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GDC: Indie developers discuss what makes games

Posted: 19.02.2008

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It's difficult to say what defines a game. Obviously, there are lots of different factors, and at GDC this morning there was a conference with three developers who were discussing just that.

What they talk about is actually very, very deep, considering things like the psychology behind gaming, what makes games fun, and what people want out of games these days. Headed by the main developers for flOw and Everyday Shooter, and one other indie developer, this is one of the few things about the gaming industry that makes people who work in it proud to do what they do.

via Destructoid

Spore-licious news, EA will release a standalone creature tool

Posted: 15.02.2008 by JamieSI

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Before the launch of Spore, which is due in September, EA shall hopefully let the world-over get their creative hands dirty in the primordial soup. The tool will let you create creatures which can then be exported into the full retail game.

There's been no official date or even whether such a thing will be free but anything that lets us wanna be Gods/evolutionists get closer to Will Wrights latest mega-galactic-sandbox creation is great news indeed.

What's New? Friday February 15th

Posted: 14.02.2008

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Has a week gone by that quickly?

Hannah Montana music tours planned for DS, Wii and PS2

Posted: 12.02.2008 by JamieSI

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Disney is enjoying huge success with their original television series Hannah Montana with over 23 million homes in Europe tuning in. They've decided to bring the young pop star to three platforms; each innovative music-inspired title will let fans interactive with their favourite characters.

Hannah Montana: Music Jam for Nintendo DS and Hannah Montana: Spotlight World Tour will be arriving this spring in April on the 25th. The PS2 version of Spotlight World Tour will arrive much later during autumn this year.

Activision reveal Call of Duty 5 poised to invade early 2009

Posted: 11.02.2008 by JamieSI

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Now having been officially announced by Activision, Call of Duty 5 will be hitting the PC and the next-gen consoles, Xbox360 & PS3, but there are also plans for PS2, DS and Wii versions.

In development by Treyarch studios, this latest title in the series will not be seeing any more gritty modern warfare but revisiting the franchises roots back in World War II. Activision plan a release sometime before the end of March 31st, 2009.

The Strategy Informer Weekly Round-Up

Posted: 09.02.2008

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A look back at the week's reviews, previews and interviews with Mike Bowden as your guide.

Eidos to unleash Dr. Reiner Knizia's Brainbenders on DS

Posted: 08.02.2008 by JamieSI

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Dr. Reiner Knizia, with the aid of Eidos Interactive and Razorback Developments, has formulated a world full of algorithmic brain teasers set in many exotic locations.

It's set exclusively on the Nintendo DS and should be arriving early to mid April.

What's New? Friday 8th February

Posted: 07.02.2008

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Our weekly look at what you can expect find in your local games shop tomorrow morning that wasn't there last week.

Twelve Interactive announce Cid The Dummy

Posted: 05.02.2008 by JamieSI

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Cid The Dummy will bring us into the crazy world of crash impact dummies where CID must save the daughter of his creator, M.I.A., which happens to be a state-of-the-art impact dummy imbued with his daughters essence - how cliché.

This adventurous dummy will be smashing his way through to the PC, PS2, PSP, DS and the Wii sometime this summer.

UK Software Charts

Posted: 05.02.2008

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Burnout: Paradise and Wii Play still battle it out for top spot in the UK's top 40 gaming charts.

South Peak publishing Runaway: Dream of the Turtle for the Wii?

Posted: 04.02.2008 by Kres

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South Peak Interactive could be set to release a Wii version of Runaway: Dream of the Turtle after the DS version has been released. It's currently available to PC users but was announced for the DS last year.

EB Games has a listing for the game under its Wii section with a release date of 1st April 2008. We don't know how they'll take advantage of the Wii remote or if this is actually true yet.

Cypron Studios working on RTS for DS

Posted: 04.02.2008 by Kres

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Cypron Studios announced that they are currently developing a new Real-time strategy game for the DS called Command and Destroy. It's a classic RTS game which is influenced by Dune 2, Red Alert, KknD and Starcraft.

Strategy Informer's Weekly Round-Up

Posted: 02.02.2008

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We're back again, and this time we're serious.

What's New? Friday the 1st February

Posted: 31.01.2008

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Come inside our cosy little news article, grab yourself a chair, warm your feet by the fire and we'll tell you what delicacies you can pick and choose from that box of chocolates we call games.

Scottish gamers create piracy headache for Nintendo

Posted: 30.01.2008 by Kres

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The Sunday Post, A Scottish newspaper, reports that a piracy computer chip is now being used in Scotland. The chip uses the R4 to become the ultimate piracy tool and is said to have huge implications for the gaming industry.

It's sold for around £40 and creates a virtual unlimited passport to pirated software titles for the Nintendo DS. The R4 allows users to illegally download games directly from the Internet, and fits into the DS cartridge slot allowing people to transfer anything saved on a removable flash disk.

Eidos Interactive announces Monster Lab For Wii/DS

Posted: 30.01.2008 by Kres

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Eidos Interactive announced Monster Lab this morning, a brand new RPG action game in development for the Nintendo Wii and DS.

MONSTER LAB is set in the eerie world of Uncanny Valley where the evil Baron Mharti rules with a cruel hand. The player takes on the role of an apprentice scientist who must perform a vast array of intricate experiments to create their very own monster from over 100 million possible monster part variations on offer. Taking control of your monster, the player can then explore the land; searching for ingredients to make more monster parts, hunting out other monsters to defeat in combat, uncovering quests to embark upon or simply competing in the numerous mini-games available.

Ubisoft delays Assassins Creed for PC/DS and Dark Messiah of Might and Magic: Elements on Xbox 360

Posted: 29.01.2008 by Kres

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Ubisoft has revealed via its release schedule that Assassin's Creed will be available in retail stores on March 28th 2008 for both the PC and DS, giving them both a month's delay.

They've also decided to release Dark Messiah of Might and Magic: Elements for the Xbox 360 a week later which gives it a release date of February 15th.

Civilization Revolution for the Wii on hold

Posted: 29.01.2008 by Kres

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Firaxis and 2K Games announced that they would be developing a Wii version of its upcoming RTS Civilization Revolution which is also going to be released on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo DS. But IGN has been told that the Wii version was put on hold because the company wants to concentrate on the other versions to ensure that they make the best possible civilization experience yet.

The 2K Games spokesperson said: “Development for the Wii version of Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution is currently on hold, we are focusing our attention on creating the best possible Civilization experience for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo DS platforms."

Strategy Informer's Weekly Round-Up

Posted: 28.01.2008

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What happened, when and how? All the answers inside.

What's New? Friday 25th January

Posted: 25.01.2008

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So it's Friday and we all know that means: new games! Yes, my internet friends, today is the day that publishers and developers are on the edge of their seats waiting to hear if you, the reason for their existence, have gone out and bought the game that they have have used countless hours crafting and promoting.