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Video Game News from December 2005

Filed Under: GameCube | Xbox 360

Two ads have surfaced this week, one for the GameBoy Micro and the other for the Xbox 360, which are among some of the better video game ads of the season. With that being said, neither are airing on US television as sex and violence, even as satire, upsets the religious right radicals who currently have our little FCC by the balls. So, while our neighbors to the north and those across the pond get to enjoy creative advertising, we're stuck with the same old same old. Thank goodness for the internet.
Banned GameBoy Micro Commercial
Banned Xbox 360 Commercial
(Thanks to Lizking and osmc for pointing these videos out.)

Posted by Allison on December 2, 2005 10:07 AM | | Comments (0)

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

Ubisoft yesterday announced the highly anticipated The Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones had shipped for the Xbox, PS2 and Gamecube (PC version coming next week), which means you should expect to see the game in retail stores today. In this third Ubisoft PoP production, the Prince of Persia returns home to Babylon to discover his kingdom ravaged by war and his travel partner, Kaileena (the Empress of Time), the target of a brutal plot. Bummer. It looks like the Prince has some work to do.
Jer will begin work on our Prince of Persia 3: The Two Thrones Walkthrough and Strategy Guide early next week, upon completion of his King Kong Guide.
Buy PoP3 | Rent PoP3

Posted by Allison on December 2, 2005 10:30 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox 360

Joystiq has gotten their paws on, what they believe to be, a Best Buy internal memo which states Best Buy stores should expect the second shipment of Xbox 360s to arrive the weekend of December 16th - 18th, with "no fewer than 20 Pro systems going on sale Sunday the 18th" (whatever that means). Our local Fred Meyer store gave us a similar time frame for their next shipment to arrive, and our local EB (who failed at delivering us our pre-ordered system) is only guaranteeing us our console before Christmas. Point being, it looks like Microsoft will be shipping out their next round of consoles to all retailers around that time.
As an additional note, also found in the memo (which hasn't been verified), is the mention that the bonus DVD remote will no longer be coming with Xbox 360 Premium package. However, it's not clear as to whether that includes this next shipment of consoles.

Posted by Allison on December 2, 2005 11:12 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Video Game Politics

U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly ruled Friday that Illinois' ban on the sale of mature video game to minors is unconstitutional and barred the state from enforcing the law, which was to go into effect on January 1st, 2006. Judge Kennelly cited the law would violate the First Amendment, and dismissed the state's evidence which pointed to a connection between violent video games and violent behavior. For more on this judge's pitch perfect ruling, please check out GamePolitics.
Now, maybe, we can convince Senator Clinton that the government's role in keeping mature games out of the hands of children is not to ban the sale of them, which, time and time again has been found to be unconstitutional, but, instead, to put money behind a public service campaign that would educate parents about video games and the rating system behind them.

Posted by Lunabean on December 5, 2005 11:49 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PSP

A Flickr Photoset depicting graffiti images of the Sony PSP from several cities across the US (LA, New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Chicago) have many wondering if Sony is paying for an underground (and illegal) PSP campaign. A great thread over at 1Up has many details, along with an e-mail written to PopGadget where an angry neighbor writes, "Is anyone else concerned that Sony Playstation paid someone to vandalise our neighborhood to sell its latest toy, the PSP?". Eurogamer also has an interesting article, which points to a photo and caption over at WoosterCollective that reads, "The photo above, taken in Philidelphia, shows a dude hired by Sony (or their ad agency). Using a set of prints that the company has sent him, he's copying the images from the campaign onto the wall."

Posted by Lunabean on December 5, 2005 12:05 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: GameCube | PC | PS2 | Strategy Guide | Xbox | Xbox 360

We are pleased to announce the completion of the LB Peter Jackson's King KongTM: The Official Game of the Movie Walkthrough and Strategy Guide. The guide contains everything you need to get off of Skull Island including a detailed walkthrough for each chapter, strategies for enemies, and info on the alternate ending, Extras and Internet Codes. It was a fun game to play and we hope that you enjoy our guide!
Download it Now!

Posted by Jeremy on December 5, 2005 12:31 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox 360

If you are not one of the lucky few who have an Xbox 360, but you want to see what it looks like, how it works, how it connects to your computer, how it can be turned on via the controller, and all of the other cool features, then this series of videos is for you. Some guy, who loves his Xbox 360 more than anybody else, has put together a nine part video series walking you through each and every feature of the Xbox 360. It's like a guided tour, without the boring history of colonial wallpaper (Mt. Vernon...I'm looking in your direction).

