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Tingle! Tingle! Kooloo-Limpah! #013 – It’s My Birthday, Bitches!

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Well folks, it is now officially my birthday. And so far, my wonderful and beautiful girlfriend has wished me happy birthday, and so has Nate Liles.

THAT’S IT! Nope, Riddles texted about something completely different then made a silly claim about “time zones”, and Constipated Cow called to say “oh fuck, did I miss your birthday? It was the other day, right? I’m a bad friend”. Damn straight you’re a bad friend! I know your birthday is May 15, and that’s without consulting Facebook. Idiot.

I’m actually horrible with birthdays, so I shouldn’t talk. I’ve forgotten my mother’s birthday on 3 of the past 4 years. Still, on this joyous occasion I will still bring you all belated news. I went to Microsoft’s X10 event today, and although a bunch of great games were playable, I spent 2 hours in 8 different interviews instead. Oh well, at least it was an open bar. The point is that I’m tired, so let’s talk about semi-new Gamescom news!

There’s a lot, so just find the headlines or pictures you like, and pick and choose your stories if you’re in a tl;dr mood, I won’t get offended.

No longer just a mock-up

The Normandy Lands on a New Space (Play)Station

This is the oldest news, but still some of the biggest. Ray Muzyka, the CEO of Bioware, made the announcement on Tuesday that Mass Effect 2 would be coming to PS3 with “hours of bonus content”. The port is planned to be released in January 2011 with “no plans” to bring the original over as well. In fact, Microsoft made sure to pee all over this announcement to mark their territory on the franchise. Here is a statement they gave to IGN.

With both Mass Effect titles launching first on Xbox 360 combined with the wealth of available paid downloadable content on Xbox Live today, Xbox 360 remains the best place to experience the Mass Effect franchise…and the original Mass Effect is absolutely an Xbox 360 exclusive, making Xbox 360 the only place to get the full Mass Effect experience

You can feel the panic in their text. Still, I have no interest in replaying the series on another console unless I get to play through all of my choices, so they have a point. And seeing how Microsoft published the original game, it will be a while – if ever – before it sees the light of day on another console. (IGN)

Microsoft’s Copout Handheld System

Microsoft is trying really hard to fight off Apple. Windows 7 is their obvious attempt to combat (see: emulate) Mac OS, and their Windows Phone 7 is their newest attempt at an iPhone killer. Not just as a powerful smartphone, but apparently as a gaming platform like the iPhone has become. In fact, Kevin Unangst – some exec at Microsoft – even went as far to say the following,

We’re looking at this like: Call it like a console launch. It’s really like our portable console launch in that there’s a constant hardware set, we’re specifically choosing the content we want, and it’s about bringing all of those service features over.

Sure, the hardware is made by a third party, but why not try to throw it into the portable console race as well? To their credit, the phone is shaping up to pretty slick and pretty powerful with a lot of thought going into the gaming side of things. I won’t have any real interest, however, until I hear about things more interesting than Peggle. Because I can get Peggle on PSN, thank you. Not that Peggle has been announced, it was just an example. (IGN)

Everything Cole is New Again

I truly outdo myself. What a great headline.

But onto the story, I haven’t seen a backtrack this quick since Sony’s doomed boomerang controller. Anybody remember that thing? Was I the only fan? Anyhoo, while people were hyped for all the new Infamous 2 stuff, the new design and voice of Cole made it a bittersweet unveiling. While the voice appears to be unchanged, Cole’s newest design – while still different – is far more akin to the original. Which do you prefer?

Old New Cole:

New Old Cole:

I have to say that the New Old Cole does seem less douchey, what with the lack of necklaces. Although as much as I loved Infamous, it wasn’t for the story and characters, sorry. (IGN)

Resistance 3?!?! What a Surprise!!!

That’s the whole story, really. It’s finally been officially confirmed beyond that movie set still grabbed in October 2009. I liked the original a lot more than the sequel, but I’m willing to give this third installment a chance. That is, of course, after we get some more details. We currently have none. Maybe this should belong in the “quickie” section, but that’s swiftly becoming the “impressions and not actually news” section. (IGN)

HD soon!

No More Wii Exclusive

I never played either No More Heroes games for the Wii although they seem to have a cult following. But it looks like now I’ll have a chance to try it the series on a real system. A HD remake of the original title that will be released as “No More Heroes: Heroes’ Paradise”, was announced today during a Konami press conference at Gamescom. No release date was mentioned beyond 2011, but more importantly it was confirmed that the game can be played with traditional controls despite supporting Playstation Move. (IGN)

Portal 2 in February 2011

Hey, not all my headlines have to be clever. Valve confirmed that Portal 2 – the full follow-up to the unexpected and superb mini-title – will be released on February 9th for PS3, 360, and PC. No timed exclusives. Simple and beautiful news.

