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.

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!

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


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