Posted by Jeremy on December 6, 2005 9:53 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox 360

Top of the mornin' to ya, bonjour, hola, etc. Today, Microsoft has announced that the launch of the Xbox 360 in Europe was a smashing success (go figure). The console went on sale in 16 countries on December 1st, and like here in the States, the console quickly sold out. Over on this side of the pond, gamers are rather irked that due to the worldwide launch, they feel shorted some consoles. However, Europe is usually so far behind in console launches (look at how long it took to get them the PSP), that I say it's about time they got some parity. Now us U.S. gamers know how Europe feels all the time; short supply, long lines, high-demand. Maybe we can send in some UN peacekeeping forces to distribute Xbox 360s?

Continue reading "European Xbox 360 Launch a Smashing Success"
Posted by Jeremy on December 6, 2005 10:02 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo Wii

Shigeru Miyamoto still has some tricks up his sleeve regarding the Nintendo Revolution controller. According to this article from GameSpot, Miyamoto is quoted as saying, ""The [Revolution's] controller still has another secret...But it's something that we'll reveal next year."" This was part of his keynote speech at the Digital Interactive Entertainment Conference held in Kyoto, Japan. We already know the controller is shaped like your average TV remote control and responds to motion. Maybe the secret is that it'll be compatible with all consoles? Yeah right. We'll just have to wait and see.

Posted by Jeremy on December 6, 2005 10:26 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox 360

The NY Times has gotten into the gaming spirit and has published an article detailing what to do if you weren't able to get an Xbox 360. In Seth Schiesel's article, "Alternative Rx for Xbox Fever" (Free Sub. Req.), he explains how the current generation of consoles still have a lot of life left in them and how the Sony PSP is the second best gaming gift to receive. He also goes on to explain some of the key features of the Xbox 360 (making you want it more, of course), and that Microsoft may yet surprise us with a, "boatload of additional 360's in the next few weeks," although I find that hard to believe (and so does the author, for that matter). Anyway, if you're relatively new to gaming or you're a parent or grandparent at a loss for what to get for the gamer(s) in your family, this is a good read.

Posted by Jeremy on December 7, 2005 11:03 AM | | Comments (0)

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

I am pleased to announce that I have begun the LB Prince of Persia 3: The Two ThronesTM Walkthrough and Strategy Guide. The guide is currently in the rough draft stage and I'm only through the first save fountain, but I have a lot of good info in the growing "Introduction". I'll be busting my thumbs over the next week trying to get it done, so check back often. So far, I'm very impressed with the game. Boy, the Prince sure has come a long way since the Sands of Time.

Posted by Jeremy on December 7, 2005 12:46 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Video Game Politics

A few days ago, the recent Illinois law banning the sale of violent video games to youths was declared unconstitutional. Yesterday, the Herald and Review, out of Decatur, Illinois, printed a wonderful Op-Ed piece titled, "Don't waste money appealing video game law". The piece details how the Governor and state legislators knew this bill would be deemed unconstitutional, but went ahead and voted for it anyway for fear of political repercussions, "So, thanks to the governor and a bunch of spineless legislators, the state has been spending tax dollars defending a hopeless case in court."

Posted by Jeremy on December 8, 2005 10:38 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox 360

As I wrote on Thanksgiving Day, the Best Buy where we purchased our Xbox 360 is under investigation by Oregon Attorney General, Hardy Myers, for consumer fraud due to the fact that they would only sell Xbox 360s in bundles. Two days ago, Brian Dunn, President of retail in North America for Best Buy issued an apology to consumers who were forced to purchase the bundle (click "continue reading" to read the letter and the rest of my tale). Too little, too late, Mr. Dunn.

