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Video Game News from October 2005





Filed Under: Video Game Politics

Gamergod today has good post by a jkdove, titled, "The People vs. Common Sense," which details the recent anti-video game law out of Michigan, Michigan SB-0416. The recent spate of such laws will not stand up to the Constitutional test, yet it hasn't stopped California and other states from passing similar legislation. For another good opinion piece on the subject, check out Lunabean.com owner Allison's Opinion on the Cali. Bill. Perhaps our legislators should be worrying more about corruption and cronyism than violence in video games made specifically for adults.

Posted by Jeremy on October 3, 2005 8:55 AM |

Filed Under: PS2 | PSP

Rockstar today announced an update to their GTA: Liberty City Stories (PSP, Oct. 25) website. New to the site is info on multiplayer, new emails from the "Liberty Tree", and a new trailer. So far, we know about three multiplayer modes: Survivor, Protection Racket, and Get Stretch. In Survivor, the first person to reach the "kill limit" or who has the most kills, wins. In Protection Racket, you have to destroy four limos at the opposing gang's base. Get Stretch is a version of "capture the flag" with limos. The game looks amazing, especially for a handheld. This game will sell PSPs. Oh, and since the game is set in 1998, the Y2K bug is prevalent...check out ammunation.net.

Posted by Jeremy on October 3, 2005 10:39 AM |


Filed Under: General Gaming

Nielson and Double Fusion, a provider of in-game advertising, have announced that in-game advertising is one of the most effective forms of advertising, especially since they target the 18-34 year old market. From the press release, "The study showed that the in-game campaign resulted in a 60 percent increase in awareness for a new product, and also showed that, while all ad formats had significant impact, animated 3-D advertising insertions achieved twice the recall of static billboards." Get ready for more ads in your games!
Posted by Jeremy on October 4, 2005 11:46 AM |


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In today's podcast we discuss the recently completed Indigo Prophecy (Farenheit) Walkthrough and Strategy Guide and the Genji: Dawn of the Samurai Walkthrough and Strategy Guide. We are currently working on a Sly 3 and Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood walkthrough. We also relay the latest news and this week's release dates.

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Posted by Lunabean on October 4, 2005 11:49 AM |

Filed Under: PC | PS2 | Strategy Guide | Xbox

We are pleased to announce the completion of our Indigo Prophecy Walkthrough and Strategy Guide. You can currently purchase the guide via our Download Store or if you prefer PayPal, you can use our PayPal E-Guide service and we'll e-mail you the guide. As of now, the Free guide is locked, although you can access the Introduction, Training, and Chapter 1, in order to get a glimpse of how the guide is written. We'll release the Free guide in full in a few months. The guide contains everything you need to get through this challenging game!

Posted by Jeremy on October 4, 2005 12:11 PM |

Filed Under: General Gaming

In some late-breaking news today, Bungie has announced that Peter Jackson, his wife, Fran Walsh, and the talented team behind The Lord of the Rings will be Executive Producers for the Halo movie. Reuters is reporting that, "Universal will oversee the film's production and domestic distribution. Fox will handle international distribution..."Halo" will be shot in Wellington, New Zealand, and will use Jackson's production and post-production facilities there." The film is due out in mid-2007. Oh boy, oh boy. Will there be a viral marketing campaign behind this one, too?

Posted by Lunabean on October 4, 2005 2:35 PM |

Filed Under: Nintendo DS

Nintendo DS
Yes, I said "dongle", as that's how the kind people at GamesIndustry.biz referred to Nintendo's newly announced USB connecter, which will allow those without wireless routers to turn their broadband enabled PCs into Nintendo DS hotspots.
The dongle news came from the DS Conference 2005 in Japan, and seemed to only reference Japanese and European launches of the device, which will be released this fall, alongside the release of Mario Kart DS. At this point I am without confirmation of a US release, but I can't imagine Nintendo would keep this from us.

Continue reading "Nintendo Unveils DS WiFi Dongle"
Posted by Allison on October 5, 2005 10:14 AM |

Filed Under: PS2 | Strategy Guide

Sly 3 Strategy Guide
I am pleased as punch to announce that work has begun on our Sly 3 Walkthrough and Strategy Guide. I am thoroughly enjoying playing through this third incarnation of the Sly series. Yes, it's more of the same, but that's OK when the same was a good time, no?
LB's Sly 3 Walkthrough and Strategy Guide

Posted by Allison on October 5, 2005 10:24 AM |

Filed Under: Xbox

At Microsoft's X05 event in Amsterdam, Eidos announced that Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend is in development for both the Xbox 360 and the Xbox. Although this is a "no duh" kind of announcement, the thought of a new Tomb Raider game has us excited. The most recent game, Angel of Darkness was fun, but had more glitches than a Diebold voting machine. Hopefully, the kinks will be worked out and we'll get a great game. Legend is due out in Spring of 2006.
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Continue reading ""Tomb Raider: Legend" for Xbox 360"
Posted by Jeremy on October 5, 2005 10:29 AM |

Filed Under: General Gaming

Electronic Arts (EA), Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, and DC Comics yesterday announced that Superman Returns: The Videogame will be released alongside the movie in the summer of 2006. It will be available on the Xbox 360, in addition to the current platforms. With the dismal track record of Superman games one can only hope that this game will not fall into the vat of liquified Kryptonite where previous Superman games seemed to have spawned. As long as they don't have me flying through golden rings in the sky, I think I'll be OK. EA's Orlando, Fl., Tiburon Studio (Madden) is developing the game.

