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  • 22Apr

    PSP Go production halts in Japan

    The PSP Go is one of those devices where you either love it or you hate it. The smaller form factor combined with a lack of UMD media makes it an instant win for people who tend to stay on the road and don’t need any extra “stuff” holding them down. However, a lot of people prefer their games to come in a box so they don’t have to wait for the download to hit the PlayStation Store. Not only that, but the original PSP’s larger size and screen make it more appealing to some. You may have already chosen your side in this battle, but in Japan, it won’t matter soon enough. Gamasutra recently reported that PSP Go production is going to be ended in Japan completely, with all focus shifting to the more traditional PSP-3000 handheld. This is a move that makes sense given that Sony’s NGP is

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  • 22Apr

    Mario and Sonic to team up again for the 2012 Olympics in London

    Sega and Nintendo announced yesterday that their iconic stars Sonic and Mario will once again be joining forces on the Wii in honor of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. What is now a series will also be making a dimensional jump to the 3DS. Several new events, including some of the equestrian variety, will make their debut in the game along with more traditional Olympic sports like aquatics and table tennis. All of them (there are over 50) feature both single and multiplayer modes. The game also features “Dream” events that take place in Mario and Sonic’s worlds. The game is being developed by SEGA Japan, and SEGA will be responsible for publishing in Europe and North America while Nintendo will handle the job in Japan. The game is officially licensed with International Sports Multimedia, who handles software licensing for the International Olympic Committee. “These games bring together two

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  • 22Apr

    Review – The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile

    Rating: M (for mature) Genre: Side-scroller Publisher: Microsoft Game Studios Developer: Ska Studios Release Date: April 6, 2011 BUY I first became acquainted with The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile when I had the chance to play it at PAX East, and if you read my first impressions you’d know I was pretty excited about the game and really wanted to play more of it. After getting a chance to spend some more time with the game and I must say that most of my initial thoughts and feelings remain the same. The first thing that you will notice about the game itself is the art. It as a gritty comic book style to it all that actually reminded me of Jhonen Vasquez’s Johnny the Homicidal Maniac. The cut scenes even flow in such a way that it makes you feel like you’re zooming along the panes of a comic book. The

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  • 22Apr

    ‘L.A. Noire’ featurette on ‘Rising Through the Ranks’

    So you may know that as L.A. Noire’s main character, Cole Phelps, you’ll be solving an awful lot of police cases. You might even know that you’ll have a colleague with you on each mission. What you might not know is that the colleague will correspond to your current department, whether that be arson, vice, or even traffic. Here’s a video about the missions you’ll take in each department as well as the random cases you can take. L.A. Noire releases May 17 on PS3 and 360.

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  • 22Apr

    EA and Gamers raise 1 Million for Japan

    EA announced Thursday, that in an effort with gamers, they raised $1 million in funds for Japan. The different divisions decided to each take on the challenge of trying to raise aid money for Japan post the tsunami and earthquakes. EA SPORTS™ ran a donation program in FIFA 11 Ultimate Team where all proceeds collected in a 24 hour period on March 26 were donated to the Red Cross. Pogo.com™ and The Sims™ partnered with the American Red Cross and encouraged their online audiences to support relief efforts in Japan by making donations to a co-branded microsite. The Play4Free EASY studio behind Battlefield Heroes™ created a “Japan-Outfit” fundraiser promotion which provided gamers with a special outfit that is worn by their in-game character signifying their support for relief efforts. Playfish™ implemented an assortment of in-game fund raising activities throughout their social games on Facebook such as its MONOPOLY Millionaires Japanese

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