Continue reading "Best Buy Apologizes for Xbox 360 Launch"
Posted by Jeremy on December 8, 2005 11:20 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Strategy Guide | Xbox 360

I have begun work our LB Perfect Dark Zero Walkthrough and Strategy Guide. When I played through the game the first time, I went through on the easiest level, just to get through it quickly. I wasn't very impressed. However, now that I'm playing through and writing the guide as a "Secret Agent" (and dabbling a bit in the realm of the "Perfect Agent"), I'm loving the experience. What a difference the difficulty level makes in this game. I'm very excited for the masses to get their hands on Xbox 360s so they can have as much fun as I'm having.
LB Perfect Dark 0 Guide
Buy PD0 from Amazon

Posted by Lunabean on December 8, 2005 12:32 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: General Gaming

The Sydney Morning Herald has an interesting article detailing Peter Jackson's views on the convergence of video games and cinema. Jackson, always the visionary, relates how he was able to satisfy a desire to have Kong live at the end of the movie by integrating it as an unlockable in Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie (LB Strategy Guide). He goes on to say, "I think the way the technology is converging, we're getting to a point where games and movies will overlap...Video games will become more like a film experience, where the characters are better drawn, the events are more compelling and the experience is almost interactive." All I have to say is, "Go Peter Jackson!"
Read the Article

Posted by Jeremy on December 9, 2005 10:47 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: General Gaming

It's no secret that driving while talking on a cell phone isn't the best idea in the world. Some studies have shown that it's as bad as driving while intoxicated. This is due primarily to the inability of modern society to multitask. In this Science Daily article, Oregon State University assoc. Professor of pyschology, Mei-Ching Lien, explains, "A lot of people think talking on the cell phone while driving is natural, but each time someone asks a question or changes the subject, it's like taking on a new task." How do gamers fit in?

Continue reading "Gamers Better at Driving with Cell Phones"
Posted by Jeremy on December 12, 2005 10:26 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: General Gaming

Anti-video game ambulance chaser, Jack Thompson, is in the news again. According to Gamespot, a Texas teen was arrested and charged for threatening the life of Mr. Thompson via a phone call. This, by itself, isn't really newsworthy. What makes it newsworthy is that Mr. Thompson had to send out a press release to various media outlets, assuming that, "The torture was to end with the shooting of Thompson, as in this teen's favorite games." First of all note "games". As if there are many games that have you torture and then kill your enemy. Secondly, how does Mr. Thompson know that this teen's favorite games aren't "Project Gotham Racing" or "We Love Katamari"? Hmm?

Posted by Jeremy on December 12, 2005 10:41 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Video Game Politics

In response to the 10th Annual Video Game Report Card issued by the National Institute for Media and Family (NIMF), the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has issued its own report card, providing failing grades to NIMF for "full disclosure of pertinent facts", "research and analysis", "documentation and presentation of evidence" and "working well with others". The ESRB also gave extra demerits to NIMF for neglecting parents' and childrens' best interests.

Continue reading "ESRB gives NIMF a failing grade"
Posted by Allison on December 12, 2005 10:46 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: GameCube | General Gaming | PC | PS2 | Xbox | Xbox 360

Ubisoft has today announced the name for the fourth installment of the Splinter Cell franchise: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent(TM). According to the press release, the game "will completely revolutionize and reinvent the spy action genre by introducing an unprecedented double agent concept and an entirely new breed of game play that adds an exciting new dimension to the gaming experience." Judging from the screenshots, it looks like Sam will be doing his double agent work while in prison: the U.S. Penitentiary in Ellsworth, Kansas, to be exact. For more info on the game and to keep up via SMS with all of the happenings, visit bewaresamfisher.com. The game is set for release in Spring of '06 on the Xbox 360, Xbox, PS2, GameCube, and PC.

Continue reading ""Splinter Cell 4" Gets a Name (Plus Screenshots!)"
Posted by Jeremy on December 14, 2005 9:51 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PSP

In addition to revealing their latest financial results (they're up), Ubisoft revealed two new PSP games for 2006: a new Brothers in Arms title and Splinter Cell: Essentials. There was no other information regarding the games or their release window. These games add to Ubisoft's lineup of PSP games which include the best seller, Lumines, and Prince of Persia: Revelations. I'm a big fan of the PSP after having played, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories. I hope that Ubisoft's use of their premier franchises will fare well.

Posted by Jeremy on December 14, 2005 10:27 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox 360

The numbers are in. The Xbox 360 launch in Japan was less than stellar. According to this Gamespot story, the launch of the Xbox 360 was even worse than the launch of the Xbox, which was dismal by any standard. Of the 159,000 units shipped to retail, 62,135 sold through. What's even more interesting is that the game-to-console ratio was 0.91, meaning that many purchased the console without a game. In comparison, the Xbox sold 123,929 systems during a three day launch (the Xbox 360 figures are only for Sat. and Sun.). Add in the fact that Microsoft slashed the price of the premium system for Japan, making it about the cost of the Core system here in the States and in Europe. Hey, if Japan doesn't want them, ship them here!

