The Daily Stash

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Looking good: Screenshots and new media
[surl=http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=266386]Raving Rabbids Travel in Time trailer[/surl] is set in the wild, wild west.
[surl=http://www.vg247.com/2010/09/24/civ-v-launches-today-in-uk-launch-trailer-inside/]Civilization IV launch trailer[/surl] …just one more turn!
[surl=http://www.gametrailers.com/video/japanese-spin-golden-sun/705222]Golden Sun: Dark Dawn video[/surl] shows ‘spin’ gameplay.
[surl=http://www.gamingnexus.com/FullNews/Explodemon-sounds-like-a-Tenacious-D-song2c-plays-like-Mega-Man-X/Item19740.aspx]Explodemon video[/surl] sounds like Tenacious D, plays like Mega-Man X.
[surl=http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=266441]Enslaved trailer[/surl] comes with the Xbox 360 demo.
[surl=http://www.relyonhorror.com/latest-news/alan-wake-dlc-the-writer-trailer-and-release-date-reveal/]Alan Wake: The Writer trailer[/surl] and release date reveal.
[surl=http://www.gametrailers.com/video/exclusive-multiplayer-goldeneye-007/705154]GoldenEye 007 trailer[/surl] introduces multiplayer modifiers.
[surl=http://bethblog.com/index.php/2010/09/24/first-look-the-fallout-new-vegas-tv-spot/]Fallout: New Vegas tv ad[/surl] is full of gaming and shooting.
[surl=http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=266492]Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit trailer[/surl] drifts in.

A casual affair: For the less hardcore.
[surl=http://ninjakiwi.com/Games/Bloons-Games/Bloons2.html]Bloons 2[/surl] is not recommended for procrastinators. Ask me how I know.
[surl=http://www.gamespy.com/articles/112/1123206p1.html]Atari goes casual[/surl] with Atari Games Online (that is, Atari GO).

Interesting… Assorted bits and pieces
[surl=http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/30579/Activision_To_Publish_Eutechnyxs_NASCAR_2011.php]Looks more like Activision have the NASCAR license[/surl], although nothing’s confirmed.
[surl=http://fingergaming.com/2010/09/24/round-up-gamasutra-network-jobs-week-of-september-24/]Gamasutra network jobs[/surl], week of September 24.
[surl=http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=266357]Sales of Halo: Reach are disappointing[/surl] in Japan.

Independently Released: Often better than AAA
[surl=http://www.tigsource.com/2010/09/25/fantastic-arcade/]Fantastic Arcade[/surl] is the videogame spin-off of FantasticFest (but you knew that).
[surl=http://www.diygamer.com/2010/09/snakes-avalon-adventure-trip/]Snakes of Avalon[/surl] features an alcoholic protagonist whose day turns into a nightmare.
[surl=http://www.destructoid.com/destructoid-interview-riot-games-on-dota-trademark-lol-184689.phtml]Riot Games chat about DotA[/surl] and LoL.
[surl=http://gonintendo.com/viewstory.php?id=137135]Spirit Hunters, inc. gets new developer diary[/surl] and a new website.

