Travelling Man

To: Ash From: Flynn Subject: OMG BioShock Demo! Ahoy! Well it was certainly exciting weekend around here. Got some nice news from home, friends came to visit and I even got to go out drinking on a Friday night which happens relatively rarely since I have to be in tip…

Sega Pulling The Shenmue Plug?

Sega Pulling The Shenmue Plug?

The bastards. They killed the Dreamcast and now Shenmue apparently. Shortly after Shenmue II hit the DC, there were rumblings that a sequel was in the works. We’re still waiting. Then, back in early 2006, the game’s producer and director Yu Suzuki stated at event China Joy 2006 that Shenmue…

Success Is Not Success

Success Is Not Success

Jackass: The Game for the PS2 and PSP has been in development for a while! No wonder, how do you make a game based on stunts that can still be funny if they fail? Tricky! Game producer Aaron Rigby explains: That was a real pain. In most games success is…

Find Out What Yorda Was Banging On About

Find Out What Yorda Was Banging On About

There are a million and one things I loved about Ico. And two I did not. One was the combat. The other was Yorda’s mumblings. Girl made no sense, and since it was just you and her, that made things difficult. Little banter, to-and-fro could have helped ease the crushing…

Dash Update Eases Xbox 360 For Guitar Hero Action

Dash Update Eases Xbox 360 For Guitar Hero Action

Microsoft’s Major “Larry Hryb” Nelson sends word that a Dash update has hit Xbox Live. It’s a “minor release,” he says, and it’s to get your 360 ready for those wireless Guitar Hero Les Paul guitar controllers. Nothing more, nothing less. Well, that’s what he says. August Update [Major Nelson]

All You Can Play Game&Watch Buffet

All You Can Play Game&Watch Buffet

Don’t own any Game&Watch handhelds? No problem! Handheld.Remakes.org is a huge smorgasbord of retro gaming games that include a slew of old Game&Watch Nintendo games. There’s even a Speak ‘n Spell! This ate up a chunk of my morning, right here. Yup, yup. Handheld Remakes

Camy Unleashes The Wii Hero Pack

Camy Unleashes The Wii Hero Pack

Are you a real fan of The Twilight Princess if you are playing with just the boring old Wiimote and nunchuk attachment? Camy International doesn’t seem to think so. They are releasing the Hero Pack, which consists of plastic and foam replicas of iconic Hyrulean shield and master sword combo….

Japan Explains: Why Xbox 360s Heat Up And Crap Out

Japan Explains: Why Xbox 360s Heat Up And Crap Out

Face it: the Xbox 360 isn’t quite up to snuff. The design is flawed, leading to an abnormal number of machines konking out. Since Microsoft won’t reveal the details of what exactly is causing the problems, Japanese news source Nikkei had a thermal design expert analyae the 360’s heat radiation…

Week in Games: Madden ’08 Edition

Lots of new titles this week, but for me nothing really holds much appeal. I might be tempted to check out Heroes of Mana if my wallet wasn’t so empty. Guess I’ll just have to wait for BioShock next week. Oh well, back to Resistance for more training… Madden NFL…

Elite 360/HD-DVD Bundle On Amazon

Elite 360/HD-DVD Bundle On Amazon

Well, it seems the bundles are just coming out of the woodwork today, but this one you can actually grab right now. Amazon is currently offering a pretty decent package for a great price. The offer includes an Xbox 360 Elite System, the HD DVD player, a copy of both…

Cryptologic Buys Stake In Chinese Company 568

Cryptologic Buys Stake In Chinese Company 568

568 Inc. is a China-based company that has developed card and casual games for the Chinese market, as well as a couple of MMORPGs that I’ve not seen any press about, and Cryptologic (a company specialising in casino software) has just bought a stake valued at $US1.2 million in the…

Call For Papers: Economies And Virtual Worlds

Call For Papers: Economies And Virtual Worlds

In case any Kotakuites out there have a great paper floating around on virtual worlds, the Journal of Electronic Commerce Research (JECR) has put out a call for papers. Scheduled for publication in August 2008, the special issue will focus on (as the journal title would imply) commerce, but the…

The Littlest PS3 Hater

The Littlest PS3 Hater

Angry fanboys are getting younger and younger these days. Fun Tech Talk is reporting that a thirteen year old South Carolina boy was picked up by Toys R Us security after it was discovered that he had written “PS3 Sucks” on twenty three plastic PS3 game security cases with permanent…

Big Daddy Lite

Big Daddy Lite

Nothing makes my weekend complete like a terrifically crappy game related costume. This cardboard, tin foil and masking tape Big Daddy costume takes it’s place among other scintillating stars of the cosplay Hall of Shame along with Chubby Kratos, naked Pikachu and other luminaries. Still, it’s pretty hilariously awesome and…

