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Video Game News from June 2006





Filed Under: PS2 | Sony | Strategy Guide | Xbox | Xbox 360

We are pleased to announce the start of the LB Hitman Blood Money Walkthrough and Strategy Guide. We are writing it as a Silent Assassin guide, the best rating you can achieve on a mission. So far, the game is classic Hitman: great settings, exciting baroque and classical music, multiple ways to take out targets, disguises, and lots of exploring. Due to the fact that we're Silent Assassins, we don't have to use the new bribe and clean-up features, or the weapons upgrade feature. All we need is some poison and a good disguise. You can get help from the guide as we play through.

Posted by Jeremy on June 2, 2006 9:05 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PS3 | Sony

The Inquirer is reporting that the PS3's highly touted CELL processor isn't all that it's cracked up to be. According to a source and some pics from a slide show, the author states, "Then comes the bomb from hell, the Cell local memory read bandwidth is a stunning 16MBps, note that is a capital M to connote Mega vs a capital G to connote Giga." Knowing that the write speed is 4GB, the author continues, "f you can write at 250x the read speed, it makes Cell local memory just about useless. That means you do all your work out of main memory, and the whole point of local is, well, pointless." Another stat from the article, regarding Nvidia's "RSX" graphics chip, "RSX appears to be limited to setting up 275 Million triangles/second, anemic compared to the 500+ million in Xbox 360."

Posted by Jeremy on June 5, 2006 9:08 AM | | Comments (0)


Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

It's always a pleasure to read or hear about the video game industry in the mainstream media, as the industry is a huge money maker and deserves the occasional nod. It's also fun because the mainstream media looks at the video game industry through the eyes of someone who has no clue about gaming, which gives all of us a good idea of what "the others" think of us and our little gaming habit. Yesterday's New York Times article on the Nintendo Wii is a shining example of this.

As most mainstream media articles need to drop a "My, how things have changed since the 80s" into the introduction, the NYT article does not disappoint. "Once upon a time, call it the 1980's, video games were simple," it reads. Next, comes the stereotype of gamers as a "sunlight-deprived, testosterone-addled, slightly gamy demographic". Gamy? I hope the writer is using the "plucky" definition of the word, and not the "stinky" one.

Continue reading "The New York Times focuses on the Wii"
Posted by Allison on June 5, 2006 9:15 AM | | Comments (0)


Satoru Iwata, speaking to Japanese business newspaper, Nikkei Business Tech On!, has revealed some more tidbits regarding how the Wii and the DS will interact. We learned from E3 that Nintendo have plans to download material to the Wii while you're sleeping. Now, we've learned that the content that is downloaded can then be placed onto your DS. This is very similar to the DS Download stations that you've probably encountered if you've been to a gaming store recently. At this point, it seems that the downloads will be primarily promotional material. However, the door is wide open to make the Wii into a download hub, complete with games, movies, and music (if only Nintendo and Apple would team up). Iwata also talks about the Wii's posisition as a challenger (underdog) and some cheap Virtual Console games.

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Posted by Jeremy on June 5, 2006 9:45 AM | | Comments (0)


The home of a Louisiana teenage murder suspect was searched and "M" rated video games were seized after a suggestion from Jack Thompson that the murder details reminded him of scenarios from Grand Theft Auto. Although the Sherrif Captain didn't think that the games had much to do with the murder, it is disturbing that a law enforcement office would heed a call to search homes based upon a request by a man with suspect motives. Jack Thompson is the infamous lawyer who has erroneously claimed that games and violence are connected and whose career is based on representing the families of the victims; a sort of ambulance chaser for murder victim's families.

Continue reading "Violent Games Seized from Murder Suspect's Home"
Posted by Jeremy on June 6, 2006 8:15 AM | | Comments (0)

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

It took a week but we have successfully completed the first draft of our LB Hitman Blood Money Walkthrough and Strategy Guide for the PS2, Xbox, Xbox 360 and PC versions of the game.

