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Tingle! Tingle! Kooloo-Limpah! #015 – Believe Me When I Tell You

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

Well I was actually able to get Guardian Signs, so I’ll be able to write about it, and at the very least I have a Pokémon Ranger themed Sunday Soapbox for you guys. Yes, it will actually be able to provide me with a topic. This series is underrated. Anyway, I’m tired and sick, so onto some news.

Sands of Time Failogy

Riddles and (to a lesser extent) I have been anticipating the announcement of a Prince of Persia HD collection. A collection that would, of course, include Sands of Time, Warrior Within, and The Two Thrones. This wish has been granted, but only in the way that a malicious genie would grant a wish. That is to say that the genie would say, “of course, you may have a new car. But by you, I mean somebody else!”

This is my roundabout way of saying that the collection is indeed going to be released, but only in Europe. It’s also a PS3 exclusive, but that part is fine. Also, expected.

In any case, it’s not impossible that it will also come to North America, but it wasn’t even announced as a timed release, so I’m not holding my breath yet. Oh yeah, and it’s in 3D, but who cares, right? (IGN)

Many people bought this

Demon Sells

Enh? Okay, so my puns aren’t so strong when my nose clogs up with mucus every 2.5 seconds. Forgive me. If you somehow deciphered my headline, you’d know that Atlus’ very difficult RPG, Demon’s Souls for the PS3 has sold surprisingly well for the company. In fact, it has become the company’s most successful title in the 20 years it’s been around. While they didn’t give out any sales figures, they do have a lovely quote for all of us to celebrate the game’s birthday.

“If ever there was a game championed and made a success by its fans, this would be it, here’s to many more groundbreaking online action role-playing experiences. Your support over this past year will never be forgotten.”

While I didn’t have any interest in Demon’s Souls, I am a fan of Atlus, so this is pleasant news to my ears. (IGN)

3DS “unlikely” to run Unreal Engine

While I couldn’t give two shits about any games running on the Unreal Engine on the 3DS, this story does give us a bit more insight into the hardware powering the device.

The story comes from Epic itself, as its VP, Mark Rein told Joystiq the following when he was asked if Epic was working on 3DS software, “No, it’s below our [minimum specifications], from what we can tell.” He goes on to admit that he doesn’t have a dev kit and his response wasn’t a formal comment, but if the system could run Unreal, he would have expected to hear from Nintendo by now.

Now while I truly believe that Nintendo doesn’t play that way, and that if the system could run Epic’s popular engine, Nintendo wouldn’t bother giving them a call, I also expect that Rein is correct. The 3DS looks pretty and I would like one very much, but I don’t expect the machine to be more powerful than a Wii, if that. It’s not surprising news, but a little disheartening seeing as Epic just showed a tech demo of their new game running on an iPhone. Still, the DS was underpowered when it was released, and it has the strongest lineup of any system save maybe the PS2. (Joystiq)


Play as Kratos’ Brother in GoWIII- That’s pretty much it. Get a code if you buy Ghost of Sparta. Click if you want more details. this is a quickie because I don’t care.

People buy Pokémon in Japan- Despite Dead Rising 2 and Okami.

Kingdom Hearts Re:coded- Coming January 2011.

All done! Gunna stir up a Scatter Storming tomorrow in which I’ll talk about the games I saw on Tuesday and about Pokémon Ranger.

Tingle! Tingle! Kooloo-Limpah! #014 – STOLEN!!

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Oh lookit me! I’m Riddles! I’m gonna say that Ethos won’t write anything! Well fuck you! I’m going to steal that TGS Hey! Look! Listen! you promised. Bah-ha ha ha. Well, not every piece of big TGS news, just the stuff I care about.

Dear God, yes.

Team ICO Out the Ass: The Last Guardian Release Date

Finally we hear more about this ridiculously-anticipated title. People seem to be shocked that this was given a Holiday 2011 release window, but that comes as no surprise to me. In fact, that’s in the early range of what I was expecting, so count me as excited.

What’s that in the distance? Sounds like some sort of whistle. And now I see smoke? What could that possibly be…oh it’s the hype train! Full speed ahead!(IGN)

Team ICO Out the Ass: ICO and Shadow of the Collossus HD Collection!

BAH-HA HA HA HA HA AH! FINALLY! My life is complete! This long-rumoured collection is finally a reality. At first there was talk about it being two separate discs but has since been confirmed to be a single Blu-ray disc compete with trophies, the PAL ending for ICO, and even improved framerates, textures, and new widescreen framing. This collection is why humanity was created. (IGN)

Team ICO Out the Ass: Sexism Battle!

