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Analyse this: They look at the industry
[surl=http://www.industrygamers.com/news/activision-must-start-charging-for-call-of-duty-online-play-says-pachter/]Pachter blames industry decline on lack of monetisation[/surl], and expects Activision to lead the way.
Interesting… Assorted bits and pieces
[surl=http://www.gamepolitics.com/2010/07/15/kmart-tries-videogame-user-reviews-store]K-mart is trialling videogame user reviews instore[/surl], which is causing some controversy…
[surl=http://www.cad-comic.com/cad//#n2068]Inform and Educate[/surl] is Ctrl-Alt-Delete’s interpretation.
[surl=http://www.1up.com/do/blogEntry?bId=9037146]Retronauts remembers Trojan[/surl] (do you?)
Independently Released: Often better than AAA
[surl=http://www.paxsite.com/paxprime/pax10.php]PAX 10 Indie Games Festival Winners[/surl] announced on PAX2010 site.
[surl=http://www.diygamer.com/2010/07/indie-sales-mess/]Indie Sales[/surl]: A mess to be made.
[surl=http://gaygamer.net/2010/07/xbox_indie_review_roundup_7151.html]Xbox Indie Review Roundup[/surl] – July 15th.
[surl=http://www.indiegames.com/blog/2010/07/indie_game_links_when_in_rome.html]Indie Games Links[/surl]: Do as the Romans do…
[surl=http://news.bigdownload.com/2010/07/15/interview-unknown-worlds-co-founder-updates-us-on-natural-sele/]Unknown Worlds chat about Natural Selection 2[/surl] ahead of the alpha release.
[surl=http://www.bit-tech.net/blog/2010/07/15/developer-blog-inspiration-and-q-a/]Frozen Synapse: Inspiration and Q&A[/surl] in a new developer blog.
In Development: Games in progress
[surl=http://www.jawltd.com/?p=546]New Oddworld Games Confirmed[/surl] – alert the media!
[surl=http://starcraft.incgamers.com/blog/comments/new-starcraft-ii-portraits-and-spoilers/]StarCraft II character portraits[/surl] come with a big SPOILER WARNING.
[surl=http://www.capcom-unity.com/jgonzo/blog/2010/07/15/…]Is this Mega Man’s arm?[/surl] Capcom are “charging up”, apparently.
[surl=http://g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/706265/Starcraft-2-Download-Now-Play-Later.html]StarCraft 2: Download Now, Play Later[/surl], if you’re that way inclined.
[surl=http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=255888]Killzone 3 will not include four-player co-op, sorry.
Console yourselves: PlayStation, Xbox 360, Wii
[surl=http://gamekyo.com/videofr17085_presentation-de-la-nintendo-3ds.html]Nintendo post-E3 event in Paris[/surl] – more Wii game footage, 3DS close-ups and more.
[surl=http://mmomfg.com/2010/07/14/soccer-kinect-0714/]Soccer on Kinect[/surl] – your first look.
[surl=http://blog.us.playstation.com/2010/07/14/what-playstation-move-setup-is-right-for-you/]PS3 Move bundles and pricing announced[/surl] (yes, this is legit).
In good company: Business news
[surl=http://g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/706272/Sony-Online-Entertainment-Lays-Off-35-Employees.html]Sony Online Entertainment lays off 35 employees[/surl], 4% of its workforce.
[surl=http://psp.ign.com/articles/110/1106118p1.html]Ready At Dawn lays off 13[/surl] – they’re the guys who developed God of War: Ghost of Sparta.
[surl=http://gamasutra.com/view/news/29439/Activision_Publishing_CEO_We_Need_To_Correct_Hardcore_Reputation.php]Activision’s new CEO says they need to regain the trust of the hardcore[/surl], which sounds like a cool band name.
[surl=http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2010/07/14/bye-bye-pc-zone/]PC Zone magazine is no more[/surl], one of the world’s longest-running PC magazines, founded in 1993.
Comedic Value: Laughter is the best medicine, etc
[surl=http://www.destructoid.com/you-will-shed-a-single-tear-for-obese-sonic-179014.phtml]Sonic’s (onion) ring obsession[/surl] leads to obesity, just like in the real world.
[surl=http://www.dorkly.com/article/2175/polite-street-fighter]If Street Fighter was polite[/surl] (a nice brunch indeed).
MMO to love: Massively Multiplayer Online details
[surl=http://www.joystiq.com/2010/07/16/mmo-roundup-massivelys-week-in-review/]MMO Roundup[/surl] features Felicia Day!