We wrote the walkthrough for those who prefer to get through the game with skill, so, if you're looking to earn a "Silent Assassin" rating for each level, you've come to the right place. If you don't care about you're rating, the a guide really shouldn't be necessary. Just pull out your gun and start shooting.

I'll be playing through the game one more time to clean it up and snap a few images, but, for now, enjoy the rough draft of our LB Hitman Blood Money Walkthrough.
Posted by Allison on June 7, 2006 9:34 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

September?!?!?!?! Man, oh, man. I'd hate Nintendo if I didn't love them so darn much.

In an AP interview with Nintendo President Satoru Iwata it was revealed that Nintendo has no intention of releasing the price nor the release date of its next generation Wii console until September. I've always known that you don't try to sell a product in August, but what's wrong with June or July?

In other Nintendo news revealed in the interview, Iwata knows many were disappointed in the chosen name of "Wii", but isn't losing any sleep over it. He's also not losing any sleep over the possibility of a Microsoft handheld. It must be easy to sleep at night when you're among the few who already know the price and the release date of the most exciting console of this generation of gaming.

Posted by Allison on June 7, 2006 10:35 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PS2 | PSP | Sony | Strategy Guide

While we haven't had the chance to pick up our copy of GTA: Liberty City Stories for the PS2 yet, which means we haven't been able to confirm if the game is exactly the same as the PSP version, we would like to remind those of you get the game within the next couple of days that we do already have a LB GTA: LCS Walkthrough and Strategy Guide written for the PSP version of the game. We do expect the two games to be virtually identical, and we do expect the PSP guide to help PS2 gamers. We will confirm this within the next couple of days.

LB's GTA: Liberty City Stories Walkthrough

Posted by Allison on June 7, 2006 11:07 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: General Gaming

The AP is reporting that the first in-house rehab center dedicated to curing compulsive gamers of their addiction is opening in the Netherlands.

Addiction to gaming can be very real and dangerous, particularly when it comes to open-ended MMORPGs. However, while I'm not a doctor nor an addict, I am pretty good at calling BS when BS is staring me in the face, and this article is chock full of it.

First, it's meant to scare or be sensational. Whether it's the authors line that states, "It can start with a Game Boy, perhaps given by parents hoping to keep their children occupied but away from the television...", or the doctor who's opening the clinic who believes video games can be as addictive as drugs.

Continue reading "Detox clinic for gamers to open in Netherlands"
Posted by Allison on June 9, 2006 7:32 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PS2 | Sony | Strategy Guide

The other day, Allison mentioned that we have a GTA: Liberty City Stories Walkthrough and Strategy Guide for the PSP version of the game. Having now played the PS2 version, I can confirm that the games are exactly the same. That being said, there are a few button differences and although the PSP guide will definitely work for the PS2 version of the game, by the end of today I'll have a completely separate PS2 guide for your viewing pleasure. "I love you Tony Cipriani!"

UPDATE: You can now Download the PS2 Version of the LB 'GTA: LCS' Walkthrough and Guide.

UPDATE 2: The HTML version is now up: LB's GTA: Liberty City Stories Walkthrough and Strategy Guide.

Posted by Jeremy on June 9, 2006 9:37 AM | | Comments (1)

Filed Under: General Gaming

NPR has a new gaming podcast, Press Start. It is produced bi-weekly and judging from the first episode, it seeks to elevate video game dialogue. However, the first show doesn't quite deliver. The three hosts take on the perennial question, "Are video games art?" Of course from a visual, sound, design, and story telling stand point, video games are art. The hosts then attempt to figure out if "art" needs to carry a social message and how that translates to video games.

Continue reading "NPR Video Game Podcast - "Press Start""
Posted by Jeremy on June 12, 2006 11:20 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo DS

The Nintendo DS Lite is now available in the US and Canada for a retail price of US$129.99. The lighter, brighter DS is smaller and, from hands-on reports, is more ergonomically designed to fit in your hand. It is currently the #1 seller in video games at Amazon.com (Purchase). I can't wait to get my hands on one of these slick little machines. Then, Ali and I will be able to play against each other and against others on Nintendo WiFi.