As a little piece of supplementary news, Game Informer tells us that Stephen Merchant will voice the character of Wheatley, who is apparently a British robot. I haven’t been following the game as to not spoil too much. Anyhoo, you might know Stephen Merchant from the British version of The Office, or – as I know him – The Ricky Gervais show. (IGN)


Mortal Kombat First Look- Damn it! This is a game I could have played today, but didn’t have time to. It sounds like it’ll be the first good Mortal Kombat game in a very long time.

Killzone 3 Multiplayer- If you care. He also goes into the Move controls a little bit at the bottom. He’s diplomatic, but he you can tell he didn’t really care for them.

Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One- Enh, I just got into this franchise! I don’t want something this drastically new, more of the same please! The editor is optimistic, but I’m apathetic.

More Zelda Impressions- I’m sorry, but talk of the game occasionally misreading movements and a 95% accuracy rate being presented as a positive thing doesn’t get me excited for the game. But I expected this.

WHAT A BEAST!!! I’m done. It’s my birthday.

Hey! Look! Listen!

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

THIS is how much I love you people. I could be glued to Uncharted 2 right now, but instead, I’m bringing you the latest and greatest industry news in the form of Hey! Look! Listen!

Luckily, I happen to love writing these things.

Who am I? I’m your host Oliver “Riddles” Motok, everyone, and I’m finally driving with up-to-date tags. Sure, I got pulled over and ticketed a mere two days prior, but at least I know it won’t happen again. Until next year.

On to the NEWS.

World of Warcraft Movie to be Written by Saving Private Ryan Screenwriter
You may have noticed that I don’t often give MMORPGs the time of day in HLL. This is probably because I tend to despise them. Why, then, would I give a damn about a World of Warcraft movie? Well, frankly, it’s hard not to, given the names attached to the project. ¬†You all know that Sam Raimi (of Spider-Man and Evil Dead fame) has been given the director’s chair, which is reason enough to raise an eyebrow. ¬†Recently, speaking with MTV Multiplayer about the film, Raimi revealed that Robert Rodat, of Saving Private Ryan and The Patriot fame, will be writing the screenplay.

Color me intrigued. I’ve (shamefully) never seen all of Saving Private Ryan, but I did enjoy The Patriot quite a bit. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that they chose a screenwriter familiar with war films. Check out Raimi’s full interview with MTV Multiplayer here.

Resistance 3 Teased… Kinda

Wait, didn’t the second game just come out? Oh wow, I guess that WAS a year ago now. In any case, Sony is wasting no time stirring up the Resistance 3 hype. An erstwhile NeoGAF member with a camera managed to score this photo:

Oh, you tease...

What you’re looking at is a film set for Battle: Los Angeles. I’d never heard of it before, but a quick trip to IMDB informed me that it’s a sci-fi action film starring Aaron Eckhart, in which marines fight against alien invaders. As… intriguingly original as that sounds, and as much as I love Aaron Eckhart, I’m going to go ahead and give the film an “avoid like the plague” stamp.

But anyway, if you haven’t connected the dots yet, it’s clear that this is an example of clever cross-medium advertising. It’s worth noting that the “A” in “Resistance” depicts the Statue of Liberty, meaning the game will likely be set in New York. Battle: Los Angeles is set for release on February 18, 2011, so logic suggests we’ll see Resistance 3 within a similar timeframe. Odd that it would take three years, seeing as how Resistance 2 shipped only two years after the original. Of course, you also have to recall that NONE of this is official. (GameSpot).

Oh Look, Epic Mickey Artwork

Epic Mickey concept art

My main reason for including this is I realized I’ve yet to even mention the upcoming Wii exclusive, Epic Mickey. I find the game wildly intriguing based on its concept alone, and I’ll be following its development cycle very closely. The screengrab above is a finished sketch of an enemy Beetleworx, facing off against a very determined Mickey. The grab was taken from a video on GameInformer.com, which shows a timelapse of one of the game’s artists sketching the image. Check it out if you’re into that kinda stuff. The video also happens to feature some fantastic music from the game, so take that as some additional incentive to give it a look.

WTF: If You Buy Modern Warfare 2’s Prestige Edition, You Are a Pervert
Because after all, if you put night-vision goggles in the hands of a gamer, they’re going to use them to scope out naked chicks. In the dark. On the streets. Oh yeah.

After all, it’s the closest they’ll ever get to the real thing.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then check out this “news” story on DailyStar.com. And no, I don’t think this is supposed to be serious. Though it admittedly had me going for a few minutes, never having visited Daily Star before.

Well, that’s that I suppose. Before you ask, no, I do not plan to buy Modern Warfare 2’s prestige edition. As much as I loved the original Modern Warfare (which, shamefully, I just finished yesterday) I’ll be happy to express my fandom through the purchase of a regular ‘ol $60 copy.

Thanks for reading, and tune in tomorrow for some Uncharted 2 impressions! And, as always, HLL will return this Thursday. Can you bear the anticipation?