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Logitech Making Guitar Hero Peripherals
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Logitech Making Guitar Hero Peripherals

Logitech is looking to do to the world of video game instruments what it did to the world of video game steering wheels; they're going to throw their crap in the market and see what happens. Well, sort of. Here's what Logitech's Gaming Devices VP Bruce Lancaster had to say: "A few years ago, Logitech refined the consumer steering wheel market with high-end controllers that enhance racing games. Now we are looking forward to elevating the market for premium music-based video game controllers in a similar fashion." Logitech is partnering with Activision to make some surely bitchin' input devices for the companies upcoming Guitar Hero entry. Logitech will make the peripherals compatible with all the platforms on which Guitar Hero Wold Tour will be released (Wii, 360, PS3 and PS2). Logitech has given no details as to which premium instruments will hit the market on GH's release, but they do indicate that the first batch will come out simultaneously with the game. Could this be an attempt to copy Rock Band 2's Ion Drum Kit? Read More

Doom 4 Announced, Will Use Tech 5 Engine but Look Better than RAGE
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Doom 4 Announced, Will Use Tech 5 Engine but Look Better than RAGE

Today John Carmack revealed at QuakeCon '08 that the "next Doom" -- which we'll call Doom 4, for now -- is in development and looking good. "The next DOOM game will look like it's built on another engine, as it uses three times the horsepower." It'll operate at 30 frames per second. -- 1UP, quoting Carmack He also said that Doom 4's multiplayer will be "more extensive" than Doom 3's. The more advanced graphics do come at a cost, though. In comparison, RAGE runs at 60 frames per second. Read More

Kirby's Happy Again in Super Star Ultra
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Kirby's Happy Again in Super Star Ultra

Behold! American boxart has always been known for its changes, be they good or (usually) bad from those of their Japanese contemporaries, and since the close of the N64 era, Kirby has been no different. Many a fan of Nintendo's "tough creampuff" has been mildly irritated by Redmond's decision to give Kirby an "attitude," to make him a "badass." But no more! As you can plainly see above, Kirby found his smile! "The transformations from pleased as punch to enraged were most noticeable in Kirby's journeys to America, going from happy go lucky to in a lather in games like Kirby Squeak Squad. Kirby Super Star Ultra changes all that, as Kirby's gay old times are back, with nary a furrowed brow to be seen." -- Michael McWhertor, Kotaku Click the above link for a recap of the many faces of "Angry" Kirby over the past few years. Of the comments, one of my favorites is "Obviously he's pissed in the Amazing Mirror cover because his mobile phone isn't getting any coverage." Read More

PlayStation Home Arcade, Featuring Namco Classics
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PlayStation Home Arcade, Featuring Namco Classics

Xbox 360 has a Live Arcade, so it's only fitting that PlayStation 3 would have a Home Arcade. Sony of Japan has announced that they are expanding the Home beta, and in addition, are adding a new feature: "Sony and Namco Bandai will be putting a beta version of a new Namco Museum in the virtual world. Users will be able to play Pac-Man, Galaga, Dig Dug and Xevious directly from virtual arcade units. Screenshots released today suggest network rankings and other community features. These Namco classics will be joined by original arcade games based off Echochrome and the recent Japan-only PSP title Yuusha no Kuse ni Namaikida. Future plans call for a collaborative effort with Sony's Japan-only cat mascot character Toro from Mainichi Issyo. A variation of this expanded beta may arrive outside of Japan, so we encourage nightly prayer before bedtime in the hopes that you'll get in. And when you're not praying, check out the Namco Museum screenshots we've posted below." -- John Tanaka, IGN Truth be told, as long as I have Pac-Man Championship Edition, I don't think I could ever go back to the original (ok, that's a lie). Nonetheless, this seems like an overall cool addition to Sony's idea of "living." Plus, it keeps the spirit of the arcades alive in some fashion, and when it comes to arcades, who better to go with than Namco? Read More

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