The issue is not a lack of production. The issue is we went in with a curve that was aggressive, but the demand has been substantially more than that. And the ability to ramp up production and to sustain it is not a switch that you flick on. We're working very hard to make sure that consumers are satisfied this holiday, but I can't guarantee that we're going to meet demand. As a matter of fact, I can tell you on the record we won't.
The Simpsons Game is due out on October 30. However, if you can't wait to get your greasy Krusty Burger hands on some gameplay then head on over to Xbox Live to download a Demo.
This is going to be my favorite game of all time. It looks spectacular, the commentary has already cracked me up a good dozen times (in about five minutes) and the gameplay seems accessible to anyone.
We'll definitely be writing a Walkthrough and Guide for this game, and yes, it will be pleasurable. Now, release the hounds!
You've played this game twice and both times it was titled God of War.
Opening scene with grandmotherly voiceover. Check.
Blatant stereotypes of women. Check.
Red and Green orbs...oops...I mean red and green "runes". Check.
Right control stick allows you to roll. Check.
Actions sequences slow down to show super kills. Check.
Blood and violence for the sake of blood and violence. Check.
Puzzles, situations, and gameplay very familiar. Check.
It's not necessarily a bad thing to want to emulate God of War. They are great games. However, this game feels clunkier, has worse graphics (and remember, GoW and GoW2 played on the PS2), and terrible dialogue.
Hey, if this game tides you over until God of War 3 comes out, great. However, based on the demo, I don't think we'll be playing this one.
If you're keeping score at home, since its launch, Sony has introduced four different PS3s: the original 60GB and 20GB, the 80GB, and now the 40GB.
Due out in the UK this week is that 40GB PS3 (299 pounds) which will eventually become the only PS3 available in the UK after retailers sell through the 60GB version.
The controversy surrounding all of this is that the new 40GB version does not have any PS2 backwards compatibility, a large selling point of the original PS3s.
This is odd, because after the first round of PS3s which actually did have the PS2 "Emotion Engine" chip inside of them, the ones that followed used software emulation for backwards compatibility, meaning that there is no reason why the 40GB couldn't also be backwards compatible.
Adding some good ol' US fuel to the fire is a rumor that the 40GB PS3 ($399, rumored) will also make its debut in the US, perhaps in early November. Whether it is slated to become the only PS3 on shelves is yet to be seen, but that seems to be the strategy.
The summary: Sony just didn't know what the consumer wanted when they launched the PS3 and simply wouldn't accept that even the hardcore gamer has a price ceiling. Four PS3s later, I think that Sony has what consumers want, a $399 blu-ray playing PS3. Although, I still don't get the lack of backwards compatibility, particularly because the PS3 game lineup is anemic at best.
Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime has won Brandweek Marketer of the Year for his work in making the Nintendo Wii into the phenomena it is today.
The article, despite its length, is actually a very interesting read. It details the moves that
Reggie and Nintendo made to bring the Wii to market.
If you're at all interested in how a video game company lures customers, give it a looksy.
But, that's not the point of this piece. What I'm more interested in is Ubisoft's fake Haze website for Mantel Global Industries, the evil corporation in the game.
Viral marketing like this always intrigues me. And, in fact, it's more than marketing. It's an attempt to make the game elements "real"; that this corporation really exists, with career opportunities, a ticker symbol, and CEO bios.
Sure, I'm weird, but stuff like this really makes my day.
I'm an unapologetic fan of the Leeroy Jenkins World of Warcraft video. I could watch it once a day and not get sick of it.
Just a few minutes ago, as I was watching the Today show (yes, my morning video game news gathering also involves watching morning TV), I saw the following commerical.
If there was any doubt that video games, and specifically World of Warcraft, have become mainstream, well, I think that debate can be put to rest.
If you want to see the original that the Toyota ad spoofed, go here .
This development comes after news that the Japanese release date has been pushed back to January 24, 2008. Oy!
My guess is that it's the online multiplayer that is still being hammered out. Hey, Nintendo is good at not releasing games until they're ready, so I'm going to trust them for now.
Okay, they're not those kind of jackets, but they do slip over your Nintendo Wii Remote, keeping it snugly warm and more importantly, cushy soft.
Nintendo, in its quest to quell the idea that airborn Wii Remotes continue to be a problem, is now making Wii Remote jackets standard equipment on all new purchases.
