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
[surl=]Portal 2[/surl], trailer[/surl] introduces Stephen Merchant!
[surl=]Brink trailer[/surl] predicts the end of the genre.
[surl=]Shaun White Skateboarding video[/surl] is full of creative tomatoes.
[surl=]Vanquish trailer[/surl] shows off the pre-order weapons.
[surl=]Saw II artwork[/surl] accompanies the game’s October release date.

Interesting… Assorted bits and pieces
[surl=]Halo: Reach will be Microsoft’s biggest marketing spend[/surl] ever.
[surl=]GameStop debut ‘store of the future'[/surl] as a response to the online threat.
[surl=]Game budgets have peaked[/surl], says EA’s David DeMartini.
[surl=]Zombies and the Tyrant were cut from Resident Evil 5[/surl] (amazing what you can learn from books!)

Independently Released: Often better than AAA
[surl=–182262.phtml]Game creation in seven minutes or less![/surl] – c’mon, it’s easy!
[surl=]Plain Sight gets updated[/surl], and a $2 sale on Steam!
[surl=]New chapter of The Silver Lining out in September[/surl], the Activision approved(ish) free King’s Quest game.

In Development: Games in progress
[surl=]Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter heads to XBLA[/surl] next month.
[surl=]Mortal Kombat’s post-launch plans[/surl]: we has them.
[surl=]THQ aren’t worried about upsetting used game buyers[/surl] by including great new game bonuses.
[surl=]Microsoft are banning Halo: Reach pirates[/surl], those who just couldn’t wait.
[surl=]Third Dr. Who game due August 27[/surl], the good Doctor coming to Wii and DS later.
[surl=]Naruto Shippuden pre-order bonuses[/surl] are Narutastic.
[surl=]Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded gets more details[/surl] (thanks, Famitsu!)
[surl=]Elemental Day 0 patch released[/surl] via Impulse.

Not just for calls: iPhone updates, games and releases
[surl=]Pinball Magic turns your phone into a pinball machine[/surl] – kinda.

Console yourselves: PlayStation, Xbox 360, Wii
[surl=]Kinect gets its first crap accessories[/surl], we bet they won’t be the last.
[surl=]Discounted PlayStation Protection Plan[/surl] coming to PlayStation Plus.
[surl=]Real-time phone-to-pc / phone-to-console gaming[/surl] with Windows Phone 7.
[surl=]3D won’t be mainstream in homes for “two to three years”[/surl], says Microsoft.
[surl=]Sony wants to know how the PS3 affects your love life[/surl] …no, really. It’s in a survey.
[surl=]Kinect may or may not launch with voice control[/surl] (we’re hearing both sides).

In good company: Business news
[surl=]Mario Party / Wii Party team members now part of Nintendo[/surl] (honestly, I thought they always were).

MMO to love: Massively Multiplayer Online details
[surl=]Hello Kitty Online launches across North America and Europe[/surl], bringing an awful lot of pink with it.
[surl=]Massively’s Community Detective Issue 6[/surl]: Lord of the Rings Online.

Politically speaking: Gamers are grownups, too!
[surl=]EA defends Medal of Honor[/surl] amidst Taliban controversy.

Developmentally Challenged: The dev perspective
[surl=]Metroid: Other M devs chat to Iwata[/surl] about cutscenes and the gravity suit.
[surl=]Gas Powered Games chat about a Demigod sequel[/surl], hopefully with better multiplayer.
[surl=]FFXIV will come to PC before PS3[/surl], due to memory issues (no, really).
[surl=]THQ and used games[/surl] – trying to hate the sin, not the sinner.
[surl=]Gearbox will show “never before seen footage”[/surl] at PAX Prime.
[surl=]Call of Duty: Black Ops will support PC modding[/surl] post-launch, to an extent.
[surl=]Runic Games say Torchlight 3 will be out before Diablo 3[/surl]. Big words!
[surl=]Capcom USA will avoid another RE5 controversy[/surl], they promise.
[surl=]BioShock: Infinite’s Big Daddy replacement is the Handyman[/surl] in case you missed it.

A little light reading: Books about games or the industry
[surl=]New Gears of War novel hits August 31[/surl] by Karen Traviss.
[surl=]Udon’s Art of Capcom 2[/surl] – a book review!

Buy me this: For the gamer who has everything
[surl=]Padlocks with joystick-like controls[/surl] look kinda interesting.
[surl=]Mass Effect M8 Avenger[/surl] …replica!

Compete amongst yourselves: Competitions, pro-gaming, etc
[surl=]Team Fortress 2 is running the first ever Hat Describing Contest[/surl]! Yippee!

Hoorah! Good news, everybody!
[surl=]The First Annual Game Developers Choice Online Awards nominees are announced[/surl], and they’re all winners in my eyes!

Art in games: Real paintings, sometimes.
[surl=]Sonic & Knuckles Mushroom Hill Zone[/surl] …lovingly created in 2.5D.
[surl=]Mega Man vs. Street Fighter mashup[/surl] – Dhalsim’s Stage.

Silver Screen: Game-to-film (or vice versa)
[surl=]Keiji Inafune discusses moving from console to camera[/surl] for Dead Rising Sun.

Downloadable Content: Fix it later
[surl= Effect 2’s Lair of the Shadow Broker[/surl], due September 7.

Cheap Thrills: Games that won’t hurt your wallet
[surl=]King’s Quest 1, 2, 3[/surl] in one package at GoG.
[surl=]Direct2Drive sympathises with back-to-school woes[/surl], offers discounts!

Mark your calendars: Events, announcements…
[surl=]Irrational Games will be at PAX Prime 2010[/surl], here’s the details.

[surl=]Has This Is Vegas been scrapped?[/surl]
[surl=]Will Sonic Colors feature 2-player simultaneous multiplayer?[/surl]


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