Posted by Jeremy on June 12, 2006 11:50 AM | | Comments (0)


Filed Under: Video Game Politics

Will it ever end? Why can't we just write one all encompassing headline, "Idiot Gov. Signs Idiotic Bill into Law." The article would of course state that all such laws will be overturned due to the fact that they are unconstitutional because they infringe on first ammendent rights to free speech and are therefore a waste of taxpayer dollars. It would also state that this is all a political ploy to gain support amongst parents and to gain some sort of fictional "moral highground" in an election year. I am getting so sick of this. Our stance on this issue is well documented in the many stories we have written in our Video Game Politics Section.

More info on the idiotic bill

Posted by Jeremy on June 12, 2006 12:16 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo

1Up.com is reporting that USAopoly, the creators of many themed versions of the classic Monopoly board game, have been given the go ahead to create a Nintendo themed version of the game. Instead of fighting over who gets the race car game piece and who is stuck with the thimble, players will be fighting between Link's boots, Link's shield, a Koopa shell, Donkey Kong's barrel, Mario's hat, and a NES controller. Properties will be replaced with Nintendo characters, which begs the question, who will get Boardwalk? Ah, who am I kidding, it's a Mario.

There is no release date at this time.

Posted by Allison on June 13, 2006 8:41 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PS2 | Sony | Xbox | Xbox 360

ArsTechnica has crunched the numbers and has found that, since the Xbox 360 release, Microsoft has averaged 246,000 X360 console sales per month. During that same period, Sony has seen 473,000 PS2 console sales per month.

What do these numbers mean? Not a whole heck of a lot, as the Xbox 360 is not in direct competition with the PS2, which carries a significantly lower price tag and offers a six year old library of video games. We'll see what the real numbers are when the PS3 and Wii launch this fall.

Posted by Allison on June 13, 2006 9:25 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox | Xbox 360

Microsoft has announced this week twenty-seven previously released Xbox titles which are now playable on the Xbox 360. While I do wonder why they wasted their time with The Minority Report, I am pleased as punch to see titles like LEGOŽ Star Wars, Silent Hill 4: The Room, and Star Wars Battlefront on the list.

List of newly added backwards compatible titles
Complete list of backwards compatible titles

Continue reading "Microsoft announces new backwards compatible titles for X360"
Posted by Lunabean on June 14, 2006 10:32 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Video Game Politics

Entertainment Software Association president, Doug Lowenstein, yesterday announced that the ESA will sue in the state of Oklahoma to overturn the recently signed HB 3004, which classifies violent games in the same category as pornography, making it a felony to sell such games to minors. The problem with this bill, aside from its obvious conflict with free speech, is the question of who will determine what games fall into this category? The moment that the government starts to legistlate taste and opinion is the day that we move one step closer to fascism. You can read more about it here.

Posted by Jeremy on June 14, 2006 11:05 AM | | Comments (0)

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

We're very happy to report we have completed the final draft of our LB Hitman Blood Money Walkthrough and Strategy Guide for the PS2, Xbox, X360 and PC versions of the game.

We had to make quite a few changes between the rough draft and the final draft, as we wanted to be sure to give you all a guide that would allow you to earn the higest rating (Silent Assassin) on all difficulties. We're pleased to say we've accomplished this.

As always, we've also added the PDF versions to our catalog, so those who prefer ad-free guides that have Screenshots or are allowed to be printed, we have a guide for you!

LB Hitman Blood Money Walkthrough and Strategy Guide
Posted by Lunabean on June 14, 2006 11:06 AM | | Comments (0)


Lunabean's "Hitman Blood Money" Walkthrough and Strategy Guide is all you need to get through each of the game's 13 missions and earn the highest rating (Silent Assassin). This means we focus on getting you through the game as it was meant to be played, silently and skillfully.

We've played through this game several times on Normal, Expert and Pro levels, and, we believe, we are offering the best walkthrough available to earn you the best rating on each of these difficulties. Please enjoy.

