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Archive For June, 2011

Halo 4 Prompts ILoveBees Part 2

June 29, 2011 12:00 PM | Matthew Hawkins

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Aside from creating the gold standard to which all console FPSes are judged upon, another innovation that Halo brought to the table was introducing Alternative Reality Games to the traditional game playing masses. And there’s apparently an initiative in the works to see if lighting will strike twice, this time for the next Halo trilogy.

First off, ILoveBees.com, where it all started one could say, has a new countdown clock. The length is around five years, which is how long Master Chief was in cryogenic stasis before being rudely awakened by the events in the forthcoming sequel. But now there's a second site, supposedly by the same team behind ILB. Called TestSubjectsNeeded, one must answer a number of questions before being allowed to sign up for the Human Preservation Project, whatever that might be.

Furthermore, clicking on the fly on upper left-hand corner will net a third site, Mission Icefly. Another counter is present, with a far shorter duration of less than two days. Various cities are also listed, and when the clock reaches zero, a single volunteer from each locale will be chosen for... something. Intriguing to say the least.

[via DeviceMAG]

Glow Artisan Dev Releases ASYNC Corp. On iOS

June 29, 2011 10:00 AM | Eric Caoili

Last week, we mentioned that NYC-based developer and Mobile IGF award winner Powerhead (Glow Artisan) laid off its workforce, and that the team had managed to submit one more puzzler to Apple's App store before packing its stuff.

Luckily (since no one's at the studio now to fix any bugs), the game made it through the submission process, and you can now download ASYNC Corp. to your iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad for just $0.99.

A quick gameplay description for the unique andpuzzler:

"Your task at ASYNC Corp. is to create and send Packets. A Packet is a 2 x 2 (or larger) block of the same color. To make a Packet, a player selects a single Unit from each grid.

If a 2 x 2 Packet can be created, the Units will swap and a Packet will be formed. Just tap the Packet to send it off to one of ASYNC Corp's many Packet Handling Facilities."

ASYNC Corp features four different modes -- Quota, ASYNC, Zoning, and Freeplay -- and new themes you can earn from ASYNC's board of directors for reaching Packet Quotas. 

We might not receive anymore games from Powerhead (not unless the studio manages to re-hire workers and fund new projects), but at least we have this last colorful, smiling title to remember it by...

!: Metal Gear Meets The Office

June 29, 2011 8:00 AM | Eric Caoili

Metal Gear Office starts off as a predictable, amateurish parody asking "What if Solid Snake worked a normal 9-to-5?", but there are some genuinely funny moments in the video's spoofing of NBC comedy The Office, mostly in the co-workers trying to understand the company's new book keeper.

And while Deltacore lacks personalities like Michael Scott and Dwight Schrute to keep the office on its toes, it has great stand-ins for Jim and Pam -- the latter, represented here by the fawning Melony, has fallen hopelessly in love with Snake, unperturbed by his tactical gear and tie outfit.

Anyway, I was expecting this to be terrible, especially since it's a combination that's been visited before, but now I want to see more of this from Blue Core Studios. Hopefully, they'll find time to produce more episodes when not working on the Sonic the Hedgehog fan film with Jaleel White.

LIMBO Heads To The PlayStation Network

June 29, 2011 7:00 AM | Ryan Langley

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PlayDead Studios made a huge splash into the Xbox Live Arcade last year with LIMBO, their creepy puzzle platformer that, at least based on Leaderboard statistics, has had over 750,000 players give the game a shot. Now the game plans to expand to another platform -- the PlayStation Network.

The news comes from a rating on the Korean Rating Board, citing that Sony Computer Entertainment Korea has rated the game. While I personally found the game to be a little lacking, it still garnered a huge amount of praise, and will now finally see a release on another console.

It's not the first time this has happened -- both 2008 classics Braid and Castle Crashers, after months of exclusivity, finally made their way over to the PlayStation Network. It will be interesting to see if this version is being developed by PlayDead themselves, or a second party like Braid was.

Sir Mix-A-Lot E-Stalks Gamasutra's Kris Graft Over Facebook Game

June 29, 2011 6:00 AM | Danny Cowan

That's a headline I've long been prepared to write, but regardless, I was still praying that this day would never arrive. It should come as no surprise that double-platinum rapper and noted butt-liker Sir Mix-a-Lot has targeted Gamasutra editor-in-chief Kris Graft in a promotional video for his Facebook game Mix-N-Match with Sir Mix A-Lot.

Graft instigated the conflict with this tweet, which laid the groundwork for Mix-a-Lot's shocking revelation above. Sir Mix-a-Lot's announcement expands Graft's robust baby catalog, which to date includes two human babies and one e-mail baby.

