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Video Game News from November 2005






EA's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Nov. 8, all systems) has gone gold and Allison is once again running around the house screaming, "Alohamora," while pretending to flick a wand. I'm guessing that some Floo Powder was involved to quickly transport the final production copy to the factory in Diagon Alley. The game will launch four days before the movie and features life-like recreations of the characters (previous Harry Potter games had cartoon-like renditions). The game also features three player cooperative so each person can play as one of the three main characters. The game follows the movies plot, starting with the selection of Harry for the Triwizard Tournament. Oh boy, oh boy!
Pre-Order from Amazon | Rent from GameFly

Posted by Jeremy on November 1, 2005 9:44 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: General Gaming | PSP

Take-Two yesterday lowered its earnings forecast due to delays in games (Elder Scrolls IV, European launch of GTA: LCS and the Japan launch of GTA:SA) and the remnants of the hot coffee mod. However, mixed amongst this bad news was a bit of good news: a new Grand Theft Auto game for the PSP sometime in the next fiscal year (probably Oct. 2006). I'm currently writing a GTA: Liberty City Stories Walkthrough and Strategy Guide and I am very impressed. Another GTA PSP would make me very happy.

Posted by Jeremy on November 1, 2005 10:31 AM | | Comments (0)



EA, Fox, and Gracie Films today announced a long-term deal that gives EA rights to "The Simpsons". Terms of the deal were not disclosed. EA will have development rights to multiple videogame titles and there are reports that there is already one in the pipeline for the next-gen consoles. Unfortunately "The Simpsons" games have been mediocre with the lone exception being The Simpons: Hit and Run. Hopefully EA can change that. Shares of EA are up about 8% or $4.00.

Continue reading "EA Gets Rights to "The Simpsons""
Posted by Jeremy on November 2, 2005 11:33 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: GameCube | General Gaming | PC | PS2 | Xbox

2K Games and Sony Pictures today announced a worldwide agreement to publish and distribute The Da Vinci Code game, based on the May '06 movie directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks. The movie is obviously being based on the book. "Revolving around secret societies, ancient cover-ups and calculated vengeance, the gameplay in The Da Vinci Code will feature action-oriented suspense for seasoned gamers and The Da Vinci Code fans alike." The game is being developed by The Collective, a part of Foundation 9 Entertainment for all current consoles. Oh boy, oh boy!!!

Continue reading "2K Games Gets Rights to "The Da Vinci Code""
Posted by Jeremy on November 2, 2005 11:46 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox 360

2K Games came out with a coyly worded press release today, "Amped 3 is a launch day candidate for the Xbox 360." Candidate? Are they electing it? This game has drawn our attention because Amped and Amped 2 were both great games and both made internally by Microsoft. Sometime between Amped 2 and now, MS released the development of it to 2K Sports, a subsidiary of Take-Two. The game claims to be three times as large as the previous Amped games and will have hundreds of challenges. Hey, I just want to see how the snow looks.

Continue reading ""Amped 3" Ready for Xbox 360 Launch?"
Posted by Jeremy on November 2, 2005 11:59 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PS2 | Strategy Guide

Last time I updated you on the progress of our Shadow of the Colossus Walkthrough and Strategy Guide, I informed you the rough draft was complete. Since then, we have created a Printable SotC Guide, a Screenshot SotC Guide, and we have now updated (or upgraded) our free Shadow of the Colossus Walkthrough and Strategy Guide. Please check it out and let us know what you think. It's a bit different from our regular free walkthroughs, as it includes a few screenshots and, I believe, a better navigation system.

Posted by Allison on November 2, 2005 1:36 PM | | Comments (0)

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Fark.com is running one of its infamous Photoshop contests. This time, the goal is to turn a violent video game into something more innocuous. Among my favorites are "Resident Weeble", "Max Vain", "Halo: Interactive Bible", and "Pet Rock", the completely harmless game for the Xbox video game system.
See the Fark entries for yourself.

Posted by Allison on November 3, 2005 10:22 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PSP | Strategy Guide

Just thought I'd give you an update on the growing LB GTA: Liberty City Stories (LCS) Walkthrough and Strategy Guide. I recently arrived on Staunton Island and the first thing I did was grab a boat to check out the bay. After that, I jumped into a Yakuza Stinger (finally a fast car) and took in the sights. I hope to dedicate more time over the next few days to completing the GTA: LCS Strategy Guide so check back often.