Ad-free, easy to read, beautifully bookmarked for ease of navigation, allowed to be printed, includes select helpful screenshot. For PS2, Xbox, X360 and PC. 39 pages. 912K. In Adobe PDF format. Free Adobe Reader required, if you do not already have it.

Also available is the Text Version (Printer-friendly) for only $5.95.

Lunabean.com is a company dedicated to helping gamers through games, and we are confident our PDF guides are among the best guides on the market.



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Continue reading "LB's 'Hitman Blood Money' Walkthrough and Strategy Guide (Download)"

Posted by Lunabean on June 14, 2006 11:24 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Video Game Politics

The other day I wrote a piece on the Oklahoma Violent Video Game bill and how I'm getting so sick of politicians who don't know what they're talking about using video games for their own political ends. The rash of state bills over the last year is now filtering up to the national level. Yesterday, the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection held hearings titled, "Violent and Explicit Video Games: Informing Parents and Protecting Children". It should have been titled, "Old white men who think video games are responsible for all of society's ills hear from witnesses who reinforce that idea."

Continue reading "House of Rep. Idiots Hold Hearings with other Idiots"
Posted by Jeremy on June 15, 2006 9:27 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo DS

The Nintendo DS Lite sold more than 136,500 units in its first two days of US sales. To boot, Nintendo DS software has been selling extremely well. The number 1 game for the month of May was 'New Super Mario Bros.' and the number 3 game was 'Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day'. What's amazing is that 'New SMB' was #1 with just 13 days of sales out of a four-week reporting period. Nintendo handheld software has been selling great; a lone bright spot in an otherwise depressed software market. We have yet to pick up our DS Lite, but we can't wait.

Continue reading "Nintendo DS Lite and DS Software Sales"
Posted by Jeremy on June 15, 2006 10:47 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PS3 | Sony | Xbox | Xbox 360

Yahoo Games has a comprehensive seven page feature comparing the X360 to the PS3. If you've been following the recent next-gen console news, then there is nothing really new in this piece. However, if you need a good recap of specs, games, and expectations, then this is the article for you. The conclusion, of course, is that both systems are great and are not that far apart in terms of capability. The deciding factor will be price with the PS3 launching at $499 and $599. The X360 currently retails for $299 and $399 and may have a price drop by the holidays.

Posted by Jeremy on June 16, 2006 10:17 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: GBA | GameCube | Nintendo | Nintendo DS | PC | PS2 | PSP | Sony | Xbox | Xbox 360

The Gamespy team recently got the opportunity to visit LucasArts, where they got to sit down and preview "LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy", the sequel to the 2005 sleeper hit "LEGO Star Wars". Today's Gamespy feature article reveals the details of this sit down. While I suggest anyone who loved the original game as much as we did should go ahead and read the article, I will give you the quick summary: It's good. It's very, very good.

"LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy" will be released on September 12th for the GBA, Nintendo DS, Gamecube, PSP, PS2, Xbox, Xbox 360 and PC.

Watch the "LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy" trailer

Continue reading "LEGO Star Wars II - Better than the original?"
Posted by Lunabean on June 19, 2006 10:37 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Lunabean | Strategy Guide

We are very pleased to announce Lunabean Publishing. This new service offers you the chance to get your video game walkthrough or strategy guide published via Lunabean.com and earn some money. If we decide to publish your guide, we'll sell your guide in our stores and you'll earn $2 from every guide sold. Send your sample in plain text (.txt) to lbguides@gmail.com. If we think your guide is up to our high standards, we'll be in touch.

More info...
Posted by Jeremy on June 19, 2006 11:07 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Video Game Politics

As we enter the 2006 hurricane season, one would think the people of Louisiana had better ways to spend their money than on a law that regulates artistic expression, which will, inevitably, be ruled unconstitutional. However, the state's government, which is supposed to reflect the will of the people, found the time to pass a new anti-video game law, which was written by none other than Jack Thompson.

