Unless it's being used to stage another hoax, then the latest issue of EDGE magazine has brought forth new details on Microsoft's new Xbox Avatars:
-"eventually thousands of items will be available," from guitars to clothes to skateboards, plus attendant animation routines.-"Home is uncanny valley, too realistic. Miis and Avatars are just right." - some Microsoft dude.-Avatars can wear clothes decorated with your old gamerpics.-"Gamerpics aren't going away, they're now a badge of your identity!"-Lacks the features of Miis when it comes to face editing, makes up for it with everything else.-COMPOSED OF 102 VIRTUAL BONES.-- EDGE magazine, via Deeko, GAF
Well, I don't know about you, but the part about the bones in all caps has sold me. And I for one welcome our new Avatar overlords. I'd like to remind them that as a trusted (somewhat) internet personality, I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar caves. Read More
Rumors began to spread that Portal: Still Alive, the downloadable version of Valve's hit title Portal with extra content for Xbox Live Arcade, would be on its way to the PlayStation Network.
"I'd call that today's rumor," a Valve spokesperson told CVG when quizzed on the subject. Today's rumor, but tomorrow's news, we said. "You're smart to ask. But no," Valve told us. --CVG
In speaking to Official Xbox Magazine at E3, Portal: Still Alive was described as "exclusive to Xbox 360 in 2008" by Valve's Doug Lombardi, which is likely what got this ball rolling in the first place. Read More
Honestly, I haven't played SimCity since I borrowed a friend's copy for the Super NES. But this... this looks kind of neat.
Check out our gallery after the cut for many pics of the kinds of cities you can build, such as the one below, and many more exotic ways you can destroy them.
"So you've come..."
The shortage of memory in the Wii is no well kept secret, and nor is Nintendo's constant reassurance that they are looking at ways to deal with it. Of course, people have often looked at the usual suspects when it comes to how, be it more flash memory, or an external hard drive. But did anyone expect that they might try to make it... holographic?
"In compliance with 37 C.F.R. .sctn.1.71(g) (1), disclosure is herein made that the claimed invention was made pursuant to a Joint Research Agreement as defined in 35 U.S.C. 103 (c) (3), that was in effect on or before the date the claimed invention was made, and as a result of activities undertaken within the scope of the Joint Research Agreement, by or on the behalf of Nintendo Co., Ltd. and InPhase Technologies, Inc." --Nintendo Everything
According to Nintendo Everything, the patent was filed a few months ago, so it's difficult to tell where it may stand in Nintendo's broader vision, if anywhere. Unfortunately, however, file info wasn't provided, making it a little more difficult to check against the patent database, but you can read up on the concept of holographic memory here. Read More
It has been a while since we've seen a new Jet Grind Radio game. Although the series was born on Dreamcast, the last installment in the franchise was on Game Boy Advance. Kotaku, however, is rumoring that a new Jet Grind Radio is in development -- for the Wii.
We were overly excited to hear a rumor that Sega was planning on reintroducing the series, this time on the Wii. Sure, that may conjure up less than appealing Wii Remote waggling during tagging and inline skate attachments, but we'd be thrilled to take whatever we can get. Just give us cel-shaded graphics, an awesome soundtrack and Wii MotionPlus support, Sega, and we'll love you forever.
Sega's recently filed trademark, dated July 24, 2008 and separate from the original, Dreamcast era trademark, certainly has us thinking that a Jet Grind Radio update is more likely.
In addition to the typical "video game software" goods and services applied for, the new trademark adds things like "downloadable game programs", "game programs for use with mobile phones", and "game programs for use with hand-held game machines." -- Kotaku
Here's the filing they're talking about.
I actually have very little experience with Jet Grind Radio. I played the Xbox version years ago, which seemed cool enough. Perhaps if a new one is released, I'll have to give it a try.
Sony is about to release a massive update for racers in Gran Turismo 5 Prologue. What does this massive update entail? Well, Sony will finally be launching Gran Turismo TV for racing fans to enjoy. The service will allow you to watch shows like "Top Gear," UK's premiere car program, and Japan's "Best Motoring" video magazine. Gran Turismo TV will offer a wide variety of shows to watch. Thankfully, Gran Turismo TV is hosted within Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, so accessing videos and other content is all done in-game.
For the first two weeks only, we are providing all pay-per-view content for at a discounted price of $.99! It's a good way to get a taste Gran Turismo TV. The HD content we shoot for our exclusive stuff looks pretty amazing. Following the initial two week period, content will start at $1.99. So start downloading away!
Be sure to check the full content list for a full content list, as we will be adding new programs on a regular basis.
Gran Turismo TV will also include new features that allow viewers to fast forward, rewind, and move between chapters when viewing video content.
Viewers can download up to 8 episodes simultaneously and pause individual downloads.
-- Taku Imasaki via PlayStation.blog
Aside from the inclusion of Gran Turismo TV, Sony has also updated several gameplay aspects. The updates will fix penalty judgments, add more tires for Time Trails, and improve physics during online races between cars.
Gran Turismo TV should prove to be very interesting. Racing fans will love the easy accessibility of the feature, and gamers can broaden their horizons and learn more about cars with this new feature. Read More
When playing Mario games, I've noticed there are a certain number of tropes utilized throughout the series. Maybe the games would be more interesting if the green Koopa Troopas didn't just walk off cliffs, or if Chomps weren't bound by their chains. Maybe if Hammer Bros. had a sense of aim, and Boos didn't wait for my back to be turned to attack.
That might be a fun, more interesting game to play...
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...then again, maybe not. Read More
Got some sad news for those of you looking forward to Tom Clancy's HAWX. According to CVG, Ubisoft has announced that the game is not going to make its expected release date. Originally planned to release during September of this year, the air combat game is being delayed until 2009. The good news is the game is expected to release sometime during the first quarter of next year.
Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon discusses the inception of the most controversial Mortal Kombat since the Lieberman days, the initial hesitation in mixing the two franchises, how The Dark Knight helped turn that perception around, and more.
The downloadable Mission Mode package for Ninja Gaiden II has been release, but not without problems that had lead to it being temporarily removed. It is back now, but Microsoft claims more time will be needed to iron out the freezing problems.
"For those who downloaded the pack when it was available last week but didn't unlock achievements before the fix was posted, you should be good to go. For those who ran into problems with unlocking achievements, we've seen that many have had luck fixing things by either clearing the cache or recovering their gamertag. This removes the first update and allows the fixed one to be downloaded instead. (Please note that by clearing the cache, you will be prompted to update any game that has received updates in the past. Not really such a bad thing -- at least everything will be up to date.)
Thanks again for your patience." --Gamerscore Blog
Well, it's good to know they aren't just ignoring it. Read More