Posted by Jeremy on November 3, 2005 10:57 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: General Gaming

Get your pouch of dice, your Dungeon Master's Guide and your best Cleric (well, that's me) ready because this Saturday, Nov. 5, is Worldwide D&D Game Day. At stores across the country you can participate in this celebration of all things Dungeons and Dragons. You can check out Participating Locations or visit Wizards.com for more info. Watch out for that Hydra!

Posted by Jeremy on November 3, 2005 11:05 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: General Gaming

Elevation Partners, a US-based equity firm who counts U2's Bono amongst its partners today revealed that it has merged video game developer powerhouses Pandemic Studios and BioWare. Pandemic is a relative newcomer but has had a string of hits with Mercenaries, Destroy All Humans! and Star Wars Battlefront. BioWare is our favorite RPG developer with games such as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Jade Empire. The joint effort will allow the companies to share management, talent, and ideas. On a side note, Elevation Partners earlier this year tried and failed to purchase the UK's Eidos (Tomb Raider, Hitman) but lost in a bidding war to SCi, another UK company. For the details, you can read this Reuters article.

Posted by Jeremy on November 3, 2005 11:27 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: GameCube | PC | PS2 | PS3 | Xbox | Xbox 360

This week's Gamespot Rumor Control has an interesting rumor surrounding the role of Sam Fisher in the upcoming Splinter Cell 4 (Xbox 360, Xbox, PS3, PS2, Gamecube, PC). The sleuthing skills of those at The Gaming Age Forums have brought some unreleased images to light which reveal that our favorite stealth agent has quite possibly lost it and is running amok in Denver, CO, leaving innocent civilian casualties in his path.

Continue reading "Sam Fisher Loses it in "Splinter Cell 4"?"
Posted by Allison on November 3, 2005 11:33 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: GameCube | Nintendo DS

Nintendo today unveiled it's Q1 (first three months of '06) games lineup. Most importantly, we'll see the release of Metroid Prime: Hunters for the DS, which is WiFi enabled. Other games that we're excited for include True Swing Golf for the DS which uses the touch screen to reproduce a realistic golf swing and Tales of Phantasia, an RPG for the GameCube. Also of interest, in a weird way, is Odama, described as, "the best microphone-controlled Japanese feudal warrior pinball game you'll ever play." Hmm?

Continue reading "Nintendo Reveals Q1 Lineup"
Posted by Jeremy on November 4, 2005 9:58 AM | | Comments (0)


Filed Under: Video Game Politics

"This Thursday, November 3, 2005, at 1 pm the Alabama fireworks ignite in the Fayette County Courthouse. This may make the OJ Simpson trials look like quilting bees," read a press release issued earlier this week by Jack Thompson, the infamous lawyer representing Strickland in the case. Thompson's intentions are to to prove Sony, Take-Two/Rockstar, Wal-Mart and Gamestop drove Devin Moore to kill two police officers and a dispatcher in June 2003, after the troubled youth, who had been in and out of abusive foster care for years, was found to be a Grand Theft Auto gamer. So, how did yesterday's court date go? According to an article out of the Tuscaloosa News (subscription required), yesterday was less about the impact of GTA on society, and more about whether or not the judge will allow Thompson to represent the plaintiffs.

Continue reading "Strickland vs. Sony turns into Thompson vs. Reality"
Posted by Allison on November 4, 2005 11:35 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PS2

Just a quick Saturday morning report to fill you in on the happenings of our Resident Evil 4 Walkthrough and Strategy Guide (PS2). I have just uploaded what I have at this point, meaning Chapters 1 - 4 are ready for your PS2 viewing pleasure. I opted to attach the Gamecube version introduction, along with the Gamecube version Chapter 5. Both will help you, but there will be some technical differences. I plan on having the complete (rough draft) PS2 version of the RE4 guide up by the end of this weekend.

