The Daily Stash

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Looking good: Screenshots and new media
[surl=http://news.bigdownload.com/2010/08/16/the-force-unleashed-2-dev-video-focuses-on-story/]Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 dev video[/surl] focusses on the story.
[surl=http://gaygamer.net/2010/08/video_williams_pinball_classic.html]Williams Pinball Classics trailer[/surl] features 13 of the most popular Williams pinball machines of all time.
[surl=http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/65150]Elemental: War of Magic videos[/surl] include a new trailer and the game’s intro.

GamesCom 2010: It’s like E3, but in Europe!
[surl=http://blogs.battlefield.ea.com/battlefield_bad_company/archive/2010/08/15/pre-gamescom-ends-with-a-bang.aspx##]DICE are promising “something great”[/surl] for people this year.

Interesting… Assorted bits and pieces
[surl=http://kotaku.com/5614359/the-mystery-of-the-1250-halo-reach-has-been-solved]The mystery of the $1250 Halo: Reach has been solved[/surl], and it’s really not that good a story.
[surl=http://www.themmnetwork.com/2010/08/16/bond-man-the-phantom-robot-master/]Mega Man’s lost robot master: Bond Man[/surl]. (Man, Bond Man.)
[surl=http://gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2010/08/16/the-speed-gamers-tackle-gulf-restoration-in-upcoming-marathon.aspx]The Speed Gamers tackle gulf restoration[/surl] in their upcoming marathon.
[surl=http://www.next-gen.biz/news/louis-castle-retailers-are-parasites-and-thieves]Instant Action CEO says retailers are “parasites and thieves”[/surl], which is charming.
[surl=http://www.gamepro.com/article/news/216112/-no-cheering-in-the-press-box-and-other-rules-games-journalism-needs/]Games Journalism and the “No Cheering in the Press Bos” rule[/surl], by GamePro’s AJ Glasser.

Independently Released: Often better than AAA
[surl=http://www.joystiq.com/2010/08/16/dota-developers-voice-concern-over-valves-dota-trademark/]DOTA All Stars developers are concerned[/surl] over Valve’s trademark registration.
[surl=http://www.indiegames.com/blog/2010/08/freeware_game_pick_nudo_ben_es.html]Nudo[/surl] is freeware, includes blocks.

In Development: Games in progress
[surl=http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-dice-criterion-need-for-speed-blog-entry]DICE are helping to reboot Hot Pursuit[/surl], assisting in the design of the gameworld.
[surl=http://kotaku.com/5613904/doom-4-targeted-for-console-and-pc-wolfenstein-in-thinking-about-it-phase]Doom 4 headed for simultaneous console/PC launch[/surl], if Todd Hollenshead has his way.
[surl=http://blog.us.playstation.com/2010/08/15/the-drop-week-of-august-16-2010-new-releases/]Toy Story 3 Hybrid Premium Edition[/surl] contains PS3 game and the original movie.
[surl=http://multiplayerblog.mtv.com/2010/08/16/red-faction-battlegrounds-officially-outed-by-thq-digital/]Red Faction: Battlegrounds is officially outed[/surl], and it’s not for handhelds.
[surl=http://pc.ign.com/articles/111/1112512p1.html]Pre-order Brink, get stuff from Fallout or Doom[/surl] – in-game tattoos, skins, shirts, bandanas…

Not just for calls: iPhone updates, games and releases
[surl=http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2010/08/psp-ad-mocks-iphone-gaming-promotes-older-games.ars]PSP ad mocks iPhone gaming[/surl], promotes older games.

In good company: Business news
[surl=http://www.destructoid.com/sledgehammer-games-is-hiring-work-on-call-of-duty-181486.phtml]Sledgehammer Games is hiring[/surl] – wanna work on Call of Duty?
[surl=http://www.champions-online.com/node/595033]Bill Roper leaves Cryptic Studios[/surl], but no word on where he’s off to.
[surl=http://www.industrygamers.com/news/nba-2k11-developer-visual-concepts-cuts-30-staff/]NBA 2K11 developer hit by layoffs[/surl], Visual Concepts cutting between 30 and 40 positions.