Continue reading "EA Gets "Superman Returns""
Posted by Jeremy on October 5, 2005 10:58 AM |

Filed Under: Nintendo DS

Nintendo Wi-Fi
Early yesterday Nintendo unveiled its Nintendo DS USB connecter (or "dongle"), which will allow those without wireless routers to turn their broadband enabled PCs into Nintendo DS hotspots. At the time we reported the story, we did not have confirmation the dongle was coming to North America. Now we call all breathe a sigh of relief, as Nintendo issued a press release late yesterday afternoon confirming a November 14th launch of the Nintendo Wi-Fi Network and the previously announced USB connector for North America. To boot, we have confirmation that DS games made by Nintendo (Mario Kart DS, Animal Crossing: Wild World, and Metroid Prime Hunters) will require no additional charges to play on the WiFi Network.
This will be huge.

Continue reading "North America Gets DS WiFi Dongle"
Posted by Allison on October 6, 2005 10:04 AM |

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EA GamesMany sources are today reporting a settlement in the EA labor dispute, Jamie Kirshenbaum vs. Electronic Arts, Inc., which was filed in July 2004. EA has agreed to pay out $15.6 million to previous and current employees (and their lawyers) who claimed EA violated labor laws in refusing to pay them overtime. The settlement also reclassifies 200 entry-level artists as hourly workers, which will allow them to earn overtime.
The terms of the settlement must still be approved by the California Superior Court in San Mateo County, but are expected to be enough to clear the case from the court's docket. A similar lawsuit, filed in February by EA programmers, is still pending.

Posted by Allison on October 6, 2005 10:44 AM |


Filed Under: PC | PS2 | Xbox

Brothers in Arms 2 Guide
Early this morning I interviewed Jeremy about his first impressions of BIA 2: Earned in Blood. "It's hard," he said, "but war is hard, so I'm OK with that". He then begged for his coffee, which I was holding hostage until I got a quote from him.
Now, with caffeine pumping through his veins, Jeremy is hard at work on his Brothers in Arms 2: Earned in Blood Walkthrough and Strategy Guide. If you need help beyond the reach of the growing guide, post your question in our Brothers in Arms Help Thread.

Posted by Allison on October 6, 2005 11:08 AM |

Filed Under: GameCube | PC | PS2 | Xbox

Ubisoft today released a Q&A interview with lead AI and Gameplay director, Matthew Clarke, and Animation Director, Wade Konowalchuk, for Prince of Persia The Two Thrones, aka, POP3. The third game in this trilogy will pit a good prince against a dark prince. Most interesting to me is that the Dark Prince will have a weapon called the Daggertail, a "chain-like mid range weapon...[which] will also serve as a tool in order to manoeuvre in the environment in a very efficient and acrobatic manner to access places the Prince cannot." POP games have been known for their amazing environments. This game promises the best open environments yet, plus the addition of a character who can access places the normal prince cannot. I can't wait for this game. If you want to get excited, check out the official site.

Continue reading ""Prince of Persia 3" Animation Interview"
Posted by Jeremy on October 7, 2005 9:34 AM |

Filed Under: PSP

1Up.com is reporting that Symantec Security Response experts have identified the first PSP trojan, Trojan.PSPBrick, which, once installed, will delete PSP system files, then break the PSP. At this point, however, there's little need to worry about your precious PSP, as there are no confirmed infections. Why the story, then? Because Oliver Friedricks, Senior Manager at Symantec Security Response, warns that although there are still no confirmed cases of infection, "this should raise awareness. This is a trend we expect to see increase."
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Posted by Allison on October 7, 2005 9:39 AM |

Filed Under: GameCube | Nintendo Wii | Xbox | Xbox 360

J. Allard, the shiny headed, infinitely charasmatic, and fairly ubiquitous Xbox VP has spoken out about the Nintendo Revolution Controller. According to this article from Gamesindustry.biz, J. Allard is not a big fan of the Revolution Controller, specifically citing racing and sports games when saying, "I don't think most Electronic Arts games are going to be played with that thing." Agreed. Allard goes on to say that he had an idea for a similar controller a few years ago but that after extensive testing with gamers and developers, he dropped the idea.

Continue reading "Xbox VP Speaks Out on Revolution Controller"
Posted by Jeremy on October 7, 2005 10:12 AM |

Filed Under: Xbox | Xbox 360

Microsoft has repeatedly stated there will be 15 - 20 games available for the Xbox 360 at launch. At X05, the Xbox brand experience for the games and entertainment industry being held in Amsterdam this week, they confirmed eight launch titles: Project Gotham Racing 3, Kameo: Elements of Power, Perfect Dark Zero, Madden NFL 06, NBA Live 06, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 06, FIFA 06, and Need for Speed Most Wanted. In addition to those eight titles (read more about them in the attached press release, below), Activision and Take-Two are claiming to have a few Xbox 360 launch titles of their own, although they have yet to be confirmed by Microsoft.