Sass Up Your DS Hello Kitty Style

Sass Up Your DS Hello Kitty Style

Whenever I take out my shiny pink DS in public it never fails to elicit stares of wonder, desire and in some cases, utter confusion. Why is this tattooed, big sideburned guy playing with this thing that looks like a girl’s compact? If you get these same looks when you…

NCsoft Sales Down, Profits Up

NCsoft Sales Down, Profits Up

NCsoft, the Korean developer behind Lineage (among other things), just posted its second quarterly earnings: sales of $US82.1 million, which is down 11%, but operating profits of $US11.5 million – which is a jump of 533%. Sales were heavily weighted to the local Korean market, but they continue to make…

Dead Rising Platinum Available Through Capcom Store

Dead Rising Platinum Available Through Capcom Store

Well it took long enough, but it looks as if Dead Rising has finally become available as an Xbox 360 Platinum Hit (in the States) with a fairly modest price tag of $US30. I made a few calls around and no stores seem to be carrying it yet, but if…

Alter Egos And Split Personalities – Robbie Cooper Q&A

Alter Egos And Split Personalities – Robbie Cooper Q&A

We’ve already covered Robbie Cooper’s book Alter Ego: Avatars and Their Creators, which consists of portraits of people and their online avatars, but the Wall Street Journal has an interesting little Q&A with Cooper and Tracy Spaight, a contributor to the volume. The most discussed question is why – with…

Xbox 360 Mania

It was a week full of Xbox 360 news this time around for Kotaku Originals. The eldest of the “next gen” consoles got a price drop, a rise in sales, a bundle, a tiny system update and an HDMI output. Our little boy is growing up! Xbox 360 Core Models…

No More Dumps

No More Dumps

Bathroom saves, nothing new! Dead Rising has ’em. Silent Hill has ’em. And now it looks like No More Heroes has water closet saves as well — with hot sitting on the throne action. Once again, leave it to game creator Goichi Suda to push the envelope further. Toilet saves…

The GTA IV Delay Is Totally Good

The GTA IV Delay Is Totally Good

Word on the street was that Microsoft paid through the nose for GTA IV exclusive episodic content — to the tune of 50 million Americana bucks. What an investment! The game has now been delayed (due to rumoured PS3 programming probs) and won’t make this Christmas. So you’d think that…

Prototype Not So Prototypical

Prototype Not So Prototypical

Sierra today announced that they are working on a new title for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 which they describe as a “new kind of open-world game, featuring a rich story line of conspiracy, deception and deadly shape shifting action.” The game is being developed by Radical Entertainment, the…

Game Club: The Last Assignment

Game Club: The Last Assignment

Don’t forget. Our last meeting for the Mr. Robot edition of Game Club is next Thursday. This time around you’ll need to complete the game, which really shouldn’t take that much longer if you’ve been keeping up. Feel free to make any suggestions about formatting for Game Club here. Our…

World In Conflict Hits Sept. 18

World In Conflict Hits Sept. 18

It’s official, everybody’s favourite RTS that isn’t really an RTS is hitting North America on September 18. The innovative strategy game will sell for $US50, or you can pay an extra $US10 for the Collector’s Edition. I played a bit of the game when it was in beta and I…

Kohler Hates Boll…And Postal

Kohler Hates Boll…And Postal

But don’t we all, or at least I assume we all would if we took the time to see the movie. I don’t envy Wired’s Chris Kohler at all, he was paid to watch Postal at it’s premiere a, I can only imagine, giddy and constantly clapping Uwe Boll waiting…

Zack And Wiki Play

Now, we can finally see just what had McWhertor so hot and bothered at E3. I’m talking abut Zack and Wiki, not one of them, but both, in these two videos showing both the opening gameplay for the game and some “cut down” game play. OK, I get it, it…

Tabula Rasa Doesn’t Just Spawn Enemies

Tabula Rasa Doesn’t Just Spawn Enemies

In my few days of playing Everquest and few weeks of experiencing WoW, I was (quickly) disturbed by spawning enemies. The effect didn’t just break the realism—it reminded me that, no, my time means nothing to the developer and, yes, killing these stupid [fill in stupid creature here]is just tedium…

Atlas Mech PC Case Mod

Atlas Mech PC Case Mod

Wow. I have a thing about PC case mods, I think they’re cool as hell. So I’m always looking around for them, just because I like checking out the details and seeing how they were made. Call me a geek, but I sort of feel about modded PC cases the…

Killzone 2 Most Cinematic Game Ever Produced

Killzone 2 Most Cinematic Game Ever Produced

The BBC recently got a chance to play through a small chunk of Killzone 2. It appears the level they got their hands on was the one shown at E3, and they were thoroughly impressed: Sat down in front of a playable level it is immediately clear that Killzone 2…

Ratchet And Clank Box Art

Ratchet And Clank Box Art

This is the official box art for Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction. Not much more to add to that, other than: Man, those are some big ears.