Posted by Jeremy on December 14, 2005 10:35 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox | Xbox 360

Ubisoft has announced a new entry into the WWII flight combat genre with, Blazing Angels (TM). The game, due out in the fourth quarter of the 2005-2006 fiscal year, meaning, Spring '06, will be released for the Xbox and Xbox 360. Blazing Angels features the most famous air battles of WWII (England, Germany, France, Morocco, Pearl Harbor, Midway and Tokyo), up to 38 aircraft, an 18-mission single player campaign, and Xbox Live support for 16 player head-to-head dogfighting or coop team play between sqaudrons in 10 multiplayer levels.

Continue reading "Ubisoft Announces, "Blazing Angels""
Posted by Jeremy on December 15, 2005 11:06 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: General Gaming

A mere nine months ago, we reported that Activision reported record profits. Ah, how quickly the winds of prosperity can shift into, well, winds of hardship and disease. OK, disease is made up. According to many sources, including Gamespot, Activision has issued an earnings warning saying, "we are disappointed that our earnings performance will come in substantially below our previous outlook." What's the reason for this paucity, this dearth, this famine of profits? (hey, I'm having fun with the thesaurus today)

Continue reading "Activision Issues Earnings Warning"
Posted by Jeremy on December 15, 2005 11:26 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox 360

Last week Chris Pirillo (of Lockergnome fame), asked his blog readers, "What happens when you mix a live Chris Pirillo Show with a 50" Plasma screen, an Xbox 360 and all (currently released) 18 Xbox 360 games, beer, Major Nelson, more beer, and Pete Grondal? We'll all find out together next Thursday night. The evening giveaway will also remain a nice surprise."
Um, Chris, you had me at "beer" (oh, and "Xbox 360" and "Major Nelson" and "giveaway"). Tune in tonight at 6pm left coast time (GMT-08:00) to discover the chaos that is certain to ensue. I'll be out to dinner with the fam, but I'll be sure to listen to the Podcast tomorrow.
The Chris Pirillo Show

Posted by Allison on December 15, 2005 12:58 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PS2 | PS3 | PSP

Panic.com has made available seven Katamari Damacy t-shirts, designed by Katamari creator Keita Takahashi and Ryo Kimura. While the concept of a $25 t-shirt is something that makes me angry, I think I'll let that anger go for the greatness that is the "Balloon" design.
Katamari Ts
Buy We ♥ Katamari, and make someone happy this Christmas!

Posted by Allison on December 16, 2005 9:29 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox 360

Tim Harford, a columnist for the Financial Times and author of The Undercover Economist (a book I'm hoping Santa will deliver to me), has published an article for Slate entitled, The Great Xbox Shortage of 2005 - Why you can't buy the one present you really need. In it, Harford compares the Xbox 360 shortage to the great Cabbage Patch shortage of 1985, the Tickle Me Elmo shortage of 1996, the Nintendo cartridge shortage of 1988, and even the PS2 slimline shortage of 2004. He ponders why such shortages don't merit price hikes, and finally reminds us of one of Napoleon's best quotes, "Never attribute to conspiracy that which can be explained by incompetence." It's a good read. Have fun with it.

Posted by Allison on December 16, 2005 10:28 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo Wii

Chris Morris, author of CNNMoney's Game Over column, got his lucky little hands on the Nintendo Revolution Controller and eight playable demos, including a retro-fitted Metroid Prime which included the add-on thumb stick. Morris was pleasantly suprised, admitting that he has never been very adept at using a controller. That's music to the ears of Nintendo President, Satoru Iwata, who stated, "I was a developer for many years before my current role, but I've never been a very good gamer...I've never been able to control a first-person shooter, but as soon as I used the Revolution controller, I found it very easy to control the game." Iwata also says that he'd like to see MMORPGs take off on the Revolution.

Posted by Jeremy on December 16, 2005 10:32 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Video Game Politics

I came upon this article at Wired.com today and boy am I angry. The article details the career of Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, an ex-Army Ranger and West Point psychology professor, who purports that, "violent media and video games are the largest single threat to modern civilization." Grossman is considered an expert on the subject, with a website killology, and his book, On Killing, a Pulitzer Prize nominee, required reading at the FBI Academy and top military schools. What makes me so angry is that Grossman travels the country 300 days of the year speaking, primarily, to police officers, filling their heads with misleading research and illogical arguments. The cops, they love him.