Posted by Allison on November 5, 2005 8:41 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox 360

1Up has put together a great article/picto-chart showing what are, indeed, 23 eerie parallels between the Xbox 360 and Sega Dreamcast. They have included everything from similar logos to MTV debuts to year long pre-competition launches. However, don't let the similarities between the two systems scare you, as 1Up has also included 10 reasons why the Xbox 360 will succeed where the Dreamcast failed.

Posted by Allison on November 7, 2005 9:55 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PSP

Electronic Arts today announced James Bond: From Russia with Love for the PSP. From Russia with Love is already shipping for the PS2, Xbox, and GameCube. If I didn't have a PSP I would poo poo this (yes, I said "poo poo", so what?). However, being deep into writing the GTA:LCS Strategy Guide, which is also a PSP game, I am very impressed with the PSP and have full confidence that an EA Bond game will play well on the system. Allison and I plan on writing a James Bond: From Russia with Love Walkthrough and Strategy Guide as soon as possible. Stay tuned to our news for details.

Continue reading ""From Russia with Love" for the PSP"
Posted by Jeremy on November 7, 2005 9:58 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PSP | Strategy Guide

Ubisoft today unveiled the name of the first Prince of Persia game to be released for the PSP. And, if you didn't read the title of this article, then, drumroll please, the name is, Prince of Persia: Revelations. The game is based on last year's Prince of Persia: Warrior Within. However, Ubi has added, "original content such as additional puzzles, new maps and redesigned levels." It's interesting to see more and more developers launch their PSP lineup. It is becoming a real force and I'm excited to play this game. Of course, we'll be writing a Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones Walkthrough and Strategy Guide when it debuts in early December. I loves my PoP...loves my PoP.

Continue reading "Ubi Reveals "PoP: Revelations" for the PSP"
Posted by Jeremy on November 7, 2005 10:28 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PSP | Strategy Guide

I have finally opened up the last island in the game and see the light at the end of the tunnel in our growing, GTA: Liberty City Stories (LCS) Walkthrough and Strategy Guide. In addition to the content, I also spent some time yesterday organizing the guide. Now, you can click on Portland Island, Staunton Island, or Shoreside Vale. The guide is still in its "rough draft" stage and I have more missions to complete in Shoreside Vale but it's nearing completion for your gaming enjoyment!

Posted by Jeremy on November 7, 2005 10:35 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox 360

Those of you still hoping to pre-order an Xbox 360 for the system's November 22nd launch may now be out of luck. Online retailers stopped taking pre-orders a few weeks ago, and now brick and mortars are beginning to follow suit. A call to our local EB revealed they are still taking pre-orders for the second shipment of Xbox 360s, however, they can't guarantee they'll receive that second shipment before the end of the year. A call to our local Gamestop was even more disappointing, as they informed us that Microsoft has "ordered" them to stop taking pre-orders of any kind. Gamestop also revealed that they were initially expecting to have both the first and second shipments available to those who pre-ordered on launch day. Now they don't know when to expect that second shipment. This news comes after a report that Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, has, also, stopped taking pre-orders.

Continue reading "It's Official: Xbox 360 Launch Shortage"
Posted by Allison on November 7, 2005 11:47 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox 360

Microsoft today revealed the "prize" for the mysterious OrigenXbox360.com, a viral marketing site for the Xbox 360. Winners of the contest will enter "Gamer's Paradise," a two-day party held in the Mojave desert. The contest was open only to Europeans. The two-day party, "will feature hundreds of gaming stations, live entertainment and around-the-clock gaming at a venue immersed in the Xbox 360 experience." The location is undisclosed, probably because MS doesn't want any party crashers. Still, I bet there will be some die-hard fans who do find out where the party is to be held.

Continue reading "OrigenXbox360.com - Prize Announced"
Posted by Jeremy on November 8, 2005 10:59 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: GameCube | Nintendo DS | PC | PS2 | PSP | Strategy Guide | Xbox

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire videogame is now in stores. Based on the fourth book (and my personal favorite), Harry, Ron, and Hermione will have the ability to join forces via three-person multiplayer. In addition, Harry will have to face off against the many obstacles in the Triwizard Tournament and will have to face he who cannot be named. We'll be playing this game next, after we complete the Lunabean RE4 (PS2) Strategy Guide and the Lunabean GTA:LCS Strategy Guide. Alohamora!

