Ozzy Talks Madden

Ozzy Talks Madden

VH1’s Harold Goldberg was there when Ozzy Osbourne popped into Times Square’s Hard Rock Cafe to shill for Electronic Arts Madden 08. Goldberg even got a second or two with the rapidly-aging rock star, probably just a second. “When my son Jack was living with us and he would disappear…

Single, Adorable, New Guitar Hero III Track Revealed

Single, Adorable, New Guitar Hero III Track Revealed

Activision revealed just one new track for its upcoming Guitar Hero sequel but it’s a big one. The Stone Roses’ “She Bangs The Drums” from their 1989 self-titled smash will be featured (sadly as a cover) on Guitar Hero III‘s already kick-ass line up. Shown exclusively at the Edinburgh Interactive…

ThreeSpeech Confirms PS3 Digital Tuner Leipzig Presence

ThreeSpeech Confirms PS3 Digital Tuner Leipzig Presence

The ThreeSpeech staffers posted a quick round up today, confirming that “clarification on the digital TV tuner” for the PLAYSTATION 3 will arrive alongside the Leipzig Games Convention. Previously, Sony Computer Entertainment New Zealand boss Warwick Light spilled beans on the device, predicting a 2008 launch in certain PAL territories….

EA Explains Why Madden Sucks On PS3

EA Explains Why Madden Sucks On PS3

Many sports fans and PS3 fanboys have been upset that PS3’s Madden 2008 is running at roughly half the frame rate of its Xbox 360 counterpart. EA Technical Director Rob M. responded to one gamer’s complaints on the topic: In the case of the next-generation consoles, many publishers have been…

Rock Band Won’t See Australia Until 2008

Rock Band Won’t See Australia Until 2008

In an interview with Gamespot UK, Red Octane co-founder and CEO Charles Huang predicted that manufacturing shortages will lead to Rock Band not making it to many territories by Christmas—especially New Zealand and Australia. To come straight out of the gate globally – even on two platforms – is extremely…

From Passion Of The Christ To Lair

From Passion Of The Christ To Lair

Hollywood music composer John Debney, who scored Passion of the Christ and Sin City, wrote up a little piece on his work composing the soundtrack for upcoming PS3 title Lair. He says the soundtrack can best be described as “operatic, ethnically rich, lyrical, elegant and, at the same time, tragic.”…

Postal 3 Web Page Is Live, Offensive

Postal 3 Web Page Is Live, Offensive

Postal 3 developer has launched a Postal 3 section on their website, featuring game information and screens that I will post here so you don’t really have to visit the page at all. Running With Scissors and the Postal franchise have a long-running tradition of being as offensive as they…

Dr. Phil Tackles Video Game Violence

Dr. Phil Tackles Video Game Violence

The folks over at Game Politics have stumbled upon some amusing news. Phil “Not a Doctor” McGraw, the Emmy-award winning star of the Dr. Phil show will be tackling the issue of video game violence in a show set to tape on Thursday. Phil has previously appeared on Larry King…

The GHII Download Experiment Continues

The GHII Download Experiment Continues

Another GHII download pack just hit Xbox Live. The good news? Depends on how much you like My Chemical Romance. If you do, great, there’s three new, original MCR tracks on offer. More likely option? You can’t stand them, the 500 points they’re asking is still 200-300 too many and…

XBLA Download Cap Staying At 150MB?

XBLA Download Cap Staying At 150MB?

Little more Gamefest news for you. Microsoft’s decision to up the size limit on their XBLA games to 150MB was a good move. One they’re so happy with, in fact, they’re going to stick with it. 1UP are reporting that even with big, shiny things like Warhawk about to appear…

Nerd Cookbook

Nerd Cookbook

For those who want to learn to cook (and cook like a nerd), there’s this. Called Otaku Meshi Cooking, the book is directed at folks who don’t or can’t cook. No, actually it’s directed at “the otaku life” and contains balanced recipes based on ingredients that can be purchased at…

Job Placement Book Turned Into… DS Game

Job Placement Book Turned Into… DS Game

Once again proving that Japan will make ANYTHING into a DS game comes A 13 Year-Old’s Hello Work. It’s an adventure game based on, get this, a humourous job guide book for early teens. Players are a young girl from the future who has traveled back in time to help…

Kiss Your Old, Hard Nintendo Games Goodbye

Kiss Your Old, Hard Nintendo Games Goodbye

Speaking with Famitsu, Shigeru Miyamoto has tried to calm the growing ranks of dissatisfied Nintendo fans left wanting at the lack of “old-fashioned games” on the company’s release schedule. Nutty, disembodied doctors, puppies and face exercises are all well and good, but sometimes we just want to play some stages,…

The Dark Age Of Handheld Gaming

The Dark Age Of Handheld Gaming

In my day, we didn’t have fancy liquid crystal displays, capable of displaying millions of colours. We didn’t have responsive touchscreens and microphones that one could blow into. We had shitty games with a half-dozen LEDs that forced one to use his or her imagination and we liked it. Actually,…

