Archive for December, 2006

The Wii-Hunt Is Over

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006 by craig

I’ve just spent since the UK launch (8th Dec) searching for a Wii. I’ve traipsed all the websites, and clenched my fists at the mocking “out of stock” signs. I even let it drop when I walked into another game shop yesterday to find out that yes, they do have stock, but no, they aren’t …

Possible Megaton – Dragon Quest IX Exclusive to Nintendo DS

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006 by matt

In a surprising move, Square-Enix has announced that the next installment to the uber-popular RPG series, Dragon Quest IX, will be made exclusively for the Nintendo DS. Most people assumed that it was destined for either PS2 or PS3, but with the Nintendo DS’s soaring popularity in the Land of the Rising Sun, Squenix saw …

How to write a Holiday Shopping Guide

Monday, December 11th, 2006 by the marketeer

If you are running any sort of successful games website, you should already have your Holiday Shopping Guide up and collecting income. These guides are essential for grabbing a nice chunk of holiday web traffic and advertising money from online retailers. If by some chance you still haven’t made yours, videolamer is here to help …

Wii: The Lazy Gamer’s Console

Saturday, December 9th, 2006 by matt

The Wii is like the full spectrum of gaming. You can play like a …

Review – Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (Wii)

Friday, December 8th, 2006 by tony

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance is a great game … just not for the Wii. I originally played it about a month ago on an XBox 360 and was quite impressed, and then I noticed that it was launching with the Wii. Something told me to lay off the knee-jerk purchase and use good ol’ …

Weekly News We Care About Wrap Up – 12.8.06

Friday, December 8th, 2006 by jay

Analyst predicts doom for blu-ray
A study has found that HD DVD has more positive buzz than the Blu-ray, at least partially because Sony is backing the Blu-ray format. I will now do my part to add to the negative Blu-ray buzz — Boo Blu-ray!

Review – Red Steel

Friday, December 8th, 2006 by matt

If you’ve paid attention to some of the reviews Red Steel has gotten, you probably have no idea what the game is really like. The scores are all over the place, and reviewers just can’t seem to agree on what is good or bad about the game. Some love the sword fighting, some don’t. Some …

Fear the Mystic Balloons

Thursday, December 7th, 2006 by chris

I find most freeware games to be temporary distractions, but every once in a while I get hooked on one longer than usual. Such is the case with Mystic Balloon. Originally a cooperation between two Japanese developers, this puzzle game was translated a few days ago by Derrick Sobodash.

Mystic Balloon’s plot is simple, as …

Thoughts on immersion and graphics

Thursday, December 7th, 2006 by jay

Is immersion really dependant upon graphics? In a recent piece, Craig theorized that this rationally follows from the assertion that attention to detail creates immersion. I think his premise is correct, but ultimately graphics and immersion are not as tied together as we would assume. Expectations are hugely important and cannot be left out …

Eastern Delight

Wednesday, December 6th, 2006 by christian

So I was cruising through Gametap the other day, looking for new additions I might have missed out on. During this time I came across an interesting little game called Battle Golfer Yui. What makes it surprising is that the game was never released in America, but instead was a Japanese only release …