Archive for May, 2008

Ubisoft publishes crap on Wii, crap doesn’t sell, Ubisoft confused

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008 by jay

North American Ubisoft president Laurent Detoc recently showed concern over his company’s Wii titles. According to a recent Gamasutra article –

“He acknowledged the Wii in particular has been difficult for Ubisoft to find success with. Pointing to the console’s generous sales, he noted that games published for the Wii made up only 10 percent …

Platinum Games – What should they make?

Monday, May 19th, 2008 by christian

Clover Studios is back – after one resurrection and two name changes, they now exist as Platinum Games, and have some actual games to show us (all being published by Sega).

The one getting the least attention is their DS RPG called Infinite Line, which we have the least …

Tales From Behind The Counter – Lost Treasures, Trade-Ins, and Drugs

Friday, May 16th, 2008 by tyson

I should preface this installment by saying that I am a pack rat. I always have been and probably always will be. When I die, my relatives will come to clean out my house and find stacks and stacks of old newspapers, every wrapper of the slices of Velveeta cheese I had eaten over the …

Quick Impressions – The World Ends with You

Thursday, May 15th, 2008 by jay

I’ve put around five hours into The World Ends with You and besides the “I cut myself to see if I can still feel pain” emo moniker I am very pleased. The battle system makes use of both DS screens simultaneously and though movement of your character via stylus is sort of spotty, everything ultimately …

I’m so sick of Good Guys, I could arrest a pedophile! — Part Deux

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 by shota

After my rant about the depiction of globally destructive forces of Evil in video game plots, I should like to turn my attention to the other side of the ancient coin: the Good. That’s right, I’m sick of that too. I am sick of the way in which the depiction of the Good Guys …

A survey of 2007s role playing games

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008 by the gang

Last year was a fairly interesting one for RPG fans. Some of the biggest names in the genre finished their PS2 swan songs long ago, and went off in search of new platforms. This left 2007 as a year for new ideas and lesser known series to take root and grab the hearts …

Firing Back at Worthless Interviews

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008 by christian

These days there is a lot of junky gaming news. One cause of this is the obsession with giving every member of a development house a chance to sit down and shout out. You don’t have to be an artist, programmer or designer – if you deal with the corporate side, you are …

I’m so sick of Evil, I could murder an innocent child! — Part Un

Monday, May 12th, 2008 by shota

This post, like all of my ramblings, has to do with specific complaints about videogame plots and story premises in general. (Don’t worry, I’ll try to keep the use of the word ‘narrative’ to a minimum.) First, on my list of narrative annoyances: Evil. As the title of this piece suggests I’m sick of it. …

Tales From Behind The Counter – An Xbox In The Bathroom

Friday, May 9th, 2008 by tyson

To be truly honest, this week has been pretty tame in Video Game Store land. No crazed pedophiles, no extremely stupid customers, just a couple of stores full of video games and me, tooling around behind the counter like robot in malaise. This is the perfect time to give you an honest glimpse of how …

Blockbuster gaming – what a difference

Friday, May 9th, 2008 by christian

You may have seen some of the recent news pieces on how Blockbuster is attempting to get more aggressive with its game offerings, starting with putting GTAIV on their coveted front wall of new releases – the first for a game. An interesting step to be sure, but I had to take a trip …