Continue reading "17 Games for Xbox 360 Launch?"
Posted by Allison on October 7, 2005 10:23 AM |

Filed Under: Video Game Politics

It was a dark weekend in California. Governor Schwarzenegger, showing that he has no political backbone, yielded to the anti-video game sentiment sweeping the nation and signed assemblyman Leland Yee's bill aimed at keeping violent video games out of the hands of children. Don't get me wrong. I am all for keeping violent video games out of the hands of children, but not at the expense of the First Ammendment. The bill will ban the sale of games, "to minors, where such games are defined as those that include killing, maiming, dismembering or sexually assaulting an image of a human being." (San Jose Mercury News)

Continue reading "Governator Signs Video Game Bill"
Posted by Jeremy on October 10, 2005 9:51 AM |

Filed Under: General Gaming

Piper Jaffray, in its bi-annual (twice a year, they should have used "biennial") "Taking Stock with Teens" survey revealed that teen interest in gaming is waning. Out of the 700 teens from 11 high schools in 9 states, 75% of them say their interest in games is declining and 78% say they spent less time playing in 2005. Going further, 65% of teen households own a PS2, 50% own an Xbox, and 26% own a Gamecube. I don't put a whole lot of faith in this survey. First of all, the decline is based on the survey from Spring '05. Since then, we have also noticed a lull in our traffic. Why? No huge games have come out. Second, 700 kids in 11 highschools is too narrow a group upon which to base industry-wide conclusions. Note, an additional 2,000 kids participated in an online survey, but without the methodology, I don't trust those results. Third, these kids' favorite clothing stores are Hollister, a concept of Abercrombie & Fitch, and Abercrombie & Fitch itself. Once these teens grow up, they'll realize spending $100 for a pair of ripped jeans wasn't the wisest choice. The point there? That 40% of a teen's discretionary income is going to fashion. That doesn't leave much room for games.

Continue reading "Teen Interest in Games Declines"
Posted by Jeremy on October 10, 2005 10:38 AM |

Filed Under: Xbox 360

In an interview with Eurogamer, everybody's favorite shiny headed Xbox VP, J. Allard, speaks to the difficulties of a near simultaneous world-wide launch and hints that things aren't going to go well. When asked how many Xbox 360's will be available at launch, he responds, "I think no matter how big the number becomes, it still won't satisfy the demand." He continues, "We decided we're going to take a little bit of heat on allocations, frankly, in all the territories rather than take a lot of heat in one or two territories." The rest of the article is fairly interesting and sheds some light on Xbox LIVE Arcade as well.

Posted by Jeremy on October 11, 2005 9:50 AM |

Filed Under: PS2

We're not big fans of fighting games here at Lunabean, but we know we're in the minority on this one. Especially when it comes to the venerable SOULCALIBUR series. SOULCALIBUR III makes its return to the PS2 featuring a character creation system, three new characters, and original gameplay modes. There are a total of 25 playable characters and the settings range from a shrin in Greece to a German castle. The game is due for release on Oct. 25. Get your thumbs ready!

Continue reading ""SOULCALIBUR III" Goes Gold"
Posted by Jeremy on October 11, 2005 10:04 AM |

Filed Under: GameCube

Nintendo yesterday announced a Mario Party 7 bundle featuring the latest Mario Party game, a GameCube Mic, a GameCube, and two controllers all for $99.99! The game, sold separately, retails for $49.99 and includes the GameCube Mic which you can use to control some of the over 80 new mini-games. This is a great deal for anybody considering buying a GameCube and comes on the heels of the Super Smash Bros. Bundle. If you are an older gamer, don't think the GameCube isn't for you. Two of the best games we've played this year are GameCube exclusives: Resident Evil 4 and Geist.

Continue reading ""Mario Party 7" Bundle and Mic"
Posted by Jeremy on October 11, 2005 10:26 AM |

Filed Under: Xbox 360

The New York Times has today published A Game Console for the Rest of Us (subscription required), a very interesting article about how Microsoft hopes to go more mainstream with the Xbox 360, and, in doing so, is making a concerted effort to attract the ladies to the new console. The effort seems to be two-fold. First, they're aiming for female gamers by making more games which appeal to women (Kameo is used as an example in the article). Second, they're appealing to moms and wives by hitting hard the multi-function aspect of the console (MP3 player, DVD player, photo displayer), even going so far as to include in the Xbox 360 brochure a, "Here are some things you might want to tell your wife this thing does" tutorial.
In case Microsoft is wondering about this girl gamer, you all had me at Rare.

Posted by Allison on October 11, 2005 10:55 AM |

Filed Under: GameCube | PC | PS2 | Xbox

Ubisoft yesterday released a new trailer for the upcoming Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones game. To watch the trailer, go to princeofpersiagame.com and click on "Videos". The trailer, entitled "Babylon" shows a good mix of movie and gameplay; both of which are mighty impressive. It also shows a quick segment of chariot racing and a few speed kills from the new "speed kill" system. You don't even want to know how excited I am for this game. It is due out on December 6 for all current consoles and the PC.

Posted by Jeremy on October 12, 2005 12:01 PM |

Filed Under: General Gaming

The Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association (IEMA) president, Hal Halpin, has issued a statement in regards to Arnold Schwarzenegger's signing of A.B. 1179 into law. IEMA retailers are already voluntarily committed to inhibiting the sale of Mature-rated games, not unlike the successful self-regulatory efforts of the motion picture business. We would have hoped that legislators would work proactively with the industry to help educate parents about the ratings system, and are disheartened to learn that this politicization of the issue is instead becoming an opportunistic trend.

