Stranglehold PC Minimum Specs Are…Wow

Stranglehold PC Minimum Specs Are…Wow

Now it’s quite possible that I slipped on a wet patch in the kitchen and have been unconscious for years, like some modern day Rip Van Winkle, with technological progress passing me by, as the minimum requirements for the Windows version of Midway’s Stranglehold seem alarmingly high. Two gigabytes of…

iPod Gets Mario’s Pants

iPod Gets Mario’s Pants

This is just bizarre, but bizarre in a cut way. The $US6, hand-made iPod case has an obvious inspiration in one overweight, Italian plumber, but I just don’t like the idea of dressing up an iPod in people clothes. Next thing you know, they’re sneaking cigarettes from you when you’re…

Bogost Hits Colbert

Bogost Hits Colbert

Water Cooler Games’ Ian Bogost let me know last week he was going to be on The Colbert Report. He sounded half totally freaked out and half jazzed. I don’t blame him. I don’t know how I would stand up to that eyebrow, and god forbid Colbert releases both on…

Prophetic Pachter Predicts PlayStation Pricing

Prophetic Pachter Predicts PlayStation Pricing

Wedbush Morgan analyst and Kotaku reader crush Michael Pachter (not pictured) has issued his end of month notes for the video game market, predicting a pair of PlayStation family price cuts. First, the Pach expects that Sony will be “in a position” to slash the PLAYSTATION 3 price just prior…

Musika Impressions

Musika Impressions

Musika is a new iPod game from PaRappa the Rapper creator Masaya Matsuura. In that article, Matsuura says this about iPod games: Almost all the other games are basic and limited – like a simple puzzle. Our game will be very advanced compared to the others. This will last. And…

O.J. Simpson Ordered To Hand Over All-Pro 2K8 Football Proceeds

O.J. Simpson Ordered To Hand Over All-Pro 2K8 Football Proceeds

Reuters is reporting that former NFL running back and guy who totally didn’t kill his ex-wife O.J. Simpson has been ordered by the Los Angeles County Superior Court to hand over monies he received from lending his likeness to 2K Sports’ All-Pro Football 2K8. The Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3…

Spore, Playable at Leipzig, Baby

Spore, Playable at Leipzig, Baby

Good news, vicarious readers. Spore will be journalist-playable for the first time ever later this month at Leipzig. It’s almost enough excitement for us to stay sober to enjoy…or to throw us in a bender of nervous anticipation. We’ll still be waiting for Spore’s late 2008 release that could easily…

Sony Pulls More Games Off PSN

Sony Pulls More Games Off PSN

After Sony pulled MediEvil just last week, they have also removed both Spyro 2 and Crash Bandicoot 2 from PSN UK. They report: This investigation is highly technical and requires some time to work through. We are making progress and we will be communicating with people who bought these items…

Through The Glass Deveopment Studio

Through The Glass Deveopment Studio

Visitors to the Leipzig Games Convention later this month will get a unique opportunity to watch the development of a game from start to finish, as a four-man development team is placed in a glass box and given four days to create a game. Dubbed The EA Experience The Glass…

Nintendo’s Wiggly Waggly Handheld Patent

Nintendo’s Wiggly Waggly Handheld Patent

The DS sells. The Wii, it sells too. Combine them and you’ve got some kind of world-devouring, money-printing contraption, whose coming would herald the very end of days. That seems to be the idea behind this patent application from Nintendo, which is for a handheld gaming device with Wii Remote-esque…

80GB PS3, Price-Cuts Coming For Japan Too?

80GB PS3, Price-Cuts Coming For Japan Too?

Enterbrain’s chief marketing analyst Mitsunobu Uwatoko has told British tradesters MCV he believes Japan will shortly be seeing the 20GB and 60GB PS3 models kicked to the curb, replaced by the 80GB model. To help ease the transition, the outgoing models would see a price-cut. This move certainly has a…

Musika: Actually Play A Decent Game On Your Ipod

Musika: Actually Play A Decent Game On Your Ipod

Masaya Matsuura, creator of PaRappa and Vib-Ribbon, has been a busy boy. He and his team at NanaOn-Sha have been working on a new rhythm-action game. Thing is, it’s not for a console. Or a handheld. It’s for the iPod! Called Musika, it’s probably best explained as an interactive visualisation…

Filipino Markets Awash With Wii Fantasies

Filipino Markets Awash With Wii Fantasies

What’s this? A sneak peek at some bold new strategy from Nintendo? Sadly no, they’re just dodgy pirated covers from a Filipino marketplace, but it’s nice to dream, isn’t it? A 16:9 Wind Waker? Oh, be still my beating heart. Pirates ‘R Us – Pirates literally selling fake Wii games…

Steam Community Beta Goes Live

Steam Community Beta Goes Live

Valve has opened the floodgates on its Steam Community upgrade to the digital delivery platform, giving Steam users a chance to beta test its new social networking capabilities available from within any Steam-based game. Users can opt in to the Community by going to File > Settings > Beta Participation…