In Development: Games in progress
[surl=http://www.pcgamer.com/2010/09/26/blizzard-on-starcraft-ii-1-2-patch-zerg-balance-issues/]StarCraft 1.2 patch expected by the end of the year[/surl], hopefully addressing some zerg balance issues.
[surl=http://www.jawltd.com/?p=621]Oddworld’s Stranger gets a makeover[/surl] for the PS3 remake.
[surl=http://www.joystiq.com/screenshots/pdc-world-championship-darts-pro-tour/3398862/#/2]PDC World Championship Darts: Pro Tour[/surl] is all about throwing things at things.
[surl=http://destructoid.com/elephant/Unboxing%20the%20Dead%20Rising%202%20High%20Stakes%20Edition]Dead Rising 2: High Stakes Edition[/surl] gets unboxed.
[surl=http://pc.ign.com/articles/112/1123377p1.html]Respawn’s game is headed to PC, PS3, 360[/surl], the sky is blue, water is wet.
[surl=http://www.destructoid.com/shantae-s-new-dsiware-romp-gets-a-release-date-184670.phtml]Shantae: Risky’s Revenge is returning[/surl] to DSiWare.
[surl=http://destructoid.com/elephant/Borderlands%20joins%20PS3,%20Xbox%20360%20greatest%20hits%20lineups]Borderlands is now a Greatest / Platinum Hit[/surl] depending on your console.
[surl=http://www.medalofhonor.com/blog/2010/09/pc-specifications]Medal of Honor gets PC system requirements[/surl], and they’re not ridiculous.
[surl=http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2010-09-22-asuras-wrath-interview?page=1]Asura’s Wrath wants a ‘continuous drama’ feel[/surl], with a very angry narrative.
[surl=http://www.siliconera.com/2010/09/24/428-writer-level-5-staffer-working-on-new-ace-attorney-game/]Jiro Ishii from Level 5 is working on Ace Attorney project[/surl] “with Takumi-san”.
[surl=http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2010/09/24/no-pussy-blues-blade-kitten-demo/]Blade Kitten demo[/surl] out now, pussy galore (etc).
[surl=http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-lbp2-engine-face-off]LittleBigPlanet 2 engine compared to the original[/surl] – the sequel looks “way better”.
[surl=http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=266396]EA fires back at Medal of Honor critics[/surl], announces new open beta.
[surl=http://blog.eu.playstation.com/2010/09/22/bioshock-infinite-10-minute-gameplay-video-ken-levine-talks-combat/]BioShock Infinite will feature more varied kills[/surl] than the original game.
[surl=http://www.gamershell.com/download_63874.shtml]ArcaniA: Gothic 4 Demo[/surl] out now.
[surl=http://kotaku.com/5646530/dead-space-2-multiplayer-beta-creeps-out-to-small-group]Dead Space 2 multiplayer beta arrives[/surl] if you’re lucky.

Not just for calls: mobile games, updates and releases
[surl=http://fingergaming.com/2010/09/24/oh-nooo-mr-bill-has-an-iphone-game/]Mr. Bill has an iPhone game[/surl]! (be afraid)

Console yourselves: PlayStation, Xbox 360, Wii
[surl=http://www.mcvuk.com/features/752/INTERVIEWss-EA]EA says that the PS3/360 console war is “good for business”[/surl], don’tcha know.
[surl=http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2010/09/ps3-firmware-kills-third-party-adaptors-3d-requires-lossy-audio.ars]PS3 firmware kills third-party adaptors[/surl], and 3D requires lossy audio.
[surl=http://www.gamestop.com/Catalog/ProductDetails.aspx?product_id=77606]Wii Remote Plus[/surl] integrates MotionPlus right into the controller.
[surl=http://kotaku.com/5645935/this-is-the-official-final-fantasy-xiv-pc-controller]Final Fantasy XIV PC Controller[/surl] is kinda ugly.
[surl=http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=266401]”PSN” is the #1 fastest rising Google search term[/surl] in the UK.

In good company: Business news
[surl=http://www.siliconera.com/2010/09/24/what-do-level-5s-offices-look-like/]A look inside Level-5’s new offices[/surl] makes me jealous.
[surl=http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2010-09-23-apbs-lead-character-artist-open-new-start-ups]APB artist launches Montynero game art company[/surl] from the ashes of RealTime Worlds.
[surl=http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/24/disneys-internet-chief-resigns/]Disney game boss resigns[/surl] before Epic Mickey sees the light of day.

Comedic Value: Laughter is the best medicine, etc
[surl=http://www.destructoid.com/mega64-does-castlevania-184796.phtml]Mega64 does Castlevania[/surl], and does it well.

MMO to love: Massively Multiplayer Online details
[surl=http://www.cityofheroes.com/news/news_archive/new_alignment_dev_diary_on_the.html]City of Heroes offers a new development diary[/surl] focussing on the alignment system.
[surl=http://forums.aiononline.com/na/showthread.php?t=29771]Aion community manager stepping down[/surl], farewell Andrew Beegle!
[surl=http://news.mmosite.com/content/2010-09-24/vindictus_female_mage_evie_insight,1.shtml]Evie, the mage from Vindictus[/surl] is “a-mage-ing”, har har.
[surl=http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2010-09-24-mmo-arpu-down-10-percent-but-total-sector-value-rising]The state of the subscription MMO[/surl]: Revenues up / WoW’s stranglehold down.
[surl=http://wow.joystiq.com/2010/09/24/cataclysm-beta-last-call-for-quelthalas/]WoW: Cataclysm – Last call for Quel’thalas[/surl], which looks like a lovely place.
[surl=http://www.swtor.com/news/news-article/20100924]Star Wars: The Old Republic smugglers will get their own Wookiees[/surl] – which sounds odd, no matter how you approach it.
[surl=http://legendarychampions.aeriagames.com/download]Legendary Champions enters open beta[/surl], after a period of radio silence.

