While you can’t stop the signal, you can certainly delay it an awful lot by having a wonky, uncooperative internet connection. Yes, at long last that issue’s been resolved and I can get back to updating in a timely fashion, which means more news for you and more chances to posit that Deus Ex is our true Lord and savior. But in the meantime, let’s play catch-up and discuss what happened the past couple weeks:
- H.R. 3261, the Kill the Internet Stop Online Piracy Act, gains a surprising amount of steam with a who’s who of big-name supporters. I’m not normally one to pray for Congressional gridlock, but these are hardly normal circumstances.
- In a related story, I Am Alive‘s creative director cancels the PC version, blaming piracy and accusing PC gamers of bitching…
- …as Valve, Steam, and Croteam make compelling counterarguments in the form of “make your games less of a hassle to buy and play” and “stop making people hate you.”
- Bethesda’s probably-not-serious “name your kid Dovahkiin” proposal from a while ago has at last found a taker. World, meet Dovahkiin Tom Kellermeyer, born 11/11/11.
- Zynga’s CBO steps down, forfeiting a large chunk of stock while staying on the board in an advisory capacity. Meanwhile, tech stocks take another brutal dive on Mr. Keynes’ Wild Ride.
- Meanwhile, Skyrim sets sales records by being awesome.
- BioWare’s new property might be well outside their comfort zone, Namco-Bandai brings the Tales studio back into the fold, and NPR introduces us all to the mad genius behind Cow Clicker. Read the whole story if you can, it’s a doozy.
Continue reading ‘What Happened This Week – Push Button, Receive Social Commentary’ »
In a recent announcement, Namco Bandai revealed that its Namco Tales Studio, a subsidiary for the Tales games, will be dissolved and folded back into the broader company. The board is expected to approve the measure on November 29, with the transfer officially taking place on January 1.
No other details were provided and the reason for the move was not stated.
Howdy-howdy! Slowly getting back to a working schedule, though still suffering connection issues. Making some progress on my end, or at least narrowing down the problem. But enough about my griping, we’re here for the news! News, and the joy of shows about time-travelling quad bikes on YouTube.
Gotta love Klyka, man. Anyway, let’s get at it:
- Sony is reportedly beginning work on game concepts for the yet-unannounced PS4, with an expected release window of 2014…
- …while Microsoft looks to debut the “Xbox Next” at E3 2013. Also, Fable will get a chance to disappoint people on the Next.
- A Gamasutra interview on Rage sparks… rage. The writer responds, arguing that being potentially blacklisted for a pointed question or two is kind of an overreaction.
- Blizzard offers up a side of Diablo III free with $180 worth of World of Warcraft. Such a deal! Blizzard, throw in Warcraft 4 or the rest of Starcraft II and we’ll talk.
- Speaking of tie-ins, Mass Effect 3 teams up with Battlefield 3 to prop up the latter gain early access to the ME3 multiplayer demo. Maybe they’re hoping BF3‘s multiplayer mojo will rub off or something.
- Namco Bandai is set to publish Ni no Kuni in Rest-of-the-Worldia, Yoshida says more about FFXIV, Batman: Arkham City opens up fresh DLC wounds, and more!
Continue reading ‘What Happened This Week – New Generation, Same Tricks’ »
In perhaps the least expected announcement today, Namco Bandai has revealed Tales of Kizna, a social gaming variant of their Tales series for the Mobage platform. Featuring over a hundred characters from fifteen past games, the title sees players building parties via character cards to take on monsters and rival guilds.
Kizna is being developed in conjunction with KLab, and is set to release around the middle of November.
And we’re back on task, no worse for wear. Well, I’m still fighting a cough, but at least we’re up and running again. As I said yesterday, sorry for the delay folks. Fortunately it wasn’t too busy a news week so I had time to chew on some rich, yummy financial analysis alongside the TGS leftovers. Let’s get down on it, shall we?
