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Video Game News from May 2008

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo DS | Nintendo Wii | PC | PS2 | PS3 | PSP | Sony | Xbox | Xbox 360

Head on over to the newly launched LEGO Indiana Jones website and take part in the treasure hunt to earn yourself Indy wallpapers, stickers, coloring pages, avatars, and ringtones (coming soon).

When you're done downloading, check out the screenshots, the trailer, the forums...oh, there's just so much LEGO Indy goodness, you're just going to have to see it for yourself!

LEGO Indiana Jones website

The game will be available on all current systems (Nintendo DS, Sony PSP, PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, Nitnendo Wii, and PC) on June 3rd.

Posted by Lunabean on May 1, 2008 10:09 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Video Game Politics

UPDATE: Here is a link to the video: Glenn Beck on "GTA4".

On last night's Glenn Beck, Beck thoughtfully dissects the morality of "Grand Theft Auto". Oh wait. No he didn't.

Instead, Beck ran a clinic on how to be a misinformed idiot who pulled the good ol' "sex with prostitutes and then kill them with a baseball bat" line out of the GTA-bashing repository that, apparently, all TV pundits visit.

What always amazes me with these people is that the things that they say are in the game, are really things that they'd want to do in the game if they ever played it. You know that if Glenn Beck ever sat down with this game the first thing he'd do is find a prostitute and then murder her.


Well, this should be entertaining. Jack Thompson, the self-proclaimed crusader against video game violence, will be appearing on "The Glenn Beck Show" this evening. Glenn Beck, of course, is the self-proclaimed crusader against Katrina victims, 9-11 families, and, well, thinking human beings.

Again...it should be interesting...

GTA IV Walkthrough and Strategy Guide

Posted by Lunabean on May 1, 2008 10:45 AM | | Comments (0)

We're please to report that the Lunabean "GTA4" Walkthrough is progressing nicely.

For your convenience, we have broken it up into three sections:

GTA4 Main Missions Walkthrough

GTA4 Extras and Odd Jobs

GTA4 Pigeons

I'm currently working on the Pigeons section, and will be adding to it all day. If anybody knows where to find the pigeon on the west side of East Borough Bridge, let me know in the comments as it's driving me crazy, crazy I tell you!

Posted by Jeremy on May 5, 2008 10:37 AM | | Comments (3)

Filed Under: PS3 | Sony | Xbox | Xbox 360

For those of you who can't wait for the June 3rd release of The Bourne Conspiracy (PS3, Xbox 360), you can wet your whistle today by hopping on Xbox Live and downloading the playable demo.

Prefer a PS3 demo? You'll have to wait until Thursday for your Bourne adventure.

Posted by Lunabean on May 6, 2008 10:46 AM | | Comments (0)

Joystiq is today reporting that LittleBigPlanet, the highly anticipated community-platformer for the PS3, has received an October 2008 release date.


Posted by Lunabean on May 6, 2008 11:23 AM | | Comments (0)

It seems Yahtzee received a wee bit of negative feedback for his Super Smash Bros. Brawl review. So, instead of reviewing a game this week, he's opted to review you, the viewer. Super bonus, it includes one of the funnier GameSpot digs I've ever heard.

For the record, it is my opinion that gamers are split into two groups: Those who love Super Smash Bros. and those who don't. I, along with Yahtzee, fall into the latter group, and I thank him for both his review of the game and his response to those who can't handle the criticism.

Posted by Lunabean on May 7, 2008 1:44 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Video Game Politics

CNN's Glenn Beck is receiving quite a bit of negative feedback for his factually challenged report the other day on "Grand Theft Morality". Instead of taking the criticism seriously, he opted to personally attack those who dared challenge him:

I will tell you that all these video gamers… they’re bloggers, as well as video gamers - they’re writing all kinds of stuff about me [that] I’m the enemy now of video gamers. I could care less about video games. Video game bloggers? They’re losers…

Ah well. I guess when it comes from the guy who calls Katrina survivors "scumbags" and admits to hating 9/11 families, I can't take it too personally.

Source: GamePolitics.com
Posted by Lunabean on May 8, 2008 8:45 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Video Game Politics

Someone in L.A. is a Barack Obama fan:

"Attack of the Show" producer Luke Wahl snapped the above photo, along with a few Obama Iron Man posters.

Posted by Lunabean on May 8, 2008 9:06 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

Nintendo has just made your Monday better! That's right, the Mario factory has flipped its magic switch and WiiWare is knocking on your console's door, begging to be downloaded (the flashing blue light indicates a knock).

For those not familiar with WiiWare, think of it as an online store (accessed via your Wii), from which you can buy and download games. It differs from the Wii Virtual Console in that a) these games are new titles, and b) many are from talented indie developers and publishers who don't have the money to go through traditional channels to get their games in your hands (of course, many come from power house developers, too). It's a good day to be a gamer!

