This Week In Games 9.19.10
Also, Team Ico's The Last Guardian finally got more love - a holiday 2011 release was floated out there, though it still seems to be in "when it's done" mode.
Microsoft showed a lot of Kinect, but also its new line of Xbox panties.
Lord of The Rings Online (LOTRO) is now free to play. Plus, check the super hokey ad on the homepage.
Quake Live got some tiered pricing, but "Premium" is free until Sept 26th, if you feel like taking a 10 year step backwards (into awesomeness).
PC gamers rejoice! Relic will be dumping GFW Live and replacing it with Steamworks for their upcoming Dawn of War 2: Retribution (Orkz!).
For those few who may care at all, (the outstanding) Heavy Rain is getting Playstation Move support on 9/22. Looks a little ... dirty.
The sad cost of shoe-horning in Move support is all that DLC they promised. Lame.
The Wii is getting a Super Mario Bros. 25th anniversary collection next month. In Japan. No US date has been announced.
Demon's Souls developer, From Software, has a new game coming in 2011 to PS3 and 360. Project Dark.
Biggest MMO flameout EVAR - Crackdown developer Realtime Worlds' latest game, APB, shuts down after only 3 months. Sad.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2: Vietnam got another trailer this week at TGS. And it's weird. The trailer plays it like there's some narrative, but it's a multiplayer expansion.
This Week In Games 6.11.10
In honor of Gay Pride Week, http://gaygamer.net/.
Super Mario, as animated with post-it notes.
Portal 2 has been delayed until 2011, ugh.
A full sized (and free) Left 4 Dead fan-made level, I Hate Mountains, is out now.
The iPhone awesomeness of Space Invaders: Infinity Gene coming to Playstation Network and Xbox Live Arcade.
Less than 10% of gamers want Playstation Move or Natal. We'll see how E3 changes that.
Red Dead Redemption reaches 5 million units shipped.
The most pirated DS games - holy crap, that's a lot of pirating.
This Week In Games 6.4.10
The hotly anticipated E3 trailer for Deus Ex: Human Revolution was released today. Awesome in a gorgeously melodramatic Final Fantasy kinda way.
Mean ol' Apple has decided they won't let you virtually strip Japanese models down to their underthings anymore, you pervert. Pretty soon they won't even let you play Truckers Delight (Very NSFW, you have been warned)! Seriously, how is this not worse than a slightly more prurient than normal lingerie catalog? Apple, thou art schizo.
Is there really a Goldeneye remake in the works?
A study of childrens' posture while playing video games yields unsurprising results.
Penny Arcade weighs in on the oil disaster.
This sweet glow-in-the-dark "Tron" NES will only set you back $250.
Mass Effect's Citadel in Lego.
What Did You Play This (long) Weekend?
Mostly I retread some old ground this weekend. I got through the last 30 minutes of Half Life 2: Episode 1, started Half Life 2: Episode 2, and got several stars deeper into Super Mario Galaxy (which is jaw-droppingly awesome, by the way). I do have Super Mario Galaxy 2 sitting on a shelf, but I can't swallow quite enough pride to start it without having beaten its predecessor. I also spent some more time with Red Dead Redemption, and wonder of wonders, it's suddenly decided NOT to crash on me every 10 minutes or so. How about the rest of you? Any gaming marathons over the holiday weekend?
This Week In Games 5.21.10
In case your Super Mario Galaxy 2 appetite needed further whetting, this.
Go to Google today and Saturday and play Pac-Man.
What Did You Play This Weekend?
This weekend was a bit of a mixed bag. I took a couple of smallish swipes at both Portal and the Diablo-like Torchlight, a slightly larger swipe at Civilization 4 (things are going much better in Beeonia, thank you), but the biggest chunk of gametime was devoted to the new Wii in the house. I was pretty surprised at how odd it felt to set things up entirely with the motion controls, and I really wasn't prepared for the placement of the pointer and the direction I point the Wii remote to be as out of sync as they are. Fortunately, most games seem to be more about where the remote is oriented in space, so it hasn't become much of an issue. I'm hoping any light-gun games come with some ability to adjust/calibrate. Overall, though, the Wii is pretty genius, and it definitely fills a gap which the other entries in my pile-o-consoles don't.
About three weeks ago, I purchased Super Mario Galaxy in preparation for the upcoming Wii acquisition, and that has turned out to be a great choice. It's soooooo Mario, but at the same time it feels as fresh and inventive as you could want. I've only had just a taste of it, but I can see already that it's going to be absolutely mind-bending. Also, I dug into the must-try Wii Sports collection. In fact, when I told my mom I'd bought a Wii, she immediately asked, "does it have bowling?" She, my 4 year old son and I started up a rousing tournament, and, as might be expected, she mopped the floor with us.