Over the weekend I was reading through some of our archived Lunabean News. I came upon a piece from February of 2005 titled Dirty Harry coming to consoles.
At the time, that was indeed the plan. Clint Eastwood's own production co., Malpaso, and Warner Bros., along with developer, The Collective, were making a Dirty Harry game due for launch in 2007.
However, upon further investigation, it seems that The Collective abrubtly cancelled the game. WB is still planning on making the game, but with a different developer (rumored to be WB's Monolith Productions).
So, where's my Dirty Harry game? The trailer, based on what The Collective had completed, looks awesome. A head in a vice? You betcha! That's some bad ass '70s violence right there...the type of violence we grew up on. Not this fancy pants shiny blood and gore splattered across the screen 21st century type violence. Nope, that's not for me. Give me gritty dirty violence and an anti-hero that really knows how to scare the pants off of criminals with the original BFG, the .44 Magnum.
If I hear anything new about the game, I'll be sure to pass it along.
Nintendo today has released four new virtual console games for the Wii, touting Zelda II - The Adventure of Link as its 100th game in the Wii Shop Channel.
The other three games released today are:
You can read up on all of these games by reading the press releaseContinue reading "'Zelda II' hits Wii virtual console"
OMG! GTA 4 delayed? So surmises Wedbush analyst, Michael Pacther:
We believe that it is possible that the company will choose to 'throw in the towel' on [its 2007 financial year] by shifting the release date for Grand Theft Auto IV by a few weeks, increasing the losses incurred this year and improving the company's prospects for FY:08. (Source
Now, I'm not a huge fan of Michael Pachter, nor video game analysts in general, but he has been right a few times and it's an interesting suggestion that he makes...that Take-Two would move the release back to show good '08 fiscal results for the year, and that they would want to get a bit of separation from Halo 3.
I wonder how Sony feels about this knowing that this game will be a big driver of PS3 sales (yes, I know it's also on the X360).
Read Gamespot's piece on the speculation.
I have yet to have any problems with my Xbox 360, however, many unlucky gamers have had their stomachs drop when they've seen that red ring of light flash on their 360s, telling them that the console is not happy.
I bring this up because longtime Lunabeaner, Mindy, today posted her experience with a red ring of death.
One interesting nugget of knowledge that came out of this is that if you are experiencing the red ring of death, you should try plugging your Xbox 360 directly into a wall outlet. You see, sometimes a powerstrip or surge protector does not give it enough power and it needs a mainline source of juice.
If that doesn't work, you can always try wrapping your Xbox 360 in blankets.
Just thought I'd point out a good article detailing the current climate in the video game industry and how Nintendo is kicking rear end in both the console and hand held market. If I were teaching a class on the video game biz, this would be required reading.
I've been a harsh critic of the PS3, but I am starting to warm up to the system as I dream of my future HD lifestyle. That being said, one of the major critiques levied against the PS3 has been the lack of games.
Well, leave it up to a promotional piece for the Playstation Network to actually show off some games. And, could you believe it, some of them actually look appealing! Is my cold heart melting? Is there a country song somewhere in that line? Just watch the video and see if you feel any warm fuzzies.
Hat tip to joystiq
Okay, it's not an REM song, but it does have to do with sleep. Crush, a new puzzle game out for the PSP has piqued my interest. I hadn't heard about the game until I stumbled upon it today, via a review at gamespot.
Described as a revolutionary puzzle/platformer with Tim Burton and Danny Elfman influences, it sounds like it will exude that same awe that I felt when I first flipped from 3D to 2D in Super Paper Mario.
I'm not sure if we'll do a walkthrough for the game or not, but I definitely would like to play it.
I love this concept. You may find me roaming the streets of Portland, looking for ships to raid and islands to plunder. Of course, I will have to watch out for the real Shanghai tunnels in Old Town. Very freaky.
In all honesty, it's not surprising, but it does feel dirty. GameStop managers don't even get cash or job incentives, instead they get to spend their
Marlboro miles Sony points at the Sony/Gamestop rewards site.