For a list of the six titles available to day, check out the Nintendo press release.

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Posted by Lunabean on May 12, 2008 2:35 PM | | Comments (0)

With the worldwide release of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots one month away, Konami held a press conference yesterday to announce that development of the game is complete, the master copy (gold) has been made, and the game is ready for mass production. BooYa!

In addition to the announcement yesterday, Konami showed five commercials, each based on the Metal Gear Solid world. Rumor has it you can view said commercials at the MGS4 official site...I wouldn't know, though, as it's taken 20 minutes to get the site half loaded. Hmmm.

Posted by Lunabean on May 13, 2008 11:05 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PC | PS3 | Sony | Xbox | Xbox 360

Hop on over to the LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures page on the Games for Windows site, and you'll be able to download the newly available demo for the upcoming title.

No word yet regarding demo availability on the Xbox 360 or PS3, but, one would have to think they are coming soon. We'll let you know as soon as they do.

Download the demo

Posted by Lunabean on May 13, 2008 11:25 AM | | Comments (0)

Thank goodness they could take time out of their busy days for an appearance on SNL's Weekend Update:

Related: Lunabean's GTA4 Walkthrough and Strategy Guide

The release of LEGO Indiana Jones is just a couple of weeks away, and now we have a fantastic (and funny) new "Summer trailer" for it. Enjoy!

I can't wait!
Posted by Lunabean on May 16, 2008 9:23 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

Since I was a preadolescent girl when the '80s turned to the '90s, I had no choice this morning but to turn on The Today Show and watch Jonathan, Joey, Donny, Danny, and Jordan (a.k.a. The New Kids on the Block) perform on the plaza. I am not proud of this, but, it is what it is.

Between a medley of NKOTB old hits and a track off their new album, The Today Show did a nice little segment on the upcoming Wii Fit. It's certainly worth a watch if you aren't fully in the know about this new mega-hit, which will be released on Monday. Even if you are in the know, it's fun to watch Matt Lauer do some virtual hula-hoopin'.

For those wanting to see a little NKOTB action (really, it's enjoyable on so many levels...I mean, did they ever have any talent?), check it out here: NKOTB video

Posted by Lunabean on May 16, 2008 9:31 AM | | Comments (0)

We are beginning work on the LB Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspaian Walkthrough and Strategy Guide (Wii, PS2, PS3, PC, Xbox 360).

Per usual, you can check in on our growing guide as it's being written. It will eventually include all bonuses and treasures. Enjoy!

LB Narnia: Prince Caspian Game Guide.

Update: For those who need Narnia: Prince Caspian help beyond the current scope of the walkthrough, please post your questions in our Narnia: Prince Caspian Help Thread in our forums.

Posted by Lunabean on May 17, 2008 9:17 AM | | Comments (20)

We are pleased to announce the completion of our Grand Theft Auto IV (GTA 4) Game Guide.

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Posted by Lunabean on May 21, 2008 10:33 AM | | Comments (5)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

There is a problem plaguing America's colleges: drinking dirty beer while playing beer pong. The ping pong ball careens around the room, picking up lint, dust, dirt, and god know what else in a college dorm or apartment. Then, that very ping pong ball ends up in the beer that you have to drink! Disgusting and dangerous to your health! Yuk!

Now, thanks to jvgames, you can finally play clean beer pong on the Nintendo Wii.

"Frat Party Games - Beer Pong" is coming to WiiWare in mid-June, just in time for college to be out. Wait, that's not good timing. Or, maybe it is. You can practice all summer and become beer pong champ of the class of '09!

For more info, visit the Frat Party Games MySpace.

Posted by Jeremy on May 22, 2008 8:15 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: General Gaming

If I ever got out of the house, or had friends, this is what I'd do with my time.

Hat tip to Wonderland

Posted by Jeremy on May 22, 2008 8:55 AM | | Comments (0)

I saw the above video clip at EW.com where the poster guesses at the roots of the video and whether or not it's a viral video for some product.

Well, of course, the first thing that pops into my mind is LEGO Indiana Jones which debuts on June 3rd for all systems (we'll be doing a walkthrough soon thereafter).

And, to add a few of my thoughts onto why I think this is definitely a "professional" video and not some amateur thing:

1) The LEGO ball didn't move as if it were made of LEGOs; it was too light and rolled too easily when the two guys initially took it off the truck.

2) The ball runs into a Toyota Previa and a very generic sounding car alarm goes off. Who puts a car alarm on an old Toyota Previa?

Assuming it is a viral marketing ploy for LEGO Indiana Jones, I think it's a poor one; my cats could've teamed up and created a better commercial.

Posted by Jeremy on May 23, 2008 9:03 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: General Gaming

Here are a few highlights from the recent spate of news coming out in anticipation of UbiDays.

