EA Denmark has apparently posted the full track list for upcoming
heavy metal mash fest Brutal Legend. If you love heavy metal music
you're probably going to be very happy with the list (after the jump),
but one can't help but notice a lack of Iron Maiden. If you haven't
got Brutal Legend on your list of games to keep an eye on, add it,
it's looking pretty darn cool (heavy metal fan or not).
According to a user over at the BioShock forums, GameStop are offering
up two multiplayer BioShock 2 characters as part of their pre-order
campaign. The characters are “Blanche the Actress” and “Zigo the
Fisherman”. Well at least one of them is female I suppose. No other
official word about this apparent leak as yet.
Oh dear, Nintendo what have you done! We're hearing all manner of reports Aussie gamers can't transfer their Animal Crossing character from the DS to the Wii. Apparently Nintendo Australia are "looking into" the issue which has plageud the many.
After waiting on this title for what seems like years, it has to be said the fact they've stuffed up such a huge release is a little telling of Nintendo recently. Even their "PR", which is meant to work WITH us writers don't respond. Oh you you can email to your hearts content, phone them, but if you're not on their 'special' list you might as well be trying to call god.
This sort of elitist view of us on the ground is really starting to irritate, not only us here, but also many other gaming sites and bloggers. PR is by its very essence meant to work WITH the people, not above them. Maybe if they spent more time with the people on the ground, these sorts of issues with Animal Crossing wouldn't occur... ya think?
We mentioned A Kingdom for Feflings a week or two back after spotting it on the Xbox site. Well the ladies over at Lesbian Gamers have a few new reviews up this week, including "A Kingdom for Keflings". This is the sort of title some might otherwise overlook, but after reading the review I for one felt even further compelled to get the demo and I was glad I did.
A Kingdom for Keflings is what you might call a no bullshit game. It's simple, straight to the point and doesn't pretend to be something it's not. The girls at Lesbian Gamers were right on the money when they described A Kingdom for Keflings as "an adorable title and one that is quite genius in its innocence."
We thought we'd highlight it here given the love that's clearly gone into this title and after spending some time with it last night I'd concur that it is a little gem in the XBLA arena that you should definitely check out.
Sometimes I'm not sure where people find the time, but frak me the guys and gals at Planet Fallout have outdone themselves with their Fallout 3 Google Map, it's frakkin awesome. If you're stuck and need a little help finding your way around (and let's face it with that crappy map system in your Pip Boy you probably are!) you might want to check out what Planet Fallout have done. Amazing stuff, kudos to them.
This stinks of being a professional viral job, but whatever the case you can't help but be rather gobsmacked by the precision and nature of this little Guitar Her World Bike Tour clip found loitering innocently on YouTube.
That pretty much sums up our review of new Valve zombie fest "Left 4 Dead". The game which is essentially truly alive (haw haw) when you play it in 4 player co-op is truly something to behold. If you like mad action shooters, and more importantly if you like them with zombies and big fat bloated zombie hangers on that explode, well what are you waiting for.... BUY the damn game!!
On the downside there's 4 characters and only one of them is female. It would have been nice for Valve to shoot us a little equality and make things 2 and 2, but saying that, Zoe does kick ass.
A Kingdom for Keflings is an upcoming title for the New Xbox Live Experience. It's being touted as a sort of mini "Settlers" only you'll get to play your very own walking avatar in the game as you help little townsfolk (the Keflings or of you can't get The Dark Crystal out of your head The Kelflings) build stuff.
A Kingdon for Keflings sounds like a cross between The Settlers and Doshin the Giant to us, but we definitely want to give it a go. We'll come back to you with a review of A Kingdom for Keflings as soon as we get our Settler's loving mitts on it.
Melbourne-based video game developer Tantalus today announced the establishment of a new development studio in Brisbane, Australia. Founded in 1994, Tantalus has shipped in excess of thirty titles across most major platforms. Recent successes include Cars: Mater National, Pony Friends, and the just-released Spyro: Dawn of the Dragon, on DS.
With 70 developers presently at work in the Melbourne studio on Wii, DS and PSP, CEO Tom Crago said the choice was either to continue growing that operation, or set up a new studio to work in parallel. “I like the idea of capping our Melbourne base at around 80 developers,” said Crago. “We’re on track to grow to that level by next year, and in Brisbane we’ll endeavor to replicate the model that’s been so successful for us down here. In the first instance, the Brisbane studio will work on a DS title, expanding to two teams by the end of next year.”
The Brisbane expansion has been overseen by Tantalus COO David Giles. “We’ll be opening our doors in December,” said Giles. “With the help of the Queensland Government we’ve found a terrific location in Kelvin Grove, and feel that the talent pool up there will enable us very quickly to assemble a world class group of developers. In fact, we’ve already made
several key hires.”
The announcement of the new Tantalus Brisbane studio coincides with commencement of the annual Australian game developers conference, GCAP, which runs in Brisbane from 19-22 November (www.gameconnectap.com)
This press release is from Sony Online Entertainment's website.
SONY ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT ISSUES INDUSTRY-WIDE CALL TO ACTION TO EXPAND G.I.R.L. SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Nov. 13, 2008 – Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE), a global leader in online gaming, invited all companies doing business in the video game industry to join SOE’s efforts to educate and recruit more women into the field of video game creation, design and production.
In a lunchtime keynote speech during the International Game Developers Association conference in San Francisco, Torrie Dorrell, senior vice president of Global Sales and Marketing for SOE, challenged companies in the video game industry to each make a $10,000 donation toward the G.I.R.L. – Gamers In Real Life – scholarship, with the goal of creating multiple scholarships and more opportunities for women.
“Today, I am challenging everyone to take action to help level the playing field for women pursuing a career in video games. By donating to the G.I.R.L. scholarship, we can encourage diversity in development and make a difference, hopefully creating more opportunities for women and ultimately making more video games women will want to play,” said Dorrell.
First awarded in 2008, the G.I.R.L. scholarship was created by SOE and encourages female students toward career paths in the creative and applied arts, with the ultimate goal of developing video games that are more interesting for women to play. In 2009, the program will be managed by Scholarship America®, a leading non-profit educational support program. SOE will offer students of undergraduate programs related to video games a chance to compete for the scholarship by submitting original artwork and essays to a panel of judges.
“SOE’s vision is commendable, and we fully endorse the G.I.R.L. scholarship program and look forward to the results of this initiative,” said Joseph Olin, president of The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences. “Expanding the presence of women in video games reflects SOE’s foresight and acknowledges its contributions to the future of our dynamic entertainment medium.”
For more information about the G.I.R.L. scholarship program, please visit, www.girl.soe.com.