- Tokyo Game Show wrap-ups: 3DS releases are promising and its match-up with the Vita is the fight to watch; Square Enix needs something to reassure fans it knows what it’s doing, which probably isn’t FFXII-2; Konami lets Suikoden out of the cellar into yet another cellar; Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2 confuses yet taps into the mysterious ‘buy me’ impulse; Namco-Bandai still hates money.
- Dualshockers.com provides some insights into the Japanese stock market and its reactions to TGS. Short version: Sony should be thankful Japan likes the Vita. The full article is definitely worth the read.
- Sony has a brief network outage that’s quickly corrected as authorities nab yet more LulzSec participants. The irony of this is not lost on me.
- A university study crowdsources viral protein modeling to a bunch of FoldIt players, with surprising results. Look to see someone try to weaponize this in the near future.
- Not exactly game-related, but the CERN researchers firing a particle that seemingly broke the speed of light is too fascinating not to discuss and/or fantasize about. Read up on it if you haven’t already, it could very well be science fiction in the making.
- And speaking of science gone mad, code-hunters find an apparent teaser for Half-Life 2: Episode 3 in Valve’s DotA 2. Don’t play games with my heart, Valve. Just… don’t.
Continue reading ‘What Happened This Week – Buy Shares in Black Mesa’ »
Coffee vs. cold medicine: the eternal struggle rages on. Hey, I needed something to stay up long enough to finish the media, what with my browser deciding that now is a fantastic time to fuss over every single image. But I ramble. Let’s get to said media: 7th Dragon 2020, Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime 3, Dragon Quest X, Final Fantasy Type-0, Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance, Lord of Apocalypse, Tales of Innocence R and Tales of the Heroes Twin Brave. Continue reading ‘Mass Media 09/22/11’ »
During the last day of the Tokyo Game Show, Namco Bandai revealed a few choice bits of Tales information. In particular, a PS Vita remake of Tales of Innocence is in the works as Tales of Innocence R, along with entirely re-recorded voices.
Additionally, Tales of the Heroes Twin Brave will feature both a playable cast from 15 previous Tales games and bosses from the same.
Tales producer Makoto Yoshizumi has confirmed, via Twitter, that Tales of Xillia has reached record numbers of preorders for the series. The exact number is unknown, though the PS3 version of Vesperia held the previous high at 140,000 and retailer promo materials indicated that 200,000 or greater was expected.
Xillia is set for a September 8 release in Japan. No US release has been announced.
You ever pour glue on a bird?
No, of course not, there’s no reason. Continue reading ‘Mass Media 08/20/11’ »
There’s something oddly fascinating about refreshing the stock ticker throughout the day. It’s like 2008 all over again. But enough about my weird hobbies; you’re here for the media. Here’s what we have today: Dragon’s Dogma, Final Fantasy Tactics iOS, Frontier Gate, Labyrinth Xross Blood Reloaded, Rune Factory 4, and Tales of Xillia. Continue reading ‘Mass Media 08/04/2011’ »
Hello once more, folks! Hope you’re enjoying the weekend, and not too busy getting drunk and shooting bottle rockets at each other to check out the news. Quite a bit happened this past week, so let’s break it down:
- Zynga prepares to go public, and LinkedIn makes a surprising gain through no action of their own. Pay no attention to that Greece problem in Europe, that could never affect us!
- Facebook hires George Hotz, possibly for iPad or security-related development. So you know, this is the man himself. Feel better about yourself? I sure do.
- Resident Evil: The Mercenaries‘ save system prevents players from deleting saves. Capcom says no really, it’s not about the used market, please don’t be mad GameStop.
- Nintendo thanks its fans for their loyalty and concern over Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story, etc. before ripping their hearts out and stomping on them.
- Politics: SCOTUS rules in favor of game developers/retailers, while a Senate bill plays dueling banjos while eying up YouTube.
- IGN reveals the ugly truth about LA Noire‘s stay in development hell. Read the whole thing then wonder why there aren’t more fistfights in the office.
- World of Warcraft changes its subscription model, Namco-Bandai’s community manager retracts her statement re: Vesperia on 360, and much more!