Remember when Miyamata joked about Peach not being playable in Super Mario Bros Wii because they would have to animate her dress? Remember when we all puked? Well as excited-out-my-ass as I am for The Last Guardian, studio head, Fumito Ueda was talking at TGS and even if his comments were meant as a joke, I still cringed.

He mentioned that the original protagonist for The Last Guardian was going to be female but because girls wouldn’t have the same physical strength as boys when traversing the environment, and “girls wear skirts”, they changed it to a boy.

Yeah, bullshit. I know that scientifically, the anatomy of men and women are different and strength arguments are occasionally valid. Like separating sports in the Olympics. But I don’t think it would have been unreasonable for a little girl to accomplish the same tasks as a little boy. That doesn’t sit well with me. And yeah, girls couldn’t wear Peter Pan-style capri shorts. That would seem weird. Fuck off. (IGN)

Muramasa and Odin Sphere Heavily Rumoured To Also Go HD

Sweet. This doesn’t appear to be a HD collection for PS3, but rather downloadable HD ports for all capable systems. Apparently Muramasa’s assets were developed in HD, so the process should be rather simple for that title at least.

I just hope the framerate is improved for Odin Sphere. I liked that game, but it was literally like a slide-show at points. That will need to be better for me to pick it up. (1up)

Unaltered picture of Bobby Kotick. Thanks Destructoid.


Ugh. Just when you thought Activision and Blizzard’s marriage wasn’t affecting the Blizzard side of things, Bobby Kotick goes off and starts spewing more of his famous shit about packing together all the cutscenes of
Starcraft 2 and selling it as a movie. Idiot. Seriously.

I mean, Starcraft 2 was just his example, but he talks about this idea like it’s the most brilliant shit in the history of time. Who the fuck would spend $20-$30 to watch all the cutscenes of a game? Certainly not the people who bought the game, and certainly not the people who didn’t buy the game.

There are reasons that these cutscenes are cutscenes. If you bought one of these “movies”, there would be major plot holes, it would all be high-intensity, and – oh yeah – THERE WOULD BE NO FUCKING GAME TO PLAY!

What a giant fucking idiot. (IGN)

That’s it.

Chalk up another win for Ethos.

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.

Tingle! Tingle! Kooloo-Limpah! #012 – I’mma Copy Riddles

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

That’s right, I’ll put a subtitle on my news feature too if I want to. Riddles isn’t the only one who can mooch ideas! Anyway, there’s not a lot of news, and I’m actually a little sick. Maybe I’ve got Pipher’s disease.

Big Daddies Stacked to the Sky

This is the big one. Irrational Games announced Bioshock Infinite, the Boston-based developer’s true follow-up to the original Bioshock. Ken Levine is involved again. This entry actually takes place before the original Bioshock – during the very early 1900s – in a flying city named Columbia. The name isn’t as intriguing as Rapture, sure, but this is a different tale, after all.

In fact, for all the similarities that the teaser trailer showed, Bioshock Infinite seems to be refreshingly different. Columbia is not nation-less, in fact quite the opposite. American flags are abundant in the trailer and even compose a major part of the logo’s design.

However, while the trailer was certainly intense and very intriguing, we didn’t see any gameplay and the game won’t be released until late 2012. Still, it’s a promising announcement, and this is the first time that I’ve been excited for a Bioshock title as Bioshock 2 did nothing for me. Check out the trailer for yourself and check IGN for a full 2 page article with more details, including mention of some sort of inter-city grind-rail system.

The 3rd Birthday Removes the HP Bar, Protagonist’s Clothing

That headline is a little deceptive because the HP Bar in the PSP Parasite Eye follow-up doesn’t actually appear to be taken out of the HUD. However, the lead character, Aya Brea does lose more and more clothing the more she gets hurt. Take a lot at the side-by-side comparison I stole from IGN.

Full health:

After taking damage:

While this is somewhat of a cool and innovative mechanic, I’m having flashbacks to Final Fantasy II and picturing gamers intentionally inflicting damage on themselves. Only this time with slightly more sad reasoning.

Also, how many fucking games is Tetsuya Nomura working on? The 3rd Birthday, Final Fantasy Vs. XIII, 8543975 Kingdom Hearts games. The guy is a regular, crazier, emo-er, Shigeru Miyamoto. Read his hilarious fake real blog, by the way. (IGN)

Bethesda’s Bane

In slightly random, but mostly hilarious news, Bethesda Game Director Todd Howard used a panel at Quakecon to admit that while you may have never noticed, Fallout 3 and Elder Scrolls don’t have ladders. Apparently their engine can’t handle climbing a ladder without slapping the player with loading times.

