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
Red Dead Redemption video compares PS3 to Xbox 360. Who wins?
Sonic the Hedgehog 4 video accompanies news of an iPhone version and a delay.
Blur commercial takes “direct aim” at cutesy kart-racers.
Metroid: Other M footage goes into flashback mode.
Super Mario Galaxy 2 commercial is approaching launch!

Interesting… Assorted bits and pieces
How to make your Matoko dangerous – a Super Street Fighter 4 strategy video from Flash Metroid.
Charisma +2 has some game-inspired makeup looks …if you’re into that sort of thing.
Augmented Reality Cookies… complete with recipe.
How safe is 3D tv?
Demoscene: The original hacker art underground.
A review of a game dating back to the 16th Century …you guessed it, Chess.
On One’s Own: The Byproducts of Adventure is all about, y’know, the adventure genre.
A games journalism journalism game may not be the next Imagine: title.

Independently Released: Often better than AAA
Co-op storytelling with Jason Rohrer’s Sleep Is Death in case you hadn’t heard enough.
Mirror Maze is out now – help your balls!
Electro-Music Puzzle ‘Block Cascade Fusion’ is coming to PSN, looks shiny.
Scribble Defense is beautifully illustrated, and coming to XBLIG.

In Development: Games in progress
Publishers support EA’s fee for playing used games online, and are trying out their own versions.
An example: UFC 2010, from THQ, requiring a one-time code to play online.

Not just for calls: iPhone updates, games and releases
Denki Blocks! Denki Blocks! Denki Blocks!
Stranded Without a Phone has been translated into German and Japanese.
Trucker’s Delight is now an iPhone game with some of the best pixel animation I’ve seen.

Console yourselves: PlayStation, Xbox 360, Wii
Finally – a Wii-mote rowing peripheral! (just what I always wanted…)

In good company: Business news
Microsoft chats about Foxtel, with Ausgamers.
Nintendo of America open new Redmond HQ, awfully close to Microsoft.

Comedic Value: Laughter is the best medicine, etc
…maybe Mega Man had too many bosses?

Tuneful: Rock Band / Guitar Hero DLC
Could Rock Band be adding Japanese Rock Bands? …we can but hope.

MMO to love: Massively Multiplayer Online details
This week on the MMO Report is full of pre-E3 goodness.
EverQuest 2 jumps on a bandwagon and introduces a US$25 mount (seems familiar).
The Secret World Q&A, with Game Director Ragnar Tornquist.
Blizzard are breaking the Augmented Virtual Reality mod with upcoming patch 3.3.5.
TERA devs chat about the grind (scroll to the bottom of the first post and click the green plus icon).
TERA also submit a dev diary titled “Rough Lessons”.
Guild Wars 2 lead designer chats some more about dynamic events.
Age of Conan wants your feedback about some recent changes.
Buff(ing) for BlizzCon: Carving out Caverns of Time and unarmed combat.

Music in Games: The tunes behind the action
Mark Ronson 1ups himself with Circuit Breaker.

Developmentally Challenged: The dev perspective
Frontier Developments are still committed to Elite IV (possibly should just be committed).
BioShock’s original pitch is pretty seriously different to the final product.
Portal on a Mac is 1/5th as likely to crash when compared to a PC.
LittleBigPlanet 2: The LittleBigFAQ (hey, that rhymes!)
Lara Croft will use Steam’s DRM in a move to prevent piracy.
Rock Band 3 will be the Next Big Thing in music gaming.
Alien Hominid will be available through Castle Crashers PSN, yay!
Valve: PS3 needs to be open like a Mac (not closed like a GameCube).
Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands – Play as Ezio!
Lionhead finally catch up and announce Fable 3 for PC via Games on Demand for Games for Windows LIVE.
Fable 3 is also getting a Collector’s Edition, surprise.

Buy me this: For the gamer who has everything
“Gundam Calling” tshirt references the Clash and Elvis.
The 15 best Mario items you should own – I’d like one of each, if you can manage it.
Capcom teams up with Zazzle to bring you the goods.

Compete amongst yourselves: Competitions, pro-gaming, etc
Blizzard Manga giveaway – thanks, Lorehound!

Just Cos(play): As if you need a reason to dress up?
Most realistic Final Fantasy cosplay ever – it puts yours to shame.

Hoorah! Good news, everybody!
Massively Speaking podcast dings 100, and interviews Richard Garriott.

Art in games: Real paintings, sometimes.
Propaganda posters, gamer style.
Under Construction: Video Game console buildings …I’d love one of these downtown.

Silver Screen: Game-to-film (or vice versa)
Prince of Persia director didn’t know it was a game first, but once he found out, he studied hard.
Heavy Rain movie is apparently ‘in the works’, which is equal parts awesome and terrifying.

Downloadable Content: Fix it later
Mass Effect 2 DLC will bridge the story gap before Mass Effect 3, with devs promising a lot more on the way.
Empire Strikes Back avatar costumes hit Xbox Live.

Cheap Thrills: Games that won’t hurt your wallet
Get all three seasons of Sam & Max for US$50.

Square Enix + Yahoo = Sengoku Ixa, a browser-based game set in the Sengoku era.
Top Gun will enter the danger zone on PSN, Mac and PC after a successful outing on iPhone.

Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio is now free!


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