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
Halo: Reach trailer celebrates the end of the beta.
Crackdown 2 trailer delivers some fun toys.
Dead Space 2 screens and video are looking awesome.

Interesting… Assorted bits and pieces
Namco Bandai bring RPG elements to textbooks, working on a new type of textbook for Japanese elementary schools.
Speaking Out: On Voice Direction, something we rarely think about.

A Legal Matter: Gamers in court
Sony are hit with a fourth “Other OS” lawsuit, ouch.
Violent content has ‘infiltrated’ the Melbourne Youth Justice Centre, which is annoying some people.

Independently Released: Often better than AAA
Indie Game Links: Essentially Indie.
Jolly Rover is an Aussie pirate adventure, heading to Steam soon.
Alter Ego set to launch August 1st, a point-and-click mystery thriller!
Freeware Game Pick: FiNCK from Nifflas – that’s Fire Nuclear Crocodile Killer, btw.

In Development: Games in progress
New Splinter Cell being worked on in Toronto, we hear.
DJ Max Portable 3 coming to PSP in 2010, with more than 50 songs, and a yet-to-be-announced new feature.
The Witcher 2 gets more details and screens, via Spain.
Gears of War 3 preview will make you drool.

Not just for calls: iPhone updates, games and releases
Phoenix Wright now available on the App Store, for US$4.99! No objections!
Boy fixes cracked iPhone screen …for US$21.95. Nifty.
Finger Footie launches on iDevices, just in time for the World Cup!
Sam Mendes is directing the new iPhone ad – he’s also done American Beauty, Jarhead and Road to Perdition.

Console yourselves: PlayStation, Xbox 360, Wii
PlayStation Around The Web: What we read…
Move into the action… – Sony’s new tagline for PlayStation Move?

In good company: Business news
Microsoft’s J Allard resigns, with one of the best resignation letters I’ve ever seen.
Robbie Bach has also left MS, after being with the company for 22 years.

MMO to love: Massively Multiplayer Online details
Free Realms update introduces hoverboards, as well as some other stuff.
World of Warcraft: An analysis of all the food and drink in-game, in case you were ever curious.

Music in Games: The tunes behind the action
Red Dead Redemption soundtrack is now on iTunes, and it is good.

Developmentally Challenged: The dev perspective
Unreal Development Kit updated – now with added Steamworks!
Six tips for deciphering Alan Wake, from the game’s lead writer.
Conduit 2 will feature extensive multiplayer modes, some of which are even local.
David Jaffe is not working on the PS3 version of Twisted Metal. Sad Face.

Buy me this: For the gamer who has everything
Blow-up laptop support, but I still think it would melt.
PlayStation style iPhone case is all fuzzy n stuff.
Jill Valentine 12″ figure is not a euphemism.
Pitfall Croc doormat, also available in Scorpion.

Art in games: Real paintings, sometimes.
Shadow of the Colossus fanart by Sugoi.

Silver Screen: Game-to-film (or vice versa)
Infinite Lives: The Road to E3 is a documentary that follows four friends heading to gaming Mecca.
Gollum actor Andy Serkis is opening a MoCap studio for both games and films. Cool!

Downloadable Content: Fix it later
PlayStation Store Update: all sorts of fun stuff this week!
Super Street Fighter IV Beauty Pack has hit today for both major consoles.

Cheap Thrills: Games that won’t hurt your wallet
Majesty 2 as well as the LucasArts Adventure Pack, via Steam.
Global Agenda is on sale, in the leadup to their next patch.

Mark your calendars: Events, announcements…
Splatterhouse hits shelves by Halloween, fittingly.
Super Stacker coming to PSN tomorrow, with plenty of unhappy blocks.

RUMOURED:
Rock of the Dead coming to Xbox 360, PS3? …get your guitars ready, kids…
Rock Band 3 to feature keyboards? …the Green Day demo contained a surprise!

ANNOUNCED:
Killzone 3, if you didn’t already know. It’s 3D.

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