Music in Games: The tunes behind the action
[surl=http://www.aolradioblog.com/2010/09/24/video-game-theme-songs/]The Top 10 List of Videogame Theme Songs[/surl], complete with audio clips.

Developmentally Challenged: The dev perspective
[surl=http://blog.us.playstation.com/2010/09/24/team-ico-talks-fumito-ueda-on-the-last-guardian-shadow-of-the-colossus/]Fumito Ueda says The Last Guardian is not a pet game[/surl], also chats about Shadow of the Colossus.
[surl=http://blog.us.playstation.com/2010/09/24/re-imaging-of-dante-and-the-new-devil-may-cry/]Devil May Cry producer and creative director chat[/surl] about things other than Dante’s hair.
[surl=http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=266494]A modern-day Prince of Persia spin-off was in the works[/surl], but is now scrapped.
[surl=http://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/6147/the_bleeding_edge_cevat_yerli_on_.php?page=1]Crysis 2 is a “choreographed sandbox”[/surl], says Yerli.
[surl=http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=266513]Need for Speed competitors should be “f**king scared”[/surl], says senior producer Matt Webster.
[surl=http://www.mcvuk.com/news/41030/Microsoft-wants-to-lead-PC-revolution]Microsoft want to “step up” their PC game business[/surl] (haven’t we been here before?)
[surl=http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=266525]FIFA is “clearly superior” to PES[/surl], says EA.
[surl=http://www.mcvuk.com/news/41013/Dead-Rising-DLC-more-effective-than-TV-ads]Capcom think Dead Rising 2: Case Zero will be copied[/surl] by other developers.
[surl=http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=266171]In the future, Xbox, PlayStation games could be free[/surl], but you’d pay for DLC, if THQ have their way.
[surl=http://us.wii.com/iwata_asks/mario25th/vol1_page1.jsp]Miyamoto explains why it’s “easy” to make a Mario game[/surl], in case you want to try it at home.

Localisation: Merci!
[surl=http://www.square-enix.co.jp/3rd_birthday/]The 3rd Birthday website is cool[/surl], and features a new (Japanese) trailer.

Buy me this: For the gamer who has everything
[surl=http://www.joystiq.com/2010/09/25/taco-bell-offering-free-copies-of-mysims-with-its-kids-meals/]Taco Bell offers MySims with kids meals[/surl] (and I’m hungry).
[surl=http://www.capcom-unity.com/djay/blog/2010/09/24/fight_night_t-shirts_at_$10_off]Capcom Fight Night T-shirts[/surl] – they’re $10 off!
[surl=http://kotaku.com/5647278/angry-birds-plush-toys-spotted-in-manhattan]Official Angry Birds toys[/surl] (yes please!)
[surl=http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001GBZFRU?ie=UTF8&tag=dtdccks-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B001GBZFRU]Halo covenant energy sword[/surl] – it’s extremely sharp!
[surl=http://en.akihabaranews.com/62673/highlights/bandai-namco-and-meiji-pac-man-anniversary-collaboration]Pac-Man branded yogurts, Milk bottles, Strawberry Milk and Milk Coffee[/surl]… oh my!

Compete amongst yourselves: Competitions, pro-gaming, etc
[surl=http://www.goldenjoystick.com/]Have you voted in the Golden Joysticks yet?[/surl]

Crafty: From people who are good with their hands.
[surl=http://www.asylum.com/2010/09/24/video-game-crochet-golden-jellybean/]Videogame amigurumi[/surl] and a [surl=http://www.youtube.com/user/GoldenJellyBean]how-to series[/surl].

Art in games: Real paintings, sometimes.
[surl=http://www.theautumnsociety.com/2010/09/video-game-gore-2nd-piece.html]Video game gore: 2nd piece[/surl] is gorgeous.
[surl=http://www.4colorrebellion.com/archives/2010/09/24/25-days-of-mario/]The Five Generals[/surl] (25 days of Mario).

RUMOURED:
[surl=http://www.bungie.net/news/content.aspx?type=topnews&cid=28836]Is Bungie already teasing Reach DLC?[/surl]
[surl=http://www.codblackopsblog.com/nazi-zombies-confirmed-again-this-time-in-brady-games-strategy-guide/]Will Call of Duty: Black Ops get zombies?[/surl]
[surl=http://www.videogamer.com/news/prince_of_persia_trilogy_in_3d_too.html]Is the Prince of Persia HD collection also in 3D?[/surl]

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