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This Day In Gaming History – May 10th

this day in gaming history This Day In Gaming History   May 10th


1983

  • Atari & MCA Video Games form a joint venture. They will create arcade games, console games, & computer games based on movies, television shows, & other MCA properties.

1984

  • King’s Quest: Quest for the Crown is released by Sierra On-Line & IBM for the IBM PC (PC) & Apple II (AP2).

2000

  • Metal Gear Solid 2 for the Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) has its world premiee at Universal Studios in California.
  • In Los Angeles, California, Sony announces the PlayStation 2′s launch price ($299.00), its North American launch date (October 26th), & more details about the system. Sony said there woudl be 51 games available launch day. First party games would retail for $49.00 each. Bundled with the system will be one DualShock 2 controller. Other accessories including extra controllers, an 8 MB memory card, a multiplayer attachment will be sold separately for $34.00 each. A DVD decoder was included in the chipset.
  • The Nintendo 64′s Funtastic Series of consoles is released. Available colors were: Watermelon, Ice, Jungle, Fire, Smoke, & Grape.

2002

  • The Afterburner mod kit is released by Triton Labs for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance (GBA) in the U.S for $35.00. The Afterburner is designed to provide backlight for the original Game Boy Advance (GBA). Nintendo would later use similar technology for their Game Boy Advance SP (GBASP).

2004

  • At a press conference in Los Angeles, California, Microsoft announces the release date for Halo 2. They also show a video called “The Novice”, which was likely a spoof of The Apprentice. In the video Donald Trump pokes fun at fake Sony executives, & praises Microsoft for their online video game plans. Halo 2 will release with multiplayer support on November 9th. EA also announces it will now include Xbox Live support in its games.
  • The Dear Friends: Music from Final Fantasy concert is held at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California. It was a two hour concert sponsored by Square Enix. The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra & Los Angeles Master Chorale are lead by conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya. They perform fourteen songs by the famous game composer Nobuo Uematsu from the Final Fantasy series.
  • Custom Robo is released by Noise & Nintendo for the Nintendo GameCube (GCN) in North America. This was the first Custom Robo title to be released outside of Japan.

2005

  • Metal Slug 4&5 is released by SNK for the Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) & Microsoft Xbox (XB) in the U.S.
  • Haunting Ground is released by Capcom for the Sony PlayStation 2 (PS2) in North America.

2006

  • The Electronics Entertainment Expo (E3) begins. It is held over three days, May 10th – May 12th. During E3, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata said that Nintendo would likely no longr produce new iterations of the Nintendo Game Boy Advance (GBA).
  • SiN Episode 1 is released by Ritual Entertainment for Microsoft Windows (PC).
  • Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars is released by EA Los Angeles & Electronic Arts for the Microsoft Xbox 360 (360) in North America.

2011

  • Brink is released by Splash Damage & Bethesda Softworks for Microsoft Windows (PC), Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3), & Microsoft Xbox 360 (360) in North America.
  • Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game is released by Traveller’s Tales & Disney Interactive Studios for the Nintendo DS (NDS), Nintendo 3DS (3DS), Wii, Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3), PlayStation Portable (PSP), Microsoft Xbox 360 (360), Mac OS X (Mac), & the OnLive (OL) cloud gaming service.
  • MX vs. ATV Alive is released by Rainbow Studios & THQ for the Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) & Microsoft Xbox 360 (360).
  • Virtua Tennis 4 is released by SEGA-AM3 & Sega for the Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3), Microsoft Xbox 360 (360), & Nintendo Wii in North America.

2012

  • Starhawk is released by LightBox Interactive, SCE Santa Monica Studio, & Sony Computer Entertainment for the Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3) in Japan.

2013

  • Carmageddon is scheduled to be released by Stainless Games, SCi, & Interplay for Android (AND) mobile devices.
  • Monaco: What’s Yours is Mine is scheduled to be released by Pocketwatch Games & Majesco Entertainment for the Microsoft Xbox 360 (360).