For those who are not familiar with Thompson's name, he's the infamous lawyer who blames any and all acts of violence by minors on video games. What's more, he brings the vulnerable victims of these violent acts into his misguided world where he gives them something to blame, then sues for millions on their behalf. Thompson has yet to win a single case against the video game industry as he never has that pesky little thing called "evidence" to back up his claims.

Those who pay attention to the video game industry know Thompson is not to be taken seriously. While his intentions may be genuinely good (I'll give him the benefit of the doubt), his outrageous tactics and beliefs have made even the most conservative of video game industry critics ask him to step away. The only people who seem to respect Mr. Thompson are mainstream media reporters and government leaders, which says he's simply marketed himself to these anti-research crowds remarkably well. The Louisiana state legislature and governor are no exception, which is frightening, since the state's new video game law ignores well established ESRB ratings and uses Mr. Thompson's suggestions, instead.

Continue reading "Jack Thompson pens new Louisiana video game law"
Posted by Lunabean on June 19, 2006 11:46 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Video Game Politics

As we reported yesterday, Louisiana's new anti-video game law, which was penned by the infamous Jack Thompson and passed through the Louisiana legislature without a single vote against it, was challenged by the EMA (Entertainment Merchants Association) and ESA (Entertainment Software Association). Today U.S District Court Judge James Brady has granted the EMA and ESA the temporary restraining order requested, which prevents the state of Louisiana from enforcing the law until the June 27th hearing where the EMA and ESA will seek a preliminary injuction of the law.

Cross your fingers that Jack Thompson will show up, as he has a knack for making judges believe he belongs somewhere in the loony bin.
Posted by Allison on June 20, 2006 11:45 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo DS

Nintendo has confirmed there is truth behind the nasty little rumor which emerged last week stating a truckload of Nintendo DSes had been hijacked in Hong Kong. While Nintendo is refusing to disclose the number of DSes stolen (rumor has it at about $2 million worth), the company has issued the following statement to GamesIndustry.biz: "A number of White DS Lite made for the UK market were stolen in Hong Kong. Nintendo is making every effort to ensure that there is enough product available in the UK to meet market demand at launch."

The DS Lite launches in the UK on Friday.

Posted by Allison on June 20, 2006 12:00 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: General Gaming | Xbox

Today, Major League Gaming, announced the unprecedented signing of 'Halo 2' team, Final Boss, to a $1 million contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, however, the four player team easily garnered the most money ever for a professional gaming team. And, MLG didn't stop there. They also signed Tom 'Tsquared' Taylor to a $250,000 deal and announced that Red Bull energy drink is the 'Official Energy Drink' of MLG. This is yet more proof that professional gaming is taking off. Before you know it, you'll be tuning in to competitions on Xbox Live and ESPN 2.

Continue reading "Major League Gaming Signs 'Halo 2' Team for $1M"
Posted by Jeremy on June 21, 2006 11:23 AM | | Comments (0)


Speaking at a corporate management briefing earlier this week, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata made it clear that he's not a fan of the current trend in video game software pricing. According to Iwata, the launching of a game at a set price, followed 6 to 9 months later by a price reduction, has created an "unhealthy product cycle". This cycle, according to Iwata, only serves to "aggravate the decreasing sales of new software". In other words, it seems the consumer has figured out how to wait for price decreases before buying.

Continue reading "Iwata not a fan of current video game pricing structure"
Posted by Allison on June 21, 2006 12:21 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Video Game Politics

GamePolitics.com is reporting today that the ESA (Electronic Software Association) held a lobbying event for California legislators on Monday. ESA President Doug Lowenstein and ESA General Counsel Gail Markels were both on hand during the day's meetings and evening soiree.

Despite the fact that the ESA blocked a piece of legislation passed by these elected officials, about 150 politicians, their staffs and family members, were in attendance at this Sacremento shindig, where refreshments were served and E-rated games like "Dance Dance Revolution" and a "Ping Pong" game were on hand.

