“Major News” Coming At QuakeCon Soon

“Major News” Coming At QuakeCon Soon

Expect to hear some news in just a few from the QuakeCon Keynote. id Software CEO Todd Hollenshead and technical director and co-founder John Carmack will be taking the stage for the back-to-back press conference and keynote address. “We look forward to QuakeCon every year as an opportunity to have…

Warcraft Cosplayers Excel At Cosplaying

Warcraft Cosplayers Excel At Cosplaying

Sorry, Western anime fans, video gamers and sci-fi dorks, but as far as I’m concerned, World of Warcraft cosplayers are kicking your ass up and down Cosplay Avenue in the cosplay department. It’s not even a contest anymore. It’s a slaughter. These two got lucky with the lighting—shockingly dim for…

Dojo Dump: On Fire!

Dojo Dump: On Fire!

Another week, another five business days of Super Smash Bros. Brawl marketing in a palatable controlled-news candy shell. This week revealed two critical info bits in the form of a new playable character from the Fire Emblem series and a newly confirmed game mode,

Ninja Gaiden Sigma Gets DLC

Ninja Gaiden Sigma Gets DLC

Does it bother anyone else that his bicep is nearly bigger than his head? On a side note, Tecmo has announced three Survival Mode expansions for Ninja Gaiden Sigma—the first of which will hit for about $US3—and we’re guessing the rest will go for a similar price. 8/30: Weapons Master…

Moore Lich King, Seige, Death Knight Deets

Moore Lich King, Seige, Death Knight Deets

The Games For Windows folks have posted some more details up about the upcoming Wrath of the Lich King that was verified earlier today during BlizzCon 2007. The September issue of Games for Windows will have a blow-out on World of Warcraft expansion pack, but here are some interesting details:…

BlizzCon Opening Ceremony Liveblog

BlizzCon Opening Ceremony Liveblog

The opening ceremony for BlizzCon 07 is just kicking off, with Blizzard employees giving themselves kudos—massive sales, 9 million subscribers, twice that of BlizzCon 05, the Emmy nominated South Park episode—and the promise of fun announcements sure to come. Hit the jump for the livebloggin’ fun.

Nintendo To Hire New Ad Agency

Nintendo To Hire New Ad Agency

Nintendo’s $US26 million advertising account is up for grabs after former advertising company Leo Burnett, who helped launch the Wii, resigned from the position. Making it to the final stages of negotiations, it looks like Nintendo’s new agency will be Karmarama. Their clients, from IKEA to CNN, had us scratching…

Pachter Blames PS3 For GTA IV Delay

Pachter Blames PS3 For GTA IV Delay

As soon as we heard about the GTA IV delay we knew it was only a matter of time before Michael Pachter showed up on the scene to Pachterise the situation. So what is the real reason behind the delay of Grand Theft Auto VI? According to Wedbush Morgan’s analyst…

Wrath of the Lich King Confirmed

Wrath of the Lich King Confirmed

Looks like the the rumours are true, the next World of Warcraft expansion will indeed by Wrath of the Lich King. The expansion was confirmed in the BlizzCon Souvenir Show Guide packed into those fancy goodie bags. The picture, taken by Highamage, shows the brief article about the new expansion…

Teen Charged With Murder Over Xbox Arson

Teen Charged With Murder Over Xbox Arson

After a seven week trial, 15 year-old Matthew Stringer of Wombwell England has been detained for the murder of his brother and endangering the lives of five other members of his family after being grounded from playing his Xbox sparked him to pour white spirit (organic paint solvent) throughout his…

The Horde Awaits Entrance To Exhibit Hall

The Horde Awaits Entrance To Exhibit Hall

We’re just minutes away from the official start of BlizzCon 2007, where thousands of Blizzard fans have converged to geek out among the only other people who really understand them. The mass of flesh awaiting entrance is some fifty bodies deep, shouting, chanting, grunting “for the Horde!” at the behest…

Studio Working On Original Title

Studio Working On Original Title

Dan Arey, former creative director of Naughty Dog, has signed up with Ready at Dawn to work on the company’s first original, yet to be named, title. Arey was the “lead creative force” behind Jak&Daxter as well as the upcoming PS3 title Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune. “It was actually a very…

Spain Loves Wii & PS3, Hates 360

Spain Loves Wii & PS3, Hates 360

Those Spaniards are a temperamental bunch. No half-measures there, you either love a console or you hate it with a fiery, latin passion that only a Spaniard can manage. Take these want/do not want stats compiled by Spanish analysts, The Cocktail Analysis, for example: they asked 1,022 18-55 year-olds, both…

Simple 2000: The Japanese Hardware Chart

Simple 2000: The Japanese Hardware Chart

Sure, the supply of the Wii in Japan may be stabilising, but what about its demand?. Last week’s charts saw it drop from 109,854 to 86,786. This week it’s down to 77,169. Could Japan’s love affair with the Wii be coming to an end? And could its former love, the…

Official Fallout 3 Site Emerges

Official Fallout 3 Site Emerges

You work on a fancy new game, you need a fancy new site. Like Fallout 3’s new digs. Not much there at the moment aside from your usual wallpapers, positive-press roundups and a glimpse of the dev team’s working conditions (above), but there is a heart-warmingly humble diary post from…

SimCity Societies

I must say. That authoritarian one? Looks mighty tempting. SimCity’s always had a lot of things, but fear of the state amongst your people has never been one of them. Time for that to change.

