Gears of War board game!

I can guess what you’re thinking… Gears of War board game? Sounds interesting! I myself was interested in this post on G4, hope you enjoy! Thoughts and opinions are welcome below!

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Rumor: PS4 coming out next year?

Sony's PS3

Sony might end up copying Nintendo and Microsoft next year with the PS4. DigiTimes is reporting that the PS4 will be released next year and will be sporting some Kinect-like features. While this is interesting, it doesn’t supprise me too much. It would probably be good on Sony’s part to enhance features on the PS4 (adding better motion control) and releasing it as soon as possible (next year, along side the Wii U). 2012 could become a very interesting year. Full quote from CNET is below.
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Valve interested in Onlive, their games might appear on service

Far from spurning OnLive as a worrying threat to his Steam business, Valve boss Gabe Newell “really likes” the games-on-demand service. At least, that’s according to OnLive.

The Cloud gaming company has told CVG that it has engaged in “conversations” with Valve boss Gabe Newell about working more closely together, and that it considers the exec and his business as “friends”.

And that’s not all – Valve has even given the California-based start-up advice on what to include in the future feature set of its service.

“Gabe and his team really like what we’re doing,” said OnLive VP of Engineering Joe Bentley. “I can’t go into specifics of any conversations we’ve had but we have had conversations with everybody in the industry. They really dig OnLive. Gabe is a funny guy because he’s really not competitive – very similar to Randy [Pitchford]. He sees us a complementary in a lot of different ways.

“If you get to know Valve as a company, Steam was something that they just had to do because nobody else was handling a decent digital distribution model. Gabe and his team’s hearts are really in making games like Portal 2 and so forth. If you see where Portal 2 is, it’s on every other platform.

“If Gabe was so intent on Steam’s dominance he would make it exclusive on Steam, but that’s not what he is. He’s about making the best quality games out there.

“He’s really fascinated with our features and given us a lot of suggestions, they’ve got similar features coming out and we’ve chatted about really innovative ideas. I regard him and the company as friends. Sure we’re going to have other people doing similar things, but the industry is big enough. We’re only a 200 person start-up, we don’t need to own it all, there’s something for everybody.”

OnLive showed its service off on a range of mobile devices at E3 earlier this month, including iPad. Bentley showed CVG how the company’s controller will soon sync wirelessly with most popular tablets on the market. (See below for a video of OnLive CEO Steve Perlman demonstrating the tech in Los Angeles.)

Bentley told us: “For me, Steam can’t really take their game to that mobile level… Gabe [Newell] walks around with his iPad so he sees OnLive and maybe thinks about how he can get Portal out to the world to the mobile market without compromises.”

UK gamers can already sign up to OnLive ahead of its launch .

BT has the exclusive rights to bundle OnLive together with its broadband service offerings in the UK, although customers will also have the option to order directly from OnLive to run over any UK ISP.


The new Pokémon game is a Battrio expansion…

– Pokémon Battrio, a Japanese exclusive arcade
– collect real life circular Pokémon chips to use in battles
– new version of this arcade game will be hitting Japanese arcades soon
– new battle chips will also be available to purchase
– new chips include Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version characters such as Snivy, Tepig and Oshawott

Damn, I was really hoping it would be a new game ala Colosseum/XD on the Gamecube. I really enjoyed those games. Here’s hoping we’ll get a real game revealed soon.

Sony attacks Nintendo and Microsoft over hardware

“[Microsoft and Nintendo] are starting to run out of steam now in terms of continuing to be relevant in 2011 and beyond. I mean, you’ve gotta be kidding me. Why would I buy a gaming system without a hard drive in it? How does this thing scale? Motion gaming is cute, but if I can only wave my arms six inches, how does this really feel like I’m doing true accurate motion gaming? Our view of the ‘Game Boy experience’ is that it’s a great babysitting tool, (but) no self-respecting 20-something is going to be sitting on an airplane with one of those. He’s too old for that.” – Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Jack Tretton

Tretton sees the opportunity to bash both Nintendo handheld line and Microsoft. How long until Tretton starts eating crow?


Nintendo’s “Secret” Past

I once did a project on Nintendo years ago for school. I pretty much omitted any details about how Nintendo used to have sex hotels and a taxi company and other bizarre stuff.

Nintendo, the world’s family-friendly video game maker, formed under less virtuous auspices. Before Nintendo made video games, they made playing cards for gangsters and ran their own love hotel, which some assert their own founder frequented—during work. Saucy!

It’s strange to imagine that the family friendly Nintendo of today was once a company with many different adult businesses. However, I am not mad that it was like that back then, after all it was a regular business before they even tapped into video games.

Source: Kotaku

Level-5 finally talks about their Western Studio

When Level-5 opened an office in California last year, many assumed the Fukuoka gaming giant was planning on using the office to sell its Japan-developed titles in overseas markets. CEO Akihiro Hino appears to have a bit more in mind than just this.

In a Nikkei Trendy interview that was conducted in February, Hino revealed that the North American studio is planning its own titles, which are also being developed in North America.

“We have five staff members at present,” said Hino. “Titles that are being planned in the North American office are being developed in that region. The office staff is mostly Japanese, but we’re using a style of development where we collaborate with local staff, so I believe we’ll be able to make something that matches the North American market well.”

Check out the whole article here. Level-5 also plans to show off 20 games at the Level-5 Vision conference to be held this August. You mean I gotta wait until almost next year for some Level-5 3DS love besides Layton 5?

Well finally Level-5! I was beginning to wonder the fate of your western studio. Now just make sure you bring over Ni no Kuni for the PS3, and all of those 3DS games you revealed months ago. PLEASE?