Continue reading ""Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" in Stores!"
Posted by Jeremy on November 9, 2005 7:59 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: GameCube | PS2 | Xbox | Xbox 360

Activision's GUN, an Old West adventure game made by Neversoft, of Tony Hawk fame, is now in stores. There have been relatively few games in the Western genre, however, the suprise hit that was Red Dead Revolver and the mediocre success of Vampire Western, Darkwatch, bodes well for GUN. Add in some voice acting from Tom Skerrit, Kris Kristofferson, Thomas Jane, Lance Henriksen, and Ron Perlman and you have a hootenanny of raspy crotchety men, perfect to pull you into the late-1800s setting. The game's story was written by veteran Hollywood screenwriter, Randall Jahnson, who worked on Mask of Zorro and The Doors. Obviously, Activision has a lot at stake with this game. Look for it as a launch game for the Xbox 360, too.

Posted by Jeremy on November 9, 2005 9:09 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox 360

With less than two weeks before the launch of the Xbox 360 (Nov. 22), it is no surprise that there is a bounty of news regarding the console. Here's a quick roundup for you:

Xbox CFO, Bryan Lee, has stated that MS will sell 3 million Xbox 360s within 3 months after launch. That's a pretty tall order, especially considering the Xbox 360 shortage. Although MS is losing about $75 per console, sales of peripherals, games, and Xbox LIVE subscriptions should put sales in that same period at about $1.5 billion. Egad man! Some analysts are saying that the 3 million unit number is very conservative, while others are saying that it will more likely be about 1.5 million units. Only time will tell.

Continue reading "Xbox 360 News Roundup"
Posted by Jeremy on November 9, 2005 9:35 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox 360

Wondering about the back story of Kameo: Elements of Power? Well, wonder no longer because you can listen to the Kameo Podcast by visiting www.kameo.com. Once you're there, click on "Community Site" (lower left) where you will find the Podcast. Or, you can simply copy and paste the feed into your favorite aggregator, iTunes, or Google Reader. Anyway, the Podcast is an 8 part series with one being released each week. I listened to the first episode and while you've heard the basic plot before, it nonetheless gets you excited for the adventures that lie ahead. I think the Podcast is a great idea.

Continue reading ""Kameo" Podcast"
Posted by Jeremy on November 10, 2005 10:29 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Video Game Politics

Reuters is reporting that Federal Judge George Caram Steeh has granted a request by the Entertainment Software Association, the Video Software Dealers Association and the Michigan Retailers Association for a preliminary injunction preventing the state from enforcing its new violent-video game law, which was supposed to go into effect on December 1st. In the ruling Judge Steeh states, "(Michigan) has been unable to demonstrate the perceived harm it seeks to protect against". He continues to say, "Plaintiffs have demonstrated that the Act is unlikely to survive strict scrutiny, and that irreparable harm follows from the loss of First Amendment freedoms."
Read the Reuters article

Posted by Allison on November 10, 2005 11:03 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PS2

BBCNews is reporting that Katamari Damacy creator, Keita Takahashi, does not see a "long-term future in making games", and, instead, wants to focus on designing playgrounds for children. According to the article, Takahashi believes, "children should spend more time in the physical world and less time wrapped up in the virtual world of games."
True. But what about me? I'd play fewer video games if one of the most innovative video game designers made a playground for me. Ah well. At least he's doing good things.
Read the BBC article

Posted by Allison on November 10, 2005 11:31 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo Wii

In yesterday's CNNMoney's GameOver Column, Chris Morris interviews Nintendo executive vice president of sales and marketing, Reggie Fils-Aime, about the Nintendo Revolution, their entry into the next-gen console arena due to launch sometime next year. We already know that Revolution will not be HD compatible and that the controller will be akin to a remote. We could also have guessed that the Revolution will be cheaper than the Xbox 360 and PS3. Nonetheless, Fils-Aime does have some interesting things to say, for example, mistakes that were made with the GameCube, "With GameCube, at the time, portability was thought to be a big factor - that's why it has a handle. Obviously, that wasn't the case." If you want to know the direction Nintendo is heading, this is a good summary article for you to read.