If you're truly looking for some unbiased advice, then post away on our forums. We don't get any points for promoting one system over another...just the satisfaction of helping a fellow gamer.
The LEGO Group today announced the first LEGO massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) due out during the 4th quarter of 2008. No word yet if this will be a PC only title.
Obviously happy with the success of the LEGO Star Wars games, LEGO Universe enters a whole new genre where you create your character and interact with others in a LEGO world.
The possibilities are endless and I'm having fun just thinking about them now...the police station, the space station, the hospital, the Bionicles coming and ruining everything with their futuristic skills.
I sure hope some LEGO pirates and LEGO medieval (you know, the knights and such) make it into the world. Oh, I am so going to be a knight.Continue reading "'LEGO Universe' announced"
According to Gamespot, Assassin's Creed is set to hit the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 in November of this year! Booya! Can't wait.
Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA...the games division) today announced that it will lay off employees at its Foster City, CA facility. Sony went on to say that the layoffs, rumored to be from 50 to 100 jobs, had nothing to do with the poor performance of the PS3.
Believe what you want.
You know, I've actually been to Juarez. My grandparents, who lived in El Paso, TX, took me across the border when I was 7 or 8. I vaguely remember a curio shop of sorts where I bought a leather wallet with an Aztec calendar on it. God I loved that wallet.
What does that have to do with anything? Well, nothing really, except that I'm happy to say that I've begun work on the LB Call of Juarez Walkthrough and Game Guide for the Xbox 360.
So far, I'm enjoying it quite a bit, but I'm a sucker for Wild West entertainment. After all, Back to the Future 3 was my favorite of the trilogy (Allison keeps saying I shouldn't tell people that).
I'll end this circuitous post by saying that if you need Call of Jaurez help, then you can check in on the LB Call of Juarez Walkthrough and Game Guide or visit the Call of Juarez help thread on the LB Nation Forums
Just a few minutes ago, at the World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC 07), Steve Jobs announced that Electronic Arts (EA) is fully committed to developing games for the Mac. You can look forward to Command and Conquer 3, Battlefield 2142, Need for Speed: Carbon, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Madden, and Tiger Woods '08.
After that announcement came footage of a new iD Software engine, iD Tech 5 which will be on display at E3 on a Mac, PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. There will also be another Mac announcement from iD at E3.
Looks like the Mac is finally getting some gaming respect now that they run on Intel chips and they're selling really well.
If you want to keep up with all of the WWDC news, you can check out the live-blogging at Engadget.
The Church of England is upset with Sony regarding its PS3 game, Resistance Fall of Man due to a battle fought inside Manchester Cathedral. If you haven't already seen this story on CNN seventeen times, then you can catch up on it via the BBC.
A few quick points. One, the game came out last November. Way to catch up, Church of England.
Two, the game is a work of fiction based around an alternate outcome of WWII. Work of fiction. Let's all remember that. Would the same ire be coming from the Church if the same battle was described in a book?
Three, it is not a "sick" game because of the coincidence that Manchester has had a recent spat of shootings. Again, the game is based just after WWII.
Four, the hypocrisy of a religion with a violent history, participants in many wars and many deaths, founded by a violent monarch...well, it's just kind of the pot calling the kettle black. Except in this case, the game isn't real and nobody died.
I just think it's all very silly. Another case of bringing more attention to the thing that you wanted to stop in the first place. That is, by being WATBs about the whole thing, the Church of England is going to end up helping to sell more copies of the game and look like out-of-touch fools in so doing.
P.S. - Actually, I think this is all a very sneaky ploy to get more people to visit the new visitors center which includes a restaurant in the basement of the cathedral where you can touch a 15th C. hanging bridge, or spend your money in the gift shop on "moochandise". Classy.
Finally, talking directly to their community without having to go through fake blogs (flogs) or bad marketing decisions.
Is it Monday again? Indeed it is. Here are the three VC games released today for the Wii.