The reason why this story is newsworthy to me is Howard’s quote at the end.

One day, we tried to figure out why we wanted ladders so bad because we don’t really need them. It just felt like we’re game development pussies because we can’t do ladders.

I never noticed, but now I will. (IGN)


Xbox Wins July- No surprise, really. They have that redesign if you forgot. I did.

PSP Phone Rumours Roundtable- Not news, really, that’s why it’s here. Read IGN editors discuss pros and cons of the newest PSP Phone rumours. Personally, I don’t give a shit about a PSP phone.

That’s that! I wonder if Riddles had read any Scott Pilgrim. I know I haven’t, so I wonder if he’s enjoying it. Everybody I know that’s seen the movie adores it though, so I’d better get on that. I’m feeling a little better today too, so maybe I’ll try the game some more…

We’ll see.

Tingle! Tingle! Kooloo-Limpah! #011

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

All right, here goes. The first in a collection of catch-up posts for this week. Let’s jump into this week’s news. Or at least the news that caught my eye.

We Will Likely be Able to See This Game At Last (Guardian)!

Thank fuck. I think most people were surprised that The Last Guardian was a complete no-show during E3. Not even old footage during a sizzle reel. I know that Team Ico takes its sweet time with its games, but it was a disappointing to not even get a small update. After E3, everybody looked ahead to the Tokyo Game Show as the new platform to hopefully show off the anticipated title. Luckily, it is now more promising than ever. The head of Team Ico, Fumito Ueda, replied to a fan on Twitter saying, “We should be able to show something at Tokyo Game Show, so look forward to it.” While he did not specifically mention The Last Guardian, I can’t imagine he was talking about anything else.

Except maybe a Team Ico HD Collection. Which wouldn’t be so bad either.

Either way, TGS is in about a month, so clench your fists with excitement until then!

I'm guessing this game has an all-female development team

Nippon Ichi Has More Financial Trouble; Cancel Games, Spank Women as Punishment

Poor Nippon Ichi. Despite their popular Disgaea series, their wealth of acutely bizarre other titles haven’t been as friendly in the sales department. As such, the company has been in some financial trouble recently, experiencing a 40% drop in sales this quarter when compared to the same period last year. Although they technically still made a profit, restructuring and ongoing money problems affect that figure.

To try to curb a tailspin, Nippon Ichi has cancelled three titles that they say have been in development since last year and will take a 21 million yen loss for it. Although refusing to reveal the titles, they did cite expected difficulty achieving high sales and quality as the reason for the cancellations.

In spite of this news, the company continues to work on a PSP RPG titled Criminal Girls. The premise is that a group of girls have been banished to hell and you must train them physically and mentally to help them back to the land of the living. How does one train these generously proportioned women? By spanking and massaging them, of course!

I wonder what sort of projects they cancelled…


Batman And The City

Everybody was talking about how Batman: Arkham Asylum 2 was a dumb name on account of the game not actually taking place in the fictitious prison. Well apparently Rocksteady Studios thought the same thing because Warner Brothers recently announced the new name, Batman: Arkham City. While the city is indeed Gotham, it is apparently the new home for all the maximum security criminals that Gotham – and Batman – seem to attract.

You – like me – might be wondering whose bright idea it was to bring all the crazy-ass criminals of the Batman universe closer to the civilians, but there is no answer yet. No further information was given except that the game should be releasing next Fall for PS3, 360, and PC. Oh, and Catwoman seems to be playing a significant part, so… there’s that.


Birth by Sleep Preview- This isn’t really news, but it’s nice to see such a positive impression from a Kingdom Hearts fan.

Sony Rips it Up in Japan - PS3 and PSP own that island!

There you go, post one of at least 3 on this glorious day of content!

Tingle! Tingle! Kooloo-Limpah! #010

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Hey, it’s been a month since this news feature, and while Riddles has a valid excuse for his absence this week, I absolutely do not, so how about we get started?

When will you get one? How much will you pay?

Nintendo Announces the Date for Japanese-Relevant Details Regarding the 3DS! How Exciting!!!

Yeah, I know, not really. But it’s not a complete complete waste. On September 29th, we learn when Japan is getting the device and how much it will cost them. This should at least give us an idea of how much the thing is going to run the rest of us in the non-Japan countries. And it’s not impossible that we’ll be getting stateside-relevant details as well, so keep your ears peeled for late September.

Oh no, Insomniac, you too?

Yup, Insomniac is joining in the fun and announcing that they will announce a title “sometime between now and the Penny-Arcade Expo”. Woo-hoo. I wonder if it could possibly be the basically-already-announced Resistance 3. Let’s hope it’s something more exciting.