Blacksite: Area 51 Aims For November Release

Blacksite: Area 51 Aims For November Release

Midway revealed today that its first person shooter Blacksite: Area 51 has been pushed back from shooter heavy September to shooter morbidly obese November. The PC, PLAYSTATION 3 and Xbox 360 sequel joins Unreal Tournament III, Call of Duty 4, Crysis, Army of Two, F.E.A.R. Files, Brothers in Arms: Hell’s…

ESRB Responds To 3D Realms’ Pouting

ESRB Responds To 3D Realms’ Pouting

In mid-July, veteran game company 3D Realms of Duke Nukem Forever infamy received a notice from the ESRB threatening them with penalties if certain guidelines regarding ESRB guidelines weren’t followed on the company’s website. 3D Realms’ Scott Miller was ticked off by the notice, and quite vocally so. The Hollywood…

Itagaki – Tekken Sucks

Itagaki – Tekken Sucks

Normally when we have a quote to share with you from an industry personality we summarise their comment humorously in the title and then give you the actual wording in the main body of the post. Not so this time. Joystiq caught up to Dead or Alive creator and paragon…

This RPG Tastes Like Cinnamon

This RPG Tastes Like Cinnamon

We have no interest in the 80’s RPG remakes, little love for the bulky Sega Genesis controller and very limited fondness in the overwhelming scent of cinnamon. But mix the three components together, and you have a fascinating little console we’d spend at least one of our three nuts on….

Mario Pen Adds SFX To Dull Game of Life

Mario Pen Adds SFX To Dull Game of Life

Whether you are looking for some light theme music for when you enter the room, or an audio cue for when you eat a mushroom and grow to double your size before devouring those around you, the Nintendo Sound EFX Stylus Pen has you covered. Perhaps you bully a small…

Party Animals Invents…Button Mashing?

Party Animals Invents…Button Mashing?

In an online interview, lead designer Cameron Davis talks about the upcoming Viva Pinatas: Party Animals for Xbox 360. Having enjoyed the first Viva Pinata game, I’d been optimistic about the new title. But knowing what I know now—the groundbreaking controls in the new belching minigame—I’m ecstatic: The core idea…

PS3 DVR Could Actually Be TiVo

PS3 DVR Could Actually Be TiVo

We already mentioned that DVR will be coming to the PS3. But the software behind the technology—not always Sony’s strong suit—could be the driving force to make the platform actually succeed. Because it could be TiVo. Many of us overlooked that Sony actually has licensing rights to use TiVo software…

Xbox 360 HD DVD Sales Jump 1,000%

Xbox 360 HD DVD Sales Jump 1,000%

Since Microsoft’s $US20 pricedrop, Amazon has sold 1,000% more Xbox 360 HD DVD players (today the figure reads 200%, while might even mean double the 1,000% figure). Maybe it was the allure of five free HD DVD movies, or maybe it was the possibility of an extra twenty spot in…

That Was Dennis

That Was Dennis

This is one of the neatest little bits of machinima I’ve come across in a long time. From Robert Stoneman, the director of the epic machinima film “War of the Servers”, “Rusty Whispers – Dennis” is the oddly touching eulogy for Dennis, a lonely man who lived with birds. Thanks…

Firor Heads ZeniMax MMO Studio

Firor Heads ZeniMax MMO Studio

Bethesda Softworks parent company ZeniMax Media wants to break into the MMO market, and they’ve got the talent lined up to make it happen. The company has created ZeniMax Online Studios, a division of the company dedicated to the creation of cutting-edge MMOG title, and they’ve tapped MMO expert Matt…

Forever Blue Buggy, Freezing Up Japanese Wiis

Forever Blue Buggy, Freezing Up Japanese Wiis

For a Wii title, non-game Forever Blue (Endless Ocean in the West) sure looks purdy. Too bad, it’s apparently buggy as hell and freezing up Japanese Wiis like crazy! Threads are popping up crazy claiming that when shark rays are added to the underwater fish tank, the game locks up…

Want Uncharted For PS3 Launch?

Want Uncharted For PS3 Launch?

Rule of thumb: Launch titles suck. It’s not for a lack of good ideas, but rather, that they are rushed and the hardware is still a big friggin’ mystery. Jak & Daxter developer Naughty Dog decided to sit the launch out. Company co-president Evan Wells says: We specifically didn’t want[Uncharted:…

Spore Will Be Ready When It’s Damn Well Ready

Spore Will Be Ready When It’s Damn Well Ready

You’re excited about Spore. I can tell. It’s in your eyes, the way they light up when I utter the word. I can also see the grim determination in them as you steel yourself for the long wait. That’s good. Because you might need that staying power. While EA boss…