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Video Game News from July 2008

Filed Under: PS3 | Sony | Xbox | Xbox 360

I really don't think I could have been any happier this morning to have opened my email to the announcement that the "Top Gun Anthem" will be available as a free download for Guitar Hero III, starting July 3rd.

You see, I was a mere 10 years old when Top Gun debuted, which resulted in two things: One, that I was going to become a fighter pilot no matter what (that really didn't work out once I discovered I was scared of flying), and two, that I whipped out my casio keyboard and learned how to play the Top Gun Anthem by ear (not an epic feat). I played and played that anthem thinking I was the coolest 10 year old around.

The download is available on both the X360 and PS3, staring July 3rd, just in time for the fourth of July.

3/4 of a mile. Call the ball!

Posted by Jeremy on July 1, 2008 8:37 AM | | Comments (0)

This weekend, it seemed I could not escape Harry Potter. Between the ABC Family marathon of movies 1 - 4 and the Order of the Phoenix now on HBO, I definitely got my fill. Or so I thought!

Today, the trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: The Videogame hit the web and, despite its lack of depth, I am more excited than Dobby the house elf drunk on butterbeer.

The game debuts in November for all systems and we'll definitely have a Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Walkthrough and Strategy Guide soon thereafter.

Posted by Jeremy on July 7, 2008 10:10 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: General Gaming

My family's first computer was a Commodore 64, purchased at Sears. I have fond memories of typing in hundreds of lines of code from the backs of Commodore magazines in order to create rudimentary games (and then, inevitably, it wouldn't work and you'd have to search all that code for your error).

I also remember games taking up 7 or 8 floppy discs. My favorite game had something to do with Valykries...the 80's are fuzzy..all the booze and drugs ;).

Well, doing the C64 proud, engadget has pointed out the first ever C64 LAN party. Gears of War it is not. Still, awesome, nonetheless.


Posted by Jeremy on July 8, 2008 11:30 AM | | Comments (0)

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

Don't worry, craptastic is a good thing. It's a term I reserve for things like the "American Idol" Ford commercials, the new NBC show, "Wipeout" (I just can't get enough of people bouncing off of huge red rubber ball), and the comic strip "Ziggy".

And, in this case, you have Marky Mark (who I actually think is a quality actor) in shoot-em-up-fest, "Max Payne". I wonder if Marky Mark will have bullet time?

Posted by Jeremy on July 10, 2008 4:53 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

Nintendo today announced the Wii MotionPlus add-on for the Wii Remote. I'll let the Nintendo press release explain it:

The Wii MotionPlus accessory attaches to the end of the Wii Remote and, combined with the accelerometer and the sensor bar, allows for more comprehensive tracking of a player’s arm position and orientation, providing players with an unmatched level of precision and immersion. Every slight movement players make with their wrist or arm is rendered identically in real time on the screen, providing a true 1:1 response in their game play.

In other words, you move your arm forward six inches and your character on the screen will do the same. You can see this level of precision being used for games like Splinter Cell, where you'd have to pick a lock ever so carefully, or, perhaps, any number of object manipulation puzzle-esque games.

This upgrade to the motion sensor will help to keep Nintendo in front of any motion device that Microsoft or Sony may announce.

Read the press release

Posted by Jeremy on July 14, 2008 9:38 AM | | Comments (1)

It was fairly difficult coming up with a top five list of E3 2008 highlights and not because there was so much to choose from. In fact, it was the opposite. This year's E3 was terribly underwhelming with no big announcements from any of the major players.

That being said, we have managed to pull five noteworthy happenings out of the rotting compost pile that was E3 2008. Keep in mind, these are what we think are valuable and may not be what the "mainstream" values, that is, more FPSes with better graphics than before. Oy.

1. Pikmin coming to the Wii - Finally, the perfect platform for the perfect game. Serenity now!

2. Star Wars The Clone Wars: Lightsber Duels - When the Wii was announced, with its motion sensing controller, all I could think about were lightsabers and Harry Potter wands. The latter has proven quite satsifying. Soon, we'll see if the former is as awesome as in my daydreams.

3. Tecmo Bowl Kickoff for the DS - I have never hidden my love for Tecmo Bowl...here and here. This new version, for the DS, will have more customizable options, but the same gameplay those of us of a certain age both know and love.


"Dogs and cats living together!" My love for Ghostbusters runs deep. Debuting in 1984, it hit as I was turning 8 years old and then, as VCRs started to gain popularity, it was a staple of my household. That being said, even if the game isn't that great, I will love it.

5. Resident Evil 5 Screenshots - Normally, I'm not a sucker for screenshots, however, due to my love of Resident Evil games, and the fact that we've been waiting for RE5 since 1978, seeing a whole new slew of pictures makes me happy.

So there they are. The five announcements from E3 2008 that we here at Lunabean find the most intriguing.

Posted by Jeremy on July 17, 2008 10:16 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

From the, "It's the little things that count," department, Sanyo is set to launch a rechargeable battery pack in Japan, and hopefully here in the states. The pack, licensed by Nintendo, will replace the two AA batteries and the cover.

We currently use Sanyo's eneloop batteries in just about everything we can...you know, earning us some environmental Karma points. As convenient as that is, it'd be great just to have one pack to snap in and out.

The pack also features that certain "wow" factor. Just place controller and battery pack in the charging dock and it charges via magnetic induction (like my toothbrush). Shazaam!

No word on price yet or a US release date yet, but we'll update you if we here anything.


Posted by Jeremy on July 24, 2008 6:49 AM | | Comments (1)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

About a month ago I wrote up some speculation in regard to the Wii's storage problem.

Yesterday, out of MTV Multiplayer we get word that Reggie Fils-Aime is serious about solving the issue.

As with most things Nintendo, I'm sure it'll be a creative solution. I'm imagining a multi-pronged attack, with perhaps online storage being a key feature.

Posted by Jeremy on July 24, 2008 6:58 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Video Game Business

If you have any money in the stock market you know how bad things are going. Such is the case with Electronic Arts (EA). According to a Forbes article, EA is expected "to report a loss of $111 million, or 33 cents per share, compared with a loss of $132 million, or 42 cents per share, for the year ago period."

While the article points out that this isn't anything shocking, due to the fact that the reported quarter is typically a slow one for the game industry, what is shocking is that EA didn't release any expectation for the next quarter; a standard practice.

The reason, some speculate, is that they have several new franchises hitting the market soon, the most important of which is Will Wright's, "Spore." Nobody knows if these games are going to be hits or failures, and with so much riding on the line, it would seem unwise for EA to make sales predictions which may make them look stupid later.

Personally, I think their current line-up is stale and won't do well. Sure, "Spore," will sell a ton of copies, but it won't be the next "The Sims," which they're expecting it to be.

Posted by Jeremy on July 28, 2008 10:05 AM | | Comments (0)

Comcast cable company is giving away free Nintendo Wiis to new subscribers who sign up for one of their eligible Triple Play packages for two years. The promotion runs through August 17th.

I'm pretty happy with my tv and internet as is...we dumped Comcast about 2 years ago because we didn't like their prices...and, since we already have a Wii, well, it'd be kind of silly for us to make the move. Still, it is tempting. And, isn't that the point of the promotion?

For more info: Comcast and free Wii

Posted by Jeremy on July 30, 2008 12:30 PM | | Comments (0)

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