That means fewer eyes poked out, fewer little brothers and sisters with bumps on their heads, and fewer broken hips for the elderly.
Those of us with the glass-like edges of the hard plastic of yesteryear? Don't fret. We'll soon be safe from ourselves. Head on over to Nintendo.com and click the "Wii Remote Jacket Offer" image.
First let me start by saying I am an Air Force recruiter and I know the recruiter who was at this game stop. The news media was present and twisted everything out of proportion after acting like they were going to present a positive story on the military. Unfortunately in this day and age NO ONE presents a positive presentation of the military, especially recruiters.
The recruiter was not trying to brainwash anyone into joining, he was just going to a location where he knew prospective applicants would be, like any other professional recruiter would do. The type of game has nothing to do with it, you said yourself that earlier 2 recruits joined during a Madden tournament and last I checked we don't sign people up to play football.
By the way, those 2 recruits were not brainwashed or LURED into anything either, there is a long process when it comes to joining the Air Force and our members are volunteers who join of their own free will. Please don't make it sound like 2 people joining our military is a bad thing please.
I joined myself as a young man and have now served nearly 16 years and have a wife and three beautiful children that I can take care of because of what the Air Force has given me. I have a college degree, lived in England for four years, access to free medical care AND have a house and two vehicles because of the Air Force.
So if a young recruiter trying to find young men to serve their country shows up where those young men hang out gives you the "heebeejeebees", you seriously need to check your perspectives and try to look at things from a different point of view. Give me a break.
It looks like BioWare and Pandemic have some new parents. Electronic Arts today announced that they will be acquiring RPG-maker BioWare Corp. and action game maker Pandemic Studios from Elevation Partners (venture capital firm famous for Bono being one of its investors).
BioWare is best known for Neverwinter Nights, Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic and the upcoming Mass Effect. Pandemic is known for Star Wars Battlefront, Destroy all Humans!, Mercenaries and the upcoming Mercenaries 2.
Between the two companies there are ten games in development, six of which are wholly owned by the companies themselves.
Is this good for gamers? Will creativity be stifled? Should you buy EA stock? My answers: yes, no, and yes (always do due diligence before buying stocks and I am not a certified financial advisor).
EA will pay up to $620 million in cash to the stockholders of VG Holding Corp. and will issue up to an additional $155 million in equity to certain employees of VG Holding Corp., which will be subject to time-based or performance-based vesting criteria. EA will also assume outstanding VG Holding Corp. stock options. In addition, EA has agreed to lend VG Holding Corp. up to $35 million through the closing of the acquisition.Continue reading "EA to purchase BioWare and Pandemic"
Mom's everywhere, feel inferior starting...now.
Courtesy of Major Nelson we now have the list of ambient music found in BioShock.
Yes, if you want to be freaked out all over again, or hold the creepiest Halloween party, this is your soundtrack.
If you haven't yet played BioShock, you should. And, don't forget about our 100% completion BioShock Walkthrough.
I don't particularly care for Ben Stiller nor his movies. I think he's annoying and generally unfunny.
That's why perhaps I have found a little bit of joy in the fact that his recent movie, The Heartbreak Kid, has had a disappointing run.
But, now, I'm just annoyed that the film's studio is blaming Halo 3 for stealing the movie's audience, thus causing the poor opening.
Nope, it's not that the movie has received poor reviews ("misogynistic" and "hateful" seem to be common descriptions), rather, it's that Master Chief stole all the suckers who would have gone to a Ben Stiller romantic comedy.
Hey, there are only so many entertainment dollars and hours. If you make a crappy movie that only 13-15 year old boys would find funny and then slap an "R" rating on it, well, you've pretty much dug your own grave.
With Halloween a mere two weeks away I thought I'd pass along a little inspiration for your pumpkin carving activities.
Here are some more ideas:
Want to learn the origins of the Jack-O-Lantern?
I'm predicting right now that Link's Crossbow Training, bundled with the Wii Zapper, will be one of the best selling games this holiday season.
Not only is it a mere $19.99 but it looks to recapture some of that social gaming magic that is Wii Sports. Due out on November 19th, how many families do you think will be playing this on Thanksgiving and on Christmas day?
Quick, name some great Japanese companies. You may think of Toyota, Sony, Honda, and Mitsubishi. But Nintendo? That little game making company?
