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
Spec Ops trailer blows away Dubai.
Amnesia trailer accompanies the news we’ll have the game in September.
Ni no Kuni trailer is beautiful. Of course.
Final Fantasy Versus XIII gameplay images are also gorgeous.
Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side 3rd Story screens are cute (even if we don’t know the game).
LEGO Universe videos are almost an afterthought (an awesome afterthought).

A casual affair: For the less hardcore.
Zynga’s Frontierville already has 5 million daily active users, was launched two weeks ago.

Interesting… Assorted bits and pieces
Turning a movie into an actual game is more complex than you’d think.
Why I don’t use WASD, the de-facto standard for games controls.
My four-year old son plays Grand Theft Auto (with Hot Coffee mod enabled).

Hardware: Stuff to play games on
Kinect technology headed to HTPCs …by the end of the year.
iPhone 4 reliability issues reported, this is why we cannot have nice things.
OnLive: An honest review – “It works. It really works.”
3DS to launch by March 2011, still no update on price.
Speaking of, here’s the 3DS’ GPU, in case you were curious.

Independently Released: Often better than AAA
Activision’s Indie Game contest legalese translated, you probably won’t want to bother.

In Development: Games in progress
Ni No Kuni, from Studio Ghibli – for PS3 and DS. Finally.

Not just for calls: iPhone updates, games and releases
Romance is Tecmo Koei’s first iPad game, and it’s a bit expensive.

Console yourselves: PlayStation, Xbox 360, Wii
Sony Europe’s PlayStation Store update: Sonic, Sam & Max, The Secret of Monkey Island, MAG: Interdiction.

In good company: Business news
Mustard Corporation joins TIGA, bringing interactive narrative to the party.

Comedic Value: Laughter is the best medicine, etc
“What Movies Did Mafia II Remind Me Of?” from Kotaku.
Top 10 Wins and “Fails” of E3 2010, from ScrewAttack.

Tuneful: Rock Band / Guitar Hero DLC
Miley Cyrus warms up with Rock Band, as they launch a pack of her songs.

MMO to love: Massively Multiplayer Online details
Star Wars Galaxies has been around for seven years – can you believe it?’s guide to Ahune (spoiler: Lord Ahune, the Frost Lord, hates fire).
TERA gets an E3 walkthrough video with senior community manager Evan Berman.
Final Fantasy XI celebrates Celestial Nights (and Days) starting June 29th.
RuneScape announce their Jagex Cup will be held again in 2010.
World of Warcraft patch 3.3.5 arrives, brings with it a load of bugs.

Developmentally Challenged: The dev perspective
Nintendo promise to improve online offerings, to catch up with the others.
Sega believe the 3DS will appeal to a wider audience, attracting more mature gamers.
Iwata feels the same way – the 3DS will appeal to ‘serious gamers’.
Activision are wavering in their support of Kinect and Move.
Harmonix may dance over to the PS3 with Dance Central, but no Wii version on the horizon.
Krome’s Steve Stamatiadis chats about Blade Kitten, and his retro dreams.
Square Enix: Motion Control and 3D are ‘minimal additions’ – a small extension to what is already available.
Alan Wake sequel is still not “confirmed”, say Remedy.
Iwata: The games industry bores consumers (I coulda told you that).

A little light reading: Books about games or the industry
Master Chief’s origins exposed in Halo: Fall of Reach – Boot Camp #1.
Extra Lives: Why Video Games Matter was reviewed on Sunday, glowingly.
…on Monday, they weren’t so keen. (I still want to read it though…)

Localisation: Merci!
Atelier Rorona sounds like this, with English voice acting.

Compete amongst yourselves: Competitions, pro-gaming, etc
Win a trip to Tokyo and celebrate Sonic’s birthday!

Just Cos(play): As if you need a reason to dress up?
Love Plus Cosplay for sale, is a little bit tempting, no?

Hoorah! Good news, everybody!
Super Mario Galaxy 2 nears 1 million sold in the US alone.

Art in games: Real paintings, sometimes.
Dig Dug Pixel Art, a close-up by BobTroia.

Closed for business: Industry closures / layoffs
RealNetworks lays off 85, will continue to run GameHouse.

Downloadable Content: Fix it later
Pixeljunk Racers’ 2nd lap hits PSN, July 1.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Onslaught mode arrives on XBL this week.
Just Cause 2 gets Tut Tut Boom Boom vehicle, for free through Steam.

Cheap Thrills: Games that won’t hurt your wallet
Impulse holds a 15% sale to celebrate their second birthday.
Ubisoft launches big PC download sale, still with DRM.

Mark your calendars: Events, announcements…
GDC China calls for papers, will debut social, mobile and indie summits.
Excitement builds for SIGGRAPH 2010, to be held later next month.
Call of Duty: Black Ops will be on Jimmy Fallon next Tuesday night (July 22).

Star Wars: The Old Republic closed beta happening this weekend?
“Guitar Hero: Queen”-type project, acknowledged by Brian May.


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