Continue reading ‘What Happened This Week – Free Market V. Captive Audience’ »
Evening, folks. No fancy intro this time, just some media if you’re in the mood for it. In this update: Disgaea 4, Dragon Quest Heroes: Rocket Slime 3, Ken to Mahou to Gakuen Mono 3D, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2, and Tales of Xillia. Continue reading ‘Mass Media 06/28/11’ »
A good evening to all of you! My apologies for the lateness of this update, suffice it to say it’s been a busy week on this end. Still, there’s just enough time for a news rundown, so let’s get at it. Tonight, we talk about the following:
- PopCap is looking for a billion-dollar acquisition, and EA looks to be the buyer. Why fight Zynga when you can pay others to do it?
- Streaming game service Gaikai teams up with WalMart to let you play game demos online through your browser. Bandwidth-capping ISPs are going to love this.
- An internal newsletter reveals Eve Online developers debating the merits of microtransactions. The internet’s response: casual and relaxed. So very, very relaxed.
- Rumors are a-circulatin’ that Xenoblade Chronicles might not make to America. Europe is stunned by the possibility of being the lucky ones this time.
- Namco-Bandai admits that Microsoft paid them $Texas to keep Tales of Vesperia on the 360 in the west. Hmm… you think that’d get Valkyria Chronicles 3 over here?
- Microsoft also plans to use Kinect for interactive advertising on TV and in games. Oh goody, more of the opposite of what I wanted!
Continue reading ‘What Happened This Week – Money Hats For Everyone’ »
Evening, folks! Hope you brought your appetite for media, because we have, shall we say, generous portions. In today’s update: Cardboard Troopers, Dai 2 Ji Super Robot Taisen OG, Dragon’s Crown, Final Fantasy XIII-2, Grand Knight’s History, Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2, Pandora’s Tower, Tales of the Abyss 3DS, Tales of Xillia, and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Dig in! Continue reading ‘Mass Media 06/13/11’ »
Evening, people! No fanfare this time around, just the media. Here’s what we have today: Atelier Meruru, Dai 2 Ji Super Robot Taisen OG, Growlanser 4: Overload, Half-Minute Hero: Super Mega Nero Climax, and Tales of the Abyss 3DS. Continue reading ‘Mass Media 06/01/11’ »
Namco Bandai announced this week that Tales of Xillia will see a September 8 release in Japan. Retailing separately at ¥8,379, Xillia will also be packaged in a special PS3 bundle that includes the game and a custom-colored system for ¥37,980.
Has life got you down? Is your job giving you grief? Did your neighbor buy a new subwoofer and decided to test it out by playing every Cheap Trick album back-to-back? If you answered yes to that last one, that’s actually me next door and this will continue until you give me back my newspaper. I can do this all week, man.
For the rest of the human race, we have some media for you: Grand Knight’s History, Growlanswer 4: Overload, and Tales of the Abyss 3DS. Check it out! Continue reading ‘Mass Media 05/25/11’ »
At a press event in Dubai, Namco Bandai revealed that the PS3 version of Tales of Graces F will see a European release in 2012. Europe will also get the 3DS remake of Tales of the Abyss, though no date was given at the time.
The company’s North American website for Graces F also shows a 2012 date, effectively confirming its release in both markets.
If there’s one thing we can all appreciate, it’s the ability of a major news event to bring us all together in a contest to come up with the best one-liners. Personally I’m fond of “Yet another thing started and finished in the time it took to complete Duke Nukem Forever.” Hats off to whoever came up with that first. Anyhow, on with the media: Chaos Rings Omega, Frontier Gate, Grand Knight’s History, Labyrinth no Kanata, Ragnarok: Hikari to Yami no Kouji, and Tales of the Abyss 3DS. Give it a look-see! Continue reading ‘Mass Media 05/02/11’ »
A scan out of the latest Nintendo Power – visible here if you’re curious – confirms that the Tales of the Abyss 3D redux is indeed coming to North America.