Continue reading "IEMA Responds to CA Anti-Video Game Bill"
Posted by Jeremy on October 12, 2005 12:53 PM |

Filed Under: Nintendo DS

After selling like free puppies in the US and Japan, Nintendo today announced that it has sold over 160,000 copies in the first weekend of the European launch. The side benefit, of course, being that Nintendogs is moving Nintendo DS's like crazy with sales up 400-700% across Europe. If you don't know much about Nintendogs, you can check out the LB Nintendogs Training Manual.
Buy Nintendogs | Rent Nintendogs from GameFly

Continue reading ""Nintendogs" Selling Like Free Puppies in Europe"
Posted by Jeremy on October 12, 2005 1:04 PM |

Filed Under: Xbox 360

Microsoft VP, Peter Moore, is adding to J. Allard's fears that a world-wide, nearly simultaneous launch of a video game console is nearly impossible. In this BBC article Moore states, "There's a reason no-one has done this before and we are figuring that out." Microsoft has 2,500 people working on the shipping alone. How are they going to deliver on their promise? "We're going to rent every 747 we can find," says Moore. Maybe Bill Gates will fly a few in his private jet...hopefully to Lunabean...yes, that would be worth his time.

Posted by Jeremy on October 13, 2005 9:45 AM |

Filed Under: Nintendo DS

In celebration of their recently announced Wi-Fi Dongle, Nintendo has announced the Mario Kart Nintendo DS bundle. The DS itself comes in the DS's fifth color, Hot Rod Red, includes a checkered-flag wrist strap, and a special collection of racing-inspired decals so you can deck out your DS with flames or a number. Mario Kart is the first game that will take advantage of the Wi-Fi network. The game has more than 30 new and classic racetracks and is due out on Nov. 14 in the US.

Continue reading "Nintendo DS "Mario Kart" Bundle"
Posted by Jeremy on October 13, 2005 10:09 AM |

Filed Under: PSP

Sony Computer Entertainment has released a software update/patch for the Sony PSP, bringing the system up to version 2.5. GamesIndustry.biz claims the greatest addition to the update is the "support for copyright-protected video content", while Gamespot has a Sony Press Release which touts the Location Free Player as the greatest addition.

Continue reading "PSP Updates to Version 2.5"
Posted by Allison on October 13, 2005 11:05 AM |

Filed Under: General Gaming

Electronic Arts (EA) today announced a "ground-breaking long term agreement" with Steven Spielberg to create three new original video game franchises. Spielberg will work directly with EA Los Angeles to develop storytelling, concept, design and artistic visualization of the new games. EA will own the intellectual properties and the game franchises. Financial terms were not disclosed. They must have had to pay Spielberg a ton of money for him to give away the rights, unless there is a revenue sharing model, or unless he gets the rights to the films based on the games. Anyway, this announcement once again shows the increasing harmony bewteen video games and Hollywood. Let's hope for some good games.

Continue reading "Spielberg Teams Up with EA"
Posted by Jeremy on October 14, 2005 11:15 AM |

Filed Under: Xbox 360

Microsoft has today issued a press release announcing heavyweight support for the Xbox Live Arcade on the Xbox 360. Now, not only will gamers have the opportunity to download "arcade" games like Bejeweled 2, Jewel Quest and Zuma, but, with the announcement that publishers and developers like Atari, Capcom, Codemasters, EA, Konami, Namco, SEGA and Ubisoft (to name a few), it seems gamers will soon be able to download big title games via Xbox Live. While this news is quite exciting, Joystiq is predicting the demise of video game retail stores because of it.

Continue reading "The End of Video Game Retail Stores?"
Posted by Allison on October 14, 2005 11:32 AM |

Filed Under: General Gaming

Star Wars Battlefront II will be debuting on Nov. 1. The first Battlefront is my favorite game to play on Xbox Live and I became quite skilled before realizing that it was taking over my life. A mere two weeks from now, it looks like I'll have even less of a life. Yesterday, in NYC, there was a gala event for the game including many Stormtroopers, Darth Vader, and a statement from the Mayor's spokesperson declaring yesterday, "Star Wars Day". It reminds of the Mayor from The Simpsons: "I hereby declare today, Chowder Day!" Anyway, for some great pics, check out 1up's story.

Posted by Jeremy on October 14, 2005 11:50 AM |

Filed Under: Video Game Politics

Jack Thompson, the Miami-based attorney who has made a life out of suing anyone and anything associated with violent video games, has been sent a letter from Dr. David Walsh of the National Institute on Media and the Family (NIMF), asking that Thompson stop using the NIMF's name in any way that might create the impression the NIMF supports Thompson. They have also asked Mr. Thompson to remove the NIMF link from his site, StopKill.com.

Continue reading "Jack Thompson vs. NIMF"
Posted by Allison on October 17, 2005 4:12 PM |

Filed Under: Video Game Politics

The Video Software Dealers Association has today filed suit against the state of California to get the state's recently signed Violent Video Game Law declared unconstitutional. Hey, VSDA, you don't need to sue. I'll do it right now. California's Violent Video Game Law is unconstitutional. If only Arnie would have listened to me months ago. Now, because the ultimate weight lifter and Governator lacks a backbone of any kind, the people of California will be paying for a trial to prove what we all already know to be true. The First Amendment is a bitch, and it protects even the ugliest forms of expression. Oh, and even those under the age of 18 have First Amendment rights. Why people in government don't know that is beyond me.
Stay tuned and we'll keep you up to date on all of the Video Software Dealers Association vs. Schwarzenegger news as it's revealed.

