The Magic Show, covering everything Magic: The Gathering
December 20th

I have no clue what language is being used 90% of the time in this video, but I just recently stumbled-upon the latest episode of The Magic Show, a regular video-reportage on the up-to-date happenings from the Magic: The Gathering world. Following some championship matches in Philadelphia and Memphis, I’m kind of stuck in-between utter confusion and complete interest.




EVE Online demos walking in stations at EVE FanFest
December 18th

At the most recent EVE Online FanFest, EVE developers gave attendees a long demo finally showing the first version of in-game characters, walking around space stations. A huge milestone and an exciting one for the massive multi-player which for many years has locked their players into their ships.

Showing a darkly lit, nicely animated in-station world, complete with shops and mini-games playable against others, EVE Online is taking one step closer to becoming a 3rd person MMO!






2008′s most pirated PC games
December 8th

Ahhh, a yearly tradition we don’t officially support, but always love to read about. Every year, torrent network Torrent Freak releases their official list of pirated PC games, giving us normals and the video game producing suits a bit of insight into which games are topping the torrent charts.

This year’s “winner” is none other than the highly anticipated Spore from EA. With unbelievable hype and quite some backlash due to it’s SecurROM DRM (easily bypassed it seems), Spore was downloaded 1.7 million times by Torrent Freak users, followed by other hits such as Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, The Sims 2, Assassins Creed Creed and more.

The full list, with place, name, amount of downloads and date of release.

1. Spore
(1,700,000) (Sept. 2008)

2. The Sims 2
(1,150,000) (Sept. 2004)

3. Assassins Creed
(1,070,000) (Nov. 2007)

4. Crysis
(940,000) (Nov. 2007)

5. Command & Conquer 3
(860,000) (Mar. 2007)

6. Call of Duty 4
(830,000) (Nov. 2007)

7. GTA San Andreas
(740,000) (Jun. 2005)

8. Fallout 3
(645,000) (Oct. 2008)

9. Far Cry 2
(585,000) (Oct. 2008)

10. Pro Evolution Soccer 2009
(470,000) (Oct. 2008)




Sigourney Weaver turns down Alien game voiceover – “The whole thing was so ridiculous”
December 8th

Ah Sigourney, so rough, so tough, we love it! MTV sat down with Sigourney Weaver to talk a little bit the upcoming Alien games from Sega, and the possibilities of her returning to voice her film characters.

Turns out the answer was a resounding, “no”. From the interview:

They wanted me to do Ripley and I said, Well you have Ripley killing aliens but also sick people and other marines! And every other word out of my mouth was a curse word. I’m not a nun or anything, but I said, ‘This is not true to the character.’ And they also showed me six video games and said it was going to be made by this company. There was one called Rednecks where they shoot animals. The whole thing was so ridiculous.

It’s a bit unclear though which Alien game she was talking about, as according to Sega, their people haven’t spoken to Weaver’s people, so it’s up in the air about which Alien game Weaver was in talks for.




Crazy Frenchman does real-life Mario Kart
December 5th

Courtesy of the certifiable Remi Gaillard, French “comedian” and video producer, we’ve got the funniest thing I’ve seen in, say, 1 or 2 minutes. Remi donned the traditional Mario costume, jumped on a racing kart and tore through the streets of Marseilles, tossing banana peels and pissing off as many other drivers as possible. French comedy at it’s best? Sadly so.




Legend of Zelda fan-pic wraps up post-production
November 30th

Campiness alert! The community-developed, live-action (with some CGI) movie based on the Legend of Zelda (And Ocarina of Time) games from Nintendo has made it past post-production! What this means is, as much of the campiness and cheese has been covered up with as many special effects as possible with Apple’s MovieMaker and we might see this years old production debut soon! In Atlanta we hear, in the “not so distant future”. Must watch, though will cringe during.






Rockstar announces first GTA IV episode, Lost and the Damned. BIKERS!
November 28th

Bikers! Nice! GTA: IV is a perfect environment for Hell’s Angels! Today Rockstar Games announced their first expansion for GTA:IV, “Lost and the Damned”, marking the first episode of downloadable content for the Xbox 360. The expansion sees a new main character and plot, which intersects with the main storyline and added multiplayer modes, weapons and vehicles. This will be huge!