Koller Outlines The Future Of The PSP

Koller Outlines The Future Of The PSP

SCEA’s senior marketing manager responsible for all things PlayStation Portable spoke with MTV News journo Stephen Totilo about the present and the future of the Sony handheld, revealing further details on the PSP’s camera, GPS and support for PlayStation Network titles. While the PSP camera and GPS device are being…

Pachter, Pidgeon Explain The Magic Of Analysis

There’s a common misconception that video game market analysts such as Michael Pachter and Billy Pidgeon do nothing but talk out of their respective asses, one that’s sure to be shattered by this week’s edition of Bonus Round featuring the two paid predictors. It’s confirmed that analysts speak not from…

StarCraft: The Board Game Eyes-On

StarCraft: The Board Game Eyes-On

At this weekend’s BlizzCon, tabletop game specialist Fantasy Flight Games showed the first prototypes for its upcoming StarCraft: The Board Game set. At $US79.95, the six-player board game may seem a tad on the pricey side, but when you consider the set includes 180 plastic play figures, based on 25…

Geometry Wars Is Not Done With XBLA

Geometry Wars Is Not Done With XBLA

Geometry Wars pretty much defined XBLA as a viable platform. So where are all the sequels? From Ben Ward of Bizzare: We’re playing our Geometry Wars cards close to our chest right now. As you know, we’ve just announced Geometry Wars Galaxies for the Nintendo platforms, GW: Mobile for mobile…

Stuntman Ignitition Tease

Stuntman Ignitition Tease

Odd bit of gaming PR arrived at my house on Friday. This container of racquetballs has Stumtman Ignition printed on one side and poses the question: “Do you have the balls…?” On the other.

XBLA’s August Lineup Revealed

XBLA’s August Lineup Revealed

Microsoft has just announced their August XBLA lineup and everything that’s coming soon after. As we say below, this Wednesday we get Konami’s original Track and Field, but in the coming weeks…wait for it…HEXIC 2!! AT LONG LAST!! (And Ubisoft’s War World.) Most of all, we’re looking forward to Streets…

Track And Field Races To Live Arcade

Track And Field Races To Live Arcade

Once again it is time to unleash the vibrating fingers of doom upon the unsuspecting public. This Wednesday’s Xbox Live Arcade release is the game that had arcade managers bitching and moaning about replacing buttons every other week, Konami’s Track & Field. The six button-punishing events from the original are…

iPhone Versus PS3

iPhone Versus PS3

A San Diego Tribune columnist wrote up an interesting piece on iPhone hype, comparing the buzz surrounding the Jesus phone to the Playstation 3 launch fever. Unfortunately, he did this by looking at eBay sales, something that really doesn’t track buzz as much as it tracks avarice. The columnist points…

Mario The Pusherman

Mario The Pusherman

I like the idea behind this t-shirt much more than the actual finished product. Maybe it’s just the fact that it’s printed on that bright blue shirt. I think it would look much better with a smaller design and on white. But yes, I can totally see Mario as a…

SingStar PS3 Tracklist Partially Unveiled

SingStar PS3 Tracklist Partially Unveiled

Sony threw a little party at the House of Blues the other day. On offer? Booze, no doubt, and perhaps even blues, but also the PS3 version of SingStar. Journos in attendance reported good times, as you’d expect, but they also came away from the night with 15 of the…

What’s That Face Training Game Like?

What’s That Face Training Game Like?

Face Training for the DS is OUT. Like, you can walk into any Japanese game retailer, buy it and start training your face. Over at Infendo, they did just that, blogging: A facening routine has three parts: a body warm-up, a face warm-up, and then the actual facening itself… The…

Hot Shots Golf 5 Event Not So Hot

Hot Shots Golf 5 Event Not So Hot

This Sunday saw a Hot Shots Golf 5 rally event in front of the Yodobashi Camera in Akihabara — a location prime for foot traffic. The series has traditionally been extremely popular in Japan, and the players in that day’s rally would get Hot Shots goods. According to Akiba Blog,…

Freaky Pac-Man Wallpaper For Your Desktop

Freaky Pac-Man Wallpaper For Your Desktop

The email that this link arrived in was titled “Disturbing Pac-Man Wallpaper” and of course anything labelled “disturbing” gets me to open it faster than a kid opening presents on Christmas morning. While I don’t find it particularly disturbing, I do think it’s pretty cool. It was created with a…

Mod Chip Raid Fallout: A Roundup

Mod Chip Raid Fallout: A Roundup

We already covered the basics of what went down last week when “Operation Tangled Web” took place. GamePolitics has had continuing coverage of some of the little details – like the guy who had a grand total of one mod chip seized from his house. I think most people agree…

GayGamer Target Of Hate Crime

GayGamer Target Of Hate Crime

A hacker has knocked GayGamer.net, the only news gathering gay-gaming site, offline with a series of denial of service attacks after flooding the site with threatening emails and hate speech, the site’s owner said Sunday. Flynn De Marco, the site’s owner and Kotaku weekend editor, said small waves of denial…