Posted by Jeremy on November 11, 2005 10:01 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PS2 | Strategy Guide

We are happy to announce the completion of our LB Resident Evil 4 Walkthrough and Strategy Guide, for the PS2 version of the game. Included in the strategy guide is a complete walkthrough for the Separate Ways bonus game, starring Ms. Ada. As always, we are also offering Downloadable PDF guides, which give you the permission necessary to print the guides.
Free and Ad-heavy RE4 Guide | Screenshot RE4 PDF Guide (Credit Card) | Screenshot RE4 PDF Guide (PayPal) | Text RE4 PDF Guide (Credit Card) | Text RE4 PDF Guide | All PDF Guides, one low price

Posted by Allison on November 11, 2005 10:05 AM | | Comments (1)

Filed Under: PSP

We're pleased to announce the completion of the LB Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories Walkthrough and Strategy Guide. The guide covers all story missions and contains links to helpful maps and tips for completing side missions so that you can earn 100% completion. As always, we offer the Free and Ad-Heavy Version and the Downloadable, Printable, PDF Version. Enjoy!

Posted by Jeremy on November 11, 2005 10:11 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Video Game Politics

Thanks to Joystiq for pointing out a survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation that has determined, "the vast majority of TV shows 70 percent include some sexual content, with an average of five sex scenes per hour." That number increases when it comes to shows aimed at teens, averaging 6.7 sex scenes per hour. Joystiq asks the money question, "Pop quiz: how many sex scenes do most popular video games feature per hour?". Let's keep this survey in mind as legislators continue to try to slap federal regulations on video games while completely ignoring TV and movies.

Posted by Allison on November 11, 2005 10:25 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox 360

Microsoft today revealed the official launch lineup for the Xbox 360 for both North America and Europe. MS claims it's the, "strongest launch in the history of video game consoles," with NA getting 18 games and Europe getting 15. Although the lineup is very sports-heavy, here are the ones we're looking forward to: Perfect Dark Zero, Condemned: Criminal Origins, Kameo: Elements of Power, Project Gotham Racing 3, and Peter Jackson's King Kong. Europe essentially has the same lineup, minus a few sports titles. I am happy to see that MS developed games (PD0, Kameo, and PGR3) will all be priced at $49.99. Next week is going to be awesome!

Continue reading "Official Xbox 360 Launch Lineup"
Posted by Jeremy on November 14, 2005 8:20 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: General Gaming

MSNBC is today reporting on NPD Group market research which concludes that game sales for October are down 24% from a year earlier coming in at $294 million for consoles and $71 million for handhelds. Analysts predict that the slowdown will not continue into the holiday season and blame the slow sales on lackluster games and the inevitable waiting period before the next generation of hardware. Although the Xbox 360 debuts in 8 days, the PS3 and Nintendo Revolution are not due until mid to late next year. There will be some blockbuster games coming out after the holiday season (Kingdom Hearts 2, Zelda, Tomb Raider) which makes me think the slowdown will continue through the holidays but ease in January and February.

Posted by Jeremy on November 14, 2005 9:05 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox 360

Microsoft today announced that it will have ready for launch over 400 pieces of downloadable Xbox Live Marketplace content. The content is a mix of game trailers, demos, and purchasable pictures and themes. Although much of the content is free, Microsoft is offering "Microsoft Points", which may be purchased as a sort of gift card in retail stores or via the Xbox Live dashboard. The prices in this London press release are in pounds, but you'll get the idea. One week until MS takes over your living room!

Continue reading "Xbox Live Marketplace - 400 Downloads Ready"
Posted by Jeremy on November 15, 2005 9:40 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: General Gaming

Today, I am surrounded by birthdays and I thought I'd share with you my birthday happiness. Four years ago today, I was in line at 5:00 a.m. to get my Xbox. Now, we are only a week away from the launch of the Xbox 360. Another birthday occurred yesterday; Mario is 20 years old. To celebrate, Nintendo has launched the Nintendo Wi-Fi service, a free online gaming service for the Nintendo DS ushered in with Mario Kart DS. Mario was seen celebrating his birthday at a McDonald's. Round out the fact that on Nov. 16, 2001 we saw the release of the first Harry Potter Movie and on Nov. 18 had the launch of the GameCube. Oh, and it's my birthday today, too! So many birthdays, so little time.