Continue reading "Anti-Game Crusader Doing More Harm than Good - OPINION"
Posted by Jeremy on December 19, 2005 10:31 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: General Gaming

Gamespot today announced the nominees in its Best and Worst of 2005 Awards. This wrap up of the year that was is always a fun read and reminds us of some nice surprises (Killer 7, Indigo Prophecy) and some surprising disappointments (Madden '06, Tony Hawk's American Wasteland). The awards themselves will be given out starting on Dec. 20th. Until then, check out the list of nominees and see if you can pick a winner (or loser).

Posted by Jeremy on December 19, 2005 11:46 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Video Game Politics

As promised a couple of weeks ago, Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Joe Lieberman brought their Family Entertainment Protection Act to Congress, with Representative Joe Baca (CA) introducing the bill to the House on Friday. Senator Evan Bayh, who, along with Clinton and Lieberman, has his eyes on the Democratic Presidential 2008 nomination, signed onto the bill, too.

Continue reading "Clinton's violent video game bill goes to Congress"
Posted by Allison on December 19, 2005 11:47 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox 360

ZDNet is reporting that a group called "Team PI Coder" has found a way to extract the source files of Xbox 360 games. Steve Manzuik, of eEye Digital Security says, "All that has been done is that they have figured out the file system, which is not much different than the original Xbox file system...I would consider it a game hack, not really an Xbox 360 hack. But (it is) the beginning steps of one." Even if one could download the source code, it wouldn't be playable on the Xbox 360 due to security measures built into the system which prevents the play of copied discs. The games wouldn't work on the PC either. Judging from the article, this really isn't a big step, but it is the first step towards figuring out how to hack the Xbox 360.

Posted by Jeremy on December 19, 2005 11:54 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: General Gaming

Yesterday, Blizzard Games announced that it's World of Warcraft has reached 5 million customers worldwide. That's quite a number. As a comparison, here are the cable news viewership numbers from Dec. 17: FNC: 706,000 / CNN: 339,000 / MSNBC: 249,000 / HLN: 232,000 / CNBC: 127,000. I bet WoW has more daily gamers than all those combined. And, then, in some sad news, Asheron's Call 2 is entering its final days. In this interesting Wired.com article, Clive Thompson asks the question, "How do people behave in a world where the end is actually nigh?" Ah, such is life. The yin and ying of MMORPGs.

Posted by Jeremy on December 20, 2005 10:48 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox 360

The Anchorage Daily News is reporting the story of five Xbox 360 "scalpers" (ages 14 - 24), who purchased five consoles during last Sunday's Best Buy 360 blitz, then offered two of the consoles to those still in line for $600 each. When no one took them up on their deal, they went to a nearby McDonald's to eat and figure out a new plan, leaving the 14 year old in the car to guard the consoles. Little did they know, they were followed by two men who were standing in that Best Buy line, and who also happened to have a gun. The men stole four of the consoles (the 14 year old hid the fifth), and have yet to be caught. Wow. Kind of makes the story of the guy who cut in line at a Best Buy seem trivial.

Posted by Allison on December 20, 2005 11:00 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PSP

In this Reuters.com article, Sony claims that they will double their sales of the handheld PSP over the Holiday season (currently about 3 million sold), bringing the total sold by year's end to about 6 million. The PSP launched in North America in March and has sold relatively well, despite any major software hits. That was, until GTA: Liberty City Stories hit store shelves about 2 months ago. Prior to playing GTA:LCS I was not a fan of the PSP. Now, I am. Hopefully, there will be a price drop (it retails for $250) sometime next year, maybe after the PS3 launches...just speculation on my part.

Posted by Jeremy on December 20, 2005 11:06 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Strategy Guide | Xbox 360

I'm pleased to announce the completion (rough draft) of our LB Perfect Dark Zero (TM) Walkthrough and Strategy Guide. I wrote the guide specific to a "Special Agent" (normal difficulty) playthrough of the game. I've played a bit as a "Perfect Agent", and, all I can say, is it's really, really hard. I'll decide by the end of the day if I'm going to include "Perfect Agent" tips in the final version of the guide. I'll begin taking a few screenshots specific to the tough spots, and put it all together for a nice downloadable PDF by Christmas.
LB Perfect Dark Zero (TM) Walkthrough and Strategy Guide

Posted by Allison on December 21, 2005 9:49 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: GameCube | PS2 | Strategy Guide | Xbox

Since Jer's jealous I've completed my PD0 guide, he wanted me to inform you all that he's getting very, very close to completing the rough draft of the LB Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones (TM) Walkthrough and Strategy Guide. He, too, expects to have a final draft in PDF form ready for Christmas, but, for now, check out the growing online guide here.