Random Game Facts – Mewtwo Thinks Super Smash Bros. Melee Is Foolish

Mewtwo is one arrogant jerk eh? Apparently he is “above” being in a game such as Super Smash Bros. Melee, calling it foolish and questioning his existence in the game. Well if you play the game in Japanese anyways. In the English version, he doesn’t say anything, he just laughs.

mewtwo ssbm fact Random Game Facts   Mewtwo Thinks Super Smash Bros. Melee Is Foolish

Source: DidYouKnow Gaming

Yesterday’s Recap – May 9th, 2013

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Yesterday Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate was announced. We have the full press release up, plus screenshots, and a trailer. We also heard a pretty big rumor regarding the Next Xbox. The rumor is that it will be called Xbox Infinity. We did an analysis of this possible name in our Top Storitorial as well. We also found out that Woflenstein: The New Order will be single player only, the Ouya console has been delayed, Injustice: Gods Among Us will finally get DLC on Wii U this Summer, a trailer and screenshots for Muramasa Rebirth, Part 2 of the Bravely Default: Flying Fairy Iwata Asks, Watch_Dogs details, and a whole lot more.

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Here’s yesterday’s posts:

  • Top Storitorial – The Rumored Xbox Infinity Name
  • Dragon’s Crown (PS3/PSV) – Box Art & Art Book
  • Ouya Android Gaming Console Delayed
  • Watch_Dogs (Multi) Wil Have 60 Licensed Cars
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order (Multi) – Single Player…
  • TimeGate Studios Shuts Its Doors
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us (Multi) – Batgirl Trailer…
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us (Wii U) – DLC Finally Com…
  • Resident Evil: Revelations (360/PC/PS3/Wii U) – De…
  • Remember Me (360/PC/PS3) – Pre-Order Bonus Details…
  • Gamescom 2013 – Microsoft Confirmed For Event
  • Rumor – Next Xbox To Be Named Xbox Infinity?
  • Total War: Rome II (PC) – Release Date, Pre-Order …
  • Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS) – New DLC Details
  • North America – Nintendo Download For May 9th, 201…
  • Iwata Asks – Bravely Default Vol. 2 As Translated …
  • Rumor – Wii U To Miss Out On Up To 15 EA Games
  • PlayStation Store Update – May 7th, 2013
  • Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate (360/PS3) – Trailer
  • Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate (360/PS3) – Screenshots
  • Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate (360/PS3) – Logo & Press …
  • Muramasa Rebirth (PSV) – Screenshots
  • Muramasa Rebirth (PSV) – Trailer
  • Sales Charts – Top PS3, PSN, and PS Vita Games For…
  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (PS4): Conversatio…
  • This Day In Gaming History – May 9th
  • Afternoon LOL – Fake Gaming Advertisements
  • Yesterday’s Recap – May 8th, 2013
  • Top Storitorial – CNN Money “Nintendo is Doomed” A…
  • Infinite Crisis – Joker Champion Profile Video
  • Europe – Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX Now Available…
  • DC Universe Online (PC) – DLC 7 Screenshots

Top Storitorial – The Rumored Xbox Infinity Name

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In today’s Top Storitorial, we’ll be discussing the rumor that the Next Xbox is called Xbox Infinity. A lot of this is going to be speculative analysis because we don’t really know a whole lot about the system yet. This story seemingly originated on Reddit. The news actually hit there a few weeks back, but apparently it wasn’t widely reported until recently as it’s been all over the Internet today on various outlets, including here. Now granted I’m certainly not a Photoshop expert or anything, but it certainly looks nice, clean, and conceivably could be real. Infinity is a math concept not unlike 360 (a circle is 360 degrees), which was used for the second Xbox console, Xbox 360 (and circles were integrated into other aspects of the system, like the logo, the guide button, the power button, etc.). A lot of big name companies use simple block lettering for logos, so it’s not unheard of. Let’s breakdown the logo. Think about this, what is Microsoft’s latest version of Windows called? Windows 8. Now let’s rotate the image:

rumored next xbox logo rotated Top Storitorial   The Rumored Xbox Infinity Name

You see the 8? If this name is real, could this be an intentional naming scheme/nod to their bread-and-butter, Windows? And the X and the 8 are both green, whereas everything else is white. X8? Perhaps it’s a sort of co-branding with Windows 8? And then we have the original Xbox logo:

xbox logo Top Storitorial   The Rumored Xbox Infinity Name

What does the “B” in Xbox look like? Sort of like an 8 or if you flip it sideways:

