Archive for May 13th, 2013

Motiva Vs. Nintendo Lawsuit Update

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In an update on the Motiva Vs. Nintendo case, Nintendo has won an appeal they had filed to continue selling their Wii console. Motiva’s basis for the lawsuit was the claim that the Wii infringed on two of Motiva’s patents for tracking a user’s position and body movement. Judges stated that Motiva’s motivation was solely to make money from the lawsuit (AKA patent trolling), instead of actually producing products using the patents. Motiva’s lawyer called this ruling unfortunate and said they will bring their case to a district court.

Source: My Nintendo News

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Siliconera Review – Publisher Dream (DSi/3DS)

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Siliconera writer Laura has a review up for CIRCLE Entertainment’s Publisher Dream, the DSiware title that sees you building a video game company. Here’s part of the review:

While you have some starting capital and you don’t actually have to worry about programming or drawing anything yourself, you are in charge of the balancing act of deciding which games to create and handling the finances. Effectively, you’re the studio manager. – Laura, Siliconera

Click below for more of the Siliconera Review of Publisher Dream.

Source: GoNintendoSiliconera, & Nintendo Life

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This Day In Gaming History – May 13th

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1995

  • Day 3 of the 1st annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is held in Los Angeles, California.

1996

  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars is released by Square & Nintendo for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) in North America.

1999

  • Interact Accessories demos the Sharkwire Online accessory kit for the Nintendo 64 at E3. Included with the kit are a modem cartridge, keyboard, telephone cord, & the Spyglass Device Mosaic Web browser. It allows users to access the Internet to send/receive e-mail and browse websites.
  • The 5th annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is held over three days in Los Angeles, CA with a total attendance of 55,000.
  • Konami ’80s Arcade Gallery (aka Konami Arcade Classics) is released by Konami for the PlayStation (PS1) in Japan.
  • The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) hosts the 2nd Annual Interactive Achievement Awards at E3. The legendary strategy designer Sid Meier of Firaxis Games is inducted into the AIAS Hall of Fame.

2000

  • Day 3, the final day of the 6th annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is held.

2001

  • Fox airs an episode of the Futurama TV show in the U.S. In an effort to keep people out of a room, one character says “There’s uh, a guy going for the Tetris world record in there!”
  • Fox airs an episode of The Simpsons TV show in the U.S. When a character is asked what he likes playing, he says “Pokémon”, likely referring to the  popular handheld video game series.

2002

  • Nintendo announces they will begin selling a network adapter for the GameCube in the Fall as well as a separate dial-up modem. The MSRP for both is $35.00

2003

  • The Eye Toy accessory for the PlayStation 2 (PS2) is introduced by Sony Computer Entertainment. The Eye Toy is a camera that connects to the PS2 via a USB port.
  • Worldwide shipments to date for the PlayStation (PS1) and PlayStation 2 (PS2) are announced by Sony Computer Entertainment. The PS1 has 96.4 million with the PS2 coming in at 51 million.
  • PlayStation 2 (PS2) inventory is reduced in price in the U.S. to $179.00. A new SKU would be released in June that includes the Network Adaptor for a MSRP of $199.00. This updated PS2 will support re-writable DVDs and come with a quieter fan.

2005

  • Nickelodeon airs an episode of the The Fairly Oddparents TV show in the U.S. During this episode, one character tells another to clean up the garbage, and “…if you need me, I’ll be in my room playing video games.” In another seen three characters are seen playing a game called “Battle for Uranus” on a “V CUBE” game system.

2008

  • Drone Tactics is released by Atlus and Success for the Nintendo DS (NDS) in North America.

2010

  • Lost Planet 2 is released by Capcom for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) & Xbox 360 (360) in Australia.

2011

  • Brink is released by Splash Damage & Bethesda Softworks for Microsoft Windows (PC, PlayStation 3 (PS3), & Xbox 360 (360) in Europe.
  • 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, PlayStation 3 (PS3), PlayStation Portable (PSP), & Xbox 360 (360) in Europe.

Source: Chronology of Video Games & Wikipedia

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Random Game Facts – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time – Equippable Medallions

Man, wouldn’t it have been cool if we could’ve equipped the Medallions in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time? I remember seeing screenshots from this version of the game in Nintendo Power (and online) and thought it looked awesome. I actually preferred this art style in some ways to the one we got in the final retail build. There were several things changed or cut from this build to the one we got. There’s a lot of info and screenshots over at ZeldaChaos, Zelda Wiki, and The Cutting Room Floor if you’re interested in reading more about it. 
Of course if Nintendo hadn’t changed this, the Ocarina wouldn’t have much use in the game, so maybe it was for the best. But then again they could’ve changed the use of the Medallions and made them similar to the ones in Link to the Past, where they do different magical attacks.
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Source: DidYouKnow Gaming

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Yesterday’s Recap – May 12th, 2013

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Sorry about the lack of updates today. Was another busy day at my day job. Yesterday we had news about Defiance’s DLC, a new position for “Father of the PlayStation” Ken Kutaragi, a new character reveal for Dragon’s Crown, a review of Zeno Clash II from Penny Arcade, more Watch_Dogs footage, a preview from IGN of the Krieg the Psycho DLC for Borderlands 2, two GameSaga Original retro reviews in our Retro Throwback feature, one for Faxanadu and one for Blaster Master (both of which were Retro Game of the Week on the GameSaga Podcast, the past two weeks respectively), thoughts on the Pokémon X & Y news.

