Sony Seals Deal With Devil (Updated)

Posted by | April 29, 2007

What they started with lawsuits against old ladies… Continued by spreading horrible plagues through their music… And even tried to cap off by overpricing their most recent console… Sony has come close to fruition of their weirdly Satanic behavior by decapitating a goat as part of a promotional event for God of War II.

While this is arguably one of the most lauded and interesting game experiences that Sony has delivered recently, we cannot say that God of War really needed a publicity event to raise both the ire of the non-gaming public and possible threats from PETA. Media reaction to this has not been mixed: it has been all out against.

This is what leads us voces to wondering what the hell was Sony thinking?

According to the Mail On Sunday in the UK a corpse of the decapitated animal was the centrepiece of a party to celebrate the launch …


More Starcraft 2 Info Next Month?

Posted by | April 26, 2007

Blizzard is being wishy washy about the rumors of Starcraft 2. Kotaku mentions that they have some quotes from Blizzard about their intent “to announce a new product at the Worldwide Invitational next month in Korea.” Which seems to interpret that they do intend to talk about Starcraft 2, but really they’re simply announcing a something at the WI event.
“So that’s a yes on a StarCraft 2, eventually, and a yes to a product announcement next month. The only question now is: are they one in the same.”

Kotaku
However, and a big however, looking over at World of War we found this juicy quote:
“On the 25th, according to the game developers, it has been confirmed that Blizzard Entertainment Korea (aka Blizzard Korea) will present VODs and game content at the WWI that is starting on May 19th. Also, StarCraft 2’s main developers will also attend to answer …


Chapter Five: And the Toxic Burning Crystal Spill

Posted by | April 21, 2007
helvetica-icon-5.gif“So, you just ran into it and this broke off?” It was Yasmine Teli’Larien speaking. She did so in a hushed, considering tone. Her eyes never left the shard of Burning Crystal that floated nearby and glowered with barely restrained menace, time-sharing between everyone in the group as equally as it could.

Helvetica’s return had assembled a small convention.

In the gathering were Kariel, the Rogue trainer; Sallina, the Hunter trainer; Arena, the Mage trainer; Jestenis Sunstriker—didn’t say what he trained, but from his gigantic sword and disapproving expression she figured that he was her mentor-to-be—and even Shara Sunwing, who sold stuff. Attracted by the commotion, like moths to a flame, two magical brooms also hovered nearby, followed closely by several cats. Always cats. The Sunspire was lousy with them and the amount of


Virginia Tech Shootings and Video Game Journalism

Posted by | April 18, 2007

When tragedy strikes it feels like expert carvers arrive instantly on scene to etch greater and more intricate detail into the woodwork—because everyone suddenly comes out of it. Everyone.

The recent horrors of the Virginia Tech Shootings have brought on a great deal of discussion, the mainstream media and shrill pundits instantly took to their various bullhorns (like FOX News and talk shows) and let loose with a fusillade of commentary. A great deal of this commentary has obviously been fueled by their own biases, and in general aimed rather solidly at contemporary bugaboos. Video games are one of them.

In the talk show forefront, Dr. Phil has decided to add video games to a list of terrors of society, according to Game Politics, “Noted T.V. shrink Dr. Phil McGraw appeared on CNN’s Larry King Live last night to discuss the rampage.”

And, everyone already knows who’s coming up next: Jack Thompson …


Slightly Late Game Reviews: Castlevania

Posted by | April 9, 2007

If you’re anything like me, you know that life is full of simple pleasures. Little joys, moments of happiness caught fluttering through the air. But, among these, some fly higher than others, and few joys reach the lofty altitude of the pure and wholesome love a true gamer holds for beating down vampires with a whip. Castlevania, for the Nintendo Entertainment System, stands tall and proud as the source and root of this wonderful feeling.

Castlevania is an action platformer where you take on the role of Simon Belmont, vampire hunter. Your goal is to smash through a haunted castle and wax the biggest baddie of the night crowd, Count Dracula. On the way, you’ll face down everything from a giant bat, to Medusa, and even Frankenstein’s monster with his little hunchback pal. There are no guns in this game, no swords, and you damn