, pretty much the same as a regular one.
Nintendo have been hurt by iPad surge, studies show.

In good company: Business news
Icarus Studios responds to closure report – they’re not dead yet!
Activision Blizzard doubles profit in first quarter of 2010.

Comedic Value: Laughter is the best medicine, etc
Paul Rudd’s Computer isn’t necessarily games-related, but it’s good regardless.
Judge Judy discusses a $2500 PlayStation 3 (the moral: don’t rent-to-own).
My Fireplace, for Wii is – amusingly – not a joke.
Inspired by xkcd made me giggle.
Penny Arcade: The Series – Time 100 is their latest episode.

MMO to love: Massively Multiplayer Online details
EVE Online turns 7! and BIG Corp runs a huge lottery to celebrate.
A Tale in the Desert offers free weekend plus a sneaky peek at the next update.
Ryzom is now open source! Hoorah!
Runes of Magic want you to Whack a GM – for profit, no less!
Turbine announces DDO lotteries, your chance to win big!
Evony claims 19 million players – that’s a lot of racy advertising.

Politically speaking: Gamers are grownups, too!
EA President says R18+ rating “is needed” in Australia. We say “Duh.”
Victorian government halves the Digital Media Fund, because Australian gamers needed another setback.

Developmentally Challenged: The dev perspective
Ben Kingsley will appear in Fable 3 as the King of Mist Peak.
Recruit Hideo Kojima in Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker, as a bit of a god.
Quantum Theory will ‘surprise’ gamers, say Tecmo.
Feargus Urquhart chats about Fallout: New Vegas, now that he’s back in the saddle.
Remedy are “betting the farm” on Alan Wake, so fingers crossed it sells.
Bobby Kotick explains the firing of Modern Warfare creators, and discusses what’s next for Infinity Ward.

Compete amongst yourselves: Competitions, pro-gaming, etc
Dead Pixel Arcade are giving away 10,000 free Microsoft Points to the best You Will Die player.

Hoorah! Good news, everybody!
Just Dance approaching 3 million sold, which has earned them… a sequel!

Art in games: Real paintings, sometimes.
Lost Planet 2 gets a Manga …in a slightly different visual style.
Uncharted 2’s Art Book: Unboxing its secret treasures.
EXP magazine looks amaaazing.

Silver Screen: Game-to-film (or vice versa)
Resident Evil: Afterlife producer confirms Silent Hill movie sequel will go ahead, regardless of hate mail.

Downloadable Content: Fix it later
ModNation Racers: It’s a DLC “Air Raid”! – even before the game’s out. Not bad!
Red Dead Redemption DLC will let you ride with a gang – for free!

Cheap Thrills: Games that won’t hurt your wallet
Direct2Drive gets exclusive Split/Second pre-order – full game release on May 18th.
Weekend deals and discounts thanks to ShackNews.
Big Sale on Civilization 4 on Steam.

Call of Duty bundle coming to Xbox 360? It’s been spotted in online retailers already…
Darkspore trademarks registered – is that Spore’s evil twin?

Wii Party – which does pretty much what it sounds like.
Guitar Hero 6, DJ Hero 2, thanks to Activi$ion.

UFC Undisputed 2010 demo out now for Xbox 360.


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