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Here’s yesterday’s posts:

  • Defiance (Multi-Platform) – Will Have Five DLC Pac…
  • Marvelous AQL Hires New External Director, Ken Kut…
  • Dragon’s Crown (PS3/PSV) – Amazon Character Reveal…
  • Penny Arcade Review – Zeno Clash II (Multi-Platfor…
  • Ascend: New Gods (Multi-Platform) Gets New Name
  • Watch_Dogs (Multi-Platform) – Gameplay Footage
  • Rumor – Microsoft Working On A Set-Top Box Prototy…
  • IGN Preview – Borderlands 2 (Multi-Platform) – Kri…
  • This Day In Gaming History – May 12th
  • Evening LOL – Planking, Luigi Style
  • GameSaga Podcast Episode 12
  • Top Storitorial – Pokémon X & Y Details Thoughts
  • Retro Throwback – Blaster Master (NES) Review
  • Retro Throwback – Faxanadu (NES) Review

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Top Storitorial – Dragon’s Crown Amazon Character Reveal & The Female Appearance In Games

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So Atlus revealed another character for their upcoming Action RPG/Beat’em Up game Dragon’s Crown. This time it’s the Amazon. Like other female characters in this game she is highly sexualized, as they’ve chosen that type of asthetic I guess to appeal to the primarily male audicence video games usually attract. I personally don’t have a huge problem with it, but I can see why some people would. But to each their own I suppose. We’re all allowed to have opinions, just some seem to think theirs is the only right one. But getting back to the point here, is it good or bad to have female characters appear like this in video games?

On one hand you have the potential that impressionable females could see this and think that’s how they’re supposed to look, but if that’s the case they probably are either too young to know better or have additional problems besides their self-image. Some women seem to think that they have to look a certain way, well that’s not always the case. Having a larger chest doesn’t always make you more attractive, just as having a smaller doesn’t always make you unattractive.

On the other hand, developers and publishers obviously want their games to sell, because otherwise how would they stay in business? Perhaps the theory is if the game includes scantidly clad female characters then more people (males usually) will buy it. Me? I buy games for gameplay first, then story/fun-factor, then the rest of the stuff (graphics, sound/music, etc.). So it could be 8-bit sprites or Pong, it doesn’t matter to me as long as the game itself is fun and has a good story (for games which need it [i.e. RPGs and the like]).

What do you all think? Are you more or less likely to buy a game based on the physical appearance of female characters in it? Are you for/against having over-sexualized females in video games? Let us know in the comments, the forums, on Facebook or Twitter or via e-mail.

Source: GameSaga Original & Wikipedia

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Diablo III (PC/MAC) – Auction House Bug/Exploit Resolved

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The Auction House for Blizzard’s Diablo 3 was taken down this week after Blizzard discovered a bug that allowed players to duplicate gold by the trillions. They announced they donate all proceeds the exploiters generated to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Blizzard is not going to roll back servers across the board, but will target specific accounts that used the exploit. They will issue bans or roll back users with suspicious activity related to the bug. According to Joystiq, Blizzard had recovered 85 percent of the duplicated gold as of yesterday and was working to find the rest.

Source: Joystiq & Battle.net

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Half-Life 2 (PC) – Oculus Rift Support Announced + Footage

Valve recently announced official support for Half-Life 2 on the Oculus Rift, the virtual reality headset, but it’s only considered beta support as of now. According to Valve programmer Joe Ludwig there are HUD and UI issues. Here is some footage of what Half-Life 2 looks like on the Oculus Rift:

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Source: Joystiq & Vaecon YouTube Channel

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C-Wars (Multi-Platform) – Fully Funded & Shatters Its Kickstarter Goal

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C-Wars, the cyberpunk rogue-like RTS from OniPunks Studio, has been fully funded shattering its Kickstarter campaign goal of $32,000 by reaching $95,574. The game will get versions for PC, Mac, Linux, Android, 3DS, Vita, Wii U, and iOS as it hit several stretch goals. Currently it’s estimated to be releasing late this year.

Source: Joystiq & C-Wars Kickstarter

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Final Fantasy X-2 HD (PS3/PSV) – Screenshots

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Fore more Final Fantasy X-2 HD Screenshots, head over to IGN, linked below.

Source: IGN

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