Square-Enix CEO, Yoichi Wada, in a Financial Times interview, stated that the next-gen machines (PS3 and Xbox 360) are mismatched to today's gamer and that handhelds are what is really driving the market.
"There is a new breed of gamers in the market – we have to make games for all kinds of people,” said Mr Wada, in an interview with the FT. “In the old days, we could just focus on the PlayStation or the GameBoy, but the environment has changed completely." (Source)
He goes on to say that there are too many hurdles to clear with the next-gens, namely that to get everything out of a game you need an HDTV, broadband, and a "deep knowledge of gaming."
Another reason he's saying this is because for the first time ever, the latest Dragon Quest game is being developed exclusively for the DS (previously they were made for the PS2). In other words, Square designs games for the current best selling system, whatever it is at the time, in order to appeal to the widest gaming public possible. Not a bad strategy.
Today, it seems another ARG may be in the works; this one for Halo 3. According to Joystiq some sort of artificial intelligence calling itself, Adjutant Reflex, has infiltrated the Bungie forums and has been posting mysterious messages.
I'm currently sorting through all of the various information that is out there and will update you if I hear and/or discover anything.
Hat tip to Joystiq
Joystiq today has a good preview of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. After reading the article, I'm very excited for the game.
Whether it's the fact that it's the first CoD to not be set in WWII, the amazing graphics, the variety in gameplay, or a twist on the classic campaign mode, this game seems to have it all.
The trailer from a while back is below.
Okay, okay. So maybe Sony didn't read my piece written in January titled, How to save the PS3. But maybe they did?!?
I jest of course, however, I bring it up because of this USA Today article which details Sony's plans to make a line of TVs for Wal-Mart and Target.
Near the end of that article is a bulleted list of other plans and information regarding Sony TVs. Among interesting tidbits such as a focus on 1080p and making 50" TVs the defacto size for HD, there is this:
Sony will bundle more too. Rather than try to sell individual products, the company will look to sell bundles or packaged solutions at different customer segments. Recently, for instance, some Japanese engineers visited a U.S. fraternity house to check out how technology was being used. Expect to see things like televisions bundled with PlayStation 3s..
Now, compare that with my suggestion of "The Ultimate Bundle" from my article. I'm the one who came up with the LCD TV and PS3 bundle, dammit! I even threw in surround sound for fun.
Sony, I have you by the balls. Either send me a 46" Bravia (email me and I'll send you my address) or I'll go public with you stealing my idea. If anything happens to me I have a copy of my original post in a safe deposit box in Virginia.
Oh, wait. I said you could freely have my idea. Damn. (Note to self. Don't give Sony free ideas.)
I'm getting close to finishing the LB Call of Juarez Walkthrough and Game Guide.
Yesterday, I finished up Chapter XIV of the guide and today will hopefully get to the end. After that, I have to go back through and search for Wanted Posters and figured while I was at it, I'd take some screenshots.
Until it's complete, you can check in on the progress of this growing guide/walkthrough/tutorial by visiting the LB Call of Juarez Walkthrough and Game Guide. Enjoy!
Shares of GameStop (GME) are spiking higher today, up $1.97 or 5.2%. Although there is no news which is directly causing the spike, I surmise that it's due to analysts' expectations of strong May video game sales, strong sales of Nintendo products, and news that GME is looking to expand in Europe.
They used to say as General Motors goes, so goes the American economy. Well, I think you could say, as GameStop goes, so goes the video game industry. It's the canary in the coalmine, the barometer, the thermometer, the sphygmomanometer, the nurse taking the pulse of the game industry. Ahh, that was fun.
UPDATE 1 - Am I right, or am I right? (those are the only choices you get) CNN Money
An American Medical Association (AMA) panel has recommended that video game addiction be classified as a mental disorder.
"After nearly a year of studying the issue, an AMA committee concluded, in a 10-page report, that excessive video game playing leads to what it describes as "social dysfunction/disruption".
In the same report, the AMA panel also suggests video game playing be limited to less than two hours a day..."(Source)
Hmm. Less than 2 hours per day. What if it's your job? I am so screwed.