But Back to the 3DS and What WON’T be Launching With It

Resident Evil Revelations and Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition won’t be! Capcom mentioned that these titles are not planned for release within the fiscal year. If you remember, Nintendo promised that the 3DS will be out in all regions by the end of the fiscal year, and thus the Capcom software cannot launch with Nintendo’s hardware. Unless, of course, Nintendo breaks its promise; something completely unheard of!

Anyway, I’m being sarcastic because I couldn’t give a flying fuck about these two titles.

Long time no MS Paint job

British Pirates Must March the R4 Card Off the Plank

Staying in this Nintendo vein, the company has won a battle in the UK to make the R4 card (and similar cards) illegal. So that includes importation and marketing. Sure, I’m not a pirate when it comes to games, but what does this mean for the harmless homebrew community? I’m sure they’re not happy while Nintendo giggles in their pile of money.

Radiant Radiata’s staff Story’s Historia

Okay, so that title was a bit of a stretch, but it almost makes sense if you know the story. And the story is that key members of the under-appreciated gem, Radiata Stories – though not tri-Ace – are working on a new title for the Nintendo DS, Radiant Historia. What’s up with this new trend anyway? People leaving their original companies and attempting to recreate their past with synonymous titles. “Final Fantasy” becomes “Lost Odyssey” becomes “The Last Story”, “Radiata Stories” becomes “Radiant Historia”. It’s not really subtle, people, and it’s pretty annoying.

But I digress, the point is that you should keep your eye on this one, especially if you let Radiata Stories pass you by. You sad soul.


Nintendo Loses Money - For once!

Sony Makes Money - For once!

All right, that should do it! Don’t nobody say that Ethos can’t do no news!

Tingle! Tingle! Kooloo-Limpah! #009

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

Yesyes, I haven’t done one of these since late May, I’m well aware. But hey, here’s one now!

More PS2 games in HD to collect on the PS3

Yup, although an ICO/SotC collection was not announced at E3, a Sony head honcho, Shuhei Yoshida, confirmed that more PS2 collections were making their way to the PS3 in HD on Blu-Ray. I’m more than okay with that, because the announced Sly Cooper collection got my attention at E3, and those are PS2 games that I never would have played otherwise. No specifics were announced, but Yoshida talked about the positive reaction to the God of War collection and how he now hears a lot of requests.

Another point of note is that Yoshida was asked about the possibility of PS2 games coming to the PSN. His reply seemed to go away from the direction of PS2 HD collections, and more in the direction of making the PS2 library available for PS3 owners. Something I’m sure they’ve been thinking about the moment they axed backwards compatibility. Yeah, I’ll pay for collections (especially on games I don’t already own), but I’m not going to pay money to rebuy my PS2 games. I’m only stupid enough to do that with Final Fantasy IX.

Pretty... and realtime! Click to see bigger.

Final Fantasy XIII Versus Final Fantasy Versus XIII?

Bah-hahaha, it’s Squeenix’s fault I can make such a ridiculous headline like that. But seriously, while it’s hard to recover optimism out of that landslide of disappointment that was Final Fantasy XIII, these new screens that have surfaced look pretty gorgeous. Not just that, but it’s the fact that Tetsuya Nomura is saying that the game is open world with roaming monsters. Therefore I’m pretty sure it will not be Tunnel: The Game: The Sequel.

Still, we know nothing about the battle system, or mechanics, or anything really, so I really shouldn’t be hyping this up to be an urban, adult Kingdom Hearts. Still, redemption for FFXIII is way too appealing, and so my brain will likely hold out hope for this until we have more details.

PSN and XBLA Are Trying Really Hard to Get You to Cancel Cable

Or me, at least. With ESPN free for XBox Live Gold subscribers (it just became worth it again), and now Hulu in talks with PSN, I can’t imagine any reason why I should be paying for TV. Now, Hulu has been rumoured to be in cahoots with XBox before and nothing’s happened yet, so who knows when this PSN deal will materialize, but if it’s free with PSN+ then that’s $100 a year instead of close to the same price a month for all the TV I’d want to watch anyway. Game consoles are the new TV.

Infinity Ward Wants to be Your BFF

Don’t really want to go into detail about this – read the linked source if you do – but I wanted to mention this at least. Infinity Ward (not Respawn) is embracing the social internet and listening to tweets and Facebook comments and even opening up a phone line to call or text with concerns or suggestions. I know other companies do this to some degree as well, I just thought it was cool.