While lobbying has earned itself a dirty name as of late, it's nice to see it working in such a genuine way. Meet with industry leaders, become educated on their opinions, then have some punch and play some games. Nice.

Posted by Allison on June 21, 2006 1:42 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PS3 | Sony

It's often the case that those in denial create their own world where fact is fiction and truth has no meaning. Such is the case with co-chief operating officer of Sony Computer Entertainment America, Jack Tretton. In this interview with TheStreet.com, Mr. Tretton makes several assertions that those of us in the reality-based world find a little disturbing. First, Mr. Tretton thinks that Sony's E3 presentation went well. What the interviewer didn't tell us is that In Mr. Tretton's world, "well" means "terribly".

Continue reading "Sony Corporate Living in Fantasy World"
Posted by Jeremy on June 22, 2006 10:32 AM | | Comments (0)


In February we reported that Opera Software had announced a deal with Nintendo which will allow gamers in Japan to surf the internet via the Nintendo DS using the Opera browser. Yesterday Opera stamped a July 24th release date on that news.

The browser will be sold as a DS cartridge which Japanese gamers can insert into their Wi-Fi enabled DSes, then connect to the network and surf away...using both screens of the handheld console, of course.

While there is no word of a global release of the DS browser, I feel fairly confident in saying it's only a matter of time, as the browser is sure to be a success in Japan, and Nintendo and Opera have solidified their relationship with Opera plans for the Wii.

Read Opera's announcement

Posted by Allison on June 22, 2006 11:28 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

Joystiq is reporting today that the following list of six Wii launch titles have been confirmed in the latest issue of Nintendo Power Magazine: Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors (Square Enix), The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Nintendo), Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Nintendo), Rayman Raving Rabbits (Ubisoft), Red Steel (Ubisoft), and Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz.

Keep in mind, this is only a partial list. We're expecting to see 12 - 15 launch titles. Interestingly, Joystiq predicts Super Mario Galaxy will not be among them. Ah well...

Posted by Allison on June 22, 2006 12:04 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Video Game Politics

While we are reminded time and time again that "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" is a news parody show, it never ceases to amaze me how spot on they are with the news that they cover (perhaps making the parody the fact that a parody show covers news better than the news). This was the case a couple of nights ago when "TDS" focused on the recent House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection hearings titled, "Violent and Explicit Video Games: Informing Parents and Protecting Children" (Jeremy's version of the hearings can be found here).

Mr. Stewart shows the ridiculousness of the hearing, which was conducted by old white men (and women) who have no understanding of video games whatsoever. While the segment is hilarious (Samantha Bee live from "San Andreas" is the highlight), it should also strike fear deep into your core, that these are the same men making decisions that affect each and every one of us each and every day. Oy vey.

Watch the clip

Continue reading "'The Daily Show' tackles violent video games"
Posted by Lunabean on June 23, 2006 12:58 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox | Xbox 360

I was reading through the Wonderland blog the other day and I came across 360voice.com. This neat little website makes it so that your Xbox 360 blogs about you. That's right, enter your Gamertag and you'll get your very own page where your box takes on a life of its own. Apparently, my X360 is sad that I haven't played in a couple of days, but does think I'm cool.

LUNABEAN's X360
Posted by Jeremy on June 26, 2006 10:47 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo

A talented fan of Mario and pals has painted quite the mural on the walls of his (her?) bedroom. To add to the effect, they've attached boxes to the walls and placed a few green pipes on the floor and ceiling. What I wouldn't give to have this person redecorate the office.

View the "Mario" Bedroom
Source: BoingBoing.net

Posted by Allison on June 26, 2006 11:02 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PC | PS2

The fardage has been loaded and no demurrage has taken place meaning that Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow is en route to your local bay or fjord. OK, now that I have that out of my system, the game is based on the movie, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (July 7) but is told from Jack Sparrow's perspective. Jack Sparrow will be voiced by Johnny Depp. You'll be able to play as Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, and Elizabeth Swann. As a fan of pirate games, I can't wait. Look for a LB Walkthrough and Guide for the game in the coming week.