Posted by Jeremy on November 15, 2005 10:34 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Video Game Politics

Despite many a politician's claim that ESRB video game ratings are confusing to parents, a study released yesterday by Peter D. Hart Research Associates shows that parents overwhelmingly (82%) agree with ESRB ratings, while another 5% go so far as to call the ratings system "too strict". This is important information to have by our sides as we approach the 2006 elections, where it's certain that a handful of politicians will try to use video game ratings to their political advantage. The fact of the matter is the ESRB ratings make sense to parents. What they chose to do with those ratings is not for the government to decide.
Read the official press release for details of the study

Continue reading "Parents Agree with the ESRB"
Posted by Allison on November 15, 2005 10:34 AM | | Comments (0)


According to a Screen Digest market analysis, next-gen games will cost bewteen $6 and $10 million to develop, as compared to the current cost of about $3 to $6 million. The analysis concludes that due to the extremely high cost of development there will only be about 80 profitable games per year and that there will be continued consolidation in the industry as developers/publishers like EA will continue to buy out the smaller competition. Once again, we see the video game industry headed in the direction of Hollywood where only safe, tried-and-true formulas get made into movies. However, Nintendo is aware of this and a goal with their Revolution is to make development costs lower. Also, as companies learn how to code for the next-gens, costs will likely decrease. Still, less variety is a bad thing and something that we'll be keeping our eye on.

Continue reading "Next-Gen Games: $6-10 Million"
Posted by Jeremy on November 16, 2005 10:04 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Strategy Guide

We were incredibly excited to write a Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Walkthrough and Strategy Guide. After all, we love Harry Potter, we've enjoyed the past games (although they've all had their flaws), and the HP guides have always been among our best sellers. However, after spending a few hours with Goblet of Fire we're saddened to say we won't be writing such a guide, as the game is horrible, and, at Lunabean, we only write guides for games we think people should play.

Continue reading "Strategy Guide Update"
Posted by Allison on November 16, 2005 11:22 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: GameCube | PC | PS2 | PS3 | PSP | Xbox | Xbox 360

Ubisoft today announced that the Naomi Watts and Jack Black have lent their voice and likenesses to the King Kong video game. Adrian Brody, another star of the film, has lent his voice to the game as well. Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie is an Xbox 360 launch game and will debut for all other consoles on Nov. 22. If you're interested in why Jackson went with Ubisoft instead of Lord of the Rings publisher, EA, you can read this Lunabean article.

Continue reading "Naomi Watts and Jack Black in "King Kong" the Game"
Posted by Jeremy on November 17, 2005 8:56 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PSP

Namco today announced that the extremely popular Katamari series will be making its handheld debut exclusively on the PSP in a working title called, Me and My Katamari. The game is due out sometime in 2006 and promises the same simple and addictive gameplay of the two PS2 Katamari games. From Namco, "Taking a break from celestial construction, the King of All Cosmos takes the royal family on vacation to a tropical island paradise, where they become tasked with the responsibility of creating new katamari islands for homeless animals." Ah, homeless animals. And who is going to feed those animals once they have homes? Hmm?

Continue reading ""Me and My Katamari" for the PSP"
Posted by Jeremy on November 17, 2005 9:25 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PS2

Ubisoft today announced an exclusive publishing deal with Square Enix to bring gamers DRAKENGARD 2 (PS2) to North America and Europe. Set to launch in March of 2006 the game, "is a role-playing action game featuring knights and dragons that builds on the scenario of the original title. Released in Japan last June, DRAKENGARD? 2 became an immediate success, topping Japanese sales charts and selling more than 100,000 copies in its first week of release."

Continue reading "Square Enix and Ubisoft Bring Us "Drakengard 2""
Posted by Jeremy on November 17, 2005 9:37 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: General Gaming

The World Cyber Games are now in day three and the competition is getting fierce. The largest pro gaming competition, held in Singapore, WCG is the world series for gamers. Over the past year gamers from around the world have battled to qualify for this premier event. Gamers compete in a variety of games such as Counterstrike, Halo 2, FIFA Soccer 2005, War Craft III and others. You can even watch the matches and check out results on the WCG website. Game on!