Great, now I have Two Live Crew's "Banned in the U.S.A." running through my head.
Why, you may ask? Because Manhunt 2 (PS2, Wii) has been banned in the UK by the British Board of Film Classification; the first game in 10 years to be banned, and has been given an Adult Only (AO) rating in the US.
The reasoning for the banning in the UK? "[U]nremitting bleakness and callousness of tone in an overall game context which constantly encourages visceral killing with exceptionally little alleviation or distancing".
Hmm, sounds like a lot of games. The original Manhunt really pushed some boundaries and by all accounts Manhunt 2 is sick and twisted, but to censor the game is quite stunning.
Meanwhile, stateside, the AO rating means that major retailers, like Wal-Mart, Circuit City and Best Buy won't carry it. I just got off the phone with my local EB/Gamestop and the manager there said that they would, "probably not carry it." If it's not in any stores, it's effectively banned.
Take-Two, the publisher of the game, has the right to appeal. We'll let you know if anything comes of it.
Hey you gamers out there who are reluctant to join Xbox Live, make a Mii Parade, or go Home because you still have dial-up and dagnabit you're not going to pay more than $10 for DSL, well, do I have some good news for you.
There are some restrictions. First, you must live in one of the 22 states where AT&T operates. You must have AT&T phone service. You must be a new subscriber. And, you must commit to a one year contract. The DSL promises speeds of 768 Kbps, not great, but good enough to get you gaming!
Now, if only my FiOS would go on sale.
Well, now, I'm happier than a tick on a fat dog; more giddy than a cowboy driving his cattle home; smoother than a well traveled saddle? Huh?
Oh, don't mind me. I'm just crazy because I've been working so hard on finishing the LB Call of Juarez Walkthrough and Game Guide. And, I'm pleased to report that it's done (send out the word via cable-gram!).
The instantly downloadable, ad-free, PDF guide contains a detailed walkthrough of all 15 story mode episodes, a walkthrough of all 3 extra missions, multiplayer tips and modes, and the locations of all 40 Wanted Posters!
The online version only contains the walkthrough and the multiplayer tips.
Of course, you can get the Call of Juarez Walkthrough and Game Guide, and over 150 other Lunabean Guides, instantly, for only $14.95 by joining the LunaPass!
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Sony boss, Howard Stringer, yesterday announced that the PS3 will have 937,000 games by March 2008. Okay, he really didn't say that. What he did say is that the PS3 will have 380 new games by March 2008: 200 packaged retail games and 180 Playstation Network games.
I used hyperbole to make a point. You see, Sony has been under fire lately because of their lack of any must-have titles. Now, they come out and say that they'll have 200 new retail games. It's a little overwhelming. 200 may as well be 937,000.
Sony is using the spitball approach, hoping that one or two of these 200 games will stick. What us gamers need to be hearing about is 10 great titles that are coming out, not 200 anonymous titles.
Granted, Mr. Stringer was talking to investors, who could really care less about AAA titles and just want to hear the numbers.
Nonetheless, this is a step in the right direction for the PS3. Of course, while Sony is pumping out games, so to are Nintendo and Microsoft.
I was never a big Sonic fan, sticking more to the tried and true Italian plumbers than the SEGA hedgehog.
I am, however, a big fan of BioWare (Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic, Neverwinter Nights) and it is for this reason that I'm very excited to see what will come of SEGA and BioWare's Sonic RPG.
Did somebody say papercraft of my favorite Zelda characters, Gorons? I believe they did.
Highlights include the pictured Goron, Red Pikmin (meeww, meeww, meeww...that's them dying), Yoshi, Mario, Luigi, and the list goes on.
Time to get some scissors and glue out!
Creepy torch-wielding villagers beware! I'm about to annihilate you once again, this time, on the Wii.
I just got back from Game Crazy where I purchased Resident Evil 4 for the Wii. We'll be writing a Wii walktrhough for the game starting...now...however, in the meantime, if you need help with the game, please check out the LB Resident Evil 4 Walkthrough and Strategy Guide for the PS2.