xbox logo rotated Top Storitorial   The Rumored Xbox Infinity Name

It somewhat resembles the infinity symbol. Granted it’s not a perfect match, due to the stylized lettering used for the Xbox logo. Now let’s look at the Xbox 360 logo:

xbox 360 logo Top Storitorial   The Rumored Xbox Infinity Name

Now here the “B” doesn’t look a lot like an 8 per se, as it is once again stylized. Another point, the “X” letters look quite similar to the X’s in the rumored Xbox Infinity logo. Side note: Why is it that only the letter B is stylized? Does that signify anything? Now let’s flip the 360 logo:

xbox 360 logo rotated Top Storitorial   The Rumored Xbox Infinity Name

Again, the “B” here due to being stylized doesn’t look like a complete infinity symbol, but one could argue it contains half of one.

So what does all this mean? Maybe nothing, but perhaps Microsoft had already told us the name of the system long before this story ever came around. Maybe they had been planning on using the name for a while now, even back to the original Xbox days. Who knows? Only they know for sure.

My personal opinion on this? I’m leaning towards thinking the name and logo are fakes. High quality fakes no doubt. The logo even resembles a Windows 8 type of simple design/graphics. But I would think/hope Microsoft has better control over their Next Xbox secrets. I mean they’re holding their own event for the system instead of just waiting a couple of weeks for E3 (where traditionally major consoles have been revealed over the past several years). But I could also see how this could be the real deal. I’m some what 50/50 on it, but leaning towards fake, so probably more like 60/40 fake. If this is fake it wouldn’t be the first fake image in video games. The Triforce in Ocarina of Time, L Is Real 2041, Sheng Long in Street Fighter 2, Sonic & Tails in Super Smash Bros. Melee, The Phantom vaporware console, etc. There’s been many fakes in gaming history, will Xbox Infinity be the next one? We’ll find out for sure most likely on May 21st. As I mentioned earlier today, we’ll have a live blog going for the event.

Source: GameSaga Original & Wikipedia (1 & 2)

Dragon’s Crown (PS3/PSV) – Box Art & Art Book

Here’s the North American box art for Vanillaware’s and Atlus’ upcoming PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita Action RPG/Beat’em Up, Dragon’s Crown:

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Atlus has also announced that they will be bringing the Art Book (possibly as a pre-order bonus) for the game stateside as well, here’s an image of it:

dragons crown art book pre order bonus Dragon’s Crown (PS3/PSV)   Box Art & Art Book

Source: Operation Rainfall

Ouya Android Gaming Console Delayed

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Today OUYA Inc. announced that their Android gaming console, the Ouya, has been delayed three weeks until June 25th. The reasoning for this is supposedly to have more units in retail stores. In addition to this news, Ouya said they have received an investment of $15 million from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Mayfield Fund.

To read more click over to VentureBeat below.

Source: VentureBeat via N4G & Wikipedia

Watch_Dogs (Multi) Wil Have 60 Licensed Cars

watch dogs logo Watch Dogs (Multi) Wil Have 60 Licensed Cars

In an interview with Ubisoft Reflections managing director Pauline Jacquey we’ve learned more details about Ubisoft’s Watch_Dogs.

  • Will feature 60 licensed cars
  • Has lots of mini-games & side quests
  • Aiden Pearce (the star of the game) can use bollards (posts) to wreck cars
  • You can interfere with traffic lights
  • Can hack phones of others to obtain info
  • Can use EMPs to disable electrical devices
  • Can melee attack with a nightstick
For more info, visit VG24/7, linked below.

Source: VG24/7 via N4G

Wolfenstein: The New Order (Multi) – Single Player Only, No Multiplayer

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Source: Gamespot

TimeGate Studios Shuts Its Doors

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Here’s some rather unsurprising albeit sad news. Employees at Aliens: Colonial Marines developer TimeGate Studios are being laid off apparently according to Kotaku. Given the huge controversy surrounding this game, that was seemingly inevitable. Everyone was terminated as mentioned in the Kotaku report. TimeGate had filed for bankruptcy last week. It appears that they are done for good.

Source: Kotaku via Gamespot & Wikipedia

Injustice: Gods Among Us (Multi) – Batgirl Trailer

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Source: Machinima YouTube Channel