(Useless) Nintendo DS Emulator Released For PSP

(Useless) Nintendo DS Emulator Released For PSP

Sure, the DesMuME PSP emulator’s compatibility record is spotty at best and its author, Sektor, claims that the software runs at about three frames per second at 333 MHz, but it’s running Nintendo DS software on a PSP. That has to count for something, right? That something is probably nothing…

Second Life Looks Just As “Fun” In Real Life

Second Life Looks Just As “Fun” In Real Life

Granted, I’ve never actually “played” Second Life, as online social interaction is two sports higher than attending a Russian-American “bear” cuddle party on my list of enjoyable pastimes, and the closest I’ve come to partaking in Linden Labs’ eyesore of an alternate reality was an aborted download of the client…

BioShock Art Book Now Available For Download

BioShock Art Book Now Available For Download

The BioShock limited edition is rather complete, sporting a “behind the scenes” bonus DVD, a Big Daddy action figure, soundtrack CD and exceptional packaging. The only thing it’s missing? The normally limited-standard art book. Instantly re-depressed? 2K Games to the fanboy rescue! The brilliant marketing team has decided to throw…

Okami Snags Questionably Coveted Edge Award

Okami Snags Questionably Coveted Edge Award

At the fifth annual Edinburgh Interactive Festival, which runs today and tomorrow, the winner of the EIF Edge Award was announced, with Clover Studios’ PlayStation 2 epic Okami nabbing the prize. I assume that title is something along the lines of “Best Game of 2007” or “Exceptional Achievement in Game…

Schizoid Debuts At GameFest 2007

Microsoft’s GameFest 2007 is underway as we speak, and a game I’ve been looking forward to since I first spoke with its creators back at GDC in March is finally officially announced. Schizoid is the first developer created Xbox Live Arcade title built exclusively using XNA Game Studio Express. It…

New Twisted Metal Is Extra Heavy

New Twisted Metal Is Extra Heavy

It looks like Eat Sleep Play’s new Twisted Metal: Head-On PS2 title will be more than just a PSP title with better graphics. It will be a PSP title with better graphics and plenty of extras (on top of the

XBL Has Reached 45 Million Downloads

XBL Has Reached 45 Million Downloads

More news from Gamerfest 2007: Microsoft announced that 7.1 million Live users have downloaded 25 45 million…things…from XBL. With that level of user base, that puts the download average of everything—from games to themes—at a (what I think is very, very low) average of 3 per person. Given that they…

Hexic 2 And Ecco Hit Live Wednesday

Hexic 2 And Ecco Hit Live Wednesday

Well my life is officially over. Not only does the Xbox Live Arcade get a version of Ecco the Dolphin for 400 points, complete with leaderboard support as well as enhanced graphics and sound, but also the sequel to the game I’ve spent the most time with on Xbox Live…

The Xbox 360’s Other Red Ring

The Xbox 360’s Other Red Ring

Sure Microsoft has been flooded with a slew of Xbox 360s returned after blinking the dreaded Red Ring of Death, but we hear that not all of them were due to overheating. When the console seizes up and dies, three of the “circle of light’s” quadrants blink red, but when…

Whorecraft Starlet Kicked From WoW

Whorecraft Starlet Kicked From WoW

Mia Rose, hardcore gamer and pornstar, who appeared in several episodes of World of Whorecraft, told Kotaku that she was banned from the World of Warcraft over the weekend after a fan recognised her and mentioned her website in a public chat channel.

Blazing Lizard Owns Pirates vs. Ninjas

Blazing Lizard Owns Pirates vs. Ninjas

by Mark Wilson There was a bit of nervous anticipation. Blazing Lizard’s Lead Designer Christopher Stockman was on the line. He had just emailed me the pitch on his unannounced game after assuring me it was just the sort of thing Kotakuites, in particular, would love. And in the 10…

Upcoming PSP Slim Shortages In Japan?

Upcoming PSP Slim Shortages In Japan?

Hardware launches mean one thing: Hardware shortages. This September’s PSP Slim launch looks to be no different. Amazon Japan pre-orders for the PSP Slim (PSP-2000CW) have already closed, and the Sofmap in Akihabara is posting signs mentioning that because of shortages, customers can reserve only one PSP Slim. It also…

Acting And Game Motion-Capture? Same.

Acting And Game Motion-Capture? Same.

By bringing Sméagol and Gollum to live in Lord of the Rings, actor Andy Serkis set off a hailstorm of controversy. His proformance was so good that many Academy members felt he should be nominated for an Oscar (the Academy felt otherwise). He is able to inject great humanity into…

Do The Hardcore Care About 360 Reliability?

Do The Hardcore Care About 360 Reliability?

Think we’re all of the opinion that the 360’s a little on the unreliable side. So there’s no debate about that. What there can be debate over, however, is whether the console’s poor reliability matters to existing 360 owners. A New York Times article from the weekend investigates just that,…

Why Does Turning On My 360 Make Me Nervous?

Why Does Turning On My 360 Make Me Nervous?

Sunday night, I settle in for some Gears of War single player. Ten minutes in, my Xbox 360 freezes up. I switch it off. Fire the machine back up, and two minutes in, the thing freezes up. Turn off the console. Wash, rinse, repeat. After a few times, I could…