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Ikaruga Sidescreen

When I heard that Treasure’s famously rare, punishingly difficult shmup Ikaruga was dropping on Live, of course I had to try it out. The original cabinet is a “tallscreen” aspect ratio, not exactly appropriate for modern televisions. The normal mode of the game is to just pillarbox it graphically, so there is just background texture [...]


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What Can This Possibly Mean

This is the footer on the Gran Turismo 5 Prologue page.
Note the rating – E for Everyone and… “Mild Suggestive Themes”? What can that be? They suggest that you might drive quickly on a racetrack? Is that even a theme? What constitutes Mild from Medium or Spicy? These are suggestions? These are whispered furtively in [...]


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A Right Way And A Wrong Way To Do These



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I, for one, welcome our iPhone Gaming Overlords

… and I’d like to remind them that as a trusted blogging personality, I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground development caves.
Have you seen this shit? It’s crazytown in iPhoneville. Apple has released the kraken. Named SDK.
I’ve been a little slow responding to this announcement since I wanted to [...]


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Hey Namco, how about a Bluetooth PS3 Negcon?!
The Take Out Bandit / (Today, 09:49 AM)

It’s still one of the best racing controllers ever made, and with Wipeout HD on the way; I’d like to return to the good old days of using a Negcon to play Wipeout. :(Make it happen Namco!P.S. Jogcon fanboys go screw! [...]


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What Is The New Ninja Theory Project?

The Heavenly Sword developers have a new website as well as a bunch of (utterly gorgeous) concept art paintings scattered around the various web pages:

Hi-res versions available here.
This looks quite a bit different from HS. For one thing, there are mechanised/pseudo-futuristic buildings, with an almost steampunk quality to them. I would think that Heavenly Sword [...]


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GT5:P Calls To Me, Siren-Like, With It’s Phenomenal Shinyness, Even Though I’m Not Much Of A Car Person And Could Give A Damn About Tweaking Suspensions

This is the thing with Gran Turismo. It’s such an exquisite simulator that I feel I must own it, simply because I can. If I could put it under glass in a display, running net-fed hotlap data continuously, I would.
I love racing games, but I’m firmly in the Burnout camp. (Or Wipeout. Any “out”.) Too [...]


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Twitching and Snarling

(I’m going to be trying these big compilation posts for awhile, see if it works better. If you’d rather I did the old format, by all means, hurl fruit in the comments section, kthx.)
Ah, but these minor delays do tend to pile up, don’t they. I looked upon that little calendar on the right [...]


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Stop Paying Lars Ulrich

Rock Band downloadable content is off to a flying start. A really tremendous, tiger-crane / shaolin-style / cable-assisted flying start. Although they offer a shockingly high number of songs as both individual purchases and discounted bundles’o’three already, we haven’t even seen the promised full albums yet (Nirvana’s Nevermind plz.) Which brings us to my dire [...]


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