Dennis McCauley, a writer for GamePolitics and the Philadelphia Inquirer, has a good column over at Joystiq which summarizes the AO rating and banning of Manhunt 2.
On another note, I talked to the manager at a Game Crazy who said that they wouldn't carry the AO rated title. That means that no major retailer and Gamestop and Game Crazy won't sell it, effectively banning it in the US.
I'm sure Rockstar will edit the content to make it an "M". Or, wouldn't this be interesting, retool the game for the next-gens and make it digital download only via Xbox Live, the PSN, and the Wii Shop.
You'd never think that little 'ol Nintendo, maker of video games, would ever top Sony, maker of all things electronics, in market capitalization. But, that's exactly what happened, albeit briefly, on the Tokyo Stock exchange.
TV ALERT. I saw a preview yesterday for a segment on tonight's NBC Nightly News regarding video game addiction. Can't wait to see how they report on it. Nothing is on the site yet, but I'd imagine the Daily Nightly will be updated shortly.
We'll be sure to DVR it, so we can analyze and deconstruct.
Almost two years ago, Vivendi Universal announced plans for a game based on Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne character.
Today, Sierra Games, a division of Vivendi Games, has announced, "Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Conspiracy," due out on the PS3 and Xbox 360 in Summer of '08 (after delays, probably Holiday '08).
I. Am. So. Excited!Continue reading "It's about time: Bourne video game announced"
Nintendo has announced its plans for WiiWare, "a game-creation service that will allow developers large and small to create new downloadable video game content for sale by Nintendo through the Wii Shop Channel."
To date, Nintendo has only offered older games, via its Virtual Console service...games like Super Mario Kart or Tecmo Super Bowl. With this announcement, they've entered the realm of Xbox Live and its Xbox Live Arcade: new games developed exclusively for download.
I'm excited to see what kind of innovative games will pop up and what the pricing structure will be.Continue reading "Nintendo announces WiiWare plans"
The most recent trailer for Grand Theft Auto IV has hit the interwebs. In addition to the fantastic trailer, we've included a handy countdown clock for you to obsessively check every 34 seconds.
Bookmark this page so you know exactly when G-day arrives (that's Grand Theft Auto IV day..shut up...I tried!).
If you have yet to download the Opera web browser for your Wii, then now is the time. Starting tomorrow, you'll have to pay for it.
Don't worry, though, it's only 500 Wii Points or $5, so if you miss out on the grace period it's not that big a loss.
To download the browser, turn on your Wii and visit the Wii shop. You can download it from there.
DFC Intelligence, a market research firm, has today issued their 800 page report on the video game industry. While this is something that one has to pay for, whenever they do one of these massive reports, they always include a nice summary.
If you're a video game market wonk like myself, then you may get some enjoyment out of reading the entire summary. However, if you only have a passing interest in all of this, then here are some select quotes:
The one thing we do continue to argue is that no system is likely to have the market share dominance of the first two PlayStation systems. The video game market is simply becoming diversified in multiple respects. Consumers are increasingly willing to buy multiple systems for multiple purposes. This means arguing who will be first or second is becoming increasingly irrelevant.
In terms of long-term strategy it is worth comparing Microsoft and Sony. Microsoft has shown an even greater willingness to lose money to try and build long-term market share. The Xbox 360 was the system that could benefit most from the PS3's slow, late start. One of the biggest events (or non-event) over the past year is that the Xbox 360 did little to solidify its lead.
In an interview with DFC Intelligence this week, Sony Computer Entertainment America president Jack Tretton said trying to compare Sony to Nintendo is like trying to compare Sony to Nike. In other words, these are two very different companies, with very different products and very different strategies.
While I agree with all of these points, it's pretty easy to talk about what's already happened. The hard part is predicting what's next. That's why you should stick with us, the people who called the Wii a winner over a year ago and said that the PS3 was going to be in third.Continue reading "Video Game Market Analysis"