NA PlayStation Store Update - Beyond Good & Evil, Streets Of Rage 2, Gatling Gears And More

June 29, 2011 5:00 AM | Ryan Langley

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A nice, meaty update for North American players this week on the PlayStation Store. It's a bit of a catchup week, as most of these have been released on the Xbox Live Arcade over the past few months, but that doesn't mean you should miss out on any of them.

This week you can grab Beyond Good & Evil HD -- a quality action adventure game for $9.99, Gatling Gears -- an excellent top-down shooter for $9.99, Puzzle Dimension -- a mind bending puzzler for $8.99, and Streets Of Rage 2, the classic brawler for $4.99.

On the DLC side we've got two new releases -- Funky Lab Rat now has an Even More New Challenges for $1.99, and you can grab the Captain America Table for MARVEL Pinball for $2.99.

To round out the new releases we have one new Minis title -- Tetraminos for $3.99, which absolutely does not shy away from being just straight-up Tetris.

For those with PlayStation Plus accounts, you can also grab the following:

Streets of Rage 2 (Free with Plus – a $4.99 value)
Dead Space Ignition (PlayStation Plus price $2.50; a 50% discount)
Deathspank (PlayStation Plus price $7.50; a 50% discount)
Deathspank Thongs of Virtue (PlayStation Plus price $7.50; a 50% discount)
Funky Lab Rat (PlayStation Plus price $3.00; a 70% discount)
Mahjong Tales: Ancient Wisdom (PlayStation Plus price $3.99; 20% additional discount on two week sale price)
MicroBot (PlayStation Plus price $5.00; a 50% discount)
Shank (PlayStation Plus price $5.00; a 50% discount)
Spare Parts (PlayStation Plus price $5.00; a 50% discount)
Tetris (PlayStation Plus price $5.00; a 50% discount)
The Fancy Pants Adventures (PlayStation Plus price $5.00, a 50% discount)

Taiwan's Next Media Animation Covers Supreme Court Violent Game Ruling

June 29, 2011 2:00 AM | Danny Cowan

Our sister site Gamasutra has been running some great coverage of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down California's proposed law to restrict the sale of violent video games to minors, but if you'd rather have the whole thing summarized via CG animation, well, here we are.

Next Media Animation, a Taiwanese news outfit that earned minor meme status for its unique take on 2009's Tiger Woods scandal, has taken its notoriety and ran with it, producing dozens of animated shorts tackling major worldwide news items in the months since. This video is one of the group's latest efforts, following up on recent animations spotlighting New York's gay marriage bill and that whole hacking business involving Sony, the CIA, and our beloved Sega.

Gotta say, that game those kids are playing looks pretty sweet.

[via Joystiq]

Mobigame Reveals Edge Extended for iOS

June 29, 2011 12:00 AM | Danny Cowan

Mobigame's iOS action game Edge has earned more attention for its role in the downfall of Edge copyright claimant Tim Langdell than for its gameplay -- a shame, as the game itself is pretty boss. Few people were able to experience Edge upon its first release due to Langdell's well-publicized legal threats.

Edge will get another chance in the App Store this summer -- hopefully without the legal wrangling this time -- with Edge Extended. No further details are available at this time, save for the fact that Extended is not a sequel, but instead a "new game" featuring "new levels and new ideas." The original Edge is still available in the App Store, following multiple reinstatements.

Watch Someone Dressed As Travis Touchdown Demonstrate No More Heroes Red Zone

June 28, 2011 8:00 PM | Matthew Hawkins

Marvelous Entertainment is playing it super safe with the upcoming updated version of No More Heroes for PS3. Added Move support brings it closer to the Wii original, which they're assuming the upcoming customer base has never touched. Though having someone dressed as Travis Touchdown demo the game by going through an entire mission could easily be classified as overkill.

Never mind how an edited down clip reel could have sufficed, the most amazing thing is the guy they got to play the part. Given how dripping with cool Travis is in the game, could the published have gotten a more goony and awkward real life equivalent?

Watch it turn out to be Suda 51's cousin, a contest winner, or someone who’s there because of Japan's version of Make-A-Wish Foundation I'm giving grief...

[via Joystiq]

Armored Core Has Never Been So Moe

June 28, 2011 6:00 PM | Matthew Hawkins

One of the many things that you'll commonly find over at Nico Nico Douga is random subject matter that's been cut and pasted into some moe-riffic visual novel's intro. The greater the dichotomy when it comes to the subject matter, the greater the laughs!

The original opening, by the way, is from an eroge (naturally) called Nursery Rhyme. I'm hoping at last one GSW reader out there is familiar with the game. A shot by shot comparison is available after the cut. Anyhow, erotic games between mecha pilots have already been done, but between mecha themselves? Surely that exists already, right?

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