In case you haven't been paying much attention to Nintendo's meteoric rise in market capitalization I am here to inform you that Nintendo is now firmly ensconced as the third largest Japanese company behind Toyota and Mitsubishi Financial (Japan's largest bank).
It was only back in June of this year that Nintendo overtook Sony, then the fourth largest company in Japan. Now, Nintendo's market cap. is almost double that of Sony.
There doesn't seem to be any end in sight as both the Wii, DS, and Nintendo software continue to sell very well. Add to that an extremely well run company and you have the makings for even more success.
Update: Reuters is reporting that the 40 GB PS3 will go on sale on Nov. 2 for $400 and that the 80 GB PS3 (with backwards compatibility) will drop in price to $500.
According to GamingBits.com, who got a scan from Target, the 40 GB PS3 will debut in the US for $399.99 on October 28. Read.
If you're not one who keeps up on this sort of thing, the 40 GB PS3 lacks backwards compatibility with PS2 games, but is aggressively priced to compete with the Xbox 360 this holiday season.
In related news the 40 GB PS3, which has already hit Europe, isn't selling very well because the 60 GB is priced too closely to the 40 GB, has backwards compatibility, and comes with two games. Read.
Granted, the 60 GB PS3 is being phased out, so people are getting it while they can.
Back here in the states, the 60 GB PS3 is also being phased out, to be replaced by an 80 GB version, and of course, the 40 GB version. The 80 GB version was set to be $599, however, I've been seeing some rumors of it being $499.
If that were true, that means that Sony would be going into the holidays with a compelling price structure of $399 and $499.
If all of this is hard to follow, Sony will be handing out score cards.
Take the new Wii game Victorious Boxers: Revolution to the local boxing gym and you actually get some really good gaming commentary.
It took a year, but Sony finally has a winning PS3 strategy. If only they would have listened to gamers back then, they could have avoided all the pain and suffering.
If you're not a hard core gamer, not a video game blogger, or don't own and operate a video game walkthrough website you may be confused by all the various PS3s out there. I'm here to break it down for you...Hammertime.
As of November 2nd there will be two PS3s in the US: a 40GB version for $399 and an 80GB version for $499.
The major difference, aside from hard drive storage, is that the 80GB has backwards compatibility (via software emulation) with PS2 and PSOne games. The 40GB only has backwards compatibility with PSOne games.
Not as important is that the 40GB version only has 2 USB ports (as opposed to 4 on the 80GB) and lacks the Memory Stick/SD/CompactFlash card slots.
One last item to consider is that the 40GB comes with Spider-Man 3 (movie) on Blu-Ray. The 80GB comes with Motor Storm (video game).
Other than that, they are identical. They both play PS3 games. They both contain a Blu-Ray drive. They both pump out graphics up to 1080p, and they are both a sexy black.
One note: If you are buying one, be wary of any remaining 60GB versions that may still be in stores. They have discontinued this model (replacing it with the 80GB). The 60GB and 80GB are the same price, so I'd recommend waiting until the 80GBs start showing up or you'll be shorting yourself 20GB of HDD space for no reason.
Summary: Bare bones 40GB PS3 with no PS2 backwards compatibility for $399. Full featured 80GB PS3 for $499.
For more info:
Quick Comparison of the 40GB and 80GB
With the PS3 poised to have a huge holiday (a year late) due to the recently announced two PS3s at $400 and $500, you may want to know if there are actually any good games out for it.
In my opinion, Uncharted: Drakes Fortune is the first game that I actually want to play on my PS3. It is an action-adventure treasure hunting game largely influenced by Indiana Jones and other jungle adventures.
The gameplay attempts to bring some humor and emotion to an "everyday" hero. Rather than some super-soldier who can blast through all of the enemies, the main character will hurt his fist when he punches people and will occasionally trip and fall, for example.
Add a strong puzzle solving element revolving around the notebook in the game, which is very similar to Indiana Jones' father's diary in The Last Crusade, and you've got me hooked.
According to Deutsche Bank analyst Jeetil Patel, the PS2 is on its way out. If you want to read the specifics you can go here.
What always blows me away when I read video game analysts' work is that they often miss the obvious, in this case the year on year drop of 47% for the month of September for PS2 software.