Continue reading "'Pirates of the Caribbean' Game Available Tomorrow"
Posted by Jeremy on June 26, 2006 11:09 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox | Xbox 360

According to Gamerscore Blog (written by employees of MS Games Global Marketing), there are, "currently no plans for a price drop this fall" (emphasis theirs). The blog entry goes on to read that due to this fact, you should buy an X360 now; there's no reason to wait. This is an interesting announcement in the sense that, prior to launch, MS promised to "cost-reduce" the X360 each year.

Continue reading "No X360 Price Drop!?!"
Posted by Jeremy on June 26, 2006 12:59 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: General Gaming

Sega of Japan is celebrating Sonic's 15th anniversary by recreating the first level of the first "Sonic the Hedgehog" game in papercraft form. That's right. If you have some paper, a printer, and a bottle of glue, you can download this nice little PDF file and build your very own 3-D Sonic level, place it on your desk, and stare at it all day long.

Source: Kotaku
Download the Sonic papercraft
See what the end result should look like

Continue reading "Papercraft Sonic"
Posted by Allison on June 27, 2006 7:23 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PS2 | Sony | Video Game Politics

Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. announced yesterday it had been served grand jury subpoenas requesting documents related to the now infamous "Hot Coffee" mod for "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas".

The mod, which Take-Two slipped past the video game ratings board (the ESRB), contained sexual content beyond the scope of the "M" rating the ESRB had given the game. Initially Take-Two lied about its involvement, suggesting the mod had been written by a gamer and spread via a "GTA" modding site. However, when the mod was found in the coding of the PS2 version, Take-Two had to fess up and admit the mod was installed on manufactured "GTA: San Andreas" discs. This forced the ESRB to give the game an "AO" (adults only) rating until new games were distributed sans the mod. It also provided legislators with the ammunition they needed to speak out and vote against the video game industry and the ESRB.

Now, almost a year after the mod was discovered, New York County's district attorney wants to know who knew what and how the company profited from the deceit.

As a side note, since Take-Two's announcement shares of the company's stock have fallen from $12.87 to $10.16 and the equity research arm of Citigroup dropped its price target on the stock to $9 from $12.

Posted by Allison on June 27, 2006 7:50 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

Reggie Fils-Aime, president and COO of Nintendo of America, has revealed in an interview with Game Informer Magazine that the soon-to-be released Nintendo Wii console will have the ability to support payments for various publisher downloads. While no one is expecting the console's WiiConnect24 service to have anywhere near the capabilities of Xbox Live, this is certainly good news for those (like me) who have become addicted to the Xbox Live Marketplace.

Read more at GamesIndustry.biz

Posted by Allison on June 27, 2006 8:29 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: General Gaming | PC

Admittedly, I have never played World of Warcraft (WoW). I fear that if I ever crossed that line, it would be all consuming and I'd get absolutely nothing done. However, that doesn't mean that I don't admire the world that is the WoW, especially when things like MapWoW.com are created. MapWoW uses Google Map's API to make navigating the WoW world much easier. On top of that, the creators have put in handy information, like the location of ore and herbs. Very cool. Now, if somebody would do this for the world of Tron, I'd be a happy guy.

Source: Wonderland Blog
Posted by Jeremy on June 27, 2006 9:22 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PC | Xbox | Xbox 360

2KGames and 3DRelams have today announced "Prey" has "gone gold", meaning the gold master version of the game is complete and it's ready for its Xbox 360 and PC mass production.

"Prey" was developed by Human Head Studios ("Rune") under the supervision of 3DRealms ("Duke Nukem" and "Max Payne" games). The game is being touted as a "revolutionary" and "innovative" first-person shooter, which stars Tommy, a Cherokee garage mechanic who is content working on the reservation until (dun dun dun) aliens appear and ruin everything. Now he must tap deep into his Cherokee powers to fight the aliens and save the world.