Comedic Value: Laughter is the best medicine, etc
[surl=http://kotaku.com/5613391/a-few-notes-of-elton-john-in-mega-man-2s-soundtrack]Mega Man gets equipped with …Elton John?[/surl]

Tuneful: Rock Band / Guitar Hero DLC
[surl=http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2010-08-16-rammstein-and-bob-marley-in-rock-band-3]Rock Band 3 gets 10 more songs[/surl] – Roxette, Slipknot, Bob Marley, Rammstein!

MMO to love: Massively Multiplayer Online details
[surl=http://starwarsgalaxies.station.sony.com/players/news_archive.vm?id=68895&month=current]Star Wars Galaxies puts up notes from Fan Faire[/surl], outlining everything planned for the game’s near future.
[surl=http://www.eveonline.com/devblog.asp?a=blog&bid=781]EVE devblog series planned[/surl] to address CCP’s lag-busting efforts.
[surl=http://www.telaracentral.com/?p=603]Rift: Planes of Telara announce Sentinel Soul[/surl], enabling players to be defensive clerics.
[surl=http://forums.station.sony.com/eq2x/posts/list.m?topic_id=395]EverQuest 2 gets free-to-play beta[/surl] this week.
[surl=http://www.massively.com/2010/08/16/flameseeker-chronicles-back-to-basics/]Guild Wars: Back to Basics[/surl], in case you wanted to see what all the fuss is about.

Politically speaking: Gamers are grownups, too!
[surl=http://www.gamepolitics.com/2010/08/16/nyra-preparing-amicus-brief-schwarzenegger-case]National Youth Rights Association prepares Amicus Brief for Schwarzenegger Case[/surl], wants your help.

Developmentally Challenged: The dev perspective
[surl=http://www.1up.com/news/baldurs-gate-was-originally-mmo]Baldur’s Gate was originally an MMO[/surl], but Interplay suggested that was a bit ambitious.
[surl=http://www.joystiq.com/2010/08/16/cage-lack-of-additional-heavy-rain-dlc-unfortunate-but-under/]David Cage is sad about the lack of Heavy Rain DLC[/surl], but says the decision makes sense.
[surl=http://www.officialnintendomagazine.co.uk/article.php?id=19331]Metroid: Other M is the ‘perfect Metroid experience'[/surl], says Sakamoto (he should know).
[surl=http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/rage-quakecon-2010-preview?page=2]id promise that Rage will have DLC[/surl], when it’s eventually released.
[surl=http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2010/08/julian-gollop-3ds/]X-Com creator working on a 3DS launch game[/surl] – a turn-based, tactical number.
[surl=http://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/5987/putting_the_xcom_in_xcom.php]2K Marin chat about XCOM’s cross-oceanic development[/surl], and explains how it works.
[surl=http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2010-08-16-todd-howard-working-on-two-new-games]Bethesda get (slightly) less mysterious[/surl] about their next projects.
[surl=http://www.siliconera.com/2010/08/16/ghost-trick-director-explains-why-he-made-the-lead-character-a-ghost/]Why is the protagonist of Ghost Trick a ghost?[/surl] …Shu Takumi explains.

A little light reading: Books about games or the industry
[surl=http://jeff-greenspeak.blogspot.com/2010/08/where-im-at.html]Jeff Green is writing Blizzard’s 20th anniversary book[/surl] (that’s the former EA.com and Games for Windows Magazine editor-in-chief).

Buy me this: For the gamer who has everything
[surl=http://cgi.ebay.com/VIDEO-GAME-STORE-/300454929728#ht_1198wt_1138]A whole video shop![/surl]

Cheap Thrills: Games that won’t hurt your wallet
[surl=http://www.gog.com/en/search/sort/search/oddworld]Oddworld games permanently marked down to US$5.99[/surl] on GoG.

RUMOURED:
[surl=http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=259982]Is a Mortal Kombat Collection in the works?[/surl]

ANNOUNCED:
[surl=http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/65144]Gun Loco[/surl] for the Xbox 360.
[surl=http://g4tv.com/thefeed/blog/post/706923/Instant-Jam-Music-Game-Announced.html]Instant Jam[/surl], a music game that uses your own MP3s to generate a track list.
[surl=http://au.gamespot.com/pc/action/lostplanet2/news.html?sid=6273543]Lost Planet 2 for PC[/surl], due October 15th.

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