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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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I Strongly Suspect that Multiplayer GTA IV Will Be… What’s The Term? Oh Yes. Total Fucking Mayhem

You cannot tell me that you can look at these new screenshots from the multiplayer portion of Grand Theft Auto IV and not be filled with homicidal glee and furious fapping. Because that would make you either a liar, or a vegetable, and the last time I checked my webstats neither liars nor vegetables were [...]


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Bogart your Burnout

I feel bad for Bogart. I mean, he was a famous actor and everything, and probably got laid a lot, but it’s gotta suck to have your namesake equated with the inappropriate consumption of communal marijuana. What did he do to deserve that?
Criterion is doing their part to help the guy out. The forthcoming patch [...]


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I Heart Radio Vladivostok

GTA IV’s radio stations, streaming to you right damn now, courtesy this wonderful little widget. Hat tip to the Bloggerton.


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GTA IV Hypenami Starting To Build

Liberty City map “leaked“. (> Joystiq)
New trailer. (> Gametrailers)
And now – the RockStar Social Club (> Kotaku). Stat-tracking for all of their games, starting with GTA IV, across Live and PSN platforms. Registration opens April 15th. They’re having a race to see who can finish 100% of the game first for some bonus e-penis cred. [...]


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A Right Way And A Wrong Way To Do These



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Talk About Phoning It In

OH HAI, I am everything Nerfgun despises in alien design.
Almost as bad as this guy.
By the way your Mass Effect DLC is available on Live.


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One To Watch: Mirror’s Edge

Another new IP from the reformed Electronic Arts: Mirror’s Edge. They previewed this game recently for a small gaggle of the usual gaming press suspects. Earnest Cavalli at Game|Life has a good write-up.

The concept is parkour again, like Assassin’s Creed but faster-more-intense. Also the game has a refreshingly modern/near-future setting, something of a rarity these [...]


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Microsoft @ GDC 08

GDC is in full swing now, with Microsoft having given their keynote presentation yesterday afternoon. There’s some interesting stuff in there, although nothing too earth-shattering, and a few notable omissions were apparent as well. Here’s the Cliff Notes version:
After going over the general positive spin on Live and announcing that gamers had amassed 1 billion [...]


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Just A Flesh Wound

Netflix: “We’re not going to carry HD DVD discs anymore…”
Best Buy: “HD DVD content will no longer receive marketing…”
Wal*Mart: “We no longer will be carrying HD DVD…”

HD DVD: “I’ll bite your legs off.”
Now the question is – will MS ship an external blu-ray drive for 360, thus completely validating Sony’s strategy once and for all; [...]


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