The Daily Stash

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

Looking good: Screenshots and new media
Transformers trailer looks at Mission Design.
Alpha Protocol trailer …it’s a small world.
Need for Speed World trailer sheds some new light on the upcoming MMO.

Halp! …it’s for a good cause…
Indie Game: The Movie needs your support (and your money).

A casual affair: For the less hardcore.
Drive the A-Team Van around, virtually …thanks to Google Earth.
Freeplay: The Sound Walk – an eerie rhythm game.

Interesting… Assorted bits and pieces
Distilled to a purer substance – what happens when the minigames are better than the rest of the title?
What does’s editor look for in a game? (in case you were curious).
If StarCraft had come out in 1984 it might have been a little like this.

Hardware: Stuff to play games on
Hyperkin Retro N 3 system plays NES, SNES and Genesis in one console.

Independently Released: Often better than AAA
Zombie Estate – will it knock I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES!!!1 from the undead top spot?

In Development: Games in progress
Mr. Spock and Luke Skywalker join Kingdom Hearts – Square Enix are blowing their budget.
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood gets Harlequin as a pre-order bonus.
SOCOM 4: Meet your Squad, on PS3.
Exclusive new Sonic 4 news, on Sonic Retro!
Halo: Reach beta gets an extension, will now be open until May 20th.

Not just for calls: iPhone updates, games and releases
Sprite Something gets pixelicious, lets you draw your own artwork.

Console yourselves: PlayStation, Xbox 360, Wii
Australia gets PS3 movie service, finally.

In good company: Business news
Capcom make a loss, give up on ‘foreign’ original IP – blaming the downturn on Dark Void and Bionic Commando.
Ubisoft records loss for last financial year, despite Assassin’s Creed 2 performing admirably.
Square Enix records “record profits” for last fiscal year.

Comedic Value: Laughter is the best medicine, etc
Campfire, from XKCD.

Tuneful: Rock Band / Guitar Hero DLC
Wii to get Disney-themed Band Hero Track Pack before the other consoles.

MMO to love: Massively Multiplayer Online details
APB’s Chris Collins chats about music and customisation.
Final Fantasy XI starts its eight-year art contest, offering a Nomad Moogle rod as a prize.
Mysterium calls the Myst Online faithful to Minneapolis.
The WoW Soundtrack project aims to be an entire library of alternative vanilla instance zone soundtracks.
Nida Online launched less than 8 months ago, and it’s already being closed down.

Music in Games: The tunes behind the action
The Epic Rap History of Gaming, thanks to the Escapist.
Echochrome soundtrack release, with bonus “Gallery Demo”.
The Mario theme tune is mathematically beautiful, as well as catchy.

Developmentally Challenged: The dev perspective
Remedy would like you to play Heavy Rain. And Alan Wake.
PixelJunk Shooter 2 is in full production, with a demo of Shooter 1 out next week.
Ubisoft planning their own “Project Ten Dollar”, which still sounds like a sandwich.
50% of games will be 3D by 2012, believe Ubisoft.

Buy me this: For the gamer who has everything
GameBoy iPad sleeve is kinda sacreligious.
22 karat gold iPad sounds heavy and impractical.

Compete amongst yourselves: Competitions, pro-gaming, etc
Wanna star in the Just Dance sequel?

Crafty: From people who are good with their hands.
Table top 80s arcade game …made entirely of LEGO.
Black Mage crochet has a pattern available.

Art in games: Real paintings, sometimes.
Pixel Art showcase features a Sim City / Katamari mashup.
Nintendo Graffiti is way cooler than the tags near my house.

Downloadable Content: Fix it later
Bob Came in Pieces free DLC released – downloadable through Steam or via a patch.
Splinter Cell DLC lands this month, the Insurgency pack.

Cheap Thrills: Games that won’t hurt your wallet
Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light likely to set you back 10 pounds – that’s around US$15.
Steam Sega Complete Pack will get you every Sega game released on Steam for $90.

Mark your calendars: Events, announcements…
Game With Fame: play CoD:MW2 against Ozzy Osbourne! (Jack will be there too, btw.)

Treyarch boss hints at zombies in CoD: Black Ops, because we all know they’re Russian.
3DS may be widescreen, according to a leaked motherboard image.
Is Project Natal white? …or is this just an odd-looking prototype?


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