Posted by Allison on December 21, 2005 9:58 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PSP

Gamespot is reporting that EA is now offering to exchange faulty Madden PSP discs for ones with "revised software" at no cost to gamers (excluding shipping). The problem, reported at launch in September, had to do with a PSP power down that would occur while playing the game's "franchise mode". EA came up with a work around for the issue, but it involved such a complicated process, they decided to simply exchange the bad discs for good one. For the inconvenience, EA is including two coupons with the new discs, one for $15 off any order from the EA store, the other for free shipping from the EA store. For info on where to send your bum dics, please read Gamespot's article.

Posted by Allison on December 21, 2005 10:19 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PS2

As Japanese gamers get their hands on Kingdom Hearts II, which was released in Japan yesterday, the rest of us get to imagine what they're experiencing. Thanks to this newly released KHII intro movie we now have even better images to stick into those Kingdom Hearts dreams.

Posted by Allison on December 22, 2005 10:48 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PSP

Ubisoft announced yesterday it had signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Taito Corporation of Japan to publish and distribute three video game titles in 2006. The first of these titles, Exit(TM) is to be released in February for the PSP. In Exit you star as "Mr. ESC", a "professional escapologist", who must exit victims from numerous life-threatening situations (which include "braving fires, earthquakes and other disasters in various environments such as buildings, hospitals and subways"). The game is being referred to as an "innovative puzzle game" and an "intense action puzzler". I'm in!
Read the press release

Continue reading "Ubisoft to release "Exit" for PSP"
Posted by Allison on December 22, 2005 11:06 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Video Game Politics

When are you politicians ever going to start listening to me? I have told you time and time again that governmental regulation of video games is unconstitutional, and you just keep trying and trying.
I am neither lawyer nor judge, but time and time again I have pointed out the cases in Illinois, Michigan, and Washington, the only states that have passed violent video game legislation, each, now, not allowed to enforce the legislation because judges have ruled that such legislation unconstitutional. So, it should be no surprise to any of you that late yesterday a California judge ruled to block the state's video game law as it, "unconstitutionally restricts minors' rights to information". Now, this is only a preliminary injunction, but we know how this story will end, don't we?
Please, politicians, stop wasting taxpayers' money. We all want the same result, and that's keeping "mature" games out of the hands of kids. It's just, my way will actually accomplish that, without spending nearly the amount of money you're spending appealing these no win situations.

Posted by Allison on December 22, 2005 11:32 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox 360

Joystiq is today reporting their reliable and anonymous Wal-Mart source says, "the world's largest retailer is stockpiling Xbox 360s for their first ad of the new year". The source claims his store actually has the Xbox 360 consoles ready to go in the back room, but the higher ups are forcing the stores to hold back until that first ad goes out, presumably on the 1st or 2nd of January.

Continue reading "Best Buy and Wal-Mart Xbox 360 Update"
Posted by Allison on December 23, 2005 11:46 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Video Game Politics

Tom Loftus, a columnist for MSNBC, has put together a nice holiday piece entitled, The 12 Days of Video Gaming - A look back at some of the memorable moments of 2005. The list begins with "12 games to avoid" (as cited by the National Institute on Media and the Family), and "11 politicians bloviating" (Hillary, Hillary, Hillary), then works its way down to, "And 1 Xbox 360 for the state of New Jersey". Very cute, and clever. Give the article a read.

Posted by Allison on December 23, 2005 11:58 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: General Gaming

The French postal service, La Poste, has issued a limited edition (3 million) set of 10 stamps honoring the "Heroes of Videogames". The ten stamps honor: Zelda, Mario, Pac-Man, Prince of Persia, Rayman, Lara Croft, Spyro, Donkey Kong, Les Sims, and one that I don't know...Abidou. EA has released a statement regarding the inclusion of "The Sims (TM)", touting its history. I would sure like to see some video game stamps here in the states, of course, they'd probably be Tommy Vercetti, Carl Johnson, Sam Fisher, Nick Kang, Q-Bert, and Jack Thompson. If you want to get your philatelic fingers on these stamps, you can visit http://timbres.laposte.fr/eng/. To see the stamps, read on...

