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
Naval Assault trailer puts America at War.
Super Meat Boy Montage: Meat is Murdered.
Monster Hunter commercial will make you smile.
Xenoblade screens are released three weeks before the game hits shelves.

A casual affair: For the less hardcore.
Only 23% of gamers will pay-to-play, the remainder happy to rely on free games and demo versions.
Orton and the Princess is a Browser Game Pick.
Google are introducing a new Web App store, with games shaping up to play a big part.
Facebook + Zynga = 5 year deal.

Analyse this: They look at the industry
Console exclusives don’t drive sales – contrary to what we’d assumed.

Interesting… Assorted bits and pieces
Hypocritical Mommy looks at children growing up in gaming households.
Is E3 the most important event in gaming history?
The OCD Gamer is a surprising must-read.

Independently Released: Often better than AAA
IGF Winner Andy Schatz – a day in the life.
Grace’s Diary preview looks intriguing.

In Development: Games in progress
FEAR 3 is already being laughed at for some interesting FMV cutscenes.
Lets! Manga Artist DS Style is a great idea with a terrible name.
Dementium vs. Dementium II – A video comparison.
“Influence” is a new PSP title from Japan, which sounds puzzling.

Not just for calls: iPhone updates, games and releases
The Battle for Hoth combines a bunch of very cool things.
Stick Skater is addictive – easy to play, difficult to master.
Surprise! Puzzle Quest 2 coming to PC, iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, later this year.
Train Conductor new level incoming – Train Conductor USA.

Console yourselves: PlayStation, Xbox 360, Wii
This week in PlayStation Home: Red Dead Redemption Reward Unlocks, Mall Updates.

In good company: Business news
Bungie chatted extensively with EA, before signing with Activision.
Square Enix announcement will change Japanese history, and for once we believe them.
Playdom acquires Acclaim – a ‘natural fit’, apparently.

Comedic Value: Laughter is the best medicine, etc
Damsel Envy at Virtual Shackles.
I Hit It With My Axe: Trying to kill the king has consequences.
Spawn of Cthulhu spotted in London (yeah, so they’re not from a game… yet)
For The Horde on Questionable Content.

MMO to love: Massively Multiplayer Online details
Star Wars Galaxies – musings on the removal of No-Trade, and what it means.
Battle of the Immortals adds a fourth server, Poseidon on the US East Coast.
En Masse devs chat TERA on the latest TERACast.
Final Fantasy XIV World Map leaked through a sneaky edition of Famitsu.
The Icelandic Model of MMO Development, as seen by Gamasutra.
Aion gets 1.9 patch designed to fix XP wrongs.
Ubisoft have five MMOs in development, each one free-to-play.
Perfect World Entertainment invests in Torchlight MMO, expected within the next two years.

Music in Games: The tunes behind the action
Yo! Noid Music remix, a special request from Capcom.
Alan Wake soundtrack gets reviewed, sounds like something I’d enjoy.

Developmentally Challenged: The dev perspective
Charles Martinet presents Super Mario Galaxy 2 – in fluent Spanish, as well as English.
Super Mario Galaxy 2 staff questioned by Iwata – better have good answers!
John Romero apologises for trying to make you his bitch.
Richard Garriott talks to the Game Archaeologist about everything following Ultima.

Buy me this: For the gamer who has everything
Shirts for Space from Albino Raven.
Three Ewok Moon tshirt (you knew it was coming).

Crafty: From people who are good with their hands.
Yoshi Perler Bead placemat makes me wish I had a dining table.

Hoorah! Good news, everybody!
Final Fantasy XIII topped 5.5 million units last year, Square Enix a bit pleased.
Torchlight sells half a million units – which is a lot of clicking to kill things.

Art in games: Real paintings, sometimes.
Modern and classic characters get the 3D Dot treatment, even if they’re not heroic.

Cheap Thrills: Games that won’t hurt your wallet
Galactic Civilization II Ultimate Edition is “quite cheap”, we hear.

RUMOURED:
PSP 2 speculations in the news again.
Assassin’s Creed II: Complete Edition spotted at UK retail sites.

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