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Australian R18+ Opponent Wins Key Election, Then Resigns

by Kyle Lehtinen Mar 22, 2010 3:03 PM CST
filed under news

Attorney General Michael Atkinson of South-Australia can be considered a type of Jack Thompson for gamers down under only, unlike the now disbarrred and completely discredited Florida attorney, Atkinson had real political influence, until now. After winning a key election that would keep him in office, Atknison resigned his seat on the Australian Legislative Council, claiming he wanted to spend more time with his family.

Gamers in Australia have had to deal with the lack of a R18+ classification in the Australian rating system which led to many games being banned from sale unless the offending content that tipped the scale in the rating process was either removed or censored. The primary obstacle in getting an adult classification added to the rating system was anti-game advocate Michael Atkinson who blocked all attempts to add the classification to Australia's rating system, taking a conservative stance on the matter of violent/graphic video games. A political group known as Gamer's4Croydon attempted to run a candidate against Atkinson to take his seat on the Legislative Council.

Now that Atkinson is out of the picture, chances of an R18+ classification being added to Australia's rating system are much stronger. It's an auspicious day for Australian video gamers!

[via gamepolitics]

Miyamoto Says Pikmin 3 is “Well Underway.”

by Kyle Lehtinen Mar 22, 2010 12:02 PM CST
filed under news, wii

Mario/Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto flew out to London earlier this weekend to accept his BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) award and guess what? He said something about Pikmin. Not much, but something.

According to a tweet from Official Nintendo Magazine UK, when asked about an upcoming Pikmin game Miyamoto said that the game's development was "well underway", which is to say that there actually will be a Pikmin 3.

Not much else was said regarding Pikmin or other games in general, but this little nugget along with rumors Nintendo will be showing off their next big Zelda title (and maybe even a DS successor) at this years E3 has the hype machine for the big N building steam once again.

God Of War 3: Review

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by Josh Tan Mar 20, 2010 9:13 PM CST
filed under features, ps3, reviews

The epic series finally comes to a close and what a great conclusion it is. God of War 3 is not only for action junkies or fans but all gamers looking for a journey that defines the word 'epic'. The game lives up to its hype and delivers a thrilling experiences that is not only combat filled but story driven, containing amazing set pieces and well thought out bosses, the game exceeds its predecessors in almost every way.

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StarCraft II Beta Opens to More People with Friend Invites

by Tyler Treat Mar 18, 2010 4:56 PM CST
filed under news, pc

It seems as though Blizzard is opening its beta for StarCraft II up to more people. Early this morning I received an email from Blizzard, a legitimate one, mind you, telling me that I can now invite a friend into the beta.

"Congratulations! This is an additional invitation to the beta test for Blizzard Entertainment's StarCraft® II: Wings of Liberty™ for you to share with a friend!" the email reads. "You are receiving this email because you are currently participating in the StarCraft II beta test, and we want to encourage you to test out some of the social features of the revamped Battle.net® online-gaming service by inviting one of your friends to play with you. This email contains your additional beta key for you to send to a friend, along with instructions to help your friend get started."

It's hard to say of these friend invites are going to ALL participants or only a select few. I guess it won't be long before we know. Hopefully I'll see you online.

FFXIII Versus May Return to Series Familiars

by Kyle Lehtinen Mar 18, 2010 4:13 PM CST
filed under news, rumors

Not much of a fan of Final Fantasy XIII's linear take on the series? Final Fantasy XIII Versus may be right up your alley then as game director Tetsuya Nomura let slip some enlightening information during a Twitter interview regarding the tight-lipped game, including a couple remarks suggesting FF XIII Versus will have an overworld map that can be fully explored in an airship:

How far along is Versus?
"Not everything is connected together, so the various areas have different levels of progress. However, you can fly across the world map in an air ship."

To the uninitiated, Final Fantasy XIII Versus is one of three games of the Fabula Nova Crystallis Project. FF XIII was the flagship title in the series. Versus will take place in the same universe of FF XIII but will have its own unique story. Along with Versus a PSP game titled Final Fantasy XIII Agito will also be released.

Despite FF XIII being considered the premiere title in the series, there is a lot of anticipation for Versus that has likely been fueled by FF XIII's less-than-stellar reception from gamers and critics, BNG's review of the game among them.