Continue reading "French Postal Service Honors Video Games"
Posted by Jeremy on December 27, 2005 10:36 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: General Gaming

Ever wonder what it'd be like to tour the country playing Madden for money? Well, tonight on ESPN2 at 8:00 and 8:30, you can follow the story of Sherman "Sticky" Jameson, a college student in Dallas and one of the best Madden players on the planet. Highlights of his over 4,000 mile trip include visiting Bengals WR Chad Johnson's and Mike Eisner's house, visiting the football hall of fame, and of course, playing Madden for up to $100,000. The program re-airs Dec. 30 at 10:30 and 11:00 pm, in case you miss it tonight.

Posted by Jeremy on December 27, 2005 10:58 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: GameCube | Nintendo Wii

According to 1up via European mag NGC, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess will be playable using the Nintendo Revolution's controller. Zelda: TP is still a GameCube game, but the Revolution is backwards compatible with all GameCube games. Zelda: TP is due out this Spring, March or April, and the Revolution is speculated to launch anywhere from Summer to Fall of '06.

Posted by Jeremy on December 28, 2005 10:19 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PS3

Joystiq is reporting on a rumor that the next Grand Theft Auto game will be titled, Grand Theft Auto: London and will be available as a launch game for the PS3, which is expected for the '06 Holiday season. According to the source, the "3-island" system will be replaced by a North, South, East, West system and the game is about 60% done, with the physics and graphics engines both complete. As Joystiq says, this is only a rumor, but seriously, it's about time London enters the GTA world. And, imagine the chaos of a GTA game being a launch game for the PS3. It gives me the goosebumps.

Posted by Jeremy on December 28, 2005 10:29 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: GameCube

Infendo, an informational blog about all things Nintendo is today reporting that warehouse retailer, Costco, is selling the GBA Micro for $49 after a $10 rebate. We're going to stop by our local Costco this morning to see what the deal really is. We may even come back with a Micro.

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Posted by Jeremy on December 28, 2005 10:34 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox 360

Having trouble finding an Xbox 360? Maybe you should que up for a Nissan URGE, a new concept car which has a fully integrated Xbox 360. While parked, you can play Project Gotham Racing 3 using the car's steering wheel and pedals. The rear view mirror, which is actually a 7" LCD screen serves as your monitor. I'm guessing you can play other games, however, the press release doesn't mention that. Also, keep in mind that Microsoft's and MTV's new music service is named, URGE. Hmm? A little co-branding here. Anyway, I find the Nissan URGE to be a stupid idea. And, an echo boomer? C'mon.

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Posted by Jeremy on December 29, 2005 10:56 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox 360

Power up your Xbox 360 and hop onto Xbox LIVE for a playable demo of SEGA's gory, violent, graphically intense, Condemend: Criminal Origins. Having spent some time on the official game site, I have to say that I'm very interested in the game. Allison and I do enjoy a good Silent Hill-esque experience every now and again and I truly enjoyed, Indigo Prophecy. Of course, this may be a tad more violent and touch more realistic. Turn off the lights and get your headphones ready!!!

Posted by Jeremy on December 29, 2005 11:27 AM | | Comments (0)

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The Wall Street Journal today has an article discussing the huge gamble that Microsoft has undertaken with its Xbox LIVE service. The article cites two financial analysts, both of whom are pretty down on the long term prospects for profitability, especially taking into account that MS has invested about $1 billion into the Xbox LIVE service to date. What I find interesting is that the Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst, Michael Pachter, doesn't know what he's talking about, "At the end of the day, we don't play games for social interaction ? We play games to escape." Microsoft's strategy is "absolutely flawed," he said."

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Posted by Jeremy on December 30, 2005 11:29 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox 360

Today we have confirmed what was reported as rumor last week, and that's that Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, has been stockpiling Xbox 360s for its first ad of 2006. The confirmation came in today's newspaper (which, I guess, makes it the last ad of 2005), in which we discovered a rare Saturday Wal-Mart circular with a bright and shiny Xbox 360 on the front page. A phone call to our nearest Wal-Mart confirmed the consoles are in stock, but won't go on sale until tomorrow.
Are you willing to give up your New Year's Eve to camp out for an Xbox 360? Probably not, which is why I have the feeling many people will be able to walk into their local Wal-Marts tomorrow morning and walk out with a new best friend. What a way to start off the new year.

Posted by Allison on December 31, 2005 12:30 PM | | Comments (0)

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