New York, NY – November 20, 2008 – Rockstar Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), is proud to announce that the eagerly anticipated first episode of downloadable content, Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned, will be coming to the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system via Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network. Available exclusively on Xbox LIVE worldwide on February 17, 2009, The Lost and Damned will feature all new content and is the first of two episodes announced for Grand Theft Auto IV on Xbox 360.

“Making these episodes has enabled us to expand the narrative and the experience of interacting with a game world in really innovative ways,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. “We hope fans of the game enjoy the new way of experiencing life in Liberty City contained in this first episode.”

Since its launch in April, Grand Theft Auto IV has garnered unprecedented praise and acclaim worldwide. Developed by series creator Rockstar North and set in Liberty City, The Lost and Damned features a new main character and plot that intersects with the storyline of Grand Theft Auto IV; new missions that offer an entirely fresh way to explore Liberty City with new multiplayer modes, weapons and vehicles; and a diverse soundtrack with additional music – all with the incredible production values that are the trademarks of Grand Theft Auto.

Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned requires players to have the full version of Grand Theft Auto IV for Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE membership to download. Further details, including pricing, will be announced soon. For more information, please visit www.rockstargames.com/IV.




Ubisoft acquires Massive Entertainment
November 11th

Ubisoft has announced their move to acquire all assets and personnel from Sweden-based development studio, Massive Entertainment, as well as all IP for the quite good real time strategy title, World in Conflict. Founded in 1997, Massive was ranked as one of the top 50 game developers in the world by Game Developers Research and employs over 120 developers.

“We are delighted to welcome the talented team of creators at Massive into the Ubisoft family,” said Christine Burgess-Quemard, executive director of worldwide production studios at Ubisoft. “Ubisoft is growing at an intense pace and our strategy is to ensure the strength of our global creative teams. Massive has put together a group of some of the most confirmed and recognized creators in the industry and I know that their talent and innovation will allow them to seamlessly integrate into our worldwide network of production studios.”

“Massive’s development team places great importance on its freedom to innovate and create games of the highest quality,” stated Martin Walfisz, president and founder of Massive Entertainment®. “We are fortunate to have found in Ubisoft a publisher who shares the same values and understands our mindset. I have no doubt that our future together will offer significant mutual benefit and synergy.”




Nintendo DSi launchs in Japan, sells 170,000 in 2 days
November 5th

The new Nintendo DS, known as the DSi has launched in Japan and it’s a beauty. Featuring a three megapixel camera and improved sound, allowing for pitch and playback adjustment, the new DS is packed full of other improvements. Clocking in at a full 12% thinner than the DS Lite, with an SD memory slot (same as on the Wii) and a 17% larger screen (3.25 inches) makes this version of the DS a huge improvement in my opinion. Don’t even get me started about the online capabilities, such as the built-in web browser and the ability to access the DSi Shop.

With only 2 days under it’s belt, Japan’s Enterbrain is estimating that sales have already passed 170,000, making the rumor of an initial 200,000 shipment almost sold out. Enterbrain is speculating that a further 100,000 consoles are being shipped out to handle the demand.

This thing will blow UP when it reaches the states. License to print money, indeed. Check the video below for some hot footage of the DSi in action.






City of Heroes coming to OS X, unfortunately using Cider
October 31st

Yeah, another great MMO for the Mac is coming as NCSoft has announced they are bringing City of Heroes to OS X, joining EVE Online and World of Warcraft. Unfortunately, NC Soft also announced they’ll be using Cider by Transgaming to port the game. Now, the idea behind Cider is brilliant, unfortunately the execution fails in many ways. First, the software is unreliable, with performance issues abound and don’t even get me started about the SecurROM DRM which is attached.

But let’s focus on the positive! NCSoft is releasing this as a special edition, digital only release, which will include special in-game items, like a teleporter, as well as a Valkyrie costume usable on your in-game character.

Then again, many die hard fans of the game are already running it via Boot Camp, so will the in-game items really be enough to attract them away?

Via: Gay Gamer






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