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Posted by Allison on June 28, 2006 11:39 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo DS

Nintendo today announced a new addition to the DS Lite family: Noble Pink. The new color will go on sale in Japan on July 20. There is no word on when or if the pink DS will make it to the States or Europe. However, it's a safe bet that the color will be available to gamers worldwide by the holiday season.

In other DS news, Nintendo today announced that a Hot Red Rod DS will make its movie debut in the feature film, "Stormbreaker". The movie is based on the, "Alex Rider series of books by Anthony Horowitz, which have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide". Alex Rider is a 14 year old MI6 spy ("Spykids" anyone?) who uses the DS as his super spy gadget. In the movie, the DS is used to eavesdrop, detect wiretaps, and has a smoke bomb function. If the US gov't finds out about this, they may ban the movie in the US (or, more likely, try to get their hands on this super gadget). Otherwise, it opens in the US on Oct. 6 and the UK on July 21.

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Posted by Jeremy on June 28, 2006 11:46 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PC | PS2 | Sony

We are pleased to announce that we have begun playing, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow (TM). The game retells the story from the first movie through the eyes of Jack Sparrow. Today, we will begin the LB 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow' Walkthrough and Strategy Guide. Keep checking back each day to view our progress.

Posted by Jeremy on June 29, 2006 8:30 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PS2 | Sony

Due to a miscommunication between Jeremy and myself (ah, marriage), neither of us wrote about the biggest news that came out of the gaming world yesterday, so here it is, one day late.

Square Enix, Inc. has announced that the highly anticipated "Final Fantasy XII" will be available in North America on October 31, 2006, exclusively for the PS2. The game was released in Japan on March 16, 2006, and has already sold over 2.4 million units.

As an added bonus, a limited run of "Final Fantasy XII Collector's Edition" will be available at Gamestop and EB Game stores. The regular version of the game has a suggested retail price of US$49.99, while the limited edition will retail at US$59.99.

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Posted by Allison on June 29, 2006 10:48 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Video Game Politics

Thanks to GamePolitics.com for pointing out a creepy proposal being tossed around the US House of Representatives, which is to creates a "universal ratings system" for games and movies. I say "creepy" because this was brought up during a meeting between high ranking House members and the MPAA, which was initiated by a handful of Christians who are up in arms because the MPAA dared rate Facing the Giants a movie about high school football and faith, PG. They see the rating as a slap in the face, as they believe the film should be rated "G". Because our House leaders will do whatever they can to appease their "base", they took up the issue and scolded the MPAA for its decision (having watched the trailer, I think the MPAA made the right decision).

"Creepy" comes in when you realize these are the people who want video game ratings to be federally regulated, and now they're talking about bringing movies into it, too. I guess books are next.

Posted by Allison on June 29, 2006 11:47 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo DS

Today, our friends across the pond can skip work, eat mushrooms, collect gold coins, and jump for joy because 'New Super Mario Bros.' is now available in Europe. It has sold 500,000 copies in the US in its first 35 days and is the fastest selling game in Canada ever. In Japan, the stats are even more staggering. It sold 1.25 million copies in the first two weeks after launch. Go Mario!

Posted by Jeremy on June 30, 2006 9:55 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii | PS3 | Sony | Xbox | Xbox 360

Gamasutra is today reporting on the MI6 presentation of Jason Anderson, director of research for the International Developer Group (IDG). In it, Mr. Anderson suggests that the X360 will lead the US market through 2009, at which point, the PS3 will take over. The numbers: 2007 - 10.6 million X360's, 6.8 million PS3's, and 3.5 million Wii's; 2008 - 15.5 X360, 13.5 PS3, and 6.8 Wii. In 2009, he expects the PS3 to surpass the X360. Unless money starts growing on trees, 13.5 million PS3's by the end of '08 seems like a stretch for me. Also, I think that the Wii will sell much better than predicted. People who grew up on the NES and SNES are ready to get back into gaming, but the X360 and PS3 scare them. The Wii will fit the bill, both on price and on friendliness.

Posted by Jeremy on June 30, 2006 10:34 AM | | Comments (0)


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