Posted by Allison on October 17, 2005 4:32 PM |


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We have finished the Sly 3 Walkthrough and Strategy Guide and are chipping away at the Brothers in Arms 2: Earned in Blood Walkthrough and Strategy Guide. Up next we will tackle Shadow of the Colossus and Tony Hawk's American Wasteland. Making news these past two weeks are the Cali. video game bill, Steven Spielberg and EA, and the Nintendo Wi-Fi network. We also recap the release dates for the week ahead.

Continue reading "Lunabean Video Game Radio"
Posted by Lunabean on October 18, 2005 7:56 AM |

Filed Under: Video Game Politics

Gamespot is today reporting the latest from everyone's favorite ambulance chaser, Jack Thompson. It seems earlier this month the anti-video game attorney penned "A Modest Proposal", in which he asked game makers to create a violent game that would target high ups in the video game industry, asking specifically that Take-Two Interactive president Paul Eibler be one of the victims. According to the letter, Thompson offered to donate $10,000 to Eibler's charity of choice upon the creation of such a game.

Continue reading "Opinion: Let's Kick Jack Thompson to the Curb"
Posted by Lunabean on October 18, 2005 10:43 AM |

Filed Under: Nintendo DS

Nintendo has signed an agreement with Wayport, a leading provider of Wi-Fi in public places, to extend Wi-Fi service to Nintendo DS users in nearly 6000 McDonald's locations across the US. This service will begin with the Nintendo Wi-Fi launch on November 14th, and begs for the creation of the french fry stylus. Such a tool would certainly prove to be both useful and delicious.

Continue reading "Millions of greasy fingers to touch DSes nationwide"
Posted by Lunabean on October 18, 2005 10:59 AM |

Filed Under: PS2 | Strategy Guide

I just realized I forgot to post the completion announcement of our Sly 3 Walkthrough and Strategy Guide, which we finished up last Friday. As usual, we have the free and ad-heavy guide available to all, along with the low-cost and ad-free PDF versions (over 200 helpful screenshots come with the Sly 3 PDF Screenshot Guide).
Up next for me is another PS2 exclusive, the Shadow of the Colossus Walkthrough and Strategy Guide.

Posted by Lunabean on October 19, 2005 9:53 AM |

Filed Under: Video Game Politics

California legislators are now responding publicly to the lawsuits filed against the state of California by the Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA) and the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) concerning the constitutionality of the state's recently passed violent video game law. The law, which will go into effect in January 2006, requires "violent video games" to sport a 2 inch by 2 inch black and white sticker with the number "18" on it, and will punish retailers that sell these games to minors with a $1000 fine.

Continue reading "Schwarzenegger and Yee Respond to Video Game Lawsuit"
Posted by Lunabean on October 19, 2005 10:49 AM |

Filed Under: PS2

Yesterday it was announced the highly anticipated Shadow of the Colossus had shipped to stores across North America. Today we have confirmation from our local retailers that the game will arrive around noon (PDT). That gives me less than an hour to shower, drive to the mall, and fight off all the little punks who, like me, forgot to pre-order this one. See ya!
For details on this game (created by Sony Japan, who gave us ICO), please read Sony's press release. Also, look forward to our Shadow of the Colossus Walkthrough and Strategy Guide, which will begin to take form tomorrow or Friday.

Continue reading "Shadow of the Colossus Hits Stores Today!"
Posted by Lunabean on October 19, 2005 11:15 AM |

Filed Under: Video Game Politics

Despite my plea to ignore Jack Thompson and stop playing his ugly little games, the crew over at the Penny-Arcade forums opted to go in the opposite direction. Instead of kicking Thompson to the curb, they chose to contact the Florida Bar Association, which, according to Ars Technica has resulted in an official investigation into Thompson's legal practices.

Continue reading "Gamers Take Jack Thompson to Task"
Posted by Allison on October 20, 2005 9:57 AM |

Filed Under: General Gaming

Gizmondo, the red headed step child of the handheld video game market, is set to launch in the US this weekend. The system plays games, has built-in GPS, plays music, has a camera, and can send/receive text messages. The big games for the launch are EA's SSX 3 and FIFA 2005. Otherwise you may be interested in a game called Sticky Balls, which is the follow up to Alec Baldwin's "Saturday Night Live" game, Schwetty Balls. I haven't yet put the Gizmondo in the realm of the much lambasted N-Gage, but I do believe its heading in that direction.

Continue reading "Gizmondo Launches this Weekend"
Posted by Jeremy on October 20, 2005 10:08 AM |

Filed Under: Xbox 360

Joystiq is reporting and many are confirming that playable Xbox 360 demos are popping up in various Wal-Marts throughout the country. Setting aside the evil that is Wal-Mart (see the most recent JibJab "Big Box Mart"), I do believe that Allison and I will venture to the Clackamas, OR Wal-Mart today or tomorrow to check it out. Reportedly, playable demos of Call of Duty 2, Kameo, and King Kong are part of the display. What penance will I have to do for stepping into a Wal-Mart? I guess I have to go through my old clothes and give some to Good Will.