[surl=http://www.massively.com/2010/07/16/release-date-announced-for-aion-2-0-assault-on-balaurea/]Aion 2.0 – Assault on Balaurea gets a release date[/surl …early September.
[surl=http://www.freerealms.com/]Free Realms offers lifetime sub for a limited time[/surl] – just US$29.95.
[surl=http://www.massively.com/2010/07/15/still-clicking-our-exclusive-interview-with-the-mythos-dev-team/]A chat with the Mythos dev team[/surl] about all sorts of things.
[surl=http://www.startrekonline.com/architect/#/home]Star Trek Online promo website lets you build starships[/surl], just like you always wanted!
[surl=http://www.onlinewelten.com/games/tera-the-exiled-realm-of-arborea/interviews/action-nun-spricht-community-director-6286/]TERA’s Mical talks politics[/surl] and endgame PvP.
[surl=http://forums.darkfallonline.com/showthread.php?t=253324]Darkfall PvE expansion delayed[/surl], but at least they told you about it.
Developmentally Challenged: The dev perspective
[surl=http://www.joystiq.com/2010/07/15/double-fines-next-projects-four-smaller-games/]Double Fine are working on four smaller games[/surl] (and Tim Schafer is [surl=http://twitter.com/TimOfLegend/status/18674964534]stuck in England[/surl]).
[surl=http://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/5892/square_enix_in_2010_president_.php]It’s “difficult to determine” where Final Fantasy should go[/surl], says Wada.
[surl=http://www.officialnintendomagazine.co.uk/article.php?id=18747]Zelda: Skyward Sword planned for early 2011[/surl], says Eiji Aonuma.
[surl=http://blog.us.playstation.com/2010/07/15/mafia-ii-what-do-you-want-to-know/]Mafia II: What do you want to know?[/surl] …some questions answered.
[surl=http://www.gamespot.com/news/6269025.html]Arkham Asylum’s art director chats about mistakes[/surl] and all the stuff you missed.
A little light reading: Books about games or the industry
[surl=http://comics.ign.com/articles/110/1106020p1.html]Mass Effect comic[/surl] details the origin of the Illusive Man.
[surl=http://www.vg247.com/2010/07/15/assassins-creed-comic-book-mini-series-slated-for-fall/]Assassin’s Creed comic book mini-series[/surl] might be set in Russia, is slated for later this year.
[surl=http://news.bigdownload.com/2010/07/15/guild-wars-2-novel-ghosts-of-ascalon-goes-on-sale-july-27/]Guild Wars 2 novel Ghosts of Ascalon[/surl] goes on sale July 27.
Buy me this: For the gamer who has everything
[surl=http://www.capcom-unity.com/vabor/blog/2010/07/14/sdcc_update:_triple_function_design]Three Okami T-shirt[/surl] (three wolf-god moon?)
[surl=http://tomopop.com/okami-s-amaterasu-in-beautiful-polystone-13410.phtml]Okami’s Amaterasu in polystone[/surl], perfect for that mantlepiece.
[surl=http://www.capcom-unity.com/jgonzo/blog/2010/07/14/servbot_bobble_buddies_invade_comic_con_with_adorableness]Servbot Bobble Buddies!![/surl] …only at Comic-Con.
[surl=http://www.siliconera.com/2010/07/15/atari-planning-remakes-of-centipede-and-star-raiders-for-ps3-and-xbox-360/]Is Atari planning a remake of Centipede and Star Raiders for PS3 / Xbox 360?[/surl]
[surl=http://g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/706270/Shattered-Dimensions-Box-Art-Reveals-Final-Spider-Man.html]Is this the final Spider-Man from Shattered Dimensions?[/surl]
[surl=http://supererogatory.tumblr.com/post/810212779/maxis-is-seeking-an-experienced-development]Maxis are working on an unnamed “online simulation game” project[/surl], or so it seems.
[surl=http://www.vg247.com/2010/07/16/dice-bfbc-2-onslaught-pc-comments-not-accurate/]Battlefield Bad Company 2 Onslaught for PC[/surl] – Dice aren’t sure if it can even be done.
[surl=http://www.xbox.com/en-US/live/1vs100/blogs.htm]1 vs 100, Season 3[/surl] – Microsoft pulls the plug.
[surl=http://forums.sega.com/showthread.php?t=334286]Aliens vs. Predator support on consoles[/surl], as Sega scraps those plans (and apologises).