New Pokemon Announced — Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2

Posted by | February 28, 2012

It’s not a Pokemon MMORPG, but it’ll do. The Guardians of Pokemon have announced two new games in the eternal series, titled Pokemon Black 2 and Pokemon White 2. Concept art with the release shows the Black and White legendaries with some odd transformation or fusion. Wacky. IGN has the story.

Syndicate Game Files Hide Recruitment Offer for Pirates

Posted by | February 28, 2012

Syndicate is a new cyberpunk futuristic tactical game from Starbreeze, but that isn’t important. What is important, is that Starbreeze speaks pirate. It’s called an nfo file, and pirates, crackers, and other rogues about the internet use them to hold info about the cracked products they trade. Syndicate gets a jump on this crowd by including their own nfo file, complete with ASCII logo. What did they have to say? Ars Technica has the story.

Everybody Wants to be Batman — Canceled Batman Game Footage

Posted by | February 28, 2012

Not every game finds a home. Most end up canceled and tossed aside on the burning road of fire and skulls that is the game industry. Even Batman games aren’t above the slaughter. Right around the time Batman: Arkham Asylum hit the shelves, another studio was working on their Batman game. This game never picked up a publisher, and so died on the vine. Here’s footage of Gotham by Gaslight. Just Push Start has the story.

Free-to-Play Promotions for Subscription-Based Games Getting Under Gamers’ Skin

Posted by | February 25, 2012

In the world of the pay-to-play MMO such as World of Warcraft, Rift, and many others new advertising campaigns have begun to appear that tout that players can play from levels 1-20 for free. In fact, for the most part they’re speaking to audiences who have been getting used to games that are entirely free-to-play over the years but not offering anything of the sort. To many of us stomping through these games, level 20 isn’t even out of the newbie zone. Perhaps you have a similar feeling about this advertising tactic for trial accounts, if so, MMOBomb has the story.

Mass Effect 3 Promotion Ends in a Tree

Posted by | February 24, 2012

So EA launched Mass Effect 3 to the edge of space to create a promotional edition of the game. These copies of the anticipated shooter then came back down to earth, only to land directly in the branches of a rather tall tree. The team’s current plan to get them down? Slingshots. GameInformer has the story.

Possibly a Trap — Free Game Rentals from Redbox

Posted by | February 24, 2012

The DVD kiosk service Redbox has announced a week of free video game rentals, but is it a trap? From Sunday, Fed 26th to Thursday, March 1st, gamers can get the first day’s rental for free. Days after that, though, rack up the standard fee of $2 a day. There is also a special process to earn that free day’s rental. TIME has the story.

Why Grandma Should Raid

Posted by | February 23, 2012

Once again, science has shown that video gaming may improve cognitive function, which is to say, it gets the thinkin’ meats going. In this case, a study involving senior citizens, World of Warcraft, and a battery of tests seems to indicate that playing the game boosted certain mental skills. It looks like even the eldest amongst our ranks can benefit from playing games. CNET has the story.

DCUO Cancels Valentine’s Day, But We’ll Talk About It Anyway

Posted by | February 23, 2012

The Valentine’s Day event in DC Universe Online apparently caught wide regard as a terrible event (and we agree) as a result, Sony Online Entertainment decided to redo it. However, they failed to finish sprucing it up for this year’s February 14th.

As a result: They skipped it.

No matter, MMO Anthropology decided to speak on the matter anyway. Once again, coming to you live from inside DC Universe Online is a discussion of why the Valentine’s Day event failed and why it’s not in the game currently.

Link, via MMO Anthropology and YouTUBE.

Nintendo Wii U Streams Netflix, Also Plays Games or Something

Posted by | February 22, 2012

The upcoming Nintendo money printing device, the Wii U, will be designed to stream video. That’s a given, seeing how their current console, the Nintendo Wii, spends more time playing Netflix than playing games. However, details are coming out on deals that the Big N is cutting to get streaming services on their machine. So what does Nintendo have planned for the Wii U? Joystiq has the story.

No Game Transfer Options for PlayStation Vita in the USA

Posted by | February 22, 2012

The PlayStation Vita is Sony’s latest handheld system, and it does boast incredible horsepower. What it doesn’t offer, though, is a transfer option for games from the previous, completely compatible system. Instead, Sony suggests buying all your games over again just to move them to the Vita. IndustryGamers has the story.

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