Posted by Jeremy on October 20, 2005 10:35 AM |

Filed Under: GameCube | PC | PS2 | Strategy Guide | Xbox

I have completed the rough draft of the Brothers in Arms 2: Earned in Blood Walkthrough and Strategy Guide. Today, I'll be taking screenshots as I replay the game, making sure my strategies are as solid as Doyle's Boston accent. I'll work on the PDF versions of the guide after I'm done with the screenshots. Until then, you can visit the online BIA: EIB Guide. The guide was written based on "Difficult" difficulty level, so it'll cover everything you need to know. Plus there is a helpful Tutorial for all of you green soldiers.

Posted by Jeremy on October 21, 2005 9:41 AM |

Filed Under: PSP

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. has today announced that the cumulative production shipment of its PlayStation Portable (PSP) handheld game system has reached 10 million units worldwide. North America leads the pack, as we have received 4.47 million units. Japan is in second place with 3.00 million units, and Europe/PAL territories have received 2.53 millon units. While looking at these numbers, keep in mind that the PSP was released in Japan in December 2004 and in Europe just this past September, which shows quite a successful European debut. The PSP was released in North America on March 24, 2005.

Continue reading "10 Million PSPs Shipped"
Posted by Allison on October 21, 2005 11:09 AM |

Filed Under: Video Game Politics

We told you yesterday of an article from Ars Technica, titled "Anti-game activist Jack Thompson under investigation". The article reported a number of Penny-Arcade forum members had written the Florida Bar Association regarding Thompson's unlawyer-like behavior in reportedly contacting the Seattle police department and asking them to arrest the writers of Penny-Arcade. Thompson believes himself to be a victim of criminal harassment by the web comic writers, who, earlier this week, donated $10,000 in Thompson's name to the Entertainment Software Association Foundation (more).

Today, Gamespot has contacted the Florida Bar Association and discovered that, while two investigations concerning Thompson are currently underway, no new investigation has begun regarding these most recent events. The FBA confirms they've received many complaints this week, and would not rule out any future actions being taken because of the complaints.

Continue reading "Jack Thompson not under investigation...yet"
Posted by Allison on October 21, 2005 11:50 AM |

Filed Under: Xbox | Xbox 360

As Microsoft prepares for the launch of the Xbox 360, the company has scheduled a day of Xbox Live down time. Xbox Live service will be "interrupted" beginning on Monday, October 24th, and will return on Tuesday, October 25th. During the same period, the Xbox.com web site will, "relaunch with new features, new forums, and exciting new content."
I have the feeling we'll be very pleased with something Xbox 360 next week.

Continue reading "Xbox Live Outage: October 24th"
Posted by Lunabean on October 21, 2005 7:49 PM |

Filed Under: Xbox

THQ and Aspyr today announced that Stubbs the Zombie: Rebel Without a Pulse will be distributed to PAL territories in November. Stubbs was released in North America just last week, and has been a pleasant surprise to many. While we have yet to play the game, the Stubbs soundtrack (pointed out by Lunabeanie NewYorkerNick), in and of itself, tells me this is a game we're going to like. Plus, it has that whole, "built with Bungie's Halo Engine" thing going for it.
Stubbs the Zombie: Rebel Without a Pulse is for the Xbox and PC.
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Posted by Allison on October 24, 2005 9:52 AM |

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While we've received many a compliment for our video game news, we've also received a handful of complaints. The complaints have come in the form of wanting an easier way to read and navigate specific console news. We are pleased today to launch our video game news bar (it's the yellow bar, beneath the top ad). The news bar will provide you with direct links to console-specific news (including the next-gens), along with fun and exciting new categories, like Strategy Guide News, Release Date News, and, my new favorite, Game Politics. To boot, each new category has it's very own RSS feed. Check the specific news pages, or our complete news page for the RSS URLs.

Posted by Allison on October 24, 2005 10:19 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: GameCube | PC | PS2 | Xbox

Video game developer and publisher Namco Hometek Inc. has released the first details for the upcoming Curious George video game. The most important detail? The game is based on Universal Pictures' and Imagine Entertainment's February 10th animated feature film of the same name. Sadly, we don't have confirmation of Will Ferrell participation in the game, but, since he's the voice of the Man with the Yellow Hat, I'd expect it.
For more details on Curious George's video game misadventures (for the Xbox, PS2, Gamecube, GBA and PC), read Namco's press release.

Continue reading "First Curious George Details Revealed"
Posted by Allison on October 24, 2005 10:43 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PC | PS2 | Strategy Guide | Xbox

I am so very pleased to announce that the LB Brothers in Arms 2: Earned in Blood Walkthrough and Strategy Guide is complete! The guide is based on "Difficult" difficulty, contains tried and true strategies for each and every enemy in the game, has a Tutorial section for those who haven't played the game, and includes tips on Multiplayer and Skirmish mode. The guide comes in three versions: PDF with Screenshots, PDF Text, or the Free and Ad-Heavy version. Enjoy.

Posted by Jeremy on October 25, 2005 7:21 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PS3 | Xbox 360

With the Xbox 360 less than a month from launch and the PS3 set to launch sometime in the spring/summer of '06, we thought it's about time to discuss the differences between the two systems and find out which one you want. Lunabeanie, Edgemaster, posed this very question on our Message Boards. Here, you can add your two cents (or $400) to the subject of which you think will be the best and why (no fan boys allowed). If you're more interested in the specs of these supercomputers, you can check out Wikipedia's extensive PS3 info and Xbox 360 info. Let the battle begin!

