The weekend ain’t over just yet! Although I’ll be glad when it is, and I can leave the stench of disappointing football behind me. Why, Cutler, why did you have to leave us when you were finally doing good?! Giants, why did you have to let Green Bay win again?! It just ain’t fair, man.
Oh right, I should probably talk about the news. In today’s episode:
- Nintendo finally deigns to release Xenosaga on this side of the pond. Next up: The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower, AKA “That third one I keep forgetting.”
- Gamestop reveals the price of Vita memory cards, prompting an outcry. Sony tries to reassure people by restating that they’ve learned little from the PSP’s launch.
- Electronic Arts plans to put action-horror game Dead Space into an FPS, a space shooter, and an Uncharted-a-like. Also in the works: collectable card game, rhythm game, and multiplayer. And speaking of multiplayer…
- …rumor has it that Dragon Age 3 may join Mass Effect 3 in that regard, likely some kind of battle arena. My question: how many hats are involved?
- Tetris on iOS will feature a subscription service. Is any comment really necessary on this? God, I hope not.
- GamePro dies and goes down the tubes. We shall forever remember its sage advice – its tips, if you were – given from the pros themselves.
- AMD gets out of the PC processor market to focus on mobiles, I turned 30 this week, and more!
Continue reading ‘What Happened This Week – Endless Gouging Phenomenon’ »
Damn but it was hard to focus and get this done. Human Revolution is right there on my hard drive, locked away and waiting for a signal from the Steam mothership to grant access. Buuuut I guess while I’m waiting we should get to the news. Here’s what’s going on this week:
- Following sluggish sales, Japanese retailers begin scaling down 360 business. Microsoft, trying sticking anime girls on more things next time. Hey, it worked for Windows 7.
- Valve’s Gabe Newell responds to the whole EA-taking-its-games-off-Steam thing. Gabe, if they threaten Mass Effect 3, for the love of god just give them what they ask for. It’s not worth the risk, man.
- Sony and Nintendo have a crazy-off, chopping features out of new PSP and Wii models in Europe. I’m short on explanations that don’t involve hallucinogens.
- Nintendo announces The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower for Europe, while ShopTo.net reports “unexpected late demand” for Xenoblade Chronicles. Well, gosh, where could that possibly be coming from?
- Star Wars: The Old Republic may actually need a limited launch to keep servers running smoothly. No, that still doesn’t make it a World of Warcraft killer, stop asking.
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution is rumored to be region-locked in Europe, until Squenix drops this idea after being warned it may be illegal in response to fan outcry. Hooray!
- Seriously guys, we’re getting another Deus Ex in a matter of days oh god I forgot to turn off italics I don’t even care eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Continue reading ‘What Happened This Week – My Business is Augmented’ »
Come one, come all, we got all the news you have time for and then some! Well, okay more like all the news I can squeeze into a 15-minute podcast. And, well, actually it’s more like news and analysis and WHATEVER YOU’RE NOT THE POLICE OF ME!
In today’s cavity-fighting* episode:
- Minecraft studio Mojang, which I took a stab at pronouncing, finds itself sued by ZeniMax over use of the word “Scrolls.” I wish I were joking, and so does Bethesda.
- Someone looks to hand Rovio a fat sack of cash for purposes yet unknown. Who could benefit from Rovio owing them money? Oh, where to begin.
- 3DS analysis: Reggie discusses where it stumbled and the plan for going forward. Yeah, who among us could have predicted that launching without Zelda could be a problem?
- Meanwhile, Sony refuses to blink in reaction to the 3DS price cut. All they have to do is not run stupid advertising. How hard could it be, right? …guys?
- Reggie also makes passing mention of “watching what happens in Europe” when asked about Xenoblade, The Last Story, and Pandora’s Tower. Deliberate troll or accidental? You decide!
- What doesn’t worry me: Lonesome Road‘s delay. What does: the possibility of being unable to convey my confusion over whatever Ulysses’ deal is.
- As promised last week, I offer a semi-postmortem on the recent market insanity and what lies in store for us down the road. Bottom line, brace yourselves and get popcorn.
Continue reading ‘What Happened This Week – Mr. Keynes’ Wild Ride’ »
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’ »
Monolith’s Xenoblade is getting a name tweak and localization for a trip to Europe. Now dubbed Xenoblade Chronicles, the game will have both English and Japanese casts, with subtitles for English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Chronicles now has a site on Nintendo’s European homepage, along with a new trailer.
The official statement can be read in full here. No exact date was given beyond “later this year.”
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In an update to the official website, Nintendo and Monolith Soft released details about three of the main characters for Xenoblade. Apparent frontman Shulk is hitting the books looking for ways to fend off the enemies attacking his hometown, presumably through the use of Monado, the sword for which the game was previously named. Dunban is a hero of the Homs tribe and the current wielder of Monado. Fiorung is Dunban’s responsible sister, and she fills out the obligatory childhood friend role for Shulk.
Xenoblade will hit shelves in Japan on June 10. Safe money says Fiorung will hit Shulk at least once, either due to a comical misunderstanding or because she’s too stubborn to admit she likes him.
Translation: Adrienne “Sicondera” Beck
The official Xenoblade site has just been updated with, among other things, a Japanese release date and more details about the game world.
Continue reading ‘Date, Details Revealed for Xenoblade’ »
In last week’s Famitsu, Xenoblade director Tetsuya Takahashi provided the first details on Monolith Software’s upcoming Wii RPG. It turns out that Xenoblade isn’t a part of the Xenogears and Xenosaga epoch but rather an entirely new game and universe. “Xeno” seems to be only an homage.
Continue reading ‘Monolith Software Gears Up Xenoblade As All-New Saga’ »
Nintendo’s recent earnings report revealed a couple of upcoming titles for the Wii. Xenoblade, previously entitled Monado: Beginning of the World, will be released sometime this Spring. It’s being developed by Monolith Soft, creator of the Xenosaga trilogy. And yes, there’s a teaser site. It just wouldn’t be the same without one.
The other title is The Last Story, which is being developed by Mistwalker and Nintendo. According to a statement made at an an investor meeting, the game is supposed to be “a new kind of RPG.” It’s due to be released sometime this year, and there’s a teaser site for it as well.