This is a rich white man

EA Loves the PS3, but Especially Loves the XBox, but Especially the PS3

I like this article because it’s EA trying to pick favourites without upsetting Microsoft too much. Essentially, EA’s COO, John Schappert, spends his time talking about how well the PS3 is doing and how much EA loves it, but throws Microsoft a bone or two just in case the tides turn. My favourite quote was the following,

We have high hopes on the PlayStation 3 this year. Again, we like them all, but PlayStation 3 is doing very strong right now

Bah-hahaha! “We like them all”. It really is like a parent talking about their children.

See! I had a lot of shit to write. 5! 5 shit to write. That’s a lot for me, so I hope you forgive the delay. As for now? I’m hungry. See you fuckers later.

Tingle! Tingle! Kooloo-Limpah! #008

Friday, May 28th, 2010

Okay, so I skipped a week and the most recent edition was a hangover edition. Still! Excepting Riddles’ random Sands of Time movie review and admittedly strong HLL, this week has been all me! So I’m back down to just two stories, because I only found two that moderately interested me.

First Non-Crystal Chronicles Non-Remake Final Fantasy on the DS Announced!

Modifiers, much? Still, I really wasn’t a fan of the Crystal Chronicle games or the wonky-looking remakes of III or IV, so this appears to be a breath of fresh air. The game – titled Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light and coming out October 5 – still has a similar 3D look to the other Final Fantasy DS games, but it appears to be a lot more stylized. It also appears to be less dumbed down from a customization standpoint, which is nice. I’m not holding my breath on this one, but I haven’t turned away completely yet…

Confirmation-Free Natal Pricing
Not that anybody cares, but the going rumour is that Natal will costs $150 on its onesies and $299 packed into an Arcade 360 unit. If I wasn’t sold before, I’m extra not sold now!

That’s it. Nothing else struck me as interesting. Super Mario Galaxy 2 review going up tomorrow! Also, we updated our “Upcoming” list. Click the appropriate top tab if you’re interested in what theme weeks we have for you in the coming months.

Tingle! Tingle! Kooloo-Limpah! #007 (Hangover Edition)

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Screw All Y’all

Riddles can go fuck himself. I’ve got a wedding to go to tomorrow, and a lot more Prince of Persia to play. I’ll write you all on Sunday.

Tingle! Tingle! Kooloo-Limpah! #007

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Alright! I’ve got a busy-ass day, so let me go break-neck speed through this shottily researched news.

Koticked off.

Infamous Activision CEO, Bobby Kotick has finally responded explicitly in regards to the drama at Infinity Ward. He announced that the number of employees that left Infinity Ward has reached 35, and he expects more still to leave. Kotick stayed diplomatic in stating, “We are obviously disappointed about this, and we wish we could have convinced some of these talented people to stay”. He got a little more personal, however when talking about Jason West and Vince Zampella. His words below.

The decision to terminate the two Infinity Ward executives was not done lightly, and it was not done to deprive them of their bonuses nor is it done without a great deal of deliberation about the consequences.
I personally consider the two of them friends, and their conduct was a compromise of our friendship, which was equally disappointing. Once we began to understand what had occurred, there was no grey area. There was nothing to allow us to retain their services as talented as they might have been.

Interesting that he tries to play victim here although he slyly doesn’t address why so many Infinity Ward employees are leaving. Perhaps the opinions of 35 plus people might tell a different side of the story. Mr. Kotick had a great marketing direction for his comments, but it’s hard to not tell that he’s not very happy with the whole situation.

The man LOOKS like a "Tippl"

To Infinity Ward and Beyond!

Staying in this vein, it’s interesting to note that Activision has confirmed that the rebuilding Infinity Ward is indeed working on another Call of Duty game. On the same financial call that produced Bobby Kotick’s comments, Activision COO Thomas Tippl stated, “We have not yet confirmed the individual plans for next year, we usually don’t do this at this time; we are very focused on our communications right now about the releases for this year. What we have said is that Infinity Ward is working on a Call of Duty title and you’ll hear more details as we advance through the year.”

Note that there was no mention of the Modern Warfare name. I don’t think it’s safe to assume anything about that franchise at this time. Although in that same call, Tippl said that Infinity Ward should have another map pack available for Modern Warfare 2 in the Fall. Who knows what’s going to happen in this previously predictable franchise.

We’ll Get Our FFIX Soon!

Fuck, I’m amazing with puns. Anything, this is pretty much non-news, but it’s about Final Fantasy IX, so of course I’m on it. Square Enix confirmed on the official Playstation Blog that Final Fantasy IX is coming to the PSN “soon”. Nope, no release date beyond that, but I can’t imagine it will take very long. Long live Zidane!

Anyway, I got shit to do! That’s it from me!