Posted by Jeremy on October 25, 2005 7:39 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PS2 | Strategy Guide

Don't fret any longer trying to figure out how to kill that 6th Colossus because Allison is currently working away on the LB Shadow of the Colossus Walkthrough and Strategy Guide. She has beaten all 16 Colossi and is currently going through the game again, taking screenshots and writing up each Colossus. In the meantime, if you need help, head on over to the Shadow of the Colossus Help Thread on our Message Boards. Oh, btw, Allison is loving the game.

Posted by Jeremy on October 25, 2005 9:07 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PC | PS2 | Strategy Guide | Xbox

When we launched the LB Indigo Prophecy Walkthrough and Strategy Guide a few weeks ago we decided to lock up the Free Version of the guide and only offer it in the PDF versions (Screenshot | Text). Well gamers, today is a happy day as I'll be working on releasing the Free Version so all of you who can't figure out how to get a 75-100% on the composite sketch will no longer be pulling out your hair.

Posted by Jeremy on October 25, 2005 9:18 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo Wii

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has revealed in an interview with Japan's Nikkei Business that Nintendo intends to launch its next-generation console, the Revolution, by means of a simultaneous global launch. Considering Microsoft has redefined "simultaneous" with its own "simultaneous global launch" of the Xbox 360, which actually spans three weeks, we'll have to wait and see how simultaneous Nintendo considers "simultaneous" to be.
Iwata also revealed in the interview a definite 2006 launch for the Revolution, but said it will not come during this fiscal year, which ends on March 31, 2006. This leaves me to wonder, then, whether his 2006 launch is calendar or fiscal. As much as I appreciate the info obtained by Nikkei Business, I would love it if they'd, occasionally, ask a follow up.

Posted by Allison on October 26, 2005 10:15 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: GameCube | PS2 | Strategy Guide

Resident Evil 4 debuts for the PS2 this week. Back in the spring, when RE4 was released for the GameCube we wrote the extensive LB Resident Evil 4 Walkthrough and Strategy Guide. This week, we'll be writing a PS2-specific version of the RE4 Strategy Guide. For the time being, however, the GameCube version of the RE4 Strategy Guide will help you out. You can also read our RE4 Review. We consider this one of the year's best games.

Posted by Jeremy on October 26, 2005 10:48 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox | Xbox 360

The North American launch of the Xbox 360 is 27 days away. After a day's downtime (and some sporadic downtime today), xbox.com got an Xtreme makeover, the results of which are visible today. The site is rebranded with an Xbox 360 motif, although it still covers everything Xbox. In addition to the new look, the most anticipated new feature is integration between xbox.com, Xbox Forums, and Xbox LIVE. In the near future you'll be able to access your Xbox LIVE account via the internet in order to create a gamer card, see your Xbox Live Friends List, earn forum icons, and, once Xbox 360 launches, a bunch of other integration features which are still under wrap. If you weren't excited about the Xbox 360 before, check out the site and see if you can resist the shiny new console.

Posted by Jeremy on October 26, 2005 10:59 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PSP | Strategy Guide

GTA: Liberty City Stories (PSP) is now in stores and we'll be traveling to our local EB Games to pick it up today. I'll be starting in on a LB GTA: Liberty City Stories Walkthrough and Strategy Guide as soon as tomorrow. We're very excited to play what is sure to be a PSP blockbuster game. It's GTA afterall. For more information on the game you can check out the official website. In the meantime, keep an eye on our GTA: Liberty City Stories Walkthrough and Strategy Guide Topic on our message boards.

Posted by Jeremy on October 26, 2005 11:49 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo DS

GameStop and Nintendo have teamed up to offer a free pair of virtual Star-shaped Sunglasses for your Nintendog. Using the "Barkmode" wireless feature, anyone who visits a GameStop from Oct. 28 - Oct. 30, will receive the sunglasses and a voice greeting from Napoleon Dynamite star Haylie Duff. This offer comes just days after the launch of the Nintendo DS "Best Friends" Bundle which includes a Teal or Pearl Pink DS and a copy of Nintendogs, which features the six most popular breeds from the three different versions. It also includes a Nintendogs-branded DS skin and a bone-shaped screen cleaner. To boot, Nintendo is donating $50,000 to the ASPCA. We had to ship our Nintendogs back to Gamefly *tear*. Peaches and Jenny...how we miss you.

Check out the LB Nintendogs Training Manual

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Posted by Jeremy on October 26, 2005 12:17 PM | | Comments (0)


It's no secret that King Kong is going to be a huge blockbuster when it debuts at theatres this December. It's also no secret that the accompanying game has high expectations. A big reason for this is the involvement of Peter Jackson in the game-making process. In this NY Times article (free reg. req.), the basics of the video game industry and some allusions to Hollywood and video game-dom are covered. However, if you read a little deeper you'll discover that Peter Jackson was not happy with how the Lord of the Rings games, made by Electronic Arts, turned out. And, we'd have to agree. What most fascinates us is Peter Jackson's apparent love affair with, what we consider one of the most underrated games of all time, Ubisoft's Beyond Good and Evil.