  • Ubi announced that it had a record financial year, bringing in $1.5 billion. read
  • Ubi has five new IPs (new game franchises, aka intellectual properties) and has revealed a new Prince of Persia, which are arguably some of my favorite games.

    Here's more:

    "A slide presentation that accompanyied the report named four of the all-new IPs--H.A.W.X., EndWar, Shaun White Snowboarding, and the recently launched Haze--with the fifth being identified only as an "unannounced title." The same slide also revealed that two as-yet-untitled installments in existing franchises will also be released during the year, alongside Far Cry 2, Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway, Splinter Cell: Conviction, the just-announced new Prince of Persia, and a new Anno game." read

  • Did you know that Ubisoft bought the Tom Clancy brand in March?

    "With a few exceptions, the Clancy deal gives Ubisoft ownership of all Clancy-branded book, film, comic, merchandising, and "ancillary products." Naturally, it also includes full ownership of all games bearing the Hunt for Red October author's name--and Ubisoft praised the "strength" of Clancy franchises Ghost Recon and Rainbow Six as keys to its record year." read

If any more details emerge, we'll let you know.

Posted by Jeremy on May 27, 2008 8:49 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: General Gaming | PS3 | Sony

BioShock, the amazing, freaky, and groundbreaking game that had all of us with Xbox 360s drooling for weeks will finally be coming to the PS3 this October with new features and content, the details of which will be released over the next few months. read

We'll be sure to update the Lunabean "BioShock" Walkthrough and Strategy Guide for the PS3 with anything that may be different when the game comes out.

Posted by Jeremy on May 28, 2008 10:57 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: General Gaming

I just finished watching the Ubidays 2008 Conference (Ubisoft's big press conference in Paris).

UPDATE: Apparently I came in mid-way through the presentation, so everything that I'm talking about below is based on seeing the presentation from the Raving Rabbids sled run demo to the end.

UPDATE 2: The final trailer was indeed for a new Beyond Good and Evil. The pig is Pey'j and that was Jade. So, I take back what I said about that trailer angering me. Now, it just has me excited and confused, which is generally how I go through life.

Three words: lame, boring, and confusing. And, I'm a fan of Ubisoft games.

The presentation went through upcoming games: a Raving Rabbids game which uses the WiiFit pad, a new snowboarding game, Shaun White Snowboarding, a trailer for Soul Caliber 4, and finished with a confusing statement from Ubi Pres., Yves Guillemot, who alluded to the fact that we'll all have 3D TVs soon and that Avatar, which was made with the help of James Cameron (Titanic), will be out mid-next year. Then, a confusing trailer was shown. At least that's what I think happened.

You see, that's what this conference did to me. It was a big WTF? And, I think the audience of reporters felt the same way.

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Continue reading "Watch the Ubidays 2008 Conference"
Posted by Jeremy on May 28, 2008 11:23 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: General Gaming

Being a big fan of Prince of Persia games, I'm really excited for this new iteration of the game.

The Prince from the "Sands of Time" trilogy is no longer with us, and has been replaced by some other prince. But, who really cares? As long as I can still do stealth kills, I'm good.

I wonder if the game will use the Assassin's Creed engine, as that game had a lot in common with the PoP games?

The new Prince of Persia is schedule for the end of 2008. Let's hope it makes it.

Posted by Jeremy on May 29, 2008 9:32 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: General Gaming | PC | PS3 | Sony | Xbox | Xbox 360

*Drools* It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of the Brothers in Arms games. They are easily my favorite of the WWII genre, combining excellent FPS action with just the right amount of real-time strategy.

It doesn't matter if all the game offers is better graphics and new campaigns. That's all I need.

Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway debuts for the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC this August. However, do note that the game has been pushed several times already.

Posted by Jeremy on May 29, 2008 9:45 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Video Game Videos

See more funny videos at CollegeHumor

You gotta love the explosion reenactment. Very funny.

Posted by Jeremy on May 29, 2008 9:57 AM | | Comments (0)

I think all instructional videos should be just like this. Imagine starting a job and seeing the company video, complete with the screaming rock guy, "Please fill out your W-2 form and return it to HR, yeaaahhh" or at junior high sex ed class, "Your testicles produce sperm and you'll soon get body hair, yeaaahhh." Oh, life would be so much better.

But, back to Guitar Hero DS, um, yeah, I want that.

Posted by Jeremy on May 29, 2008 10:15 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PS3 | Sony | Video Game Videos | Xbox | Xbox 360

If I had extra time, this is what I'd like to do with it.

For everything else GTA4, check out the Lunabean GTA 4 Walkthrough and Strategy Guide.

Hat tip to Gold 2 for pointing this out to me.

Posted by Jeremy on May 30, 2008 10:12 AM | | Comments (0)

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