Gee, Mr. Analyst, I wonder what could have caused such a drop? Pray tell! "It is currently unclear whether the drop reflects consumer transition to next-gen software or weak spending patterns amongst the low-end consumer."
Or, maybe, just maybe, it's that there aren't any quality games coming out for the PS2!!! September of 2006 saw the megaselling Lego Star Wars II, Okami, Rule of Rose, NBA 2K7, and Open Season, to name a few.
Okay, yes, there are still titles being made for the PS2 but they are often the dumbed-down, less feature packed versions, for example, Tony Hawk's Proving Ground. Give me a full-featured THPG on the PS2 for $40 and I'm buying it!
Finally, who is this "low-end consumer" he's talking about? The bargain basement video game shopper? Yes, you figured it out Mr. Analyst...it's weak spending habits among cheap people that is the cause for the PS2's downfall.
Pyschonauts was one of Allison's favorite games of all time, so we'll be sure to keep following any developments.
Update: Thanks to Car1gt for shattering our dreams and letting us know about Joystiq's update to the story:
Update: Sadly, it seems that the "coming soon" image was merely intended to indicate an eventual info page for the original Psychonauts. Double Fine has recognized the confusion, and quietly un-darkened the image to make it more apparent. So no Psychonauts 2 after all. Color us disappointed.
If you head on over to the official Super Smash Bros. Brawl website you'll discover that the game will include a "Stage Builder" (level editor) which will allow you to create your own stages.
After you have a stage complete you can send a stage to a friend, place it on an SD card for safe keeping, and/or submit your stage to Nintendo.
Each day Nintendo will choose one stage from those submitted and will send out that stage to all Wiis around the world. Each day you'll have fresh content, however, the stage will disappear within one day, making it a "once-in-a-lifetime encounter."
This feature adds a limitless replay value to the game. Nintendo may have just shot themselves in the foot...with a game like this, you won't need to buy any other games.
SSBB is due out in the US on Feb. 10, 2008.
It's no secret that Will Wright's highly anticipated Spore will eventually make it to every major system, however, it seems he has a soft spot in his heart for the Wii.
In an interview with The Guardian, Wright confirms that the Wii will get Spore.
We're doing Spore on the Wii, and we did MySims. It takes signifcant re-thinking to work out how you're going to do it. PS3 and Xbox 360 are similar enough that you can basically use the same system for both. So it comes down to what the interesting major platforms are and which markets we want to hit.Continue reading "'Spore' confirmed for Wii"
The Toys 'R' Us "Big Toy Book" is out and who do I spy as one of the cover models? Jaslene, the winner of ANTM cycle 7? No, no, she can't talk. It's the Wii!
Yes, Toys 'R' Us is presenting its unsuspecting customers with the classic bait and switch. Nintendo has already said that it won't be able to meet Wii demand for the holidays and featuring it on the cover, Toys 'R' Us, is just rude.
How does a huge company get around this? "Select items...may not be available at all locations" and something about rainchecks.
If you're on the hunt for a Wii this holiday, let your fingers do the walking before you head out. It'll save you some time and some gas money. Also, keep in mind that many big box stores will hold back their Wiis for Sundays, therefore, go early on Sundays for your best shot.
In a press release today, Lucasarts and Bioware announced that they are working together on something.
That's right, something. The press release couldn't be more vague if it was written by Fred Thompson's policy advisers.
Let me paraphrase; We, Lucasarts and Bioware, are going to make a super awesome game together.
As of now rumors are rampant that it will be some sort of KOTOR MMO. Personally, I hope it's a Lego Star Wars MMO. Imagine building your world. *drools*
Last night, CBS Evening News with Katie Couric covered Rockstar Game's new ultraviolent Manhunt 2.
In their "Eye on Technology" segment, Daniel Sieberg, the "tech reporter" with obligatory geek-chic black glasses and highlighted spiky hair, went over the gameplay, showed some footage, and interviewed a few gamers, a video game reviewer, a media watchdog, and a child pychologist.
All in all, the report was fine. Manhunt 2 is an ultraviolent game that is only suited for adults; there's no argument there.
There are a few things that caught my eye, though and I'll lay them out in handy bullet form:
The most polished look that we've seen yet of the PS3 exclusive, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. Did I mention that I can't wait to play this game? It's due out on Nov. 19, 2007.