Continue reading "Why Peter Jackson Chose Ubisoft"
Posted by Jeremy on October 27, 2005 11:12 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo DS

Nintendo recently announced that it has licensed handwriting input and recognition software, called Decuma, from Zi Corporation, a leading provider of such software for PDA's and Smart Phones. The software, which will be used on the Nintendo DS will allow users to write on the touch screen in a natural way and have their strokes be interpreted as letters, numbers, etc. With the soon to be released Nintendo Wi-Fi network all I can think of is how my DS is going to turn into my favorite form of communication. And, with Blackberry's potential blackout, wouldn't it be funny to see news people and beltway types all communicating via a DS? Or, maybe just playing Nintendogs.

Continue reading "Nintendo Licenses Handwriting Recognition Software"
Posted by Jeremy on October 27, 2005 11:31 AM | | Comments (0)


We once loved providing you all with the opportunity to comment on our news stories. Yet, we had to take the comment feature away once the evil spam monsters found our site and oozed their slimey spam all over it. We spent hours a week deleting spam ads, only to be bombarded by the same spammers the next week. It was a useless fight, so we gave up. However, now we think we may have a solution. We have installed a comment service from Haloscan, which should block the evil spambots from spamming, while providing us with a very easy way to delete those that make it through. DID YOU HEAR THAT SPAMMERS? WE WIN! For now.
To comment, please click the word "Comment" at the bottom of each post (if you're on individual entry pages, you'll have to scroll below the ads), then comment away. It's that easy.

Posted by Lunabean on October 27, 2005 11:40 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: GameCube

LEGO Star Wars, one of the most purely fun games to come along in a while, and a great game for kids and adults alike, is now available on the GameCube. Combining two of my favorite childhood pastimes, this game delivers a remarkably addicting, fun, and happy game playing experience. When the game first debuted back in Spring '05, we wrote a comprehensive LEGO Star Wars Strategy Guide. It also works for the GameCube version. Enjoy!

Buy from Amazon | Rent from GameFly (we do)

Posted by Jeremy on October 27, 2005 11:42 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PSP | Strategy Guide

Yesterday, I told you about my plans to write a LB GTA: Liberty City Stories Walkthrough and Strategy Guide. Today, I'm here to tell you that I have begun the GTA: LCS guide. Well, I made the page for it and plan on starting the guide as soon as I'm done writing this news piece (and take a shower). I am thoroughly impressed with GTA: LCS. It is everything that a GTA should be and has made me realize the power of the PSP. I'll upload my progress each night, so check back often.

Posted by Jeremy on October 27, 2005 11:54 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PS2

The first draft of our Shadow of the Colossus Walkthrough and Strategy Guide is complete, which means we've detailed the strategies behind finding and slaying each of the 16 Colossi, but it's not quite as pretty as we like our guides to be. So, I'll be writing a quick introduction to the Colossus guide today, I'll run a spell check (or two) while I'm there, then I'll begin work on the PDF guides, including a beautiful screenshot guide. Expect to see those sometime tomorrow.

Posted by Lunabean on October 27, 2005 11:55 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Video Game Politics

In a case of law plagiarism, Florida state Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla, has introduced a bill that is almost identical to the recent California bill signed into law by movie and video game star, Arrrnohld. The bill seeks to ban violent video games from children, something that we have expressed our views upon and which you can read more about in our Game Politics section. Anyway, what I find most interesting is Diaz de la Portilla's ongoing campaign finance ethics violations, "In 2001 the Elections Commission imposed a $311,000 fine on the senator after finding him guilty of 311 violations of the law." Wow. 311 violations of the law. That must be a new record. So, why the video game bill? Because it's convenient, easy, and looks good to voters. Don't worry about the fact that it's unconstitutional and doesn't help to alleviate the problem. When will they ever learn?

Posted by Jeremy on October 28, 2005 3:48 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox 360

How did I miss this? Microsoft has added to their portfolio of viral marketing campaigns with www.hex168.com. The site, a campaign for the Nov. 22nd launch of the Xbox 360, is a spoof on tabloids like "Weekly World News," which asks users to submit their own sightings of "The Hex" in the form of pictures or short stories. "The Hex" is a mysterious power which, "motivates our most bizarre, transcendent, and oddest moments." Out of all of the submissions, there will be 360 winners who will fly to the world launch event of the Xbox 360 six days before the launch. I can't believe I didn't hear about this until I got the press release. Oy. It's the same feeling I get when I don't know the bands at the MTV Music Awards.

Continue reading "Hex 168 - Another Xbox 360 Viral Marketing Campaign"
Posted by Jeremy on October 28, 2005 4:08 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: General Gaming

Video Games Live, the concert series which combines, "the best music and video clips from the most popular games from the beginning of video gaming to the present," has announced that 18 of the 20 tour dates have been cancelled, "Due to circumstances beyond our control." The two remaining shows will be held in Vancouver and Seattle. That stinks. I was excited to see how this would turn out. For more information, go to videogameslive.com.

Posted by Jeremy on October 28, 2005 4:24 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: General Gaming

Happy Halloween to everybody from us here at Lunabean! Although we have yet to play "Oogie's Revenge" the icon always gets us in the spirit of Halloween. We hope you all have a happy, safe, and well, michevious day. Oh, and we decided that today will be the birthdays of our two black cats. They're both seven. So happy birthday to Luna and Quai!

Posted by Jeremy on October 31, 2005 11:59 AM | | Comments (0)


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