Continue reading "World Cyber Games in Full Swing"
Posted by Jeremy on November 18, 2005 11:22 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox 360

Tonight at midnight the Xbox 360 launches across the US. If you pre-ordered the system from EB Games or Gamestop you may have received a phone call telling you that you won't be getting one on launch day due to the fact that they are receiving 1/3 or less of what they had expected. Microsoft is either guaranteeing a sellout or is having some logistical problems. Either way, there will be many unhappy gamers today and tomorrow with many stores only getting ten to twelve 360s. For a good recap of Xbox 360 launch notes you can read Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog. Good luck you crazy gamers!!!

Posted by Jeremy on November 21, 2005 10:19 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Video Game Politics

Jack Thompson, the ambulance chaser of the video game industry, is making news again. According to various sources, including this article from IGN, Jack Thompson was rebuked by an Alabama judge and had his temporary license to practice law in Alabama revoked. Thompson was representing the families of two murdered police officers and a police dispatcher against Sony, Take-Two, Rockstar Games, Wal-Mart, and Gamestop. In 2003, then 18-year-old, Devon Moore uttered this infamous quote upon his arrest, "Life is a video game." That, of course, lead to Jack Thompson's opportunistic involvement. Thank goodness for Judge James Moore (not crazy Alabama judge, Roy Moore) who is simply not going to put up with this trash. Read more...

Posted by Jeremy on November 21, 2005 11:16 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Strategy Guide

Just a quick update to let you all know that our The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Walkthrough and Strategy Guide is currently in progress. I expect to finish up the rough draft today or early tomorrow. Also, as a side note, I am really enjoying the game. It's not the greatest game in the world, but it has successfully filled that Harry Potter void caused by the craptacular HP: GOF video game. I'd call it a combination of the older Harry Potter games and EA's Lord of the Rings games. Plus, it was developed by the same people who gave us LEGO Star Wars, so there's a touch of that going for it, too. I recommend it, and, of course, I recommend our Narnia Strategy Guide to get you through it.

Posted by Allison on November 21, 2005 11:55 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox 360

More accurately, happy XBox 360 launch day for the few gamers who actually got their hands on a console early this morning. To those who tried and failed (the vast majority), it hasn't been a very happy Xbox 360 launch day. Retailers only received a fraction of their expected shipments, and most haven't a clue as to when the next shipment will come in. Ebay's listings don't make it any less painful, as Premium systems (no games) are selling for $1250+ and Core systems (no games) selling for $800+.

Continue reading "Happy Xbox 360 Launch Day!!!"
Posted by Allison on November 22, 2005 12:39 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo DS

Nintendo has announced that the new Nintendo Wi-Fi network, launched alongside Mario Kart DS, is a huge success with 45% of gamers who bought Mario Kart DS going online with it within the first weekend. The Nintendo Wi-Fi network is a free online gaming service which allows your Nintendo DS to connect to other DS's around the world, as long as you have a wireless internet connection. By the end of the first weekend of sales, over 112,000 copies of Mario Kart DS went out the door. And, both Ali and I can tell you that many people waiting in line for an Xbox 360 were playing with their DS's...that sounds dirty.

Continue reading "Mario Kart DS and Nintendo Wi-Fi a Hit"
Posted by Jeremy on November 23, 2005 11:35 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox 360

If you read yesterday's news, you know that Allison and I are amongst the lucky few who got an Xbox 360. So far, we have put in a good 4-5 hours of Project Gotham Racing 3, about 15 minutes with Perfect Dark 0, and about 30 minutes playing with Xbox Live and the new "blade" menu system. As a whole, this is a very well designed machine, from the physical box to the Xbox Live software. We had no problem transferring our old Xbox Live account to the new Xbox Live Gold. We do not have an HDTV, but it doesn't matter. Based on PGR3, you can definitely tell that the graphics are better and if anything, it makes you long for an HDTV because you know they can be even better. Anyway, we have an on-going thread on our message boards with more impressions and discussion, or you can comment below.