[via andriasang.com]

Army of Two: The 40th Day Co-op Campaign Map Available

by Evan Volmering Mar 18, 2010 4:12 PM CST
filed under dlc, news, xbox 360

EA has released an all-new co-op campaign map pack titled ‘Chapters of Deceit’ on Xbox Live for Army of Two: The 40th. The map pack will be available on April 1st on the PlayStation Network. Chapters of Deceit puts players back amidst the disaster in Shanghai where they will stumble upon new information that could help end the invasion by Jonah and his 40th Day Initiative army. However, they quickly learn that everyone is out for themselves and no one can be trusted. The lives of this iconic two-man private military team are at risk, forcing players to rely on each other to get out alive.

Chapters of Deceit is available for $9.99 or 800 Microsoft points.

Splinter Cell: Conviction PC Specs Posted. Don’t Forget an Internet Connection

by Kyle Lehtinen Mar 18, 2010 1:04 PM CST
filed under news, pc

Sam Fisher goes on the loose in North America April 13th  and if you're planning to get the game on the PC here is the list of recommended specifications:

  Recommended specs:

  • Supported OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
  • Processor: 1.8 GHz Intel Core2 Duo or 2.4 GHz AMD Athlon X2 64
  • RAM: 1.5 GB Windows XP / 2 GB Windows Vista, Windows 7
  • Video Card: 256 MB DirectX 9.0c–compliant video card (512 MB recommended) (see supported list*)
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c–compliant sound card
  • DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c
  • DVD-ROM: DVD-ROM drive
  • Hard Drive Space: 10 GB
  • Peripherals Supported: Mouse, keyboard, headset, 12-button gamepads with analog sticks
  • Internet Connection: Broadband Internet connection

*Supported Video Cards at Time of Release:

  • NVIDIA GeForce 7800 / 7900 / 8 / 9 / GTX series
  • ATI RADEON X1800 / X1900 / HD 2000 / HD 3000 / HD 4000 / HD 5000 series
  • Laptop versions of these cards may work but are NOT supported. These chipsets are the only ones that will run this game.

Note: A permanent high speed internet connection and creation of a Ubisoft account are required to play this video game at all times and to unlock exclusive content. Such content may only be unlocked one single time with a unique key. You must be at least 13 to create a Ubisoft account.

Not much out of the ordinary here. Make sure you have an internet connection though, otherwise Ubisoft won't let you play.

[via VG247]

C&C 4 Shackled by Internet Mandatory DRM

by Kyle Lehtinen Mar 18, 2010 11:10 AM CST
filed under news

Here we go again. We already have a notable example of why its a bad idea to  force paying consumers to be connected to the internet in order to play their games legitimately, but that hasn't stopped EA from getting in bed with Ubisoft's DRM philosophy. Command & Conquer 4 requires an internet connection to be played, and if you don't have one or it drops for more than a few seconds you're out of luck.

Offical word hit at EA's forums when a moderator addressed concerns regarding the game's "installation process." cleverly mentioning in a nonchalant  matter that the game requires an internet connection to be installed and played. Based off previous posts from the moderator, EA doesn't consider this a method of DRM, going so far as to say that C&C4 has no "DRM."

[via Kotaku]

Final Fantasy XIII Review

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by Robert Hastings Mar 17, 2010 10:17 PM CST
filed under features, ps3, reviews, xbox 360

Final Fantasy XIII comes off initially as a very standard Japanese role-playing game. As the player, you’re introduced to a cast of characters, each with their individual tale of woe, and you’re pushed into a simplistic combat system that fails to be in any way interesting. To put it bluntly, the general first impression of this latest installment in Square’s most beloved franchise is that it’s boring beyond repair. But, while said ingression does go on to last a near full three hours, it gives way to an infinitely more engrossing system of play immediately afterwards, and the narrative slowly becomes one of the more involved that the series has known. (more...)

Conduit Sequel Rumored

by Kyle Lehtinen Mar 16, 2010 12:21 PM CST
filed under news, rumors

Remember High Voltage's attempt to provide a definitive first person shooter on the Wii? That attempt was called The Conduit and it garnered quite a bit of attention with the developer's 'doors open' approach during the game's development. The end result was, admittedly, mediocre at best but that doesn't mean a sequel may not be in the cards. At GDC while visiting the demo room for High Voltage, G4TV's Eric Eckstein noticed a poster that may have teased a sequel:

"And on the poster, in a Conduit-esque font, was a giant 2.  No date, no title, just the 2."

He went on to mention that when he asked the dev. guys on the floor if the poster referred to  Conduit 2, he was met with significant grins and non-affirmative answers.

Should be interesting to see what they have in store at E3. A more refined shooter for the Wii perhaps?

[via G4TV]

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