Posted by Jeremy on November 23, 2005 11:56 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: General Gaming

Happy Thanksgiving! In addition to being thankful for each other, our families, our health and our two kitties, we are also very thankful that we got an Xbox 360. In an interesting twist, which I'll write up tomorrow, our local (Clackamas, OR) Best Buy (where we got the Xbox 360) is under investigation for consumer fraud due to the fact that they would only sell the systems in bundles despite an ad to the contrary. Apparently, it was local management that made the call. I'll be filing a report with our Attorney General tomorrow. Well, we both hope that you all have a happy and safe Thanksgiving Weekend and happy gaming!

Posted by Jeremy on November 24, 2005 9:45 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Strategy Guide

I have begun work on the LB Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie Walkthrough and Strategy Guide. The game is definitely one of the better movie-to-game games I have played. And, it should be, as Peter Jackson himself chose Ubisoft's Michel Ancel (Beyond Good and Evil) to develop the game. Hopefully, I'll have the guide done by this weekend, at which point I'll start playing Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones.

Posted by Jeremy on November 29, 2005 9:39 AM | | Comments (0)

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

We are pleased to announce the completion of our LB The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Walkthrough and Strategy Guide. As usual, we are offering the free and ad-heavy version of our Narnia guide, along with downloadable versions which are either Printer-friendly or chock full of helpful screenshots. Oh, and if you want the location of each and every Bonus Shield, we're asking you purchase one of the aforementioned low cost PDF guides. Otherwise, we'll begin seeing our hard work posted elsewhere, and we just can't have that.
Check out the LB Narnia Guide
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Posted by Lunabean on November 29, 2005 2:31 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Video Game Politics

If you were scared by state regulations prohibiting the sale of "inappropriate" video games to minors, today's move by Senators Hillary Clinton and Joe Lieberman should frighten you to the core, as the dynamic duo has stated they will introduce the Family Entertainment Protection Act when Congress reconvenes in two weeks. Like state regulations which have been passed in California, Michigan, and Illinois (each under investigation for its constitutionality, by the way), the federal law will prohibit businesses from selling M or AO games to those under the age of 17, and will punish those who do not enforce the standards set by the ESRB (Entertainment Software Ratings Board). The bill also requires an "annual, independant analysis of game ratings", authority for the Federal Trade Commission to investigate "misleading ratings", and authorization for the FTC to send in secret shoppers for a "random audit of retailers".

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Posted by Lunabean on November 29, 2005 3:39 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PS2

Sony Computer Entertainment has today announced the cumulative worldwide shipment of PS2 consoles has hit the 100 million mark, with Japan taking in 22.22 million units, North America taking in 40.65 million units and Europe/PAL territories taking in 37.14 million units. These numbers, coming just over 5 years of the PS2 launch, makes it clear that the PS2 will surpass the PS1 in terms of number of consoles sold. Sony announced this past June that it had sold over 100 million PS1 consoles. While there is a difference between "units shipped" and "units sold", it took 10 years to sell that many PS1s. Give the PS2 another five years, the price cuts which will happen with the launch of the PS3, and, dare I say, millions of people having to replace their PS2s because of the dreaded "Disc read error", and we'll be writing about the 200 million units shipped mark being reached.
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Posted by Allison on November 30, 2005 10:14 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Video Game Politics

Doug Lowenstein, the president of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), has given his official response to Hillary Clinton's and Joe Lieberman's feel good fluff of a bill, the Family Entertainment Protection Act. Per usual, Lowenstein hits the nail on the head, as we all have the same goal of keeping M-rated video games out of the hands of children, we just have different solutions to the problem. The proposed bill (along with several state bills that have passed but are undergoing investigation for constitutionality) asks for governmental regulation of video games, or the governmental regulation of artistic taste. Lowenstein (and those of us here at Lunabean) believes in a governmental role, but one that would help educate parents about the video game rating system and what kind of content is found in these games. Lowenstein's option is also the constitutional option.
Read Doug Lowenstein's comments

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Posted by Allison on November 30, 2005 10:59 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: GameCube

Several sources, including Joystiq.com, are today reporting the rumors floating around various message boards that Nintendo is discontinuing Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix because of problems with the dance mat. While Nintendo has yet to comment on these rumors, those who started them feel the fact that most stores are sold out of the game and that it's selling on eBay for almost twice the retail price is evidence enough to suggest a stop in production. We'll let you know when and if Nintendo has any official comment on this issue.

Posted by Allison on November 30, 2005 11:32 AM | | Comments (0)


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